If Indiana Jones owned a laptop, this is the bag he’d carry it in. Try not to drool. [Read more…]
Motion comics. Are they the wave of the future? A kooky gimmick? Or a new tool in the comic industry’s arsenal? [Read more…]
Forget winter. War is coming!
The second season of Game of Thrones is upon us. And there’s no better way to prepare than to enjoy the many features and all ten episodes on HBO’s exceptional Season One Blu-ray set. [Read more…]
I Am Alive is an ambitious, post-apocalyptic survival game where resources are few, fights are discouraged, and the air is unbreathable. It was once meant to be a retail game but it became a downloadable title instead. Is this a negative portent of the game’s quality? Not necessarily. [Read more…]
This post is just about two years late. Yep. That’s how long it took me to finally grab a copy of 7 Wonders, easily one of the most epic board games in recent history. Released last year, 7 Wonders has already won a Cannes Jury Prize alongside 28 other awards. I’ve been playing this card development game a couple of months after its release but it was only recently I was able to acquire it as I live on the other side of the pond.
7 Wonders is a card development game for 2 to 7 players. It is set in ancient times and each player controls his own civilization that must fight for economic, military or scientific victory. Since there is no one clear path to victory, winning the game entails amassing the most number of points based on the cards that you played. The game is divided into 3 different ages each with 6 turns for a total of 18 in-game turns. A turn consists of playing different cards by paying the resource cost. Your city has the option of buying resources from other adjacent players and rewards are given for building structures, markets, military or contributing to science.
At the end of three ages, all the player points are tallied and the one with the most points win. For instance, a player may decide to take the route of building structures which give him direct influence points that add up at the end of the game. Or, a player can focus on investing in science where every green card adds up exponentially and can really rack up points as you get more combinations. There’s also military conquest which grants victory points at the end of every age. The strategy to 7 Wonders is endless as it highly depends on your choice of city, who are the civilizations adjacent to you and what cards are passed around during the game. Note that you don’t keep cards — your hand is passed around every turn after choosing a single card to play.
7 Wonders is no doubt one of those games with very high replay value and after several games, I still can’t figure out a “best” strategy to winning as there are just too many factors to consider, just like running your own city.
7 Wonders retails between ~USD $30.00 to ~USD $35.00 from Amazon.com.
It got off to a slow start, but by its midpoint, it became clear that the third season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars had found its groove, thanks to digging deeper into the Star Wars mythology, and delivering some truly epic story lines.
Gears of War 3 is Epic Games at its best. Having nothing to prove, their task this time out was to provide a satisfying finale to their blockbuster game series, and it shows. With all the pressure off — Gears 3 was a guaranteed success before it was even begun — Epic was able to execute the most confident release of their career.
How else can you satiate the anticipation for Dragon Age 2 than to sit back and watch this one hour play-through with commentary. The Dragon Age franchise is this generation’s Baldur’s Gate and I’m a bit disappointed in how its sequel has turned the combat into pretty much a standard hack and slash. Yeah, there is a tactical view and perhaps you can find a good reason to pause the game during combat, but from the initial demo I do have to say that the game’s been made more suitable for arcade-style players, perhaps for the benefit of the console market.
In any case, if you’ve got an hour to spare, grab some popcorn and soda and buffer this video now.