More Reviews
REVIEWS Anomaly 2 Review
Does the tower offense genre exist yet?

Fenix Rage Review
Anger will become your best friend.
More Previews
PREVIEWS Sunset Overdrive Preview
Microsoft and Insomniac Games have created a new open-world shooter with clear influences from Jet Grind Radio. We went hands-on with the first hour of the game.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Persona 4 Arena Ultimax
Release date: 09/30/14

Alien: Isolation
Release date: 10/07/14

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
Release date: 10/14/14

The Evil Within
Release date: 10/14/14


LATEST FEATURES Interview: Sunset Overdrive's Drew Murray and Ted Price Talk Traversal and Game Design
Insomniac's open-world shooter will land exclusively on Xbox One later this year and we got to go hands-on and speak with the devs on the this stylish Xbox One exclusive.

Sunset Overdrive Co-op Is a Thrill Ride and a Half: TGS Multiplayer Hands-On
I play a co-op round of Sunset Overdrive with seven other people at the Tokyo Game Show.
MOST POPULAR FEATURES The Updating List of PAX Indies
We're heading to PAX Prime! Are you looking to check out a few unique indie games while you're there? UPDATED: Dragon Fin Soup, Dungeon of the Endless,

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP shandog137 Background: I own and have completed every entry in the Ninja Storm series, so there is inherent bias but luckily this isn’t a review. These are just my thoughts on a fun series I chose to pick up after my Dragon Ball Z Budokai days. I am also only about 3 episodes behind in the...

DAILY MANIFESTO

It's Settled!

Posted on Friday, May 11 @ 16:55:05 Eastern by Joe_Dodson
If you own an Xbox 360, a broadband connection, and enjoy thinking, then you're in for a real treat. Catan recently became available on Xbox Live!, and it's a wonderful change of pace from the normal crop of high-action, low-brow stuff that seems to dominate store shelves.

That probably explains why it's only available online. And rest assured, part Craps, part Sorry! and part Civilization, Catan is entirely worth the bandwidth. The money is a more irksome matter, but that's a Live! issue. See, Catan costs 800 Microsoft points, but you can only buy them in chunks of 1000 and 500. So unless you already have 300 points lying around, this game will cost more than advertized.

Fortunately, it's still worth the price. Catan is a nearly identical adaptation of a German board game called Settlers of Catan. This is a very literal title, as the point of the game is to settle Catan, an island bursting with resources. Whoever creates a big colony first, wins. To this end, you build roads, settlements, cities and armies while trading resources with the other settlers, who you are constantly trying to screw over. If you scratch my back, I'll bite yours.

I know what you're thinking: Roads? Cities? How the hell does all that stuff play out in a board game format? Trust me, in this low key but satisfying game of strategy and chance, it plays out very well. Especially since Catan comes with an extremely straightforward tutorial. It only takes a couple minutes to play through, and in that time you learn all the basics. From there, you can play against the computer, or go online to challenge other would be settlers to ranked and unranked matches. Win enough, and you can be teh 1337 S3ttlez0rs on the Xbox Live! leaderboard.

The only thing you can't do is play the game against friends offline. We understand that some of the inherent strategy would be undermined if you could see the other players' cards. But if there's one thing Catan teaches, it's that you can make things happen if you're resourceful. I guess the developers didn't play enough of their own game.

Then again, they probably just want you to buy the board game, and I don't blame them. After playing Catan, I want to buy it, too.



comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution