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Being a Mac gamer can be a mixed bag. We lost 3dFx, but ATI gave us RADEON, and nVidia is lurking about to fill the InTeRcApPiNg video card niche. We didn't get two button mice as a standard, but the hockey puck is gone. We didn't get Half-Life, but we didn't have to have Daikatana, either. Will we ever get truly concurrent releases? I don't know. But if they keep making games like Majesty, I'm willing to wait.
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MacPlay has done the Mac Gaming Community a great service by bringing Majesty over from the PC side for us all to enjoy. They brought a game full of great graphics, wonderful gameplay and a Sean Connery-style voiceover that completes the audio-visual component. The gameplay is fantastic, especially over the Network. The detailed interactions between characters and rulers are truly enjoyable, and the complexity that exists in Ardania is fantastic. It provides hours upon hours of fun, so go out and enjoy. And I'll see you on GameRanger, I'll be the guy with the Temples to Fervus and Wizards running willy-nilly all over the place.
I played through the game in a single weekend, not because it was short, but because it was so much fun I didn't want to stop. Majesty is definitely a break from the same old same old that we often get on the Mac and it makes for a great diversion. If you enjoy strategy games at all, Majesty is a winner.
Majesty doesn't follow the typical WarCraft or Command & Conquer style of gameplay that real-time strategy games are best known for—which may be a let down for fans of such titles—but succeeds with its own approach, and may very well pave the path for a new style of games.
Majesty is an entertaining game that's rated E for Everyone, but it does contain some animated violence. Younger kids may also find some of the monsters a bit scary.
Majesty is a unique game that blends two genres fairly successfully. While this approach won't appeal to everyone, those patient enough to learn the game's intricacies will find the experience fit for a king.
Majesty stands out primarily for the unique perspective of being a ruler, and not a micromanager. For this reason Majesty stands out against other real time strategies. Further to its credit, it is a very "complete" game, i.e. there is a wide range of gameplay options for both single player and multiplayer gaming that are both varied and flexible. So why does Majesty not rate higher? Ratings are somewhat deceptive... and for some people this game will definitely rank number one. For me, however, Majesty delivers one unique idea amidst a sea of been-there, done-that presentation.
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