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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)


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


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


Duke Nukem Forever : Hail or Fail?

Hell froze over and Duke Nukem finally got released and it got tits in it. Unfortunately that's the best thing I'l lhave to say about it. The graphics are bad, the textures look like its straight from the nineties, who k...   more

Duke Nukem Forever : Hail or Fail?


MIRRORS EDGE 2 - Proof of life.

The sequel to Mirrors Edge has been confirmed by EA's Frank Gibeau as live and well at E3 and that it may use the Frostbite 2 engine, the very same engine thats being used for the upcoming BF3. Mirrors Edge + Frostbite 2 = winnage. moar infos here.....   more

MIRRORS EDGE 2 - Proof of life.


[NEW HEADER] Like it?

Not great ot this design stuff, you like? Im also getting this error when I click on 'my posts' Warning: require(/home/home/destructoid/public_html/incl_envolve.phtml) [function.require]: failed to open stream: No such fil...   more

[NEW HEADER] Like it?


MW2 - 402 gets called out by IW forum mods

There's a lot to read here, but fear not the WALL OF TEXT!!! Quote: Originally Posted by Fourzerotwo Nothing goes unnoticed. Even if we can't reply to everything, I and many of the team at Infinity Ward, do read everythin...   more

MW2 - 402 gets called out by IW forum mods


PCF GAMENIGHT : CoD4 mod with best bits of MW2

We have thermonuclear weapons waiting to be played with at tomorrow nights CoD4 gamenight. Also a nice new AC130 with 25mm and 40mm cannons (that's the big plane that circles the map raining down death from above) Bring su...   more

PCF GAMENIGHT : CoD4 mod with best bits of MW2


CoD6 / MW2 / WTFBBQ?

My wife bough herself a rather expensive blue wool coat while in London, guess what she's bought me to soften the blow. After a few carefully placed questions ( I dont want to discourage this kind of bribery) I think I kn...   more

CoD6 / MW2 / WTFBBQ?


[MYTHBUSTER] Modern Warfare 2 : Sending Trojans via IWNet?

There are some forums posts on IW and Steam about a group call KoT (german for faeces?) going around griefing in MW2 multiplayer. Due to the internet's open door policy on ass-holes this comes as no real surprise. There is ...   more

[MYTHBUSTER] Modern Warfare 2 : Sending Trojans via IWNet?


[RUMOR] Official Modern Warfare 2 Dedicated Servers?

Doc, set the clock to 16 october, 2009.. Just saw this on bashandslash: Update 1 Midnight Oct 15 '09 Aside from the interesting Steam-related news, the latest I have heard related to dedicated servers was a comment from ...   more

[RUMOR] Official Modern Warfare 2 Dedicated Servers?


Modern Warfare 2 : Multiplayer cracked

As predicted those industrious scene groups have produced a working online version of MW2 complete with a re-enabled dev console. Not bad for under a weeks work eh? There are a few cracks around, some that let you install ...   more

Modern Warfare 2 : Multiplayer cracked


PCFormat GameNight IV CoD4 - Why I Stopped Worring and Learned to Love the Bomb

I expected our next Call of Duty game night to feature MW2 but I.W.'s dropping of dedicated servers and many other essential PC features soon put paid to that idea. Its sad that you wouldn't be able to cut people in half ...   more

PCFormat GameNight IV CoD4 - Why I Stopped Worring and Learned to Love the Bomb


MW2 - How the pirates might win for now but we all will lose eventually...

IWNet wants your gold. Looking back at CoD4 and when they released the DLC for the xbox they charged $$$ for it but there is no way or buisness model that meant they could charge us PC gamers. So to cover the loss in reven...   more

MW2 - How the pirates might win for now but we all will lose eventually...


Things That Are Kick Ass: Disgaea TCG

The Disgaea Series is cool as hell. Everyone knows that. But did you know you can turn the RPG into a TCG and pit Midboss against the evil girls from K-On? Or SOS Brigade? Bad Ass sounding huh? I was looking at Rosequeen....   more

Things That Are Kick Ass: Disgaea TCG


Gaming/PC industry backs petition for dedicated servers in Modern Warfare 2

The support to bring back dedicated servers continues to grow, why cant IW see what they are doing is wrong. It gets worse too, recent news from IW also reveals that its capped to a max of 8 v 8. Rubbish! Due to the band...   more

Gaming/PC industry backs petition for dedicated servers in Modern Warfare 2


IW Respond's to the dedicated server fiasco, badly...

A statement has appeared on www.fourtwozero.com from Robert Bowling at Infinity Ward. My responses are in itallics.. Matchmaking and Smoother gameplay ..it will automatically find you a game with the best performance, pi...   more

IW Respond's to the dedicated server fiasco, badly...


MW2 Petition - On the brink of 100K sigs

I stated on a previous blog entry that I wouldnt sign as I did think that they would achieve anything of significance, I've gladly been proved wrong. 100,000 x £35.00 = 3.5 MILLION nett loss in sales.(based on a £35.00 ...   more

MW2 Petition - On the brink of 100K sigs


PCF FightNight II - Video of Final

We ran a tourney for CoD4's GunGame mod and gave some nice Steel Series gaming gear to the winners. These are winners - AimZ and Auric Panky. Next event on 29th October.   more

PCF FightNight II - Video of Final





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