Despite having just found a Pidgey chilling out over my keyboard, I’m not here to talk about the worldwide phenomenon that is Pokemon Go, despite all the traffic that would undoubtedly bring to the site. Instead, I want to write a bit about remasters, and how I am all for them. …
It is hard to believe that back last summer when I first wrote about The Last of Us, I did so without having played the Left Behind DLC. As part of my quest to clear my gaming backlog, I realised that I had to correct this wrong, and so, I reinstalled the game on my PlayStation and got to work. …
Welcome one and all to another edititon of Our Week in Games here at The Reticule. It’s been a week where Chris talks about three indie games he would have played at Rezzed if he been able to attend. Kevin has reviewed Tormentum: Dark Sorrow and Nick takes a look at the Atari/Jeff Minter/Tempest affair. Once you’ve perused those fine words, read on to catch up on Our Week in Games. …
From most accounts, The Last of Us was one of the games of a the generation when it was released on the PlayStation 3 last year. While Steve had some valid criticisms of the game when he played it last year, I have just finished the recently released PlayStation 4 version and, despite some issues, have been truly impressed. …
There has been a lot of nastiness going around the web this past week, and sadly I’m not just talking about the real issues affecting the world at the moment. You see, there are some elements of the gaming community who prefer to spend their time attacking journalists and developers rather than paying attention to issues such as the Islamic State’s horrendous actions in Iraq and Syria or the militarization of the police in Ferguson over in the US.
Those people who think it is fair to attack developers and journalists on any level need to wake up and take stock of what really matters.
I think that is about enough of that unpleasant business, so on with Our Week in Games. …
The Last of Us may be a good game. Many have declared it the greatest game ever, others have commented on its setting, its superb voice acting and the brutality that drives the plot ever onwards. And, as is becoming a frequent occurrence these days, I have an opinion on it. This is not a review however, I have not finished the game and I quite possibly never will. But I want to at least throw my grain of salt onto the scales of greatness and have my voice counted, even though it’s clearly attempting to swim against the current…
I don’t like it.
Welcome to The Reticule’s definitive roundup of gaming releases throughout June 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? May’s release schedule can be found here.
Prime World: Defenders
PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Remember Me features exploration, platforming, stealth, and melee combat. The game introduces the mechanic of ‘memory remixing’: entering and rearranging a target’s memories to manipulate them. Players accomplish this by replaying a memory and modifying details to change the target’s recollection of the outcome. Another key mechanic of gameplay is stealing memories from specific targets and using points called Remembranes to replay the memory in real-time: this is often needed to proceed through the game or avoid hazards otherwise hidden from the player.
Pandora: Purge of Pride
Rugby Challenge 2: The Lions Tour Edition
PC, PS3, Xbox 360
The Last of Us
The Last of Us is a genre-defining experience blending survival and action elements to tell a character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. 20 years after a pandemic has radically changed known civilization, cities are abandoned and being reclaimed by nature, infected humans run wild and survivors are killing each other for food, weapons; whatever they can get their hands on.
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
PC, Xbox 360
Girls Fashion Shoot
Return to Castlerama
Pro Cycling Manager Season 2013: Le Tour de France – 100th Edition
Magrunner: Dark Pulse
PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Developed on Unreal Engine 3, Magrunner transports players into the near future, where technology confronts the Cthulhu Mythos imagined by fantasy author, H.P. Lovecraft. Magrunner takes us to 2050, at the heart of the Gruckezber Magtech space exploration training facility. This futuristic venture, organized to promote a brand new technology, puts your reflexes and brain to the test, with simple yet exciting mechanics.
The Raven – Legacy of a Master Thief
Ashes Cricket 2013
PC, PS3, Wii U, Xbox 360
Lego Legends of Chima: Laval’s Journey
PC, PS3, PSV, Xbox 360
Company of Heroes 2 (First Impressions)
Company of Heroes 2 will feature the Soviet Red Army as a new faction and will take the player on various stages of the Eastern Front campaign, from Operation Barbarossa to the Battle of Berlin. The game is built on Relic’s proprietary Essence 3.0 engine, which showcases new improvements compared to Relic’s previous games. One such improvements is the new line-of-sight technology, TrueSight, which aims to better emulate troop visibility in real combat. In contrast with traditional unit visibility, TrueSight more accurately represents a unit’s visibility range based on environmental conditions and type of unit. Essence 3.0 will also incorporate an innovative weather-simulating technology known as ColdTech and destructible environments.
