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Upcoming 4X Humankind reveals Americans as its first Contemporary culture
Upcoming 4X Humankind reveals Americans as its first Contemporary culture
In Humankind, Amplitude's forthcoming 4X game that seems ready to take on the hoary Civilization franchise, you won't be stuck to playing a single culture throughout any game - or, you will, except that culture will take on new characteristics as eras progress.
Age of Empires 3 DE will get a new civ today, and a new expansion later this year
Age of Empires 3 DE will get a new civ today, and a new expansion later this year
April 13, 2021 The US civ is due to launch today on Steam and Windows for $4.99 USD, or by completing the 50 state challenge. The Age of Empires fan preview event today blew the lid on Age of Empires 4 and gave us a first glimpse at what it’s going to be like.
Stellaris: Nemesis review –  begun, the endgame has
Stellaris: Nemesis review – begun, the endgame has
For the first time in four years, Stellaris has a new ending.
Age of Empires 2 DE is getting co-op and a new expansion this year
Age of Empires 2 DE is getting co-op and a new expansion this year
As exciting as all of the Age of Empires 4 news has been, there was plenty of love given to the definitive editions as well.
Age of Empires 4 – everything we learned from the recent RTS fan preview
Age of Empires 4 – everything we learned from the recent RTS fan preview
Everyone’s been eagerly awaiting news on Age of Empires 4 for a while now, and we’ve finally been treated to some juicy details and extended gameplay thanks to the Age of Empires fan preview event run by World’s Edge today. The reveal broadcast covered a lot of different topics, and didn’t just focus on Age of Empires 4 itself, but there was still plenty of information to glean from it.
Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector could beckon a new era of Warhammer games
Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector could beckon a new era of Warhammer games
For every great Warhammer game, there are perhaps two more that aren't.
Stellaris 3.0 ‘Dick’ patch notes – planets rework, intel and many, many bug fixes
Stellaris 3.0 ‘Dick’ patch notes – planets rework, intel and many, many bug fixes
We’re a week out from the release of Stellaris’ Star Wars expansion, Nemesis, and the development team has just released the patch notes for both the DLC pack and the free update that will launch alongside it - 3.0 ‘Dick’. It’s worth reading the patch notes in full, especially as it sets out clearly what you’ll need to pay for in the expansion, versus what you get for free.
Forget Warhammer 3 – it’s time for Total War: Lord of the Rings
Forget Warhammer 3 – it’s time for Total War: Lord of the Rings
When it comes to large-scale melee battles, there are no strategy games that come close to Total War.
XCOM 3 wishlist: everything fans want from a new XCOM game
The complete Crusader Kings 2 DLC guide
The complete Crusader Kings 2 DLC guide
Crusader Kings II is the grand strategy game that launched a thousand DLCs, spawning an (at the time) unprecedented system of post-release support that could see expansions releasing nearly a decade after the original launch.
Civ 6 players can’t agree on what they want from the upcoming balance patch
Civ 6 players can’t agree on what they want from the upcoming balance patch
Civilization VI is awaiting one final free update as part of the New Frontier Pass.
The best Total War games
The best Total War games
So, you want to know what the best Total War game is? Shogun: Total War released in June 2000, which means the venerable strategy series has been going for over 20 years now.
Dig deep into Dwarves with this Total War: Warhammer 2 mod
Dig deep into Dwarves with this Total War: Warhammer 2 mod
After their prominent role in Total War: Warhammer, the dwarves have had to step back from the real limelight in Total War: Warhammer 2.
Europa Universalis IV DLC guide
Europa Universalis IV DLC guide
It’s almost hard to believe that Europa Universalis IV is nearly eight years old.
Paradox fans are desperate for the new grand strategy game to be Victoria 3
Paradox fans are desperate for the new grand strategy game to be Victoria 3
As you may remember, during Paradox Interactive’s recent Paradox Insider event, the company announced that a brand new grand strategy game was going to be announced during the annual PDXCon event in May.
