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5 of the Best Real-Time Strategy Games on PC

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5 of the Best Real-Time Strategy Games on PC

If you want a game where you have full control of your army, then real-time strategy (RTS) game is perfect for you. In this game, you get to fill in a Commander’s shoes in finding and managing your resources and building your empire. Teammate is also promoted in this game; you can create alliances with other playmates and think of strategies on how to defeat your opponents.

If you’re looking for the best real-time strategy games on PC, we have made your lives easier. You can find on the list below which RTS is best for you.

  1. Command & Conquer

 

This RTS video game franchise that was first developed by Westwood Studios is perfect for beginners. This PC game series has both a single player and multiplayer mode which are pretty much highly addicting. You get to build new structures, collect resources or train new units to fight one another.

The gameplay is pretty much simple. You are required to construct your base and acquire resources. These acquired resources are used for funding of any ongoing productions of various types of forces. You need to have strong forces if you want to rule in assaulting and conquering the base of your opponents.

The Command & Conquer series have been a commercial success with over 30 million Command & Conquer games sold as of 2009.It’s also one of the highest ratings for a RTS PC game in existence. The series has acquired  six world records in the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2008.These records include “Biggest Selling RTS Series”, “Most Number of Platforms for an RTS”, and “Longest Running Actor in Video Game Role” for Joe Kucan, who has played the part of Kane, the villainous mastermind of the series, for 15 years. Click here for the best Command & Conquer game.

  1. Age of Empires III

Since the franchise of Age of Empires series started, it holds the title of being an RTS game that gives players the most choices for factions. A player has 14 different empires to choose from in Age of Empires III.

If you have a thing for geography and history, then you will find Age of Empires III quite interesting and enjoyable. Unlike other RTS games, this one features real life countries with actual historical military units like samurais. The game begins where you have to start off with a civilization that has to go through the dark ages. You need to research for technologies and then eventually opening up trade routes. From there, you’ll build up a massive army to take over parts of Europe and Asia.

If you want a recipe of realism on your game, Age of Empires is the perfect dish. For every advancement to another age, a bonus system called “Politician System” is used. When you choose to advance to the next age, you will be presented with two or more “Politicians” accompanied with different bonus when you select them.

Age of Empires III won PC Gamer US’s “Best Real-Time Strategy Game 2005” award. The game was named fifth-best game of 2005 by GameSpy. An ‘honorable mention’ in the ‘Best Music’ category was also given to the game.

  1. Supreme Commander

 

Supreme Commander is one of the best games in scale and zoom. Not only does it have an immersive gameplay aspect, it also has a full 180-degree aerial view. If you want to have a closer view or zoom out the entire map, you can just conveniently zoom in or zoom out. Others may find the game too unit heavy and intensive though.

Designed by Chris Taylor and developed by his company, Gas Powered Games, Supreme Commander is considered to be a spiritual successor to Taylor’s 1997 game Total Annihilation, alongside the Spring remake. The game focuses on using a giant bipedal mech called an Armored Command Unit (or ACU) to build a base. You would then need to reach higher technology tiers by upgrading your units. The primary goal is to conquer opponents. You can command one of these three factions: the Cybran Nation, the Aeon Illuminate or the United Earth Federation.

The game has received high praise from many reviewers and players worldwide.

  1. Company of Heroes

World War II has always had a soft spot in our hearts. Most of us are big fans of war movies because it reminds us how strong our brotherhood and love for nation is.

Company of Heroes is a 2006 RTS video game that is set during World War II. Your goal in this game is to capture strategic resource sectors located around the map. You use these resources to produce new units, build base structures and defeat your opponents.

This game has received positive acclamation and won multiple awards for the best strategy game of the year. Because Company of Heroes was a great success, a sequel Company of Heroes 2 was released in 2013.As of January 2013, the whole Company of Heroes series has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide film adaptation starring Tom Sizemore was even produced.

  1. Star Craft II

 

StarCraft II is arguably one of the most popular RTS game ever created. It is a sequel to the 1998 hit game StarCraft.

This military science fiction RTS video game was developed and published by Blizzard Entertainment. It has its worldwide release in July 2010 for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. The game revolves around three species: the Zerg, a super-species of assimilated life forms; the Terrans, human exiles from Earth; and he Protoss, a technologically advanced species with vast mental powers.

The plot of the game is set four years after the events of 1998’s StarCraft: Brood War. It features the adventure of Jim Raynor as he leads an insurgent group against the autocratic Terrain Dominion. The game includes both new and returning characters and locations from the original game.

Starcraft will always keep you on the edge of your seat, as it needs more time-sensitive strategically made decisions with the constant feeling of urgency. This is an excellent choice for you if you’re up for a challenge and adrenaline-pumping game.

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Plague Inc: Tips on How to Become a Better Player

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Plague Inc: Tips on How to Become a Better Player

Can a deadly plague really wipe the Earth?

While this has not happened in real life, Plague Inc. gives you an opportunity in creating and evolving pathogens to annihilate the world. This real-time strategy simulation game developed by Ndemic Creations will certainly get you hooked with its complex yet fun gameplay.

