Creative Assembly and Sega have rolled out the latest instalment in the Total War franchise dubbed the Thrones of Britannia. Of course, it's still good old Total War in new clothing, which in this case means 878AD and the British Isles.
The game is a standalone title with a regular singleplayer campaign. Players can choose between 10 playable factions from Anglo-Saxons, Gaelic clans, Welsh tribes or Viking settlers. Naturally, Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia
Total War is famed for delivering realistic depictions of ancient warfare and deliver they did. Creative Assembly have done a great job modelling Ireland and Great Britain, ensuring a proper terrain for the bloodshed that will inevitably ensue.
There were some tweaks to battle mechanics in Thrones of Britannia as well, so as to closely portray the type of warfare in 878AD. This was a time notable for walls of densely packed shielded soldiers and Creative Assembly made sure Total War follows the formula.
In practice, this means that infantry charging is not particularly potent but there's a catch. Namely, the wall grants incredible cavalry charge defence capabilities, provided a unit is stationary and facing enemy cavalry.
Total War: Thrones of Britannia goes for £29.99 in the UK or $/€39.99 for the unfortunate souls outside of imperial borders.
In case you're not familiar with Total War, you should be - the franchise has been around for a while and is notable for historically accurate depictions of ancient warfare. In other words, a lot of fun.
On a related note, we've been addicted to Thrones of Britannia's free-to-play multiplayer cousin Total War: Arena, which is seriously fun in its own right. If you're new to the franchise but interested in having a go at some medieval carnage, you may want to stick around because we'll be publishing our Total War: Arena guide soon.