Category:  Tony’s Blog

By , March 11, 2013 2

Tony and Don begin their multiplayer game of March of the Eagles.

By , November 20, 2012 0

As we head in to the 2012 Holiday Season, I know there is one burning question on all of your lips. What do I buy the strategy gamer in my life? The problem my wife always has when buying me… Read More »

By , October 2, 2012 0

Developer Haemimont Studios is best known for the excellent Tropico series. However, its next effort is a bit of a departure, moving away from simulating island dictatorships to the RTS/turn-based tactical combat game Omerta: City of Kings. I recently had a chance to play a pre-release build of Omerta and, I have to say, I was quite impressed.

By , September 19, 2012 0

  Strategy games can be very complex things. Realistically simulating something like World War Two from a military, political and economic perspective is a very difficult task. And such complexities can be off-putting to the newcomer as they struggle to… Read More »

By , September 12, 2012 5

  Narrative in the video game medium generally rates from mediocre to awful. Besides the hackneyed writing, the weak voice acting, and the overabundance of cliché, even games that do narrative in a compelling way over-utilize cutscenes. The cutscene has… Read More »

By , August 31, 2012 5

Strategy games often put the player in the stated position of king or emperor, allowing them to guide a nation in totalitarian fashion. It is an odd paradox that while so many games put you in a position of supreme leader, so few model it with any degree of authenticity.

By , August 15, 2012 4

On the eve of Gamescom, Paradox announced Europa Universalis IV, the newest effort in the nation building strategy game. I’m a longtime series fan, having been nearly killed by my college roommate for playing the original Europa Universalis with full… Read More »

By , August 9, 2012 21

  The fall season is the biggest time of the year for video games. We’re going to hear plenty about Call of Duty, Medal of Honor and Assassin’s Creed, with their terrifyingly large marketing budgets and massive fan bases. But,… Read More »

By , July 26, 2012 9

  2012 has proven to be an wonderful year for the hardcore strategy gamer. With a large number of high quality releases and expansions breathing life into old favorites, world conquerors like me have plenty of new territories to subjugate… Read More »