Celtic Kings: Rage of War
Celtic Kings: Rage of War, from Strategy First, looks to be a 'light,'? yet fairly entertaining, real-time strategy title. Combining a solid single- and multi- player experience with a well realized adventure scenario, Celtic Kings offers several different playing options for the novice RTS enthusiast.
Celtic Kings uses a much simpler interface than other, better known real-time titles. The maps are fully created, with no ability to build (or even permanently destroy) buildings, only capture and damage existing structures. All units can be created quickly and easily, and are usually automatically garrisoned in elected buildings. While there are other complexities, such as level-gaining, race-specific units, heroes, and the necessity for supply lines, Celtic Kings' structure removes more of the 'resource gathering' with straight-up combat.
Multiplayer is supported via the Gamespy Network, and through straight TCP/IP. At the LAN I attended, there was little to no lag, and with the game's simple interface, even the non-RTS gamers were able to be competitive quickly.
However, there are still some serious flaws that need to be fixed. Enemy AI is almost non-existent. The audio element is also not working correctly, as I could never get any in-game sounds to work. All cut scenes and animation had audio, but not in-game. While disappointing, however, it did not detract from the game itself.
A note to the publishers: If you're going to name a game Celtic Kings, you'd better put a few damn Celts in it. There's Gauls, Romans, and Teutons galore, but nary a sight of the elusive Celtics. Perhaps Gallic Kings would have been more appropriate. I would rate Celtic Kings as a Fans Only title, in that most hardcore RTS gamers will quickly become bored with this simplistic title. However, for a quick and dirty combat experience, and for the novice RTS gamer, Celtic Kings is a good bet.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP