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Doom and Half-Life – Lost Cousins?

Chris Evans May 28, 2016 0
Doom and Half-Life – Lost Cousins?

There was a moment in the new (and awesome by the way) Doom which instantly reminded me of Half-Life. The moment came when I entered the core of the Argent Energy Tower, and I was sent back in time to Anomalous Materials in Half-Life. Bear with me, and I will explain all after the break.

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The Only Way Is Up

Nick Wheeler May 22, 2016 1
The Only Way Is Up

Sierra adventure games had many flaws - the unpredictable parser that required instructions to be written 'just so', the unexpected and seemingly unavoidable deaths, the genuinely insane puzzle logic and not to mention the fact that it was frequently possible to die on the very last screen of the game because you forgot to pick up some innocuous-looking item right at the start of the game.

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The Banner Saga 2 – The Verdict

Chris Evans May 22, 2016 0
The Banner Saga 2 – The Verdict

The Banner Saga 2 from Stoic Studios was released in April, and now Chris delivers his Verdict on this artful character driven story that is accompanied by great turn-based battles.

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Gang Beasts Online Beta – Quick Hit Impressions

Chris Evans May 21, 2016 0
Gang Beasts Online Beta – Quick Hit Impressions

When a game is described by the developers as containing “surly gelatinous characters, brutal mêlée fight sequences, and absurdly hazardous environments” with the action taking place in a fictional place known as Beef City, you know it’s going to be fun. This is Gang Beasts, and I’ve got some quick hit thoughts after playing a bit of the online beta.

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Hitman’s Elusive Targets Are All Wrong, And Here’s Why.

Nick Wheeler May 19, 2016 1
Hitman’s Elusive Targets Are All Wrong, And Here’s Why.

I was actually quite late to jump on the Hitman bandwagon. The new one, that is. I've played and loved all previous installments of the series, but the news that Hitman 6 (or Hitman(TM) as it insists on being known) would be episodic was enough to put me off picking it up at launch. A few months later down the line and the positive reception of the first two of its sprawling open levels and multiple approaches was enough for me to take the plunge.

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Sanctus Vidi Vinculum

Nick Wheeler May 18, 2016 1
Sanctus Vidi Vinculum

I'm not entirely sure who it was that first coined the term 'Holy Chainsaw' - it was either my brother or one of his friends, crammed into the spare bedroom and huddled around my father's private work computer that held national secrets, government documents and for some reason a shareware copy of Doom. What we did all agree on however is which of DOOM's many chainsaws it was. Towards the end of Knee Deep In the Dead's second level you catch a tantalising glimpse of it through a window - standing proudly upon a tall pedestal surrounded by a moat and guarded by a couple of reverential looking zombie soldiers, it called to you by the very fact that you can't reach it.

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Motorsport Manager Announcement Makes Me Happy

Chris Evans May 18, 2016 0
Motorsport Manager Announcement Makes Me Happy

When you consider all of the love (and sometimes, the grumbles) that I give to the Football Manager series, you might think that I started my management game life with something like Championship Manager 3. You’d be wrong, as my first sporting love was Formula 1, not football, and in turn, my first experience of in-game management was with Microprose’s brilliant, Grand Prix Manager 2. I loved that game to bits, and I might finally have something to replace it with Motorsport Manager.

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Niffelheim – Early Access First Impressions

Kevin McLennan May 14, 2016 0
Niffelheim – Early Access First Impressions

Niffelheim is a 2D side-scrolling RPG currently in development in Steams Early Access Program. In it you play as a Viking who's soul has been diverted on its was to Valhalla.

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Battlefield 1 Announcement – Where Was The Respect?

Chris Evans May 7, 2016 6
Battlefield 1 Announcement – Where Was The Respect?

Last night, EA and DICE revealed the, somewhat illogically named, Battlefield 1 on Twitch and all the rumours were true, the next entry in the Battlefield franchise is taking us to World War One. While we didn’t get to see any in-game action, the sizzle trailer was exciting and gave a hint towards the gameplay dynamics we will see. I can’t fault it on that front, but something gave me pause for thought during the presentation – the seeming glorification of war. It made me wonder, where was the respect?

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Dovetail Games Flight School – Preview

Chris Evans May 6, 2016 0
Dovetail Games Flight School – Preview

Let me first preface this piece by explaining my background with flight simulators. I played Microsoft Flight Simulator ’98 back in the day, I had an absolute blast…but wasn’t actually any good at flying the planes. Since then, my flying experience has mainly come from the Battlefield games, along with a dabble in things like Tom Clancy’s HAWX. What does that all mean? If you are a die-hard flight simulator fan, this isn’t the article for you as I won’t be talking about how accurate the plane models are or other details like that, but please feel free to laugh at my flying “skills” in the videos!

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Further Thoughts on The Division

Chris Evans May 5, 2016 0
Further Thoughts on The Division

The Division, it’s no longer such a new game now, and I imagine that most people who play it have long since reached the level cap and are in the ‘End Game’. Me? I’ve played about 24 hours’ worth, am at level 21 and just over halfway through the story missions. I might as well share some thoughts on how I’m getting on…

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The Sun Rises – Dawn of War 3 Announced

Chris Evans May 3, 2016 0
The Sun Rises – Dawn of War 3 Announced

As the Sun rises in the East, it brings with it the dawn, the Daw of War. That's right, Sega and Relic have today announced Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III. Coming seven years after it's much heralded younger brother, Dawn of War III is the dawn of another event - the first main game in the Dawn of War franchise to be published by Sega. Dawn is coming, but please don't get it confused with Dorne!

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Evoland developer announces Norse strategy game, Northgard

Chris Evans April 26, 2016 0
Evoland developer announces Norse strategy game, Northgard

Shiro Games, the team behind the innovative Evoland  have today announced their next game, and you won’t be role-playing your way through different eras of gaming this time. Northgard is a strategy game steeped in Norse lore and features, among other things, Vikings! We here at Reticule Towers are big fans of Vikings, and have gathered a few screenshots and details after the break.

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The Technomancer – Gameplay Trailer

Chris Evans April 20, 2016 0
The Technomancer – Gameplay Trailer

If you're looking forward to a holiday on Mars this year, and fancy something with a different pace to Doom, you might just want to check out The Technomancer, an upcoming RPG from Spiders and being published by Focus Home Interactive. Unless I am very much mistaken, The Technomancer is sharing the same universe as Mars: War Logs, a game which I thought was interesting, but rough around the edges when I reviewed it a few years ago. I enjoyed the setting and story that Spiders were trying to tell in War Logs, but it was lacking in polish and a second chapter which dragged its feet. Judging by the gameplay trailer below, The Technomancer has received a bit of spit and polish, and hopefully makes more use of the morality system where your choices will have clear consequences later in the game.

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Behold The Kickmen(!)

Chris Evans April 19, 2016 0
Behold The Kickmen(!)

I love football, I think it is one of the finest sports in all the land. I'm not that good at it mind, neither playing the game with a ball, or playing with a gamepad. The prospect of a football game that I can play, and looks fun to watch? That's something which has me interested. Behold, Behold The Kickmen, the upcoming football game from indie stalwart, Dan Marshall.

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