Siege of Fort Niagara (Reviewed)

This scenario depicts the English siege of French-occupied Fort Niagara in 1759.

Storyline: Situated on the shores of Lake Ontari...

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This scenario depicts the English siege of French-occupied Fort Niagara in 1759.

Storyline: Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, Fort Niagara was protected by extensive, European-style earthen outworks: a glacis, ditch, and a covered way stretching across the peninsula and screening the castle and other buildings within the ramparts.

As the British gathered forces at Oswego, the Iroquois formed a military alliance with the British, hoping to weaken the French position in the Ohio.

On July 10, 1759, Brigadier General John Prideaux laid siege to Niagara. The defence of the fort was lead by Captain Pierre Pouchot. If Niagara fell, the French would lose their portage route to Lake Erie.

REVIEW:

This is a very militaristic scenario focused on realisitic combat. Since this scenario is about attacking a fort, powerful siege weapons are necessary. The cannon fire can get very intense and exciting sometimes! Lots of musketfire, cavalry charges, and counterattacks make this scenario a constant battle. Excellent triggers and effects make this map much better than the original Age of Empires III campaign maps. The map is very well balanced (not too hard, but not too easy). This good balance is accomplished through clear objectives and alternate paths to victory. Botolf cleverly designs a way for this scenario to last longer, so you don't "rush" the AI. However, this method can actually bog you down sometimes by making the game too long. There are also several rewarding secondary objectives that can help you out significantly. Unfortunately, you get few reinforcements. Some of the pathways through the map are not well designed. The large numbers of units also require a powerful computer. Overall, this map will be great for those who love large battles and sieges. Don't play it if you like micromanagement, economy, and naval combat.

Reviewed by Suleyman_Eisenhower Questions or comments? Contact me at legotj7@yahoo.com

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Scenario Information:

-You assume the role of the British besiegeing force.
-You are assisted by the Iroquois.
-You must finish the trench system in order for your mortars to come within range of Niagara's outworks.



Geographic Information:

-Fort Niagara is located on high ground, and is protected by three outworks and a main bastion. The French have cannons and many defenders on the walls, so storming the fort soley with infantry is not a viable option. You will need to use your howitzers to bring the defences down.
-Your siege trenches border Lake Ontario.
-The portage road runs along the shore of the Niagara River.



Primary Objectives:

-Bring the General to the center of the fort.



Features:

-Ration system: You have a stockpile of food that decreases every so often, symbolizing feeding your troops. To replenish your rations, you must take out and capture various French buildings/control points that are around the map. If you run out of food, you will lose your ability to fight.

-Soldier Mortality: Your soldiers die with a few hits from a bullet, and are massacred by artillery fire.

-Realistic Terrain: Your men are unable to climb steep slopes, so be careful where you position them.

-Control Points: Capturing certain areas will improve your strategic position or reward you with food supplies.

-Compact Formations: Formations are now smaller, resembling historical battallions. Artillery is more effective against infantry, so watch your men carefully.

-Random Variation: Small components in the map have random choices, to keep the player entertained and to make every game different.

Special Thanks to my playtesters, Pepsidude and cat.

Installation: Place all files in the My Document/My Games/AoE3/Scenario folder.

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