A Stellaris short film from the creator of This Is Battlefield is coming in June
A Stellaris short film from the creator of This Is Battlefield is coming in June
It's not difficult to imagine the intense first-person action of an FPS game like Battlefield translating into film - after all, action games like Battlefield have drawn lots of inspiration from movies.
RTS game Shadow Tactics is getting a standalone expansion – Aiko’s Choice
RTS game Shadow Tactics is getting a standalone expansion – Aiko’s Choice
Shadow Tactics, Mimimi Games' 2016 stealth-focussed strategy hit, is among the best RTS games on PC by our reckoning, and it's getting even more content later this year.
Civ 6’s Portugal DLC pack is out now
Civ 6’s Portugal DLC pack is out now
The last piece of Civilization VI's New Frontier Pass is out now, adding the fan-favourite Portugal to the 4X game's roster of playable civilisations.
Black Legend is XCOM with alchemy and Flemish folklore
Black Legend is XCOM with alchemy and Flemish folklore
Black Legend is a new tactical RPG that takes the turn-based gameplay of XCOM and draws heavily from 17th century Dutch and Belgian history to give it a dark fantasy twist.
Rome: Total War gets a remaster next month
Rome: Total War gets a remaster next month
Can you believe Rome: Total War came out a whopping 17 years ago this September? Despite approaching nearly two decades old, the classic strategy game still has legions of loyal fans, and it's about to get even more.
Upcoming 4X game Humankind has been delayed
Upcoming 4X game Humankind has been delayed
Humankind, the upcoming 4X game from Amplitude Studios, has been pushed back to later this year.
The best online board games to play with friends
The best online board games to play with friends
Looking for some online board games to try out with friends? The biggest advantage board games have over their video brethren is that you can reach across the table to give your friends a slap when they inevitably betray you.
This cursed Stellaris mod asks ‘what if the galaxy was a grid?’
This cursed Stellaris mod asks ‘what if the galaxy was a grid?’
We’ve still got a couple of weeks left to wait before the Stellaris: Nemesis expansion release date, when we can all live out our Star Wars power fantasies.
Stronghold: Warlords is adding extreme difficulty this week, with lots more to come
Stronghold: Warlords is adding extreme difficulty this week, with lots more to come
Building off a successful launch earlier this month, Firefly Studios has announced its plans for Stronghold: Warlords over the next several months.
These Total Warhammer 2 mods spice up Rakarth and the Dark Elves
These Total Warhammer 2 mods spice up Rakarth and the Dark Elves
Last week saw the release of a new Dark Elf legendary lord, as well as a free update for Total War: Warhammer II that gave the Dark Elves some love.
Civilization 6’s April patch will be “the biggest community update event ever”
Civilization 6’s April patch will be “the biggest community update event ever”
Come Thursday, the final expansion in Civ 6’s New Frontier Pass will release.
Civ 6’s New Frontier Pass drew more active players than either expansion
Civ 6’s New Frontier Pass drew more active players than either expansion
We’re coming to the end of Civilization VI’s New Frontier Pass - a year-long run of new Civ 6 DLC and free content that closes out with the Portugal pack this week, and then the free update in April that’s looking to rebalance around two-thirds of the game’s 50 civilisations. Civilization VI has experimented with several different post-release DLC models.
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale is a sound strategy RPG, but the hero is a prat
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale is a sound strategy RPG, but the hero is a prat
What was the search for the Holy Grail if not the original fetch quest? If a washerwoman with an exclamation mark above her head asked Sir Gawain to brutalise ten wolves in exchange for a magical dishcloth, he’d have been off like a greased whippet.
Stellaris’ upcoming espionage systems are changing ahead of the 3.0 ‘Dick’ patch
Stellaris’ upcoming espionage systems are changing ahead of the 3.0 ‘Dick’ patch
This past week Paradox confirmed it will be releasing the upcoming Nemesis expansion for grand strategy 4X game Stellaris next month.
Satisfactory’s Update 4 lets you light up the factory floor
Satisfactory’s Update 4 lets you light up the factory floor
Fire up the conveyor belts, because Satisfactory's Update 4 is now out on the building game's experimental servers.
