SimCity drops to $28, Paradox gives away free Europa 3

Strategy gamers! Allocate your resources toward these two titles: SimCity and Europa Universalis III Chronicles. Both have big discounts this week, with one having the best of them all – free!

8 tips for saving the world in XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Covering how to use Satellites, which alien abduction missions to prioritize, how to design your main base, and more, this guide to Enemy Unknown’s strategy layer will have you beating back the alien invasion in no time at all.

XCOM: EU archangel - ready to snipe

Firaxis previews XCOM: Enemy Unknown details and launch date

Aliens are coming. Rather, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a re-imagining of the acclaimed PC strategy title X-Com: UFO Defense, should be invading stores on Oct. 9, 2012. I had the opportunity to preview the game (which is also slated for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) at a recent event that developer Firaxis hosted in Los Angeles. There, I learned how fans old and new can help protect the planet.

GamesBeat Weekly Roundup

If you follow VentureBeat but don’t regularly check our GamesBeat site, here’s a list of the best games stories we ran over the last seven days that you may have missed.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown lead designer discusses original creator’s thoughts on the remake (interview)

X-Com: UFO Defense, a strategy game from the early ’90s, is a sort of enigma. Although the original is revered as a masterstroke in design, every stab at a sequel or spiritual successor has fallen short. What about the X-Com formula is so elusive?
When I spoke with Jake Solomon, lead designer for Firaxis Games’ XCOM: Enemy Unknown (a “reimagining” of the original), that question weighed heavily on my mind.