East India Company [PC] £16.99@Coolshop

East India Company [PC] £16.99@Coolshop

Found 21st Oct 2009
Great naval warfare game! First time I've seen it come down to this price. Next cheapest is £22.34 at Amazon. If you like the naval battles in Empire: Total War then you'll love this game!

In East India Company, players will enjoy building the World's most powerful trading empire and engaging in fierce battles in both single player and multiplayer modes, all within a breathtaking cinematic environment. Players will fight, manage and rule their trading empires from Europe to the Far East with eight nationalities to choose from: British, Dutch, French, Danish, Portuguese, Swedish, Italian or Spanish. Starting modestly, you will build your fleet, establish connections to far away countries, and keep rival nations at bay. Choose from a wide array of ship classes, including a variety of transport and military vessels. Create diverse fleets and assign each of them specific trading routes. Control and upgrade well situated ports as you form your strategy for domination. Conflicts and wars are inevitable. When hostile fleets engage each other, the spectacular naval battles are fought on a real-time tactical level. Devastating broadsides are fired with a deafening roar and cannon balls tear through enemy ships and their crew. For greater tactical depth, you can, at any point, take direct command of any of your ships and feel the battle close up!

* Declare war on rival empires fought at a real-time tactical level
* Spectacular cinematic and epic naval battles
* Command ships and fleets independently
* Sink your rivals' ship or board them to take control in bloody hand-to-hand combat
* Hire and manage your own crew
* Buy guns and ammo
* Repair and upgrade your ships at port
* Buy and sell goods
* Establish profitable trading routes
* State of the art diplomacy AI
* Take over colonies and expand your empire
* Build a powerful fleet to rule the seas
* Conquer strategic ports
* Accomplish tasks ordered by your company or the Crown
* Supports up to 8 simultaneous players
* Player statistics tracked on the EIC game server


I'm tempted ... but the reviews on Amazon are not great ... can you give me any particular reason to buy it?

Original Poster

Firstly this game certainly won't be everyones cup of tea. Infact i would consider it a niche game. EIC will appeal to you if you like the trading side of games plus live naval battles. I mean i think the guy on Amazon described it best by calling it 'Football Manager at Sea'. Its basically Football Manager but a Naval\Trade theme. That said the big difference is naval battles which are a lot more fun than anything FM has.

Me and my clan mates love this game but Its up to you to decide wether its your type of thing because this really isn't the type of game where i can say you will certainly love it as its so 'different'.

Heres gamespots review which i think is pretty good at highlighting all the Pros and Cons although as it is evident from reading the reviews he's not really a fan of the whole naval combat. But his point of needing patience is spot on.


Original Poster

So did my review win anyone over? ;-)

I've not been on-line too much overthe last few days ... I'll ponder it over the weekend (I'm away from home) with a view to probably getting it.

Thanks :-)

Original Poster

You can now get this game for £6.99 from Steam!

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