War, war never changes, especially when it’s World War II. Change or not, WWII is likely the most covered piece of history in all of popular culture. Games have had a long love affair with it, even though there’s been some recent neglect from First Person Shooters. Strategy games, on the other hand, have kept up this affair and will always continue go hand-in-hand with the war. Following this trend we have a new strategy game, Tank Operations: European Campaign by indie developers Linked Dimensions, and here’s what I think of my time as commander of the Allies.
Self-flagellation is an interesting part of human nature. We all have a tendency to punish ourselves, either by watching B Movies, playing what can only be called B Games or simply whipping ourselves until it bleeds while bleating like a lost calf. What makes flagellation interesting is that we do it because we enjoy it. Blood Knights, the story of Jeremy the vampire hunter and Alysa, the moody vampiress, is something that you will either love or hate. Here’s what I think.
Uzumaki Naruto is a character that has never officially made the leap to PC before, tending to stay in safer grounds like the consoles and the Hidden Leaf Village. Well, this little ninja has decided to take that risk is necessary and make that transition. What we have is the updated version of Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm with extra content, fixes and changes. Has this move been worth it? Here’s what I think.
Vietnam. You don’t give answers, do you friend? Just questions that don’t ever end. One such question is why, god, why? Or you could also ask why there is obviously an invisible target on the back of your plane and/or chopper that makes you the sole target of every enemy fighter in the country. This is Vietnam, you are in the air and there are conflicts. This is Air Conflicts Vietnam.
If somebody had said a few months ago that Saints Row IV would be a generic shooter, a Metal Gear Solid Clone, a Godzilla Ripoff, a risque text adventure, a Streets of Rage clone and the best damn superhero game ever made, all at the same time, I would have asked them to share the rather potent drugs they’d been taking and then have them sectioned because obviously they’d be stark raving mad, right? Wrong. Here’s what I think of the rather schizophrenic Saints Row IV.
Move to the music. Play that f[NO]ing music. Move it to the music, yeah (Let’s get it on).
Move to my music. Play that f[NO]ing music. Live through my music, yeah!
That is exactly what happens in Beatbuddy. You move to the music, you live through the music. Not the same sort of music as the above, but it’s still music, possibly better music actually because it’s significantly less violent. Is the moving to and living through said music a good thing? Here’s what I think.
Logic dictates that Divinity: Dragon Commander shouldn’t exist. Long gone are the days where large-scale games are made ‘because it sounds fun’, the general impression being that we live in the age of tried-by-numbers fare where a surprise is a gun that shoots twice as fast. Larian Studios seem to be the mad scientists of video games, creating a mad-cap experiment where they glue the femur of a Lima to the skull of a Bull. Does this mixture of Dragons, jet-packs, politics and factionalism, all taking place during the backdrop of a world war work? Here’s what I think.
Arthurian Britain is a fascinating place and many stories have been told about it. Some include wizards and some include dragons. Almost every story includes a sword that was pulled from a stone. One even included Clive Owen and Keira Knightley as Arthur and Guenevere, they led some Brits in a defence against the Saxons during the Roman retreat from Britain. The question is, will this be a legend recalled throughout the ages or one to simply fade in time?
There are so many types of vampires nowadays it’s getting hard to keep track of them all. Some sparkle, most don’t. The odd few can go out into the light where for most it’s damaging to fatal. What they all do is drink a bit of blood, either straight from the source or as a stylish drink. Eric Bane, while being new to the scene, is no different in his new-found preference of hemoglobin. What’s it like being a vampire in the world of DARK? Why not sit down, grab a bite and find out.
Iceberg Interactive seem to be on a one team conservation effort of the 4X space strategy genre as of late, in the past nine months they’ve published Gemini Wars, Armada 2526, StarDrive and now Horizon which has just released on the alpha access section of Steam. This isn’t a complaint, more strategy games is a positive, provided they’re good. Is Horizon good? It’s early days to judge the end result, it’s open hunting season on the Alpha though.