This game is oh so very confusing. This game acts similar to Civilization in that you have little cities that can be upgraded and units that require upkeep. It’s very different in that… holy (edit)defecation so many buttons. The tutorial is rather unhelpful in that i have no idea what everything does. Because this is my first Total War Saga game this was a HUGE learning curve for me. The thing that is concerning everybody is the greyed out DLC button… honestly, shouldn’t we be expecting this at this point? I don’t know if this is just because people just want to complain about DLC now but that’s the world we live in.
Just like I briefly previously mentioned, this acts a lot like Civilization games except much more complex. The customization on cities is rather low while the customization on troops and armies is astronomical. In a really cool (yet kind of clunky) feature, they allow you to have complete control over your troops in combat. This allows you to take a bit of RNG out of the combat and show your military expertise. I really liked this the one time I did it, however, the battle took forever even though it was over about half way through.
There were so many things that I didn’t know about this game that was never explained that would have taken me forever to figure out if somebody didn’t tell me exactly what to do on stream. He explained loyalty, recruiting troops to generals, and basically everything else that would have taken hours. Without him I would still be sitting in my chair looking at the screen like an idiot with the worst army the internet has ever seen. Unfortunately, I won’t be continuing to learn this game because there are other games that are more rewarding to me for less work.
Another issue is how long the games can take. This is normal for battle simulator like games, but it didn’t feel rewarding for the time put in. After about an hour we still didn’t get very far. And it didn’t feel like that because I’m an idiot, it felt this way because there is just too much to do.
That’s not to say this game is awful. There are a lot of redeeming factors as to why I can see the appeal to this game. I can imagine that if you get through the insane learning curve this game would feel ultra rewarding. I can imagine winning a campaign game on the hardest difficulty and that feeling of accomplishment.
Would I recommend?
Well… that is difficult to say. I feel like this is a very niche game that requires a LOT of playing to understand. Do you like turn based strategy games? Are you familiar with other Total War Saga games? Do you mind putting in hours and hours of learning? If you answered yes to all of these then I would recommend, but if you answered no to any of these… well… I would be more willing to suggest Civilization.