Q3 2010 – A great time to be into 4X Strategy games.

According to the mighty wikipedia 4X Strategy games are; “a genre of strategy video game in which players control an empire and explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate.  4X games are noted for their deep, complex gameplay. Emphasis is placed upon economic and technological development, as well as a range of non-military routes to supremacy. Games can take a long time to complete since the amount of micromanagement needed to sustain an empire scales as the empire grows.”

So what is so Great about Q3 2010?

Three games:

Victoria II allows for the player to take control of and manage a 19th Century nation-state including its political, diplomatic, economic, military, and technological aspects. Victoria II spans the globe from 1836 to the start of World War Two with over 200 playable nations. Like its predecessor, Victoria II focuses on internal management, covering the industrialization and social/political changes in a country with dozens of different government types. The game gives a lot of importance to the economy of a country by having a complex market system with over 50 types of goods and factories.While warfare is a component of the game it is not the primary focus as in other Paradox Interactive games such as the Hearts of Iron series.

Sid Meier’s Civilization V is an upcoming turn-based strategy computer game developed by Firaxis. It is the latest game in the Civilization series, and is due for release for Windows PC on September 21, 2010 in North America and on September 24 internationally. In Civilization V, the player leads a civilization from prehistoric times into the future on a randomly-generated map, achieving one of a number of different victory conditions through research, diplomacy, expansion, economic development, government and military conquest. The game is based on an entirely new game engine with a hexagonal map instead of the square tiles of earlier games in the series. Many elements from Civilization IV and its expansion packs have been removed or changed, such as religion and espionage. The combat system has been overhauled, removing stacking of military units and enabling cities to defend themselves by firing directly on nearby enemies. In addition, the maps contain computer-controlled city-states as non-player characters that are available for trade, diplomacy and conquest. A civilization’s borders also expand more realistically, favouring more productive terrain, and the concept of roads has changed.

Armada 2526 continues the great tradition of space opera games. You guide your race from its first interstellar journeys. until it becomes a mighty galactic empire. Along the way, you’ll explore the galaxy, conduct research, diplomacy and trade, found new colonies, maneuver mighty star fleets, and fight epic battles.

All three will be purchased by this blogger, but it is Victoria 2 from Paradox that is most highly anticipated.

Credit – Thankyou to wikipedia writers/editors, for I have completely ripped off your work. 🙂

6 responses to “Q3 2010 – A great time to be into 4X Strategy games.

  1. Sounds like I have a reason to fix my PC

    There was a game called War and Peace that was a sort of 17-18th century RTS, but the map was the entire world.
    Might be worth a look if thats your cup of tea

  2. Another game that is up and coming that may be worth a look is Sword of the Stars 2. SOTS 1 with all 3 expansion packs was one of the best TBS games around.

    Elemental, which is published by Stardock is also worth a look at.

    • Yes, i have been looking at the news around this sequel, i knew of the first but only played Sins of a Solar Empire, i may have to rectify this lack for the new one looks even better.

      My thanks for reminding me of it, currently buried in Victoria 2.

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