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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    • Amplitude’s Endless Sale Ends In Nine Hours

      By Adam Smith on December 18th, 2014 at 9:00 am. One of the year’s Bestest Best Games is currently discounted by 50% on Steam. The game is Endless Legend, Amplitude’s superb 4X fantasy game, and it’s currently £13.49, but only until 6pm GMT. The discounts extend to all three of the studio’s releases, so you can also grab debut title Endless Space and this year’s brilliantly ...

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    • Endless Games 50% off on Steam Daily Deal

      In a press release sent to Gaming Cypher, indie games partner Reverb Triple XP has announced that Endless games are now 50% off or more on Steam Daily Deal. Developer Amplitude Studios Also Announces Design-Your-Own Monster Contest Winners Paris, France – December 17, 2014 — Don’t miss your chance to, get in on Amplitude Studios’ Steam Daily Deal! Three Endless games –Dungeon ...

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    • Hegemony III Announced As A Kickstarter Project - Bigger Map & Improved City Development

      Just 8 months after launch of Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar Longbow Games have announced a new Hegemony game. This time, the studio is returning to its indie roots with Hegemony III: Clash of The Ancients and have put up their project on Kickstarter. Hegemony III goes back to the early era of Roman kingdom with other ancient civilizations like the Greeks, Etruscans and Celt ...

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  • Sorcerer King adds Priest and Commander for Beta 3

    … Opposition against the wicked Sorcerer King continue to rise from the ashes. The third beta update to Stardock's 4X strategy game has gone live today, adding a pair of new classes, as well as a couple of notable new features. The Priest focuses on healing and defensive magic, building up her forces until she can unleash an all-out assault…

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  • Six Arcen Games Titles in One Nifty Bundle

    …) Bionic Dues - A tactical turn-based roguelite with mech customization. No co-op, unfortunately. Skyward Collapse (8 player online/LAN co-op) - Epic strategy game that pits faction against faction. Tidalis (4 player online/LAN co-op, 2 player local) - A casual block matching puzzle game. A Valley Without Wind 1 & 2 (8 player online co-op…

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  • Freebies from Amplitude Studios in Advent of Indies 2014

    … 23 indie game developers are celebrating the winter holidays by hosting a free giveaway event known as the Advent of Indies 2014 that involves an online calendar. Basically, visitors needs to check the website in order to receive freebies on each day. For starters, Amplitude Studios is giving away the whole soundtrack of Endless Legend–this 4X…

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  • Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s Bestest Best Games Of 2014

    … By RPS on December 1st, 2014 at 6:30 pm. It’s December, which means it’s time for another RPS Adve– Oh. Oh no. It looks like someone forgot to buy an advent calendar this year. No glum portions of chocolate, no grim slog towards a too-distant day of celebration. Instead we’ve find a new way to celebrate the best PC games of 2014. The bestest…

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  • Iceberg Offers Gaming Feast on Steam Sale

    … – Videogame publisher Iceberg Interactive revealed today it’s opening the videogame vault and offering massive discounts on tons of games during Steam’s Autumn Sale. With quality games from many genres, such as the fun racing/shooter title Gas Guzzlers Extreme (66% off), 4X space-strategy game Horizon (70% off) and the horror puzzle title Darkness…

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  • Enter The Dungeon of the Endless Monster Contest Now

    … “that creates something totally new” (PC Gamer). Offering a unique blend of rogue-like toughness, RPG-light building options, and dungeon-defense strategies, Dungeon of the Endless enables players to equip a team in single-player, or up to four people in cooperative multiplayer, to gather resources, construct defenses, and explore an infinite number…

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  • 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. …

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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

    … 4X STRATEGY GAME HORIZON OPENS ITS DOORS FOR MODDING Meaty Update Coincides With Major Discount on Steam Haarlem, The Netherlands – November 17, 2014 – Developer L3O Interactive and publisher Iceberg Interactive announced today the third post-launch update for the 4X space strategy title Horizon (PC), released earlier in 2014. The update…

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  • Gasp! Betrayal! The Last Federation Expansion Out

    … with a far larger discount. They’re a busy lot, Arcen Games. They’re also having a crack at making a 4X strategy game without combat in Stars Beyond Reach, and last week released several patches for the base game to accompany the expansion’s launch. These bring the full patch notes since v1.0 to over 61,000 words – “quite literally the length of a respectable novel” Arcen point out. …

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

    … developers have been working on a 4X strategy game. They’ve super-properly formally announced the game’s now, ditching its working title for the super-definitely final name of Stars Beyond Reach (it’s set planetside, see). As well as regular 4X stuff, it has a few interesting ideas about language and combat. The game doesn’t have units…

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