13 August 2020 22:37
After the colourful characters and political machinations of Total War: Three Kingdoms, Troy: A Total War Saga initially feels like a step backward. Troy might sound like an awesome setting for a Total War game - the Iliad is the font from which all other war stories drink, after all. But the deeper into time Total War delves, the less it has to work with, and fielding armies of clubmen and slingers on the precipice of history doesn't exactly make for the most thrilling military encounters. A Total War Saga: Troy review Developer: Creative Assembly It wasn't simply the fact he could smash through a unit of spearmen like a cannonball through a cake. Troy offers us the first mythic Total War, but does so with an eye that's less poetic and more forensic, trying to figure out the possible fact behind the obvious fiction.
Hence, your army may have spearmen fighting alongside centaurs, slingers lined up beside harpies. It's this unusual, nuanced perspective that elevates Troy from being another, smaller Total War game. Much like Three Kingdoms, Troy delves deeply into the themes of its pseudo-history. For the campaign, you can choose from several leaders on both sides of the war, each of whom has a distinct play-style moulded around their character. Play as the legendary warrior Achilles, for example, and your campaign will be driven by rollercoaster emotions and a lust for glory.
Agamemnon's favourite trick is to make vassals of his enemies and then drain resources from them in the form of tribute, while the heroes of his armies double as court politicians, conferring bonuses onto his faction when emplaced. Acting essentially as a portable upgrade, Helen provides stat boosts to Paris' army and any city she resides in. But Helen can also be captured by enemy states, which puts Paris in a massive sulk, impacting his whole faction. Whichever character you decide to play as, the ultimate goal remains the same, to either capture or defend Troy. To do either of these, you first must bring your half of the ancient world into line, capturing or allying with other Greek or Trojan city states, amassing enough power to launch ships across the Aegean and bring your enemies to heel. While the broader strokes of fighting battles and building cities will be familiar to veteran Total War players, there are several areas of the campaign where Troy makes key changes. Resources and trading have both been reworked to better reflect the economics of Troy's proto-historical world. There are five resources in total - food, wood, stone, bronze and gold. These are produced by the outlier settlements that surround main cities, each of which will specialise in one resource. Compared to the more abstract trade routes seen in Three Kingdoms, there's a pleasing clarity to Troy's system, and I used it more than any other Total War game. There is a downside to Troy's emphasis on haggling though, which is that other factions pester you constantly with trade deals that are absurdly weighted in their favour. At lower levels, this provides minor stat bonuses, at higher levels, the ability to recruit legendary units such as the Minotaur (cheers Zeus!). As such, dedicating yourself to a particular cult is a good way to unlock powerful units in the early game. There is another way to gain access to mythical units, which is to conquer a settlement capable of producing them. Combined with the unique resources settlements produce, this adds considerable complexity to choosing your next strategic target in the game's first half. On the battlefield itself, Troy starts out slow but improves as it goes. Most of the battles I fought took place in glorious Aegean sunlight, which makes the game look beautiful, but isn't very interesting from a tactical perspective. Not only do they create much-needed spectacle, they also add multiple layers to the game's largely infantry-based combat. If there's one area where Troy falls short, it's in the relationships between its characters and factions. Despite the strong personalities of its playable faction leaders, Troy fails to conjure the emotion at the heart of the Iliad's war. The Trojan war is an ideal setting for the personal politics Three Kingdoms explored so well. Alliances, meanwhile, are a crucial element of Troy's play, but beyond the new trading system, diplomacy is one of the most undercooked areas of the game. I remain unsure if Creative Assembly is making the most of these "Saga" games as opportunities to experiment. Troy may not be as impassioned and hot-blooded as the characters it represents, but its distinctive factions, thematic systems and nuanced interpretation of myth nonetheless succeed in firing the imagination. Total War Saga: Troy was first released a while ago but it's only been announced more recently that it's an exclusive free download on Epic Games Store. Here's what you need to do to get your Total War Saga: Troy download for free. When is Total War Saga: Troy's release date? Creative Assembly announced that Total War Saga: Troy would be released on 13th August 2020 on Epic Games Store. Visit Epic Games Store. You need to have the Epic Games Store launcher installed and have an account. Epic Games confirmed that the game is available to download for free for the first 24 hours on the store. Epic Games What time is Total War Saga: Troy released? We expect Total War Saga: Troy to be released at 2pm BST on 13th August or 6am PT if you are in the United States. How to download Total War Saga: Troy For the first 24 hours Total War Saga: Troy is free to download. Log on to the Epic Games Store on your web browser and add it to your account. You will need to head to the launcher if you want to play Troy. You will also have the option to add free DLC to your game after launch. Just remember you have to have a Total War Access account and link it to your Epic Games account. The Total War Amazons expansion is also set for launch in September, bringing with it new characters and units. Total War: Troy DLC Expansion Establish your Kingdom – As Hippolyta, capture sacred regions to gather Amazon Treasures and rank up your units, improve diplomatic deals and complete Royal Decrees. Lead your horde – As Penthesilea, roam the world and capture new settlements with a Horde army at your side, granting you unique War Spoils to boost your campaign. Don't miss out – For a limited time, Amazons DLC will be free for players who link their Total War Access and Epic accounts.