Game Category: Real Time Strategy, Role Playing Game
Developer / Distributor: GSC Game World / GSC World Publishing
Release Date: 6 Oct 2006
Rating: ESRB - Teens
It seems that fantasy real time strategy games have been a dime a dozen in the last decade. With quite a number of titles fitting the category like Majesty, Battle Mages, Lords of Everquest, Settlers, Rising Kingdoms, Cultures, and Medieval Conquest, don't groan for I will throw in another game to the mix.
Heroes of Annihilated Empires (shortened to HoAE for this review) is a rather different game from all the previous ones in the list above. HoAE is from the people who brought you the historical based Cossacks series. You may know that games bearing the Cossacks title allow you to control thousands of troops. Well, it seems that the same engine has been re-imagined for HoAE, and you are going to (literally) have your hands full as you try to overwhelm, outmaneuver and outflank your enemies who relentlessly send their troops at you. The game also has elements of role playing in it since your hero can advance in levels and also purchase equipment for himself.
Originally planned as a trilogy, HoAE is actually the first chapter of the game. You will get to control the Elves throughout the first chapter. At first you will fight the Undead faction, but you will be surprised later as the story develops into a bitter fight for survival with other enemies.
|This screenshot reminds me of The Fellowship of the Ring|