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Megaquarium Filters Onto Steam This September

Megaquarium Filters Onto Steam This September

I will forever be disappointed that despite getting some hands-on time with Megaquarium at EGX last year, I didn’t write about it at any length. It looked, and played, as a wonderful tycoon game putting you in charge of running your very own aquarium. Now, it has been confirmed for release this September, and there’s a new trailer to go with the release date confirmation.

Dead Cells – The Verdict

Dead Cells – The Verdict

I had a feeling Dead Cells would be something special when I previewed it last year, and frankly, it’s proving difficult to pull myself away from it to actually write this Verdict. I told myself that I’d jump on for just five minutes this morning, to get myself in the groove. An hour later, after failing at the hands of The Concierge, the first boss, I’m back to writing. It’s a great game.

Rejoice! Dead Cells Launches

Rejoice! Dead Cells Launches

Rejoice dear readers, for Dead Cells has hit version 1.0, and is now available in the wild on Steam and assorted console gizmos. To celebrate, developers Motion Twin reveal in their release blog that they will celebrate by going to ye olde pub. In the 454 days the game has been in Early Access, there have been 79 updates, including 10 major feature or content releases. Boy, it seems worth the wait for this release version to go live.

The Crew 2 – The Verdict

The Crew 2 – The Verdict

I’d kept low-key tabs on The Crew 2 ahead of release, intrigued by the prospect of switching between cars, boats and planes. It looked fun, and having got my teeth nicely into the first game a few years ago, I was hoping for a similar enjoyable experience. Yes, while The Crew 2 is generally enjoyable, I’m not finding myself as engaged with it as I expected.

God of War – The Verdict

God of War – The Verdict

I found myself thrown when I started playing God of War, the rebirth of Sony Santa Monica’s Greek God game…where did I recognise the voice was that coming from Kratos’ mouth? It was Teal’c from Stargate SG-1! Apart from stoking a desire to watch that classic show once again, I immediately though that Christopher Judge was a great choice to voice Kratos. As Teal’c, he had spent his life working closely with the Goa’uld “Gods”, and had a sometimes strained relationship…

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Valve’s Steam Troubles – Years in the Making

Valve’s Steam Troubles – Years in the Making

Steam, it’s not the be-all and end-all of the PC gaming market. It might have over 125 million users, with 16 million active right now, but other storefronts are out there. There is Uplay and Origin from the AAA publishers, with itch.io and Humble Bundle targeting the indie markets. Users have lots of choice now for where they buy their games, but we can’t deny Steam stands at the top of the pile. Despite its numerical supremacy, Valve’s little baby isn’t having…

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Cultist Simulator – The Verdict

Cultist Simulator – The Verdict

What is Cultist Simulator I hear you cry! Why, it’s what is says on the tin, a simulator of cults. And no, it isn’t like Street Cleaning Simulator, this is a narrative card game, filled with delightful roguelike elements and lovely aesthetic that keeps drawing me back in.

Smoke and Sacrifice – The Verdict

Smoke and Sacrifice – The Verdict

Sometimes, I wonder how other people go about the practicalities of playing games; especially something like Smoke and Sacrifice, an open-world narrative-driven RPG with survival elements and an evolving eco-system. How do you go about keeping track of the way different items, creatures, and environments all work together? Do you keep a notepad by your side as you play to note these things down? Answers on a postcard please.

Imperator: Rome – New From Paradox

Imperator: Rome – New From Paradox

Did you think Paradox had done enough over the PDXCON weekend? They announced Age of Wonders: Planetfall, and revealed a range of expansion packs and their first ventures into board games. Well, that wasn’t all as they also revealed Imperator: Rome, their grand strategy title taking us back to Classical antiquity in Paradox’s most detailed map yet.

Paradox Go Expansion Crazy

Paradox Go Expansion Crazy

Everyone loves a good old expansion pack, don’t they? Especially Paradox Intereactive, who, at this weekend’s PDXCON have announced a slew of expansions, including a dive into the world of boardgames. We’ll get to that in a bit, for now, we’ll start with Stellaris.

Age of Wonders Goes to Space with Paradox

Age of Wonders Goes to Space with Paradox

The Age of Wonders series passed me by when it kicked off at the turn of the millenium, and then when it saw a rebirth in 2014. Why? I’m not sure, but for those of you who missed out first time around, and those who are fans of the series, we will all have a chance to enjoy it again next year. Age of Wonders: Planetfall will be landing on PC and consoles in 2019 thanks to original developers Triumph Studios, with Paradox handling…

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RAGE 2 – The RAGE’ening

RAGE 2 – The RAGE’ening

As of a few weeks ago, I don’t think many of us expected a new RAGE to appear on the horizon. But after a series of leaks, ones that Bethesda soon played up to the max, RAGE 2 was confirmed yesterday, with a full-fat trailer landing today. Hit the break to check it out.

Frostpunk – The Verdict

Frostpunk – The Verdict

Those cold-hearted bastards. They were 36 hours away from the Great Storm ending, and they cast me out. I’d led them for nearly forty days and nights, kept them warm, kept them fed, given them religion…and how do they repay me? By throwing me to the mercy of the unforgiving Storm. Bastards.