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Civilization: Beyond Earth falls to just £7.59

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Carl Phillips
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Civilization: Beyond Earth falls to just £7.59

This is one of the lowest prices we've seen the Civilization spin-off, and beats the next best offer elsewhere by a significant margin. At this price it's certainly worth a look, but it should be noted that overall it feels like a different beast to the main series. I managed to get on with the slower pace towards attaining victory, and if you can get your head around the changes to the usual formula you'll find a rewarding experience, filled with giant space worms. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!

Be sure to check out our Civilization: Beyond Earth review for more details.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is free to play on Steam this weekend

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Firaxis Games, Free weekend, PC games, Steam, XCOM: Enemy Unknown

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is free to play on Steam this weekend

We're eagerly awaiting XCOM 2 here at Dealspwn, but in the meantime here's a great opportunity to see what all the fuss is about if you're yet to play it. XCOM: Enemy Unknown is currently free to play on Steam, with access to the full game continuing until Sunday evening. If you end up liking it, you may wish to consider getting the Complete Pack, which includes all of the DLC and the Enemy Within expansion.

Showing the industry how to do a reboot for a classic series successfully, Firaxis’ turned-based strategy game delivered one of the best games of 2012. Providing the player with the freedom to save or screw up the human race in unbelievable style, it’s worth every penny of the asking price. Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Civilization: Beyond Earth Review | The Power of Choice

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Carl Phillips
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Reviews
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2K Games, Civilization: Beyond Earth, Firaxis Games, Game reviews, Strategy games

Civilization: Beyond Earth Review | The Power of Choice

If Firaxis’ latest title has taught me anything, it’s that I should be very glad that I live in the time period I do. You see, those left behind on Earth have to deal with a dying planet, while those blasted off into deep space are going to have to contend with giant space worms. It’s a horrifying prospect either way, and no one is a winner. Thankfully, I only have to experience the horror virtually through Beyond Earth, the latest instalment of the Civilization franchise. A spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri, it initially appears to have familiar overtones, with menus and the UI bearing resemblance to previous Civ titles, but the changes emerge even before the first turn has started.

While only eight factions are available to choose from, the ability to select specific starting bonuses is a great example of how the game focuses on choice throughout its gameplay. Sure, faction specific perks are there, but allowing players to choose between starting with a Clinic for extra health (something I’ll cover later) or a worker unit allows them to focus on their own style of play while providing a sense of flexibility. This is important, because while planning ahead has always been an aspect of the Civ series, Beyond Earth contains new challenges that, if the player is unprepared for, will punish without mercy. If players are to survive, they are going to need to adapt, or perish in the process.

And it’s all thanks to the untamed and unforgiving planet.

Civilization: Beyond Earth Review | The Power of Choice

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown on PC for £6.00 with code at Green Man Gaming

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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2K Games, Firaxis Games, PC games, Strategy games

XCOM: Enemy Unknown on PC for £6.00 with code at Green Man Gaming
XCOM: Enemy Unknown | Green Man Gaming | £6.00 with code
Voucher Code: GMG20-ODON7-FLUA7 | PC price comparison
XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

It's a repeat of the deal Green Man Gaming put out last month, giving anyone who has yet to pick up Firaxis' strategy title another chance to do so for a bargain price. Overall you'll save yourself around £8 over the next cheapest listing.

Showing the industry how to do a reboot for a classic series successfully, Firaxis’ turned based strategy game delivers what could be the game of the year, let alone the month. Providing the player with the freedom to save or screw up the human race in unbelievable style, it’s worth every penny of the asking price. Thanks to Gemsa @ HUKD!

Civilization V Sale at Green Man Gaming, Gold Edition now only £6.25

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Carl Phillips
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2K Games, Firaxis Games, PC games, Strategy games

Civilization V Sale at Green Man Gaming, Gold Edition now only £6.25
Civilization V Gold Edition | Green Man Gaming | £6.25
PC price comparison | Civilization V Review

EDIT: You can get even more off the price by using the voucher code GMG20-ODON7-FLUA7 at the checkout. It brings the Gold Edition down to £6.25 and Brave New World to £5.25.

If you've managed to hold off this long for the latest in Sid Meier's classic strategy series, you're in for a bit of a bargain with the sale currently going on at Green Man Gaming. The listing for the Gold Edition will save you around £4 over the next cheapest listing elsewhere.

The Gold Edition includes almost every piece of DLC released to date, including the Gods & Kings expansion, providing plenty of content right off the bat. Although the latest expansion Brave New World isn't in this bundle, GMG have also slashed the price for that to £6.79, meaning you can have a complete Civ V experience for under £15 if you really want to (and probably should, as it's the superior expansion pack.) Thanks to jaystan @ HUKD!

