2014 Games Preview Update

Well, halfway through 2014 and here’s the status of my game list:

  • Age Of Wonders III (bought)
    Brother Against Brother (where are you ?!?)
    Galactic Civilizations 3 (will this even release in 2014?)
    Worlds of Magic (where are you ?!?)
    Out of the Park Baseball 15 (bought, way to go 3D!!!)
    Gridiron Solitaire (bought)
    Warlock 2: The Exiled (bought)
    Tropico 5 (out, but I haven’t bought it yet)
    East vs. West – A Hearts of Iron Game (ran off with Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster)
    Making History: The Great War (bought early release)
    Dead State (waiting for release)
    UFO2Extraterrestrials: Battle for Mercury (where are you???)

I really should start reviewing some of these games.

2014 Games Preview

Rock, Paper, Shotgun and Space Sector posted previews of games that are due out in 2014.  Here’s a partial list of some games I’m looking forward to:

  • Age Of Wonders III
    Brother Against Brother
    Galactic Civilizations 3
    Worlds of Magic
    Out of the Park Baseball 15
    Gridiron Solitaire
    Warlock 2: The Exiled
    Tropico 5
    East vs. West – A Hearts of Iron Game
    Making History: The Great War
    Dead State
    UFO2Extraterrestrials: Battle for Mercury

Here’s the links to the lists.  Check them out and let us know in the forum which ones you can’t wait for!

Rock, Paper, Shotgun 2014 Preview Part 1
Rock, Paper, Shotgun 2014 Preview Part 2
Rock, Paper, Shotgun 2014 Preview Part 3

Space Sector 2014 Preview


Europa Universalis IV Release Day!

Europa Universalis IV release day is here! I can’t wait to see what’s changed from EU3. 8)

Introducing AAR Central’s Gameography


The 2013 Steam Summer Sale has come and gone. This time I was good, I only bought three games. Only three games! Only THREE games? That got me to thinking. How many games do I actually have now and how many of those games have I actually played? I’ve been buying and playing PC games since 1986 when I bought my very first one, Starflight. Back then it was easier. There was no Steam or Internet was a word I had never heard!  PC games that looked interesting to me were few and far between so when I did have the money to buy one there was more than enough time to play it. But of course that all changed. There are countless PC games out there now and I own a lot of them.

Interestingly enough, the habit of buying a game and not playing it is  not a recent phenomenon for me. The first game I bought and never played was V for Victory by Atomic Games. It wasn’t that I had too many games or had no time to play it. In the case of V for Victory my graphics card wasn’t good enough. My computer refused to even start it. I ended up calling the game V for Video Card. But it was the first in a long line of PC games that I would buy and never play or, in some cases, only play for a few minutes.

So, how many games do I currently own? I counted as best as I could. The number isn’t exact because I know I didn’t find all of the games I own. I own over 256 PC games! The list goes back to Starflight (I still have the original package) and I even have a few of the original CD’s (or 3.5″ floppies)  for some. And there are a lot of titles in the list that I’ve never even bothered to install.

Realizing this has led me to create a new feature here at AAR Central. I’m officially introducing AAR Central’s Gameography.

What is AAR Central’s Gameography? Every so often I’m going to go into my list of neglected games and give it attention. Each ‘episode’ of Gameography will have four sticky posts. The first post will contain  information about the subject game – who made it, where to get it (if you still can), patches, mods, etc.  The second post will contain information on how I got it to run (if I can) if it’s an old game. The third post will be my review of the game. The fourth post will be an AAR of the game. You, of course, are invited to join the discussion. Who knows, I might pick a game you’ve also neglected!

[Update] The first ‘episode’ of Gameography is now up! Head over to the Forum to check out the first game to be in the spotlight.


Endless Space Disharmony DLC Released

Endless Space Disharmony DLC was released on Steam yesterday. I managed to play an hour or so last night and didn’t see a lot of obvious changes so I’ll have to play it more this weekend! It should be interesting to see what happens when I meet a race that hates the official currency of the galaxy and wants to make it all disappear.

Pandora: First Contact

Slitherine and Matrix Games have announed Pandora: First Contact. The game promises to “follow in the footsteps of classics like Alpha Centauri and Galactic Civilizations”. Now, I like Galactic Civilizations. But I absolutely, positively LOVE Alpha Centauri! Needless to say,  my hopes are very high for this game. Here’s the list of the planned features so far:

  1. Survive encounters with the planet’s dangerous wild life. Agile predators in the steppes, deadly insect swarms in the jungle, or gigantic creatures lurking in the abyss of the oceans.
  2. Ruins and artefacts, the relics of an ancient alien civilization long forgotten, provide bonuses.
  3. Progress through a vast research tree spanning dozens of technologies that provide new buildings, units, weapons, and more.
  4. Negotiate trade or research pacts with other factions for mutual benefits. Forge alliances to stand united against common foes.
  5. Found new cities to expand the borders of your empire. Manage cities by selecting what structures they build or units they recruit and by assigning priorities to your colonists.
  6. Shape the landscape with terraforming: construct farms, mines, forts, or other improvements to increase the productivity of your colonies or to fortify positions.
  7. Command vast armies on the battlefield against enemy factions, making use of the variety of terrain types to gain an advantage.
  8. Design your own units, choosing from a variety of different classes, weapons and armour to maximize the strength of your forces.
  9. Unleash hell on your opponents with powerful military operations, ranging from drop pods behind enemy lines to black hole generators eradicating entire landscapes.

Head on over to Slitherine to check out Pandora: First Contact. While you’re there make sure to sign up as a beta tester!

Happy New Year!

Best New Year wishes to EVERYONE!

I know AAR Central has been very quiet this year but hopefully that will change. I may have to start including a game review or two. If so I’ll include old games as well as new.


Victoria II: A House Divided

Victoria II: A House Divided is scheduled to release tomorrow. This will be the first expansion to Victoria II. I know that this expansion focuses on the American Civil War but I’m looking forward to trying out the new political and diplomacy systems more than anything else. With this coming out and Crusader Kings II following soon I may never finish my Civ5 Alpha Centauri AAR!

UPDATE: I just saw on the Paradox Forum that Victoria II: A House Divided has been delayed! It’s due to release on February 2 now. Crusader Kings II has also been delayed a week. Maybe someone at Paradox wants me to finish my Civ5 AAR first!

Americans To Try For Alpha Centauri

Yes, it’s true! You can read about it here.


Civilization 5 Patch Released

The newest patch for Civ5 is out today! I think it’s time I fired up this game up again. And I can’t wait to try the hot seat mode. The patch notes: Continue reading