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Warlock II: The Exiled Review | Setting An Hexample

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Matt Gardner
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Warlock II: The Exiled Review | Setting An Hexample

When we look back at sequels that took a long, hard look at their predecessors and simply made everything better, that list of success might well include Warlock II: The Exiled. Ino-Co Plus have crafted a game that improves on Masters of the Arcane in almost every way possible, delivering a hex-based slice of deep, turn-based strategy that comes out firing on all cylinders.

Though the game's sandbox mode bears much resemblance to the original Warlock, and there are tweaks aplenty to the core gameplay that we'll get to in due course, the big addition to Warlock II, comes in the form of a new mode.

"The Exiled" refers to you, the player, along with a host of other mages who've all been cast out of the realm of Ardania by a super evil grand wizard calling himself The United One. Not only has The United One kicked out anyone who could pose a threat to him, but he's gone and shattered the realms surrounding Ardania, meaning that the worlds have splintered into shards, connected only by ethereal portals. As a super awesome mage yourself, it's up to you to consolidate your power, raise an army or two, navigate those pesky portals, and take back Ardania.

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Matt Plays... Warlock II: The Exiled | Hextacular Planestriding

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Matt Gardner
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Features
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Matt Plays... Warlock II: The Exiled | Hextacular Planestriding

By all accounts, Warlock: Master of the Arcane was a game that took a number of cues from Civilization V, setting out its turn-based strategy atop sprawling, hex-based maps. But it was a rather more light-hearted affair than most strategy games out there, freely combining the fantastical and the ridiculous with often hilarious effect, and just about managing to avoid a decent into wacky, random humour just for the sake of it.

Now, its sequel is almost here. The world has been torn asunder, ripped into shards connected only by magical portals and its your job to find your way back to the world of Ardania from the far-flung shard upon which you find yourself at the start of the game. The maps are all dynamically-generated, every playthrough is going to be different, and there's a new race in the form of the Planestriders, whom we take control of here.

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Get Crusader Kings II and its entire DLC haul for £13.12 at Green Man Gaming

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Jonathan Lester
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Paradox Interactive, PC, PC games, Strategy games

Get Crusader Kings II and its entire DLC haul for £13.12 at Green Man Gaming

Crusader Kings II & 21 pieces of DLC | Green Man Gaming | £13.12 (RPP: £69.99!)
Voucher Code: GMG25-0YUM5-VKMVU | Review

Crusader Kings II spawned an extraordinary library of post-launch DLC - 21 packs in all, ranging from little tweaks to massive content expansions. The complete collection therefore costs a weighty £69.99 at RRP, but Green Man Gaming are selling the lot for £13.12 - a saving of over £56. Be sure to use voucher code MG25-0YUM5-VKMVU at the checkout!

As I explain in the full review, though, you don't really need all the DLC to enjoy a sensational grand strategy game of epic scale.

Warlock 2: The Exiled Announced & Trailered

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Jonathan Lester
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Warlock 2: The Exiled Announced & Trailered

"Warlocks Don't Do Auto-Resolving Battles"

Hex-based grand strategy game Warlock: Master Of The Arcane will receive a sequel next year, Paradox Interactive announced today. Warlock 2: The Exiled will "challenge strategic sorcerers and megalomaniacal mages to conquer Ardania in an all-out war of cunning, combat, diplomacy, and excessively enormous fireballs," - at least according to a reveal trailer that riffs on Fallout in all the right ways.

Check it out below, along with more details.

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War of the Vikings Hits Steam Early Access

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Early Access, Fatshark AB, Paradox Interactive, PC games, Steam, War of the Vikings

War of the Vikings Hits Steam Early Access

Paradox Interactive have slapped War of the Vikings on Steam’s Early Access programme, allowing players to dive into the constantly-evolving alpha version of Fatshark's slice-'em-up from today.

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War Of The Roses: Kingmaker | £3.74 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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War Of The Roses: Kingmaker | £3.74 | GamersGate | PC

War Of The Roses: Kingmaker | GamersGate | £3.74 (RRP: £14.99!)
War Of The Roses Review

War Of The Roses went F2P earlier this year, so you can get involved for absolutely nothing. However, the 'Kingmaker' content pack contains extensive arsenal and armour upgrades alongside extra maps and modes - usually costing £14.99.

