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Satellite Reign

10 months ago

Feature: Music to slip off to

The best video game music to fall asleep to

Sleep and games are among my favourite things. Certainly they're the biggest occupiers of my time, and thanks to my collection of chronic ailments they often overlap. I have always struggled with sleep, you see. It doesn't happen regularly, nor when I invite it. It simply comes when it comes (I've tried whatever you're about to suggest, thanks), and I've learned that it's best to…

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4 years ago

Feature: Why does it always reign on me?

Have You Played… Satellite Reign?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.I never completed Satellite Reign, because fellow journo and one-time board game co-conspirator Matt Lees told me something that completely demolished my enjoyment of it. I won’t tell you that thing unless you come with me below the line, because I want you to…

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6 years ago

Feature: Wet work

How Did They Do… Satellite Reign’s Rain?

In this irregular column, Marsh Davies stumbles across an impressive effect or neat bit of trickery and asks, “How did they do that?” his eyes brimming with tears of admiration and wonder. Then one of the developers tells him, hopefully using terms that don’t cause the soft mass of his brain to boil out of his ears.Something about cityscapes at night triggers a very particular…

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Feature: The Syndicate remake we need

Satellite Reign: Early Access Impressions

Spritual Syndicate sequel/remake Satellite Reign arrived on Steam Early Access last week. Can it possibly live up to its hallowed Bullfrog cyberpunk squad shooter legacy? I jacked in to find out.The bad news: we're running out of things that we want spiritual sequels to! Everything we ever wanted is coming true! CRISIS IN VIDEOGAMELAND. The good news: Syndicate remake (of a sort) Satellite Reign is…

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Feature: Kissing The Bullfrog

Satellite Reign: Hands-On With Cyberpunk’s Rising Star

Back when I interviewed Syndicate-veteran Mike Diskett about his plans for Satellite Reign, I was buoyant with excitement: he spoke of systems, not scripting, and of sprawling cyberpunk cities playing host to mad shoot 'em freedom, just like we were promised in the old days. Now, having spent some time with the "pre-alpha" test release that the team have put out to backers, I can…

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7 years ago

Feature: Mike Diskett Interview

Satellite Reign And Syndicate’s Simulation Legacy

Perhaps it's my insomnia, but I'm feeling rather emotional. There was something that made me want to well up in my interview with Satellite Reign lead, Mike Diskett. Even with the fall of Mucky Foot on his CV, it seems unfair to say that Diskett has had a tough time of it – he's a talented programmer working on numerous successful (and not so successful)…

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(Syn)Indicate Right: First Satellite Reign Images?

So it seems like there will be two contenders for the Hey, We Forgot About Syndicate In All This Nostalgia throne. One is Cartel, which Paradox are now beginning to tease fairly strongly, and the other is a fragment of information squeezed the news that Syndicate Wars man (and so appropriately named for a '90s developer) Mike Diskett is UP TO SOMETHING. The first images…

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