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.
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).
Excerpt: I have been clamoring for a turn based strategy game for XBLA for 7 years. I played Vandal Hearts , played Band of Bugs , and neither satisfied my desire to take turns making challenging, nail-biting decisions. I wanted a game which would let me play it at my pace, analyzing the battlefield, selecting my units carefully and breaking down each mission into both strategy and tactics.