Review: Endless Space (PC)

Space has had a soft spot in this geek’s heart from the first time I saw Star Wars as a kid. The Death Star, aliens, the endlessly vast, dark-mattered frontier – what’s not to love?! It’s also a fairly common strategy genre that, after working for OSG1 for a while and having reviewed many of these space titles, I’ve grown somewhat wary of. That being said, Endless Space takes the space strategy genre and fully exploits each and every opportunity for strategy execution. This title isn’t online, but in keeping with our strategy-as-a-whole interest, we review nonline strategy titles every once in a while. If it’s really fucking good. I’ll just come right out and say it – Endless Space is a game every OSG1′er should have a go at. …Dive In…

Guest Article: Oblique Order

Absolute Wargames is a new blog about military tactics and their applications in strategy games, which is a brilliant topic. It’s also done in both French and English. Luc was kind enough to send us this article, the first half of his analysis of the Oblique Order and how it’s used in Rome: Total War and various games. For more, be sure to check out his blog. But in the meantime, read on!

Battalion:Arena Review (Online)

First things first – the title we are reviewing here is, for the most part, Battalion: Ghosts, albeit the online chapter of this strategy title is the aforementioned Battalion: Arena. After prepping for a writeup on Ghosts, and having spent a bit of time playing it and assessing its strengths and weaknesses for you lovely OSG1′ers, the online Ghosts community seemed to have been begging for an online addition up until it was released. Urban Squall’s Battalion series has been a crowd pleaser since it was released in 2008, and the release of its Arena system only improved (and in the time I’ve spent with the title, I can whole heartedly recommend continuing with it). In keeping with our journalistic brilliance (and humility), we have combined the best from our Ghosts review and added on the Arena info for a wholesome, well-rounded insider’s perspective of Battalion: Ghosts + Arena. …Go Get Em!…

God of Axion Beta

God of Axion Goes Beta

Cheers, dear readers. Today one of my favourite OSG’s goes Beta! Believe me when I say I’ve played a LOT of online strategy games, and so it’s nice to find one with such a refreshing theme and gameplay. Though I missed out on most of their final round, I’m excited for the Beta which starts today.

On top of the game itself, the developers are one of the most community-centered that I have encountered, especially more so than the big chaps Travian, Evony, and Ikariam.

Full disclosure though, I am hoping that you’ll check out the game through my referal link to earn me some premium points :)

Cheers!
Oliver

HALLOWEEEN SPECIAL 2012

We’ve been doing for three years and can’t imagine a better group of ghouls to be writing for. Here’s lookin’ at you, kids. In honor of this most terrifying holiday, we here at OSG1 have put together a special Halloween edition of our little blog publication. What follows is a no-holds-barred selection of a handful of our favorite horror games – strategy or otherwise – cherry-picked from varying genres such as old-school Point-and-Click, Adventure / Survival, 3rd Person and FPS. Read on, if you dare. …Boo!…

Review: Rage of Storms

Although German developers ‘Publisher Worldwidegames’ (terrible name guys) announced an open beta almost a year ago, Rage of Storms hadn’t caught my eye until two weeks ago, when my German roommate Ronnie’s laptop was open to an awesome looking war game. “What’s the game, bra?!” I asked, and when he retorted “It’s Rage, freund!” I knew it was time to take a closer look and write a review. Let’s do it, yeah? This is Rage of Storms.
… Do it. …

Review: Total Domination: Nuclear Strategy (Facebook)

Ah, the ever-growing popularity of Facebook games. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re taking the online strategy world by storm – in fact, browser titles have seen a slight but steady decline in logged users over the past 12 months since developers like Zynga and titles in beloved Travian-style have revolutionized the scene. Marrying the best (or worst) of both networking-and-gaming worlds into a system that effectively serves up (some) high-quality games to Facebook-ers by the millions shows no signs of stopping, and being the trend-whores that we are, we’re taking a look at one such popular Facebook strategy title, Total Domination: Nuclear Strategy. …Let’s Get Social!…

Review: Heroes of Newerth (PC)

Ah, tower defense. Sweet tower of love. Dig it or hate it, the genre of online strategy games has become a mainstay in the browser enthusiast’s arsenal – and a popular request from readers to write reviews for. Personally, I find these titles can grow very boring very quickly, especially when taking into account the ever-growing number of super simple and super addictive TD titles like Gemcraft and Bubble Tanks. In short, it’s tough to make a TD OSG stand out. Enter Heroes of Newerth, the latest from S2 and built around the existing Defense of The Ancients. I’ll say it right now: if you aren’t a WoW fan, you aren’t going to enjoy Heroes of Newerth. Thankfully, the inverse also applies.
…Dive In…

Review: Atlantica Online

Back to Breasts. Er, basics. The latter is my approach to Atlantica Online: this is one title that will have you howling with old-school strategy gaming bliss. I’m talking gasmstatus. Ndoors, the developer of this title have taken the best in turn-based combat tactics, threw in some deliciously mystical fantasy questing and sprinkled in just the right amount of PvP to keep mainstream, old school strategy players mostly thrilled. I played past twenty hours, which is rare for me. Read on for Micah’s take on Atlantica online.
…Dive In…

Review: BattleForge (PC)


Big kahuna. That’s the term I’d use in trying to describe mega-developer EA’s MMO/TCG foray into the wild west of play4free OSG titles: but BattleForge left me wanting. If you haven’t heard of this title, try to imagine a turn-based-slash-real-time strategy offshoot of Battleship meets Magic: The Gathering. With cards. Intruiged? I’ll say off the bat that BattleForge had me salivating in the first few hours I spent flirting with her, but the date turned card-sour on day two.
…Read On…

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