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Crossing Over: GOG & Eador Genesis
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Inside Mac Games has posted the latest article in Justin Ancheta's continuing series. In this latest installment he offers an overview of recent changes to the GOG service and its impact on Mac gamers, as well as a look at Eador: Genesis, a little known Russian turned based strategy game set in a fantasy world.

Here's an excerpt:

So the general idea is that you are a "hero", or perhaps a child of destiny, brought into the tutelage of an elder wizard and thrust into this world. From there, you have to raise an army, build cities, advance your civilization, and conquer the shard (and everyone else's shards), while at the same time trying to prevent other rival Lords from doing the same to you. Combat takes place within a tactical hex-based system that's almost a throwback to the Heroes of Might and Magic series; terrain and positioning are key elements to winning difficult fights. Much like your own hero unit, your regular units level up and gain new abilities as you progress, with progression often coming through sidequests where you can battle all manner of monters, to acquire better items, more experience, and more resources to build your cities. Tied into the development of your army is the advancement of your cities, with city building taking on a flavour that resembles both Disciples: Sacred Lands and the Heroes of Might and Magic games. Magical research is key as well.

Taken together, the game provides a staggering amount of depth and breadth in gameplay; in addition to the 80 spells and 70 units available to the player, the shards themselves are huge, with randomly generated provinces populating them. It's difficult to say if anyone's actually verified Snowbird Studio's claim that the game provides 120+ hours of gameplay, but it's not too hard to see that it's a reasonable claim to make. I myself can definitely attest to the game having that pesky "one more turn" appeal, that can quickly escalate to an alarming level of addiction.

Head over to the link below for the full article.

Crossing Over: A GOG Update And Eador - Genesis

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