Latest PC Game Reviews of 2012 Featuring Combat and Strategy
One category that sees a sea of changes, constant improvements and new developments is the PC. New versions tend to live up to the expectations of fans though there is always place for a few tweaks and changes here and there. Combat and strategy continues to receive prime focus with the latest games dealing with these genres along with sci-fi.
Mass Effect 3
Mass Effect 3 has retained Bio Ware’s reputation in the sci-fi series gaming world. It is the conclusion of the series; although a much awaited conclusion. The game relies heavily on choices the players have made (even in the prior to versions) which can lead to some really surprisingly unexpected outcomes. Unfortunately, the story line flags here though the game play has improved and perhaps is what makes it worthwhile. The arsenal and special powers to add to the fun though most fans have found they preferred their own versions of end of Shepard’s adventures than the one this game suggests. However, multiplayer options, graphics, missions and concept quite make up for the unpopular end.
Crusader Kings II
For those interested in strategy, the Paradox Interactive game Crusader Kings II should fit the bill. The best part is that you feel a part of the game based on European characters from 1066. Your experience of this game depends only on the position of your character. If you start at the bottom, you’ll have to work your way up through a series of plots and cunning manoeuvres. So, whether a player is interested in history or not, the game can grip one based on its surprisingly good graphics, details and game play.
Klei Entertainment has done it again with Shank 2; the combat game has reached new levels due to the cooperative mode and easier boss battles. The new story focuses on revenge and we find cannibals and witches thrown in. Combat has been made better and more precise. There’s more strategy. You get to choose your weapons even during the game as well as in the beginning. Main problem is the difficulty settings which have been defined as either normal or difficult which means you need to put more effort and strategy in boss battles. Controllers are best for this game as the performance isn’t so good using a mouse and keyboard setup.
Paradox Interactive seems to be doing well in its strategy games. Victoria II a house divided is another history-based combat game. It relates to the European aristocracy and deals with the skirmishes between the North and the South, and the struggle for independence. One plus point is that launching wars has been made a lot easier. However, it would certainly be best to get acquainted with the opening game of the series than go directly for A House Divided.
Thus, with such varied offerings, players can have a game rich time this 2012. There seems to be a trend to improve graphics and sounds as also the storyline. All the reviewed PC games reflect significant improvement in these areas and enable them to pack quite a punch.