Warhammer Underworld: Online Beta

Card games and Warhammer. Were I thirteen again, the premise alone of Warhammer Underworlds Online would have warranted a “best game ever” title from me. Luckily, my old age has made me callous and jaded enough to see through lofty premises and get down to the meat beneath. Luckier still, Warhammer Underworld Online delivers a…

Encased

Did you like Fallout 2? It was my introduction to both CRPGs and non-fantasy RPGs and I still go back and play it every once in a while. Encased is a game that owes a lot to Fallout 2 and the isometric, turn-based games of the time. While still in early access, this game is…

Trails of Cold Steel III

Contrary to popular belief with jrpg developers, pacing is important, doubly so in the first five hours of any game. I have to give them credit though, they stuffed about as much anime cliché into those first five hours as the lovechild of Naruto and Gundamball Z. Upon first impressions, I was inclined to call…

Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark

As someone who ranks Final Fantasy Tactics as the best game on the PSX, and loves the turn based strategy RPG genre, there’ve been only a few games to be happy about in the decades since. I don’t think I’ll see another one of that classic style that can truly compare, but at least I’ve…

Sword and Fairy 6

Final Fantasy XIII ended up being one of those love it or hate it games, changing up many aspects of the series that had been fairly recognizable at least up until X-2. While we’ve seen indie studios attempt to replicate just about every sort of Square Enix game under the sun in recent years, several…

Phantom Doctrine

Phantom Doctrine is a stealth-heavy turn based tactical game from CreativeForge Games and published by Good Shepherd Entertainment. It oozes the style and atmosphere of 80’s espionage and delivers a tight, tactical gameplay loop that feels just as good as a bigger budget game like X-Com 2. The graphics are great, the music and sound…

Tower of Time

Like a therapeutic hot tub, Tower of Time requires an adjustment period in order to settle into but once that has passed what is left is a comfortable and soothing experience. By deciding to forego some contemporary conventions of the genre, there will be those that overlook the title as it won’t fall into what…

Numantia

Numantia is a turn-based strategy game from Reco Technology that mixes strategic depth with a strong narrative to create a genuinely pleasing indie experience. Simple and readable three dimensional strategy segments are split up by beautiful, bold story-board cinematics drawn in a style reminiscent of a child’s story book. The music is suitably epic and…