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The annual Steam Summer Sale might not go live until tomorrow (if rumors are to be believed), but you shouldn't let that stop you from experiencing brave new worlds in gaming today. Specifically, we're talking about the Brave New World expansion for Civilization V that was released this morning, as well as Deus Ex: The Fall, which hit the App Store a day earlier than expected.
Our own review is still in progress, but early reports for Brave New World are positively glowing. Brave New World, the second expansion for the popular turn-based strategy game Civilization V, adds nine new civilizations and eight new wonders, as well as improvements to the game's diplomatic system and tweaks for achieving Cultural Victories. Yet one of the most notable aspects of this release is the way it avoids the "greatest hits" of civilizations past for lesser-known movers and shakers, such as Pocatello of the Native American Shoshone tribe and Gajah Mada, a 14th century military leader from Indonesia.
We've mentioned the fan hatred directed at Deus Ex: The Fall on a couple of occasions in the past, which sprang from a belief that a mobile version of the popular console/PC franchise would be dumbed down on mobile devices out of necessity. Yet based on early reports--get this--it's not all that bad. That perception may change as we finish our official review, but for now, at least, it looks as though all those grass roots predictions of a failure of epic proportions might have been for naught. (Still, the early release prompted much forum speculation that publisher Square Enix wanted to get it out ahead of negative reviews.)
Civilization V's Brave New World can be acquired both on the App Store and Steam for $39.99 and $29.99 respectively. (Tough choice there.) It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.8 and above. Deus Ex: The Fall, on the other hand, is priced at a mere $6.99, but it's important to note that developer Eidos Montreal plans to advance the story through paid installments, much as we saw with Telltale's acclaimed Walking Dead series last year. Deus Ex: The Fall is compatible with iPad 3 and above, iPhone 4S and above, and iPod Touch 5 and above.
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