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The Bard's Tale IV: Barrow's Deep Director's Cut Review

Anyone who did not pick up The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep when it was released in 2018 missed an amusing and well-crafted RPG, a definite high point in a storied and popular franchise. With some minor interface and gameplay tweaks and the addition of some new quests and significant additional areas to explore, the Director’s Cut makes a good case for itself.

The Bard's Tale IV: Barrow's Deep Director's Cut Review

Age of Wonders: Planetfall Review

Impatient gamers looking for immediate gratification may have a struggle with Age of Wonders: Planetfall’s leisurely, semi-opaque early game and mildly vertiginous learning curve but the pace picks up and patience pays off as the game evolves into a challenging mixture of combat and civ-building.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall Review

Attack of the Earthlings Review

Built on a fun and underused premise — playing an alien race defending its planet from encroaching humans — and taking a great many plays from games like XCOM, Attack of the Earthlings has made its way to consoles after a release last year on PC.

Attack of the Earthlings Review

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Review

The Valkyria Chronicles franchise — and specifically, this fourth iteration — takes place during an anime analog for World War 2 and on the continent of Europa. Both the Allied and Axis forces have their slightly more benign counterparts and many of the most consequential battles of the war have roughly similar versions as well.

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Review

Insane Robots Review

Turns out that Insane Robots is totally different from what I originally expected. It's a turn-based tactical game that plays like a card game/board game hybrid where your victory depends on strikes of luck with some randomness and some tactical decisions.

Insane Robots Review

City of the Shroud Review

City of the Shroud is not primarily a comic game. It is a semi-turn-based tactical fantasy RPG in the same gameplay ballpark as The Banner Saga or X-Com. Unlike those games, however, City of the Shroud almost immediately breaks the reality logic wall, with characters telling each other what to do in terms of using controller inputs.

City of the Shroud Review

Into the Breach Review

To anyone who suggests that video games need to be lavish productions with infinitely complex systems, bleeding edge graphics, and cinematic stories, I suggest taking a look at Subset Games' Into the Breach. This follow-up to the wildly successful FTL is, like chess, a seemingly simple little strategy game that hides a fantastic amount of thoughtful gameplay that is as addictive and challenging as it is spare.

Into the Breach Review

SteamWorld Heist Review

With strong tactical gameplay, a satisfying progression system, and plenty of room for experimentation, SteamWorld Heist makes for an addictive and accessible side-entry in the SteamWorld franchise.

SteamWorld Heist Review

Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock Review

Some up-close texture issues, occasional framerate hiccups, and a lackluster cadre of voice actors aside, Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock is one of the best -- and certainly, most respectful -- of the Galactica -inspired games. Although no game has really captured the deep philosophical underpinnings and complex human drama that made the series so engaging Deadlock nails the exciting and tactical battles that were such a memorable aspect of the show.

Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock Review