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.
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    • 4X 4 Real: AI War Devs Announce Stars Beyond Reach

      By Alice O'Connor on November 3rd, 2014 at 6:00 pm. If you’ve pressed your ear to Arcen Games’ doors, read their lips through their windows, rummaged through their bins and taped together shredded documents, planted microphones to record their nocturnal mutterings, or browsed their forums, you might know that the AI War and The Last Federation developers have been working on ...

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    • Enter The Dungeon of the Endless Monster Contest Now

      Developer Amplitude’s rogue-like dungeon defense game, Dungeon of the Endless is holding a contest. DUNGEON OF THE ENDLESS OPENS THE DOOR TO DESIGN-YOUR-OWN-MONSTER CONTEST Amplitude Studios Expands Community (and Monster Count) With Contest Prizes, Games, and Credits Paris, France – November 24, 2014 — Following the October release of its critically-acclaimed genre-blendin ...

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    • Iceberg Offers Gaming Feast on Steam Sale

      In a press release sent to Gaming Cypher today, publisher Iceberg Interactive announced that it’s offering up a gaming feast on Steam. ICEBERG INTERACTIVE DISHES IT UP WITH A FEAST OF GAMES IN STEAM AUTUMN SALE Get Your Fill of Action, Strategy, Adventure, and Sim Games from the Iceberg Archives Haarlem, The Netherlands – November 26, 2014 – Videogame publisher Iceberg Inte ...

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  • The Last Federation Evolved and Expanded

    … Sci-fi strategy sim The Last Federation by Arcen Games has just reached version 2.0 and has thus become a better and even richer experience. Among the myriad of improvements that have been made you will now find that permadeath is optional, several new quests have been added, bugs have been fixed, the UI has been improved and the battles now come…

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  • 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…

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  • Horizon Opens Its Doors for Modding

    … are in control of humanity’s destiny. You will explore deep space, find new frontiers and discover alien artefacts hidden on long-abandoned planets. You will also learn more about the galaxy as you come into contact with ten other species, each with their own unique culture, history, and schemes. A fully interactive galaxy allows you to navigate…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Endless Legend Gets Spooky with Mod Tools, New Quest

    … beautifully crafted factions, thrust heroes into tactical battles and strategically exploit the map terrain, develop technological and political power, and conquer the planet through diplomatic or military means. You can purchase the Endless Legend Classic Pack on Steam right now for $34.99. Related: Endless Legend Soundtrack Now on Soundcloud Source: Press Release The post Endless Legend Gets Spooky with Mod Tools, New Quest appeared first on Gaming Cypher. …

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  • 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

    … In a press release sent to Gamingt Cypher today, developer Amplitude has announced that the soundtrack for its upcoming rogue-like dungeon defense game, Dungeon of the Endless is now available for free. Experience the Sorrow, Joy, and the Moody Transcendental Dungeon Tunes from Amplitude Studios’ Upcoming Game Paris, France — October 23, 2014…

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  • 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…

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  • Galactic Civilization 3 Early Access Spotlight: The Art of Negotiation

    … some of the darker elements allowed by their beliefs. This means branching out into organized crime and setting up different rackets across the galaxy. These practices include war profiteering and setting up smuggling routes, but the Krynn's specialty is in gaining influence, which makes the diplomacy update the perfect opportunity…

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  • Dungeon of the Endless to Hit Steam October 27

    … Developer Amplitude has announced that its upcoming rogue-like dungeon defense game, Dungeon of the Endless will be hitting Steam on October 27. Amplitude Studios’ Upcoming Retro-Styled, Dungeon Defense, RPG-light Rogue-like Beefs Up With New Storylines, Characters, and Four-person Cooperative Play Paris, France — October 15, 2014 — After…

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

    … pitch has been a series of videos, currently on three of eight, posted to the updates page. They’re far more in-depth looks at the systems that are already built into the game, how far along it is and what’s currently being worked on. That’s important to show given the questions about crowdfunding something like this raises: so far the M.O.R.E team…

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