Fantasy General
Written by Shigamoto   
Thursday, 04 August 2005
A new fantasy inspired game was added to the SSI General-series. Fantasy General will let your control all kinds of medieval and fictional forces.

An evil king that goes by the name of Shadowlord is running his country like true cruel dictator. He’s torturing the people among other cruelties. In all secrecy rebellion forces in the country create a council of five. The council decides to go to war against Shadowlord, and they bring you in to be their general. I love that SSI finally have a story in one of their strategy games. Something games like Star General lacked totally.

Fantasy General is based on the Panzer General engine and plays pretty much like other games in the General-series. The battles are turn-based; you earn points if you win battles that you can use to develop new units and so on.

The game can be played in both single player and multiplayer. The single player campaign spans over five continents. On each continent you usually have to overthrow a local king or warlord and free the people.

Much of the units are directly transferred from the general fantasy novel. Units you will come across are goblins, orcs, cavalry (light and heavy), archers, spell casters (they use spells instead of weapons), heavy infantry, peasants and some others. There aren’t many new units that we haven’t seen in other fantasy games.

Fantasy General features three difficulty levels, easy, medium and hard. The easiest level is perhaps to smooth, it’s fairly easy to complete the game in a matter of a day on that level. Medium is a respectable level, which is quite challenging, and hard makes some missions damn near impossible to complete.

The AI is quite good on the two harder difficulty levels, and sometimes you wonder if you are playing against Deep Blue (IBM super computer) or something. Often the AI tries to go around you and surprise attack you from behind, a technique that is very effective in the game.

Finally SSI has realized that their menu system in the General-series is an interface from hell. So they have created little help dialogues and pop-ups to guide you, it’s a really nice touch but perhaps a bit too late?

Overall Fantasy General is an addictive game and among the better games in the General-series. I miss some innovative units though, however the story is quite good and so is the game play.

Developer: SSI (part of UBISoft)
Website for Game: N/A
Publisher: SSI (part of UBISoft)
Cost of Full Game: $8.95, Click Here To Buy
Year of Release: 1996

386 50 MHz, 8 MB RAM
Tested on:
Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon Graphics Card

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