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Victor Glimskog
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Hi!

Don´t know if this is the right thread for the subject, but anyways:

I thought that it would be a good idea to round up the games for the PC that feels, look like or in other ways resemble boardgames. I will give som examples to get this thing started:

Armageddon Empires

Turnbased strategygame set i a post-apocalyptic world. Free trial available at the website:

http://www.crypticcomet.com/games/AE/armageddon_empires.html


Fantasy Wars

Turnbased wargame set in a classical fantasysetting.

http://www.1cpublishing.eu/game/fantasy-wars/overview


Most of the games from Paradox Entertainment

This Swedish company has a special place in my heart. All of their games have the feel of a heavyweight strategy boardgame that plays very smoothly due to the fact that you barely have to learn any rules. (i say barely because to get the most out of the games you should really read trough the manuals)

Examples of Paradox entertainment games:

Europa Universalis 3: http://www.europauniversalis3.com/

Hearts of Iron 2 Doomsday: http://www.paradoxplaza.com/index.php?option=com_content&tas...


So, if you know any games (and i bet you do) that has a boardgame "feel" to them, post them so that we all together can reach PC-games-that-resembles-boardgames nirvana!



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Not sure if you noticed the other current thread about Dominions 3 but that's also another PC/Boardgame Hybrid (or PBH).

Some more PBH's include:

1. Galactic Civilizations 2 & its expansions
2. Master of Magic (the original)
3. Sid Meier's Railroads or any of the Railroad Tycoon series
4. Pirates! by Sid Meier also feels, to me, a bit like a cool boardgame

To name a few more.

I reviewed Europa Universalis (PC Gamer - July 2008, pg. 84) and I was heavily disappointed.
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Hearts of Iron?
 
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Advance Wars for the DS
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Matthew_Eklund wrote:
Advance Wars for the DS


Final fantasy Tactics and Rebelstar: Tactical Command are good ones as well on the GB/DS.
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mongoosethe wrote:

Rock on! From EU 1, the EU series has been possibly the best bunch of computer games I've ever played.
 
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@ Anthony DuLac: Firstly, thanks for the tips. I will definitely try them out. What was it with EU3 (I assume it was the third part by looking on the date of the review) that made you dissapointed? I have always thought of it as the deepest and most involving grand strategy game for pc.


 
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Etherlords 1 and 2: http://www.etherlords.com

Computer/board game hybrids: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/61759
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mongoosethe wrote:
@ Anthony DuLac: Firstly, thanks for the tips. I will definitely try them out. What was it with EU3 (I assume it was the third part by looking on the date of the review) that made you dissapointed? I have always thought of it as the deepest and most involving grand strategy game for pc.


It was a lot of things, 1. Really poor manual, 2. Features that didn't really ever get explained in the manual and/or that didn't work properly, 3. A game that felt somewhat static all around - in my review I mention how I set the game to perform Auto-turns and went on a half-hour errand. When I'd returned, nothing had really happened or changed except I had more money. Bizarre.

On a related sidenote, I'd also agree that Etherlords and Hearts of Iron are excellent games in a similar vein. Another game that I'd reviewed for GamesRadar, that's also a fun board-game style PC game is "Making History: The Calm and The Storm" - here's the link to my review, http://www.gamesradar.com/pc/review/making-history-the-calm-...
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Great review! I bought the game (Making History Gold Edition) and I am now playing the tutorial and what can i say? It feels really, really good so far. Thanks for the tip.

Another pretty promising game, judging from the demo i tried out, is "Theatre of War". It´s a pretty heavy WW2 tactical wargame that lets you control pretty much everything you want. I've only played the demo so far but it is the most detailed tactical wargame for pc I have tried out. Check it out:

http://www.battlefront.com/products/tow/index.html
 
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Thank You for the kind words, Victor! I was really happy with that review, even though it was pretty short. Usually GamesRadar has pretty crappy editing (I'm not sure why, they have some talented people over there) so I've had a few reviews actually come out worse for wear after going through the wringer but that one they left virtually untouched. Even better, the publisher of the game emailed me and GamesRadar to say that it was the best review of all the reviews they'd read, regardless of score - it was the only time I'd gotten that kind of compliment so it felt great!

Anyway, Theater of War is supposed to be pretty decent also...I remember hearing about it. One game to avoid, though, is Imperium Romanum (PC) it's pretty bad - I had to review both that game and EU3 in the same month and I found both of them disappointing, though EU3 was far better than IR, at least.
 
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What, this thread again? I'm interested in the topic, but it's been done here a few times already. Still, I hope to see something new mentioned that I might have missed before. Most of what I'm seeing are the usual mentions, but I'll go ahead and add another one that sees these lists a lot : Heroes of Might and Magic (or if you prefer a recent release that's very similar, King's Bounty). Really, when you get down to it, nearly anything that's turn-based could probably qualify here.
 
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Robrob wrote:
Matthew_Eklund wrote:
Advance Wars for the DS


Final fantasy Tactics and Rebelstar: Tactical Command are good ones as well on the GB/DS.


Those are all very good suggestions for DS.

I would also add Civilization: Revolution or whatever they call it. The DS version of Sid Meier's Civilization. The reason I don't mention SMC directly is because C:R for DS can be played in one sitting, which is more in line with the feel of (most) boardgames.
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There's Endwar (for the 360, not PC), which Fidgit describes like so:

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EndWar is not your normal real time strategy game, and not just because it finally cracks the code for how to play an RTS on a console system (The key? Voice commands!). EndWar is a gamble. In fact, I think it misreads the appeal of the genre. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if this turned out to be a commercial fiasco for Ubisoft. That's what you get when you cannily rework how real time strategy games play. EndWar is about moving pieces on a board and psyching out your opponent. It's about knowing when to push and when to give. It's about carefully upgrading your units over the course of a perhaps too dynamic campaign. This is one of the most subversive game designs of the year for how it takes the fussy action movie motif of a typical RTS and recasts it as an elegant European board game. If Reiner Knizia made RTSs, this is the one he'd make.


I haven't played it enough to verify that, but any videogame review that name checks Knizia has to be mentioned here.
 
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Montjoie!

Distributed by AGEOD http://shopus.ageod.com/game-description-Monjoie_-659242.htm...
 
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For the tactical Wargamer you can't beat John Tiller's Campaign Series. The game can be played in 2D with counters or in 3D with miniatures. This game plays best by email as the A.I. is lacking sometimes. The Campaign Series was once published by Talonsoft but is now availble through Matrix Games.

To find email opponets visit the The Blitz Wargaming Club at
http://www.theblitz.org/index.php

 
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