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Rise of Industry Rises to Early Access

Rise of Industry Rises to Early Access

Rise of Industry has risen from humble beginnings on itch.io, and has now expanding its distribution network to include Steam via Early Access. What is Rise of Industry I hear you ask? Well, it is a tycoon game challenging you to build your industrial empire by gathering resources, turning them into products, and distributing them to the towns and cities that want your goods. Easy!

Switching on to FIFA 18

Switching on to FIFA 18

The FIFA franchise is one, like many sporting games that aren’t Football Manager, where I tend to dip in and out, skipping seasons here and there without much concern. Unlike some, I’ve never been one who absolutely needs the latest release, and I would have been quite content skipping FIFA 18…until I saw the Switch version on offer.

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – Words!

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus – Words!

As I sit down to write something for the first time in a month, I am reflecting on the game I most recently completed. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. It’s a beast of a game, one that is undoubtedly pushing towards a Red Mist Verdict. It is a great achievement from Machine Games who have crafted a Wolfenstein game where the storytelling and cut-scenes lift what is otherwise a perfectly enjoyable, but by no means outstanding, shooter to great heights.

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….

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Is Brilliant

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Is Brilliant

The revival of the CRPG is still going strong and with each big release comes a whole host of improvements. The recent release of Divinity: Original Sin 2 has continued that trend and with a $2,000,000 Kickstarter to back them up you would certainly expect that to be the case.

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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Highway To The Twilight Zone

Highway To The Twilight Zone

Submitted for your approval, one Claire Barnes, who, through either chance or the mysterious machinations of fate is about to discover what kind of horrors lurk in the darkness of a deserted road.
As she travels into to night, we will accompany her on her journey. It is a journey of both distance and of the mind, a journey that will take Claire Barnes into the unexpected realm of what resembles, but is legally distinct, from the Twilight Zone.

Ahem, I’m Terribly Sorry, But Would You Mind Moving A Bit?

Ahem, I’m Terribly Sorry, But Would You Mind Moving A Bit?

Despite the fact that I can only play horror games in ten minute sessions before having to finding a soft kitten to squeeze, nevertheless I’ve always been a fan of them.  Not just the triple A high production ones either – every few weeks I’ll delve into the depths of Itch.io  to see what recycled assets have been cobbled together in Unity to make me jump.

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.

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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Musings on The Surge

Musings on The Surge

I’ve been dabbling with The Surge this week, the new Dark Souls-meets sci-fi title from Deck 13 and Focus Home Interactive. It’s fun, but it also reminds me of why I don’t get along with the Dark Souls series. It’s just too damn hard for me to enjoy! This isn’t a Verdict, it’s just some brief musings.

Oxygen Not Included – Early Access Impressions

Oxygen Not Included – Early Access Impressions

Klei Entertainment have made some fine games over the years, everything from the Shank series of side-scrolling brawlers, to stealthy turn-based strategy Invisible Inc. Their latest game, Oxygen Not Included which has recently launched on Steam Early Access is somewhat more akin to the brilliant Don’t Starve in that you are trying to keep alive in an alien environment, focusing on the essentials at first to survive, before turning to the nicetities that you have always wanted.

Back In The Zone

Back In The Zone

Late last year I wrote about Clone Drone In The Danger Zone, a short but already extremely enjoyable demo about robots clashing in ferocious gladiatorial combat. Since then, the developer Erik Rydeman has been discussing recent additions that have dragged me excitedly back in.

HERO Unit – A Mobile Game

HERO Unit – A Mobile Game

Yes, you read that title correctly, I’m writing about a mobile game! This one has caught my eye though, going by the name HERO Unit you are put into the shoes of a 911 responder, tasked with making life or death decisions, or even just helping a kid get ready for Santa to visit. 

Battlefield 1 – Back to Basics

Battlefield 1 – Back to Basics

I had a welcome surprise when I booted up Battlefield 1 this morning, and checked out the in-game news feed. EA were sharing details of a recently released custom game mode known as Back to Basics. It’s what the game has been calling out for.