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Posts tagged “THQ Nordic”

Feature: XCOM to JA2's X-COM

So it turns out Jagged Alliance: Rage is not-terrible

Y'know what? I don't hate it. Which, after 19 years of hurt (the remarkable JA2 mod scene aside), is happy progress for once-beloved turn-based mercenary combat series Jagged Alliance. There's a whole mess of things wrong with newly-announced latest comeback-apparent Jagged Alliance: Rage, but a few hours with early code has me thinking there's a lot right with its core.

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A new TimeSplitters coming after Crytek sell rights

In their ongoing mission to own the world's largest collection of intellectual property rights to perfectly decent action games that make people nod and say "Yeah I liked that back in the day" when reminded of them, an arm of THQ Nordic has grabbed Free Radical Design's time-travelling FPS series TimeSplitters. Crytek had previously owned the TimeSplitters rights, picking them up along with the Free…

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Jagged Alliance returns again again with ‘Rage’ (not that one)

The ranks of the Jagged Alliance series, with its myriad sequels, remakes, expansion packs, mods-gone-pro, cancelled MMOs and unofficial spin-offs, rival only the So Solid Crew in terms of headspinning numbers and impossible-to-remember names. After a frankly turgid couple of decades, it's back once again for the one-time king of turn-based mercenary argy-bargy. Can Jagged Alliance: Rage score the Arnie-does-X-COM series a critical and/or commercial…

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Feature: I fought the law and the law fell into a big custard pie

Video: This Is The Police 2 is like trying to win XCOM with the cast of Police Academy

As a great scientist once said (or maybe it was Jeff Goldblum): “A butterfly can flap its wings in Peking and in Central Park you get rain instead of sunshine.” Meanwhile, in This Is The Police 2 an idiot cop empties pepper spray into their own eyes and a woman burns to death because I don’t have enough law enforcers to answer her distress call.…

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This Is The Police 2 busts down the door and launches two days early

Sooner than expected (better than delayed because they forgot to press the button, I guess), This Is The Police 2 - sequel to morally messy police management RPG This Is The Police - is out now. Below, the rather intense launch trailer, suggesting that things might be a little more Fargo than Northern Exposure up in these colder climes. Just because you're out of the…

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Desperados: Wanted Dead Or Alive updated after 17 years to work on modern Windows

Hot diggity dawg! After years crawling the digital desert lower than a lizard, real-time tactical stealth murderer Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive now plays nicely on modern systems. Publishers THQ Nordic last week released an update making the 2001 game support modern Windows along with Mac and Linux, to fix the problem of it crashing like a horse full of rotgut. Desperados is a tip-top…

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Darksiders 3 rides again into the apocalypse November

With the collapse of THQ, it seemed impossible that Vigil's series of '90s comic-styled hack n' slash adventures would ever see another game, but here we are, with Darksiders 3 on the way, and due for release this November 27th. Published under the reborn THQ Nordic banner and developed by Gunfire Games (staffed in large part by ex-Vigil people), the third game puts players in…

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Feature: Smashing

Wreckfest is a splendid antidote to po-faced racing sims

I am not one who subscribes to the school of games criticism where each game is compared to others in its field. Firstly, because you may as well just plot the game on a graph for all the lack of detail and nuance this provides, and secondly because to be meaningful it really depends upon the reader's having a working knowledge of every other game.…

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Feature: Marsterful

Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered review

T'was 2009 that Red Faction Guerrilla first appeared, an astoundingly ballsy and destructive Martian open world game before everything was open world games. And goodness gracious, it was fantastic. You played as a freedom fighter for the Red Faction, rebelling against the terrible authoritarian energy company EDF, who control the populations of Mars. And your tasks primarily involve knocking things over.

