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Cities: Skylines – Launch Trailer + Dev Diaries [HD 1080P/60FPS]

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Launch Trailer of Cities: Skylines in 60fps.

Genre(s): City-building, construction and management simulation
Platform(s): Linux, Mac, Windows PC
Publisher(s): Paradox Interactive
Developer(s): Colossal Order
Release Date (NA): March 10th, 2015

Official Trailer:

Dev Diary:

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Paradox Interactive Joins GOG.com

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GOG.com has found itself yet another partner in publisher Paradox Interactive. To celebrate this partnership, six of the Paradox’s classic titles are now available in the DRM-free catalog. Two of them are premiering digitally for the first time ever, while the rest are available for 50% off during a week long promotion.

Hearts of Iron – a digital premiere
Europa Universalis –  a digital premiere
Crusader Kings: Complete (-50%)
Majesty Gold HD (-50%)
Majesty 2 Collection (-50%)
Victoria Complete Pack (-50%)

This is just a tip of the iceberg, as “fans of complex strategy playgrounds can look forward to a trickle of more grand strategy classics from paragons of the genre, Paradox Interactive, coming DRM-free to GOG.com!”

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Cities: Skylines – Upcoming City Builder Gets Release Date and 60 Frames Per Second Trailer

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Release Date Trailer of Cities: Skylines in 60fps.

Genre(s): City-building, construction and management simulation
Platform(s): Linux, Mac, Windows PC
Publisher(s): Paradox Interactive
Developer(s): Colossal Order

Cities: Skylines Pre Order Bonus Includes:

 

  • Five additional in-game items (Basketball Court, Botanical Gardens, Merry-go-round, Bouncy Castle, Dog Park), adding fun, style and practicality to any town!
  • Digital art book containing building blueprints and other original concept art
  • Four digital postcards

 

Now Available for Pre-Order On Steam

Release Date: March 10th, 2015

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Amazon Announces Voice Search Partnerships And Names Game Studios Developing For #AmazonFireTV

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The Amazon Fire TV is a device you may have heard of by now from our extensive coverage in the dedicated Amazon Fire TV Section of RealGamerNewz. In addition to the exclusive game Sev Zero currently available for the Amazon Game Controller, 100+ existing FireTV Games, several unannounced exclusive FireTV Games, Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME, the company behind the device has announced today the following new partnerships for the Voice Search service of Amazon Fire TV. Amazon Fire TV owners also earn Amazon Coins for buying games. Telltale Games, Halfbrick, Pixowl, Disney Interactive, Minority Media, Paradox Interactive, Gaiam, AllRecipes, and Twitch are among those currently working on projects for the device ranging from games to film and application software.

Check out the following excerpts from today’s Official Press Release below:

“SEATTLE—April 17, 2014—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Hulu Plus, Crackle, and SHOWTIME ANYTIME are joining VEVO in integrating their full catalogs into Fire TV’s unified voice search.”

“-          New Prime browse will make it even easier to discover movies and TV shows that are included in Prime Instant Video.

–          Amazon FreeTime and Amazon MP3 integration coming as part of a free, over-the-air software update.

–          More Games coming soon. In addition to the over one hundred games available on Fire TV, you will be able to play touch-enabled games with the upcoming Fire TV app for your phone or tablet.”

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Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise – Colonial States Expansion Trailer [HD]

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The expansion trailer for Colonial States on Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise by Paradox Interactive. It is now available for pre-order.

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War of the Vikings Alpha Testing Signup Here

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Paradox Interactive has announced that the War of the Vikings Alpha Testing will begin on August 22, 2013 and you can sign up by clicking here and giving them your Steam username and an email address you can be contacted at. As we reported earlier this month, War of the Vikings is a PC exclusive multiplayer experience for up to 64 players in close quarters medieval combat during the time period of the vikings.

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Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition Review

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Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition is the PC version of the mobile role playing game from Paradox Interactive which brings back the classic JRPG feel and gameplay many have known and fallen in love with since the early 90s and before. With this game you fill find a focus on gameplay above all else. For that we are appreciative, as most JRPG’s don’t exactly have a great introduction. Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition is exactly what the RPG genre needed.

The story of Knights of Pen and Paper sees a crew of gamers hopping on to the table for some tabletop goodness. Not a fan of tabletop gameplay? That’s okay because for you, the player, everything is video game style. You will go from location to location defeating enemies and completing quests. This is a pretty cool and meta way to story the game, because you are playing as people playing as people completing said quests and enemy battles. This is sort of like the RPG version of Inception in that manner.

