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5 years ago

Styx: Master Of Shadows Launches Trailer From Darkness

I - and based on the number of posts about it, the rest of RPS as well - have been quietly hopeful that Styx: Master of Shadows will be a surprise gem in this, the Month Of Games. I worry we've used up our stealth bastard luck on the excellent Shadow of Mordor, but maybe there's some magic left. The goblin main character is delightfully…

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Gobl-infiltration: Styx – Master Of Shadows

Styx: Master Of Shadows is a stealth spin-off, framed as a prequel to Of Orcs and Men. While orcs and men blunder about biffing one another, sneaky little Styx the goblin sticks to the shadows, robbing and stabbing as he goes. The game is out on the 7th of October and to prepare perfidious pickpockets around the world, Cyanide have released a video with a…

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Hand-To-Balls: Front Page Sports Football

American Football, invented by Colonel Pigskin Madden in the mid-nineteenth century, was originally a tabletop game played with miniature figures on a hex grid. Players would spend hours drawing up plans before each encounter, creating complex playbooks that contained all the secrets of the game. The Colonel once claimed that Football was not only "the best turn-based tactical game of the Reconstruction Era" but would…

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Styx: Master Of Shadows Trailer: Maybe This Will Be Good?

Styx: Master of Shadows is a spin-off of Of Orcs & Men, but instead of mixing its action and stealth together, Styx is focused solely on the latter. As a magical goblin chap, you pad, leap and stab around an open-level shaped by spawling castles and vertical drops. It's clearly designed to evoke yer Arkham Asylums, Dishonoreds and Dark Messiahs, but heck, it works. I…

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Sneaky Sneaky: 13 Minutes Of Styx Gameplay

We've cast our shared eye over Styx: Master of Shadows before (I'm scheduled for another five minutes with the eye before Adam takes it to look at a football), our collective mouth muttering that an open-level stealth game sounds nice but its heritage makes us sceptical (I've got 15 minutes with the mouth before Graham needs to "holler at a lad"). See, it's a spin-off…

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Maim, Threat And Match: Blood Bowl 2

As far as I'm concerned, the important tasks for any new Blood Bowl 2 trailer to accomplish are as follows: 1) Show me which races will be available so that I don't expect to be writing about an Ultimate Skaven Edition in three years time. 2) Attempt to convince me that the camera movement and turn-flow will be as smooth as a freshly shampooed dwarf…

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6 years ago

Pretty Sneaky, Styx – Styx: Master of Shadows’ First Trailer

Hey everyone, it's Styx! You remember Styx, don't you? You know, from the party that one time? And when he found your lost cat, nursed it back to health, replaced its missing foot with a tinker toy, and returned it to you safe and sound? Oh wait, no, I'm thinking of someone else. This guy. Styx: Master of Shadows, you'll remember, is a stealth-heavy RPG…

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Garrett The Goblin: Styx Got Its Fantasy RPG In My Thief

Credit where credit's due: Cyanide is a deceptively productive studio, not to mention a rather ambitious one considering the constraints it works under. It might not be the biggest-budget operation, but the French wearer of many hats and waver of many national flags has recently produced a not-entirely-terrible Game of Thrones RPG, Impire, Dungeonbowl, and Of Orcs & Men. The latter, while depressingly flawed, is…

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Incredible! Space Hulk: Deathwing Teased

Eschewing the often broken International Laws of Highlander and Vampire Slayers, there is another Space Hulk game in development. A surprisingly swift announcement after the miasma of sadness generated by the recently released strategy game, Space Hulk: Deathwing transposes the corridor-set alien masher into a more appropriate format. It's a first-person shooter by Streum Studios, the makers of the interesting and flawed E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy.…

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Running Out Of Real Words – Aarklash: Legacy

Given the length of time it takes me to come up with each new article title, I understand how difficult naming things can be, so I'm sympathetic but intrigued as to what exactly an "Aarklash" is. Once provided with the Legacy subtitle I know a metamorphosis takes place, creating an isometric, party-based RPG coming exclusively to PC. Rumour (also known as hard fact) has it that…

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7 years ago

State Of Mine: Impire Scenario Playthrough

I played Impire last week, although my hands-on time just about saw me through the tutorial so I didn't get to summon any truly horrible minions. My dungeon was packed with scurrying imps of various sorts though and, later, with heroes too. The brief hands-on session revealed Impire to be a solid take on dungeon management, with a neat incorporation of simple overworld missions and…

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Underground Metal: Impire

Impire is apparently due for release in early Q1 2013, which translates as 'soon'. I'll be seeing more of the game, which revolves around those PC staples of dungeon construction and monster management. During my brief look at the game, I was impressed by the impact the animations had on the impartation of character. The minions were already polished little blighters, likeable in a comically…

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All In All: Game Of Thrones Beyond The Wall DLC

When the game of the TV series of the book A Game of Thrones was released this summer, Alec vanished for a few days. When we next saw him, he had the look of a man who has seen terrible things, all haunted and hollow. Turns out it's a very long game and full of nastiness, although mostly of the intentional scripted sort. He said…

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Of Orcs And Men And Launch Trailers

It was only May when I was first amazed to discover that spiders could develop games. And now Of Orcs And Men is out tomorrow. Those industrious arachnids. You can see a completely unhelpful CGI launch trailer below, that doesn't give you any idea whatsoever what the game's like. Because that's what trailers are for, right?! Silly billies.

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Impire Imposes Impactful Impassioned, Er, Trailer

So Impire is Dungeon Keeper with slightly more strategic combat, right? That'll do. As we know it's coming from Cyanide Studios, they who brought us Chaos League and Game Of Thrones: Genesis, and being published by Paradox. You can read a bunch about it from Nathan, here. There's a new trailer showing a good range of the different styles of play below.

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Feature: Totally Underground

A Day In The Dungeons Of Mount Paradox

Recently, Paradox descended upon San Francisco with fire and sword, and – in the process – trapped me inside an honest-to-goodness dungeon. Admittedly, it looked a lot like a quaint yet upscale bar/music venue, but I knew the score: each and every journalist there was tethered to a row of diabolical calculation machines, and the loudspeakers crushed our spirits by first blaring Iron Maiden –…

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Important: Paradox And Cyanide Are Building An Impire

Paradox have announced that they will be publishing a new manage-baddies-in-dungeon sort of title from Cyanide. The game, which will be called Impire, features the machinations of micreant Imps, who must be kept happy if your realm of evil is to be kept in working order. The central character is a "demon imp" who can be customised up as you play. Needless to say, your…

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Of Ooos And Ahhhs: Of Orcs And Men Looks Quite Good

It's been more than a year since we last peeked into the Cyanide-and-Spiders-filled cauldron that's cooking up Of Orcs And Men, and that's a bit of a shame. If you ask me, it's looking rather promising - though information on combat, skills, etc is unfortunately scarce at the moment. But, at the very least, the central concept - humans are dumb jerks and you, an…

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