We're nearing the end of the year, and that means it's soon time for the second Tactical Insights 2012 awards. There aren't any big surprise wins this year. Consoles see so few quality tactics games that the ones that are published tend to be shoe-ins. The most competitive platform for tactics games tends to be iOS or Android, although it's mostly indie games battling it out.
I suppose the biggest surprise of 2012 is that Skulls of the Shogun still isn't out yet, but they're probably being held back by some kind of publishing related matter. Next year for sure, right?
I've been playing 2nd Super Robot Wars OG (PS3) pretty heavily. I've finished the game once and I'm doing a second run on the ex-hard difficulty mode. It's a pretty easy game for the most part, but still fun enough. The 2D animations are the best I've seen of any tactics game. Check out my video playthrough log on Youtube.
Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS) will be released in NA on Feb 4, 2013, complete with the same DLC that was released in Japan. Awakening is more of a FE: Sacred Stones style game with a world map, free battles, endless stat grinding, broken game balance, etc. There's also fanservice and dating simulation (yuck). Not really my sort of thing.
Super Robot Wars UX (3DS) will be released in Japan on March 14, 2013. I had figured the 3DS would be the next platform to get a SRW game. SRW UX will have the puzzle robo feature which are scenarios with particular solutions that you're expected to figure out. Check out some screenshots and a trailer at Saint-ism. Saint-ism is a good site for SRW and other mecha news. Official SRW UX site here.
Strat Tech has been updated with a new "Special" difficulty mode. In this mode the enemy gets to take its turn first before you do when you start a level, and they also get more energy to perform abilities and attacks. There are also new upgrade stations where you can upgrade your units energy, although like Advance Wars no units carry over between stages.
Also check out the newly released Perspective and Mastery, two very creative and in depth action puzzle games that are far better designed than the usual indie stuff you see lying around app stores and indie bundles. They do have easy modes available so don't worry about being overwhelmed.
New DLC for Panzer Corps: Panzer Corps Grand Campaign '44 West. If you're a diehard grognard you know Slitherine and Matrix Games publishes the best hardcore PC tactics games out there. Screw all those bright colors and kiddie console games!
Some links posted by Rui Castro on his facebook TBS page:
Telepath Tactics demo and kickstarter.
Just Tactics client now available.
War of Sonria, a PSP Minis tactics game. Apparently only available on the European PSN.
Eador, Masters of the Broken World. A Heroes of Might and Magic style tactics game.
Partia: The Broken Lineage. A straight up Fire Emblem clone for iOS.