2017 Year in Review and Year End Thoughts

For all the hullabaloo about the death of the real time strategy genre’s death or decline the years from 2015 to 2017 were probably among the best stretch of three years in terms of games released since the early 2000’s. In 2015 we saw the release of: Age of Empires 2: The African Kingdoms Act…

5 Older RTS Games That Still Play Well Today

So I’ve struggled to really love the two most recent “big” RTS games to come out recently, Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak¬† and Ashes of the Singularity, I still enjoy them but they aren’t holding my interest so far. So the past few weeks I’ve gone down RTS memory lane and played some of the older…

My Hunt for the Rarely Comprehensive Game Website

Recently with two games I’ve been enjoying, Act of Aggression and Homeworld:¬† Deserts of Kharak, I have run into some of the systems in the game that I wanted more information on. I looked within the game itself and didn’t really find any help so I turned to internet looking for an official website with…

More Mechanics: Weather and Terrain

Recently I’ve had some great discussions about various real time strategy mechanics that have popped up a few times but went away. I really enjoyed the conversations so I decided to write a series about them and try and build on my thoughts. I’ll be calling the series “More Mechanics” and hope to look at…

2015 Year in Review and Year End Thoughts

2015 was one of the best years for real time strategy in a while, not quite as good as 2014 when we got Planetary Annihilation, Starcraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, Pikmin 3, Company of Heroes 2 and others, but still a strong year. We had a re-imagining of the classic Westwood RTS in Grey…

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Timing Attack

Few strategies are as iconic in their fear inducing nature as the Zerg Rush from Starcraft. Its prevalence goes beyond Starcraft or even real time strategies, Google has even honored it, it’s now used in a variety of genres to describe the earliest attack methods and is often viewed among the most toxic of strategies.