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The Treasures of Mystery Island 2: The Gates of Fate
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Love Mystery Island Games

I love the Mystery Island games. Nice graphics. Just challenging enough without becoming frustrating. Worth the purchase.

by dreeves, United States - May 8th 2021
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Mountain Crime: Requital
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Tried to Play

I tried several times to play, but became frustrated. The game doesn't flow easily and clearly.

by dreeves, United States - May 8th 2021
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Mexicana: Deadly Holiday
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Almost Five Stars Good

The game was almost five stars good, but the difficult clues are frustrating and the "Hints" button doesn't provide much.

by dreeves, United States - May 8th 2021
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Weird Park Trilogy
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Okay

The three games included in this trilogy are okay. Not fantastic, not bad. Just middle of the road good.

by dreeves, United States - May 8th 2021
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Panopticon: Path of Reflections
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Nice Game

Easy to load, easy to follow, enjoyable and a nice way to spend a lazy afternoon.

by dreeves, United States - May 8th 2021
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Borgia: Faith and Fear
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Nice Game.

Nice game with extremely nice graphics. Great story line that is easy to follow. Worth the time and money.

by dreeves, United States - May 8th 2021
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Magic Encyclopedia
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Loads Rough

It takes patience to load this game for play. If you load it too fast, your screen will freeze.

by dreeves, United States - May 8th 2021
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Cruel Games: Red Riding Hood
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Thought I'd Try The Demo

Thought I'd try the demo, but played until I ran out of time so I had to hurriedly by the game. Fun and interesting.

by dreeves, United States - May 8th 2021
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Stellaris: Ancient Relics Story Pack
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Excellent story events

This is one of the better DLCs for Stellaris. The excavation events are well written and breath some extra life into the early and mid-game. Exploration is more fun and consequential, and many of the outcomes of excavations are strategically meaningful well into the mid-game.

As always with Paradox DLC, wait for a sale, especially for something this old.

by BalancedGaming, United States - May 8th 2021
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Echoes of Sorrow 2
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Good Game

Loads well. Graphics good. Plays fine. Lots of fun.

by dreeves, United States - May 8th 2021
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Dead Link - Pages Torn
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New Purchase

Just bought the game and have been playing it all day. Loads fine, plays fine, fun.

by dreeves, United States - May 8th 2021
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Stellaris: MegaCorp
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Mid-tier Stellaris DLC

MegaCorp is a better DLC now than when it was released thanks to some long overdue updates to Stellaris's economy. It provides more and better content than most flavor and species packs, but it and Apocalypse are the weakest major expansions for the game.

If you like Stellaris, especially if you want to play as a megacorporation, MegaCorp is worth buying on sale, after picking up Utopia, Federations, and probably Nemesis (in that order).

by BalancedGaming, United States - May 8th 2021
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Stellaris: Plantoids Species Pack
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Good for a cosmetic pack, but entirely unnecessary

If you like Stellaris or just like your games to look very pretty, Plantoids provides some quality cosmetic content.

If you're interested, I'd consider buying it on sale after you've picked up any Stellaris DLC that adds mechanics you're interested in.

by BalancedGaming, United States - May 8th 2021
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Stellaris: Humanoids Species Pack
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By far the best cosmetic DLC for Stellaris

I'm not normally into cosmetic DLCs, but I've *really* enjoyed Humanoids.

There are a few reasons for this:

1) The DLC's humanoid ship set has easily the best looking ships and starbases in the game.

2) The voices the DLC provides are underrated and were an unexpectedly enjoyable addition to the game. Since Stellaris already has a great soundtrack, I'm less likely to mute the game and more likely to enjoy the DLC's voices.

3) A large number of prescripted empires use the humanoid ship set and voices. This DLC meshes well with those, which spawn as AI empires even if you don't play as them.

Obviously this isn't as beneficial as DLC that affect Stellaris's mechanics, but I have no regrets about having picked it up on sale.

by BalancedGaming, United States - May 8th 2021
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Stellaris: Complete Soundtrack
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Doesn't affect Stellaris at all

This is good music, but it doesn't add any new tracks to the game. It only gives you sound files that you can download or listen to outside the game.

Some of these aren't part of the game's soundtrack - it includes all of Stellaris's trailer music, including the fan favorite from the Apocalypse story trailer - so it's not a bad value. However, I gave it two stars instead four because the description doesn't clearly state that this is more akin to a Stellaris-branded ebook than a normal DLC.

by BalancedGaming, United States - May 8th 2021
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Stellaris: Nemesis
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Revitalized Stellaris gameplay

This was the most fun Stellaris DLC that Paradox has released in years. It's the most significant update to the endgame since Utopia, if not since the game's release.

It still needs some balancing work - espionage is a little underwhelming, and I haven't seen an AI empire become the crisis yet. The content also gets old more quickly than that of some other expansions - there's only so many times you can become galactic emperor or destroy the galaxy before it becomes passé.

Nemesis is worth buying on sale, and I'd rank it after only Utopia and Federations in terms of quality.

by BalancedGaming, United States - May 8th 2021
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Stellaris: Apocalypse
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Good but underwhelming

The Marauders are a good addition to the game and Titans are pretty fun to use. However, Colossi - the headline feature of this DLC - are underwhelming thanks to the opinion penalties you incur with the entire rest of the galaxy for using them. This has become more true after the game's more recent updates to federations and the addition of the galactic community.

It's worth getting on sale, but Apocalype and MegaCorp are roughly tied for weakest major Stellaris expansions. Utopia, Federations, and Nemesis add more to the game in my opinion.

by BalancedGaming, United States - May 8th 2021
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Cities: Skylines - Sunset Harbor
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A good way to round out an otherwise complete game

If you like Cities: Skylines or have most of the other DLC, this is a good one to pick up on sale.

It goes on sale too frequently to justify paying full price. It adds plenty of new content, but few game-changing mechanical systems.

by BalancedGaming, United States - May 8th 2021
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Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
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More flavor than mechanics

The best parts of this DLC are the flavor and mission trees for the minor European nations it adds, as well as the three new music tracks (which are some of my favorites in the entire soundtrack).

The mechanical additions - equipment conversion and licensing and Reichkommisariats - aren't as impactful as the mechanics other HOI4 DLCs add.

If you like HOI4 and have most or all the other DLC you're interested in, it might make sense to buy this one on sale.

by BalancedGaming, United States - May 8th 2021
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Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger
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Good DLC

This is a good DLC but, counterintuitively, its most enjoyable features are for Japan, not China. The Chinese content is good, albeit tedious, as other reviewers have said. As long as you expect the DLC to make China a deeper experience, but only a modestly more fun one, you won't be disappointed.

Obligatory disclaimer to only buy older Paradox DLC on sale.

by BalancedGaming, United States - May 8th 2021
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