Category - News

Return of OSG1

Online Strategy Games

Could it be true? Has Oliver returned? After two long years (two years!), OSG1 (Online Strategy Games) is back!

While in the fortress of solitude, It seems there has been a huge shift in the marketplace. When I posted my last article, Online Strategy Games were really a niche market. Even among strategy-gamers, the biggest names were Civilization or Starcraft, games that you would play with a few people at most, and never offered persistent worlds. While Travian and Ikariam had millions of players worldwide, their numbers were small compared to other strategy games, and tiny compared to game franchises like World of Warcraft.

But now, the iPhone, iPad, and Android comprise some of the biggest gaming platforms out there. They are also a perfect fit for Online Strategy Games since you will always have access to your empire and can receive alerts whenever someone is attacking you. Looking at the top games on these new platforms, it seems some of the biggest ones are online strategy games!

Game of War, Kingdoms of Middle Earth, War of Nations, These titles are right up there with games like Angry Birds or Monument Valley. As foretold, OSG’s have inherited the earth! I took one look at Kate Upton here and knew it was time for OSG1 to make a comeback.

Look forward to more reviews about this new generation of mobile strategy games and see which are deserving of your military genius.

Game on!

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 :)


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. …

Eternal War


Hello readers! Dipping my toes back in to the world of online strategy games. I’ll start by sharing a few links.

The Eternal War! This meme has been circling the internet lately and of course got my attention. In short, Lycerius has been playing the same game of Civilization II off and on for the last ten years. It’s reached a point where there are three superpowers, locked in an eternal stalemate, with most of the world laid to waste by nuclear war. It’s a very interesting subject, and even has its own subreddit. There’s more!

God of Axion Alpha II

One of the games I actually managed to keep up with last year was the Alpha for God of Axion. One thing I really liked about the game is that it didn’t take too much of my time to stay competitive, and I also met some cool players on the forum and alliance, and a lot of OSG1 readers! Also, when you’ve played as many online strategy games as I have, you start to get really tired of ancient Greece, Medieval Ages, and World War II, so Axion’s setting is really refreshing. There are also a few unique game features that make it a little more interesting, namely the Blessing and Weather systems.

Anyway, they’re now registering for the “Second Sky” Alpha test which will start on the 26th. If interested, go to GodofAxion.com and register. And when you do please list OliverGodfreed or OSG1 as your referrer! I wouldn’t mind winning their registration contest 😛

APOX to come to OnLive, {pushes agenda}

APOX and online, two words that are pinned into each other's faces

Yes it’s a game on OnLive, so you must pay for it, yes it’s a persistent online multiplayer RTS and RTS games aren’t hugely available on OnLive (and that’s why I wanted to write this article), but for piss sakes, the setting is in a post apocalyptic world. Yurghghhhhh!! Let’s hope the pros outweigh this huge con. Dare I read on?

Strategy Game News

lords at war mmo rts

It’s been only a week, but as with our digital empires, the world of persistent browser based games is always leveling up. Behold the latest news.

First, one of the browser games I’ve spent a lot of time with, Aloriah, has integrated with Facebook. Now you can play the game through your Facebook account, post to your wall, and all the other social networking tricks the kids are in to. Keep beholding!