Old World Reviews
A clever spiritual successor to Civilization full of both novelties and big ideas.
Old World clearly shows its origins, coming from a small team of developers intimately connected with 4x strategy games. It adds several new mechanics to an established genre, some of which are clearly brilliant and others that seem less significant. Old World succeeds in giving genre fans a clear alternative to their favorite games, but it seems unconcerned with welcoming the uninitiated, thanks to a fussy interface, lack of patient tutorials, and a focus on a fairly narrow slice of history and culture. Fundamentally, Old World both honors a tradition and gently pushes it forward.
Old World adds dimension and complexity to the 4X style, but its slow pace and intricate resource management hinder it from reaching its full potential.
If you've played a Civ game, and particularly the hex-based, one-unit-per-tile mode of the most recent series entries, then the early turns of Old World will feel very familiar.
Old World has its moments, but it's a very niche offering. I wouldn't recommend it to someone who isn't hardcore about 4X games because the learning curve is brutal. However, if you've played the rest and you're looking for something new, and especially if the overload of stats is something you find compelling, check out Old World. At the very least, you get to enjoy Christopher Tin's majestic soundtrack.
Old World is a turn-based strategy game made by people who previously worked on games like Civilization. Old World mixes Civilization gameplay elements with Crusader Kings' story events and characters and creates a unique experience for the fans. The game has some issues in the UI, and its graphics are a little bit outdated. Also, it can be overwhelming for newcomers. All and All, It is a well-made strategy game that I can easily recommend to the genre's hardcore fans.
Review in Persian | Read full review
By investing in both interpersonal relationships and the complexity of its elements, Old World and its expansion Heroes of the Aegean impress. Even the confusing interface by modern standards of the genre and the low amount of initial leaders are not enough to prevent a recommendation.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Old World: Heroes of the Aegean marks the game’s debut on Steam, and it rightfully earns a spot on many favourites lists. It is truly unlike most 4X games currently available, and adequately serves to raise an already high bar. While the game can do with a bit more tutorialisation, there are enough pop-ups and explanations for adventurers to being their journey. Immersion is a massive focal point and the inclusion of supremely detailed stories and scenarios truly levels up the experience beyond what even the developers may have intended. It truly is an exceptional title, one worthy of taking the title as the king of 4X games.
Old World is a 4X that unlike many titles of this genre doesn't try to just copy the biggest franchise of the genre and it is all the better for it that has made it a must play for the fans of this type of video games.
Review in Persian | Read full review
Playing Old World feels like you have an entire nation interacting deeply with other real civilizations covering a much smaller slice of history. It adds complexity and dimension to the 4X genre by taking the Civilization templet and adding to it to involve you in an epic story. I love it, as I enjoy the deep strategy it offers and the added relationship dynamics!
While the game has interesting concepts and ideas, some odd design choices and an atrocious tutorial hamper Old World's ambition.