Goblin Commander: Unleash The Horde

Xbox - MPN: 19201
Product Details
Description
A wizard named Fraziel has unleashed a mighty evil in Ogriss, the goblin homeworld. Lead an army against the corrupted evil goblins and prevent the world's destruction. Work with five different bickering clans, each with their own abilities -- victory comes to the commander who can find the best combination of their abilities.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating T (Teen)
Game Genre Strategy
Maximum Number of Players 2
Expert Reviews
Goblin Commander: Unleash The Horde
4 Star Review  GameZone - Dec 2, 2003

Our story is not one of providence … not one of divinity or evolution from the primordial slime. Those stories we leave for the humans. Created by the human Fraziel, originally there were five goblins who served as laborers for what would be the Great Machine, a contraption designed to bring them great power. But in the passage of time, more goblins were created and the clans grew. They scattered throughout the land of Ogriss, collecting resources. They viewed it as a good life. But that which started as a good life was soon changed. Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde is an Xbox title from Jaleco, which chronicles the way the world changed for the race.

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Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde (xbox)
3 Star Review  GameSpy - Dec 4, 2003

Speaking from personal experience, few things are more frustrating from a game developer's perspective than reading a negative review from a critic who doesn't get it. This means that Ron and Chris Millar, the lead designers of Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde, are two very frustrated individuals right now.

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Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde (xbox)
4 Star Review  IGN.com - Nov 11, 2003

It's no secret that real-time strategy fans have been searching for quality entries in the console market for what seems like forever. As despite the fact that some of the genre's most heralded and inspirational titles enjoyed an early existence on the platform, the last five years or so has seen RTS software flourish on the PC instead -- Leaving set-top boxes languishing about in mediocrity. Though we've managed to experience a couple of moderately entertaining ports of popular PC titles like Warcraft, Command and Conquer, and StarCraft, none could ever live up to their original inspirations; and very few could even come close to feeling as natural or as playable as those did.

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Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde
3.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.74 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #3,957 game of all time, #106 game of 2003 for the Xbox and #514 Xbox game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 36 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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User Reviews
Goblin Commander
3 Star Review   By member Venent - Jan 21, 2006   

Strengths: Easy to control RTS on a console

Weakness: Graphics are lacking, could be overly simplistic for some

This is an enjoyable little RTS that is good for a cheap price. Don't expect a high level of depth or wonderful graphics. This is just a well designed RTS for the consoles. The game isn't very long, but what is there is fun. There isn't too much variety, as each level seems to consist of generating as many of the best unit available at the time, and then crushing your enemies. Fun, but can get repetitive and seems a bit simple.

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4 Star Review   By member junbe22 - Jan 3, 2006   

Strengths: Great RTS gameplay, excellent controls

Weakness: N64-like graphics

Real-time strategy games, according to many gamers, are only done justice on a PC, because you can then take advantage of the mouse and keyboard setup to control your units on the battlefield. This game is great in that Jaleco has managed to simplify the control scheme and setup to suit the Xbox's controller and face buttons really well. You are able to control your units of goblins easily in the battlefield. In Goblin Commander, you are part of the StoneKrusher clan and your goal is to destroy and dominate the other goblin clans. I am not really a fan of RTS games, generally preferring action shooters, but I really like this game in that it manages to mix in a lot of live action and fighting along with the strategy motiff. The usually boring resource management has been removed from this game and has been simplified in having you only pursue two goals: gold and souls. The gold can be acquired from breaking the various buildings and debris scattered throughout the battlefield while souls are harvested from either your fallen enemies or if you manage to capture and hold onto a soul fountain. The action can get fast and frenetic at times, and is even more fun with the addition of Titans to your army. Think of the giant Stone Ogres from the Lord of the Rings movies and you will get the idea. These massive juggernauts can just plow through and smash and even eat your enemies and each of the five goblin clans has their own unique titans to aid them in their conquest. The only drawback to this game is the blocky graphics; c'mon guys, this is the mighty Xbox we're talking about! Let's use the graphics engine to its fullest, huh. But then again, I guess almost every RTS game out there have only average graphics, so overall , it's not too bad. A great game, I highly recommend buying it.

