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Raising the states: Realpolitiks is out now

Realpolitiks is the practice of pragmatic diplomacy based on circumstance. Real politics is arguing with your mum’s friend Derek on Facebook about unisex bathrooms. And Realpolitiks [official site] is a strategy game set in the contemporary world with all its international crises and dilemmas. The first two have been around for a while, but the last one just came out today.

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Realpolitiks is a 21st century grand strategy game

The trailer for Realpolitiks [official site] is spectacular, in the way that someone stepping on a rake and then falling into a pond is a spectacle. The game itself looks like one of those maps and graphs things that I love, with its focus on politics in the modern world, but the trailer doesn't spend a lot of time with the game. Sure, you'll see…

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A Flight To Remember: IL-2 Sturmovik

IL-2 Sturmovik blew me away at Gamescom last year. With only a couple of weeks until I fly out to Cologne again, I'm enthusiastic about the prospect of another unexpected champion of gaming emerging from a cloudbank and peppering me with excitement. A year has passed since I took to the skies and development has continued at a steady rate. New planes are appearing and…

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How ILya Muromets Your Mother Russia: WW1 Flight Sim

The IL-2 Sturmovik series is one of those rare sims which stretched beyond its nerdy remit to attract an audience of people who'd never normally clamber into a virtual cockpit. Now developers 1C Game Studios are teaming with the Russian Military Historical Society to produce ILya Muromets, a new flight sim set during World War 1. It's set during the Eastern Front air war and…

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Feature: Beastie Toys

The Lighthouse Customer: King’s Bounty: Dark Side

Each Monday, Chris Livingston visits an early access game and reports back with stories about whatever he finds inside. This week, monster-based monster strategy (again!) with (even more!) monsters King's Bounty: The Dark Side. Last week I moaned about not being able to get monsters to work together to destroy humankind. I should have just waited for this week, when King's Bounty: The Dark Side…

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More King’s Bounty: A Trip To The Dark Side

Resist cynicism or die. Hope. Dream. Think. Act. Be vulnerable. Open yourself to risk or you'll never truly learn, love, or live. That hip new band may very well drop a cracking second album, I can make that Cronenbergian game controller I've been dreaming of, my mum shall stop hinting that I'm going to die alone in a ditch, and King's Bounty will get an…

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Feature: Directly Controlled

Hands On: Men Of War Assault Squad 2

Men Of War: Assault Squad 2, or MOWASTWO for short, is now available to those who buy into the ongoing beta. Full release is scheduled for the 20th of March. Needless to say, Jim dove in, headfirst. I'll admit that I'm a bit in love with the Men Of War games. It clouds my judgement. The series is flawed, even occasionally lame, but always so…

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WW2 2: Men of War Assault Squad 2 Early Access

Jim! Jim! Oh, where is that boy? Oh dear, with our resident Men of War expert on sabbatical we've been left ill-placed to cover developments on 1C's latest instalment in their usually clever'n'careful WW2 squad-strategy series. Well, Men of War: Assault Squad 2 is out now on Early Access, so I guess the brave and the bold can find out whether it's any cop themselves,…

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Feature: Simulation & wargame blather

The Flare Path: Bombs

“Another helping of Enigma machine gibberish from Rock, Paper, Shotgun's resident sim gimp.” The Coventry Herald “As usual, Stone switches subjects with the gracefulness of a derailing freight train.” The Aldershot Bugle “The last time I saw that many commas that close together, I was visiting the National Museum of Printing.” Caravanning Today “After reading this week's pieces on IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad and BOMB, the fatwā calls…

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Feature: A Rift In The Sky

Best Of Gamescom: IL-2 Sturmovik And Oculus Rift

I didn’t believe in the Oculus Rift. Not in the way that I don’t believe in Derek Acorah, the phantom of credibility, but in the way that I don’t believe in matter transporters or eating only one biscuit. The Rift had seemed like an impossible dream, a product of improbable technology and the overly forgiving impressions of excited humans. Now I believe and all it…

