Endless Space Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Endless Space RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Steam Summer Sale 2017 -- The Best Games Under $5 https://www.gameskinny.com/xuodn/steam-summer-sale-2017-the-best-games-under-5 https://www.gameskinny.com/xuodn/steam-summer-sale-2017-the-best-games-under-5 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:37:09 -0400 Adreon Patterson

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Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition 

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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As the OG of the Batman Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Asylum follows Batman as he must fight his way past nefarious foes in order to stop the Joker from once again trying to destroy Gotham City. It would be unjust for any gamer to sleep on this hallmark game with its detailed world design, revolutionary combat system, compelling storyline, and stellar graphics.

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All of these games are just a sampling of what the Steam 2017 Summer Sale has to offer. Make sure to check out our other Steam Summer Sale articles for even more savings on great games. 

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Shadowrun Returns

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Regular Price: $14.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 1.49
Buy it on Steam

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This PC version of the tabletop game allows players to join any five races and six classes as they hunt down the Emerald City Ripper in this gritty, futuristic CRPG. Despite a sparse saving system, Shadowrun Returns showcases smooth character development, excellent combat scenes, and highly interactive gameplay in a cyberpunk, turn-based atmosphere. 

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Mass Effect 2

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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Bioware's follow-up to the highly successful Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 once again puts players into the space boots of the stoic Commander Shepard as he must assemble a diverse team in order to stop an alien species known as the Collectors. The spectacular melting pot of diverse characters, stellar interactive storytelling, excellent voice acting, stunning visuals, and improved gameplay will hook any gamer interested in science fiction RPGs.

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Outlast

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 2.99
Buy it on Steam

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In Outlast, a first-person survival horror game predicated on stealth and strategy, players become investigative journalist Miles Upshur as he maneuvers his way through the dilapidated Mount Massive Asylum. The top-notch horror elements and thrilling gameplay would be great for any gamer to experience, especially horror fans and fans of SOMA, Amnesia, and early Resident Evil titles.

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Transistor

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 2.99
Buy it on Steam

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This indie sci-fi action game lets players become the famous singer Red as she battles the robotic force of The Process, all while keeping the sword-like Transistor from those who would seek to acquire it. Players are thrust into a futuristic city where they battle enemies, solve puzzles, learn new skills (or Functions), and journey through a story rich with RPG undertones. Any gamer will fall in love with the effervescent visuals, stellar combat system, and lush soundtrack.

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Borderlands 2

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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In the sequel to 2009's Borderlands, players (as four new characters) once again must complete missions while acquiring loot on the planet of Pandora. This FPS is worth any gamer's time (especially fans of the first-person shooter genre) as it manages to build upon the original's strongest points -- humor and role-playing systems -- while adding a sense of world structure that fleshes out the Borderlands mythos. 

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Life is Strange Complete Season (Episodes 1-5)

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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As an episodic adventure, Life is Strange showcases twelfth-grade photography student Max Caufield's strange ability to rewind time and how it influences the butterfly effect of her universe. Following the episodic drama format, gamers are swept up in some truly great character development, tackling of taboo issues, and novel gameplay mechanics.

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Tomb Raider

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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This retelling of Lara Croft's origin story follows the iconic heroine as she helps herself and her friends escape the island of Yamatai while being hunted down by a strange cult. Despite some qualms about the multiplayer mode and sometimes disconnected narrative, gamers should still enjoy this game with its splendid graphics, excellent third-person gameplay, and amazing character development -- especially for Croft. This action-adventure title from Square Enix reinvented the Tomb Raider brand and has overwhelmingly positive Steam reviews for its hard work. 

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This War of Mine

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 3.99
Buy it on Steam

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This war survival game based on the Siege of Sarajevo deals with civilians surviving a post-war society through everyday decision-making. The player must keep various characters' health, hunger, and mood levels stable while gathering tools and materials for survival. Every decision can make or break survival -- and some of the decisions with which players are faced range from difficult to excruciating.  

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Metro 2033 Redux

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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Set in post-nuclear war Moscow, Metro 2033 Redux deals with survivors living underground, having to kill human and mutant enemies in order to get ammunition and other resources -- as well as survive. This game can be endless fun; with an enthralling plot, realistic, detailed environments, and graphic horror elements, this is an FPS that has seen a cult following develop around it -- and for good reason.

