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First Impressions: Europa Universalis IV

I'm a long-time fan of Paradox's games.  Ever since I discovered Europa Univeralis (EU hereafter) 2 about 11- years ago, I've been obsessed.  I've shoveled time into the likes of Victoria, Victoria 2, CK2, and EU3.  So, as a ...   more

First Impressions:  Europa Universalis IV


The Roots of Japanese Strategy RPGs

The following piece is neither thorough nor polished. Essentially, over at Brad Hates Games, there was some discussion about the importance of Shining Force for the Japanese strategy RPG genre. I argued that Fire Emblem was...   more

The Roots of Japanese Strategy RPGs


Final Rankasy 4, The Mainline Final Fantasy Ranking Continues, With Second Place

There's been a long road up until this point. We've covered the brokenness of Final Fantasy 2 (11th place). We've covered the problems that held FF8 and FF12 back (9th place). We have discussed the original Final Fantasy a...   more

Final Rankasy 4, The Mainline Final Fantasy Ranking Continues, With Second Place


Final Rankasy 3: Electric Bugalee

I ran out of silly titles for this series. Whatcha gonna do, y'know? So, to recap, I am ranking the Final Fantasy mainline games, except for side-games, 11, 14, and, for no good reason at all, 13. Up until now, the ranking...   more

Final Rankasy 3:  Electric Bugalee


Final Rankasy 2: The Ranking Continues (8th-6th place)

Welcome to the second installment of Final Rankasy, which ranks the top 11 best Final Fantasy games (not counting 11, 13, or 14 or any side games) ever made! Last time, we covered Final Fantasy 2 at 11th place (by itself in ...   more

Final Rankasy 2: The Ranking Continues (8th-6th place)


Final Rankasy: Ranking the Mainline Final Fantasy Games, Part 1

I'm here to engage in a pretty standard practice: ranking the mainline Final Fantasy series. Although I've been considering this for a while now, Stealth's ranking of the side story games finally gave me the inspiration to ...   more

Final Rankasy:  Ranking the Mainline Final Fantasy Games, Part 1


Livin' La Vida Ninja: Why Ninja Gaiden 1 (NES) Capture Ninjaness Better than NG2

Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2 are commonly agreed to be classics of the action platforming genre and of the NES more generally. They both combined tight controls, solid presentation, good music, fun level design, and high difficulty ...   more

Livin' La Vida Ninja: Why Ninja Gaiden 1 (NES) Capture Ninjaness Better than NG2


4x Flashback: A Comparison of Alpha Centauri and Civ 4

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (with Alien Crossfire expansion) was a bit of a revelation for 4x gamers back in the day. On one hand, this was clearly a Civilization game. Alpha Centauri was the planet space colonizers sought i...   more

4x Flashback: A Comparison of Alpha Centauri and Civ 4


A few statements about Civ 5

I've read the RPS and Joystiq reviews, as well as some of the other chatter happening around the tubes, and I've come to the conclusion that there are a lot of misnomers out there about Civ 5's mechanics and its impact on the...   more

A few statements about Civ 5


Initial Thoughts on Endless Space (PC, 4x/Strategy)

So, as I mentioned might happen in my post about Warlock, I broke down and bought Endless Space. For the unaware, Endless Space is the first game from Amplitude. Amplitude is a new, independent PC game developer focused on ...   more

Initial Thoughts on Endless Space (PC, 4x/Strategy)


The Grandstanding Of Gaming Needs To Stop

Disclaimer: I had originally written this on May 31st, 2012 on my own site, so the content is from last week. However, some Dtoiders suggested I post it here because they thought it was an interesting article, and that's exac...   more

The Grandstanding Of Gaming Needs To Stop


So.. you like Retrogaming? Here's a list of great blogs

Maybe there are rules against this. Maybe it's been done before, or there are threads like this on the forums. Maybe you've already heard of all of these. If so, I apologize, but, if I help anyone discover some great retro...   more

So.. you like Retrogaming?  Here's a list of great blogs


Initial Thoughts on Warlock: Master of the Arcane

I know there aren't many PC gamers on Dtoid, but I figured I'd add my thoughts on this game anyway. Let's see how it goes. If you aren't aware, Warlock: Master of the Arcane (simply Warlock from here on) is a 4x game that b...   more

Initial Thoughts on Warlock: Master of the Arcane


RESET - This is a game that requires your attention

Sad Robots... There are few things in this industry that motivates me to write these days. However, when I came across this ambitious indie title by Theory Interactive, I had to bring it to the Destructoid community to sha...   more

RESET - This is a game that requires your attention


Why Jim Sterling Is Wrong on 'Online Passes'

I'm so sick and tired of the ignorance that pervades this site when it comes to the used game market and online passes. It seems like once a week or so, Jim launches some big tirade against online passes or in favor of the u...   more

