Monday eXcursion: Cities – Skylines

With so many city builders newly released or about to arrive, I feel like it’s appropriate to look back at the current Big Daddy in the genre: Cities: Skylines (C:S). Even though the game was developed by Colossal Order Ltd., C:S has many of the strengths and weaknesses that are commonly associated (fairly or not) … Continue reading Monday eXcursion: Cities – Skylines

Civilization VI: Rise And Fall Review

When Sid Meier’s Civilization VI launched in October 2016, the reception wasn’t so much divisive as it was banal. There were the usual, expected complaints accompanying any new Civ game. A few people didn’t like the graphics. The AI was a misunderstood mess. Some mechanics felt better thought out than others. So on and so … Continue reading Civilization VI: Rise And Fall Review

Mobile eXperience: Civilization VI

For a game (and a series) that gets a ton of fanfare, the announcement and subsequent release of Civilization VI on the iPad (CSiP) has been relatively quiet. No months-long PR campaign full of developer diaries and pre-launch marketing blitzes. No hype train full of YouTube personalities panting breathlessly about the title’s amazing features. One … Continue reading Mobile eXperience: Civilization VI

Falling Stars: War Of Empires Review

We are currently living in a boardgame renaissance. While video games feel stuck in same-ville, the boardgame world is full of exciting innovation, risk-taking designs, and flourishing creativity. Naturally, the excitement for boardgaming has slowly spread back to the video game world, and thus we’re getting games with boardgame-influenced mechanics (such as Thea) as well … Continue reading Falling Stars: War Of Empires Review

Monday eXcursion: Aven Colony

Though they don’t figure into the game at all, Aven Colony makes me think about the Transformers. In the 1980s, Transformers were one of the coolest toys out there -- vehicles or objects that could transform into robots. There were also the Gobots - vehicles or objects that… Could transform. Into robots. Transformers were cool, … Continue reading Monday eXcursion: Aven Colony

Monday eXcursion: EVERSPACE

Of all the many video game species that have gone extinct in my lifetime, I think I miss the single player spaceship sim the most. Oh sure, there are games out there like EVE Online and Elite: Dangerous. But for those of us who fell in love with the old X-Wing series (especially its pinnacle … Continue reading Monday eXcursion: EVERSPACE

AI, Civilization VI Edition: An eXposition

Civilization VI  has been out for about eight months now and, while everyone has their own opinions of what works and what doesn’t, the one thing that has been almost universally decried is the AI. The list of complaints is almost as epic as the game itself: The other leaders are unreliable, flitting from friend … Continue reading AI, Civilization VI Edition: An eXposition