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Deecent real time strategy for the Xbox
3 Star Review   By member evophile - Nov 28, 2005   

Strengths: One of the few real time strategy games designed with consoles in mind

Weakness: Game may be too simplistic for its own good

Real time strategy games have become a mainstay on the PC for years now. Classics such as Starcraft have had people playing for hours on end. However games have never had as much success on consoles as they weren't created with that in mind. In steps the game Goblin Commander. Obviously by the games title you control an army of Goblins. Against a whole bunch of other goblin armies. Five to be exact. Goblin Commander is one of the few games that has been designed with the consoles in mind, letting you be able to manage everything more effectively sitting on your couch with your controller, rather than on the PC with your tons-of-buttons keyboard. All the real time strategy gameplay elements are here. You have to gather resources to help build your army. In this case, you must harvest souls (your enemies, or ones you've found) and gold. The more souls and gold you have the bigger and more powerful army you can create. You can create a few different types of combat units in typical cliche style. You get your types that are good at close range fighting, long range fighters, and quick fighters. You get two building types, on that can create your normal units and one that will create your powerful, more advanced ones. The game lasts about 10 hours and gives you 17 levels in the story mode. This is a good chucnk of playing time for a strategy game and should keep you busy for awhile. The graphics in the game are servicable but are nothing too flashy. The only problem you may have with this game is if you play a lot of the PC real time strategy games. To get this game to function on the consoles a lot of the minute details found in the PC games are missing. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it makes the game much easier to play on the Xbox, but some people might be turned off by it. All in all Goblin Commander is a pretty entertaining real time strategy game for the consoles.

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The power of Goblins... at your command.
5 Star Review   By member s_forgel - Oct 15, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent RTS gameplay, with stunning and humorous graphics.

Weakness: The game is unforgiving in terms of difficulty at times.

Real Time Strategy (referred to as "RTS" hereafter) games are definitely on a dry note when it comes to the XBox platform. Luckily, the folks at Jaleco decided to release the obscurely titled (but straight to the point) "Goblin Commander" for the XBox. In this game, you take on the guise of a Goblin Commander, who can utilize dozens of different goblins to ultimately conquer the land and vanquish your enemies. The game is fast paced and you have to do a lot of thinking on your feet, so if you can't strategize, you'll find your army defeated, with you along with it. Overall, it's a great looking and playing game. Definitely one of the more overlooked titles for the XBox system. If you can find a copy, be sure to give it a try, especially if you're into RTS games.

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Goblins attack!
2 Star Review   By member fever - Sep 8, 2005   

Strengths: Easy to use control for an RTS. Interesting story

Weakness: Dated graphics, no on-line or network support.

This is a decent RTS for a console system. The controls are fairly simple and the game is not too deep to be overwhelming for controller inputs. Too bad the game does not support on-line or network play, as this would greatly increase the game-play. The concept and idea is interesting but overall it feels dated, and the graphics are too chuncky as it feel more like a PS1 game.

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An extremely solid game!
3 Star Review   By member robszpand - Jul 27, 2005   

Strengths: RTS

Weakness: Graphics

I feel sometimes that some games get a bad-rap. When I read about this game, it wasn't highly praised. But, I thought I would check it out anyways. I was glad I did. Sure, it's no Warcraft or anything. But, it is a very good console real-time strategy game. You play the role as a goblin clan leader. Your king (or whatever) was brutally murdered and you go to the other clan leaders to unite. Instead they all just attack you and so goes the battles. Eventually you find out the real truth about who's behind the evil. I liked the story. Sure, it's not RPG-ish, but it's pretty good. The gameplay is pure RTS. Since it is on a console, it's been simplified somewhat. Some people didn't like this. I didn't mind, however. I always feel that is what has been the problem with translating PC RTS's over to the consoles in the past. I won't go into every detail of the gameplay. Just know that it plays like a simplified version of Warcraft. And in a good way. The graphics aren't all that great. I never really was complaining about them, but they definately could have been better. The voice acting was pretty good and so was the music. The game isn't too high on presentation, but that's why it was a budget price. I love RTS games. And it's rare any console system gets a decent one. Well, here is your chance. If you like Warcraft, I would pick this game up. It's not as complex or deep, but it's a fun time.

