Originally posted by Raydell:I know this reply comes a little late now that the sale is over, but I'll post it nonetheless in case anyone else comes here looking to buy this game.So this is an RPG with real-time strategy elements, very similar to the Spellforce series. The main thing going for it is the advanced, Diablo-style loot system where any badguy (even the most ordinary footsoldier) can drop loot with random characteristics and rarity.Unlike in Spellforce, you only control one hero per campaign here + the regular soldiers you may recruit. The focus is on the RPG part, the strategy elements are just a sideshow and can be almost entirely optional if you prefer the Rambo way of settling matters.The campaign plays like an old-school RTS where you advance through a chain of mission maps in a linear fashion. The maps typically have a main quest-line + optional sidequests. There's a good sense of power progression from being able to beat only a handful of simple grunts at the start to wrecking armies and going toe-to-toe with dragons as your hero acquires experience and equipment.There are two campaigns if I recall. You unlock the second one after finishing the first.One interesting element that's somewhat unique to this game are the so called "Challenge" maps, which you can also unlock more of as you play through the campaign. They're like an optional mission map with a large sidequest for loot and experience. Once you finish the campaign, you can use your hero to play through the challenge maps, and repeat them as many times as you like to gain additional loot and levels. Some of these are very difficult (or impossible) even for a high level hero who just beat the campaign, so this does expand the game's lifespan a bit.Apparently, you can also create a character purely for the challenge maps without playing the campaign, but I haven't explored that option yet.And now lets talk about COMPATIBILITY:I tested the game on Win 7 64-bit, Vista 32-bit and Win XP 32-bit. It runs on all of them as far as the operating system compatibility goes.HOWEVER (for ATI video card owners): In my tests, the game had some serious issues with modern ATI drivers. The issue manifests in broken ground textures (where ground textures don't fade into eachother but appear as distinct squares, like a chess board). This makes the game very unpleasant to the eyes if you run into this problem.SOLUTION: After two days of trying to troubleshoot the problem, here are my suggestions: You need to downgrade your ATI drivers. The extent to which you can do this will depend on your OS and your video card so be warned, this may not be possible on your system. For instance my Radeon HD 6870 cannot downgrade far enough on a Win 7 64-bit OS, however the same card's drivers can be downgraded sufficiently on Win XP-32 bit. On the other hand, an older card probably wouldn't have problems downgrading even on Win 7.Pre-2011 drivers seem to work best. With a Radeon HD 6870 card and Win XP 32-bit, the game runs flawlessly with the 10.12 Catalyst drivers. It also runs without said texture issues on a Vista 32-bit laptop with a HD 3450 card and 2009 drivers (though the latter can only run at low settings without framerate issues).I can't comment on how things are with NVIDIA cards as I don't have one, but people seem to be posting healthy screenshots so these issues may not affect them at all.TLDR:In my opinion, the game could be worth 7-8€ if you don't mind the Warcraft III-era graphics and the Diablo-style gameplay of exploring around, killing things for loot and levels. It has around 25-40 hours of gameplay in it + its ability to scratch the Diablo-loot itch may draw you back from time to time for a Challenge map or two.On the other hand, if you're an ATI owner with a modern card (read above), I'd advise trying out if you can downgrade to pre-2011 drivers before you purchase.
Originally posted by Ears14U ™:I missed picking this one up at the holiday 2013 sale. However for a 5 year old game, the $9.99 price is a bit steep Steam. I'll wait again until the next holiday sale.