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GF Rating
6.2

308 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
7

Good

Strategically Predictable

posted by Chris826 (LAKE CHARLES, LA) Jul 2, 2007

Member since May 2007

10 out of 10 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game was everything I expected it to be.

Mass mayhem with little to no point.

And I loved it.

Now, this could be because games that let you control an army and go up against masses of enemy troops make me mess my pants in sheer delight.

Or it could be because it was just a fun game to me.

Either way, I enjoyed it enough to have it on my GameQ twice now. It's one of those things that could have been much better, but is fine where it is.

A lot of people don't like this game, and then a good amount do. There really is no in-between with this game. You either like it or you don't. And I liked it.

I think what got me was the sheer satisfaction you get from seeing your unit that's about to be annihilated get rescued at the last second by your hordes of arches, rock throwers, and goblins and decimating your enemy. This only happens every now and then, but when it does...Magic happens. It's like one of those movies where you think your favorite character is about to die (you know, one of the lesser ones, but who is cool to no end) and they get whisked away by the protagonist of the movie or get massive reinforcements.

All in all, I say rent this game and nothing more. It's short, and the graphics are far from great. It's great for a weekend (maybe even a week), but you'll beat it in a couple of days (maybe even hours).

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

Awesome RTS

posted by SolidTree (BANCROFT, WI) Mar 15, 2008

Member since Jul 2007

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Goblin Commander Unleash The Horde was the best RTS game I have ever played! Basicaly if you play The awesome skirmish mode with a friend, you can have1,2,or3 of the five unique goblin clans. The goblin clans are the: Stonekrusher, Hellfire, Stormbringer, Plaguespitter,and the Nighthorde clan. If you play the campain mode you join Grommel and the Stonekrusher clan in an atempt to unite and free the goblin clans. Another great feature this game includes is the nice and easy way to control your clans. With the awesome storyline and stunning graphics this game is the best all-time console RTS.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

A flat attempt to bring RTS to console

posted by Xmashamm (OSHKOSH, WI) Aug 10, 2006

Member since Aug 2006

3 out of 5 gamers (60%) found this review helpful

RTS games and console historically haven't mixed. Goblin Commander makes a noble effort to change this but ultimately falls flat.

The control system in Goblin Commander is its biggest flaw and its biggest success. You basically use 3 buttons to control your 3 goblin tribes. This works very well and allows you to easily command units without having to mess around with difficult clicking and dragging on a controller. Unfortunately this also means that you only have 3 units which over simplifies a genre that is all about strategy.

Each button corresponds to a goblin tribe. There are 5 tribes and each tribe has 4 combat units and 1 support unit. The tribes are all centered around fairly basic archetypes. One tribe is all about range, another all about melee, another about magic and so on. During a game each tribe can have up to 10 of its units in play, unfortunately they all move together so even if you have different units in your tribe, pressing x moves them all. This makes for easy control but also removes almost all strategy in the game as you basically build up 3 tribes of the best units in each tribe and send them at the enemy.

Besides the 3 tribes you also are allowed to control a single titan. Each tribe has its own titan but you can only have one in play at at time. To control the titan you actually take control of it and play it like a dumbed down 3rd person action game. This quickly degenerates into long walks to a battle then rapidly pressing the same button to smash your enemy.

Resources gathering has been almost completely removed. You use souls, which you gain by killing units or capturing a building that continually gives you souls, and gold, which you gain by smashing random scenery.

The game has a simple enough control scheme to use on a console but it removes all of the complexity that makes an RTS fun

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