Tom Bitterman


16 games reviewed
86.6 average score
89 median score
87.5% of games recommended
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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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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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Apr 11, 2018

They make the game better.  Definitely worth picking up.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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