Siege Survival: Gloria Victis
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Siege Survival's focus is on realism and the complexity of the management: it's a good game, but it needs some expertise in the genre to be fully appreciated.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Siege Survival: Gloria Victis is a game that manages a sort of reverse synergy. The parts should combine to make this a medieval version of This War of Mine, a title that so clearly inspired it, but sadly fall short due to issues like limited replay value, lacking the emotional investment, despite the world and characters being decent enough. Still, for every negative, there are positives. Exploring the city at night for resources can be very tense; siege defence is engaging, and the crafting is top-notch. Consider this a recommendation, but one with more than a few caveats.
Siege Survival: Gloria Victis has several mechanics and concepts that look good on paper. Unfortunately, general clunkiness when it comes to the UI and controls, as well as a lack of attachment to your characters, lead to a rather uninspired romp. Once you're finished with a single playthrough, there's barely anything that's interesting to look forward to.
I would recommend Siege Survival: Gloria Victis to players who like difficult management games and muddy depressing fantasy. I know you guys are out there. I’m one of those people. And despite my many criticisms of the game, I intend to keep playing it after this review has gone live. That’s not necessarily always the case! But there is a spark of something at the core of Siege Survival: Gloria Victis. It’s a puzzle, and if I can just line all the pieces up, I know I’ll feel the satisfaction of solving a difficult gaming challenge. But I will not be able to help imagining the game this could have been; brighter, sleeker, and more imaginative.
The strength of Gloria Victis: Siege Survival comes from an unusual mix of strategy, stealth, and narrative. The game is polished, quite pretty, with a clean interface, lacks bugs, and offers multiple options for setting the difficulty level. Siege Survival may be a small game, but it has a heart.
Review in Polish | Read full review
Gloria Victis: Siege Survival is a tactical management game revolving around holding out against a Viking army. It’s visceral, challenging, engaging, and fun to play. It suffers from some technical and contextual issues while also lacking clarity but it’s still manageable. Any game can give you the power to destroy, but this one gives you the strength to survive.
In conclusion, Siege Survival: Gloria Victis isn’t for everyone. If you are looking for a punishing game to sink a few weekends into then go for it. There are players out there who like the idea of being able to screw themselves to the point of having to restart from scratch. If on the other hand that feels too daunting for you, I can understand. But for those interested in what they see, Siege Survival: Gloria Victis can offer you a fun if somewhat depressing time for a cheap price.
Variety in stories and settings could have gone a long way to making Siege Survival Gloria Victis a more compelling game. As it stands, while those who enjoy a mix of strategy and deliberately melancholy narrative threads may find it engaging for a while, it’s all a bit too uneven to really recommend.
There are times where Siege Survival: Gloria Victis is clunky with its interface or systems, though it’s not enough to be a deterrent. It’s a game that lacks some polish, and could be cleaned up in patches. A lot of this game draws comparisons to This War of Mine, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just lacks the heart that game had. Siege Survival: Gloria Victis is lean on content and low on replayability, and without more scenarios available, makes it hard to recommend fully.
Your enjoyment of Siege Survival Gloria Victis will depend on how much you like to see human suffering. Sieges are often hellish and hopeless experiences and that’s reflected well in this game. This really feels like a survival game with strategy and resource management elements, so the gameplay isn’t good enough to make up for the overall depressing tone of the game.