Dealspwn Playthrough | XCOM: Enemy Within Gameplay - An Introduction to Meld

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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2K Games, Dealspwn Playthrough, Firaxis Games, PC games, Turn-based strategy games, XCOM: Enemy Within

Dealspwn Playthrough | XCOM: Enemy Within Gameplay - An Introduction to Meld

XCOM: Enemy Within is out later this week for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, and the hefty expansion to last year's stunning XCOM: Enemy Unknown is bringing a host of new features along with it, including a mysterious resources named Meld.

We're not going to give too much away, here, but Meld basically turns XCOM into Mechs-COM. Or Genetics-COM... but that didn't roll off the tongue as nicely.

As you wait breathlessly for our XCOM: Enemy Within review, here's a little taster video showing off a couple of the Meld introductory missions. Expect another Dealspwn Playthrough featuring ridiculously amped-up cyborgs and recombined gene-stuffed commandos very soon as well.

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Civilization V: Brave New World | £8.99 | Amazon | PC / Mac

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Carl Phillips
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2K Games, Expansion Pack, Firaxis Games, Mac games, PC games, Strategy games

Civilization V: Brave New World | £8.99 | Amazon | PC / Mac
Civilization V: Brave New World | Amazon | £8.99 (Save £10)
PC price comparison

While the listing states it is just for Mac, the redemption code for Steam will mean it works for PC gamers as well. Please note that this is not a standalone title and you need the base Civilization V game for it to work. Thanks to ecuador @ HUKD!

XCOM: Enemy Within Interview | Lead Designer Ananda Gupta Unmasks The Exalt

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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2K Games, Ananda Gupta, Firaxis Games, Interviews, PC games, PS3 games, Strategy games, Xbox 360 games, Xcom, XCOM: Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Within Interview | Lead Designer Ananda Gupta Unmasks The Exalt

XCOM: Enemy Within isn't just Us vs Them. Firaxis' massive expansion is set to introduce a brand new human enemy faction, Exalt, who wreak havoc around the globe unless you hunt them down and rip their shadowy organisation to pieces.

After successfully managing to defeat one of their cells in our hands-on preview, but taking two losses in the process, I sat down with lead designer Ananda Gupta for a lively chat about what Exalt bring to the XCOM storyline and gameplay experience.

XCOM: Enemy Within Interview | Lead Designer Ananda Gupta Unmasks The Exalt

Jonathan Lester (Dealspwn): We've finally met The Enemy Within: Exalt, the new human enemy faction. Can you tell us about them? What's their deal? What's their objective?

Ananda Gupta (Firaxis): Exalt is a paramilitary secret society. Their goal is to subvert, infiltrate and overthrow the council and to seize control of alien technology; to seize this power. In this way, they're opposed completely to XCOM.

Visually, they look kinda dapper. They could be anyone, they could be walking down the street next to you, be at your job, but when they get the call, they go to their secret compartment and - whoosh! Ready to go. They prefer to wage their campaign against XCOM not in the open, but from the shadows. They place covert cells around the globe that XCOM can hunt down using intelligence scans. They'll prepare operations to launch against XCOM; things like propaganda to increase panic, sabotage to go after your credit reserves and research hacks to go after your research.

XCOM: Enemy Within Interview | Lead Designer Ananda Gupta Unmasks The Exalt

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XCOM: Enemy Within Designer Explains Standalone Console vs DLC PC Release

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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2K Games, DLC, Firaxis Games, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games, XCOM: Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Within Designer Explains Standalone Console vs DLC PC Release

"Obviously We Don't Want Our Players To Have To Swap Discs"

XCOM: Enemy Within is going to be an absolutely whopping expansion that profoundly affects the campaign from beginning, middle to endgame. PC owners will be able to download it as DLC, but console players will have to purchase it as part of a brand new retail edition at extra cost. To explain why, we asked lead designer Ananda Gupta - and it effectively comes down to convenience and the enormous amount of content.

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XCOM: Enemy Within Hands-On Preview | We Meet The REAL Enemy Within: Exalt

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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2K Games, Exalt, Firaxis Games, Games previews, PC games, PS3 games, Strategy games, Xbox 360 games, XCOM: Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Within Hands-On Preview | We Meet The REAL Enemy Within: Exalt

Platforms: PC (version tested) | PS3 | Xbox 360

Developer: Firaxis Games

Publisher: 2K Games

XCOM: Enemy Within is a clever title. It refers to the new dangerous cybernetic and genetic enhancements that augment yet corrupt your troops, and the invasive surgical operations you'll have to perform on your valuable soldiers to use the barely-tested shady technology.

However, it also refers to a brand new enemy faction, Exalt, a power-crazed secret society out to destroy XCOM from the shadows.

This new human threat strikes out against the Council through fear and manipulation, deploying cells throughout the world to spread panic and steal your funds. If left unchecked, they'll disrupt your research, raid your coffers and escalate panic ratings within your allied countries with vicious smear campaigns. They're a faceless, implacable and mysterious organisation who'll do anything to secure alien technology and see your fragile alliance crumble.

Will you stand for that, Commander? Of course you won't. There's only room for one faceless and implacable organisation on this planet. In between curtailing the extraterrestrial invasion, you'll hunt down Exalt cells, steal their intel and assault their base in a concerted effort to wipe out every last one of them. That said, these dapper operatives aren't going to make it easy for you, and fighting them is a completely new experience that will make XCOM: Enemy Within feel even more like a brand new game.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown | Free Weekend | Steam | PC

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Carl Phillips
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2K Games, Firaxis Games, PC games, Strategy games

XCOM: Enemy Unknown | Free Weekend | Steam | PC
XCOM: Enemy Unknown | Steam |  Free Weekend
PC price comparison | XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

That's right - if you haven't checked it out already you can now download and play Firaxis' strategy reboot for free until Monday. However, Steam's 75%-off deal isn't the best price, being trumped by Gamersgate, where you can get it for £6.00 when you use the voucher code GMG20-WS93W-R39MD. Thanks to Nemesiz

Civilization V Gold Edition | £6.00 | GAME | PC

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Carl Phillips
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2K Games, Firaxis Games, PC games, Strategy games

Civilization V Gold Edition | £6.00 | GAME | PC
Civilization V Gold Edition
| GAME (Digital Download) | £6.00 (Save £8)
PC price comparison | Civilization V Review

Ignore the price for the boxed version - scroll down for that delicious £6 price point, which will grant you a code to redeem via Steam. All of the DLC packs and the Gods & Kings expansion are included in this one. Thanks to greysquaill @ HUKD!

XCOM: Enemy Within Interview | Garth DeAngelis Talks Mechs, Mods, and Morals

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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2K Games, Firaxis Games, Gamescom 2013, Garth DeAngelis, Interviews, Video interviews, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, XCOM: Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Within Interview | Garth DeAngelis Talks Mechs, Mods, and Morals

More XCOM? Yes please! Firaxis' fantastic strategy reboot was phenomenal last year, and now with XCOM: Enemy Within it looks as hough they've given us a whole host of reasons to slip that game back into the disc drive and leap back into the fray in the fight for Earth.

Only this time, there are mechs and genetically modified soldiers on both sides roaming the battlefields. Oh yes!

I sat down with producer Garth DeAngelis, who happily recognised e from the year before, and we had a bit of a chat about what Enemy Within will be bringing to the table and how Firaxis are expanding upon Enemy Unknown when it comes to gameplay decision-making, strategic depth, and the all-important balance between player choice and hefty consequences.

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Sid Meier's Civilization V | £3.19 (With Code) | Gamefly | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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2K Games, Firaxis Games, PC games, Strategy games

Sid Meier's Civilization V | £3.19 (With Code) | Gamefly | PC

Sid Meier’s Civilization V | Gamefly | £3.19
PC price comparisonSid Meier’s Civilization V Review
Voucher Code: GFDAUG20UK 

The cheapest we've ever seen it. Thanks to joemolyneux2 @ HUKD!

XCOM: Enemy Unknown | £16.99 | Amazon | Xbox 360

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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2K Games, Firaxis Games, Strategy games, Xbox 360 games

XCOM: Enemy Unknown | £16.99 | Amazon | Xbox 360

XCOM: Enemy Unknown | Amazon | £16.99 (Save £3)
Xbox 360 price comparison | XCOM: Enemy Unknown Review

While this is the best deal for Xbox 360 owners, PS3 owners with PS+ can download the game for free as part of the Instant Games Collection. Thanks to magpie36 @ HUKD!

Saints Row: The Third / Civiliation V | Free Weekend | Steam | PC

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Carl Phillips
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Deals
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2K Games, Action Games, Deep Silver, Firaxis Games, PC games, Strategy games, Volition Inc.

Saints Row: The Third / Civiliation V | Free Weekend | Steam | PC

Civilization V Review | Saints Row: The Third Review

It’s a double whammy of Free Weekend titles for you this week, with Steam allowing everybody to try our Saints Row: The Third and Civilization V for nothing. Steam currently offers the best price for The Full Package version of Saints Row, but Green Man Gaming can save you £1.50 on Civilization V: Gold Edition if you use the voucher code GMG20-JLKSA-7A8HA. Thanks to greysquaill & iMegav12 @ HUKD!

Sid Meier Applying PC Principles To iOS Monetisation

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Matt Gardner
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News
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F2P, Firaxis Games, Microtransactions, Mobile games, Sid Meier

Sid Meier Applying PC Principles To iOS Monetisation

"We Must Not Forget The Value Of The Core Gamer"

We've all seen them: the games that give F2P and microtansactions a bad rep. It starts with a pop-up ad, and then you find your sense assaulted by insidious attempts to make you cough up more money, forcing you into a grind or a near-permanent state of waiting unless you get the wallet out.

Sid Meier's not up for that.

Although the legendary game designer is venturing more fully into the mobile arena, being a beloved PC development icon, he's approaching monetisation using some rather old school methods.

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