4x

4X games are a genre of strategy-based video and board games in which players control an empire and "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate". The term was first coined by Alan Emrich in his September 1993 preview of Master of Orion for Computer Gaming World. Since then, others have adopted the term to describe games of similar scope and design.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.
Posts about 4x
  • The Last Federation Evolved and Expanded

    … solar system backgrounds, 32 new abilities, 19 new achievements, 13 new music tracks and 5 new quests". More importantly it allows for two radically different ways to win and show off your 4X abilities with the Betrayal and Invasion modes. Both The Last Federation and Betrayed Hope are now available for Windows, Mac and Linux. …

    Konstantinos Dimopoulos/ IndieGames.com- 2 readers -
  • Lords of the Black Sun First Major Update Now Live

    …LORDS OF THE BLACK SUN RADIATES WITH HUGE NEW UPDATE A Galaxy of Updates, Plus New Artwork and Screenshots Haarlem, The Netherlands – November 17, 2014 – Publisher Iceberg Interactive announced today that developer Arkavi Studios’ turn-based 4X strategy game Lords of The Black Sun (PC) will receive its first major update today, having launched…

    Galit Gordon/ Gaming Cypher- 3 readers -


  • Gasp! Betrayal! The Last Federation Expansion Out

    …, instead controlling a planet trying to wipe out everyone also. But if you’re big on that ‘holding hands and singing friendly songs, we’re all better together’ malarkey, the other big addition is a mode about trying to defend the system from an alien invasion. The core ‘Betrayal’ mode makes TLF a lot more 4X-y, commanding armadas and ground armies…

    Alice O'connor/ Rock, Paper, Shotgun- 3 readers -
  • Arcen Announces New Strategy Game Stars Beyond Reach

    … Arcen Games, those wonderful folks behind A Valley Without Wind 2, Shattered Haven and several other indie hits, recently announced a new 4X game coming spring 2015. What's it going to be like? According to Arcen, "Think Civilization meets SimCity meets AI War meets New Stuff". Where do we sign? Stars Beyond Reach is a 4X strategy game, which…

    John Bardinelli/ Co-Optimus- 1 readers -
  • Weekend Deals: Civilization: Beyond Earth and BF4 Premium

    … 3 minutes ago - 10:00 PM on 10.24.2014 There goes the weekend Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. Spot something we didn't see? Let us know in the comments. 4X fans know this already (in fact, they're probably not around to read this), but for those unaware…

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  • Dungeon of the Endless Soundtrack Available for Free

    … of alien ass. Due for release Monday, October 27 for PC and Mac, Dungeon of the Endless is currently available on Steam’s Early Access program for two discounted prices: $11.69 for the Pixel Pack or $17.99 for the Founder’s Pack. Known for its deep, engaging, and gorgeous 4X strategy games, Amplitude Studios won the venerable 2013 Golden Cube…

    Gaming Cypher- 7 readers -
  • Diplomatic Opportunity: Gal Civ 3 Beta 2 Adds Lots

    … By Graham Smith on October 17th, 2014 at 3:00 pm. When Brendan looked at Galactic Civilization 3‘s beta back in August, he deemed it not ready for consumption. It’s a 4X series that’s beloved for the anecdotes it creates for players through its personality-driven AI and the ability to conquer galaxies not just with superior numbers but by, say…

    Graham Smith/ Rock, Paper, Shotgun- 1 readers -
  • Galactic Civilization 3 Early Access Spotlight: The Art of Negotiation

    …Galactic Civilization 3 Early Access Spotlight: The Art of Negotiation Conquest and expansion may be at the heart of many 4X strategy games, but diplomacy can be the spirit. The universe is a dangerous place, after all, and sometimes it's good to have a few friends on your side. That is especially true of the Galactic Civilization series. Today…

    Steven Wong/ Shacknews- 3 readers -
  • Dungeon of the Endless to Hit Steam October 27

    … will collect resources just like those found in Amplitude’s popular 4X strategy games Endless Legend and Endless Space (Dust, Food, Industry, and Science), using them strategically to map a course of escape and equip themselves and their allies before ascending to the next level of the dungeon. If all goes right, they’ll even reach the surface and see…

    Nathan Stevens/ Gaming Cypher- 1 readers -


  • Space 4X M.O.R.E. Double Dips On Kickstarter

    … By Ben Barrett on October 7th, 2014 at 2:00 pm. We’ve only mentioned M.O.R.E. once before, a brief nod in 2012 from the dearly departed Kickstarter Katchup when it succeeded in securing funding. It’s a space 4X which developers IdeaLcenter frowningly describe as the first to progress the genre since 1996′s Master of Orion 2, which influences…

    Ben Barrett/ Rock, Paper, Shotgun- 1 readers -
  • Sorcerer King: Stardock’s Surprise New 4X Strategy

    … announced and released Sorcerer King. It’s a 4X strategy, as you might expect and hope from Stardock, with the twist of pitting players against a Left 4 Dead-ish AI director. Rather than fighting similar AI civilisations doing similar things, it’s an asymmetric war against the mighty Sorcerer King. Building cities, strengthening armies, grabbing…

    Alice O'connor/ Rock, Paper, Shotgun- 1 readers -