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More games need cupcakes as playable characters

I'm a jerk who totally forgot about The Behemoth's Game 4 despite playing a fun chunk of the tactical role-playing title alongside its narrator, Will Stamper, and loving every minute of it. So to selfishly put it back on my ...   more

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Letting off some steam with the Code Name S.T.E.A.M. demo

Code Name S.T.E.A.M. is a new turn-based, third-person strategy game from Intelligent Systems, maker of the critically acclaimed Fire Emblem and Advance Wars series. It launches in North America for N...   more

Letting off some steam with the Code Name S.T.E.A.M. demo photo

We Can Go Homeworld Again: Gearbox sets date for Homeworld Remastered

Finally! The Mothership has arrived. It's been quite a while since we last heard word from Gearbox and its plan to spruce up the Homeworld series for a much-needed rerelease, but more details have just jumped in, includ...   more

We Can Go Homeworld Again: Gearbox sets date for Homeworld Remastered photo

Blackguards 2 is deep, unfriendly, and buggy

Last year Patrick reviewed PC strategy role-playing game Blackguards, and he loved it. Blackguards 2 is out on Steam today. I have put about a dozen hours into the sequel, but I am not even close to the point where I can...   more

Blackguards 2 is deep, unfriendly, and buggy photo

Grey Goo launch trailer shows who's the most ruthless of them all

Mankind's made an existence-long mission out of traveling to other planets and finding alien lifeforms. As this launch trailer for Grey Goo depicts, we might not necessarily like what we find. The Petroglyph real-time s...   more

Grey Goo launch trailer shows who's the most ruthless of them all photo

Sid Meier's Starships is a 'tactical space combat' continuation of Civilization: Beyond Earth

Civilization and XCOM studio Firaxis Games is sticking with space for its next game, Sid Meier's Starships. The studio and publisher 2K describe it as a "new turn-based, adventure-driven interstellar strategy game" (PC, Mac,...   more

Sid Meier's Starships is a 'tactical space combat' continuation of Civilization: Beyond Earth photo

Play Civilization: Beyond Earth, Saints Row IV for free on Steam

Saint's Row IV and Civilization: Beyond Earth are both free to play on Steam this weekend. Both are good to go until Sunday, 1PM PST. Try 'em. If you like 'em, both are on sale over the weekend, too. $5 fo...   more

Play Civilization: Beyond Earth, Saints Row IV for free on Steam photo

Fire Emblem amiibo support announced for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

Nintendo has announced that Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will have amiibo support when it arrives on March 13 on the 3DS. Marth, Ike, Robin, and Lucina are in, and they become playable characters in the game if you happen...   more

Fire Emblem amiibo support announced for Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. photo

Total War: Warhammer announcement leaks early

Yes, Total War: Warhammer is a thing that's happening. No, Sega hasn't officially announced it. The word comes from a book entitled The Art of Total War, which is set to hit shelves next week. Unfortunately for those who may ...   more

Total War: Warhammer announcement leaks early photo

Destructoid saves the world: Come watch me play XCOM

I've not played anything more than turn-based strategy games in recent months, years. Massive Chalice. Invisible, Inc. Fire Emblem: Awakening. XCOM: Enemy Unknown. I started an Enemy Within playthrough one evening last y...   more

Destructoid saves the world: Come watch me play XCOM photo

There Came an Echo set to release on Steam February 24

There Came an Echo is Iridium Studios' second Kickstarter success, but as a more ambitious project it took a bit longer than Sequence to release after its crowdfunding campaign. Originally projected for a June 2014 rele...   more

There Came an Echo set to release on Steam February 24 photo

Devs take note: THIS is how you do a press release

Frozen Synapse was a brilliant game when it released on PC in 2011. Its brilliance has since been ported to the iPad and now, the iPhone. To celebrate, the game is on sale on Steam! It's easy to recommend to anyone who ...   more

Devs take note: THIS is how you do a press release photo

Koei Tecmo delays Bladestorm: Nightmare two weeks for some reason

I was really just looking for any reason to talk about that cyclops again, but yes, there's been a short delay for Bladestorm: Nightmare, the expanded release of Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War for Xbox One, PlayStation 4,...   more

