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Top strat games ... ?

Discussion in 'PC Gaming & Rigs' started by dc007, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. dc007

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    Have finally succumbed to the temptations of a computer at home... !

    I'm really kean on military strategy games, and was looking for few recommendations, please....

    My favourite era's in order would be -

    1. American Civil War
    2. Napoleonic War
    3. American War of Independance
    4. Ancients (Greeks, Romans, etc)

    Any suggestions, chaps ?!
     
  2. flibb

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    The total war series are good. shogun TW, medieval TW and Rome TW is due out early next year. An addon disk is also out dor medieval thats abot vikings and amazon do the pair for £27ish. If you fancy a very realistic WW2 turn based game give combat mission 2 a go, there are also a lots of additional historic missions and mods for this. But be warned it can take a long time to play and even longer to learn. There are loads of hex based / turn based Napoleonic games very simple looking but very in depth, I personally find these difficult to master and prefer having a more graphical representation of the battle field. None of the games above are arcadey and they all rely on tactics and proper deployment of units.
    Good luck
    Jon
     
  3. KraGorn

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    You may want to have a chat with the guys at www.sps-systems.co.uk (aka. Strategic Plus), I've been buying games from them for 20+ years :blush:, they specialise in war gaming of various sorts as well and RPGers like me.
     
  4. Garrett

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    One of the best strategy games of all times has to be Civilisation but it covers a period of 4000BC to 2100AD and is turn based. Civ 2 is presently on budget and is will worth a look.
    Also on budget is Age of Empires Gold which is a resource and build units strategy game taken round the Roman Empire era. And Age of Empires II covers different eras. Both versions are in real time.
     
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    i loved civ 2, aoe was ok, but not a patch on civ2!
     
  6. dc007

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    Thanks chaps - a few good ideas here...

    I'll be sure to check them out !
     
  7. Garrett

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    I agree Civ 2 is one of those game you have to have one more turn then one more, and it ends up 2 in the morning, or going out late.
     
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    I think that I preferred Civ3, it was more complex than the previous two and I loved the idea of winning by culture :)

    I still fire it up now and again.

    You may want to check out Korsun Pocket, it has just been released and it supposedly the ultimate in hex based wargaming.

    I don't play much turn based strat anymore, not specific war related stuff anyway. Usually play the fantasy strategy games, prefer silly elves and goblins.
     
  9. InsertNameHere

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    dc007,

    There are generally two types of strategy games out there: ‘Turn-based Strategy’ (TBS) (where each player takes their turn before completing the round. This information is then processed by the computer before the next round takes place); and ‘Real Time Strategy’ (RTS) (where the game progresses at a constant rate i.e. no turns are taken). These are two very different styles of game play and when you start to become familiar with them you’ll either grow to love or hate them. Personally, I find turn-based games too slow for my liking and the games tend to ‘drag on’ for too long. There are also a few other aspects which shift my preference towards real time strategy games. But maybe when you’ve had the chance to experience them, you’ll completely disagree!

    I see from your list that you would like your games to have an historical background. I would take a look at this site first: http://www.gamerankings.com/. You can filter out the types of games that interest you, look at their respective score and then read any of the associated reviews. I like this site because it provides an average score of the game (based on all online reviews) and as well as providing links to each of these reviews, the site provides feedback from players of the game.

    Most historical strategy games that I’ve played have already been suggested - but I’ll list them anyway:

    Age of Empires (RTS)
    Age of Empires 2 (RTS)
    Empire Earth (RTS)
    Shogun: Total War (RTS / TBS) – didn’t get on with
    Civilisation 2 (TBS) – But Civ 3 would probably be the better choice. I know its received some good reviews.

    Just a note. Most of these have been out for a while and if you look around, they can be picked up quite cheaply. I know Age of Empires (+ Expansion Pack) can be picked up for £3.99!

    Hope this helps,

    Alex
     
  10. Garrett

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    Just been playing a game which I think would be called a stratergy game Heroes of Might and Magic IV. But I only played Heroes of Might and Magic III last year and that was good and is on budget.
     
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    As the American Civil War seems to be your fave, you might want to check out the following.

    Sid Meirs Gettysburg - on Amazon. A game that got good reviews when it came out a few years ago.

    Personally I'd recommend a trawl of EBay for Gettysburg. FYI several people have recommended Civilization and its sequels - Sid Meir was the guy behind Civilization.
     
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    Check out Rise Of Nations also. Its civ2 mixed with AoE
     
  13. Sinzer

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    I think the key here is determining what kind of strategy you are looking for.... most main stream strategy is more arcade type.

    Age of Empires
    Rise of Nations
    etc.

    These are really arcade strategy, they are not deep strategy games, usually a case of just amassing large armies and sending them in at each other. There is no "beardy" stats in there, like unit morale, elevation of ground, experience of troops, troop tiredness. They are not really military simulators, the closest you will get in a real time strategy that looks good is Shogun/Medieval Total War, you may have seen this on Time Commanders on TV, that is the engine they use. That is why many RTS players don't get on with it, because it is heavily steeped in statistics and lots of behind the scenes factors. You do have to be fairly keen on your strategy to pull the hard battles off and have a good idea of the best tactics for the troops you have.

    Turn based games are usually mostly stats based, although they can be very hard to get in to, you will be looking at specialist titles, which many of the above websites can help you with.
     
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    They're not in their first flush of youth but the Sudden Strike series are interesting bits of RTS set in WWII. They are immensely fustrating but once you get the hang of them, they're very rewarding.
    And cheap like the budgie.
     
  15. dc007

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    Wow ! That 'Gettysburg' game looks the mutts nuts !

    Will try and track down a copy !

    Thanks again for thoughts and opinions - all valued and appreciated....
     
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    Gotta back Civ 2 over Civ 3. I considered the series dead after Civ 2 Multiplayer Gold.

    Alpha Centauri is a brilliant pseudo-sequel, and has the best interface for a TBS I've ever played, thanks to Brian Reynolds who is the brains behind the equally superb (although technically RTS) Rise of Nations.

    I still regularly play Alpha Centauri, Civ 2, and will return to Rise of Nations once I get my PC fixed. :mad: A good strategy game should last longer than any other genre, IMO.
     

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