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Panzer Tactics HD – The Verdict

Panzer Tactics HD – The Verdict

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.

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Our Week in Games – Week 89

Our Week in Games – Week 89

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.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown – The (Tablet) Verdict

XCOM: Enemy Unknown – The (Tablet) Verdict

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.

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UK Music, the IPO and Aardman launch Music Inc.

UK Music, the IPO and Aardman launch Music Inc.

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.

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Heroes of Camelot: The Verdict

Heroes of Camelot: The Verdict

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.

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Our Week in Games – Week 58

Our Week in Games – Week 58

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.

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New Video Game Releases – September 2013 Schedule

New Video Game Releases – September 2013 Schedule

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. Keep this page bookmarked for easy access, as we will link all previews and reviews when we post them on the site.

Still catching up with this months games? August’s release schedule can be found here.

3rd
Total War: Rome II
PC

Total War Rome II 2 Screenshot September 3rd 2013 Release Date Schedule

Become the world’s first superpower and command the most incredible and vast war machine of the Ancient world. Dominate the enemies of your glorious empire by military, economic and political means. Your rise will bring admiration from your followers but will also attract greed and jealousy, even from your closest allies. Will betrayal strike you down, or will you be the first to turn on old friends? How much are you ready to sacrifice for your vision of Rome? Will you fight to save the Republic, or plot to rule alone as Dictator — as Emperor?

Diablo III
PS3, Xbox 360

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
PS3

Rayman Legends
PC

4th
Killzone: Mercenary
PSV

6th
Farming Simulator 2013
PS3, Xbox 360

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
PS3, Xbox 360

Football Director
PC

Final Exam
PC

I Am Alive
PC

10th
The Sims 3 Movie Stuff Pack
PC

11th
DuckTales Remastered
Xbox 360

12th
Arma III
PC

Arma III 3 Screenshot September 12th 2013 Release Date Schedule

ARMA 3 is set in the near-future during the mid-2030s, where NATO forces deployed in the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea are trying to hold off a massive Iranian military offensive from the east. During the singleplayer campaign, the player will take the role of a British Special Forces soldier, Captain Scott Miller. Initially, the player must survive on their own after friendly forces are defeated in a failed NATO operation. During the campaign, the player will face everything from lone wolf infiltration missions to the commanding of large scale armored operations. The player will also be able to choose different objectives and weaponry (such as UAVs, artillery, and air support) according to their play style.

13th
Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection
PS3

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX
PS3

Puppeteer
PS3

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner – Soul Hackers
3DS

NHL 14
PS3, Xbox 360

16th
The Elder Scrolls Anthology
PC

17th
Grand Theft Auto V
PS3, Xbox 360

GTA V Grand Theft Auto Screenshot September 17th 2013 Release Date Schedule

Los Santos: a sprawling sun-soaked metropolis full of self-help gurus, starlets and fading celebrities, once the envy of the Western world, now struggling to stay afloat in an era of economic uncertainty and cheap reality TV. Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals plot their own chances of survival and success: Franklin, a street hustler looking for real opportunities and serious money; Michael, a professional ex-con whose retirement is a lot less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent maniac driven by the chance of a cheap high and the next big score. Running out of options, the crew risks everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life.

MechWarrior Online
PC

18th
Dragon’s Prophet
PC

19th
Angry Birds Star Wars II
iOS

20th
Pro Evolution Soccer 2014
PS3, Xbox 360

Recovery: Search and Rescue Simulation
PC

24th
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
PS3

25th
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+
PC

26th
Train Simulator 2014
PC

27th
FIFA 14
PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Fifa 14 Screenshot September 27th 2013 Release Date Schedule

Career mode in Fifa 14 has been revamped. Additions include a Global Scouting Network through most countries, which allows hiring a scout to search for talent all season from various clubs globally. The Career Mode hub navigation has also been redesigned, with fewer interruptions and live scouting reports. Managers are now able to develop, build and refine their network of scouts, gathering details on the attributes and traits of players. This way of playing Career Mode also moves away from the concept of player overall rating as an on-demand metric of a player’s abilities. Instead, communication with scouts determines what type of player is wished.

Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness
PS3

The Guided Fate Paradox
PS3

Rise of Venice
PC

Alien Rage
PC

Inazuma Eleven 3: Bomb Blast/Lightning Bolt
3DS

Deadfall Adventures
PS3, Xbox 360

Girls’ Fashion Shoot
3DS

Deus Ex: The Fall Cascades Onto iOS Devices Today

Deus Ex: The Fall Cascades Onto iOS Devices Today

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. Set in 2027 the game follows a new protagonist Ben Saxon who was a former member of the British SAS and an augmented mercenary.

The story is a direct follow up of the book Deus Ex: Icarus Effect, which in turn tied in with 2011’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, expect to see recurring characters and story themes. As the video below will show you, the gameplay looks startlingly similar to that of Human Revolution and it’s a wonder to me why the developers have chosen not to release this on consoles.

Deus Ex: The fall is available from the app store right now priced at £4.99

Wales Games Development Show Report

Wales Games Development Show Report

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.

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Jane Wilde – The Verdict

Jane Wilde – The Verdict

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.

Each level is incredibly linear offering no exploration but in turn offers a decent variety of enemies and weapons to deal with them. Gameplay starts off at a rather dreamy pace and is incredibly easy. This picks up in the later stages when you encounter all the types of enemies and have the weapon power capable of dealing with them. However, getting to the later stages may seem like a bit of a drag to anyone who plays the game for extended periods of time as the gameplay is largely the same sequence of mowing down enemy after enemy with a variety of weapons until you encounter a boss.

The progression system in Jane Wilde is fittingly simplistic for a casual mobile game. Each round supplies you with coins which you use to buy ammo, weapons and damage upgrades. You can also collect bonus ammo and health as random drops during play but these vanish if not picked up quickly. Mobility is often an issue when dealing with multiple enemies on screen and I have lost countless drops due to the slow character movement. The gameplay would benefit from a roll button for extra mobility during the hectic moments when drops are a plenty and enemies even more so. A manual reload button would also benefit the game as often the enemies appear in waves and being stuck between waves with only one bullet in the chamber is rather annoying.

Jane Wilde Andriod iOS LevelBit Review Mobile Game

Jane Wilde has the right mix of gameplay I would expect from a mobile game. The controls are very easy to get to grips with, the gameplay is fast paced in the later stages and gameplay is fluid and enjoyable if taken in small chunks. It offers a survival mode, achievements, power-ups and plenty of enemy types and great looking graphics but even after all of this it feels as if something is missing. Replay value is almost non-existent as each level is essentially the same left to right movement with a different sequence of enemies and occasionally a different back drop. The objectives for each level are only made apparent after you complete it and offer no bonuses to your upgrades or otherwise. Quite often deaths are due to the fact that your character lacks mobility and a manual reload button.

As far as value for money goes, you can’t go wrong with a free-to-play game like Jane Wilde and if mowing down endless lines of undead creatures sounds like your kind of bag then you have nothing to lose here.

Verdict – On Target

Platforms Available – Andriod, iOS
Platform Reviewed – Andriod

Review based on a copy freely downloaded from the Google Play store.

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Heroes & Generals Enters Open Beta

Heroes & Generals Enters Open Beta

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.

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