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Posts tagged “4X”

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Hands-on preview: Humankind is an open ended 4X that lets you build civilisations your way

After a year of speculation, I've finally had a chance to play Humankind, Amplitude Studios' much-anticipated competitor to the Civilization series, and while I only got to play through the very first era of the game on a single map, I can say for sure we've definitely got a contender here. I'm hesitant to say how strong a contender until I've seen more of the…

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Preview: shape nations and annoy kings in Old World, the new 4X from Civ 4’s Soren Johnson

I booted up the preview build of Old World expecting a game much like something from the Civilization series. Probably not unreasonably, given that lead designer Soren Johnson is well known as having been co-designer on Civ III, and then lead designer on Civ IV, before starting his own studio, Mohawk Games, in 2013. And for sure, this game, which is about founding and growing…

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DOS Boot: Ascendancy had brilliant worlds and a dunce of an AI

DOS Boot is just Brock digging into old DOS/Windows games and talking half-remembering cool and bizarre experiences that are only available on abandon-ware sites at this point. Weekends should be for having fun and by god, we're going to have some wholesome gosh dang fun on RPS Weekends. My introduction to the 4x genre (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, eXterminate) came through a lesser known game from…

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The 4X Genre Has Grown Stagnant, Here’s How To Fix It

When Civilization II came out, I spent an entire summer playing it for several hours a day. The only check on my binging was the fact that my parents would eventually come home and force me to pretend, for a few hours at least, that I cared about things other than Civilization II.I was a senior in college when Civilization IV arrived. I'd barely played…

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Master of Orion Trailer Gives First Look At Combat

Master of Orion [official site], a remake of the 4X game which came out in 1993, was announced by World of Tanks developers Wargaming.net at this year's E3 with a very short teaser. Now they've released the first video of the game in action. If you'd like to see two very awkward robots talk you through what's coming in the new game, the video's below.

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4X Argy-Bargy: Run A Thieves Guild In Antihero

Space war, fantasy war, and history war - those are your three standard settings for a 4X game. You can fight aliens, fight elves, or fight Kaiser Wilhelm II. Pssh.Treat your exploring, expanding, exploiting, and exterminating eyes to another peek at Antihero [official site], an upcoming 4X strategy game about running a thieves guild in Dickensian Notlondon (I'd forgotten it exists, so maybe you did…

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Galactic Inheritors: A Space 4X From HoI 3 & CK2 Designer

Declaring war is rarely as simple as pressing a big red WAR button. You'll want your citizens on your side, ideally, though of course propagating a few choice lies can build and exploit prejudice. Space 4X strategy Galactic Inheritors [official site] makes the media an important part of warfare. It's made by Crispon Games, a studio founded by Chris King, a designer on games including…

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4X 4 Real: AI War Devs Announce Stars Beyond Reach

If you've pressed your ear to Arcen Games' door, read their lips through their window, rummaged through their bins and taped together shredded documents, planted microphones to record their nocturnal mutterings, or browsed their forums, you might know that the AI War and The Last Federation developers have been working on a 4X strategy game. They've super-properly formally announced the game now, ditching its working…

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Sorcerer King: Stardock’s Surprise New 4X Strategy

Oh, those Stardock scamps! Skipping the post-announcement, pre-release build-up of people muttering how they hope new Stardock games are less buggy than Elemental's initial release, they've jumped straight to release with their latest. Or Early Access release, anyway. Yesterday Stardock both announced and released Sorcerer King. It's a 4X strategy, as you might expect and hope from Stardock, with the twist of pitting players against…

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At The Gates Delayed, Still Far Away From The Gates

At The Gates is the Kickstarted strategy game from Civilization V designer Jon Shafer. It's been delayed into 2015. In a backer update, Shafer spoke openly about the reasons for the delay. "Most of the planned big gameplay features are in, but what does it all add up to while you're playing? Sure, you can explore the map, survey and harvest resources, migrate from one…

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Interview: Aurora, The 4X Sci-Fi Dwarf Fortress

I'm halfway through a tutorial on Aurora's vast wiki. It's 3375 words long, and it's talking me through how to create a new galaxy in the 4X science fiction strategy game. I'm at the point of choosing my 'Main Empire Theme', and there are over 60. Canadian? Tolkein? Ancient Egypt? Demonic Realm? I scroll through and settle on Welsh. I skip ahead and hit Create…

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Interview: Ultima Ratio Regum, A Generated 4X Roguelike

Ultima Ratio Regum is a "a semi-roguelike game inspired by Jorge Borges, Umberto Eco, Neal Stephenson, Shadow of the Colossus, Europa Universalis and Civilization."Ultima Ratio Regum so far procedurally generates a solar system, a planet and its continents, ziggurats, the riddles and block-pushing puzzles that allow you to explore those ziggurats, and the positions of the vines covering the blocks you're pushing. It's beautiful.Ultima Ratio…

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Starface: Endless Space – Free DLC & Sale

Amplitude have consistently done things the right way, as far as I'm aware. They began well by making a superb space strategy game, Endless Space, which is a fundamental part of the development process. When they finished the game, they allowed the people who bought it to play, although those people did have to register the game on Steam which caused some grumbling. You're probably…

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Who Will Master The Worlds Of Magic?

Wastelands Interactive, developers of such strategic wargames as Strategic War In Europe, reckon Worlds of Magic will be "a genuine spiritual successor of Simtex's 4X Master of Magic", and bless my boots if the picture above doesn't resemble the introduction to Simtek's aged wonder-work. These chaps have done their homework, that much is clear, but will their Worlds have a similarly splendid intro, with the…

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Space, Auditory: Endless Space Interview

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Endless Space pre-release and I've been dabbling and preparing to tell you wot I think of the launch version. In the meantime, I fired up my interstellar communicator and beamed some messages to the development team, specifically Mathieu Girard CEO of Amplitude Studios. Across the infinite void I fired these queries and across the infinite void, answers came. Peruse…

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Endless Space Begins

Endless Space, the 4X spacy strategy is now out on Steam, and has a launch trailer with lots of pretty explosions. It also explains that in the end, it's a game about dust. I am bemused by the role that dust appears to play in fiction. From Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, to CCP's EVE spin-off, it's hard to think of a more innocuous…

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A Better Beta: Infinite Joy In Endless Space

Maybe the joy isn’t quite infinite and maybe the space isn’t endless in the sense that might be imagined on first exposure to the title, but turn-based space conquest game Endless Space is already the second great entry in my 2012 feast of strategy gaming. If Crusader Kings II was a roasted hog with a side order of roasted hog, washed down with a keg…

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Orion’s Belter: Endless Space

The amount of developers that seem happy to revive our favourite things from times gone by is something recently discussed in the breezy parapets of Castle Shotgun. A few days later a game appeared on Steam, taking preorders that gave access to its alpha. That game is Endless Space and if it were a farmyard animal it would be plodding around a field saying 'MOO'…

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