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Civilization V: The Swedish Saga, part 5 (1951 A.D. to 1975 A.D.)

T.J. Hafer at

My friends! Gather 'round the fire and prepare to hear an epic tale that spans the entirety of human history! I'm in the middle of chronicling my progress in Civ V's Gods & Kings expansion, with a new entry every Wednesday. Last week, my Modern Era armies ousted the corrupt Danish crown, bringing all of the Norse people under the glorious, socialist rule of the Norse Democratic Union. War has broken out between the NDU and Greece, scourge of the Western world, as we race against time to stop their bid for total global domination. Read on, as the action rises to nuclear proportions!

Need to get caught up? Here's Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.


Civilization V: The Swedish Saga, part 4 (1868 A.D. to 1951 A.D.)

T.J. Hafer at

My friends! Gather 'round the fire and prepare to hear an epic tale that spans the entirety of human history! I'm in the middle of chronicling my progress in Civ V's Gods & Kings expansion, with a new entry every Wednesday. Last week, the Industrial Era saw my Swedish Empire and its Grand Army march from sea to shining sea in the pursuit of bringing lasting peace to the world. Despite our best efforts, however, it seems that world war is just on the horizon. Read on, as the next 100 years will change the world more than any century that came before!

Need to get caught up? Here's Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.


Civilization V: Gods and Kings review

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Civilization V: The Swedish Saga, part 3 (1702 A.D. to 1868 A.D.)

T.J. Hafer at

My friends! Gather 'round the fire and prepare to hear an epic tale that spans the entirety of human history! I'm in the middle of chronicling my progress in Civ V's Gods & Kings expansion, with a new entry every Wednesday. Last week, my Swedish civilization plowed through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Now, with my lines of muskets and cannons on the move for Austria, war on a scale not yet seen by my people is set to commence. Read on, as the sound of gunfire echoes across the continent!


Civilization V: The Swedish Saga, part 2 (430 A.D. to 1702 A.D.)

T.J. Hafer at

My friends! Gather 'round the fire and prepare to hear an epic tale that spans the entirety of human history! I'm in the middle of chronicling my progress in Civ V's Gods & Kings expansion, with a new entry every Wednesday. Last week, I started a new game as Sweden. This week, my Swedish civilization marches into the Middle Ages as the most technologically advanced nation in the world. But threats to the glorious empire wait around every corner... so read on to see legends unfold!


Civilization V: The Swedish Saga, part 1 (4000 B.C. to 430 A.D.)

T.J. Hafer at

My friends! Gather 'round the fire and prepare to hear an epic tale that spans the entirety of human history. I've been posting weekly chronicles of my progress in Civ V's Gods & Kings expansion, and this week begins a totally new game with a totally new civ -- a follow-up to my previous Celtic Chronicle (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). Read on to see legends unfold, world powers rise and fall... and maybe I'll even win this time! Let the Saga begin.


Civilization V: The Celtic Chronicle, part 3 (520 A.D. to 1450 A.D.)

T.J. Hafer at

Gather 'round the fire of time and prepare to hear an epic tale that spans the entirety of human history! Well, a millennium of it. Every Wednesday, I've been chronicling the progress of my Celtic civilization in Civ 5's new Gods & Kings expansion. In Part 2, the Celtic Republic was formed, and brought holy war to the lands of England in the name of PC Elitism. Now, with the Celts and the English united under the growing religion, the Middle Ages dawn in a rare state: peace.

Missed Part 1? Read how it all began.


Civlization V: Gods and Kings gets a demo

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Civilisation V was a divisive game amongst Civ fans. Some felt that the focus on combat had come at the expensive of other classic Civ features like Religion and Espionage. Two years on Gods and Kings, the first expansion for the game, is aiming to re-introduce them. Will it appease the fans? Well now you can find out, because Blue'sNews has spotted a demo available on the Steam store.


Civilization V: The Celtic Chronicle, part 2 (1150 B.C. to 520 A.D.)

T.J. Hafer at

My friends! Gather 'round the fire and prepare to hear an epic tale that spans the entirety of human history! I'm in the middle of chronicling the progress of my Celtic civilization in Civ V's new Gods & Kings expansion, with a new entry every Wednesday. In Part 1, I led my Ancient Era empire to glorious battle against the French, culminating in the long Siege of Paris. This week, my march through the Classical Era brings closure to the war and all the ramifications that come with it.


Civilization V: The Celtic Chronicle, part 1 (4000 B.C. to 1150 B.C.)

T.J. Hafer at

My friends! Gather 'round the fire and prepare to hear an epic tale that spans the entirety of human history! Over the next few weeks, I will be chronicling the progress of my Celtic civilization in Civ V's new Gods & Kings expansion— a new entry every Wednesday. It is sure to be a tale of warfare, betrayal, alliances, and going bankrupt because I built too many freaking land improvements again. Pay attention. This will be on the mid-term.


