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Warlords: Battlecry (Windows)

76
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.4
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Warlords: Battlecry is an engaging and well-done RTS with only a few game design flaws Droog (463) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall MobyScore (13 votes) 3.4


The Press Says

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92
Game Over Online
All this adds up to very little in the complaints department, and I'm sorry I didn't review Warlords Battlecry earlier because I think it would have found its way onto our Game of the Year ballot under one heading or another. As it stands, it will have to be satisfied with the first Gamer's Choice Award that I've given in the 6 months I've been writing for GO.
88
ActionTrip
Warlords: Battlecry is a fun creation that can compete with 3D technologically more advanced games. There are few successful fantasy RPG, and the Warlords are a quality product. It will enchant every fan of fantasy games as well as RPG/FRP, and strategies.
84
Power Unlimited
Een erg leuke, easy-to-use fantasy strategygame die duidelijk laat zien dat het genre een ander kant opgaat. Door de negen verschillende rassen alsmede de prima multiplayer mogelijkheden blijft Warlords Battlecry lekker lang speelbaar.
84
GameSpot
In a market that's presently saturated with 3D real-time strategy games, many of which have science-fiction themes, it's great to see a 2D fantasy game that actually brings something new to the table. While Warlords Battlecry is evidently derivative of other fantasy-themed strategy games, its combination of elements taken from its predecessors makes the game unique in its own right. The focus on heroes particularly adds an interesting angle to the gameplay, and along with the de-emphasis on resource gathering, it makes the game seem substantially different from its predecessors. Also, the sheer variety of units and play options ought to keep you occupied for a long time. So if you're interested in real-time strategy games and don't mind getting a little nostalgic, then you ought to give Warlords Battlecry a shot.
80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Although the RTS realm is rapidly becoming a three-dimensional one, Warlords Battlecry proves that there’s still room for a 2D offering, so long as it’s fun, well-presented and replete with original ideas. These factors are certainly present in abundance, as a heavy RPG theme has been injected into a Warcraft II-type mold, leaving plenty of opportunities for strategic planning and character development. In this respect, the persistent Hero is a terrific addition, as it lends considerable individuality to each player’s solo and multiplayer campaigns. However, there are a few issues that keep this game from reaching its full potential, as the AI is rather simplistic, and the overall concept is firmly entrenched in the repetitive sameness that pervades the genre. Nevertheless, if you pine for the days of good, old-fashioned RTS orc-bashing, you owe it to yourself to give this title a chance.
80
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Once you get over the dull graphics and interface glitches, BATTLECRY manages to retain a surprising amount of the old WARLORDS charm, while offering new-school RTS gamers a novel challenge. It’s the first RTS game to successfully incorporate that “just one more level” hook that makes titles like DIABLO or MIGHT & MAGIC so addictive. Now, if you'll pardon me, I have to level-up my Undead Necromancer so I can buy that third-level spell I’ve had my eye on...
79
GameSpy
For an RTS fan such as myself, Warlords 3: Battlecry provides a much needed shot in the arm. Too many clones proliferate the market with little or nothing to distinguish them from each other or the original upon which they are based. The quality of this game alone would be enough to make most strategy clones look like the hacked together piles many of them are. Combine that with the ability to improve your heroes and take them beyond the current battle and you have a really fun game.
79
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Minder aandacht voor resources, meer voor een bijzonder interessant heldpersonage dat het hele game een verrassende strategische meerwaarde geeft.
79
4Players.de
Keine Redewendung passt besser zu SSGs Warlords Battlecry als "Liebe auf den zweiten Blick". Obwohl das Spielprinzip samt vieler Einheiten ohne Zweifel von Warcraft 2 und all seinen Nachahmern abgekupfert ist, entwickelt Battlecry ein unverwechselbares und fantastisches Flair. Die Jagd nach magischen Gegenständen und Kriegsruhm lässt einen einfach nicht mehr los. Warum? Weil die Entwickler von SSG dem eher nüchternen Strategie-Genre eine gehörige Dosis Rollenspiel und Persönlichkeit verordnet haben. Während der Microsoft-Feldherr anonyme Truppen in die Schlacht führt, schart Ihr als Kriegslord namhafte Recken -wie Dhaergar den Starken, oder Edric den Roten- um Euer Banner. Auch der integrierte Karteneditor und insbesondere die verschiedenen Multiplayer-Modi dürften für lang anhaltende Unterhaltung sorgen. Mögen die Götter mit Euch sein!
78
Gamesmania
