Posts Tagged ‘Totem Games’

The Flare Path: A Roundhead Reflects

Apologies. This brief but heartfelt Pike & Shot: Campaigns recommendation is going to be heavy on the assumptions and inferences. Expect lots of statements like… The game’s unscripted version of the Great Turkish War is probably highly entertaining… Swedes will almost certainly adore the Gustavus Adolphus campaign… Multiplayer should be a hoot… I suspect there’s some cracking engagements amongst the historical battle selection… You see I’ve been so absorbed in a marathon recreation of the English Civil War that, despite playing Byzantine’s latest for the best part of a week, I’ve seen nothing of the game’s other charms.

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The Flare Path: Now Even Harrier

Swift sequels make The Flare Path uncomfortable. When I see a flight sim follow-up like Combat Air Patrol 2 set to arrive a mere 23 years after its predecessor, I find myself wondering how much genuinely new content will be included. Yes, the engine, feature set, and premise look totally different, and Sim155’s commitment to dynamic campaigns and intermediate ‘IL-2 level’ realism sounds right up my bomb alley, but that preposterously tight 276 month development cycle surely means corners have been cut.

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The Flare Path: Perpetually Monitoring

Close Combat was PC wargaming’s Hirō Onoda. Years after his comrades emerged from the jungle with hands raised, the turn-spurning CC engine was still busy patrolling… scouting… soldiering. People like me would periodically point our bullhorns at the undergrowth and urge the old fool campaigner to “Jack it in!”, or at the very least learn some new tactics. Usually he’d reply with wild rifle shots or deluded AI improvement boasts.

Now, thank goodness, the decade-long farce is finally over. Last year Slitherine/Matrix announced that they were retiring Atomic’s ancient code tangle and commencing work on Close Combat: The Bloody First, a new 3D-engined-but-still-top-down successor. There’s been no news of that project since, but, in an intriguing development this week, another developer announced that they too intended to take up the CC torch. Read the rest of this entry »

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C&C Renegade X Is Still Being Released On Its Release Date

With official C&C games staggering dazedly around development limbo at the moment, our need for a tasty bit of NOD must instead be sated by the fan community. Renegade-X is a modders’ ambitious and apparently impressive attempt to redo EA’s ill-fated FPS-RTS spin-off Renegade, and it’s been in the works for quite a while now. Last November brought news that a version 1 release would arrive on February 26th; today brings news that a version 1 release will arrive on February 26th. Er. Well, I suppose someone meeting a projected release date, especially in oft-unpredictable modland, is news of a sort. Anyway, it’s a handy reminder for your diaries, plus there’s an extensive new trailer to look at, showing plenty of in-game shootybangery.
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I Ship Ships: Ironclads: Schleswig War 1864

Ba Ba Black Sheep, we have stolen your wool AND TURNED IT INTO A 1000FT COLUMN.

Totem games just won’t leave those ships alone. Following last year’s Ironclads: High Seas, here’s a demo for their new Ironclads: Schleswig War 1864. I think I can speak for RPS as a whole that we’ve been waiting for a game based on the Schleswig War since our formation in 1873. Who could resist a game where the – er – ships – er – did that… thing? Anyway – what does the new demo offer? Well, it’s about 100Mb bigger than the last, so you can imagine about 100Mb more stuff. Hurrah! The full game can be bought for eighteen euros from their site and some footage follows. Admittedly, footage of the previous Iron Clads: High Seas because there’s no Schleswig footage online yet. Man!
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Ship-shaped: Ironclads: High Sea Demo

RPS are big fans of ships. Especially Ironclads. Well, they’re Ironclads for most of us. For Quinns, due to a sad iron deficiency, they’re just ‘clads. In fact, they’re barely clad at all. All of which means we’re pleased to hear that Totem Games – from Russia, if their URL is anything to be believed - have released a demo of their Ironclads: high Seas demo. Go get it here. It features a realistic ship models, advanced ballistics, group ships which you choose and all that kind of malarkies. Is that your thing? Go get it. Is it not your thing? Stop reading. Is it something that may be your thing? Well, maybe the footage that follows will help you make your mind up…
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