10 Video Games You Regretted Playing

9. Spectral Force Genesis

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Strategy games can be traced back to the original board games of antiquity. The Total War, Civilization, and Nobunaga's Ambition series are all centered around the premise of running a faction, nation, or tribe. The basic premise is simple enough - harvest resources, gather an army, conquer your neighbors, rinse and repeat until the whole map is your chosen color.

For those who like a little more plot to their grand strategy games, well that takes a little more effort to find. Then comes along Spectral Force Genesis - a grand strategy game set in the Fire Emblem-esque world of the Spectral Force series.

Boasting over 150 characters from about 30 factions, over a handful of which are playable - filled with beefy anime men, scantily clad elven women, and furries. So what could go wrong?

Well, one of the most important things to a strategy game is...strategy. But in the end, the whole thing is a slot machine RPG. Every turn of the game you get to perform one action, and that action is randomized. You don't get to choose what you do each turn.

Don't get the action you want? Too bad, just skip your turn.

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