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#1 Johnny Rockets

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 11:25 AM

Need some recommendation for some good strategy games for the PC. Son asked for one for his birthday next week and didn't really have one in mind. I know there are some new ones out there that are in the $50 price range but I am not sure he has the time to devote to one with sports and school work. Any recommendations on some popular ones that might be in the $25 price range? I know absolutely nothing about these games.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 11:33 AM

civilizations 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 11:34 AM

also Gamespot is pretty good with reviews of games. here is a link of strategy games they have rated:

http://www.gamespot....ines;category;4

Edited by Saltman, 29 March 2010 - 11:41 AM.


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Posted 29 March 2010 - 11:35 AM

here is turn based strategy games

http://www.gamespot....ws&sortdir=asc#

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:01 PM

Question becomes, RTS, or turn based?

You could go get him a few of the classics for the price of the new fluff.

Some Warcraft, Starcraft, Command and Conquer, etc. They also have a ton of independent strategy games on Steam.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:05 PM

Sins of a Solar Empire.

Civilization.

Europa Universalis.

Quick Hit Football.

Medieval Total War 2.

I can go on and on and on... don't stop believing.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:07 PM

Probably not what he wants, but Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 is worth playing.

If you wanna be a real cools dads, get a Warcraft III battlechest, a Starcraft Battlechest, Command and Conquer 2: Red Alert PLUS a hot new strategy game like the ones suggested earlier.

But really, you need to find out if he wants RTS or TB.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:09 PM

Depends on how old he is. If he is older Total War games are always good. Can't go wrong with Civ 4. Sins of a Solar Empire is ok, I didn't really get into it.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:14 PM

Here's my favorite strategy game, and if you can track it down, it should be like 5$.

http://www.ageofwonders.com/

Good luck finding a copy though, and the game definitely isn't for everyone. Its a fantasy turn based strategy where it doesn't matter how much army you has, if your king dies, you lose.

Nice fantasy elements, rpg elements, and solid turn based format.

Not something I would recommend to anyone though.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:39 PM

He is 17 and his a bright kid (not sure where that comes from)....so he should be able to play any game out there.

After looking up the difference between Turn by Turn and Real Time, I think he was referring to turn by turn but I will need to check. The PC he will be putting it on is a 4 year old Gateway and has a ton of stuff on it so I am hoping performance is not an issue. I would think turn by turn might be better suited for the PC no?

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:46 PM

Turn based is harder to find unfortunately. Almost every PC strat is real time.

You'll definitely want to go with older games, and stay away from Civilization IV if your pc is that old. Nothing would suck worse for you or him than getting a shiny new game that won't run properly.

That Age of Wonders game is turn based, but its fantasy, and that turns a lot of strat fans off. I'll dig around and see what kind of TB games I can suggest.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:47 PM

turn based is harder to find unfortunately. Almost every pc strat is real time.

you'll definitely want to go with older games, and stay away from civilization iv if your pc is that old. Nothing would suck worse for you or him than getting a shiny new game that won't run properly.

that age of wonders game is turn based, but its fantasy, and that turns a lot of strat fans off. I'll dig around and see what kind of tb games i can suggest.


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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:49 PM

Just talked to a guy at work that is into these things an he recommended Warcraft III but the version that includes Frozen Throne.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:56 PM

Just talked to a guy at work that is into these things an he recommended Warcraft III but the version that includes Frozen Throne.


Real time.

For turn based I suggest GALACTIC CIVILIZATIONS 2!

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 12:58 PM

You can get Warcraft III Battlechest (frozen throne is the expansion) for 19.95, and it comes with frozen throne and two other expansions I think for a nice complete package.

It probably wouldn't hurt to mix and match RTS and TB a bit either. I dunno if you'd want to go with Warcraft or Starcraft tho. He's gonna get his ass kicked by koreans all day long on either one, if he wants to play online.


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