When I saw Thea: The Awakening coming to Xbox, I knew it was a title iIwanted to experience. I had only tasted a tiny morsel of this tasty little gem, one evening at a good friend of mine. We sat in his attic room and I watch him play as he took the time to explain the game to me. Quite far removed from the more modern strategy games, Thea: The Awakening is a settlement management, turn based game with a card combat system. You must micro manage, gear, food and stats as well as juggling who moves where and how you react to different situations and enemy movements.
I am a great lover of handheld gaming. As I work full time and and my free time is carefully balanced between family, house work and my girlfriend, I tend to find i don't get as much time as i like to play games. Why am i telling you this? Well, its because of the latest game coming to Xbox from developer Chucklefish creators of Starbound. Wargroove is a turn-based strategy game for up to 4 players, in which each player takes control of an army and its commander unit to wage war on their enemies! Wargroove is a modern take on the simple yet deep turn-based tactical gameplay popularised in the 2000's by handheld games such as Advance Wars. Extremely easy to pickup, with accessibility at the forefront of its design, and very difficult to master, with deep gameplay mechanics that complement strategic play.
There seems to be an influx lately of Games Workshop titles arriving lately. We have has the likes of Space Hulk, and we have the upcoming online Eternal Crusade based on Warhammer 40k coming next year I believe. Then we have Mordheim: City of the Damned. Mordheim was released on PC this year as early access until its full completion, and today we see it released on Xbox One. Check out the console launch trailer below:
Board games are a funny old thing. Families would gather round the kitchen table, set the board and pieces and proceed to spend two hours, or more, shouting at each other. Most of the time making accusations of cheating and picking on the youngest member of the family. Most of us grew up and found video games and left the tangible world of board games behind, so it's actually quite refreshing to be playing a video game styled on classic board games. The Living Dungeon is the first release from UK based developers Radiation Burn Games and evokes memories of a younger me playing Advanced Hero Quest with my older brothers. It shares a fantasy theme, follows a series of archetypal heroes (minus the dwarf) and has a dungeon filled with danger.
Xbox One exclusive Reversi Quest has an official release date now. This table-top RPG hybrid has a firm date set for the 15th of July this year. Recently, there have been a slew of table-top style games launched for Xbox One including the addictive Hand of Fate, The Living Dungeon, and Pure Chess has also been slated for an Xbox One release too.