Expeditions: Conquistador

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Conquer the New world: In the 16th Century, Spanish explorers and soldiers reached the shores of America. The search for gold, fame, and adventure drove these travelers into a treacherous wilderness where they faced hunger, disease, and dangerous predators. In their wake, the Aztec Empires lay in ruins.

Re-write the history of the Conquistadors: Forge diplomatic alliances with the natives... or crush the savages and bring civilization to the pagan tribes! Create an expedition of individual characters: Choose your followers wisely from over 30 characters, but be careful - they each have their own traits, opinions and moral standards.

Hunt for unimaginable riches and fight intense battles in the unforgiving jungle. In this turn based strategy RPG, a cunning plan is as vital as thoughtful resource management. Expeditions: Conquistador offers a rich storyline separated into two campaigns, challenging players throughout 25+ hours of gameplay. Strategy veterans as well as newbies will find their turn-based El Dorado!

Features


  • Discover the New World! Travel to legendary locations in America, roam the jungle on the hunt for mystical temples as well as ancient ruins.
  • Create your own party of followers! Choose from more than 30 characters, train your recruits and lead them to battle. Coach them as they will develop from untrained recruits to fierce battlefield veterans.
  • Four highly customisable difficulty levels will challenge pros and newbies alike. But be warned: The Iron Man mode is a real beast!
  • Choice & Consequence: Use your skills to avoid hostility or, when diplomacy breaks down, adapt your tactics to highly varied terrains across more than 70 battlefields.
  • Challenge your friends to tactical PvP combat in either Hot Seat mode or via TCP/ICP.
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Expeditions: Conquistador


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Classification: CRPG
Subgenre: Tactical, Open World, Adventure

Design: Gritty, Realistic
Theme: Exploration & Discovery
Setting: Real World, Historical
Combat Style: Turn-based
Reward System: Experience
Play Style: Single-player, Multi-player
Multiplayer: Shared Screen, LAN/System Link, PvP
Point of View: Isometric
Camera: Interactive
Color Palette: Realistic
Control: Full Control
Voice Acting: Text Only
Character Backstory: Predefined
Playtime: 20-40 hours
Funding model: Indie





I. Defining Features


The three core categories Character Development, Exploration and Story that need to be applied and quantified to determine if an interactive computerized game can be labeled as a Computer Role Playing Game (hereafter referred to as CRPG) are listed to show the necessary component elements and qualifying factors.

Any proposed or purported CRPG must contain all three core categories and their essential necessary Must Have conditions fulfilled to achieve the (minimal) CRPG status.

These core categories must maintain some form of progressive nature that will improve from when the game starts and leads to a conclusive game ending.

1. Character Development
Describes ways to create, change or enhance your characters in order to increase their effectiveness in the game.
  • MC1: You can control and role-play one or more unique characters (➙ avatar or party, not only uniform units.) Yes
  • MC2: You can progressively develop character stats or abilities (➙ e.g. through an in game value (usually exp. points) gained by quests, exploration, conversation, combat, …) Yes
  • MC3: You can equip items to enhance character stats or abilities Yes — Equipment is abstracted. You can assign equipment units to characters (weapons or armor).
  • MC4: Stat checks are required (➙ you need to develop your character in order to progress and finish the game) Yes
2. Exploration
Includes how you can move through the game world, as well as everything you can find, see, manipulate or interact with, like locations, items and other objects.
  • ME1: You can find new locations Yes
  • ME2: You can find and collect items (➙ There is an inventory. There must be more item types than quest items, weapons, ammunition or consumable stat boosters) Yes
  • ME3: You can find information sources (➙ e.g. NPCs, entities, objects that provide info) Yes
3. Story
Concerns all narrative elements like setting, lore, plot, characters, dialogue, quests, descriptions, storyline(s) and similar, including how you can interact with them.
  • MS1: You can get information from information sources (➙ e.g. hints, goals, quests, skills, spells, training, …) Yes
  • MS2: You can follow quests (➙ there is at least one main quest) Yes
  • MS3: You can progress through connected events while playing your character's role. Yes
Each core category and the auxiliary category Combat also have related Should Have conditions; the reviewer should make a comment if a sub list item is not fulfilled. Should one or more (SH) not be fulfilled the game is most likely a special CRPG (see Tags) or a CRPG light.

If all (SH) are fulfilled too there's no further discussion necessary — the game is a true CRPG.

