Posted by: adrianwerner | October 22, 2008

update

2008

Kharkov: Disaster on the Donets
Kharkov represents the good and the bad of the hardcore wargame genre7.9 from IGN

Sins of a Solar Empire: Entrenchment
First mini-expansion to one of best strategy games of recent years (9.0 from Gamespot)

Operation Mania
Between the timers and ever-changing demands of the patients, the money earned and upgrades available for purchase, Operation Mania turns out to be a deeper, more entertaining game than you might expect for 20 bucks. It’s nowhere close to as addictive as other casual titles like Peggle or Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, but it’s a decent choice if you’re looking for something affordable, a little more action-oriented and don’t have a high-powered rig to run something like Crysis Warhead.7.1 from IGN

Tank Universal
In the end, the game forces you to ask one simple question: How could one person, working alone, create such coolness? An arcade tank shooter with oodles of variables and that special addictive quality that pulls you back again and again for another go, Tank Universal definitely displays a certain lack of sophistication, yet it’s still a better bet than many similar “corporate” titles. Tanks for the memories, Phil, and keep ’em coming, maybe next time with a bit more financial backing.7/0 from IGN

Spectromancer
Online fantasy card game, created by Alexey Stankevich, creator of Astral Tournament and Astral Masters, along with game design luminaries Richard Garfield (Magic: The Gathering, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, Star Wars Trading Card Game, RoboRally) and Skaff Elias (Magic: The Gathering Ice Age, Harry Potter Trading Card Game).

2009

League of Legends: Clash of Fates
The makers of the Defense of the Ancients decided a mod wasn’t enough and the result it this: their first commercial game, expanding on DOTA concept

Naumachia – Space Warfare
A multiplayer space battle sim in which you can start piloting individual fighters with standard FPS controls (mouse/keyboard) and then when your rank advances it’s possible to command capital ships and their fighter squadrons with a dedicated RTS-like interface. Developed by people who previously made Specialist mod for first Half-life

Untitled Konjak game
Konjak is the guy who made the great Chalk and Noitu Love 2

The King of Fighters XII

2010

Otherland
Cyberpunk MMORPG based on novels by Tad Williams, handled by the development studio Real U, formed around a core of ex-Melbourne House talent (as Eurogamer put it” 8-bit heroes of The Hobbit and The Way of the Exploding Fist, and then cult classic Shadowrun, who in later years struggled valiantly with the tide of licences and conversions heaped on them by Atari, sometimes triumphing against the odds (as in PS2 Transformers)” )

Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars MMORPG from Bioware.

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Responses

  1. The KOTOR MMO is something I have been awaiting for a long time. If at all possible I hope that Bioware can manage to explain where Revan and the Outcast from KOTOR 1 and 2 respectively, traveled away to.

    As for the other games, the only things I see interesting is Naumanchia which seems to be heavy on the bloom and League of Legends for the simple fact that I loved DOTA.


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