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Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI: Gathering Storm
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A solid expansion, even if a bit pricey

This expansion is better than Rising Storm in my opinion. It's analogous to Brave New World for Civilization 5. The new systems for strategic resources and diplomacy are big upgrades. There's also a new World Congress and weather system. Unfortunately, the World Congress seems less effectual than in Civ V due to it's added randomness, but it's still better than nothing. As a small plus, though, the congress is available much earlier in the game. The weather additions are a bit more effectual (especially later game) and are reasonable balanced. The 8 new civilizations introduced all have tons of flavor and different playstyles (especially the Maori and Incas). There really isn't anything to complain about on that front. Really, the biggest issue this expansion has is its price. $40 is quite a substantial amount of money. It's still worth it, though, in my opinion, especially if you can get it on sale.

by Jackson H.1, USA - Jul 26th 2020
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Edna & Harvey: Harvey's New Eyes
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Fun point-and-click adventure in the vein of Deponia

If you enjoyed Deponia or any adventure game from these developers in general, I think Edna & Harvey is a clear recommend. For people new to the genre, it is also a pretty good one to start with; not too complicated. While it isn't my absolute favorite point-and-click game but is a lot of fun and is up there.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 26th 2020
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Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge
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Let-down after Desperados 1, but has its merits

Unfortunately for this game, it suffered severe budget cuts during production and is clearly not finished as envisioned by the developers. In particular it is a big let-down compared to the first (amazing) Desperados game, with everything from graphics to tactical opportunities to story to dubbing seeing downgrades. On the other hand, when not compared to its predecessor it is still a fun experience and it does have a bit of its own unique feel that helps make it worth a try.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 26th 2020
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Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive
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Amazing stealth/tactics classic!

Desperados is a very high quality tactics/stealth game from the 2000s, with an awesome Western theme and a great cast of characters. It far surpasses its sequel (although the recent Desperados III is a nice return to form). This classic is still fun in 2020 and for me is a clear 5/5 stars and worth a buy.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 26th 2020
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Dying Light
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Next Gen Zombie Activity

I've bought this game for Xbox One when it came out. Later I bought it for PC on Steam, and now I bought it for a friend. Dropkicking Zombies revolutionary, such a stupid concept but amazingly included. Buy it cheap, buy it now whatever you want. I enjoy this and can't wait for Dying Light 2

by Ks H., - Jul 26th 2020
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CODE VEIN
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Code Vein

Pretty good game. Similar to Dark Souls but just enough differences in order to set it apart.

by enesup, United States - Jul 26th 2020
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Shadows: Awakening –  Legendary Armory Pack
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Cool armor sets for Shadows Awakening

If you like the look of the armors, I'd say it's worth the purchase at this small price. Obviously the game stands alone without this, but if you want to add a few more options and support the devs, it's a buy.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 25th 2020
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Cities: Skylines - Coast to Coast Radio
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Pleasant, relaxing coastal music!

One of my favorite music/radio packs for Cities Skylines! Some very nice, soothing tracks that are generally pleasant in tone and let you relax while building. You can sample the tracks on Youtube to see if you like them, for me it was another great addition to the game's options and atmosphere.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 25th 2020
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Cities: Skylines - Content Creator Pack: Modern Japan
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Japanese-style additions to Cities Skylines

This content pack does what it says on the tin, adding a multitude of Japanese-styled buildings to this great game. If you liked the other content packs and Japanese city districts sound appealing to you, it's a buy.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 25th 2020
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The Walking Dead: Michonne - A Telltale Miniseries
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Interesting Walking Dead spinoff

This miniseries does not follow Clementine or your other favorite characters from the main series Walking Dead games. Noting that, it does a good job getting you to care about Michonne and the rest of the cast, and has that familiar well done Walking Dead atmosphere and integrated gameplay. Definitely recommended for fans; it is strong, if not quite as strong as Seasons 1 and 2.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 25th 2020
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The Walking Dead: Season 2
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Amazing followup to Season 1

Great continuation of the story from Season 1, following Clementine (and another key character from the first season!) as they try to survive. In my opinion, arguably as strong a season as the original.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 25th 2020
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March of the Eagles: French Unit Pack
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Visual upgrade to French units in MoE

Another nice Paradox cosmetic DLC, this time adding new visuals to units like the Cavalerie and other French units. For me, it helps with the game's aesthetics and overall atmosphere, and makes it more interesting for me to play. Thumbs up, although note that it obviously does not affect any gameplay systems and is thus definitely optional.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 25th 2020
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March of the Eagles: British Unit Pack
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Great British unit cosmetics

Personally, this cosmetic unit pack helped flesh out the game for me from a visual perspective. It brings in new visuals for units like the Highlanders and the Kings German Legion, and everything looks good in my opinion. Paradox cosmetic DLCs are of course always optional, but I generally appreciate what they bring to the game's atmosphere and will thumbs this one up as well.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 25th 2020
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Shadows: Awakening –  The Chromaton Chronicles
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Short (but good) early quest