Oh baby. Can I say that in a Review? Oh yeah, RealGamerNewz is the only uncensored gaming site on the net, I can say whatever I want. Oh baby, this is exactly what the RPG genre needed. Yeah I said that twice but that’s how good it is. If you love RPG’s buy this game now. If you don’t know what an RPG is anymore after all the strange releases claiming to represent the genre, Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition will teach you the truth.

In each battle you face you will be able to add the enemies you face manually. You’ll increase your experience until the point you can handle the roughest in a given area, and there is also boss fights that will test out how well you managed to grind up until any given point (which you cannot control the amount and types of enemies you face during). When you have to travel from place to place, you will roll dice. The dice roll you get will determine how far your characters will be able to travel before facing a random encounter. The game’s controls consist of classic JRPG style selections of which attack you’d like to use. Each character has a unique special abilities list which is unlocked as you go forwards. Contrary to that you can also just click on any enemy if you are running through the motions of normal attacks.

The soundtrack and sound effects in this game really bring you back to the old days with none of that ‘modern feel’ stuff to ruin it. Replay ability feels through the roof as there is a percentage completion counted on each town. You’ll have main quests and many side quests, but also, you will never get sick of playing this as the genre is currently really lacking such a throwback title as Knights of Pen and Paper. The engine performance was solid with no glitches at all during our play-through of the game.

Final Verdict: Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition is the enhanced desktop edition of the mobile game, and should be a loud and clear beacon to all RPG fans and companies of what the industry needs to remember as the founding principles of the role playing game genre. This game receives an almost perfect 9.5 out of 10 from RealGamerNewz and is a Platinum Game. The only thing we’d like to see is a little bit more meaning associated with the side quest story-lines. This game pretty much encompasses what a role playing game should be, and is exactly what we think of when we hear the three letters R-P-G.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 9.5/10

RGN Rating: Platinum Game

Developer: Behold Studios / Publisher: Paradox Interactive

Available On: Windows PC / Mac / iOS / Android

Played On: Windows PC

Review Copy Info- A digital voucher for this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for purposes of this review.

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Magicka: Wizard Wars Gameplay Debut, Alpha Unlock Program Initiated

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Paradox Interactive has debuted the actual gameplay behind their upcoming title Magicka: Wizard Wars. This intriguing and original title features some serious wizardry that you owe it to yourself to at least check out. The alpha program is also underway and you can get in just by inviting your friends to participate in promoting the title, CLICK HERE for more info and to begin the process that will get your hands on the title before everyone else.

Magicka: Wizard Wars hits Windows PC some time in 2014 and will feature player versus player battles! Take a look for yourself at the new title below in its first ever gameplay reveal:

 

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Victoria II: Heart of Darkness Review

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Victoria II is a grand strategy from the brilliant minds of Paradox Interactive. Similar to many of their other titles like Crusader Kings II or Europa Universalis III, Victoria II lets the player choose and guide any nation which exists in the given time frame. While each title has focused on different aspects, Victoria II is set throughout the 19th and early 20th century and thrusts the player into the center of international power struggles, an intricate economic system and the balance between revolutionaries and reactionaries in their own country. With the new expansion “A Heart of Darkness”, Victoria II has truly become a replica of the 19th century rush for colonies and international stand offs between great powers.

Victoria II’s most likely outstanding feature is its replica of the population and internal politics in the 19th century. Unlike many games, a nations population in Vic II is a living and breathing mechanic which does not always obey the player. In fact, the populace of a country can prove to be as much a danger to the player as a war with another nation, maybe even more so. Say that you wish to be an absolute monarch, your word is law, the issue with that is that eventually you’ll need to deal with socialist and liberals who will start a revolution to get the reforms they want. The same applies to trying to create a democratic government; the conservatives will riot to return to “the good old days”.

Due to the threat a population imposes, the player must use a variety of methods to manipulate and control a nations population. Whether that be through giving out social and political reforms, using your national focus to gain support for your government or simply crushing the revolutionaries with your military. While this all sounds complicated, the developers have made the interface exceedingly easy to navigate; going so far as to give specific details about everyone’s social, religious and political views in your country.

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The balance for reform and reaction in this game are incredibly well done. Depending on how the player manages his population he can have total support from them or spark a bloody civil war. More often than not the population will dictate how you play on your home turf.

