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Paul Dean


Paul writes freelance articles about all sorts of things, but gaming has always remained close to his heart. He is one half of the board games show Shut Up & Sit Down and tweets as @paullicino.

Featured articles

FeatureRimWorld: Can you make your game up as you go along?

When the emergent are themselves emerging. Ooo, meta.

Rebel Galaxy review

Pace: the final frontier.

Satellite Reign review

Future schlock?

FeatureThe Paradox of Fredrik Wester

What's behind one of gaming's most fascinating companies?

FeatureMad man in Wyoming: The voice behind one of this year's most fascinating games

Rich Sommer talks Firewatch, voice acting and even board games.

FeatureFiraxis opens its doors at the first Firaxicon

The strategy studio hosts its fans.

FeatureGearbox's Battleborn throws the FPS and MOBA genres together

But the mix looks like it'll take some time to get right.

The Sims 4 review

Same as it ever was?

Civilization Revolution 2 review

The whole world in your hands?

Xenonauts review


Panzer Tactics HD review

Forever barrelling onward.

Ghost Recon Phantoms review

Tom Clancy's Incredible Gun Collection.

FeatureComing home? The return to SimCity

A year on from from its disastrous launch, our reviewer heads back to see what's changed.

FeatureHow the developers of Endless Legend see the end in sight

Even if their Early Access peers may not.

FeatureThe Story of DOTA

How a bastard mod became its own genre.

FeatureCasting spells - and votes - in Magicka: Wizard Wars

Paradox's mad multiplayer game has its own take on democratic development.

Banished review

Craft. Work.

FeatureGames of 2013: Dota 2

Towering example.

FeatureDoom retrospective

From the archive: 20 years of the game that didn't just change gaming forever - it changed gamers.

World of Warplanes review

Free as a bird.

Path of Exile review

The long and winding road.

FeatureInside Paradox, the strangest company in video games

The story of the Swedes who say what they think.

FeatureFirst contact with Arma 3

As Bohemia waits to roll out the campaign, Paul Dean looks at what's there ahead of the review.

Card Hunter review

A handful.

Total War: Rome 2 review

Let slip the bugs of war.

Neverwinter review

Neverending story.

Marvel Heroes review

Panel beating.

FeatureCapturing the dragon: the music of Jeremy Soule

One of the industry's leading composers on classical influences, taking over YouTube, Kickstarting a symphony and the meaning of life.

Age of Empires 2 HD review

Any old iron age.

SimCity review

Urban decay.

FeatureImpire preview: The devil's in the details

It's not Dungeon Keeper, but Cyanide's RTS summons the spirit of Molyneux's classic.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition review

To koboldly go once again?

FeatureHow Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage is a yet another medley of Borderlands 2 madness

Writer Anthony Burch on how the new DLC is a “pot pourri” of insanity.

War of the Roses review

Paradox's medieval deathmatch is bloomin' deadly.

FeatureMineZ: Zombie survival, Minecraft-style

The discerning player's choice.

FeatureBoard Games Are Back

Our heritage is catching up with us.

FeaturePlanetSide 2 Preview: Tomorrow's Shooter, Today

Talking apps, technology and longevity.

FeatureX-Wing Retrospective

When the Force was still with us.

FeatureXCOM: Enemy Unknown Preview: First Contact

Hands-on with the unknown unknowns.

FeatureTorchlight 2 Preview: The Devil's Work

As Diablo enthrals, another dungeon crawler waits in the shadows.

FeatureRetrospective: Diablo

Sympathy for the Devil.

FeatureThe Mythology of Diablo

Chris Metzen talks about tie-in The Book of Cain - and the origins of Blizzard's darkest world.

FeatureEnd of Nations Preview: The World at War

The teams behind Rift and Command and Conquer prepare the RTS MMO.

King Arthur 2 Review

An Arthurian tragedy.

World of Tanks Review

Tanks for nothing.

FeatureDota 2 Beta Preview

Changing lanes?

FeatureLeague of Legends: Dominion

LoLers divide and conquer.