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PUBG: a Reticule guide

PUBG: a Reticule guide

As you may have gathered from my review, I quite like PUBG. Having got my first Chicken Dinner not so long ago, I finally think I’m in a position to write some hints and tips and to share some of my more successful strategies. This will end up being a 4-part piece (probably)  where I’ll cover some general information and tips, before I move onto the start, middle and end of each game and the strategies that I’ve found that…

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PlayerUnknowns Battleground: The verdict

PlayerUnknowns Battleground: The verdict

Player Unknown’s BattleGround, or PUBG (pronounced ‘pub-gee’) is arguably the biggest gaming phenomenon of recent times, reaching 3 million players on Steam and winning multiple awards. It’s attracted global fame and as it is now being released on Xbox and PlayStation (after cutting its teeth on the PC) I figured it was time to give you our verdict. Jump to the cut to see what we thought.

Bridge Constructor Portal: The Verdict

Bridge Constructor Portal: The Verdict

You may have read that I was a little bit excited to get my hands on this game. It had bridge building (a style of games i’m actually quite fond of) and Valve’s Portals mixed with a dashing of Sardonic wit from GLaDOS herself. What was not to like. Well jump to the cut to find out….

VR Shenanigans

VR Shenanigans

Over the Christmas break I had a number of turns using a HTC Vive full-room set up VR kit, which was nice. I played a number of games and generally mucked about in the world only occasionally tripping over furniture and being terrified by people touching me when engrossed in a title. Jump to the cut for my thoughts on a number of titles, including but not limited to : Star Trek Bridge Crew, Superhot VR and a Portal Vignette.

XCom2:War of the Chosen : Thoughts

XCom2:War of the Chosen : Thoughts

I’ve been looking at the new XCom2 expansion; War of the Chosen, and i’m at a point now where I think I can start to share my thoughts on it and the (now) new game as a whole. It’s massive, it’s deeper, and it’s definitely more unfair. Jump to the cut to find out how i’m getting on with it….

Pocket Reds: REDCON the verdict

Pocket Reds: REDCON the verdict

I’ve had a bit of a gaming itch that I’ve been unable to scratch ever since I finished FTL. You see, I’ve wanted a game where you manage a base or ship, with crew/people to move around and big guns to fire at other people. Try as I might I couldn’t find any game that got that mix of strategy, management, random elements and KABLOUEY right (it’s a word…).

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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