Hopefully readers here of our reviews know that of the entire
crew, i am the blunt one and am willing to give you the straight
stuff about a game without a filter in place. So, needless to
say that when i refer to this game as lame...i'm telling the truth.
And there are reasons too. But...come, come...Mishy, give us some
low down on this latest mutant RTS/RPG hybrid known as Kingdom
is] pretty standard if you don't mind me saying."
*sniffsniff* Something here smells of a bad Diablo 2/Warcraft
wannabe....oh that must be the game Kingdom Under Fire that we
are being forced by the tyrants here at H2H to review (I resent
that -Ed.). First of all, you can play the campaigns/single
player or you can skirmish against the computer in rts style.
You can also multiplay across the internet with this game using
the Wargate server. Pretty good range of choices I might add.
The game basically revolves around a whole whack of oft-found
strife between orcs/ogres and humans. The storyline beyond that
is rather elementary and better left discovered when playing just
so you get SOMETHING out of this mess. But you can choose to play
either one as you start off the story. Pretty standard if you
don't mind me saying.
I don't mind at all...but here's my general sum up of the elements
that this game's got within. The RTS portion of this game plays
like a bad version of Total Annihilation: Kingdoms with the resource
gathering and building hierarchy of Age of Empires. Add that to
the poorly implemented Diablo-ish RPG mode of the game and you've
got one very boring mouse clicker. I think it's usually Tristinian
who says this here at H2H, but RTSs (hybrid or not) have to be
more cautious now than ever because in this huge RTS market. Because
if your game is even just moderately bad, it's low quality
is magnified even more so when compared to the best games that
represent the genre. Kingdom Under Fire is a perfect example of
this. I almost feel as if i should have played this game 2 years
I almost feel as if I should have NEVER played this game at all.
You know how you see games, and you want them because you think
that they are sooooooo cool, original, and look like they will
set a new standard in gaming--right? Well, if gaming was an Olympic
sport.....this game would not even qualify to compete.
Ouch...ok, ok. Lets fork out some pin-point reasoning for this
though. Now, despite the hybrid RTS/RPG format, this game offers
nothing innovative. Although upon starting up the game and playing
through it, the music i found to be sinfully good and perfect
for the fantasy world in which KUF was set. But that would be
the last quality item the game would provide. Graphically, the
game is dated for sure. Spell effects are underwhelming and the
character movements and building architecture are all 'so-so'
in general. But it's the gameplay that truly reminds you though
of how KUF lacks gaming potency. And if you are a skirmish
fan and detest the legendary 'cheating' AI, you'll be slamming
your fist against the desk here again too...
can only use the word 'generic' so many times before the
word itself embraces its own meaning"
I am a skirmish fan and I was slamming more than just my fist
against the desk!! But first of all, I have to agree with you
on the music thing....I think that the music is great. In fact,
I left the game running for background music when I had a guest
over at my place for a wicked chatting atmosphere. I also have
to add that all the parts leading up to the actual gameplay are
really cool: the options page, the game set up page etc.. Back
to the skirmish issue though...I cannot tell you how many times
I simply restarted the game after watching my entire camp of a
dozen or so men just wiped out. "What the hell was that?!?!? Did
I just witness the Plague!?!?!?!?" Gone. All killed by the AI
which in the same time i took to build some warriors and peasants,
gathered an army of a hundred ogres. Poof. And why there is no
save game option either?
Oh the questions. And to be honest, more than just us on this
staff have tried this game only to be disappointed-in addition
to showing us pity for having to review it. This game isn't GOD
AWFUL...don't get me wrong. But you can only use the word 'generic'
so many times before the word itself embraces its own meaning.
So how does 'sub-par' sound? If you are dying for a fantasy-based
RTS though, KUF isn't so bad that it wouldn't satisfy a die-hard
fantasy freak. Or so i would think. But more so for avid fans
of games in general and RTSs to be more specific-KUF kicks the
bucket way too often in terms of quality output. And the RPG element,
well--that doesn't often grab your attention either when playing
through the RPG levels a few times.
One thing that i have to add as a final note....I have noticed
that more often than not, the game would take control of my mouse
camera as I was playing just to forward the story. I found that
very annoying. I do not need the computer taking control
of my mouse...i am not stupid. Make an FMV or something...damn.
I know the game did this to point out certain events that occurred
as I was playing....my conspiracy theory though is that this is
done to divert your attention from whatever you were doing, throw
you off track and screw you in mid-gameplay. Yes, I complained
a lot about this game but just like a cheap b-movie, it has its
moments. So I bestow upon this (nice choice of words Silver) 'sub-par'
It DOES have it's moments and yes the camera control loss at certain
parts of the story were annoying. But while this game i don't
think is as bad or generic as say, Dogs of War or Star Trek: New
Worlds, it still doesn't deserve to pass with flying colours.
For once, someone gives a grade lower than mine. KUF isn't stellar
though and i doubt a patch can even really make this game THAT