Friday Filter: Last of 2017 Edition22 Dec 2017 0
With everything from Counter-Strike to Football Manager being listed in Steam's 'Strategy' category, it can be hard to decide what is worth your time. That's where we come in: every couple of weeks, we look into the depths of the Steam Store and filter the noise to bring you the best and newest titles that actually fit the category.
Ancient Warfare 3 (Released: 21 Dec, 2017)
Also tagged as: Early Access, Action, Indie
This is a bit of a stretch, as Ancient Warfare 3 is a sandbox game, but its focus on battles and fortification adds a lot of strategy to the title. With different game modes and custom scenarios, the game lets you choose the rules, change the environment, and build your base just the way you like it.
Although it's named "Ancient Warfare", the title lets you use content from several eras, including the stone and medieval ages, both World Wars, and even the future -- it's up to the player if battles will be fought by realistic troops or not. As of writing, the game has over 300 units, 150 equipment, and more than 65 objects, with more promised to come. It is not strategy in our usual linear sense, but it can be right up the alley depending on your taste.
TINY METAL (Released: 21 Dec, 2017)
Also tagged as: Casual, Indie
A more classical title, this is the most recent example of a good Japanese arcade war gaming available on the PC. Tasked with capturing rival territories with the use of foot soldiers, tanks, helicopters, tactical vehicles, and fighter jets, Tiny Metal is a turn-based title complete with skirmish modes and a story campaign. We got a review coming early next year, so keep your eyes here on Strategy Gamer.
Train Station Simulator (Released: 14 Dec, 2017)
Also tagged as: Early Access, Simulation, Indie
I love simulator games, even if my limited time means I haven't played one in ages. Train Station Simulator looks like another interesting title I most likely won;t be able to play -- but you may.
A building/management game, TSS lets you play the role of engineer and business owner with full control over the station, from floor tiles and walls to emergency routes and financial oversight. Keeping in mind the needs of passengers and train companies alike, you must expand your building and facilities to make sure everyone is satisfied and the services are running on time. More than just trains, you are also able to deploy bus, taxi, and tram networks to grow your local station from a small regional nexus to a crowded central hub of transit.
future planned features include rain, snow, and windy weathers, disaster and crime related events, and a further expansion of nearly every mechanic in the game, like transportation connections and staff types. No word if a leaf landing on the rails will be treated as a crisis, like we do it in the UK, but signal failure will most likely make several appearances. It looks like an interesting title, so check it out if it strikes your fancy.
That's it for this edition of Friday Filter - keep an eye out for future updates as we filter out the noise of Steam's 'Strategy' tab. Seen anything else you like or tried any of the above? Let us know in the comments!
And from all of us here at Strategy Gamer, Happy Holidays!