III: The Beginning
I start this review let me just say, damn you people who use the priests. Ok now that
that's over with let's get onto what you're dying to know, how is the next part of the
Populous series? Well, first off, practically everything in the game is unique, even the
storyline. The game takes place as you, the shaman, realise your destiny to become a god.
However, the problem is that enemy tribes are opposing you and possess knowledge that you
need in order to achieve your goal. It is up to you to lead your men against those that
would seek to destroy you and to claim your place in the divine realms.
of the major thing that I think catches attention in the game is the graphics. Really,
some of the best graphics I have seen come by in a long time! Many have already
complimented it, however it does deserve much appreciation because it really makes the
game more enjoyable. The sounds also come clear and precise which also adds to the game's
is one of my favourite parts of Populous. Unlike the typical "send men in and
kill", Populous relies on true strategy based on timing. For example, let it be known
that the shaman is the most powerful unit in the game by far, you need to eliminate the
other side's shaman as soon as possible or she could quite possibly destroy your whole
army. After you kill the shaman you only have a certain amount of time before she
resurrects to do the most damage possible. However there are several unique units in the
game which all have their own uses. One such example is a priest which can convert an
ENTIRE army towards the opponents' side (that's why I hate them it's happened to me one
too many times). However if you are willing to take casualties you can do a mob assault of
up to 200 men into an enemies base. Generally they will win, however, you never know with
all the different units and events that can go on in the game! Even defence is based on
how you make it. You can use the land modification spells to make big lakes surrounding
your base or connect two tall mountains to make an impassable wall.
great focus on the game is spells. Clearly a lot of attention was put on spells which
allow you to do anything from cast lightning to altering terrain. There are 26 spells in
total each of which does it's own effect in a glorious show of graphics. Spells also
compose a great deal of strategy. A single shaman could take out an entire army merely by
earthquaking the land beneath them. Strategy and spells help make Populous a unique game,
but for the better!
is also made easy by Bullfrog's Populous Match zone. Here you can log onto the Populous
server and have matches against other Populous gamers such as yourself! This provides
countless hours of fun as you send in mobs of men to the enemies' base and use your
spell's damaging effects to the fullest. One of the great parts of Populous is it's
ability to be very challenging but enjoyable. When the opponent comes and destroys half of
your base it's not the end of the world. You can build it back up and take down half of
their base as well too. The victory will probably go to the person who knows how to use
the shamans with the normal units the best!
I think that Populous: The Beginning definitely is a buy. Die hard strategy fans will
especially love the new twists to strategy as it gives them a whole new world to conquer.
Incoming strategy fans will love the graphics, ease of use, and mass destruction!
16 MB RAM
Direct X 6.0
16-bit sound card
Windows 95, 98
16 MB RAM
Direct X 6.0
3D accelerated card (Microsoft Direct 3D compliant)
16 bit sound card