Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising Review (PC)

Game:Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising
Ten Ton Hammer
Ten Ton Hammer Rating
67

Multiplayer - 77 / 100

Perhaps the worst part of the game is
that it’s downright
barren after two weeks.  I
ran into a
total of five people from levels 1-10, and not a single conversation
happened
in any chat channels. 


What's the point of building a
fancy estate when no one else will likely ever see it?

While
running
through on the aforementioned city fetch quest, I passed by one player.  I’d love to tell you about
grouping, but between
the total lack of a playerbase, and the squad system fulfilling most
roles of a
party for you, there’s not a lot going on, socially speaking.

Value - 60 / 100

It’s not that Gods and Heroes: Rome Rising is a bad game, but it is nowhere near worth the $39.99 price tag (plus monthly subscription after the freebie month) it’s asking.  You’re getting a paltry variety of classes and abilities, and nothing particularly impressive or original stands out aside from the setting and squad system.

My initial character was the Soldier, who has an ability that places a 30 second buff on him that does flat damage on each melee hit, and can be sacrificed to do a single target nuke to an enemy.  I also have an armor aura and fire resistance aura.  If I wanted to play a Paladin, I’d play a Paladin.

Lasting Appeal - 45 / 100

The storyline of restoring your character’s estate to its former glory is one of the more original takes on the player storyline. Aside from that, you’ve got the same dull combat that you’ve come to expect from any MMORPG that resembles WoW . If you want to play Vanilla WoW : Rome Edition, you’ve come to the right place. The rest of us will ditch the mediocre grind and class design for greener pastures.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Cool setting and basic storyline
  • Good armor designs for once
  • Squad system is unique and not nearly as frustrating as you’d think.

Cons

  • Looks and sounds quite boring.
  • Some questionable balance, but it'll likely be fixed soon.
  • Where are all the players at?!

Conclusion

It's not that this is a bad game, it's just far too little/late for this point in the market. The setting is wonderful, and there are some cool systems in play here.... it's just marred by yesterday's graphics, too little polish, and some weird design decisions. Wait until it goes on sale before you drop the money on it.

Overall 67/100 - Okay

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