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Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia experiments with the series' formula to great effect, creating a compelling, epic setting that is refreshing to play for series' newcomers and veterans alike.
Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic clans and Viking settlers battle for Brittania and the glory of forging a great empire. A change from the usual Total War games but a potential gateway to newcomers.
It's understandable why some people have gripes with Britannia but it's the expected grips from changes to the main formula. As this isn't main total war game but the first of their Saga series, Creative Assembly have the chance to just mess around and try new ideas. Britannia is a breath of fresh air for the Historical total war games as the last two we had to use were very much and up and down affair.
Although it's not expansive enough compared to other games in the franchise, Thrones of Britannia does make a great progress because of the depth of stratage.
Review in Chinese | Read full review
While Total War has often focussed on the big picture, Thrones of Britannia shows there's plenty of scope for a series of Total War Saga offshoots to explore the smaller conflicts and civil wars through history.
Historical strategy isn't everybody's cup of tea, and this isn't the most broadly accessible historical strategy game. It plays to a niche of gamers who want more realism and in-depth management, and who like wrestling with the politics, warfare and complex challenges of a specific period and place. Even as someone who likes Total War, I wasn't sure whether I was having a good time for the first few hours.
All in all, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is solid entry in the franchise. It's not exactly the most accessible for newcomers but once you come to grips with its depth and scale, you're treated to solid sessions of political intrigue, backstabbing, and drama galore.
Thrones of Britannia is a very good start of the Total War Saga series. It's not a revolutionary or an amazing title, but it has interesting and fresh elements that can attract players and gather new followers of the genre. This new approach to the brand – to make smaller and historically accurate games – makes me extremely happy.
Review in Polish | Read full review
Though there are plenty things to gripe about, from the lack of diplomatic options (like subterfuge) to a relatively dull selection of cultures, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is still a wonderful experience for both new and veteran gamers. With the seemingly smaller scale, Thrones of Britannia feels more intimate than Total War titles of the past, which adds a certain personal touch to the overall feel of the game. While Total War: Shogun 2 is still the crème-de-la-crème of the Total War franchise, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is a wonderful addition to the longstanding and beloved franchise.
The first Total War Saga game tries a lot of new things, succeeding at about half of them. It improves on a few areas historical Total War games have struggled with, but at the same time falls back into some bad, old habits that other games in the series were able to rise above. The overall tapestry reads as more than competent, and I could watch hardened huskarls with their massive axes crash into a Saxon shield wall all day. But there are too many blemishes for me to place it alongside some of its truly great peers like Attila and Warhammer.
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia has flaws, but it condenses properly the Total War formula in a more accessible way and, before all else, carves the optimum path for the forthcoming spin-offs.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is a more streamlined, sleeker and quicker Total War than those before it. However, the changes to make it like this offer new opportunities and one of the more tactical campaign maps than ever before. While it still suffers from some issues, like boring end game and being altogether too easy, there's still a whole lot to gain from playing Thrones of Britannia.
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is a new beginning and it carefully recreates the historical context of the early Middle Ages in the British Isles, but there are some missing points that will not make happy the Total War fans.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Thrones of Britannia is a decent entry to the Total War franchise that doesn't really bring anything new to the table, but shouldn't disappoint its fans.
Review in Czech | Read full review
In playing Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia, I was reminded a lot of the original Total War: Rome – a splendid example of the brilliant mix of intrigue, management and bloodthirsty battle that the series can provide.
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia aims to focus the Total War series. Instead of a grand chunk of history to explore, it drills down to some specific decades, with a much smaller map. At the end of the day though, you still need to love the real-time strategy play for the Total War series. If you do, Thrones of Britannia is an experience that tries not to suck up all of your time and energy.
A Total War Saga Thrones of Britannia is a good spin-off with very good ideas especially in the Campagn. We can almost feel a Paradox's touch in the wargame part, so it's a very good things (food system, resupply, etc). Unfortunately the technical part and the graphic engine are old and we are far from the graphic slap of the era of Empire Total War or Rome II. Licence need really change engine for bring more epic in battles.
Review in French | Read full review
If you're a series' fan, you'll find a lot to like about Thrones of Britannia, and perhaps even appreciate the fat that's been cut to let you just get to the action faster. But overall, Thrones of Britannia is a hard game to recommend to someone who isn't already a fan of the genre.
An understandable attempt to create a more accessible Total War experience, but it's been streamlined so much it offers only a small taste of the series' full potential.
Thrones of Britannia is a thoroughly competent entry into the Total War series, though underwhelming battles and a lack of fresh ideas mean it will satisfy your craving for historical conflict, but without much excitement or many surprises.
Honestly, I feel like maybe we've seen all of the colours of Total War that we're really going to. It's time to switch up the tried-and-true formula for something else. It has been a lot of fun, and in its day Total War really set the bar. But now it's yesterday's news.
The first game of the Saga series is undoubtedly an unsuccesful attempt. I hope Creative Assembly remembers what makes these games special in the eyes of its fans.
Review in Turkish | Read full review
It’s not exactly a game I would recommend to beginners. Most especially those who are just starting out. This game requires heavy thinking and is not meant for burning up time or mindless playing. It’s like playing digital chess except with a lot more micromanagement. Though, if you want something more appealing, I may have to suggest the Total War Warhammer game over this one.
Thrones of Britannia tries to shake up the Total War formula, but some of its elements works best in isolation rather than fully integrated to its short and often unbalanced campaign.
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