Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric is a freelance writer who enjoys talking about video games, movies, books and Dallas-based sports teams. Every week he watches a random film from his collection of several hundred DVDs and live tweets about it @RogueWatson. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla. He lives near Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and daughter, two dogs, two cats, two fish tanks, some hermit crabs and a bookshelf full of Transformers.

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Endless Space 2 Review: Stories in the Stars

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The original Endless Space launched in 2012 as the debut title from indie developer Amplitude Studios. It posited the Civilization-in-Space concept that had been tackled several times before. Endless Space offered a simple yet effective interface and many interesting new gameplay mechanics to make it a very underrated turn-based strategy game.

Endless Space 2 is very much a direct sequel, building upon all the core gameplay features of the original. This time around, Amplitude has several more games under their belt – specifically the much more intriguing and innovative Endless Legend.

Endless Space 2 utilizes all the best elements of Endless Legend and stirs in a well-integrated political system to craft a fantastic follow-up that easily emerges from its Civilization shadow.
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Shadow Tactics Sneaking Up to Consoles This Summer

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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun quietly released at the end of 2016 on PC. It was a fantastic tactical stealth adventure set in within the rich Japanese time period of ninjas and samurai.

Later this summer console players will be able to experience the world of Shadow Tactics. It’s scheduled to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 1. The console version will be published by Kalypso Media, in partnership with Daedalic Entertainment and developer Mimimi Productions.

“Porting Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun to consoles was a big challenge,” said Frieder Mielke, Technical Director at Mimimi Productions. “We wanted to make sure that console players would be able to enjoy the exact same experience as on PC, and I believe we’ve achieved that. But no one can be a better judge of that than the players, and that’s why we also decided to release a demo version for both platforms, so that every console player can try the game for free and decide for themselves.”

Shadow Tactics will be available digitally from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store, as well as physical boxed versions. The demo will launch on the same day as the console version and will feature the entire first mission and a preview of the second.

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun features over 25 hours of tactical stealth gameplay spread over 13 increasingly challenging missions. In our review we called it “one of the most compelling and memorable tactical games you’ll ever play.”

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun will be available August 1 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

 

Starpoint Gemini 2 Is Free on Steam for the Next 24 Hours

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Sometimes a new sequel comes with a discount for the rest of the series, but usually that discount isn’t 100%. Iceberg Interactive is celebrating the launch of Starpoint Gemini Warlords by offering Starpoint Gemini 2 completely free on Steam.

The free period is fleeting however. You will need to click on the Install Game or Play Game button on the Starpoint Gemini 2 Steam Store page before Wednesday, May 24 at 10 am Pacific/1pm Eastern to permanently add the game to your library. Pretty sweet deal for a game that costs $34.99.

The Origins DLC is also free, though you’ll need to go to its store page and add it separately after adding SG2.

Created by indie developer Little Green Men Games, space-sim and RPG Starpoint Gemini 2 released in 2014, where it went on to sell 300,00 copies. It received mixed to favorable reviews, sitting at a 70 score on Metacritic. Users reviews are much higher and the series enjoys an active fan base.

Like SG2, Starpoint Gemini Warlords enjoyed a successful stint on Steam Early Access. The release version is out today, May 23. Starpoint Gemini Warlords represents a community-driven sequel to SG2, including adding 4X strategy game elements.

Here is the official description:

Command your starship, send your war fleets into enemy territory, level up, gain skills, engage in branching dialogues, lead your heroic companions into battle, build up your stronghold, trade, mine, salvage and remind your enemies of why they fear you. Strategy from the front lines!

Both games feature full mod support and Steam Workshop integration. Starpoint Gemini Warlords is launching with a standard edition at $34.99 and a Digital Deluxe Edition for $39.99.