This review is from the FULL game, not the demo. I suggest that you play the demo before you buy though, as you can get a very good idea of the game from the demo.
Well, this game reminds me of Dynasty Warriors mixed with a slight tint of Kingdom Under Fire. But there isnt as much strategy involved as KUF.
It does require some strategic skill, but not alot in most cases.
You start off by making your character, if you've played DW5 Empires and made a custom character, its similar to that. You get a choice of several pre-made faces, a choice between three voices, pick your name etc but you cannot pick a certain fighting style like DW.
In this game, instead of always having the same fighting style you get to control different battalions, to do this you collect books, after finishing a battle. The books will let you control and purchase different troops each time, so for instance, if you dont have the book for crossbowmen, but there are crossbowmen on the battlefield, you wont be able to control them, but if you acquire the book, you can control them in battle and purchase them from the merchant before battle.
Its a bit different to DW and certainly in a good way. The game does get repetitive, but didnt DW? So if you enjoyed the Dynasty Warriors series, you would probably like this.
Its quite fun at times, especially when your in charge of horsemen and just plough through troop after troop.
It also does have some RPG style elements to it aswell.
When you gain troops through books, if you use that certain troop in battle, they gain SP and after or before a battle you may spend the SP to level your troops up, i.e so they're damage attack increases, defence increase, more infantry in one unit etc and so on. You can also buy new weapons for your troops from the merchant at the bar, this again may increase their damage in certain areas and other things. You may also buy new weapons for yourself and new armour.
As you progress you will get special levels to battle. Which are basically story battles, you need to do these battles to increase your fame, and once you've completely filled up one star of fame, to start filling up star two, you will have to take part in a special battle and win, then you will begin star two of fame and so forth.
So all in all, try out the demo, if you like it then get it.
Its a fun game, can get repetitive but if you like mindless hacking and killing then its pretty cool. The RPG elements definatly make this game and you'll want to keep battling so your soldiers gain XP, and also you gain fame.
I've given the game four stars because its pretty fun, its ahead in some aspects but also behind in others. It seems to flow alot better than KUF, but it does lack some strategy that would of really improved this game alot more.
BTW if you want easy achievement points, then this game is for you.