It’s happening people
Yes it’s finally an official end to the Paradox Interactive boycott.
A little over a year ago (maybe even closer than a year and a half) I was buying every single game that came out and game after game Paradox was giving us unfinished filth that wasn’t worth anyone’s time. Most of these games were eventually taken off of Steam for being so bad and most had their servers shut down with no opportunity ever for a refund.
So I decided to officially boycott, buying no games from them under any circumstances. But after keeping in the no we’re at about a year and a half of solid quality releases with the filth being removed. Their reputation is still in question and so I’ll be buying their games on sale.
So the first game being back on is Warlock!
This opening loading screen was amazing.
Righto ff the bat I’m yelling “WHY DOESN’T CIVILIZATION 5 HAVE THIS!?!?!”
Yes it’s another Civilization clone. It doesn’t quite have the polish of Civilization and you’re still best off getting Civilization if you don’t already own it.
But I think Warlock does a lot of stuff that is great, different, and worth noting.
First and foremost is how they handle barbarians… or as they call them monsters. Monsters are giant, they are massive, they are able to take over towns and rule them. There are tones of “brown” towns (the color of monsters) because they are so powerful.
Even the computer AI has problems dealing with these guys. They are an annoyance and the payoff for them is not very high. Which makes them perfect, they are a counter balance in the game.
At one point I ran into an elite element who had range 3 (everything else in the game has range 2). He was able to one shot a unit per t urn. It didn’t even seem like it was possible to kill them.
They were very much a permanent part of the game and most definitely changed how you deployed your armies on the map.
The second part of the game would be the equivalent to Civilization’s city-states… the neutrals.
The neutrals are seemingly all undead and are seemingly all at war with you. I did eventually find some trolls and goblins conquered by the monsters, but most of the neutrals start off with a single defensive tower and are seemingly weak enough (on the non-towered flank) to get easily taken over by the monsters.
One of the “funny” things is that once you conquer a city you don’t just get a brand new city like in every other game of this genre. No you get their people. If you conquer an undead city you get undead residents in your empire. You build undead buildings and you build undead armies. So what evil buildings can I build?
A bank! What’s more evil than a bank! Yes we will become an evil undead capitalist empire! mwahaha… but seriously…. it’s kinda cool that I can amass an army of humans, undead, goblins, trolls, and elves to take on whoever I want.
The game is worth the sale value but a lot of things keep it from being worthwhile full value.
One of the major issues with the game is the artificial intelligence is pretty terrible. In every game I played it seemed impossible for there to be a peaceful outcome.
It just seems like this binary option doesn’t work too well. Realistically you shouldn’t have to declare war if you don’t give in to their demands. There should be at least some option to ask for things nicely.
Instead every single computer is always asking you to go to war with them if you don’t give them a resource of which you have tones of. Then you decimate all but one of their cities and they offer you a peace treaty which of course… you never accept.
Unlike Civilization which is all about how you interact with other civilizations this game is really missing that diplomatic niche that everyone knows and loves in Civilization.
There’s something about the algorithm which is just a little off.
In a lot of ways it feels closer to Lords of Magic than to Civilization.
The only downside is that there is already a game like this out there that unfortunately for Warlock… does a better job at it. That game is Fallen Enchantress. Unfortunately the games also have a similar price point.
So it goes like this. If you want a piece for piece copy of Civilization that is fantasy themed, Warlock is your game and you’ll save a few dollars. It doesn’t have the polish of Civilization, but at this price point… who was really expecting it?