Posts Tagged ‘Haemimont Games’

Splendid Prohibition: Omerta – City Of Gangsters Trailer

Location, location, machinegun cabinet.
Kalpyso and Haemimont have released a footage-driven trailer for Omerta – City Of Gangsters. What is presumably an offshoot of their most recent Tropico engine is actually looking pretty good for the big outdoor city stuff, but perhaps a little less shiny when it comes to dealing with the nitty-gritty of combat and gangster-hobbling – although it will probably please most of your to learn that the combat stuff is going to be turn-based, while the city-level management stuff is in real-time. Still, that aspect of it will, one would hope, diminish next to the real task of trying to take over the city, battle with other bosses, and to deck out your gangster headquarters with baubles earned with your ill-gotten blood/booze money.

Also: nice jazz. Take a look, below. The game is out later this year, although no date has been confirmed.
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Sunshine & Tyranny: Tropico 4

'Our power stations require only 3182 babies per day to achieve maximum efficiency'

Tropico games seem to be arriving just a little too quickly all of a sudden, but no matter. Amidst the torrent of free to play MMOs and grimdark shooters, a dose of sun, tyranny of economy management is really very appealing. So it’s good to hear that Tropico 4 has an exact release date – and one that’s pretty much exactly a year on from its announcement, so we’re hardly in any kind of dark about how long it’s been in development for.
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Take Dictation: Tropico 4 Screenshot Gallery

When I'm a fascist dictator my luxury cruisers will be three times this big.

From the glint in your eye, I think you’re after some pictures of Tropico 4. I’m right, aren’t I? There are ten new ones bestowed upon the world today, which you can almost certainly look at below. Other sites may be boasting twelve new ones soon. I deemed two of them too boring. ROCK PAPER SHOTGUN WILL DO THAT SORT OF THING. The publishing industry lives in fear of our ways.

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Cel And Back: First Templar Celian Trailer

See, this is why hoods are impractical. No peripheral vision.

Last week we had a look at Roland, playable character #1 in upcoming co-operative swordstravaganza The First Templar. This week it’s the turn of Celian, who I think I prefer for much the same reasons as I liked Isaac in the first Dead Space; a grim kind of practicality. Celian seems to spend as much time stabbing people as he does kicking them, grabbing them, pushing them over or just belting them with his shield. If he just had a move where he picked up a nearby stone and chucked it at their eye I’d be in love. See what I mean after the jump.
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The First Templar’s Roland Says Hi

Roland is a lovely name for a knight. Or a cat.
And he says hi by completely STABBING YOU IN THE NECK. The First Templar is due in May, and as previously noted, it sits well within the current trend for sword action that appears to be taking place in gaming. Roland is one of The First Templar’s playable characters, and he likes a bit of melee violence, as you can see from his very own trailer, which is below. As I understand it he’s just playable in the prologue, before the lady is unlocked, which suggests he might turn out to be the villain or something. Hmm! He does seem a bit fire and brimstone, eh?
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A Stab At It: The First Templar

Dudes totally get stabbed, you know
Wandering the streets of San Francisco the other week I happened to stumble on a hotel where Kalypso Media were showing off The First Templar. Lucky for me, I thought, because I’d actually been meaning to find out a bit about the game. Turns out it’s a ferocious co-op melee game, with elements of Tomb Raider. As Kalypso themselves admitted, they aren’t really taking on the Assassin’s Creeds of this world in terms of visuals or feature set, but the game nevertheless has some appealling elements: customisation of your character’s combat skills, some co-op puzzles (which you solve by swapping between the characters in single-player) and some large scale brawls across medieval environs. The game is looking suitably violent, and I think it could do well if it comes out at a lower price point. It’s coming out on May 10th, and I’ve posted the trailer which accompanies that announcement below.
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Presi-Dented: Tropico 4 Delayed, Trailer

They don't like it when foreigners laugh at their tiny benches.

In the unlikely event that your plans for the summer revolved around the release of the as-yet undetailed Tropico 4, I am so sorry. The game, which was scheduled for Q2 this summer, has slipped to August. On the plus side, there’s a trailer! On the down side, the trailer shows very little. Urgh, this is all too rollercoastery for this early in the morning. I feel a bit sick.
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The Last One To Know: The First Templar

wuh oh
Hmmph, the instruments must be playing up. I somehow didn’t get a proper reading on The First Templar which was announced earlier this year. It’s a sword-based Medieval-dude-ending experience from Haemimont Games, whose name you might recognise from Tropico 3 and Grand Ages: Rome. A bit of a departure then, from management to third-person action. (I spent a long moment there trying to come up with a “management to man-rage-something” joke, but it just couldn’t happen.) It’s the story of the Holy Grail, apparently, and that involves co-op melee action, stealth kills, ogres, and all sorts of other third-person violencing possibilities. Possibly worth a look.

I thrust a trailer into the bowels of this post, killing it dead.
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We’re Also Getting Tropico 4


Kalypso and Haemimont Games aren’t abandoning their dreams of benevolent dictatorship simulation any time soon. We’re going to be basking in the warm light of a fourth island-managing build and diplomacy game in Q2 2011. It looks like this will be an expanded take on Tropico 3, with new buildings and political features, some new online rankings and Facebook/Twitter feature stuff, as well as revamped disaster and trade systems in the game itself. I discussed my casual fondness for Tropico 3 just here.

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Grand Ages Expansion As Download


Grand Ages: Rome wasn’t a bad city management game (with some mild RTS combat elements), but I’d probably buy Tropico 3, which was by the same team in the same engine. If you’re already gone to that Roman place then you might be interested to hear that the expansion has hit as a download (at GamersGate, but other portals are apparently imminent). It’s called Reign Of Augustus and it’s got twelve more missions, six new multiplayer maps, four new building types, new talents for each family, and the ability to connect your city to the Roman roads. There’s also a sandboxian God Mode for unlimited resources play, which sounds like something that should have been in the vanilla game, to me… Trailer in the below.
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Wot I Think: Tropico 3


The third Tropico game, this time developed by Haemimont games, has finally washed up on the perfect beaches of my interest. Having messed around with it for a few days, I’ve found time to issue a diktat. Here’s Wot I Think.
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Desert Island Fisc(al Policy): Tropico 3 Demo


A lovely sunny demo has arrived on the shores of the internet: it’s for banana-republican management sequel Tropico 3! It’s 1.1gb in girth, and can be downloaded from here. As in previous games, you take the mantle of a benevolent dictator of a small island, and try to make the wheels of monopolistic money practices turn for both you and your citizens. The demo contains the tutorial and two missions from the full game, so it should give you a decent taste of how the full thing pans out. Have a play, let us know your thoughts.

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Tropical Tropico 3 Trailer


Recollections of the Tropico games rapidly disappeared into the hazy history of tycoon games, but they were nevertheless remarkably playable at the time. I’m glad that Kalypso Media have decided to support a third iteration of the series, developed by Haemimont Games. I hope the Bulgarian team can get the tone of it right – their recent Grand Ages: Rome was pretty and playable, but ultimately frustrating, with a poorly-conceived micromanagement system. It looks like they’re aiming to create Tropico 3 using a buffed up version of the rather proficient Grand Ages: Rome technology, as you can see from the teaser below. The world’s friendliest dictatorship is scheduled for release in September.
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