1. Character Development
Describes ways to create, change or enhance your characters in order to increase their effectiveness in the game.
  • SC1: You can create your characters. Yes — You can create your main character in pick your followers.
  • SC2: Pre-planning is required for character development Yes
  • SC3: Tactical use of abilities is required (➙ primary means of problem solving, gameworld interaction and overcoming challenges. The player's physical coordination skills are secondary.) Yes
2. Exploration
Includes how you can move through the game world, as well as everything you can find, see, manipulate or interact with, like locations, items and other objects.
  • SE1: You can find NPCs (➙ non-player characters who you can interact with.) Yes
  • SE2: You can choose a path (➙ there is at least some branching.) Yes
  • SE3: You can interact with the game world (➙ e.g. you can pull levers, push buttons, open chests, hack computers, … appropriate to the game's setting) Yes — Abstracted a bit: you can send your people to go fishing, pick up herbs etc.
  • SE4: The gameworld can affect your characters' conditions or circumstances such that you have to learn and adapt to overcome these challenges (➙ e.g. weather, traps, closed doors, poisoned areas, …) Yes — Traps, barriers, lighting conditions etc. are an important part in combat.
  • SE5: Inaccessible areas can be reached due to character enhancements or by solving quests or puzzles (➙ e.g. unlock locked areas, overcome obstacles, repair bridges, dispel barriers, …) Yes — Need to do the quests on Hispaniola first before you can go to the main land.
3. Story
Concerns all narrative elements like setting, lore, plot, characters, dialogue, quests, descriptions, storyline(s) and similar, including how you can interact with them.
  • SS1: You can interact with information sources (➙ e.g. NPC conversations, riddle statue questions, …) Yes
  • SS2: You can make choices in those interactions. Yes
  • SS3: Some of those choices have consequences. Yes
  • SS4: Thinking is required in order to progress (➙ e.g. irreversible choices, moral dilemma, riddles, …) Yes — The game is very big on all things concerning story interaction.
  • SS5: The story is influenced by your decisions and your characters' actions and stats or abilities. Yes
4. Combat (Meta)
Describes how combat (or more general: conflict resolving) corresponds to elements of Character Development, Exploration and Story.
  • SF1: Combat is influenced by character stats or abilities (➙ e.g. amount of damage, chance to hit, weapon access, …) Yes
  • SF2: Combat involves random elements (➙ e.g. game internal dice rolls.) Yes
  • SF3: Combat provides some challenge (➙ e.g. requires preparation, use of tactics or environment.) Yes
Expeditions: Conquistador is a CRPG.


II. CRPG Elements


Optional elements are listed in the Nice to Have (NtH) list. With it you get precise information which optional CRPG elements are implemented in the game. A general game info questionnaire is added too, to do some rating.

