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Age of Empires 4 out this fall, first in-engine gameplay shows the Delhi Sultanate, more

A look at Age of Empires 4 gameplay was shown off today by Relic during a presentation.Age of Empires 4 is coming later this year in the fall to PC and Xbox Game Pass for PC and through Steam. A closed beta is also on the way. Watch on YouTubeA virtual village is also available to view through the Age of Empires website.During the presentation, one of the four historical campaigns available was shown, and it was the Norman Campaign.After that, the new unit Delhi Sultanate was shown going up against the English. Lots of elephant units were shown, and…

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Age of Empires 2 and 3 Definitive Editions are getting updates

By Stephany Nunneley 10 April 2021 17:24 GMT During the Age of Empires update today, Microsoft and Relic announced new content for Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition.According to Relic, a second expansion called Dawn of the Dukes is coming to Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition this summer. It takes players to Eastern Europe with new campaigns and much more. Later this year the game will also get co-op historical battles with hand-picked and specific missions to play with friends.Watch on YouTubeAge of Empires 3: Definitive Edition will receive a free update on…

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A-Train: All Aboard! Tourism review – a fun transport sim in need of better tutorials

The Switch’s entry in the A-Train series won’t be for everyone, but if you can push past its complexities, there’s much to enjoy.A-Train is one of those video game series that I wish had a more consistent path to localization. While over the years things like niche Japanese RPGs have gotten better at eventually surfacing with English-language versions, this little strategy simulation franchise has remained spotty at best.A-Train, or ‘Let’s Take the A-Train’ as its Japanese name actually translates, is basically a business simulation franchise in the vein of the finest PC efforts. It so fits into that definition, in…

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Evil Genius 2 reviews round-up, all the scores

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 29 March 2021 16:14 GMT The satirical spy-fi lair builder series, Evil Genius, is back for another crack at world domination with Evil Genius 2 – and so far, it looks like good news for developer and publisher Rebellion.Evil Genius 2 was announced way back in 2017, and amongst certain loyal parts of the gaming audience, there’s been a huge amount of interest in this comedic strategy title.The long and short of the game is this: players take control of an Evil Genius and set their plans for world domination in motion by building (fairly) inconspicuous bases,…

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We Are the Caretakers is an indie game where you save a rhino-like species from poachers

We Are the Caretakers, the sci-fi turn-based tactical RPG set in an afro-futurist world from developer Heart Shaped Games, brings an environmental mission to PC, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One.Revealed at the Xbox Indie Twitch showcase, We Are the Caretakers asks players to protect the Raun, a rhino-like species targeted by poachers, both human and alien alike. In the game, you will rally units of Caretakers onto real-time strategy maps with RPG turn-based combat in either the campaign or through procedurally generated Survival mode. You can also assemble the Cartkeers into squads based on the 20-plus job classes and…

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Stellaris optimizations arrive for new-gen consoles alongside Lithoids Species Pack

By Stephany Nunneley, Thursday, 25 March 2021 19:51 GMT Paradox Interactive has released a new species pack for Stellaris: Console Edition alongside the 2.6 Verne update for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S users.Today’s update specifically optimizes Stellaris: Console Edition for Xbox Series X/S hardware. You can expect higher frame rates, faster simulation speed, and lower load times along with supporting the Smart Delivery feature.View a side-by-side breakdown of current and new-generation Xbox consoles below. Also avaiable today is the Lithoids Species Pack for console, which introduces new empire mechanics as well as rock-based species portraits and ship models and a…

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Total War: Rome Remastered has been announced and it’s coming out in April

Total War: Rome Remastered has been announced, and it’s the first remaster ever for a Total War game.Scheduled for release on April 29, Total War: Rome Remastered was created in collaboration with Feral Interactive.This is a comprehensive remaster and features a suite of visual improvements such as full 4K visuals, native support for ultra-high-definition resolution, and overhauled environment, battlefield, and character models. You can also expect gameplay improvements and improved accessibility.It also comes with new gameplay content featuring 16 previously unplayable factions to play on top of the original 22.New features include a tactical map during battles, and heat maps and icon overlays…

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Europa Universalis 4 now has its own subscription service

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 20 March 2021 15:10 GMT Grand strategy game Europa Universalis 4 now has its own subscription service.Like Crusader Kings 2 before it, Paradox is offering a monthly sub to access all the DLC Europa Universalis 4 has to offer.The game’s expansion and additional content are now available via subscription and it includes the expansions and add-ons that have been developed over the last eight years.For $4.99/£3.99/€4.99 per month, all new subscribers will gain immediate access to all additional content ever created with no additional upfront cost. If you already own the base game and some of the…

