Strategy

E3 2019: Immortal Realms: Vampire War Preview

My first day of E3 in 2019 was a day of real-time strategy games, which is weird because it is a genre that gives me anxiety every time I play one. As I sit here, reflecting on my experiences at the show, the one takeaway I have right now is the pull to give this genre another chance. I’ve seen some really interesting things being done with these kinds of games that make me think a total novice like me can get some enjoyment out of them. One of the games I saw that changed my opinion was Immortal Realms: Vampire War. Developed by Palindrome Interactive, Immortal Realms is a strategy game that makes use of different game systems in a way I couldn’t help but be fascinated by.

E3 2019: Immortal Realms: Vampire War Preview

Pit People Preview

This is to say nothing of the expansive and robust cooperative and player-versus-player systems that the game also incorporates.  Put simply, Pit People has a lot to offer, especially to players that were already fans of the wacky Behemoth games that came before.  Given the scope of the project, it’s easy to see why The Behemoth chose to put this particular title through an early-access period.  Make no mistake, however, the studio appears to know exactly what they are doing.  Gamers are advised to keep their eye on Pit People – it’s going to be a good one. 

Pit People Preview

Might and Magic: Heroes VII Hands On

Whether or not this safe approach works remains to be seen, but stressing fundamentals as opposed to flash feels like an interesting choice in a land filled to the brim with overly flashy, completely underwhelming sequels.

Might and Magic: Heroes VII Hands On

Preview: Age of Wonders III -- Eternal Lords

Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords appears to be an expansion pack targeted at fans who want more of the same, but with a few tweaks, a new campaign with a story, and some new standalone scenarios. Given how enjoyable the previous games implemented this formula, this approach makes sense. What remains to be seen is how many times this well can be revisited before the pattern gets tiresome. Hopefully, it has at least another 20-30 hours in it – enough to make Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords an enjoyable experience.

Preview: Age of Wonders III -- Eternal Lords

Early Access Showcase: Dungeon Defenders II

With Dungeon Defenders II, the gameplay and graphical improvements are immediately obvious. What I played of this game indicates that it will be an upgrade over its predecessor in just about every imaginable way. My doubts about the game have more to do with its business model, and whether it will provide you with a satisfactory experience that doesn’t involve bleeding you out 99 cents at a time or forcing you to grind slowly for gold and experience. I am not a fan of the Free-to-Play model, but this might be an example of a game where I will give it a try.

Early Access Showcase: Dungeon Defenders II