Noita Early Access – First Impressions

Noita Early Access – First Impressions

Noita (the Finnish word for witch) is an early access rogue-lite with an emphasis on every pixel being simulated. That’s right, every single pixel in the game has physical properties and can be affected by the player in one way or another. Explosions gouge chunks out of caves and yourself, fire burns down anything organic including any wood you’re standing on and yourself, water fills up all the little crevices and drowns you if you’re not careful and many enemies have the same abilities. Indeed traversing your way through Noita can be as precarious and treacherous as fighting the enemies that dwell in it’s caves.

GRID The Verdict

GRID The Verdict

When I first played Codemaster’s newly rebooted GRID I had just come back from a weekend at the Wales Rally GB. A weekend of serious motorsport, off-road motorsport at that put me in the wrong mindset to play GRID for the first time. This isn’t a sim like Codies recent DiRT Rally 2.0 or their F1 series of racers. Nay, GRID is an arcade racer, and one with plenty of depth. In my first few races in the Touring car…

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SUPERHOT On Oculus Quest – My First Experience With VR

SUPERHOT On Oculus Quest – My First Experience With VR

It was great fun. That’s it, no introduction needed. I’m going straight for the jugular on this one! Despite previously being somewhat of a skeptic on anything VR related, I also believe in a lot of cases it’s hard to have a stong opinion on something without first having an experience with that something. And so I had my first experience with virtual reality with my Oculus headset awkwardly strapped to my face and my touch controllers waving around clumsily as I entered the VR world of SUPERHOT.

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels – EGX Hands On

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels – EGX Hands On

I’m a big fan of the indie games that Curve Digital publish, and their area is normally one of my regular haunts at EGX. This year the layout of the Rezzed area was so expansive that Curve’s games were spread out, not in one nice grouping like I’ve come to expect. It all meant that I missed the opportunity to take a look at Autonauts and Table Manners, but I was able to get some time with Narcos: Rise of the Cartels. Yes,…

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CyberPunk 2077 – EGX Preview

CyberPunk 2077 – EGX Preview

Six months out from the planned release, and CD Projekt Red are being careful with CyberPunk 2077, showing off plenty in a 45-minute cinematic demo, but by keeping it out of the hands of the general public at EGX, ensuring people only see exactly what they want you to see. With some developers, you might start to have concerns that the ground-breaking new features they have spent months hyping will all fall apart when people get hands on. With CDPR though,…

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Doom Eternal – Hands On

Doom Eternal – Hands On

There haven’t been many AAA games at EGX this year that I came into the show keen to check out, but Doom Eternal was one of them, so when I got the chance to get stuck into a twenty-minute demo of action taken from the middle of the game, I was excited. Before the shooting started, there was a demo specific tutorial to refresh everyone with the basics of this generation of Doom games. It was a welcome refresher, and something that…

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Yes Your Grace – EGX Hands On

Yes Your Grace – EGX Hands On

One of the first games I checked out at EGX this year was Yes Your Grace, the upcoming kingdom sim come father sim from Brave Night with No More Robots handling publishing duties. I wasn’t expecting to see Yes Your Grace having missed the initial announcement a few weeks ago. Rather I was playing Not Tonight: Take Back Control Edition (on which I’ll have more soon) and saw Yes Your Grace elsewhere on the No More Robots stand. It immediately…

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Snooker 19 – The Verdict

Snooker 19 – The Verdict

What I, and to a greater extent Chris, have realised with Snooker 19 from Lab 42 and Ripstone is that snooker is a tough game. As a casual pool player when the opportunity presents itself, transitioning to snooker, even in videogame form isn’t easy.

Battlefield V – Back to the Front

Battlefield V – Back to the Front

Disposable Heroes is one of those thumping anthems from Metallica’s Master of Puppets album, a song like many from the Heavy Metal giants that deals with death, war and destruction. There are two lines from the chorus of Disposable Heroes that ring in my ears when I dipped back into Battlefield V recently: Back to the front You will do what I say, when I say For all of the improvements to the action since I pondered the open beta…

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Dry Drowning – The Verdict

Dry Drowning – The Verdict

When I previewed Dry Drowning back in July, I argued that although it was described as a visual novel on its Steam page, there were “gamey” elements to ensure it would meet some arbitrary definition of what a game is from some quarters of the internet. Having worked my way through the game since its release at the beginning of August, I’d argue that regardless of how you define Dry Drowning, you should take the time to check it out….

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FIA European Truck Racing Championship – The Verdict

FIA European Truck Racing Championship – The Verdict

We all know that truck driving games are some of the best things out there, while some prefer the American stylings, I still hold candle up to European Truck Simulator 2, which is now a scary seven year old! It is probably my fascination with ETS2 that led to YouTube pushing a video for FIA European Truck Racing Championship my way. In these summer months where AAA releases are few and far between, now is the time for smaller more…

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Dry Drowning – Hands On

Dry Drowning – Hands On

The phrase “visual novel” is one that can spark hysterical reactions across the web from those who will argue that they aren’t proper video games. While Dry Drowning is being described on its Steam page as such a thing, after getting some hands on time through the first chapter, I’d argue there are enough “gamey” elements to put any fears to bed. Dry Drowning, coming this August, puts you in the role of Mordred Foley, a disgraced private detective trying…

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Catan – Settling The World

Catan – Settling The World

The Settlers of Catan to give this deeply strategic game its classic title is one of the most well-known board games out there. So when Chris mentioned recently that a version was going to be released on the Switch, I knew I had to get him to play the classic board game version before losing him to the Switch. Having played Catan a couple of times previously with friends, I picked up my own copy and arranged a session with…

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Board games? Let’s do this!

Board games? Let’s do this!

Board games, let’s talk about them here, why not? Yes, I know The Reticule has traditionally been a video game focused site, but after some recent board game sessions, Chris has asked me to lend some words about this thriving entertainment sector. Why board games though, when everyone knows that Chris and the gang are dedicated PC and consoler gamers? The answer is simple, I’m one of those unfortunates who suffer from awful motion sickness when playing most video games,…

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Metro Exodus – The Verdict

Metro Exodus – The Verdict

Metro Exodus is a conflicted game, one that feels unsure of what its true nature is. Is it an extension of the previous titles, or something all new that is striking out in a brave new direction? I’m not 100% sure either way, but is it a good game? Exodus tells the story of Artyom and his wife Anya as they escape radiation riddled Moscow with Anya’s father, Miller and the Spartan Order. They are travelling across Russia to find…

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