Retro Game Friday: Shogun Empires

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m back with a really unheard of title. It’s Real Time Conflict: Shogun Empires!

Plot Synopsis:  Two brothers are locked in bloody combat in feudal Japan.

Plot: That was the best plot synopsis I could come up with, sorry. The plot is so thin that it’s pretty much not there to begin with. Not that the gameplay is much better…

Gameplay: This is an RTS, which is almost never done right on anything other than the PC. This game shows it, although not because it was difficult to win, but because it was so freaking boring. You could, and should, use only units of archers to absolutely dominate any battle. Everything else was pretty much blown away if you just overwhelmed them with a shit ton of archers.  Seriously though it’s such flimsy gameplay that they could as well have thrown in the entire works of Shakespeare and still no one would’ve cared enough about this game to give it more than an hour or two of play. Although that might just be insulting to the Bard.

Art: The art is terrible, and even the cover art is incredibly dated. I mean seriously, those CG models are freaking terrible.

Music: I don’t remember a whit of it, sorry.

Overall: Never play this game unless you have no other choice of any other activities. Which should never happen as even sleeping is a better use of time then playing this piece of garbage. Just stay far, far, away from this.

Bookish Wednesday: The Laboratory by Skyler Grant

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’ve got a rather short book. It’s The Laboratory by Skyler Grant!

Plot Synopsis: Emma is an artificial intelligence with a love of science, insults, and devilish traps. When her systems are booted up she finds herself in control of a long-abandoned facility in a post-apocalyptic wasteland…

Plot: The plot is pretty great, it’s like if you took GLaDOS from Portal and made her even more ruthless and insulting. I can’t describe it any better than that, and frankly I think that does pretty well.

Characters: Emma is a great lead character, if only because she is so very snarky. Her constant barbs are hilarious and entertaining to the point where I had to avoid listening to the book early in the morning to avoid waking up others with my laughter. The rest of the cast is also quite good.

Overall: If you loved Portal, or just love snarky female leads that are also ruthless as hell, you’ll love The Laboratory.

For those who like: LitRPG, Post-Apocalyptic Setting, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama, Action, Snark, Fantastic Plot, Excellent Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but really how can you hate that?

Retro Game Friday: Black & White 2

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering the sequel to one of my favorite games. It’s Black & White 2!

Plot Synopsis: The player is called to the world from a “pure prayer” and thus comes upon a scene of a Greek city being devastated by a huge Aztec army. After the player saves a certain number of people, their people are transported to a new land with a handful of refugee worshipers, the player must re-establish a power base from which to eventually defeat the Aztec empire.

Plot: The plot was okay, but really the meat of the game was always in the gameplay.

Gameplay: Like in the first game you could evil or good, or more neutral. Frankly I enjoyed the more neutral path as I got to make my populace happy, but was an absolute terror to my enemies. One of my favorite tactics was to have my creature toss corpses into enemy areas to cause chaos. Yeah I’m particularly evil in that manner, but frankly it was effective as hell.

Art: The art is much improved from the first, but it still has aged poorly. It’s better, but you can really tell how old the game is (12 years). There are probably mods out there to improve it if you wanted to play the game now.

Music: I honestly don’t remember much of it.

Overall: A great sequel.

Retro Game Friday: Ogre Battle 64

This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a really obscure title most probably forgot even existed. It’s Ogre Battle 64!

Plot Synopsis:  The story follows Magnus Gallant, a recent graduate of the Ischka Military Academy and fledgling captain in Palatinus’ Southern region Alba, as civil war erupts in the country.

Plot: It was pretty good and one of the first console games to have multiple endings that I played.

Gameplay: This was a RTS, instead of a turn based strategy game like Final Fantasy Tactics, which made it a bit more hectic. Frankly at the time I preferred turn based combat, and for strategy games I would say that still holds true for me. That said this was one of the more obscure games and getting a copy to play wasn’t exactly easy. I only played it a couple of times.

Art: The art is mostly 3d in an isometric perspective, so while it hasn’t aged very well, it’s aged better than more fully 3D games like Perfect Dark or the like.

Music: Don’t remember a whit of it, sorry.

Overall: If you get the chance to play it, go for it. It’s pretty interesting, although the gameplay may seem somewhat simplistic now.

For those who like: RTS, Strategy Games, Good Plot, Decent Gameplay.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Retro Game Friday: Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings

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This week for Retro Game Friday I’m covering a game I played, but hadn’t played the prequel for at all. It’s all about Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings!

Plot Synopsis: One year after the events of Final Fantasy XII, the protagonist Vaan is now a sky pirate possessing his own airship.

Plot: I honestly had no clue what was going on for most of the time when I played this game, which is probably due to the fact that I hadn’t played the prequel, I don’t own a PS2 so I never got the chance.  It wasn’t a great plot, and it’s probably why most people have never heard of this game.

Gameplay: It plays a lot like an RTS game, which is both cool and annoying in that the Nintendo DS isn’t made for that sort of game. It wasn’t as bad as the horrendous Starcraft port onto the N64, but it’s pretty freaking close.

Art: The art is one of the few things about this game I liked, it’s a lot like the Tactics series, which I love, pity they didn’t take the combat system from those games instead of doing the RTS crap.

Music: Being a portable game, I never listened to the music.

Overall: Avoid this game, unless you absolutely must know what happens after Final Fantasy XII.

For those who like: Final Fantasy XII, RTS games on handheld consoles.

Not for those who don’t like: Either of the above.