Praetorians HD Remaster

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Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Strategy game has updated visuals but stale play.

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Positive Messages

There are very few messages, apart from accomplish your goals, win a mission, and move forward to the next encounter.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There aren't any overt role models. Players move through the campaign and conquer, with no room for diplomacy. 

Ease of Play

The game's easy to navigate and has a classic point-and-click control scheme. The world is obscured by the fog of war, so some exploration needs to occur to find enemies and handle threats. This adds to the challenge of each mission.

Violence

When units are defeated, they're turned into a pile of bones on the ground. That doesn't last long, though, and they quickly fade away. No blood or gore shown.

Sex
Language

Unmoderated chat could expose players to inappropriate comments.

Consumerism

This is a remake of a game released in 2003.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Praetorians HD Remaster is a strategy game for Windows PCs. The title, which is a remake of a game initially released in 2003, is a real-time strategy title set in the ancient Roman Empire. The gameplay contains violence against rival troops, and defeated enemies are reduced to piles of bones that quickly disappear without blood or gore. Multiplayer games are unmoderated, which could expose players to inappropriate content, but otherwise, there's no offensive content included.

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What's it about?

Set in 59 B.C., during the growth of the Roman Empire, PRAETORIANS HD REMASTER is a real-time strategy game that takes players to battlefieds in Gaul, Egypt and Italy. Using different troop types and war machines, players are given tasks during a campaign mode that will eventually have the player's troops face off with the power of the Empire itself. With 24 missions, the game includes strategic elements such as terrain and elevation to take into account before and during battles, which can turn the tide of some fights if a player uses the battlefield effectively. There are also strengths and weaknesses that are unique to the different armies, along with three difficulty settings, making this a game that can provide a launching point into strategy gamers for newcomers, or a test of skills for veteran generals.

Is it any good?

The look of this strategy game is updated, but the flaws and gameplay remains the same. Praetorians HD Remaster is an updated version of a game from 2003, but in many ways, it's not a serious upgrade. The camera angles are too limited and don't provide an adequate view of the battlefield. The individual units, when zoomed in, aren't very compelling, and some of the gameplay mechanics are flawed. Take, for example, the beginning tutorial. You are tasked with getting a scout to the river, but in some instances, the scout runs off and is nowhere to be found.

The game's focus is on violence, but it's mild, particularly compared to other titles released then or today, which is something that the updated graphics haven't enhanced. There are also outdated features, like the limited fog of war on the map. If you have a scout, you can release his hawk and see enemies that may be hidden in forested areas, but this effect doesn't last long. What's more, no one seems interested in playing multiplayer matches, because the lobbies are frequently empty. The upside to the game? Well, it can serve as an adequate intro to strategy games, requiring knowledge about your units and how to best deploy them. Players have to watch and adjust their strategy, make use of the terrain, and each unit's special abilities to be successful. Unfortunately, you'll have to also suffer through bland missions and environments while you're practicing your strategy, which might not keep your attention for long. The end result is a classic that's gotten a new lease on gameplay, but with a presentation that's better left back in the past.

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