 

Europa Universalis IV Trailer Celebrates Today's Launch

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Europa Universalis IV, Grand strategy, Paradox Development Studio, Paradox Interactive, PC games, trailer

Europa Universalis IV Trailer Celebrates Today's Launch

Europa Universalis IV is out today on PC, offering another meaty slab of Paradox-designed grand strategy on a global scale. To celebrate, we've got a new trailer showing off the might of the Swedish empire. Moose is a dish best served cold.

Check it out after the break along with a feature list.

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Paradox Announce War of the Vikings

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Action Games, Fatshark, Paradox Interactive, War of the Vikings

War of the Roses was pretty damn good. A highly technical, Battlefield-esque, squad-based action title that had you fighting in Tudor times, Fatshark's opus grabbed our attention earlier and didn't let go.

Now, they're back...and it's all gotten mighty beardy!

Today Paradox announced War of the Vikings, an all-new multiplayer game built upon the technology that drove War of the Roses. Describing it as a new instalment in the "War franchise", Vikings will  "pull players into the brutal and bloody Viking Age, challenging them to design a personalized warrior and sack England as a mighty Norseman – or defend it as a brave Saxon". Expect similarly detailed close-combat, authentic weaponry and balancing, and massive 64-way battles as standard.

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Europa Universalis IV Pre-Orders Include Crusader Kings II & Save File Transfer Tool

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Jonathan Lester
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Europa Universalis IV Pre-Orders Include Crusader Kings II & Save File Transfer Tool

Pre-ordering blind is a mug's game, but Paradox Interactive are trying to sweeten the pot for upcoming grand strategy game Europa Universalis IV with another grand strategy game. Pre-order customers will receive the magnificent Crusader Kings II for free, along with a save file transfer tool that lets them move their save file into Europa Unviersalis IV.

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Magicka: Wizard Wars Gets First Gameplay Trailer

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Jonathan Lester
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Magicka: Wizard Wars Gets First Gameplay Trailer

Magicka's 4v4 multiplayer spin-off has received its first gameplay trailer, which shows off a tiny portion of the hundreds of elemental spells on offer.

You'll have to sit through plenty of CGI before you get there, mind. Magicka: Wizard Wars is slated to release this "winter."

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Europa Universalis IV Dev Diary Presents 'A Guide to Crushing Freedom'

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Jonathan Lester
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Europa Universalis IV Dev Diary Presents 'A Guide to Crushing Freedom'

Exploration and colonisation will play a key role in Europa Universalis IV as your burgeoning Empire seeks dominion beyond the waves. However, exploration comes with inherent risks, such as mass migration, mutinies, dissidents and bizarre notions of "independence." Will you be a fair ruler or iron-fisted despot?

Europa Universalis IV arrives on August 13th, presenting us with another astonishingly deep historical tableau for us to create our own history within.

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Europa Universalis IV Dev Diary Gets Religious

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Jonathan Lester
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Dev Diary, Grand strategy, Paradox Development Studio, Paradox Interactive, PC games

Europa Universalis IV Dev Diary Gets Religious

It always helps to have God on your side (or at least claim to), and the latest developer diary for Europa Universalis IV goes into detail about how different factional faiths affect the grand strategy experience. "Will you allow reformation when it rears its head in Europe or stand your ground for Catholicism? Will you forego Christianity entirely and become a champion of the Muslim or Buddhist faiths?" asks the blurb.

Europa Universalis IV releases in August, whereupon we will plunge into yet another infinitely deep grand strategy game in search of a final verdict.

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EXPIRED: Sword Of The Stars Franchise Bundle | £3.75 | GamersGate | PC

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Jonathan Lester
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Kerberos Productions, Paradox Interactive, PC games, X games

EXPIRED: Sword Of The Stars Franchise Bundle | £3.75 | GamersGate | PC

Sword Of The Stars & SOTS II Enhanced Edition | GamersGate | £3.75 (save £11)

This seems to be the same price as SOTS II Enhanced on its own, and the cheapest we've seen yet. It includes all DLC too.

Update: This was clearly a misprice, and has quickly reverted to £14.99.

The Pagans Are Coming! Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods Gets First Dev Diary

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Matt Gardner
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Crusader Kings II | PC

Crusader Kings 2: The Old Gods will be the fourth expansion in the series for Paradox's critically acclaimed dynasty-builder, and today the legends of beardy strategy unveiled the first dev diary (there'll be three in total) for the new add-on.

Check out the video above as project lead Henrik Fåhraeus explains how pulling the start date back two centuries has affected the game's dynamics. Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods will feature all of the key pagan nations and religions of the period including the Norse, Baltic and Slavic pagans as well as the Mongols.

It releases on May 28th.