Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde - Xbox

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Also for: PS2, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Third-person, floating camera Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Jaleco Soft. Co.: Jaleco
Publishers: Jaleco (GB)
Released: 9 Apr 2004 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 12+
Accessories: Memory Unit


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The concept of the real-time strategy game has not always adapted well to consoles, sitting more at home on the PC, thanks to its mouse and keyboard control system. Well this latest release from Jaleco looks set to try and change all that, delivering an action-strategy experience that has been designed specifically for the current crop of home consoles, and thus features fast, arcade-style combat and an easy to master control system. As the title more than suggests, commanding goblins is the order of the day.

The game is set on the fantastical world of Ogriss, which is occupied by five goblin clans, each responsible for collecting resources in their territory for a massive machine being assembled by their human wizard master, Fraziel. Each clan is a specialised working force, well adapted to its unique environment and dedicated solely to the quest to complete the great machine. At the head of each clan is the titular commander.

As the story has it, Fraziel has unexpectedly disappeared, leaving the goblin clans cut off both from him and each other. Chaos soon arises, as blame is cast about, dividing loyalties and sparking some good old inter-clan warfare. Your quest begins as you take on the role of Grommel, the Stonekrusher commander, and attempt to unite the clans and unravel the mystery surrounding Fraziel's disappearance.

The gameplay throughout Goblin Commander is made up of a series of missions, in which you must first select one of the unique clan types, before waging war with your army of specialised goblin warriors and fearsome monsters. The action takes place within a diverse array of different environments - each richly detailed and destructible - from dark, subterranean caves, through lush woodland cities, to towering, storm-swept castles.

As far as RTS games go, Goblin Commander is an extremely accessible title, having a strong emphasis on arcade-style action, and being aimed specifically at the console market. As such, it should prove popular both with fans of the genre and newcomers alike.