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Our Week in Games – Week 135

Our Week in Games – Week 135

I’ll be perfectly honest, this week I’ve paid absolutely no attention to the gaming news, so I’m going to go out on a limb and say that three things have definitely happened.

Firstly, a game featuring a gruff man carrying a large gun has been announced. The cover image is probably blue and yellow and there’s a colon in the title.

Secondly, another game everyone’s been excited about has sadly been delayed. The developers have said it’s definitely not been cancelled.

Thirdly, that Kickstarter you’ve been really excited about still hasn’t been completed yet. The developers were last seen driving very expensive cars and not updating the progress page on their website.

So now that we’re all caught up, what have we been playing this week?

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Dorfromantik devs outline Early Access plans

Dorfromantik devs outline Early Access plans

Since Dorfromantik released into Early Access towards the end of March, I’ve been playing a decent amount of this village builder. When I brought word of Dorfromantik a couple of weeks ago, I described it as a peaceful stress-free game that sounded like bliss. After a few hours of play, it certainly is blissful, and wonderfully relaxing.

Over the weekend, the team at Toukana laid out their plans for their time in Early Access in more detail. The first phase will see a number of updates squashing bugs and improving general accessibility and usability, but the second phase is more interesting.

The second phase will comprise two content updates, the first will see a creative mode land which I am very keen to see, while the second update will add new biomes, tiles and challenges. The team are still planning a full release in mid/late 2021, and I’ll be looking to deliver a Verdict at that point.

For now, check out Dorfromantik on Steam and enjoy.

Risk Your Own Kitchen Nightmare in Recipe for Disaster

Risk Your Own Kitchen Nightmare in Recipe for Disaster

Have you ever thought about becoming a restaurateur, but feared Gordon Ramsey himself coming along, shout obscenities at you and filming an episode of Kitchen Nightmares in your own domain? Put those fears to one side as Dapper Penguin Studios (of Rise of Industry) have unveiled restaurant sim, Recipe for Disaster coming to PC later this year.

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Gorgeous village builder, Dorfromantik looks relaxing

Gorgeous village builder, Dorfromantik looks relaxing

In these trying times, a relaxing city builder is just what we need. I reported on how I was put off by SimCity when returning a couple of weeks ago, but I think Dorfromantik might be more my cup of tea.

Launching into Early Access on the 25th March Dorfromantik is a village building game based on placing hexagonal tiles to strategically grow your world. Take a look at the trailer after the break to get an idea of what it’s all about.

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Euro Truck Sim 2 Gets Ready for Iberia

Euro Truck Sim 2 Gets Ready for Iberia

It’s strange to think that it was way back in 2012 that Euro Truck Sim 2 first released, even back then receiving a Headshot Verdict from me. Since then, developers SCS Software have been busy releasing American Truck Sim, numerous expansions for both titles and gradually re-working the original ETS2 map. The team are currently busy working on the Iberian expansion which will take players into Spain and Portugal, taking in major cities like Barcelona and Lisbon, along with holiday resorts like Malaga with the latest dev diary indicating Iberia could be with us in early April. Hit the break for trailers and details of what else SCS Software have been up to as they get ETS2 ready for Iberia.

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Murder Puzzler Deathloop Gets Groovy Theme, Explainer

Murder Puzzler Deathloop Gets Groovy Theme, Explainer

We don’t often do straight up news posts here at The Reticule, especially not for AAA titles which everyone knows about already. But Deathloop seems to still be going somewhat under the radar in the broader gaming community, despite me absolutely falling in love with it when it featured in Sony’s PlayStation 5 unveiling last summer, and if I can do my bit to share the news of this brilliant looking game, then I will.

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Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four slated to leave Early Access

Cardaclysm: Shards of the Four slated to leave Early Access

I always used to think I wasn’t a fan of collectible card games, for so long I dismissed them, but games like Fights in Tight Spaces have started to change my mind. With my horizons being broadened, when I saw a press release revealing that Cardaclysm was going to be leaving Early Access on the 26th February, my interest was piqued. The mention of fighting the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse might have had something to do with that.

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Rise of Industry devs tease next project

Rise of Industry devs tease next project

Thanks in some small part to starting to watch Parks and Rec, and my recent trip into the Railgrade demo, I’ve recently returned to tycoon game Rise of Industry which I first checked out three years ago during Early Access. The game has come a long way since there with a couple of major updates, and a futuristic expansion taking you to 2130. The team at Dapper Penguin Studios are celebrating the second anniversary of the release of the full game out of Early Access. While thanking the fans and wannabe industrial tycoons, the team have also revealed that their next project will be a restaurant simulation game, but with a twist. I know full well how good Rise of Industry is, and I’m going to be keeping an eye out for future teases of Dapper Penguin’s next adventure.

For The King Expands Today

For The King Expands Today

When I read a press release with a subject title starting “Celebrated’ I tend to roll my eyes. When it’s regarding For the King though, a smile comes to my face as it actually is celebrated. I wrote back in May 2019 that the Switch release “brought new life to what is a gem of an RPG“, and I am very pleased to read that the game now has over 3 million players across the numerous platforms it released on, success which has brought about an expansion which releases today on PC.

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