Category Archives: Real-Time Strategy

Kenshi – Preview

What I personally like about new Studios is that they want to be-dazzle the audience with something new. In the case of Kenshi what allured me was a mildly big world, with an interesting combat mechanic, and the option to either go Solo, become a “Band” or create your own Outpost or Town. While it’s still not quite there (plenty of bugs, some crashes, and that general feeling of “There could yet be more!”) I found it enthralling for a number of reasons, and here you will learn what they are.

Kenshi

Kenshi’s map is sizeable, and one of the most impressive technical feats in the game is that you can jump from one end of the map to the other with very short loading times.

10 Prison Architect Beginner Tips

Prison Architect was an adventure for me, and for my guards, and lastly for my prisoners. I cannot count how many riots I had to suppress, how difficult it was for me to manage even a small prison, and during some games how to make a profit. All of that is behind me, especially since I had to do a bit of troubleshooting of my own, when I was faced with a number of unknown or strange problems. This short Tips List aims at providing answers to many different questions regarding Prison Architect, and I hope that in the process you will have a much easier time playing this game.

Company of Heroes 2 – Panther Guide

Company of Heroes featured one of the most prominent tanks of the 2nd World War, the Panther Tank. This Guide about the Panther Tank is meant to be an actual in-game guide for Company of Heroes 2 as it is a short piece of fiction. It was my first experiment with trying to combine creative writing with creating a guide for a video game. You might had seen many of our guides here, and while informative I am trying a new angle on Guide writing, and this is one of these examples. The other can be viewed here.

Company of Heroes 2 – Winter Guide

Company of Heroes 2 has added a number of new elements to its gameplay. One of them is the Winter. This is more of a map-type than strictly speaking a mechanic, but one leads to the other. As stated in our Company of Heroes 2 Basics Guide, Winter maps tend to offer new challenges. You have to maintain certain lanes between the front and your base. You need to take into account local buildings, frozen lakes and fires. The battles become not only about tactical superiority but also attrition. Infantry is mainly affected by the winter but tanks too cannot feel perfectly safe from its “charm”.

Natural Selection 2: 10 Commander Tips

A position of command is a position of great responsibility. Unless you do not really care for your position that is… That might lead to disaster, sooner or later. Your skills and abilities in Natural Selection 2, as the commander, are the difference between victory and defeat. If you played NS2 long enough you would realise that without a good, competent commander nobody on your team will have any fun, because you will be squashed around every corner. Of course, into account we also have to take the abilities of the individual “soldiers”, but Marines with assault rifles cannot defeat a fully expanded hive, no matter how skilled they are.

The purpose of this guide is to provide some useful tips when playing as either the Alien or Marines commander. Some of these tips apply to both sides, though they differ in usefulness. If this is what you are after, read on! If you need more details on any of the aliens, abilities or marines, check out the Natural Selection 2 Wiki.

Frozen Hearth – Some Good, Some Bad

This is a game I was meant to review ages ago, but because of issues I have been having with it I had a mismatch of emotions. Frozen Hearth is an RTS game, with a unique take on your General’s/Hero’s special abilities. As you fight you gain experience points that you can then spend on different abilities and attributes. It’s what we had in Warcraft 3, but more complex. The story of the campaign is interesting but it was mainly the campaign that held me back, together with graphical issues, and below I will explain it all.

Frozen Hearth

It might not look pretty, but games do not have to look good in order to be enjoyable.

Company of Heroes 2: The Soviets

While I did play mainly as the Germans, in Company of Heroes 2, I found the Soviets to be surprisingly fun, maybe because they were more demanding, in a number of ways, and here I found the choice of Commanders far more important than in the case of the Germans. The Soviets have a lot of lighter Vehicles, and their infantry lack the same punch against tanks like Panzer Grenadiers do. Even calling in an SU-85 does not guarantee victory, and you will often find yourself in a bit of a pickle if the Germans were given too much liberty with fuel, but it’s not the end of the world.

In this Guide we discuss the Soviets. Their Core and a few of their Special Units. We will discuss Strategies and Tips to better cope against the Germans, at least during Online games. If you are looking for more info check out our list of Company of Heroes 2 Guides.

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Little ducklings, following their mother duck.

Company of Heroes 2: The Germans

In this part of the Company of Heroes 2 “Guides” we will talk about the Germans. This is one of the more favorite factions, and I played it more often myself. However, it is very easy to fail with the Germans, especially if you fail to understand their “system”, or rather, do not take advantage of their strengths and limit their weaknesses. First I will introduce you to the different units for the Germans (mentioning a few of the Special ones) then moving onto some Tips and Strategies, with the Germans.

If you are looking for more info we have a general list of Company of Heroes 2 Guides.

Company of Heroes 2

“Forward! For Germany!” (Spoiler: That is not a German plane above them.)

Company of Heroes 2: The Basics Guide

After an intensive period of playing as both the Germand and Soviets in the Company of Heroes 2 Open Beta I feel that for all those who never played a Company of Heroes game, yet are curious how it plays out, I decided to write up this Guide. Company of Heroes 2 differs from Company of Heroes 1 in a number of ways. The addition of the Winter is one major change. The Economy has been slightly reworked, and it is much harder to “Spam” effectively, but it is still possible. I will try to include as much information as possible, even though a lot of it may be found in the game’s Tutorial and Tips Videos (as well as Hints). However, I will include a few Tips of my own, and Strategies you may use against you enemies, be it when playing as the Soviets or Germans.

Take note, this is from my Open Beta experiences, what you might have in the actual game can differ from what I state here, so the Guide might, eventually, also change, as I dwell into the main game itself. Also, because I had problems running the game on anything higher than MINIMUM graphic setting the screenshots look… terrible…

Also, in case you are wondering, the lack of links to a Wiki is because there is none (yet). As soon as some solid content appears I will link it as well. If you are looking for more info we have a general list of Company of Heroes 2 Guides.

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Why would you play a Wargame if not to fight other people?

Company of Heroes 2: Open Beta Impressions

When I realised that Company of Heroes 2 entered an “Open Beta” stage I immediately started downloading it… only to realise that with my current internet connection (I was visiting family) it would take a long, long time. It took almost three days, of constant downloading, sudden Windows Update Resets and one or two Bluescreen crashes to finally get it running. Considering the long wait, was the game worth it? The short answer is, yes. But for the longer answer read below.

I plan on writing a Guide for Company of Heroes 2. A general “Basic Guide” and some tips that anybody might find useful!