-The British in the US Revolution
-by The Spatter King
This campaign (as it’s name implies) puts you in control of the British in the American Revolution. It consists of 16 historically accurate scenarios.
Playability: The playability of this campaign is not great. The objectives in most of the scenarios are more or less the same, which becomes very repetitive and dull. Also, I ended up using the marco polo cheat a lot because searching for 1 unit wandering around the map in order to defeat a player was extremely boring. My suggestion: Change the objectives more for the different scenarios.
Balance: The balance was also very lacking. Even though I’m not a very experienced Age of Kings player I found this to be very easy to win. The enemies tended to be scarce and spread out, and no match for my large armies. My suggestions: Add more units and make them stronger. Also, a custom AI would help a lot.
Creativity: I didn’t think this campaign was very creative, mainly for the same reason as the playability. The scenarios were repetitive and didn’t have any special features. All that saves this from another 1 is the creativity of the idea, playing the “bad guys” in the US Revolution. My suggestions: Add more varied objectives. Optional objectives (side quests) wouldn’t hurt either.
Map Design: This was the weakest point of this scenario. The maps were obviously put together without very much effort. There is no terrain mixing whatsoever, and the maps are mostly either grass 1 or dirt, except for large forests painted with a big brush. My suggestions: Mix terrain more and don’t use grass 1 as often. Try touching it up with a small or tiny brush.
Story/Instructions: This was the best part of the campaign. The instructions were usually (but not always) clear, but they were short. The author seemed to have done some research into the story, for it was historically accurate as far as I could tell. My suggestion: My only suggestion is to make the instructions longer and more detailed, because they were sometimes unclear.
In Conclusion: I can’t recommend this campaign in its current state to anyone other than people really interested in the American Revolution or to people who like long campaigns. If an updated version is released it could be very good.
-Fairly clear instructions