The new expansion “A Heart of Darkness” focuses more on the colonization, diplomacy and wars throughout this game. While in the vanilla the AI did some confusing and strange moves, the expansion really uncovered the potential of international dealings and player-AI interaction. The most important feature here would be the “Crisis” mechanic. The mechanic occurs in areas where tension is unfolding; say Finland, where Sweden is pressing its’ right against Russia to regain control of its previous territories. This building tension will eventually blow up into an international crisis. Once the issue has reached the international stage, the Great Powers (The eight most power nations) will start to take sides and if it isn’t resolved war will break out between the two sides of the crisis.

While it is a simple system it works like a charm. I’ll give you an example where I was Greece pressing my claim on Macedonia. Eventually I managed to cause a crisis which brought in the influence of the Great Powers. Germany took up my call and in response Austria backed the Ottomans. Although I maintained good relations will all the Great Powers, Austria was afraid of the rising German state and likewise the French and Russians sided with the Ottomans while the British and Dutch came to my aid. The standoff continued until finally, with neither side backing down, war broke lose. All starting off from me complaining about my lack of land, I had caused an alternate World War One.

You may have noticed I only mentioned six Great Powers, this is due to the balancing system to avoid innumerable crisis’ popping up at once. In my game as Greece the other two Great Power were the USA and Spain. If a Crisis breaks out while a Great Power is busy (in a war that usually means) then they will not interfere. So if you’re playing as a smaller nation you have to plan out your crisis well so as to catch as many Great Powers while they are not busy and then convince them to support you. Over all, the crisis system really adds to a sense of realism and interaction that wasn’t present in the game before.

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On top of this added interaction and interference with the AI, the colonizing system also had a rework which made the race for Africa a very realistic and engrossing. The colonization system has a number of restrictions base upon early choices made in the game. The restrictions are based on many factors, geographic position and technology being a couple. For example, as Sweden you likely aren’t going to be able to colonize much further than Morocco; however all that focus into Naval tech allows to you colonize just about all of North Africa. But you better be fast because as soon as you can start colonizing so can the other nations. In your race to claim your piece of Africa you and another nation and ‘duking it out’ to get a claim in the same region. If neither of you back down you risk the potential of war, is the war worth is for a slip of land on the Ivory Coast?

All in all, A Heart of Darkness has revealed the total potential of Victoria II. The expansion achieved what it set out to do; the added complexity and interaction with the AI give the game the atmosphere of a living world. Paradox Interactive should feel proud indeed at creating such an amazing game which can feel so realistic and lifelike. I’ll likely be playing this for the next couple of years… Or at least until Europa Universalis IV comes out.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8.75/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer: Paradox Development Studio / Publisher: Paradox Interactive

Available On: Steam and other PC digital distribution marketplaces

Review Copy Info- a digital voucher for Victoria II as well as both its DLC expansions was provided to RealGamerNewz in addition to an additional review kit by the publisher for purposes of this review.

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Minecraft Biography Among 6 Kindle E-Books Released Today by Paradox Interactive

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The publisher behind titles like Knights of Pen & Paper and the Victoria series has announced today that they have made 6 E-Books available for Amazon’s Kindle device through the Amazon Market. You can find all six of these at their official Amazon page HERE. Among the books include a narrative guide for Crusader Kings II, serving as strategic literature for gamers and actually benefiting them in-game. There’s also ‘A Year With Mojang: Behind the Scenes of Minecraft’ by Tomas Arnroth and Mattias Johnsson which serves as the biography of UGC/Voxel-Genre spawning cult classic and mainstream-to-indie crossover success story Minecraft. If you’re a gamer and you like reading E-Books, Paradox Interactive may just have what you need covered in today’s announcement.

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Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition Available Today on Mac / PC and iOS / Android

Winner of IGN’s 2013 IGF award, Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition has been released today from developer Behold Studios and publisher Paradox Interactive on the PC, Mac, iOS, and Android platforms and if you haven’t heard of it yet it’s likely going to give you something to smile about. The game features an adventure within an adventure as RPG gameplay occurs for the playable characters thanks to the gamer putting his mind to work. How meta is that? Basically, check out the following trailer if you don’t already know about this game.

