Posts Tagged ‘Focus Home Interactive’

Mad Mars: The Technomancer Out Today

The more I think about it the more I realize The Technomancer [official site] is just Mad Max: Fury Road on Mars but without the all the exploding cars. There’s a definite desert vibe and a massive shortage of water — so what else do you need? Well, in truth, probably a lot more. But still, The Technomancer looks intriguing and is out on Steam today.

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Mordheim: City Of The Damned Adds Witch Hunters

Nice hat!

Witch Hunters have arrived in Mordheim: City of the Damned [official site].

You: I don’t know, which hunters?

I said, Witch Hunters are in the turn-based tactical Warhammer game as a DLC faction.

You: I give up, you tell me, who’s here?

What? I don’t… you mean Who the baseball player? First baseman for St. Louis? Here?

You: Wait- are you forcing me into a sloppy riff on Abbott and Costello? You should stop. Alice, this isn’t right. Putting these words in my fingers like this. It’s not on.

Ah fine, fine. Let’s get down to business. Yes, you will need to buy the DLC to play as the Witch Hunters, but if you don’t they can still appear as enemies. That’s nice.

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Space Marines Invade Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Today

As if space strategy Battlefleet Gothic: Armada [official site] wasn’t grim enough, Space Marines will be entering the orbital fray today. In addition to the Tau, which should be added to Battlefleet sometime later, both races are available for free to people who already own the game or who buy it before the end of the day. They’ll then be available thereafter as extra DLC for everyone else.

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Space-Honk Space-Honkkk! Space Run Galaxy Released

E what now? No no, come on, get out of here with your “this game is expected to launch in late 2019.” I don’t care what The Man says. Reader, I should mention that I’m flanked by two hired goons named – sorry, I feel awful for not asking: what are your names? – Edith and Duncan, lovely to meet you, from Big Video Games. The Man has told them to “show her what happens to people who post about games already out.”

But for you, reader dear, I shall risk life, limb, and possible friendship – like, you seem cool, Edith, and I won’t hold my impending finger-breaking against you so if you wanna hang out some time…? – to tell you that Space Run Galaxy [official site], a tower defense-ish game about building a beefy space-truck to haul space-cargo, is out now.

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Feast Your Fangs On Vampyr’s First Footage

Johnathan Reid, the protagonist of upcoming action-RPG Vampyr [official site], is having a torrid time. As if fighting in The Great War wasn’t hard enough, he’s returned to a broken London that’s overcome with Spanish Flu. He’s a surgeon, which means he’s on the front lines of the epidemic, and he’s only just now discovered that he might be a vampire. In a job that deals directly with open wounds. Sheesh, that’s a moral meltdown right there.

After a smattering of screenshots, developers Dontnod – of Remember Me and Life is Strange fame – have now shown Vampyr’s first in-game footage at E3.

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Farming Simulator 17 Sells A Dream

The news is unbearable; I don’t want to look at or even think about anything involving shooting people today. Combing through the wreckage of E3, I stumble across a CGI trailer for Farming Simulator 17 [official site]: a tranquil, unspoilt, not-actual-footage world of fields and ploughs and big blue skies, and it’s like a window into a better world that isn’t filled with horror.
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Celestial Service: New Space Run Galaxy Trailer

What frustrated me most about Space Run was that it failed to deliver on its initial potential. Like Adam, I was taken by its nuanced slant on tower defence, as I built weapon-heavy space-trucks and hauled cargo containers to and fro hostile intergalactic thoroughfares, however I felt it became too repetitive after its first few hours. There was a good game lurking in there somewhere, but I felt Space Run just couldn’t realise it.

Its follow-up, Space Run Galaxy [official site], has released its first trailer and I’m starting to think it might right its forerunner’s wrongs. Hop below for a look.

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Relationship Goals: The Technomancer Gets New Trailer

The Technomancer [official site], for those of you unaware, is the incoming Mars-flung sci-fi RPG from developers Spiders that’s closing in on a June launch. What we’ve seen so far looks pretty promising, yet the French outfit’s back catalogue of ambitious but wonky titles haven’t exactly wowed players or critics in the past post release. The latest trailer covers how companions will function in the latest trip to the Red Planet which, again, sounds impressive. So why can’t I shake the feeling that history might be repeating itself? Before we continue, here’s that trailer:

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Act Of Aggression: Reboot Edition Reworks Eugen’s RTS

Eugen Systems have made a small name for themselves with strategy games like R.U.S.E. and the Wargame trilogy, but never had a real breakout hit. Lately they’ve been busy reworking and polishing their last game, Act of Aggression [official site], with the aim of making its multiplayer more like “old school” RTSs. This reworking is now live as the ‘Reboot Edition’ through a free update, though the original version is still playable for folks who prefer it.

