REVIEWS 26 Nov 2019­ by Stephen Haselden

Age Of Wonders: Planetfall

Age of Wonders: Planetfall (Planetfall) is breaking from its fantasy roots to make the first sci-fi game in the AOW series. This makes it perfect timing for a sci-fi nerd like me to jump into the series. However, the big question is: Can a series that’s never been taken seriously as a 4X, transform itself…
PREVIEWS 29 Mar 2019­ by Stephen Haselden

Shortest Trip To Earth

If you haven’t heard of FTL then I recommend that you buy and play it right now (FTL is a brilliant space-based Roguelite, a modern classic, and the kind of game I’d recommend to anyone). All done? Good, Shortest Trip to Earth (STTE) has a lot in common with FTL. But, even though it's still…
NEWS 25 Oct 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

Rimworld “Full” Release

Running naked through the tundra chasing a breakfast squirrel, only to return home to find that pirates have raided your home and murdered your wife, and your best friend is close to death. What would you do? Well the obvious answer is to imprison the three pirates, eat one (you missed breakfast) use the another…
NEWS 18 Oct 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

AI War 2 Early Access Release and Why Arcen Are a Model Indi…

It is my pleasure to belatedly announce AI War 2’s Early Access Release. AI War 2 was on Steam Early Access, on Monday this week. The slight advantage to a late announcement is that I get to tell you about the players and the developers’ initial reactions. Less than 48 hours after AI War 2…
ARTICLES 30 Jun 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

Farewell TotalBiscuit

On the 24th of May John Bain aka TotalBiscuit, aka The Cynical Brit, died aged 33 after a four year battle with cancer. His death hit me harder than I expected and a lot of reviewers, YouTubers, and gamers have said a similar thing, but that is for a simple reason: He’s had a profound…
REVIEWS 02 May 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

Battletech

In a decade obscured by the mists of time and the glare of neon bangs; a board game was created that pitted giant mechanical war machines against each in a contest that would take hours to complete and days to plan. Battletech managed to combine the detail of RPG games with the precision of war…
REVIEWS 19 Mar 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

Surviving Mars

The Planet Mars has been the centre of many fantastic stories. There is something about the planet that inspires our imagination and now Paradox, and Haemimont Games have been inspired to use Mars to capture our imaginations in their game Surviving Mars. But this raises the question: Will Surviving Mars inspire our imaginations as much…
PREVIEWS 05 Mar 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

Forged Battalion

Forged Battalion (FB) is the latest RTS from Petroglyph, a company well known for making excellent RTS games.. Apart from being renowned for titles like Star Wars Empire at War (2006) and Grey Goo (2015), Petroglyph was also created in 2002 by ex members of Westwood Studios, the team behind the Command & Conquer series…
NEWS 22 Feb 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus – Announcement

May your weapon be guarded against malfunction, As your soul is guarded from impurity. The Machine God watches over you. Unleash the weapons of war. Unleash the Deathdealer. - Chant for the prevention of malfunction Kasedo Games and Bulwark Studios have just announced their latest project - Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus. For people not familiar with…
PREVIEWS 26 Jan 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

Northgard

Northgard is a Viking RTS. It’s also a 4X, and a Management Sim too. All of these classifications are relevant, but what Northgard feels like is a modern board game. I’m not talking Snakes and Ladders here, I’m talking Eurogames, like Scythe or Eclipse. To quote Wikipedia: “Euro-style games emphasize strategy while downplaying luck and…
NEWS 24 Jan 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

Violent Space Glory of the Darkest Kind

Currently I’m using a combination of Iron while and overt cynicism to keep a lid on my excitement, but its not holding. The news that has me so hyped is this. Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II The future is looking dark indeed for those living in the Gothic sector of the Imperium. It’s also looking a…
PREVIEWS 13 Jan 2018­ by Stephen Haselden

They Are Billions

When will people learn to love the zombie? That's what I want to know. All this inveterate hatred and revulsion of the undead is merely self fulfilling and ultimately self defeating. It’s time someone tried a better way - hug a zombie today. So, that's exactly what I did in one of my attempts to…
REVIEWS 01 Dec 2017­ by Stephen Haselden

Dungeons 3

In Dungeons 2, the dungeon management genre diverged a long way from its dark and sadistic beginnings in Dungeon Keeper. It’s almost as if fighting the good guys had begun to rub off on the Great Evil. The missions were far more clinical, all the creatures were far better behaved, and even the Snotlings kept…
NEWS 06 Sep 2017­ by Stephen Haselden

Steel Division: Normandy 44. The Second Wave is Arriving Sep…

Steel Division: Normandy 44 is a very detailed and strategic RTS game from Eugen Systems. The methodical precision Normandy 44 demands makes it feel more like Turn Based strategy, and knowing your units and employing them correctly is key to victory in every engagement. The Second Wave DLC for Normandy 44 is scheduled for release…