Posted 04 July 2005 - 11:43 PM
I voted TB. There are certainly some games that I liked RT w/pause (say UFO:AM) but for the most part I would take TB. The problem I have with RTPause is that, in a squad based game, it feels like I am just making a lasoo around my group and using them as sort of "one" complete guy and shooting. As the enemies get tougher, it feels like I need to select say four or more guys at once to deal with the enemy. So I am no longer moving individuals and making strategic decisions. Just bunching up the most guys that I can and shooting back. That's what I felt like in UFO:AM and Xcom Apoc (which is why I used TB in that). I find that in other games NOT squad-based, I like RTPause. If you count it, for example, don't forget Rome: Total War. I couldn't imagine playing something like that fully TB. That game was the best mix of TB for overall movement, then RTS for battles. Then again, imagine trying to play something like Civilization as an RTS. That would just ruin it. If I'm dealing with larger scales, I guess RTS seems a good choice, but for individuals, I want to have more and more control over them and have fun thinking of them as individual people that I am commanding. In an RTS game, I never think of soldiers or people, but instead, "unit types or groups".
The only other issue that I have is that, there are plenty of RTS games out there. Only a handful of TB nowadays (if you don't count TB RPGs like, say, on consoles--I don't). If there were more of a selection of TB, I would feel better about RT games and just pick and choose whichever at will and certainly have no grudge against either. But I find I don't have that choice which makes me feel a bit resentful against RT games for dominating the market. I certainly think there are markets enough for both. But marketing geniuses seem to decide everything should be RT as that's the "new thing/what kids only want" (their thought--that kids can only want big explosions and hyper action--which I feel is insulting to younger gamers). It feels as though, we, as an audience, are being told that we are too stupid to enjoy both. That only kids play games, and they only want twitch games. That there is only one type of game player: an 11-15 year old boy who wants to see stuff blow up. Indirectly, it feels insulting to me as a game player. I think there are all kinds. And that they dont' always prefer one type of game and that it depends on their mood. Age of Empires, for example, is probably one of my top ten games. But then, so is Xcom. But wouldn't you want the choice for either? I don't feel like I have that choice. I end up playing xcom/ja/fallout (and now finally, Silent Storm) for the umpteenth time but I can have any number of RTS games to choose from. If there were a glut of TB games out there, I might not feel so strongly about it, but for years now, I haven't seen it. It seems as though only recently has Silent Storm made a sort of semi-resurgence of TB games. I hope it continues. Then maybe you'll see a poll like, "Which of these top ten TB Strategy games do you like the most?"