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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.

Evolve: Alpha impressions

Evolve: Alpha impressions

Imagine my surprise when I logged into Steam, only to find that my brother had been playing Evolve. This surprise was further compounded when I saw it was in my library. The penny then dropped; I wasn’t special, or chosen….it was simply an open Alpha. Jump to the cut to find my thoughts on the game as it is.

Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones – I Might Need a Wii U

Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones – I Might Need a Wii U

Wow. Well we get sent things, and I wasn’t even aware that this title was coming (ostensibly as it’s currently Wii U only), but my word does it look fun. Stealth Inc 2: a Game of Clones (see what they did there) is a metroidvania-style platform puzzler with open (2d) world aspects that make it an entirely intriguing prospect. It’s also utterly gorgeous.

Star Conflict – The Verdict

Star Conflict – The Verdict

Star Conflict is a space based-arcade-MMO-deathmatch-spaceship game. Think World of Tanks in space, with snippets of story and you honestly won’t be far off. It is clear that this game owes a huge debt to WoT, the similarities are in places, striking, but it mostly holds it’s own and manages to come across as a separate entity. This is no mean feat.

Read on after the cut to find out what I think.