For those who are not familiar with the game, it lets you indirectly control a plague that has infected patient zer. There are different pathogens and various game modes that you can choose from. The objectives of this game include, but are not limited to: using a pathogen to infect and wipe off the Earth’s population, use the “Necroa Virus” to convert the entire world into zombies or enslave the entire population with the “Neurax Worm”.

Plague Inc is not an easy game. Aside from its complex gameplay, the factor of time pressure to complete the game will certainly put you on the edge of your seat while playing this game. Below are some tips on how to become a better Plague player.

  1. Spread the Pathogens to Everyone Quickly

There are three ways for you to lose at this game. First, if your plague is cured by the world’s renowned scientists before it managed to kill everyone. Second, your plague gets killed and burned itself out quickly in countries it infected. And lastly, your plague failed to spread on other countries resulting in condition one or two.

How do you avoid these three pitfalls?

Prioritize your transmission upgrades in the early game. If you want to increase the infectiousness of your plague, you would really need to spend all your early DNA points. After all, the component of this game is quiet simple – you need to infect everyone if you’re going to kill everyone. Think of a strategy where you can infect the majority of people and nations before any serious effort starts to cure your plague.

  1. Hold Out for the Holdouts

Limited accessibility and specific climates are some factors that make a nation hard to infect. Greenland and Madagascar, for example, are the worst offenders because of their very cold and very hot climates respectively. You will be having a hard time infecting Morocco too since it has road access only.  If your plague gets too scary too fast, the Moroccans will just close their borders, kill all of their pigeons and livestock and wait out for the disease to subside. Try to infect these holdout countries before you can start the real annihilation.

Since most islands have contact with other countries through boat only, it’s important that you should get at least level one of the water transmission upgrade early on in every game.

  1. Keep an Eye on New Releases

One of the most recurring events in this game is the London Olympics. As long as your disease has at least level one drug resistance, has not manifested as too severe and has spread to at least two countries, you can use the Olympics to infect your plague all over England.

If you want to get ahead of this game, it’s critical that you plan your disease upgrades accordingly. Are there more rain lately caused by global weather patterns? Is there a major bird migration coming up? Have doctors made a new progression in the cure, making your plague less effective? You should always take these factors into account when planning your strategy.

Pay attention to new releases. Are there any symptoms that doctors have acquired a new understanding of? The global cure gains a few percentage points automatically if you use DNA to grab that symptom. Keep your eyes open on these new updates if you are in a close race to beat the global cure effort.

  1. Virus and Bio-Weapon Tips

Your disease has a mind of its own; it mutates the symptoms well before you’d like them to appear. Plague has a way of gaining its deadliness steadily even without symptoms in Bio-Weapon. With this being said, you find yourself always racing the clock when playing as a virus or Bio-Weapon.

Control the over eagerness of your microbes by using the special upgrades in the Ability section. You can use try to use their natural tendency to mutate deadly symptoms to your benefit. Let the plague mutations do some of the killing for you. Then, use your later DNA toward infecting those last holdout countries.

  1. Parasite and Prion tips

Parasites and prion progress well under the radar. Parasites, more specifically, can silently infect the whole world before the effort of finding a cure begins. Both can give you serious challenges especially in the late-game though.

Compared to other plagues, parasites gain very little DNA in the later portions of the game. It can put you on a critical situation, especially if you don’t have any DNA left. To avoid this from happening, don’t spend too much of your early DNA on upper level Transmission upgrades. Let the infection spread at a slower rate. You can spread more havoc with your stockpiled DNA.

If there’s a disease that is so subtle, it would be prions. Your plague can develop without being detected. Unfortunately, it takes a very long time to develop. Use techniques to stall as much as you can. Use the Prion’s special ability, as well as The Walking Dead symptom combo, to confuse the brains of all those scientists you infected months before they can figure out what’s going on.

  1. Be Creative with the Disease Name

You can be as creative and spontaneous as you can be when creating the name for your disease. You may get it on top of your entire friend’s leaderboards so your disease name should stand out. Obamacare, Beiberfever, Laughing Herpes, Duck Mouth and Dream Ears are just a few examples of disease names that don’t just stand out but will tickle your sense of humor.

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Tips on How to Rule Clash of Clans

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Tips on How to Rule Clash of Clans

If you don’t know Clash of Clans, then you might be from Mars. Since it was released last 2012, it dominated the world of avid gamers. And why not? This popular “freemium” strategy game is indeed addicting.

You find yourself spending more and more time building your townhall, upgrading your armies and looting resources from other base.  Nothing beats the satisfaction when you hear gold and resources looted by your goblins and armies. You’d say that you will only spend an hour playing Clash of Clans but before you notice, it’s already dawn and you have lost lots amount of sleep because of the game.

The reward of seeing your town expand and your troops stronger is definitely worth all the lost sleep and time that you spend on your phone playing this game. If you’ve decided to join the bandwagon and try your hands on this addicting game, below are some tips that you should learn by heart.

  1. Understand the Mechanics of the Game

The gameplay itself is pretty simple. First thing that you need to do is to create your base. Then you add things to your base such as army camps, barracks, walls, gold mines, cannons, mortars and other various buildings. You need workers to build these buildings.

