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I've mentioned in the past that I'm no good at real-time strategy
games. I always get creamed. Part of this is due to my failure to
translate production, implementation, and execution into a single
streamlined thought where I can sit back lazily on auto-pilot and let
my hands do the work as I consider the course of action thirty moves
ahead. Some people are quick at that sort of thought process, but I'm
The game has changed with Ubisoft's style="font-style: italic;">Might and Magic: Heroes Kingdoms.
Not only do I have time to consider my next move; I have so much time
that I have allowance to consider and reconsider every single bit of
information and make an educated (hopefully brilliant) maneuver each
and every time.
Who of us hasn't wanted to play video games all day? With this game,
you can play all day every day without the tedious side-effect of it
consuming all your time. You see, when it comes to strategy, this game
is more real-time than most others. If we execute a command, we can
expect the results two, three, or even ten hours later. Send your
troops out to take over a mine? They'll arrive in a couple of hours.
The luxury here is that you can execute commands and then forget about
it for a while as you go about your daily routine. As the game runs in
a browser, you can keep it up all day at work or on your iPad, and only
pull it up for a few minutes every so often to execute your next move.
It's like one of those really long chess games between old friends that
lasts 40 years.
Except this is no chess game. I dare say it may be more complicated and
deep than that. In fact, if you don't take your time with the game and
learn it slowly, you will almost certainly forget one element or
another quickly enough. The layers of strategy richly run through the
game to an extent of Euclidean bliss. For a taste: you build a tavern
which allows you to recruit heroes. Heroes have armies. Armies consist
of different roles. Each role has an advantage over a different role in
battle. You can recruit these roles by building different structures in
your city. Your hero can gain careers to improve building efficiency or
conquering prowess. To build you require resources. Resources are
gained through mines. Mines are conquered by heroes and armies. Mines
are upgraded with resources and heroes. Marketplaces allow you to buy
and sell with NPCs and other players alike should you need a
supplementary income of resources. And that's not even touching the PvP.
The game can be enjoyed by anyone at any time, and that's the beauty of
Might and Magic: Heroes
Kingdoms. It's a game that will have you constantly
thinking about it during the day, plotting your strategy, but it won't
require you to be sitting at your PC for massive hours. A virtual world
populated by players who have enough time to make a thoughtful decision
every time promises to be a completely new experience in the strategy
game genre. Add the charm of Might
and Magic heroes, the layers of complexity and the ability
to create alliances with other players and we're surely going to see
epic war games unfold before us when the game opens to the public.
Sound like your kind of game? Tell us in the forums.
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children "skipping a four-course meal so that they can eat dessert, and
then complaining that they are still hungry." Power gamers are the
minority in most MMOGs, but they tend to be a loud minority. What's
your take? Are those whose only goal is getting to the end-game
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of the greatest advantages that free-to-play games have over
traditional subscription-based games is their ability to be bold and
unconventional. Few MMOGs are bolder and more unconventional than
Heroes in the Sky. Taking the genre to new heights, Heroes in the Sky
looks to transport players back to World War II and give them a birds
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Aion: Assault on Balaurea
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one thing could be said of Aion, it would be that very few games can
manage to put out as much free content in the first year after launch.
And more is coming with this year's expansion Aion: Assault on
Balaurea. With a level increase, new overland zones and new instanced
dungeons, many would expect this expansion to come with an equally
impressive pricetag, but players will enjoy the new content
free! What will the low, low price of nothing get you? Get the
highlights of the much anticipated update to see what tempting treats
Aion will offer to lure you back!
Chainsaw Diplomacy: A
Debate Over the Pros and Cons of DLC
out a new kind of editorial, Mattlow and Jeffprime are having a
spirited debate over the pros and cons of DLC (downloadable content).
They'll offer differing viewpoints on the subject and kickstart what
should be a great discussion in our community.
The Races of Guild Wars
2: The Norn
are many strong races in the Guild Wars universe, but one very strong
race, the Norn, will be playable in Guild Wars 2. Who are the Norn and
what has happened to them in the long period of time since the defeat
of the Great Destroyer? Find out here at Ten Ton Hammer.
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they provide. Stow provides strategies to help you gain the edge in his
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