When my favorite MMO doesn’t return my calls…

BAI get a little grouchy!  I like Final Fantasy XIV WHEN I could log in and my other mmo’s (Rift, WOW, SWTOR, LOTRO) taste like last weeks coffee.  I need something fresh, doesn’t have to be new, just different to fill in some time until I’m ready the mmo pavement again.

I finished Call of Juarez: Gunslinger last week and I picked up Battle Academy from Matrix Games a few days ago. I’ve had this itch to play some turn based conflict sims for a while now.  Battle Academy is an excellent “starter” game.  I got it to give me a taste of combat operations without force feeding me a 9 course meal (ie, massive theatre operational campaigns).  It’s a simple turn based strategy game based on WWII with a few scenarios that you unlock as you go. There’s not a lot to micro management besides movement and firing so I’ve found it easy to multitask while watching tv or cooking dinner…ie, you can walk away to deal with RL at anytime.

I’ve played through a short tutorial and several North African scenarios and haven’t managed to lose yet despite my sometimes abysmal troop placement and planning.  It does have a difficulty setting so you can ramp up/down the difficulty to your liking and Matrix has a number of DLC campaigns to make it interesting.  If you enjoyed Steel Panthers and Panzer General back in the 90s, this game may appeal to you.

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

call_of_juarez_gunslinger-wideI picked up this title during the steam summer sale and decided to download it and try it out.  I’m not finding a whole lot to do in MMO’s right now besides waiting on the FFXIV release.  Till then, this title looks like something to keep my occupied for a bit.  So how did it do….

It hooked me right from the get go!  The period music and unique cinematography style pulled me right into the action.  That action was equally impressive and for someone that is NOT a FPS fan, I really found it hard to stop playing.  The voice acting was equally entertaining.  The “unreliable” narration from the main character was a nice little surprise and some fun storytelling.  I’m not finding a whole lot NOT to like about this game.  It seems to do what it does very well for my particular tastes.  I started off on the story mode and so far my weapons of choice are the dual ranger pistols and the rifle.  There are 2 other modes, arcade and gunslinger, which I’ll save for later.  Right now, it’s a fun game that I can pick up quite easily but have a hard time putting down.  Luckily for me, progress is saved fairly frequently and I can “pause” the game when I need to walk away for some errand.