Posts Tagged ‘Focus Home Interactive’

Of Ooos And Ahhhs: Of Orcs And Men Looks Quite Good

By Nathan Grayson on July 7th, 2012.

Not pictured: men.

It’s been more than a year since we last peeked into the Cyanide-and-Spiders-filled cauldron that’s cooking up Of Orcs And Men, and that’s a bit of a shame. If you ask me, it’s looking rather promising – though information on combat, skills, etc is unfortunately scarce at the moment. But, at the very least, the central concept – humans are dumb jerks and you, an orc, must battle back against their oppressive, racism-steeped regime – sounds like it could provide the ingredients for a very special dish: a fantasy RPG that’s actually unique. You’ll find two impressive-looking trailers beyond the break, after which you are cordially invited to join me in heel-clicking-centric merriment and light discussion. There will, however, be no refreshments, because humans are jerks who don’t deserve liquids.

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Realms Of Ancient War Is An ARPG, And That’s Okay

By John Walker on May 2nd, 2012.

Sure, it looks like everything else. But everything else is great!

REALMS OF ANCIENT WAR! It’s a title that should be shouted, I believe. It’s also a title that needs some tidying up, since we’re apparently supposed to call it “R.A.W. – Realms of Ancient War“. No. No I absolutely won’t do that. Your title doesn’t get to be an acronym and the expansion of that acronym. That’s not how titles work. And you certainly don’t get all those full stops and then a hyphen. Goodness me, no. Your game is now called Realms Of Ancient War, and it’s to be shouted. It is decided. Please redesign your website/game materials. Thank you. Oh, and also your game looks super-pretty.

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Pro Cycling Manager Is Back, Back! BACK!

By Jim Rossignol on April 20th, 2012.


The many thousands of you – for it is indeed many thousands – who relish the management of imaginary teams of real cyclists will be pleased to hear that Pro Cycling Manager, Le Tour de France returns in June for another season of frantic pedaling. The game, which is developed by Cyanide in between the Blood Bowl reboots, looks like it will be getting the standard sort of treatment for a year sports franchise: updated teams and slightly improved visuals. Not that you care about the graphics, eh cycling team managers? It’s all about the er cycling team management for you, isn’t it?

Mhm.

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Timely: Yesterday Came Out Today

By Adam Smith on March 22nd, 2012.

He believes in it

Yesterday, from Pendulo the creators of the Runaway series and The Next Big Thing, is now out. It’s £19.99 direct from the publisher and there’s a trailer below. Of the few companies plugging away at the point and click genre, Pendulo are the one I’m least acquainted with. I’ve seen videos aplenty and even played the first hour or so of the first Runaway but I never felt inspired to continue, let alone to plough through a trilogy. Yesterday has killings, cults, conspiracies and an amnesiac lead character, ideas which haven’t quite managed to send me cartwheeling around the room. In fact, I’ve actually nestled deeper into my chair and begun to grimace slightly. Trailer follows.

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A Glimpse Of A Game Of Thrones RPG

By Jim Rossignol on March 7th, 2012.

Anyone got any l33t pauldrons? Mine are totally lvl1.
Atlus and Cyanide have released a bit of footage of the A Game Of Thrones RPG. It talks about someone wanting to marry her brother, so that’s nice. This is apparently a preview of one of the playable areas in the game, Castlewood. Atlus explain: “Situated on the banks of the Blackwater in the Riverlands, Castlewood is the prosperous seat of the House of Harlton, bannermen to the Tullys.” You can also see this previous video for another location in the game. It’s all looking a bit medieval to me.

To be honest I know nothing about A Game Of Thrones, so the excitement-factor of this particular glimpse of the game is lost on me. Anyone able to bah/hurrah about this?
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A Playing Of Roles: Game Of Thrones

By Adam Smith on December 5th, 2011.

It's a bit like musical chairs

This is the RPG Of Thrones, not the duff strategy one. News comes via Sean Bean, who just lobbed a brick through my window with this note attached.

“‘Ow do. Who would have thunk that an ordinary lad from Yorkshire would become the King of the Rings and the Warrior Lord of Westeros? Not me mam. She said I were too mardy for t’be loved by millions. This ‘ere game then. There’s two fellas to make pretend as – Mors, from yon Night’s Watch, and Alester, a Red Priest come back from flippin’ exile. Aye. Ye’ll tek a gander at that Wall oop north, which I’m nithered just to put mind to, an’ all folks in it’ll look jus’ like actors on telly.”

Intriguing, I’m sure you’ll agree. Elaboration and new images below.

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Undercooked? RAW – Realms Of Ancient War

By Adam Smith on November 29th, 2011.

Run away, run away!