Choice
  • You can name your characters. Yes
  • You can choose a gender. Yes
  • You can choose looks or voice. No
  • You can choose or create through play your own class, profession or race. Yes — Depends on which skills you focus on: Tactics, Diplomacy, Healing, Survival, Scouting, Leadership.
  • You can choose traits, alignment or disposition. Yes — Several traits for your followers.
  • You can choose abilities. Yes
  • You can choose spells. No
  • You can modify primary stats. No — There are no primary stats in this game.
  • Lots of different equipment is available. No — Equipment is a resource that you distribute among your followers.
  • Lots of different spells or abilities are available. No
  • Abilities can unlock or block others or branch. No
  • Character classes or development paths can be changed during the game. No
  • You can have pets as party members. No
Interdependence
  • (Story) Character stats can change NPC disposition towards the PC. Yes — Your main abilities can make quite a difference.
  • (Story) Stats, abilities or spells can affect available dialogue options. No
  • (Story) Unique items are in the game or can be made. No
  • (Exploration) Stats, abilities or spells can affect available paths through the game world. No
  • (Exploration) Stats, abilities or spells can affect the amount of things you can see, find or know in the world. Yes — The scouting skill is used in finding stuff for your party.
Interactivity
  • You can create combos with spells or abilities. No
  • Your character's stats can be modified by using spells or abilities. Yes — Scholars have a buff ability.
  • Your character's afflictions can be cured by using spells or abilities. Yes
  • You can rest or sleep. Yes — Camping is an important part of the game.
  • Stats can limit in some way what you can equip or carry. Yes — Character level determines what equipment your followers can wear.
  • You can control party members or pets like your main character. Yes — Yes/no. In combat you control only your followers, in dialogues only your main character.
Immersion
  • You need to specialize (➙ can't have everything.) Yes
  • You can create or choose a background story for your character. No
  • You can tweak your character lots of times over the whole game. Yes — Your followers, not your main character.
  • You can wear normal clothes, not only armor. No
  • Factions provide prizes for your deeds (➙ e.g. houses, medals, ranks, …) No
  • Magic is in the game in some form. No
  • Your characters can be afflicted with negative status effects (➙ e.g. diseases, fatigue, etc.) Yes
  • Your characters can eat or drink. Yes — Eating is required, hunting for food is part of the gameplay.
Choice
  • You can follow different paths to reach a goal. Yes
  • You can reasonably go where you want. Yes
  • You can return to previously visited locations. Yes
  • There are few artificial borders, rare level loading. Yes
Interdependence
  • (Character) Char development choices can affect available paths through the game world. No
  • (Character) Char development choices can affect the amount of things you can see, find or know in the world. Yes — The scouting skill is used in finding stuff for your party.
  • (Story) You can find and recruit new party members or tame pets. Yes
  • (Story) Exploring off the beaten path yields rewards, e.g. optional quests, secrets or interesting locations. Yes
  • (Story) You can visit and make use of social locations (➙ e.g. taverns, inns, marketplaces.) Yes
Interactivity
  • You can collect items (➙ there is an inventory.) Yes
  • You can trade items for currency and better equipment. Yes
  • You can interact with items. Yes — Limited and mostly indirectly.
  • You can break or destroy items. Yes — In combat, barricades can be destroyed.
  • You can repair items. No
  • You can move items. No
  • You can combine or disaggregate items. No
  • You can gather pieces of flora or fauna for later use. Yes
  • You can craft equipment, spells or items (➙ e.g. alchemy.) Yes
  • Inventory size is limited. No — It looks limited, but there isn't that much you can put in it and there's no inventory management.
Immersion
  • There is a place you can call home. No
  • You can explore lots of unique, beautiful and interesting locations. Yes
  • Locations can evolve or change (➙ e.g. town / destroyed town.) Yes
  • There are non-hostile creatures (➙ e.g. wildlife.) Yes
  • Types of creatures make sense in the area they are encountered in. Yes
  • Creatures are wandering persistently (➙ no random encounters.) Yes — Creatures can appear randomly (during the night or in an ambush), but it always makes sense.
  • Looting makes sense (➙ no shield on a dead wolf.) Yes
  • Time is measured (➙ e.g. there is a day/night cycle.) Yes
  • Time affects the game world (➙ e.g. some things are only available at night.) Yes
Choice
  • You can reasonably do what you want when you want to do it (➙ quest order doesn't matter much.) Yes
  • Some quests depend on each other. Yes
  • Some quests rule others out. Yes
  • Quests can be solved in more than one way. Yes
  • You can join factions, though not all at the same time. Yes
  • You can make moral choices (or romance choices.) Yes
Interdependence
  • (Character) Character stats can change NPC disposition towards the PC. Yes — Your main abilities can make quite a difference.
  • (Character) Char development choices can affect available dialogue options. No
  • (Character) Unique items are in the game or can be made. No
  • (Exploration) You can find and recruit new party members or tame pets. Yes
  • (Exploration) Exploring off the beaten path yields rewards, e.g. optional quests, secrets or interesting locations. Yes
  • (Exploration) You can visit and make use of social locations (➙ e.g. taverns, inns, marketplaces.) Yes
Interactivity
  • Dialogue is fleshed out (➙ there are multiple options in one conversation.) Yes
  • There is more than one game ending. Yes
  • You can have conversations with party members or take care of pets. Yes
  • There are many side quests. No — Some side quests, but not many.
  • State of the game changes in accordance with the player's actions. Yes
  • You can solve or create conflicts between factions. Yes
Immersion
  • Lore is provided (➙ context, faction rules, laws, history, …) Yes
  • There are different factions (➙ races, groups, guilds.) Yes
  • NPCs or party members are well developed (➙ expansive background stories, etc.) Yes
  • NPCs or party members interact with each other. No — You could also say yes, but it's very abstract in that it is only described in story fragments.
  • NPCs have schedules. No
  • There are surprises and twists. Yes
  • The storyline is character-driven (➙ character development within the narrative.) No
  • There is a proper ending or sense of closure. Yes
  • There are memorable antagonists. Yes
  • Your main character is defined. Yes
Units
  • Combat can be avoided due to stats (➙ e.g. enemies flee) No
  • You can control at least six characters. Yes
  • Your characters are specialized (➙ different battlefield roles.) Yes
  • Enemies are specialized (➙ require different tactics.) Yes
  • Resource management is necessary. No
  • Units have multiple attack options. Yes
  • Delayed attacks are possible (➙ e.g. counterattacks, attacks of opportunity, etc.) Yes
  • Movement-focused special abilities are available. Yes
  • Units have multiple resistance options (➙ e.g. armor, elemental resistance, etc.) No
Environment
  • Combat can be avoided through sneaking or gameworld manipulation. No
  • You can get a good sense of space (➙ e.g. there is a grid.) Yes
  • Combat can start at variable distances. Yes
  • Directional facing plays a role (➙ e.g. more damage from behind, flanking.) Yes
  • Terrain is variable (➙ e.g. natural choke points, cover, combat bonuses.) Yes
  • Terrain can be manipulated (➙ e.g. you can create barriers.) Yes
  • There are elevation effects (➙ e.g. combat bonuses from higher grounds.) Yes
  • There can be zones or items on the battlefield that reward units who get there in time. No — Not really, but you usually need to find or create good defensible positions quickly.
  • There can be Zones of Danger on the battlefield (➙ e.g. environmental damage.) No
Scenarios
  • Combat can be avoided through dialogue. Yes
  • Combat can have different win scenarios (➙ e.g. keep NPC alive, defend town.) Yes
  • Combat can have side objectives aside from "win/loss". No
  • Characters don't die immediately but can be revived during combat. Yes
  • Decisions on the battlefield have character development consequences. Yes — Your followers can get injuries that need to be treated for a few days.
  • There are memorable bosses. Yes
Roleplay Focus: Character : Exploration : Story = 0.50 : 0.79 : 0.79
Gameplay Focus: Choice : Interactivity : Immersion = 0.65 : 0.73 : 0.70
Combat Focus: Units : Environment : Scenarios = 0.67 : 0.67 : 0.83


