Warrior Kings: Battles - PC

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Warrior Kings: Battles (PC)
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Black Cactus Soft. Co.: Empire Interactive
Publishers: Empire Interactive (GB)
Released: 21 Mar 2003 (GB)
Ratings: 11+
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Warrior Kings: Battles takes place many years after the events of the original Warrior Kings game. As the story tells it, the peace and unity that Artos delivered to the land of Orbis has been brought to an end by the assassination of the last Artosian ruler. The ensuing struggle for power destroyed the fabric of the Empire, and it has collapsed in on itself, wracked by civil war, famine and disease. Orbis is now plunged into chaos, war is raging across the land, its Empires, Nations, Kaliphates, and Kingdoms are breaking down into Baronies, Provinces and City States - each set against the others in a battle for survival and supremacy.

Players take command of a small province and must either conquer or die in this latest RTS game - a stand-alone title that adds a new strategic and tactical dimension to the series. The game comes complete with a full skirmish mode that boasts a rather proficient computer AI system. For example, AI Generals build a functioning economy, offensive/defensive armies, correctly control formations, and intelligently probe players' defences, looking for their weak points. AI Diplomacy, a major new feature, makes players think they're playing against human opponents, giving a new depth to single and multiplayer Internet gaming.

For those who like an epic RTS, Warrior Kings: Battles has a large strategic replayable Campaign that allows players to battle through the land of Orbis, choosing their own path and defeating a variety of AI generals along the way. Players have to conquer new territories, increase the size of their armies, and gain new technologies before finally capturing the fortress-like city of Telemagna.

Also, the game introduces a whole new mode to the RTS genre. As well as conventional multiplayer options, the new 'Valhalla' allows players to choose their own re-spawning armies without resource building, and fight them against any combination of human or AI opponents. Unit limits and time limits can be set to give the player full control over the length of game played, as well as Capture the Flag and other fast pace action game modes.

It's safe to say that there's quite a lot to Warrior Kings: Battles. As far as strategy games go, this is certainly one that's worth adding to your collection.