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Hellion: Preview

Hellion: Preview

Every so often you get access to something in the early stages of development  that has the potential to be big, really big. Hellion is just that; it has potential. Whether it lives up to that potential is one thing, but so far, it’s promising. Hellion is, well let’s just say it- a Star Citizen style survival game with Rust-like mechanics. That’s lazy of me yes, but now you know exactly what I’m talking about so I can focus on…

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Xcom 2 Play through: Part 4

Xcom 2 Play through: Part 4

Welcome to part 4 of The Ret’s Xcom 2 diary. Things have been getting tougher, and although our luck still seems to be holding, we’re starting to take heavy casualties. Nick, Kev and Choli are all injured and the next set of missions are time sensitive. This means Chris will be going in for only his second mission. Given his superb performance last time (saving the squad with a very low chance shot) and subsequent promotion to sniper, my hopes…

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Xcom 2 Playthrough: Part 2

Xcom 2 Playthrough: Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my Xcom Reti play through. Last time saw us blast through the early mission while riding some heavy luck. Now, I do class myself as a bit of an expert Xcom player, but this luck surely won’t last. The game is brutal and I’m doubly hindered by this being my first ever play through: I’ll avoid most the obvious mistakes but I have no idea what enemies are coming or how to counter them.

XCom 2 PLaythrough: Part 1

XCom 2 PLaythrough: Part 1

If you’ve read the Ret anytime in the last year or so, you’d know I like Xcom and the expansion (Enemy Within) quite a lot. I played it so much I broke my Steam timer on it (it reset itself after 103 hours logged). It was a simply phenomenal game. I wrote a number of XCom diaries detailing the exploits of the Ret’s writers in their desperate battle to save the world from the alien onslaught. Needless to say, they…

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Subterfuge: The Verdict

Subterfuge: The Verdict

I’ve played a lot of Neptune’s Pride; the real-time strategy space-conquering game. It was an intriguing mix of alliances, tactics and downright betrayal played out over a tactical map where you controlled fleets, took-over worlds, and performed research into new techs and weapons. You were pitted against other human players and had to form truces or trade and technological alliances in a bid to come out on top. This often meant backstabbing and as this game was ‘real time’ (a…

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Satellite Reign: The Verdict

Satellite Reign: The Verdict

Satellite Reign is 5 lives isometric, Squad-based tactical strategy game. Think Syndicate, and you’ll not be far wrong. Except for the differences….. It is set in a world where a giant corporation has developed a cloning technology that effectively eradicates death. They then use this technology to ‘buy’ incredible influence and eventually end up running the world from the shadows. You come in as a rival corporation trying to shake loose their hold. 5 Lives studio deserve some real credit…

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News: X-COM 2 announced

News: X-COM 2 announced

Well would you look at that. We all suspected that Firaxis would be working on a Sequel to the superlative X-Com: Enemy Unknown, so I guess the announcement of the sequel shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Needless to say, I’m giddy with excitement. Jump to the cut for more you lucky lucky people!

News- Doom: Teaser Trailer

News- Doom: Teaser Trailer

Oh my. It’s Doom. This is THE game that cemented my gaming and FPS love, and they’ve released a teaser trailer. It’s less than 3 seconds of footage, half of which are arguably cutscene, but I’m squeeing like a schoolgirl.

Gaming (or lack thereof) as a Parent

Gaming (or lack thereof) as a Parent

I, rather daftly, have just had another child. Well I say ‘I’ did; my wife did all the hard work, but you get what I mean. This has had a serious impact on my gaming (and writing), as anyone with children can imagine. It has though, also lead to some revelations……

Dovetail Games Fishing Gets Fish AI

Dovetail Games Fishing Gets Fish AI

It’s timely. The full trailer for Terminator:Genysis (bad spelling, bad) comes out, Stephen Hawkin’s himself comes out and warns against the potential machine threat and then DoveTail Games Fishing enters it’s second phase of Steam’s early access. It’s the start of the end people, and it all begins with Fish A.I.

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Valkyria Chronicles – The Verdict

Valkyria Chronicles – The Verdict

I’ve been playing Valkyria: Chronicles to give you our verdict on the recent PC release. So that’s what I did. So what do we have? Well it’s (really) bad port and has an anime style that while I have no issue with, doesn’t exactly get me excited either. Oh and OH SO MUCH EXPOSITION. Seriously, there’s a lot of talk about flowers. And goat poo. I’m not even making that up. Yet… I’ve grown, step by inexorable step, to love this game.

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News: Coraabia

News: Coraabia

Our intrepid leader forwarded a press release onto me the other day and it piqued my interest enough to want to pass it on to you, our dear, highly intelligent and obviously beautiful readers…. It’s a card trading game called Coraabia and its out now. Jump to the cut for some info on this intriguing title.