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Stellaris: Console Edition Review

"Civilization in Space" would definitely be my immediate summary of what Stellaris is, and hey, if that sounds like something you need in your life, this may very well be the shortest review you've ever read. "Civ in Space, 4X players are going to have a good time". Done.

Stellaris: Console Edition Review

Jon Shafer's At the Gates Review

Jon Shafer’s At the Gates is not a mass-market game. It decries the populist and dumbed down direction in which the Civilization franchise has moved, replacing it with a strategy title for the patient player that tolerates a measured pace, likes the challenge of long-range planning, can overlook some bugs, and finds satisfaction in a cerebral, hard-fought victory.

Jon Shafer's At the Gates Review

Sid Meier's Starships

My first thought as soon as I opened the game was "wow this feels cheap." The feeling never went away, and just got even deeper. I was incredibly excited to see what the game would be like since it could be played on the go on an iPad, but if this is how they had to hamstring their design to fit a system like that, I'd rather keep the dream of on-the-go Firaxis games as just that: a dream, since the reality is just a disappointment.

Sid Meier's Starships

Salvation Prophecy

It takes a little too long to get to the end once the strategy portion of the game starts, but the game otherwise hits its mark. So, while the game’s rough edges may be off putting, you should still check out Salvation Prophecy if you are looking for a change of pace, or if you are starving for a space combat game, of which there have been very few lately.

Salvation Prophecy

Civilization V: Brave New World

Really, the best part about Brave New World is that it's finally addressed every victory condition in the game and made each one not only more equally viable, but also just as busy. Weaponizing culture works to bring it more in line with the other conditions--it's something you have to work towards and not something you just happen to achieve. On top of that, the diplomacy changes make this system more interesting as well, and it all comes down to one thing: if you have Civilization V and want to play more, you owe it to yourself to get this expansion.

Civilization V: Brave New World

StarDrive

A very ambitious undertaking, StarDrive has a lot of promise. There's a lot the developer hopes to add, and he plans on supporting the game for the foreseeable future, but the package as it stands is a bit of a hard sell to all but the most patient and driven 4X fans. If you are willing to dig deep, there are some diamonds to be found in this rough. If not, you may want to wait for this package to fill itself out a bit more.

StarDrive