Reviews by DannyBizzle

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A must buy upgrade for Civ V fans

DannyBizzle | Oct. 26, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods and Kings

Gods and Kings brings tweaks and upgrades and extra content to Civilization V that some of us had hoped would have been in the base game itself. Things such as diplomacy religion and culture, as well as more fundamental elements such as enemy AI, have received a much-needed shot in the arm.

Where Civ V has been seen to be a step backwards in complexity from Civ IV, Gods and Kings serves to bring back some of the attention to detail and nuance that was perhaps missing.

All in all, you'll want to get this if you enjoy the Civ franchise and own Civ V.

86

Excellent revival of turn-based strategic gameplay

DannyBizzle | Oct. 26, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is a polished, fun turn-based strategy game, with a hub-based (and turn-based) mission system. The game was developed by Firaxis, and thus it's not surprising that it has a fair few underlying similarities with the Civilization franchise (especially Civ V).

The gameplay is excellent throughout - satisfying turn-based, squad action versus alien enemies. The slight problems arise for me in the career mode, where I have a hard time feeling if the game should be played as a roguelike, or more like a long drawn-out Civilization-style campaign, or as something else. I feel the game should do a better job communicating the way in which the career mode should be played out. Then again, maybe I just need to spend more time with it. Not a hard thing to do, given that the game is always fun.