There haven't been many strategic role-playing games released on the PC over the years. They seem to be a staple of the console world, but PC gamers haven't really been exposed to the fun that this genre provides. Thanks to Nival Interactive, we now have that opportunity. Their new game, Hammer & Sickle, is based on the engine used in their highly successful Silent Storm series. Instead of focusing on combat, like Silent Storm did, Hammer & Sickle attempts to put the focus more on stealth, intrigue, and the player's choices on how to proceed. On paper, it sounds great, and although the way it plays out sometimes doesn't go as planned, the overall experience is a success.