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Trouble And Strafe: IL-2 Sturmovik Sequel Announced

I would have written this post a great deal more quickly but I accidentally got Stoned while doing a quick spot of research. Fear not - nobody's been pelting me with rocks and I haven't decided that the only way to write about flight sims is in a herbal haze. I did make the mistake of checking the writings of Tim Stone in historical Flare…

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Feature: Journey into no great mystery

King’s Bounty: Warriors Of The North review

The fourth game in Katauri Interactive's reboot of olden strategy/RPG hybrid King's Bounty is out now. Warriors Of The North requires no knowledge of the earlier games, involving a new storyline and a new hero, and a whole lot of Norse mythology-inspired beasts and magic. More of the cheerful same or a new take on what's become somewhat routine? Here's what I think.

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Russian Borderlands 2 Is All Fixed

Yesterday we reported how gamers in Russia and bordering countries had received a peculiar version of Borderlands 2. It was in Russian only, and region locked so it was not possible to play with people from other countries. That was strange enough, but more odd was that this was also being distributed to non-Russian-speaking former USSR nations, which didn't much impress people. The good news…

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Anomalous Apocalypse: Nuclear Union

Nuclear Union does look quite a bit like somebody took one slice of Fallout 3 and one slice of S.T.A.L.K.E.R., and then made an irradiated sandwich out of them. Holding the post-apocalyptic pastrami together are the binding brains of Men of War developers Best Way. Jim spoke with the team last month to find out about the switch from strategy to RPG and found that…

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Feature: Men Of Post-World War III

Interview: Best Way Talk Nuclear Union

In June I was pleased and surprised to see Nuclear Union, a post-apocalyptic RPG, announced by 1c. What was most intriguing about that announcement was that the team making it was most famous for its strategy titles, culminating in the Men Of War games. It'll even be a new version of the same engine which powers this new game. Therefore I just had to talk…

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Some Stalker Fallout? 1C Proposes A Nuclear Union

1C and Men Of War men Best Way are making a post-apocalyptic RPG called Nuclear Union. This is basically party-based STALKER/Metro in the Men Of War engine. Uh huh. It's as if they sat down in a meeting and said "What would really make Jim Rossignol's head explode on a Friday afternoon?" Well, they came pretty damned close. A bit more on this, including the…

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Men Of War: Condemned Heroes Breaks Free April 12th

Court-martialed officers are given the chance to redeem themselves by signing up to fight alongside their fellow condemned in the bloodiest battles of a bloody great war. It sounds like it could be a science fiction concept, with electrified manacles, guns that are also handcuffs and remote controlled explosive dogtags that bark out orders in the abrasive tones of an angry prison warden played by…

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Men Of War: Assault Squad GOTY Is Worth Buying

In retrospect, I should probably have made more of a fuss over the superb Men Of War: Assault Squad, because it was one of my favourite experiences of last year. Yes, it was a co-op/multiplayer remix of the original, and all the DLCs meant the pleasure was sort of fragmented, but actually I spent many meticulous hours playing through this game both solo and with…

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Russian In: Red Orchestra 2 Screenshots

Also in new screenshot news come these images from Red Orchestra 2: Heroes Of Stalingrad. Due out 30th August, the sequel from Tripwire boasts improved multiplayer, and a Stalingrad campaign using the multiplayer maps, which will let you play as either the Germans or the Russians - two sides that don't get much attention in first-person gaming. You can see the latest images below, along…

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Feature: The AA Will Not Help You

Mired And Admired: Off-Road Drive

Every year in the UK, recreational 4WD users crush 33,070 primroses, wake 6,312 dormice, and ruin the reveries of 451 nature poets. They're a menace and yet irresponsible game companies like 1C continue to glorify their activities through titles such as Off-Road Drive. I was so disgusted by the premise of this upcoming release, that I almost returned the preview code, and nearly didn't spend…

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