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Developer: Shining Pixel Studios
Publisher: Iceberg Interactive
Genres: Simulation, Strategy
Start out as a single nation or tribe, starting from humble beginnings with a single settlement and expand your empire and develop your culture with the aim of becoming the universally recognized Son of Heaven and ruler of the world.
Persuade the other factions to recognize you as such by either military force, or by diplomatic persuasion.
Play as one of 16 different factions each with their own special bonuses or penalties.
Vast beautifully rendered map featuring an attractive and authentic depiction of the landscape of China and Mongolia.
Large scale battles with hundreds or thousands of soldiers, depicted in detail right on the game map. Watch skilled armies and reinforcements go to battle, according to the battle orders and formations set by the player.
Fully animated 3D models, with variations in face and clothing for each model, including infantry, cavalry, chariot and artillery units, as well as naval forces.
Long seamless zoom range lets you step right into the game world or zoom out for a strategic overview.
Develop your settlements by constructing buildings and developing the landscape around them, build markets and ports to enable trade by land and water.
Elaborate research tree including technology as well as cultural, philosophical and religious developments.
Many other elements will determine the outcome of you quest for dominance such as Leaders, Sieges, Unrest and Rebellion, and Authority and Culture ratings.
As Emperor, set edicts, laws and decrees to balance power and move into a glorious new Era, with new technologies and military units that change the game!
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Oriental Empires is a very well made strategy game that allows you to get through a campaign in a few hours instead of having saves that span days, though that is an option as well if you wish. Despite its smaller scope focusing on Ancient China instead of the globe, the stakes actually feel higher due to the limited resources and high number of factions fighting for them. While some of the systems require a lot of getting used to Oriental Empires is well worth persevering with.
Oriental Empires is a solid, detailed first effort from Shining Pixel Studios that fans of the 4X strategy genre will enjoy. Unfortunately, newcomers and veterans alike might be disappointed by the unwieldy UI, unpredictable systems and lack of in-game tutorials or explanations.