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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 13, 2019.

An Extended Look At Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Gameplay

An Extended Look At <i>Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines 2</i> Gameplay
E3 2019It's time for the biggest gaming show of the year. We've got articles, videos, podcasts and maybe even a GIF or two.  

Paradox dropped a 4:30 trailer earlier today that gives us a pretty good look at some of the gameplay from the upcoming sequel to Vampire: the Masquerade – Bloodlines .

I never got into the original, but this is looking pretty cool! Deus Ex but with Vampires, sure, why...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 08, 2019.

PC Game Adds "Women In History" DLC

PC Game Adds "Women In History" DLC

Europa Universalis IV is a very good video game, but there are always ways to make it a little better. In this case, by adding some DLC that's not only poignant, but makes the game a little more realistic as well.

Europa Universalis IV: The Kotaku Review

At the height of its powers in the early 18th century, the British Empire spanned all corners of…

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 05, 2019.

One City-Building Game Still Looks Cool...

One City-Building Game Still Looks Cool...
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SimCity was a disaster . Cities XXL is a scam . But there is still hope, fans of building cities on your personal computer: there is still Cities: Skylines.

Your Complete Guide To The SimCity Disaster

Misinformation. Server errors. Fan backlash. Since EA launched SimCity two weeks ago, the online…

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Jun 30, 2019.

First-Person Mod Lets You Walk Cities: Skylines' Streets

First-Person Mod Lets You Walk <i>Cities: Skylines</i>' Streets
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First-person? In a city builder? It might sound strange, but there's nothing quite like getting your city humming along to a perfect, efficient rhythm and then having a leisurely look around. Now you can see all of Cities: Skylines' smallest details.

The mod, along with thousands of others (already!), popped...

Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jun 17, 2019. 4 comments

Cities: Skylines Is Becoming A Board Game

Cities: Skylines Is Becoming A Board Game

Last year, Paradox announced that a range of board game adaptations were on the way for some of their biggest titles. The first is Crusader Kings II , and the second will be Cities: Skylines.

While you’d expect a Skylines board game to be all about plastic buildings, that’s actually not the case; like the underlying design of the video game itself, this is going to be all about zones, with...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Apr 26, 2019. 14 comments

Imperator: Rome: The Kotaku Review

Imperator: Rome: The Kotaku Review

I’ve been wondering for years what a Paradox grand strategy game would look like if it was designed for regular humans, and in Imperator: Rome I have my answer.

As long-time readers may know, I’m a big fan of Paradox’s grand strategy games, Crusader Kings II and Hearts of Iron IV especially. They’ve got a well-earned reputation for being games that are as complex as they are unwieldy, and...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Mar 22, 2019. 22 comments

Vampire: the Masquerade– Bloodlines Is Getting A Sequel, And It Looks Pretty Good

Vampire: the Masquerade– Bloodlines Is Getting A Sequel, And It Looks Pretty Good

Cult classic Vampire: the Masquerade– Bloodlines is getting a sequel. The 2004 roleplaying game left a lasting impression on roleplaying fans despite some clumsy gameplay. I spent time with the folks at Paradox Interactive and developer Hardsuit Labs to ask questions and see the game in action. It captures much of the original’s mysterious mood, with some modern flourishes.

Publisher Paradox...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Mar 19, 2019. 11 comments

Hearts Of Iron IV's New Expansion Doesn't Really Make A Splash

Hearts Of Iron IV's New Expansion Doesn't Really Make A Splash

I really enjoyed grand strategy game Hearts of Iron IV at release , but one thing that sucked was the way navies worked, which was boring and not fun and made using some of the game’s biggest powers a massive pain in the ass.

Hearts Of Iron IV: The Kotaku Review

You’ve probably won the Second World War in a video game before. Maybe as a commando, maybe as a…

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 16, 2018. 22 comments

Maybe THIS City-Building Game Will Be Good

Maybe THIS City-Building Game Will Be Good
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SimCity was a disaster . Cities XXL was a scam . Cities: Skylines must be thinking, hey, hopefully third time's a charm.

Your Complete Guide To The SimCity Disaster

Misinformation. Server errors. Fan backlash. Since EA launched SimCity two weeks ago, the online…

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Out next week, it's a city-building game...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 04, 2018. 7 comments

A Video Game Company Actually Shared Some Funny Stories From Behind The Scenes

A Video Game Company Actually Shared Some Funny Stories From Behind The Scenes

Paradox’s Fredrik Wester is stepping down from his CEO role in a few weeks’ time, and to mark the occasion he’s been tweeting some downright fascinating stories from the company’s early days.

While now known as the home of grand strategy on the PC , Paradox hasn’t always been a development and publishing power. It used to be an upstart little company scrambling to hold things together,...

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Jun 07, 2018. 24 comments

The Struggle Over Gamers Who Use Mods To Create Racist Alternate Histories

The Struggle Over Gamers Who Use Mods To Create Racist Alternate Histories

Last December, a 22-year old modder who calls himself Ted52 purged the Steam forums for his Hearts of Iron IV mod, Millennium Dawn. Steam’s infrastructure made it difficult to remove unsavory threads individually, and he tells me he has more control of things over at his Discord channel, where he can eliminate any racists, idiots, and anti-Semites with reasonable efficiency. Ted seems almost...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett May 21, 2018. 15 comments

Paradox's Next Big Strategy Game Is Set In Rome

Paradox's Next Big Strategy Game Is Set In Rome

Paradox, makers of epics like Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis, have a new grand strategy game coming called Imperator: Rome.

Crusader Kings II: The Kotaku Re-Review

When I first reviewed Crusader Kings II in 2012, I called it “one of the most challenging,…

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The debut trailer doesn’t show much (actually it doesn’t show anything), but Paradox fans should know what to expect:...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Apr 25, 2018. 11 comments

Oh, Cities: Skylines Is Now Also A Theme Park Game

Oh, <i>Cities: Skylines</i> Is Now Also A Theme Park Game

I was happy enough with Cities: Skylines when it was just about building cities , but it’s now adding the ability to construct giant theme parks as well, so cool, why not.

Parklife, an upcoming expansion for the game, adds a bunch of stuff like national parks and theme parks (which you can set ticket prices for and create paths inside), but the most important new thing might be the...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jan 13, 2018. 17 comments

Space Strategy Game Is Basically Getting Five Different Death Stars

Space Strategy Game Is Basically Getting Five Different Death Stars

Stellaris, a very good space strategy game , was missing a few things at launch. One of them being *checks list of sci-fi tropes* um, galactic superweapons, which an upcoming expansion is sorting out.

That expansion is called Apocalypse, and will add five different “World Devastator” weapons, which need to be housed on a new ship, the “Colossus”.

Those weapons sound very cool.

World...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 31, 2017. 14 comments

Players Add Flyable Planes To Cities: Skylines

Players Add Flyable Planes To <i>Cities: Skylines</i>

I think I'm gonna name my firstborn son "Cities: Skylines modding community." I pretty much have to, at this point.

Steam user Ulysius has released a mod called "Flight Cimulator," a riff on Microsoft's classic Flight Simulator series. It lets you hop in the cockpit and fly planes over your city because what genre even is this anymore? Is it a city builder ala SimCity, or are modders...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Dec 31, 2017. 22 comments

Obsidian Announces Brand New RPG Tyranny

Obsidian Announces Brand New RPG <i>Tyranny</i>

Tonight at GDC, independent developer Obsidian announced Tyranny, a brand new isometric role-playing game coming later this year for PC, Mac, and Linux. It’ll be published by Paradox, who also helped get Pillars of Eternity out the door.

Details are scarce, but Obsidian says the game is set in a world where there was a grand struggle between good and evil—until evil won. “A nonlinear story...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Dec 31, 2017. 17 comments

Tyranny Emerged From The Game That Nearly Sank Obsidian

<i>Tyranny </i>Emerged From The Game That Nearly Sank Obsidian

Once upon a time, Pillars of Eternity and Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian was working on a major Xbox One RPG called Stormlands. Then it got canceled, and Obsidian had to lay off 30 people , a large portion of a relatively small staff. Turns out, Tyranny, Obsidian’s new RPG in which evil has already won, partially emerged from Stormlands’ ashes.

When I first saw Tyranny in action during...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Oct 01, 2017. 16 comments

Seattle, Recreated Almost Perfectly In Cities: Skylines

Seattle, Recreated Almost Perfectly In <i>Cities: Skylines</i>

As I’ve said, Cities Skylines has its flaws as a city management game, but as a toy to build stuff with, it’s in a league of its own. As we see here, with inthoughtwelive’s near-perfect recreation of Seattle.

12 Months Later, How's Cities: Skylines Going?

This time last year, I reviewed Cities: Skylines. I played it, I loved it, I tried some early mods…

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It’s not perfect perfect,...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Sep 19, 2017. 19 comments

Don't Sweat Tyranny's Daily Rewards

Don't Sweat <i>Tyranny</i>'s Daily Rewards

Tyranny is an RPG that hearkens back to the good old days of games like Baldur’s Gate and Planescape Torment . It’s weird, then, to see it offering mobile-game-like daily rewards for regular play.

Turns out, Obsidian and Paradox are offering “daily rewards” if you play while logged into a Paradox account for consecutive days. These are the things you’ll be randomly earning (via PC...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Sep 19, 2017. 22 comments

Today's Destiny Daily Quest Is Also Full Of Secrets

Today's <i>Destiny</i> Daily Quest Is Also Full Of Secrets

Destiny, a video game in which players spend hours and hours dropping out of strike playlists, is still full of secrets. Today’s involves a little old place called the Vault of Glass.

As we’ve all learned by now thanks to the Black Spindle , the developers at Bungie are putting all sorts of secrets and easter eggs in Destiny’s daily heroic missions—you know, the harder versions of regular...

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