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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun

1 month ago

Feature: Guns blazing

Desperados III is Shadow Tactics wearing a lovely cowboy coat that lets you pause

My main memory of Desperados is repeatedly getting shot and not understanding why. That's because I tried to play it when I was eight, not because it was impenetrable or confusing. I'm simply making you aware that Desperados was before my time, and so based on my hands on with Desperados III I can't tell you whether it's living up that legacy. It's from the…

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6 months ago

The Humble Caffeine Bundle is full of games worth staying up late for

Today's Humble Caffeine Bundle is chock full of very good games for very little money, but a little hard to categorise. United under the banner of Caffeine - a "social broadcasting platform for gaming", not the life-giving stimulant - there's eight games here, each one representing a wildly different genre. We've got the Metroidy Headlander, platform roguelike Gonner, party game tank shooter Treadnauts, a historical…

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11 months ago

The Humble Unity Bundle contains some great stories, and the tools to tell your own

While it still bears some reputation as a scrappy little browser-game toolset (and that's no bad thing - it enabled much of the GMTK 2018 jam recently), ubiquitous game development platform Unity has spread to all corners. While I don't have a single creative bone in my body, the Humble Unity Bundle contains a pile of Unity tools and assets to build your dream game. Even…

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Desperados III coming from Shadow Tactics devs in 2019

After a decade face-down in a dusty digital gulch with the buzzards fighting the lizards for its gizzards, the Desperados series will return to life next year. Publishers THQ Nordic today announced Desperados III, resuming the real-time tactical action, and excitingly it's being made by Mimimi. They're the studio who made 2016's Desperados/Commandos homage Shadow Tactics: Blades Of The Shogun, which was great - a…

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1 year ago

Kalypso nab Commandos rights, promises new games

Everything old is new again, and everything once overlooked by publishers is cool once more. Today, publisher Kalypso Media (Sudden Strike, Tropico, Dungeons et al) went and bagged themselves the rights to all of Pyro Studios's old games, which means the entire Commandos series of stealthy tactical puzzlers. Better still, the publisher has already confirmed that new games in the series are on the way, as…

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Twitch Prime now includes a monthly bundle of games

Like it or not, subscription services are becoming a greater part of the gaming sphere with each passing month. Humble Monthly, Origin Access, the XBox game pass (which now includes PC games) among others. Many of us already have a subscription to Amazon Prime, which brings with it a slew of perks and giveaways on streaming mega-hub Twitch.tv, and now you can get a monthly bundle…

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2 years ago

Feature: This article is definitely about the game in the headline

Have you played… Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Commandos was hard. It looked like an RTS but it wasn’t like Red Alert. That confused me. Your small band of soldiers need to be in the right place, at the right time, or else the plan would go to hell. Levels were puzzles that required…

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The Flare Path: A Fanfare of Foxers

Like a sentry on a bitter night or the Isle of Man in a strong sou'westerly, Flare Path's birthday has a tendency to move about. Last year the champagne corks ricocheted and the streamers tangled on August 12. This year the big day is September 1. Today Rock, Paper, Shotgun's most Panzeriferous and Spitfiery column becomes a hexager. Celebrations will take the usual form –…

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3 years ago

Steam Charts: From France to San Francisco

Alec is away this week, following the Vengaboys around on tour. Or, if they're not currently touring, just visiting places they've been, taking photos and placing them inside his scrapbook alongside some brief reflections. That means it falls to me to tell you which ten games were the best selling on Steam in the past week, and there are some pleasant games inside.

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Feature: Commandos with katanas

Shadow Tactics: Blades Of The Shogun review

In a frozen courtyard in Kansai two guards patrol while a heavily armoured samurai stands sentinel before an icicle-fringed gateway. The gaze of the stationary warrior pans from side to side like a broom sweeping snow from a path. It takes in the patroller on the eastern side of the courtyard before shifting to the patroller on the wes... Strange, the other sentry is nowhere…

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Shadow Tactics demo offers Commandos-y stealth

Psst. Psst! Over here, in the shadows. If you've been missing the top-down, squad-based stealth-o-action of games like Desperados and Commandos, have a gander at Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun [official site]. It's similar to that sort of real-time tactical game but set in Edo-period Japan, with classes like a ninja and marksman up to no good. It's due in a few weeks and…

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The Flare Path: Topical Titbits

In the alphabetical news round-up waiting like a pre-pounce puma beyond the break 'A' is more likely to be for 'airship' or 'angry house' than 'apple'. Stripy ungulates probably won't feature in the entry for 'Z' but simulated Bf 110s or Mitsubishi A5Ms might. If you've an eye for a shapely engine nacelle or a finely chiselled turret – if you've an interest in the…

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