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Dead Cells – Early Access

Dead Cells – Early Access

Dead Cells is a self-described rogue-lite, metroidvania action-platformer with 2D souls-lite combat. What?! There’s a lot of different phrases going on there, and if I had simply seen it appear described as such on the Steam Early Access lists, I might have passed over it. You see, my ‘rogue-like’ experience extends to Spelunky and the recently released Heat Signature, and the term ‘metroidvania’ went right over my head until Wikipedia pointed out the Batman: Arkham was an example. As for ‘souls-lite’ combat? I’ve never got along with…

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Making Cars in Production Line

Making Cars in Production Line

Making cars is fun! Who would have known? Well, probably Henry Ford, but also Cliff Harris of Positech Games who has been diligently working away on Production Line for over year, with his first video Dev Blog coming out this time last year. I was lucky enough to catch up with Cliff briefly at EGX and have started on my own journey to become the new Henry Ford.

Death of the Outsider – The Verdict

Death of the Outsider – The Verdict

It was only at the beginning of September that I finally finished Dishonored 2, and now I have finished Death of the Outsider, the expandalone title which serves as a fitting post-script to the Corvo/Emily Kaldwin arc of the Dishonored story. Corvo and Emily have been the duo at the heart of the series from the start, while Daud and Billie Lurk have spread their wings in the expansions to the base games. With Dishonored 2 putting Corvo and Emily’s story to bed, Death of the…

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EGX 2017 Day Two Roundup

EGX 2017 Day Two Roundup

Day two of EX 2017 is done for me, and I think I’ve had a pretty decent show. While I haven’t seen many AAA games, I’m not too concerned about losing an hour or more of my life in a queue for a game that people will buy in their droves anyway. What has always interested is the indie games, and their certainly have been some gems on show this year.

Bomber Crew – Turning The Tension Up

Bomber Crew – Turning The Tension Up

War films of a certain era hold a special place in my heart. Films like The Longest Day and Mosquito Squadron were so exciting and nerve wracking. As a kid, the action sequences would have me on the edge of my seat with the tension. I finally relived that feeling at EGX while playing Bomber Crew from Runner Duck. It’s a strategic survival game where you take an RAF bomber to the skies during World War Two, guiding them to victory…or…

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EGX 2017 Day One Roundup

EGX 2017 Day One Roundup

Day one of EGX 2017 is done! This year, I’m only doing two days at the show, any more would be excessive, especially as the ratio of games to other stuff seems more skewed to other stuff than ever before. e-Sports, Twitch and other gubbins take over the majority of the show floor, and in some ways games seem like an after though. But, it is EGX, and I’m doing my usual boots on the ground report of what I’ve…

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F1 2017 – The Verdict

F1 2017 – The Verdict

I’ve been playing a bit of F1 2017 recently, mainly in between sessions of Destiny 2 or Dishonored 2, and it’s proving to be a splendid game, one where I’ve finally found a way to play, and enjoy, what is a great racer.

Destiny 2 – The Verdict

Destiny 2 – The Verdict

It’s strange to think it was three years ago when Steve and myself first shared Our Thoughts on Destiny the First, and two years since I decided that The Taken King had gone a long way towards tidying up some of the rough edges from the base game. Now, here we are and Destiny 2 is part of our world, and I love it. Bungie have learn from what made The Taken King so good, and created a wondrous game.

Dishonored 2 – Done!

Dishonored 2 – Done!

My Twitter bio has this comment in it “Wannabe Games Journo.” It’s a passing comment on the way The Reticule has evolved over time, and how I at one point was giving serious consideration to whether I could do this games writing thing full-time. Then I realise how accurate it is, as I realise that the only time I have talked about Dishonored 2 at any length was in my 2016 Our Year in Games roundup. Then, I further realise that…

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The Joys of Horizon Zero Dawn

The Joys of Horizon Zero Dawn

Somehow, the only time I’ve talked about Horizon Zero Dawn here on The Reticule was during EGX 2016 where I squeezed in one small paragraph about the game in my Day One Report. I really don’t understand how I didn’t take a closer look at the game before launch back in February, or even after I started playing the game in May. It is quite brilliant, and surely a highlight of this generation, and shockingly is actually an open world game that…

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Behold The Kickmen – The Mini Verdict

Behold The Kickmen – The Mini Verdict

I’ve talked at length about Behold The Kickmen in the past, and it’s finally here! Well, available over on yonder Steam for the bargain basement price of £2.79! It’s a truly majestic little game that Dan Marshall has made, one that perfectly simulates the game of football*

Mode 7 To Publish The Colonists

Mode 7 To Publish The Colonists

Mode 7 Games, fresh off publishing the well received Tokyo 42 have today announced they are working with Codebyfire to publish The Colonists, a settlement building game inspired by classic titles like The Settlers and the Anno series. The Colonists will be launching on Early Access in August, so not long to wait to see what it is all about.

Half-Life: A Place In The West Chapter Three – Coming 21st July

Half-Life: A Place In The West Chapter Three – Coming 21st July

I will resist making any jokes about Half-Life and something called Chapter Three in the same sentance. It’s been done elsewhere, and I think it does a disservice to A Place in the West, the comic created by Ross Joseph Gardner and Michael Pelletier, a fantastic piece of work that Valve kindly allowed to bear the official Half-Life IP commercially.  The new third chapter entitled The Pit will release on Steam on Friday 21st July for $1.99/£1.49.

Behold The Kickmen on July 17th

Behold The Kickmen on July 17th

Big news for all of those of you who want to behold kickmen as Behold the Kickmen, coming from Size Five Games’ Dan Marshall, will be released on July 17th. That’s not far away for all of your beholding to start taking place. In typical Trump Dan Marshall fashion, he confirmed the release date on Twitter. Fitting, as Kickmen was “born of out Twitter nonsense”.

DiRT 4 – The Verdict

DiRT 4 – The Verdict

Rally, one of the purest forms of motorsport. Man and machine against the road, a co-drivers hastily barked instructions all that keeps them from slipping off the road and out of the action. Codemasters reached near perfection with distilling the core rallying experience into a video game with DiRT Rally a few years ago. Now, they’re back with DiRT 4, a racing game with rally at its heart, but a different beast to the hardcore icon from 2015.