Mittelborg, City of Mages

Mittelborg, City of Mages

Mittelborg City of Mages

I am a huge fan of strategy. It doesn’t really matter what game I’m playing, as long as there’s brainpower involved, then I’m in. Mittelborg looked very cool on paper so I decided I would give it a shot and let you know how my experience was. While the experience was certainly interesting, we will never know if it was good.

 

You already know me well enough to know that I often find redeeming elements in any title. My opinion is that there is no game or idea that is inherently bad. It all comes down the way these ideas are realized. Ninety percent of the issues gamers complain about are fixable. Remember that these things do not happen randomly and it is not a good idea to bash anyone’s hardwork. I’m going my best to be friendly, but this is just what I mean.

Mittelborg City of Mages

You will take control of Mittelborg the titular City of Mages. This city is at the crossroads of many worlds. Your mission is to protect the city’s center and preserve the tree of orders. This is done through moving your mages throughout the city, and by obtaining resources from the other realms that are connected to it. You may also fortify locations around the city to obtain new items, mages and other resources. This all sounds pretty good. Unfortunately, great premise is not enough to make a good video game.

 

Mittelborg, City of Mages

Mittelborg, City of Mages

Mittelborg City of Mages

The UI is my first point. While I would not call a game broken unless it was absolutely necessary, in this instance, it cannot be overlooked. This isn’t about a few small UI niggles, which can be annoying. We are talking about huge and obvious things. Mittelborg seems prone to freezing up. This makes it impossible to go any further and causes a complete restart of the game. You can still continue from where your last saved, but it’s annoying. Keep in mind that I am only referring the PS4 version. Although this is my experience, it may not be for all users or all ports. Still, it’s quite annoying.

 

The next issue concerns the language. This is a story-driven video game, so it should be easy to follow. It’s obvious that English is not the primary language of the developers. Text boxes make it difficult to follow. It wasn’t so bad that I wanted to quit, but it was still difficult to overlook. The story, aside from the syntax, doesn’t feel very fluid. While you may encounter random events as you play, there isn’t much to base them on. This means that it feels more like something is happening than events that could lead to danger or urgency. The overall plot feels a little sloppy and it seems as though it’s trying too hard to be rooted into the story.

Mittelborg City of Mages

Mittelborg, City of Mages

Mittelborg, City of Mages

The Mittelborg City of Mages gameplay doesn’t offer much excitement. You can move through different phases, which are represented by different colored storms. A red storm means that your city is under attack by an army of marauding minions. Blue storms can be magical and force you to improve your defenses. Purple storms allow you to collect mana which is currency used for city construction. Finally, there are lulls that let you explore the storm.

Mittelborg City of Mages

The most enjoyable part of this game was exploring other worlds. The encounters were briefly mentioned earlier. However, the central story of the entire adventure is told through notes that your predecessor left. These notes are not connected to your game’s actions, as you soon discover. Except for giving you items and a story that is less well-written, your adventures are essentially a series of bad decisions. There’s no reason to be excited about taking part.

 

Mittelborg, City of Mages

Mittelborg, City of Mages

Mittelborg offers an interesting feature: City of Mages provides a never-ending tutorial. There are many tasks you need to complete. However, you don’t feel that you’ve ever entered the game. The problem with this tutorial is that Zentralborg sometimes gives you tasks and you are expected to learn how to complete them. I was once told by em>Mittelborg to summon a mage from the crystal-retort area. Although I could build the retort easily, I was never told to spend any money on summoning a mage. Instead, I was brought to what appeared to be my inventory screen. It took me a while to figure out how I could move on.

Mittelborg City of Mages

I’d love for you to believe I spent hours in Mittelborg City of Mages,. But I didn’t. I was unable to save my city from being destroyed by the earthquakes. While you won’t be redirected to the beginning of this game, the experience of having to replenish the mana required to rebuild your hard-earned buildings is quite painful. This title didn’t feel fun due to its lackluster plot and linear feel.

 

Mittelborg, City of Mages

Mittelborg, City of Mages

The heart of any game should be fun. Even if Mittelborg’s glitchy interface is taken out of the equation, there aren’t many redeeming features. I like the artwork. If the story was a little better written and more grounded it might be acceptable. There are many better strategy titles to choose from than this one.

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