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Posts tagged “strategy first”

Hearts of Iron IV dips a toe in the ocean with Man the Guns

First launched in 2016, Hearts of Iron IV is yet another of the grand strategy games to come from the great grand strategy Santa's Workshop known as Paradox Interactive. Mixing sandbox style play and real-time war simulation, the title allows you to start in 1936 or 1939 and take one control of one great power -- leading them to victory over the rest of the,…

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Send In The Clowns: Bad Rats 2 Released

You know, I never actually played Bad Rats. I don't think I even accepted the gift when it was offered. Y'see, for several years the physics puzzler was the gag gift of choice on Steam, with thousands of copies given as jokes. It's weird-looking, pretty shonky, cheap, and named Bad Rats - somehow making it the gaming equivalent of neckties with kooky prints or fart-scented…

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Zoomsmash! FlatOut 4: Total Insanity Coming In 2016

When Bugbear Entertainment crowdfunded their smash-o-racer Wreckfest, they drew from an audience built on their previous crash 'em up series FlatOut. 2011's FlatOut 3 was the first PC FlatOut they weren't behind, and was shoddy enough that it seemed it'd be the last. I'm a touch wary of publishers Strategy First revealing FlatOut 4: Total Insanity [official site], then, but I do like a good…

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Correction Regarding Strategy First

On the 5th February, we posted an article about the difficulty a couple of developers say they are having getting payment or replies from publisher, Strategy First. Strategy First has since contacted us to challenge a number of points contained in the article. First of all, when referring to the single payment Crescent Moon say they received from Strategy First – a cheque for $200…

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Assault On History – Timelines: Assault On America

I'm rubbish at history. Personally, I think it's all water under the bridge and we should just let bygones be bygones. But I'm pretty sure that Hitler didn't die in a JFK-style assassination attempt in 1942. And I'm also relatively convinced that Germany didn't sign a pact with Japan, and then attack the US on two fronts. I mean, maybe they did - my history…

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Flatout 3: “20,000 Fully Destructible Objects”

That's more fully destructible objects than any man can destroy, surely! But that's what Strategy First are claiming for the third Flatout racing game, which is out on the 13th. More importantly, perhaps, you can do some of that thousands of destruction with monster truck races, which sounds like a killer selling point for a racing game, if ever I have seen one. No word…

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Disciples III: Renaissance Developer Walkthrough

Turn-based strategy RPG (think King's Bounty without the Warcraftian cartoonishness) Disciples III: Renaissance has the a splendid website. You even "turn" the pages of an ancient book to read about the game features. In fact, the entire game's art-direction is exquisite, apart from the hex-based battle maps, which seem peculiarly deserted. Impossibly gothic cathedral cities, endlessly knotted and gnarled forests, warped supernatural creatures aplenty: it's…

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Slow Learners: Disciples III

A few kindly readers have mailed me about this strategy-RPG, having noted my mildly terrifying obsession with King's Bounty earlier this year. I've never dabbled with the Disciples games before, but certainly this Russian fantasy hybrid appeals to my unrepentantly nerdier instincts. Unlike KB's cheerfully low-fi Warcraftian look, this seems pretty hung up on spectacle. KB was really a 2D sheep in 3D wolf's clothing,…

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Exodus From The Earth

Strategy First have announced that they're going to be publishing a new sci-fi shooter, Exodus From The Earth. It's being developed by Parallax Arts Studio, who are based on St. Petersburg. This is Parallax's third game, and I can't say I know much about the other two. I vaguely remember the announcement of "Liquidator 2" but little more. They've quite possibly only found distribution in…

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