Rowan Kaiser


18 games reviewed
74.5 average score
74 median score
35.3% of games recommended
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May 23, 2019

Beyond best-in-setting and best-in-franchise, Total War: Three Kingdoms is a game that instantly contends for best of the year, or best in its genre. The setting and franchise here give it high expectations, and Three Kingdoms surpasses those expectations at almost every level.

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May 25, 2017

Steel Division: Normandy '44 succeeds both at being an entertaining real-time tactics game and a compelling simulation of historical combat, which is a remarkable combination. Not to get ahead of things, but playing this excellent World War II game makes it hard not to get excited about the potential of Steel Division: Stalingrad '42 or Rome '43. Future games or expansions might even smooth out Normandy ‘44's small drawbacks, specifically its occasionally overwhelming amount of detail and lack of context to its huge number of options, but its successes wildly outweigh its failures.

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8.3 / 10.0 - Endless Legend
Sep 23, 2014

Almost everything about Endless Legend's grand strategy works in lush, beautiful harmony…except the endgame.

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8.3 / 10.0 - Banished
Feb 20, 2014

New city-builder Banished is the most fun you'll have simulating famine all year.

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Jul 25, 2014

Gods Will Be Watching takes adventure games to new, dark, and strategic places

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If one of your favorite things in RPGs is finding a new location, and reveling in the rush of new quests and characters and dialogues and battles, then Torment: Tides of Numenara does that better than just about anything. It's disappointing, although not surprising, that Torment can't maintain that energy for a full game, especially with a rushed ending. But that's a small price to pay for a wildly creative and clever role-playing game.

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7.9 / 10.0 - continue?9876543210
Jan 14, 2014

Continue?9876543210 is as weird as its title suggests, and surprisingly clever as well.

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7.8 / 10.0 - Blackguards
Jan 30, 2014

Except for its muddled progression system, tactical RPG Blackguards gets a lot of things right.

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7.4 / 10.0 - Redshirt
Dec 3, 2013

Redshirt is deeper than its Star Trek parody presentation might appear, but it's not quite deep enough.

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7.3 / 10.0 - Legends of Eisenwald
Jul 9, 2015

Legends of Eisenwald is a tactical RPG that gets fast turn-based tactical combat right, though it fumbles the story.

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