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Phill Cameron

7 years ago

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Wargame: European Escalation – A Battle Report

Wargame: European Escalation snuck up on me like a Delta Squad stealthing around the side of the map in a pair of Chinooks. The dull, heavy register of the rotors sounded a rhythmic beat that went utterly unnoticed by the net of Luchs Recon Vehicles that I’d spread like an ill-repaired net across my game-spotting flanks. Which is to say that I didn’t hear about…

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8 years ago

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How The Witcher Dealt With Choice

With The Witcher 2 looming like a dark juggernaut of RPG-based distraction, we thought it might be a good time to go back and poke around in the original game. Just what was it that really made it sing? (There may be some mild spoilers ahead.) Forget about the sex cards, forget about the five hour slog through the Outskirts, ignore the occasionally shoddy writing…

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Arcen Talk A Valley Without Wind, Part 1

Arcen Games, famed for AI War, financial troubles, and causing a shortage of iron, have announced their new game: A Valley Without Wind. It's quite the concept: survival in a procedurally generated world, exploration, magic, and... perma-death? Interesting. Read on to find out more. (So much more, that there's another instalment tomorrow.)

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Is It Really A Bloody Good Time?

I’ll admit, the first thing I did when I started playing Bloody Good Time was bounce off it. I read through the How To, joined a game and.. got summarily confused, bemused, and killed. Over and over, for reasons I wasn’t entirely sure of, by people I didn’t think were supposed to be able to kill me, and in ways I didn’t completely understand. This…

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Land Of The Free: Company Of Heroes Online

Land Of The Free is an ongoing series looking at free to play games. This week we dip into the ongoing Company of Heroes Online beta. Coming back to Company of Heroes, after all this time, feels somewhat akin to returning to your parents house. It’s the same place, and you spent a lot of time here, but somehow, something is different. And that something…

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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Impressions

Brotherhood's multiplayer is smart. The singleplayer might have you driving tanks and sinking ships, but the multiplayer remembers that you're all meant to be assassins and has a ton of fun with that. There’s some expositional stuff about how you’re all Templar agents training in the animus, but what it boils down to is that you choose from one of eight different Renaissance characters and…

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Land Of The Free: World Of Tanks

Land Of The Free is an ongoing look at the state of free-to-play gaming. It begins with the crackle of gravel as the tracks roll onward, running over that initial, hesitant silence. The sound slows, before stopping completely, and that’s when the low whine of the servos in the turret start to sing. There’s a clunk as it stops to regard its target. The pause,…

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9 years ago

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Land Of The Free: League Of Legends

This article is the first in an ongoing safari through a range of free-to-play games of all genres. Relax. It’s ok. There’s nothing to worry about. Just take a seat, get acclimatised, perhaps browse the store for a little bit, we’ve got this. We’ll take care of everything, and the thing you’ve got to bear in mind is that this is about you; we’re here…

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The RPS TF2 Server: A News Thing

Deep in the bowels of Castle Shotgun, in one of the many lost rooms, forgotten testament to Jim’s Escher-like grasp of architecture, a light flickers into existence. It takes a few minutes to fill the scene, the first flutters of red doing little to illuminate, but slowly, as the seconds pass, it becomes stronger, until finally it stays constant. Machinery whirrs into life behind it,…

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The Long Night Of The Engineer

There’s a sixty second set up time before you start a map. Sixty seconds for the defending team to hustle, slapping down sentries at key locations, setting up sniper nests and anxiously sweating as they wait for that timer to trickle down to zero. It’s tense stuff, and it makes the coming chaos so much more powerful and brilliant.

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User Degenerated: Everybody Edits

Honestly, I could handle being the plaything of some unseen, sadist creator. I mean, that's what we do every day. Now, however, I hate everybody. Everybody Edits is a browser-based platformer where the levels you play in are created by anyone who wants to create a level. That could be you, but it's probably not. Once it's finished, you (or more likely, they) open it…

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No Alarms: Valve’s “Surprise”

There are no more molehills. Just bigger and smaller mountains. So Valve sent out a press release cancelling one event and hinting at a 'surprise'. It was a way of adding the tiniest bit of flavour to the otherwise blander-than-bland world of press releases. It was so out of the ordinary, in fact, that nearly every major gaming news website in the world instantly started…

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Fixing The Sky: Shattered Horizon Updates

You’re fired into battle at a speed just shy of making the stars in front of you blur into parallel lines, an ever rising tone in your ear letting you know that your suit is coming online. ‘Establishing communication uplink.’ ‘Creating simulated audio environment’ The HUD flickers into life on the inside of your visor, letting you know your orientation, the position or your nearby…

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Post DRMatic Stress

I just euthanised Sam Fisher. It was the right thing to do. I couldn’t let him go on like that, constantly trailing off mid sentence, sometimes for minutes at a time, before carrying on exactly where he left off. Or he’d pull himself into safety behind a piece of cover, only to get seemingly distracted, vacant stares as all around him was chaos. When he…

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Postcards From Panau

Road/River/Desert/Mountain Trip! After spending seventeen hours with Just Cause 2 completing the single player and doing everything and anything stupid enough to enter my skull, I'd discovered about a third of all the settlements in the game, and had only found one or two interesting locations that aren't on the map. Obviously, this had to be rectified. The best way to do this is a…

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Battefield: Conquest vs Rush vs Issues

So, Plans A & B may have failed. That leaves us Plan C. That's the one where I stop using broad strokes to paint a picture of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 for you, and whip out the single horsehair brush to start filling in all the minor details. This is where the highlights and lowlights are done, chaps. Unsurprisingly, the new Battlefield game is doing…

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BFBC2: Thoughts And Demolitions

I was playing Borderlands yesterday, and an enemy dived behind some cover. Naturally, I pull out a missile launcher and squeeze off a rocket. As the smoke clears, something strange happens. The cover is still there, untouched by the explosive death I spat at it. It stands, defiant and unmarked. This is what Battlefield: Bad Company 2 does to you. It ruins everything else.

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