New Total Warhammer 2 patch revamps Forge of Daith, stops Drycha screaming
New Total Warhammer 2 patch revamps Forge of Daith, stops Drycha screaming
A new Total War: Warhammer 2 patch is due to drop tomorrow. Titled the ‘Rakarth’ update, it’s releasing alongside a free DLC pack that introduces Dark Elf beastmaster Rakarth as a new legendary lord. He’s currently only available via Total War Access, but he’s still free, so that’s pretty neat.
Crusader Kings 3 DLC guide
Crusader Kings 3 DLC guide
Crusader Kings 3 is the critically-acclaimed successor to Crusader Kings 2, the grand strategy game that catapulted this niche sub-genre of strategy games into the mainstream.
New Age of Empires 3 DE patch overhauls modding and takes away Portugal’s cows
New Age of Empires 3 DE patch overhauls modding and takes away Portugal’s cows
Another update has rolled around for Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, and it brings a whole range of changes, from new quality of life features, to improvements and modding.
Those Warcraft 3 multiplayer improvements you want won’t be coming anytime soon
Those Warcraft 3 multiplayer improvements you want won’t be coming anytime soon
Earlier in the week we ran a report that summerised the current picture regarding Warcraft III: Reforged updates in the wake of the silence from BlizzCon 2021.
Crusader Kings 3’s 1.3 ‘Corvus’ patch is here, as is the first DLC
Crusader Kings 3’s 1.3 ‘Corvus’ patch is here, as is the first DLC
We’ve all been waiting patiently for news about the first Crusader Kings III DLC, and we got that news this past weekend with the announcement of the Northern Lords 'flavour pack', which released earlier today. One of the three expansions expected in the initial run of post-release add-ons (two minor, one major), this pack introduces a bunch of visual and narrative content for Norse characters.
Game of Thrones actor voices Total War: Warhammer 2’s next legendary lord
Game of Thrones actor voices Total War: Warhammer 2’s next legendary lord
Creative Assembly recently revealed the next free Legendary Lord coming to Total War: Warhammer 2, and it's the Dark Elf beastmaster Rakarth of Karond Kar.
Total War: Warhammer 2’s next free Lord is Rakarth of Karond Kar
Total War: Warhammer 2’s next free Lord is Rakarth of Karond Kar
Another Legendary Lord is coming to Total War: Warhammer 2, a Beastlord who can tame just any monster.
This Total War: Warhammer 2 mod gives the AI more interesting armies
This Total War: Warhammer 2 mod gives the AI more interesting armies
Total War: Warhammer 2's AI creates decent enough armies, we suppose - but they all tend to look pretty similar in terms of composition.
Stellaris is one dollar
Stellaris is one dollar
Maybe you've been curious about the space-faring grand strategy game Stellaris lately, after reading about how it's working on becoming the best Star Wars game, or how its next expansion, Nemesis, will let you become a galaxy-destroying supervillain.
The best Kerbal Space Program mods
The best Kerbal Space Program mods
Kerbal Space Program (KSP) is a game about going to space...
Total War: Three Kingdoms – Fates Divided review
Total War: Three Kingdoms – Fates Divided review
When it was announced that Three Kingdoms’ next expansion would focus on the war between Cao Cao and Yuan Shao and the Battle of Guandu, I had one question: are they going to recreate that scene from the TV show? You know, the one where Cao Cao laughs in Yuan Shao’s face and then runs off waving his arms and snickering, like the pantomime villain he is? I figured the answer would be no (fair enough: I’m pretty sure that never actually happened in The Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel), but even without it this new expansion has plenty of rich and enjoyable tools to play with.
Crusader Kings 3 is getting an all-new system for duels
Crusader Kings 3 is getting an all-new system for duels
Crusader Kings III is all about the grimy business of medieval politics, and while duels have existed in the grand strategy game since launch, they've heretofore been a bit abstract.
