Growing up, I was a big fan of Sid Meier‘s excellent line of games for Microprose (now bought out by Atari).

One of my all time favorites was Sid Meier’s Pirates!, and countless hours were spent raiding the Spanish main, boarding hapless merchantmen, avoiding the dreaded pirate hunters, wooing the governor’s daughter and memorizing every port and cove in the Caribbean.

Now it looks like Sid along with Firaxis Games are creating what looks like a worthy sequel, Pirates of the Burning Sea. It is to be completed late in 2004, and judging from the screenshots, it will be totally stunning graphics wise! I just hope my PC will be able to run it, and if not, I’ll just have to upgrade again… Here are a few previews: GameSpy, Gamer.no.

I can’t wait for this one!

A few days ago I found that Matrix Games have released version 8.0 of Steel Panthers World at War, in my opinion one of the very best turn-based strategy war games ever made. It is based on the classic Steel Panthers series by SSI, which was taken over by Matrix Games and released as a free (!) game.

SPWAW Screenshot

SPWAW Screenshot

It has much improved graphics and game-play over the original games, as well as has a large user community of players that discuss tactics and help each other out with issues. I highly recommend trying out this game for other strategy interested people out there!