Reviews by Alex K.38

Oh My Gore!
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Fun little Tower Defense-like game!

For a quarter (this game's price on sale) you really couldn't go wrong. So I tried this game, and it's good fun! Haven't played a Tower Defense type of game in a while, and imo this one delivers the goods with fun mechanics, pleasing pixel art graphics, and an extremely good value for the price. Big recommend!

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 31st 2021
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Imperator: Rome - Magna Graecia Content Pack
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Amazing expansion into Greece!

Extremely fair price - I would say one of the best values Paradox has ever delivered in DLC! - and great expansion of Imperator Rome to cover many key areas of Greece. Easy recommendation.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 29th 2021
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Imperator: Rome - Heirs of Alexander Content Pack
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Nice mix of extra stuff for Imperator Rome!

As the storefront says, this DLC adds a bunch of different things to the game, from new music to new events to a cool Wonder Designer tool. Imo Imperator Rome made an amazing turnaround after launch, and this pack is a no-brainer to pick up to further flesh out the game.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 29th 2021
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Prison Architect - Island Bound
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Not many new mechanics, but a lot of flavor

Criticisms of this DLC for adding relatively little in terms of extra gameplay are not unfounded. That said, I am still finding the flavor of making an island prison (in the vein of Alcatraz) strangely immersive and fun. For me, for the price WinGameStore had it at, this DLC was worth the money.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 29th 2021
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Europa Universalis IV: Emperor
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Interesting mechanics with the Holy Roman Empire

There are still some bugs in this expansion, as is not uncommon for Paradox DLCs, but overall I think this is a pretty good one. The main addition is the Pope and Holy Roman Empire, which introduces a lot of interesting new mechanics and is a lot of fun to play. Recommend

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 29th 2021
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Europa Universalis IV: Emperor Content Pack
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Really beautiful unit models...

Some extremely nice unit models for nations focused on in the Emperor EU4 expansion, covering the Balkans, Alps, and Germany and Italy. I always find that these Paradox cosmetic packs add a lot of immersion to the games for me, so for such a well-done one I have to give it 5/5 and a thumbs up.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 29th 2021
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Steel Division: Normandy 44 - Deluxe Edition Upgrade Pack
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Not great value, but some cool named units

Imo, one of the weaker values among Paradox DLCs, especially considering the age of the game and lack of deep sales despite Steel Division II already existing. That said, it still adds some unique named units to the game that are fun to use, and does overall improve the base game by a tiny bit.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 29th 2021
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Prison Architect - Psych Ward: Warden's Edition
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Criminal loonies in Prison Architect!

There are for sure some bugs and a few frustrating design decisions, but overall the new mechanics are very welcome. Imo what is added here helps spice up the game more noticeably than a DLC like Island Bound, and overall I would recommend picking it up on sale.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 29th 2021
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Cities: Skylines - Sunset Harbor
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Not as good as Industries, but...

Nowhere near as strong as the Industries expansion, but there is still some welcome flavor here in the fisheries and other additions to coastal cities. Overall I liked what was added, and don't regret the purchase.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 29th 2021
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Hearts of Iron IV: La Résistance
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Vichy France, Spanish Civil War, and more elaborate espiomage

New focus trees for France, Spain, and Portugal flesh out how it feels to play those nations in HOI4. The more extensive espionage mechanics can sometimes be a bit too much, but usually I like the added challenge. Overall not the top tier of HOI4 DLC when it comes to fun and polish, but a pretty good buy on sale nevertheless.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 29th 2021
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King Arthur Collection
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Interesting indie take on Total War-style gameplay

For the low (especially 80% off Flash Sale) price, this Collection is a clear buy in my opinion. It includes the original King Arthur Roleplaying Wargame with DLC, the Fallen Champions stand-alone expansion, and King Arthur II with DLC - that is a lot of content! Now, is it any good? Yes! King Arthur plays like a unique take on Total War, set in a very atmospheric and beautiful Medieval Fantasy world. For me, it was even better and more fun to play, despite some rough edges, than many of the official Total War series games; if you like this gameplay style, this one's a gem.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 31st 2020
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Rise of Industry: 2130
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Awesome futuristic Rise of Industry total conversion

