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Have You Played… Tokyo 42?

Tokyo 42 is many things. Not as many as 42 things, because that’d constitute too many things for one game to be. What it is on the surface is an isometric action game inspired by the likes of the original Grand Theft Auto and Syndicate, developed by SMAC Games and published by Frozen Synapse developers Mode 7. It’s not just Grand Theft Cyber-bike, though. It’s…

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Mode 7 co-founder leaves to do brain science

Ian Hardingham, the co-founder of Mode 7 Games, has left the Frozen Synapse studio and the games industry altogether for a new career as a bona fide brain science man working on detecting Alzheimer's disease. Goodness me. This does sadly mean that Mode 7 are winding down development a bit, still making the odd small-ish game or two and publishing others but no longer planning…

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The Monday Matinee: Highlights from the RPS video department

In case you live under a mossy rock, or aren't subscribed to Rock Paper Shotgun on YouTube (if not, why not?), I've got you covered. It's the weekly round-up of everything that happened last week on our channel. We do have our very own video corner on the site, so be sure to check back to that throughout the week to see what we're up…

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Frozen Synapse 2 review

Frozen Synapse 2’s campaign puts you in charge of a security force in a sprawling, cyberpunk metropolis where a rogue AI threatens the safety of the populace. It also lets you choose your character’s name, honorific, and organisation. So, naturally, it was time for Grand Moff Godzilla Johnson to lead the CyberBois to victory. This is, of course, the sequel to 2011's Frozen Synapse. Through…

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City-scale cyberstrategy game Frozen Synapse 2 launches and executes next week

Maybe there's something to all these tactics games. They're sneaky - you blink, and you're flanked with nowhere to hide. Today's second surprise announcement in the genre is that Frozen Synapse 2 launches next week on Thursday, September 13th. Jack me in. Frozen Synapse 2 is a vastly more ambitious beast than its purely tactical predecessor. Developer Mode 7 have taken the tense turn-based combat of…

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Frozen Synapse 2 kicking in the door to August

Turn-based tactical squad shooter Frozen Synapse 2 should launch some time in August, developers Mode 7 Games announced today, seven years after the first came out. The sequel is still focused on squad-based tactical action where all units and sides play their turns out simultaneously, but now it's built into an overarching strategic level of protecting a whole procedurally-generated futurecity and placating its many factions.…

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Shock! Horror! Frozen Synapse 2 delayed into 2018

If you've set up a second advent calendar for the release of Frozen Synapse 2, knowing that the turn-based tactical squad shooter's release window of "2017" means we can only be days away from its launch, ah, I'm sorry to bring bad news. While a delay has seemed clear as the year ticked down, developers Mode 7 have now made that official. Frozen Synapse 2…

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Tokyo 42 only somewhat reluctantly fixes its biggest flaw

Hey-o. Very pretty isometric assassination game Tokyo 42 has just put out an update that aims to resolve one of the more common complaints about it - that its rather rigid camera was one of the main causes of death and/or frustration. Things'll be different from hereon out. Publishers Mode 7, of Frozen Synapse fame, have also explained exactly why, seven months on, they've kowtowed…

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Tokyo 42 releases new DLC and a free charming English village

I've been calling Tokyo 42's new DLC "Smace-shi's Castles" in my head for the past 20 minutes now, so it's stuck that way forever now. I don't know what the name could possibly be referencing. The DLC adds 90 new missions, new weapons and more to the isometric shooter, and there's also a new free multiplayer map "inspired by a village in the Stratford-upon-Avon district…

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Mode 7 to publish planetary settling sim The Colonists

Robots should be either adorable or terrifying. That's my view and I'm sticking with it. Sure, it's probably more important that they're angular and efficient when they're building cars, or that they're a bit more suited to their work than this poor fella, but the little bots in The Colonists [official site] look like they'll combine adorable automation and industrial efficiency. Frozen Synapse folks Mode…

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Tokyo 42 review

Tokyo 42 [official site] is a game of games. It comes across as having the pure and earnest intention to hybridise everything that has been most beloved in games from the last half-decade (and a couple from decades earlier), and then adds in cats and samurai swords for good measure. Inevitably, it doesn't all work, but moments of half-madcap, half-measured brilliance glimmer through a patina…

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Tokyo 42’s futuristic sneak-o-action coming May 31st

The stylish sneak-o-action of Tokyo 42 [official site] will arrive on May 31st, publishers Mode 7 announced today. Made by the duo SMAC Games, Tokyo 42 sees a futureperson framed for murder then try to clear their name through missions across beautiful futuristic city rooftops. It's a looker all right, and meant to offer a fair bit of variance in how you play -- Mode…

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Tokyo 42 trailer shows different combat approaches

Occasionally I see some concept art for a game's urban environment and get excited by its dramatic architecture and vibrant colours. Inevitably I see an actual screenshot for the game shortly thereafter and am immediately disappointed by the failure to translate that concept art into the actual game. I have no idea whether Tokyo 42 [official site] ever had concept art, but if it did…

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Flame on: Frozen Synapse 2’s tactical weaponry

Frozen Synapse 2 [official site] continues to be one of the more exciting games on the horizon, which is a relief given that I'm quoted saying almost exactly that in the latest trailer. It's the AI factions and simulated city that acts as a backdrop to the tactical action that I'm most excited about, but the good ol' tactical combat of the original game is…

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We Spoke To Developers About Steam User Reviews

Recent changes to Steam reviews, which filter out reviews from keys that weren't purchased directly through Valve's digital store, have caused all sorts of worry and concern. The intent is to remove false positives in the form of reviews exchanged for keys and the like, but legitimate reviews are also affected. Games that were Kickstarted no longer have their backers' assessment contributing toward the rating…

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Bright Lights And Bullets: Tokyo 42

Tokyo 42 [official site] was the prettiest game of March 30th, 2016, when the announcement trailer arrived and made every other game feel just a little bit drab. Talk of social stealth, crowd simulation and isometric action made me extremely happy and the word 'Syndicate' spilled out of my face and fingertips almost immediately. Publishers Mode 7, they of the Frozen Synapse, have now released…

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Apocalyptic Incursions: Frozen Synapse 2 Dev Video

Frozen Synapse 2 [official site] is the game I'm most looking forward to this year. Yes, there's the not insignificant matter of Civ VI out there on the horizon, but there's something about the combination of Laser Squad and X-COM Apocalypse that really gets me hot and bothered. In case the Apocalypse connection weren't already explicit enough - the simulated faction-filled city as backdrop to…

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From Alpha Centauri To Apocalypse: The Design And Inspirations Behind Frozen Synapse 2

Frozen Synapse 2 [official site] is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting games I've ever seen. I've spent a long time considering how best to put my thoughts about it into words, having met with Paul Kilduff-Taylor, composer of lovely electronica and co-founder of Mode 7 Games, to see how development was progressing. The simple fact is, it ticks so many boxes in…

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