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New buildings provide some nifty strategic options (the Sorceror’s Abode lets you buy and cast some very useful spells, while the Hall of Champions lets you put a bounty on any single monster type’s head for a time). The game could still benefit from a larger, encompassing story and some players might gripe at not being able to use the new buildings in the original game (even though they’d screw up game balance), but for MAJESTY fans, this expansion is pretty much a must- have.
Overall, if you wanted more single player scenarios, the expansion is a great deal. If you were always yearning for more action once a scenario was completed, the expansion can help you there as well. If you liked the original and just wanted more options and toys for your heroes to play with, again the expansion is a good buy. For only $20, the expansion is a great deal for anyone with the original game. If you haven't played the original, you may want to wait for Majesty Gold (presumably the original and the expansion) due to come out in January of 2002. Majesty is one of the most unique and different real time strategy games of the past couple years.
If you're a fan of the original, then you'll definitely enjoy the extra bit of gaming you'll get for twenty bucks. However, if you were a marginal fan and were just thinking of trying it again, I'm not sure you're going to find too much to keep your interest for very long. It's still a very solid game with a great premise and interesting style of play that you just gotta love, but the lack of new friendly units and the slowdown that puts you in slow motion at times is a bit annoying.
If you liked Majesty FKS, then you'll probably like Majesty NE. But if you didn't understand why all those reviewers kept giving high marks to Majesty FKS, or if you thought Majesty FKS was too hard, then there are probably better ways for you to spend your time.
The decision to recommend an add-on pack hinges on two things: price and longevity. The Northern Expansion costs about half the price of a new game and significantly extends the longevity of the original. Therefore, if you're a fan of Majesty, you'll want to own it. If you've never played the game but the concept piques your interest, expect the game and expansion to be bundled together and made available for purchase at a later date.