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Posted on Mar 17, 2010 in Electronic Games

Field of Glory – PC Game Review

A few turns of Pharsalus before taking the dog out for a walk? A quick battle between ancient armies before breakfast? This review says Field of Glory is that kind of computer game – easy to learn, tougher to master.

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Posted on Jan 13, 2009 in Electronic Games

War Over the Mideast – PC Game Review

John Tiller and HPS Simulations have released the next title in the Modern Air Power series, Air War Over the Mideast. This review finds it to be fun, edge-of-the-seat operational air combat although its graphics are old school.

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Posted on Dec 5, 2008 in Boardgames

The Battle of Monmouth – Boardgame Review

This review of The Battle of Monmouth from Clash of Arms Games finds it to be an advanced-level board wargame that plays like a good set of miniatures rules, and it says players who look for depth and historical accuracy won’t find a better game.

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Posted on May 1, 2008 in Electronic Games

Panzer Command Kharkov – PC Game Review

World War Two armored combat on the Russian steppes has always been a favorite genre among wargamers. As the second game in the Panzer Command series, Koios’ developers have apparently done a great deal of listening to their gaming audience, and Panzer Command Kharkov hits the target squarely with all guns.

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Posted on Mar 10, 2008 in Electronic Games, Front Page Features

Mount & Blade – PC Game Preview

Thundering hooves, a flashing lance, and nearly a ton of armored man and beast, skewering and scattering a nearly helpless unit of light footmen. Think Braveheart. Think El Cid. Think Kingdom of Heaven. But this time, think that you lead the armored knights in the heavy cavalry charge. Just when we thought the medieval RPG had become as stale as last year’s grog, something new is on the horizon. Mount and Blade, in development by Teleworlds, and to be published by Paradox, is currently in public beta. The game puts you into a first person view of battles across a medieval world of five kingdoms, and nearly a hundred castles, towns and villages. Build your army and fight your way to fame, fortune and glory, in an open-ended, dynamic world. Do you become a bandit, a ruler, a butcher, or all three? The game starts like a conventional RPG with the player creating a character with standard attributes. The player also tweaks starting skills like pole-arms, spotting, and horse...

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Posted on Jan 27, 2008 in Electronic Games, Front Page Features

Empires in Arms – Game Review

Passed Inspection: Faithful recreation of Australian Design Group’s classic boardgame. Innovative PBEM features for multi-player games. Failed Basic: Steep learning curve and no tutorial. Interface is not intuitive. Only one scenario. In the mid-1980s, the Australian Design Group published Empires in Arms, a game of diplomacy and warfare in the Age of Napoleon. The board game is complex and a full game can take months for a well matched group of players to complete. EIA’s mix of diplomatic back-stabbing and military grand strategy made the game an instant classic. Despite the fact that EIA has long been out of print, the game continues to be popular with dedicated groups who meet regularly. Now, Matrix Games has published the PC version of this classic. The computer Empires in Arms is a faithful port, and except for some minor areas, fans of the original game will be delighted to see that the boardgame spirit is intact. Matrix has also given players innovative PBEM play, and this is great news for those...

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