Trailer Below:

Available Now: PC | Mac

Mobile Version: iOS | Android

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Leviathan Warships Review

Leviathan Warships is a turn-based naval simulator featuring full co-operative and competitive multiplayer as well as a single player campaign and is available now on PC on platforms such as Steam published by Paradox Interactive. In this title players take full advantage of upgrading and essentially constructing their naval ships from scratch. Each turn is programmed out including cool-down ratios which must be taken into account every time a move is made. If you want to expect a good amount of damage to be deflected then you need to not only decide where to move your ships and where to aim their attacks, but you also need to keep track of which direction your ship is facing. There are only certain shield protections that you will be able to fit onto your ship as balanced with your weaponry. This is all based on the weight of each additional piece to your ship.

Strategizing which part of the ship serves you best for defense and offense in combination with which load-out is efficient for the mission at hand will largely comprise of the calculations before and during the match.

Unfortunately we feel that Leviathan Warships needs to learn more from Tower Defense and Real Time Strategy genres. A lot of lost potential exists where it comes to the controls and ease-of-use of this game. Fanatics who can get passed this will definitely enjoy the game’s extensive attention to detail and simulation as well as the precise strategic and tactical decisions that are necessary to be made in order to survive in Leviathan Warships. However, for many newcomers it will feel like they are simply rolling the dice and facing whatever outcomes hits them next in the multiplayer segment of the game.

The game features some interesting moments especially when playing with a friend. You will find yourselves struggling to deal with the slow pace of the game but wanting to keep playing and playing. The ship simulation in this naval turn-based game will have you wanting to sit back and make a fleet of ships but you may find a little bit of disappointment in the fact that you won’t be able to really max out their potential without meticulous and sometimes frustrating customization of your ship parts. Turrets and shields as well as more unlock-able items must be juggled and trial and error often occurs on the road to finding the ultimate mix of equipment.

Graphically the game is pretty stunning and you will often find yourself staring off at the graphics before your eyes. The Art Direction helps to bring out some of the finer aspects of battle and keeps you focused on the task at hand. It is easy to see and identify targets and objectives as well as signal your turns and plan your attacks.

Final Verdict- The community behind Paradox Interactive titles keeps players coming back for more. If you find your way over to their forums, there’s no reason you wouldn’t be able to make some great friends and keep yourself on Leviathan Warships for some time to come. There’s nothing truly like this title and that’s what makes it great, we just would have liked to see a more potent result to the fine inner workings of the customization system reflected through more intense battle scenes. Some saving grace features include the ability to save with online cloud as well as cross-platform play. Overall this game gets a 6.5 out of 10 from RealGamerNewz.

Trailer:

 

Overall Score: 6.5/10

Publisher: Paradox Interactive

Available On: PC / Mac / iOS / Android

Played On: PC

Review Copy Info: Four digital vouchers for this game were provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for purposes of this review.

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Pen & Paper +1 Edition Now Available for Pre-Order on PC / MAC

You can now pre-order Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition developed by Behold studios which is now being published on PC and Mac by Paradox Interactive. This awesome RPG series seen across mobile platform takes place in a world where the gamer plays as himself (a gamer trying to play an RPG). From this concept comes the ability to play many different kinds of tabletop RPGs from the comfort of your virtual video game world. The possibilities are pretty awesome when you bring the Pen & Paper world into video games. Now you’ll be able to take Pen & Paper from mobile to your PC / Mac! To check out the Pre-orders now CLICK HERE. There’s also a trailer for the game below.

Excerpt from Press Release:

“Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition can be pre-ordered for $9.99, and there is a premium Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Digital Deluxe Edition for $14.99 which comes with plenty of extra loot and an absurdly long title. Both versions are scheduled to launch on June 18, 2013. “

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Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods EXTREME Release Trailer

Today sees the release of Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods on PC as well as the Norse Unit Pack, Norse Portraits, and Hymns to The Old Gods DLC. If you want to get a closer look at the game, Paradox Interactive will be live-streaming HERE on May 29th 6 PM GMT / 7 PM BST / 8 PM CEST / 11 AM PDT. For now take a look and see the newest launch trailer for the game below:

Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods is available now on PC. You can buy the game on Steam, from the Publisher themselves on their own Paradox Shop, or at a number of other retailers listed HERE.

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Victoria II Heart of Darkness Video Developer Diary Shows Colonization

In the following Developer Diary Videocast by the Project Lead behind upcoming Victoria II expansion DLC Heart of Darkness, Colonization is shown as well as an in-depth description of its effect in the gameplay experience of Victoria II: Heart of the Darkness which is developed by Paradox Interactive Development Studio and will be released as a DLC for Windows PC title Victoria II via Steam and the Paradox Plaza this Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

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