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Goblin Commander
1 Star Review   By member longdillon1 - Jul 19, 2005   

Strengths: Honestly the only thing I would call a strength for this game is its cover

Weakness: Everything

I'm not usually one who knocks a game.But this is one of the dumbest games I have ever played in my entire life.The graphics look as if they were made for a console 10 years ago.The music is terrible and the gameplay is horrendous. If you like these kinds of games maybe you'll like it. But I usually like these kinds of genres and I despise it. DO US ALL A FAVOR, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

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4 Star Review   By member MaxBiaggi2 - May 2, 2005   

Strengths: Real Time Strategy game play on Xbox, decent sound and graphics, control legions of monsters, conquer the world

Weakness: Long dialogue cutscenes involving goblin gibberish and subtitles, no online or link cable support

If you're a PC player, you're used to having plenty of quality RTS games to choose from, but on the home consoles (especially Xbox), your options are somewhat more limited. Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde provides a visually pleasing but less complex option for RTS genre fans. You lead an army of monsters against similar odd creatures in your quest to rule the world. The story doesn't really matter too much in a game like this, but that doesn't stop the game from offering you endless dialog screens where various goblins converse while you read subtitles. The graphics and sound are pretty good for a game of this sort, but online and/or link system support would have upped the score here a bit. As things are, you get a decent game in an often overlooked genre. Most strategy fans will like this one.

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4 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Nov 20, 2004   

Strengths: Decent graphics and sound, quick and simple gameplay, good controls

Weakness: No online or system link play, limited replay in single player mode

Goblin Commander is a well done RTS for the XBox, slimmed down with a number of the complex RTS elements skimmed out. The gameplay is made simple and clean and quick, with a limitation of the number of units and types of units available. Some of the more complex elements of a standard RTS have been removed, such as large amounts of resource gathering, which helps out on a console. Another welcome change is the control scheme, which is well designed, helping to make the game flow quickly and easily. The graphics look good enough, with the support for progressive scan, but it's not a title to push the XBox to its limits, and there isn't any slowdown on screen. The voice acting is alright, nothing too impressive, and the sound effects are passable. There's no system link or XBox live play, so multiplayer is limited to split screen. It's good enough, though a bit limiting. The single player is only the campaign mode, which doesn't leave much in the replay department. Overall, it's a good RTS game, and a very good one on a console. RTS fans should pick it up without reservation.

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Product Details
Description
A wizard named Fraziel has unleashed a mighty evil in Ogriss, the goblin homeworld. Lead an army against the corrupted evil goblins and prevent the world's destruction. Work with five different bickering clans, each with their own abilities -- victory comes to the commander who can find the best combination of their abilities.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating T (Teen)
Game Genre Strategy
Maximum Number of Players 2
Summary
Product Title Goblin Commander: Unleash The Horde
Manufacturer Jaleco
Power Score 3.6 | 13 Reviews
Game Information
Release Date: 2003-11-11
Network Compatible: No
More Info
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Expert Reviews
Goblin Commander: Unleash The Horde
4 Star Review  GameZone - Dec 2, 2003

Our story is not one of providence … not one of divinity or evolution from the primordial slime. Those stories we leave for the humans. Created by the human Fraziel, originally there were five goblins who served as laborers for what would be the Great Machine, a contraption designed to bring them great power. But in the passage of time, more goblins were created and the clans grew. They scattered throughout the land of Ogriss, collecting resources. They viewed it as a good life. But that which started as a good life was soon changed. Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde is an Xbox title from Jaleco, which chronicles the way the world changed for the race.

Read the full review »

Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde (xbox)
3 Star Review  GameSpy - Dec 4, 2003

Speaking from personal experience, few things are more frustrating from a game developer's perspective than reading a negative review from a critic who doesn't get it. This means that Ron and Chris Millar, the lead designers of Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde, are two very frustrated individuals right now.

Read the full review »

Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde (xbox)
4 Star Review  IGN.com - Nov 11, 2003

It's no secret that real-time strategy fans have been searching for quality entries in the console market for what seems like forever. As despite the fact that some of the genre's most heralded and inspirational titles enjoyed an early existence on the platform, the last five years or so has seen RTS software flourish on the PC instead -- Leaving set-top boxes languishing about in mediocrity. Though we've managed to experience a couple of moderately entertaining ports of popular PC titles like Warcraft, Command and Conquer, and StarCraft, none could ever live up to their original inspirations; and very few could even come close to feeling as natural or as playable as those did.

