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7:00 AM on 09.26.2014

Civilization: Beyond Earth makes weekends disappear

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...

Darren Nakamura


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Terra Battle launches on October 9th

Terra Battle, the highly anticipated RPG from Hironobu Sakaguchi, launches worldwide on October 9th. Find out more




1:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Live out your Elder God fantasies in That Which Sleeps

A Lovecraft-themed re-imagining of the god game has recently popped up on Kickstarter, and has already reached its funding goal of $12,000. That Which Sleeps is a turn-based strategy game where the player assumes t...

Rob Morrow

12:30 PM on 09.25.2014

Set the world on fire in Total War: Attila

I didn't throw out any guesses for what the next Total War would be, but if I had, wow, I would've been way off. Creative Assembly's next installment, Total War: Attila, will follow none other than Attila the Hun when it rel...

Jordan Devore

9:30 AM on 09.18.2014

Bladestorm lives up to its name, looks nice on PS4 and Xbox One

I'd never played Bladestorm, the historical action/strategy title that seems to be a bit of a cult classic within the Dynasty Warriors type. It's still a bit odd that Koei Tecmo is reviving the 2007 PS3 and 360 game and that ...

Steven Hansen

4:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Top-down '70s heist simulator The Masterplan now available on Steam Early Access

Shark Punch, a four-person studio operating out of San Fransisco, California and Helsinki, Finland has recently launched its lovely looking 2D tactical-action heist game on Steam Early Access. The Masterplan is said to draw ...

Rob Morrow

8:00 AM on 09.16.2014

Image & Form goes to space with SteamWorld Heist

Image & Form isn't following up its mining platformer SteamWorld Dig with a direct sequel, as much as that would have been a crowd-pleaser. But the studio is staying in the same universe with SteamWorld Heist, "a game ab...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 09.15.2014

Standalone version of Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall releases this Thursday

The new standalone Director's Cut of Shadowrun Returns' Dragonfall expansion is right around the corner, releasing this Thursday, September 18. Before it does, I'd like to share some of the highlights from the last four developer diaries Harebrained Schemes has posted leading up to the title's launch.

Rob Morrow

7:00 PM on 09.09.2014

Creative Assembly will unveil the next Total War this month

Later this month at EGX London (formerly Eurogamer Expo), Total War studio Creative Assembly will "reveal" the next installment in its popular strategy franchise. The announcement will be a part of a developer session schedul...

Jordan Devore



Review: Halfway photo
Review: Halfway
by Darren Nakamura

One of the things that is so appealing about science fiction is that it deals with situations that seem fantastical, but are ultimately plausible. Technology today would look like magic to those from years past, and so the technology of the future might seem incredible to us now.

Good science fiction brings up not only these possibilities, but the questions that would show up alongside the possibilities. The nature of these questions can be ethical, social, psychological, philosophical, or just technical. Halfway asks: What happens if you spend too much time in the "in-between" when making a faster-than-light jump?

Halfway answers: "Aliens show up and you shoot them a lot."

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5:00 PM on 09.03.2014

Bladestorm remake also coming to PS3 and Xbox One

We learned this week the Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War (PS3, 360) remake from Koei and Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force would be coming to PS4 as Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War &a...

Steven Hansen

12:30 PM on 09.03.2014

Disgaea 5 pumps up the volume of characters on-screen

Disgaea 5 will be the biggest game in the series to date, stated developer Nippon Ichi Software's president Sohei Niikawa. He stated that the company had considered designing the game to be multi-platform with a release on th...

Brittany Vincent







The Behemoth's Game 4 is the strangest SRPG I've ever played photo
The Behemoth's Game 4 is the strangest SRPG I've ever played
by Jordan Devore

No, the next game from The Behemoth isn't a sequel to Castle Crashers. I mean, yeah, that'd be nice to have one day, but I'm loving how the studio is continuing to try new things. And its next project, the to-be-properly-named "Game 4," is most certainly a New Thing for the team.

It's a turn-based strategy role-playing game with the style and humor we've come to expect from The Behemoth. So, pretty freaking great. Will Stamper even returns from BattleBlock Theater to narrate again. What begins as a typical fantasy adventure with swords and shields quickly morphs into a tale of robots, vampires, and anthropomorphic cupcakes. Knights getting extracted via space shuttle? Yeah, something's not quite right here.

As shown in the teaser trailer, a space bear has crash landed into a planet -- your planet -- and the universe hasn't been the same ever since. Just chaos, left and right. I was fortunate enough to spend well over an hour with Game 4 at PAX Prime and in that time, far more questions were raised than answered. I laughed more than a few times, though, and really dug the combat.

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5:09 AM on 09.01.2014

Bladestorm PS4 and Way of the Samurai Vita trailers

A lot of sort of random games headlined Sony's pre-TGS conference.  As we previously reported, Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War (PS3, 360), from Koei and Dynasty Warriors developer Omega Force, is getti...

Steven Hansen

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 have a feeling Massive Chalice is going to be great photo
I have a feeling Massive Chalice is going to be great
by Steven Hansen

We've heard little from Massive Chalice in the year and change since its successful crowdfunding campaign that took in over a million dollars following Double Fine's even more successful campaign for Broken Age.

Just like that, though (imagine I snapped my fingers), it exists. It is at PAX and playable if you're there. If you're not, the video below features Brad Muir walking you through the PAX demo. Third option: I played the dang thing myself last week and will tell you all about it. It is good. 

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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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