PC Gaming Catch-Up Impressions the Twentieth

Chaos Reborn

Chaos Reborn reminds me of chess... if chess had creatures to summon...  and wizards.  I like it a lot.  You are a wizard and get a deck of spell cards.  Each card is a creature or ability.  These are your spells and on your turn you can cast one.  Spells have a percentage chance to succeed, with really good spells and monsters being harder to cast.

The cool thing about spells is that you can summon and illusionary version of any creature and it has 100% chance of succeeding.  It also has 100% of the abilities of the creature.  The only downside is that the other wizard can choose to call bullshit and disbelieve your creature.  If they're correct it costs them nothing and they continue their turn.  If they're wrong they don't get to cast any other spells.

I really like this game.  I'm not telling you to go pick it up yet, because it's still in early access.  It's one I already know I'll be playing a bunch of.  I'm pretty sure it will be a recommendation once it gets its full release.


I love the premise of this game.  The main character has a USB sword that can hack any of the objects in the game.  When you hack them you are given access to some behind-the-scenes variables that let you modify how objects behave.

I was really excited to play this game, but playing it isn't as much fun as I thought.  Since you can hack the enemy stats the game is ridiculously easy.  It's easy to the point where it's not fun.  Also, I'm a developer, so the game constantly reminds me of the work I do on a daily basis.  I don't want to be reminded of work while playing a game.

Planetary Annihilation

This is a game desperately in need of a good tutorial.  The scale is huge.  The art style is great.  It looks like it has a ton of potential for giant galactic battles.  I figured out the basic controls and made my first few structures.  From my first few structures I made my first few units.  Then I had no idea what to do.

How do I find my enemy?  Which units are good?  What are the different kinds of units good for?  How should I structure my base?  How does space travel work?  How do resources work?

These are all things I'm sure I could figure out if I just devoted hours to the game, but I don't want to.  I want a quick primer on how to play the game so that I can enjoy it.  There is no tutorial in the game, just a general text guide on the title menu.  If I ever feel like I have the patience, I might return to this game.  For now, I'm putting it away.


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