Read the full review »

Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde
3.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.74 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #3,957 game of all time, #106 game of 2003 for the Xbox and #514 Xbox game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 36 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
Goblin Commander
3 Star Review   By member Venent - Jan 21, 2006   

Strengths: Easy to control RTS on a console

Weakness: Graphics are lacking, could be overly simplistic for some

This is an enjoyable little RTS that is good for a cheap price. Don't expect a high level of depth or wonderful graphics. This is just a well designed RTS for the consoles. The game isn't very long, but what is there is fun. There isn't too much variety, as each level seems to consist of generating as many of the best unit available at the time, and then crushing your enemies. Fun, but can get repetitive and seems a bit simple.

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4 Star Review   By member junbe22 - Jan 3, 2006   

Strengths: Great RTS gameplay, excellent controls

Weakness: N64-like graphics

Real-time strategy games, according to many gamers, are only done justice on a PC, because you can then take advantage of the mouse and keyboard setup to control your units on the battlefield. This game is great in that Jaleco has managed to simplify the control scheme and setup to suit the Xbox's controller and face buttons really well. You are able to control your units of goblins easily in the battlefield. In Goblin Commander, you are part of the StoneKrusher clan and your goal is to destroy and dominate the other goblin clans. I am not really a fan of RTS games, generally preferring action shooters, but I really like this game in that it manages to mix in a lot of live action and fighting along with the strategy motiff. The usually boring resource management has been removed from this game and has been simplified in having you only pursue two goals: gold and souls. The gold can be acquired from breaking the various buildings and debris scattered throughout the battlefield while souls are harvested from either your fallen enemies or if you manage to capture and hold onto a soul fountain. The action can get fast and frenetic at times, and is even more fun with the addition of Titans to your army. Think of the giant Stone Ogres from the Lord of the Rings movies and you will get the idea. These massive juggernauts can just plow through and smash and even eat your enemies and each of the five goblin clans has their own unique titans to aid them in their conquest. The only drawback to this game is the blocky graphics; c'mon guys, this is the mighty Xbox we're talking about! Let's use the graphics engine to its fullest, huh. But then again, I guess almost every RTS game out there have only average graphics, so overall , it's not too bad. A great game, I highly recommend buying it.

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Deecent real time strategy for the Xbox
3 Star Review   By member evophile - Nov 28, 2005   

Strengths: One of the few real time strategy games designed with consoles in mind

Weakness: Game may be too simplistic for its own good

Real time strategy games have become a mainstay on the PC for years now. Classics such as Starcraft have had people playing for hours on end. However games have never had as much success on consoles as they weren't created with that in mind. In steps the game Goblin Commander. Obviously by the games title you control an army of Goblins. Against a whole bunch of other goblin armies. Five to be exact. Goblin Commander is one of the few games that has been designed with the consoles in mind, letting you be able to manage everything more effectively sitting on your couch with your controller, rather than on the PC with your tons-of-buttons keyboard. All the real time strategy gameplay elements are here. You have to gather resources to help build your army. In this case, you must harvest souls (your enemies, or ones you've found) and gold. The more souls and gold you have the bigger and more powerful army you can create. You can create a few different types of combat units in typical cliche style. You get your types that are good at close range fighting, long range fighters, and quick fighters. You get two building types, on that can create your normal units and one that will create your powerful, more advanced ones. The game lasts about 10 hours and gives you 17 levels in the story mode. This is a good chucnk of playing time for a strategy game and should keep you busy for awhile. The graphics in the game are servicable but are nothing too flashy. The only problem you may have with this game is if you play a lot of the PC real time strategy games. To get this game to function on the consoles a lot of the minute details found in the PC games are missing. This is not necessarily a bad thing as it makes the game much easier to play on the Xbox, but some people might be turned off by it. All in all Goblin Commander is a pretty entertaining real time strategy game for the consoles.

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The power of Goblins... at your command.
5 Star Review   By member s_forgel - Oct 15, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent RTS gameplay, with stunning and humorous graphics.

Weakness: The game is unforgiving in terms of difficulty at times.

Real Time Strategy (referred to as "RTS" hereafter) games are definitely on a dry note when it comes to the XBox platform. Luckily, the folks at Jaleco decided to release the obscurely titled (but straight to the point) "Goblin Commander" for the XBox. In this game, you take on the guise of a Goblin Commander, who can utilize dozens of different goblins to ultimately conquer the land and vanquish your enemies. The game is fast paced and you have to do a lot of thinking on your feet, so if you can't strategize, you'll find your army defeated, with you along with it. Overall, it's a great looking and playing game. Definitely one of the more overlooked titles for the XBox system. If you can find a copy, be sure to give it a try, especially if you're into RTS games.

