As a huge fan of Civilization, and 4X strategy games like it, I’m always intrigued by new titles being released in that general vein. However, as I found with this particular new kid in the space, creating a balanced and excellent title in this genre is tough to get right. Starting with the game’s tutorial that leaves out far too much detail and proper explanation I didn’t feel well equipped for my first outing and in-game I found it hard to get much direction that was helpful. Perhaps worse, when it came to combat there would be cases where it would give me the impression I was sure to win but then would promptly get my ass handed to me, that really leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I suppose if I wanted to tackle combat manually I would have done better but honestly the interface and experience of that were clunky in a way that made that prospect unappealing. If you’re hard-up for a new strategy experience and are either willing to either ignore the quirks of the game, or read up on-line to get better guidance on how to navigate what feels like a title with some depth, but for me it failed to excite more than frustrate.
Justin Nation, Score: