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  1. The Eagle Lord

    Shadowverse

    Shadowverse Home Page Play Guide Reddit Page
  2. Dimahoo

    The Indie Game Thread

    Mersey Remakes Some lovely 8 bit remakes on this site plus lots of good indie news Indiegames weblog Fantastic site with news and links to the finest games Shoot The Core (STC) THE dedicated site to all things shmup. Tigsoruce Indiependent Gaming source. Insert Credit The 2 Bears Game Giveaway of the day THE INDIE DATABASE PM me to add your favorite homebrew site.
  3. Well, it's a setting I enjoy very much, and if they're taking inspiration from the fiction (as the video suggests) rather than just doing a Hollywood and throwing out everything interesting in the attempt to make things more 'realistic',* this could make for a great Total War game. The Total Warhammers have shown off how well Total War's design can mesh with fantastical elements, while the Shoguns show how well the series lends itself to a concentrated geographic area; while Three Kingdoms won't be able to take advantage of the drastic asymmetry of Warhammer, and China is far larger than Japan, the (presumable, judging by the trailer) ability to field heroes combined with a relatively concentrated area to battle over seem a promising match to me. Of course, it's also been a while since the last duff Total War, which suggests we may be due one. So, you know, probably worth paying close attention to early coverage rather than going out and preordering on a whim. *Fuck you very much, Troy
  4. This is shaping up to be something special. Grand strategy masters Paradox, are finally delving into the sci-fi space with the release of Stellaris, out May 9th. Unlike traditional Paradox grand strategy, a game in Stellaris will feature 3 distinct phases of play; covering the early > mid/late > end game scenarios. Starting off with a single homeworld in one star system; a typical campaign begins like a traditional 4X game. Explore other systems; expand your borders and colonise other worlds; gather/exploit resources; conquer other races (or not!). Mid to late game; focus shifts towards traditional Paradox grand strategy as races and territory throughout the galaxy battle for supremacy. Conquer other races, create and shatter alliances, jostle for territory. Dominant race in the galaxy? The game doesn't end there. Experience end-game scenarios that dramatically shift the balance of power. Fallen empires far superior to yours offering judgment on your dangerous AI research; visitors from another galaxy; space-time rifts. Don't take your dominance for granted FEATURES PAUSABLE REAL-TIME STRATEGY WITH MULTIPLAYER SUPPORT In Stellaris, you can conquer the galaxy on your own, or contend with upwards of 32 players DYNAMIC WORLDS WITH A VAST NUMBER OF UNIQUE RANDOM SPECIES Design and name a custom species with the government and attributes you desire. Encounter countless different alien species, each with unique appearances, traits, and ethics EXPLORE VAST GALAXIES FULL OF MYSTERY AND WONDER Uncover the secrets of the galaxy - every time you play! expect the unexpected as your science ships explore new anomalies with branching storylines and surprising twists RESEARCH AND REVERSE-ENGINEER RARE TECHNOLOGIES The skills and personalities of your scientists will affect which technologies you can develop. Many technologies are unique and must be found or reverse-engineered from debris, wrecks or alien ruins... DEEP DIPLOMACY AND WARFARE Conquer the competition, or entice the alien empires to join your glorious federation. the mid-to-late game of stellaris features the same kind of depth and dynamism seen in games like Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II BE WARY OF THE COST OF PROGRESS The expanses of the galaxy hold many dangers, as do your own advances at home... SCREENSHOTS VIDEOS Fantastic playthrough series with one of the lead developers...
  5. Preface: We have a nonspecific MOBA thread, but it's impenetrable and a bit dead at the best of times. This is an attempt to get some Mukkers to try Dota 2, and help those looking to get into it to organise themselves and ask questions without fear of being scoffed at. “Why should I care about Dota 2? MOBAs are stupid/scary/impenetrable. The people that play them are weird, unlike us hypercool non-MOBA playing videogamers. Hurry up and Make Half Life 3. Hats are dumb, etc.” DOTA2 is the most popular game on Steam, and growing. It’s free to play, can be played on a fairly low-end PC, and looks lovely on a high-end PC. There are no (and will never be) any “pay to win” elements. It’s got a Cockney porcupine, a guy who can throw an entire ghost ship at people, and a barely disguised Dr Kleiner from Half Life 2 stomping around in a mechsuit summoning hordes of tiny robots to nip at the ankles of the enemy. It’s silly, funny, deadly serious, fun, frustrating and elating in equal measure, but most of all it’s rewarding to learn. It’s as much a team “sport” as it is a videogame. If you are avoiding giving it a go based on any preconceived ideas you may have, you're robbing yourself of a brilliant game. “Alright, alright. But why should I care? Valve should make Half Life 3. Beli3ve!” Dota 2 is a Valve game, through and through. Whilst it may at first seem far removed from any of their previous efforts, which it is, it’s also quite possibly their best game by some margin. The underlying game, the rules of which were defined in the original DOTA, was sculpted by years of experimentation and balance tweaks. Valve don’t mess with this, they simply add a triple-A sheen, a robust infrastructure and a brilliant business model. This is a solid gold chunk of game carved from millions of hours of player data over many years, balanced nearly to perfection, with a massive dollop of Valve flair on top. And just think, the more virtual crap you buy from the Dota 2 shop, the more development money Valve has to spend on Half Life 3 making new badges. “OK, I’m still here. So uhh, what is it?” “DOTA” stands for “Defense of the ancients”. Though "Dota 2" is simply Dota 2, probably for legal reasons. There are two teams of five players, starting at opposite sides of a map. Like most sports, the map/field/pitch layout never changes. Each team has a base, inside which is a structure called an ancient. You must defend this from attacks by the enemy team, whilst mounting your own attacks upon theirs. Whichever team destroys the opposing ancient first wins the game. That’s it. Not so complicated, right? There’s a bit more to it than that, but nothing you can’t pick up by bumbling through a couple of games. You control a single character (and occasionally pets or minions) so the game is much more akin to Diablo than Starcraft. You don't build bases or level up tech trees, you don't research stuff, you can't get a cultural victory. Moment to moment it's nothing but fast, deep, dirty combat and frantic "farming", i.e. grinding gold and XP as quickly as possible. The only way to win is to smash your enemy in the face until they fall down dead, or help the bloke standing next to you do it. There are 100+ characters (or “heroes”) to pick from when you start a match. Each has their own set of strengths, weaknesses and abilities. Different team compositions and match-ups grant the game an endless variety of possibilities and a depth of strategy that most games can only dream of. Think of it like a five-a-side match where you can pick any player from any club in the premier league for any position. And they've all got magical powers. Daunting, but exciting. Right? Unless you hate football, in which case think of it like a team-based multiplayer videogame with 100+ characters. Daunting, but exciting. Right? “So I need to learn 100 bloody characters before I can play the game?” No. Recently Valve has implemented what it calls the “limited heroes” pool. Essentially, they’ve taken 20 easy-to-learn heroes and created a game mode where you can only pick from these. As there are 10 players per round, it will not take too long for you to see each of these heroes in action. You could play 20 rounds as a different character each round if you like, or pick one you like the look of and stick with him/her/it. You can sit in this pool for as long as you like. Hell, you can sit in it forever if you wish. “Will everyone shout at me for not knowing what I’m doing?” Yes. But Valve has made efforts to match you with people in a similar situation. If you wind up in a game with people who have a few wins under their belt and feel like screaming at you instead of being helpful, they're the ones playing it wrong. There’s a mute button and a report button, both of which work wonders. The important thing to remember is that nobody really knows how to play the game in the early matchups, so concentrate on improving your own game. Take constructive advice from teammates, try your best to play with people you know rather than randoms, and try to experiment and have fun. People only see the number of wins you've got against your name (and only if you turn that on!) so don’t take losses too badly. You will lose your matches at least half of the time if the matchmaking works as intended. But if you can improve your own game in some way every match, you’re always winning. The matchmaking, despite Valve's best intentions, can often throw up some "interesting" oddities, so try to play with people you know and can communicate with whenever possible. “Who should I play as first? What’s a “lane”? What are the different roles? How do I buy items, which items should I buy? Can I Meepo? Why is everyone screaming in Russian? Can you recommend a long, complicated guide for me to read before I get stuck in?” Look, don’t worry about it. I’m not going to put any detailed guides, tips or suggestions in this OP. There are far better sources for that. Pick someone you like the look of, and if you decide you don’t like them, pick someone else next time. It really doesn't matter early on. Chances are everyone else is doing the same, though they might shout at you for daring not to pick a character which complements their own. But fuck ‘em, pick the guy with the sweet beard or the silly glasses or the funny name just for that reason. You have to start somewhere. If you want to take advice or ask for help from your teammates, go right ahead. The limited heroes pool offerings are: The game makes you run through a couple of dopey tutorials before you can play properly. These teach you how to move around, how to buy basic items, how to level up and how to use skills. When you get into a “proper” game, you’ll be expected to choose which items to buy and which skills to level up. This can seem extremely daunting, but there’s an app for that. You can actually pick a community created “build” from a list, which works like a template, telling you exactly which items to buy and skills to pick. Anyone can upvote or downvote these builds, so pick the highest rated build and use that. Some of them come with extra tooltip advice too, which is handy. Don’t worry about barrelling through guides just yet. That will come later. For a new player, even the best and simplest guides contain too much info to take in at once or put into practice. Instead, play with at least one person who can answer your questions, and don’t be afraid to ask! Think of it like Dark Souls. You need to learn through doing, through experience. To use my own brother as an example, he reluctantly agreed to play with me last weekend, and quickly found himself having fun. He asked plenty of questions as we played, and he was open to having his mistakes and his successes pointed out to him, and he took advice keenly. In just two or three games he had picked up enough of the game to finish with a respectable score and be an asset to his team, and most importantly he enjoyed it. And oh yes, everyone is screaming in Russian because it’s Dota 2. Welcome to Dota 2. Either learn Russian ("cyka" is "bitch", I think) or team up with friends to reduce the non-English speaking element from your team. There are however generic ways to communicate (there’s a chat wheel) so you can overcome the language barrier to some extent. “Doesn’t it take forever to get into? Don’t I have to play it for hundreds of hours before I’m any good? I don’t have time for that.” During your first game you will feel overwhelmed, there’s no way around that. But you can play as much or as little as you like. Once you've got the basics down, you can easily play a couple of games a week and still get something meaningful out of it. There's no overarching skill-levelling besides your own as a human being. Some of my most enjoyable games were very early victories when I had just begun to understand certain parts of the game. There is much enjoyment in that moment of understanding, however small it may be in the grand scheme of things. “OK, I’m ready to take the Dota 2 challenge. Gulp. Where do I start?” Well, first you need a Steam account, you probably already have one of those. Then you need Dota 2. Anyone can download it now: http://store.steampowered.com/app/570/ Do the first set of tutorials (you’re forced to) and then you can join the Rllmuk guild. Every member of the guild has the ability to add more members, so go ahead and ask in the thread. Someone will hook you up! It's a social guild, for finding people to play with and chatting. Nothing is expected of you, so don't be intimidated. “I’m still not sure, I need a final push” “I know you said no guides, but can you recommend a couple?” Alright: Dota 2 in 4 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akUNmFAzS98 Pyrion Flax guide to DOTA2 (funny) Dota 2 in 45 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzYNyDF_nDk 50 videos about how to play Dota 2, in no particular order: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvPMQjsM-jQ&list=SP24EB71B773DFB306 Comprehensive Dota 2 guide http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=123364976#19574 “I've heard I should play League Of Legends instead. Should I?” Allow me to refer you to this handy visual guide I found on google image search: So there you have it, conclusive proof that people who play LOL should be institutionalised. All 5 million of them. "What's the pro scene like? How do eSports work in Dota 2?" They work very well. The game is chock full of esports features, including the ability to connect to a "live" game (there's a short delay to avoid cheating) and choose between different commentators. Sometimes these games are free to connect to, and sometimes you have to buy a season pass to gain access. Viewers of these tournaments can often receive extra items for buying a season pass, and very rare items are sometimes awarded to a viewer at the end of a match. You can also connect your Steam account to your twitch account and watch the games via twitch instead, and receive the same benefits. The full length "free to play" documentary is available here: "Alright, wrap it up." Interested? Questions? Fire away! TLDR? Add me on Steam (below) and let me know if you're interested in Dota 2. Finally: Don't be like this idiot.
  6. VN1X

    XCOM 2 - War of the Chosen

    Developed by Firaxis Official Site | Reddit | Steam | PS4 | XB1 Release Date: February 5, 2016 - XB1/PS4 September 30, 2016 ABOUT COVERAGE IGN First: XCOM 2: Welcoming Our New Alien Overlords IMAGES VIDEOS
  7. (Surely the search function is screwing up for me and there's already a thread for this?) Anyone who reads RPS or went to Rezzed or Eurogamer will already be well aware of this game, it's been hyped up for months. Hotline Miami is a top-down arcade/strategy game by Dennaton Games (designer/coder Jonaton 'Cactus' Soderstrom and artist Dennis Wedin). You might know Cactus from his extremely warped games on the Adult Swim games portal (or his previous collaboration with Wedin, Keyboard Drumset Fucking Werewolf.) You're a guy in 1989 Miami who gets coded messages left on his answering machine instructing him to go to addresses around the city and kill everyone. It plays like an ultrafast top down version of ... well, a bit of Hitman, a bit of Ninja Gaiden, a bit of Commandos and a bit of Alien Breed/Smash TV/Paradroid... with the visual style of Dreamweb mixed with Manhunt. There's no scope whatsoever to go in guns blazing. You die over and over again and gradually form a plan as you get a bit further through the level each time. It's amazingly satisfying. It's getting 9's and 10's everywhere because it's awesome. The plot is a complete mystery to me and the violence is stomach turning. You can pour a pan of boiling water on a man's face, for instance. The soundtrack is amazing also. GOTY? I can't think of anything released 2012 off hand that tops it.
  8. squall

    Ancestors Legacy

    New F2P multiplayer RTS/RTT game with a Viking theme. Looks very similar to Total War: Arena. Official Gameplay Trailer: Official site: https://destructivecreations.pl/ancestors-legacy/ Steam page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/720380/Ancestors_Legacy_Multiplayer_Open_Beta/ I think it looks cool.
  9. Lothar Hex

    Tiny Metal: aka Not Advance Wars

    Just seen this while browsing, must say quite tempted. http://www.tinymetal.com/ http://store.steampowered.com/app/751500/TINY_METAL/ One thing to be aware of, apparentlythe directoir Hiroaki Yura is accused of embezzling £750,000 from the Kickstarter campaign for the Project Phoenix to pay for the development of this game. Seem to be reviewing well on the Switch as well.
  10. Mr Tony

    Halo Wars 2

    Holy crap, suprise announcement at GamesCom. Halo Wars 2 coming Christmas Holiday 2016. It's made by Creative Assembly of Total War fame, so hopefully should be good.
  11. Fallows

