Genre:  Strategy

Hitman GO Review: Smart, Beautiful, Boring

Apr 22, 2014

Agent 47, or Jonathan Hitman as I like to call him, is an assassin with a heart. He may garrote goons with piano wires taken from actual pianos and dump their bodies in children's ball pits, but he usually does so for some contrive good reason. I think the previous games involved clones or …something?

You know what? It doesn't matter. Hitman GO is nothing like the games from which it derives. It's a board game - several board games, according to the main menu. You move the titular hitter of men across prescribed grids like a game piece while other pieces representing civilians and thugs of various orders patrol and/or survey the board to knock him over. The hitman always moves first, and moving into an opposing piece from behind or the sides will knock them over instead.

Hitman GO

That's literally all there is to the game. It's as minimalist as 47's own well-waxed dome, and far more appealing to look at than Timothy Olyphant's.

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Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance Review: Warhammer? More like Snorehammer

Apr 8, 2014

Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance is something called a "lane strategy game," and yes, that's "lane," not "lame," although truth be told... well, never mind. I don't want to spoil any surprises, and it's not an awful game by any stretch. It's just not very good, as either a strategy game or a Warhammer title.

"Lane strategy games," as far as I can tell, are those in which enemy forces approach one another on a battlefield composed of – you guessed it – lanes, meeting and clashing in a kind of a "Showdown at the O.K. Bowling Alley." Plants vs. Zombies is probably the best-known (and quite possibly the only known) example of the genre, and it's the game that most quickly springs to mind as a comparison. Sadly, that's not because Storm of Vengeance shares that game's wit, artistry or excitement – it doesn't. The resemblance is purely mechanical and, as I soon discovered, somewhat superficial.

Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance

Rather than an attack-and-defend scenario, in this game the player and the AI-controlled enemy send forces against each other, one side representing the Dark Angel Space Marines and the other the Ork Waaagh!, each occupying opposite ends of a battlefield composed of five lanes. Units are created by collecting and spending resources – Redemption for the Space Marines, Teef for the Orks – and can be immediately sent on their way or stored, in very limited numbers, for later use.

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Smite Walkthrough

Apr 7, 2014

With over fifty gods and goddesses (all with their own unique abilities) and tons of items that offer stat modifications to all of those gods and goddesses, Smite is initially a very complicated game. Add to that game modes that already have their own metagames ingrained in the culture of the playerbase, and new players are instantly out of the loop.

Smite isn't like the typical top-down click-and-run MOBAs either. Because Smite utilizes an over-the-shoulder camera perspective the majority of attacks and abilities require a good bit of aiming and skill. Fear not though, I've been playing Smite for well over a year, and after hundreds of hours spent destroying some of the most intense gods from ancient pantheons, I'm here to report to you on just how easy mastering Smite can be. 

Smite

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FTL: Faster Than Light Walkthrough

Apr 3, 2014

FTL is a spaceship command strategy game with rougelike elements by Subset Games. Gamezebo’s strategy guide will give you all of the tips and tricks you’ll need to brave the void of space and defeat the incredibly difficult closing chapter of the game.

 

FTL: Faster Than Light

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Dungeon of the Endless Preview: Roguelike isn't a dirty word

Apr 2, 2014

I hate the word ‘roguelike.’ Judging by the recent adoption of new phrases like ‘YOLO’ and ‘procedural death labyrinth,’ it seems I’m not alone in this (though it’s not exactly like that last one rolls off the tongue, either). Regardless of how I feel about the terms we use to describe it though, I very much like what the genre represents: the challenge of outdoing your own personal best.

Dungeon of the Endless is very much a roguelike at its heart – you’ll face procedurally generated stages, plenty of treasure discovery, and permanent death – but it manages to bring something new to the genre that gives it a truly unique appeal: controlling multiple characters at once.

Dungeon of the Endless

Rather than controlling a single hero in a “fight or die” scenario, players start with two characters to swap between and will uncover more as they proceed deeper and deeper into the game. With different skillsets and upgrades, players will balance their time between both, employing tactics that will make or break them.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves – I haven’t even told you what Dungeon of the Endless is about!

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review: A shield throw in the right direction, but not quite on target

Apr 1, 2014

If hope springs eternal, then very few places see it sprout as often as in the garden of mobile games based on super hero movies. Gameloft is trying again with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, learning something from its past missteps but still not hitting the mark with something that’s as awesome as it seems it could be.

As the movie by the same name hasn’t been released in the U.S. yet (lucky overseas audiences!), there’s no way for me to tell you if the game contains spoilers. What I can relay is that New York is under attack by multiple criminal conglomerates with acronyms for names, and Cap has to lead S.H.I.E.L.D. agents into the fray to set things right. Presumably, the Winter Soldier is also involved at some point.

 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

It’s easy enough to put Steve Rogers’ legendary skills into action, tapping on enemies to attack them hand-to-hand or swiping to target them with a thrown shield. Just like in the comics, Captain America can make some nifty tosses that ricochet off surfaces and hit multiple targets. There’s an option to use a virtual thumbstick and attack button instead, but only masochists would want to do that.

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Boom Beach Walkthrough

Mar 31, 2014

Boom Beach is an action strategy game from Supercell. Gamezebo’s quick start guide will provide you with some tips and hints to brave the skies and last as long as possible in this punishing arcade experience.

 

Boom Beach

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Infinite Crisis Walkthrough

Mar 28, 2014

Infinite Crisis is a multiplayer online battle arena game from Turbine. In this game, you play as heroes and villains from the DC Comics universe to attack and defend structures in multiplayer combat.  Gamezebo’s walkthrough will provide you with some tips and hints that will help you understand some of the basic strategies of MOBA-style combat and tactics.

Infinite Crisis

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Infinite Crisis Review: Justice League of Legends

Mar 27, 2014

Comic book stories are a great backdrop for video games. Not only do you have thousands of canonical characters and decades of continuity to play with, but each of those characters and storylines have multiple versions thanks to the many universes of DC and Marvel Comics.

Infinite Crisis marked the return of the “multiverse” concept to the world of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman after a long absence. Now, Turbine has made a game by the same name, loosely based on the events of that storyline, and in doing so picked the perfect genre to employ the menagerie of metahumans at their disposal.

Infinite Crisis

Turbine is best known for its massively multiplayer games (Dungeons and Dragons Online, Lord of the Rings Online and Asheron’s Call). Infinite Crisis is, however, that newest of multiplayer fads – a MOBA. That’s short for “multiplayer online battle arena,” and encompasses games like Dota 2 and League of Legends. Those two genre heavy-hitters may be vastly different from one another, but Infinite Crisis definitely mimics the latter.

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Cloud Raiders Walkthrough

Mar 13, 2014

Cloud Raiders is a free to play action strategy game from Game Insight, wherein you must train troops to take on enemies in a story-based fashion to steal their loot. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

Cloud Raiders

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