Stellaris ReeXamination #1

The case files for Stellaris are curious. When it launched earlier this year, expectations for Paradox’s “4X meets grand strategy in space” were quite high. And for a good reason! Paradox’s long-running Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings franchises are highwater marks in the world of strategy gaming. Stellaris was poised to build on that accomplishment, … Continue reading Stellaris ReeXamination #1

Friday eXcursion: Halcyon 6

Halcyon 6 is a strange beast. It is a game that routinely prompts me to ask “Why in God’s great earth am I still playing this?” Yet time and again I find my mouse cursor drifting back over the play button as I watch myself, in horror, making that fatal left-click to launch. Surely this … Continue reading Friday eXcursion: Halcyon 6

Mobile eXperience: Starbase Orion

While we are collectively abuzz with all things Master of Orion… You know, in light of MoO: Conquer the Stars’ recent release, it seems like a good time to talk about another Orion: Starbase Orion. Starbase Orion (henceforth Starbase) was released in October, 2011. We last talked about Starbase in our interview with solo developer … Continue reading Mobile eXperience: Starbase Orion

Early Impression: Endless Space 2

Amplitude Studios has built up quite the name for itself with the success of Endless Space, Dungeon of the Endless, and Endless Legend, along with its recent publishing partnership with SEGA. Annnnnd... In case you missed the memo, Endless Space 2 launches into Steam Early Access on October 6th, 2016. While many people - including … Continue reading Early Impression: Endless Space 2

Friday eXcursion: Out There

If you dig 4X games, then chances are you dig space-stuff. And if you dig space-stuff, there is a good chance you’ve heard about No Man’s Sky. And if you’ve heard anything about No Man’s Sky, you probably know all about its catastrophic launch and player reception - where everyone collectively realized there is nothing … Continue reading Friday eXcursion: Out There