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Review: Renations (Browser OSG)

Another day, another dollar – er, another strategy game! Today we’re taking a look at Renations, a pure-browser strategy game set in a post-apocalyptic Earth. Not the most original premise, but hey, radiation sells. After ‘The Great Disaster,’ a global thermonuclear plant explosion that leaves large sections of Earth shaken and disorganized, a secret society of politicians and ungodly wealthy no-gooders saw an opportunity to turn the nations against one another. Nukes followed, and eventually the entire globe was consumed in a nuclear winter, uninhabitable for thousands of years, until now. The year is 2012, and four factions have risen from the ashes. What happens between these factions is where the game takes place. Interested? Fuck yes you are. Read on for our bits & bobs, kids.
…Bits & Bobs…

Gaming is Good For You

gaming is good for you

Hello fair readers. Has it really been that long? Well, let’s ease back in to things with a re-blog. Frugal Dad sent me this infographic thinking we’d be interested, and I think he’s right! Take a peek at this, and stay tuned for more articles coming soon.

Gaming is good for you

Source: Frugal Dad

Cheers,
Oliver

The Future of OSGs

future of online strategy games backyard monsters battle pirates edgeworld

There’s a new wave of games on Facebook that combine traditional RTS games such as Starcraft, with the persistence of an OSG, and a dash of Tower Defense in there for good measure. There are several of these games now, starting with Kixeye’s Backyard Monsters, Battle Pirates, and War Commander, and now Kabaam has entered the fray with Edgeworld.

Rather than review each of these games (as they are practically identical except for graphics) I wanted to take a look at the pros and cons of this hybrid genre, compared to your traditional Online Strategy Game. So, let’s go!

Mobile: 9 Colonies for iOS

9 colonies iphone strategy game

Welcome, brave soldior. As a member of the strategy-game-craving masses, you’ve likely seen a few epic iOS strategizers here and there. If you’re anything like me, an unabashed outer-space geek, you most definitely have a creamy spot for genre classics like Master of Orion. If all of that rings true, and you have an iOS device, hold on tight – we’re going in deep with 9 Colonies. Dive in

Mobile: ‘Crimson: Steam Pirates’ for iOS

Chances are you’ve heard of Bungie Studios. They created Halo for the original X-Box. Yeah. From a creepy one bedroom apartment housing two dudes, to a fully-loaded game studio stuffed full of free snacks. From freedom to indentured servitude and back to freedom again (but still with some indentured servitude). I like these guys. Enter Crimson: Steam Pirates for iOS. I eagerly downloaded Crimson: Steam Pirates in a food-induced Christmas Coma last week. And? This may be the best iOS game I’ve ever played. Read on!

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 😛

First Contest of 2012!

online strategy game contest

OSG1 is kicking the year off right with another contest, featuring our biggest prize ever! Are you looking for some free Ambrosia for Ikariam, free credits for Edgeworld, free Lord of Ultima Diamonds? All you have to do is post a comment filling in this sentence: “You know you’ve been playing ____ too much when…” Insert your favourite online strategy game into the blank, finish it off, and you’re done.

At the end of the day on the 27th I’ll pick my favourite and the winner will receive £30 worth of virtual currency for their game! Entries will be judged based on humour, cleverness, applicability, and, most importantly, how much I like them. Feel free to enter as many times as you want! No fair copying the previous contests tough. Also to be clear, it can be any persistent browser based strategy game; could be Travian, Grepolis, Backyard Monsters, whatever. Okay, best of luck to all!

Cheers,
Oliver

Travian 3d

online strategy games 2012

It’s 2012, and welcome back to OSG1! We’ve been taking a break for the holidays, but now we’re ready to bring you the latest in browser based strategy games.

I’m actually quite happy to report that I’m actually surviving so far in the latest Travian Tournament (tx2.travian.com), thanks to my awesome sitter and another player who’se letting my troops keep the stools warm at his bar. I was also surprised to recently catch some new Travian ads in 3d! The first is an official ad, followed by what looks like a separate pass of a 3d Praetorian army just to show off their work. Check them Out