Thursday, 3 April 2014

Games I Play: Part I

Part I | Part II

I can’t think of anything to write for my blog today so I will just list all the games that I have played over the last year and give them a one paragraph review. I won’t bother to rate them, but I will put them in order of good to bad.

League of Legends: Great game although the people that play it suck a great big bag of dicks. It is a team game with five people per side based on defence of the ancients. It’s free with a fair and unobtrusive micro payments transaction system.

Planetary Annihilation: One of the coolest things to come out of kickstarter. It is a modern day interpretation of an old classic total annihilation. The battles take place on spherical maps called “planets”. It is possible to shift some planets in their orbits by building massive rockets on the surface, you can then slam planets into each other. It is a real-time strategy game with very deep strategy. There is no unit limit and there is a huge range of viable play styles. The game isn’t finished yet and is expensive, so buyer beware.

Fallout: New Vegas This game was published by Bethesda Softworks and developed by Obsidian Entertainment - and thank God for that. It is built on the foundation of Fallout 3 and the gameplay is almost exactly the same, but with none of the fun destroying bugs that plagued the original. Great game great story and it is cheap.

StarDrive: The spiritual successor to Master of Orion. This is a space based 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit,and eXterminate ) strategy game. It gets rid of turn based strategy and instead has a clock that is always running although you can alter the speed and pause it. Also it is possible to zoom right in to a planet or zoom right out to get an overview of your Empire - all on one map. Space battles can happen anywhere on the map and you can simply zoom in to watch the mayhem as your ships engage the enemy.

Europa Universalis IV: This is a very complex FX strategy game that is brutally difficult. It also has a very steep learning curve, but I believe it is very worthwhile to play. The game starts in the mid 15th century. You can play as any country that existed at the time and from the time starts the world will be very different. What would happen if Europe fell to the Ottoman Empire? Or if the Mongol Hoards had conquered China? Play this game and you could find out.

Banished: This Is a charming and deceptively simple city building game. You start with 20 people who have been banished from some mediaeval land. Their resources are few, but can you guide them to success? I feel it is better than SimCity in a lot of respects and much cheaper only 20 bucks through Steam at the time of writing.

That is a lot of games, it’s actually a bit embarrassing. And that isn’t all of them - I split it into two parts.

Part I | Part II

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