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Garry's Mod

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Regular Price: $9.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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A devil-may-care sandbox game, Garry's Mod allows players to manipulate ragdoll physics and props during gameplay. With its bizarre nature, user content is able to flood the game with the Physics Gun (manipulating ragdolls), the Tool Gun (creating buttons and controllable props), and the Havok Physics Engine (creating contraptions with props). Its openness allows players to roam free without any constraints. Garry's Mod is a zany sandbox creation game that focuses on creativity and mental agility. 

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 3.99
Buy it on Steam

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Taking place between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor follows the combined body and soul of dead ranger Talion and Elf Lord Celebrimbor as they take revenge on Sauron for the death of their loved ones. This Tolkein-based, Peter Jackson-influenced action-adventure game boasts stellar combat scenes, great lore, an expansive open world, and the Nemesis System, which allows non-playable characters to uniquely react to the protagonist accordingly through each playthrough.

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Endless Space: Collection

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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Endless Space is a turn-based, 4X sci-fi adventure game allows players to choose or build a civilization and expand their empire to conquer the galaxy through a series of victories. This edition collects both the Endless Space base game and the DLC, Disharmony, providing players a great user interface and great accessibility for endless replay.

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After what's seemed like an eternity, summer has finally arrived. Sunny beaches. Scorching, hot weather. Family vacations. Weird tan lines. 

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But there is another image that's conjured when talking about summer -- the Steam Summer Sale. Summer truly doesn't begin until the gaming community can buy some amazing games and other items on the cheap. 

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The true pull for the sale is the incredible discounts gamers can get on some of their favorite games. There are individual games, expansion packs, DLCs, bundles. Any and everything a gamer could want or need is available with discounts of up to 80%.

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This is not only a big deal for the gaming community but for the online community as a whole. Articles, blurbs, and blog posts from indie sites to major players are written up days before the sale. Just like offline life, the internet goes crazy over discounts.

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Let's take a look at some of the best games under $5 for Steam's 2017 Summer Sale.

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Tired of Civilization VI? Try Out These Awesome Indie Strategy Games Instead https://www.gameskinny.com/6rwxv/tired-of-civilization-vi-try-out-these-awesome-indie-strategy-games-instead https://www.gameskinny.com/6rwxv/tired-of-civilization-vi-try-out-these-awesome-indie-strategy-games-instead Sun, 29 Jan 2017 12:34:28 -0500 Rob Kershaw

You may have been caught up in certain other world events unfolding at the the same time and missed it, but Civilization VI was released last year to critical acclaim. It may have felt a little like an iterative release than anything fundamentally new and different, but it was certainly a polished and immediately immersive experience.

But when you've ploughed tens of hours into Sid Meier's latest and are in need of something -- anything -- else to scratch that strategy itch, what should you turn to?

Fear not. It's a question we've also asked ourselves, and while it may be easy to proffer the usual reliable list of sequels and strategy granddaddies, why not instead dip your toe into the indie market and see what gems nip at your toes?

We have a few suggestions which may appeal to you.

Planetbase

Colonising Mars may make a nice change to sending your legions out to take over the Earth, and Planetbase offers you exactly that. It's a world-building game, so there's a definite shift in pace and focus to the Civilization strategy you may be expecting. But your expertise in management and organization can definitely find a home on the Red Planet.

Starting off with enough resources to build a sizeable base, you need to direct your colonists to complete tasks within their fields of expertise -- biologist, engineer, and so on -- in order to expand. Resources are the order of the day, and you will need to generate these by building suitable structures as well as purchasing them from visiting traders, who will attempt to fleece you with ridiculously high prices. 

The initial graft required to get to a level of self-sufficiency may put some players off. It's sometimes a matter of luck whether you are able to create the right amount of materials to be able to expand, but once you get to a level of autonomy -- aided by your workers and robots, the latter of which you can build more -- the game develops into a satisfying blend of strategy and management.

Preparing for potential disasters such as meteor strikes or crop failures is prudent (as anyone who has seen The Martian will realize), and success will see you move beyond Mars to spread your colonization skills to neighboring celestial bodies. 

Madruga Works have crafted a more thoughtful alternative to the laser-heavy space battle strategy games on the market, and it may well scratch the itch of those Civ players who want a more gentle introduction to the galactic world-building genre. 

