We’ve been recovering from Storm E3 this week, so not a lot ‘new’ has occurred in war game town I’ve been waiting for the Steam sale to start (more below) so I can pick up some games on the cheap, and we’ve been doing some more deep dives and lists for you. Now it’s the weekend, and I imagine you’ll want to get back to your favourite past time, so we won’t keep you.
Meanwhile, in the world of wargaming
Matrix Games / Slitherine
Only two items of note this week. First up; Scourge of War: Waterloo has been updated to V 1.03. The changes mainly target the Tactical AI, with some Campaign AI tweaks and a range of improvements and balance changes. There’s a special procedure you need to follow if you need to restart a saved multiplayer game. You can find out more about it and the full change log here.
Secondly, Slitherine and Matrix have returned to Fanatical with another impressive bundle of war games. For as little at £1.29, you can get up to £140 worth of games. The bundle breaks down as follows:
- Tier 1 (£1.29): Battle of the Bulge, Time of Fury & Pride of Nations
- Tier 2 (£2.69): The above, plus Alea Jacta Est, Last Days of Old Earth, Hell and Advanced Tactics Gold
- Tier 3 (£4.89): The above, plus Pandora: First Contact
Tier 2 seems to be the sweet-spot. Pandora was an interesting Sci-fi 4X war game, but we imagine it might get over shadowed by Proxy’s upcoming 40K/4X game, Gladius: Relics of War, which releases next month.
Holdfast Adds Prussians
Holdfast: Nations at War just dropped a huge update. The bulk of the changes revolve around adding the game’s first new faction, the Prussians. These plucky Germans were integral to the Waterloo campaign, and its good to see them finally join the fray.
Other changes include interactable objects, like doors, a game engine upgrade to improve melee combat, two new maps and a redesigned spawn interface. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, however if you want to find out the full extent of the update, we suggest you check out the full change log here.
Steam Summer Sale
In case you hadn’t noticed by now, Steam’s ‘Summer Sale’ event is now on one of several seasonal discount events, you can pick up a variety of games at often ridiculous (or at the very least, unprecedented) discount levels.
A cursory glance at the Steam Store using ‘wargames’ as a search term reveals plenty of healthy discounts. To name but a few:
- Field of Glory II (34%)
- Cold Waters (30%)
- Ultimate General Civil War (65%)
- Dominions 5 (25%)
- Atlantic Fleet (30%)
- ArmA 3: Apex (66%)
Everyone’s getting involved, including Matrix Games and the independent wargame developers. Don’t forget to check out our lists to see if there’s anything you want to pick up on the cheap:
Let us know if you end up buying anything!
Military Operations: Benchmark Tool
Remember that crazy cool Military Operations project we talked about before? Well the developer has finally released the Benchmark Tool that will allow you to test your rig’s capabilities. This test is converted into a ‘score’ which is posted to a leaderboard they’ve set up.
Be warned it needs at least 3GB of VRAM on the graphics card to run and is a 20GB download. I downloaded it and the program rejected me, like all the women in my life. We’ve got Bill Gray on the case who sports a respectable 4GB of VRAM on his own graphics card. Look out for a write-up next week. You can read more about the benchmark itself here.
That’s all for this week’s round-up – enjoy your weekends!