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The Joyful, and Head Scratching, Moments of Half-Life

The Joyful, and Head Scratching, Moments of Half-Life

Half-Life stands proud at the top of the all time greatest games for many of the pre-Fortnite generation. Even to this day, it still inspires developers to create videos about it, and for me to rattle on about the AI. Having just sent the finished On a Rail, and sent the top secret rocket into space, I wanted to share some memories of this special game. And no, I won’t be talking about the introductory tram ride. The Resonance Cascade…

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Ace Combat 7 – The Verdict

Ace Combat 7 – The Verdict

Simulation games have long held a fascination for me, and have long been featured here at Reticule Towers. Go back ten years, and I first dropped mention of classics like Silent Hunter and the original Euro Truck Simulator. I’ve covered flight sims, even doing a series of videos on Dovetail Games’ Flight School. But, amidst all those wonders, I’ve not had the pleasure of writing about a combat flight simulator. That, my friends, is a great personal shame. I have…

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The PC Store Wars – What Next?

The PC Store Wars – What Next?

Earlier this week, I took at look at the current state of play with regards to The PC Store Wars. We’ve gone from a situation where, despite repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot, Valve have had little, to no, real competition in the online PC store space. Then, all of a sudden, Epic turned up with their own store. What happens now? The Fortnite Effect Epic made no bones about it when they launched their new store front. Their ability to…

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The PC Store Wars – The Story so Far

The PC Store Wars – The Story so Far

The PC Store Wars have been in a Cold War, pretty much ever since Valve launched Half-Life 2 with the requirement that users ran it through Steam. The Humble Bundle, GoG and more recently, Discord offer their own alternatives with distinct twists. Meanwhile EA, Ubisoft and Blizzard have stores primarily to promote their first party games. They have all been efforts to break the monopoly of Steam, though without any obvious impact on Valve’s money-making machine. Most of Valve’s problems…

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Residing in Evil

Residing in Evil

If you’ve read any of my work over the years, you’ll know that many great game series’ have passed me by for one reason or another. Probably because of my Football Manager obsession, but not always. One such series that I’ve long been hidden away from is Resident Evil. But with the remaster of Resident Evil 2 hitting the shelves recently, I plucked up the courage, and stepped into Racoon City. Racoon City, Umbrella, Claire Redfied, Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine are names that…

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Making the Most of the Open World Infestation

Making the Most of the Open World Infestation

There are just a few open world games on the market these days, any one of which looks set to take anywhere from 50 to 100 hours to complete, but of course, “completing” an open world game means different things to everyone. Does it mean completing the main story, reaching the level cap, doing every last thing in the game to get it 100% finished? I want to offer some tips on how you can make the most of this…

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The Wonders of AI in Half-Life

The Wonders of AI in Half-Life

I’ve played many shooters over the years, some where the AI is great, others where it isn’t that smart, but does a great job for the game you are playing. Of course, there are others where the AI is dull, and brings the game down. The twenty year-old Half-Life though, still stands out as one of the best implementations of AI in a shooter.

Praise the Mercenaries in Odyssey

Praise the Mercenaries in Odyssey

All praise the mercenaries that dot the Greek lands in Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, seriously, they’re something brilliant. Brilliant might be a strong word of course, but I do enjoy their presence, much more than their Phylakes compatriots from Origins.

Diablo 3: Eternal Collection – The Verdict

Diablo 3: Eternal Collection – The Verdict

This is the fourth time that I’ve reviewed Diablo 3. Way back when in 2012, I took a look at the base game, a couple of years later I focused on the Reaper of Souls update and finally, I reviewed the PlayStation 4 release. Now, I take on the Switch version with the Eternal Collection.

The Reticule Turns 10 – My Evergreen Gaming Series

The Reticule Turns 10 – My Evergreen Gaming Series

One of the joys, and horrors, of Steam, is the way it so neatly provides you with a playing time counter for each game in your Steam Library. Joys as you realise how much entertainment you have reaped for your £40. Horrors as you realise how much time you have lost after spending that £40. I’ve just flicked through all of the titles I could find in one particular series on Steam, and found that I have played 817 hours…

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The Reticule Turns 10 – The Broadband Revolution

The Reticule Turns 10 – The Broadband Revolution

As I thought about what to write for our feature on the biggest moments in the industry over the last decade, I started to write about how the rise of super-fast internet, and realised it deserved an article for itself. So here we are. The biggest, most important thing to hit the games industry over the last decade has been the rise and rise of super-fast internet access. Back in 2008, Ofcom reported that UK customers on a broadband deal…

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The Reticule Turns 10 – An Introduction

The Reticule Turns 10 – An Introduction

In a little over a week, The Reticule turns 10! Yes, on the 5th November 2008 The Reticule was launched with a bang. Well, considering we started out on the 5th November, that day of gunpowder, treason and plot, we probably should have started out with something more emphatic than just a small “Hi world” post. Oh, the joys of youth!