Fantasy fun and games
This follow-up to the original Eador: Genesis
is a pretty solid bit of fantasy strategy which owes more than a little to the Heroes of Might and Magic
games. It is however, more of a remake than a true sequel so fans of the first game might be disappointed that this is little more than a reskin. The game takes place in a well realized universe, where huge shards float freely amongst the Great Nothing. Each shard is pretty much a world of its own, and the Masters, immortal beings, fight constantly for their control. It's your job to take the role of one of these Masters and shape the destiny of the shards in your own way. You can choose to save everyone from chaos or rule with an iron hand and crush your enemies underfoot. In gameplay terms, this is a turn-based strategy game where you move your units around the map, exploring, seeking out resources and building settlements as you go. There are plenty of building options, while the combat itself is hex-based and takes into account things like terrain, and with units gaining experience when surviving. There are also things like random events to deal with, while the story unfolds in non-linear fashion. Eador is a pretty solid bit of gaming that is let down by a few dodgy faults. In its favor, there's a decent amount of depth and there's plenty to keep you busy. Combat is challenging but takes place at such a glacial pace that it's hard not to get frustrated at times. Visuals are nice and stylish and the main issue that this is too similar to its predecessor. However, if you haven't played that one, you should have fun here.