Tom Bitterman


16 games reviewed
86.6 average score
90 median score
87.5% of games recommended
Scores 7.7 higher than average

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman
9.5 / 10.0 - Imperator: Rome
Apr 25, 2019

A good game with a lot of depth – just what one would expect from Paradox.  Play it through once or twice just for fun, then grab one of the strategy guides that will be popping up to more fully appreciate the mechanics.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman
Mar 25, 2019

A worthwhile expansion for fans of the series.  A couple new races and hypergates freshen up a 4X veteran.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman
Apr 11, 2018

They make the game better.  Definitely worth picking up.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman

If you have wasted great gobs of your life playing Civ 6, or feel like you have figured it out, this is a good expansion to make you rethink a game you thought you knew.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman
May 23, 2017

An example of what a good expansion can be.  Adds depth and breadth to the original.  Worth the 20 bucks, and more.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman
Dec 6, 2016

Civilization remains the preeminent turn-based strategy game. This iteration has a lot of good ideas and a few flaws in execution. The flaws will be fixed, the good ideas will stay and deepen over time.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman

In summary, if you like GalCiv3, you will like this expansion.  The primary problem with it is simply the lack of new material.  Other than the Bazaar, this has the feeling of a well-done couple of DLCs.  Not really worth the 20 bucks except for fans of the series.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman

Fans of CivBE will want to pick this one up. While nothing groundbreaking has been added, the new features flesh out some gameplay from the original, and add the new frontier of aquatic colonization. Perhaps a little heavy on the micromanagement, the overall pace of the game retains that "one more turn" quality.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman
9.5 / 10.0 - Sorcerer King
Jul 16, 2015

Tried and true mechanics combine with flexible customization and an interesting asymmetric challenge to create a fun, challenging game. Worth playing for both newcomers and fantasy TBS veterans alike. A dash of humor and sense of progress make the time fly by.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman
Jun 4, 2015

A good game marred by bugs and lack of documentation. Once it is fixed it should be back on top but it does not justify a higher score.

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Tom Bitterman
7.4 / 10.0 - Ancient Space
Dec 4, 2014

A standard space-based RTS.  Short, but also cheap, worth picking up if you are a fan of the genre or are just itching for some old-school RTS action.  Otherwise, you won't miss anything.

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Tom Bitterman
9 / 10.0 - Endless Legend
Oct 27, 2014

Welcome to the new king of fantasy turn-based 4X strategy. While not perfect, this game has achieved many of its lofty goals. A must-buy for any fan of TBS games, Endless Legends could put a dent in the sales of that other big game coming out soon. It is that good.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman

Another success in the line of Civ games.  It does a good job of setting the scene and taking the player along on a story of hope, struggle and triumph.  The ability to customize your side both before and during the game will lend itself to long debates over the "best " strategies.  Replayability and the inevitable mods and expansions will keep this on your hard drive for a long time.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman
Sep 23, 2014

Does a good job walking the thin line between economy-sim and RTS.  Gives a good "build it and then knock it down" feeling with varied and colorful units.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman
Apr 16, 2014

A TBS with a sense of humor doesn't come along every day.  Don't mistake light-hearted for light-headed, however - "Warlock 2: The Exiled" is a solid, if limited, game.  It can provide hours of fun in an attractive package without overwhelming the player with detail.

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Gaming Nexus
Tom Bitterman
Jan 3, 2014

The original game is a classic. The "Enhanced Edition" is a near-clone, with some additional content. If you haven't played it before, or would like a deep RPG to put on your tablet, this is a good buy. It is $20 for the Enhanced Edition vs. $10 for the original + mods (some assembly required) – give these guys your money so they can make "Baldur's Gate 3".

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