Be a Dragon! It’s that simple, you can be a death defying dangerous dragon the flies over the many battle fields you lead you armies to. Dragons breath fire, so you can breath fire onto all those that oppose you. To make it better, the imps in your service made you a jet pack! That’s right you are a dragon with a jet pack! How awesome is that?
Dragon Commander is set in the world of divinity. The Empire was created from the vast many wars between the various races in the world. Your father, the emperor, finished the war with some help and brought peace to the land. His legitimate children decided to slay him, after years of peace, to bring back war based on their greed. As his illegitimate son, you need to bring peace back to the land, with the help of your father’s wizard friend.
Honestly, the story is nothing to write home about, but the over all mechanics and game play is truly something to behold. The people you lead have problems you need to solve, the strategy part of the war handles beautifully like a board game, and each battle and conflict is played out on a battlefield in real time. Each piece comes together seamlessly to make a well rounded game.
The most interesting feature are the issues your civilians come to you with. Each problem seems to mirror some of the issues society faces today. Some examples include: government healthcare, same sex marriage, equal pay for women. Each race, that make up the empire, has different beliefs in each issue which change how much they agree or disagree with your choice. The more a race agrees with you, the more help is offered towards the war effort. The more they disagree, the harder they are to manage under your rule.
The real time strategy elements of the game are also really unique as well. Larian Studios made sure to keep the elements on the battlefield simple, clean and elegant. While there are some micromanaging elements, they are all kept easy to control. I was really impressed how you can control your units while in dragon form. It’s nothing that allows you to lead several different squads as once, but at least they all can be selected and they will all start attacking what you are targeting as the dragon.
Being in dragon form will also benefit your squads as they fight. Each type of dragon has their own special abilities that can buff your own armies or debuff those armies opposing you. I found myself mostly choosing those that helped me support my units on the ground with states like faster rate of fire, and regenerating health. There are also skills that make your fire breath more devastating to the units on the ground as well.
The multiplayer is pretty cool as well. You can play with or against players in trying to take over the world. Just like in the single player experience, unlock skills and stronger units, build up the empire, and try to conquer all that oppose you. I will say that you are going to need sometime to complete a four player free for all though, as games can take a while to finish.
Over all, I really enjoyed my time with Dragon Commander and I am looking forward to playing more of it. It’s a game that scratches a lot of different itches. One of the biggest things I enjoyed is the board game aspect of it. I just wish more of my board game playing friends would pick it up, because it could be something to play on those weeks that we all just can’t get together. Seriously, it’s well worth the coin to pick this one up!