Homeworld developer congratulates Gearbox on buy, reveals unseen art

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Relic veteran Rob Cunningham responds to this month’s IP sale and dips into his personal art archive to mark the occasion.

Molyneux “fascinated” by free-to-play

Molyneux to leave Lionhead

Design guru has been waiting “years and years” for F2P gaming, targeting a “middle ground” with new game Godus.

Homeworld bidding war ends, new owner to be revealed soon

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TeamPixel’s campaign to win THQ rights auction falls short, backers to be refunded.

The Making Of: X-COM Enemy Unknown

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Right about the time the first generation of home computers were making their presence felt, tabletop strategy and role-playing was at its zenith. Wargame titles were readily available for the re-enactment of every major conflict in the history of man, while fantasy gaming went far beyond the reach of Dungeons & Dragons to encompass deep space adventures such as Traveller and even literary adaptations based around characters such as Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter of Mars. It was only a matter of time before such gaming found its way onto the computer screen.

Total War: Rome 2 – The Creative Assembly unleashes a darker vision of warfare

Rome 2 preview

Creative Assembly’s first demo of the newest entry in its Total War series brings to life the pivotal Battle Of Carthage, which marked the end of the Punic Wars. It’s a shrewd conflict to spotlight, given the combination of both a wide-scale naval landing and a bitter ground assault. After witnessing a brief exchange between a Roman commander and a subordinate aboard a ship just off the coast of North Africa, we watch as the boats land and hordes of Roman soldiers pour out onto the beach.

Dysis mixes Minecraft-style landscaping with RTS and tower defence

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While there are plenty of block-based games focused on unbridled creativity, from Minecraft and the homages it inspired to newer projects like Mak, there’s certainly a gap in the market for one focused on strategically focused destruction – a gap voxel-based RTS Dysis – spotted by PC Gamer – looks set to plug.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown review

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown generates stories like few other games. These are player-made stories, forged in turn-based battle, that you’ll relay breathlessly to the unwitting stars you’ve created the next day. You might tell your girlfriend that she shot your boss in the chest after her best friend was eaten by a four-legged monster from beyond the stars. Or you’ll find yourself informing your co-workers that, sadly, they’ve tested negative for the kind of latent psychic powers that would let them control someone’s mind. In short, XCOM will make you care.

Why the bustling streets of Maxis’ latest SimCity promise to be more social than ever

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The social and mobile space has seen a profusion of building sim titles of late, making the pace of construction in Dubai seem almost lackadaisical by comparison. Farms, cities, diners, towers, airlines, even game studios: if you can name it, there’s probably a sim themed around managing it. The genre is perfect for dipping in and out of at regular intervals to tinker with and observe the pocket-sized world you’ve set in motion.

Double Fine announces free-to-play iOS game

Double Fine announces free-to-play iOS game

Double Fine has announced Middle Manager Of Justice, a "superhero management game" due soon for iOS, and the company's first free-to-play game.Announced in typical style on Double Fine's website, the game casts players as a middle manager in Justice Corp, tasked with training and managing the next generation of crime-fighting superheroes and running an office.

Total War Battles: Shogun now available on Steam

Total War Battles: Shogun now available on Steam

The Creative Assembly today announced that its iOS game Total War Battles: Shogun is available for PC and Mac in revised form via Steam.