Legion - PC

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Legion (PC)
Also for: Power Mac
Viewed: 2D Isometric, Scrolling Genre:
Strategy: Combat
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Slitherine Strategies Soft. Co.: Slitherine Strategies
Publishers: KOCH (GB)
Schanz (DE)
Released: 20 Sept 2002 (GB)
Oct 2002 (DE)
Ratings: 11+
No Accessories: No Accessories


There are so many real-time strategy games available these days that many of the better ones are overlooked in favour best-selling mainstream RTS offerings. One such title that shouldn't be ignored is Legion, a complex and involving game from developer Slitherine.

Based in ancient Rome, Legion challenges its players at a strategic level, to gain control of vast armies and carve an Empire from an assortment of tribes and city-states. Another important strategy that needs to be considered is the positioning of armies. Players need to take advantage of terrain and make use of the best land formations to ensure victory. Do you have what it takes to become the next Emperor?

Legion features some 20 conflicting sides and some enormous playing areas, which creates the setting for the bloodiest battlefield known to man. The game's environments are rendered in real-time and play host to literally hundreds of animated onscreen soldiers simultaneously. Surprisingly, it doesn't require an enormous amount of processing power, meaning even players with low spec PC's can play Legion.

There's also the need for diplomacy in Legion. You can't simply leap into battle and take over the entire world, you have negotiate with neighbouring empires to achieve the goals you set for yourself. Building an empire also means acquiring and maintaining living space. Given three basic raw materials - food, iron and wood - you must maintain a thriving empire. It's a challenge, but one not too difficult to accomplish.

Legion is very similar to a whole library of other RTS games, but only a few are as carefully balanced as this one.