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Sid Meier's Starships photo
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

There Came an Echo review photo
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 photo
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 photo
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 photo
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
Risk review photo
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

Sorcerer King Video photo
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 photo
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
Blackguards 2 review photo
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

Frozen Cortex photo
Frozen Cortex

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


Exiting Early Access on February 19
Feb 13
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... read
Total War: Attila review photo
Be the barbarian
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! read feature

Seaworthy photo
Seaworthy

Seaworthy: It's like FTL, but with pirates


Well, blow me down
Feb 09
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... read
Sid Meier's Starships photo
Sid Meier's Starships

Sid Meier runs through Starships' customization and a small battle


Does he make it despite an estimated 40% chance of success?
Feb 05
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... read
Tropico 5 photo
Tropico 5

Tropico 5 PS4 trailer is short and sweet


And it will make you want to Salsa
Feb 05
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... read
Total War: Attila photo
Total War: Attila

New Total War trailer less about gameplay, more about Attila


Do you even Hun bro?
Feb 05
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... read
Frozen Cortex update photo
Frozen Cortex update

Frozen Cortex gets a single-player-focused update


And finally adds ROBOT HATS!
Feb 02
Frozen Cortex, the sports-esque strategy game from the Frozen Synapse developers, has recently released an Early Access update that focuses almost entirely on the single-player aspect. New modes included in this update are K... read
XCOM stream photo
XCOM stream

Destructoid saves the world: XCOM hasn't killed any of us yet


Filling my XCOM squad with Destructoid staff
Jan 30
Last time on Destructoid Saves the World, I made strained addiction analogies (not the Kanye song) and found a work-related reason to play XCOM. Now if only I can find a work-related reason to do nothing but play Puyo Pu... read
Behemoth cupcakes photo
Behemoth cupcakes

More games need cupcakes as playable characters


The Behemoth knows what's up
Jan 28
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 ... read
Code Name S.T.E.A.M. photo
Feel the steam all around me
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... read feature

Homeworld Remastered photo
Homeworld Remastered

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


Engine trails ahoy!
Jan 25
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... read
Blackguards 2 photo
Blackguards 2

Blackguards 2 is deep, unfriendly, and buggy


First impressions
Jan 20
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... read
Grey Goo photo
Grey Goo

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


I said 'Whose house?' 'Goo's house!'
Jan 19
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... read
Sid Meier's Starships photo
Sid Meier's Starships

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


Releasing early this year for PC, Mac, and iPad
Jan 19
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,... read
Free this weekend photo
Free this weekend

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


This weekend only
Jan 15
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... read
Fire Emblem photo
Fire Emblem

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


Also, Marth amiibo is being re-released
Jan 14
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... read
Total War: Warhammer photo
Total War: Warhammer

Total War: Warhammer announcement leaks early


Strategy franchise's new art book spoils the surprise
Jan 14
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 ... read
Destructoid plays XCOM photo
Destructoid plays XCOM

Destructoid saves the world: Come watch me play XCOM


Filling my XCOM squad with Destructoid staff
Jan 13
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... read
There Came an Echo photo
There Came an Echo

There Came an Echo set to release on Steam February 24


February 21 for Kickstarter backers
Jan 12
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... read
Frozen Synapse iPhone photo
Frozen Synapse iPhone

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


Also, Frozen Synapse is now on iPhones
Jan 08
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 ... read
Bladestorm delay photo
Bladestorm delay

Koei Tecmo delays Bladestorm: Nightmare two weeks for some reason


I like to think the cyclops' horn is actually gelled hair
Jan 08
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,... read
Disgaea 5 opener photo
Disgaea 5 opener

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


'Dis guy, ehhh?
Jan 08
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... read
 Hyperdevotion Noire photo
Hyperdevotion Noire

Hyperdimension Neptunia SRPG hits Vita next month


'A Moe Army Awaits!'
Jan 07
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... read






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