Build strong defenses by upgrading your buildings and your armies. Having stronger troops will make looting so much easier. Other players will be having a hard time attacking your base if you have stronger walls and higher level of defenses. How do you make your base and army stronger? Loot, loot and loot some more.

  1. Take Advantage of the War

Defeat other players so that you can gain resources that you can use in upgrades. You need these resources if you want to upgrade your townhall, troops, walls, etc. Aside from gaining resources, you will also gain trophies and experiences. This will determine which league you will be in.

One of the best features of this game is Clan War. You join a clan, either made up of friends or co-workers or of total strangers sharing the same passion. Clan mates can donate troops and other resources. If you need more archers to attack, just simply ask and your clan mates will gladly extend a hand.

You can also rage war against other clans. Whoever wins the war will get the resources. Learn some strategies that you can use in clan wars here.

  1. Know Your Resource

These are the resources that you need to upgrade and progress in the game:

  • Gold: Used primarily for upgrading your important buildings such as you town hall. It also costs you gold when searching for other players to raid for resources.
  • Gems: Highly valuable (costs real money to buy) and can be used to speed up waiting times on buildings and units, buy you more builders, and boost resources.
  • Elixir: Main resource for training and upgrading your troops spells.
  • Dark Elixir: Used to train and upgrade DE troops that are unlocked later in the game.

Use these resources to build a stronger base and troops. Be warned that upgrading takes time so make sure that you strategize carefully. You don’t want to go to war without a king or queen just because you’re still on the process of upgrading them.

  1. Save Up Your Gems

Newbies, listen up! Never ever waste up your gems. Not only they are expensive to buy but they are also hard to accumulate. You can find these gems when you’re cleaning off terrains. Save them up as they accumulate.

It’s easy to spend them in expediting your upgrade or boost your production, but don’t get tempted. If you really want to play this game without spending a dollar, use your gems wisely.

  1. You Need to Pack Tons of Patience

In Clash of Clans, patience is definitely a virtue.

Why is that so? It takes lots of patience to look for other bases that you can raid.  Upgrading can also take several days, especially if it’s the town hall that you’re upgrading. Not having patience can get you crazy waiting for 10 days while you’re upgrading. You won’t be able to use a troop that is being upgraded so it’s best if you strategize which other troop can you use as a replacement.

First thing that you need to achieve is getting more builders. Aim in getting all 5.This way, building and upgrading will not take that much time.

  1. Set Up a Solid Base

There are many ways that you can set up your own base. If you want a stronger base though, you can check out some of the strongest base in YouTube. This will somehow give you an idea on how to set up your base that enemies will find hard to attack.

Upgrade your town hall so that other resources and upgrades will be unlocked. Higher level of troops and amenities are only available on specific town hall level. Make sure that you make upgrading your town hall level a priority.

  1. Do’s and Don’ts in Raiding

Raiding other bases is important to advance in this game. It is through raiding that you will find the resources that you can spend on upgrading your troops and amenities.

Finding a good base to raid may sometimes take time. Either the resources available to loot are too low or the bases to attack are too strong.

If you feel that you’ve already spend 30 minutes looking for a base to raid and still can’t find a good one, try lowering your trophies and league.

Joining an active clan war is also another way of earning resources. Here, effective war strategy is needed. You would need to plan which account will attack the opponent account. You can’t just someone from your clan that has a town hall level 4 to attack an opponent with a town hall 10.If you want to win the war, you must think of better war strategy.

Reinforcing each clan member with stronger troops before the start of the war is also very important. Though winning or losing the war will get you a war bonus, you should always aim to win. Why settle for smaller war bonus when you can get more?

Are you fond of playing strategy games on your computer? Click here to know more tips on how to ace this addicting yet challenging game.

Everything You Need to Know Before Playing Endless Legend

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Everything You Need to Know Before Playing Endless Legend

Endless Legend is a promising game for those that are fans of strategy games. It has a healthy amount of complex mechanics which will require you to level up your strategy skills if you want to get ahead in the game. Playing this game can sometimes be overwhelming, especially if you’re a beginner.

Today must be your lucky day! We have compiled a list of guides for you to make your first game not just quite bearable but also fun.

Setting Up Your First Game

 Factions

There are 11 available factions that you can choose from, each with their own unique characteristics including appearance, abilities, units and play-styles. It’s best to choose the default “Wild Walkers” on your first game. These former forest dwellers are the most traditional faction. Ardent Mages or the Vaulters are also newbie friendly.

Difficulty Level

You can either play using the easy or newbie settings. The intelligence level of AI gets lower if you select a difficulty that is below normal. Choosing a newbie difficulty means that AI will more likely not declare war on you. This will allow you to explore the game at your own pace. On easy mode, war will be declared however the attacks will be weak.

World Settings

A normal world size with shape Pangea is highly recommended for newcomers. You should also set your world difficulty to easy so that you won’t be clashing into your neighbors.

Core Concepts of the Game

Now that you have started your journey in this game, understanding the important game mechanics is critical.

Resources

Faction controlled cities are used to generate resources, recruit armies and construct buildings. These five different key resources are important in order for your faction to acquire stability and growth.

