Reviews by Allan A.

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
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Really enjoy the battles and systems

Not as in depth character or empire management as some non-Total War titles, but enough there to be fun. Battles are very strategic and make for a great and complete game.

by Allan A., USA - Oct 18th 2020
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Imperator: Rome
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Fun at first, but dry

I picked this up a year or so back and fairly quickly returned it. The systems were fun but ultimately repetitive. Much of the critique that it was mash up of PDX games with hollow execution holds true. Will be curious to see if 2.0 changes things.

by Allan A., USA - Oct 18th 2020
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Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit
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Fun new transit options

I am a sucker for monorails and trains of any kind. Not really financially efficient but great to look at. Also fun to piece the new hubs and routes together. Got me thinking about traffic and public transit in a way I never did before. Great on sale.

by Allan A., USA - Jul 24th 2020
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Cities: Skylines - Industries
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Fun factorio lite

A fun addition making zoning, supply, and traffic a little more engaging. Satisfying to play with specialized industries, especially when they link up to offer advance unique factories and goods. When it works, you can make massive profits. Lack of control of supply routing is annoying, but as some have said creates a fun game within the game overall.

by Allan A., USA - Jul 24th 2020
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Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization
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Good but not necessary

Some interesting broad mechanics, but nothing terribly game changing. Not yet sure how 1.30 enhances or makes irrelevant some of the systems introduced here.

A nice round off to Muslim nations but many features are minor buffs or take some time before you can fully make use of them. Wait for a good sale.

by Allan A., USA - Jun 26th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger
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Regional and subtle gameplay additions

I was intrigued by new mechanics in China and the rework of the war in that arena. Uncertain about border conflicts. Focus trees are nice to have to flesh out Germany and Japan although I believe only alt histories are locked behind pay wall.

More subtle additions that mix up game play are general traits (fun to progress down more trees(!) if not always making use of combat abilities) and little touches like equipment scavenging and more focused air missions. In all, a fun set of features that adds another little layer to the game. Waited to pick up during a sale.

by Allan A., USA - May 9th 2020
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Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
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Good, but still necessary?

In its day developing provinces added a huge layer. Now part of base game, so the expansion is less pivotal. I believe it still adds parliament to England so that's fun. Worth it on a big sale.

by Allan A., USA - May 1st 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Man the Guns
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Naval design and focus trees!

A great add on for the naval game. While naval rework is part of the free patch you really get more with the ability to design ships. Tailoring fleets for tasks is very fun. Filling out focuses for major and minors is neat too. Dutch tree is very versatile.

by Allan A., USA - May 1st 2020
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Stellaris: Utopia
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Megastructures

A lot of ascension perks are part of the base game but a,ways fun to have a few more. And of course, megastructures! Game changing in its day. Now fun to have.

by Allan A., USA - May 1st 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
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Great flavor

Picked this up on a very good sale. I'll admit the game is still very difficult for me and I'm learning many of the systems with each play through. This DLC doesn't bring any must have mechanics, but what it lacks there it makes up for in really fun focus trees for the Balkans. Interest in the area makes this a great flavor pack on sale.

by Allan A., USA - May 1st 2020
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