Review: Numantia (PlayStation 4)

Numantia is a Turn-Based Strategy game that takes place in the ancient conflict between Rome and the city of Numantia, in a war that lasted for more than two decades.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • 5.50GB Download size.
  • Two modes- Campaign and arena.
  • Two armies to play in the campaign.
  • Activate or deactivate the tutorial.
  • Normal and hard difficulties.
  • Decent voice work.
  • Nice art cutscenes.
  • Each army has a campaign and a base camp map. The campaign is the story and base camp is your hub to manage your army like hiring and firing troops, Upgrading and buying new items.
  • Each chapter has stages with multiple choices at the end. Works in a choose your own path.
  • Earn cash and resources in battle.
  • Auto and manual saves.
  • Plays like a simplified tactical wargame like Total war.
  • The battleground is made of hexes. Makes it easier to plan your strategy.
  • Easy to pick up thanks to clear UI and decent paced gameplay.
  • 2 actions for each unit in your army. You can move and attack.
  • Can finish your round when you want.
  • Unit types- foot, ranged and mounted.
  • Large locations map. You can move around the campaign map and check out all the gorgeous areas.
  • Controls seem to be very well done especially in the genre.
  • A lot of game for your money.
  • Camera- Pan around and zoom in.
  • Atmospheric soundtrack.
  • Fun but challenging.
  • The arena is your arcade mode. Pick a side, a map and has the easy difficulty.
  • Locations are varied and include snow, night and day.
  • Solid mechanics.
  • Great to watch the fights.
  • Morale- Important as you can push your men to travel further, Fight harder which will reduce their morale which will ultimately make them worse fighters.

Cons:

  • Long initial boot upload.
  • Army choice is not clearly marked or described until you click through.
  • Small text.
  • Tutorial is really slow going.
  • Swapping units quickly are very clunky.
  • Only one controller layout.
  • No online or local competititve.
  • A lot of menu clicking.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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