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Editorial – I applaud the SJW

Chris Evans August 29, 2014 1
Editorial – I applaud the SJW

The 'gaming community' (if there even is one these days) has proven to contain dark groups of characters that like nothing better than to harass women and claim that there is a clique of games journalists trying to destroy their hobby by shining a light on issues...like the harassment of women. This doesn't sit right with me, and I want to share my thoughts in this Editorial.

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The Simulation Game Roundup – Trucks and Trains

Chris Evans August 25, 2014 0
The Simulation Game Roundup – Trucks and Trains

It has been a while since I last brought a roundup of simulation game news, so on this rainy bank holiday Monday, I thought it was about time I rectified that. Hit the break for word from the world of Euro Truck Simulator 2 and Train Simulator 2015.

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The Last of Us Remastered – The Verdict

Chris Evans August 25, 2014 0
The Last of Us Remastered – The Verdict

From most accounts, The Last of Us was one of the games of a the generation when it was released on the PlayStation 3 last year. While Steve had some valid criticisms of the game when he played it last year, I have just finished the recently released PlayStation 4 version and, despite some issues, have been truly impressed.

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Our Week in Games – Week 93

Chris Evans August 24, 2014 0
Our Week in Games – Week 93

There has been a lot of nastiness going around the web this past week, and sadly I'm not just talking about the real issues affecting the world at the moment. You see, there are some elements of the gaming community who prefer to spend their time attacking journalists and developers rather than paying attention to issues such as the Islamic State's horrendous actions in Iraq and Syria or the militarization of the police in Ferguson over in the US.

Those people who think it is fair to attack developers and journalists on any level need to wake up and take stock of what really matters.

I think that is about enough of that unpleasant business, so on with Our Week in Games.

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The Crew – Action Driving, The Trailer!

Chris Evans August 21, 2014 0
The Crew – Action Driving, The Trailer!

A new trailer for The Crew was released this evening by Ubisoft showing off pretty much every feature you need to know about in the game. It is four minutes of hot racing action in this open world action driving game* with some narration to fill in the gaps between what the action and big words that pop up in the video try to tell you. In all honesty, this does look like a welcome addition to the racing game genre, there is the entire contiguous United States to explore. The country is split into five themed areas (west coast, mountains etc) and there are about a dozen large cities to drive through as well. Starting to sound like your cup of tea?

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The Golf Club – The Verdict

Chris Evans August 20, 2014 0
The Golf Club – The Verdict

We live in a world where there hasn't been a real golf game on the PC since Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters. I've always been partial to dabbling in a bit of simulated golf and this lack of PC action has pained me. In turn, I was nicely surprised to hear about The Golf Club from HB Studios which was released on Steam earlier this week. The game had been in Early Access and now has been released to the wild. It has some really great, innovative features...and others which are still a bit rough around the edges. Read on for my thoughts...

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Unrest – The Verdict

Patrick Reckitt August 20, 2014 0
Unrest – The Verdict

RPGs are often so deliberately expansive, boasting of twenty hour main quests and thirty more for the incidental side quests, spread across vast fantasy kingdoms, or across the length and breadth of the Milky Way. But do they need to be? This is the question asked by Unrest, a low-key RPG set in and around the slums of a decaying city state in a fictionalised ancient India across eight chapters chronicling the events around a revolt.

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Our Week in Games – Post-Gamescom Thoughts

Chris Evans August 17, 2014 0
Our Week in Games – Post-Gamescom Thoughts

Gamescom has come and gone with new games being revealed, platform exclusives being announced and a massive amount of new trailers uploaded onto YouTube. In honour of the event, we are taking a little break from the usual Our Week in Games format to share some thoughts on the events from Cologne this past week.

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Paradox Gamescom Roundup – Hearts of Iron Leads the Way

Chris Evans August 15, 2014 0
Paradox Gamescom Roundup – Hearts of Iron Leads the Way

Paradox Interactive have had a busy week of Gamescom announcements and media blasts with a new trailer for Hearts of Iron IV leading the way. They followed that up by announcing Cities: Skylines, an expansive sequel to the Cities in Motion series with first details on expansion to Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II then being revealed. Read on for the roundup.

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RetroBooster – The Verdict

Jon Armer August 14, 2014 0
RetroBooster – The Verdict

RetroBooster is an early-access title by ReallySlick where you pilot your ship around a number of levels trying to rescue survivors while avoiding/engaging an increasing alien threat. It is quite a pretty game, find out after the cut whether it lives up to the gorgeous visuals.

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Play Expo 2014 – Coming to Manchester this October

Jon Armer August 13, 2014 0
Play Expo 2014 – Coming to Manchester this October

You’ve got to love the gaming exhibition season. There’s the sense of excitement, the feeling that everything has been building up to this one, last moment, a chance to show your title in the best light. It’s also the time of year when you start getting told about the titles you’ll be playing at the end of this year, beginning of the next. Chris has already attended the Welsh Game Dev Show earlier this year while Kevin will be attending the Scottish equivalent soon. Right now though I want to share some words on the Play Expo...

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The Assetto Corsa Hot Lap Challenge – Imola

Chris Evans August 13, 2014 2
The Assetto Corsa Hot Lap Challenge – Imola

Friend of The Reticule Craig Lager recently challenged myself, Steve and another Friend of The Reticule, Mike Jennings to a Assetto Corsa Hot Lap Challenge. The mission? Complete a lap of Imola in a McLaren 12C GT3 as fast as possible.

Craig set the benchmark at 1:48:350 using a full wheel and peddle setup, then I took my turn. Check out how I did after the break.

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Final Fantasy XIV – PS4 thoughts

Steven Fulton August 12, 2014 2
Final Fantasy XIV – PS4 thoughts

The sickly sweetness beckoned me once again, promising that this time would be different. This time it wouldn’t taste just like all the others, this time it would last more than a fortnight… And like a mug I believed it, and bought Final Fantasy XIV for my PS3 and gave in once more to the hollow promises of that most seductive of genres. All the others had overpowered me with their sickly, over (or under-) cooked flavours that would inevitably fade with the morning dew. I expected little. Oh. Hey, this is quite good actually. Wheee….

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Farming Gets Simulated – On New-Gen Consoles Too

Chris Evans August 11, 2014 0
Farming Gets Simulated – On New-Gen Consoles Too

Nothing can beat a good simulator game, whether it is European Truck Simulator 2 or Train Simulator, there are some gems out there. Admittedly, there is quite a lot of utter garbage around that you have to work you way around as well, but the top tier games in the simulation world are worth checking out. Soon, you will be able to take your simulators to the new-gen consoles with Farming Simulator 15 early next year and take part in 16-player online sessions. How about that?

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Advanced Warfare – Multiplayer Reveal Looks….Really Good Actually

Chris Evans August 11, 2014 0
Advanced Warfare – Multiplayer Reveal Looks….Really Good Actually

I'm not going to jump into a lengthy analysis of what this trailer for the multiplayer action in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare shows us, but I will say that when you hit the jump and watch the video, you will jump out of your skin with shock that it actually looks good. Jumping eh? Who would have thought...

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