There is not much to say about the graphics. Think of them as just a updated version of Warcraft. However do not let this deceive you at all. Sometimes you can have the entire screen full of units fighting, and tons of spell cards being cast. You should not complain about the graphics at all. In fact, if they made the graphics even better, then most likely even the high end computers may encounter difficulties when the screen gets full of units. The great thing is that the system requirements are pretty low. So that even if you have a computer that is a few years old, you should have no real need to update any of you computer parts.
The sounds of the game are pretty good. It makes me feel as though I am watching a Lord of the Rings movies all over again. The music becomes very epic when you are fighting against a gigantic monster but is quite subtle when nothing is really happening around you.
The gameplay is superb. Any fan of the RTS genre will be able to pick the game up and start dominating within minutes. However the game does a stellar job in giving a tutorial for the new comers of genre. The great thing is that the tutorial is the very first map that you complete. The game does not have any fog of war but it counters this quite stealarly. Players are able to summon units to any area they control or next to their other units. Meaning that if you surround a single enemy unit, with the expectation that you will automatically win, you may in turn be destroyed entirely by newly summoned enemy units.
Critics of RTS games can not complain about this being a extremely slow game. The game its pretty fast paced and generally games last between 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on number of players which range from 1, 4 and 12 player maps.
You do not really need to build your own base, however you do need to capture two building types which are on any given map. The first buildings are called monuments which give you orbs. The more orbs you have, the more powerful cards that you are able to play. The strongest cards generally require 4 monuments. You can have a moment of any of the four elements. Each element monument type lets you build units from that specific element. The other building are power wells. This basically is the building that gives you the money needed to play the cards.
For example, you can have a frost card that requires 1 orb and 50 power points. If you do not meet these requirements, then you will be unable to summon that card. However cards also have specific limits. Meaning that you can only have X amount of cards on the field at any given time.
There are a few ways in which a player can lose. The most obvious way, is that you fail the mission you are given. An example could be that you let person X die. Another way is that all of you monuments are destroyed and you do not have a unit nearby to rebuild the monument or do not have money required to rebuild it.
Some may be wondering "How do i get new cards?" First you need Battleforge points, this is the currency outside of gameplay. When you buy the game, you get 3,000 of these points. The game offers you three ways to get new cards with the Battleforge points. First you can use the Auction system, think ebay, to buy and sell cards. The second way is the trade cards with other gamers. The third way, being the most expensive, is to use real money to buy 2500 Battleforge points for $20(USD). Of course you can buy fewer points for less but the $20 price is the best deal, seeing as you get 500 points free if you compare the prices.
Seriously I had my doubts about a game that combines RTS and MMO genre. However my doubts about the game soon disappeared within the first five minutes of playing the game. I did not find any real flaws in the game, but the game does get updated whenever bugs are found. This is truly a innovative game which has made its own genre. It has been quite a long time since I have gotten addicted to playing a game but I am proud to say that I am addicted to playing Battleforge.
- Windows XP/Vista
- DVD-Drive (not needed if you purchase the game as a digital download)
- Internet connection: 512 kb (DSL oder Cable)
- CPU: 1,8GHz AMD64 or Intel Core (or comparable)
- 512 MB (XP), 1 GB (Vista)
- Graphics card with 128 MB, NVidia GeForce 6000-Series or better, ATI Radeon 9500 or better
- Minimum 10 GB hard drive space for Installation
- Display: minimum 1024x768