Viking RTS game Ancestors Legacy now has a free multiplayer edition
Viking RTS game Ancestors Legacy now has a free multiplayer edition
Our team of highly trained game scientists here at PCGamesN has taken notice of some recent trends: first, people seem to like RTS games again; and second, people really seem to be into Viking games all of a sudden.
Industrial strategy games still aren’t dealing with climate change
Industrial strategy games still aren’t dealing with climate change
In Stanisław Lem's classic sci-fi short story collection, The Cyberiad, there is a section called The Seven Sallies of Trurl and Klapaucius, two hyper advanced robots who are so advanced they can conjure anything from technology.
Stronghold: Warlords review – an RTS out of time
Stronghold: Warlords review – an RTS out of time
My plan is perfect: a heavily armoured assault force of samurai and imperial swordsmen will march directly toward the gates of the enemy castle with softer reinforcements behind them, covered by wheeled mantlets.
Total War and Peace – a pacifist run of Three Kingdoms’ Fates Divided DLC
Total War and Peace – a pacifist run of Three Kingdoms’ Fates Divided DLC
Total War games are not supposed to be played peacefully.
You can get the best of XCOM for a silly price via the new Steam Ultimate Collection
You can get the best of XCOM for a silly price via the new Steam Ultimate Collection
There have been plenty of ups and downs, but there’s no doubting that Firaxis did a bang-up job with its modern reimagining of iconic turn-based strategy legend X-COM.
Star Dynasties is Crusader Kings in space, and it’s coming to Steam Early Access
Star Dynasties is Crusader Kings in space, and it’s coming to Steam Early Access
"So imagine Crusader Kings, right, except it’s in space." This is how we imagined the elevator pitch went for Star Dynasties, an upcoming space 4X game from publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Pawley Games that wants to go all Game of Thrones with intergalactic politics.
BattleTech mechs: tips for constructing the best build
BattleTech mechs: tips for constructing the best build
If you’ve spent any significant time with Harebrained Schemes' BattleTech  you’ve undoubtedly had a sense that just as much of the game takes place in the MechLab as on the field.
Age of Empires II DE gets new Steam beta program to test future updates
Age of Empires II DE gets new Steam beta program to test future updates
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, despite being the second remaster the iconic RTS game has received in recent years, is still incredibly popular.
A Crusader Kings 3 speedrunner converts the world to one culture in just 44 years
A Crusader Kings 3 speedrunner converts the world to one culture in just 44 years
How long do you think it would take to convert the entire world map of Crusader Kings III to a single culture? Not as long as you’d expect, it turns out, as a known CK3 speedrunner has managed the so-called ‘one culture’ feat in a fraction of the strategy game’s game time. Most large-scale projects in grand strategy games are meant to take up most of the timespan available to achieve.
Anno 1800 mods – a quick guide
Anno 1800 mods – a quick guide
Ubisoft’s flagship economic management game Anno 1800 is still going strong, so much so that the studio have revealed they will be running a third season of expansion content in 2021.
Popular Total War: Rome 2 mod Divide et Impera gets major update
Popular Total War: Rome 2 mod Divide et Impera gets major update
Out of all the historical Total War games, Rome II still commands a solid core of loyal fans even though the ancients-era strategy game has been around for nearly eight years now.
Anno 1800 is running another free weekend, 50% discount
Anno 1800 is running another free weekend, 50% discount
The historical strategy game Anno 1800 is currently free for the weekend, and if you play it, you can get the full version for a rather large discount. The free period began on February 25, running through to Monday, March 1, at 20:00 local time (meaning everyone has until eight in the evening to play it), during which you can play it to your heart's content.
Civilization 6 gets Civ 5’s maps thanks to this mod
Civilization 6 gets Civ 5’s maps thanks to this mod
Saying goodbye to an old game when the sequel comes out can be difficult, especially when the gaps between installments are long.
Civilization 6’s free Barbarians update is out now
Civilization 6’s free Barbarians update is out now
The much-anticipated February free update has arrived for Civilization IV.
