End­less Leg­end

Is this a leg­endary ad­di­tion to the 4X strat­egy genre?

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS - De­vel­oper Am­pli­tude Stu­dios, am­pli­tude-stu­dios.com OS OS X 10.8 or higher Re­quires 1.7GHz Core i5, 4GB RAM, 512MB AMD Radeon HD 4850 or Nvidia GeForce 640 graph­ics card, or In­tel HD 4000 Graph­ics Fac­tions have unique strate­gies

In this Civ­i­liza­tion-like game of build­ing em­pires and war­fare, you play as one of the many clans emerg­ing to colonise the planet’s sur­face. Fac­tions vary wildly in their traits: the Drakken are masters of gruff dragon diplo­macy, the Rov­ing Clans are no­madic traders who can move whole cities, while the Cultists seek to con­vert mi­nor fac­tions. Fac­tions’ traits and strate­gies fun­da­men­tally clash with each other, forc­ing play­ers to fo­cus on their core strength, whether that is tech­no­log­i­cal en­light­en­ment or mil­i­tary dom­i­nance.

Auriga is di­vided into re­gions, which can hold one set­tle­ment each, forc­ing a scram­ble for re­sources. The Auri­gan win­ters slow your armies and ex­pan­sion to a crawl. Sum­mer brings ver­dant re­lief, but ev­ery sub­se­quent win­ter gets harder still. The sea­sons, re­gions and fac­tion­spe­cific story quests im­bue the game well with lore and char­ac­ter.

Sadly, the tu­to­rial doesn’t cover enough, the Ar­chive item in the game’s menu links to a wiki with

An en­gross­ing and dif­fer­ent take on the 4X strat­egy genre, which pro­vides some­thing for ev­ery­one.

cur­sory ex­pla­na­tions, and there isn’t enough in­for­ma­tion pro­vided about your odds of win­ning a battle be­fore you com­mit to it. Once in a fight, there’s great tac­ti­cal depth; bat­tles are slow and clunky, but can be played au­to­mat­i­cally if you pre­fer, as can city con­struc­tion and even ex­plo­ration. Alan Wil­liamson

The many pos­si­bil­i­ties in End­less Leg­end give the game real longevity.

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