January 2011
Top 10 Strategy Game Countdown — #10 General Chaos
26 January 2011 6:10 pm
We're going to try something a little different with this Top 10 feature, teasing out the list from the bottom to the top. I grew up playing General Chaos, and there's no other game like it from the era. It's also one of the most underrated party games ever made, thanks to its support of four-player battles.

With its Catch-22 humor and four-player support, this real-time tactics game occupies a special spot on the list. The goal is simple—annihilate the enemy—yet there's a surprising amount of gameplay depth. There are five different classes of soldiers, each level allows you to choose from four different squads, and one is an elite commando team that features an alternative control scheme. You can even learn tactics in boot camp and achieve special bonus objectives on levels.
Help Save Shining Force — Let's Motivate Camelot and Sega
22 January 2011 9:03 am
I've been playing a lot of Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance lately, and strategy RPGs remain one of my all-time favorite genres.
Wouldn't it be great if Camelot developed a new Shining Force title, one that was actually comparable in quality to Shining Force III, rather than the lackluster non-Camelot sequels that have been released in the last 10+ years? If you're a fan of the genre, I highly recommend you visit Shining Force Central and add to this PR effort. Write a letter, sign the anniversary birthday card, make a YouTube video, or simply Tweet about it. Make of it what you will, but do something!
New RPG Comes to Mega Drive; Sets New Homebrew Standard
10 January 2011 6:52 pm
Q: When was the last time an original RPG for the Sega Genesis was released?

A: WaterMelon released Pier Solar on 20 December 2010!

While I haven't been able to do a full review of this game yet, what I've seen so far on the intertubes has only further whipped me into a desirous frenzy to play this new RPG. Check out in-depth Spanish review in Games Tribune #23 (I can't read the language, but do understand that an overall score of 90/100 is quite good), and for those English speakers you can find a short review on RetroCollect as well.

The graphics look like some of the best to ever grace the Genesis, the music samples have impressed me as well, and the packaging reminds me of the good old Working Designs days. The original print run for the game has already sold out, but there is a reprint edition currently available.
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