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As I talked about in my Editor's Blog yesterday, we are slap bang in the middle of a change in console generations with Sony and Microsoft launching their new hardware in the UK over the coming weeks. While last week we did a birthday special looking at the past five years in games, this week we take a look at what we have been playing this past generation.Read More »
Left oar. Right oar. Left oar. Right oar. As my small boat gently drifts downstream on the current, I pause and look above me at the tall trees that overhang the river. For a moment, I've completely forgotten the bustling floor of the exhibition, the Minecraft tournament and the explosive death-matches taking place not a dozen paces away from me. For just a few quiet seconds, there's just me, my silent passenger, and the river itself. I am the Sandman, and this is my home.Read More »
The next generation of consoles is here at last, well at least it is the US with the PlayStation 4 going on sale yesterday. Over the next few weeks, us lucky Brits will see Sony’s machine and the Xbox One from Microsoft launch. I was in Game in Cardiff a few nights past and saw the new look shelves heralding the imminent arrival of the new machines.
It made me think about the generation which is now the old-gen. The humble Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are but things of a bygone era now. In reality they will still be fairly important to gamers and the industry for a year or so yet as people wait for the inevitable price cuts or a wider range of titles to launch.
Welcome to The Reticule’s definitive roundup of gaming releases throughout November 2013. All release dates stated are for the EU, across all currently available platforms including Playstation 4 and Xbox One.Read More »
It seems like only yesterday that every potential SaGa, Mana and Vagrant Story revival at Square Enix found itself under the Final Fantasy banner in order to capture a little more marketplace enthusiasm. From the international renaming of SaGa titles in the early years through to the incongruousness of whacking Final Fantasy onto the Crystal Chronicles sub-series of action RPGs, for decades the premier JRPG company leant heavily on their most successful marque.Read More »
Some people might wonder why I am delivering my Verdict of Black Flag when I haven't even finished the game yet. If someone asked me that question I would reply by saying something along the lines of "I have played enough of if to pass judgement on whether it is a good game, and if I would be happy to buy it." Without further ado, why not hit the break and find out what I have made of the game after around 12 hours or so with it.Read More »
Gaming Crowdfunding Weekly – The Mandate, Bloom, Project Sen, Obduction, Night in the Woods, Raindrop
Gaming is one of the pillars of crowdfunding, so we’ve decided to start up a weekly roundup of crowdfunding projects to watch. This week: tactical RPG starship sim the Mandate, the optionally violent Bloom, Project Sen‘s thighs, Myst successor Obduction and funding outcomes good and bad for Night in the Woods and Raindrop respectively.Read More »
Battlefield is and should be about team based gameplay whether that be single player with AI or multiplayer with a team of friends. With that in mind it’s strange that the campaign of Battlefield 4 does such a terrible job of making you feel like part of a team.Read More »
This week saw the site turn five, I shared my thoughts in this editorial piece, but today in a change from the usual planning, we are doing Our Five Years in Games. We might do a Our Console Generation in Games next week, but this is a broader overview of the past five years. Read on, and enjoy.Read More »
A pair of stabbing green daggers hold the horde at bay, as a flaming hammer swings around the heads of the soon-to-be vanquished. An arrow streaks from somewhere, felling the largest of the creatures and a frost-frosted shield sparks and clangs as it hurtles between man and beast. Forced is a co-op thing of beauty, that still, somehow, manages to squeeze extreme-frisbee into this scene of battle.
I’m not even kidding.Read More »
What names does your mind jump to when asked to pick the titles that shaped our current indie gaming landscape? I suspect Minecraft and Braid will be joined by a few personal favourites for most of you, but in my case the association is strongest with Darwinia: a game so entirely beautiful despite being so daringly lo-fi, that promised amazing new ideas could come from small, left-field teams and rank among a list of the best things you played that year.Read More »
There's a lesson here to all budding writers (not that I class myself as a good writer or hell, even a competent one, but we'll gloss over that..) and it is this: don't use a potentially great review opener on a weekly games update....
Rufus is one of those combustible characters that try as he might, can't help but cause chaos at the best of times. This characterisation combined with Deponia's off-the-wall humour has seen Rufus in quite a few predicaments throughout his adventures. It's these moments of picturesque hilarity that mould the Deponia games from being simply funny, to hilariously memorable.Read More »
The life of a small games website owner isn’t an easy one, and yet The Reticule has been going for five years now. A lot has changed with the site, and in the industry in that time, and hopefully I can do a decent job of explaining some of the pressures that influence our output here on the site in my words you can read after the break.Read More »
I was going to have an intro about the life of a small site owner having just paid the £150 hosting charge, but I think I am going to save that for a standalone article. As long as I get the time to write it that is. Regardless, you want to read about what we have been playing this week? Hit the break to find out.Read More »