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Elemental v1.10 Mini-Review

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After Elemental: War of Magic's disastrous release, I suggested waiting to buy until Stardock had heavily patched the game.  Well, version 1.10 just released and the changes are impressive.  The game engine is fixed.  I have almost no crashes, no unjustifiable slowdowns, the interface is dramatically improved, the AI is much more intelligent, and stuff generally works as designed.  Unfortunately, stuff generally works as designed.

The game mechanics still range from lackluster to outright busted.  Every mechanic is noticeably improved compared to the release version, but there's still absolutely no reason to play Elemental rather than, say, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic (which is now available from gog.com).  In fact, Age of Wonders' mechanics are still at least an order of magnitude better than Elemental's mechanics.

So I still can't recommend Elemental.  The progress is truly astounding - I've literally never seen a company put so much effort into post-release support - but the game still isn't good yet.  I have more confidence than ever that Elemental will become good at some point in the future, but that point has not yet arrived.  My advice ultimately remains the same: don't buy Elemental, but do to keep an eye on it's progress.

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Apr. 13th, 2011 09:44 am (UTC)
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