Redditor invented ‘Paper Civ’ while dreaming of playing Civilization
Redditor invented ‘Paper Civ’ while dreaming of playing Civilization
Every current PC gamer can probably think back to a time when videogames were unaffordable - when you're a kid, money is usually pretty hard to come by.
The best Rimworld mods
The best Rimworld mods
What are the best Rimworld mods? Rimworld is a colony management game with a very simple premise - you must ensure the survival of a ragtag bunch of colonists, each with their own randomly generated skills, backstories, and idiosyncrasies.
Winter is coming to Crusader Kings 3 as first details on the 1.3 patch drop
Winter is coming to Crusader Kings 3 as first details on the 1.3 patch drop
Crusader Kings 3 was undoubtedly the best launch for a Paradox grand strategy game in history.
The best civilisations in Civilization 6
The best civilisations in Civilization 6
What are the best civilisations in Civilization VI? We've put together a guide that looks at at which Civ 6 civs are best at which victory type. We don't list every Civ 6 civ, but we've showcased some 'best in style' civilisations for various end game strategies.
This Civilization 6 mod gives you more options for industrial zones
This Civilization 6 mod gives you more options for industrial zones
If you're looking for new ways to build out your cities in Civilization VI, we've got good news: prolific modder JNR has a new mod out called District Expansion: Industry, and it completely shakes up the way you'll want to plan for production sectors in the 4X game.
NASA used the Surviving Mars soundtrack for the Perseverance landing stream
NASA used the Surviving Mars soundtrack for the Perseverance landing stream
The world watched in eager anticipation February 18 as the Perseverance rover made its descent to the surface of Mars after a nearly seven month voyage through space.
Humankind devs are taking the 4X game’s modding capabilities “a step further”
Humankind devs are taking the 4X game’s modding capabilities “a step further”
If you've been wondering what we can expect in the way of modding support when the Humankind release date rolls around, developer Amplitude has the answer.
Crusader Kings II’s $300 of DLC is now available as a subscription
Crusader Kings II’s $300 of DLC is now available as a subscription
The trouble with getting into Crusader Kings II was knowing which bits of it you needed.
It’s official, Stellaris wants to be the best Star Wars game
It’s official, Stellaris wants to be the best Star Wars game
If you read my stuff a lot, you might notice that I like a good chuckle.
XCOM 2 classes: expert tips for creating the ultimate squad
XCOM 2 classes: expert tips for creating the ultimate squad
Want to know more about the best XCOM 2 class builds? Victory is impossible without your soldiers.
EU4 multiplayer gets patched, breaks, gets immediately unpatched
EU4 multiplayer gets patched, breaks, gets immediately unpatched
Yesterday the team at Paradox Tinto, the new internal studio at Paradox Interactive that’s taking charge of EUIV’s development, released a new patch for the strategy game that was attempting to update the multiplayer technology to make it easier to manage going forward. The desire was to allow the developers to focus more on new features and content, rather than having to maintain the historically inconsistent multiplayer framework.
RimWorld multiplayer – a quick guide
RimWorld multiplayer – a quick guide
RimWorld is one of the ‘original’ steam early access darlings, an excellent survival city builder game that drops you on the frontiers of known space and expects you to scrape a living surrounded by deadly mechs, weird aliens, and weirdos who most of the time want to kill you. It’s a modern successor to something like Dwarf Fortress, an excellent management strategy game, and a wholly solo affair as far as the original design is concerned… but that’s not stopped people wanting to play RimWorld in multiplayer.
Total War Saga: Troy’s multiplayer beta is getting quick battles and chat
Total War Saga: Troy’s multiplayer beta is getting quick battles and chat
The multiplayer beta for A Total War Saga: Troy is getting an update this week, with a new patch that's due out February 18 that's adding quick battles and a chat feature to the mythic strategy game. Creative Assembly says the multiplayer beta will be adding the quick battles mode to A Total War Saga: Troy - You'll be able to use quick battles to "find a multiplayer match with a single click" and you'll be able to "queue up alone or with up to three friends".