    Advance Wars By Web

    http://awbw.amarriner.com Oh no! My life!! Advance Wars, over web... The UI is a little rough around the edges, but it gets the job done. Anyone up for a game?
  12. By Counterplay Games Play Now | Steam Official Site | Wiki | Reddit | PC Gamer Primer Release Date: August 23, 2016 (Steam) ABOUT IMAGES VIDEOS While it is still technically in open-beta the game will 'release' to version 1.0 on April 27. Now I'm not much of a card game connoisseur (I've only played Hearthstone for a couple of hours) but I do like strategy and this seems to offer it in spades! You choose a faction, place your cards on a grid where units can then move around freely, you outsmart your enemy for a bit and after a match you get currency to unlock new cards which then allow you to build a better deck and so on and so forth. You get the idea. Basically if you mix The Banner Saga with Hearthstone you'd end up with Duelyst... I think? Turns go by fast and while there's obviously some RNG involved the tutorial and matches against the AI haven't felt unfair (so far). Obviously I've not even scratched the surface here but have already won my first online game just now, hurray! So give this a try! It's free, looks gorgeous (seriously, how could you say no to those sprites?) and while I'd be the first to admit that a strategy game involving cards/deck building can feel a bit overwhelming, the short tutorial does a good job of establishing the basics and letting you then progress naturally. By the time you've had a few practice matches against the AI you're ready to go up against your first human opponent and take your first steps to world domination (add me to get rekt breh)! I'm curious to hear what the residential Hearthstone players make of this? How does it compare? Is it any good? Is it for casual plebs? Validate my enjoyment please.
  13. progorion

    What makes a game Grand Strategy?

    Hello, I'm interested in your opinion about this topic: http://progorion.com/blog/2017/06/15/computer-tycoon-is-a-business-simulation-or-a-grand-strategy-game/ What do you think, what makes a game to be a grand strategy? Do you need armies as a mandatory? Thanks for any feedback! Andris
  14. Tzigone

    Civilization V

    Just a press release at the moment. http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/214082...-gamepro-cover/ It's a shame Soren Johnson is no longer at Firaxis as he did a fantastic job with IV. The switch to hexes is unexpected, I'm not enough of a grognard to know what kind of difference that will make. Edit: More info and screenshots at IGN. http://pcmedia.ign.c...440167_640w.jpg http://pcmedia.ign.c...550009_640w.jpg http://www.firaxis.c...hots/civ5_3.jpg
  15. MOBA CENTRAL! This is a thread to discuss all matters regarding this strange genre of games. A team based Player v Player RTS where you only control one unit. Great fun to be had by all! The most popular examples of this are: League of Legends Heroes of newerth Valve's DOTA2 (currently in beta) & Blizzard's DOTA (In Alpha at the moment, but I'm looking forward to playing it.) UPDATE: We have started a League of Legends team! ANYONE can join in, as the more we have the merrier it is. You can set up an account right here and join us right away! ----> HERE! Once you've set an account, then feel free to add us all to your friends list. There tends to be a fair few of us on every night! ----> MOBA Username list We also have a mumble (Voice chat) server set up, the address for that is: mumble://muklol01.mumble.com:6675/?version=1.2.3 If the community of these games puts you off, play as a team of friends, and Voila! All the raging little kiddies have vanished! SO JOIN RLLMUK!
  16. Renowned Explorers: International Society is a strategy adventure game set in the 19th century. Take command of a hand-picked group of diverse explorers and travel across the globe in search of legendary treasures while staying ahead of your rivals. Earn prestige in the Renowned Explorers International Society and become the world's most Renowned Explorer! Screenshots: Reviews from the Steam Store Page: I just got this last week and played it a couple of times, it's way more fun than I anticipated (to be fair, I had never heard of it before my first play). Anyone else got this? What are your thoughts, you got any advice, etc etc.? I play on easy and still sometimes lose, ugh
  17. By Klei Entertainment Official Website Release date: March 2013 ABOUT IMAGES VIDEOS This has come out of nowhere for me and jumped all the way to the top of my wishlist on Steam. You can currently buy it on Steam to gain access to the beta version which, I imagine, will also grant access to the full game once that's out. It looks very promising from what I've seen so far!
  18. I'm only a few levels in but it does feel like the best AW style game yet for mobiles. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id1008496061
  19. HarMGM

