Strategy Games

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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:20 am

I feel like I also need to echo (and repeat) the Heart of the Swarm recommendation. The new matchmaking system walks you through how to play from slow training games to vs. AI before opening up to unranked and ranked play. Back in WoL, I was terrible (SC2 is really my first RTS), but now I'm definitely getting better and feel confident that I can hold my own in ladder games (once I get myself ranked).

Whoever revamped that system deserves a raise/promotion.
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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Mon Mar 25, 2013 9:25 am

Yeah they do. I find Elite enough of a challenge that I don't really need people. I "only" win about 3/5 of my games against the Elite AI and since I can just let it randomly pick a map and race to play against, it's like laddering without all the icky "glhf" interaction.
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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Wed May 01, 2013 5:08 am

Don't forget the Arcade. If you buy Starcraft 2 then you are literally getting hundreds of other games for free, at least until they launch the marketplace. I have a lot of fun with some of these games, especially the "tug of war" maps.
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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Wed May 01, 2013 11:02 am

Khali wrote:Due to health reasons it looks like I am going to be stuck at home for a extended period. Since physical labor is out of the question right now and I need to keep my mind busy I thought I would pick up a couple of strategy games to add to my collection. I used to be big into strategy games several years ago. Not so much lately because they all seemed to be getting more and more complicated to the point you can't keep track of everything that's going on in them. I have a good collection of Strategy games but I am looking to add a few before I give that category of games a rest permanently. The three that put me off Strategy games were Earth 2042, Sins of a Solar Empire, and Hearts of Iron.

One I did enjoy playing a lot was Age of Empires 2. They are going to release a updated version called Age of Empires 2 HD. I can pre purchase AoE2 HD alone, for $18 or get a bundle that includes AoE 3 for $28. I know nothing about Age of Empires 3. Is it worth the extra $10?

I am also looking at the Command & Conquer™ The Ultimate Collection from Origin. I played all the C&C games up to Tiberian Sun then left off until Generals was released. I also picked up Renegade but I don't consider it belonging with the strategy C&C games since it was a FPS. Any thoughts on the collection being worth $30?

Any other recommendations for Strategy games that would be worth the time and money?


Of the 3 games you sighted the only one that I like or have heard of was SINS, that is an amazing game but its also scary how big it is and how long a match can take. Today you can use youtube to learn tourney technics for popular games. My favorite strategy games that I still play:

Star Craft 2
War Craft 3
Rise of Nations 1
Shogun Total War 2
RUSE
Supreme Commander 1 & 2 (1 is just so poorly optimized.)
Dawn of War 2
Company of Heroes
Home World 2
World In Conflict


Blizzard games are awesome for a highly competitive online arena. Relic games(dawn of war, company of heroes) maintain a health community that is far less cut throat than Blizzard games. I don't know what the RUSE community is doing or if there still is one, that and world in conflict are the 2 most under appreciated games of last generation if you ask me. Supreme commander 1 & 2 are going to punish your hardware, don't know what online for those ever looked like just LANed it up for them. Home world is the best space strategy game ever. Sadly online is pretty much toast. If you can get some friends to LAN it with you its a blast, and there are some AMAZIGN mods for that game.
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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Wed May 01, 2013 4:06 pm

Have you tried League of Legends or Dota? They're both free and extremely easy to get into. LoL is the most popular PC game right now.

I would have said Heart of the Swarm but Blizzard killed it, it's dead now, I quit the 'community' on release.
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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Thu May 02, 2013 7:57 am

I don't play Starcraft II but I am curious what you mean when you say Blizzard killed it?
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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Thu May 02, 2013 8:03 am

Hawkwing74 wrote:I don't play Starcraft II but I am curious what you mean when you say Blizzard killed it?

