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Code Name

You can now fast-forward through slow Code Name S.T.E.A.M. turns


27 blocks of heaven
Apr 08
Intelligent Systems has addressed one of the biggest complaints about its turn-based strategy title Code Name S.T.E.A.M. with a time-saving update available now on the 3DS eShop. Now that there's a fast-forward button to spee... read
Swords & Soldiers II

Dibs on demons! Swords & Soldiers II hits Wii U on May 21


All out of hard drive space, though
Apr 03
I've got a soft spot for sidescrolling strategy games like Swords & Soldiers. Maybe you do too. While they typically aren't as deep as their 3D contemporaries, they scratch a certain itch and can be hard to put down once ... read
Divide and conquer?

Fire Emblem 3DS pulling a Pokémon with separate Black and White versions


Including an additional third storyling DLC
Apr 01
While we were all getting too excited by the trailer for the upcoming Fire Emblem in the UK and North America Nintendo Direct, further details are breaking on the Japan side of things, courtesy of the Japanese website. There ... read
FIre Emblem 3DS

Your player character is the main hero in the new Fire Emblem, coming 2016


Move over Chrom-likes
Apr 01
[Update: Watch the trailer!] The new Fire Emblem trailer is just as amazing as the announcement trailer. There's also deep talk of fate and choosing a path (some stark black and white dichotomy) between siding with the peace... read
SteamWorld Heist Combat

SteamWorld Heist gameplay video highlights turn-based combat


Also, you're totally not ready for minute 3:03 in this video...
Mar 31
One of my biggest regrets from PAX East this year was missing the chance to get some hands-on time with Image & Form Games' new turn-based space adventure title SteamWorld Heist. Even though the appointment unf... read
A sequel to World of Goo! Wait...
Like a ball of goo, I have watched the life of Grey Goo, a new real-time strategy game from developer Petroglyph, expand with enthusiasm, begin rolling, and slowly but surely lose mass as it turns into a tiny goo-ball that no... read feature

Shut down

Sony shutting down Vita RPG Destiny of Spirits


Just over a year, in-game currency 'expiring'
Mar 27
Sony's gotta-catch-'em-all Vita card game Destiny of Spirits will be shut down June 30. Apparently the "over one million downloads" were not enough to sustain the free-to-play Vita title and so Sony will be "ending service." ... read
Invites for beta on March 31
Where were you when that debut trailer for StarCraft II popped up online? It made its announcement all the way back in 2007 at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in South Korea. Much has changed since then. With the release ... read feature

Deals

Civilization V Complete drops to $10 in series sale


We meet again, Gandhi
Mar 17
Though the game has been out since 2010, Civilization V is still selling strong through the years. If you're a turn-based strategy fan and you somehow, magically, inexplicably don't have it in your library, consider the ... read
Merthenary Lyfe
Bladestorm: Nightmare is not a Dynasty Warriors game. That bit of information might be good or bad news, depending which side of the fence one falls on with regard to Tecmo Koei's long-running brawler series. At the same... read feature

Strength in numbers
Real-time strategy titles often feel large-scale by design. There are a whole bunch of units on the battlefield, and the player's tasked with directing them all simultaneously. Even if there aren't that many actual parts in t... read feature

So far, at least
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. is out, and you can read the full verdict here on the core game. Of course, where there is amiibo functionality to be covered, I'll be there. Right now, Code Name supports four total figures -- Mart... read feature

Half-steam ahead
Nintendo has created some of the most bizarre intellectual properties in the medium, but the latest strategy game from Intelligent Systems (the studio behind Fire Emblem and Advance Wars) may be among the strangest. The adven... read feature

The War of Mine

This War of Mine DLC exists solely to help the kids


Doing good through games
Mar 10
This War of Mine takes a look at a part of conflict that videogames rarely explore: that of those who aren't fighting for a side, but just fighting to survive. It's a harrowing experience, one of the heaviest of 2014 to... read
XCOM-like strategy

Sentai studio sim Chroma Squad coming April 30


Chroma chroma chroma chroma chroma chameleon
Mar 10
Finally! Last we heard, Power Rangers' Saban was all bent out of shape about Chroma Squad and trying to either claim royalties on it or keep it from releasing. What a bummer that was for the XCOM-y mix of strategy game and m... read
Fast paced Worms-like
There's been a lot of games that try to copy the success of titles like Worms or Tanks, but often come off feeling too derivative. "Yeah, it's like Worms, but not quite as good" has definitely left my lips a handful of ... read feature

Vertigo Games talks the future of VR
We got a big shock at the beginning of the week when Valve announced its partnership with HTC to produce a new virtual reality headset. We all knew the company had ambitions to enter the console market with Steam Machines, bu... read feature

Freebies

Tactical cyberpunk game Syndicate free on Origin


RIP Bullfrog
Mar 06
Remember that time Starbreeze and EA brought Syndicate back as a first-person shooter? Wait, no, forget I ever mentioned it. I'm sorry. Instead, nab the original Bullfrog Productions-developed Syndicate for free through Origin's On the House. Once the game is in your library, it'll stay there, and this is a good one to have. [Thanks, Luna Sy] read
LA Cops

LA Cops wants you to play with yourself on March 13


'One-person co-op'
Mar 03
Alasdair told us about his time with LA Cops late last year, detailing his failures as an American law enforcement official. For those averse to Early Access, it will be available to play in just ten days. The "one-pers... read
XCOM stream

Destructoid saves the world! Sorry, Kyle


Filling my squad with Destructoid staff, heh heh heh
Feb 28
Last time on Destructoid Saves the World, I looked around the map, panicked, to find that Kyle MacGregor had died. I didn't even see him go. It was tragic. Brett Makedonski is actually en route to my home at the moment, ... read
Homeworld Remastered

Homeworld Remastered's new vid is a modern trailer for a modern launch


The Age of S'jet begins again
Feb 25
My Steam clock tells me that Homeworld Remastered Collection unlocks in less than nine hours, but that just means there's just enough time left to put up this here launch trailer, which is brimming with all the bombast ... read
Dragonball Cortex

Tried to play Frozen Cortex, went Super Saiyan instead


'You're going to love this'
Feb 24
A little backstory: this video of Frozen Cortex is unedited, and shows off a glitch I encountered while playing a custom game online. After changing a handful of rules, we were left with what you see above, characters t... read
Sid Meier's Starships

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


On iPad, Mac, and Windows
Feb 24
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... read
A taste of what's to come
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. ... read feature

Say it again, Sam
[Disclosure: I backed There Came an Echo on Kickstarter.] 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 Wis... read feature

This is the Police

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


Plus, kissin' cops (that's kinda clever)
Feb 23
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... read
Disgaea 5

NIS America showcases Disgaea 5 with new trailer


Awesome, dood!
Feb 19
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.] read
Homeworld trailer

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


'If you will not join, then die'
Feb 19
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... read
Lady Luck is a cruel mistress
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 ... read feature

Evil will always triumph because good is dumb
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 gamebr... read feature

Shadowrun Online update

Shadowrun Online gets major Early Access update


Adds new Rigger class, custom character creation, and much, much more!
Feb 18
"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... read
A tangled web we weave
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, a... read feature







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