  • Food – used to increase and sustain the population. More food is required for larger cities.
  • Industry – used to produce buildings and units. If a building construction cost 200 and you’re earning 20 industries per turn, it will take 10 turns to complete the construction.
  • Dust – standard currency in Auriga. You use it to purchase heroes, strategic resource or pay maintenance cost on your armies and cities.
  • Science – used for research. This resource is important in quickly unlocking new weapons, building and advancement to new tiers of technology.
  • Influence – used for empire level actions, where you get additional resource gain or boosted attack on units. It is also used for diplomatic proposals with other factions.

Cities and Workers

Cities are units where you raise your armies. Armies are composed of individual units spawned by the player, each of these unit types have their own uses in combat and abilities. An action points system is used in moving armies. Each of these interactions and movements subtracts one action point until the counter hits zero. Once you’ve reached this point, you can no longer take any further action. Units are used for combat, exploration, questing and diplomacy.

Cities will automatically harvest any tiles in their range. This means that the city gains the income associated with those tiles. Every inhabitant in your city can be assigned as a worker and you can use these workers to boost any of your 5 resources.

Strategic Resources

Strategic resources are used to construct powerful armory and weaponry for your armies. For you to obtain these resources, you have to create a so called “extractors” on resource nodes. You can also build a city on top of your resource nodes which will act as extractor.

There are six types of strategic resources which are divided in three distinct tiers:

  • Tier 1: Glasssteel (yellow) and Titanium (blue)
  • Tier 2: Adamantian (orange) and Palladian (red)
  • Tier 3: Hyperium (purple) and Mithrite (green)

If you want to construct gears of superior quality, you must aim for higher tier resources.

Luxury Resources and Boosters

You should never miss out on the opportunity of acquiring luxury resources as they can provide exponential benefits to your empire.

Just like with strategic resources, luxury resources can also be harvested by city districts and extractors. Gathering enough luxury resources of the same type means that you can use it to spend on booster. Simply click on a luxury resource with a yellow square around it if you want to activate a booster. Boosters will be active for 10 turns.

Win Conditions

There are eight win conditions in the game:

  • Elimination Victory – you should annihilate all factions. Nothing should be left alive.
  • Score victory – you achieve this victory by having the highest number of overall points at the end of the 300th turn in a normal game
  • Expansion Victory – you should claim 80% of the map
  • Economic Victory – you should collect 555,500 Dust in a normal game
  • Diplomatic Victory – you should collect 3000 Diplomatic Points
  • Wonder Victory – be the first player to complete all of the quests and build the associated Wonder
  • Scientific Victory – you must discover five of six technologies in the 6th era
  • Supremacy Victory – conquer all capitals on the map

Additional Tips to Remember

  1. Explore the vicinities with a hero – Take time to search for villages of minor factions and explore ruins. Explore your own area first, and then expand to the neighboring ones. You won’t be able to accomplish anything if you don’t have settlers.
  2. Create units only when necessary – Avoid manufacturing units. Your initial set of army is capable enough of handling nearby villages. Manufacturing new set of soldiers will just hold back your production queue.
  3. Up until turn 20, obtain at least 60 Influence Points – Obtaining at least 60 influence points will enable you to pick not just one but two options of empire development. This will certainly put you on the edge of the game.
  4. Don’t focus on villages of minor factions – Their units do not attack mines and your initial army is strong enough to deal with them. Put off pacifying them, especially if they don’t offer any interesting bonuses.

Having an acquired knowledge of the components of this game will certainly prepare you for the long and challenging battle ahead. If you love strategy games like Endless Legend, click here to find out more interesting tips about games of the same genre.

6 of the Most Difficult Strategy Games

6 of the Most Difficult Strategy Games

Strategy games are unarguably one of the most difficult games. Puzzle games can make you think but nothing can use up all of your brain cells than the strategy games, especially those that are of difficult levels. Strategy games are not created equal. There are some that would really make you think twice while there are a few that can drain not just your mental capacity but emotional and physical aspect as well .Completing these difficult level would make you wonder if the developers created these just to make your life miserable.

This type of game genre is certainly not for the faint-hearted. You can’t play these types of games if you don’t have wit and higher strategy skills. If you think this game genre is hard enough, wait until you play some of the most difficult strategy games on the list below.

  1. Frozen Synapse

 

Available for: Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux

Frozen Synapse shows that indie strategy games are beyond generic and simple. This is a perfect example of a gameplay that is easy to learn yet difficult to master. Regardless if you are skilled or unskilled though, you will certainly find this game quite enjoyable and exciting.

How do you play this turn-based strategy game?

You control a unit of combatants and your goal is to eliminate all of your enemy units. If you think it sounds simple enough, sorry to say but you are mistaken. What’s good about this game is that you have the ability to simulate the actions of your current turn, which allows you to see how it might play out. When you’re satisfied, all turns are simultaneously resolved.

Your enemies have smart AI, making them a difficult opponent. If you’re not challenged enough though, you can also play Frozen Synapse online against other high-skilled players. Frozen Synapse is a title that you should not miss out if you’re a fan of strategy games. It’s a game that will constantly put you on your feet.