Koei Tecmo delays Bladestorm: Nightmare two weeks for some reason photo


Koei Tecmo delays Bladestorm: Nightmare two weeks for some reason photo
Koei Tecmo delays Bladestorm: Nightmare two weeks for some reason photo
Koei Tecmo delays Bladestorm: Nightmare two weeks for some reason photo
Koei Tecmo delays Bladestorm: Nightmare two weeks for some reason photo
Koei Tecmo delays Bladestorm: Nightmare two weeks for some reason photo
Koei Tecmo delays Bladestorm: Nightmare two weeks for some reason photo



So, Disgaea 5 is horny/funny s-CRY-ed? Watch the full opener

This may be me projecting. I think about s-CRY-ed a lot. I don't know why. And it certainly did not invent the "guy with cool arm" genre. Still, the first half of this trailer reminded me a lot of s-CRY-ed, and then the...   more

So, Disgaea 5 is horny/funny s-CRY-ed? Watch the full opener photo

Hyperdimension Neptunia SRPG hits Vita next month

Gamindustri's goddesses go to war next month in Hyperdevotion Noire­: Goddess Black Heart. In this strategy role-playing game, a first for Idea Factory's cult Hyperdimension Neptunia series, the ladies must, onc...   more

Hyperdimension Neptunia SRPG hits Vita next month photo

Disgaea 5 will come to North America and Europe in 2015

'Dis guy, ehhh? At the Tokyo Game Show we learned Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance (awful subtitle*) was coming to PS4 in 2015. NIS America has confirmed it will be available in North America and Europe in the fall of 20...   more

Disgaea 5 will come to North America and Europe in 2015 photo

Brutal turn-based survival game NEO Scavenger out now

I kept seeing NEO Scavenger pop up Twitter yesterday, and now I know why: it's just come out of early access and is now available on Steam and GOG.com for $14.99 (Windows/Mac/Linux). This is a turn-based survival game, and an...   more

Brutal turn-based survival game NEO Scavenger out now photo

Doujin SRPG Rime Berta lands on Steam tomorrow

Rime Berta is coming to Steam tomorrow -- just in time for Hanukkah. The strategy role-playing game, developed by doujin studio Next-Soft Plus, draws inspiration from Final Fantasy Tactics, sporting terraced la...   more

Doujin SRPG Rime Berta lands on Steam tomorrow photo

Mojang's Scrolls launches today on PC, Android, and Mac

Scrolls. Remember that game? The one that caused all that hubbub a few years back with Zenimax? It's finally coming out of beta and into a full-on release today. The full game will run you $4.99, and it will feature a "cap" ...   more

Mojang's Scrolls launches today on PC, Android, and Mac photo

Civilization: Beyond Earth update is live, makes all my strategies obsolete

A pretty substantial update rolled out for Civilization: Beyond Earth earlier today, addressing some of the issues that the more hardcore Civ fans have had with the title. I took a read through the extensive patch notes and.....   more

Civilization: Beyond Earth update is live, makes all my strategies obsolete photo

Prehistoric god game Before looks magnificent

Rust isn't the only survival game in development at Facepunch Studios. During the Game Awards on Friday, we were reacquainted with Bill Lowe's Before, a pleasant-looking title in which players guide a prehistoric tribe, "sha...   more

Prehistoric god game Before looks magnificent photo

The Banner Saga 2 picks up on PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Banner Saga 2, which was just revealed at the Game Awards over the weekend, is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2015, Stoic Studio and Versus Evil announced today. The strategy role-playing game will resu...   more

The Banner Saga 2 picks up on PS4, Xbox One, PC photo

Nintendo's Code Name: STEAM launches in March

Code Name: STEAM launches on Nintendo 3DS March 13, 2015, Nintendo announced this evening at the Game Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. The strategy game comes from Fire Emblem developer Intelligent Systems, and will feature both local and online multiplayer.   more

Nintendo's Code Name: STEAM launches in March photo

The Banner Saga 2 announced, looks gorgeous

Stoic has announced The Banner Saga 2 at the Game Awards, a sequel to the Disney-looking strategy-RPG that Kyle loved early this year (his review).  We'll get that beautiful trailer up when it's uploaded somewhere.    more

The Banner Saga 2 announced, looks gorgeous photo

Fire Emblem lands on Wii U Virtual Console in North America tomorrow

I let out an involuntary "hell yeah!" upon hearing that Fire Emblem for Game Boy Advance is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console tomorrow, December 4. In fact, I think my body even twisted in excitement for a few seconds there...   more

Fire Emblem lands on Wii U Virtual Console in North America tomorrow photo

Total War: Attila releases February 17 and so does its first DLC

We haven't heard much about Total War: Attila since Creative Assembly announced the strategy game back in September but it's coming along. To catch you up to speed: the year is 395 AD, family trees are back, and you can burn ...   more