Warlords Battlecry ist erfrischend anders durch die interessanten Rollenspielelemente. Die Balance der einzelnen Rassen ist gut gelungen. Man darf sich als böser ebenso wie als guter Charakter versuchen - so ist für jeden Geschmack etwas dabei.
76
GameStar (Germany)
Erst hat mich der antiquierte 2D-Look von Warlords Battlecry etwas abgeschreckt. Einheiten und Upgrades scheinen eins zu eins von WarCraft 2 geklaut zu sein. Beim Spielen gibt es aber immer mehr Kleinigkeiten wie magische Gegenstände zu entdecken, die das Programm wohltuend von anderen Echtzeitstrategie-Vertretern abheben. Die Entwicklung des Helden und die Zauber motivieren immer wieder dazu, noch eine der schweren Missionen zu versuchen. Dafür nehme ich gern die langweilige Grafik mit den immer gleichen Landschaften in Kauf.
75
Game Revolution
Warlords Battlecry is a better-than-average RTS with enough depth, breadth, scope and challenge to keep the average armchair warrior on active duty. However, the frustrating linearity, at times crappy AI and dated graphics keep it from snatching a place in history as a markedly innovative title.
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Jeuxvideo.com
En résumé, Warlords Battlecry est un jeu intéressant doté d'une foule de possibilités et d'un bon gameplay mais accusant un moteur 2D peu esthétique. Dommage de gâcher d'aussi grandes possibilités.
73
PC Games (Germany)
Im Fantasy-Ambiente bietet Battlecry, was echtzeitliebende Strategiespieler verlangen: Basisaufbau, Erkundungen, Schlachten, die schnelle Auffassungsgabe erfordern, sowie eine komfortable Steuerung. Aber all das bekommt man in Age of Empires 2 schicker und spannender präsentiert. Nur der Held mit seinem Rollenspieltouch spricht im Vergleich explizit für den Neuling.
72
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Warlords Battlecry is jammer genoeg niet de Fantasy RTS geworden waar we op gehoopt hadden.
70
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Despite these few flaws, Warlords Battlecry is a well constructed real-time strategy game. The sheer range of race and unit combinations combined with progressive hero character building makes the game highly compelling and varied. Multiplayer also works well, and has been given variety with a number of different mission types such as capture the flag or team based games. Fans of earlier Warlords games might not take to this real time incarnation, and players tired of this genre won't find an awful lot new here. But if you have battled your way through Warcraft II and still lust for more real time swords and sorcery, then Warlords Battlecry will provide you with hours of quality entertainment. It may also be your last chance to play this kind of game in two dimensions...
70
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Можно обойтись и без вердикта. Hero-oriented RTS (как верно подметили дизайнеры боксов с пиратскими дисками) не провалилась с треском, но и не заняла место в первых рядах. RTS'ники наверняка клюнут на свежую идею, а истинные Лорды, храня глубокое молчание и залечивая раны от нанесенной обиды, будут ждать Warlords 4. Будет и на нашей улице праздник.
70
Game industry News (GiN)
The game is fun to play and looks good, although other than a few new elements it does not really do much for the real-time genre. The RPG element is really more of an afterthought and the game should not be considered an RPG. I'm disappointed to say it did not hold my interest half as long as the old turn-based Warlords games, which I still play from time to time on my laptop when traveling. If you are totally burnt on the current RTS offerings, then Warlords Battlecry might be a good diversion. It's fun and entertaining and has a few elements that will challenge they way you think about real-time combat. It earns an above average 3 and 1/2 GiN Gems for marrying RTS and RPG elements, even if the arranged ceremony is a little shaky.
67
PC Player (Germany)
Ich will hier nicht das bekannteste Gorbatschow-Zitat bemühen, aber Warlords Battlecry kommt eindeutig drei Jahre zu spät. Dabei ist die starre Ansicht nicht einmal in erster Linie anzuprangern - schließlich ist das modische 3D ja nicht jedermanns Sache. Doch auch in anderer Hinsicht bietet dieser Titel einfach zu wenig Neues, um zur Spitzenklasse zu zählen. Zwar tragen die Helden mit ihren unterschiedlichen Eigenschaften und steigerbaren Charakterwerten deutlich zur Motivation bei, doch das ansonsten herrschende Mitelmaß, auch bei den Missionen, wird selbst dadurch nicht überwunden. Dummerweise geben die Helden gern im Schlachtengetümmel verloren und werden dort rasch niedergemetzelt. Künstliche Intelligenz und Wegfindungsroutine sind ordentlich programmiert, die Story wird Fantasy-Fans sicher ansprechen. Wenn es jedoch nicht unbedingt ein Ausflug ins Warlords-Gefilde sein soll, dann gibt es für Strategen bessere Alternativen.
45
Gaming Entertainment Monthly
If you've not played any RTS games before, I promise you, you'll find Warlords: Battlecry to be a really enjoyable experience. The problem is, I know of exactly zero gaming types that don't already worship Warcraft or Total Annhilation and the like as a religion! The game adds almost nothing new to the RTS genre at all, and what very few (indeed, I think it's a total of 1) new features are added, aren't all that impressive. As of right now, I would only recommended it to first-timers. RTS veterans will be bored by it.