PC RTS

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Review

This might not be a popular opinion in 2018 but I still love real-time strategy (RTS) games. To this day every couple of months, I’ll boot back up an old Command & Conquer, Company of Heroes, or Age of Empires and run through a couple of skirmishes. For me, these real-time strategy games are comfort food. While my friends were off playing Quake, I was the Romans taking out hordes of Egyptians in my fifth street skirmish in Age of Empires II. RTS is a genre that’s all but disappeared, that is except for an updated versions of Age of Empires.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Review

StarCraft Remastered

StarCraft is a masterpiece, a landmark game that remains as entertaining as it was in 1998. The question is whether Remastered's cosmetic upgrades are worth the $14.99, as the unvarnished original and Brood War expansion are already free from Blizzard. There are fans that would like to see the original game entirely remade with StarCraft 2-quality units, effects, and graphics but until that unlikely event happens, StarCraft Remastered will have to do.

StarCraft Remastered

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III Review

While there is no longer a steady stream of RTS games, fans will be more than satisfied by Dawn of War III's fundamentally classic approach. 

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III Review

Total War: Warhammer

Sure, I may have some grudges that may never be removed from the great book, but in the end, this is the best experience I’ve had, bar none, when it comes to real time strategy games.

Total War: Warhammer

Ultimate General: Gettysburg

I found this to be a very fun and unique take on the genre.With the different AI settings (there is an option to boost it further if the default isn't challenging enough for you) and and the branching battles, this would be one fans of historical real time strategy games would definitely want to check out. Will history repeat, or will the south rise again?

Ultimate General: Gettysburg

Stronghold Crusader 2

Stronghold Crusader 2 was a rare game that I got lost in. I started playing and before I knew it, it was six hours later. Who can resist a game about castle building, economy raising, and taking on large castles full of troops and hazards?. Especially when you can soften up the numbers by launching diseased animals over castle walls.

Stronghold Crusader 2

Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies

The Western Front Armies immensely improves on what made Company of Heroes 2 a great game by adding a couple of new, diverse factions to the game as well as brand new maps that are amazingly developed. For the price of the DLC, fans of the original game or genre will surely get their money worth.

Company of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies

Citadels

There might be an honest-to-goodness game somewhere in here, lurking underneath the slew of technical issues, uninspired gameplay, game-breaking mechanics and cryptic explanations for how everything fits together. Not that the game would have fit together in the first place, anyway. Whatever may be underneath the game, it's really not worth the trouble of finding out.

Citadels

Divinity: Dragon Commander

Divinity: Dragon Commander is an excellently written and polished blend of action, RPG, and strategy that delivers on each front without feeling disjointed or glaringly weak in any one area. It's a game in which each component meshes together well as a whole package, and the end result is a fantastic genre mixing title that is both entertaining and thoughtfully constructed.

Divinity: Dragon Commander

War of the Human Tanks

War of the Human Tanks is not for me. Whether by virtue of simply missing something culture wise to explain why the human tanks are all school girls, or even what the hell is going on in Japon anyway, working through this game was a slog and a half.

War of the Human Tanks

Men of War: Condemned Heroes

It’s possible there might be someone who enjoys playing Men of War, but the vast majority of players will not. There is just really nothing good about it on any level.

Men of War: Condemned Heroes
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A Game of Thrones: Genesis

With games out there like Starcraft 2, Civilization V, and Total War: Shogun 2 it just isn't viable to play Genesis when it feels stale and unfinished.  Even for fans of the books or show it just isn't a good enough game, even in the fan service perspective, to go out and spend $40 on. Do yourself a favor and read the books, then go play a better strategy game.

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A Game of Thrones: Genesis