Endless Space

The sequel may have hit early access late last year, but with no confirmed  release date, it's the perfect time to take a look at the original 4X space strategy from French developer Amplitude Studios. 

Endless Space takes a more holistic view of the cosmos, giving you a level of macro-management over one of eight different races (or letting you build a custom tribe). If you're looking for high-octane space battles, then this won't be for you. Combat is a simplistic affair and while the cutscenes are beautifully rendered, the slightly distant approach to battles won't appeal to everyone.

Yet, if you're in the market for a tightly executed sim that allows you to colonise, produce, expand and build, you can do far worse than this one. The interface is intuitive and uncluttered, notifying you of important events and offering helpful rollover tooltips.

The systems you intend to conquer are diverse, and the decisions you need to make are fraught -- will you forsake the development of a planet because it looks more hassle than it's worth? Doing so may mean you miss out on a resource that could cost you the game...

The Escapists

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an Andy Dufresne, then The Escapists will let you play out your very own Shawshank Redemption fantasy. As an incarcerated ne'er-do-well, you'll need your nous and a little bit of luck to escape from one of six different prisons.

Coming from a game like Civilization VI to this may seem a little jarring, but in many ways the games are complementary. Switching from the macro-management of an empire to a singularly focused task like a prison break will keep your perspective fresh. Yet, the strategic elements are still in play -- you may have a narrower purpose, but juggling the different jobs that will lead to your escape is no different than balancing the numerous goals you need to achieve for a glorious victory on the field. 

The premise is straightforward enough. Explore the prison throughout the day, making a note of potential escape routes, items that might help you get out, and people you can bribe, threaten or cajole into assisting you. The beauty of the system is that there's no single solution to get out of any prison, which gives you the flexibility to be as creative as you want. Taking imprints of keys, trading with (or stealing from) inmates, or even crafting your own means of escape -- it's all possible, as long as you make sure you hide your contraband and cover your tracks.

The variety in The Escapists is what makes it a joy to play. There are a few RPG elements to help you become more proficient in fights, more able to craft complex tools, and more speedy for those times you need to hotfoot it back to your cell. But ultimately, the game is about planning. It took Andy Dufresne nineteen years to escape incarceration. These six prisons may not take quite as long, but there's a sequel on the way so you'd better start practising.

 

Endless Legend

Back to Amplitude again, but this time in a fantasy setting and with more of a tabletop feel. Given their small size, the studio have pumped out some genuinely excellent titles -- and this fully realised and addictive entry in their catalog is no exception. 

Consider Endless Legend to be a mish-mash between the Civilization and Age of Wonders series, and you will be on the right lines. There are differing factions which grant varying bonuses such as improved technology or better bartering skills. There is a brilliantly detailed map which allows you to immediately spot areas of tactical advantage and then watch your troops battle it out, as if the intro to Game of Thrones was an actual battlefield you could interactive with.

Most importantly, like its space-themed sibling, there is a real sense of playability. Amplitude really do know how to design an interface. The AI was a little more passive than we'd have hoped for on release, but thanks to constant updates from the developers, this has since been improved. There's no substitute for playing against a human though, so if you prefer high fantasy to galactic warfare, grab a buddy and live out your Westerosian drama right here. Stellar stuff.

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Do you have a particular favorite indie strategy game? Let us know in the comments! 

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Endless Space: Disharmony, Reviewed https://www.gameskinny.com/0xstx/endless-space-disharmony-reviewed https://www.gameskinny.com/0xstx/endless-space-disharmony-reviewed Thu, 11 Jul 2013 10:33:48 -0400 Vrothgarr

One of the finest galactic 4X (explore, expand, exploit and exterminate) games around today, Endless Space receives its first official expansion: Disharmony. The biggest addition in-game is to the combat, including new content and reworkings of old content. A New Adaptive Multi-Agent System mixes up the AI, and a new race is presented which provides a vastly different approach to play. The end result is a sizable expansion to one of the deepest futuristic strategy games on PC.

