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6 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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7 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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9 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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11 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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12 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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2 years ago

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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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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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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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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Sneaky Sneaky! Styx: Shards Of Darkness Announced

Murder is a right lark, I'm sure we can all agree, but there's little better murder than murder where no one sees their murder coming and their murder goes undetected. Stealth, I'm talking about. 2014 fantasy sneak 'em up Styx: Master of Shadows was fairly typical for for developers Cyanide - interesting and ambitious but flawed enough to end up frustrating, as our Graham noted…

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Commence Sportkill! Blood Bowl 2 Launch Trailer Early

Blood Bowl 2 [official site] is due to launch tomorrow, barring unexpected problems, and I believe our Adam will be telling us Wot He Thinks about Cyanide Studios' follow-up to their adaptation of Games Workshop's fighty sports tabletop game. Until then, well, you can read his impressions of a pre-release version. You can also watch videos and whatnot, as the launch trailer has arrived a…

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We Don’t Go To Skavenholm: Blood Bowl 2

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Skaven are the greatest of the Warhammer Fantasy races. Just this morning, I took some time out to write a series of furious letters to the BBC regarding their refusal to fund my all-Skaven series of Dickens adaptations. Our Mutual Pestilens is a surefire hit and Tiny Verminkin would help our new Christmas Carol to dethrone the Muppets.…

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Les Alpes Et Les Pyrénées: Pro Cycling Manager 2015 Out

Pro Cycling Manager 2015 [official site], the latest in the yearly cycling management series (which also goes by the name Tour de France, just to make things more confusing) has launched last night. E3 is always an interesting time to release a game, but something tells me the game's audience won't be easily distracted by the bright lights and loud noises coming from LA this week.…

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4 years ago

Kick-Off Delayed: Blood Bowl 2 Now Due In September

The official reason for delaying Blood Bowl II [official site] is "to ensure that players would enjoy the most polished foundations possible for the next generation Blood Bowl experience". I think it's probably also sensible to not launch a game around the media blitz of E3. So rather than in June, it's now due to launch on September 22nd. This news comes alongside a trailer…

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First Blood Bowl 2 Gameplay Trailer Kicks Off

We've had a little chat with the makers of Blood Bowl II [official site] - and isn't it nice to chat with people! - and peered at a few screenshots and swish trailers. With spring approaching, and therefore the turn-based tactical bloodsport's release, we're at the point in its marketing campaign where we get to see more of the game itself. Today brings the first…

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