In an ideal world, this review would’ve appeared a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, we live in a world that gets MEGA-HACKED by the forces of evil from time to time.Now, Fallout Shelter‘s time has finally come.
Volume styles itself as a “narrative stealth action” game, but those robes belong to other games from other times, and as such it wears them awkwardly. Instead, Volume’s more comfortable in casual attire, wearing puzzle shorts and a speed-running sweatshirt, ambling its way through stark, glowing architecture and a gently evolving set of brainteasers.
You play Robert Locksley, a revolutionary who has resurrected a decommissioned military-training AI – the titular Volume – going by the name of Alan, with the aim of streaming instructional virtual heist how-to’s live to the oppressed citizens of a new-future dystopian England (or an abstract representation thereof). Volume tries to be a cheeky-but-also-serious comment on Internet fame and responsibility, corporations, social caste systems and the threat/potential of AIs and distributed neural networks, as seen through the lens of the Robin Hood legend.
The Grand Tournament is the second major expansion to come to Blizzard’s lucrative, $20 million a month collectable card game. The first expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes, came out in December 2014 and brought with it 123 new collectible cards, and the addition of the Mech minion card type.
Blizzard’s second card expansion, The Grand Tournament, launched earlier this week on Monday evening. The expansion brings with it 132 collectible cards, but mixes things up and brings new tactical elements thanks to the addition of a new keyword: “Inspire”.
Local supplier Megarom Interactive provided us with a pre-order of 50 packs of The Grand Tournament cards, which means that I’ve spent the last few evenings duking it out online with complete strangers in order to get a feel of what The Grand Tournament brings to an already enjoyable game.
Launching F1 2015 in the middle of a race season is an odd choice. Traditionally, every game in the F1 series has been released well into the fourth quarter of the year, when the driver’s and constructor’s championships are a foregone conclusion. This is the first sign that F1 2015 is a total shift in terms of how Codemasters is working this licence, and it could mark an important switch in how the games align with the race season in future.
OK, hold onto your butts for this one: Bedlam is described by the Skyshine team as “a rogue-like, turn based strategy game set in an over-the-top post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with colorful characters and brutal enemy encounters.” They then go on to list a number of influences that include: XCOM, FTL, and… Oregon Trail?
Let that description sink in for just a moment, but while it’s doing that, gaze at the header image above all this text. Look at that artwork. It’s gorgeous. Now learn that the game is made on the Banner Saga game engine; the same engine that powered, well, The Banner Saga, which is one of the most lovely looking games in ages.
By now you should be beginning to realise that Bedlam is a game that deserves closer attention.
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