The strategic combat is a lot of fun in Legend of Eisenwald, though at first it seems slightly simplistic as your ranged units cannot move and your melee units are limited in move options. However, those choices were deliberate and create a streamlined (but challenging turn based combat system. It puts pressure on your decisions before each battle as to how to arm your units and where to position them when starting up. If you don’t use good placement strategies, you could potentially leave your vulnerable support units open to attack or block in a melee warrior and be unable to maximize their use.
Another layer that deepens the strategy is the different effects that weapons can impose. A warrior with a spear would do damage to an approaching attacking enemy while another warrior wielding a mace stuns the enemy on impact. Knowing the effects of different kinds of equipment can make the difference between winning or losing a battle. I also enjoy the flexibility of the campaign as the quests carry consequences beyond success or failure. The quests also have decision points that can change the course of the world depending on your actions. With a beautiful realistic looking world to explore and engaging strategic role play to be had, Legend of Eisenwald is definitely worthy of being greenlit on Steam.
- Streamlined, tactical battles that rewrite the rules of turn-based combat
- Dynamic campaigns and quests that react to your choices
- Highly customiseable units with extensive upgrade trees
- Huge variety of weapons and spells, each with unique characteristics
- Richly detailed environments and atmospheric day/night cycles
Although a work in progress, the Beta is a compelling play and there is still plenty in the way of content to come as well as some key features that will nicely round out the experience. If you like a game that presents meaningful choices and highly strategic combat, or simply enjoy a gritty medieval world setting then get thine self over to Steam Greenlight and cast your vote in favour of Legend of Eisenwald.