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2 weeks ago

Feature: Updated for 2019

The best strategy games on PC

You'll ocassionally find someone on the internet sounding off about how the strategy genre is dead. If you see such a person in the future, send them this list of the best strategy games ever made.

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2 months ago

The machine starts: AI War 2 launches out of early access

Humans! They are irrelevant. They couldn't possibly threaten us, the mighty AI that destroyed them and conquered the galaxy. I'm sure that little exploded warp gate orbiting Ursinoe is nothing to worry about. We'll reinforce the area a bit. Just a few pests. Mice in the walls, nothing more. That's kinda how AI War 2 works. You're the desperate remnants of humanity, and your job…

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1 year ago

Mega-scale RTS sequel AI War 2 enters early access

"So, all the lights in the heavens are our enemies, huh?" - a Gurren Lagann quote, but it's what pops into my head every time I see maximalist RTS AI War 2, which entered early access today, but was previously open to Kickstarter backers. Sequel to Arcen Games's cult favourite AI War, it's a solo or co-op space RTS about taking down a massively more…

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Feature: Hit Parade

The 50 best strategy games on PC

An entirely objective ranking of the 50 best PC strategy games ever made, now freshened up to include our favourites from 2017 and 2018. From intricate, global-scale wargames to the tight thrills of guerrilla squads, the broad expanse of the genre contains something for everyone, and we've gathered the best of the best. The vast majority are available to buy digitally, a few are free…

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3 years ago

AI War 2 aims for Oct 2017 after Kickstarter success

It's a Christmas miracle: AI War 2 [official site] has hits its crowdfunding goal on its second attempt, its wonderful creators Arcen Games will live to dev another day, and we've probably all learned a little about feelings or some other sappy nonsense I guess. The original AI War is a fascinating RTS - and one of Adam's favourites - with a wealth of options…

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AI War 2 returns to Kickstarter, smaller and cheaper

Arcen Games have launched a new Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund AI War II [Kickstarter page], sequel to their cracking 2009 real-time strategy game which pitted players against AI playing by entirely different rules. "Didn't they just...?" you're wondering and yep, they did try to Kickstart it in October but cancelled the campaign when it was clear they wouldn't reach their goal. They're returned with a…

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Fight The Future: AI War II Is Now On Kickstarter

Arcen have launched a Kickstarter for a sequel to their excellent 2009 strategy game AI War: Fleet Command [official site]. The Kickstarter page comes complete with a 159 page design document, so if you really want to dig into the detail you can get a very good idea of what's likely to be changed or improved in this sequel, and Arcen are shooting for just…

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4 years ago

AI War Devs In Financial Difficulty, Layoffs Imminent

Arcen Games, developers of AI War and most recently Starward Rogue, are going to let go almost all their staff this coming Monday. Company founder Chris Park explained in a post on Arcen's site that that sales of their latest game had been much lower than expected and that sales of their back catalogue had dried up, perhaps as a result of changes to Steam…

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5 years ago

!: Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s Seven Year Humble Bundle

We're seven years old! (Actually, we were seven years old last month, but we've never been much for punctuality.) And so by way of celebration we've curated the latest weekly Humble Bundle, and that means we've chosen some of our most beloved indie games from the past seven years for the Pay What You Want sale. An esoteric bunch, but so very beautiful, all. If…

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Downloadable Cunning: AI War – Destroyer Of Worlds

AI War is the sentient grey goo of gaming. Released in 2009, its design and uncanny artificial intelligence received praise from many quarters, including our own Alec, then writing for The Other Place. "This out-of-the-blue one-man passion project is one of this year's finest strategy games", he wrote, little realising that the very same 'passion project' that he so admired would continue to evolve. The…

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6 years ago

Win The Space Race: The Last Federation’s Out  Soon

It's been interesting watching post-AI War Arcen at work. Their idiosyncratic drunken approach to genres has always resulted in games worth talking about. Granted, some of those words might not be all that complimentary, but they've never once released a game that had any hint of hubris. Not even when they return to the space strategy genre that pays the bills. The Last Federation's a…

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Megaspace: 1 Hour Of AI War Follow-Up The Last Federation

Older readers may recall that in February we took a peek at The Last Federation, the new space strategy game from Arcen Games. Even older readers may recall that Arcen first came to our attention for AI War - and lo, many a joke about Quintin and iron was spawned. After confusing everyone with A Valley Without Wind, and some appealing experiments in between, they've…

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Arcen Return To Space: The Last Federation

Arcen, purveyors of sundry indie oddities, sent a message by pigeon post in the early hours of this morning to inform us of their new game, The Last Federation. It has one of the finest single line pitches I've ever encountered - "The Last Federation is a Grand Strategy + RTS Tactics game" - and in honour of the good news that she delivered, the…

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7 years ago

Indie Royale’s Latest Bundle Is All Arcen

The Arclight Bundle over on Indie Royale is a single-studio special from Arcen. That means it includes: AI War, Tidalis, A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2 and Shattered Haven - basically everything other than their latest, Skyward Collapse. They're even throwing in the new AI War expansion, Vengeance of the Machine, which has just gone into beta. The $8 buy-in unlocks soundtracks for all,…

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AI War Bundle At 75% Off, Space Charitableness

I usually hesitate to simply post sales news, because that's what LewiePs are for. But in the case of RPS space-strategy favourite AI War I will make an exception. It's 75% off with all the expansions included on Steam. That makes it $4.24 or £2.99 or €4.24, and that's a fine price for such a huge slab of spaceshipular cleverness. A chunk of the money…

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Incoming! AI War: 6.0 And Ancient Shadows

In the dark, distant future, when the universe has suffered heat death, all that will remain will be Arcen Games, stubbornly releasing new patches for their epic space startegy, AI War. The next patch is due tomorrow, it's called 6.0, and as I understand the patch coincides with a new expansion: Ancient Shadows. That's been available in beta for a bit, I think, but tomorrow…

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Darkly Devious: AI War Ancient Shadows Expansion

It's fair to say that Arcen fell of the pace a little with A Valley Without Wind, but then AI War was one of the most accomplished debuts any studio could hope for. If A Valley Without Wind had a stumbling gait, AI War was striding along like the coolest cat in town. It doesn't have the nattiest threads and but none of that matters…

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8 years ago

Time To Go: A Valley Without Wind

There's no looking back for A Valley Without Wind now - its new, side-scrolling look is signed and sealed, as the below humungo-chunk (17 minutes!) of in-game footage proves. Also now on show from this time-straddling exploration and survival game are brand new character models, plus assorted armour for them to find, craft and wear. I'm still not entirely sure what to think about the…

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9 years ago

AI War Hits v5.0, Light Of The Spire Released

Today, Arcen Games wants you to get in spire(d). Light of the Spire is the biggest expansion for AI War to date, and with its release today it brings with it the series' first story-driven campaign, a new Defender mode that should take "minutes instead of hours" to play, new AI types, new factions, new music and 180 new ships, which is great, as I…

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Bargain Basket: Arcen games for the cheap

It's Saturday, so that means it's time for another.....Hang on, it's not Saturday! Never mind. The lovely folk over at Arcen games have just sent word that they are lopping off an entire 60% off all of their games. Not only does buying DRM-free direct from the developers come with a free warm fuzzy feeling deep in your belly, but in this instance you can…

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