The Harmony

Whereas every civilization, no matter how peaceful or barbaric, absolutely requires Dust (gold) in order to thrive, The Harmony sees the currency as blight upon the universe and seek to destroy it at every turn. The core mechanics of the faction rely on the player purging Dust from his system and from others. Rather than seeing the universe as a collection of diverse planets and races, some peaceful and multiplicative, others warlike and intent on domination, the Harmony (and player) see only binary: either the planet is infected with Dust and is to be destroyed, or it is clean and of no import.

Thus began the Era of Disharmony.

A sentient race of crystalline beings possibly predating the Endless, the Harmony provides a very game-changing and unique strategy to the galaxy. Simply, the Harmony does not use and in fact abhor Dust. This means that the player cannot buy their way to victory as others can, and they must take time to destroy Dust while they destroy others, yet they are suitably structured to be very efficient at this. The Harmony has no Approval modifiers, their food and industry output is decreased by the presence of Dust. The tech required to destroy dust, Personal Shielding, is deep in the Galactic Warfare tech tree, thus ensuring a reliably aggressive style.


The Heart & Soul

Instead of a tax rate, there is a sliding bar for “Body & Mind”, shifting the focus by percentages between food and science. The faction-specific technologies for late game center wholly around eliminating Dust, and their starting techs form them into a precise, numerous and lethal bunch of crystals. What is most fun is the absolute change in approach and tactics that a player of the Harmony must bring to the galaxy, changing the face and direction of Endless Space for all players who encounter them.


To Battle Amongst the Stars

Combat in Endless Space before Disharmony consisted of players choosing three aggressive or defensive cards over the course of battle, in order of range (long, medium, melee). Cards are revealed at the same time to see which counters which. Basically, it’s like rock-paper-scissors with a much wider array of galactic scissors and space rocks. Disharmony adds several new additions to the combat, which provide a much needed depth to every battle.

The first major element comes in the form of Formation and Targeting cards. These allow for a much greater diversity in strategies by adding two card options on top of the existing three. While Targeting can be changed on the fly during battles, Formations cannot. With the bonuses to defense and attack, the debuffs and utility that can be achieved through proper fleet preparation and battle strategy transform what was the entirety of combat in Endless Space into a mere portion of your military endeavors.

The second and largest addition is new Invasion mechanic. Once at war, players use a fleet of any ships orbiting an enemy planet undefended by other fleets. From there, it simply takes a number of turns to complete based on what defenses were built beforehand by the invaded faction, the size and population of the star system, and what techs or ships the invader brings.

Third, new units do provide more options with fighters and bombers, though this is simply an expansion of existing mechanics. These units allow the player much more pointed and customized fleets, sent to each system for a particular purpose.


Galactic Rating!

Overall, these new additions to one of the most expansive and in-depth 4X strategy games on PC provide a great amount of new and game-changing content. What’s more, the price tag of $10 makes this an absolute steal. Though not necessarily perfect, it’s hard to find a single negative aspect in Disharmony.

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Endless Space Disharmony Guide - First 20 Turns https://www.gameskinny.com/akn4q/endless-space-disharmony-guide-first-20-turns https://www.gameskinny.com/akn4q/endless-space-disharmony-guide-first-20-turns Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:14:54 -0400 Stephen Johnston

This video guide covers the first 20 turns of an Endless Space Disharmony game. My focus isn't necessarily on the exact maximally perfect choices, but showing core early game strategy for a new player.

The video focuses on the following:

  1. Using your early fleets to maximize the value of your ships
  2. Early colonization
  3. Early system management
  4. How to use the overall options like the Empire overview

My goal for this guide is to remove about 4 hours of futzing around and Google searches in your early Endless Space gameplay. If you pick up this game (which is on sale on Steam incidentally) then you should have a good head start.

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Endless Space - How do you build ships? https://www.gameskinny.com/msanl/endless-space-how-do-you-build-ships https://www.gameskinny.com/msanl/endless-space-how-do-you-build-ships Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:33:58 -0400 Stephen Johnston

Endless Space has a complex, but usable UI. There is a lot of information, but for the most part it makes sens and is presented where you expect it to be. Unfortunately, I found ship building to be hidden away more than I expected. Once I found it though it made some sense.

Building ships in Endless Space uses a queue like most RTS games. Once you click on a system that you hold you choose the Ship interface at the lower left and then you click ship designs that are available to queue them up in the middle.

The ship designs can be modified and after the ships are created you can view the ship hangar to create the fleets that fly around.

Enjoy!

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