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ZOOM Celtic Kings:
Rage of War
$14.95 (Win95/98/2000/Me/XP) (DVD Case) (CELTKINGPR)

Publisher: Haemimont Games / Strategy First

Game: Real-Time Strategy

- Violence

Ratings:

from Computer Gaming World

from Games Domain

Strategic or Adventure Mode

Celtic Kings is a real time game that blends strategy, role-playing and adventure elements. There are two modes of playing the game that complement each other – adventure mode and strategic mode.

In strategic mode, you play against computer opponents or other players on the Internet exercising your strategic and tactical skills to achieve objective victory. You train and command many units, hire and develop heroes, acquire powerful artefacts and conquer strongholds and villages. Launch large-scale military campaigns against your foes to bring them to their knees. The game-play in this mode is similar to the traditional RTS gameplay.

In adventure mode, you control a party of heroes and explore the world as the struggle between Caesar and the Gaul chieftain Vercingetorix evolves. Which side you will support? Will you betray your allies of yesterday? Will you follow the mysterious druids as they request your assistance? Command strongholds and large armies; take risky missions behind the enemy lines. Find powerful artefacts to support you. Make friends and foes as you try to reveal who are you and who you want to be.

Game Features:

  • Large world consisting of many maps, which players can navigate at will
  • Integration of character development and major battles
  • Combined RTS and RPG experience
  • Two sides to play with - Roman and Gaul
  • LAN and Internet games with up to 8 players
  • Random map generation In-game scenario/adventure editor
  • Support for 5000 units on the map
  • Intelligent unit behaviour controlled by scripting language
  • Human-like AI opponents with different personalities
  • Exceptionally detailed mini-map
  • Support for 1024x768 or 1280x1024 with thousands of colors
  • Textured 3D terrain with lighting that allows landscape views of unique quality
  • Two zoom levels for better view and control
  • Three different seasons selectable for any map
  • Total of 55 different units with many animations

Setting

The adventure takes place in the Gaul lands during Caesar’s conquest of Gaul. Four main forces have strong and conflicting interests in the area. The struggle between them defines the world of Celtic Kings.

First, there are the Gauls. They are numerous and brave but separated tribes. They fight in their own lands but often among themselves. Their pride and religion often gets in the way to victory. The lack of unity makes them weak as never before.

Rome is a mighty state with progressive social order and advanced military knowledge. Its social structure requires constant expansion wars. Julius Caesar’s brilliant leadership, however, makes Rome a deadly enemy. He seeks to conquer Gaul for glory and fortune in his quest to become the sole leader of Rome.

The Teutons represent the united German tribes. They cross the river Rhein every year, seeking to expand their influence or simply to plunder. They are a fearsome and numerous force, but they do not have long-term plans for conquest and expansion. They seek fortune and glory through victory and self-gratification.

The mysterious Druids wield horrifying and ancient powers. A few of them are enough to stop a full-scale army. They weave the patterns that make nations prosper and states decay. Hidden are their goals as they often seem contradictory.

Requirements:

Win 95/98/Me/2000/XP: 400 MHz Pentium II Processor, 64 MB RAM, Video card capable of displaying 1024x768 with thousands of colors, 4x CD ROM, DirectX 8.0



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