Dry Drowning – Hands On

Dry Drowning – Hands On

The phrase “visual novel” is one that can spark hysterical reactions across the web from those who will argue that they aren’t proper video games. While Dry Drowning is being described on its Steam page as such a thing, after getting some hands on time through the first chapter, I’d argue there are enough “gamey” elements to put any fears to bed. Dry Drowning, coming this August, puts you in the role of Mordred Foley, a disgraced private detective trying…

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Catan – Settling The World

Catan – Settling The World

The Settlers of Catan to give this deeply strategic game its classic title is one of the most well-known board games out there. So when Chris mentioned recently that a version was going to be released on the Switch, I knew I had to get him to play the classic board game version before losing him to the Switch. Having played Catan a couple of times previously with friends, I picked up my own copy and arranged a session with…

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Board games? Let’s do this!

Board games? Let’s do this!

Board games, let’s talk about them here, why not? Yes, I know The Reticule has traditionally been a video game focused site, but after some recent board game sessions, Chris has asked me to lend some words about this thriving entertainment sector. Why board games though, when everyone knows that Chris and the gang are dedicated PC and consoler gamers? The answer is simple, I’m one of those unfortunates who suffer from awful motion sickness when playing most video games,…

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Metro Exodus – The Verdict

Metro Exodus – The Verdict

Metro Exodus is a conflicted game, one that feels unsure of what its true nature is. Is it an extension of the previous titles, or something all new that is striking out in a brave new direction? I’m not 100% sure either way, but is it a good game? Exodus tells the story of Artyom and his wife Anya as they escape radiation riddled Moscow with Anya’s father, Miller and the Spartan Order. They are travelling across Russia to find…

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For The King – The Verdict

For The King – The Verdict

Trouble has struck the lands of Farhul, the King has been slain and the minions of Chaos are roaming the lands, spreading their evil across what was once a friendly, happy land. This is For the King where your trio of characters aren’t adventuring and questing for fame or fortune, but to avenge their King! Well, that is the case if you are playing the vanilla For the King experience. I’m playing the recent Switch release which includes all the…

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SteamWorld Quest – The Verdict

SteamWorld Quest – The Verdict

Image & Form Games have done great things with their SteamWorld games, with the two main Dig games being wonderful adventures, especially Dig 2 which I took a look at last year. So, when I saw their new release was going to a card based RPG, I was quietly confident that it would be another hit, even with my so-so history with card games. SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech, to give it its full title, takes place in a time…

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Mechstermination Force: The Verdict

Mechstermination Force: The Verdict

Mechstermination Force wants you to fight off towering robots on your own. No Army, no Air Force, just you, your bandanna and a big gun. You’re seriously out gunned, out matched, and you know it. But is it fun to play? Mechstermination Force (henceforth MF) is a side-scrolling boss shoot-em-up from Bertil Hörberg – the Swedish developer behind Gunman Clive. It consists of nothing but boss fights. Boss Fights against humongous killer robots with ridiculous weaponry. The world is under…

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Train Valley 2 – The Verdict

Train Valley 2 – The Verdict

Choo-choo! I’ve bee down the rabbit hole of Train Valley 2 recently, a cute puzzler with a dash of tycoon thrown in for good measure. And yes, it’s something I’d heartily recommend you check out. It’s a simple game at heart. A city requires some resources, and you have to deliver said resource to the city. Easy! Just build some train tracks, and link together the production locations to the city, right? Not so fast, this is a puzzle game…

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Train Valley 2 Comes Tomorrow

Train Valley 2 Comes Tomorrow

There’s a bunch of games due to leave Early Access in the coming weeks, some that I have long had an eye on (Rise of Industry, I’m looking at you) while others like Train Valley 2 have snuck up on me out of nowhere! That’s clearly a failing of my journalistic abilities, but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a game worthy of attention. The original got positive reviews, even if we only talked about the upcoming release of that!…

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Noita: Preview

Noita: Preview

This. Watch this. Now, that all looks rather good doesn’t it. Noita is a rogue-a-like wizard exploration game with a difference. I mean, not that that’s a massively overused genre, but still. The difference here is that they are simulating every single pixel. Now this is a rather big thing. it means fire can spread. It means water can freeze. It means electricity can electrify water. It also means giant explosions can destroy half the level… and that is something…

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Fimbul : The Verdict

Fimbul : The Verdict

Fimbul is a Norse comic action-adventure game by Wild River and Zaxis games. It follows Kveldulver after an attack on his home village and his quest for justice. During the attack Kveldulver is mortally wounded and is brought back to life by the Norns, female beings who rule the destiny of gods and men. Apparently. The game is pretty heavy on the Norse mythology, and i’m not entirely sure the comic-book style gels very well with the actual gameplay. I…

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The Masquerade Runs Through Seattle

The Masquerade Runs Through Seattle

It’s long been rumoured that Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 was in the works, with Paradox Interactive dropping several hints on Twitter in recent weeks. Finally, at GDC this week, the big reveal landed, and next year you will be taking to the streets of Seattle. Following Paradox taking ownership of the World of Darkness IP back in 2015, it’s a great news story to see a new game in the Bloodlines vein being developed by Hardsuit Labs, with…

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 announced

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 announced

It’s not often I get excited about a new game announcement- certainly a sequel to an old IP, but this one had me ‘squee-ing’ like a little school girl. You see, in 2004 a game called Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (V:MB) came out on PC, and it was glorious. Sure it was a buggy mess, with slightly janky combat, utterly broken latter levels and met decidedly average reviews upon release, but it soon turned into a cult classic and…

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