Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is the next installment of downloadable Total War series, right after Total War: Warhammer II. These strategy games take you back in time and allow you to participate in historical events. This time the setting is the territory of the British Isles in the 9th century AD. The sides of the conflict that are fighting for domination are the Celts, the Vikings, and the Anglo-Saxons. Like the previous parts of the saga, the game combines real-time and turn-based strategy elements.
How to Download Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia created by Creative Assembly is available for download from the date of its release, which is May 3, 2018. To start the download, click on the Download button at the end of this review.
The Game Review
The player’s adventure begins in 878 starting with the Battle of Edington (also called the battle of Ethandun), which led to the by King Alfred the Great to victory over the Great Heathen Army. The Danes led by King Guthrum were escaping, but the clash eventually ended with their surrender, acceptance of the Christian faith and their settlement on the territory of Britain. The short-lived peace quickly turned into a series of riots aimed at taking over the British Isles by the kings of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The conflict was additionally fueled by the ambitions of the Nords, who also took part in the fight for domination over the whole area.
The game features ten factions from representing five different cultures. Each of them has its own units, individual abilities, and dedicated buildings. The battles take place in real time, while during the turns you have control over the economy, military and technological development, and the establishment of diplomatic relations. Trade is conducted only with nations with which the player remains in good relations. It is not possible to sign commercial contracts – this aspect has been automated. The management of the provinces is done in a similar way as it was in the previous games of the saga, still, there are essential differences. First of all – the defense. Walls and garrisons are now only in the capitals, so the remaining areas are deprived of any defensive capabilities and thus exposed to attacks. On the other hand, this approach gives you the opportunity to acquire resources relatively easily without attacking your opponent’s capital. The administrators of individual provinces have three main characteristics: religious zeal, management, and commanding skills. Over time, there are also special skills available that result from the development of events.
The army recruitment is independent of the buildings, so you can recruit units anywhere. The only condition is the right amount of food and money. In the beginning, there are quantitative limits. Also, the strength of your unit is limited but it will increase over time. Access to better troops can be unlocked as you move on the technology tree.
Victory can be achieved in several ways: by conquest, by gaining fame, or by performing historical tasks and thus developing your kingdom. The last option is Ultimate Victory, which occurs when the player first achieves one of the previously mentioned victories and then decides to continue the game. Additional tasks are then issued.