It's tempting to paste the synopsis from the developers themselves, but the webpage has that info, so I'll give my own explanation of this game. My, has the game come far since the first iteration of the series! This is one of the largest computer strategy games I have ever played, and the fantasy setting is like icing on the cake. You create armies, you conquer territory for resources, you build fortresses, you research magic and you train and outfit heroes with enchanted items. Armies must be commanded by generals and those commanders can be heroic champions if you desire. And, although the combat system is automated, the game features AI controls for your armies that YOU the player can set. For example, instruct your archers to fire for a few turns and then run away, or command your mages to cast exactly what spells you want them to and they will do that when your turn is generated. The game also features a very good looking battle viewer that shows you the battles in cinematic detail.
This game has a very strong community that can be visited on the publisher's official forums. As an extra note, the game comes with a huge tome of a manual that explains the ins and outs of the intricate play. It also has a single player mode and a tutorial so you can practice and learn the ropes.
This game supports up to 21 players.
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