PC Strategy

John Wick Hex Review

On premise alone, John Wick Hex is definitely an interesting experiment, making for an experience that is tough-as-nails, fun to play and rewarding to learn. However, It’s also very much let down by its rather limited gameplay options and lack of scope.

John Wick Hex Review

Conan Unconquered Review

Conan Unconquered’s slow-moving economy that always seems to lag behind the relentless waves of enemies is frustrating and the fact that there are only two playable heroes — a third is available behind a paywall at launch — and no story or campaign make the game feel like it’s incomplete or at the very least a meager package for the price.

Conan Unconquered Review

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

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

XCOM 2

Those few returning flaws aside, XCOM 2 is an experience. Much like its predecessor, Firaxis again delivers a fantastic mix of tactical combat and strategy, held together by an almost scarily stressful bow bathed in the blood of your fallen warriors. If you have any interest at all in turn-based games, you owe yourself this game as a gift, and honestly, even if you have little to no interest, playing this may just get that engine started. I think this may be the first unmissable game this year.

XCOM 2

Life is Feudal: Your Own

That said, although it does distinguish itself by focusing on a specific historical period and its limitations, Life is Feudal has characteristics shared by many of the so-called “realistic” sandbox survival games: progression is slow, it's a challenge to learn, and finally, the endgame is simply a more elaborate and protracted version of the rest of the experience. Maybe in the end your community -- if it can somehow survive the raids and attacks from others and finds a way to really communicate and cooperate -- evolves into the Renaissance. I know that I will probably never see it, because I don’t have the time or commitment to find out. Life is Feudal -- like many of its peers in the genre -- is not enough fun or rewarding in the short term, and the long game is only for true devotees.

Life is Feudal: Your Own

Hard West

There is a lot of competition in this genre nowadays, which makes a game like Hard West a little harder to recommend than it used to be. If you aren’t a big fan of turn-based combat, then Hard West is probably not a game for you. If, however, you have played through the XCOM series, Wasteland 2, or even the Shadowrun reboot RPGs, then Hard West will provide something a little different if you are still looking for more turn-based combat.

Hard West

Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords

Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords applies a new coat of paint to the series that is good for another 30+ hours of addictive turn-based gameplay.

Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords

Sid Meier's Starships

My first thought as soon as I opened the game was "wow this feels cheap." The feeling never went away, and just got even deeper. I was incredibly excited to see what the game would be like since it could be played on the go on an iPad, but if this is how they had to hamstring their design to fit a system like that, I'd rather keep the dream of on-the-go Firaxis games as just that: a dream, since the reality is just a disappointment.

Sid Meier's Starships

Heroes of Might and Magic 3 HD Edition

Heroes of Might and Magic 3 is a great game. If you haven't played it, you can pick it up, and it's expansions, and it's random map generator, up from reputable sources for about $5 less then you would spend for this HD version. You could probably even get it for less during one of the umpteen sales held by those same reputable dealers of fine video games at various points throughout the year. Whatever you decide, I can not, in good conscience or otherwise, recommend this version. It is, in no uncertain terms, a waste of money.

Heroes of Might and Magic 3 HD Edition