Civilization V adds Steam Workshop integration

T.J. Hafer at

As of today, Civ V fans can join the ranks of TF2, Skyrim, Dungeons of Dredmor, Dota 2 and Portal 2 players in browsing, uploading, and subscribing to mods through Steam Workshop.


Civilization V: Gods & Kings dev chat introduces the expansion's new civilizations

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Civilization V's first expansion is out next week. Gods & Kings most notably introduces religion (gods), new civilizations (kings), and espionage (&?). I'm optimistic about the new systems, which you can read about in my recent hands-on preview, but for an overview of the new leaders and units, hop inside to watch Producer Dennis Shirk and Lead Designer Ed Beach talk to someone standing next to the camera.


Civilization V: Gods & Kings interview with lead designer Ed Beach

Tyler Wilde at

Yesterday at GDC, we had the chance for a brief interview with lead designer Ed Beach about the upcoming Civilization V: Gods & Kings expansion. The add-on will include new religion and espionage systems, nine new civilizations, over 27 new units, new buildings, new wonders, new natural wonders, new scenarios, and new resources. That’s a lot of new, but our biggest take-away from the interview is that the expansion isn’t just about adding, but also improving the existing AI, multiplayer, and balance. That's great to hear.


Golden Joysticks 2011 voting extended, vote now or forever hold your peace

Tom Senior at

Games are great, as we all know. But some games are greater than others, and some people tend to disagree on which games are the greatest. That is why we have the Golden Joysticks 2011. They let us use the power of democracy to decide which games are the greatest ONCE AND FOR ALL (until next year).

The thing is, you people have too many opinions about games. Voting on the Golden Joysticks was supposed to close today, but there are still those out there who want their opinion to be known. And Lo, so it came to pass that voting on the Golden Joysticks was extended until 4pm, Monday October 17.

But SERIOUSLY. Look at my face. Okay, you can't see my face. But it is Deadly Serious. There are brilliant PC games in some of those categories that deserve to win everything, including Total War: Shogun 2, The Witcher 2, Civilization V, Minecraft. Oh, and you stand a chance to win a top of the range Alienware gaming laptop if you vote in every category. Head over to the Golden Joysticks site and make it so.


Civ World trailer brings Civilization to Facebook

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The trailer above is our first look at Civ World, the upcoming Civilization Facebook game that's trying to put an accessible spin on one of the most complex and detailed empire-building strategy games ever made.

Have they succeeded? Trading with friends to achieve a collaboratively could be fun, but my favourite bit is the little crown icon you get for being the most successful empire. Who doesn't want to be king of all their friends? The game's currently in beta, but you can find out how to join on the Civ World Facebook page.


[US giveaway] Win a free ticket to Polynesia DLC in Civ V!

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UPDATE: Winners announced! Congratulations to Christian Coogan, Abra Cadabra (lawls), Iuliu Balibanu, and Scott Jones! Thanks to everyone who entered.

Have you ever wanted to stay up all night in a tropical paradise, playing just one more turn? Now you can, thanks to PC Gamer Airlines. We're giving away four tickets to paradise - by which we mean Steam codes for the Polynesia DLC pack. This bundle adds (among other things) Easter Island heads and Polynesian warriors to the battle for global domination. Doesn't that sound exotic? Read on to find out how to enter.

Fan made map brings World of Warcraft to Civilization V

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Deathwing's bringing a fiery cataclysm to World of Warcraft next month, but imagine if instead of a colossal dragon bringing the apocalypse, it was an army of giant robots, supported by tanks and fighter bombers. Now you can make that a reality, with this wonderfully crafted map of Azeroth for Civilization V.


PC Gamer US Podcast 245 - Helicopter Freeman vs. Jet J.C. Denton

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This week, on a very special episode of the PC Gamer Podcast...Josh returns from BlizzCon to tell us about Diablo III's Demon Hunter class. We share our spoiler-free experiences in Fallout: New Vegas (also, how is Dan already on his third playthrough). Evan tells us why Tribes deserves to be remade, and Logan describes the unique anatomical advantages of a civet vis-à-vis coffee.

Download, and hear us say words about games.

Genghis Khan's Civilization V DLC is out

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Last week we mentioned that there would be free downloadable content appearing for Civilization V. Now it's out! The update should apply automatically when you boot up Steam, giving you the ability to play as Genghis Khan and run riot over the steppes with armies of super fast horsemen. Firaxis have also released the Babylonian pack, which was originally released as part of Civ V's Digital Delux edition, but now it's available to all on Steam for £2.99, ideal if you're looking for a more refined and well washed leader.