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Northland

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The Press Says

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MacintoshGames4Mac
Also wenn euch die Siedler gefallen haben und es euch schon immer aufgeregt hat, dass es keinen Nachfolger gab, müsst ihr unbedingt "Die Reise nach Nordland" kaufen und spielen. Das beste "Wusel-Adventure-Strategie"-Spiel was es derzeit auf dem Markt gibt.
85
WindowsGameZone
Overall, Northland is definitely an improvement over the Cultures 2 title, which makes it even better for those of us who were big Cultures 2 fans to begin with. Everything that made the original Cultures 2 game is back in, including the ease of gameplay and extreme hours of potential playtime. The addition of the creation mode also helps to prolong the enjoyment; since even long after the single player and campaign settings are gone … you can still continue to create your own single and multiplayer maps. In my initial preview, I was a little worried about what might happen to the series since it went from JoWood to another developer … but I’m happy to say that they proved me wrong and it only got better.
85
LinuxGameZone
Overall, Northland is definitely an improvement over the Cultures 2 title, which makes it even better for those of us who were big Cultures 2 fans to begin with. Everything that made the original Cultures 2 game is back in, including the ease of gameplay and extreme hours of potential playtime. The addition of the creation mode also helps to prolong the enjoyment; since even long after the single player and campaign settings are gone … you can still continue to create your own single and multiplayer maps. In my initial preview, I was a little worried about what might happen to the series since it went from JoWood to another developer … but I’m happy to say that they proved me wrong and it only got better.
84
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Hinter der Reise nach Nordland verbirgt sich nichts weiter als eine aufpolierte Version des altbekannten Cultures 2. Sie nehmen einen kleinen Wikinger-Stamm unter Ihre Fittiche, bilden die Jungen zu Steinmetzen, Farmern und Töpfern aus, sorgen für Nahrung und Unterkunft, verheiraten Männlein und Weiblein und sehen die Familie wachsen. Wer das als Siedler-Spieler oder Völker-Fan noch nicht kennt, sollte jetzt zuschlagen: Die Aufbau-Variation von Funatics bleibt auch in der neuen Fassung Sieger im Spielspaß-Vergleich.
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WindowsGame Informer Magazine
While the story is interesting and infused with Norse legend, it's the multiple difficulty levels, whimsical art style (which is a good thing), and hands-on management of individuals that makes this more engaging to a wider audience of players. Somewhere between The Sims and Civilization, Northland fills a unique gap in the strategy genre.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Es verwundert mich kaum, dass die Reise nach Nordland fast genauso spaßig ist wie Cultures 2. Immerhin dient die gleiche Engine als Basis, und fast alle Spielelemente sind aus dem Hauptprogramm übernommen. Für Wikinger-Veteranen ist deshalb wenig Neues drin. Wer aber schon Cultures 2 mochte, für den lohnt sich trotzdem die Aufbau-Pauschalreise für 30 Euro. Alle anderen greifen ein wenig tiefer in den Sparstrumpf und holen sich lieber Anno 1503.
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Windows4Players.de
Cultures war und ist mein Wusel-Favorit. Trotzdem bin ich aus vielerlei Gründen stets skeptisch gegenüber Add-Ons. Mit Recht, denn obwohl Die Reise nach Nordland im Rahmen der Geschichten aus der Cultures-Welt auch ohne das Haupt-Programm funktioniert, kommt sie weder spielerisch noch in der Präsentation an dieses heran. Andererseits fesselt das altbewährte Aufbauprinzip trotz nur mäßigem Aufwasch wieder vor den Bildschirm. Alles sieht so putzig aus, dass man seinen Winzlingen am liebsten stundenlang beim Werkeln zuschauen möchte. Das kann man aber auch genauso gut bei Cultures 2 tun, so dass die Nordland-Erweiterung nur was für absolute Fans ist!
70
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
Northland does a decent enough job of combining The Sims with resource management and town planning, but I can't recommend this over the much better options within the PC simulation and strategy genres. Also, Viking women are apparently only good for cooking, cleaning, and popping out babies, which seems a bit archaic. I'd look elsewhere for your strategy fix.
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MacintoshInside Mac Games (IMG)
Though Northland is essentially a real time strategy/city building game, it’s not much like the competition. The closest comparison to another game series would be Sierra’s City Building Series (of which only Caesar 3 was published for the Mac). Most of the game play focuses on feeding, employing, and sheltering your townsfolk. Unlike any similar game, you get into much greater detail and finer control, such as telling them where to live, when to get married, when to change jobs, and when to have children.
64
WindowsIGN
The inability to just create new units when you need them, the narrow pathfinding abilities, and the gradual pace of the game, even at its highest speed settings, the need to assign units to each building, thus taking them away from other things you already need them to do, makes this a much different simulator than we're used to. The graphics are nothing special and have serious issues with current ATI cards, the sound and music are nice but nothing memorable, and in the end, Northland is a fairly pleasant diversion at times, but a little boring otherwise. You can get into a groove, just making new stuff, upgrading things, developing trade routes, some light diplomacy, but the pathfinding and micromanagement will eventually throw up a roadblock and push you right out of "the zone." There are other, better games along these lines, like Caesar III and Zeus, and this game eventually just comes off as a flawed Settlers installment with a Viking theme.
64
LinuxIGN
In the early years of the RTS genre, it combined combat with resource management. Over time, things branched out, with more combat-oriented play (with Massive Assault as a recent example) and more city management-oriented play, like the Caesar games. Northland is on the far end of the management side, with little combat to go around. This can be pretty entertaining, in a Sim City-like way, and Northland's addition of individual unit management like in The Sims does offer some intriguing added depth, on paper. There are a few roadblocks, however.
51
WindowsGameSpot
Overall, Northland falls short of delivering a satisfying experience. It's difficult to care about the story or any of the characters in it when the game doesn't have any voice acting to lend personality to it. Furthermore, it's tough to slog through all the minutiae the game throws at you. The tedious busywork will be particularly irritating to anyone familiar with more-recent RTS games that bend over backward to streamline mundane aspects of gameplay to focus on what's most important. If that isn't reason enough to avoid Northland, ATI card users have to deal with figuring out a work-around just to load the game. While hardcore Cultures fans and those who enjoy micromanagement may find something to like in Northland, anyone else--especially people with short attention spans--should look elsewhere.
51
LinuxGameSpot
Northland, the third game in the Cultures real-time strategy series, has finally been released in North America, after shipping last summer in Europe. The game offers a lot of content and is sure to keep hardcore Cultures fans busy for quite a while. However, those who are new to the series may not get past Northland's dated graphics engine or game design, which hasn't evolved with the rest of the RTS genre. A showstopping technical glitch that affects ATI cards may keep some players from even loading the game at all.
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MacintoshAppleLinks.Com
Northland isn't a bad game, it's just overwhelming with the detail and control you are given and the time you have to spend managing your village before you can start exploring the map and interacting with other villages. If the simulation aspect was toned down a bit and the RPG and real-time strategy aspects were given more attention and importance, I would have a better opinion of Northland. As Northland is now, it's best suited for people who really like simulation games with a lot of detail.
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WindowsGamePlasma
This game is not fun by any means. I will say again that this is not a game and you can't possibly play it. It's more like sit at your computer and watch a bunch of Disney looking cartoon character Vikings walk around happy-go-lucky style like they are tripping on the mushrooms... except Funatics Software forgot about the part where the Vikings go beserk.