Hegemonia: Legions of Iron
|a game by||DreamCatcher Interactive|
|Editor Rating:||8/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 2 votes|
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Set in the year 2104, tensions between the Earth and its Mars colonies have reached a boiling point. With the assassination of a Mars Diplomat by some unknown force, war has been declared as battle for dominance of the solar system begins. Hegemonia: Legions of Iron is a 3D real time strategy with similarities to Homeworld. Set around our own solar system, you'll find yourself battling for Pluto or on the moons of Jupiter as you build military forces, research technologies, mine resources, and keep your population content.
Hegemonia: Legions of Iron can take some time to get comfortable with as the controls and interfaces are fairly unique or aren't intuitive. The first few missions that most games generally use as a tutorial won't walk you through the basics of the game and trial and error, combined with the instructions, will be required. Issues like locating your ships at the beginning of the mission can cause initial frustration in addition to learning how to control the camera angle in a productive manner. The first missions are simple enough however, to give ample time in getting comfortable with the interfaces and controls and those familiar with the Homeworld style camera system will also adapt more quickly.
Helping to alleviate some of the pains of getting comfortable with the controls and interfaces are the graphics. With some of the best visual effects I've seen, and as long as your PC can handle it, you'll be rewarded with a fluid representation with extremely high levels of detail and effects that rival a sci-fi movie at times. Explosions in particular are fantastic, often followed by secondary explosions that almost sells the game by itself. However, a 1 GHz processor is recommended and I'd recommend a higher end video card to get the full effect. Running on a 1.7 GHz processor with an 8500 Radeon graphics card, the graphics didn't miss a beat and even functioned smoothly at 1600x1200.
The main issue most will have is the controls and interface. If you can stick it out and get accustomed to the system, it does end up working well, as you'll become proficient using it. Once there, the story is well written and the Homeworld style gameplay mixed with more standard RTS components will keep most engrossed for some time.