Welcome to The Playlist! This is the weekly column, out every Friday, that lets you know what video games the MOARGeek staff is playing. If a title interests you, click on one of the images under the corresponding Download header and game your heart out!
Now, enough dilly-dallying – let’s take a look at this week’s Playlist!
Justin Jelinek, Associate Editor
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth – Strategy
My Playlist this week is a game that isn’t even out yet. Though my frothing demand increases, etc. etc. for Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth. Even a spiritual sequel to Alpha Centauri is enough to get my PC Gaming juices flowing, and Civ: Beyond Earth looks as though it pushes all of the right buttons so far. Available for pre-purchas on Steam as of 8/20, Civilization: Beyond Earth will come out on October 24th, and believe me, I’ll be counting down the days.
Jason Bouwmeester, Editor
Fibbage – Puzzle & Trivia
We had a chance to review Fibbage last week, and our impressions haven’t changed. This game is REALLY FUN. A great little party game, Fibbage pits you against your friends as you create lies to questions to try and fool them while trying to guess the right answer. One of the things I really like about this game is that it uses your mobile device as your controller – which means you can pick up and play with almost anyone on short notice (I mean who doesn’t have a smartphone these days?). If you’re around tonight, check out our Friday Fibbage Giveaway – we’ve got two codes courtesy of Jackbox Games to give away.
Matt Lyons, Writer
XCOM: Enemy Unknown – Strategy
Once again another older game that I found by watching a play through on YouTube. I don’t know why I ignored this game for so long, but it could easily turn into one of my all time favorite games. Great story, great graphics and great gameplay, everything you need in a game. One of my favorite things about this game is the difficulty progression. It flips the normal start easy and get harder progression on it’s head by having you start with terrible gear so the game is much harder until you upgrade and actually feel more powerful. A lot of games don’t do that – you normally start fighting useless enemies then by the end you’re getting your behind handed to you. It’s nice having a game that feels like it’s rewarding you for winning. But, if you happen to die and lose all your high level characters, the difficulty curve starts over again, so it depends entirely on how well you play. Did I mention I love this game?
Christopher Wieninger, Senior Editor
Divinity: Original Sin – RPG & Strategy
Divinity: Original Sin is Larian Studios’ latest installment in the Divinity game series. Divinity: Original Sin is a turn-based strategy RPG in the vein of classic PC games like Icewind Dale and Pools of Radiance. The graphics are gorgeous, plus character creation is deep and allows you to choose from a variety of spells and abilities to start your Source Hunter, destroyer of users of foul and evil magic, out with. The game can be played either single player or co-op with a friend, not to mention that the writing is witty and full of nods to gamers. There’s also Steam Workshop integration and a map editor mode that allows you to create your own maps and stories. Pick up this excellent title, you’re sure to fall in love with it!
That’s it for this week’s installment of The Playlist! What are you playing this week? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter!