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American Civil War: Gettysburg

American Civil War: Gettysburg
3.5

TalonSoft is no stranger when it comes to American civil war titles. They crafted a series of games under the Battlegrounds title, but their approach was overwhelmingly geared towards tabletop gameplay (with stats and details galore) that had none of the touches found in more mainstream 3D strategy titles. American Civil War: Gettysburg, which takes […]

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Lords of the Realm II: Siege Pack

Lords of the Realm II: Siege Pack
3

Sierra’s Lords of the Realm II hit store shelves, was accepted by gamers as a solid but not outstanding title, then quietly faded, as do the vast majority of games. The main gripe that one can levy against LOTS II: Siege Pack is that it was never really called for considering the mediocre success of […]

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Medieval II: Total War

Medieval II: Total War
4

A larger, more detailed campaign powers Medieval II. I was a complete fan of Rome: Total War, having played it before Shogun and the original Medieval. Returning to its roots (sort of) while simultaneously keeping the stronger points of Rome and sprucing up the world with diplomatic niceties, Medieval II marks a healthy leap for […]

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Earth 2160

Earth 2160
3.5

The little-known Earth series started its journey as an obscure, C&C strategy game among a sea of similar looking games – aka Earth 2140. Eventually it morphed into a more original sequel, Earth 2150, which presented a novel meta-campaign where three factions strived to fund their own space-faring project to escape a doomed Earth. Fast […]

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Battle Mages

Battle Mages
3

Battle Mages from Russian-based publisher Buka is the usual stew of strategy and role-playing that seemed so common after Warcraft III. There’s also a hint of Sacrifice and Rage of Mages thrown into the game. The main gist of it is a generic romp through a fantasy setting replete with monsters to kill, towns to […]

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Korea: Forgotten Conflict

Korea: Forgotten Conflict
2

The Korean Four left four million dead and a poverty-stricken, highly ideological totalitarian state which could conceivably be described as the last bastion of stalinism left on Earth. But the first confrontation in the Cold War also holds plenty of potential for gaming, both because it’s been ignored and because developers have capitalized all they […]

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Shadow Company: Left for Dead

Shadow Company: Left for Dead
3.5

Shadow Company: Left for Dead lets you play the part of a mercenary, the gameplay being a cross between Commandos and Myth. The mercenaries are the standard array of stereotypes with their own skills and personas. They have several skills which you must consider, including Handguns, Stealth, and Demolitions, which can be increased or decreased […]

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Gadget Tycoon

Gadget Tycoon
3

Gadget Tycoon is a business simulator / tycoon game where you lead and develop a corporation responsible for creating futuristic devices. Over time, you’ll hire and fire employees representing 11 professions, including lawyer, sales manager, and production supervisor. All employees (you can have a maximum of 17) are rated for morale, efficiency, level of qualification, […]

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Pirate Hunter

Pirate Hunter
4

Ascaron Entertainment of Port Royale fame presents this strategy game inspired in large parts by Sid Meier’s Pirates. The game is set in the 16th and 17th century Caribbeans, during the peak of sea-faring piracy. You begin with a small crew and a single small yet nimble vessel, and gain power and prestige through trade, […]

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Codename: Panzers – Phase Two

Codename: Panzers – Phase Two
4

Phasing out the old. Sort of. Codename Panzers was a well-executed, content-rich strategy title that got somewhat overrun in the tank-rush of major releases at the time. Its successor, Phase Two, presents different Anglo-American/German fronts in WWII as experienced by a cast of new characters, and promises to round out the package with even more […]

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