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The Bureau: XCOM walks a tightrope of strategy and action photo
The Bureau: XCOM walks a tightrope of strategy and action
by Abel Girmay

Once considered the flagship reboot of the XCOM franchise with a side meal strategy game to go with it in Firaxis' XCOM: Enemy Unknown, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified has found itself playing second fiddle in the eyes of many series fans. Straddling the line between action and strategy, The Bureau is making deliberate strides to blend the core tenets of the series into a modern third-person action game.

And you know what? It works. It really does work.

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Review: Civilization V: Brave New World photo
Review: Civilization V: Brave New World
by Joshua Derocher

When Civilization V launched a few years back, a lot of die-hard fans were disappointed with the lack of depth the game had to offer. The graphics were sharp, the interface was clean and intuitive, and the overall gameplay was very nice -- but it was missing some key mechanics introduced with expansions to Civilization IV. Brave New World, the latest expansion for Civ V, brings in a massive amount of depth to the game with simple mechanics used in brilliant ways.

The major revamp here is to the game's core culture system, with the culture victory being redone to incorporate new tourism points. Along with culture getting some love, there are also new archaeology sites, trade routes, an ideology system, and world congress that really change-up the end game.

Each of these new systems is simple to grasp, but they work with one another and existing mechanics in a way that really opens up fresh ways to play, making this the best version of Civilization.

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1:00 AM on 07.12.2013

You are a bird, and you must crap on people

Yes, that is the premise of Turd Birds, the newest game from 2K Games and developer Cat Daddy Games. This endless runner sees you as a bird that has to fly around levels and poop on people. You can even poop on pictures of y...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Super Best Guide! BioShock Infinite photo
Super Best Guide! BioShock Infinite
by Jim Sterling

Happy Indie Pendants Day! Your ol' pal Jim Sterling is British, which means he has to hide indoors today, lest the Americans find and murder him. Fortunately, it's allowed me time to polish my ultimate guide to BioShock Infinite, the hot new game everybody's talking about. 

Learn the best tactics, the most useful skills, and the weapons you'll need to blow Columbia up! What a lovely time.

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3:00 AM on 07.03.2013

BioShock 2 creative director leaves 2K Marin

Jordan Thomas, creative director at 2K Marin, has left his post at the company to establish his own two person indie. During his tenure at 2K, Thomas worked on titles such as BioShock, BioShock 2, and The Bureau: XCOM Declass...

Abel Girmay

3:30 PM on 07.02.2013

Globetrottin': NBA 2K14 is adding some European flavor

The world's biggest basketball videogame is about to get a bit bigger and expand across the sea. 2K Sports has just announced a multi-year partnership between Euroleague Basketball and the NBA 2K franchise to bring 14 Eu...

Brett Makedonski

9:00 PM on 07.01.2013

Find out about the BioShock Infinite DLC later this month

With the lack of specifics on Irrational Games' first major DLC for BioShock Infinite, I had almost forgotten it was happening, but then again, I'm not a season pass holder. For some of you, "Columbia's Finest" was an unpleas...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 06.27.2013

Order others around in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

While I'm not entirely sold on where The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is headed, so far so good. We got an excellent, traditional turn-based title in Enemy Unknown, which has me more open to what 2K Marin is attempting to pull ...

Jordan Devore

1:30 PM on 06.19.2013

Post-release DLC for The Bureau hits Xbox 360 first

Here's footage of tactical gameplay in The Bureau: XCOM Declassified to go along with the usual news that, yes, post-release DLC is happening. The August 20 launch on Xbox 360, PC, and PlayStation 3 isn't exactly right aroun...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 05.31.2013

Borderlands 2 cosplayers unite for this rad music video

Like every meeting of the nerd minds, you can expect a healthy amount of awesome cosplay, and the London Comic Con is no exception. Not satisfied with a mere gallery, the folks behind the YouTube channel sneakyzebra made two...

Abel Girmay

11:00 AM on 05.31.2013

Civ V trailer will be the best minute of your day

A new trailer has arrived for the Civilization V expansion, Civilization V: Brave New World. There's quite a bit of meat on Brave New World's bones, with plenty of later-game additions, and an emphasis on trade routes. For a...

Abel Girmay



Hands-on with Borderlands 2's take on Dungeons & Dragons photo
Hands-on with Borderlands 2's take on Dungeons & Dragons
by Abel Girmay

It's been a hell of ride, with a fair share of high and low points, but the Borderlands 2 season of content is finally at an end. As the last campaign downloadable content for Borderlands 2, there's a considerable amount of pressure for Tiny Tina's: Assault on Dragon Keep to deliver big.

"Big" certainly seems to be the keyword here, as Dragon Keep crams a substantial amount of content when compared to the last few campaign packs.

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6:00 AM on 05.21.2013

BioShock Infinite's alternate ending is less depressing

Are we past the point where I can stop warning people about spoilers? Well just in case, don't watch this if you haven't beaten BioShock Infinite yet. Actually, this won't even make sense until you have gotten all the way th...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Preview: Civilization V: Brave New World photo
Preview: Civilization V: Brave New World
by Fraser Brown

With the arrival of the 20th century, I can sometimes get a bit bored in Civilization V. It continues to engage me enough so that I power through to achieve whatever victory path I had chosen, but therein lies the issue. I end up feeling restricted, locked into a particular objective like global conquest or scientific superiority. 

Brave New World is set to change all of that, adding a much-needed coat of dynamism to the Civilization V late game. A generous helping of new features changes the modern age entirely, making victory choices more flexible and interactions between civilizations more interesting. For six hours I played through a small four-player map until I earned my hard-fought victory, and it might have been the most enjoyable six hours I've spent with the game. 

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8:00 PM on 05.14.2013

Sid Meier says core gamers should not be forgotten

Sid Meier is a legend to PC gamers for strategy games he lent his name to but the man himself admits that the Meier name doesn't mean much to mobile players. In an illuminating interview with GamesIndustry, Sid revealed his n...

Alasdair Duncan





6:15 PM on 05.13.2013

Take-Two's year led by Borderlands and NBA sales

Take-Two held its quarterly earnings call today to report on the end of its fourth-quarter and fiscal year. The company finished the year at a loss, but there were many bright spots to be optimistic about. Of particular note,...

Brett Makedonski