Rowan Kaiser


17 games reviewed
73.1 average score
74 median score
31.3% of games recommended

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Rowan Kaiser
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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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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6.3 / 10.0 - Stellaris
May 9, 2016

Stellaris is filled with good ideas, and it's not difficult to see the outline of a great space strategy game where those ideas could come together. But beyond the early game, it's only compelling in bits and pieces – it turns into a largely uneventful slog after that. Paradox has developed a reputation of major upgrades to their games for years after launch, and Stellaris is going to need all that love and more to reach its potential.

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Rowan Kaiser
Apr 21, 2016

There are a lot of good ideas in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada, and it certainly looks like a great tactical space combat game. But it struggles to build that into a coherent whole, making it tough to recommend unless you’re willing to utterly dedicate yourself to fully comprehending the inaccessible systems of its combat.

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5.6 / 10.0 - Armello
Sep 9, 2015

Armello makes a great first impression, but it has a bad habit of making you feel like you're playing alone.

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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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5.2 / 10.0 - Dungeons 2
Apr 21, 2015

Dungeons 2 tries to revitalize dungeon management games...and falls on its face in the process.

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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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Rowan Kaiser
Jul 25, 2014

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

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Unscored - Tropico 5
May 22, 2014

Wait. Patches or expansions may tweak its motivational balance in the right direction.

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7 / 10.0 - Bound by Flame
May 12, 2014

While parts of Bound By Flame are messy, its combat is strong enough to keep the fire stoked.

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6.9 / 10.0 - The Last Federation
Apr 28, 2014

The Last Federation is a new kind of space game, but its strategy can't keep up with its strong tactics.

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7.1 / 10.0 - Age of Wonders III
Apr 2, 2014

Age of Wonders 3 does the little things right, but struggles on a larger scale.

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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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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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7.9 / 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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7.4 / 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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