Summary: The Xbox Live Arcade, after nine long years, still doesn't have a whole lot of classic style strategy RPGs. Discounting tower defense, there's Band of Bugs , Greed Gorp , and a scant few others. Enter Skulls of the Shogun : a new SRPG that seeks to mix things up a little bit while retaining the classic strategy formula. Skulls is interesting in that it's a Strategy RPG without a grid, and it features cross-compatibility between three platforms.
Skulls of the Shogun review: Delightfully deceased
29 August 2013
Excerpt: Some games get million dollar advertising budgets, posters in Times Square and Superbowl Spots. The publishers want to make damn sure you hear about them. Then there are the other types of games — the ones you hear whispers about at trade shows, see people posting about on forums and hear more and more about through word of mouth.
Excerpt: There are not a lot of turn-based strategy games on Xbox LIVE Arcade, so Skulls of the Shogun deserves a look if just for a change in pace. It has a lot of competition in the gaming world, however, especially as it is modelled more on the Japanese Strategy RPG game (or more particularly, Advance Wars) than the Western version of the oeuvre, and Intelligent Systems is an inspiring but supremely tough act to follow.
Conclusion: With a 4 I am saying that the game is a lot of fun, and I recommend it to people who like this genre. price This review has been made at a 1200MSP price point. If you read this review at a point in time when the game is cheaper take that into consideration. comments Leave a comment if the review disappoints - if I've forgotten to mention anything I'll be happy to add on or clarify.
Conclusion: "...SOTS offers a deep and engaging strategy experience in a simple-to-grasp form." "Despite the stripped down interface, there is still a satisfying layer of depth to unit management in SOTS." " ...SOTS is still a fun take on the strategy genre, and definitely worth a look if you have a penchant for tactics games.
Pros: Charming humor and visuals, Simple, yet nuanced mechanics, Being able to play against opponents on any Microsoft device
Cons: Lack of variety in the campaign, Stats don’t carry over between battles, Getting killed by your own oni
Excerpt: When a veteran warrior finally falls on some distant bloodied battlefield, think his soul wings its way to an eternal rest? Nope. For the ambitious General Akamato and his loyal troops, the promised afterlife offers only fresh lands to conquer and an impostor to dethrone. Skulls of the Shogun is anything but a typical turn-based strategy game, and not just because of its colorful cartoon style and silly sense of humor.
Pros: + Unique radius-based movement; tricky formation-based defense; bold art style; lots of goofy humor., + Diverse units; skull-gobbling; varied shrines and obstacles make maps unpredictable.
Review: Skulls of the Shogun slice and dices its way as one of the premier XBLA titles to date
30 January 2013
Excerpt: When your destined greatness is trampled by a backstabbing low-life and you’re suddenly knocked to the bottom of the totem pole, all you can do is act out in vicious vengeance, right? No, no, I’m not reciting a scene from Jersey Shore, but yet the plot of what may be one of this year’s sleeper hits, Skulls of the Shogun (and yes, we know it’s only January).