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Preview: Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim photo
Preview: Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim
by Ben Perlee

If there is one complaint I have about the RTS genre, it s that is be a bit too…involved. I mean, there is no lazy way to play StarCraft or Command and Conquer. You’ve got to actually devote energy and involvement into the game, otherwise you’ll fall apart.

It really seems that 1C and their internal team, 1C: Ino-Co, seems to agree with me, especially since their upcoming release Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim is a game all about taking a hands-off approach to taking over a fantasy land. Well, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this game is a “lazy” form of an RTS, but it is certainly a whole different take on the game.

Actually, an RTS is kind of a bad genre signifier. I mean, a more appropriate genre, as anyone who played the original Majesty from 2000 would agree, is that this is more of a tycoon type game. This game is all about working the comings and goings in a medieval fantasy world to ultimately rock out with the most cash in the end.

Hit the jump for my impressions

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7:40 PM on 06.29.2009

Find out what it's like to be a trucker in Rig'n'Roll

"Players will step into the shoes of a young man in the year 2024 as he arrives in California to pursue his dreams of road domination and capture the Californian cargo transportation market. There are miles of highways t...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

Preview: Captain Blood photo
Preview: Captain Blood
by Ben Perlee

Another night in Moscow was an interesting event. While many of the games were decidedly Russian in nature and narrative (where’s looking at Men of War: Red Tide and Death to Spies: Moment of Truth), quite a few of the games bucked the trend that a game published by 1C Company should have a level that takes place in Siberia.

Captain Blood is one such game. Based on the Captain Blood series of novels by Rafael Sabatini, as well as the Errol Flynn-starring films, the Captain Blood videogame is as decidedly pirate as you can get. The characters are all burley buccaneers and scallywags, all the ships are grand galleons, and, really, the only way this could get anymore piraty is for it to take place off the coast of Mogadishu.

Hit the jump for my impression of Captain Blood

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6:20 PM on 06.29.2009

Take to the skies in IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is another World War II game by way of 1C Company. This one, however, is flight combat game and looks beautiful. I got to play the game developed by Gaijin Entertainment last Friday, but I'm hold...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

Preview: King's Bounty: Armored Princess photo
Preview: King's Bounty: Armored Princess
by Ben Perlee

You know, during Another Night in Moscow, there was one game that immediately attracted my attention: King’s Bounty: Armored Princess. First of all, there was something really was off about it, especially in its presentation. I mean, the whole screen was a jumbled mess of color, how can this be playable? Then I realized, the game was being put out in 3D, which considering the amount of 3D game content on the market, this alone is worthy of at least some attention, right?

It was after that that I found out the game is a tactical RPG with cuddly dragons, a hex-grid based battle system, with a life as a sequel to King’s Bounty: The Legend (which is in itself a reboot of a Commodore 64 game, King’s Bounty), and it was then I actually wanted to check the game out.

So how does it play out? Is it worth our attention? And is that 3D really worth it in this game? Hit the jump for my impressions.

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5:00 PM on 06.29.2009

Men of War: Red Tide takes you back to WWII, again

Men of War: Red Tide is the stand-alone expansion to the original Men of War for the PC. The expansion will introduce a new story, new units, new upgrades, new weapons and there will be over 20 missions for the player to expe...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:20 PM on 06.29.2009

Learn medieval Russian battle history in XIII Century! Woo!

It was an interesting gaming situation, sitting down to play a RTS in the Russian Consulate in San Francisco, eating very Slavic food (caviar and pickled asparagus) and trying to keep up with an amazingly complex game. And th...

Ben Perlee

3:40 PM on 06.29.2009

Murder ze Nazis in Death to Spies: Moment of Truth

Death to Spies: Moment of Truth is the upcoming sequel to the original stealth action game from developer Haggard Games. The game follows Semion Strogov, a captain in the Soviet counterintelligence service, SMERSH. SMERSH, by...

Hamza CTZ Aziz