Terra Militaris is part of the new breed of browser based strategy games. It combines elements that are dear to the fans of the genre with elements from RTS and RPG games. This combination turns out to be a winning formula.
The Browser Based Game Roots
The game’s basics will be familiar to those that have played other browser based strategy games. You have to collect resources, built up your city, train an army and take over nearby territories. You can play as one of four civilizations: Rome, China, Persia and Egypt. So far so good. Where Terra Militaris stands apart is in it how it handles each of these elements.
The RTS Elements
For example, in Terra Militaris, you build your cities using a grid. This means that your cities will be customized. Also battles happen in real time RTS style. This improves the game a great deal, adding a new feature which former browser based strategy games lacked. The fights can be both PVE (vs. monsters) and PVP. There are also heroes in this game. They are the generals of your armies and you can level them up. But if you do not feel like the upcoming battle is worth your time, if it is too easy for example, you can choose auto-battle, and the computer will resolve the conflict for you.
The Fight for Power
The four civilizations fight a continuous war for supremacy, and the realm is reset when one civilization dominates the other three, the winning civilization being rewarded for its victory. So you have the added incentive to form alliances, enter guilds and fight for your civilization in the long term. It is worth saying that Terra Militaris has transcended its browser based strategy game roots and has become an MMO strategy game.
You can also advance your civilization through trade, not just bloody conquest. Another non-combat way to increase your power and influence is through missionaries. Your civilization will evolve from the Dark Ages all the way to the Imperial Age, each new age bringing with it new challenges, possibilities and quests. Quests can be used as a way to level up your hero and gain some extra goods and gold.
Besides the problem noted above the game is great. And even slow loading is a problem for very few people in this day and age. Terra Militaris deserves the Game of the Year award for best strategy game.
The elements it uses are nothing new, but the way they are put together to improve the browser based strategy genre is innovative.
Like all browser based games, Terra Militaris will probably take a good chunk of your time if you can get into it.
This game is quickly gaining ground as more and more players are drawn to it.
A war for domination between four civilizations, RTS style battles, heroes, trade and missionaries.
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