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Jon Shafer's At the Gates
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About this game
Developer: Conifer Games
Content Rating: Rating pending
At the Gates is an indie strategy game from Jon Shafer, designer of Civilization 5. You are a dark age lord building a kingdom to replace the crumbling Roman Empire. Manage your clans, explore the landscape around you, harvest its resources, and build a mighty economic and military machine.
- OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
- Processor: 1.6 Ghz
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Graphics: X1950 Pro, 7900 GT
- DirectX: Version 9.0c
- Storage: 2 GB available space
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At the Gates has a ton going for it, and this is easily the most addicted I've gotten to a game that I am reviewing. Although the replay value might not be as vast as some of the bigger 4X games on the market, it has enough of a unique and condensed feel that by the time you're getting ready to make moves to win, it hasn't overstayed its welcome by 20 hours.
Overall, At the Gates fits really nice in the role of Civilization clone, with enough new and interesting elements to provide unique and addictive game The replay value might not be as big as some other games in the genre, but every playthrough of At the Gates is one interesting and condensed experience.
Indeed, it feels like the late game in general is underdeveloped. The absence of compelling diplomacy with the AI factions plays a huge part here, as for much of the game it's perfectly possible to adopt an isolationist strategy and focus on the more economically focused victory. Pursuing the military route extends your interactions with the AI to throwing your stacked military units at theirs until you occupy their settlements and structures.