Broadly speaking, whenever a game receives an expansion pack, they tend to take that word”expansion” rather literally. Typically what they bring to the table is more of everything you could already do in the base game. More units, more characters, more places to visit, things to do.
Civilization expansions take a very different approach. They give you everything you expect from an expansion pack but they also renovate the proverbial house, tweaking existing systems, addressing player concerns and rebuilding with the foundations. Historically, each expansion markedly improves the current Civ experience and with Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, that tradition continues — even if it can’t fix all of Civ VI‘s bugbears. Continue reading Games Review: Civilization VI: Rise and Fall (PC, 2018): Teamwork makes the dream work
XCOM 2 is, at its heart, a game about loss. It’s why save-scumming, the act of loading an earlier save in an effort to avoid catastrophe, is so frowned upon in the game’s community. Losing valuable soldiers isn’t just a part of the game, it fills out the unscripted narrative of your personal XCOM 2 experience. Basically, if playing XCOM 2 is paining you, that’s how you know you’re doing it right and in the game’s latest expansion, War of the Chosen, developer Firaxis is doubling down on the pain.
Continue reading Games Review: XCOM 2: War of the Chosen (PC, 2017) is the best version of XCOM ever made
When I first heard about Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator on Twitter a few months ago, I must confess I thought it might have just been a meme designed to harvest irony likes. After discovering that not only was the game real, it was being developed and published by famed internet snark machine Game Grumps, I became certain that this was an off-putting joke destined to blow up in their faces. Friends, I can admit when I was wrong, and I’ve rarely been more wrong than I was in this case. In Dream Daddy, writers Vernon Shaw and Leighton Gray have used the medium of video games to craft an honest, heartfelt depiction of a modern gay romance. Continue reading Video Games Review: Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator (PC, 2017) is the year’s most pleasant gaming surprise