RPGs are often so deliberately expansive, boasting of twenty hour main quests and thirty more for the incidental side quests, spread across vast fantasy kingdoms, or across the length and breadth of the Milky Way. But do they need to be? This is the question asked by Unrest, a low-key RPG set in and around the slums of a decaying city state in a fictionalised ancient India across eight chapters chronicling the events around a revolt.
Wargames, and the wargamers who play them, often feel like a very particular subsection of gaming, a tribe of hex worshippers inaccessible to all but the select few who can navigate mazes of enemy zones of control and execute perfect pincer attacks. There will be arrays of period units, large swathes of ground to conquer and enemies to crush. But, as traditional wisdom goes, it just won’t be approachable enough to drop right into. Panzer Tactics HD does have period units, sprawling scenarios to beat and all of the above, but developers Sproing have put just a little bit more into making it approachable to the uninitiated.
Today The Reticule’s (not at) E3 Speculate-athon comes to an end as I take a look at Bioware’s sacrifices to the great gods of hype. With the possible exception of Robot Chicken Reggie at Nintendo Direct, Bioware’s trailers, demos and interviews stoked my excitement glands to the point where I’m considering actually investing in a PC capable of playing their games.
Creating satire always involves walking the fine line between being funny and just being annoying, whilst not being pointlessly offensive. Supreme League of Patriots, an upcoming episodic point and click adventure from indie studio No Bull Intentions, might be able to manage that responsibility and walk the line. Might.
Frozen Endzone is a simple game. You have a team of players. They have a team of players. You both have endzones. There is one ball. All you have to do is get the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, throwing, passing, tackling, and generally ensuring that the other team doesn’t get their dirty mitts on your precious ball. It’s a simple team-based ball game, just like your school used to make you play (with 200% less mud).
As always, there is just one little catch.