III. Fun Features


1. Character Development
Describes ways to create, change or enhance your characters in order to increase their effectiveness in the game.
  • FC1: Are there useless skills? No
  • FC2: How would you rate character progression? Slow
  • FC3: Is there auto-leveling of some sort? No
2. Exploration
Includes how you can move through the game world, as well as everything you can find, see, manipulate or interact with, like locations, items and other objects.
  • FE1: Is Auto-Mapping available? Yes
  • FE2: Is Fast Travelling available? No
  • FE3: Are there quest markers? Yes
  • FE4: Is there a quest compass? No
  • FE5: How much realism is there? Much
  • FE6: How much looting is in the game? Little
3. Story
Concerns all narrative elements like setting, lore, plot, characters, dialogue, quests, descriptions, storyline(s) and similar, including how you can interact with them.
  • FS1: Does the story follow cliched paths? No
  • FS2: How linear is the game? Network-like
  • FS3: How would you rate the suspense? Ok
  • FS4: Are there pre-selected options? (➙ Choice is reduced.) No
4. Combat (Meta)
Describes how combat (or more general: conflict resolving) corresponds to elements of Character Development, Exploration and Story.
  • FF1: How much fighting is in the game? Some
  • FF2: Grinding: Is filler combat necessary to develop your character? No
5. Interface

  • FX1: How often is gameplay interrupted with loading? Rarely
  • FX2: How would you rate the game's interface? Intuitive
6. Difficulty

  • FD1: How difficult is the game? Normal — Good challenge on normal difficulty.
  • FD2: Can difficulty be adjusted? Yes
  • FD3: How balanced is trading? Good
  • FD4: How much reloading is necessary to beat the game? Little
  • FD5: How good is the AI? Good
  • FD6: How much handholding is there? Some
7. Gameplay Features

  • FG1: Are there Easter Eggs? Yes
  • FG2: Are there minigames? No
This fact sheet was created using CRPG Analyzer 1.01 Beta.

Although some CRPG elements are rather abstract, the game offers lots of exploration, choice & consequence in the story and challenging tactical combat.
 
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I can't confirm right now, but from what I found on the net, it supports player vs. player combat gameplay; but no story-based Co-Op modes.
 
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