2011 was a good year for my game collection. Between WBC coming to town in the summer and an surprising onslaught of Christmas gifts, I have a few to write about.
I’ll begin with some recent acquisitions.
I was very hesitant to pick this game up. My boys and I are HUGE soccer fans and I have been really looking for a game that will scratch that itch. I played APBA and Stratomatic games as a high-school and college student, and recently introduced the boys to the joys of SOM basketball.
The reviews for APBA were really mixed, but I took the plunge. As of this date I am pleasantly surprised and enjoying it. We’ve knocked off a few games using the 2010-11 English Premier League card set. I’m having none of the problems with lack of offense/shots on goal that others mention. Not having individual defensive ratings seemed odd at first but, to be honest, I’m just enjoying the game too much to mind it.
I have to say that I’m enjoying the heck out of this game. I have played it a few times the whole way through and have yet to win.
As a brief intro, this is a solitaire game based on the 1st Marine Division and their attempt to secure Fallujah in November 2004. You (the player) are in charge of a company of Marines, a few M1A2 Abrams and some Iraqi troops. Victory conditions require you to take command of a block of neighborhoods, all the while keeping your losses at an acceptable level.
I find the game to be incredibly challenging and have had a blast playing it.
On a side note, the game was developed and shipped from France. I ordered the game on January 3rd and had it at my house by the 13th and paid no extra shipping. Kudos to Nuts Publishing!
Next post-the Christmas gifts. Those being Dominion, Tikal, Puerto Rico and Mister X.