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Which Matrix Games title should I get?

Discussion in 'Strategy and Simulation' started by pakoito, Jan 10, 2019 at 10:09 PM.

  1. pakoito Arcane

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    they are all shit
     
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  3. Dayyālu Arcane

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    Achtung Panzer: Operation Star is the older and crappier version of Graviteam Tactics.

    AI War is a very nice game in theory, and I appreciate what they were trying to do (build on the basics that a AI can't fight a human player properly so they built it have completely different gameplay) but I could never "get" into it. Apparently it's great, but to each one his own.

    Alea Jacta Est is a no-go for me. I found it clunky and boring.

    Battle Academy is a casual turn based game. It's relaxing tho, I kinda sorta enjoyed the Eastern Front ones as cheapo strategy games for when you don't want to go too deep.

    Check Your 6 I know as a tabletop rule system, and I can't recommend. maybe it's better as vydia.

    Chariots of War is shovelware built on the old Legion system and the only thing that it has is the Near Eastern theme. It's cool but limited.

    Close Combat is Close Combat, and you love or hate it.

    Likewise, Field of Glory II. We have a LP on the Playground and a thread praising it, and I admit that the ruleset of FoG is good and without having to bother with the RL rules it should be nice. Didn't play it in digital form, tho.

    Gary Grisby's War in the East and in the West are almost Dominions-esque in scope. I can recommend, tho. War in the East, I mean, never played War in the West. They are fairly less autistic than people often think, but they require a good time investment nonetheless.

    Hannibal: Rome and Carthage is great. It's a fun little well-designed game. It feels like a great adaptation of one of those old tabletop games, it has charming yet simple graphics and the ruleset gives you enough variety (with the Senate and the Events) to keep you on your toes. I would recommend.

    Legion is kinda bad, Order of Battle is mediocre....

    Pandora: First Contact is a competent sci-fi Civilization clone, far better than Beyond Earth even if likewise soulless.

    Panzer Corps is crappy, being shittier Panzer General (worse graphics, worse balance, worse campaigns, worse everything, tons of DLCs).

    Revolution Under Siege is one of those "heard it's great, never tried it".

    The Operational Art of War IV is a classic, but it's easier to simply pirate it, it's a baseline for operational strategy games with a tons of scenarios and variety

    Vietnam '65, I think I played it ages ago and was completely unimpressed.

    That's it, I guess. Why don't you simply replay Fantasy General :)?

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  4. agentorange Arcane Patron

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    Hannibal: Rome and Carthage is by far one of the best historical strategy games ever made. It should be the gold standard for how to make a strategy game that focuses on a single campaign. Very easy to get into but also has significant depth and with a very challenging AI to go up against. And it even has an attractive and fitting visual style to it, which is a real rarity for these types of games.

    Field of Glory 2 is excellent as well. I've been playing it a lot recently. I'd get it only if you want to do multiplayer though; not that the single player campaigns and battles are bad, but the game really shines when playing against other people.
     
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  5. Beowulf Arbiter

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    Ther's no good fantasy-themed tactical battle game in Matrix's/Slitherine's offer sadly.

    I concur with FoG II reccommendation for MP.
    Close Combat titles are also fun, but you could be able to get them cheaper on other sites.
     
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  6. passerby Learned

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    If you like 4x:
    Distant Worlds: Universe
    Pandora: First Contact
     
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    He asked for fantasy games

    I dont mind if people disagree with me but not if they disagree and then later say the same thing.
     
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  8. CryptRat Prestigious Gentleman Arcane Developer

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    Drums of War is fun, and cheap. A demo version is available.
     
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    Pandora is bland but has a very good AI. Drums of War is the predecessor of Warbanners, and although not a Steam game, is pretty good, and would match most of your requirements:
    It is a linear sequence of battles (well two, as you get two campaigns), with carry over troops.
    It is a bit heavy on the RNG, but it has:
    Day and night (aka light that matters), catapults, siege ladders, terrain manipulation (digging ditches or building barricades).
     
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    Hard requires that weird strategy of not killing enemies until you control all the towns.
    Force march is way too good ability, especially on the third continent.
     
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    John Tiller's Campaign Series is a classic. It's not fantasy, though. It's a WWII series that bills itself as tactical but also has support for larger-scale scenarios. It also has Time Units!
     
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    What CryptRat & Galdred said about Drums of War is correct.
    Other fantasy games that I recognize from the list are Hell and Ravenmark, but I haven't played those.

    Star Hammer: Vanguard Prophecy is sort of fun space ship combat game.
     
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    Ravenmark is WeGo with an order phase and an execution phase. I played it on tablet, and didn't like the UI, but it is probably much more convenient to play on PC if you like WeGo.
    Hell is basicaly Fantasy Pike and Shots. But it lacks the ton of scenarios of its historical cousins (at least Field of Glory 2. Not sure about P&S).
     
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  14. Talby Arcane Patron

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    Try Matrix: The Path of Neo.
     
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  15. coldcrow Prophet Patron

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    I have to correct Dayyalu there. It only looks like a Civ-clone, but is a wargame. Everything you do is to get stronger and to crush the planet, your neighbours and see them driven before you.
     
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    Anything by AGEOD, they make fantastic games, and actually pretty decent single player.
     
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