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Overall, The Iron Plague is a worthwhile add-on for Total Annihilation: Kingdoms. There are those that did not enjoy Kingdoms due to the vast differences between it and its science-fiction predecessor, Total Annihilation. Those people will probably not enjoy this pack either, as it doesn't change the majority of gameplay. But for all the others who had a blast in the kingdom of Darien, The Iron Plague extends gameplay and issues some new challenges. Bottom Line: A fifth new civilization has been added to Kingdoms. Units are mechanical in nature and require a different style of strategy to use effectively, while the majority of gameplay remains similar to that found in the main game. The small problems of Kingdoms have actually gotten worse, but are still not game-stopping.
25 nieuwe eenheden en 25 nieuwe maps, waren alle uitbreidingen maar zo.
If you are an RTS fan and a Cavedog Fan then this is a must buy. If you do not fit that description, you can rest assured you will at least get your monies worth with this purchase.
The improved game engine and the new civilization are well worth the price of the Kingdoms expansion pack. It's a very good deal if you liked the original Kingdoms. If you had technical complaints with the original but liked it fairly well otherwise, you should also consider picking up The Iron Plague. But if you liked nothing about Kingdoms, then you still won't enjoy it with The Iron Plague. That's because the essence of the game hasn't changed; resource management remains overly simplified compared with other real-time strategy games, groups of units moving together still seem to act as if they're in a Keystone Cops movie, and battles still frequently turn into exercises of mutual attrition. But the new units, the new maps, and the new campaign add a lot to the original Kingdoms, which can only be a good thing.
Strategy Gaming Online
Overall, if you like Kingdoms, then Iron Plague is a worthy add on for a nice low price. If you purchased Kingdoms and didn't like it, the improvements in version 2.0 might make you like it a bit more. Download the patch and then see what you think. And if you hated Kingdoms to begin with, go out and buy something else.
As with the original Total Annihilation: Kingdoms game, nothing revolutionary or completely new is offered with this expansion pack, but what is offered is another solid single player campaign with great storyline, which adds in another enemy race that turns the race for Darien even more competitive and should add more enjoyment for the players that liked the original game. However, players that hated the original game look elsewhere as the expansion pack does not change the game completely, but just adds more of the great elements that made the original so much fun.
PC Player (Germany)
Die neuen Missionen sind nicht sehr einfallsreich gestaltet, dürften aber Fans erfreuen.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Internet-abhorring grognards will get a ton of new maps, all downloadable units released to date, the much-needed 2,0 patch that greatly improves performance. and other online goodies that Cavedog has released. Not-very-wired TA: KINGDOMS fans will dig this pack. Otherwise, you’ll have to ask yourself if you really want bigger zeppelins and more tanks with your zombies in your RTS.
incite PC Gaming
While Iron Plague does little to improve Total Annihilation Kingdoms
, and contains little new to warrant lavish praise, it's still a stable and well-executed mission pack that should amuse avid fans of the first game.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
By definition Iron Plague meets all of the requirements for an expansion pack. It adds new units, a new campaign, and new maps while improving its graphics. Upon further examination however, unless you are a diehard Kingdoms player it really doesn’t do enough to make it a worthy purchase. I guess therein lies the rub so to speak. I was not a big fan of the original Kingdoms, at all, and therefore can’t find much I like about Iron Plague. However, those of you that did enjoy its unique take on real-time strategy should probably pick this one up.