Category Archives: Gaming

Not a review of XCOM: Enemy Unkown

Overall XCOM is a great game. If you like strategy It’s worth your time and money (but try to get it for less than $50). With that said I had a few gripes that caused me to be unhappy, in the last 1/3rd of the game.

Stats on Rails

There were very few hard choices when it came to your soldier stat/gear makeup. Only once did I consider using X or Y piece of gear on a particular class. The class specialties were never difficult choices either. It was almost as if some stat upgrades were added for fluff so it appeared like you had a choice.

Shooting Gallery

After playing through a number of missions you’ll find that sometimes groups of enemies will inexplicably spawn, often right next to your squad. This really broke the “simulation” facade that turn-based strategy games provide. It made the game often play like a shooting gallery, where I would progress through a level waiting to “trigger” a mob spawn/reveal to bring those enemies into play. This made missions repetitive and not challenging.

Shadow Council are Jerks

The game sets you up to make hard choices on where to focus your global efforts in an a attempt to make the meta-game feel like an “impossible war”. I love this. The thing is, especially on harder difficulties, near the end of the game you’re going to lose countries. When this happens you’ll often get a poor rating, forcing you to listen to a long diatribe from the council about how you suck so much. It really just felt like a heavy handed approach. I could win every battle with flying colors and still be chastised.

Again, great game, but a bit more focus on the “simulation” in this strategy title would have made it a must-have.

Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures List [Nerd!]

Ever wondered what the heck each miniature was in those Player’s Handbook Miniature packs? Well, I’ve done your homework for you:

  • Wood Elf Ranger
  • Eladrin Fighter
  • Dragonborn Rogue
  • Male Dwarf Rogue
  • Male Tiefling Warlord
  • Female Eladrin Fighter
  • Male Dragonborn Warlord
  • Female Elf Fighter
  • Male Gnome Rouge
  • Female Human Warlord
  • Male Shifter Ranger
  • Male Tiefling Fighter

Series 1 – Arcane Heroes 1

  • Male Tiefling Warlock
  • Female Eladrin Wizard
  • Male Half Elf Bard
  • Human Male Wizard
  • Female Eladrin Sorcerer
  • Male Half-Elf Fighter/Warlock
  • Male Human Swordmage
  • Female Human Wizard
  • Warforged Artificer

Series 1 – Primal Heroes 1

  • Female Elf Druid
  • Male Goliath Barbarian
  • Male Human Barbarian
  • Male Human Druid
  • Male Halfling Barbarian
  • Female Human Barbarian

Series 1 – Divine Heroes 1

  • Male Dwarf Paladin
  • Female Halfling Cleric
  • Male Human Cleric
  • Warforged Cleric
  • Female Human Avenger
  • Male Human Paladin
  • Male Genasi Paladin
  • Male Human Invoker
  • Female Human Cleric

If you want a specific character you can find them at Miniature Market as well.

Carcassonne for iPhone out now, iPad coming soon [Games]

I fired up the App Store on my iPhone and I saw Carcassonne at the top of the list. ┬áNot only does this game look beautiful, but it plays great, AND has multiplayer! MUCH more than can be said about the Catan game (phooey!). Additionally, according to the App Store page, if you buy the app now for $4.99, you’ll get the iPad upgrade free when it comes out (instead of paying the full $9.99).

Get it now! Carcassonne for iPhone

If you’re into euro games, you may also be into these iPhone/iPad games as well:

Board Games I Want [EuroGames]

We’ve been playing Pandemic and the expansion, On the Brink, like madness. But Robert brought over Power Grid: Factory Manager, and I’m really excited to play it. The problem is he’s taking it back to NYC in a couple weeks, so… I’m going to have to purchase me it. That got me thinking about all the other euro game stuff I want right now: