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7:01 AM on 02.24.2015

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

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...

Darren Nakamura



The first three rounds of Sid Meier's Starships are not enough photo
The first three rounds of Sid Meier's Starships are not enough
by Darren Nakamura

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. Other long-time fans of the series saw it as derivative of Civ V, with too little added and too much stripped out.

Like it or not, one thing that Beyond Earth has done is to lay the foundation for Sid Meier's Starships. It continues the story of the human settlements on an alien planet, far enough into the future that they are able to travel between stars in less time than the initial exodus from Earth took. The result: a series of skirmishes for control of a very tiny galaxy. Sure, why not?

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6:30 PM on 02.05.2015

Sid Meier runs through Starships' customization and a small battle

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...

Darren Nakamura

12:30 PM on 01.19.2015

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,...

Jordan Devore


10:00 PM on 12.08.2014

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.....

Darren Nakamura



Very Quick Tips: Civilization: Beyond Earth photo
Very Quick Tips: Civilization: Beyond Earth
by Darren Nakamura

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 veterans could benefit from a bit of a head start. Learn from my mistakes.

Some of these tips apply to the Civilization series in general, but most of them are specific to the new stuff found in Beyond Earth.

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Review: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth photo
Review: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
by Darren Nakamura

"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 ideas to be found here: new systems to explore, new technology to research, and new obstacles to overcome.

But even with everything new, Civilization: Beyond Earth is still Civilization, but set in the future on an alien planet. And it is exactly as good as that sounds.

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9:30 AM on 10.15.2014

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...

Darren Nakamura

9:30 AM on 10.01.2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth trailer outlines the new features

Last week I detailed a lot of the new experiences that Civilization V veterans will find in Civilization: Beyond Earth. I loved what I played of it and you can read about that if you want, but those who are more visual ...

Darren Nakamura



Civilization: Beyond Earth makes weekends disappear photo
Civilization: Beyond Earth makes weekends disappear
by Darren Nakamura

The Civilization series is famous for playing out in unplanned marathon sessions, where "one more turn" quickly turns into five more turns, which turn into another hour, before the player finally looks away from the screen to see that it is starting to get light outside. Knowing this, I'm not sure what I was thinking starting the preview build of Civilization: Beyond Earth on a Friday night.

By the time I finished for that session, I had played for eight hours straight and it was then four in the morning. Then I went to sleep, woke up four hours later, and started playing again, eventually logging almost a full day's worth of play time in a single weekend.

Yes, this is still Civilization through and through, but there are some new concepts included that impact gameplay in significant ways. Though there are clear connections, Beyond Earth is far more than just a reskinning of Civilization V.

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4:00 PM on 08.30.2014

AI construct 'Master Control' walks through a turn of Civilization: Beyond Earth in this PAX video

Steven got to play Civilization: Beyond Earth with the help of an "actual scienceman" not long ago, but the 2K and Firaxis still brought something new to show at PAX Prime this year. Earlier today at the Firaxis Megapan...

Darren Nakamura







I took a field trip to play Civilization: Beyond Earth's first 100 turns photo
I took a field trip to play Civilization: Beyond Earth's first 100 turns
by Steven Hansen

Civilization: Beyond Earth isn't just a missed opportunity for transmedia synergy by way of the family Smith's After Earth. It's a game about space. About space colonization, specifically, because the Earth is a goner (wonder how that happened). 

Because of this space theme, we were brought out on an elementary school field trip to the Chabot Space & Science Center up in the bourgeois hills of Oakland (you know, where it's not "scary"). We were given a brief tour of the facility and taught some things (I can't make a high grade telescope by stitching together Ikea mirrors), thanks in part to the presence of actual scienceman Dr. Stephen Kane.

Kane was part of the team that discovered Kepler-186f, the 500-light-years-away, possibly-habitable-by-humans exoplanet. He also made a good joke about getting more space research funding by fabricating a new space race with China.

Anyways, after taking pictures of laminate Bill Nye cutouts and a weird little thief man that looks like Andy Dixon (maybe I'll stop tweeting leg pictures long enough to tweet it at him eventually), I played the first 100 turns of Civilization: Beyond Earth

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12:30 PM on 08.26.2014

Boldly go 50 Minutes into Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Firaxis has just released over fifty minutes of beginning-game footage of its science fiction-themed entry into the Civilization series, Beyond Earth. And, as an added bonus for the Red Team, Firaxis would like you to k...

Rob Morrow

4:00 AM on 08.26.2014

Civilization, XCOM dev doing its own fan convention

Firaxicon sounds like an expensive drug for lumberjacks. Or a bad sci-fi original film. But it's actually a new convention put on by Firaxis, developer of the Civilization games and the recent, real good XCOM reboot...

Steven Hansen



Play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam this weekend photo
Play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam this weekend
by Jordan Devore

As part of a 2K sale on Steam this weekend, the publisher is giving folks a chance to play Borderlands 2 for free on Steam today through Sunday at 1:00pm Pacific.

Borderlands 2 has also been marked down to $4.99 to own, or $9.99 if you want the Game of the Year edition and its numerous DLC packs. Elsewhere in the sale, there are discounts on Civilization V ($7.49), BioShock Infinite ($7.49), and XCOM: Enemy Unknown ($7.49).

Oh, and The Bureau: XCOM Declassified is $3.99. What, no takers?

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Preview: Sid Meierís Civilization: Beyond Earth photo
Preview: Sid Meierís Civilization: Beyond Earth
by Dale North

I tried to help settlers colonize a new planet (Earth becomes uninhabitable after we screw it up in a big way) in our first hands-on with a pre-alpha build of the upcoming game Civilization: Beyond Earth early last week. I was briefed on how to get around, dig into the new tech tree, and potentially deal with arriving factions, but I kind of glossed over all of that in hopes of taking down a big ol’ Siege Worm or two.

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