I was recently fortunate enough to gain access to the Back 4 Blood (B4B) closed-beta, and I’m going to share my thoughts on the game as it is and where I think it can go both before and after release. Bear in mind as this was the beta build of the game content and mechanics may – and probably will – still change.
I’ve tried a couple of Monster Hunter titles, including the mega-hit World which opened the game to a whole new audience. However, I’ve never really clicked with the titles in the past, finding them lacking direction and boasting an overwhelming number of combat mechanics.
Now, having played the Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin trial on the Switch over the past few days, I’ve potentially found my style of Monster Hunter game.
The word ‘Reiterate’ is defined as being the act of repeating a task or action until hitting a set of spikes for the thousandth time causes you to scream and throw something.
ReIterate() on the other hand is a fast-paced 2D platformer by Zayne Black of Black Country Games. Citing his influences as Kuso and N++, it’s a game with simple graphics but a focus on precision and fluidity, two things I’m not particularly good at. Controlling a tiny little man in his endless quest to go to the right, you must overcome a series of deadly obstacles in order to reach the end of the level. …
Going Medieval, a colony builder set during the 14th Century, has had a phenomenal first week in Early Access, selling 175,000 copies. It’s a charming little game which I sunk a few hours into over the weekend, and came away with all of my ‘Sims and SimCity in the dark ages’ fantasies fulfilled. Well, this is a bit more hardcore than those two behemoths. and selling so many copies in the first week is a massive achievement. Hit the break for my hands on impressions.
The Football Manager series is well known as a simulation of real world football, not a full blown RPG, but FM21 coming out this November will come with a heap of new features, including one that will go some small step towards letting you live out your Crusader Kings come Football Manager dreams.
For a long time I’ve wanted a game based on War of The Worlds. Not the 2005 Hollywood blockbuster featuring Tom Cruise, but something that follows the original novel by HG Wells. I’ve wanted a game that allows me to first-hand experience the terror of alien cylinders crashing into the landscape and disgorging a terrifying force of gigantic unstoppable machines. It would be a game where you spent your time not battling an alien menace, but running for your life, desperately searching for food and shelter as you make your escape.
Believe it or not, someone appears to be making precisely that. …
Set during World War II, Partisans 1941* has you controlling Alexey Zorin, a member of the Red Army who escaped from a German prison camp as he builds his band of Partisans and fights back against the German occupation of Russia. The game mixes ideas from a number of genres but primarily consists of real-time strategy, stealth and basic resource and base management.
Who would have thought that Dirt 5, the upcoming off-road extravaganza from Codemasters would feature a slice of Trackmania. The new Playgrounds feature takes the track creation of the adorable arcade racer and re-imagines it for an off-road audience. …
Iron Harvest is a classic-RTS game by King Art Games that has just launched an Open Beta. I was quite enamored by the diesel-punk idea and of course a game that could be the spiritual successor to the greatest RTS of all time, Company of Heroes. Only you know, with big stompy retro-mechs. What’s not to love.
At first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking that Escape From Tarkov (EFT) was just another Battle Royale game jumping on the bandwagon of popularity. And while the core experience may have some aspects that are similar, the game as a whole is much, much more.