You described the graphics and sounds as "repulsive". The first time I've played this game is now, in 2013, the graphics and sounds are just fine, nothing "repulsive" about them. The animation quality also is not a problem. Eador: Genesis had no battle animations, I suppose that makes it a mediocre game as well? Granted, its artwork was simply sublime, however, I will reiterate that I find absolutely nothing wrong with Great Battles' aesthetics, they serve their purpose and that is all I expected of them to begin with.
Of course, not everyone is turned away by such things, and neither was I, although it certainly helped make the game feel bleak and uninviting.
As for Eador's lack of animations, the way combat is presented in that game is much nicer than Great Battles' copypaste guys who skip from one animation frame to another not a second looking like they're actually fighting. Like I said, I think Great Battles would have done much better looking more like the actual board game.
You said the mechanics are not as advanced as they could be on PC citing its origin as a tabletop game as a reason. First, in a turn-based game that is really much less of an issue, a lot of people purchasing these games probably are
looking for that tabletop feel in an easy-to-set-up setting, myself included, especially in context of wargaming. In addition, if originating from a tabletop game "naturally" makes a game less complex then I suppose all those lauded D&D games might as well concede their obvious inferiority to titles like Diablo. Diablo was built as a PC game first and foremost so obviously its mechanics must
be superior to Neverwinter Nights'.
You're right that some people want board game mechanics for their PC games. I don't for the reasons I explained to you earlier.
D&D is an interesting example because in its tabletop form it has a daunting amount of rules and die rolls to take into account at any given moment. As an RPG system it's very detailed and non-D&D role playing video games are not that different from it at any rate, making it go hand in hand with PC games in the first place. My main comparison was board games such as Great Battles of Alexander which doesn't go into that much detail so as to not bore the players, which would be a non-issue in a computer game that does all the calculations for you. If Panzer General had to conform to board game mechanics, it wouldn't be as versatile and detailed as it is. Civilization: the board game: the video game would also be much less entertaining as the one we know from Sid Meier.
You say there are better options. Where? Looking through my collection I have a total of one game that allows me to recreate Alexander the Great's battles in a turn-based setting or even real-time for that matter. Take a guess which title that is. All my other turn-based strategy games are based on fantasy settings or periods of history beyond the ancient one.
Total War is:
1)Real-time (so right off the bat we see we're not even talking about the same style of game)
3)Not a historical recreation
4)Not offered here (I don't use Steam)
and 5)If you do have other suggestions of turn-based
war games based on an ancient historical setting that are relatively cheap and on a DRM-free platform I do welcome the offer (tall order, I know, there's a reason I appreciated this release)
Total War is about ancient warfare with both strategic and tactical gameplay, and as such is a valid competitor by virtue of setting. You can play Alexander and House Julii in Rome: Total War, and there is a mod for Hannibal as well. It costs around the same as Great Battles when it's on sale, if price really is that much of an issue when determining how good a game is.
If you want a specific setting with specific gameplay, you're lucky to have Great Battles available then.
The problem I have, and I seriously doubt I am alone, is your patronizing tone. The fact that you have gone on a lengthy tirade just to say "no one has proven my opinion is wrong" when really they are trying to tell you "you're being an ass about your opinion" just proves how conceited you are.
Any "lengthy tirade" here is all because nobody except for yourself could stick to the point. Only three of my posts have been about the game itself, the rest have been a futile effort to pry substance from psychological allegations that had been drawn from a grand total of two posts of mine.
Even worse is that you use the contemporary ratings to bolster your own argument. I've already indicated that I think ratings are stupid. I don't bother to say "Oh, this game only offers me 75 points of fun on a 100 point-fun-scale? Count me out" I say, "this game looks like something I would very much enjoy" and so far I have been right on the money.
Nobody implied that reviews are an objective science with quantifiable results. However, a game that consistently gets mediocre to average ratings at time of release is not indicative of any sort of classic material, and there's no reason why it would be better now than fifteen years prior. What I was trying to get across with all that was that people would do well to not get too excited about an old game that was never lauded as amazing to begin with.
That you have no shame is what is really amusing to me. You've acted like a pompous ass at great length now. You are a naughty, naughty boy and should be quite ashamed of yourself but you aren't because in your world you are always right and the rest of the world can either learn from you or go through their sorry lives ignorant.
What you see as me being a pompous ass is me replying to pompous asses in kind, including yourself. Initially I had no problem with you or anybody.
Indeed, it's you who is the self-important and self-styled forum deputy that tells someone to stuff it two messages in and is so deeply hurt by a retort to his own disrespectful post that he's still talking about it. Talk about petty and
I do have to tell you though before I go, that I am going to buy these games, eventually get around to playing these games and I am going to have my six bucks worth of fun playing them, ugly graphics, lousy sound, less than impressive computation going on that i can't see and don't care about, etc. because I get to decide what is fun around here - NOT YOU!!!
Oh no, my plan is foiled. :(