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Evil Genius 2 will receive both paid and free content post-release

Rebellion has announced its post-release plans for Evil Genius 2.Evil Genius 2 players can expect a season of new content coming to the game in the weeks and months after launch, and that includes both paid and free content.One of the free content updates coming at release is Photo Mode. It allows you to adjust camera options like field of view, depth of field, and focal distance, toggle the visibility of different characters, and apply a range of filters, overlays, and more.A new campaign pack is planned for post-release, featuring a new playable Genius, island lair, and Force of Justice.And…

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A free new Lord is coming to Total War: Warhammer 2 later this week

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 14 March 2021 15:16 GMT Creative Assembly has confirmed that a new Legendary Lord is coming to Total War: Warhammer 2 later this week.Beastlord Rakarth of Karond Kar is coming to Total War: Warhammer 2 on March 18 – and the new content will be available for free to anyone that owns the game.As per a press release from developer Creative Assembly, Rakarth mostly specializes in buffing his troops via strength and defense improvements and can call on the aid of big monsters like the Kharibdyss and the Hydra to decimate those that oppose him.Beastlord Rakarth…

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Stellaris: Nemesis expansion gets an April release date for PC

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 14 March 2021 11:01 GMT Sci-fi strategy game Stellaris‘ upcoming expansion, Nemesis, has finally been dated for PC and will arrive next month.As per a press release from Stellaris publisher Paradox Interactive has stated that the new expansion will launch for Stellaris on PC on April 15.As you’d expect from that title, this new expansion allows you to become part of the endgame crisis that threatens the state of the universe (if you so desire). In order to feed the dark demons and indulge in a bit of galaxy destroying yourself, though, you’ll first need to horde…

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Crusader Kings 3’s first DLC Northern Lords releasing next week

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 13 March 2021 20:08 GMT The first DLC drop for Crusader Kings 3 will come next week.The Northern Lords Flavor Pack, the first piece of DLC for Crusader Kings 3, has been revealed.It brings with it new Norse-themed features including adventurer realms, immersive character art, new music, 3D models, events and decisions, and more.The content will be released on Tuesday, March 16.As of November 2020, the game sold over 1 million copies on Steam. Within a month of release, players racked up 25 million hours of playtime, bore 40,591,268 children, 18,212,157 successful murder schemes were performed, 370,305 people…

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Surviving Mars development resumes, content update coming next week, expansion in the works

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 13 March 2021 19:54 GMT Paradox Interactive announced today that development has resumed on Surviving Mars, and a new update is coming.Development is now under Abstraction, and the next update to Surviving Mars will include an In-Dome Buildings pack and a free Tourism Update. The content will release on Monday, March 15.The Tourism Update is free for all players and revamps tourists, introduces the RC Safari, adds buildings, and more. With this update, players can expect to see some of their most-requested tourism features, such as Holiday Experience rating rewards and consequences.Tourism Update Key Features: Happy…

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Castlehold is a competitive strategy game from Scribblenauts developer 5TH Cell available via Steam Early Access

Castlehold, the competitive strategy game from Scribblenauts developer 5TH Cell, is now available on PC through Steam Early Access.In the free-to-play Catslehold, you will travel to a world formed by a tear in space and time. Here you will recruit Vikings, cowboys, cyber soldiers, ninjas, and more to battle.You will capture villages to acquire resources, deploy elite units, and utilize commander abilities.Here’s the synopsis:When a cataclysmic event shatters space and time, champions from all eras of history find themselves struggling to survive in a mysterious realm known as the Drift. Recruit knights, cowgirls, druids, buccaneers, samurai, Vikings, futuristic cybers soldiers,…

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Binding of Isaac prequel The Legend of Bum-bo gets long-awaited update

By Stephany Nunneley, Saturday, 6 March 2021 19:05 GMT It’s been a while, but The Legend of Bum-bo has finally received an update.The Legend of Bum-bo is a prequel to indie hit The Binding of Isaac, and available on PC. The latest update to the game has been a long time coming, but it is finally here.Dubbed “The Lost Expansion,” developer Edmund McMillen announced the update on the game’s official Steam page.The free expansion includes a new playable character called The Lost, and a new tile type for The Lost, “Ghost Tiles.”It contains the ability to save/continue your progress mid-game, comes…