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Review: Civilization V: Brave New World photo
Review: Civilization V: Brave New World
by Joshua Derocher

When Civilization V launched a few years back, a lot of die-hard fans were disappointed with the lack of depth the game had to offer. The graphics were sharp, the interface was clean and intuitive, and the overall gameplay was very nice -- but it was missing some key mechanics introduced with expansions to Civilization IV. Brave New World, the latest expansion for Civ V, brings in a massive amount of depth to the game with simple mechanics used in brilliant ways.

The major revamp here is to the game's core culture system, with the culture victory being redone to incorporate new tourism points. Along with culture getting some love, there are also new archaeology sites, trade routes, an ideology system, and world congress that really change-up the end game.

Each of these new systems is simple to grasp, but they work with one another and existing mechanics in a way that really opens up fresh ways to play, making this the best version of Civilization.

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11:00 PM on 06.29.2013

Critical Hit! XCOM: Enemy Unknown finally out for Macs

Seems like a fair bit of critically acclaimed titles are finally making their long-awaited hop over to the Mac gaming universe. Last week we had Rockstar's take on a modern noir story in Max Payne 3, and this week we have Fir...

Jason Cabral



Review: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (iOS) photo
Review: XCOM: Enemy Unknown (iOS)
by Chris Carter

I was pretty blown away by Firaxis Games' re-imagining of the X-COM universe last year in XCOM: Enemy Unknown. So blown away in fact that it was my second choice for Game of the Year -- and this is coming from a fan of the '90s series.

I loved the emotional thrill of deciding the fate of the world, and living with the sorrow of war, defeat, and death -- it comes naturally in Enemy Unknown, and is all the better for it. Pretty much all of that translates into iOS, surprisingly.

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11:00 AM on 05.31.2013

Civ V trailer will be the best minute of your day

A new trailer has arrived for the Civilization V expansion, Civilization V: Brave New World. There's quite a bit of meat on Brave New World's bones, with plenty of later-game additions, and an emphasis on trade routes. For a...

Abel Girmay



Preview: Civilization V: Brave New World photo
Preview: Civilization V: Brave New World
by Fraser Brown

With the arrival of the 20th century, I can sometimes get a bit bored in Civilization V. It continues to engage me enough so that I power through to achieve whatever victory path I had chosen, but therein lies the issue. I end up feeling restricted, locked into a particular objective like global conquest or scientific superiority. 

Brave New World is set to change all of that, adding a much-needed coat of dynamism to the Civilization V late game. A generous helping of new features changes the modern age entirely, making victory choices more flexible and interactions between civilizations more interesting. For six hours I played through a small four-player map until I earned my hard-fought victory, and it might have been the most enjoyable six hours I've spent with the game. 

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8:00 PM on 05.14.2013

Sid Meier says core gamers should not be forgotten

Sid Meier is a legend to PC gamers for strategy games he lent his name to but the man himself admits that the Meier name doesn't mean much to mobile players. In an illuminating interview with GamesIndustry, Sid revealed his n...

Alasdair Duncan





8:30 PM on 05.10.2013

Sid Meier brings back culture with Brave New World

It has been over a year since the release of the Civilization V's last expansion, Gods & Kings, but Firaxis and 2K have been hard at work on injecting some new units, civilizations, and culture with the next expansion, B...

Jason Cabral



Review: Haunted Hollow photo
Review: Haunted Hollow
by Chris Carter

Firaxis Games is on fire again after the launch of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. Both a critical and commercial hit as well as one of my favorite games of 2012, it seems as if they could only go up from here. So of course, Firaxis decided to strike while the iron was hot, and follow up a hit complex strategy game with yet another surefire hit -- a freemium iOS title based around monsters, mansion building, and scaring townsfolk. Wait, huh?

Despite how absurd this prospect may seem on paper, you know what? It's actually pretty decent.

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11:45 AM on 05.01.2013

Sid Meier's new game Ace Patrol comes to iOS next month

Game designer Sid Meier's newest title has just been revealed. Ace Patrol is a mobile strategy game based on WWI air combat. You'll defend camps in allies in the sky in any of 30 aircraft, in more than 120 missions. You'll be...

Dale North

12:15 PM on 04.02.2013

XCOM reboot director and original creator hug it out

Adam Sessler and Rev3 Games brings two noteworthy turn-based designers together in the same room to chat and hug it out. On one end is X-COM (1994) creator Julian Gollop; the other is occupied by 2012 XCOM reboot designer Ja...

Allistair Pinsof

4:00 PM on 03.15.2013

Huge expansion heading for Civilization V

Dozens of new units, nine new civilizations, eight new wonders, seven swans-a-swimming, four gameplay systems, and a partridge in a pear tree! This is all incoming in Brave New World, the freshly announced expansion pack...

Joshua Derocher

4:45 PM on 03.06.2013

Journey wins big at the BAFTA Game Awards

Looks like the folks at thatgamecompany might need a new trophy cabinet after Journey picked up five BAFTA Game Awards last night at the ceremony in London. The PlayStation Network title won awards for Artistic Achievement, A...

Alasdair Duncan

8:00 PM on 02.26.2013

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is coming to Mac soon

Last year's awesome "save Earth from evil aliens" simulator, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, will be finding its way onto Macs very soon. The port is being handled by Feral Interactive, who has ported a lot of good titles like Bat...

Joshua Derocher

1:30 PM on 02.20.2013

Green Man Gaming has XCOM: EU for $16 right now

Green Man Gaming is doing that thing it does again where it heavily discounts a worthwhile PC title that's redeemable on Steam and also offers a coupon code (GMG20-P4DLK-FKYRS) for an even greater deal. In this case, the game...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 12.04.2012

XCOM: Enemy Unknown Slingshot DLC video and screens

Here are some new screenshots and video showing off the Slingshot Content Pack for XCOM: Enemy Unknown. It's available now on PSN, Windows PC and Xbox Live for $6.99 or 560 Microsoft Points.  With this DLC expect three new maps tied to the Council missions, a new playable squad character, and new character customizations. If you watch the trailer, you might recognize a voice in it. 

Dale North

6:30 PM on 11.30.2012

XCOM: Enemy Unknown's Slingshot Pack priced and dated

Having already taken a brief look at the Slingshot downloadable content for XCOM: Enemy Unknown, it's now the obligatory time when we find out the release specifics for the add-on. It'll be available for $6.99 / 560 Microsoft...

Jordan Devore