I had to send my Xbox to repair center, so it is a good time to catch up with the rest of the PC gaming world. I’m enjoying the strategy elements, the plot, and how different every faction of the game feels, as well as the different kind of units the game offers.
On the other hand, I can’t help but feel frustrated about how overcomplicated this game tends to be, surely expert players of this genre would disagree with me, but I’m not used to tell my units to perform additional skills for different situations when they can –you know– just do them on their own. I’m mostly playing this game because I’ve read a few times that Warcraft III has one of the best endings ever. It better be!
Javy is playing Fire Emblem: Awakening
I’m dying a lot. My thoughts are centered around how often I die and restart my 3DS so I can escape the long-term consequences of my actions like the coward I am. That being said, I’ve spent over 30 hours with Fire Emblem over the last week and a half, and I just can’t put it down. Protect me, Fredrick!
Will is playing Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
I’m forever hooked on RPGs, and it is about that time of the year when I get desperate for some decent RPG action. While the game is dated and doesn’t quite have the same charm as Baldur’s Gate, its story is unmatched in today’s trope-heavy RPG climate. It has kept my Chaotic Evil Fighter/Red Dragon Disciple/Blackguard/Bard more compelled to bring the world to its knees, rather than off himself out of sheer boredom, so I guess you could say that it has a lot more going for it than other modern RPGs do.
Jon is playing Wargame: Airland Battle and Crusader Kings II
Now, don’t get me wrong; I’m a huge strategy fan. Over the last couple of weeks, however, I’ve been strategizing my brains out. I’m coming to the Crusader Kings II a bit late, having been urged to play it by a friend. I downloaded the demo and was pleased, so I purchased the game and I’ve been having a great time. In addition to being one of the best grand strategy games I’ve ever played, it also has a “create-your-own-story” element that is turning out to be one of my favorite parts of the game. Nothing is a given in Crusader Kings II, and I’m very much enjoying the open-ended design principles at work. Wargame: Airland Battle is also something to which I am coming late. I didn’t playing Wargame: European Escalation, the predecessor to Wargame: Airland Battle. That’s making the learning curve a bit steeper. I am enjoying the learning process, however. Wargame is turning out to be one of those games that demands a deep understanding of a very complex set of mechanics. I mean, I’ve actually been doing math while playing this game. I’m a sucker for any strategy game set in the Modern era, so the ability to take to the field in over 750 real-life NATO and PACT military units is really awesome. I’m loving every moment I spend with these games, but I’m looking forward to getting back to Mass Effect 3 multiplayer soon.
When he isn’t teaching or cobbling together a novel, Javy devotes his time to writing about these video game things. He's a contributor and the former game editor at CultureMass. You can follow the trail of pizza crumbs to his Twitter feed @JavyIV.