Posted: March 27
I'm revisiting this game after taking a break for a couple years and now I remember why I stopped. This game should be pretty awesome.
Pros: It's one of the few strategy / RTS games that tackle this time period and specifically focus on the American revolution. Despite what others say, the units make sense since there was lots of a trade and conquering - you should have the ability to have the same technology through and through. Also, if it wasn't balanced, the British would just win every game. But...
CONS: So many. This game is broken. First off, the improvements are largely annoying and require 10 minutes of reading to figure out what they do. The AI will randomly declare war on you which is just not realistic, a common mistake in strategy games. Advisors/scientists/agents etc are a good idea but in this case they don't clearly do much of anything, window dressing. Including India etc but then completely ignoring Africa (probably out of political correctness) - seriously though, the colonies wouldn't exist the way they did without that trade route, even as horrific as it was. But colonists can magically sail to India - right!
You could look past all of this and just do battle and have a great time. That's if the battle system worked. The AI on both sides is laughable. Most of the time they sit around. Even your units that you order, they just sit there. Sometimes if they are engaged, they will stop and just get slaughtered. Sometimes an enemy will run through their lines (in retreat) and they just sit there. Like " oh, that's weird, there goes the enemy, oh well". Often the enemy will just sit out in no where or in side castle and not do anything. You could be winning and your army will lose confidence and run away. You could masterfully out maneuver a powerful enemy and you should win but then you don't because your guys that are winning get scared???
This should be a 2.99 game. Or they could fix it but it's probably too late. I recall the early Total War games being a lot more solid.