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For those who enjoy playing Football Manager Touch 2016 [$19.99], the Winter Transfer Window update is always a fun moment in the game's life-cycle. If you aren't aware of how football transfer seasons work, football teams are only allowed to sign players during the summer transfer season and the winter transfer season (unless those players aren't signed to any team). What this means in terms of football games striving for realism is that unless there's a Winter Transfer update, the game's rosters are outdated by the end of January of any given year. So, for those who enjoy their Football Manager games to reflect the footballing reality of the world around them, the Winter Transfer update is a much-needed roster update that brings the game closer to what they would watch on TV...

'Final Fantasy 9' Review - Celebrating The Series In Style

I had often wondered if we were going to see Final Fantasy 9 [$20.99] on iOS. As the only installment of the PlayStation 1 trio without a PC port, it was going to take a lot more work to get the game going on other platforms. At the same time, it's also the lowest-selling among its PlayStation peers, and while it seems to be generally more well-liked than Final Fantasy 8 these days, it's hard to say how well Square Enix would be able to financially justify what would have to be a high-effort port. Well, I guess the numbers must have finally worked out, because not only is Final Fantasy 9 now available on iOS, the quality of the port is well beyond my expectations. This is a great RPG from one of Square Enix's best eras, and it's been given an exceptional amount of care in the transition to mobile...




'Football Manager Touch 2016' Review - Say Goodbye To Your Free Time, Your Job, and Your Life

What do you look for in a game? Is it brief moments of entertainment? Do you like games that keep you busy while you play them and fade from memory the moment you stop? Then Football Manager Touch 2016 [$19.99] is definitely not for you. Why so? Because this is a game about investment, a game that hooks you not with its frantic gameplay (since it's anything but frantic) but by getting you involved and invested in your career. The game makes you feel like an integral part of team your managing; you don't play FMT 2016 only when you're looking at your tablet, you're playing it even late at night in a bar when you're thinking which player would work where, or whether that wonderkid will finally turn up on matchday. This is a game that will literally expand to fill much of your free time, even when you aren't actually anywhere near your tablet...

There's this one franchise that most European (primarily) gamers use as short for the game that made you break up with a girlfriend, miss your best friend's wedding, fail a few (or more) classes, or forget to eat, and that franchise is Football Manager (yes, I know it wasn't always called that, but that's not important). After releasing Football Manager Mobile 2016 [$8.99], the more streamlined mobile version of the game, Sports Interactive has just dropped Football Manager Touch 2016 [$19.99], the big daddy, on the App Store. This is an improved version of last year's Football Manager Classic [$19.99 (HD)] (which got 5 stars from me), and should play even better than last year's game. Football Manager Touch 2016 is pretty much the Football Manager Touch mode from the PC game, which is a streamlined version of the full Football Manager 2016 monster. The iOS and PC version of Football Manager Touch are fully cross-save compatible, which means you can waste all that time on the same career on both iOS and on the PC...

When Slitherine decided to develop Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon [$19.99 (HD)], most strategy nerds (like me) got quite excited because the Warhammer universe was a great fit for a strategy game based on the Panzer Corps engine. When the game came out, it didn't disappoint as it delivered a pretty deep strategy game with a crazy amount of units and a some long and diverse campaigns. When I reviewed it a few months back, I really enjoyed it, although I did have some complaints about Slitherine's multiplayer system. Yesterday, Slitherine announced a new Campaign for the game, Ork Hunters, that adds even more content to the game and includes new units as well as a continuation of the game's story. According to the announcement, after the Imperial forces defeated the Orks in the Second War for Armageddon, the surviving Orks left some of their spores in the Equatorial Jungle where they managed to survive and grow, threatening the stability of Armageddon...

Oftentimes, when we look at a game, we focus on its mechanics and how it fits within the parameters of its genre. Has this first-person shooter managed to get the controls right, is this platformer too bouncy, or is this endless runner just too twitchy? Yet, sometimes what makes a game stand out is not so much its mechanics but, rather, its theme, and Slitherine's Warhammer 40K: Armageddon's [$19.99 (HD)] theme raises what would otherwise be a relatively-traditional Panzer Corps re-skin into a pretty good strategy game in its own right. Slitherine uses its strategy gaming expertise along with the fantastic Games Workshop's Warhammer 40K universe to create a game that's so much more fun to play than any WWII game - and this comes from someone who loves WWII and Vietnam strategy games. In Warhammer 40K: Armageddon, Slitherine delivers a strong wargame that acts as a great introduction to the universe for the uninitiated while also being a treat for the Warhammer 40K faithful. However, as I've mentioned in my review of another Slitherine game, Space Program Manager, while the Play by Email (PBEM) probably works well for multiplayer games on the PC, it doesn't take advantage of what the mobile platform has to offer and even hampers the multiplayer side of the game, which should actually be Warhammer 40K: Armageddon's highlight...

'Chaos Rings 3' Review - Put A Ring On It, This One's A Keeper

Chaos Rings 3 [$19.99] is hauling a lot of baggage with it. It carries the hopes of a series that seems to be hanging on by a thread, the expectations of a fanbase who were heavily engaged by the storytelling chops of the series to date, and potentially the future of original, premium mobile RPGs from Square Enix. Like the protagonists of the previous games, it's a creation pulled out of its context, struggling to find relevance in a changed world that offers little mercy. The entire game feels like it was heading down a particular path only to get yanked in an entirely different direction just before it was finished. This whole situation likely explains why this game has a lot of cruft and loose ends hanging from it. It feels like they threw in everything, the kitchen sink, and the whole housewares department while they were at it. As a result, I think this game has a little something for everyone, but few people are going to indulge in everything. It's just the sort of messy RPG that Square Enix used to fill our bellies with on a regular basis when they weren't quite so risk-averse, and I personally love it for that...

