Warlords Battlecry 2
Well, Where do we start exactly? It's not as if Warlords: Battlecry II is steeped in originality or hype, and if you take a look at the screenshots you can see that it doesn't exactly look great either. In fact, you'd be forgiven for thinking that what we have here is a pile of cliched driven nonsense. But you'd be wrong. Very wrong.
Same Again Please
Battlecry II is a superbly crafted game that manages to successfully fuse RTS, roleplaying and turn-based strategy in one very polished package. Indeed, Battlecry II is so well designed and easy to play it actually forced Medal of Honor onto the back burner for a while, and that takes some doing.
A lot of this quality is down to the fact that Battlecry II has 'borrowed' greedily from its prequel. The whole character development concept is the same as Battlecry insofar as your hero earns experience from battles and converts them into new skills, spells and abilities.
Managing resources and building bases is also the same. Just as in the original game you'll find that frantically building up your own resources while sabotaging your enemies' resources with guerrilla tactics is just as effective as attacking their base head-on.
Unfortunately, the dodgy Al and pathfinding from the last game remains largely the same.
That said, there are some significant differences. The most notable of these comes in the form of an overhead map of the land of Etheria where you are able to choose which territories to conquer. Basically the whole map is a dynamic turn-based theatre of war with 12 fantasy races (there were nine in the original) trying to expand outwards from their castle to take over as much land as possible.
But it's not just a case of expanding willy-nilly and grabbing whatever land you can. Each territory contains a bonus such as improved morale, better hit-points and other incentives. Owning territories also provides you with income to buy more armies, and obviously there are places with just good old-fashioned geographical tactical advantages.
Ultimately, it may seem like child's play to decide which territory to go for next, but the truth is you can ponder for ages before you decide on exactly what your best move might be. In that respect there are similarities to Shogun - maybe not quite as sophisticated, but still highly enjoyable and thought-provoking nonetheless.
If you've never played Battlecry then Warlords Battlecry II is well worth investigating. It may not be the most fashionable RTS on the market at the moment, but it certainly makes up for that fact in terms of sheer enjoyment.
Download Warlords Battlecry 2
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP