Yes, you read that title correctly, I’m writing about a mobile game! This one has caught my eye though, going by the name HERO Unit you are put into the shoes of a 911 responder, tasked with making life or death decisions, or even just helping a kid get ready for Santa to visit.
There might be a Football Manager overload this year as Sports Interactive get ready to release three distinct versions of the venerable football management sim. Your needs will be met, whether you are a PC gamer, mobile user or prefer to play your games on a tablet. What’s it all about then? Read on to find out more.
Wargames, and the wargamers who play them, often feel like a very particular subsection of gaming, a tribe of hex worshippers inaccessible to all but the select few who can navigate mazes of enemy zones of control and execute perfect pincer attacks. There will be arrays of period units, large swathes of ground to conquer and enemies to crush. But, as traditional wisdom goes, it just won’t be approachable enough to drop right into. Panzer Tactics HD does have period units, sprawling scenarios to beat and all of the above, but developers Sproing have put just a little bit more into making it approachable to the uninitiated.
Welcome to The Reticule’s Sunday spectacular, Our Week in Games. This has been a surprisingly busy week in the games industry, while I haven’t come across any Games Industry Dramas, there have been some serious goings on. The new Doom was revealed at QuakeCon while Microsoft announced drastic job cuts and the closure of the Xbox Entertainment studios. Big things to muse over while we talk about what our past week in games involved.
Last Friday was the 2014 edition of the Wales Games Development Show at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff. Being a proud Welshman, I took the time to head down to check out what was going on and I had very good time. Read on to check out my report of the show.
I normally start a Verdict like this by saying something along the lines of “I’ve never played a game in this series before, but this really surprised me.” Or I might write “I don’t usually play games on my tablet, but my eyes have been opened by this game.”
Today, those phrases can be applied to XCOM: Enemey Unknown, but not the PC or even the console version as I have been busy playing the turn-based alien hunter on my Google Nexus 7 tablet.
A group of powerful voices in the British media industry have come together to launch a game on Android on iOS. The game is called Music Inc and comes from UK Music, the IPO and Aardman animations. It puts you in the shoes of a managerial figure of a fictional band which you must try to guide to success through managing their style and PR through to how they release their music.
Grind. Any person who’s played an MMO, perhaps barring Guild Wars 2, will be intimately familiar with the concept. Some see it as a necessary mechanic to allow the learning of game mechanics and to give a reason to explore the usually huge open-world environments. Others see it as a way of padding and prolonging the experience. In truth, it depends on the game and in some cases it is entirely necessary, in others it is less so. The common denominator though is that the grind is a means to an end and not the driving force of the experience.
I wish I could say the same about Heroes of Camelot.
We are less than a week away from the Eurogamer Expo at Earl’s Court in London, and I will be making the trip down there with the aim of getting some time with the PS4 and Xbox One…though I will probably give up on the queues and just play some indie games. It should be fun at least! Let’s take a look at what has gone down in the past week in Our Week in Games.
Welcome to The Reticule’s definitive roundup of gaming releases throughout September 2013. All release dates stated are for the EU, across all currently available platforms.
I hate busy weeks, it means that I miss things like this new trailer for Rack N Ruin. It is a game from LifeSpark Entertainment, a studio set up by former Blizzard artist Tyler Hunter. Hit the break for some details.
Deux Ex: The Fall is the fourth game in the Deus Ex series, the first of which has been released exclusively for iOS devices today.
If there is one lesson I am going to take away from attending Rezzed on the weekend and the Wales Games Development Show today, it is that I desperately need to get myself a business card. My wallet was bulging with them by the end of the show which was capped off with a keynote speech from Ian Livingstone and the first BAFTA Cymru game awards. It was an enjoyable day with plenty of indie games on offer, even though I only actually got around half of the titles on show. Report after the break.
Jane Wilde, developed by LevelBit, is a free-to-play side scrolling shooter recently released for Android phones. The main aim of the game is to survive each mini section whilst completing goals and collecting money to upgrade your arsenal of weapons.
A new free-to-play MMOFPS has entered the arena, this one is known as Heroes & Generals and has a World War Two setting. It promises to allow gamers to play in two distinct fashions, the Hero side of things is first-person combat featuring ground, armoured and air combat along with a strategic layer with the Gnerals. The Generals will apparently determine the strategic direction of the war and manage reinforcements and battlefield assets.