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AI War: Fleet Command

1 year ago

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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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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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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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WHAT: New AI War Expansion Next Month

Christ. Not last week I posted about Arcen Games' colossal update of their maximalist space strategy game AI War, which included hundreds of new ships and porting the entire game to a new engine. Guess what? They've just announced a new pay-for expansion, Light of the Spire, will be released next month. Arcen say they've got some "some seriously cool ideas for this one, too".…

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The A.I. War Update To End All Updates

Thanks to everyone who wrote in about this. Arcen Games has released an update for A.I. War of such magnitude that I'm not sure our long-running A.I. War diary will ever be the same again. Arcen Games describe the free 4.0 update as "unreservedly huge", which sounds fair: 147 new ships, a new interface, total overhauling of most of the game's rules and mechanics, updated…

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Aieeeeeeeeee War: Arcen Games In Pain

Tricky to know how best to approach this kind of thing, but quite frankly just getting on with it is only sensible. What's happened is that Arcen Games, who make awesomely clever strategy games such as AI War - the source of the 'Quinns doesn't have enough iron meta-gag' and a much-loved AAR that we hope to reboot in the not too distant - and…

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AI War: Children of Neinzul Preorders/Charity

I've been meaning to post about this for a couple of weeks now. The ever-busy Arcen Games are working on another micro-expansion for their AI War: Fleet Command. It's currently in Beta, and if you order now for four dollars (or about two quid sixty) you gain access to it. Planned for a September release, AI War: Children of Neinzul will add 36 new ships,…

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10 years ago

Any New Iron? The Zenith Remnant Demo

For those whose memories stretch as far back as the mysterious times of yesterday, you may recall the news that the first add-on pack for AI War: Fleet Command has been released. Well, now the demo's been released. The demo for AI war was enormous, and featured more actual play time than some commercial games, so this should be worth your strategic time. It also…

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Phase II: AI War: The Zenith Remnant

Fans of our long-running series of AI War diaries will be pleased to hear that an expansion for AI War has been released. The Zenith Remanant can be bought for ten (Count 'em!) dollars and opens a mass of new possibilities that will urely impact any second diary's course. How will we respond to the 122 new ships? Will we manage to capture the seven…

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Enterprising Starships: AI War Updates

Seems RPS' noble attempts to stage a cross-continental conquest of the galaxy in the utterly splendid indie 4X game AI War is now threatened by more than our innate inability to organise ourselves. The lovely thing has just enjoyed a substantial new patch, which improves the game (and its graphics) in all kinds of ways, but likely means our savegames are now redundant. Back to…

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Officially Unintelligent: AI War Versus RPS Part 1

When I blogged about AI War's demo, an idea struck me. It's eight players co-op mass-scale space-RTS against apparently only of the most vicious AIs yet seen in gaming. Could we get enough people together to have an eight player game? No, we couldn't. Seven? No. Six? No. Five? No. Four? No. Two? No. One? No. But three? We totally managed a three-player game. So…

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The Very High Seas: AI War: Fleet Command

This has been on my list of things to look at for a while, but it's been promoted due to Tom Chick's rave about it in his latest Rush, Boom Turtle Column for Crispy Gamer where he argues that if you go past its surface lack of charisma you've got a genuinely new approach to the modern RTS. What is it? "For lack of a…

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