Enter a world of natural magic and ancient races: Dungeons & Dragons Eberron - a war-torn realm, home to an artifact of supreme power coveted by all.
Commanding your troops is only part of the war. Deep beneath the conflict, you’ll send heroes to an RPG-based underworld of beast and bounty. Be shrewd: experience gained underground effects your RTS powers above.
Two totally different factions to align yourself with, both with colliding goals. You can deliver the world into light or bury it forever in darkness.
Multiplayer notice: The game's official multiplayer servers have been taken offline and the only multiplayer option available is LAN.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood, Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP, 2 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, 128 MB 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9.0c and Hardware T&L, Mouse, Keyboard.
Compatibility notice: This game requires a graphics card that supports Hardware T&L. Most Intel video devices don't support this feature. Click here for details.
Posted on 2011-04-27 18:34:18 bygamekid:
Ah Dragonshard. If Temple of Elemental Evil can make it to GoG, we all knew you'd just have to be around the corner!
The first thing to know about this game is: If you looking for a really good RTS game... you'd best look somewhere else. If your looking for a really good RPG game... then you would still want to look for another game. BUT! If your looking for something with a bitread more of both, and plays different than a lot of the other games found on GoG, then Read on! This game may be for you!
In the single game you can choose between the D&D Hero style "Order of the Flame" race, or the Lizardfolk that live in the area. Whats that? What about Umbragen, the third race of the game? Apparently you are not allowed to play them in the single player! This is the first hit against the game. It made the game feel shorter than it should be, only allowing you to play as 2 of the 3 groups.
When the game starts up, you find the first difference between this game and other RTS games. You do not build things. Instead you start off with a "Town", and must claim other bases to expand. You'll be able to create 4 types of units: "Champions" the hero unit, who only upgrades in the single player game by getting Artifacts, "Juggernauts" which is the siege type unit that can only remain above ground, "Captains" who (if your playing as the "Order of the flame") are your D&D heroes. And lastly "Soldiers" (or as I like to call them "Followers") who spawn from your Captains when your back at your town.
As you play the game, Dragonshards will rain from the sky, and you'll have to gather up quick before the other team does. You'll need that resource!
Of course, Dragonshards are not the only Resource in the game. No, your going to need Gold and EXP. And since this is a D&D game, we all know where to go for that, don't we?
Yes! There is a 2nd map to each level! The DUNGEON map (or "Khyber" as its called in Eberron). Juggernauts can't enter here, but the rest of your units can! Down here we look for loot for our Champion! And monsters to kill for EXP and Gold for our Captains! It is this extra map that adds a bit of fun to an otherwise generic RTS game. Down here it feels more like a D&D Dungeon Crawl rather than an RTS, with monsters to slay, loot to find, and traps to disarm (Or Khyber will teach you a lesson about not bringing a thief with you!) Down here we face many foes, such as Vampire Drow (What, the normal Drow weren't difficult enough?), Demons, and fastest Gelatinous Cube ever to exist in a D&D game. Not kidding, this things run faster than any other unit in the game! If you meet one around the corner, you'd better hope you can take it out, because there's no way your army will be able to out run the thing!
After gaining enough EXP and gold down there, your ready to return to your town to stock up on more hireli-err "Soldiers" build more buildings and spend EXP to increase your levels, and either go back down to kill more monsters, or base the enemies base and win the game.
I do recommend this game. But its a game that's for a very select group of you who would enjoy beating the other guys army up by QUESTING, better than he can! But for big RTS fans, the game falls flat.
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Posted on 2011-04-28 05:45:07 byDNDragons:
As my name implies I'm a bit of a sucker for D&D games in general, but this one ranks as one of the worst titles I've ever played.
Bought this expecting some sort of strategy title, with units you level up, some sort of compelling storyline and a comforting fantasy settings.
This title has none of that. If I had to liken it to anything, it would be the first age of empiresread more on a smaller map that railroads you round certain routes. It's set in some sort of proto eberron setting that would be fine except ITS NOTHING LIKE EBERRON as describe in the books and other games in that setting, and the storyline.... not even worthy of that title.
One of the few games I've bought in my lif that I didn't bother completing, and one I'd seriously recommend you try before buying!
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Posted on 2011-04-27 10:05:48 byAndyVGR:
I am the only person I know of to own a copy of this and just a few weeks ago pulled out the disc's and started adventuring again into the depths of the underworld! The game does a superb job of blending RTS with RPG. On the surface you have to wage war with large armies and hunt for resources like a typical RTS, but when you send your troops underground they all disappear intoread more the "captain" and give him or her a health boost, so your large army transforms into a dungeon exploring party that fits in with most D & D settings right before your eyes, but don't worry, when you come back to the surface your army reappears! While you are underground you will encounter traps, monsters, gold and gems, it's a treasure trove that is worth the risk because your opponent will have to face the same fate as you! I recommend this game very highly, it's fun, the graphics look good, and it's a unique game that stands out among other RTS games with RPG elements thrown in.
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