Chris Haythornthwaite enters the Domination universe to find
himself in the middle of fierce, furious and intense interplanetary
is a turn based strategy game set in the future where you take
part as a commander directing your troops over the different parts
of the map to complete objectives.
has some very interesting ideas, it's like a twenty-first century
version of the old 1980's film 'Wargames' with Matthew Broderick.
The 3D map takes the form of a continent which is then split into
parts, each part representing a country. These countries are either
a member of the 'Free Nations Union' or of the 'Phantom League',
if you are familiar with the Command and Conquer series you will
know exactly what these two sides are about, if not then think,
'United Nations' and some sort of super terrorist organisation
threatening the world. The game plays like a fancy game of 'Chess'
mixed with the units and firepower of 'Command and Conquer'. Each
unit you control gets a set move, they can then fire which causes
a set amount of damage on the opposing unit. Units have their
own strengths and weaknesses and are split across ground, air
and sea and add enough variety and strategy to make the missions
interesting as well as open for you to solve in your own way rather
than there just being one set way and you losing until you find
out which way that is.
graphics are very good and set up the game nicely especially as
they do not need a top of the range graphics card to run. However
the sound and presentation of this game suck! The voice acting
is so bad you really cannot believe your ears, I almost believed
for a second that the voiceover was done by computer simulation,
but even that could not be as bad as this actually is, the music
is o.k. setting a nice feel but the way the missions are presented
leaves a lot of room for improvement. The games industry left
drawn, non-animated characters appearing in boxes talking to you
years ago, why Dreamcatcher have felt that this was the best way
to do it defies belief, the least we could have expected was some
nicely animated 3D sprites ala, 'Space Colony'.
game boasts 150 hours of gameplay and to be honest although I
haven't put this boast to the test it cannot be far off. There
are single player and multi-player options. Amongst the single
player options are; training, campaigns, scenarios, career, world
war and assault, each offering a variety of different options
and missions. On the multi-player side you can play internet games,
LAN games or a 'Hot seat game'. If you enjoy a good turn based
strategy game then this will keep you going for months.
game has a very good premise and plays very well indeed, if you
ignore the story and take the time to learn the key strategies,
they will help you win a victory and you will have a lot of fun
playing this game. It also rewards the players with an immense
amount of satisfaction as well as some good in-game cut-scenes
for when you take out one of the main opposing units.
you like 'Risk' and the odd 'Command and Conquer' game then this
might just be for you, however if you like your games to have
a good story and be supported by at least passable voiceover acting
and presentation then you might be holding your nose to this one.