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Ultimate General: Civil War

1 year ago

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The Flare Path: Mostly Positive

Ultimate General: Civil War has travelled a fair-old distance since I Early Accessed it late last year. Game-Labs' spectacular sprite slaughterhouse is now bigger, better, and even more approachable. I like it a lot, but not quite enough to pin a prestigious RPS Recommended rosette on its breast.

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2 years ago

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The Flare Path: Things to Come (Part 1)

Until my ongoing Nostalgium 76 experiments bear fruit, Time will continue to march on in seven-league boots hobnailed with uncertainties; the Future will continue to yawn like a bored crocodile while we stumble towards it like distracted ducklings. On the bright side... [checks notes] soothsayers will remain in employment, caterpillars and acorns will have something to look forward to, and work-in-progress wargames such as the…

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Premature Evaluation – Ultimate General: Civil War

Every week we dispatch Brendan onto the battlefields of early access alongside a battalion of eager troops. This week, he attempts to become a renowned tactician for the Union in Ultimate General: Civil War [official site]. I don’t know much about this period of American history, except that Abraham Lincoln was the goodie and Clint Eastwood won the war by blowing up a bridge with…

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The Flare Path: A Typical Atypical Simmer #1

The idea that simulations are consolation prizes - digital sops for people that lack the skill or dedication to make it as real pilots, race car drivers, tankies or whatever - is depressingly widespread. The linked notion that sims are something you abandon once you get your hands on the 'real McCoy', crops up almost as often in games criticism and forum exchanges, and annoys me…

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