Saturday, June 29, 2013

June 2013 News

E3 has come and gone with no big tactics news, but thankfully the indie scene is keeping the genre alive and well. Once again PCs, browsers, and iOS/Android are the best platforms for tactics gaming.

I've played Card Hunter for a few hours, and it's pretty entertaining. It's basically Dungeons & Dragons with all of your actions based on randomly drawn cards. Your card deck is based on your adventurer's current equipment, so you're always hunting for more powerful gear/cards. There are a few nuances to combat such as unit facing, line of sight, zone of control, terrain alteration, and a wide variety of card effects, buffs, debuffs, etc. The UI is fairly well done, although lacking keyboard shortcuts.

There's an extensive amount of content as you play through D&D inspired campaigns, leveling up your adventurers and gaining more loot. Combat feels fair and just difficult enough to nudge the average player into buffing up their adventurers with purchased gear. If you love Dungeons & Dragons this game will satisfy a serious itch. There's also a PvP scene, although I don't know how balanced or competitive it is. I saw a number of players in the closed beta lobby battling it out. I believe Card Hunter is still in closed beta at the moment but it will be going live sometime in the near future.

Holy crap, that's a lot of new tactics games:

As usual some news is sourced from Rui Castro's facebook page. You think I really find all this stuff myself?

Liege for PC/Mac and iOS/Android kickstarter. "Liege is a game that's inspired by Japanese RPG classics, chess, and others."

Warmachine: Tactics for PC and Mac announced, kickstarter forthcoming. "a turn-based, squad-level strategy game"

Infinite Tactics for browsers. "It's a blend between FF Tactics and Hero Academy with more emphasis on skill development for classes".

Cosmo Battles for iOS/Android. "Cosmo Battles is a new turn-based space strategy game"

Expeditions: Conquistador for PC. More of a HoMM/King's Quest style game than a traditional tactics game.

Ten Aces for browsers/PC. "The game emphasizes on players pure skill, since there are no random effects or chances at all"

Tactical Heroes for iOS. "Tactical Heroes is a tactical turn based strategy game with RPG and social elements."

Enhanced Wars for browsers. "Our goal is to create a multiplayer first, turn-based strategy game for modern sensibilities."

Einharjar II for browsers. It's in Japanese, no clue what it's like.

Squids: Wild West for iOS review.

Chroma Squad for iOS/Android.