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5 months ago

Call of Cthulhu’s latest trailer practically drips with cliche

Maybe it's because we've done this dance a hundred times already, or maybe because it's based directly on the pen-and-paper RPG that brought Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos into the gaming sphere, but the E3 trailer for Cyanide's Call of Cthulhu feels very familiar. Dire prophecies, flickering torchlight, lots of sickly blue-greens in its palette are all present and correct, and while on some level I feel…

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6 months ago

Bigben buying Styx & Blood Bowl devs Cyanide Studio

French publishers Bigben Interactive are buying French developers Cyanide Studio, the mob behind games including Styx sneak 'em ups, the Blood Bowl adaptation, and the Game Of Thrones RPG. Cyanide's games tend not to quite come together while being interesting or admirable in their ambition, mid-budget games of a sort we don't see much any more - I'm always interested to see what they're up…

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8 months ago

The Council is a curious episodic murder mystery

“There are too many games,” I cried when murder mystery The Council appeared last week, and this very much continues to be the case, but at least now I’ve had a moment to take Big Bad Wolf’s curious adventure game for a brief spin. Imagine LA Noire but in an 18th Century dinner party with heavy occult undertones.

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10 months ago

Space Hulk: Tactics promises a fresh spin on a classic

Cyanide are a strange little studio. The French outfit was originally brought on by Focus to develop Blood Bowl after their own imitation, Chaos League, caught on to some small success across Europe. Ever since, they've carved out a niche developing both Games Workshop properties and a few of their own, such as the Styx series. Their next project is something near and dear to…

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11 months ago

The Council is a mystery with Napoleon and Washington

“The Council looks good” I typed as I watched its trailer with my computer muted. “Oh no,” I typed later with the volume up. “The Council sounds bad.” And that’s the story of how I began to write this news post, which is about an episodic murder mystery adventure game called The Council starring… George Washington and Napoleon Bonaparte!?

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1 year ago

Blood Bowl 2: Legendary Edition adds bears to murderball

Another eight teams join the deadly sport of Blood Bowl 2 [official site] today with the launch of its first expansion. Plenty of teams have come to the sporty wargame as DLC since launch but the expansion whacks in a load at once -- including a new circus team who have trained bears to play murderball -- along with several new modes. It'll also offer…

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Styx: Shards of Darkness demo sneaks out

Fantasy stealth game Styx: Shards of Darkness [official site] has released a free demo, letting all and sundry try sneaking around as a little goblin with gross magic powers. Our Alec's review in March was not fond of Styx himself, the unfunny protagonist, but he did say that "The stealth game underneath this miserable skin is solid." That's got to be worth a crack, especially…

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2 years ago

Feature: Styx out of ten

Styx: Shards Of Darkness review

A few years ago, I probably would have forgiven Styx: Shards of Darkness [official site] a multitude of sins (and though there is not a multitude, there is one honking great sin). A proper stealth game that isn't low-rent or poorly balanced, with a choice of paths and abilities but which doesn't devolve into routine action - we didn't used to get too many of…

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Styx: Shards of Darkness trailer shows off co-op kills

Cyanide Studio's stinky goblin stealth sequel Styx: Shards of Darkness [official site] nicely polishes ideas of the first game, our Adam thought after he played a preview version, but there's one new feature he didn't get to touch: co-op. Shards of Darkness will introduce drop-in, drop-out two-player co-op and if one goblin is a master assassin, two can be legendarily murderous. With the game out…

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Blood Bowl 2 Legendary Edition to add solo career mode, Goblins, Tame Bears and more

Blood Bowl 2 [official site] - the sequel to the initial digital foray for the American football/Warhammer mashup - is bringing new races, a new stadium and new game modes with the release of its Legendary Edition later in 2017. For me as a non-Warhammerer this involves the press release invocation of terms like "the Kislev Circus and their ferocious Tame Bears" and I sit…

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Feature: We can't stop here, this is Lovecraft country

Call Of Cthulhu’s horrors might be too familiar

Right near the beginning of the Call of Cthulhu [official site] hands-off demo I saw last week, an angry caretaker confronts the player character. Suddenly Lovecraft Country felt a bit Scooby Doo. The game's central mystery, or at least its initial hook, centres around a family who died when an accidental fire raged through their massive island home. Old man caretaker doesn't think you should…

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Feature: Styx has stones

Styx: Shards of Darkness is a vomit-y fantasy Hitman

Styx was a game in need of a little refinement. You wanted to take the little oik and clean his fingernails, boot him into a bathtub, and scrub him down til he shone like an emerald. In his first adventure, the titular goblin (he'd smirk at being called titular) did some decent stealth, stabbing and scurrying through a handful of levels that were solid if…

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Feature: A strict stealth game with a cheeky wee goblin

Have You Played… Styx: Master Of Shadows?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Styx: Master of Shadows is a solid 6/10 game, but in an underserved genre that will still make it a worthwhile play to many. It's a strict stealth game in which you play a goblin who clambers around a medieval city built in…

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White Wolf bringing Werewolf: The Apocalypse to PC

When Paradox bought World of Darkness creators/publishers White Wolf back in 2015, I immediately started thinking of the games they'd make. A Vampire: The Masquerade grand strategy game along with a sequel to RPS favourite Bloodlines perhaps? Or how about those Werewolves? Well, today White Wolf have announced a Werewolf: The Apocalypse game, but it's not coming from Paradox. It'll be published by Focus and…

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Call of Cthulhu trailer is crazy in the coconut

I am glad to see that no one punches a shoggoth in the eyes in the new trailer for Cyanide's Call of Cthulhu [official site], neither does our hero quip "I know your da sells Avon so what's your excuse?" nor rack a shotgun and declare "It's time to kick ass and take names, but I'm not sure if you prefer 'Shub-Niggurath' or 'The Black…

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Styx: Shards Of Darkness Gets Delay, Gameplay Trailer

That's the thing about stab-happy goblins: you can never be sure quite when they'll pop up. Styx was meant to continue his merry little adventures in Styx: Shards of Darkness [official site] this year, but nah. Instead, Cyanide's follow-up to the 2014 fantasy stealth game Styx: Master of Shadows will now arrive in early 2017. While we'll need to wait longer to sneak around ourselves,…

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Have You Played… Game Of Thrones: The RPG?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. No, not that Game Of Thrones game. The other one. The one no-one talked about. The RPG one. The one that was, confusing, based mostly on the books but had some TV people making plastic-faced cameos in it. The one a whole mess…

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3 years ago

The Cold Gods: Blood Bowl II Adds Norse For Free

I thoroughly enjoyed Blood Bowl II [official site]. A huge part of that enjoyment comes from the base rules of Blood Bowl itself, which create a tactical game so compact - in both duration and fieldspace - that it's almost claustrophobic. The slightest error can lead to a turnover and a defeat, and the riskiest plays occasionally see the entire run of play overturned in…

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The Call Of Cthulhu Sounding in 2017

Iä! Iä! I, ah, I told him "That's no Deep One, that's my wife!" Oh, you should've seen his face! For strange aeons afterwards, he couldn't look me in the myriads of temporary eyes forming and un-forming as pustules of greenish light all over my front! Anyway, where were we - the Call of Cthulhu [official site] game? We'd not heard much from the game…

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