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This Is the Police 2 has a warrant for an August launch

Videogames provide us with a great many escapist fantasies, like home ownership, and the opportunity to travel. Another dream that seems to exist only in the realm of games is a police force sans corruption, or at least the opportunity to run one without embezzling too much cash or threatening to remove anyone's kneecaps. We've long heard sirens on the horizon from tactical police management sequel…

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Wreckfest has smashed out of early access

After four years of crashing, smashing, bashing, and dashing around early access, Wreckfest today finally launches in full. It's the new (well... new-ish now, I suppose) racer from FlatOut creators Bugbear, who previously called it just Next Car Game, and it certainly has pretty destruction effects. Wreckfest is crossing the finish line with an update including a new destruction derby arena, new parts and paint…

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Red Faction: Guerilla’s Space Asshole returns on July 3rd

Mars's calendar is objectively superior to ours. For starters, their Independence Day comes one day sooner than America's, and trades up the fireworks for driving giant mining robots through buildings. At least, that's what I'm drawing from the pun-ishingly named Red Faction: Guerilla Re-Mars-tered's new release date trailer. This polished-up version of Volition's space demolition sandbox is due out on July 3rd, and they've even gone and…

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Wreckfest smashing out of early access after 1611 days

Smash-happy racer Wreckfest will finally leave early access after 1611 days and launch in full this month, publishers THQ Nordic announced today. It's been a long journey for developers Bugbear Entertainment (who also created FlatOut) and the game they once called Next Car Game, from a failed crowdfunding campaign in 2013, through early access, picking up a publisher, and being delayed so many times. It's…

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Red Faction Guerrilla Re-Mars-tered smashing out soon

I'll never forget that magical summer of 2009 when everyone went around smashing buildings to pieces with an ostrich-shaped hammer. Well, the noughties are back in fashion, baby, and Red Faction Guerrilla is back too. Volition's smashtastic shooter is being snazzed up a little for a re-release as the new Re-Mars-tered edition, publishers THQ Nordic announced today. They put the hyphens there to highlight the…

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THQ Nordic buy up Saints Row and Metro

THQ Nordic, publishers of the Darksiders games and recent jankfest Elex, have bought Koch Media, the companies have announced. Koch are the father-company of Deep Silver, who publish games like Saints Row, Metro, Dead Island, and Homefront: The Revolution. That means THQ Nordic now own alllll of those bad boys, among others. Due to all the combined plates this company now spins, they could now…

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Spellforce 3 adds comprehensive modding support

According to shameless wizard aficionado Fraser Brown, Spellforce 3 was quite a pleasant little December surprise. Describing the hybrid RTS/RPG as 'the poster child for being more than the sum of its parts', it only stands to reason that the game would be improved by adding yet more parts to the mix. Today, developers Grimlore Games share a little bit of their unspeakable arcane powers…

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Feature: Multiclass

SpellForce 3 review

SpellForce 3 might sound like the name of a magically-inclined superhero team -- and it absolutely should be -- but it’s actually a chimera, a beast created by smashing together an isometric RPG and an RTS. You’ve got your jolly old fantasy adventures, pilfering dungeons and beating up hardworking goblins, and then you’ve got outposts to build, trees to chop down and troops to train.…

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SpellForce 3 is out now, but our review is still cooking

After a few delays, SpellForce 3, Grimlore Games’ RTS/RPG hybrid, is finally a thing that you can play in its entirety. I’ve been traipsing around the fantasy land of Eo myself, though you’ll need to wait until Monday for my review. In the meantime, chow on the launch trailer below, and then read on for some quick impressions.

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Fade To Silence is cold and full of monsters

I'm glad there are no monsters in The Long Dark. It's my favourite survival game and even though I've often found myself wishing there were a ghost in the attic of my latest shelter, or an enormous shape blotting out the stars and moon, I'm not really keen on Lovecraftian tentacles creeping into every corner of my life. An eternal winter and angry wolves provide…

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SpellForce 3 gets an open weekend ahead of launch

The RPG/RTS hybrid SpellForce 3 is finally going to be hitting GOG and Steam on December 7. It was announced in 2014 and due out last year but ended up delayed. If you’d rather not wait to see what has come from this extra year of development, a free preview is happening on GOG and will be available until November 27. [Alec was right! Demos…

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