This article may need to be rewritten to comply with Wikipedia's. The may contain suggestions. ( August 2013)Fantasy GeneralStrategic SimulationsSSI Special Projects GroupPaul MurrayDavid JensenDanny PelfreyRick RhodesRelease1996Mode(s),Fantasy General is a fantasy game published by in 1996. Its structure was taken from the with some modifications to the base system. It was the third in the Five Star General series. It allows gaming against other human players. It was published on in May 2015 with support for, and after GOG Ltd acquired the copyright to the title.A successor called Fantasy General 2 - Invasion has been announced by strategy publisher and Developer in 2019.
Contents.Overview Fantasy General is a game situated in a world. The player can play either a single scenario against a computer or human opponent or a campaign. There are two sides, Good and Evil, each with unique units, though they share unit equivalents.In campaign mode, the player selects one of four heroes and sets out to defeat the Shadowlord and his four, evil counterparts to the heroes. It concludes with the liberation of four continents and final defeat of the Shadowlord at the Fire Isle.Gameplay is based on a traditional, with a wide variety of units available. Fantasy General is an operational-level game. Unlike, where units represent battalion-size groups, Fantasy General units approximate squads, with most units consisting of fifteen soldiers, though some (e.g. Heroes, mechanical forces) represent single entities.Units There are four unit categories: Mortal, Magical, Beast and Mechanical.
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Non-mortal units are usually stronger, but cannot be upgraded and will eventually become obsolete as the player researches new units.In Campaign mode, the player allocates gold toward researching new grades of units. Units range in grade from 0 to 5, though not all categories of units have a unit available for every grade. Mechanical units, for example, are only available in grades 0, 1, 3, and 5.Units are further divided into classes. The classes are Heavy Infantry, Light Infantry, Skirmishers, Cavalry, Light Cavalry, Archers, Bombardiers, Sky Hunters, Siege Engines, and Spell Casters.
There are Mortal units available from grades 0 to 5 for every class. Other unit categories vary, though every category has Heavy Infantry, Cavalry, and Sky Hunter units available.Music The soundtrack to Fantasy General was composed by and Danny Pelfrey and featured soprano Marisa Lenhardt. The game's music featured original settings of Strife is O'er, the, the Easter sequence, Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, and two works by Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wir essen und leben.Reception ReceptionReview scoresPublicationScore78%7/10PC GamesBFantasy General sold at least 50,000 units by September 1997.praised the game's pacing and AI, stating it challenged the player to think intelligently unlike other strategy games. They also praised the game's performance given how smoothly it ran. They did, however, also criticize the instability on, simplified magic system, and lack of scenario descriptions but overall rated the game as equal or more to its.
A reviewer for commented that typical war simulation fans would likely be turned off by the game's unhistorical setting, lighthearted atmosphere, and lack of challenge, but that its solid sense of fun would make it entertaining for those willing to try something different.Andy Butcher reviewed Fantasy General for Arcane magazine, rating it a 7 out of 10 overall. Butcher comments that ' Fantasy General is good but not great - you can happily while away a few hours with it but it's unlikely to keep you up 'till three in the morning for 'one more go'.' Fantasy General was a finalist for the 's 1996 'Best Strategy/War Game', but lost the prize to. It was a runner-up for Computer Gaming World 's 1995 'Strategy Game of the Year' award, which ultimately went to and (tie). The editors called Fantasy General 'addictive and deep enough to be the true heir to Panzer General 's throne', and noted that it 'could have won had the competition not been so strong.' References.
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