Grand Ages: ROME Reviews
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This game ahs blown me away.
It is both complex and simple, something that no game of this genre has ever accomplished.
I must say that Kalypso and Haemimont are turning into very good game developers.
Imperum Romanum also was a good game.
It's an overall nice game, and feels different enough to make you understand you are playing a new game while being similar enough that you feel comfortable playing it if you had played any of the two previous incarnations (Glory of the Roman Empire or Imperium Romanum aka Imperium Civitas I think).
But it is missing a couple things..
1. Roads, where would the Romans be without roads, and the game completely overlooked that, and forgot or ignored putting in roads that we can place in the game.
2. Farms: farms can only be built on pre-existing fertile ground, this might mean a particular area has enough room for only 2 or 3 farms, with this limitation it severely inhibits your ability to really free build the Roman city you want. Why? Because, every building has a circular area of influence, and none of them are large enough to allow you to get too far away from key buildings like a bakery, or flour mill etc, so you really are limited to building around the central farm division unfortunately. So what you end up with is many small settlements instead of one large city.
3. No editor *again*. Again Hamemimont has neglected the gamers crys and left out any sort of editor. Again we are at their mercy that they will continue to provide us a few maps in each patch. With previous games they were gracious enough to give a couple new maps along with the different patches, but eventually that stops and the game grows stale.
But if none of this interests you then you may find this to be an enjoyable time killer, I know that I have.
GRAND AGES ROME is the sequel to the strategy game "Imperium Romanum". You are a Governor of a Roman Province in the time-honoured Roman Empire, its fortune very much lies in your hands. Choose one of five Roman noble families such as Caesar's Julii with different abilities to accomplish the comprehensive missions. Defend yourself against barbarian tribes, trade with other cultures, build a wealthy economic environment and fullfil the needs of your people in a huge single player campaign or with up to 3 human players in the multiplayer mode