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Invictus: In the Shadow of Olympus (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
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Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). -
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.2
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 2.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.6
Overall MobyScore (5 votes) 3.1


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Power Unlimited
Het vechten is soms onoverzichtelijk en vaak hetzelfde maar smul je van de Griekse fabels en vertellingen dan is Shadows of Olympus best de moeite waard.
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GameSpy
Great concept, intriguing characters, and a new twist in graphics still can't save Invictus from mediocrity.
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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
If you can look past its relatively daunting graphical issues, you’ll actually find a gem lurking in the depths of Invictus. Its gameplay requires more thought and planning than is necessary in most RTS titles, without the burden of resource collection. This uncommon focus allows the attention to shift towards developing an immersive atmosphere, which this game most certainly takes advantage of. Fans of Greek mythology will find plenty to like here, as Quicksilver appears to have gone to extensive lengths to ensure that even the most obscure bit of ancient lore is included in some way or another. Had unit recognition and the aforementioned graphical engine been as polished as the atmosphere, Invictus could have proven to be appealing to all RTS fans, and not just those who adore mythology. As it stands, only a devoted few will have the patience to peel back Invictus‘ marred layers to find the passionately designed fun within.
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All Game Guide
With an entertaining premise, very well-known characters, a multi-player matching mode and an interesting single-player path, Invictus: In the Shadow of Olympus is a superb title for strategy-game fans, mythology buffs or anyone looking for a new take on the strategy genre.
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PC Player (Germany)
Oh würde Zeus bloß mein Flehen erhören und einen Blitz durch meine Soundkarte hämmern! Ich kann es bald nicht mehr ertragen, das ewige Gelabere meiner Pixelmännchen. Anders als bei Command & Conquer reden diese nämlich nicht nur wenn angewählt, sondern quasseln a la Gregor Gysi beim Schnellsprech-Wettbewerb in einem fort. Dass sie überdies meine Befehle stellenweise ignorieren, beziehungsweise genau das Gegenteil machen, fällt nur aufgrund der mangelhaften künstlichen Intelligenz der Gegner nicht auf. Sehr positiv machen sich die kleinen Rätsel, sowie das Weiterentwickeln der eigenen Charaktere bemerkbar. Nicht mit namenlosem Ballista-Futter hat man es zu tun, sondern mit Einheiten, die einem spätestens nach dem dritten oder veirten Auftrag ans Herz gewachsen sind. Dies erklärt letztendlich den von Invictus ausgehenden Reiz.
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RealGamer (Benelux)
De graphics van deze game vallen helaas erg tegen, als je ze op best zet is alles erg geblurd en als je ze op minimaal zet dan wordt alles zeer onoverzichtelijk door de pixels. De verschillende karakters zijn ook moeilijk te herkennen tenzij je helemaal inzoomt. Toch is niet alles negatief aan de graphics, de aardbeving die Hercules bijvoorbeeld veroorzaakt ziet er goed uitgewerkt uit. Ook de bliksems van Electra mogen er wezen. Het geluid valt ook behoorlijk tegen. Het is allemaal te veel van hetzelfde allemaal, de bekende zwaardgeluiden en zo. Ondanks deze tegenvallers is het spel goed te spelen en zal een flink aantal uren speelplezier opleveren. En wil je meer weten over de Griekse mythologie ga dan gewoon de handleiding van het spel doorlezen want daar wordt alles goed verteld, bijvoorbeeld bij iedere held staat een zeer uitgebreid verhaal.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Invictus apporte quelques originalités, dans la gestion de ses personnages, et mélange assez habilement la stratégie temps réel au jeu de rôle. Malheureusement, les graphismes sont minables, et le pari du voxel n’a pas été réussi. Pas un grand jeu au final.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
Invictus was a fun game to play for a while, but you soon reach a point where the fun drops off at a rapid rate and monotony creeps in. It's a shame really, because the idea and background for the game sounded fantastic on paper, but obviously got lost somewhere in the development process. The game does maintain a certain replayability factor due to the range of heroes and other units on offer, but whether you will even want to play the whole thing over again remains to be seen. Disappointing.
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Налицо классический пример мужественного, бойцовского разбега и стыдного прыжка. Разбегу во многом способствовала уважаемая компания Interplay, с неимоверной силой раскручивавшая Invictus.Она со своей задачей справилась. А вот прыжок уже полностью зависел от разработчика, компании 14 Degrees East. Но она заступила за черту, поскользнулась на банановой кожуре (брошенной тем самым представителем целевой аудитории) и села в лужицу кока-колы (разлитой, естественно, им же). Все занятные ролевые находки Invictus перечеркнуты отвратительной графикой и однообразным геймплеем. Да еще и это самостийное истолкование греческой мифологии… Занимались бы они, и правда, лучше Star Trek’ом.
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GameStar (Germany)
Griechische Heldensagen sind ein dankbarer Hintergrund für Abenteuerspiele; an Stimmung mangelt es Invictus denn auch nicht. Dafür hakt's an anderer Stelle: Die Grafik ist langweilig und grob, die Sichtweite zu gering. Die Missionen schaffen Sie entweder durch Zufall oder durch Rumprobieren. Oft scheitern Missionen ohne jeden Hinweis auf den Grund. Die Echtzeit-Kämpfe sind pure Hau-drauf-Kloppereien ohne Anspruch.
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PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Echt véél moet je niet verwachten als je aan Invicuts begint. Twee keer nadenken voor je het aankoopt dus.
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Gamezilla
Invictus is better used lining a garbage bin than your computer desk and certainly more attractive doing it. As a fan of mythology, I had hoped to see a fair amount of treatment of mythological heroes, delving into their deep, passionate, and often tempestuous pasts. Instead, I’ve been delivered a poorly designed, poorly programmed game that uses Greek heroes to provide a gimmick to an otherwise worthless game.
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PC Player (Denmark)
Invictus er sjovt i en times tid - derefter bliver det bare irriterende. Et klassisk eksempel på et spil, der ser rigtig godt ud på papiret, men som ikke kan levere varen.
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GameSpot
There are other problems with Invictus, but the true death knell is that the missions aren't fun, inspired, or particularly challenging. They might be timed, or they might hinge on locating an object or person - but whatever the goal is, it feels contrived. The one area where Invictus could have shined is in its multiplayer game - at least Interplay lined up some type of matchmaking support using Mplayer - but the game's poor AI, lousy pathfinding, and tedious combat means there really isn't much point. So no matter how much you're into mythology, it's very likely that you won't enjoy Invictus - and that means you're best off not spending money at your local software outlet in hopes that you'll actually like it.
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PC Games (Germany)
Machtkampf im alten Griechenland. Götter und Menschen treten an zum entscheidenden Kräftemessen. Meeresgott Poseidon ist stinksauer. Die Sterblichen haben jegliche Furcht vor den Bewohnern des Olymp verloren und streben nach der Herrschaft über die Welt. Also schickt der erzürnte Gott seine finsteren Horden aus, mit dem Auftrag, die Menschen endgültig zu vernichten. Als Führer der Sterblichen fällt Ihnen die Aufgabe zu, die monströsen Günstlinge des Gottes zurück ins Meer zu werfen.
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Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Charged with saving humanity from Poseidon’s wrath, you assemble war parties made up of soldiers, mythical beasts, and mythic heroes such as Hercules, Hippolyta, and Perseus. Heroes have special powers: Perseus turns enemies to stone while Hercules triggers earthquakes with blows from his mighty club. Sound cool? Sorry. INVICTUS is most noteworthy for its failure to entertain, despite the great concept.