A GREAT single-player game doesn't necessarily convert into a great multiplayer game, and in Warrior Kings we have a fine example. It is a shame really, because with around 30 maps and an exquisite emphasis on using the contours of the battlefield to your advantage WK could have been a classic online experience. Alas, events have conspired to rob us of that.
Problem one is that it's a slowish game at the best of times and when you throw a 56K modem into the equation, gameplay tends to lag to the point where you're not even sure if your units are still alive. In fact, there are huge similarities with Black & White in this respect -the only difference being that B&W still manages to retain a modicum of good humour and enjoyment, owing to the fact that your creature has the ability to think and act by itself.
Unfortunately Warrior Kings has no such trump card, indeed most of the units are so small and become so easily lost due to some spectacularly poor Al, your biggest challenge is finding them again before the program executes one of its many fatal crashes. Locating other willing opponents is also a bit of a problem. During peak-time there only seemed to be around a dozen or so people in the lobby and most of those seemed strangely preoccupied with their RAM and were reluctant to play.
Hopefully the population will improve overtime and maybe then we'll start to see some action. But still, whatever you do, don't go near Warrior Kings with anything less than a highspeed connection - otherwise it's just plain suicide.
If only more 3D RTS games had the vision of Warrior Kings, the genre might not be stuck in such a turgid rut at the moment. Set in the mythical world of Orbis, you take the role of Artos, heir to the throne of Cravant, who is forced into exile when his father (the king) is slain by a power-hungry bishop. Intent on revenge, you embark on a series of thrilling and diverse missions, set over beautifully rendered, fully 3D levels. With a branching storyline (based on both your moral and strategic decisions) and tech tree (there are five routes you can follow), Warrior Kings offers the kind of diversity, depth and beauty that few other games have managed to capture. The gargantuan battles over the fully tactical terrain pit hundreds of troops in epic battles, while building up towns and gathering resources has rarely been so much fun. And now it's available for a mere ten quid. Bargain.
However, be prepared to put up with some annoying bugs and Al glitches (although this version is far more stable than on original release), and sadly there's no skirmish mode. You want the recently released Warrior Kings: Battles for that. What's more, the challenging gameplay could scare off the more lightweight RTS newcomer. However, if you can ignore these problems, you'll find this to be one of the best and most innovative RTS games of all time.
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode