Haegemonia: Legions of Iron was originally created by Digital Reality in 2002 and has been re-released on Steam 05-01-2014 by Anuman and Gravity Europe SAS. Haegemonia: Legions of Iron is an indie RTS set in our own solar system.
It is the year 2104. Mars has been colonized and revolted against Earth for independence. After a brutal war between the two planets, they both send delegations to the moon hoping to achieve peace between them. In a cowardly attack, the Martian ambassador is killed and both parties accuse each other of being responsible. And this is the point where you’ll be dropped in the game. First, you will have to choose which side you want to fight on: Earth or Mars. The Earth missions start easier with missions like protect a ship or intercept a trader. When you reach the point in the story both sides find out who really was responsible for the ambassadors death, they will cooperate and your missions are more or less the same. As the game was originally released in 2002, the graphicsare dated in some aspects. Still, they are impressive and can compete easily with many modern titles. Space and explosions are really beautiful, just like the intro movie. Planets and ships are well made. The in game characters are dated, but considering the games age I cannot complain about that. Sound is great, with the voice acting, the music, and the sound effects being very good. multiplayer is limited to local there are no servers.
graphics 5.0/5.0 (keeping the age in mind)
Space is enormous and if you have to travel great distances. There’s an option to speed up gameplay, up to 4 times the normal speed. You can pause the game at any given time, giving you the opportunity to search for enemies, plan your next steps, getting used to the controls, or just fix a sandwich if you are hungry. Pausing the game will only stop all unit actions; you can still go to your menus move the camera and so forth. There is also a research department but you need research points, given to you through the game. No worries, you start the game with a fair amount. That said, research is the backbone of your future victories and colonization. Where you can colonize only good living condition planets at first, you will be able to colonize almost every kind of planet as you proceed. All this battling and colonizing will have to be financed, and an easy way of getting money is mining asteroids and, of course, the good old tax system. Your ships come in many varieties and are easy handled; give them a command and they will make it happen ( or die). The further you expand your empire out into space, the more races you will encounter and, therefore. the more technology you can steal.
Controls take a little practice because you don’t fly your squadrons using W,A,S,D. It took me a little while, but now I’m used to it and everything works perfect and instantly, as it should be in a RTS. I recommend to anyone who tried this to read the game manual on Steam. It will save you a lot of time figuring out how everything works. In fact, I have only two complaints. Sometimes my mission fails and I have totally no clue of what happened or went wrong. A little more info would be nice. Also, the weird map interface feels awkward. These are minor issues and for me they don’t spoil the fun. There seem to be music issues that causes the game to crash on Windows 7. I tested this title on Windows 8.1 and I haven’t encountered any bugs or crashes so far. If any occur. I’ll let you know in an update of this review. My final conclusion about this game is, that it is a rock solid space RTS with an original and gripping story guaranteeing hours of play time. If you think “I’ve seen this before,” that’s because they probably took it from this game. It is 13 years old and it doesn’t matter if you get it out of nostalgia, or if it is your first encounter, this is the mother of all modern day space games and a definite must have for space and or RTS fans.
overall score 4.5/5.0