Empire of Sin mods – everything you need to know
Empire of Sin mods – everything you need to know
Empire of Sin is a criminal strategy game set in prohibition-era Chicago.
Total War: Three Kingdoms DLC guide
Total War: Three Kingdoms DLC guide
Total War: Three Kingdoms is an unusual game in terms of DLC: by choosing such a specific historical period in which to base a game, the options for expansion are immediately limited.
The best RTS Games on PC in 2021
The best RTS Games on PC in 2021
It’s impossible to overstate how enjoyable RTS games can be.
Get your Warhammer 3 Kislev fix early with this Total Warhammer 2 mod
Get your Warhammer 3 Kislev fix early with this Total Warhammer 2 mod
Total War: Warhammer 2 fans - you'll surely have heard the exciting news that there's a Total Warhammer 3 on the way by now. Creative Assembly has finally announced the upcoming PC game with a very metal trailer, and so we've got an idea of what's coming with Total Warhammer 3, from Cathay to Kislev.
The world of Elder Scrolls is brought to life in this EU4 mod
The world of Elder Scrolls is brought to life in this EU4 mod
The EU4 mod scene is not always as dynamic and creative as other grand strategy games, but the community loves a good reskin as much as the next person.
Civ 6 agendas – a guide to all leader agendas in Civilization 6
Civ 6 agendas – a guide to all leader agendas in Civilization 6
Looking for the lowdown on Civ 6 leaders and agendas? Sid Meier’s Civilization VI is the latest in the beloved series of 4X games.
Civ 6 tier list – a guide to the best civ 6 leaders for multiplayer
Civ 6 tier list – a guide to the best civ 6 leaders for multiplayer
Civilization 6 is a great 4X game that can give you countless hours of fun, even playing it solo against the AI, and the various Civ 6 leaders help make it a consistently diverse experience.
Anno 1800’s Season 3 Pass has three new DLCs heading to the city builder
Anno 1800’s Season 3 Pass has three new DLCs heading to the city builder
In accordance with a teaser that emerged late last year, Ubisoft's latest economic management game Anno 1800 is getting a third expansion pass, and the publisher has now revealed the individual DLCs that will be arriving as part of the third season.
Europa Universalis 4’s next expansion is all about concentrated central power
Europa Universalis 4’s next expansion is all about concentrated central power
Paradox has unveiled the next expansion for its grand strategy game Europa Universalis IV.
Dyson Sphere Program power – how to transport energy between planets
Dyson Sphere Program power – how to transport energy between planets
One of the trickier things to get running efficiently in Dyson Sphere Program is power management.
New Warhammer 40K strategy game Battlesector announced, due this year
New Warhammer 40K strategy game Battlesector announced, due this year
In the grim darkness of the near future, there’s only a new Warhammer 40,000 strategy game.
The best Total War: Three Kingdoms mods
The best Total War: Three Kingdoms mods
Mods have always been a huge part of experience playing Total War games and with every new release that pioneering community has only grown larger.
Imperator: Rome’s Heirs of Alexander DLC lets you build customised great wonders
Imperator: Rome’s Heirs of Alexander DLC lets you build customised great wonders
Imperator: Rome is gearing up for some major changes.
The best BattleTech mods
The best BattleTech mods
So, you want some BattleTech mods? Even if official development has now finished, it will always remain one of our favourite turn-based strategy games.
Dyson Sphere Program titanium – how to fly to another planet
Dyson Sphere Program titanium – how to fly to another planet
Dyson Sphere Program is a game about making automated production lines to create resources.
Total War: Warhammer 3 is Steam top seller in China
Total War: Warhammer 3 is Steam top seller in China
The Total War: Warhammer 3 trailer dialed many players' excitement up after it was revealed this week, and not least in China.
Here are your Humble Choice games for February 2021
Here are your Humble Choice games for February 2021
It's February. Romance is in the air, which means it's the perfect time for the latest Humble Choice bundle to offer up a selection of games about surviving the trenches of anime warfare, confronting Lovecraftian horror, and trying not to die while lost in the Alaskan wilderness.