I love a good Cities: Skylines build, and this cinematic flythrough of a recreation of the Federal Territory of Putrajaya in Malaysia is something special to see. There’s real care taken by the creator, Gilbert Plays, to make something that models the feeling of an actual city. While I’m no expert on Putrajaya (and so…
When I first reviewed Crusader Kings II in 2012, I called it “one of the most challenging, entertaining and rewarding strategy games [I’ve] ever played.” Five years later, it turns out that was only the beginning of my long journey with the game.
Game of Thrones is a cultural wrecking ball, but despite being around for seven years now (or 21 counting the books), it hasn’t left much of a mark on video games. There might be a very good reason for that.
Last week, Paradox released two big expansions, both for games that I love, but I ended up playing neither. Instead, I was messing around with a third title of theirs that was released a bit more quietly: a beta for Steel Division: Normandy 44, an upcoming real-time strategy game.
Cities Skylines is an amazing city building game, but destroying them? That’s a SimCity thing. Or it was, until the announcement of Skylines’ Natural Disasters expansion.
The Black Death, an outbreak of the bubonic plague which swept through Europe in the 14th century (killing anywhere from 30-60% of its population!), does not seem a good setting for a video game. Oh, unless it’s Crusader Kings II we’re talking about. Which, hey, we are.
Hearts of Iron IV is a very serious video game. Or, it was, until modders got their hands on it.
You’ve probably won the Second World War in a video game before. Maybe as a commando, maybe as a pilot. But have you ever won the Second World War the way it was actually won? Because it was won with logistics, and...hey, wait, I promise it’s more exciting than it sounds.
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.