Total War: Attila releases February 17 and so does its first DLC photo

Review: Sneaky Sneaky

Stealth is a tricky game mechanic to pull off well. If it is too slow it can be dull, but if it is too fast it is more action than stealth. If it is too predictable it becomes mundane, but if it is too random it requires more...   more

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Get tready to learn about Hearts of Iron IV's tanks

I like it when a company modifies their logo to fit with the theme of whatever it's attached to. It's a stupid thing to like and here it's just an old timey World War II filter, but I like it nonetheless (see: SEGA matching ...   more

Get tready to learn about Hearts of Iron IV's tanks photo

Bladestorm: Nightmare is a historical game with evil Joan of Arc and dragons

I didn't play 2007's Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War, but I might play Bladestorm: Nightmare, an expanded version of the real-time tactics game for PS3, PS4, and Xbox One. The core remains the same -- you still side with ...   more

Bladestorm: Nightmare is a historical game with evil Joan of Arc and dragons photo


Bladestorm: Nightmare is a historical game with evil Joan of Arc and dragons photo
Bladestorm: Nightmare is a historical game with evil Joan of Arc and dragons photo
Bladestorm: Nightmare is a historical game with evil Joan of Arc and dragons photo
Bladestorm: Nightmare is a historical game with evil Joan of Arc and dragons photo
Bladestorm: Nightmare is a historical game with evil Joan of Arc and dragons photo
Bladestorm: Nightmare is a historical game with evil Joan of Arc and dragons photo



There Came an Echo story trailer shows off its voice talent

Originally slated for a June 2014 release, then pushed back to October 2014, voice-controlled strategy game There Came an Echo is now projected to release by early February 2015. That's only a few months away! According...   more

There Came an Echo story trailer shows off its voice talent photo

Conquer the known world in Grand Ages: Medieval

Medieval era Europe was time of great strife and hardship. With disease, war, and social unrest plaguing the lands, ruling the lands during such times must have been quite an ordeal for those in power. For every great civiliz...   more

Conquer the known world in Grand Ages: Medieval photo

Dungeons II takes a humorous approach to being the bad guy

Being the bad guy has its perks. With an entire force of orcs, goblins, and other nasty creatures at your bidding, more gold you can count, and a near infinite supply of dark magic at your disposal -- it seems like you've got...   more

Dungeons II takes a humorous approach to being the bad guy photo


Dungeons II takes a humorous approach to being the bad guy photo
Dungeons II takes a humorous approach to being the bad guy photo
Dungeons II takes a humorous approach to being the bad guy photo
Dungeons II takes a humorous approach to being the bad guy photo
Dungeons II takes a humorous approach to being the bad guy photo
Dungeons II takes a humorous approach to being the bad guy photo



Crookz brings 1970s style and swagger to heist gameplay

What happened to the style and cleverness that came from heist thrillers? I remember watching films like Ocean's Eleven and Thief, that had little to no action or shooting. But now, these high-pressure and tense moments just ...   more

Crookz brings 1970s style and swagger to heist gameplay photo


Crookz brings 1970s style and swagger to heist gameplay photo
Crookz brings 1970s style and swagger to heist gameplay photo
Crookz brings 1970s style and swagger to heist gameplay photo
Crookz brings 1970s style and swagger to heist gameplay photo
Crookz brings 1970s style and swagger to heist gameplay photo
Crookz brings 1970s style and swagger to heist gameplay photo



Sega seems pleased with Valkyria Chronicles sales

Valkyria Chronicles came out on PC yesterday. It was a good day. Especially if you're Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. Money, money, money, money... Money! Sega was proud to announce the amazing strategy role-playing game "force...   more

Sega seems pleased with Valkyria Chronicles sales photo

PC Port Report: Dragon Age: Inquisition

The third installment in the Dragon Age franchise is finally here. If you're like me, you are cautiously optimistic with this one after playing Dragon Age II. I'm more of a tactical player, and felt that I was left in th...   more

PC Port Report: Dragon Age: Inquisition photo


PC Port Report: Dragon Age: Inquisition photo
PC Port Report: Dragon Age: Inquisition photo
PC Port Report: Dragon Age: Inquisition photo
PC Port Report: Dragon Age: Inquisition photo
PC Port Report: Dragon Age: Inquisition photo
PC Port Report: Dragon Age: Inquisition photo



