‘Total War: Pharaoh’ is a Timeless Classic In the making | A Tamatem Review
Total War: Pharaoh is a challenging and rewarding game that captures the richness of the Late Bronze Age and perhaps the only medium to frankly assess the Bronze-Age Collapse.
The campaign is particularly impressive, with its deep empire management mechanics and clever use of the Nile River. The outposts system is a great addition, allowing players to customise their settlements and create new strategic possibilities. The battle pacing is also excellent, with infantry engagements slowed down to allow for more tactical manoeuvring. Unit weight classes add an extra layer of complexity and make for more interesting battles.
However, there are some rough edges, especially in the peripheral areas of the map. The outer regions don’t have the same political richness or strategic depth as Egypt. And while every faction has a wide roster to pull from, some of the smaller factions feel a bit underdeveloped. Despite these flaws, Total War: Pharaoh is a must-play for fans of historical Total War games. It’s a challenging and rewarding experience that offers something for everyone.
To enhance the gaming experience, consider expanding the map to incorporate Mesopotamia and other significant regions of the Late Bronze Age. This expansion would introduce a wealth of new content and gameplay variety, providing players with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultures and civilisations that defined the ancient world.
Addressing the underdeveloped nature of peripheral regions is crucial for a more engaging gameplay experience. Currently, these outer areas feel somewhat tacked on, lacking unique content and gameplay mechanics. To rectify this, the addition of distinctive factions, settlements, and resources would infuse these regions with intrigue, making exploration and conquest more captivating.
Improving the transparency of the influence mechanic is essential for player comprehension and mastery. The current opacity of the mechanic can pose challenges for players, making it difficult to grasp its intricacies. Enhancements such as additional tooltips and explanations would empower players to understand how the influence mechanic operates and how to leverage it strategically.
Bolstering the stability and overall gameplay experience is contingent upon fixing bugs affecting empire management mechanics. Some bugs, particularly those impacting Legacy powers and the annexation of smaller factions, need attention. Addressing these issues will contribute to a smoother and more enjoyable gaming experience.
Providing more playable characters and Ancient Legacies for the Hittites and Canaanites is another avenue for enriching gameplay. Currently trailing behind Egypt in terms of options, expanding the roster for these factions would inject diversity and choice into the player experience, enhancing the overall appeal of the game.
In addition to these specific improvements, I would also like to see Creative Assembly Sophia continue to support Total War: Pharaoh with post-launch content updates. New factions, settlements, and units would all be welcome additions to the game. And I would be particularly interested in seeing a campaign expansion that focuses on Mesopotamia, the heartland of the ancient Akkadian and Babylonian empires.
Overall, Total War: Pharaoh is a great game with a lot of potential. I am excited to see what the future holds for this game, and I hope that Creative Assembly Sophia will continue to support it for many years to come.
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