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Thu 6 August 2015
Paradox announces Stellaris - a sci-fi grand strategy game

Game News - posted by Zed on Thu 6 August 2015, 19:45:53

Tags: Paradox Development Studios; Paradox Interactive; Stellaris

Paradox just announced Stellaris, a sci-fi grand strategy game, during their Gamescom conference.

Here are the bullet points:

Something’s out there – and nobody knows what it is yet. Enormous, procedurally generated star systems ensure that every game will begin with a trip into the vast unknown, and the discovery of new worlds

Explore the stars as one of several playable races with unique traits and skills. Meet an incredible number of random species – all potential allies or emerging threats

Defend your star-spanning empire with customized, user-designed ships, and repel attacks (or conquer lesser species) in rich, challenging battles with gorgeous, top-of-the-line visuals​

The announcement came with a trailer:

Find out more at the newly-launched website.

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Sat 18 July 2015
TC Retrospective: X-COM: Apocalypse

Review - posted by Whisky on Sat 18 July 2015, 15:42:03

Tags: Microprose; Tacticular Cancer; X-COM; X-COM: Apocalypse; Xcom

Local Strategy Game expert and veteran potato farmer Darth Roxor has taken it upon himself to do a retrospective of the ever-controversial X-COM Apocalypse. But was it really as bad as people make it out to be? Let's see what he has to say.

Welcome to Mega-Primus. It’s a silly place.​

Hey! Do you know X-COM Apocalypse? Of course you do. It’s that bad rtwp game that killed the X-COM series and gave way to horrible games like Enforcer and Interceptor.

But a much more important question that I would like to ask you today is whether you have actually played Apocalypse. I suspect the most common answer to this will be “no”. I can’t say I blame you. After all, it took me over 15 years to gather the courage to do it myself. I was put off by so many things that I’d heard about it – that it was buggy, unstable, unfinished, nigh-impossible to run, outright bad, etc. For a longer while, I was even certain that it only featured rtwp combat, even though the turn-based mode is still there. But what I found suspicious was just how vague all of that sounded - it felt like Apocalypse was branded as a terrible game simply because it crashed a lot. So after figuring I might as well finally take the plunge, I picked it up at Gaben’s trinket shop (“hey, if it’s on Steam, that should mean it’s playable now!”) and once again took command of X-COM to stop the gosh darn aliens from stealing my freedoms. And I ended up glued to my computer for a whole month.

Read the full article: TC Retrospective: X-COM: Apocalypse

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Mon 18 May 2015
GSC returns - developing Cossacks III. Now with screenshots!

Game News - posted by Whisky on Mon 18 May 2015, 23:30:30

Tags: Cossacks; Cossacks III; GSC Games


GSC Games has returned, but they are not developing a new Stalker game.

Instead they're creating a sequel to their classic RTS Cossacks, called Cossacks III.

Considering the first two Cossacks games are some of the most well-regarded RTS games around, I suppose this is reason for celebration.

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Tue 12 May 2015
Invisible, Inc. Released

Game News - posted by Crooked Bee on Tue 12 May 2015, 19:47:05

Tags: Invisible, Inc.; Klei Entertainment

Klei's tactical espionage game Invisible, Inc. has been released on Steam and GOG earlier today, accompanied by a new trailer:

In the comments to the trailer, the devs describe their game as "if FTL and XCOM had a baby that was raised by Mark of the Ninja and grew up playing Shadowrun." Whether that is accurate or not, you be the judge.

There are 26 comments on Invisible, Inc. Released

Wed 22 April 2015
Total War: Warhammer, Cinematic Announcement Trailer

Game News - posted by Zed on Wed 22 April 2015, 22:20:07

Tags: Creative Assembly; Total War; Total War: Warhammer

What must be the most pitched idea in computer game history has now been Officially Announced with a Cinematic Announcement Trailer.

Our rules have changed, and with change comes war on a scale as yet unimagined.

Gigantic monsters, flying creatures, legendary heroes and storms of magical power take their place on the battlefield, alongside thousands of warriors clashing in real-time tactical battles. All at YOUR command.

In the turn-based campaign game of statecraft & empire building, you will find the Old World an unforgiving and treacherous place, filled with endless war and cunning alliances alike. Whichever race you choose to play as and however you seek conquest, you will be faced with a conflict that threatens to tear the very fabric of reality asunder.​

Because the game features only four races – Empire, Greenskins, Dwarfs and Undead, fans of Warhammer are already raging hard as only scorned fanboys can. No gameplay footage released yet. Of course not.

