Act Of Agression Heavy artillery: The only surefire way to get rid of prairie dogs.

Act of Aggression

Eugen Systems/Focus Home Interactive
Reviewed on: PC (exclusive)
Street: 09.02

Back in the heyday of 1990s PC gaming, the real time strategy (RTS) genre was absolutely everywhere. The rise of console gaming took a bite out of the genre’s popularity, however—mainly because playing an RTS on a console is like eating spaghetti with no lower jaw. While the lack of RTS representation has left a gap in my gaming identity, it’s one that has been lovingly addressed by Act of Aggression. Hearkening back to games like Command and Conquer, Act of Aggression takes place in the dystopian future where three powerful factions wage war all over the world. Each faction has a well-developed skillset that caters to different play styles, which is a must for hardcore strategy fans. Combat scenarios evoke the same military realism as the Call of Duty games, and the battles are gloriously explosive. Multiplayer is a large component of the game, and it comes equipped with plenty of maps along with a dedicated server to boot. Those who harbor a bit of nostalgia for pre-millennial strategy titles will definitely want to check this beast out. –Alex Springer

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance

Nippon Ichi Software/NIS America
Reviewed on: PS4 (exclusive)
Street: 10.06

Preserving an unbroken lineage of deep, virtually limitless gameplay, Disgaea 5 is every bit an SRPG-lover’s playground as its predecessors. If you’re not familiar with the series, just imagine a game where you can level up your whole team to level 9999 then reincarnate them back at Level 1 so that you can build them back up again—stronger, faster and more ridiculously overpowered than ever before. This is a game that caters just as easily to the casual fan of RPGs and the hardest of the hardcore strategy nerds, and that’s no easy feat. Disgaea 5 brings together a dizzying array of options and features found elsewhere in the series, but never really forces the player to sit and tinker with the ones they’re not already interested in. In addition, the awesome new UI displays a bunch of critical information in each battle that was previously a little torturous to track down. The story is nothing special, but still has glimmers of the self-aware zaniness that made the original Disgaea so memorable. Disgaea 5 may not be a brand-new experience, but it takes all the best elements of an already sterling series and creates SRPG excellence. –Henry Glasheen

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