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Titan Quest and Jagged Alliance are free to keep right now

THQ Nordic are celebrating their 10th anniversary by giving away free games via Steam. Surprisingly enduring action RPG Titan Quest is currently free-to-keep, and so is the ancient turn-based tactics of Jagged Alliance. Then, if you want something a little more modern, the real-time tactical stealth of Desperados 3 is free-to-try for the next three days. Read more

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The Amazing American Circus review: I hate to say it, but there are better shows in town

By the time Henry Ford rolled up to see my show, I was ready to pack my trunk and say goodbye to the circus. I’d been ready a long time ago, truth be told, some time between inciting industrial action amongst JP Morgan’s workers and nabbing an automaton from Tesla. My troupe spread delight wherever we roamed, but the crowds weren’t to know we’d been plying the same tricks for hour after hour – nor that it had hardly taken one to hone my act to the point where failure was inconceivable. Every meagre juggling trick brought whoops from the…

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Beaver city-builder Timberborn is out in early access now

It feels as if the past couple of years have seen a quiet resurgence of Settlers-style town building games, and often those where you’re prepping to survive a terrible winter. Timberborn looks like it would sit in that genre but with a distinct twist: all the humans are long dead, and your town is instead inhabited by beavers. It’s out in early access now. Read more

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Stellaris 3.1 is out and adds new content to old DLC

Scifi grand strategy Stellaris‘s free 3.1 update, titled “Lem”, is out now. This is the first update created by “The Custodians”, a new team formed within developers PDS Green focused on free, quarterly updates which tweak game balance, add new content to old DLC and fix bugs. The “Lem” update does all three, changing how tradition trees work, adding new features to old species packs such as 2016’s Planetoids, and rebalancing some Civics and Origins. Read more

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Lost In Random review: a grand adventure with few surprises

Given it’s called Lost In Random, you’d expect Zoink Games’ new game to be filled with all sorts of oddities and twists and turns and things. Well, it sort of is. And it sort of isn’t. I had hoped it would surprise me more, actually. This is a strategy-combat-meets-adventure game that’s solid fun and has some great personality, but it gets a little too comfortable to knock you for six. Read more

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Roguebook has me struggling to choose between what’s smart and and what’s fun

At first, me and Roguebook got along swimmingly. It’s the best roguelike deckbuilder since Monster Train, which isn’t to say it’s nearly as good, but is to say I anticipated playing it for dozens of hours. It’s got a nifty take on exploration, solid combat, and adorable raccoons who load other raccoons into cannons. It’s also got optional fights where you laboriously beat money out of golden fairy orbs, however, and these have spoiled the entire game for me. I’m unlikely to go back unless they’re tweaked, because my stupid brain can’t tolerate either passing up boring yet strategically wise…

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Paradox CEO quits over “differing views on the company’s strategy”

Former Paradox Interactive CEO Fredrik Wester has returned to the throne of the company behind games including Crusader Kings 3 and Stellaris. He stepped down in 2018, replaced as CEO by then-board member Ebba Ljungerud, but now he’s back. Paradox say that Ljungerud has quit “due to differing views on the company’s strategy going forward”, which certainly is mysterious. Read more

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Shadow Tactics’ standalone expansion Aiko’s Choice will lunge this December

Shadow Tactics was one of the most pleasant surprises of the past five years, establishing Mimimi as ones to watch before Desperados 3 established them as masters of tactical sneak ’em ups. Now the German developer is returning to their samurai roots with the standalone expansion Aiko’s Choice. Announced back in March, it now has a release window: December. Read more

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Cantata is an absurd, colourful blend of Advance Wars and Dune, with production chains and tree squid

I had my first go of turn-based tactics-’em-up Cantata more than two years ago, when it was barely more than an incredibly shaky tech demo. Even back then, with a build so rudimentary I could hardly fathom how to play it, the game stood out thanks to its astonishing colour palette and its esoteric sci-fi aesthetic, which I described as “Advance Wars with an Ann Leckie glow-up“. Now, with the news that Cantata has a publisher in Modern Wolf, whose portfolio already holds a few games that are up my street, I’ve been given a new build. And this time,…

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Age of Empires 4 trailer takes a look at the Holy Roman Empire and Moscow campaign

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. A new Age of Empires 4 video was shown off during gamescom Opening Night Live. In it, we were given a look at the Holy Roman Empire faction and the Rise of Moscow campaign. One of the most beloved real-time strategy games out there,the game is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC, Windows Store, and Steam. Featuring both familiar and innovative new ways to expand your empire in stunning 4K visual fidelity, allowing you to build cities, manage resources,…

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Kings Bounty 2 review: good strategy packaged with a baggy RPG

You know when you order, say, a single HDMI cable from Amazon and it comes in a cardboard box the size of a dog coffin? That’s King’s Bounty 2. Excessively over packaged. There’s a tight, varied, often-challenging Heroes Of Might And Magic-style tactical battler here, but you’ll have to tear through layers of baggy Dragon Age-style RPG to get to it. Don’t get me wrong. Some of that packaging is really quite nice. Wintery snowscapes. Marble courtrooms with intricate, stained glass murals. Opulently textured facial hair flowing from the chins of impeccably groomed pig farmers. It just feels like King’s…

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Crusader Kings 3 has been rated for PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

Paradox Interactive’s hit strategy game Crusader Kings 3 may be coming to consoles soon, according to a new rating from the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee. Paradox Interactive’s Crusader Kings 3 appears to be heading to consoles, at least if a new listing from the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee is to be believed. It looks like the game could be landing on PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S, per the listing, approximately one year after the game launched on PC. Crusader Kings 3 was released last September on PC (playable via Steam, Paradox, Microsoft Store, and Xbox Game…

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Humankind’s launch trailer is willing to murder for the Moon

Today has brought the launch of a new 4X strategy game from Amplitude Studios, the makers of the Endless Space and Endless Legend games, and it’s a good’un. Humankind is their take on a Civilization-sorta historical strategy game, growing a nation and its culture across the aeons – with inevitable conflict. This is demonstrated in the launch trailer, where a jaunt to the Moon turns frankly very illustrative of humankind. Read more

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Deck builder The Amazing American Circus launches in September

Come one, come all to another deckbuilder game! This one’s about a traveling circus though, which certainly sets it apart from the rest of the latest strategy troupe. The Amazing American Circus is what its developers call a “unique blend of RPG, tycoon, and a card game,” about managing a circus in late 1800’s America while regaling your audiences through strategic card game performances. The curtain rises on this act in September for you to take to the road with your own group of carefully curated clowns. Read more