Reviews by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf

Hearts of Iron IV: Waking the Tiger
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Nice update for a great game!

Ok ... I'm a HOI4 fan and enjoy modding but this DLC is a great boost to the lineup. As the description says, the game boosts and tweaks the Asian theater. However, I found that it is also great at striking out on alternative history with the Axis. Highly recommended!

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 7th 2019
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Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon
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Waiting for (wanting) more

This DLC is a nice addition with some decent features added into the game. That said, it is not a necessary addon for how I typically like to play. Taking that bias out of it, I rated it with 4-stars

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 7th 2019
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Europa Universalis IV: The Cossacks
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Nice addition to the CKII DLCs

This DLC is a nice addition with some decent features added into the game. I found that it added some to my overall experience with the game but I'd like to see more. That said, it was a necessary and welcome addon to my CKII DLCs.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 7th 2019
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Crusader Kings II: Conclave Content Pack
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It's a content pack ...

Nice content pack to go with the DLC. I'm not overly excited about content packs but this one was a welcome addition.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 7th 2019
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The 39 Steps
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Classic still hold mystery

This was a re-buy of this game from way back. It still is enjoyable to play and offers a flashback to the "old way" of doing things ... and that's not a bad thing!

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Nov 26th 2017
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Crusader Kings II: Conclave
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Nice add to great game

The Conlave DLC is a nice addition to the CK2 family. A must if you enjoy the game!

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Nov 26th 2017
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Train Fever
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OK ... but ...

This game adds unnecessary complexity where you don't want it. I love the type of game and I don't find this one as enjoyable as others. It looked as if this game was going to be a more complex version of Railroad Tycoon and other clasics games. It is however loaded with more in the weeds requirements than I prefer. I spent way too much time trying to figure out the very basics and didn't feel satisfied afterward. If you like a very detailed game, this one will suit you well.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Nov 26th 2017
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Hearts of Iron IV: Colonel Edition
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It's HOI! Nuf' said ...

Ok, I'm a huge fan of the HOI games and Paradox games in general. This is step in a different direct in gameplay and look. It is more emersive than HOI 3 and places more emphasis on some aspects of strategy not explored in the previous games.

Some critics have said the game was actually "dumbed down" but I find it to actually be more challenging with the newer system of play.

If you've never played these games before, take a look at their Wiki before you dive in. It can be daunting if you haven't seen them before.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016
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Craft The World
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One of my son's favorites!

Great game! My 12-year-old loves the concept and the gameplay. It is different from other games of this type in its storyline and play ... he likes that. Worth picking up!

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016
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Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory
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Ok add on, but waiting for more

Alright, let's put it on the table. The HOI games are some of the best and most complex strategic war games. Normally, the DLCs are a fantastic edition and make them even better. With this new add on, I have to say I'm underwhelmed. It is mostly things that are in the "fixes" category that should have been in the original game. Much of the new content is covewred by free mods on Steam.
That said, it still adds to the game. The price should be lower for what it does, however.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016
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realMyst: Masterpiece Edition
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Update on Classic

I played Myst when it first came up a million years ago and enjoyed the challenges of the puzzles and wanted to find my way through the storyline. With this version, the graphics are 1000X better and makes the emersion even that much better. If you want something classic or want to revisit a classic, this is great.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016
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Tropico 5 – Complete Collection
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Be a dictator for a lifetime!

Yes, that's right. This game lets you be the third-world dictator you always wanted to be ... and more. This is my youngest son's favorite game and I have found it to be enjoyable, too. I'm a fan of Tropico from the original so I already had a positive attitude about it. My son just reinforces that.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016
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Crusader Kings II: The Reaper's Due Collection
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Nice add on

This is a nice add on to the CKII games. Is it necessary? No, but then most DLCs aren't. I found this one to be worth the money just for a change in gameplay. Nothing ever goes the same way anyway, but adding in a different twist makes it even more challenging.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Dec 25th 2016
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Gold Rush! Anniversary
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Old style game with fun feel!

This is a great flashback to an era of gaming when I was a kid ... and graphics were improving and getting more exciting all of the time. This is like playing the old-style games I loved. Unfortunately, the controls are clumsy making it dificult to maneuver. My 13-year-old was excited with the topic but was also frustrated with the controls.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jul 11th 2016
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Fist of Jesus
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Ugh!

Ok, take away the lightning bolts that will strike you for playing this. Overall, it's really not that much fun. The controls are very simple and the action is very simple, too. Gave it two stars for the effort to create something different ...

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jul 11th 2016
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Kerbal Space Program
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Perfect for Science-minded Son!!!

This game is complex an science driven - and that's a good thing! My 12-year-old Very science-minded son is enjoying he game and learning from it. The game's real-life physics are one of the things he really likes. The game requires critical thinking ... another thing he loves. Overall, great game.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 9th 2016
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Crusader Kings II Collection
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Great Game!

Ok. I love the Paradox games but I never played the CK games. This collection is a great start to playing the series. The game itself is complex and intuitive. Learning to master the various skills to be successful in this game is not easy but it is unpredictable in good ways.

The only note is that this collection is not complete. There are a few expansions that will need to be added to bring it up to the most complete version with all of the new bells and whistles. Get them all when they are on sale.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 9th 2016
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Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado Collection
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Great add on!

As with all of the Paradox games, the addons are a must to get the most from changes they make to game play. This one is not different. It makes the game fun and changes the gameplay in a way to force your to relook how you've played previously.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 9th 2016
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Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords Content Pack
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Great add on!

Great add on! Like the others, all sorts of changes that make the gameplay even more fun.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 9th 2016
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Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
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Get it!

Great add on! Like the others, all sorts of changes that make the gameplay even more fun.

by Karl F. Davie Burgdorf, USA - Jan 9th 2016
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