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A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia

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The year is 878 AD, the embattled English king Alfred the Great has mounted a heroic defence at the battle of Edington, and blunted the Viking invasion. Chastened – but not yet broken – the Norse warlords have settled across Britain. For the first time in nearly 80 years, the land is in a fragile state of peace. Throughout this sceptred isle, the kings of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales sense a time of change approaching; a time of opportunity. There will be treaties. There will be war. There will be turns of fortune that become the stuff of legend, in a saga that charts the ascent of one of history’s greatest nations. Kings will rise. One will rule.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Simply put, the game is nowhere near as bad as people say it is. It's essentially an attempt to remake Medieval Total War's Viking Invasion campaign for the modern age, and while perhaps it isn't quite as classic as that old campaign was for its time, it has interesting experiments in this game that make it different and unique from unmodded Total War titles.
What I will say, however, is that the replay value is low enough that you'll want to only get it on sale. The factions don't differ enough from each other to make replay very worthwhile, with the same type of units* but different campaign mechanics only, so pick it up on half price and enjoy it for what it is.
*And lots of people love Shogun 2 despite its similar lack of unit variety, so YMMV.

Review from Steam

Destiny is all.

Review from Steam

I think that it's a real shame that this game seems to have a bad rep amongst Total War fans. Admittedly the unit variety is less than other entries like Attila and Rome, but for a Saga title (which is what it is, and is priced as, and was always intended to be) this is pretty damn awesome. As someone who is really into this time period, I have a lot of fond memories of my Norsemen battling in a forest that is burning around them, or my Saxons grimly lining the shore of a burgh, spears and mail glinting in the rain, as the ships of Norse raiders make landfall.
Some points that I really liked:
- The music is great, and really sets the mood for uniting Britannia in a time of chaos
- While there is limited unit variety due to the small scale setting, it really feels like CA did as much as was possible within the constraints of the setting to make the units feel as diverse as possible
- Campaign mechanics have obviously picked up a lot from Warhammer, and are a lot of fun - I particularly liked playing Northumbria, which has to balance its Saxon and Norse subjects
- A controversial change was giving no garrison to minor settlements. Some hated this but I really liked it; forces you to maintain forces in your own land, but also allows you to raid enemy lands more effectively
- The "Crusader Kings-lite" politics are actually a lot of fun and add some depth to gameplay - although I think they could have gone further with this
- CA reversed their bizarre decision not to allow the Viking kingdoms to be pagan
Despite its issues, I've found myself coming back to this game multiple times, and have always had a blast with it.

Review from Steam

8/10 - Hot take incoming!
This game is the most overhated game in the franchise, by far. I was hesitant to even try it, because of all the bad things I heard of it. I swear some people made this game out to be a total mess that doesn't even run properly, is so unfinished that it barely holds up, so I was surprised to find out that it is far from these things actually.
I wanted to try this game out, simply because of it's setting, and so I gave it a shot. I am so happy I did! The atmosphere of this game is on par with that of Three Kingdoms or Attila. I was so happy that finally the optimization issues were fixed. The map looks gorgeous, but something that looks even better is the actual battle maps, and sieges. I could go on for days about how great the battle maps are. I always wanted a good viking total war, and so for those of you who are fans of this ear I recommend the game wholeheartidly.
Don't be hesitant to try out this game. If you are invested in this era and would like to try out some of the best battles of the franchise give it a shot.

Review from Steam

last kingdom: the strategy game

Review from Steam

at least the enemy can't spawn 20 strong doomstacks from their final city

Review from Steam

This game is the best TW game I have ever played. I too was apprehensive about buying Thrones (ToB) because of bad propaganda, but a good TW experienced friend said it's good.
Pros:
1. in ToB it is difficult to find bugs. CA seems to have worked very carefully;
2. some defective Attila mechanics have been fixed, e.g. Annex (join empire) works now. Assumed generals are now accessible for political actions;
3. ToB has a new recruitment system. So AI can recruit well even in later turns, that the battles remain exciting;
4. it is almost impossible to build armies with elite units only (much more realistic);
5. the available money is always quite scarce, thus avoiding army spam;
6. each playable faction has 20 generals with 4 designs each, for 16, 30, 45 and 60 years;
7. the battle AI is improved. AI cavalry does not charge into spears, but tries to flank;
8. you can choose personal preferences for unit types, e.g. "run". This facilitates handling on the battlefield. Unit banners are small but easy clickable;
9. each campaign is different, so you can play a faction several times;
10. Viking raids and large end-game invasions keep the game exciting, even if you dominate the map.
Disadvantages:
It lacks a tutorial in game menu because so much is new in Thrones. Not even 4% of the players have achieved a simple conquest victory with Circenn. Probably many gave up too early because they didn't understand the game. But there are tutorials for newcomers on YouTube.

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