Disciples: Sacred Lands - Gold Edition Review

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Publisher: Strategy First
Developer: Strategy First

Platform: PC
Reviewed on PC
Windows System Requirements: Pentium 166 MHz, 32 MB RAM, 4x CD ROM, 200 MB HD space

Disciples Sacred Lands is a turn-based strategy game in which you play a military campaign as one of four warring races. Play either as the Empire (humans), the Legions of the Damned (demons), the Undead Horde (undead) or the Mountain Clan (dwarves). In single-player "saga" mode, the game consists of a series of missions broken up into chapters telling the story of the race chosen. Disciples has a fantasy setting and includes certain RPG elements such as units that "level" with experience. A multiplayer mode is available.

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Disciples offers that sublime combination of a ruleset that takes perhaps half an hour to learn, but strategic depth that takes an entire game to master. Each of the player races has distinct base units with differing abilities. The Undead Horde, for example, features units that cast paralysis spells, while the Empire features units that heal other units. The differences seem modest, but, like the butterfly flapping its wings in China, the ripple effect is profound enough to provide a dynamic challenge both in playing a race and in competing against the others. In addition to straight-up combat between units, the player, as the leader of his race, my also cast certain global spells. The spells also differ from race to race but include spells that damage every unit in a squad, summon creatures to fight, augment or handicap a squad's skills and a variety of other effects. The graphics are cute, but were probably not terribly exciting even at the time the game was first released. The overall aesthetic is heavily reminiscent of Warcraft, especially when your units get bored and start spouting one-liners at you. Derivative or not, Disciples: Sacred Lands offers a smooth, easy good time. On the merits, I would offer Disciples an unmitigated "Buy It," but with Disciples II: Dark Prophecy due to ship this week, you might consider saving your pennies and waiting to see whether the sequel lives up to the achievements of the original.

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