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3 people found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Pros: Has a level editor. Some decent enough levels and the same graphics as Ballance (Atari).

Cons: Not as polished as Ballance (lots of missing sounds, language mixups, russian in the middle of english sentences etc.)
Not as complete as Ballance, Lacks the great levels that made Ballance so good.
The level editor is unfinished and difficult to use.

Overall: Get Ballance It's a better game. This is alright, If its free or ever completed (fixed).
Posted April 29, 2016.
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1 person found this review helpful
493.5 hrs on record
TL:DR Best city builder, worth buying. It's on sale at around 66% off a few times a year too. Will run on most modern-ish PCs, but a decent CPU and loads of RAM recommended.


This game is well balanced, well designed, has the correct challenges for players of all still levels and is very engaging.
The support from the developers is good, listening to the community and giving the community what it needs and wants. Mod support is also good, with various mods enabling things well beyond the limits of the base game, of note are mods like Traffic ++ which enables better customisation of the road network in the game.

CS looks brilliant and has consistency throughout the game.

However....
The game has some issues. I can run this game on an old moderately powerful laptop, but not well, this game can and will eat your CPU and RAM. If you run mods and assets, be prepared for a crash to desktop on startup if you have too many for your RAM. You can get away with a lot of mods and assets on 2GB RAM. But it can be quite easy to over do it. A powerful machine is what this beast of a game demands. The frame rate is consistent unless zooming in on a heavily populated area or saving. Though the dip depends on your computer.

The water in this game is... Well... Strange. When placing Hydroelectric Dams be prepared for strange sink holes and weird water flow. Also in large cities, water levels can significantly drop due to water pumps, in some extreme cases it can lead to certain water areas drying up, which does affect land value nearby. Though the strangeness of the water can allow some rather interesting map details and if used well can make for an enjoyable game.

Zoning is similar to old Simcity (3000, 4) games. RCI and road based. But a new zone offices is aimed at higher educated workers and pulls from the industry side of the game. Balancing RCI can be complex because there is no differentiation between normal industry and offices.

The roads and traffic management can be problematic, the AI for roads takes the shortest route, even if it's the longest time route. And ignores almost all other things. The AI will also ship in/out cargo to your city via the shortest route, which may leave some ports and cargo stations empty and others blocked up with traffic. The AI for people does priotise walking and public transport, which makes the creation of public transport and neighbourhoods quite good, especially with footpaths and the new bus and cycle lanes.

All the issues mentioned can be worked through and some can make for a feature. The designs possible with the game make real cities look bad. The mods for this game can really extend the gameplay. I use various mods and assets, including clean sewage works, different power plants. Various new roads and some bug fighting (Phantom lanes for example).

Even without mods this game is fantastic. A game I have plowed over 220 hours into and will continue to plow many more into.

The spec as minimum or recommend will run the game, and a couple of mods... Just. But the load times can get ridiculous (30mins+) unless you have a lot of RAM. I recommend 8GB minimum, 16GB+ to have a decent load time and faster FPS.
Posted February 16, 2016.
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2 people found this review helpful
0.0 hrs on record
Pros:
Blood
Violence
Gore
It's TOTAL WAR!

Cons:
Limited
Needs Blood Mod to be fully utilised.
Looks somewhat cartoonish sometimes.

Overall: Recommended, but only for those who like animated, computerised blood.
Posted February 15, 2015.
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5 people found this review helpful
0.0 hrs on record
Pros:
Horse Archers, Nomads and the Steppe.


Cons:
Limited expansion from the base game.

Overall: Second Best Factional (Culture Pack) DLC you can own.
Posted February 15, 2015.
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10 people found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.0 hrs on record
Pros:
Sparta and Athens.
Fun to play with, Building an empire from a City State is immersive and fun.

Cons:
It's DLC. and nor is it cheap DLC.
Limited expansion of rosters/options


Overall: Best Factional (Culture pack) DLC you can own. Especially with the inclusion of Sparta and Athens.
Posted February 15, 2015.
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20 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.0 hrs on record
Pros:
Hannibal Barca.
Seasons and Turns make sense in this DLC.
Delves a bit deeper than the base game into the Iberian factions.
Fun to play, a lot more immersive than the base game.
Difficulties are better set on this map, Legendary is Legendary, Easy is Easy.

Cons:
Some path issues, especially on sea.

Overall: Best DLC you can own. Especially with the new factions and units added.
Posted February 15, 2015. Last edited February 15, 2015.
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11 people found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.0 hrs on record
Pros:
Gaius Julius Caesar.
Seasons and Turns make sense in this DLC.
Delves a bit deeper than the base game into the gallic factions.
Fun to play, more immersive than the base game.

Cons:
Technology tree makes little sense, icons and buffs are strange.
Some path issues, funnelling a problem.

Overall: Second Best DLC you can own. Especially with all the new factions and units added.
Posted February 15, 2015.
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14 people found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.0 hrs on record
Pros:
Its the time of the Falx.
New area of the map to start in, interesting cultural mixes

Cons:
Limited unit choice. Especially as the Odrysian Kingdom.
Limited advancement available, feels very samey and repetitive in campaign and battle.

Overall:
Worth having if you play as another faction, as the new mercs and auxilia are good to play with. But not worth it for just playing as one of the factions in this DLC.
Posted February 15, 2015.
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22 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.0 hrs on record
Pros:
New buildings.
New units.
New area of the map to start in.

Cons:
Not too extensive, most units copy/paste of other factions.

Overall: Would recommend when on offer. and one of the more desirable minor faction packs.
Posted February 15, 2015.
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28 people found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.0 hrs on record
Pros:
Female warriors.
Fun to play.

Cons:
Not really that historical.
Limited, more "liked" female warriors (steppe women) in FLC bit.

Overall: would recommend for reduced price, but not full price.
Posted February 15, 2015.
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