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Introducing Five For Five

Introducing Five For Five

We’re trying something out on The Reticule over the next few weeks, whether doing it in the run up to Christmas is a good idea, I don’t know, but it should be interesting. Over the next five weeks, you can expect to see five upcoming indie games featured on the site, complete with short Q&As consisting of five questions and hands-on impressions. First up will be noir adventure game, Detective Gallo.

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News – “Frozen Synapse 2 unveils new units; delayed until 2017”

News – “Frozen Synapse 2 unveils new units; delayed until 2017”

Is something  news if we have already shared in on our Twitter? Who is even writing this post? I think we’ve passed the fourth wall and entered the dimension inhabited by Frozen Synapse 2Today, this dimension is inhabited by delays (to make the game better!), new units (yay!) and a new game mode (double yay!). Do you dare step forth into this dimension to read a hurried breakdown of a delightful press release from Mode 7? You do? Hooray!

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EGX 2016 – Day One Report

EGX 2016 – Day One Report

As another September draws near an end, I make my annual pilgrimage to the Eurogamer Expo, or EGX as they like to call it these days. I’ve travelled to London in the past, and more recently, have made my way to the NEC in Birmingham. For this year’s edition of the show, I am present for two day’s, and right here, right now in Birmingham, England *cheap pop*, I am delivering my Day One Report. Read on…

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The Banner Saga 2 – The Verdict

The Banner Saga 2 – The Verdict

This is only a short Verdict on The Banner Saga 2. Jon was originally lined up to take a look, but work matters took priority, so I have bravely stepped into the breach. However, I haven’t played the first Banner Saga, so this review is coming from a newcomers’ perspective.

For reasons that will forever be lost to me, I never played the first Banner Saga when it came out in 2014. Looking back, I was busy racing around in Assetto Corsa and watching the Super Bowl. Two very valid activities, but it meant I missed out on Stoic’s inspired artwork and storytelling. Now that I have played some of The Banner Saga 2, I realise that I will have to go back and start the adventure from where it belongs – the beginning.

Banner Saga 2 Map

Before I do that, it is worth sharing some words on the second part of the Saga. The first thing to say, is that you can come into The Banner Saga 2 without having played the first game in the series. A handy recap brings you up to date with the story, and when you start, you can choose to import a save file, or start afresh with Alette, or her father, Rook.

Being new to the series, I chose to start with Alette, a young archer who is charged with leading a caravan of survivors to safety and escape the Dredge while taking part in some extremely good turn-based battles.

I might have come into the story at the mid-point, but I have already found myself engaged with the characters and the world as a whole. Part of that is down to the excellent writing and important choices you have to make as you make your journey, the other part is thanks to the beautiful artwork. Whether it be in the battles, while the caravan is travelling, or the moments of conversation, the artwork is constantly drawing you in, and informing you of the world these characters inhabit and their motivations for being there.

Banner Saga 2 Battle

I didn’t think I would find myself drawn into the story so much, but that is why I feel like I need to leave the game shortly after completing the first Chapter, and go back to the first game so I can fully appreciate the histories of these complex characters. I could easily carry on playing The Banner Saga 2 without completing the first, but I would feel that I am doing a disservice to creators in not being fully aware of the context of the decisions I am making.

The decisions you have to make as the caravan travels towards safety (at least, I hope there will be safety) in Arberrang are thought provoking with sacrifices potentially being made for the greater good. Will you leave your followers who are struggling to get picked off by the Dredge, or will you stand and fight?

Banner Saga 2 statue

It might be simple, but the turn-based battle can lead to further consequences later on. Combat has a pleasant depth as you balance different Hero types and abilities against a formidable foe. Fans of turn-based strategy will have a field day here, sadly my strategic abilities aren’t my strong suit so I’ve been playing with the difficulty turned down.

That’s not a problem though, it means I can be more relaxed and enjoy the story moments that develop during battles while ensuring I maintain momentum in the game without being let down by my own ineptitude.

Banner Saga 2 cliff

While I will be leaving The Banner Saga 2 early, it is for the best reason, I want to become further invested in the tale that Stoic are telling. For anyone who played the first game, this is a must-buy. For anyone who is a fan of good storytelling, fantastic artwork and good turn-based action, I recommend picking up both games, I doubt you will be disappointed.

Platforms Available/Played – PC

The Verdict – Head Shot

For more on our scoring system, please read this post.

Gang Beasts Online Beta – Quick Hit Impressions

Gang Beasts Online Beta – Quick Hit Impressions

When a game is described by the developers as containing “surly gelatinous characters, brutal mêlée fight sequences, and absurdly hazardous environments” with the action taking place in a fictional place known as Beef City, you know it’s going to be fun. This is Gang Beasts, and I’ve got some quick hit thoughts after playing a bit of the online beta.

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Niffelheim – Early Access First Impressions

Niffelheim – Early Access First Impressions

Niffelheim is a 2D side-scrolling RPG currently in development in Steams Early Access Program. In it you play as a Viking who’s soul has been diverted on its was to Valhalla. You can craft armour and weapons, collect resources, upgrade your home base and defend it against numerous foes. Niffelheim is a true early access game in the sense that there are a lot of features still to be released, but the games developers are hard at work and keep in regular contact with the players via the Steam forums.

To see what the game looks like click the video below where I go through

Niffelheim is cuurently available on Steam for £14.99 link can be found here.

Evoland developer announces Norse strategy game, Northgard

Evoland developer announces Norse strategy game, Northgard

Shiro Games, the team behind the innovative Evoland  have today announced their next game, and you won’t be role-playing your way through different eras of gaming this time. Northgard is a strategy game steeped in Norse lore and features, among other things, Vikings! We here at Reticule Towers are big fans of Vikings, and have gathered a few screenshots and details after the break.

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