We didn't start the fire.
In the world of real time strategy games, it often seems that each game has
to try some different 'hook', a way to distinguish it from the rest. Most pick
a different theme. There's your science fiction and fantasy RTS's. Other games
pick one historical era, or encompass the total span of history. There has to
be another way to open up this genre of gaming.
Well, Kingdom Under Fire is attempting a new route. Yes, its your traditional
fantasy-based RTS, filled with warriors, orcs, and other elements of Middle
Earth. But it adds a RPG element to the mix that may well deliver a fresh take
on this tiring genre.
Units will gain attributes and strength with victories, becoming stronger and
more powerful for the challenges ahead. Action and dialogue in the vein of role
playing games, plus a plot with more defined main characters, will help immerse
On the continent of Beriah, there is an epic battle between the Race of Light
and the Race of Darkness. Rick Blood (from the Long Island Bloods), bearing
great strength with the magic of Darkness, has become the Ruler of Darkness,
giving him more power, more stock options and better health coverage. Blood
then began invading the human nations in the name of the Dark Legion. Haroniden,
the nation of Sado, was Blood's first target. Haroniden's hope lies with Gernot
Von Rechersberg, the prince and head of The Knights of Court.
In the one level campaign preview, the presentation of the game works nicely,
with smoothly animated characters and interesting sound effects. Everything
keeps with the Middle Earth style (think The Hobbit) that the plot promises
to fulfill. The game already boasts 120,000 frames of animation and soldiers
yell out some pretty funny voice clips. And, as with most RTS games, hotkeys
become quickly learned, allowing you to jet through the game. Without hotkey
knowledge, you'll be left slightly slower.
RTS and RPG together at last? Will this be a happy matrimony, to be followed
by many children? Or will it be more like Albertson's and Luckys?
Lucky's is a west coast supermarket chain. Albertsons is a larger supermarket
chain. Albertson's bought Lucky's out. For a while, the many new Albertson's
stores showcased advertisements of Albertson's and Lucky's grocery bags being
married. Isn't that so nice and happy? Two grocery bags together at last. They
even had wedding cakes at their supermarkets.
But now it's a different story. The honeymoon is long over, and you never
hear anything about Lucky's. Poor Lucky's! Completely caught up in this marriage,
overshadowed and left to neglect by mean ol' Albertson's. Name changed and identity
gone. Business merger, you say? More like Lucky's is trapped in a loveless marriage
that never should have been!
(Note: Game Revolution neither agrees nor disagrees with Johnny's inane
ramblings about supermarkets, and frankly, we have no idea what prompted this
turn of events or what it has to do with Kingdom Under Fire. We only
left it in because it needed to be said. - Ed)
This is sarcasm, folks. Who cares about two grocery chains? Hell if I do.
Microsoft and Bungie on the other hand... let's just say the jury is still out.
Anyway, check out the pictures and watch for the game's release this winter.
If RTS and RPG can truly be wedded and bedded, than this game will be more than
a one-night stand.
Huzzah! Kingdom Under Fire is due out Fall 200 for the PC.