What are 4X Games?

4X games, or "eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate" games, are a genre of strategy-based video games that are known for their deep strategy and complex gameplay. Players take control of every aspect of their civilization, including economic and technological development, and both military and diplomatic relations and decisions. It's because of this level of micromanagement that 4X games take an extended period of time to complete, and why some games are criticized for being tedious at times.

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A shot of Arrakis in Dune: Spice Wars

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Funcom and Shiro Games have announced a Dune: Spice Wars release date, with the long-awaited RTS hitting Early Access later in April.

Two opposing fleets in Stellaris

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Paradox Interactive has confirmed the Stellaris 3.3 update release date for next week. It's bringing new content, fixes, and more.

Explorers wandering the land in the first Humankind DLC

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The first Humankind DLC has been announced, and it's bringing six new African cultures to the game, as well as new events and wonders.

Stellaris Aquatics Species Pack and 3.2 Update cover

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The Stellaris Aquatics Species Pack has arrived as a new purchasable DLC along with the free Stellaris 3.2 Update "Herbert" Patch for all owners.

The original Sinnoh region, before it was recreated in Civilization VI

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To celebrate the upcoming release of Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, a Civilization VI map modder has made a recreation of the Sinnoh

Next Humankind Update Delayed for Beta Testing October 2021 cover

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The next Humankind update has been delayed by a week due to the developers discovering an unspecified issue, but you can test it in a beta branch

Key art for the new Stellaris update, codenamed Lem

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Paradox has revealed the launch date for the next Stellaris update. The Lem update launches on September 14th, bringing Tradition Tree overhauls and

next Humankind Update Modding Tools cover

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Amplitude Studios has revealed new details about the next Humankind update alongside a progress report on the development of the Humankind modding

Humankind Beginner Guide - Map Screenshot

Guide

If you need some help becoming the best eternal emperor you can be, then our Humankind Beginner Guide is the perfect tool for you.

Humankind Endgame details cover

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Amplitude Studios and Sega have revealed details about Humankind endgame mechanics, promising to provide a lot of fun options for beating your

Humankind Mac Version delayed cover

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The Humankind Mac version has been delayed by several weeks while Amplitude Studios focuses on balancing the PC version of this upcoming 4X game.

Humankind Denuvo DRM removed cover

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Humankind Denuvo DRM is being removed by the developers prior to the launch of this upcoming 4X strategy game for PC in August 2021.

Civilization 6 Best Mods

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TechRaptor looks at the best Civilization VI mods and helps you find the way to best modify your Civilization 6 game.

A new city is constructed in Humankind

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Humankind offers more depth and a new take on the popular 4X genre with the additions of culture and avatar creation that looks to add more

Final Free Civilization 6 Update cover

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The final free Civilization 6 update of the season has gone live, adding three new units, four new maps, and a bunch of balance changes to the game.

Civilization 6 Free Update 6 trebuchet cover

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Civilization 6 Free Update 6 will arrive before the end of April 2021 and feature a bunch of civilization changes and the introduction of trebuchets.

Civilization 6 Barbarian Clans mode cover

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A new Civilization 6 Barbarian Clans Mode is arriving as a free update for all players later in February 2021, even if they only own the base game.

Civilization 6 Vietnam cover

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The Civilization 6 Vietnam update has been revealed, introducing a new civilization, a new alternate leader, a new game mode, and more.

Civilization 6 December 2020 Update City States update cover

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The Civilization 6 December 2020 Update has been revealed, finally letting players pick each specific City-State that they would like to see in the

Civilization 6 New Frontier Pass Babylon cover

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Babylon has been announced as the next new civilization coming to the Civilization 6 New Frontier Pass.

Civilization 6 Pirates Scenario cover.jpg

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Batten down the hatches and raise the black flag — a Civilization 6 pirates scenario is making its debut later in October 2020 as part of a 

Civilization 6 Byzantium & Gaul Pack cover

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Civilization 6 Frontier Pass Pack 3 has finally been revealed!

Civilization 6, Canadian Empire

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Have you ever wanted to ruin the world on the go? Well, Aspyr is here for you, in partnership with 2K, as they have brought a port of Civilization VI

HUMANKIND - Key Art

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HUMANKIND is a 4X game with a great pedigree, being developed by Amplitude Studios the team behind the stunning 'Endless' series of strategy games. 

The title of Humankind with different warriors swarming the left side

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Amplitude showed off more of their grand strategy game Humankind at this year's PC Gaming Showcase.

HUMANKIND - Key Art

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4X strategy can be tough to handle for a lot of people. By their nature, these games are complex and involving.

Civilization VI screenshot

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Last week, Epic Games Store made news by giving away Grand Theft Auto V for free.

Civilization 6 Gran Colombia civilization cover

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The Civilization 6 Gran Colombia Civilization has arrived along with a brand-new Leader! Simón Bolívar will be taking c

An in-game shot of Civilization VI

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Firaxis has announced that Civilization VI is getting a season pass. It's called the New Frontier Pass and it'll bring with it six DLC packs over the

Pax Nova Review

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Molded in the vein of Masters of Orion and Galactic Civilizations, Pax Nova carries on the spirit of what you would expect from a 4x strategy game.

The logo for Pax Nova

Game Page

In Pax Nova, it's your job to take humanity beyond the furthest stars and to establish a new home for the species.

An in-game screenshot of Pax Nova

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4X sci-fi strategy game Pax Nova is getting a full launch in early 2020.

Stellaris: Federations Leak

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Stellaris: Federations may very well be the next expansion to be coming to Paradox Development Studio's 4X game Stellaris.

civilization vi playstation 4

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During today's State of Play Sony announced that the Civilization VI PlayStation 4 is coming, as the first entry in the Civilization series on the

red death

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Are you ready for another game that has you drop into an active warzone and fight other players inside of a slowly closing play area?

humankind

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Sega and Amplitude Studios announced their new strategy game, Humankind, at Gamescom Opening Night Live.

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One of the most ubiquitous themes in sci-fi media is the existence of ancient and incomprehensibly powerful, but extinct alien civilizations.

stellaris

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Stellaris, or the space RTS that lets you encounter exciting new alien species, enslave them, and eat them, reached its three year anniversary.

civilization v environment skin

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A Civilization V Environment Skin mod has been created by Civilization VI Project Art Director Brian Busatti.

civilization vi the gathering storm

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Today, after running a stream for 24 hours showing increasingly stormy weather, Firaxis announced the second expansion for Civilization VI and will

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Review

A fascinating question that almost every developer has to answer at one point or another is "What do we do with all this empty space?" After all, you

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The developers over at Paradox Interactive have recently announced that their grand-strategy space exploration title Stellaris has a new

stellaris apocalypse review header

Review

Of all the games that let you pretend to be a god-emperor among the stars, Stellaris is certainly among the more comprehensive.

Civilization Rise and Fall Header

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Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, is the first expansion for the latest title in the Civilization series, and will be available for Windows

Civilization VI Summer Update Nubia

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The Summer 2017 Update for Sid Meier's Civilization VI is now available for PC Players

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Paradox Interactive have announced a Digital Anniversary Edition of their space 4X game Stellaris. As you've probably guessed from the title of the

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If you bought the Digital Deluxe edition of Sid Meier's Civilization VI, you may be glad to know that Firaxis has decided to add retroactively add

Civilization VI Australia (2)

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At some point this week Firaxis Games will release the Spring Update for Sid Meier's Civilization VI on both Mac and PC.