Posts Tagged ‘Mode 7’

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 the ‘dream game’ column that extreme enthusiasm is entirely appropriate. Here’s why.

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Syndicate-Like Tokyo 42 Is Today’s Prettiest Game

The award for ‘most beautiful game that came out of nowhere’ goes to Tokyo 42 [official site]. Mode 7, creators of Frozen Synapse and its ultra-exciting upcoming sequel, will be publishing the game and have just released a trailer. Think Syndicate with a dash of Hotline Miami and a dollop of Big Hero 6’s fantastically colourful cityscape. It’s an isometric shooter with stealth and open world elements and it’s ruddy gorgeous.

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Frozen Synapse 2 Reveals Gorgeous Procedural Cities

We learned that Frozen Synapse 2 [official site] was in development last month and now we know what it is. Yes, it’s a tactical combat game, featuring customised squads controlled using a simultaneous turn-based system. But what about this open-world malarkey that was promised?

It looks like the gorgeous offspring of Syndicate Wars and Introversion’s cancelled Subversion, which was set to feature procedurally generated cities with breachable buildings. That’s true here as well – a new city every time and you can infiltrate every building. The trailer, below, is as exciting as any I’ve seen this year.

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Open World Tactics: Frozen Synapse 2 Announced

What a time to be alive. Not a moon pie in sight but 2016 is already looking like a fantastic smorgasbord of tactical treats. It’s early February and yet we’ve already seen XCOM 2 and Darkest Dungeon. Now, to make my turn-based existence even more exciting, Mode 7 have announced a full-blown sequel to the supremely entertaining Frozen Synapse . Rather than going with Endzones or Cortexes, as with their sporty spin-off, the team have gone with the self-explanatory Frozen Synapse 2 [official site]. Details are thin on the ground but it’ll be “open world” and it’s coming this year.

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Statto 5000: Frozen Cortex Free Management Update Is Live

There are two sides to every sport – sweat-soaked athletes and stat-soaked nerds. Frozen Cortex [official site] may have replaced the glistening muscle with lubricated machines, but the principle is the same. Out on the field, the players use their skills and training to follow the orders of a tactical technician. The initial release lacked the kind of statistical backdrop that a good manager can drown in though, so the news that Mode 7 were adding a fully simulated management mode was marvelous. Now it’s here, in the form of a free update, and it stole my weekend.

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Frozen Cortex Update Adds Draft, Injuries And AI Simming

A sports game without a proper management and season-by-season structure is like X-COM without its Geoscape or Total War as a series of historical battles, without a strategic map. That’s why Frozen Cortex [official site] hasn’t been stealing my evenings, despite the quality of the tense, tactical in-match action. Mode 7 have just announced a major singleplayer update, however, and it sounds like exactly what’s needed to convert the futuresport sim from occasional pleasure to glorious time thief. You can play the beta version right now by opting in. Details and instructions below.

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Wot I Think: Frozen Cortex

Frozen Cortex [official site], formerly Frozen Endzone, is a futuristic American Football analogue where surprisingly graceful robots take the place of fleshy, armour-clad men. It’s evocative of Speedball and Blood Bowl, but it’s really Frozen Synapse wrapped in the theme of competitive team sports. The result’s a purely strategic and tactical game, entirely absent RNG, with players taking their turns simultaneously. I’m quite bad at it.

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