Hearts of Iron IV – More War! Form a Nation! Difficulty Modes!

Hearts of Iron IV – More War! Form a Nation! Difficulty Modes!

Summer, 2016, I went to war as Mussolini, booted him out and turned Italy democratic, formed the Novus Imperium Romanum, and conquered Stalingrad. Yes, I am talking about Hearts of Iron IV which will soon be expanding once more with Waking The Tiger this March. Paradox are concentrating this expansion of the Far East, with many changes to Japan and the different actors in the Chinese civil war. National focus trees are being revamped and expanded, but there is so much more to…

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Rise of Industry Rises to Early Access

Rise of Industry Rises to Early Access

Rise of Industry has risen from humble beginnings on itch.io, and has now expanding its distribution network to include Steam via Early Access. What is Rise of Industry I hear you ask? Well, it is a tycoon game challenging you to build your industrial empire by gathering resources, turning them into products, and distributing them to the towns and cities that want your goods. Easy!

A Return Journey to Finding a Real Rally Game

A Return Journey to Finding a Real Rally Game

Many moons ago, back in 2011, I went on a journey to try and find a real rally game to dive into and spend some time with. Seven years ago, my quest to find a rally game that I could really enjoy ending up taking me back to 1996 and the classic, Network Q RAC Rally Championship, complete with the classic 36 miler, Pundershaw. We have come a long way since the dark days of 2011 where the only rally…

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Nightmare Boy – The Verdict

Nightmare Boy – The Verdict

The problem with Nightmare Boy is the scope of what the developer is trying to do and the fact that the ideas they have seem too plentiful for what they produced. This is a game that struggles to communicate its identity; does it want to be a Metroidvania style platformer? Does it want to be a challenging 2D scroller, like Salt & Sanctuary? Or does it want to be a charming, albeit more grown up, version of the games we…

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PUBG: a Reticule guide

PUBG: a Reticule guide

As you may have gathered from my review, I quite like PUBG. Having got my first Chicken Dinner not so long ago, I finally think I’m in a position to write some hints and tips and to share some of my more successful strategies. This will end up being a 4-part piece (probably)  where I’ll cover some general information and tips, before I move onto the start, middle and end of each game and the strategies that I’ve found that…

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PlayerUnknowns Battleground: The verdict

PlayerUnknowns Battleground: The verdict

Player Unknown’s BattleGround, or PUBG (pronounced ‘pub-gee’) is arguably the biggest gaming phenomenon of recent times, reaching 3 million players on Steam and winning multiple awards. It’s attracted global fame and as it is now being released on Xbox and PlayStation (after cutting its teeth on the PC) I figured it was time to give you our verdict. Jump to the cut to see what we thought.

The Big(ish) List of 2018 Indies

The Big(ish) List of 2018 Indies

Every once in a while, one of us here at Reticule Towers takes the decision to take a look at some games coming out in the year ahead. Sometimes we might talk about, AAA, others indie. This time, I’ve picked a few indies that are on the horizon. Hit the break to read more…

Theme Hospital Returns in Two Point Hospital

Theme Hospital Returns in Two Point Hospital

As a young PC gamer, I was a big fan of Bullfrog’s Theme games, though I only owned one myself. I would while away hours on end playing Theme Park, and when my neighbour got Theme Hospital, we would spend our weekends and summer holiday’s laughing at the various illnesses and diseases in the game. They were two great games, though I was always sad that I didn’t own my own copy of Theme Hopsital. Soon, the wait will be no longer as Two Point Hospital…

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Bridge Constructor Portal: The Verdict

Bridge Constructor Portal: The Verdict

You may have read that I was a little bit excited to get my hands on this game. It had bridge building (a style of games i’m actually quite fond of) and Valve’s Portals mixed with a dashing of Sardonic wit from GLaDOS herself. What was not to like. Well jump to the cut to find out….

VR Shenanigans

VR Shenanigans

Over the Christmas break I had a number of turns using a HTC Vive full-room set up VR kit, which was nice. I played a number of games and generally mucked about in the world only occasionally tripping over furniture and being terrified by people touching me when engrossed in a title. Jump to the cut for my thoughts on a number of titles, including but not limited to : Star Trek Bridge Crew, Superhot VR and a Portal Vignette.

Human Fall Flat – The Verdict

Human Fall Flat – The Verdict

“I hate this tiny drunken baby-man” was pretty much the only sentence I uttered while playing this game – my flatmate in hysterics as she watched me play. It’s an infuriating, physics based title that gives the player control of a human avatar who seems to have been hitting the bottle a little too hard. The idea is to take your little guy from the start of the game to the end, by only controlling his jumping and using the…

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Tokyo 42 – Solving a Problem

Tokyo 42 – Solving a Problem

When I reviewed Tokyo 42 earlier this year, I talked about the skill required to control the isometric(ish) camera across its eight angles. I didn’t think there were any problems with the camera, I accepted it as part of the game, but did highlight that “Controlling the camera during the action is as much a skill as the running, gunning and jumping.” The devs at SMAC Games have seen similar feedback elsewhere, and have made some subtle, but important, changes to the game.

Figment – Switch, Music and More

Figment – Switch, Music and More

Every once in a while you receive a press release about a game, and wonder why you haven’t read much it? Figment is one of those. It might be that it released when I was getting ready for EGX, but the good news is there is a demo available on Steam and developers Bedtime Digital Games are hard at work on console versions, including a Switch version. Given the opportunity to put a few questions to Creative Director of Figment, Jonas Byrresen.

Switching on to FIFA 18

Switching on to FIFA 18

The FIFA franchise is one, like many sporting games that aren’t Football Manager, where I tend to dip in and out, skipping seasons here and there without much concern. Unlike some, I’ve never been one who absolutely needs the latest release, and I would have been quite content skipping FIFA 18…until I saw the Switch version on offer.