Armada 2526 Gold Edition [Download]

Platform : Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Me
Rated: Everyone
3.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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  • Turn based star map for moving fleets, managing colonies, performing research, and conducting diplomacy. More than 150 technology items to research, including advances in ship construction, ground defenses, biological warfare, and psychic powers.
  • Customizable map size and number of players, allowing you to construct tight 2 player confrontations, or huge galaxies with 50 or more players, and thousands of stars. Map designer included 14 animated alien races to play and battle against
  • Full featured diplomacy system, with a highly intelligent AI and options to ask favors, make demands, and issue ultimatums. Trade system plus espionage and special ops system
  • More than 150 technology items to research, including advances in ship construction, ground defenses, biological warfare, and psychic powers. 3D Real-time battle system for fights
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  • ASIN: B008DKF4VY
  • Release Date: June 13, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,764 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Lead one of 14 different alien races to become a mighty pan-galactic empire. Manage your colonies, deploy your fleets and conduct research. Plot your strategy and turn your planets into mighty bastions. Explore new star systems, where you may encounter tachyon storms, psychic plants, prim­itives or find abandoned alien technology. Diplomacy is of utter importance in being successful. Make pacts and alliances, make threats or ask for favours - and when the time is right, replace diplomacy by space combat and fight it out in real-time 3D<P>The trade system lets you trade valuable commodities between both your own and alien worlds. Alien relics, rare minerals, tourists, or even natural anti-mat­ter, your freighters will carry them all. Although the game is complex, and the possible strategies endless, powerful help and advisor features, help you get up to speed quickly. Unlike many games in this genre, Armada 2526 focuses on providing a game that can be finished in a reasonable time, and emphasizes battle and strategy over economic micro-management. All with one purpose: to emerge victorious and conquer the galaxy with your armada.

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When I was first deciding whether or not to purchase this title, I was reading reviews from around the inter-webs and quickly found out that the main guy behind this game, a fella by the name of R.T. Smith, was also a key figure in the development and design of Total War Medieval 2. For me that was a huge selling point. Also this is an update/sequel of an old DOS game of his appropriately called 'Armada 2525' a fact which intrigued me.

The game is as advertised, classic turn-based 4X empire building set in space, lots of unique playable races, open-ended and flexible, with real-time combat. And before going any further let me tackle that real-time combat situation.

The RTS portion of the game is played out on a 3-D map as one might expect, however the actual gameplay is a distinctly 2-D experience. First off the only way to effectively command combat is from a top-down view, you can switch the camera view to first or third person but it's pretty much impossible to control anything from those angles. In order to illustrate the 2-Dness of combat, let's say you have a group of ships behind a column of other ships that you're trying to move to the front, instead of those ships in the back navigating over or under the forward ships, they'll just bump the forward ships aside. Mind you, there's no damage or explosions caused by these collisions it simply happens like, well, bumper cars. When the opposing units do get into range of one another they simply stop and trade shots until one side is destroyed. Basically, the whole affair comes off like a space battle simulation taking place in a supermarket parking lot. Now that doesn't mean that there aren't opportunities for tactical maneuvering but again it's all just so, you know, 2-D.
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Takes a bit to learn, but is an excellent strategy game. The play speed is well paced and the learning curve is not too difficult to get the hang of in a pretty good time.
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In this case I paid attention to the reviews here instead of the ones I had read elsewhere. I won't make that mistake again. This game plods along in very two-dimensional way, at times it seems lifeless and monotonous in the extreme and the combat is not in the least bit exciting.

Master of Orion II (although archaic by today's standards) runs rings around this vapid and uninspired effort at a 4x game.
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I took a chance and failed. It didn't say it was compatible with Windows 10, and I couldn't load it. Therefore, I wasted my money. So, it is probably unfair for me to give it a three star rating because actually the games as described sounds to be great fun. But, alas, it doesn't look like I'll get to find out.
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The concept of this game is pretty good and the music is great. However too much is controlled by the program. In some situations I have never been able to get the population happiness up and I have to wait for the program to decide to add to my population no matter what I do to make their "lives" better. The move limitation does not work for me (you get a set amount of moves to win or lose). I prefer the Starcraft style of real time play rather than making a bunch of decisions and then pressing the go button for things to get done. If the program moved things along a little faster or preferably, I had more control over things like population growth and happiness, I would like this game a lot more. You have to build so many colonies it takes a spreadsheet to track what is going on all over the universe. For the $15 download version, I'm not too upset. If I had paid $50, I'd give it back.
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