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When You look at the actual concept of Highland Warriors, there's not much wrong with it. Let's face it, what Scotsman wouldn't want to step into the shoes of legendary warriors like William Wallace and Robert The Bruce and give the English a good kicking? But what looks promising on paper translates into a bit of a disaster in practice.
Despite the appeal of the subject matter, this RTS suffers from so many problems we're going to be hard-pushed to cover them all. Still, we'll do our best...
A Bit Of Make-Up
Graphically, Highland Warriors is about two years behind current technology. The landscapes are blocky with poor textures, the buildings are drab, and the walking animation for infantry and peasants is abysmal. If you can imagine a mime artist torn between trying to moonwalk and ice skate then you'll have a fairly accurate idea of what to expect.
This indecision also manages to filter into the unit Al. For some reason units are extremely slow to respond to commands - if they respond at all. The reality is that they're more likely to do whatever they want.
For example, during a town assault your army can be merrily ripping the English to pieces when suddenly your entire force will turn around, run out of the gate, and chase down a lone peasant who happened to return home at the wrong time. Alternatively, your rowdy bunch of Scots will march into town arc and just mill around grunting and looking aggressive - not unlike a Saturday night in Glasgow.
All this is infuriating, but what's probably more disappointing is the way HW blatantly rips off Age Of Mythology's entire resource management system. The only difference being that there are five resources instead of four, meaning you spend more time than ever tinkering with your economy. Frankly, it's the last thing you need when seeking respite from the random behaviour of the axe-wielding maniacs on your front line.
A Short Time Ago
The irony is that if, through some miracle, your troops actually do what you ask, then disposing of the enemy is surprisingly easy. In fact, all four game campaigns can be completed in less than two days on the hardest of the three difficulty settings. Now, it doesn't take a Scotsman to realise that shelling out 30 quid for something with a life-span of 48 hours is obscenely poor value for money. Obviously there's multiplayer, but if you can find someone to play against, then good luck to you.
Ultimately, Highland Warriors looks bad, plays bad and, well, is just plain bad. For more enduring and enjoyable Highland entertainment, try sucking up porridge through a set of bagpipes instead.
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- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP