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Let’s get this out of the way at the start – Cloud Chamber isn’t really a game. You know when people watch a video clip or a trailer and pick apart all the little nuances of the imagery? Or turn the volume up real loud listening for hidden clues in the vague crackle of a badly distorted audio file? Or trying to hit the pause button just when a flash-frame image pops up? And then discuss findings and theories in various forums and social media sites? No, me neither. But they do exist, and would feel right at home playing this. I, on the other hand, was seriously out of my depth…Read More »
I’ve been away most of the past week and I seem to have avoided any new games journalism scandals. In fact, nothing too controversial has happened apart from Apple announcing their new devices. Destiny was released of course, and we will have some words in the coming weeks. For now, on with Our Week in Games.Read More »
When Diablo III came out on PC, I played it and thoroughly enjoyed it. When Reaper of Souls came out, I played it and thought that it refined and improved the game a hell of a lot. There have been further updates to the PC version recently which have added ladders. I haven’t checked out the latest set of PC updates, but that is because I’ve been busy with the Ultimate Evil Edition which came out on the new-gen consoles a few weeks ago.Read More »
Welcome to another Our Week in Games here at The Reticule Towers. I think the biggest news of the past week was the confirmation that Samsung and Oculus are working together to develop the Gear VR, an Oculus-like headset that can be used with Samsung’s Note 4. I haven’t tried an Oculus yet, but while I can see the attraction of using a VR headset when playing on a PC or a console…I don’t see the attraction of using it with a mobile device. That might just be me, what does everyone think about VR? Once you’ve thought about that, hit the break to check out Our Week in Games.Read More »
I've touched on the upcoming work from Dovetail Games a few times in recent months as they transition towards releasing Train Simulator 2015, establishing links with Microsoft and their flight simulator games while also spreading their wings into the fishing game scene. It has been a big change in focus for a company who used to hone in solely on the Train Simulator franchise, and I wanted to find out more about what was going on. I was able to have a chat with Doug McConkey, the brand director at Dovetail Games, about the new games and the change in focus of the company. Hit the break to find out more.Read More »
I gave Shadows: Heretic Kingdoms a quick whirl in June and was quietly impressed. It certainly lacked the gravitas and free-flow of other action-RPGs like Diablo III, but there was promise. It might have improved since then, and the latest update sounds good.Read More »
Back in 2006, a little game from largely unknown Russian developers, Ice-Pick Lodge was released to largely middling reviews. It wasn't until 2008 when Quinns wrote his amazing exploration of the game on Rock, Paper, Shotgun that I heard about the game. That game was, of course, Pathologic, a title which has long claimed something of a cult status amongst certain elements of the gaming world.Read More »
Have you ever wanted to re-live your Assassin's Creed fantasies as a Goblin? I don't suppose many of you would, and that is fairly normal. However, once you take a peak at the new trailer for Styx: Master of Shadows, you might, just might, start to dream those Gobliny dreams.Read More »
I entirely failed to find a good screenshot of my last Assetto Corsa Hot Lap Challenge, so I decided to grab the above nice pic from the developers. It is a pretty game for sure, and while it might not quite have the stunning visuals that Project CARS has, I much prefer the racing in Corsa.Read More »
Have you ever wanted to explore other planets through Google maps but have been frustrated by how long it takes the incredible Mars Curiosity rover to traverse the alien world? Well now you have a chance to get a glimpse at what our solar system will look like in the world of Destiny. Bungie have teamed up with Google to create an innovative site where you can explore the planets of Destiny. It sounds a bit gimicky, but if you want to get a feel for the lore and worlds in the game, this is a great place to start. There is a trailer after the break if you want to learn more about it.Read More »
I see many games pass me by, float away into the ether. One such game which I missed when it first came out was Evoland, but a while after launch I gave it a blast and had some fun. I loved the meta-narrative on the evolution of adventure and RPG games. The news of a sequel coming out warms my heart.Read More »
A debut gameplay trailer has been released by Positech Games (aka Cliff Harris) for the upcoming space battle simulator known as Gratuitous Space Battles 2.Read More »
There is something to be said for buying into the new crop of consoles just a few days too late, it means that some things get to be a bigger surprise than you expected. You see, when I bought my PlayStation 4, the last Destiny public test had just come and I missed by chance to take part. To be honest though, I hadn't really been keeping tabs on Bungie's big break away from the Halo franchise. I wasn't planning on buying into the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 until Christmas at the earliest, and so I hadn't been tracking half of the new generation of console titles like I should have been.
For Destiny, that all changes right now.
I covered all the nastiness that has been going on recently in my Editorial from Friday night, so I won't dwell on that. I think the big news from the past week was the announcement from Nintendo that they are releasing a new model of the 3DS and 3DSXL...which is an interesting proposition. The new machine features a second analogue stick which the handheld has been crying out for since launch along with NFC capabilities which will let the device work with Nintendo's new Amiibo figurines. There is also the small factor of an upgraded CPU, which in turn means that the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles port will only be available on the new and improved machine. That doesn't sound very Nintendo-like to be, previous hardware revisions for the 3DS have all been fully compatible with each other. I foresee this causing a lot of confusion if more games go the way of Xenoblade. Even worse, we won't see the new 3DS machines until next year here in Europe.
Once you have digested that disappointment, why not hit the break to check the latest edition of Our Week in Games.