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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



Review: Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition photo
Review: Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
by Patrick Hancock

Baldur’s Gate II holds a pretty special place in my heart. It was easily my favorite RPG from my younger days, and to be honest not much has changed since. Classic Dungeons & Dragons gameplay combined with wonderful characters and writing is a simple recipe for a timeless classic. Visually, however, this timeless classic has certainly aged.

And so steps in Beamdog with Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition. Just as with the first game, this Enhanced Edition looks slightly better, plays the same, and has some extra goodies added in. Whether or not it’s worth the entry fee is up to you, though.

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1:00 AM on 01.10.2014

Kingdom Under Fire II will have exclusive content on PS4

Just a small Kingdom Under Fire II update for the lot of you that were excited to learn that the game, originally announced in 2008, is totally coming out this year for PC and PS4. According to 2P, the open beta on PC will la...

Steven Hansen

5:00 PM on 01.01.2014

New race announced for FTL Advanced Edition

FTL: Faster than Light is gearing up for its "Advanced Edition" update, coming early this year, and some new information about the content said update will contain has now been released. The biggest news is the addition ...

Conrad Zimmerman

2:30 PM on 12.24.2013

The winner of Destructoid's best 2013 strategy game

Sometimes, the best strategy is to not play at all. This is not one of those times. Unless you value your spare time, because this year's wondrous array of strategy games will inevitably gobble it up in oodles like a bull ...

Steven Hansen

3:00 PM on 12.21.2013

Breed heroes on Android with Record of Agarest War

Strategy role-playing game Record of Agarest War is now out for Android devices. Published by HyperDevbox Studio, the unique Japanese title -- that lets you breed heroes over multiple generations -- is available at a spe...

Wesley Ruscher



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

It isn't difficult to see why The Banner Saga secured over $723,000 via Kickstarter. The Viking-themed tactical role-playing game is just gorgeous, resembling something along the lines of a classic Disney picture. And it vaunts some serious pedigree too. In addition to being developed by a team of BioWare veterans, the music comes courtesy of Austin Wintory, the composer behind the Grammy-nominated and BAFTA-winning Journey soundtrack. 

Yes, that certainly seems like a recipe for success.

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1:45 PM on 12.19.2013

Evil Genius is back on Facebook of all places

I love me some Evil Genius. Enough that I'm willing to try Evil Genius Online, which is Rebellion's free-to-play approximation of the classic base-building game. It's playable now in open beta on Facebook and while it's got t...

Jordan Devore