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Published by Suleyman_Eisenhower 11 years ago , last updated 1 year ago
IGN's preview of The Asian Dynasties is out. Here is an excerpt:
Aside from the unusual campaign setting, the Chinese have another very unique feature. Rather than creating their armies unit by unit, the Chinese create "banner armies" that are bought and led as groups. Each banner army will be made up of exactly two units types -- say pikemen and archers, or flamethrower artillery and cavalry. The disadvantage is that Chinese players can't create exactly the army they want for the perfect counter but they get a pretty substantial discount per unit when forming banner armies, so it sounds like balances out. On the Indian side, players will be able to field up to six different kinds of elephants, from the requisite ranged elephants with archers on their backs to the more inventive melee elephants who carry flails on their trunks. Our favorite, of course, are the siege elephants that carry cannons. They even recoil a bit when the cannons fire. The new civs make use of new home city deliveries. The Japanese for instance can order up a Shogun unit that functions like a mobile barracks and grants powerful bonuses to nearby units. There are three different types of shogun as well, so you can pick the one that works best for you -- whether you need archers or samurais or what have you.
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