Convoy: if FTL were about driving through the desert

Back when consumers were more willing to put money toward projects on Kickstarter, FTL: Faster Than Light was one of the first big indie videogame success stories on the crowdfunding platform. It set a modest goal of $10,000...   more

Convoy: if FTL were about driving through the desert photo

Abe Lincoln kicks alien ass in Code Name: STEAM next spring

Code Name: STEAM, the new strategy game from Fire Emblem developer Intelligent Systems, is coming to Nintendo 3DS in spring 2015, Nintendo announced today. Europeans, you have an even more specific release window to look forward to: May 2015.   more

Abe Lincoln kicks alien ass in Code Name: STEAM next spring photo

This War of Mine is a harrowing journey of survival

War, what is it good for? For starters, it makes for easy entertainment in fiction. With the rise of war games over the last two decades, it's common to see these experiences as nothing but an over-the-top spectacle to show o...   more

This War of Mine is a harrowing journey of survival photo

All the Valkryia Chronicles pre-order deals for the PC

Deals from the crew at Dealzon. FYI: Sales from certain retailers help support Destructoid. Announced (sort of) by Sega earlier this week, Valkyria Chronicle's price and impending release was unveiled just hours ago. The game...   more

All the Valkryia Chronicles pre-order deals for the PC photo

Sega reveals Valkyria Chronicles PC price and date!

Valkyria Chronciles is coming to PC on November 11 for $20/£15/€20, Sega announced today. The strategy role-playing game will come equipped with all the downloadable content released for the PlayStation 3 version. It's now available for digital pre-order via various retailers.   more

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Concrete Jungle combines city planning and deck building

As diverse and varied as games have become (particularly the independent scene), it can be easy to fall into a routine of only trying out titles with established gameplay. Part of what caught my eye about Concrete Jungle is ...   more

Concrete Jungle combines city planning and deck building photo

SteamWorld Heist's first screenshot leaves me wondering

While I tend to get annoyed when studios put out a lone screenshot, I can tolerate the practice depending on the circumstances. Image & Form doesn't have much in the way of assets for SteamWorld Heist, its turn-based foll...   more

SteamWorld Heist's first screenshot leaves me wondering photo

Very Quick Tips: Civilization: Beyond Earth

Civilization: Beyond Earth is fantastic, but even though it does a lot through tutorial popups, missions, and the Civilopedia to help new players, it can still be daunting. With several new systems in place, even series veter...   more

Very Quick Tips: Civilization: Beyond Earth photo

Review: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

"Civilization, but set in the future on an alien planet." That is really all Firaxis and 2K needed to say to get people excited for the next entry in the long-running turn-based strategy series. There is a fair amount of new ...   more

Review: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth photo

Human Resources Kickstarter fires itself

If you were hoping to play Uber Entertainment's next game Human Resources, you'll be disappointed to know that the Kickstarter has been cancelled. Despite having over 9,000 backers, the project had raised $384,000 which was j...   more

Human Resources Kickstarter fires itself photo

Civilization: Beyond Earth pre-order deal breakdown

Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. If you spot more Beyond Earth pre-order deals and pre-load info, let us know in the comments! Mission Contr...   more

Civilization: Beyond Earth pre-order deal breakdown photo

Civilization V is free to play on Steam right now

Civilization: Beyond Earth comes out this Friday and in anticipation, Civilization V is now free to play on Steam until October 23.  It's all right here.   more

Civilization V is free to play on Steam right now photo

Retro-Pixel Castles is all the work of just one person

Trendy survival games like Rust and Don't Starve have had one interesting feature that rarely get's talked about: you can't actually win at these games. That's the main concept behind the small-scale Retro-Pixel Castles, an ...   more

Retro-Pixel Castles is all the work of just one person photo

The intro cinematic for Civilization: Beyond Earth is actually pretty touching

I have been working on a review for the upcoming sci-fi strategy game Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, and one of the things I could not wait to talk about is the introductory cinematic. It seems silly, but for a seri...   more

The intro cinematic for Civilization: Beyond Earth is actually pretty touching photo

Bandai Namco announces Battleline: Steel Warfare

Check out the newest from Namco Bandai and Creant Studios, a free-to-play PC tank game called Battleline: Steel Warfare. It's coming to PC later this year, with a closed beta launching next month. If you want to get in on th...   more

Bandai Namco announces Battleline: Steel Warfare photo