Not as bad as some people say

User Rating: 8.5 | Grand Ages: Rome PC
I've been watching this game for awhile now and originally decided not to buy it based on reviews from this site and metacritic. After playing it through most of one of the many campaigns, I have to say the game is actually very well put together.

The graphics are really good and I'm really surprised to see people complaining about them. Maybe they are running older graphics cards, I'm not quite sure what their issues are. But on high detail the game runs smooth and looks sharp.

The interface is a bit different from what I am use to but after playing awhile I got the hang of it. The game has a lot of depth to it and the scenarios are pretty challenging... Building up your city while managing an army in real-time can be quite difficult. I think the game has the right mix of city builder and military. I don't really feel like it was 'tacked' on like the reviewer said because its pretty polished and if there was anymore depth it would just be overkill.

Some players also complained about 'fires' going off. I downloaded the latest patch (which looks like it has been out for awhile) and didn't have any issues with fires except for in the case where I did not have prefectures set up.

The only thing I wish this game had was a supply chain that was similar to the Caesar games or Settlers. Also being able to click on the citizens and see what they are up to would have been a nice touch as well.

To sum it up, this game is pretty solid and worth the 30 bucks if you look Roman themed city builders.