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3:30 PM on 02.03.2014

Sexy horse traps in Deception IV's Rube Goldberg machine

I was watching Mouse Hunt the other day expecting it to not hold up since seeing it in theaters in 1997. Remember when a children's film could start with a bleak funeral that ends with a body in a sewer and continue towards ...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 02.01.2014

Tecmo PS2 Classic Trapt coming to PSN next week

Trapt is coming to PlayStation Network next week, according to the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast. A spiritual successor to Tecmo's Deception series, the strategy action title initially released on PlayS...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 01.30.2014

Tropico 5 is also coming to PlayStation 4 this year

Joining the previously-announced Windows, Mac, Linux, and Xbox 360 releases of Haemimont Studios' Tropico 5 is a PlayStation 4 version of the simulation game. Kalypso still won't give us a release date, but the publisher did ...

Jordan Devore

3:30 PM on 01.30.2014

There's a new, free-to-play Dungeon Keeper for mobile

For years I've been searching for a modern Dungeon Keeper-esque game but nothing has been able to hit all of the right notes for me. Maybe that's nostalgia speaking. From the look of it, not even a game literally called "Dun...

Jordan Devore







Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II photo
Souped up hexagons: Ready to lose hours to Warlock II
by Steven Hansen

A couple years back, Destructoid's handsomely verbose Fraser Brown reviewed a strategy game of his ilk that didn't instantly fill me with dread and and remind me of my general inadequacy. Warlock: Master of the Arcane was ostensibly a 4X game, but with a much greater focus on straight up, scorched earth warfare and colorfully cliche fantasy characters, versus Civilization V's equally hexagonal historical pretension.

"I could play this," I thought. I never did, because initiative is beyond me. But now I've had a chance to play Warlock II: The Exiled. "I could play this more," I thought.  It is really is quite a bit of fun.

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6:00 AM on 01.29.2014

Star Wars: Assault Team is a turn-based mobile game

Disney Interactive and LucasArts have announced Star Wars: Assault Team for iOS, Windows 8, and Android. It's a turn-based combat game involving card-battling elements. You'll collect characters from the Star Wars universe an...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Crusader Kings II expansion Rajas of India opens the map photo
Crusader Kings II expansion Rajas of India opens the map
by Steven Hansen

Crusader Kings II is going strong since its release two years ago. Last year saw the release of a Linux version, The Old Gods expansion (which lets you start playing 200 years earlier in history), and The Sons of Abraham expansion.

Now, Paradox is readying another massive expansion, The Rajas of India. As the name implies, you will now be able to rewrite history as an Indian ruler; the entire Indian subcontinent is opened up. This doubles the landmass of the base game.

That's a lot of map -- map that you'll get as a free update to the game, but if you want to control an eastern territory and show those colonialists what's what, you'll need the expansion. And why wouldn't you want it?

It has war elephants.  

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5:00 AM on 01.28.2014

Mighty Quest For Epic Loot open beta arrives February 25

The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot is finally set to enter open beta starting February 25. The free-to-play hack and slash game is kind of like a crossover between Diablo and Dungeon Keeper, letting you hunt for treasures across ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz



Going through World War II with Hearts of Iron IV photo
Going through World War II with Hearts of Iron IV
by Steven Hansen

Following up on the continuing recent success of Crusader Kings II and Europa Universalis IV, Paradox is revisiting another beloved grand strategy series, Hearts of Iron, with the recently announced Hearts of Iron IV.

The Hearts of Iron series focuses on the World War II period of world history and has a much more concentrated focus on combat than other Paradox strategy games. If you were interested in Crusader Kings II or Europa, but felt overwhelmed or bored by some of the headier mechanics, this may be the grand strategy game for you.

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12:00 PM on 01.21.2014

Rymdkapsel to see PC launch on January 30

Rymdkapsel, the tetromino-based space station building strategy game with a Swedish name, originally released in May of last year on PlayStation Vita, and has since made the rounds onto Android and iOS. Early last month we h...

Darren Nakamura

6:00 PM on 01.16.2014

Mod tools for Total War: Rome II are now in beta

Total War: Rome II was one of the games I'm kicking myself for passing over in 2013; I didn't think I was going to be able to commit to a vast strategy game in a series that has shown me no mercy in the past. However, the new...

Alasdair Duncan

7:00 PM on 01.14.2014

This engine could mean massive new strategy games

Leveraging AMD's Mantle technology, Oxide Games has come up with a new game engine intended for real-time strategy titles on PC and consoles called Nitrous that can handle up to 5,000 AI- or physics-driven objects (like laser...

Jordan Devore

2:45 PM on 01.14.2014

Yasumi Matsuno launches Kickstarter for Unsung Story

Sometime after the release of Crimson Shroud, strategy RPG mastermind Yasumi Matsuno teased a brand new title he was in the process of developing. As the director of such titles as Tactics Ogre, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy ...

Alessandro Fillari



It took Maxis six months to rework SimCity for offline photo
It took Maxis six months to rework SimCity for offline
by Jordan Devore

In a blog post, SimCity single-player mode lead engineer Simon Fox has written about the lengthy process required to properly move away from multiplayer. "By the time we're finished we will have spent over six and a half months working to write and rewrite core parts of the game to get this to work," he explained. "Even things that seem trivial, like the way that cities are saved and loaded, had to be completely reworked in order to make this feature function correctly.

"I wish it were as simple as flipping a switch and telling the game to communicate with a dummy client rather than our server, but it's more than that. Entire calculations had to be rewritten in order to make the game function correctly." The full post, linked below, covers more specifics.

Not that Maxis will get much sympathy for something many players feel should have been there in the first place, but, interesting to know. Offline play is "in the final stages of testing" before it'll be available through Update 10 for SimCity. I'm still apathetic about the whole situation to the point where I may never play the game, online or off. It's sure looking that way.

Engineering SimCity for Offline Play [SimCity]

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Review: The Banner Saga photo
Review: The Banner Saga
by Kyle MacGregor

An animal is most dangerous when backed into a corner. Given little choice, and with everything on the line, the imperiled can go to great lengths just to continue drawing breath. Desperation is a terrifyingly powerful thing.

The Banner Saga, perhaps above all else, evokes such feelings of extreme vulnerability. The tale follows a caravan of refugee vikings. Driven from their lands by a horde of demonic marauders, the survivors are forced to wander from one devastated village to the next. Threatened by the elements, dwindling supplies, and even other men; they're faced with a seemingly endless string of dire circumstances in a world that's quickly going to hell. 

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3:00 PM on 01.11.2014

You can now mod SimCity but only so far

We've said it plenty of times before but mods for PC games are great. Mod support is something I look for in games but it was no surprise that SimCity didn't allow mods. With the game being online all the time I assumed that ...

Alasdair Duncan