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7:01 AM on 02.24.2015

Sid Meier's Starships blasts off March 12 for $14.99

Sid Meier's Starships warped in out of nowhere. We had never heard anything about it until just last month, and it turns out that it will be launching on iPad, Mac, and Windows early next month. March 12, to be exact! It is r...

Darren Nakamura



The first three rounds of Sid Meier's Starships are not enough photo
The first three rounds of Sid Meier's Starships are not enough
by Darren Nakamura

Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth released to mixed reactions. I loved how it took the took the classic gameplay to alien worlds, and I especially appreciated its underlying narrative about the future of the human race. Other long-time fans of the series saw it as derivative of Civ V, with too little added and too much stripped out.

Like it or not, one thing that Beyond Earth has done is to lay the foundation for Sid Meier's Starships. It continues the story of the human settlements on an alien planet, far enough into the future that they are able to travel between stars in less time than the initial exodus from Earth took. The result: a series of skirmishes for control of a very tiny galaxy. Sure, why not?

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Review: There Came an Echo
by Darren Nakamura

Iridium Studios started out as a tiny developer with a humble Kickstarter for its rhythm role-playing game Sequence. It saw enough success that lead designer Jason Wishnov was able to fill out his team and spend more time taking on a much larger project. 

Four years later, There Came an Echo is finally out. Though it plays nothing like the studio's previous project, the two do share some striking similarities. Both are built on a neat idea, both explore themes of morality in science fiction, and both are a little rough around the edges.

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2:00 PM on 02.23.2015

Duke Nukem is six months from retirement in This is the Police

Freeburg police chief Jack Boyd, voiced by Duke Nukem's Jon St. John, is 180 days away from a forced retirement in This is the Police. After a career of being a Good Cop rather than a good ol' boy, Boyd wants to use his offi...

Steven Hansen

10:20 PM on 02.19.2015

NIS America showcases Disgaea 5 with new trailer

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, the latest entry in Nippon Ichi Software's iconic tactical RPG series, is coming to PS4 in North America and Europe this fall. Check out this awesome new trailer. [Update: Earlier, I wrote NIS just announced the launch window. This is because I'm dumb and bad at my job.]

Kyle MacGregor

10:00 AM on 02.19.2015

Homeworld Remastered Collection trailer shows off sexy-voiced cultist or something

All right, I'll admit it: I know almost nothing about Homeworld. After reading the plot synopsis on Wikipedia (yeah journalism!), I got the gist of how things go, but with all of the alien races involved I can't really place...

Darren Nakamura







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Review: Risk
by Robert Summa

Typically, board games involving just dice aren't my thing. I don't like playing a game in which I feel I have no control in whether I win or lose.

Yahtzee is a prime example of this, while Risk is somewhere in between. Much like Monopoly, you do have to have some sort of strategy most of the time. However, because these games are so dependent on chance, those strategies often get thrown out the window.

With Ubisoft's newly released Risk for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, this is basically what you get. You can plan and plot as much as you want, but if Lady Luck isn't on your side, then you aren't going to win -- no matter what you do.

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In the world of Sorcerer King everything is terrible photo
In the world of Sorcerer King everything is terrible
by Jason Faulkner

This turn-based fantasy/strategy with city-building elements is super enjoyable. Even in Steam Early Access, it's got a surprising amount of polish, more so than several AAA games I can think of. I have encountered no gamebreaking bugs, and the main problems right now seem to be stat balance and unimplemented art.

If you enjoyed the RPG elements of Heroes of Might and Magic and the city-building of Civilization, there's a lot to like in this game's eclectic blend of gameplay. However, if turn-based gameplay isn't really your thing, Steam's $39.99 price tag may be a bit too steep. 

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12:30 PM on 02.18.2015

Shadowrun Online gets major Early Access update

"Watch your back. Shoot straight. Conserve ammo. And never, ever cut a deal with a dragon." Hoi, Chummers! The eighth Early Access update for Shadowrun Online just went live yesterday and it's a massive one. Major f...

Rob Morrow



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Review: Blackguards 2
by Darren Nakamura

A few weeks ago, I called Blackguards 2 "deep, unfriendly, and buggy." I had put several hours into the tactical role-playing game, but hadn't seen enough of the story to comfortably put out a review.

Fast forward to today, and my original assessment requires a bit of tweaking. Within the first two weeks of its release, Daedalic put out two huge patches, each aiming to fix the stability issues that plagued Blackguards 2 at launch. The patches did introduce their own issues, but for the most part I would describe it now as only deep and unfriendly. Two out of three ain't bad.

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8:00 PM on 02.13.2015

Frozen Cortex is releasing soon, so here's a trailer!

Frozen Cortex, the strategy game dressed up in sports clothing, is coming out soon! Like, really soon apparently. In less than a week, on February 19, Frozen Cortex will come out of the Early Access incubation pod and b...

Patrick Hancock



Review: Total War: Attila photo
Review: Total War: Attila
by Greg Tito

The horn sounds. Again and again. It's kind of annoying really, these vuvuzela m'fers blowing wind all through my dramatic victory on the fields north of Constantinopolis. Still, it does feel good. I am sacking the center of European civilization after all. I never liked those Romans anyway. Blow those horns, you barbarian bastards!

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7:00 PM on 02.09.2015

Seaworthy: It's like FTL, but with pirates

I always wanted to play a more brutal game centered on pirates, but as the years went by I was continually disappointed. Sid Meier’s Pirates was an interesting ride, but it was too lighthearted for me. Seaworthy, a rea...

Jason Faulkner

6:30 PM on 02.05.2015

Sid Meier runs through Starships' customization and a small battle

Last month 2K and Firaxis announced Sid Meier's Starships, a strategy game set in the Civilization universe, continuing the story that Beyond Earth set up. With an impending spring release, it looks like it is pretty far alo...

Darren Nakamura

5:15 PM on 02.05.2015

Tropico 5 PS4 trailer is short and sweet

As a huge Civ and SimCity fan, strategy and city-building simulators like Tropico are pretty much my go-to games. They are the type of game I get lost in and forget that 12 hours of my life just passed by. Since I mainly spe...

Robert Summa

4:00 PM on 02.05.2015

New Total War trailer less about gameplay, more about Attila

The newly released Total War: Attila trailer features a whole lot of everything you probably don't want in a trailer. Well, that is if you want to see actual gameplay. I don't know about you, but if I didn't know anything ab...

Robert Summa