Slitherine and Owned By Gravity’s glorious turn-based tactical fight recreation Fantasy Common II will get its most intriguing DLC but in Evolution, scheduled to launch tomorrow on 25 February. I’ve had my scaly claws on it for a few weeks and I’ve completely loved each second of the scrumptious massacre that’s the Lizardfolk marketing campaign.
Up entrance: Evolution brings an all-new marketing campaign that includes over 20 missions, a brand new Lizardfolk hero for this DLC and an alternate hunter model of Falirson for the principle marketing campaign, and a wholly new marketing campaign map referred to as the Archipelago. It additionally brings new gadgets, unit varieties, and enemies.
Background: Fantasy General II is a contemporary re-imagining of the traditional tactical fight recreation. And, for those who ask me, it’s the most effective of each worlds. There’s no mistaking the tabletop wargaming vibe while you play FGII, you possibly can virtually hear the cube rolling as you assault your enemies. The sport stays true to its simple-to-learn-but-hard-to-master roots whereas concurrently embracing what’s good in regards to the trendy period; 3D animated graphics, music, and computer-resolved guidelines simply to call a number of.
When you like chess, or tactics-based map explorers corresponding to Panzer Corps 2 or X-COM, however you’d want a extra fantasy-themed expertise that includes monsters and magic, that is the sport for you.
Verdict: The Lizardfolk play fairly in a different way than the Barbarians from the principle marketing campaign or the Empire from the Aflame DLC. The place these felt like extra conventional player-controlled factions, the Lizardfolk virtually really feel villain-esque.
Firstly, the Lizardfolk eat their enemies to maintain themselves and earn particular evolution factors and liquid mana that enable them to degree up or evolve, therefore the title of the DLC. And secondly, whereas the group you play as are outcasts, they’re not a lot on a quest to proper some flawed or deliver justice as they’re simply perpetually hungry. It’s a pleasant change of tempo for a marketing campaign to anticipate me to make ethical choices based mostly on how hungry I’m.
What’s most attention-grabbing in regards to the Lizardfolk is that they spit within the face of all the things FGII‘s stood for as much as their inclusion. These of us who’ve spent dozens of hours within the earlier campaigns constructing and safeguarding our huge, skilled veteran armies will discover it counterintuitive to only pump out models to make use of as cannon fodder. Shedding a treasured unit in the principle marketing campaign is a troublesome blow to return again from. In Evolution, sacrificing troops by the dozen is a respectable technique.
It’s because the Lizardfolk produce liquid mana, a uncommon useful resource used to improve Lizard heroes and elite models, after they die. Hypothetically, you might flip your military right into a liquid mana farm and simply preserve throwing lizards at all of your issues till you’ve constructed up sufficient liquid mana to spawn complete armies of elite models.
Enjoying because the Lizardfolk is a superbly viable entry level for brand new gamers who handle to select up the bottom recreation and the brand new DLC (you don’t have to know something in regards to the earlier DLCs to get pleasure from this one). However I feel veteran gamers on the lookout for a recent problem will get essentially the most out of this add-on.
There’s rather a lot to like right here and, actually, I can’t discover a single factor the DLC brings in that makes something worse. I dig the all the brand new paintings and the writing is incredible. FGII Evolution has a fantastic storyline that stays true to the sport’s minimalist system. When you’re like me, you need simply sufficient story to present your battles some good context, however on the finish of the day you’re taking part in a recreation not studying a novel. FGII excels at strolling the road between narrative and gameplay.
The one grievance I can think about gamers having – and it’s not one I share – is that the Lizardfolk really feel extraordinarily underpowered except you decide to an ambush/cannonfodder technique early on. Particular person models, even elite ones, are unlikely to show the battle on their very own and which means you’ll need to pay additional consideration to terrain and different tiny particulars earlier than you execute your technique. However, arguably, that’s what makes a turn-based ways recreation enjoyable: the problem is within the particulars.
Fantasy Common II: Evolution shall be accessible on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox on 25 February, you possibly can study extra and order your copy here.