SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 24, 2010, 15:19:
Overon wrote on Mar 24, 2010, 15:18:Can you list a few. I am really into strategy games lately, would love to see some suggestions.
There are so many better PC games that don't have these always online DRM requirements. Buy and play those, not these.
Apart from the suggestions you'll find everywhere, here's 5 suggestions that are mostly dirt cheap and worth every minute of your time:
1. Nexus: The Jupiter Incident.
Can be found on Steam. It's a tactical ship simulator. You get a handful of ships, choose their loadout, manoeuver them into position, select targets and tell Scotty to give you all she's got. I love the story and presentation.
Can be tough as nails as your customization options are limited later on. Have a look at a general ship development guide on gamefaqs before you start the campaign (which is first rate)
2. Joint Task Force.
Has a similar feel to Commandos (anybody still remembering that one?). Just selecting all your units and sending them somewhere will get everyone killed because tanks die like flies to guys with rpgs and your infantry die like flies to anything. That's where the tactical Commandos feel comes into play: You gotta scout ahead and then take out every threat with the appropriate counter-measures.
You'd think the fact that the pause function's bound to Space would be a pretty obvious hint that this's not Starcraft. Apparently the American gaming press were too stupid to figure that out which is why it got ridiculous ratings.
Speaking of which. If you want to play competitively this is it. Easy to learn, good campaign, incredibly deep. Watch this game
, it will blow your mind.
4. Ground Control.
Old, you can download it from Massive Entertainment's page for free iirc. Fast paced tactical RTS. The only strategy game a friend of mine's ever played through till the end. If you need modern day graphics try World in Conflict but Massive really screwed it up compared to Ground Control.
5. Europa Universalis III.
Great game. I probably spent more time with it than with any other game. Very deep. There's a lot of great After Action Reports on the Paradox forums that double as equally great tutorials for the game. Which is good because you're gonna need one. Huge timesink.
Honorable Mention: Empire: Total War.
More conventional than the other recommendations but it's sexy on bluesnews to hate it. The AI's better than in earlier TWs (still crap), sea battles are fun, micromanagement's been reduced without reducing depth and there's nothing quite like two armies shoving muskets down each other's throats and then pulling the trigger.