Ether is a mysterious, omnipresent substance out of which everything in
the world is made. Ether knows no barriers; everything springs from it and
returns to it after death, and its flow is life itself — the life of the
Ether Universe. For the intelligent dwellers of this world, ether is a
source of power and pure energy, sometimes referred to as magic. They are
born with this ability — using invisible currents of energy flows, they
create armor, weapons and servants... Ether is the thread from which they
weave their world.
Enter the world of Etherlords as a champion of one of the four great magical races: the powerful Chaots, the brilliant Kinets, the empathetic Vitals, or the ruthless biomechanical Synthets. Create a powerful deck of cards to summon troops who will follow your every command: exploring the world, conquering territories, battling the minions of enemy lords and ferocious creatures unleashed by the disturbances in the flow of the Ether. Build forces, create spells, and engage in diplomacy. Collect essential resources to fuel your armies, upgrade and enhance your spell sets, and create powerful spell books for conducting duels in the best traditions of trading card gameplay.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Blood, Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 8.1 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2012-09-25 08:27:22 by Narakir:
The tittle says almost everything you have to know about this game. It's a fun mix between a card like game with a strategical aspect. The problem is that the mix doesn't work always that well it becomes repetitive and unable to surpass HoMM or Disciples on the strategic level. On the card side, it's has a lot of variety and spells, but it's not as good as its sequel Etherlordsread more 2 or the classical old game Magic : The Gathering, yet the variety of things you can experiment in this game is quite enough to keep you interested for a long time, a shame you can't mix the different deck/factions together.
Design wise the game reminds a lot the card game Magic, the four colours... and the character design although quite pleasing for the eye and original even if quite dated by nowadays standards.
Finally, if you're a person that doesn't like "gambling" and luck playing too much importance in your game, you'd better avoid this one because cards are cards... Shuffled randomly and you don't get what you want at the right time or you can be totally screwed by that. However I'll say that managing and anticipating random factors is also quite a good part of what strategy actually is and perhaps it's worth a try for a change.
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Posted on 2012-09-25 10:13:27 by kimvidard:
I remember that game very well! At the time I thought it was probably the best Heroes of Might and Magic meets Magic the Gathering game I could ask for.
Beautiful and very fun, I spent hours perfecting my deck and crushing my enemies. Or getting crushed, to be fair, the game does get tough.
Turn by turn strategie fans, get this game. CCG fans, get this game. In short, get this game, and hope the next one in the series is added as well!
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Posted on 2012-09-25 15:41:23 by ThomasPierson:
This is a good example of what happens when a developer plans well and then sticks to that plan. Etherlords is a solid game with addictively frustrating game play. The importance of managing your spells and summonings AND being flexible with your build so you can better match your next opponent is crucial. This game does not care about your feelings, it will crush you mercilesslyread more if you don't have a strong deck or if you get a bad run of cards. As mentioned by others there are some graphic and game play flaws that keep this and it's predecessor from being five star games, but it is a solid entry into the TBS/RPG crossover field and one I happily have in my physical collection alongside Fantasy General and HOMM
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