Postat: 14 aprilie
As a fan who played all of the prior Stronghold games, this has left me saddened. The very first thing to pop out as I loaded up after a 2.5 hour download, was no opening cinematic. Not a huge problem, but it really stood as odd in comparison to the older games.
Upon loading up the first mission, I was surprised to see the introduction as a stylistic drawing. Yes, they drew the intro to the game. Admittedly, they did a damn fine job with the drawing but it just seems so out of place. Likewise, I couldn't even tell if they knew how the Wolf had acted in the original games when they portrayed him during this. 3 missions in, and I can still tell that the Wolf is trying to portray himself as a benevolent overlord that loves everything. Then they instantly change his attitude not 10 seconds later and take him down a murderous rampaging path. I know the guy is old, but come on.
I have yet to meet any real bugs or issues, but I'm only on the 3rd mission of the main military campaign. However, the sudden "victory, let's take you to how you did!" screen was... obnoxious. At least give me 2 seconds to comprehend that something was done correctly in the mumbo-jumbo that's happening on the screen.
Oh yeah, the screen. Where I feel the biggest let-down has happened. Remember where your popularity would start at 70 and you would gain/loose popularity? From what i've seen, it starts at zero and that's your base unit. Fall below that and loose villagers. Go higher and nothing else happens. It will drop back down towards zero unless you do a "permanent" fix, such as increase of rations or bribery. There's no popularity lee-way as in the previous games.
On the other hand, the graphics are really nice as per usual Stronghold style. No pictures detailing your peasants, animals, or etc this time though. Just a name and semi-rare voice line used.
Going in, I expected much more from Firefly than this. It's most certainly playable, at least thus far. Confusing though, as there's no real tutorial. They just throw you right in, expecting you to know what to do. Reading the help menu in game is great and all, but there is no detailing your control scheme or other major changes from here versus previous versions.
Overall, this is probably a 5/10, and that's being lenient. If you're a fan of the series, get it on sale. Don't spend much cash, or you'll just be grumpy at yourself. If you want a game that lives up to it's predecessors name, don't go here. Seriously. It's decent, but not good. Nothing short of a complete and total overhaul will make it good. What is available though, is moderately fun and interesting. Play a few missions, quit out for a few weeks, start it up and just repeat the process.