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2:45 PM on 04.18.2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth designers inspired by Cosmos

To take a brief aside from videogames: are you watching Cosmos: a Spacetime Odyssey? If not, you should be, especially if you are not particularly scientifically literate. It is filled with a lot of important information abou...

Darren Nakamura


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12:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Civilization explores the final frontier with Beyond Earth

We knew Firaxis would be announcing a new game at their panel this morning at PAX East, and now we know what the team has been working on. Civilization: Beyond Earth is taking the series past future tech and into space explo...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 PM on 02.14.2014

Mod adds Arstotzka from Papers, Please to Civ V

Mashing two games together in a mod isn't always a recipe for success but this new mod for Civilization V looks like it might hit the mark. Steam user Snakeeater 337 has created a mod that adds Arstotzka, the country from Pap...

Alasdair Duncan

6:30 PM on 02.04.2014

Civilization aplenty in the Humble Sid Meier Bundle

The latest Humble Bundle is one to avoid if you've got a bunch of responsibilities to take care of in the immediate future. Featuring the games of veteran designer Sid Meier, this package is broken into three tiers. First up,...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 11.06.2013

Mohawk Games founded by former Civilization developers

The lead designer of Civilization IV, Soren Johnson, has started up his own studio called Mohawk Games. If one Civilization veteran isn't enough to make you happy, the co-founder of the studio is Dorian Newcomb, the art direc...

Joshua Derocher

1:30 PM on 10.11.2013

Get Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition on PC for $18

[Update: Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition has sold out at this price. The other deals still appear to be available.] It was only a couple of days ago that the Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition launched in North A...

Darren Nakamura

8:00 PM on 09.29.2013

Heroes of StarCraft mod adds hero units to Civilization V

I love mods, probably way more than I should, and it is always amazing the things that creative people can come up with. The Heroes of StarCraft mod for Civilization V, along with a partner mod by the same modder, adds hero u...

Joshua Derocher

10:30 AM on 08.21.2013

Beavis and Butt-Head are in Civilization V now

Like most long-running TV shows, the Beavis and Butt-Head show had its ups and downs, but when it was up, it was up. So, a crafty modder set out to relive the best moments of the two semi-lovable idiots in the best way he kne...

Chris Carter

1:00 AM on 08.09.2013

A Civilization MMO is a thing that is happening

Civilization Online is an upcoming MMO being developed by XLGAMES and 2K Games. Unlike other Civilization games where you control entire empires, this one has you playing as an individual unit in one of four different cultur...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



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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New releases: Civilization V gets a massive expansion photo
New releases: Civilization V gets a massive expansion
by Fraser Brown

Civilization V is pretty good, but Brave New World makes it wonderful. Launching in a couple of days, the latest expansion is filled with a bevy of new features, most of which improve the tiresome late game with new paths to victory and greater flexibility. The changes and additions are so expansive that this might as well be a new game, from the diverse civilizations -- including Venice, a civ that can't even generate settlers -- to the engaging trade system. It's really rather rad. 

A few other notable titles are also dropping this week. The Walking Dead: 400 Days snuck up on us last week, and now it's arriving the App Store. I found it to be a novel narrative experiment but not quite as affecting as the first series. On top of this, we've got the shooty, crafty Guncraft; the anniversary celebrating Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection; and men hitting each other as they try to hold a slippery pigskin

Anything grabbing your attention this week?

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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



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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8:30 PM on 05.10.2013

Sid Meier brings back culture with Brave New World

It has been over a year since the release of the Civilization V's last expansion, Gods & Kings, but Firaxis and 2K have been hard at work on injecting some new units, civilizations, and culture with the next expansion, B...

Jason Cabral

2:15 PM on 04.26.2013

2K Games won't have a booth at this year's E3

In today's mildly interesting, good-to-know-in-advance news, 2K Games has revealed it will not be at E3 2013 with a proper booth and everything that entails. Instead, the publisher will utilize its Twitch.tv and YouTube ...

Jordan Devore

2:00 PM on 03.31.2013

Civilization V: Now with 100% more Kim Jong-Un

Civilization V has no dearth of interesting mods, whether you want to play as Mass Effect races, explore a map of Hyrule, or even indulge your inner brony, the modders have you covered. But what if you want to conquer the wor...

Fraser Brown