PS3, Xbox 360
The Sims 3: Island Paradise
Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep
PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Game & Wario
Time and Eternity
Ride to Hell: Retribution
PC, PS3, Xbox 360
So here it is, the final four in our countdown to 2013’s most anticipated games. This year is certainly jam packed with some brilliant releases, but with so many which are the top games to look out for? Read on to find out our final four countdown of the ‘Top 10 Games To Look Forward To In 2013’.
4. Bioshock Infinite
The game environment of Bioshock Infinite just looks utterly stunning. Columbia may be floating in the sky but still has all the trademarks of any large city. Towering sky scrapers protrude through the clouds, dozens of giant hard carved statues can be seen on buildings and in parks and even shops are visible on the cobbled streets. All this is amplified by the fact that below each towering building, every street and cinema there are hundreds of meters of air and a very long fall to your death.
Bioshock Infinite leaves the cramped surroundings of Rapture and explodes into the open air of Columbia with all the intricate design and originality that made the first game so brilliant. An entirely new array of enemies have been developed, new characters and a seemingly in depth story and dialogue to rival that of the first Bioshock.
3. Watch Dogs
Watch Dogs took everyone by surprise at E3 2012. Ubisoft took the choice to gamble on a new IP when almost everyone else was creating sequels to previous games or at the very least playing safe in a genre they were known for. Along side the announcement at E3 was a gameplay trailer which showed the stunning visuals of a city that looked very much like New York and a setting that rings true to the modern day lives of the average person.
In the world of Watch Dogs people are becoming ever more dependant on the technology that they use without ever really knowing who controls the information they input into certain devices and the accessibility to it. All it would take is one person who knew their way around that technology and a lot of disruption could be caused with relative ease. In the trailer Aiden Pearce, the stories antihero, can be seen blocking mobile phone signals, hacking traffic lights and listening in to peoples phone conversations and also seems to be pretty handy with a gun.
2. The Last of Us
The last of Us is a post apocalyptic city based adventure epic set in a world where living is a daily struggle to survive against the odds. From the media released so far by developers Naughty Dog, it’s clear to see the game world has been very well designed and is so intricate that it makes me believe that every building is accessible and has an elaborate interior of crumbling brick, usable tools and all the basics needed to survive just that little bit longer.
While the list of post apocalyptic games, especially those set in large cities is certainly not on the short side, what interests me about The Last of Us is the possibility for unique interactions between you the player (playing as Joel) and your AI controlled partner (Ellie). Solving puzzles, dealing with combat situations and exploration could all be made a lot more interesting under these circumstances.
1. Grand Theft Auto V
The fact that Rockstar have released very little information about Grand Theft Auto V, yet it seems to be one of the most talked about games among my friends and fellow gamers shows just how big this game is going to be come release day. The slow drip feed of screenshots that have been released recently are all that’s needed to whip people up into an excited frenzy over the smallest detail and possibility of what might be included. I think I would be fair in saying that when that first trailer was released on November 2nd the internet almost imploded.
In Grand Theft Auto V the player will be able to take control of three characters with heavily interconnected storylines, much like GTA IV did with its Ballad of Gay Tony and Lost and Damned DLC packs. This time however, the characters stories will be heavily influenced by each other instead of just passing connections.
There are many details that can be speculated about from the released media but one things for sure, GTA V looks downright beautiful. And with a game world larger than Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV and San Andreas combined Rockstars well earned credentials will no doubt fill this virtual space with masses of quality content.
2013 looks like it’s going to be another great year to be a gamer. Next gen consoles are arriving and the biggest and most renowned developers are creating a string of new games and sequels to some of the best series around. But with so many great games being released which, in our humble opinion, are the ones to look out for? This is part one of the countdown of ‘The Top 10 Games To Look Forward To In 2013’. …
Ahead of this year’s E3, the Into The Pixel judges have announced the 16 winners of this year’s competition. Chosen by a range of academics, artists and industry members with the support of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Scientists and Entertainment Software Association, the selected images come from a wide range of games across all the major systems and are, one and all, beautiful.