Posts Tagged ‘Paradox’

End Times: Europa Universal IV’s Million-Man Battle

Paradox Interactive’s grand strategy games create extraordinary scenarios. Often they’re based around small, local events – everyone seems to love sharing Crusader Kings II‘s twisted family trees and tales of incest, treachery and knives in the dark – but occasionally a story emerges that shows how preposterous and impressive these games can be at the other end of the scale. I’ve never seen anything quite like this million-man battle from Europa Universalis IV [official site] though.

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Wot I Think – Cities: Skylines After Dark

After Dark is the first expansion for Colossal Order and Paradox’s well-received citybuilder Cities: Skylines [official site], and is focused on tourism, leisure and neon-lit night skies. It’s out today, and here’s what I made of it.

What could have been a goodwill-killer has turned into yet another poke in the eye for EA’s approach to ill-fated SimCity. Cities: Skylines had flung the doors open to modding from day one, and by now it’s unbelievably simple to render the entire game essentially unrecognisable, and massively improved, with a just a few clicks. With all this free stuff raining down, what possible point would there be in a paid add-on?

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Cities: Skylines After Dark Expansion Due Sept 24th

Based on my experiences with Hollyoaks Later, Baywatch Nights, and Late Night Woman’s Hour, I expect the Cities: Skylines [official site] expansion ‘After Dark’ to focus on drug addiction, werewolves, and online dating. According to both Adam’s preview and a press release before me announcing a release date, that is untrue. But do you believe everything you read on the Internet?

Come September 24th, we can investigate for ourselves whether it does really add day and night cycles, night life, taxis, and other after-dark odds and ends – or picking up drugged-out werewolves on Tinder.

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The Final Battle Of Britain: Hearts Of Iron IV Set For 2016

“It’ll be over by Christmas,” Hearts of Iron IV [official site] thinks to itself as the engineers at Paradox fiddle with its guts. “They’ll send me home via Steam-tube, rather than back to the frontlines of testing and development.”

No such luck. The World War II grand strategy game is due to spend another Christmas in development. That’s good news for us though because it represents a commitment to the cause. Rather than dashing for release while the shells are still falling, Hearts of Iron is standing firm. The last time I played, in a huge multiplayer session, there were several interface and balance issues in need of attention. That’s exactly what they’re getting – I spoke to Paradox at Gamescom and they told me how things stand.

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Pillars Of Eternity’s White March Improves As Well As Expanding

Pillars of Eternity is a big game. Enormous might be the right word, actually. Gigantic. Sprawling. Obsidian don’t think it’s quite large enough, however, so they’ll be adding new everything with the upcoming White March expansion. I spoke with lead designer Josh Sawyer at Gamescom and he explained that the studio has created so many new things – from companions and spells to quests and locations – that they’ll be splitting the expansion into two parts. “The first part ends cleanly, there’s no cliffhanger”, he said, “and part two will introduce even more new areas.” It looks superb, improving the game for those who haven’t finished as well as those who have. Part one is out August 25th.

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Paradox’s Space Strategy Game Stellaris Has Won Gamescom

Paradox’s internal development studio, responsible for Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, Victoria and Hearts of Iron, is deep into development on a space strategy game. We’ve already seen it, and picked the brains of CK II maestro and project lead Henrik Fåhraeus and EU IV designer Tomas Johansson about this giant leap for the studio. The project, which the company announced at their Gamescom fan gathering moments ago, goes by the name Stellaris and it’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting games in recent years.

Below, you’ll find everything we know, including how randomised alien species will ensure that each new galaxy is mysterious, and why the commitment to an intelligent and subversive end-game could make this one of the smartest interpretations of 4X strategy ever made.

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Crime, Clubs And Beach Bars: Cities Skylines – After Dark

Delving into the glamour, glitz and grime of nightlife, Cities: Skylines’ first expansion, After Dark, introduces revamped crime mechanics, specialised commercial areas, beachfront entertainment and a day/night cycle. We’ve been looking at the expansion in the company of developers Colossal Order.

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