Endless Legend

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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City building gets a new lease on life on a distant planet.

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Positive Messages

Players can decide how they want to play, winning conditions by customizing the campaign. Players praised for achievements in-game, called cowards for leaving a game early.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players decide how they will play Endless Legend, create their own role model as leader of a civilization.

Ease of Play

There's a learning curve, but turn-based civilization veterans will pick it up quickly. Great tutorial explaining game to newcomers; seven difficulty settings provide challenge without boredom for all players.

Violence

Players encounter rival soldiers from computer, human opponents. Violence is minimal, enemies defeated by fantasy weaponry and magic fall down, disappear.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Endless Legend is a downloadable 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) turn-based strategy game. Players can customize every campaign and its winning conditions to suit their playing styles. The game itself boasts seven difficulty levels and has robust customization options for both the campaign and the game world, which creates great replay value. The violence is minimal regardless of single or multiplayer games; opponents defeated by fantasy weapons or magic fall down and vanish when defeated.

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What's it about?

ENDLESS LEGEND is a 4X turn-based strategy game in which players lead a civilization from the early stages of founding a city to building an empire. Featuring nine factions with diverse backgrounds and different conditions for victory, the game is big on customization, with seven difficulty settings and single-player and multiplayer modes. The game takes place in the fantasy world of Auriga, with various factions, armies, and mythical monsters. Players will manage research trees for the development of new technology for their troops. They also will build and expand a city, gathering resources and striking a balance between warfare and diplomacy. 

Is it any good?

This game takes the turn-based strategy genre and breathes fresh life into it. Endless Legend incorporates many traditional elements of 4X titles, which can seem daunting to someone with little experience of these tactical games. Fortunately, the tutorial does a nice job of introducing the fundamentals, which is particularly useful to newcomers or younger players. But where it really shines is in the customization options and graphics. It's eye candy, pure and simple. Resources are animated and the map is dotted with items of wonder ready to be explored and exploited. The vibrant, 3-D map feels alive with imaginative buildings, races, and lush elements that look very good. Each of the factions plays differently, highlighted through separate victory conditions. For example, the Ardent Mages can achieve victory through scientific advancement while the Cultists win through supremacy and converting others to their path. The look of each race is different, which extends down to their buildings.

Research trees are tiered and broken down into a series of elements that actually makes sense, with the results of the research having an impact on the game almost immediately. Want to increase weapon damage? Build a forge and work metals. By being able to queue the research trees, you can relieve some micromanaging often associated with strategy games and focus on other elements. Where the game falters somewhat is in battle strategy, but even here what would appear to be a downside to a more experienced player works in favor of the novice. Combat is rather simplistic, and players can even put the whole affair on auto, which reduces hands-on tactical decisions. Overall, Endless Legend has some very minor flaws but brings so much freshness and visual appeal to the genre that players will find themselves lured back time and again to the lands of Auriga.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about strategy games. What parallels can be drawn to events in history? Can you think of examples of how civilizations innovated the building of society while exploring and conquering portions of the known world?

  • Talk about civilization games. What makes games such as these so appealing? Why do players enjoy the challenge of creating, building, and conquering in these titles?

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