It's a Blizzard game. Every time they change anything someone has to claim that the game is ruined, dead, and/or "this will make me quit even though I've been making the same claim for years."
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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Thu May 02, 2013 10:25 am

That probably holds true for any large franchise that once was a small and very dedicated and very vocal community. Same thing goes on in Battlefield. OMG, no commander, the game is ruined. BF2 was soo much better. But when it all comes down to it, most of the people are still there playing like never before as well as gathering lots of more people in to it. Somebody said it very, very well. Heard it on a podcost not long ago. Had to google it to find out who though.

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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Thu May 02, 2013 3:59 pm

Aphasia wrote:That probably holds true for any large franchise that once was a small and very dedicated and very vocal community. Same thing goes on in Battlefield. OMG, no commander, the game is ruined. BF2 was soo much better. But when it all comes down to it, most of the people are still there playing like never before as well as gathering lots of more people in to it. Somebody said it very, very well. Heard it on a podcost not long ago. Had to google it to find out who though.

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such a true quote.
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Star craft 2 still has a mp community in the first game that is unaffected by the expansion so I'm confused. Is he referencing the major patches and balancing, that is what happens in mp games, the good ones atleast.
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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Thu May 02, 2013 5:14 pm

kamikaziechameleon wrote:such a true quote.
I don't reflect on the past much because I have no power to effect it. I dream of the future and concentrate on the present. Truly happy people spend little to no time reflecting and focus on what is in front of them. Strangely successful people operate much in the same way.

I don't know -- surely nostalgic reminiscing is a waste of time, but it's important to look behind us to be happy, so you can remember how bad things used to be. I realize this is heresy in the nostalgia-heavy older-gamers community, but honestly, old games are by and large terrible in comparison to newer games (with notable exceptions, of course.) That's not their fault, really; it's just because videogame design was in its infancy -- not to mention various technological limitations. They were fine in their day, but there's just no reason to play them now outside of shameless remembrance, which is fine, but let's call a spade a spade!

It goes outside the scope of this thread a bit, but as they say -- those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. It's very important to reflect on the past, but do so with an unbiased, objective eye. Look at the shallow games of yesteryear (Doom, anyone?) and stride forward away from them, lessons learned.
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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Thu May 02, 2013 5:21 pm

kamikaziechameleon wrote: Is he referencing the major patches and balancing, that is what happens in mp games, the good ones atleast.


No, I'm referencing the deconstruction and abysmal handling of WCS 2013, that caused the pros from Korea to be split between the US, EU and Korea scenes thus ending true professional competition and thereby my interest in the game. That is a very specific change not due to nostalgia.

I'm perfectly happy with the handling of patches etc.
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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Thu May 02, 2013 5:28 pm

I can understand an intellectual dislike of how Blizzard handled WCS (although it is the first one, and seemed a little rushed, so I'm sure that like the game itself it will be 'patched') but...unless you're a pro gamer who was expecting to do well in the WCS, I don't see why that would make you quit the game if you still enjoy playing it.
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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Thu May 02, 2013 5:33 pm

MadManOriginal wrote:I can understand an intellectual dislike of how Blizzard handled WCS (although it is the fuirst one, and seemed a little rushed, so I'm sure that like the game itself it will be 'patched') but...unless you're a pro gamer who was expecting to do well in the WCS, I don't see why that would make you quit the game if you still enjoy playing it.


Because the only reason for me to play it was because of excitement of the tournament circuit. I had a subscription to GSL, MLG and OGN, and watched IPL and IEM. They've all be subsumed into three regional leagues: one Korean league missing key talent and two foreign leagues with extremely sparse talent, worse casters, and a lot more meaningless games.

The day of the announcement I got a $100 refund from GSL and deleted HotS, I did actually follow through with the quitting and haven't looked back except to see if they've reverted (they haven't).
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Re: Strategy Games

Postposted on Thu May 02, 2013 5:39 pm

I think a few of those leagues could from a production standpoint get some good by taking a look at the dreamhack open here in Sweden. Atracts enough attention from decent pro, and casters, not to mention they have a free HD stream available via twitch. No subscription crap. Of course, I could watch most of the final on national television in 1080p but that I don't expect from overseas just yet.
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