You know, there's something about Total War battles.. 15 years ago when RTW came out it was surely the height of battle realism.. but seeing the same wedges and blocks of troops marching resolutely around throughout history is starting to look a taddd arcadey
A Total War Saga: Troy's free launch on the Epic Games Store is a huge success - the game has been claimed by 7.5m players in just 24 hours.
This limited-time free giveaway on the Epic Game Store for Creative Assembly's strategy game exceeded the developer's expectations.
"We were optimistic but we couldn't have predicted this level of excitement," Rob Bartholomew, chief product officer said.
"It's been incredible to work with Epic on giving this brand new release away for free. Now we get to welcome so many strategy players - new and old - to experience this incredible Saga. We're very happy."
The campaign is well paced, full of colourful characters and amusing mechanics and events. The resource system should have been done earlier. It completely changed the way I play. I'm not sure if barter is broken but I'm having a lot of fun tweaking numbers and making deals. I spent more time in the diplomacy screen in three days than in the last 10 years of Total War.
The battles feel fresh again. I was BTFO really bad at first. Situational combat bonuses are more important than ever. The units are surprisingly fast, responsive and versatile. You can't use the default meat grinder tactics of previous historical games and you can't rely on cavalry and artillery. The battle maps are better than anything before and for the first time the AI is sort of competent. It doesn't take baits and it responds well to troop movements. Using religion and agents to mess with the AI before battles is basically obligatory now.
For the first time ever, mounting a siege doesn't feel like a waste of time. There's no artillery or complex machinery - just some dudes with ladders and shitty battering rams. Walls are a big fucking deal - the guys manning them are deadly, the towers are equipped with MG 42s and then you have a vicious city map to navigate. On the other hand, now it only takes a couple of turns until the defenders start getting hungry or are forced out.
Marketing did a bad job - this is Bronze Age Total War whose main campaign sticks to the characters and general beats of the Epic Cycle.