There are 45 comments on Total War: Warhammer, Cinematic Announcement Trailer

Tue 21 April 2015
Kerbal Space Program to be fully released on April 27th

Game News - posted by Whisky on Tue 21 April 2015, 14:27:06

Tags: Kerbal Space Program; Steam; Steam Early Access

Kerbal Space Program has been in Early Access for some time now, but now that seems to be coming to an end. April 27th will see the release of the 1.0 version of the game.

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Fri 10 April 2015
Age of Empires II HD: New Patch and Expansion announced

Game News - posted by Whisky on Fri 10 April 2015, 14:19:35

Tags: Age of Empires II; HD


Age of Empires II has received a new patch today. Most of the fixes are minor under the hood patches and changes.

Another thing of note is that Windows XP support is hereafter cancelled for their patches.

Oh, and I guess this is important too:

I am extremely excited to reveal that we’ll be working with the Forgotten Empires team to formally bring a new expansion to the Age of Empires franchise later this year.

No details have been revealed yet aside from there being new civilizations and campaigns.

There are 25 comments on Age of Empires II HD: New Patch and Expansion announced

Tue 7 April 2015
Chaos Reborn Early Access 0.26 Update

Game News - posted by Whisky on Tue 7 April 2015, 14:39:45

Tags: Chaos Reborn; Kickstarter; Steam Early Access

Chaos Reborn has had an Early Access update. The update adds the following features:

  • Choose your initial wizard character with initial staff and bodygear
  • Level up your wizard, staffs and bodygear to level 33
  • Unlock talisman slots as you level up your equipment
  • Plug talismans into your equipment to gain special powers
  • Seven different types of talisman allowing you to bind spells to your deck, buff creatures, gain mana, buff your wizard and transform entities
  • Earn gold from battles and buy items from the shop
  • Monthly league competition seasons provide opportunities to earn lots of gold and win medals

There are 7 comments on Chaos Reborn Early Access 0.26 Update

Cities: Skylines 1.0.7c patch released

Game News - posted by Whisky on Tue 7 April 2015, 14:37:15

Tags: Cities: Skylines; Colossal Order; Paradox Interactive; Patch

Cities: Skylines has been patched to 1.0.7c. Most of the fixes involve removing bugs and small gameplay adjustments.

  • Fixed: disappearing custom assets should now show normally
  • Modding: assembly version should now be ignored when loading a map
  • Misc: Embedded mod information to save games (to help debugging and for future improvements)
  • Asset editor: fixed an issue where dragging/rotating props may conflict
  • Asset editor: fixed user-made LOD model getting overwritten by a generated one in some cases
  • Asset editor: fixed problems sometimes occurring when rescaling models in the import window
  • Localization: German loading tips improved
  • Warning text added when enabling a mod
  • Save to cloud box now remain checked if the loading was performed from a cloud save
  • Japanese garden for everyone
  • Added command line parameter "-limitfps x" to set a target fps
  • Mac/Linux: Fixed custom assets not loading due to an invalid PNG format.
  • Mac: Removed menu bar & docks in fullscreen mode
  • Asset Editor: the default size of assets created from templates now matches the template size if loading props
  • Asset Editor: fixed a case where the default textures may get corrupted and require to restart the game
  • Asset Editor: already placed props can now be moved around and rotated in place (respectively using the left and right mouse click) when no tools are selected
  • Asset Editor: fixed cases where LODs may not rotate with the building in the import panel
  • Steam workshop: Steam fixed the workshop not being showing when in offline mode in the latest Steam client release (24 Mar)
  • Locale: added LOADING text
  • Misc: fixed a case where command line arguments may conflict
  • Misc: removed an invalid key binding option
  • Misc: Added screenshot shortcuts to rebindable input (default is F12 for normal screenshot and shift+F12 for hi-res screenshot, also local screenshots now go to gameUserFolder/Screenshots) Steam screenshot feature is untouched and still the preferred method to take screenshots
  • Misc: Info views panel added to the Escape chain so the last Escape press will close the info views now
  • Misc: Save map does not show builtin and workshop maps any longer
  • UI: Fixed arrows sprites not showing feedback when interacted with
  • UI: Fixed color picker color not displaying in the right color space
  • No more duplicate name error for identical names coming from different packages
  • Paths can not be built inside elevated roads anymore
  • Elevated roads can now be upgraded or changed direction if one-ways
  • .ccs files displayed in red can now be selected in the load panel when trying to recover a failed save (when a save fails and attempt to preserve itself generating a .ccs file)
  • French localization improved
  • General audio improvements (should help address the sound stuttering issue with some sound cards)

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Fri 3 April 2015
War for the Overworld released

Game News - posted by Whisky on Fri 3 April 2015, 01:23:46

Tags: Steam; Subterranean Games; War for the Overworld


War for the Overworld, a Dungeon Keeper inspired game, has been released.

