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7.7 / 10.0
Jan 16, 2020

With Northgard, Shiro Games has already proven on PC that they have created a fun and long-term, entertaining strategy game with the Vikings from the far north. The port to the switch was also successful, although a few minor flaws cloud the overall impression. In particular, I found the small font size exhausting in the long run, hopefully an adjustment of the size will be patched here, or at least a setting in which you can set it yourself. In terms of gameplay itself, there is little else to complain about, so that genre fans can look forward to a successful representative of the development strategy.

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8 / 10
Dec 17, 2019

Northgard is a gem of a real-time strategy game and a marvel to play thanks to its exquisite art style, magnificent handheld experience, immensely long lifespan and the myriad of details and elements that form the whole game. A truly remarkable work that's set to capture the attention of fans of RTS and of anyone who enjoys lengthy, engaging and ambitious experiences.

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Nov 7, 2019

If you've enjoyed games like Warcraft, The Settlers, Civilization, or Age of Empires you can find a home here with these Norsemen. However, it's not the most welcoming game for newcomers to the genre.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2019

Northgard certainly is not a bad game by any means, though I felt myself wanting it to be more of a game. Whether simplified for console release or not, I found myself craving more depth throughout my time in this Norse world.

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10 / 10.0
Oct 17, 2019

Northgard is a fantastic, well put together title. I found it to be challenging enough to keep me at it, but not over the top and unbalanced. Vikings conquering, smashing, and crushing enemies is a lot of fun! Get this game if you're an RTS fan, it's a must-have.

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 16, 2019

Northgard is an accessible strategy game on consoles, and that in and of itself makes it appealing for those who might be new to the genre. The brightly colored visuals are appealing, even if the rest of the presentation is relatively average, but where Northgard really starts to shine is in its surprisingly depth of strategy the longer your session runs. Weather, different clans and a variety of ways to claim victory help to make for varied, entertaining sessions well worth a play.

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7 / 10.0
Oct 2, 2019

The game can be quite the challenge until you really get the hang of all the various systems, being able to manage what your people do and who they fight is incredibly addictive. It's also really thrilling whenever you manage to pull your clan back from the brink of disaster. If you're a fan of strategy games then it's definitely worth giving Northgard a try.

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7 / 10.0
Sep 25, 2019

Overall, Northgard is a wonderful strategy game despite its shortcomings. The rough edges can make it tough for newcomers to the genre to get invested, but if you're a fan of strategy games or able to tough it out through the warts until everything clicks, then you're in for a treat. The Switch is a natural fit for the 4X genre, and Northgard is a prime example of the potential that this style of strategy game can have outside the PC ecosystem.

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7 / 10
Sep 24, 2019

The Switch port has its shortcomings compared to the PC original, but portability makes the trade-off worthwhile.

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3.5 / 5.0
Mar 15, 2019

This is a RTS that doesn’t focus as heavily on combat. It’s more of a worker placement game, which produces a different feel, and slower gameplay, but is interesting for most of the time.

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