It seems that Hasbro Interactive has taken a liking to recreating popular board games and releasing them on the PSX. The latest of these recreations is Risk, the game of Global Domination. This is one of those games that people either love or hate. This version is not going to change your feelings towards the game so if you are one of the many that loved the game, read on.
The PlayStation version of Risk features four different game types, against up to four different players. Everything that you found in the original board game has been faithfully recreated to help you in your quest to conquer the world. The more I think about it, the more I am coming to the conclusion that real-time strategy games have been more than a little influenced by the original Risk so it was only natural that this game would be made.
For those of you who are not familiar with the classic board game of risk, let me start with a brief explanation of the game: Risk is a game of military strategy and world conquest. It is up to you to command your armies across the different continents launching daring attacks. Your overall goal is to rule the world and getting there will not be easy.
As I mentioned above, this game can be played in four different ways. The first mode is the classic game mode. This mode is played on a world map of 42 territories. Each player has a different color army that is positioned across these territories. The main objective of the game is to conquer the world by defeating all of your opponents. This is accomplished by each player having a turn attacking their opponent by rolling dice. The world is divided into six continents. If you control an entire continent, you earn bonus armies. Anyway, if you are the attacker, you must have at least two armies in the territory you are attacking. To make a long story short, you will roll to see if your army defeats the defender's army. This is the game mode that most people who are familiar with the game will recognize. It was also probably one of the funnest modes to play.
This is a pretty difficult game to review because it is a very complicated game that really takes a lot of time to get used to. This was true of the board game as well. There are tons of different options and settings available so you can set the game to your liking . You can make the game as simple or complex as you desire when it comes to these options. I guess it is good to have the freedom to choose everything but it may be a bit overwhelming for some people.
One of the things that I really liked about the game setup was the ability to do a quick start. Like I said above, you can really get swallowed up by all of the settings you can change. It was nice to be able to just click the quick start and get at it. Sure, you lose the ability to customize some things but I think most gamers will find that they get more than enough out of this.
One of the biggest differences between this game and the board game aside from all of the options, is the mission option. This adds a specific mission for you to attempt to achieve during the game. For example, your mission may be to destroy a certain opponent or secure and occupy two or three specific continents. This kept things fresh a little longer than normal because these missions would change. This was a great addition to the game.
I think the biggest selling point of Risk has to be the multiplayer capabilities. Everyone knows that playing against human opponents is much more rewarding, satisfying and just plain more fun than playing against a computer controlled opponent. Since you may not always be able to round up three other players, you can mix human and computer players to make up a multiplayer match as well. The bottom line is that everyone is always looking for good multiplayer action and what could be better than dominating your buddies at war?
I really did not have any major complaints with the game. Sure, you lose the hands on feeling you get when playing board games but this is true with every board to PSX conversion. The only thing I can really say negatively is that this game will not appeal to all gamers. Plus, it can be a little slow at times. If you are one of those gamers who has a ton of games and likes to have one of every genre, go for it. If you only have a few games in your library, this game may not be the best choice for you.
Graphics on a recreated board game are always a bit tough to describe. You are comparing graphics to the real life board all the time so it kind of skews your judgement a little. I guess as far as graphics go, I don't have any complaints. I really don't have any compliments either. I guess what I am trying to say is that the graphics are serviceable and get the job done but they will not have you dancing for joy either.
If you like the board game of Risk, you should enjoy this game. It is best when played in multiplayer mode with your buddies but it is playable in single player mode as well. Some nice options and different game modes should keep you interest for a bit. In the end, this game may not be the best choice for everyone but fans of the game should enjoy it.