Review: Tempest (Endless Legend DLC)

Yes, it is. Very. I’ll still elaborate on why, but if you’re wondering whether Tempest is a worthy successor to Endless Legend‘s [Review] past two DLCs, it is – and I say that as someone who thoroughly enjoyed playing as both the Forgotten and the Allayi. Like any strategy-game expansion worth its salt, Tempest doesn’t merely add or improve on the base game, it adds depth: the reworked ocean and sea-related aspects of the game are at the core of how the Morgawr, the new faction, play, but also heavily influence all other factions and alter the approaches you can take with any of them to consolidate your empire. Continue reading “Review: Tempest (Endless Legend DLC)”

Review: Rights of Man (Europa Universalis IV DLC)

Note: a DLC for Europa Universalis IV entails dozens of changes and additions. This review intends to cover them in broad strokes and assess how it changes the game, not the particularities of this or that (for that, check the patch notes linked ahead).

Rights of Man is the ninth expansion for Europa Universalis IV, and is perhaps its largest piece of downloadable content since Art of War. It is also Paradox’s boldest attempt at making the game less centered around Europe and more open to historical changes and different scenarios, ones where East Asia might eventually consolidate a technological advantage over Western Europe. I’ve played a few centuries and have some musings on the expansion, which you can read below. Continue reading “Review: Rights of Man (Europa Universalis IV DLC)”

Tyranny release date announced, pre-order trailer released

Tyranny was announced earlier this year as Obsidian’s next big cRPG, following the success of Pillars of Eternity [Review], and Paradox has now informed us that the game has a set release date: twenty-seven days from now, on the 10th of November. Accompanying the announcement comes a pre-order trailer for the game, which can now be purchased on Steam, GoG and the Humble Store for $44.99 or whatever your regional pricing sets it to. Continue reading “Tyranny release date announced, pre-order trailer released”

Review: GoNNER

A snake ate and shat me into a room full of enemies: I haven’t had a new level start as inglorious as this since I last played Nidhogg. GoNNER [Official Site] is Art in Heart’s first project, a sequel of sorts to developer Ditto’s pay-what-you-want Hets, available on, and it’s got style. This is a platformer that’ll have you running through procedurally-generated levels while gunning your enemies down and doing your best not to, literally, lose your head, all of this while trying to never stand still for more than a second. Continue reading “Review: GoNNER”

There’s a storm coming: Tempest expansion for Endless Legend out in two days

Despite its pivotal importance, the sea has often been neglected in strategy and 4x games, from units that turn into boats to a near-complete absence of any maritime mechanics . Endless Legend [Review] is receiving its fourth major expansion this weekend, six months after the release of Shifters, and with the aptly named Tempest DLC comes a new faction, naval warfare and other sea-related goodies. Continue reading “There’s a storm coming: Tempest expansion for Endless Legend out in two days”

Leviathans and Heinlein Patch out for Stellaris on October 20th

Stellaris [Review][Official Site] is getting its first expansion, Leviathans, alongside its third major patch, on the 20th of October. Among new storylines and weird creatures to encounter it’ll add another notch to the list of things that get better with dragons, and yes, 4x Strategy games in space is one of them. Continue reading “Leviathans and Heinlein Patch out for Stellaris on October 20th”

All hail the Goblin King! Goblins of Elderstone is a tribe simulator on Kickstarter

I’ve always liked Goblins. When I first read The Lord of the Rings, I couldn’t help but feel that these industrious, creative and hard-working bunch were getting the blunt end of the stick because people let themselves be swayed by pretty elves with their golden hair and sweet voices. Goblins of Elderstone [Kickstarter Page] recognizes their merit: a city tribe-builder where you govern over a clan of goblins in their task of consolidating their tribe and protecting themselves from the violence of those prejudicial towards them. Continue reading “All hail the Goblin King! Goblins of Elderstone is a tribe simulator on Kickstarter”