You can purchase it one Steam here. It you buy it before May 2nd you'll get the first unrevealed DLC free.

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Wed 1 April 2015
TC Reviews: Chess

Game News - posted by Whisky on Wed 1 April 2015, 14:45:45

Tags: Chess; Review; Tacticular Cancer


Chess is an ancient game, long speculated to have originated in India but has travelled far and abroad with regional changes to it as it migrated. It's one of the most widespread board games and is considered by many to be a classic.

It's also completely overrated.

Let's break it down.


There's these white dudes who kill black dudes. WOW. Fucking racist. The white dudes even go first.

You can tell this was created by an old, white dude. It has no relevance to modern day narrative.


Gameplay starts out somewhat fast but still dull. You move the pawns (Front pieces) forward one step at a time. Sometimes you can do two steps, this is a vain attempt to make things more interesting and strategic in early gameplay. Eventually you will be able to utilize the more powerful units at the back, but it's too little and too late.

If you capture the king the game ends. This results in end-game being a dull maneuvering game with lots of nothing going on. This game would be more interesting if it was real-time with pause.

The rules are also confusing. I thought I understood it all but then my friend who I was playing with did something he called "En Passant," in a very smug voice. I throat-punched him for that one.


Pieces make a nice tapping sound when you move them.


None. You can't choose your initial formation, something even games like Battleship allow you to do. There is no incentive to play again, it's always the same thing.


Chess is an old game and it shows. In our modern age, we have a million more choices that are significantly more refined and as a result Chess is even more backwards. At best it's like a cheesy 50's sitcom, at worst it's a hate-mongering piece of shit.

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Fri 27 March 2015
Galactic Civilizations III's Beta 5 Update released

Game News - posted by Whisky on Fri 27 March 2015, 14:30:58

Tags: Galactic Civilizations III; Stardock

Galactic Civilizations III's Beta has had a new update which introduces new factions, the ability to create Custom Factions, amoung others.

Added faction abilities for the base factions and for any custom races you create. These are:

Engineers- Shipyard production does not decal with distance
Ancient- Precursor relics provide research
Patriotic- Immune to the Approval penalty from large empires
Starfaring- Starbases get the first module free and immune to nebula effects
Colonizers- Colonies get their first improvement for free
Unwavering- Colonies take twice as long to culture flip
Prolific- Colonies start with twice the population supplied by the Colony ship
Paranoid- Free drone defend planets, shipyards and starbases
Zealots- Gain an ideology point each time you invade a planet
Entrepreneurs- 2 extra Trade Routes and trade Routes generate an Approval bonus for both parties
Synthetic- Disable Food and natural Growth, instead an assembly project is used to produce citizens (was in Beta 4)
Intuitive- Starts with free Research
Unrelenting- Invasions never cost credits
Wealth- Starts with extra Credits and Tourism enabled
Adaptable- can colonize tier 1 extreme worlds
Knowledgeable- Starts knowing the location of other home worlds

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Tropico 5: Supervillain DLC pack released

Game News - posted by Whisky on Fri 27 March 2015, 14:28:11

Tags: DLC; Kalypso; Tropico 5; Tropico 5 Supervillain


Once again, sticking to its theme of being a cold war Banana Republic simulator, Tropico 5 has decided to introduce a Supervillain DLC pack where you can bathe in "supreme evilness."

There's a giant laser, so that's cool, I guess.

It's $3.99 on Steam.

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Thu 19 March 2015
Warhammer 40K: Armageddon Vulkan's Wraith released

Game News - posted by Whisky on Thu 19 March 2015, 14:30:21

Tags: DLC; Games Workshop; Vulkan's Wraith; Warhammer; Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon


The Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon DLC Vulkan's Wraith has been released as of today. It's focused on the Salamanders Space Marine chapter.

It can be purchsed on Steam here.

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Wed 18 March 2015
Total War: Attila Celtic Faction Pack announced

Game News - posted by Whisky on Wed 18 March 2015, 14:32:14

Tags: Creative Assembly; DLC; Sega; Total War: Attila

Not long after the release of Total War: Attila, Creative Assembly has announced a faction pack. The Celt faction pack, as it suggests, adds Celtic factions and adds new features for them.

