The story of Wrath Unleashed
is the standard balance of power between good and evil, order and chaos. The playing field consists of pieces of land that float in the ether across the four realms (water, fire, earth and wind). When you take over one of the demigods you have at your disposal, various creatures and spells are used to gain control of power centers.
On each of these maps, there are hexes of different types. Each type has an effect on the creatures when they enter into battle (i.e. a fire based creature will do well on a lava based tile). These differences can turn the tide in an arena battle and should definitely be considered when planning out your path to victory.
Wrath offers several different modes of play that help you find the game you want. The main gameplay option is the War Games mode. This is where you will take on the role of one of the gods. You will command your army to either take out the other demigod or to reclaim enough land to win the day. There are three different modes in War Games: Battle, Campaign and Army Builder.
Battle Mode is a one game match where you and an opponent (AI or human) go head-to-head on a field of your choosing. Campaign Mode has you completing four missions for each realm in order to control the world. As you progress through the campaign of your chosen demigod, the missions get tougher and tougher.
Army Builder is perfect for those tweakers out there. You can choose the size of your army, as well as the realm that your army is aligned towards. At times I found myself enjoying the ability to create an army and test it out on the field more fun than going through the Campaign mode.
Wrath's Versus Mode is a good option for those people who prefer the arena battles more than the strategy game. You choose your order, then choose the creature you wish to do battle with, it's that simple. If this is more your style, then you might want to check out the Team Fighter Mode. This mode lets you compile a list of creatures and both players hack away at each other until someone is out of monsters (Pokemon Stadium style).
There is also a tutorial mode that will take you through the basic gameplay and teach you the different types of creatures and what their pros and cons are. It will take you through a campaign where you will encounter several arena battles and where you will take a few citadels. But don't let the ease of this training option fool you; Wrath is a lot tougher than the tutorial would lead you to believe.