MB Updated January 28, 2015
There Will Be Games


phantomcovermock200This week, Dan Verssen's PHANTOM LEADER gets the Cracked LCD treatment and- what's that? The Gameshark Editor's Choice award! Folks, this game is awesome.  It's hugely thematic, narrative, and in some ways it's more like a sports team management sim or an adventure game than a wargame. I've been kind of blown away by it, and I think a lot of folks here will be too. There are only two serious contenders for best of the year honors at this point, and this game is one of them.

I'm predicting that on the strengths of games like this, FIELDS OF FIRE, the VPG solo titles (review next week!), and the emergence of more and more games that have solitaire options built in that we're going to see more one player fare in the next couple of years. It makes sense, because it's a hell of a lot easier to get yourself to play a game than it is to get four or five people on board for it. I never really got into the solo game thing until just recently, but I'm having a great time with these titles.

Also, my BLAZBLUE: CONTINUUM SHIFT review is up if you care. I hope that you do.

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Michael is a member of the Fortress: Ameritrash staff, and a regular columnist for Gameshark.

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Sometime in the early 1980s, MichaelBarnes’ parents thought it would be a good idea to buy him a board game to keep him busy with some friends during one of those high-pressure, “free” timeshare vacations. It turned out to be a terrible idea, because the game was TSR’s Dungeon! - and the rest, as they say, is history. Michael has been involved with writing professionally about games since 2002, when he busked for store credit writing for Boulder Games’ newsletter. He has written for a number of international hobby gaming periodicals and popular Web sites. From 2004-2008, he was the co-owner of Atlanta Game Factory, a brick-and-mortar retail store. He is currently the co-founder of and as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Miniature Market’s Review Corner feature. He is married with two childen and when he’s not playing some kind of game he enjoys stockpiling trivial information about music, comics and film. 

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