PC Platform Showdowns & The Phoenix Point Fiasco

As some of you may have heard, Phoenix Point (the upcoming XCOM-like from the original designer of X-COM) has switched to exclusive sale and distribution on Epic Games Store (EGS) for an entire year. This of course has many people incensed, as people who backed the project on Fig or through subsequent pre-orders did so … Continue reading PC Platform Showdowns & The Phoenix Point Fiasco

Why Do We Have To Stop Playing Civilization VI: An eXposition

As you may have noticed, we at eXplorminate have posted a couple of pieces about Civilization 6 and our thoughts on what the future could (and hopefully should) hold if Firaxis is going to take the game to the next level. While each of the previous pieces offered exciting ideas on how to improve the … Continue reading Why Do We Have To Stop Playing Civilization VI: An eXposition

What’s The Story With Civilization VI: An eXposition

Recently our patron saint and literal lord of the flies, Nate, wrote an article envisioning the next expansion for Civilization VI (Civ6). No, not Gathering Storm. That one’s already set. The next next one that we all hope will arrive in February, 2020. In Nate’s article, he talked all about adding a sci-fi aspect to … Continue reading What’s The Story With Civilization VI: An eXposition

What’s The Future Of Civilization VI: An eXposition

Civilization VI (Civ6) came out October 21, 2016. Since its release, the game has undergone many changes with frequent seasonal updates, faction-oriented DLC releases and a full-blown expansion called Rise and Fall (Feb 2018). But Firaxis is not done yet. The next expansion, set for release on Feb 14, 2019 called Gathering Storm, is almost … Continue reading What’s The Future Of Civilization VI: An eXposition

The Inglorious State Of 4X Games: An eXposition

Greetings! If you haven’t listened to the 33rd Strategic Expanse - 4th Anniversary Hangout featuring all of the lesser (I’m jesting) eXplorminate staffers then please stop reading this and go listen to that first. The rest of this little rant (thoughtful article?) will make a bit more sense with the proper context. With that out … Continue reading The Inglorious State Of 4X Games: An eXposition

What the 4X Genre Can Learn from War Games: an eXposition

I have a confession to make: the “4X Renaissance” has felt more like the dark ages to me.. Whether it’s the feature creep, strange design decisions, or age old problems that continue to plague the genre, I’ve had a hard time getting into most of the big, recent releases. And I don’t think I am … Continue reading What the 4X Genre Can Learn from War Games: an eXposition