  1. Commandos 2

 

Available in: Mac, Windows, Xbox and PS2

Commandos 2 may be in the market for quite a long time, as it was released way back 2001, however it’s still considered as one of the most difficult strategy games of all time. It is known for having the steepest learning curves of any games of its kind.

In this game, you get to control a squad of commandos. If you want to accomplish a number of objectives, you must rely on tactical positioning and advancement. Many people confuse this game with turn-based game or real-time strategy game. It actually falls under the category of “real-time tactics” game, which is something of a hybrid genre.

It’s recommended that you play the PC version if you want to have the best experience on this game. The gameplay controls of this game are not really very intuitive in the console alternatives.

  1. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Available for: Mac, Windows, PS3, Linux, iOS, Android, X360

This first installment in the gigantic series titled UFO: Enemy Unknown debuted way back in 1994.It was a commercial success which led to a number of games have been released under the X-COM franchise up until around 2001. After several years, XCOM: Enemy Unknown revived the XCOM franchise. Fans did not mind the long wait as it was certainly worth it.

In this turn-based tactical game, you have to control a squad of alien-fighting soldiers. Your goal is to defend the Earth from an imminent invasion. You will undergo a series of missions which are interspersed with phases of development, research and expansion.

Critics consider this game as one of the most challenging tactical strategy games of this generation. Click here to check out other video games in the XCOM franchise.

  1. Xenonauts

 

Available for: Windows

Xenonauts and the aforementioned XCOM series have a bunch of things in common. If you’re wondering why that is so, it’s because Xenonauts got its inspiration from XCOM series, though that doesn’t mean that Xenonauts is a sequel. Despite the similarity of the gameplay and theme, it’s not a remake or a clone.

The game is divided into two distinct components: a tactical element that involves turn-based ground combat and a strategic element that involves real-time air combat. There are playability improvements created, which includes a cover system in combat, starting combat formations, and alternative victory conditions.

Xenonauts received positive reviews from fans and critics alike. It has a score of 85% from PC Gamer and a 77% on Metacritic, based on 21 reviews.

  1. Europa Universalis IV

Available for: Mac, Windows, and Linux

The Europa Universalis IV is the most advanced franchise in the Europa Universalis series of strategy games.

You will find a surprising amount of depth in this game, particularly when it comes to the variation of options and actions available during gameplay. It covers a wide time period ranging from the 1400s to the 1800s.

At the start of the game, you would have to explore and scope out the unknown world. You will then move to expand your territory, exploit resources from other worlds and finally exterminate your opponents. Europa Universalis IV is perfect example of a 4X strategy game. Compared to other 4x offerings though, this game has greater lean towards diplomacy and has lesser focus on direct combat.

  1. Sins of a Solar Empire

Available for: windows

This real-time 4X strategy game takes place in the future when civilization lives among the stars. You can advance your own empire by conquering various star systems though diplomacy and military.

What sets Sins of a Solar Empire apart from other games is its massive scope.  The 3D environment, just like true space, is an entire ocean full of celestial bodies with which you can interact. What makes this game extremely difficult is the depth is all of its game systems and technology trees. There are plenty of things that you must do that it will take you more than hours to finish a single game.

Strategy games are not only a fun way to kill time but they are also an effective brain exercise. Click here for tips and information about other strategy games.

Reasons Why You Should Start Playing Civilization

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Reasons Why You Should Start Playing Civilization

Civilization has always been an exciting topic.

Learning the culture, society and way of life of a particular area is indeed a pleasant experience. It’s interesting to know how we have turned from primitive human being to civilized people. Learning is one thing, but how about having the first-hand experience of doing so? Would you believe me If I say you can build your own empire or civilization through a video game?

Yes, you have read it right. If you want to have an immersion in building civilization, play a strategy game called “Civilization”. Created by Sid Meier and Bruce Shelley for MicroProse in 1991, the main objective of this game is to “Build an empire to stand the test of time”. Civilization takes you back to 4000 BC and your role as a player is to attempt to expand and develop your empire through the ages from the ancient era until modern and near-future times.

If you aren’t sold of this game, below are some of the reasons that should convince you why playing Civilization for hours is worthy of your time and effort.

  1. It is a Global Learning Experience

This game is a global learning experience in two ways. First, you get to acquire tidbits of information regarding arts, science, culture and history. Second, you get to know different historical characters and unique cultures all over the world. You get to know more the world that you live in without even stepping out of your house.

Let’s admit it; learning could sometimes be a bore. This game adds f-u-n to the learning experience. Voiceovers from renowned personalities such as Morgan Sheppard and Leonard Nimoy are featured in this game.

What’s even admirable about this game is that it’s been used by several academic institutions as their teaching tool in the classroom. This just proves that Civilization has a strong potential capability to educate. While many are contesting on the efficacy of these implementations, the series encourages students to do their own research about different civilization topics. If you’ve never heard of modern production methods, the technology trees featured at the end stage of this game will surely spark your interest on this subject.

  1. Experience Building an Empire without the Stress

I can imagine how hard it must be for politicians to build an empire of community. It must be stressful to keep the community in order given that the residences have different type of personality and behavior. Civilization lets you experience the joy of building your own empire, albeit without the accompanying stress.

