Lost Empire: Immortals Review
Lost Empire: Immortals box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Pollux Gamelabs 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Paradox Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: March 11, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 - 10 Online 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Immortals is menu-heavy. There is a lot to concern yourself with, and it can actually drag the gameplay down to a crawl. The races, which include the requisite humans and evil aliens, each have different attributes, strengths, and weaknesses. But all are involved in the same undertaking of building an empire from scratch. Research is the one constant that is required by all of the races in order to advance in any specific area.


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It's important to know of the options available and what's required of you to perform certain actions such as invading a new planet, acquiring new weapons, constructing manufacturing facilities, and making diplomatic decisions. It makes for a lot of reading. Taking this into consideration along with the fact that the battles are played out automatically with no real time control on your part, and you have the making of a very tedious game. If you're looking for action, look elsewhere.


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More than10 players can take part in the online multi-player mode, but it's really not much different than battling it out in the single-player mode. The games are long. Quickmatches should be renamed, since they are anything but quick, often lasting entire evenings. With randomly generated maps, the right player can get virtually unlimited replay value out of this game. But that "right" player is going to be few and far between as Immortals only caters to a very narrow demographic. Even at that, hardcore turn-based strategy fans will soon tire of the "in-space" novelty and recognize that Immortals is nothing more than an unoriginal, formulaic budget title.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.0
Graphics
Graphics are little more than illustrations for the text-heavy gameplay.
2.2
Control
Very menu-heavy gameplay. Tedious. Needs some action.
2.2
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is decent, but overall the game is relatively silent. Sound effects are weak.
2.5
Play Value
Generic turn-based gameplay. Unoriginal. Loads of replay value for the interested player.
2.4
Overall Rating - Poor
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Colossal Galactic Map - Explore the vastness of a fully populated macrocosm, teeming with up to 5,000 stars of varying configurations. Encounter the interstellar communities of six playable empires and twenty-eight uniquely evolved minor civilizations.
  • Vast Scientific Multi-nodal Research Tree - Conduct research across eleven scientific categories, branching out into 150 individual advances.
  • Customize Ship Construction - Spaceship models consist of eight classes that conform to a mission type: exploration, reconnaissance, defensive patrolling, fleet interdiction, and planetary invasion.
  • 3D Rendered Dual Warfare System - View massive 3D rendered space battles between turns, through an action camera and adjust your strategy based on the outcomes of the space battles.
  • Multiplayer Action - Invite up to ten players to play in any one game. Create attributes to ensure that no two sides play with identical races.


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