What Is 4X Anyway?
I always found it difficult to classify such games as Civilization and Stellarus. These games are not quite RPGs because of their attention to creating and building a society, but they cannot be classified as simulations either. Just recently the video gaming community has adopted a term from the board-gaming community that fits it perfectly. These games are called 4X titles, which stands for explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate.
4X video games take the best parts of tabletop titles and RPGs to create an immersive and memorable experience. The developers over at MuHa Games has created a title that blends the 4X experience with not only RPGs but also card games as well. This game is called Thea 2: The Shattering.
Bringing the Board to the Screen
Tabletop games like Settlers of Catan and Risk allow for players to methodically think about their moves before they make them. In the case of Thea 2, players will have that same advantage. However, there are extra variables that will be considered in the game.
In this game, the players act as Slavic-type deities who guide their followers to survival. Players can choose to achieve their goals through diplomacy or war; exploration or extermination. They can build up their own cities and raise their own armies for conquering their opponents. The hexagonal map is procedurally generated, so each new adventure is different.
The conquest of each new land is done through a turn-based card game battle that is reminiscent of many mobile titles. The players choose which soldiers they would like to have in their armies, and then they are able to bring the fight to their enemies with steel and magic. Heroes can even be equipped with items and enchantments much like in other RPGs.
A Little Something for Everyone
With so many different genres being represented in one title, this game is likely to have something for everyone. Thea 2: The Shattering will start its early access on November 30th. Are you a fan of 4X games? If so, does Thea 2: The Shattering look like something that you would play?