There is no doubt that empire-building games are indeed enjoyable and addictive. The lack of fast reflexes though is one of the reasons why some gamers don’t feel the same enthusiasm. In Real Time Strategy (RTS) games, the demand for “clicking and dragging” and being super-fast with your keyboard can be overwhelming. Your empire won’t even make it beyond the pre-historical era if you don’t have this skill.

Civilization is a different story. Since it is turn-based, you won’t need much of your reflexes. You can take as much of your precious time as possible to fiddle, contemplate and research before making a decision. Excellent strategic planning requires more time and deliberation and not how fast you can click and drag.

  1. It Gives You a Taste of Real-World Grim Realities

This might scare off some gamers. After all, we play games to somehow escape from our real world and be transported to a world full of entertainment and adventure.

Yet, you will have far more memorable gaming experience if there is a right balance of fantasy and reality. Civilization got this balance right as the fantasy side of the game is somehow closer to the reality. These realities are presented in the form of diplomacy challenges and unhappiness. As the population grows, cities are suffering from increasing unhappiness. Each stage of the game presents a challenge to maintain the increasing population for economic and defense purposes, while doing everything possible to keep the citizens contented.

You must also handle diplomacy challenges well if you want to win the game. These challenges could be presented in the most unexpected moments. For example, a war can be suddenly declared by a total stranger. Your ally neighbor might turn against you because he was bribed.

These real-world crises could upset some gamers. However, you must understand that human race is very complex. This game does not only open your eyes to these complexities but it also teaches you to be strategic and patient.

  1. It Features an Epic Music

Civilization is famous for its soundtrack. If you’re into classical or ethnic music, your ears would surely experience a “soundgasm”.

You will hear classical masterpieces by Brahms, Mozart and Dvořák in Civilization IV. These masterpieces accompanied the Industrial Age and Renaissance segments of the game. A more ethnic approach was chosen in Civilization V.

Playing this game will take you into an immersion experience in the world of music. Music lovers would feel that they are in a world festival, with different masterpieces serenading your soul

  1. There is a Huge, Active Community of Mods

Some gamers would measure the worth of a game by the number of mods written by fans for it. With Sid Meier’s Civilization, you can find literally hundreds of mods written on different platforms. Many of these are even expertly and elaborately scripted. The list could include additional civilizations, additional leaders, tech-trees, new battle units, wonders and improvements and so on.

Having a huge, active community of mods empowers incredible variety of playing the game. Just imagine, how many ways can you play the games with hundreds of leaders, each with unique personalities, weaknesses and strengths?

And who says you can’t even make your own mods too? As long as you have the necessary skills, you can add your favorite world leader to the list and see how he would fare against other leaders. Every session has endless ways of becoming unpredictable and unique. This alone is more than enough reason for you to start playing this game.

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5 Tips on How to Play the Sims 4

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5 Tips on How to Play the Sims 4

Life simulation video games have recently taken the video gaming world. A lot of people are getting hooked to this game. Why not, having the ability to manage your own restaurant or take care of your virtual farm is indeed addicting and enjoyable.

The Sims has been one of the most played life simulation strategy game since the first installment of this huge franchise was released. I remember a friend who talked nothing but his virtual people every time we hang out. It baffled me how she’s worried that her people may not be well-fed or any desired unfulfilled while she’s having her own real lunch with real people.

If you’re one of the million people who have been hooked to this game, you need to know everything there is to know about this successful franchise. As the latest franchise, The Sims 4, was released on 2014, you need to know the ins and outs of this game.

If you haven’t tried playing The Sims4 yet, below are some of the helpful tips that will come handy.

  1. Taking Care of Your Sim’s Needs

Just like its predecessors, you need to meet the needs of your Sims in this latest installment. You have a total of 6 categories to watch out for. These needs are displayed with a green bar as the game starts. You would only want the color to be green at all times. As more needs are neglected or not fulfilled as the day progresses, the bar will turn to yellow, then orange and red if things get worst. There are some serious consequences when you get a red bar so you must do everything to avoid this from happening.

How do you know that all the needs of your Sims are met?

Click on the smiley face that is in the bottom right corner of the screen.

  1. Understanding Their Aspirations

What are aspirations?

These are long-term goals that will help give your Sim something to work toward. It’s also the choice that you will have to make right from the “Create-a-Sim” screen so it’s important that you make a good decision from the start. Here’s the catch though. Just like how you can change your aspirations and goals in the real life, you also have the command to change the dreams and hopes of your Sims mid-game should you feel that something is not right. With just a click on the star in the bottom right corner, you can conveniently change your Sim’s aspirations.

How can aspirations impact the lives of your Sims?

First, it has an impact on their personalities. It also has a weight when it comes to choosing what skills or careers they must have. For example, choosing a knowledge aspiration can expedite the leveling up of your skills whereas fortune aspiration can cause your Sim in earning more money. When you feel that the aspirations are not paying off, you always have the liberty of switching it.

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  1. Understanding Relationships + Social Lives

Socializing is not optional in The Sims 4. It’s the most basic needs of every Sim in this game. Regardless of what type of Sim they are, they feel the need to go out of the house and socialize with others.  As a result, two different types of relationships are formed in socializing.

Basic friendship is the first type of relationship formed. This type of relationship will exist with every Sim that you will meet. Romantic relationship is the second one and this can only happen to a few Sims. Just like with real life, you can be friends with everyone but only a lover to someone, right?

You must ensure that you’re on top of your Sim’s relationship aspect as it plays a huge role in the game. You can gauge your relationship needs as you interact and mingle with others. You can also click on the smiley face in the bottom right to view your Sim’s social needs. Click on the Long Term Relationship window at the top of the screen to have an overview on where you stand socially and what you need to do to be on top of your Sim’s social needs.

  1. Prioritize the Emotional Well-being of your Sims

Just like how emotions have a huge impact on our daily life, so it does in your Sims. Just like the events in our lives can alter how we feel, your Sim’s emotions are also proportionate to the events in their daily lives.

For example, if you let your Sims take a long, steamy shower, they will come out of the bathroom feeling flirty. A brisk shower, on the other hand, will leave them refreshed and energized. Get to know your Sims better and do as much things as you can to put them in a positive emotional state.

  1. Learning + Developing Skills

Just like with its predecessors, skills are an important factor in The Sims 4. There is a variation when it comes to handling learning skills though. For example, Sims that are older or on their teenage years don’t have any skills at the start but they can quickly acquire those in their daily routines. They may initially cook inedible food; however they can quickly learn how to cook mouth-watering dishes by studying the food that they eat.

This is where the different levels of skills come into play. Let’s take cooking for example. Your Sim may learn to acquire a skill in cooking, but this skill needs to be developed until they reach level 10 or master. What’s good about it is that batch of new options are made available as they level up. Say your Sim has reached level 5 in cooking skill, gourmet cooking skill is unlocked. This new skill is instrumental until your Sim reaches the highest level.

Don’t be fooled. The Sims 4 may look easy, but it’s a complex game that needs more time and practice to master.

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4 Best Strategy Games Ever Created

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4 Best Strategy Games Ever Created

Video games are not just time-killers.

Most of us play this kind of games because we want to feel the excitement and adventure. We also want to jump into another world where you get to experience living as someone else. If you want to stretch your mind to its limit, strategy games are your best option.

What are the best strategy games out there? We have compiled a list of the top of the crop on this game genre.

  1. Card Hunter

This browser-based flash game uses a combination of digital collectible card game with a table-top board game. It features Gary as the game master as he guides the players through a tabletop role-playing game, using dungeon modules similar to those of Dungeons & Dragons. In this game, Gary is still on the process of fully learning the ins and outs. At the start of the player’s career, Gary is using the more powerful characters of his older brother Melvin to show the core mechanics of the game. Melvin takes these away at the later stage of the game which would force Gary and the player to start anew.

Though majority of this game is about card play, it’s similar to a board game as well – with blocked vision and terrain that will require you to position your characters well and the success of armor cards and shield are based on visible dice rolls. This results to enhancing your adaptive strategy skill.

It’s fast-paced yet detailed at the same time. You are faced with plenty strategic options and the difficulty rate of this game will require you to start creating different strategies.

  1. DEFCON: Global Thermonuclear War

This real-time strategy game was created by Introversion Software, an independent British game developer. It’s reminiscent of the “big boards” that visually represented thermonuclear war in films such as Fail-Safe, Dr. Strangelove and especially WarGames.

Players of this game are given a 1980s vector graphics computer-themed world map, and a varied arsenal of conventional and nuclear weaponry. What’s the main objective of the game? You have to destroy as many of your enemies as possible while having as much little of your own population being destroyed. A typical game would have millions of civilian casualties while players are trying to annihilate their opponents.

What makes this DEFCON a great strategy game?

This game is not all about launching nukes at your enemies. You will have a bigger kill count than every other game that you have played combined. Though you can’t help but have a big grin at the end of your winning streaks, you will have millions of casualties under your belt. You need to create an efficient strategic plan to reduce the number of these casualties. After all, won’t you feel guilty if you have taken the lives of million souls?

Making strategic decisions on how to manage your fleet is also critical in this game. Should you send all of your fleets to attack a nearest neighborhood? Or should you allocate them all to defend your territory? Decision-making like these will have a huge impact on the outcome of your game. You just can’t afford making a wrong decision or weak strategic planning.

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  1. Civilization IV

Want to take control of the world either through war or diplomacy?

This award-winning series strategy computer game will let you do exactly like that. This fourth installment of the Civilization series uses the 4X empire-building model. Your main objective is to create your own civilization using very limited initial resources. In order to finish the game, you have to pursue these 5 default objectives: conquering all other civilizations, gaining control of the majority of the game’s population and land, building and sending the first sleeper ship to the Alpha Centauri star system, increasing the “Culture ratings” of at least three different cities to “legendary” levels, or winning a “World Leader” popularity contest by the United Nations.

What sets Civilization IV apart from other games is that there is no single “right” way of playing it. The graphics of this series has been tremendously improved, with everything now in full 3D. Unique animation is equally impressive, so as the attention to small details. If you are a newcomer, you’d be happy to know that a fully comprehensive tutorial is provided.

