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  Celtic Kings: Rage of War
Celtic Kings is a real time game that blends strategy, role-playing and adventure elements. There are two modes of playing the game that complement each other – adventure mode and strategic mode.

IBM PC or 100% compatible
A 400 MHz Pentium II processor
64MB of system memory
Video board capable of displaying 1024x768 with thousands of colors
4x or faster CD-ROM
MS Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
DirectX 8.1 or newer

The installation was very quick and went well. It is was just basically a series of button clicks which is great for the casual computer user. But during the installation I didn't come across anywhere allowing for a custom install for features or locations to install. This may or may not be important, but for users that like to install games on a different drive than the Operating System for example might find it as an importsnt installation feature left out.

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Very impressive graphically! The scrolling background displays some fantastic celtic artwork. The game menu is easy to read and it even keeps track of your game play for you and displays your player stats such as time played thus far and other important games stats.

In the overview it states that the game is available in two different modes .... I was only able to find one mode, Strategic. However the graphic work is fantastic in this game! The detailed scenery right down to the random wildlife and sounds is enough to keep a person interested. The buildings and characters are very well done and the movement of characters is very smooth. The graphics peoplehit this one right one. Superb!

I did manage to do a good part of the Tutorial, which is excellent I may ad. I thought perhaps it was enough to enter and start playing my first game. Once I started playing for real, I had no idea what I was suppose to do. Took me about 20 minutes just to figure out how to create my first 'Hero' and then I wandered around the nicely done landscape and buildings for about half an hour and never did encounter any enimies. The control of the characters seemed to be much easier than some similiar games making gameplay easy, but I couldn't find much direction on what to do - I was 'waiting for something to happen'.

I am sure that if one took the time to read the entire manual, many of these directions would have come clearer, but like many users, when I buy a game - I wanna play it now. After working all day, the last thing I want to do is to sit down and read a manual before I get to have some fun. The graphics in this game defiantely drew me into the game leaving me to want to keep playing, however the lack of first hand knowledge as to what to do once you get started eventually took away from that.

Final Thoughts
Most likely one of the best done games graphically of this type of game I have come across. The game is quite easy to learn how to control, but very challenging to play. First time players may find this very difficult, while the 'serious' roleplaying and strategy players are going to love this game!

Review ID Number: 99
  Product Details
Haemimont Games - Strategy First
Review Date: 2002-08-30
Reviewer: Brad Lawryk
Rating: 8 out of 10
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