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XCOM 2 mod adds Fire Emblem-style squad relationship building (PC Gamer)
Since its release earlier this year, I’ve had as much fun tinkering with the multitude of cool mods for XCOM 2 as I have locking horns with the Advent occupation itself. The latest one to catch my eye comes courtesy of RealityMachina’s Squad Cohesion—a nifty team relationship tweak that brings a “dash of Fire Emblem” to the bleak future war.
What A 61-Player Civilization V Map Looks Like Without The UI (Kotaku)
Civilization Battle Royale MK II is a huge ongoing simulation, with 61 AI players on a giant Civ 5 map of Earth. We wrote about the project before, and seeing some current shots of the map, without the UI, just further proves how crazy it is.
Stardew Valley tops a million copies sold, two months after launch (Polygon)
Stardew Valley has sold over a million copies, publisher Chucklefish Games confirmed to Polygon. That makes the farming simulator one of Steam’s biggest releases of 2016 thus far, according to SteamSpy.
Layers of Latex (Twitch)
Diablo 3 lead designer leaves Blizzard for Obsidian (Polygon)
Leonard Boyarsky, one of the co-founders of Troika Games and recent lead designer on Diablo 3, has left Blizzard Entertainment, according to his Facebook page. He’s now employed at Obsidian Entertainment, a move announced by both the company and Timothy Cain, another Troika Games founder.
Diablo 2 is being recreated in StarCraft 2, and it looks surprisingly good (PC Gamer)
Blizzard’s effort to keep Diablo 2 playable on modern PCs and operating systems is laudable, but it may also be somewhat less essential than it initially appeared: A fellow by the name of egod123 is recreating Diablo 2 in StarCraft 2, and a new trailer heralding the upcoming alpha release is looking very nice indeed.
Attempting to Master Hearthstone in 30 Days (Polygon)
As my notebook hurtled across the room, pages fluttering out on its arc to the wall, it occurred to me that perhaps I did not have what it takes to be a professional Hearthstone player.
Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear Review (PC Gamer)
As an add-on—albeit one that takes the form of a lengthy, full campaign—it’s forced me to reevaluate if Baldur’s Gate is worth expanding.
Why I love Adam Jensen’s troubled apartment (PC Gamer)
Exploring Adam’s apartment makes me wonder why more games don’t let you visit the living spaces of their heroes.