Kenji, exiled heir to the Dragon throne, must stake his claim in a chaotic
world wracked by the subversive intrigues of the Serpent, Wolf, and Lotus
clans. Shall he vanquish the land under a campaign of malevolence and
terror or restore the war-torn realm to its former glory? Enter Battle
Realms and choose your destiny. Explore the history that led up to the
events in Battle Realms in Battle Realms: Winter of the White Wolf.
Scattered and unorganized, your enslaved Wolf brethren hunger for revolt
against their corrupt Lotus Clan masters. You must unite them. You must
lead them. You must free them.
Battle Realms is fantasy real-time strategy game inspired by the stories told in kung-fu movies and oriental mythology. Develop your tiny peasant village into a highly trained and deadly efficient clan of warriors who are ready to die with your name on their lips. Experiment with Unit Alchemy and turn villagers into one-of-a-kind fighters like Samurai Cannoneers, Bandits, Geisha, and scores of other mythical warriors. Defend your people against the hordes of barbarians, evil magicians, and deadly ninjas.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood and Gore, Suggestive Themes, Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2012-09-20 06:23:38 by Jachymor:
I played it back there when it was released - and still want to play it. Though with outdated graphics, the gameplay is one of a kind.
As you build your village and farm rice and water, you can send your peasants into 5 training facilities + 2 - 3 skill buildings and create a variety of units. Catch horses for your soldiers to ride or feed them to the wolves, so your wolfclansmenread more have some extra biting power.
Each of the four clans has a unique playstyle. The Dragon clan focuses on classical samurai and archers. The Snake clan consists of thiefs and ronin and advanced gunpowder units. The Wolf clan are barbaric, wild soldiers with claws, hammers and rockthrowers, while the Lotus clan is a plague-like sect with powerful magicans.
Battling your foes earns you Yin and Yang, with which you can upgrade your units or hire heroes, which are powerful individuals with fighting and civilian skills, but not unbeatable killing machines.
Fighting is much more dynamic to look at. Your warriors have different attacks at their reposal, dealing varying amounts and types of damage while "dancing" with their enemy, instead of standing still and hacking on the enemy.
Watch out for the woods. Since your units have stamina and can run instead of walking slowly and sneaky, they can scare birds and reveal their position. If you want a free path, BURN EVERYTHING DOWN! Fire spreads and slowly destroys buildings.
Maybe just slightly overprized here on gog, it is truly a gem for strategy players.
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Posted on 2012-09-20 08:21:10 by Harzzach:
When Battle Realms was released, the RTS genre sadly suffered from a heavy infection of WW2itis. Every game had to have a WW2 setting and especially every RTS had to have tanks und Nazis.
And then there was Battle Realms. No tanks, no nazis, not even a single shred of japanese Kamikaze fighters. Instead we got samurais and ghosts and demons in a mystical Japan of legends and tales.read more Sure, we got ressources and buildings and we could group our units with selection frame, thus Battle Realms was surely a RTS. But BR had more. A unique "Special Power" system, where you had to act aggressive to gain enough points to upgrade your units, but also had to be cautious to not waste your limited ressources carelessly. You had foot soldiers who could mount horses to become a mighty cavalry. Forrest were usefull to hide your infantry for surprise attacks, heavy rocks could be thrown down from cliffs on your enemies bases. You had a lengthy beautiful SP campaign, you had multiplayer. And you had the first RTS using this fancy new shader thingy Nvidia had put in their GeForce 3 cards.
But Battle Realms proved once again that innovation and commercial success exclude each. Most people were content playing with tanks, they didnt need anything else. Sure, astoningshly enough there was an addon to BR, but overall ... BR was not a commecrcial success.
There are several reasons why, but the main reason still exists today: You cannot make game full of new and innovative things and expect it to make billions like Call of Duty or The Sims.
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Posted on 2012-09-20 06:49:15 by kocubovski:
This game brings back a lot of memories. I've spent countless hours playing it when it came out in 2001. The gameplay is great, and the campaign is pretty good too. There are 4 clans in the game: Dragon, Serpent, Wolf and Lotus. The battle realms campaign lets you play through by choosing the dragon or the serpent clan, so it has a good replay value. However, the winter of the wolfread more campaign can only be played with the wolf clan. Battle realms is different than other rts games because you can't summon vast armies in a couple of minutes. At the beginning of a game you have 1 hut, and peasants start appearing in front of it. Peasants can be used to collect resources, build structures and to train them into battle-ready warriors. A major part of the game are the zen masters, who take the role of heroes. Zen masters are leaders of the clans, which makes them very powerful and useful. They can be summoned from a keep and it costs some Yin/Yang, that can be obtained by successful battles.The game also has a multiplayer and a skirmish mode with computer opponents. These features make the game very addictive (it also has great animations). You don't even have to be a rts fan to like Battle realms, so I would recommend it to anyone who hasn't played this wonderful game. Trust me, you won't regret that you spent those 10$ :)
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