I If You Have Ever Become Immersed' In the Warhammer 40,000 universe, you should immediately recognise all the units featured in 7th Legion - you may even think there's been a breach of patent, copyright or whatever. From Space Marine-type soldiers to the Titan-esque AC's (mechs), not only have developers, Epic, disregarded their duty for original gameplay but they've plumped for ripping-off Games Workshop's model design too. Oh well, that surely means they can concentrate on some thumping action. Surely?
In this real-time strategy game, the focus lies more upon action than resource management. The Chosen have returned to reclaim the Earth and the 7th Legion are there to stop them. Choosing either side you can command loads of units over countless missions and hey. surprise surprise, there are many buildings to build and multi-player games to er, well, multiplay.
So apart from the soft action centre, what crispy coating does 7th Legion offer that would make you pick it first from a bag of CACC's (C&C Clones)? Well, for starters, there are 'battle cards', a sort of cross between magic spells and Monopoly's Community Chest that can turn the course of a battle for the better - if you're lucky. Whilst this is a new innovation that adds an extra dimension to the combat, the battle cards can be as infuriating as they are innovative. Your entire infantry can be wiped out if you're on the receiving end of a 'Doom Fist'. The cards are a nice idea, but maybe they could have been implemented better. In addition to the standard set-up, more flavour is added in later missions with larger scale infantry running around corridors. The radar also has a cool infra-red display, but it's just not as technically advanced as either Dark Reign or Total Annihilation. The graphics are colourful and uncluttered and the landscapes are simple with none of that line-of-sight malarkey seen in other C&Cs. Ultimately, it all gets just a bit samey due to the lack of resource management. Because there is no foraging for minerals (you kick off with a wad of cash to deplete), you only really explore to kick arse, so instead of small-scale skirmishes, you tend to indulge in huge sprawling battles. Sub-missions do appear, requesting you to kill six enemy units for 30,000 credits, but apart from that, it's simply build 'n' go.
Directing a large number of units across the meandering maps can mean a few get stuck behind trees. Enemy units are also prone to just standing next to one of your buildings without attacking it, only springing into action when something more mobile comes into view. Ropey Al does not help the cause, especially when combat involves loads of units that need constant attention.
At the end of a long day, 7th Legion is very easy to pick up and good for a quick blast but it's not worth losing your job over. Unless this sort of thing really greases your plank you'd be better off looking at Total Annihilation and Dark Reign. The only games this would beat in a fight are Counter Action and Dark Colony and even against the latter it would no doubt limp away with a bloody nose.
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode