I had a great time at Rezzed on Saturday and was able to try out a fair few games and with quite a few of them, I’d definitely purchase in the future. I can’t possibly talk about all of them here but my top 5 were:
1. Steel Division: Normandy 44
It was the first game I played and probably my favourite. For me it was like a grown-up version of Company of Heroes with a dose of the old Close Combat series thrown in. On the day I was part of a 3v3 multiplayer battle and it was a lot of fun. It probably isn’t for the faint-hearted but for those that like super tactical wargames, this is perfect.
2. Dawn of War III
Not exactly an indie game but I still loved Dawn of War III nonetheless. I’m a huge fan of the previous games in the series and this was just as good. On the day you got to play one mission from the campaign as the Blood Ravens vs the Eldar. Even as an experienced DoW player, it took me a while to get the hang of it, but when I did it was incredibly satisfying.
One of the pleasant surprises at Rezzed was the excellent Antihero. You take on the role of a master thief battling against another master thief in a steam-punk esque town. The gameplay is turn-based and fairly easy to get the hang of, though pretty hard to master. Before we knew it, my friend and I had played half-an-hour of this excellent and addictive little game.
4. King Under the Mountain
I featured King Under the Mountain in my last top Kickstarter Games and it was nice not to be dissapointed when I tried it out at Rezzed. If Prison Architect was dwarves building a kingdom then it would be King Under the Mountain. As a Prison Architect fan this works for me and I look forward to seeing how the game develops.
5. Colt Express
Ok so this is a bit of a cheat as it is a board game rather than a video game. Rezzed had a board game demonstration area so we thought we’d try something out and we were directed towards Colt Express. We were fairly skeptical to begin with but we both thoroughly enjoyed it and my friend is going to purchase it off the strength of one play session! I think playing board games might start to become a more regular occurrence…
Board Game Geek Review of the Game
I’m off to Rezzed tomorrow, a gaming event in London that mainly focuses on Indie titles. I’ll do a report of what I see next week but I’m really looking forward to seeing the following:
I’m a fairly slow-paced gamer and that’s why I’ve got a PC and not a current generation console. I also work from home a lot so any game I can play and stop at a moment’s notice, such as a turn-based strategy, really works well for me. Since the turn of the year I’ve put a lot of hours in to the following:
Total War: Warhammer
As you may already know, I’m a fairly big fan of this game and Warhammer in general. Despite having played a lot of it, and being fairly frustrated with it at times, I still love it. I think the numerous factions and races you can play as have really extended the re-playability of it. The numerous mods out there also add to the longevity of the game. Most recently I’ve been struggling with the new DLC Bretonnians but I’m just about getting the hang of their woeful infantry and amazing cavalry. I expect I’ll be playing this a fair bit more this year.
Football Manager 2017
Ok so this is a fairly boring one but when you have on in the background when you are working, it fits the bill perfectly. I’m currently playing a very long game as my local team thanks to a mod that has added to the English Football pyramid down to the regional leagues. Still as satisfying as ever to win with and as frustrating as hell when you lose.
Offworld Trading Company
I got this on sale recently and it is a surprisingly addictive game. The mechanics are actual quite simple to grasp but hard to master. The game works particularly well for me as each scenario only takes about 30/45 minutes, meaning it is a good break in the day or a good gaming fix on a weekend.
This one is still in early access but it is one of my favourites at the moment. You are in control of a group of mercenaries in a low fantasy that is also very brutal. You can’t casually play this game as if one of your characters dies, then he is gone forever! The challenge of the game is what makes it great and I’m looking forward to it coming out for full release.
I wondered what all the hype was about last year but I got this in a steam sale over the festive period and now I know why this has had so many positive reviews. It works perfectly for me as I might just play a day or two’s worth of game time every morning. The satisfaction in seeing your goals achieved over a long stretch of time is fantastic. It is also nice to have a very peaceful game that you can just dip in and out of as you please.