Stellaris is a space opera, played out in three acts.
Paradox is thinking bigger.
Only in Crusader Kings II could a horse rise to power and, after decades of war and conquest, restore the might of the Roman Empire.
Crusader Kings II was released in 2012, and promptly became my Game Of The Year. And that was in its paltry vanilla state! In the years since, it’s gotten so much new content and so many big expansions that it’s practically become its own sequel.
The Hearts of Iron series has long sat neatly between the worlds of “strategy video games” and “hellish grognard icon wasteland”. The fourth game is looking, if nothing else, prettier.
Paradox Interactive, the studio behind one of the best strategy games of modern times, are for one of their next titles moving past the ages of sword and horse, into the age of starships and aliens with a game called Stellaris. I couldn’t be more psyched.
Some good news coming out of Gamescom for fans of city builders: Cities: Skylines from Paradox Interactive is coming to Xbox One next year.
Well-liked city-building game Cities: Skylines is getting a meaty update today. The good news about the update is that it adds tunnels and more than 50 European-style buildings to the game. The (potentially) bad news is that it end up breaking some mods in the process—at least for now.
We’ve already covered Cities: Skylines user’s fixation with road porn, but this masterpiece goes beyond such tawdry titillations.
Of all the big PC games people are playing at the moment, the one that needs a mod like this the least is probably Cities: Skylines. But then, that’s also why it needs it the most.
Cities: Skylines is a very good video game, but in my review, I noted it had a few problems. I also noted, however, that most of those could probably be fixed with mods, and that's exactly what's already happening.
Cities: Skylines hasn't even been out for a week and already the game's selection of mods is becoming overwhelming. Some of these mods are great, and genuinely add worthwhile new content to the base experience! Most, however, seem to cater towards one thing: road porn.
There are two ways you can tackle piracy: the way that doesn't work (threats, control and lockdowns) and the way that does (offering a superior service to piracy).
Cities: Skylines is a game coming in hot. The People want a good city-building game to play, and it's been a long time since they got one. So there's a surprising amount of excitement and expectation for Colossal's attempt at fixing SimCity's mistakes.
Video games don't usually get into the Christmas spirit. Which is a shame! So it was nice to see that, upon reinstalling Crusader Kings II yesterday, I ran into this: a new holiday soundtrack to one of the most bloodthirsty games ever made.
And here I was, only just saying how good Crusader Kings II - nominally a strategy game - was at depicting inter-personal relationships. Guess I'm not the only one who digs that aspect of the game, because developers Paradox are now going to double down on it, announcing an expansion that's all about role-playing.
Paradox? Grand Strategy? World War Two? A new Hearts of Iron game? Be still, my beating heart.
Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition! Not even in Europa Universalis IV. Among the weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and a completely glitched cavalry. A popular mod for the game, called "MEIOU & Taxes" causes this, so use it carefully.