Rise of Europe is a free to play browser based strategy game, from the well-known China-based company Perfect World, who are known more for their downloadable games than browser based. The game sets players in Europe's past, giving them control of some of the most influential families; The Fugger, The Medici, and even The Tudors. With more empire/strategy browser based games out there than one can count, is this one worth checking out?
Just the sound of "strategy browser based game" brings up a certain archetype of building and raising your empire on a basic grid, and this one lives up to it. The idea isn't new and the game does borrow a lot of ideas from a lot of different games, but that doesn't necessarily make it bad.
Players are given a pre-made kingdom grid in which you're able to build and upgrade buildings to your liking, and place them wherever you what on a limited grid. That in itself doesn't sound too interesting, but they do try to liven it up a bit with a mixture of actively needing to collect resources, random events which can help the player out in different ways, and some of the side events like the arena and tournament. Speaking of the arena and tourney features, while they do sound the same they are a bit different. The arena in the game as actually a gauntlet for players to test their army's girth against that of pre-determined AI opponents in up to 100 challenges, with rewards on each tier, while the Tourney is the competition between players to test out their strength against others in a PvP combat.
There is also a good sort of guide to the game to help you out and keep you on a good path to build up your kingdom/give you goals to achieve, that of course is done through the quest system. The nice thing about it is that there are A LOT of quests to do, which give you goals ranging from completing a certain amount of the story missions to recruiting army or building up a building. Pretty much they're goals that encourage your growth while rewarding you so you don't end up running low on supplies, though that doesn't seem to be much of a problem in the beta.
The game does adopt the whole "recruit a hero" feature, where heroes are special units that command your troops, which determines how strong/weak they are. There are also the different gauges of heroes from the common to the rare, and even the extremely rare ones. Each has their own unit type and do level the more you use/train them. So suffice to say, if you already have an idea of what type of army you want to lay out for a certain formation, the refresh button may be your best friend in trying to find that mix.
Battles in the game aren't overly complicated, as most all of the work is done by the AI; when a battle commences the two armies charge into battle as the Lords watch over it. What is left in the player's hands is the ability to strategically place and determine the formation of the units, even then it is rather simplistic in nature as you just place your units where you think they would be suited best, and see how it works out in battle. What they did do that is nice is how the AI behaves in combat. Even if your power is greater than the opposing forces, depending on the units you have, you can still win. For instance a horse ranger will easily outmatch a melee fighter. Why? Because that horse ranger will kite the fighter around the area map and eventually take it out without any loss. It is really nice to see that they added something like that, as I have seen games which have the rangers just stay and face-tank their attackers instead of trying to move about.
As far as empire building games go, this one is fun. It does get stagnant when you have to wait to do something, but it is normal for these types of games since they are made to be casual. The execution of the game is well done, and you do get plenty of options to play around with both on your army and kingdom's front. It is well worth checking out for fans of this genre.
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|I have been playing mmos since about 1999, and haven't stopped since, and I cannot even remember when I started console/pc gaming. I'm an avid gamer who does dive back into the real world from time to time. My all time goal is to start my own business, but that is taking a side step as I am going through college.|
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