Reviews by ETank

90

A fantastic update of a great old game

ETank | Sept. 3, 2011 | Review of Sid Meier's Pirates! Capsule

Sid Meier's Pirates! is an amazing title that, despite its relative age, still holds charm and ambition. The basic premise is that you must rise through the ranks of seaworthiness by finding treasure, attacking enemy ships, and even wooing ladies with your swashbuckling charm.

The game's open-ended approach to how you "win" brings it in line with titles such as Mount & Blade, wherein you get to play in a sandbox for as long as you want, but unlike M&B (at least, unlike the original M&B), there are win conditions in Sid Meier's Pirates!, which means that it can have a finite goal to chase after.

Despite its age, this title is worth playing, and definitely worth loving.

85

A Wonderful Long-Term Strat Game

ETank | Sept. 3, 2011 | Review of Defcon: Everybody Dies DNS

Defcon will get a lot of hype for its obvious features - impressive visual customizations, haunting atmosphere, its sacrificial approach to RTS casualties, etc - but one of its most impressive features is often under appreciated. Defcon can be played in real-time (1second in game = 1 second in reality), which means that a full game of Defcon can take roughly a full work day to complete...and you can ALT-TAB out of it...and it can be played on a network...

Basically, this game is designed to be played in high tension strategy, and nothing makes a lunch hour more intense than wondering how many millions are going to die while you're in the McDonald's drive-thru.