Before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, the Vikings set out on their own journey of discovery and possible looting and pillaging. Having accidentally stumbled upon the Americas, they began their remarkable adventure in a new and unfamiliar land. Welcome to Cultures, where you can actively shape the destiny of your people as they struggle to gain a foothold on unfamiliar shores. Success hinges on your ability to balance achieving your goals with the needs and desires of your clan. It is up to you to nurture and guide your people: determine their names, occupations, marital partners, and, eventually, the gender of their children. The happiness of your settlers is paramount to achieving your goals in this exploration and construction-focused RTS.
Cultures 2: Gates of Asgard
The Viking Bjarni whiles his days days away in an idyllic village on Greenland’s coast until a dark prophecy knocks on his door. In his premonition, Bjarni witnesses an epic struggle between the forces of Good and Evil. He must journey to battle the Midgard Serpent. Get ready for a quest that will take you through Europe (including England and Byzantium) and the outskirts of Baghdad. Your journey will unite the four great western cultures with a common purpose. But how long can it last? Inspired by Norse mythology, the real time strategy title, Cultures 2: Gates of Asgard, combines elements of simulation, adventure, and role-playing to immerse you in Bjarni’s quest to defeat the fabled beast.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.4 GHz Processor (2 GHz recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2013-01-08 08:47:01 by Faithful:
The Cultures series is a great addition to gog. I own all games in the series on disk.
YOu have to really enjoy building games to keep at these titles. Cultures 1 is a very long (200+ hours of game play) but much of that will be babysitting your people making sure they have food (they do not fend for themselves). This is so much more needed for the Scout who will stand in placeread more and starve to death if left alone. Building buildings, and creating an economy as well as "making" babies are all part of the day-to-day needs of the people.
The interface is fair and does the job once you get use to it. Fighting in these games is clearly an after thought and is not very fun. You will need more then you think to battle to win. While the game can be a bit daunting at times, it is still one of my favorite games from the past. If you like to take your time, build, care for a tribes needs, then this is likely a great game for you.
The other titles in this series are: Cultures, Cultures 2, Northland (they lost the Cultures names to second publisher), and 8th Wonder of the World.
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Posted on 2013-01-08 09:19:01 by Sok4R:
I noticed Cultures because it was made by the same guys who made The Settlers 2. Since that is one of my favorite games of all time, I got an eye on Cultures. But it is so much more than that.
Image The Settlers with settlements on a smaler scale, but the people acutally matter. They don't come endlessly from some storage house, but have houses, jobs and even relationships. Theyread more need food, which is the most imporant thing to produce and secure a stable production. If you want to get the best out of your people, make them happy: provied them with food, houeses company and faith, if the need to. Military is somewhat lacking and not one of the cores of the game, but still necessary. The game focuses a lot on build the settlement and managing your people.
Cultures 2 expans the system further, with upgradeable houses and more complex techtrees. Additionally, it has a much expanded single player campaign with better story and missions.
I would recommend both games highly to anybody who has a thing for building games. They are not just different from most other games in the genre, but also at the top of it.
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Posted on 2013-01-08 15:38:59 by Kiroliegh:
This game has a ton of micromanagement. If you like playing Office Unit Supervisor: Viking Edition, by all means play these games.
You have to look after every individual, and assign them task such as carrying ,baking, milling, mining, fighting, whatever. I was about to give it three stars, but that isn't really fair to it, considering that the mechanics actually work, but areread more really dependent on the skill of the player to a very high degree. It is pretty unforgiving.
The game depends on realistic population dynamics, so you have to watch your people and how you commit them. It doesn't matter if you have a ton of spears if there is no one to hold them.
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