Performance & Playability
The game was tested and played on the system stated in the introduction. If you were too busy to see the screen-shots and did not read the introduction, the system was simply an AMD Athlon 64 X2 with an on-board GeForce 6100. The game never lagged once even with tons of units on screen and everything cranked up with a 1280x1024 resolution. This game can run on any relatively recent system.
Using the GNOME System Monitor, I was ranging from 7.2% CPU usage at idling in the main menu to no more than 20% during full game-play. Along with that, the Battle for Wesnoth had only used approximately 115Mb of memory. This made for a very efficient experience and allows for a ton of multi-tasking without any lag.
As stated before, The Battle for Wesnoth is not your typical run-of-the-mill turn-based strategy game. It is much more than that. It has features most commercial games do not contain but are necessary for making the ultimate fantasy experience come alive before your eyes. This is a must-download game for any gamer, even those who are not big fans of fantasy-based titles. The Battle for Wesnoth is available for not only Linux but also Mac OS X and Windows.
I have been able to play this game nearly every day for a long time now and I have not gotten sick of it. When you get tired of being alone, simply hop on to a fun multi-player server and let your dreams come true while adventuring with partners. If you are the hands-on type, you can try out the included map editor and start your own saga. It is all up to your imagination; do you have the ambition to conceive your own legend?
The Battle for Wesnoth has received a 9 out of 10 rating and our Editor's Choice Award. This game is open-source and free for download at Wesnoth.org.
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