Posts Tagged ‘Cyanide Studio’

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 to. Bigben are glad to be getting a development studio of their own, while Cyanide say this will help them expand and make better games. Read the rest of this entry »

The Council is a curious episodic murder mystery

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“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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Space Hulk: Tactics promises a fresh spin on a classic

Space Hulk: Tactics

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 my heart. After a few ropey adaptations from other studios, Cyanide are trying their hand at adapting board game classic Space Hulk to the PC, plus an extra little twist of their own.

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The Council is a mystery with Napoleon and Washington

From left to right: Dishnored NPC 1, Dishonored NPC 2, Disho

“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!? Read the rest of this entry »

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 the ability to play as a team with players from across all factions, though I don’t know why you’d make anything other than an all-bear team. Read the rest of this entry »

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 as the full game is on sale now too. Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think – Styx: Shards Of Darkness

A few years ago, I probably would have forgiven Styx: Shards of Darkness [official site] a multitude of sins (and though there is not a multitude, there is one honking great sin). A proper stealth game that isn’t low-rent or poorly balanced, with a choice of paths and abilities but which doesn’t devolve into routine action – we didn’t used to get too many of them.

Recent times have given us new Dishonoreds and Deus Exes and Metal Gear Solids and Hitmen, endless Assassin’s Creeds and even a so-so Thief, the game Styx most resembles. Hell, even the new Zelda game has a functional stealth element to it. We are spoilt for stealth choice, and that makes this fantasy wall-hugging sequel a tough sell. What it’s got on its side is purity. What it has against it is its lead character. Read the rest of this entry »

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 in a fortnight, publishers Focus Home have released a new trailer showing off a few co-op cool murders. Have a look: Read the rest of this entry »

Blood Bowl 2 Legendary Edition to add solo career mode, Goblins, Tame Bears and more

Blood Bowl 2

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 there scratching my head and trying to work out whether the Hebrew calendar has a bear festival. Read the rest of this entry »

Call Of Cthulhu’s horrors might be too familiar

Right near the beginning of the Call of Cthulhu [official site] hands-off demo I saw last week, an angry caretaker confronts the player character. Suddenly Lovecraft Country felt a bit Scooby Doo. The game’s central mystery, or at least its initial hook, centres around a family who died when an accidental fire raged through their massive island home. Old man caretaker doesn’t think you should be poking around inside.

Once you do get inside, there are clues to investigate, unnerving paintings to shatter your sanity, and monsters to hide from. It’s the caretaker that sticks with me though, and that gives the clearest impression as to how the whole thing might play out.

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Styx: Shards of Darkness is a vomit-y fantasy Hitman

Styx was a game in need of a little refinement. You wanted to take the little oik and clean his fingernails, boot him into a bathtub, and scrub him down til he shone like an emerald. In his first adventure, the titular goblin (he’d smirk at being called titular) did some decent stealth, stabbing and scurrying through a handful of levels that were solid if unspectacular. It all worked fairly well but it didn’t pack any real surprises.

Pleasingly, the sequel Shards of Darkness [official site] looks like it might deliver a polished version of the original, though some of the rough edges are still noticeable in the opening level I played last week.

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Have You Played… Styx: Master Of Shadows?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Styx: Master of Shadows is a solid 6/10 game, but in an underserved genre that will still make it a worthwhile play to many. It’s a strict stealth game in which you play a goblin who clambers around a medieval city built in the clouds, where getting caught means almost certain death.

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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 developed by Cyanide, who are currently working on a Call of Cthulhu game. We’ll learn more about both games early next month, but the few Werewolf details already available are below.

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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 Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young’ or…?” No, generally the private eye investigating a mysterious murder on a misty island mostly seems to be losing his mind, as well he should when encountering forces from beyond the stars. Have a look: Read the rest of this entry »

Get your Nurgle on in Blood Bowl 2 now

Whether you’re a fan of American Football or not, the idea of Warhammer’s various factions solving their problems on the gridiron is hilarious. Games Workshop’s Blood Bowl 2 [official site] lets you do just that, and they’ve added another team for the side of Chaos, the Nurgle team, in new DLC. Read the rest of this entry »

Styx: Shards Of Darkness Gets Delay, Gameplay Trailer

That’s the thing about stab-happy goblins: you can never be sure quite when they’ll pop up. Styx was meant to continue his merry little adventures in Styx: Shards of Darkness [official site] this year, but nah. Instead, Cyanide’s follow-up to the 2014 fantasy stealth game Styx: Master of Shadows will now arrive in early 2017. While we’ll need to wait longer to sneak around ourselves, today we can watch someone else do it, thanks to a new eight-minute gameplay video:

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Have You Played… Game Of Thrones: The RPG?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

No, not that Game Of Thrones game. The other one. The one no-one talked about. The RPG one. The one that was, confusing, based mostly on the books but had some TV people making plastic-faced cameos in it. The one a whole mess of people said was rubbish, but, aha! It was not, I tell you, it was not.
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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 a moment. No matter how solid the foundations are, I’d always like to see more teams. The latest addition, the Norse, were free to everyone who already owned the game (on PC) before their release a couple of days ago. The next three teams will follow the same principle.

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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 since its announcement in 2014, and even then we knew little about it. Surprise! Here come new screenshots, details, and word that Call of Cthulhu is due out in 2017. Expect stealthy investigation.

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eTouchdown: Blood Bowl 2 World Cup

There’s a Blood Bowl 2 [official site] World Cup for PC players. I’m partly writing about this because it falls under the esports remit but MOSTLY because I wanted to register my suggestion that the trophy be an actual bowl full of blood.

I feel like if I start talking about it publicly now there’s a good chance someone will see and act on the idea. A BOWL OF BLOOD, PLEASE.

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