'Football Manager Classic 2015' Review - Creating Amazing Stories in a Sports Management Game

Necessary Disclaimer: Although this review is about the sport US readers call "soccer," I'll be using the term football to be consistent with the game's title...

'Pike and Shot' Review - Historical Strategy Hits the Mark

'Pike and Shot' Review - Historical Strategy Hits the Mark

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February 9th, 2015 10:44 AM EDT by Andrew Fretz in $19.99, 4.5 stars, iPad Games, Reviews, Strategy
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Pike and Shot [$19.99 (HD)] is out now on iOS from strategy vets Slitherine. This port of a PC game has made the transition very well. I bet you saw the price tag on this game, but let me be the first to tell you it's worth it. If you are wondering what the balance between quality and quantity is for this title, the balance is that it comes with heaping amounts of both. A host of features, in depth combat, historical narratives and a clean visual style make this an amazingly well rounded premium game...

Strategy buffs listen up: Slitherine has unleashed their latest WWII-themed strategy game Battle Academy 2: Eastern Front [$19.99 (HD)] for the iPad. For whatever reason it didn't follow the typical weekly release schedule, and wasn't included in our list of new games last night, but it's definitely one you don't want to let slip through the cracks. As the name implies, the sequel to 2012's excellent Battle Academy focuses on the Easter Front and has you playing through 30 missions across 4 different campaigns as both the Axis and Soviet forces...

It rolled out a bit later than the rest of this week's releases, but yesterday Slitherine unleashed their latest iPad strategy game Commander the Great War [$19.99 (HD)] onto the masses. Like most of Slitherine's games, this one is centered around war, specifically World War I or The Great War as the title implies. The game consists of five different campaigns that span the globe, each taking place during a different year of the war. The campaigns are based on the real history of the war, but there are opportunities to diverge from the historical timelines and enter into alternate histories based on the decisions you make during play. Topping off the immense single-player component of Commander the Great War is cross-platform online multiplayer. ..

'Dragon Quest VIII' Review - One Of Japan's Most Epic RPGs Gets A Slightly Less Epic Port

The Dragon Quest series has had an odd relationship with western gamers. It's a bonafide cultural icon in its home country of Japan in a way few games have managed to become anywhere. I mean, as I type this review, I can hear the theme being played by a school band at the local elementary school, and that's hardly a rare occurrence. However, it's never quite taken in the west, and it's certainly not for lack of trying. Nintendo gave the first game a massive push, overhauling the graphics, interface, and save system, and featuring it prominently in their magazine Nintendo Power, only to be left with so many unsold cartridges they ended up giving them away with subscriptions. Enix of America quietly translated and released the other three NES games, then disappeared shortly into the 16-bit generation before they could release Dragon Quest 5 and 6. Enix of America then briefly reappeared in the PlayStation 1 era, translating the massive Dragon Quest 7. Unfortunately, that game was about as pretty as the south end of a northbound mule, and it released almost a year after the PlayStation 2 released, so it wasn't exactly a big hit...

Can't go to the beach because it's covered in Chryssalids? Tired of 98 pound Sectoids kicking plasma in your face? Worry not, friend. Colonel Atlas has a plan for you...

I'm not sure it's possible for us to be much more excited about an iOS game release as we are for 2K's XCOM: Enemy Unknown which just hit the New Zealand App Store for the equivalent of $19.99. It won't be available in the proper US App Store until 11:00 PM Eastern tonight, but, if you're in a different region than us, be sure to jump on this iTunes link to grab the game whenever iOS games typically become available for you...

'XCOM: Enemy Unknown' Hits the App Store This Thursday for $19.99

We've been all over Firaxis Games' XCOM: Enemy Unknown since first rumors of its arrival hit the internet, and per a recent press release, the game is coming this Thursday the 20th (So, Wednesday at 11:00 PM, most likely.) for $19.99. It'll run on the iPad 2, 3, 4, and mini, as well as the iPhone 4S, 5, and 5th generation iPod touches...

'The World Ends With You: Solo Remix' Review - Square Enix's Beloved RPG Transitions Gracefully to iOS

Like a lot of gamers out there, I'm tired of your standard JRPG protagonists. They're always the same, always sullen, good-looking lone wolves with tragic pasts. The headphones-wearing, purple-vested Neku Sakuraba of Square Enix's The World Ends With You: Solo Remix [$17.99 / $19.99 (HD)] is no different but that's okay because it's still a ridiculously brilliant game...

Today Brad and I get busy on a high-profile port of Square Enix’s critically acclaimed RPG The World Ends With You. It first hit the US on the Nintendo DS in 2008, and was praised for its unique art style, accurate portrayal of Japanese youth culture, and an interesting dual-screen battle system that had you controlling two characters simultaneously, one using the touch screen and one using the d-pad and buttons...

'Chaos Rings II' Review - A Satisfying Sequel and Visual Masterpiece

If there's one thing that can be said about Square Enix, it's that they're excellent at the whole production values thing. Chaos Rings II [$17.99/HD] is absolutely stunning. From the gorgeous musical score to the voice acting to the vibrant landscapes, there is a lot to savor in Square Enix's latest turn-based RPG. However, that's not really surprising. We are talking about Square Enix, after all. How often have they published a new game that does not make you whistle gently under your breath? The real question is, 'Is Chaos Rings II more than a pretty face?'..

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