Of the above games that you already own, I enjoyed Retribution by far the most (though I played it coop). Enough to finish all six campaigns even though they’re largely reskins of one another. Heart of the Swarm’s campaign is also really good as scripted non-skirmish campaigns go.
Personally, I think anyone who likes RTS games but has yet to play World in Conflict really ought to do so. Its campaign is excellent. Age of Mythology was also quite good, but is a bit more standard fare than WiC. Shogun 2 is the best recent Total War game, and if that’s the sort of game you’re looking for then go for it.
I’m going to vote against Retribution because I frankly didn’t find it all that interesting or engaging. I’m also going to vote against Wargame: EE as the campaign is nigh unplayable after all the balance changes leveled against the game over its year-long lifespan. Those changes carry over to the campaign and its balance is ruined at this point.
I’d throw out AOM and Wargame EE. If you want high spectacle low strategy, try either Retribution or World in Conflicts campaigns. (I prefer the latter). Play the shit out of Shogun 2. Buy Airland battle when it’s on sale and you’re really sure you want to take the time to learn it.
Thanks. I think I’m resigned to single-player, even though I’m suffering with some ennui that single-player gaming is wasting my life. I’m just not good at RTSs, and I am terrified of screwing up in multiplayer. So while I’d like to play against or with actual humans, it’s not likely to end well. Shogun 2 it is (I’ve never played any of the Total War games), as soon as I uninstall WoW from my SSD.
This sounds good to me. Be careful with Retribution. If you think you want to play the campaign multiple times with different races, consider avoiding it entirely. It’s very repetitive. I regret putting so much time into it.
Shogun 2 has a similar risk but at least there will be more variety to the campaigns.
World in Conflict is the safest. Play the short campaign and you’re done forever.
I have not played RA: 3, so I do not know if it is any good or not. It has decent meta-critic reviews and I did like the other two RA games. If it is cheap and on sale, why not pick it up? I may not be playing it any time soon, but sooner or later I might be in the mood to play it.
I’ve personally done this since the first humble bundle and the first strategy pack (Gratuitous space battle (Hi Cliff), Solium Infernum (Hi Vic), one more I forget) 3 years ago, I still haven’t played any of them. DON’T BUY IT FIRST You will never play them!
My steam + gog + humble backlog beckons me away from this statement…
I would disagree with this. AirLand Battle is technically the better game, but it just completely dumps the entire game on you, all at once. Don’t know the difference between a BMP-1, a BMP-2, and a Leopard IA2? Tough shit! European Escalation starts you small – a limited selection of units and small scenarios. As in, here, here’s four tanks, and here’s how you fight with them. Here’s a recon unit. Now, here’s a supply unit. And so on. By the time you’ve completed the first set of scenarios, you’re ready for EE’s next set of scenarios, a harshly-punishing Pact campaign that teaches you (the hard way) on how to get your shit together with aircraft, infantry assaults, and why your forces must be mixed.
Then I figure ALB is worth a try – you know the drill and are ready to for it.