Paradox Studios has had a busy period, releasing Hearts of Iron IV in June and Stellaris just the month before. They are both fantastic achievements – two high quality products in close succession. Stellaris, specifically, represents a new direction for Paradox, which is known for its historically grounded games such as Crusader Kings, Victoria, and Europa Universalis. This time someone in Paradox must have decided, “let’s make some stuff up and put it in space” – and it’s a good thing they did.
June 6 (D-day!) marked the release of Paradox Studios’ Hearts of Iron 4, the venerable World War II simulator. I’ve had a long love-hate relationship with this strategy series going back a decade or so. Love, in that in captures one of the most tumultuous periods of human history and lets you jump in wherever you please – feel like playing as the Dominican Republic? Sure, go nuts. Hate, in that, the game’s complexities, though adding strategic depth, make it nightmarish to approach at times. It is a series not for the casual strategist, but more for the armchair Pattons and Eisenhowers.
Posted by: dwilson
I remember the day, back in the wild times of the mid ’90s, when we were still amazed by Mario Kart 64’s whole eight character roster (Wario, playable? Wow!). Back then I’d rush home from the store as fast as the city bus would get me there (not very) – and pop my brand new shiny cartridge into the ’64. Boom! New game, product complete, fired up in all its early 64bit 3D glory. Two years later, that game would be just as was then – awesome. No patches required.
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Do you have what it takes to maintain an empire spanning an entire galaxy? Can you keep track of all the supply lines, fleets of warships, and whimsical populations across hundreds of planets?
Not just for fans of the amazing Galactic Civilizations series, the newest title is for anyone who enjoys epic scale sweeping strategy games.
It was announced today that 2K will be releasing Civilization 5. A major change already announced is that the new game will jump to a hexagonal grid from the traditional square grid. Other gameplay changes will supposedly allow more complex diplomacy and more massive wars with the ability to bombard enemy forces from behind your lines. According to the IGN piece, the engine is being built anew from the ground up.