2130 is like an extremely well done total conversion mod of Rise of Industry, but in my opinion even better and more polished than the base game! Different buildings and tweaked mechanics, although of course overall it is not an enormous departure from the management I liked in RoI. If you enjoy futuristic / Blade Runner-esque settings and Rise of Industry, I think 2130 is a great expansion.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 31st 2020
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Elite Dangerous
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Most immersive space sim out there

Elite Dangerous is grindy, but isn't that exactly how space flight and exploration is? The game is an extremely immersive sandbox and has some truly jaw-dropping moments - as interspersed as they can be. For people who enjoy realistic sims like the Euro / American Truck Driver games and want to choose exactly what role they take in a simulated galaxy (shockingly accurate recreation of the Milky Way!), Elite Dangerous is a definite buy.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 29th 2020
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Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty
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Great entry in the classic Commandos series!

Beyond the Call of Duty feels like more of an expansion to the first game than a full sequel, but it's still another terrific installment in this classic Stealth RTS series. If you enjoy modern games in the genre like Shadow Tactics, check out this classic and the entire Commandos series.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 24th 2020
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Commandos 2: Men of Courage
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Awesome sequel to Commandos!

The Commandos games were critical landmarks in defining the Stealth RTS genre, and there is a good case to be made that Men of Courage is the best of the series. If you enjoy modern games like Shadow Tactics that were clearly heavily inspired by the systems and presentations from Commando, you owe it to yourself to check out this classic.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 24th 2020
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Hearts of Iron IV: Allied Speeches Pack
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Famous speeches for more historical flavor in HOI IV

This is officially another "music" pack for HOI IV, and the famous speeches from Churchill, Roosevelt, Eisenhower, etc. are indeed accompanied by an appropriate swelling soundtrack. Speeches activate at appropriate times in the game depending on event triggers (for example, development of the atom bomb) and add a lot of immersion for me, especially the first time you hear them. I docked one star because this flavor DLC isn't critical and Paradox doesn't seem interested in an Axis speeches pack for historical realism and balance; but Allied Speeches is still recommended!

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 24th 2020
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Ghostly Matter
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Fun exploration platformer with classic NES aesthetics

To me, Ghostly Matter feels like a mix of classic NES Castlevania and Ghosts and Goblins, but with more of an emphasis on exploration than tough action platforming. It could be a little more polished around the edges, but was fun for me to play so I recommend it if the aesthetics catch your eye and you're in a retro gaming mood.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 24th 2020
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Commandos 3: Destination Berlin
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Not as strong as earlier Commandos games, but still fun!

Destination Berlin's biggest flaw is that it isn't quite to the level of the amazing earlier Commandos games, especially Commandos 2: Men of Courage. That said, it is still a very fun Stealth RTS and more than holds its own against most other games in the genre. If you can come in with slightly mediated expectations, I still give it a strong recommend.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 24th 2020
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Praetorians
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Classic Roman Empire strategy gem

Praetorians is an absolute classic RTS, focusing on the emerging Roman Empire and its conquests. There is an HD remaster out now if you want slightly more detailed soldier graphics, but in my opinion this older game still holds up well and is more amazing value for money. Gameplay is identical and terrific in both, so pick one and play Praetorians!

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 24th 2020
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Cinemaware Anthology
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Great Cinemaware games collection, with both Amiga and MS-DOS ports

For sure some of these old classics hold up better than others, but overall it is a fun collection for a good price. And there are some real gems here, including It Came From the Desert I and II, and Wings!. I also appreciate that both Amiga and MS-DOS versions were included when possible. If you like retro gaming and are curious about Cinemaware, I think it is very much worth the buy.

by Alex K.38, USA - Oct 24th 2020
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