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Civ Gets Smaller as Civilization VI Launches on iPhone

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Late last year 2K, Firaxis, and Aspyr Media launched Sid Meier’s Civilization VI on the iPad. Today Civ gets even more mobile as it officially launches on iPhone. It’s currently available at a special promo price of $23.99 (60% off). The sale ends October 16.

Civilization VI is a universal app, which means anyone who purchased it for iPad can download it to their iPhone for free (and vice-versa). The app is available for free with a 60-turn limit, with the in-app purchase to unlock the full game. The 60-turn demo only allows you to play as a single civ, and doesn’t feature more maps or game saving.

The mobile version of Civ 6 is the exact same as the PC game (hence the full game price) with a more mobile-friendly interface. It features the classic turn-based, empire-building, eon-spanning gameplay that makes it one of the most popular strategy game series of all time. Engage in tactical warfare on the hex grid world, plan out multiple districts in expanding cities, research centuries of technology and improvements, adopt social policies, and engage in diplomacy with world leaders.

Civ 6 on iOS features local multiplayer only. Quick scenarios are designed to be played and completed in a single session.

Civilization VI requires iOS 11.4.1 on iPhone 7 and above. The iPad version requires at least an iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro. The mobile version includes only the base PC game, though DLC packs have begun appearing on the app store as add-ons. The large expansion that released last year, Rise and Fall, has not yet been ported to mobile yet.

Civilization VI is available now on iPad and iPhone. The mobile version is developed by Aspyr Media. The 60% off sale runs until October 16. Civ 6 is rated E10+.

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Win a Nintendo Switch with Specially Marked Lunchables

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For the upcoming launch of Super Mario Party, Nintendo has partnered with Oscar Mayer’s Lunchables brand food packs for a promotional sweepstakes. The grand prize is an entire Nintendo Switch console. The promotion kicks off October 5 and lasts through December.

“This partnership with Lunchables is another exciting way for us to expose even more people around the country to the world of Nintendo,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo Senior VP of Sales and Marketing. “This program is a perfect opportunity to kick off the celebration of Super Mario Party by combining the game’s love for unpredictable fun with Lunchables’ love of letting kids make their own fun with their favorite foods.”

Every box of specially marked Lunchables packs will include a unique code that can be entered online. Only 500 codes will result in a winning prize. Prizes range from an entire Switch system to extra Joy-Con controllers, a carrying case, My Nintendo Points, and a copy of Super Mario Party.

Super Mario Party is launching October 5 on Switch. It features dozens of minigames in the classic board game structure, as well as new cooperative modes.

For a series first, players can also play sets of minigames online. Toad’s Rec Room is a new feature that allows two owners of Super Mario Party and their own Swithc systems to pair them up, combining the two screens for some specific minigames. Super Mario Party is rated E for Everyone.

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Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Review

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Available On: PC, PlayStation 4

It’s easy to get jaded about the RPG genre, specifically Japanese RPGs. Every trope has been well-worn, every character archetype has been fully exploited. Dating back to the 1980s the Dragon Quest series is one of the most egregious examples of many tiresome gameplay elements and story beats.

Yet each new Dragon Quest game proves why the series remains beloved and resilient. With an irresistible charm, modern design conveniences, and excellent writing, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age is a wonderful RPG for newcomers and a delightful return for series veterans.

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The Legend of Heroes Coming to PlayStation 4 Early Next Year

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A pair of well-regarded JRPGs from last generation are getting a fancy new physical edition releases for PlayStation 4. The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel and Trails of Cold Steel II will be available in limited retail editions for PS4 in early 2019. Pre-orders will be available soon.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Decisive Edition includes a physical copy of the game with a SteelBook case, a replica Collector’s Coin, and a CD soundtrack featuring 21 tracks.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II Relentless Edition has the physical copy with SteelBook, an Ouroboros Emblem Pin, and a 23-track soundtrack CD.

Each edition will retail for $49.99.

As a special perk, the new PS4 editions will include the full Japanese voice acting for both games, in addition to the English dub that was introduced in the PC version. The English voice acting features over 5,000 lines of dialogue per game. The dual voiceover is a first in series history. PC players will receive the Japanese voices as a free update in an upcoming patch.

Both RPGs originally released on PlayStation 3 in Japan, followed by PS3, PS Vita, and PC releases in the US in 2015 and 2016. The series is developed by Nihon Falcom and localized by XSEED Games.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 1 and 2 are rated T for Teen. They’re currently available on Steam, Vita, and PS3, and coming early next year to PS4.