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1:21 PM on 08.19.2013

First Impressions: Europa Universalis IV

I'm a long-time fan of Paradox's games.  Ever since I discovered Europa Univeralis (EU hereafter) 2 about 11- years ago, I've been obsessed.  I've shoveled time into the likes of Victoria, Victoria 2, CK2, and EU3.  So, as a ...   read

11:21 AM on 03.02.2013

The Roots of Japanese Strategy RPGs

The following piece is neither thorough nor polished. Essentially, over at Brad Hates Games, there was some discussion about the importance of Shining Force for the Japanese strategy RPG genre. I argued that Fire Emblem was...   read

9:27 AM on 07.10.2012

Final Rankasy 4, The Mainline Final Fantasy Ranking Continues, With Second Place

There's been a long road up until this point. We've covered the brokenness of Final Fantasy 2 (11th place). We've covered the problems that held FF8 and FF12 back (9th place). We have discussed the original Final Fantasy a...   read

10:05 AM on 07.07.2012

Final Rankasy 3: Electric Bugalee

I ran out of silly titles for this series. Whatcha gonna do, y'know? So, to recap, I am ranking the Final Fantasy mainline games, except for side-games, 11, 14, and, for no good reason at all, 13. Up until now, the ranking...   read

6:37 PM on 07.06.2012

Final Rankasy 2: The Ranking Continues (8th-6th place)

Welcome to the second installment of Final Rankasy, which ranks the top 11 best Final Fantasy games (not counting 11, 13, or 14 or any side games) ever made! Last time, we covered Final Fantasy 2 at 11th place (by itself in ...   read

11:17 AM on 07.06.2012

Final Rankasy: Ranking the Mainline Final Fantasy Games, Part 1

I'm here to engage in a pretty standard practice: ranking the mainline Final Fantasy series. Although I've been considering this for a while now, Stealth's ranking of the side story games finally gave me the inspiration to ...   read

9:28 AM on 06.24.2012

Livin' La Vida Ninja: Why Ninja Gaiden 1 (NES) Capture Ninjaness Better than NG2

Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2 are commonly agreed to be classics of the action platforming genre and of the NES more generally. They both combined tight controls, solid presentation, good music, fun level design, and high difficulty ...   read

8:37 AM on 06.24.2012

4x Flashback: A Comparison of Alpha Centauri and Civ 4

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (with Alien Crossfire expansion) was a bit of a revelation for 4x gamers back in the day. On one hand, this was clearly a Civilization game. Alpha Centauri was the planet space colonizers sought i...   read

1:09 PM on 06.19.2012

A few statements about Civ 5

I've read the RPS and Joystiq reviews, as well as some of the other chatter happening around the tubes, and I've come to the conclusion that there are a lot of misnomers out there about Civ 5's mechanics and its impact on the...   read

1:29 PM on 06.08.2012

Initial Thoughts on Endless Space (PC, 4x/Strategy)

So, as I mentioned might happen in my post about Warlock, I broke down and bought Endless Space. For the unaware, Endless Space is the first game from Amplitude. Amplitude is a new, independent PC game developer focused on ...   read

3:14 PM on 05.12.2012

So.. you like Retrogaming? Here's a list of great blogs

Maybe there are rules against this. Maybe it's been done before, or there are threads like this on the forums. Maybe you've already heard of all of these. If so, I apologize, but, if I help anyone discover some great retro...   read

10:15 AM on 05.09.2012

Initial Thoughts on Warlock: Master of the Arcane

I know there aren't many PC gamers on Dtoid, but I figured I'd add my thoughts on this game anyway. Let's see how it goes. If you aren't aware, Warlock: Master of the Arcane (simply Warlock from here on) is a 4x game that b...   read

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