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Endless Legend: Guardians

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Endless Legend: Guardians

Amplitude has done the impossible several times. They’ve pioneered a remarkably effective internal kick-starter alternative in Games2Gether, they’ve entered into the 4x genre with not one, but two incredibly robust and satisfying experiences, and they’ve created a rich, and fascinating world that’s excellently positioned to deliver unique experiences in a number of genres. Their games are an excellent example of genre differentiation, and yet manage to maintain a vital thread of connection with each other that allows for a familiarity across genres.

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Amplitude is responsible for the Endless universe. To date there are three titles in that universe: 2012’s dark horse strategy hit Endless Space, and 2014’s Endless Legend and Dungeon of the Endless. Both Endless Space and Endless Legend are classified as 4x strategy titles – a genre dominated for most of its existence by the wildly popular Sid Meier’s Civilization franchise. The 4X genre was defined by Alan Emrich of Computer Gaming World in a review of Master of Orion, and those four Xs refer to eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate, and are an excellent way of breaking down the game-play to its most essential elements.

The utter domination of the 4X genre by the Civilization series is difficult to argue – there’s no question they hold the dominant spot, and there’s little question that they deserve it. Civilization has always walked an amazingly thin line between great depth and accessibility, and so many of the other titles vying for the crown have fallen far on both sides of that tightrope. I would have been hard pressed to name a 4X title that managed to deliver as deep, rich, and detailed an experience in a manner that wasn’t intimidating to the point of utter frustration. I would have been, and was. And then I played Endless Legend.

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Blitzkrieg 3 Early Access Impressions

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Blitzkrieg 3 Early Access Impressions

Blitzkrieg 3 is a World War II MMORTS driven by the Unity Engine and developed by Nival. It’s the third full release in the franchise’s 12 year history, and is in many ways a departure from formula. The title is currently in early access, and far from feature complete, and the following impressions take that into full account. That said, many of the observations below are based on the current state of the title, and as such are subject to change.

Blitzkrieg has always been a franchise that focused less on the base-building macro-strategy integral to so many Real-Time-Strategy titles and more on individual unit control, and that is the principle shift in design philosophy made by Blitzkrieg 3.

 

If nothing else, Blitzkrieg 3 is an excellent example of World War II eye candy.

If nothing else, Blitzkrieg 3 is an excellent example of World War II eye candy.

Blitzkrieg 3 is in simplest terms, a base-building Mobile RTS on a more robust platform. The gameplay paradigm will be familiar to anyone who’s played a mobile RTS in recent years like Clash of Clans and its ilk – laying out a base, its defenses as well as production and resource infrastructure, and building an army from that infrastructure.

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PG! parties at Press Start: Irvine 2015

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PG! parties at Press Start: Irvine 2015

On Sunday, fellow PG! writer and Pixel Clicks Podcaster Jordan Pollock and I were invited to the first ever Press Start LAN to see what it was like to go to a LAN party “on PCP.” Long story short: it was a blast.

Jordan and I were both expecting a rather small event, maybe a hundred or so LAN goers, but that was not the case at all. Held at the Bren Events Center at UC Irvine in our native Southern California, Press Start threw one hell of a party.

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Warhammer 40K: Regicide hits Steam Early Access

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Warhammer 40K: Regicide hits Steam Early Access

A few weeks ago we got word that Warhammer 40K: Regicide, a game by indie development studio Hammerfall Publishing, was coming to Steam Early Access in early May. Well as of May 5th, Regicide is officially on Steam Early Access. To celebrate this event, Hammerfall Publishing dropped an in-game kills trailer as well as a second inside look video. Hit the jump to check them out! Read On

Join PG! at Press Start: Irvine 2015

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Join PG! at Press Start: Irvine 2015

Itching to let your competitive side loose? Got a hankering for some gamer-on-gamer battling? You’re in luck.

Press Start: Irvine 2015  is kicking off 36 continuous hours of LAN party goodness this weekend.

Gamers from around Southern California will be converging on the Bren Events Center in Irvine, California from 10 a.m. May 9th to 10 p.m. May 10th to take part in one of the largest gaming events to hit the area in years.

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Pixel Clicks Podcast #13 – Battletoads, Pacquiao, and Sergio gets what?!

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Pixel Clicks Podcast #13 – Battletoads, Pacquiao, and Sergio gets what?!

As the rest of the internet booed and guffawed at a certain “Fight of the Century,” the PCP’ers chatted about the week in gaming news! They covered Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass and controversy, Valve changing their mind about selling mods in Skyrim, Yookah Laylee, what Rare could be working on, and much much more! Also, Jordan may have died again. Read On

May the Fourth Be With You!

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May the Fourth Be With You!

Here at Pixelated Geek, we take holidays very seriously. The geekier the holiday the more enthusiastically we celebrate it, and so it comes as no surprise the May the Fourth is one of our absolute favorites. Some of us marathon the films, some of us re-install classics from our childhood; I personally took the time to break out Fantasy Flight Games’ excellent X-Wing  miniatures games and slogged it out among the asteroids inconveniently clustered round about my dining room table. Later on, I broke out the 2nd edition West End Games Star Wars Role-Playing Game and leafed through old friends and enemies.

 

I celebrated May the Fourth by picking up a copy of Fantasy Flight Games Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook!

I celebrated May the Fourth by picking up a copy of Fantasy Flight Games Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook, feverishly pouring over it, and plotting the imminent demise of some Rebel Scum!

Like all holidays, May the Fourth is always just a little too short, and it always feels like it rolls around a little too rarely. We’re not ready to let go of it quite yet,  so we’re rolling together some of the latest news, fondest favorites and coolest content from around the internet for one last Star Wars hurrah.

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