Category Archives: Strategy
Available on: PS3; Publisher: NIS America; Developer: NIS; Players: 1; Released: September 6, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site
Having never played a Disgaea game through, the latest game, Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten was somewhat of a venture for me. The series has long gained a reputation for sucking players’ lives dry with its demand for level grinding and notorious replay value. After so many years dabbling with the likes of the Super Robot Wars and SD Gundam G Generation series, it was about time I stepped up to the challenge of training prinnies in Disgaea 4. Though difficult, the game didn’t have me running, but constantly kept me going with its cute characters and multitude of ways to combat the netherworld’s challenges.
Available on: PS3, Xbox 360; Publisher: Aksys Games; Developer: Compile Heart; Players: 1; Released: June 14, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Site
Over the years the tactical RPG formula has not changed much and with the release of Record of Agarest War: Zero, the statement still holds true. But Record of Agarest War: Zero is still a formidable game that has a solidly built battle system and interesting storyline. This game is a prequel to the original game aptly titled Record of Agarest War and the story begins 1,000 years before the original story line.
Available on: PC; Publisher: Kalypso Media; Developer: Lesta Studios; Players: 1; Released: April 18, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Website
Elements of War is an RTS developed by Lesta Studio. Its story revolves around two characters: Captain Paul Wilson and General Derek Kirkker. It starts with unusual weather activity wreaking havoc on the populace and the player being tasked with maintaining control and order. Aside from the rather weak storyline, Elements of War is a game that seems to be absolutely riddled with problems and is, unfortunately, a game that should be avoided.
I really like the Sid Meier’s Civilizations series. Watching an empire grow and flourish because of decisions I made is a unique brand of exhilaration for me, like a simulation of if I were a responsible person. The first Sid Meyer game I played, however, wasn’t one of the Civilization games, but his Alpha Centauri game, which holds sort of the same narrative interest as Armada 2526; when Earth becomes too small a pond for the thrashing aquatic Human fish, a leap must be made from our star to the next, where our spawn will grow to thrash again. The major difference between Armada and Alpha Centauri, though, is that space travel is not a big deal in Armada, nor are the social concepts of living on a different planet a concern to any degree. No, you are in space, and you have to fly your guys to the other stars and make them fight alien spaceships in real-time and blow them up for glorious victory. It is pretty rad.
Available on: PC (Retail, Steam); Publisher: SEGA; Developer: Creative Assembly; Players: 1 – 8; Released: March 15, 2011; ESRB: Teen; Official Website
In Total War: Shogun 2,Creative Assembly takes us back to its roots by setting the game in Feudal Japan. With a redesigned game engine that supports up to 56,000 soldiers in a single battle, it definitely pushes the Total War franchise into uncharted RTS territory. Total War: Shogun 2 is also the first game in the Total War series that has its franchise name used as the primary title and to have the Total War brand prefixed. Creative Assembly, with all due respect to Rome: Total War, has catapulted itself to the top with this game due to its breathtaking graphical engine, presentation, and simplified gameplay.
Taking place on the island of Australia, Jane’s Zoo gives one an opportunity to do all the “dirty work” of operating and maintaining a zoo. This may seem like a completely random premise but who ever thought that throwing birds at green pigs would be any better? But will Jane’s Zoo see similar success or will it be simply be white noise in the ocean known as the app store.