Like Necrophage's Curse, Chromaton Chronicles is a short - less than an hour for completion - but good quality extra quest. The new puppet is fun and quest design is solid, so I think it is worthwhile if you buy on sale when it is very cheap.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 25th 2020
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March of the Eagles
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Napoleonic Hearts of Iron

Not so much a Paradox grand strategy game as it is a fun military strategy sim in the vein of their Hearts of Iron WWII games. What makes March of the Eagles stand out and be worth playing is the Napoleonic setting and well-done combat systems. Other elements of the game are simplified, but if you have the right expectations this one is another gem.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 25th 2020
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Shadows: Awakening - Necrophage's Curse
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Short but fun Shadows Awakening quest - get on sale

The new quest takes under an hour to complete, so I would only advise picking up this DLC on sale when it is very cheap. But apart from the length, the new puppet is fun to control and I like the quest design, so I won't give it under 4 stars.

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 25th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Sabaton Soundtrack Vol. 2
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More amazing metal for HOIV!

Like HOIV? Like metal and, specifically, Sabaton? Clear worth a buy!

by Alex K.38, USA - Jul 25th 2020
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Pilgrims
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Short humorous adventure of pilgrims in a fairy tale

TL;DR

Pilgrims is a short hand drawn adventure card game with fairy tale about 4 pilgrims.

What story? 3/3 Good. ☑

You are watching your pilgrims play card game at the beginning. They separate their own ways and it's up to you to befriend them so you can solve rather simple riddles. First walkthrough finished in 30 minutes. Second was speed run in 15 minutes.

Game play? 3/3 Good. ☑

An adventure game offers various items to try and even if you don't get the right one, you get to see animation for it. You can combine characters and items (cards on the bottom screen) simply by drawing them in right order. Each character has their abilities with the cards you own and are treating the puzzles and NPCs differently.

Replay value? 3/3 Good. ☑

One of main features of the game is that you will unlock new little stories as you solve puzzles in different ways and so you have 45 achievements to unlock. I had 20 unlocked after two runs. Having possibly extra 30 minutes of content.

Graphics? 3/3 Good. ☑

Its hand drawn style and funny animations are self explanatory even without sound that only adds to great atmosphere.

Music? 3/3 Good. ☑

Music is brilliant, it spans from string to wind instruments and filled with electronics altogether in uplifting, rather cheering theme, voices are intelligible in Czech but mostly fit in as blabbering, and ambient sounds are spot on relaxing.

Hardware requirements? Non gaming. ☑

How difficult? Easy. ☑

How long? Less than 2 hours. ☑

Verdict 6/6 it's humorous logic game, slightly drastic animations, happy music, atmospheric sounds, little harsh words, distinctive characters, nicely drawn graphics.

I'd say it is focused on age 7+, if you considered getting this as bedtime story for your child.

by Matej S.4, Ireland - Jul 25th 2020
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Call of Juarez® Gunslinger
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Fully voiced linear story with cinematic that gives this game a soul

TL;DR

Call of Juarez is well narrated story driven FPS where you will play for two characters who will exchange roles between the chapters of western world.

What story? Great. 5/5 ☑

Fully voiced linear story with cinematic that gives this game a soul. It grows and gets better as you progress.

Game play? Great. 4.5/5 ☑

It has original ideas like shooting from two guns separately, slow motion with them, duels with guns and fists. Fun ways to get through certain levels. Riding a horse from mid-game.

There are pistols, shotguns, rifles, stationary machine guns, whip and bow. First three have few variations on top.

The only annoying feature was duel because it is very mouse sensitive and took me a while at start and even in later game to get my gun out of pocket. I had to adjust sensitivity for this to lower number.

Another tricky part is aiming into the distance. One thing is effectiveness of shots too far away, but the hard part was to align reticule with stationary target but enemies were mobile, crouching, rolling, running and using cover and explosives. It was fun at the same time and required patience.

Replay value? Good. ⅘ ☑

Rather linear experience with some exception of divided paths and big open areas. There are various approaches to achieve your objective, like full head on attack or little sneak, use environment objects for cover, enemy weapons and destructible materials as well.

You get to collect wanted papers of game developers. I had 15 out of 40 after 1st walk-through. I hadn't looked everywhere because most side paths led nowhere, had no enemies or loot, though the world was still present for the purpose of believability.

Graphics? Nice 4.5/5 ☑

Game is 10 years old now but looks well preserved, it has nice atmospheric distant views, though trees are not rendered all the way to the edge of the map. Character models are distinctive.

Music? Great 5/5 ☑

Hardware requirements? Low-end. ☑

How difficult? Easy. ☑ Normal. ☑ Hard. ☑

It had easy parts, hard fights and some tricky missions. Overall felt balanced. Furthermore game offers three difficulty options.

How long? 5-10 hours. ☑

Verdict. 9/10 it's great. I do not want to spoil the surprises.

by Matej S.4, Ireland - Jul 25th 2020
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