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Chaos League

Chaos League
3

Chaos League is an odd mix of strategy and football set in a fantasy universe. The objective is simple – you need to get the ball in your opponent’s endzone. The method, however, will involve using your team members to inflict quite a bit of pain and suffering on the opposition. It’s blood football on […]

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The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring
4

Warcrafting a quality strategy game. While Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring does little to revolutionize the real-time strategy genre, it does serve Tolkien’s Middle-Earth admirably while letting you control the actions of the majority of its most storied denizens. Frodo, Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Saruman, Gollum — they’re all here at your […]

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Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf

Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf
3

The official Battle Realms expansion pack, Winter of the Wolf, is a bit on the skimpy side, weighing in at 11 brief missions, eight additional expansion units, and four new Zen Masters. Set seven years prior to the events in Battle Realms, Winter of the Wolf casts you as Grayback of the Wolf Clan, a […]

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Battle Realms

Battle Realms
3.5

At first, Battle Realms seems to have all of the ingredients of a true winner, including designers that previously worked at Westwood of Command and Conquer fame. Well, we can scratch the instant-classic status, because despite its best efforts to revolutionize the RTS genre, Battle Realms too often plays like every other RTS game on […]

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Railroad Tycoon 3

Railroad Tycoon 3
3

Presenting the vain train. In Railroad Tycoon II, you played a rail baron laying down the arteries of commerce and industry. In Railroad Tycoon 3, you roam a free camera soaring across the land. Swoop from Chicago to St. Louis in the wave of a mouse. Zoom out and look down from on high, or […]

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ORB: Off-World Resource Base

ORB: Off-World Resource Base
3

A less interesting remake of Homeworld. If you’ve enjoyed space sim/strategy games like Homeworld, then you have a vague idea as to what to expect with ORB: Off-World Resource Base. It’s not completely like Homeworld, but a mix of it and more mainstream C&C. The opposing sides are the Malus and Alyssians, two alien races […]

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Lords of the Realm III

Lords of the Realm III
3

A management’s management game. Although Lords of the Realm III might invite comparison to the Total War series of games, perhaps it’s worth noting who was there first. When the original Shogun was but a twinkle in developer Creative Assembly’s eye, Lords of the Realm was already doing the hybrid of turn-based strategy and real […]

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Extreme Tactics

Extreme Tactics
2.5

Extreme Tactics is another Command & Conquer clone. The gameplay and sci-fi theme are all similar to other real-time strategy (RTS) games of the same pedigree. Unfortunately, it does not have enough significant differences to set it apart from its more successful brethren. In some ways, it is not up to the levels set by […]

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Hoyle Casino Empire

Hoyle Casino Empire
3.5

Any resemblance that Hoyle Casino Empire bears to other Hoyle games is incidental. It has more in common with tycoon business sims than the conventional line of game packages that Hoyle usually delivers. You get a casino, build it up, and progress up the line for more challenges at other casinos. You start at Buddy’s […]

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Dark Planet: Battle for Natrolis

Dark Planet: Battle for Natrolis
3.5

Dark Planet is a pretty good RTS game which can best be described as a mix between WarCraft III and StarCraft. If you’ve played either, you have a good idea what to expect overall, which is not to say that the game isn’t worth your time. Quite the opposite, in fact. The balancing between the […]

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