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Posted on Dec 18, 2013 in Electronic Games

Panzer General Online – Closed Beta Report

A closed beta report on Panzer General Online finds little similarity to the classic PC game. More attuned to the desires of 21st-century gamers, PG Online is a collectible card game that is simple and rewarding, with escalating strategies and RPG elements.

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Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Electronic Games

World of Warplanes – MMO Game Preview

“World of Warplanes” late-beta report. “Warplanes” has enough similarities to its predecessor, “World of Tanks,” to make “WoT” players feel at home, but it is very much its own unique self, especially with crew skills, such as Fire Fighting and Crack Shot.

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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 Jan 28, 2013 in Electronic Games

Jagged Alliance: Crossfire – PC Game Review

“Jagged Alliance: Crossfire” can be “frustratingly satisfying.” It offers a chance to use a variety of tactics and it has improvements over “JA: Back in Action,” but the player’s mercs sometimes keep bumping into each other like bumper cars.

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Posted on Jan 14, 2011 in Electronic Games

Tropico 3 – PC Game Review

A review of the PC game Tropico 3 calls it ‘fun, challenging, and humorous,’ though no actual combat strategy is involved in players’ machinations to remain El Presidente of a tropical island.

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Posted on Jan 29, 2010 in Electronic Games

Empires of Steel – PC Game Review

This review of Empires of Steel, a wargame with exploration, resource-gathering, diplomacy and a trade system among its features finds the game solid in graphic, sound and gameplay but perhaps a bit too simplistic for experienced gamers.

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Posted on Jul 28, 2009 in Books and Movies

Art of Command – Book Review

The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell, teaches readers about leadership, integrity, determination, and other characteristics personified in the lives of nine famous figures of American military history.

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Posted on Mar 22, 2008 in Electronic Games, Front Page Features

Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory

Passed Inspection: Graphics upgrade from previous installments, really fun and engaging multiplayer Failed Basic: Almost everything else Sudden Strike 3: Arms for Victory is the latest in this venerable real-time strategy World War Two combat PC game from cdv Software Entertainment USA and Fireglow Games. The rust has been knocked off the surface and a liberal coat of paint and shine applied, which give the now-3D soldiers, vehicles, and maps cause to stand tall over the series’ former 2D graphics. However, while the spit and polish is evident, gamers may quickly wonder where the game’s former spirit and gusto went. Gamers have long been bemoaning the sight of one World War Two game after another on store shelves for some time now. Sudden Strike 3 just may be the signal flare that calls for a much-needed rush to aid or end this genre. For the potentially newly volunteered players of SS3, be advised that this series may be a bit different from other RTS games you’ve experienced. First and foremost, there is no...

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Posted on Sep 11, 2007 in Electronic Games, Front Page Features

BA 2: Secret Missions of WWII – Planes and Weapons Package

Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII is an intense action-adventure air combat game that takes place during World War II. The players lead an elite undercover squad of pilots secretly created by the American government to execute Operation Wildcard. The squad’s mission is to sabotage and destroy the Third Reich’s evil plans to create a weapon of mass destruction. During this mission, players discover that the enemies also have an elite team of their own. In an attempt to disarm the enemy, players engage in dramatic and movie-like spy missions in some of the world’s most exotic locations, using experimental weapons and flying never-before-seen prototype aircraft. Location: Baltic Sea Plane: Gotha Go 229 Weapon: Tesla Coil Historical background: This prototype flying-wing fighter/bomber was a revolutionary concept and decades ahead of its time. Produced with the purpose of meeting Herman Goring’s very tough demands, it managed to achieve exceptional speed, maneuverability and carrying capacity, but wasn’t finished in time to take part in the war. Gameplay: Versatile and exceptional...

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