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Posted on Sep 24, 2013 in Electronic Games

Command Ops: Battles for Greece

"Command Ops: Battles for Greece" is as much simulation as game but without bogging down in minutia or micromanagement as it explores one of WWII's lesser-known campaigns. Excellent replay value.

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Posted on Sep 18, 2013 in Electronic Games

Civil War II – PC Game Preview

A preview of "Civil War II" says AGEOD managed to keep the core parts that made its "American Civil War" so beloved by many gamers and has used lessons learned over the past 8 years to create an even better game with greater depth.

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Posted on Sep 6, 2013 in Electronic Games

Rise of Venice – PC Game Preview

In the "Rise of Venice" PC game, players navigate through 15-century pirates, rival shipping businesses, family politics, world politics, natural disasters, and fluctuating supply and demand to gain fame and fortune.

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Posted on Aug 22, 2013 in Electronic Games

Air Conflicts: Vietnam – PC Game Preview

"Air Combat: Vietnam" adds helicopters to the "Air Combat" series, along with a variety of jet aircraft. The arcade-style game seems respectful in its presentation of a controversial era, but some of its mechanics need to be improved before it is deployed.

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Posted on Aug 2, 2013 in Electronic Games

New Games from the Slitherine Group – Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part report by editor Gerald D. Swick on games shown at The Slitherine Group’s Press Days (Slitherine-Matrix-Ageod), July 18-19, 2013, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, during the Historicon miniatures gaming convention. Click here to read Part 1. Apart from the game designers and developers and the journalists who were there to cover the event, Press Days had a special guest, Robert Tokarz. He was the winner in a fan contest in which one person from among those who “liked” an entry on the Matrix Games Facebook page won a trip to Historicon. He also received an award. Scourge of War series, developed by NorbSoftDev. This highly regarded American Civil War series started with Gettysburg, then covered Antietam and Chancellorsville, as well as the battle-that-never-was, Pipe Creek, where George Gordon Meade had intended to fight Robert E. Lee’s army during the Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania. Recently the entire series was bundled into a 150th Anniversary package that includes Brandy Station, the largest cavalry battle...

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Posted on Jun 28, 2013 in Electronic Games

Rising Storm – PC Game Review

Rising Storm. PC game review. Publisher and Developer, Tripwire Interactive. Standard game, $19.99 on Steam. Passed Inspection: Nails the difficult task of giving players a balanced game in an asymmetrical fight among combat troops in the Pacific Theater. Beautifully rendered battlefield maps from thick jungle combat to close-quarters combat in buildings. Failed Inspection: There are only 6 maps, which leaves players wanting only more! Thankfully, the developers have said new content is on the way. This summer, Tripwire Interactive’s Rising Storm picks up where the Red Orchestra series left off last year with Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45. The new release covers the brutal and desperate fighting in the Pacific Theater of World War II. This is a nice change-up from the European fighting we’ve seen lately from first person shooters, and it tackles the sometimes difficult task of creating a balanced game between American and Japanese forces. The stand-alone expansion is available on Steam and is a fully modified game of the Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad first...

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