Paradox’s March of the Eagles was released this week on PC, and if you’ve been at all swayed by my love of Crusader Kings II, the video above may have you thinking “wonderful, this is like that, only with muskets”.
Be warned, then, that this isn’t the case.
I’ve been playing the game since last year (I was part of the beta), and it’s an interesting thing. It’s basically an enormous board game. Risk with more pieces and more numbers. There’s no real politics and no marriage or intrigue to speak of. Just loads of men in fancy uniforms being pushed around a map. To their deaths.
The whole thing’s a little dry, lacking in either the character of Crusader Kings or the depth of, say, Hearts of Iron, another Paradox game that’s all about warfare. But it’s (relatively) more accessible than the latter, and you’ve got much more control over your forces than the former, so it does have that going for it.
I’ve heard (didn’t get a chance to try it myself) that multiplayer is where the game really shines, though, so if you’ve got some like-minded friends around maybe that’s the ticket.