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The ones (some of which I own) that I'd consider of some value:
7.62mm High Calibre - rough around the edges but there's a big mod that fixes & adds lots of stuff (a must).
Fantasy Wars - like a newer Fantasy General type game
Kings Bounty Series - Lotsa good Heroes of M&M gameplay here. Looks good.
Men Of War Series - Dunno about this one yet, individually controllable soldiers & equipment in WW2 & Vietnam. RTS
Pacific Storm - The strategy side of it looks like it could be an interesting Pacific war grand strategy lite.
Real Warfare 2: Northern Crusades - The TW-alike with Mount & Blade type campaign. Hoping the future brings more content, here.
Space Rangers 2: Reboot - A fun 2D open space trader campaign that's turn-based & strategy style.
Star Wolves 2 - Not played much yet but I hear it's like an open RPG-ish Homeworld type game. The 3rd one doesn't run in WinV/7
Theatre Of War 2/3 - Not played much yet either, more WW2 strategy. Some ppl here are familiar with the series.
UFO Aftermath/Aftershock/Afterlight - RPG & strategy in somewhat X-Com style. Fixed resolutions but fun to be had.
I've never played any Death To Spies and I'm not terribly into first-person shooters the last few years so it may be on your list too. AIM series is an unusual RPG that got decent reviews so I may check that out eventually, too, although I'm not sure how well it's aged.
Overall, that's a lot of gaming for $21! Hell, Real Warfare 2:NC goes for about that much alone doesn't it? Or the King's Bounty collection? I couldn't pass up all that crap for such a low price, had to grab it even though I was over gaming budget. I've played some King's Bounty the most out of all of them, thus far, but some of the others I already owned and have played more overall (like Real Warfare & Space Rangers 2 reboot, UFO Aftershock)
Theatre of War is an enjoyable set of games - but be warned, infantry are very fragile & the AI can be a little accident prone. However, one big plus (and its an enormous one IMO) is that TOW 1 has both the Polish & French campaigns - as far as I know the only serious real time game to include these - I'm a fan of many of the mainstream games but please, polease - Normandy , Battle of the Bulge & Kharkov???? - how many games do we need on these over ploughed fields? - fighting with the early panzers & Char B's is much more fun IMO.
Yeah. Afterlight is generally considered to have the best, most refined, mechanics but it's much more cartoonish graphics detracts from the game IMO.
Aftershock has the grittier setting, but the universal complaint in that (and the first one) is the small amount of tactical maps available for your tac battles. They get repetitive after a bit, even if you may have slightly different objectives, because you'll be seeing the same maps after a time.
I've only dipped my toe into Afterlight, but I've owned Aftershock for quite some time, and the darker setting of Aftershock (#2 in the series) is being missed. I wonder why they switched to the cartoonish alien planet thing, in the 3rd one?
That is an insane amount of gaming (though hardly complete as noted, even insofar as the "best" 1C games go).
If you have limited time, you should probably avoid some of the best games as they have massive amounts of content and will suck your life away. (The King's Bounty Collection; Real Warfare, for example.)
If you have any interest at all in Panzer General game mechanics plus any interest in high-fantasy wargames, Fantasy Wars is a good choice. Not monstrously huge (although if this ships with the sequel Elven Legacy and its three expansions then the content multiplies several times over), gorgeous to look at, addictive to play. The designers explicitly set out to remake Fantasy General with 3D graphics and gameplay refinements, but then lost the rights to the intellectual property somehow; so they just wrote their own storyline. Not as epic as FG (where you started with a small backwater army of cheap forces in a hind territory of Australia and saved the world from the Shadowlord who has already taken over everything), but rather more original and detailed. Highly recommended.
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