Why Jim Sterling Is Wrong on 'Online Passes'


Revisited Gems - Langrisser Series

I don't know. I'm considering doing a series on great games that are generally overlooked. I decided that, if I'm going to start anywhere, I'll start with the Langrisser series. Revisited Gem #1 - Langrisser Series For - F...   more

Revisited Gems - Langrisser Series


Expectations for Dawn of War 3 from a fanboy

YOU HAVE CAPTAIN DIOMEDES. OK OK OK , LET ME TALK, EVERYONE SHUT THE CHAOS UP. (no I will not apologize for that big ass picture, it's manly.) k. k. um... ok.. k. *cracks hands while looking around* k. What I ...   more

Expectations for Dawn of War 3 from a fanboy


Are you ready to test Final Fantasy XIV?

When Final Fantasy XIV was revealed one of the first things that was announced was a beta test. Within a matter of weeks a beta application went up on the main FFXIV site, but nobody has received any word on when the actual...   more

Are you ready to test Final Fantasy XIV?


A Plethora of DKS3713 news!! (Square-Enix conference) Part 1 - Parasite Eve, FFXIII, FFVIIACC and more!

I'm trying to compile all of the information regarding the event and stuff it in to one single post so pardon me if everything seems thrown together right now. Good news already flowing from the event so lets get started sh...   more

A Plethora of DKS3713 news!! (Square-Enix conference) Part 1 - Parasite Eve, FFXIII, FFVIIACC and more!


A Cast of Thousands - Crono

No, he isn't made of thousands of polygons, but in the realm of gaming he is far more unique to me than most of the high-res avatars I control upon my television screen. As I told all of you last month the "Start of my Affa...   more

A Cast of Thousands - Crono


E3 '08 impression - Bad idea edition

Yes, I know it's late but I was on vacation that week and I'm also really lazy. thankfully Comic-Con hasn't been a suckfest so I don't expect to have to write up a scathing opinion on it. See that video up there? It's fill...   more

E3 '08 impression - Bad idea edition


New Shin Megami Tensei game inbound! "Not Persona 4" edition.

Yes, it appears so. Atlus, who has been just shoveling out the SMT love lately, has dropped an ad in the latest Famitsu magazine with a rather enigmatic spin on it. It involves purple clouds and cats, but considering that ...   more

New Shin Megami Tensei game inbound!


7-11-2008 : The Last Guy teaser site reveals greatest trailer I can't understand.

Here's the link back to the site if you haven't already checked it out. Now that the site has been updated a video is shown with three men from India speaking about the game (presumably) and every now and then one of them ...   more

7-11-2008 : The Last Guy teaser site reveals greatest trailer I can't understand.


The Last Guy - Zombies invade Google Earth

Google Earth? Zombies? Is this already made of complete Win? I'm pretty sure from what little I've learned of this game that I'm going to buy this as soon as it hits the PSN, but I still need to see gameplay. The Teaser Sit...   more

The Last Guy - Zombies invade Google Earth


My 30 minutes in Concerto Gate

Yes, I got in to the closed beta test (wasn't that difficult really) and considering I'm an MMO-hound I just had to try out this latest offering in the massively multiplayer genre. Considering it's from Square-Enix I have h...   more

My 30 minutes in Concerto Gate


Rumor: Kingdom Hearts 3? Wii? A piece of me dies in sorrow?

I came across this picture on Forever-Fantasy.net and the topic is the persistent rumor that Kingdom Hearts 3 is coming to the Wii. For those not wishing to click out this is what it says: "We'll kick off the next 20 year...   more

Rumor: Kingdom Hearts 3? Wii? A piece of me dies in sorrow?


I played Battlefield:BC and I feel as if I was in a train wreck.

The picture conveys my feelings for the full-version of the game. The single-player campaign is fun and given the humerous script of the story it should keep anyone interested until the blast through the game entirely. Howe...   more

I played Battlefield:BC and I feel as if I was in a train wreck.


Playing in Traffic, Let me show you it.

This is a rather late considering at the rate that news travels anything regarding GTA4 now would be considered as "OLD", but I was playing through the game yesterday and I was thinking about the point of the game. I mean, ...   more

Playing in Traffic, Let me show you it.


2k games gets a clue - Removes Bioshock install limitations

It's about damn time. Seriously, who hasn't just absolutely broken the internet screaming about how awful the DRM application SecuROM is? Initially touted as the end of piracy it has become nothing but a huge scam that 1) ...   more

2k games gets a clue - Removes Bioshock install limitations


OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAND!!!

RAWR I figured that that Jim would find this amusing. Hopefully everyone else will too.   more

OVER NINE THOUSAAAAAAAND!!!





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