Reviews by Fanaticmoron

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Civ 5.5 essentially

Fanaticmoron | Aug. 12, 2013 | Review of Sid Meier's Civilization V: Brave New World (NA)

The additions and tweaks included in this expansion make Civ V feel like a whole new game. The addition of international trade routes doesn't feel like a game changer in the early game, but as the game goes on they become integral to your economy and relations. Cultural victories have been tweaked for the better. Whereas vanilla Civ simply has you accruing points and policies, Brave New World uses a more involving and deep system utilizing new great people and Tourism generating great works. The World Congress greatly increases the importance of city-state allies and gives diplomatic players a reason to make allies before the UN vote. The result of all of these changes is a game which feels much more realistic and deep. The only negative I can think of is how many more hours of Civ you'll be playing with this expansion.

92

X-Com is pretty great

Fanaticmoron | May 14, 2013 | Review of XCOM: Enemy Unknown (NA) -

If you feel intimidated at all by this game don't worry. First off let me just say I have't had much experience with games of this genre and I have never played the venerated original X-Com game. However, the game did a great job easing me into the game and allowing me to learn my own tactics and squad compositions without holding my hand. That being said, the gentle learning curve of this game doesn't mean it isn't challenging; in fact it can be pretty unforgiving later in the game. There's a great sense of accomplishment beating challenging levels though and especially if you can save all your men or most of the civilians in an area.