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Battle of Empires: 1914-1918 real time strategy game now on Linux

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Battle of Empires: 1914-1918 is a pretty good looking real time strategy game from Great War Team and Publisher Best Way Soft. It has now managed to find its way onto Linux.

It seems certain users aren't happy with DLC campaigns believing they should have gotten it free. The developers put up their response to this here.

Their open communication is good, and I actually understand the developers side on this one. You shouldn't expect DLC for free even if you purchased a game in Early Access. I hope people won't be put off too much by the negative reviews based on it, as it does look like it might be a pretty good RTS.

About the game
Battle of Empires :1914-1918 is a story driven RTS, that re-lives some of the bloodiest battles of “The Great War”. The missions include some of the most fearsome weaponary employed of the period. Sabotage, stealth, trench warfare, gas attacks, artillery and mobile infantry - BoE has it all!

The first campaign of the series - Battle of Empires: France - is devoted to the battles between the French and German armies on the Western Front.
The second campaign- Battle of Empires: Russian Empire - is devoted to the battles between the Russian and German armies on the Eastern front. Both of these campaigns are included in the base game.

Gameplay is similar to other Men of War based titles, with the ability to control your men, at divisional, squad and soldier levels.

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linux_gamer 15 March 2016 at 11:24 am UTC
Cool, we need more RTS games on Linux.
marvin2711 15 March 2016 at 11:57 am UTC
This game is being bombed back to the stone age in the Steam reviews. Not cool, we need more good games on Linux.
Liam Dawe 15 March 2016 at 12:25 pm UTC
marvin2711This game is being bombed back to the stone age in the Steam reviews. Not cool, we need more good games on Linux.

I linked and explained why they are, and I don't agree with the bad reviews. People being silly as usual using reviews to vent things they were never promised.
Foxv71 15 March 2016 at 1:42 pm UTC
I'll take a look
Mountain Man 15 March 2016 at 1:52 pm UTC
The multiplayer-only version is just $5, and the full single player game is $30. You pay more, you get more. That seems reasonable to me.

Last edited by Mountain Man at 15 March 2016 at 1:53 pm UTC
BTRE 15 March 2016 at 2:30 pm UTC
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GuestBought Battle of Empires : 1914-1918 - Deluxe Edition, runs like a charm! I don't know if this is a Unity port, doesn't feel like it thought..
It's running the GEM 2 engine, which is the same engine Men of War ran on. Hence similarity in physics, graphics and even gameplay to an extent.

I bought the deluxe edition on a whim yesterday and it's okay gameplay-wise and the 3 or so missions I did were fun. There's different ways that they can play out and you can be mildly creative in completing them. That said, there's also a lot that's hard to like. The voice acting is rather poor and you can tell that the dialog was written by someone who isn't a native English speaker. The graphics are unimpressive (but not entirely ugly in motion) and the music dull. I don't really have time to do a full review for GOL anytime soon but if you ever played Men of War and liked it, you'll feel right at home. Plus playing with WW1 weapons appeals to my history nerd side.

I've played about two hours by now and will probably get another hour or so in today. I'm not sure if it's worth the full asking price but at its current 50% off I'm not really regretting it.
coolbober 15 March 2016 at 6:41 pm UTC
I bought it today. Nice game so far.
Swiftpaw 16 March 2016 at 1:31 am UTC
QuoteIt seems certain users aren't happy with DLC campaigns believing they should have gotten it free. The developers put up their response to this here.

If they promised those campaigns to those who donated to them during Early Access, but then didn't deliver on that promise like several of the reviews seem to be saying, then that is indeed a scumbag move. If that's what actually happened, then summarizing that situation as "not delivering something for free" would be a complete misrepresentation/lie about what actually happened.
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