Old school strategy games can be quite a challenge for those who aren’t quite familiar with how strategy games usually work. However, there are a few things gamers can do to improve their skills.
The thing about strategy games, unlike FPS games or RPG games is that the gamer is usually in control of not just one but a number of different units all having different functions and uses. The goal is to be able to manage an army and fight the enemy who normally has the same amount of resources as you do during the beginning.
While the start might be the same, there are still a lot of things that can be done to turn the game around either for the better or for the worse. The old school strategy games usually follow a more calculated approach which takes time to master, here’s a few tips.
How to become better at old school strategy games:
- Know the resources needed
Most of the time, monetary value is seen either in gold, wood, water, money, or other resources. Old school strategy games usually involve gathering resources in order to purchase units or build more buildings capable of making better units.
- Joggle between too much and just enough
Some old school games usually have characters that are powerful on one end but also quite weak on the other end. This would mean either focus solely on one strength and disregard the weakness or balance it out. For aggressive gamers, focusing on the weakness can be a waste of time but for long timely strategy games, the long game might be more important.
- Know strengths versus weaknesses
It’s important to know the different classes, races, tribes, or whatever factions that the strategy games divide teams. This would allow gamers to know exactly what to counter with or how to target the enemy’s weaknesses.
- Either go well balanced or all out
As noted in number 3, there are advantages and disadvantages of being either well balanced or all out. Although going all out allows the player to overpower the enemy, well balanced will allow for a more solid defense/offense. The best way to decide is to learn the enemy to find out what works.
Certain games like Red Alert, Battle Realms, and even Warcraft III Frozen King or Starcraft are perfect examples of old school games that these strategies can be applied to.
World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is one of the games that evolved from the Warcraft world. Although it is an RPG game, it still embodies the fun and tactical necessities of old school games. The benefit of old school games is that they do not require a high powered PC so a simple Intel i3 computer might be enough.
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