At first sight, Endless Legend is a conventional 4X game set in a fantasy spin off of the science fiction universe shared Dungeon and by Endless Space of the Endless. Yet, despite its franchise tradition, at every period Endless Legend beams. It sets its own spin on it, where it takes from days gone by. It does so carefully and largely successfully where it innovates.
Primarily, it comes with factions that are attentively, greatly asymmetric. The Ardent Mages, for instance, are masochists who create magic in conflict as well as on the key map, through self harm, whilst The Wild Walkers are an Elf like faction, who have left their woods for a career in building. The Vaulters, by comparison, are the Viking-like survivors whilst the Broken Lords are commendable armoured warriors who must eat drain or debris life to live.
Let us begin with settling. That’s, who create one giant city except if you are the Cultists. Or the Roving Families, who can transfer their cities. Or The Broken Lords, who do not want food.
So after settling, obviously, you learn more about the map, to meet with the other factions.
The diplomacy is advanced. Need to assault another faction? Well, should you not have the sway points required, then you just can not do it. However, you can ensure it is more affordable by endangering–and thus warning–the other faction. Yet, those same points sway points are accustomed to cover Empire strategies – essential long term buffs. If you don’t are the insectoid-zombie Necrophages, that’s, who do not speak but only eat are eternally at war with the other factions. Or the mercantile Roving Families, who can not declare war have to trigger enemies into attacking them.
In addition , there are minor factions scattered across the map. You can convert them except if you are the Cultists, and they feed homage– resources and warriors –back to the capital.
What I am repeatedly saying is that every faction has distinct victory conditions, and plays the game somewhat differently. The Necrophages only need to eat everything. The Broken Lords need to discover a remedy for their hunger.
Endless Legend has an answer to that also, and not only the highly-successful automated governors you’ll be able to place in charge of each and every city. Each faction has a narrative, long and abundant, that is unlocked through quests around the map. There are a load of other methods to get quests also– speaking to the minor factions or stumbling through ruins –which throw up narrative advancement, exceptional things and resources. These mix up what you need to do. Hunt down militaries, or other times, I Have been compelled to make peace, or locate buried treasure, all with pitch-perfect quest text.
Then they take turns going and mechanically assaulting, with troop sort and terrain height playing a large part in success. Happily, like Total War, the conflicts can just bypass entirely. Given the modest variety of components in a conflict as well as the semi-automation, I did not locate these tactically interesting, so automating was a great option.
Happily, bright as ever, Amplitude Studios has created another astounding narrative-driven game, that actually has taken the very best bits of RPG, RTS and 4X, bringing on substantially from Endless Space, and whirled it otherwise for every faction. Save for the weakness of the battle, it is a game that wannabe programmers learn and should play from. Given that it’s eight leading factions who are all almost infinitely customisable, the replay value is infinite.