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Football Manager 2020 – Welcome to the Cymru Leagues!

Football Manager 2020 – Welcome to the Cymru Leagues!

There’s a new Football Manager due for full release in a little over a week, but of course anyone who pre-ordered will already have access to the Beta on Steam. I’ve been trying my hand at the new version, there’s lots of things which look good. But the most important for me is the expanded Cymru Leagues (Welsh Leagues for you everyday folk). Most of my time in Football Manager is spent with clubs such as The New Saints and hometown club, Cardiff…

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Northgard – The Verdict

Northgard – The Verdict

The first time I played Northgard was on the PC in December 2018. For reasons still lost to me, I didn’t try to start off in the story mode, but instead jumped straight into a singleplayer game against three AI opponents without any idea of what was going on. I didn’t last long, but the aesthetic and setting of the game still appealed. When I heard that Shiro Games were bringing their Norse strategy survival game to the Switch, I…

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Mechstermination Force: The Verdict

Mechstermination Force: The Verdict

Mechstermination Force wants you to fight off towering robots on your own. No Army, no Air Force, just you, your bandanna and a big gun. You’re seriously out gunned, out matched, and you know it. But is it fun to play? Mechstermination Force (henceforth MF) is a side-scrolling boss shoot-em-up from Bertil Hörberg – the Swedish developer behind Gunman Clive. It consists of nothing but boss fights. Boss Fights against humongous killer robots with ridiculous weaponry. The world is under…

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Train Valley 2 Comes Tomorrow

Train Valley 2 Comes Tomorrow

There’s a bunch of games due to leave Early Access in the coming weeks, some that I have long had an eye on (Rise of Industry, I’m looking at you) while others like Train Valley 2 have snuck up on me out of nowhere! That’s clearly a failing of my journalistic abilities, but it doesn’t mean that it isn’t a game worthy of attention. The original got positive reviews, even if we only talked about the upcoming release of that!…

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Noita: Preview

Noita: Preview

This. Watch this. Now, that all looks rather good doesn’t it. Noita is a rogue-a-like wizard exploration game with a difference. I mean, not that that’s a massively overused genre, but still. The difference here is that they are simulating every single pixel. Now this is a rather big thing. it means fire can spread. It means water can freeze. It means electricity can electrify water. It also means giant explosions can destroy half the level… and that is something…

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Fimbul : The Verdict

Fimbul : The Verdict

Fimbul is a Norse comic action-adventure game by Wild River and Zaxis games. It follows Kveldulver after an attack on his home village and his quest for justice. During the attack Kveldulver is mortally wounded and is brought back to life by the Norns, female beings who rule the destiny of gods and men. Apparently. The game is pretty heavy on the Norse mythology, and i’m not entirely sure the comic-book style gels very well with the actual gameplay. I…

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The Masquerade Runs Through Seattle

The Masquerade Runs Through Seattle

It’s long been rumoured that Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 was in the works, with Paradox Interactive dropping several hints on Twitter in recent weeks. Finally, at GDC this week, the big reveal landed, and next year you will be taking to the streets of Seattle. Following Paradox taking ownership of the World of Darkness IP back in 2015, it’s a great news story to see a new game in the Bloodlines vein being developed by Hardsuit Labs, with…

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 announced

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 announced

It’s not often I get excited about a new game announcement- certainly a sequel to an old IP, but this one had me ‘squee-ing’ like a little school girl. You see, in 2004 a game called Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (V:MB) came out on PC, and it was glorious. Sure it was a buggy mess, with slightly janky combat, utterly broken latter levels and met decidedly average reviews upon release, but it soon turned into a cult classic and…

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Feature: A Parents perspective on the Nintendo’s Switch

Feature: A Parents perspective on the Nintendo’s Switch

So as you may or may not know I am a Dad, and I have two young boys. As such I’m often walking that tightrope between trying to introduce them to gaming (one of my major often involves wrestling little ones off ‘screen time’ (any digital device- i.e. phones, iPad’s, handheld gaming devices etc), and then dealing with the inevitable (nuclear) fallout of such parental directives. I grew up with gaming in the 90’s when it was new. And I…

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A Plague Tale- Innocence lost : Preview

A Plague Tale- Innocence lost : Preview

NEWS! Oh I love a good bit of news. Don’t you? No wait! It’s not Brexit, it’s Games! No. Not a game about Brexit either; it’s something filled with squalor, disease, peril, the threat of starvation and a plague of killer rats. So if anything, it’s WAY nicer than Brexit… The title in question is ‘A Plague Tail: Innocence’ which is a new episodic game by Asobo Studio’s that is due to come out on May 14th for PC, PS4…

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UnRailed!: Preview

UnRailed!: Preview

CHOOO CHOOOOOO! Unrailed! is a rogue-a-like train buiding/survivial/whatever game by publishers Daedelic Entertainment and developer Indoor Astronaut, and of the many game release and news emails I received this week (i’m looking at you Ed.) it’s the one that really stood out for me. The game centres around an unstoppable train of death (I may have made the death bit up) which requires ground to be prepared and track to be laid to keep it moving. The scenery is randomly…

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Escape From Tarkov: Early-Beta Thoughts

Escape From Tarkov: Early-Beta Thoughts

So I have a new love. We met in Russia (ostensibly) and just fell for each other during some long walks through the forest. I remember it like it was yesterday. Beautiful meadows, mountains in the distance, the occasional wild flower. Oh and Gunfire and death, lots of death. It was a match made in heaven really. Perhaps some explanation may be warranted here…..

Time to Bring Back cncnation.net?

Time to Bring Back cncnation.net?

The title of this post is a very obscure reference, one that maybe only a small handful of people will get. It’s well deserved though, as EA have sent the internet crazy by talking about Command and Conquer again, but this time, in the context of a PC release, not that inane Rivals mobile game they revealed earlier this year. Onwards!