Age of Wonders: Planetfall Review – An Epic Science Fiction Experience of Danger & Exploration

Age of Wonders: Planetfall Triumph Studios/Paradox Interactive I’ve tried out all of the Age of Wonders games at one point or another, culminating with Age of Wonders III back in 2014. The franchise’s high fantasy setting and fun, turn-based tactical combat always appealed to me, as did its intuitive city management and beautifully rendered strategic…

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Galactic Civilizations III: Intrigue Review – A Much-Needed DLC for a Fun Space Opera Game

Galactic Civilizations III: Intrigue Stardock With Stardock’s latest DLC, titled Galactic Civilizations III: Intrigue, the base game of GalCiv III really opens up to many new possibilities. Although the science fiction, turn-based 4X game has received numerous DLCs and substantive updates in the past, Intrigue is a huge leap forward in terms of content and…

Stellaris: Apocalypse DLC Review – A Planet Crackin’ Good Time

Stellaris: Apocalypse DLC Paradox Interactive Surprisingly, there has been a recent trend towards revitalizing and reinventing the old space 4X strategy games of yore. Games that were similar (in theory at least) to the now classic Master of Orion titles back in the 1990s. A newer version of MOO debuted back in early 2016 but…

Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn Story Pack Review – Resistance is Futile!

Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn Story Pack Paradox Interactive The good folks over at Paradox Interactive are hardly resting on their laurels. Fresh off of the astonishingly grand Utopia DLC, comes the release of their new Synthetic Dawn Story Pack for Stellaris. Synthetic Dawn allows you to take control of your own race of artificial beings, and…

Galactic Civilizations III Finally Gets its Crusade

Galactic Civilizations III: Crusade Stardock Entertainment I’m a huge fan of strategy games, and particularly fond of science fiction 4X games. The ability to take up the reins and guide an entire alien (or human) civilization and make that giant leap into the stars is something that has always fascinated me. In some cases, certain…

Stars in Shadow Review – A Love Letter to the 4X Classics of Yore

Stars in Shadow Ashdar Games/Iceberg Interactive I’m a pretty big science fiction nerd. So much so that I use the proper terminology for the genre, Science Fiction, not the more cutesy term, Sci Fi, which is carelessly bandied about by the masses (yes, that indeed sounded pretty darn snobby). As far as multi-billion dollar gaming…

Tyranny Review – An Outstanding Fantasy Extravaganza of a Darker Shade

Tyranny Obsidian Entertainment/Paradox Interactive I’ve been a long-time pen and paper geek ever since I could remember. I was one of those scrawny geeks who wore trench coats during entire summers, and had the skin complexion of a ghost. I’d resisted the temptation of playing computer-based RPGs for quite a while, as I felt that…

Stellaris: Leviathans DLC Review – A Shot in the Arm (or Tentacle) for a Magnificent Space Opera

Stellaris: Leviathans DLC Paradox Interactive Having come to computer games from the pen and paper RPG as well as board game world, I have a slightly different perspective when it comes to video games. I remember having tabletop gaming sessions that ran all day—me just sitting there in my black trench coat (hey, don’t judge!)…