Ancient Wars: Sparta - hands-on

Although it does things by the book for the most part, Ancient Wars: Sparta does manage to add a few twists to the rock steady real-time strategy genre. Set between 300 BC and 700 AD, Sparta promises to give you a lesson in history and ass kicking with the ability to control armies from the Roman, Persian, or Egyptian empires.

But don’t expect any major differences between these three armies that would cater to different play styles. Whether you’re skewering an enemy with a Roman Spartan’s long sword or slicing an infidel with a Persian Noble’s scimitar, you’ll need to construct the same buildings and research the same upgrades to produce these equivalent fighters.