Why the Return Of MicroProse Games Is An Old-School Gamer’s Wet Dream?

Saulo Velez

2020-08-06

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Things were looking grim for strategy gaming over the entirety of the past decade. From the flawed Command and Conquer reboot to the recent WarCraft Reforged disaster, it seemed like old-school tactics enthusiasts are doomed to replay the great classics of old for eternity. 

Not that the fandoms mind pouring more hours into their favored titles. That’s what we’ve been doing all this time after all, but still, the heart craves for a new experience. Alas, outside a couple of hit-or-miss indie titles, we were left with but a dream of an upcoming masterpiece. 

The community craved for a savior. 

And boy oh boy, did a savior come (I hope the studio will stick to their ideals or at the very least learn from the mistakes of EA and Activision Blizzard). 

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, MicroProse games are not only announcing the return of the beloved studio, but are bringing three new strategy and military sim titles to the table: Task Force Admiral, Second Front, and Sea power. 

MicroProse Games Are Back, Baby!

For those of you born after the year 2000, MicroProse is an outstanding game development company founded by the legendary Sid Meyer and Bill Stealey. We have the company to thank for such legends as Civilization, X-com, and F15 Strike. 

The company has been out cold for two whole decades and now the legendary crew is back to scratch that military sim itch. Speaking of some insights, though, the company flies under a new CEO – the simulation software veteran David Lagettie. 

That being said, new leadership doesn’t worry me for two primary reasons:

- David has proven experience with grounded, realistic simulations, which ought to do the new IPs justice.
- Bill Stealey is still on board.

What a time to be a strategy games fan, am I right?

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Best strategy games by MicroProse

Ok, I know the question my younger readers are asking right now and it goes something like this: “so a bunch of old geezers are back at making games. What’s so special about that?”

The simplest answer is go back to playing Fortnite, kids that MP may as well be considered the father of turn-based strategy video games. It is their games that arguably inspired a new generation to create modern classics such as the Total War series. 

So what were some of the best strategy games forged by MP?

Magic: The Gathering by MicroProse

You’d be surprised, but the original video game version of Magic: The Gathering was written and published by MicroProse back in 1997. 

The game featured a campaign mode as well as in-depth duels against the AI using customizable MTG decks. This game had a whopping 465 cards that gave birth to Arabian Nights and The Dark decks. 

X-Com: Terror From The Deep

This game is a legendary starting point of humanity’s turn-based battle for survival against a looming alien threat. Surprisingly, the game doesn’t take place in space or even on land, instead taking the player in control of his X-Com unit underwater, into a long-forgotten behemoth of an alien vessel that has recently gone online after 65 million years of hibernation.
Will you save the planet, or will our species bend to the will of extraterrestrial invaders? 

Sid Meyer’s Civilization

This is Sid Meyer’s Civilization, guys. Nuff said. 

Worms Armageddon 

Oh, the countless hours I’ve spent playing this ultra cheeky turn-based battle royally. You can argue with me all you want, but I sincerely believe the Worms games to be the best couch co op experiences known to man right alongside Mario Carts. 

The setting, the humor, the hilarious characters are a peach perfect fit for what is soon to turn into a real live bloodbath in your living room. 

The irony is strong with this one. And so is the Holy Grenade.

Halleluiah! 

What about the new titles though?

As I mentioned before, MP’s boasts three new titles as part of the company’s comeback. Yes, the new MicroProse games download is still pretty far, we already know several details regarding the upcoming games. 

-         Task Force Admiral: In this game, you’ll be putting on the heavy boots of an American aircraft carrier admiral. Judging from the trailer, the game’s visuals are stunning. Water physics alone deserve some kind of award. The game promises a realistic, historically accurate experience of commanding a military vessel set in the pacific in 1942. Legendary carriers, innovative mechanics that are still true to the classics and over 90 classes of ships at your disposal – what’s not to like, Admiral? 

-         Second Front: Tae command over 40 infantry units and more than 200 tanks in a stylistic turn-based strategy game set during the years of WWII. The game offers access to a full campaign alongside separate unique scenarios and access to a complete, feature-rich editor. 

-         Sea Power: This game from the designer of the Cold Water series lets you take full control of the Warsaw pact and NATO naval vessels. Enjoy the full power of modern technological advancements and firepower while playing a thrilling game of cat and mouse on the high seas. Don’t forget that you are not the only ship with powerful missiles and aircraft support. 

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The Future of Strategy

The recent successes of tactical games such as new X-Com titles and even Divinity II Original Sin were too few and far between action-packed AAA blockbusters. Still, they’ve proved there is a dedicated audience craving this kind of experience so maybe, just maybe, the rebirth of MicroProse will indicate a new era of turn-based strategies and military sims?

Fingers crossed, lads. Fingers crossed. 

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