If you haven’t heard yet, there’s a hardcore football simulator coming out in the nebulous “soon”, and it goes by the name Behold the Kickmen. I even interviewed the developer, Dan Marshall back in the summer when all things were bright and beautiful. It’s something of a shock then to see that Dan is including a new mode in Kickmen which betrays the ultra-hardcore, extremely realistic simulation style of the game. The new mode – Dystopian Future BloodSport Mode.
Ahead of this week’s release of FIFA 17, Marc Stafford takes a look at the demo.
This year’s obligatory FIFA release is more worthy for attention than any in recent memory. That’s important for me, as I have not purchased a FIFA game since 2013. Simply put, they rarely do enough every year to justify a purchase. They update the graphics slightly, tweak the gameplay slightly and slap the latest footballing superstar on the cover and then release it into the wild. It’s not enough for me to shell out £50. Every year, I play the demo, each time all reaffirming my position.
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.
When you consider all of the love (and sometimes, the grumbles) that I give to the Football Manager series, you might think that I started my management game life with something like Championship Manager 3. You’d be wrong, as my first sporting love was Formula 1, not football, and in turn, my first experience of in-game management was with Microprose’s brilliant, Grand Prix Manager 2. I loved that game to bits, and I might finally have something to replace it with Motorsport Manager.
I love football, I think it is one of the finest sports in all the land. I’m not that good at it mind, neither playing the game with a ball, or playing with a gamepad. The prospect of a football game that I can play, and looks fun to watch? That’s something which has me interested. Behold, Behold The Kickmen, the upcoming football game from indie stalwart, Dan Marshall.
While we here at Reticule Towers were hibernating over the winter period, Dovetail Games quietly announced that they were releasing two new flight sims this year. While we won’t see the fully fledged Dovetail Games Flight Simulator until later in the year, the smaller, more caring younger brother, Dovetail Games Flight School is due this April and has a genuinely exciting new trailer out. Hit the break to find out more.
It always seems odd to me when a launch trailer is released for a game more than a handful of days from release. Even more so when said trailer comes a full two weeks ahead of the launch of the game. Yet I still tend to watch them, out of an ingrained curiosity and the chance to get a glimpse (after all the other trailers that have already been and gone) of the action one last time before launch. If there is one thing that will get me more excited to see a launch trailer than normal though, it is when you read that the trailer is backed up by a great rock song. So here we are with the launch trailer for The Taken King, the upcoming massive expansion for Destiny, backed up by the mighty Black Dog by Led Zeppelin.
A good train management game can be a thing of excellence, just think back to the Railroad Tycoon series and bask the glow of glorious train timetabling and management. It is a genre which I’ve largely lost track of in recent time, but the upcoming full release of Train Valley on September 16th could change that.
I spent much of the past weekend playing the Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer Beta on the PlayStation 4. While the Beta is launching on the Xbox One and PC at the moment, I just want to share some of my early thoughts of the game. Hit the break, and let’s begin.
Larian Studios have spent their development career working on the Divinity series, a history which has seen them dive into the traditional RPG-fair with Divinity II: Ego Draconis and RTS/political-sim hybrid Divinity: Dragon Commander. Their true success however came with Divinity: Original Sin (see my Verdict), an RPG with a highly interactive world to explore with some hardcore turn-based combat thrown in for good measure. It was a great game, and is set to become even better with an Enhanced Edition.
Have you ever had a dream about changing the course of history? Have you ever wondered what might happen if Britain got involved in the Spanish Civil War? What about the United States taking an isolationist policy towards Europe in World War Two? If you have dreams like that, then you are either a historian, or you are waiting for Hearts of Iron IV from Paradox. The good news is that I have the latest trailer to share with you, after the break.
Dovetail Games, the team behind Train Simulator and the recent rebirth of Microsoft Flight Simulator on Steam are expanding their relationship with Microsoft. Find out more, after the break.
There was a time before The Reticule was born when I tried my hand at running a Command and Conquer fansite, it was called cncnation.net and last a couple of years, at least until my enthusiasm for the series was destroyed by the falling standards of Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars and Red Alert 3. But I was always fascinated by the dedicated modding communities that were out there, and one of the biggest is nearing final release.
There is one game which I will always hold close to my heart, for the simple reason that it is somewhat close to my old nickname…that game of course is Evoland and I was suitably intrigued last year when the sequel was announced. And now, we have a trailer for the new game which is set for release this summer.