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Reviews by bills6693

Stellaris: Nemesis
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Underwhelming

The highlight of this expansion was to 'become the crisis' but this system seems a little underwhelming. By the time you get there you're probably steamrolling. It comes with unique ship types (menacing corvette/destroyer/cruisers) but these use the pirate models which look very out of place as a proper, advanced empire - you'd expect them to have a new ship set or at least use your normal one with highlights. They also use minerals which seems useful but by the time you get to them (3 ascension perks plus) you have tooled you your economy for alloys which suddenly becomes almost useless.

The update is decent but the DLC's main feature is not.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - May 31st 2021
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As Far As The Eye
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Challenge but interesting

Longish tutorial but that was ok. Gameplay can become surprisingly challenging. There seems to be a little progression between games but it isn't obvious or clear how that works. Still an interesting game with a unique blend of mechanics.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - May 31st 2021
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Northgard - Brundr & Kaelinn, Clan of the Lynx
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Interesting theme

The Lynx clan has interesting mechanics based around killing wolves/bears and summoning mythical animals to kill. However they are a very military focused clan and have little in the way of economic or other bonuses, making them difficult to play peacefully.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Mar 19th 2021
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Per Aspera
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Great story, but lots of waiting

Great story driven martian citybuilder/terraforming game. However there seemed to be a lot of idle time just waiting for my resources to gather, workers to do stuff etc. Maybe I could have been optimising more but it didn't need me to.

I did suffer a few spirals as everything went bad but somehow managed to recover, however I would say the game can be very punishing!

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Mar 19th 2021
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Northgard - Lyngbakr, Clan of the Kraken
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Unique Clan

A very unique clan which really changes up the way the game plays, focusing on coastal tiles over inland tiles, getting all sorts of different bonuses. A really nice change of pace.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Oct 29th 2020
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Stellaris: Lithoids Species Pack
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Interesting new species

New portraits, ship sets etc are good very good, but the best bit is the new mechanics associated with the lithoids, eating minerals and having a few new traits etc.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Oct 29th 2020
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Stellaris: Federations
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New great content

Lots of new content based around federations, plus some good new origins. A very worthwhile DLC.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Oct 29th 2020
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Transport Fever 2
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More Great Transport Fever!

Its Transport Fever with even more features, content, and quality of life improvements. Key upgrades for me so far:
1. Modular stations and stops, allowing flexibility to combine passenger and cargo stations, to upgrade after initial building, and all sorts of useful stuff.
2. Map generation settings including deciding the size, hilly-ness, foresty-ness, watery-ness, density of cities and industries etc, then seeing previews and rerolling until a map you want. Also a built in map editor.
3. New vehicle set and theme (Asia)

Only slight reservation is only requiring two finished goods for each city rather than needing a bit of all of them, which I preferred, but it does simplify the logistics a bit which is a pro and a con.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Mar 17th 2020
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Frostpunk: Season Pass
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Great additions so far

All the Frostpunk content has been very interesting and deep so far. The Last Autumn has been a great scenario which, unlike usual, I will probably play through several times dues to the different directions you can take it in. I will certainly be playing more! Well worth it.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Mar 17th 2020
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Northgard - Svardilfari, Clan of the Horse
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Interesting twist

An interesting DLC clan with a unique twist where the warchiefs (yes, 2) can mine and forge as well as fight - but villagers can't. Means your warchiefs are useful when not fighting and you can have them mine without dipping your other villager's production. Can be quite useful and certainly a change to the play style.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Jun 29th 2019
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Imperator: Rome
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Solid base but lacking features

A solid base game for paradox to expand upon but, although everyone knows its going to receive a lot of DLC and free updates in the future, it seems like when there are such well evolved games like EU4 and CK2 already there it feel extremely lacking in features. Looking forward to seeing where it goes from here though!

by bills6693, United Kingdom - May 31st 2019
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SteamWorld Heist
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Fun little game, neat aiming mechanic

This game has a fun concept with turn-based combat, and the key feature is manual aiming of shots with rebounds etc. Beyond that its not too deep

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Apr 24th 2019
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Northgard - Nidhogg, Clan of the Dragon
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Great clan, unique playstyle

This clan adds a very unique playstyle to the game, with the ability to rapidly expand by using civilians to clear out wolves and even drauger (in enough numbers) before building any military units. The reliance on Thralls (mainly for sacrifice) means you need to keep upping your gold production to keep buying more unless you can capture them in fighting. Overall a really unique clan and a great addition to the game at a good cost!

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Apr 24th 2019
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Kerbal Space Program: Making History
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More flexibility and content

A nice DLC that adds missions, extra content/components for your rocketeering needs, and nice visual customisation too. Still pales compared to the additions of mods but a nice bit of extra content and supports the developers too.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Dec 31st 2018
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Frostpunk
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Atmospheric, tense, interesting

This game pits the player, acting as mayor, against an environment so extreme that it forces exceptional measures to be taken to ensure survival. The fine balance of resources is key, with your people becoming cold, ill, inured etc if they don't have the heating or food they need or are working in dangerous environments. Add this to a bit of exploration, decision making and an interesting city-building game (albeit on a small but detailed scale), this is an amazing game. Recommend playing in winter too!

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Dec 31st 2018
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Bad North: Jotunn Edition
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Small, lite tactics at an excellent level

This game has a tight focus which serves it really well. Its management is light and serves just to give a little progression for your units as you fight island to island. It is a game that rewards taking risks - as long as you can make them pay off and don't overstretch. Your 3 unit types have amazing synergy with each other - any combination of 2 or 3 of them, of 2 of the same unit, etc all make for very different tactics and approaches to consider when fighting. And as the campaign progresses it doesn't lose focus and keeps you engaged the whole way through. Very highly recommended!

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Dec 31st 2018
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BATTLETECH
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Tactics and management fun

Great game featuring (as expected) giant mechs fighting it out against each other. Manage multiple considerations as you try to pummel the enemy into dust and then play the management game to bring your soldiers to the next fight, coping with injuries and battle damage. A few issues exist with the campaign, namely that the story missions are unbalanced (the rewards are astronomically high compared to normal missions), there's no reason to bring smaller mechs along when bigger ones are available, and the loop can get a little easy, although DLC may bring some fixes to this.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Dec 31st 2018
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Cities: Skylines - Parklife
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Fun park customisation

Small but fun addition which brings to life the city parks that were missing before. Whilst I didn't find the nature reserves, zoos or theme parks as great (although they're still fun to add for sure), the city parks add an element that seemed to be missing before - no longer does your city have just a few plazas and huddles of trees, you can now build proper parks and gardens like you would find in most cities, larger blocks of land dedicated to the outdoors in the middle of your city.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Dec 31st 2018
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Cities: Skylines - Content Creator Pack: European Suburbia
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Small additions but doesn't add up to much

A few nice small additions but really doesn't add a huge amount to the game. Still worth picking up but certainly not a must-buy when you're looking at the Skylines DLC.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Dec 31st 2018
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Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit
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More transport options, not much difference

It adds a few less-common transport options but doesn't really change much up and the utility is fairly limited. I doubt you'll be converting to an all-blimp city anytime soon.

by bills6693, United Kingdom - Dec 31st 2018
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