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Legion has some great merits to it:
1) a short, easy to understand rule book and tutorial. There's nothing as frustrating as getting a new computer game only to have to wade through hundreds of pages of details before you can play it with any hope of success.
2) system requirements are so low that virtually any PC will be able to play it. It's nice not to have to upgrade your entire system just to play a new game.
3) There's a nice mix of game styles here. Enough 'RTS' to feel that you can actually incluence the course of your empire without making you feel like your a mid level paper pusher obsessing over insignificant details. At the same time there's enough tactical play to keep the game interesting overall.
4) Replayability of this game is high. In each campaign there are up to 20 competing nations and you have the ability to play every one.
5) The battlefield graphics. Some 'professional' reviewers are remarking that the graphics in Legion leave something to be desired. I, however, like them. The attention to detail on the battlefields is amazing and a great deal of fun to watch. Yes, the game may not have the latest in 3D technology but it really isn't needed here.
In short, Legion is a fun, solid game in a market that has lacked a good ancient world strategy game.
But it is a good game. Management of your economy, army, and diplomacy is simple and doesn't take very long to learn. The best thing about the game is that there is lots of strategy... Keeping it challenging and interesting.
One of my favorite things about the game is how battles are played out. You give your troops their orders BEFORE the battle, and then you have no control once it starts. It adds to the strategy as it is not a clickfest-- you can think about what your unit formations/orders should be, the position, and the terrain you want them to fight in.
It is also very realistic-- in Roman times, once a battle had begun, orders could not be efficiently relayed to the troops.
The economy interface is simple. There are 3 resources; food, lumber, and iron. You will need them to raise armies and build buildings. Some buildings provide the resources directly. Others improve your worker's productivity. And others add town defenses or military improvements. If you leave workers idle, the population will rise faster.
There are many types of soldiers you can buy. Different tribes can build different soldiers (Rome builds legions, and Celts can build fanatics), and there are building requirements to get certain units. Every unit has its own specialties. Some fight well in rough terrain, whereas others (such as legions), fight well in the open. Some fall easily to cavalry-- but hopilites will tear them up. In the back of the manual it lists the abilities of the units, and all this adds to the battle strategy.
The game is turn based. Each turn is a season, and each turn you can move your armies a certain number of spaces. In the spring, buildings you ordered are built and units produced.Read more ›
Basically, all of the city managing stuff is done by the computer and you, the player, do the fighting. All of the few city managing decisions that you do make need to be focused on the primary importance of your army. This, I suppose, is pretty historically accurate. The MOST important thing is war.
The battles are laid out like this: You choose the city or army you want to fight. You then lay out in formation the positioning of your squads. Then choose your attacking advancement and hit 'GO!'. Then you just watch and hold your breath. It can get pretty nerving watching your armies advance. But, it's all over in a minute or so.
Pretty good game, but not enough in depth management for sim freaks like me.
My main problem with the game lies in the way units and experience are handled. Each unit can contain up to about 80 soldiers (depending on the type and size of the unit) and up to 8 units are grouped together into an army. If at least one soldier from a unit survives a battle, the unit survives and retains all its experience. You can repopulate the unit pretty quickly just by having it positioned inside your borders. I find that this makes it just too easy to create powerful veteran armies. This system, along with the high frequency of battles in the game, means that very few battles have a make-or-break sense of excitement: even if your elite invading army gets wiped out, it can be replaced fairly easily.
I did get a few evenings of enjoyment out of this game, but it's certainly not one of those games that will take over your life and consume every moment of your free time.
(The earlier reviewer who said that the factions differ in name only is incorrect: different factions have different unit types available to them. Also, the faction's starting strength and position can dramatically alter the flavor of the game.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Legion is a great strategic game that is based on hisory. A player learns as it is being played. The only problem is that it is very easy to beat the computer at the tactical... Read morePublished on May 22, 2013 by claude surdock
excellent gameplay, nice graphics. However, the only problem is that it only has campaign missions and no "random map" scenarios.Published on July 2, 2005
Legion is a flawed game, but it is old and you can buy a copy for $7. The city growth is oddly limited, so no city can build every type of building offered. Why is this? Read morePublished on December 3, 2003 by Wyatt C. Kaldenberg
When board wargaming was in its golden age, we called easy to learn, fun-to-play games good "Beer and Pretzel" games. Read morePublished on May 14, 2003 by 10th Legion
I would recommend that you not buy this game for the following reasons:
1.There is really no attacking or defending. It seems like every battle is a meeting engagement. Read more
Poorly made. Much better strategy games out on the market. A let down after playing Europa II and Medieval Total WarPublished on November 20, 2002 by Game-aholic
Coming from the company that has produced the very successful Europa Universalis games (which are great) - Legion is a flop, a big flop. Read morePublished on October 25, 2002 by William Geatches
Stay away. Stay FAR AWAY.
This game might (MIGHT) have been acceptable in the late 80s, but I doubt it. The graphics are ugly and primitive. Read more
I was so looking forward to this game. I mean Really. Which is why I am really bummed it is not that good. Read morePublished on August 21, 2002 by Jonathan Gawne