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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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Space Hulk: Deathwing Trailer Reveals Bits O’ Gameplay

'Brother, the alien filth keep coming - remind me to draw a bigger skull on my crotch when we get home, they don't seem to be getting the message.'

Space Hulk: Deathwing [official site] is due to launch this year, last we heard, and I’m pretty keen to see more of the Warhammer 40,000 spin-off FPS. Wandering around the ridiculous gothic architecture of mutated Imperium spaceships is very much My Bag as a video game tourist, of course, but I’m fascinated to see what developers Streum On Studio will do after their wonky but pleasing unconventional FPS-RPG E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy. So ooh, come on, gather round, crack open a box of Soylens Viridians, and let’s watch this first gameplay trailer.

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Wot I Think: Battlefleet Gothic – Armada

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada [official site] is based on a now-defunct table-top game set in the Warhammer 40K universe. And that means that it comes with the same funky blend of fantasy and sci-fi you’ve come to expect from Games Workshop. Orcs are now “Orks.” You plan via a “Tactical Cogitator,” that kind of thing. 40K is as familiar as a piece of well-worn furniture around these parts, but if you’re not accustomed to the world it can all be a little obtuse. Whether you’re drawn in by the setting or have to cut through the silliness and jargon, you might be in for a treat. This is one of the best real-time tactical games I’ve played in quite some time.

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The Technomancer Out June 21, New Gameplay Trailer

When NASA discovered traces of water on Mars last year, the science world got excited. Could this discovery mean there’s actually life up there on the Red Planet? Well, having just watched the latest seven minute gameplay overview trailer for Spiders’ sci-fi action RPG The Technomancer [official site], I’m not sure I want this to be the case at all. What the hell IS that huge sandworm thing? Or that massive eight-legged creature? Or that towering double-horned reptile-like beast?!

Besides some gruesome and restless natives, the new video also explores character customisation, the four different skill trees the game will use, the three fighting styles you’ll get the chance to adopt, and the multiple ways you’ll go about completing quests.

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Keep On Action-Trucking: Space Run Galaxy Announced

Back in 2014, building up a spaceship to run cargo in Space Run [official site] renewed Adam’s interest in tower defense games. Space Run gives players a big space-truck to haul everything from plain old cargo containers to thrill-seeking tourists, and naturally they must build up the truckship with weapons and defenses if they want to complete the delivery in time – and survive. Now developers Passtech Games have announced a sequel, named Space Run Galaxy, which is due to launch later this year.

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Death Is Strange: First Screens Of Dontnod’s Vampyr

When I first caught wind of Vampyr [official site], an action-RPG set in the Spanish Flu-ravaged streets of early 20th century London, I was quite excited. When I discovered Remember Me and Life Is Strange developers Dontnod Entertainment had their name on it, I was really quite excited. We haven’t seen the game in motion yet, but we can today have a look at its style in the first set of screenshots. They’re a bit, um…. on the bland side? Come see for yourself.

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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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Insurgency: Sandstorm Announced, Adding Story Mode

Insurgency developers New World Interactive have announced a sequel to their tactical FPS, named Insurgency: Sandstorm. Annnd that’s about all they have to say right now. Cracking, post done, let’s go ho- oh, no, I can tell you a teensy bit more.

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The Moos (The News): Farming Simulator 17 Announced

Will we, in years to come, be asking “How would you revamp Farming Simulator?” Will we wonder if it’s time Farming Simulator took a few years off from annual sequels to rethink what about virtual farming excited people so? Will we dream of an Ancient Egyptian reboot, tilling the soils of the Nile Delta? Or will you, wide-eyed, propose a slaughterhouse with PhysX Flex blood and a knife-sharpening minigame? Do you want a wee organic farm with no machinery, just a workforce of gapyearers?

I ask because developers Giants Software have announced Farming Simulator 17 [official site], coming “at the end of 2016.”

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Heretics! Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Shows Off Chaos

There is something pleasing about watching a mile-long spacecathedral circling in broadside combat with a mile-long, meat-covered spacecathedral dedicated to ruinous powers. Something to do with pretty space backgrounds, nice giant spacecathedrals, colourful zapbeams, and the very idea of heavily-armed shards of meat, bone, and teeth. I’m less sure about the ship with a big silly red demon heads on top, though. Maybe that’s what Red Nose Day will look like in 38 thousands years.

Oh, obviously I’m talking about Warhammer 40k. More specifically, it’s a trailer showing the Chaos fleet in Battlefleet Gothic: Armada [official site]. It has meat and colours!

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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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