What we have here with Battle Realms is a fun real time strategy game that does not get the love it deserves. While a newer version was released on Steam. Today I am taking a trip back to 2001 and seeing what it was that made this game so special for the time. If you like RTS games then this is one that you are certainly going to have a lot of fun with.
The Four Clans!
There is a single-player campaign on offer here that is a lot of fun, but before we get to that we have to talk about the clans. Instead of having “factions” Battle Realms calls them clans as it is far more fitting for the fantasy type setting of the game. the four clans are, The Dragon who are honorable warriors. The Wolf is a clan of former slaves who try to live a good life. The Lotus is a clan of sorcerers who were the ones that enslaved the Wolf clan. Lastly, but not leastly (is that even a word?) we have the Serpent clan who are like a more ruthless version of The Dragon clan. The single-player campaign is actually heavily themed around the Serpent clan as the main character is called Kenji and they are the heir to the Serpent throne, but things are not quite what they seem. I love fantasy stories and this one I feel is pretty fun and rather engrossing too!
It Is All About The Peasants
The gameplay of Battle Realms is very interesting. It is in many ways your typical real time strategy game. You have many different units, structures, you need resources, you battle for land, and so on. However, the game is always spawning you, peasants. These peasants can then be trained by you to become soldiers and upgraded in various ways. This is a game that is very heavy on you learning how to play. There is no way that you can just spawn and spam a ton of powerful things in this game as it limits what you can do.
I really liked this as it put a heavy emphasis on the tactics of the games. You have many different units (I think there are over 50) and each clan as you would expect has their own “heroes” that make them unique when it comes to attacks and abilities. Playing against another human player is awesome as there is not an easy way for one player to just steamroller the other and take it all!
Did You See That Bird?
The presentation of the game is very impressive. The different styles of the clans, the maps, and structures, in general, all have a nice amount of detail about them. What I thought was really neat was the little touches like birds flying away when a battle is near. The units have their own passive and battle animations and there is just a lot going on in general. For the time, it was very impressive how this game looked and moved.
I think that what they did with Battle Realms was very clever. While I do feel the more modern version that you can get is the way you want to go. I was very impressed with how this held up. It is a real time strategy game that forces you to think strategically as you play. There is no spamming of one powerful unit on offer for you here! It may look and play like a game from 2001, but I will not hold that against it. If you enjoy a good RTS game, I am sure you are going to have a fun time with this one.
- Each of the four clans feels unique
- The single-player campaign has a great story
- Many missions for you to play through
- Playing against a buddy is a very fun time
- I liked how the game makes you think
- The newer release is better than the original in every way
- It may be a bit challenging for some players
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode