European Battle VII: Medieval Assessment

European Battle VII: Medieval Assessment

European Battle VII: Medieval Assessment

My expertise with technique video games has largely been relegated to board video games like Threat and Monopoly. The little technique online game expertise I’ve boils right down to which sources to convey with me on a visit inside a sure blocky sandbox sport. Nevertheless, European Battle VII: Medieval has been a fantastic introduction to the world of turn-based technique video games, with stable gameplay, satisfying development, and an general charming aesthetic.

An Odd Starting

Upon booting up the sport for the primary time, there’s a begin menu that mechanically gave me a reward for logging in. It desires to be a sport you play day by day to get extra rewards. I didn’t thoughts this because the development system that depends on these rewards, every day or in-game, could be sluggish and monotonous early on in the event that they didn’t have them.

European Battle VII‘s tutorial was fairly commonplace. The one nitpick is that it didn’t train me the right way to finish my flip, so I believed I used to be caught. I assume that it anticipated me to already be accustomed to the HUD of different European Battle video games. Nevertheless, it did train me the right way to finish my activate the second degree of the tutorial. Possibly it simply anticipated me to finish the primary half in a single go.

Gaming and Campaigning

After fiddling round and getting a cling of the controls, I used to be plopped into the core gameplay: the campaigns. These campaigns are set at particular factors of European historical past throughout precise historic battles. A prologue precedes every chapter the place you possibly can learn and be taught in regards to the circumstances round your present marketing campaign. You get a listing of battles you may be preventing in, often round eight to 10. Some are optionally available and unlock particular rewards. Every battle begins with dialogue from the primary generals of the battle, after which the combat is on.

The gameplay may be very intuitive and because of the tutorial, fairly simple to get management of. The onerous half is the precise technique that you must win every battle. Every battle has its personal objective, both defeating all the enemy troops or capturing cities and territory. It might typically be retaining your troops alive over a sure variety of turns. Every battle is on a semi-hexagonal board, the place hexagons make up every space, representing the map’s battle zone. The battles aren’t too advanced so long as you familiarize with the variations between cavalry, infantry, and ranged models.

The primary technique is the place you progress and if you assault or use a normal’s energy (rising injury, protection, and so on.). Nevertheless, the issue will not be so intense that you just’ll have to begin each battle over. This occurred only some instances, however we’ll get to that.

To Use or To not Use Backstory

One factor that this sport does nicely is worldbuilding. I like it when video games use gameplay mechanics to create a way of depth. In Chapter 1, on the finish of the primary marketing campaign, Rome is besieged. The objective is to occupy three of 4 key areas in Italy. My first two makes an attempt, I used to be overwhelmed with enemy troopers. Nevertheless, each instances I attempted to take again management of Rome after it had fallen. If you happen to as an alternative let Rome fall and go for the town on the east coast, the sport will reward you with a neater battle. Sticking to the historical past of those battles lets you have extra enjoyable with the sport.

One other time, I used to be making an attempt to take management of a metropolis, whereas attacking a unique metropolis that I wanted to take over. The previous metropolis didn’t initially fall within the historic battle. In flip, the sport stored creating enemy troops out of skinny air to forestall my assaults till I ran out of turns. The sport ended up dishonest at its personal guidelines to maintain it traditionally correct. It takes among the enjoyable out of exploring the battlefield. It’s not as if the sport sticks to historical past fully.

You demolish historic accuracy when you unlock generals and troops to make use of in your campaigns. You need to use any normal you unlock in any battle no matter whether or not they have been truly there on the time, or in the event that they have been even alive on the time. Identical factor with the troops; you possibly can convey a Roman legion into battle in the course of the Anglo Saxon invasion of England. The one traditionally correct components of engagements find yourself being the enemy generals and troops, and the allied generals and troops you begin out with. I can’t dock it too many factors for this as a result of it makes the title’s battles type of surreal, upping the enjoyable issue significantly.

Changing into a Common

There are such a lot of navy ways and methods I discovered from this sport, like retaining a weak enemy in entrance to forestall a stronger enemy from occupying the identical house, or blocking a hall for further protection. I gained’t spoil every part I discovered, however these are simply among the highlights from the primary chapter.

Every part else round European Battle VII is completed nicely sufficient: the music is nice, the visuals are extremely detailed, and the sound design is satisfying, particularly the Foley knife slash if you deal 300+ injury in a single assault. The powers of the generals are balanced, and the terrain system concerning mobility is a pleasant contact as nicely. Even doing nicely in the course of battle can convey rewards throughout mentioned battle, like allied troops showing from off-screen. Even when the enemies defeat your generals, the title offers sound recommendation on the right way to higher strategize, not solely in sport however weirdly sufficient, outdoors of the sport too. It was healthful to listen to Belisarius inform me that although I’ve to withdraw, it doesn’t imply I’m a failure.

The one different draw back is the microtransactions and loot field system. Nevertheless, the sport isn’t troublesome sufficient to warrant having to make use of these methods to progress because the rewards you get from successful battles greater than makes up for it.


All in all, European Battle VII: Medieval is genuinely enjoyable even when the historical past related to the sport sacrifices that enjoyable to take care of accuracy in some respects however not others. The gameplay is straightforward to choose up and come up with, and the technique it teaches can truthfully translate nicely into any comparable turn-based technique sport. It’s a fantastic sport for TBS newcomers, nevertheless it won’t maintain a hardcore viewers as a result of inconsistent problem.




The combination of intuitive mechanics and fascinating gameplay are nicely well worth the time of any TBS fan. Nevertheless, the issue spikes early on and the time dedication will trigger some to cease taking part in earlier than it turns into nice. Nonetheless, it’s well worth the wait.