In this game, it’s critical that you know how you are going to tackle a particular game from the outset. If you’re taking too much time in deciding whether you will go for a conquest victory or scientific course, you will find it very hard to achieve anything at all during the end-game. Civilization IV showcases the very best that the turn-based strategy genre has to offer.

  1. The Sims 2

The Sims 2 is a 2004 strategic life simulation video game and is a sequel to The Sims. Just like its predecessor, The Sims2 is a simulation to real life where you control the Sims in various of their activities and create relationships with others. Gameplay is open-ended as it does not have a defined final goal.

Just like with real people, Sims have their own fair share of needs and fears as well as life goals. Being able to fulfill these needs will have a positive outcome on your game. All Sims age and has the maximum life expectancy of up to 90 sim days, depending on the degree of how their aspirations are fulfilled.

The Sims 2 is surely addicting. You will most likely develop a relentless obsession with your virtual people, always thinking about their health, relationship, abilities, welfare and even sleep patterns. Sims 2 has now more complex emotions, relationships and needs. Even their appearance looks more lovable too.

No wonder it’s a massive commercial success, with one million copies sold on its first 10 days. It has also received positive reviews from fans and critics alike, having 90% score from aggregators Metacritic and GameRankings.

Don’t let your brain become stagnant. Push your brain to its limits by playing strategy games. Not only you will find massive enjoyment, you would also enhance your analytical and strategic planning skills. Click here to read more about strategy games.

What is Strategy Game?

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What is Strategy Game?

Strategic planning is a crucial element in our everyday life.

We need to have a strategy in everything that we do, even in the simplest activity of riding a subway train. You would need to think of a better method to get on the train fast and get a comfortable spot. Strategic planning is also very important in your professional aspect. You won’t be able to create and present that report if you don’t know how to strategize in the first place.

Now that it’s been established that you can’t get much success in life if you don’t have strategic skills, do you know that you can practice this skill by playing video games? Yes, you heard it right. There are games that have been created to help you create or plan strategies and improve your analytical skills. Read on to know more about strategy video game.

What Are Strategy Video Games?

Strategy video games are a genre of video game that helps you achieve victory by emphasizing on planning and skillful thinking.

One of the most popular goals in this game is to reduce the forces of enemy. To achieve this goal, the player must create a plan of action against one or more opponents. If you want to become victorious, it’s a must that you should have exceptional planning skill. There’s not much of an element of chance or luck in this game, so you have to make sure that every action you make is carefully planned.

In most strategy video games, the player is given a godlike view of the game world and has indirect control game units under their supervision. The element of warfare to varying degree is very common in most strategy games. The game also features a combination of strategic and tactical considerations. Aside from combat, strategy video games challenge your ability to explore or manage an economy.

Though most of the action games require strategic thinking, they are seldom classified as strategy games. The main emphasis on strategy games is your ability to outthink your opponent. They are typically larger in scope and do not involve much physical challenge.

Although they involve tactical, strategic and sometimes logistical challenges, they are far from puzzle games. Puzzle games call for planning in isolation while strategy games call for planning around a conflict between players.

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History

If you want to trace back where turn-based strategy games started, we have to go as far back as the times of ancient civilizations found in places such as Greece, Rome, the Levant, Egypt and India.

One of the earliest games in this genre is Mancala, a game originated in Samaria approximately 5000 years ago. One form challenges two opposing players to clear their side of a board of mancala pieces while adding them into their opponent’s side and thereby preventing the opponent from clearing their side.

Chess is another game that has stood the test of time. Many believed that chess originated in India around the sixth century CE. It’s a game of tactics and skill which forces the players to think two or three moves ahead of their opponent just to keep up.

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Top 4 Computer Strategy Games That You Just Need to Play

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Top 4 Computer Strategy Games That You Just Need to Play

Do you wish you could play more strategy games? Or do you simply have the dream to become the best strategy player out there. If so, there are 5 games in the strategy category that you simply must play.

1. A galactic adventure with Stellaris

If you are bored with the strategy games that are based on land, then Stellaris is a game you have to play. A different kind of strategy, you battling in the middle of the galaxy, with two game modes: offline and online.

Paradox’s goal was to create a game that is really customizable so that you can plan everything and take matters into your own hands. Besides that the game is a real-time strategy, for the effect of you really being in the moment.

2. The combination of Total war and Warhammer

If you are familiar with strategy games then you must know both Warhammer and Total war games. But what is the thrill of this one?  They combined both of them into one amazing game! They took the best features of both games and made an incredibly playable and fun game.

From giving the emphasis on different factions and giving them all different abilities, to leveling-up and customizing your story as you like; they created a game you simply must try

3. Want to be a king

If you want to build your own civilization and create a strong kingdom, then Crusader Kings is for you. As many strategy games you have two games in the franchise. And don’t you stop and think that this is a usual strategy game.

The developers tried hard to make your gameplay as special as it can get, adding different rulers and conflict, the game really needs you to think on how to be the best king out there.

4. The story of the settlers

The Settlers is a game known to have many releases, making each a unique experience for the player. Similar to Age of Empires, the Settlers is a strategy game where you have to create your own civilization, fight for food and resources and battle for the land around you.