Playable for the first time in ATTILA, the Celtic tribes of the Ebdanians, Caledonians and Picts specialise in swift and deadly warfare. Every unit in the Celtic roster has the Guerrilla Deployment trait, enabling them to deploy almost anywhere on the battlefield – even behind enemy lines.

The Celts are a raiding, looting and sacking based culture type. Each faction benefits from its own unique traits, but all share Celtic cultural traits that vastly increase their income from these activities. An all-new Celtic roster is available for recruitment, alongside new units unique to each faction.

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Brother against Brother coming April 16th

Game News - posted by Whisky on Wed 18 March 2015, 14:26:24

Tags: Brother against Brother; Matrix Games; Western Civilization Software


Western Civilization Software's American Civil War strategy game Brother against Brother now has a release date: April 16th.

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Tue 17 March 2015
Endless Legend updates and expansion announced

Game News - posted by Whisky on Tue 17 March 2015, 14:06:26

Tags: Amplitude Studios; Endless Legend; Expansion


Amplitude Studios recently announced their update and expansion plans for Endless Legend, with one big, free update, and one expansion explained in detail.

The next free update will be called EYE ON THE STARS, and will be released on March 18th. It contains the following features:
  • An improvement on diplomacy allowing you to ask an empire to declare war on another empire.
  • An integrated set of AI and Simulation tools, which allow you to browse through all the variables of an empire. Very useful for modders who want to understand what is going on. It allows you to switch between empires, so obviously this will be available in a special launch mode, to avoid multiplayer cheats.
  • The world generation is enriched with a system of presets, offering exotic continents layout: New World, Scattered, Symmetrical.
  • A Victory Quest has been added. Once you complete your main faction quest, you can attempt to achieve this quest to win the game (new victory condition). I will not give more details to allow you to discover this yourself.
  • A new outgame scene featuring the Drakkens has been added.
  • New Steam achievements have been added per G2G design and vote.
  • The Dorgeshi minor faction (G2G) has also been added.
  • 6 new keyboard shortcuts as requested on the forum.

The first expansion pack will be released on April 16th and is named GUARDIANS, priced at 9.99€ (adapted to other currencies). It will contain the following elements:
  • 15 Legendary Deeds completed at the various ages, granting a special advantage to the first empire to reach it.
  • 5 Legendary buildings can now be built in your cities, only once for all empires. They have a special 3D visual on the city.
  • 10 Unique buildings: when some Legendary Deeds are achieved, all empires may build these special buildings, one per city in your empire.
  • New Guardian mega-units. There are five of them, one for each element: Dust, Earth, Water, Air and Fire. They are built on a city and animated into a one man killer-army.
  • 15 Guardian Weapons.
  • 5 Guardian Gemstones (new accessory category).
  • 5 Global quests! You can now play quests in cooperation or competition with other empires.
  • 6 Global events: new random events which bring interesting positive or negative situations.
  • 8 new technologies which unlock Guardians or are unlocked by Legendary Deeds.

There are 10 comments on Endless Legend updates and expansion announced

Thu 12 March 2015
Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords expansion coming April 14th

Game News - posted by Whisky on Thu 12 March 2015, 14:20:53

Tags: Age of Wonders 3; Eternal Lords; Expansion; Triumph Studios

Triumph has announced an expansion to Age of Wonders III, called Eternal Lords.

Most notably, the expansion reintroduces the Tigran and Frostling races from previous Age of Wonders games and the Necromancer class.

It's due to be released on the 14th of April.

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Cities: Skylines released. Breaks Paradox sales records

Game News - posted by Whisky on Thu 12 March 2015, 14:16:53

Tags: Cities: Skylines; Colossal Order; Paradox Interactive

Cities: Skylines has been released this week. It has already broken Paradox sales records with 250,000 copies sold in the first 24 hours.

It can be obtained on Steam in both normal and deluxe DLC versions

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Sat 7 March 2015
Europa Universalis IV: Women in History coming tomorrow

Game News - posted by Whisky on Sat 7 March 2015, 18:12:26

Tags: DLC; Europa Universalis IV; Paradox Interactive


To celebrate International Women's Day, Paradox will be releasing a free Europa Universalis IV DLC called, "Women in History."

  • One Hundered new events for important women in history such as Queen Elizabeth I, Caterina Sforza and Sophie Germain.
  • Female advisors can appear at your court in place of their male counterparts.
  • Female portaits for all 22 advisor types in the game.
The DLC will be released tomorrow and as already mentioned, will be 100% free.

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