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Goblins attack!
2 Star Review   By member fever - Sep 8, 2005   

Strengths: Easy to use control for an RTS. Interesting story

Weakness: Dated graphics, no on-line or network support.

This is a decent RTS for a console system. The controls are fairly simple and the game is not too deep to be overwhelming for controller inputs. Too bad the game does not support on-line or network play, as this would greatly increase the game-play. The concept and idea is interesting but overall it feels dated, and the graphics are too chuncky as it feel more like a PS1 game.

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An extremely solid game!
3 Star Review   By member robszpand - Jul 27, 2005   

Strengths: RTS

Weakness: Graphics

I feel sometimes that some games get a bad-rap. When I read about this game, it wasn't highly praised. But, I thought I would check it out anyways. I was glad I did. Sure, it's no Warcraft or anything. But, it is a very good console real-time strategy game. You play the role as a goblin clan leader. Your king (or whatever) was brutally murdered and you go to the other clan leaders to unite. Instead they all just attack you and so goes the battles. Eventually you find out the real truth about who's behind the evil. I liked the story. Sure, it's not RPG-ish, but it's pretty good. The gameplay is pure RTS. Since it is on a console, it's been simplified somewhat. Some people didn't like this. I didn't mind, however. I always feel that is what has been the problem with translating PC RTS's over to the consoles in the past. I won't go into every detail of the gameplay. Just know that it plays like a simplified version of Warcraft. And in a good way. The graphics aren't all that great. I never really was complaining about them, but they definately could have been better. The voice acting was pretty good and so was the music. The game isn't too high on presentation, but that's why it was a budget price. I love RTS games. And it's rare any console system gets a decent one. Well, here is your chance. If you like Warcraft, I would pick this game up. It's not as complex or deep, but it's a fun time.

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Goblin Commander
1 Star Review   By member longdillon1 - Jul 19, 2005   

Strengths: Honestly the only thing I would call a strength for this game is its cover

Weakness: Everything

I'm not usually one who knocks a game.But this is one of the dumbest games I have ever played in my entire life.The graphics look as if they were made for a console 10 years ago.The music is terrible and the gameplay is horrendous. If you like these kinds of games maybe you'll like it. But I usually like these kinds of genres and I despise it. DO US ALL A FAVOR, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

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4 Star Review   By member MaxBiaggi2 - May 2, 2005   

Strengths: Real Time Strategy game play on Xbox, decent sound and graphics, control legions of monsters, conquer the world

Weakness: Long dialogue cutscenes involving goblin gibberish and subtitles, no online or link cable support

If you're a PC player, you're used to having plenty of quality RTS games to choose from, but on the home consoles (especially Xbox), your options are somewhat more limited. Goblin Commander: Unleash the Horde provides a visually pleasing but less complex option for RTS genre fans. You lead an army of monsters against similar odd creatures in your quest to rule the world. The story doesn't really matter too much in a game like this, but that doesn't stop the game from offering you endless dialog screens where various goblins converse while you read subtitles. The graphics and sound are pretty good for a game of this sort, but online and/or link system support would have upped the score here a bit. As things are, you get a decent game in an often overlooked genre. Most strategy fans will like this one.

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4 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Nov 20, 2004   

Strengths: Decent graphics and sound, quick and simple gameplay, good controls

Weakness: No online or system link play, limited replay in single player mode

Goblin Commander is a well done RTS for the XBox, slimmed down with a number of the complex RTS elements skimmed out. The gameplay is made simple and clean and quick, with a limitation of the number of units and types of units available. Some of the more complex elements of a standard RTS have been removed, such as large amounts of resource gathering, which helps out on a console. Another welcome change is the control scheme, which is well designed, helping to make the game flow quickly and easily. The graphics look good enough, with the support for progressive scan, but it's not a title to push the XBox to its limits, and there isn't any slowdown on screen. The voice acting is alright, nothing too impressive, and the sound effects are passable. There's no system link or XBox live play, so multiplayer is limited to split screen. It's good enough, though a bit limiting. The single player is only the campaign mode, which doesn't leave much in the replay department. Overall, it's a good RTS game, and a very good one on a console. RTS fans should pick it up without reservation.

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