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Ben "rL" Martin

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI Review

Within the strategy gaming community, Sid Meier’s Civilization needs no introduction. The decades-old franchise absolutely dwarfs the competition in sales and recognition. It’s the Saint Bernard in a field of pugs and dachshunds. It’s the Matterhorn in a field of kiddie slopes. In a genre where reaching 100,000 […]

See? Simplicity! …Of a sort.

Friday eXcursion: The Viceroy

Does this sound familiar? Humanity reached greedily for the stars. As we sought to tame the unfeeling cosmos, our greatest vices found purchase on new, fertile soil. Now, the ragged, war-torn descendents of mankind live out their miserable lives as slaves of corrupt megacorporations and petty warlords, who […]

Chalk one up for combined arms!

Polaris Sector Review

When delivering a new product into the hands of a media-oversaturated audience, timing is everything – and it is fickle. A strong title released at the right time can ride a wave of enthusiasm all the way to the bank. Or, it can find itself smashed by that […]

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Friday eXcursion: Ceres

You got here just in time. No, really! If you were reading this eXcursion back in December when it was supposed to be published, you’d find a very different article. It would be about my growing disillusionment with Ceres as I struggled with bugs, glitches and unrefined gameplay. […]

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Distant Worlds: Universe Review

To quote one Prokhor Zakharov, “There are two kinds of ludological progress: the methodical experimentation and categorization which gradually extend the boundaries of gameplay, and the revolutionary leap of genius which redefines and transcends those boundaries. Acknowledging our debt to the former, we yearn, nonetheless, for the latter.” […]