Stellaris’ new Plantoid species pack sprouts onto Steam

In the style we’ve come to expect of Paradox, given how deep-rooted DLC is in their other Grand Strategy games, comes their latest content pack, the Plantoid species pack for Stellaris [Review], a cosmetic add-on that features fifteen new species portraits and accompanying city art and ship templates. The practice is similar to that in Crusader Kings 2 and Europa Universalis IV, where cosmetic packs abound, though until the start of this year I hadn’t botany. Continue reading “Stellaris’ new Plantoid species pack sprouts onto Steam”

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Here there be end-game, ‘The Crucible’ DLC for Grim Dawn out today

When I first played Grim Dawn I very much enjoyed it for what it was – it never quite managed to steal Diablo 3’s ubiquitous replay value, but it did give me a more in-depth, story-guided experience, which eventually came to an end – an action-RPG built on the solid foundations of the Titan Quest series. Now that ‘The Crucible’ DLC is about to come out, I expect that the aforementioned end will be pushed back. Continue reading “Here there be end-game, ‘The Crucible’ DLC for Grim Dawn out today”

FORCED gets more SHOWDOWN in upcoming Drone Invasion DLC

FORCED SHOWDOWN is like the rebellious son who looks at his father, successful but not to his liking, and decides to be everything but him. I had to stifle a laugh whenever I saw someone hopeful that FORCED’s sequel (spiritual or direct, you call it) would be a similar, co-op puzzle game – instead, what did they get? An action-rpg that’s a MOBA with deckbuilding elements and hey, why not rogue too, with pets, of course. It also has DLC coming out on the 31st. Continue reading “FORCED gets more SHOWDOWN in upcoming Drone Invasion DLC”

Are you ready to give The Reaper’s Due in Crusader Kings’ new expansion?

With the great plague as one of the driving reasons why we even have a game called Crusader Kings and another one called Europa Universalis, it’s hard not to see its importance for the middle ages. How will your kingdom fare against one of the driving factors behind the crisis of the Late Middle Ages? Continue reading “Are you ready to give The Reaper’s Due in Crusader Kings’ new expansion?”

A short guide to what Europa Universalis IV DLC to buy

We’ve all been there – limited funds (or desire to spend them) and the daunting task of having to single out a couple of DLC packages from the myriad of additional content in a Paradox game. With two new major DLCs a year and several cosmetic packs accompanying them, it’s easy to get lost: I’m here to help and tell you which are essential, which depend on what you want to play as and which you might want to wait for a sale. Continue reading “A short guide to what Europa Universalis IV DLC to buy”

Wars have children – The Little Ones DLC for This War of Mine now out

If when you first played depression simulator your stone-cold heart was not touched by the tales of despair strewn across a besieged city, The Little Ones [Official Site] might help you out. There’s no question that people in general have an easier time showing empathy toward those we perceive as innocent, guiltless, and what better portrait of such a thing than children? Continue reading “Wars have children – The Little Ones DLC for This War of Mine now out”

Review: More to Explore (Renowned Explorers: International Society DLC)

Renowned Explorers [Official Site] first came out nearly a year ago and I enjoyed what I played of it, remarking back then that it was a game that could be made even better by adding new expeditions and content. Abbey Games’ have done just that with their free updates and content patches, such as the Mali Expedition, and have added two more expeditions, along with a couple of new mechanics, with the first paid DLC, More to Explore. Here’s what I thought. Continue reading “Review: More to Explore (Renowned Explorers: International Society DLC)”