Due for release next year, the aggressively titled R.A.W. – Realms of Ancient War looks a little Diabloesque in the four new screenshots below. However, a trailer almost as ancient as the very realms in which it takes place reveals it to have more in common with Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance. There are three exciting classes to choose from – warrior, sorcerer and rogue. I bet one of them is stealthy and has a penchant for ranged weaponry. There’s also a storyline about the ruined kingdoms of dwarves, elves and man, but guess what? A new and unknown threat is now rising! Let’s take a look and then guess what this fresh evil might be.

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Brick And Mortar: CitiesXL 2012

By Jim Rossignol on October 19th, 2011.

Nice erections.
The conspicuous failure of CitiesXL’s attempt to be an MMO does not seem to have put a dent in the progress of the series, with CitiesXL 2012 returning to the topic of fashioning spectacular modern conurbations on October 20th. It’s more of an update than a wholly new game, adding hundreds of new structures, new maps and landscapes, and new difficulties to challenge your countryside-flattening ambitions.

The new trailer, below, has about a minute of footage to show off the shiny, shiny cities. Mmm, that concrete dream.
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Impressions: Game of Thrones: Genesis

By Adam Smith on October 6th, 2011.

The throne seems sturdy, at least

There has been interest in Genesis, this game of A Game of Thrones, mostly because people like the source material, whether in book or telemotion format, but after a few hours of play I can confidently say that this is not the experience to do the license justice. An initially refreshing sense that I might be playing something boardgamey and diplomatically enthralling was soon replaced with a sense of almost complete apathy. And I tried, I really did.

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A Clot Of Colons: Game of Thrones: Genesis

By Adam Smith on September 22nd, 2011.

there are a lot of smiths in the world
From what I can gather, people waited decades for the most recent book in the Song of Ice and Fire series. In comparison, Cyanide Studios’ RTS take on Mr R R Martin’s world, A Game of Thrones: Genesis, has burst into existence with stunning alacrity. Screenshots have emerged, showing glowering men in armour and maps with recognisable landmarks on them, such as The Wall, which isn’t a prog rock album but an actual wall that’s covered with ice. I know that because I’ve read the first book. Now, just one week before release, there’s a trailer for the game. Watch it below.
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He Rues The Day: Wargame

By Dan Grill on August 23rd, 2011.

It's basically a game about what happens when tanks try to go on holiday.
Roving reporter Dan Griliopoulos has left Alec in Cologne and is heading deeper into Europe, writing up the best of Gamescom as he goes.

We’re driving through the Black Forest when my thoughts turn to Wargame: European Escalation. Germany’s Schwarz Wald might be famous around the world solely as the origin of an outrageously opulent cherry cake – the schwarzwaldkirschetorte – but it’s also at the heart of the country that’s borne the brunt of European warfare for twenty centuries. That’s notable for us, as it’s also the central area that the two factions of the Cold War would likely have fought through and over if the war had turned hot, as the overwhelming Russian conventional forces pushed towards France. Wargame, the new title from the creators of RUSE, explores this area and the war that never happened, but which the world braced itself against for forty years.
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Wargame: European Escalation Trailer Is Hot

By Jim Rossignol on August 12th, 2011.

I AM PLAYING WITH MY COLD WAR ARMY.
Wargame is what Eugen Systems, the chaps behind RUSE, did next. It’s a real-time strategy based on the Cold War, and goodness me, it’s looks hot. The scenario is very similar to World In Conflict, albeit a tiny bit more serious about it. Publishers Focus Home explain: “Wargame: European Escalation pits NATO (USA and Western Europe) against the Warsaw Pact (Soviet and Eastern European countries) in battles that explore “what could have been.” The specter of nuclear warfare loomed large over the real Cold War, but this catastrophic outcome was the ultimate last resort as everyone knew that the first one to start nuclear hostilities would end up wiped out just the same. Large, armored offensives through Europe would certainly have been the core of this hypothetical war; and this is what the game’s explosive campaign takes you through!”

Word is that the game is due in November, but it has also been confirmed for Q1 next year, so I guess that’ll get firmed up soon. We’re seeing it at GamesCom, anyway, so more news then, but I – based on my experiences with RUSE – am excited about this one.
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Cyanide Computerising Confrontation

By Jim Rossignol on July 29th, 2011.

Looks like we all bought our armour from that same boutique again?
Speaking of miniatures and dice, Cyanide – they of Bloodbowl and more lately the Game Of Thrones game – have announced that they are converting fantasy combat tabletop title Confrontation to the PC. Rackham, the company who made the game, went bust a while back I think, but the miniatures line has been picked up by Legacy Miniatures and it looks like Cyanide are pitching into the revival by creating a PC version. This PC version is, Cyanide explain: “an incredible real-time strategy game with the classic role playing elements.”

It will apparently be available this autumn, and I expect we’ll get hold of more details before then.

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