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Hands On: StarDrive 2 (OS X, Windows)

04/10, 11:45am

Space strategy game has players conquoring planets and batting aliens

If you're a strategy game fan, chances are you're aware of 4x games, like Sid Meier's Civilization series. 4x stands for "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate," which means that the player is in control of an empire that's eager to expand. Popularized nearly three decades ago, 4x games are gaining some traction in the gaming community again, especially with players who grew up playing the genre in the 1990s. Because of this, titles like Galactic Civilizations II and Civilization V have seen some decent success. We checked out StarDrive 2, a space-themed 4x that has players expanding their empire across the vast reaches of space.

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Briefly: Civilization V updated for Mac Pro, Tweetbot for Mac 1.5

03/21, 2:52pm

Civilization V adds support for the new Mac Pro, 4K resolution

Aspyr has released a new update for Civilization V, aimed at improving its performance on the newest Mac Pro. Allowing for 4K resolutions on supporting monitors while running into fewer crashes, Mac games that use the Mac Pro will now be able to take advantage of the machine's second video card. The updated game will automatically download and install for Steam users, and Mac app-version users can grab the update from the App Store. Civilization V and all of its DLC and expansions are currently 50 percent off, until March 27.

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Hands On: Civilization V -- Brave New World expansion

02/02, 6:12pm

Add-on gives added depth, choices for endgame

Ever since the first Civilization title shipped on a pair of floppy disks in the early '90s, the series has been a staple on the PC and Macintosh. Late in 2013, Firaxis helmed by Sid Meier pushed out the second major expansion to Civilization V, called Brave New World. With the game itself a few years old and the expansion costing more than the base game itself now does, is the expansion a worthwhile addition to the series, or more of the same?

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Briefly: Aspyr Game Bundle, updated BBEdit 10.5, TextWrangler 4.5

12/07, 5:52pm

Macgamestore.com offers four-game bundle of Aspyr Media's popular releases

The Mac Game Store has released its latest four-game bundle promotion, the Aspyr Greatest Hits Bundle. The deal is a compilation of Aspyr Media's most popular releases, such as Civilization V, BioShock Infinite, Borderlands 2, and Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and offers a savings of over 67 percent compared to purchasing each game separately.

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Briefly: MechWarrior on the iPhone, Civ V Brave New World

03/15, 3:54pm

MechWarrior: Total Command stops onto iPhone 4 and better

Developer Personae Studios has announced the newest revision of MechWarrior: Tactical Command is now a universal app. The classic game set in the BattleTech universe has expanded on the previous versions to bring optimized graphics, real-time strategy and three planets where the player commands a skilled lance of MechWarriors to fight for command of the Star League. The evolving story allows the player to get to know the personality of each of the MechWarriors through cut scenes and in-game video which also serve to keep the mission objectives clear throughout each assignment. The application is available for $0.99 through March 16.

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Aspyr marks Mac availability of Civilization V: Gold Edition

02/21, 10:40pm

New version makes entire game available in one package

Game porting company Aspyr has revealed that the world domination turn-based strategy game Civilization V has a new package available -- Civilization V: Gold Edition is now shipping for OS X. The new revision includes every piece of Civilization V content, including the base game, all downloadable content, and the Gods and Kings expansion.

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Briefly: Evernote, Civilization V, Microsoft AutoUpdate

07/19, 9:45pm

Mac Evernote bolstered to version 3.2, adds Retina display support

This week, Evernote for Mac has benefitted from an update. Added to the popular note-taking application is the Activity Stream, which keeps the user updated on all the activity in an Evernote account. The application has also been upgraded to support the new Retina display in the MacBook Pro. Additional bug fixes have been performed, but no details have been provided by the developer. The update is free application.

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