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Returning to Hearts of Iron IV

Returning to Hearts of Iron IV

I’ve dabbled in Hearts of Iron IV now and again since launch, a game which was great at the time, but lacking some of the polish I would have wanted to see to give it a Red Mist. The game has evolved nicely over the past two years thanks to the Paradox style of releasing paid expansions to coincide with extensive free updates. To get the most out of the game at this point, you tend to need to dive into the…

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A Pleasant Surprise – Assetto Corsa Competizione

A Pleasant Surprise – Assetto Corsa Competizione

There’s a pleasant little surprise in the gaming world today as Kunos Simulazioni have unveiled Assetto Corsa Competizione, their new racer that will be the official game of the Blancpain GT series. Coming to Early Access this summer, you can expect a focus on e-sports in a game paying homage to one of the best racing series in the world.

Hearts of Iron IV – More War! Form a Nation! Difficulty Modes!

Hearts of Iron IV – More War! Form a Nation! Difficulty Modes!

Summer, 2016, I went to war as Mussolini, booted him out and turned Italy democratic, formed the Novus Imperium Romanum, and conquered Stalingrad. Yes, I am talking about Hearts of Iron IV which will soon be expanding once more with Waking The Tiger this March. Paradox are concentrating this expansion of the Far East, with many changes to Japan and the different actors in the Chinese civil war. National focus trees are being revamped and expanded, but there is so much more to…

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Theme Hospital Returns in Two Point Hospital

Theme Hospital Returns in Two Point Hospital

As a young PC gamer, I was a big fan of Bullfrog’s Theme games, though I only owned one myself. I would while away hours on end playing Theme Park, and when my neighbour got Theme Hospital, we would spend our weekends and summer holiday’s laughing at the various illnesses and diseases in the game. They were two great games, though I was always sad that I didn’t own my own copy of Theme Hopsital. Soon, the wait will be no longer as Two Point Hospital…

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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.

Tokyo 42 – Solving a Problem

Tokyo 42 – Solving a Problem

When I reviewed Tokyo 42 earlier this year, I talked about the skill required to control the isometric(ish) camera across its eight angles. I didn’t think there were any problems with the camera, I accepted it as part of the game, but did highlight that “Controlling the camera during the action is as much a skill as the running, gunning and jumping.” The devs at SMAC Games have seen similar feedback elsewhere, and have made some subtle, but important, changes to the game.

Shadowhand Coming Soon – New Trailer!

Shadowhand Coming Soon – New Trailer!

It was two years ago that I first laid sight on Shadowhand from Grey Alien games. It was at EGX, and I said at the time that it was a card game I could get behind, with a combination of RPG elements and solitaire style action. To celebrate the confirmation of the 7th December release date, a new trailer has been released. Hooray!

Wulverblade – Easy Mode Incoming

Wulverblade – Easy Mode Incoming

I’ve been checking out Wulverblade as part of my desire to get stuck into some of the gems that are coming out on the Switch. I will be bringing you all my Verdict of this side-scrolling beat-em-up…just once I’ve managed to get past the second level. The game is a bit tough, but the good news is that developers Fully Illustrated are working on an easy mode!

EGX 2017 Day One Roundup

EGX 2017 Day One Roundup

Day one of EGX 2017 is done! This year, I’m only doing two days at the show, any more would be excessive, especially as the ratio of games to other stuff seems more skewed to other stuff than ever before. e-Sports, Twitch and other gubbins take over the majority of the show floor, and in some ways games seem like an after though. But, it is EGX, and I’m doing my usual boots on the ground report of what I’ve…

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F1 2017 – The Verdict

F1 2017 – The Verdict

I’ve been playing a bit of F1 2017 recently, mainly in between sessions of Destiny 2 or Dishonored 2, and it’s proving to be a splendid game, one where I’ve finally found a way to play, and enjoy, what is a great racer.

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…).

Mode 7 To Publish The Colonists

Mode 7 To Publish The Colonists

Mode 7 Games, fresh off publishing the well received Tokyo 42 have today announced they are working with Codebyfire to publish The Colonists, a settlement building game inspired by classic titles like The Settlers and the Anno series. The Colonists will be launching on Early Access in August, so not long to wait to see what it is all about.