This Week In Games: Civilization Meets Crusader Kings

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There's no major AAA games coming out this week, and it'll be a little while before 2020's blockbusters return. But in their absence, this week has a title that's absolutely worth keeping an eye on.

This week marks the early access release of Old World, the latest 4X from Soren Johnson. Johnson's best known for his work on Civilization 4 and Offword Trading Company, and Old World is continuing Johnson's penchant for trying to mix up the 4X genre.

As Luke outlined below, one of the most interesting additions in Old World is the idea of a limited amount of actions and moves per turn. It forces you to prioritise what's important, instead of just continually snowballing into a giant win because your Civ leader has an endless amount of concentration.

Old World Is Teaching Strategy Games Some New Tricks

Civ IV designer Soren Johnson took an axe to some long-standing ideas about strategy with Offworld Trading Company, and his Mohawk Games is still swinging with its next game, Old World, which you’ll see for the next few months endlessly (and unavoidably) described as “Civilisation meets Crusader Kings”.

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Beyond that, it's a big indie week. The Switch is getting a ton of ports and cool titles, like Void Bastards, STONE, Spirit of the North and Tonight We Riot. Not much is dropping locally on the major consoles, but PC gamers can get their hands on Wintermoor Tactics Club and Tidal Shock, an arena shooter set underwater. About Love, Hate And The Other Ones 2 looks like an adorably sweet puzzler, too.

  • John Wick Hex | PS4
  • Sin Slayers: Enhanced Edition | Xbox
  • Population Zero | PC
  • Old World | PC (Epic)
  • Before We Leave | PC (Epic)
  • Wintermoor Tactics Club | PC
  • Spirit of the North | PC, Switch
  • Tonight We Riot | Switch
  • Fledgling Heroes | Switch
  • Relic Hunters | Switch
  • Tennis Club Story | Switch
  • Monochrome World | Switch
  • Infinite Beyond The Mind | Switch
  • Cloudbase Prime | Switch
  • STONE | Switch
  • Megabyte Punch | Switch
  • Dark Burial | Switch
  • Highrise Heroes Word Challenge | Switch
  • Feathery Ears | Switch
  • Celestian Tales: Realms Beyond | PC
  • About Love, Hate And The Other Ones 2 | PC
  • Fury Unleashed | Xbox
  • SuperMash | Xbox
  • Mecho Wars: Desert Ashes | Xbox
  • Infinite - Beyond The Mind | Xbox
  • Pushy and Pully in Blockland | Xbox
  • Void Bastards | PS4, Switch
  • Jay And Silent Bob: Mall Brawl | Switch
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill | Switch
  • Tidal Shock | PC
  • Domin'Ant | PC
  • Pariso Island | PC
  • Blast Rush Classic | PC
  • Night Jackal | PC

Onto the trailers, starting with what an underwater shooter actually looks like.

See anything you like this week?


    I definitely recommend Lonely Mountains: Downhill on the switch. Really fun game and teh switch seems like a good fit for it.

    Before We Leave definitely grabs my attention.

    I really hope Old World is good. As someone who loves the idea of Crusader Kings but not the act of playing it and loves the Civ series, this could be my jam.

    If you enjoy 2000AD, Red Dwarf, and rouge like FPS then give Void Bastards a go. It was my game of 2019. Great aesthetics and humour with that one more go gameplay.

      Seconded. Fucking brutal, though. Eventually I got frustrated/depressed about losing so much good progress and cheated my way to the end.

    So disappointed to read Old World is an Epic exclusive.

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