Showtime At The Apollo4X

Explore. Expand. Exploit. Exterminate. The four “X”es of the genre that has spanned for years and across so many different settings. Fantasy, modern, science fiction, and everything conceivable in between have been covered by those four simple words. Some of the most fondly remembered games of all time come from this genre, as it provides such a quintessentially PC experience. So any time another 4X title comes out, it’s definitely worth attention. And that’s where Apollo4X from Digital Entertainment, recently released on Steam, comes into play.

For starters, Apollo4X is barely a 4X title. There’s minimal exploration, as nearly the entire galaxy is revealed and known to from the very beginning, and any development doesn’t feel like you’re expending and exploiting natural resources. You do expand, and there is some combat, but it all feels so tertiary and unimportant to raising numbers to reach the victory point conditions.

What Apollo4X is, however, is a trading empire simulator. The use of the term simulator is loose here, as it’s extremely simplified. Everything is built around chance, from the procedurally generated galaxy at the beginning, to the choice of corporations on the planets you …read more


Showtime At The Apollo4X

Explore. Expand. Exploit. Exterminate. The four “X”es of the genre that has spanned for years and across so many different settings. Fantasy, modern, science fiction, and everything conceivable in between have been covered by those four simple words. Some of the most fondly remembered games of all time come from this genre, as it provides such a quintessentially PC experience. So any time another 4X title comes out, it’s definitely worth attention. And that’s where Apollo4X from Digital Entertainment, recently released on Steam, comes into play.

For starters, Apollo4X is barely a 4X title. There’s minimal exploration, as nearly the entire galaxy is revealed and known to from the very beginning, and any development doesn’t feel like you’re expending and exploiting natural resources. You do expand, and there is some combat, but it all feels so tertiary and unimportant to raising numbers to reach the victory point conditions.

What Apollo4X is, however, is a trading empire simulator. The use of the term simulator is loose here, as it’s extremely simplified. Everything is built around chance, from the procedurally generated galaxy at the beginning, to the choice of corporations on the planets you …read more






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NimbleBit’s ‘Capitals’ Launches in Canada Ahead of Worldwide Release Next Week

Did you not get into the Capitals beta test from NimbleBit and have wanted to give their turn-based word game a shot? Well, good news if you’re Canadian or “Canadian” – Capitals is now available on the Canadian App Store. NimbleBit’s calling this a stress test, and they’ve also announced the worldwide release date: May 21st. The game is effectively complete, they’re just making sure nothing breaks when they put it out among the wild, unpredictable public.

The game has you battling with another player, trying to take over territory by forming words with tiles adjacent to your tiles. It’s a game of territory as much as it is smart word formation. And because it’s a game with hex grids, that makes it a real game. Get excited for this next week, folks. Or, if you’re from the great white north, or know how to look like it, you can play this right now.

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NimbleBit’s ‘Capitals’ Launches in Canada Ahead of Worldwide Release Next Week

Did you not get into the Capitals beta test from NimbleBit and have wanted to give their turn-based word game a shot? Well, good news if you’re Canadian or “Canadian” – Capitals is now available on the Canadian App Store. NimbleBit’s calling this a stress test, and they’ve also announced the worldwide release date: May 21st. The game is effectively complete, they’re just making sure nothing breaks when they put it out among the wild, unpredictable public.

The game has you battling with another player, trying to take over territory by forming words with tiles adjacent to your tiles. It’s a game of territory as much as it is smart word formation. And because it’s a game with hex grids, that makes it a real game. Get excited for this next week, folks. Or, if you’re from the great white north, or know how to look like it, you can play this right now.

…read more


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A Day With Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Senior editor Matthew Kato is one lucky guy. He’s currently at a Konami preview event getting hands-on time with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. As he plays, he’ll be tweeting his thoughts on his Twitter account. We’re compiling them all here, so you can keep up with his adventure.

Playing Metal Gear V. Deep in Afghanistan, and building up Mother Base! @metalgear_en @Konami

— Matthew Kato (@MattKato) May 12, 2015

Got my trusty horse in her battle dress and we’re stomping through the afhgan mnts. Covered in blood! #mgsvpreview @metalgear_en @Konami

— Matthew Kato (@MattKato) May 12, 2015

Mid- mission trying to locate Honey Bee weapon. Stopping to take care of Soviet relay station. Lets find some intel! #mgsvpreview

— Matthew Kato (@MattKato) May 12, 2015

Wow did I get lucky. Spontaneous dust storm covered my entrance. Soviets are clueless. #mgsvpreview

— Matthew Kato (@MattKato) May 12, 2015

Wow did I get lucky. Spontaneous dust storm covered my entrance. Soviets are clueless. #mgsvpreview

— Matthew Kato (@MattKato) May 12, 2015

That didn’t last long… resorted to using …read more


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A Day With Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Senior editor Matthew Kato is one lucky guy. He’s currently at a Konami preview event getting hands-on time with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. As he plays, he’ll be tweeting his thoughts on his Twitter account. We’re compiling them all here, so you can keep up with his adventure.

Playing Metal Gear V. Deep in Afghanistan, and building up Mother Base! @metalgear_en @Konami

— Matthew Kato (@MattKato) May 12, 2015

Got my trusty horse in her battle dress and we’re stomping through the afhgan mnts. Covered in blood! #mgsvpreview @metalgear_en @Konami

— Matthew Kato (@MattKato) May 12, 2015

Mid- mission trying to locate Honey Bee weapon. Stopping to take care of Soviet relay station. Lets find some intel! #mgsvpreview

— Matthew Kato (@MattKato) May 12, 2015

Wow did I get lucky. Spontaneous dust storm covered my entrance. Soviets are clueless. #mgsvpreview

— Matthew Kato (@MattKato) May 12, 2015

Wow did I get lucky. Spontaneous dust storm covered my entrance. Soviets are clueless. #mgsvpreview

— Matthew Kato (@MattKato) May 12, 2015

That didn’t last long… resorted to using …read more