Posted: April 27
I gave this a recommend, but only barely. As an rts this would have been epic 10 years ago, but as it is, its mediocre. The tutorial is non-existant, but there is epic loads of half useful text entries. The single player campaign does a fairly terrible job of introducing game mechanics to you, and never tells you certain things like hotkeys or how to actually accomplish some objectives. Other times it tells you in tediously small detail how to accomplish the simplest tasks. The game itself has some fun elements but they're burdened with objectives and game mechanics that seem to go out of their way to be cumbersome and unwieldy. Visually the game looks fantastic, but that is also the best thing you can say about the game. Voice acting is flat as hell, and the script is as well. There is 0 combat in the single player game for quite some time, and very little of it as it gets introduced. There are also very few unit types and some are exclusive to a specific faction. The lack of combat was a nice, refreshing, change in a way for an RTS to go in some ways. Unfortunately in implementation, it just means you're playing SimCity in an RTS engine for much of the early game. *I haven't gotten into the game very far, so if it improves I don't know yet. There are some interesting ideas here as well, that focus on the online component such as global voting and multiplayer maps.
Now for the really annoying parts... you HAVE to install and load ubisoft's uplay before the game will even load, and of course this requires you to have a uplay account. Further, even tho you just loaded and logged onto uplay, the game will then demand you login from there! Once logged in you are confronted with a confused jumble of a screen and no guidance to it. The game will THEN recognize any dlc you bought and want your key(s), which will close the game and let uplay download and install it/them.. Now you can finally load the game and, login, then play..... WTF.