    Fire Emblem Awakening

    Confirmed for a 2012 release in Europe during the Euro stream. Trailer: http://www.nintendo....dsbnr#120222_m2 This will be accompanied by the DLC plans that Nintendo has for it. The idea is to distribute extra maps and scenarios after the games release.
  20. The return of Shadowrun, a sequel to the tabletop and then MegaDrive and SNES cyberpunk hacker RPG from the 90's. The license has been bought back by it's owner (Jordan Weisman - he of Mechwarrior and original maker of Shadowrun among others fame) and off the back of Schafer's successes, a Kickstarter project has been started for it; http://www.kickstart...urns?ref=search If you've not played the original, go and get zsnes or something and play it now. Played it now? Good, innit? Anyway, it's looking quite interesting, going to be isometric (as the original was) and have turn based combat "like Xcom" but more contextual - he seems to be a fan of the term, it's mentioned a few times - when you go into the combat. Will have "4 Dimensions" in it apparently in a similar vein to the SNES original with an ability to walk about in the cybernet like various 90's games as well as more normal pottering about in the real world (set in Seattle where it's originally based apparently) to find clues / speak to NPCs etc and I couldn't really tell what the other 2 dimensions would do, one of them to do with magic. It's basically a bit like Blade Runner but with Orcs and what not, this is from the kickstarter page but actually makes it sound a bit too much like a teenage Games Workshop fans' wet dream; "The game world’s origin story mashes-up the dystopian Cyberpunk future of a Blade Runner with the high fantasy creatures and races of a Lords of the Rings in an organic way that produces iconic characters, environments, and situations." A bit wanky but kind of sums it up. They're on $800,000 and if they get to the million before time is up (another 18 days) then they will also put in another city to run about in, which would be nice. Anyway, I only found this while looking at an update for DoubleFine Adventure, even though it had been mentioned in the Wasteland 2 thread but after the absolute shitty mess that was the idea of making that Shadowrun team based FPS that came out a few years ago (which they actually apologise for in the launch video, so hats off) I never, ever thought I'd see the day that this might get made. So if you were a fan, give them a few quid and hopefully it will be good. For completion, I have to mention that his devco are apparently now a maker of iOS games and "Tablet and PC" are listed as platforms for development, so there is some potential concerns it will be up-ported to PC and actually be made in some sort of painful touch-screen friendly way but I hope that it won't be designed for phones first.
  21. By Petroglyph Official Site Release Date: January 27th 2015 ABOUT IMAGES VIDEOS Yup, that's the actual title! Only have done 3 campaign missions and so far this seems like the perfect marriage of casual and hardcore. You can hang back if you want to and take a beating, steadily build up your army and then full out attack or play it more competitive and go all macro keys on their asses. I never was one for RTS' like Starcraft but GG, while more in that direction, is very reminiscent of the old C&C/Red Alert games. They've taken a very back-to-basics approach here and it's great! So get on this people of the internet! I need someone to tell me what I'm doing wrong when I have to restart the 2nd mission after 20 minutes and then later do end up winning, but only after like 30-40 minutes... It's pretty relentless (for me anyway). Also, music by fucking Frank Klepacki!
  22. VN1X

    Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

    By Focus Home Interactive & Tindalos Interactive Official Site Release Date: TBA ABOUT IMAGES VIDEOS - So uh yeah more Warhammer strategy games!
  23. Keyboard Koala

    Project X Zone

    Dunno if people been following this, but for some weeks 3DS fans have been teased by Capcom, Namco and Sega about an upcoming new game that is being developed by teams from those three companies. Several teaser images (feat. chromosomes that resemble videogame characters in a petri dish) have been changed from time to time, and now the final teaser image has been put on their website ( > http://pxz.channel.or.jp/ ), together with a countdown that'll reach zero on April 12, 2012. Supposedly that's when the mystery title will be revealed. Tbh, I haven't got a clue what kind of game this will be, but a co-operation between Capcom, Namco and Sega surely has piqued my curiosity. Stay tuned! EDIT: Apparently the final teaser image is no longer there, but this is how it looked like (plus what the internet community thinks it means): Devilot! Batsu! Kos-Mos! B-Bahn?! Whatever the characters may be (nice to see Bruce Willis in there too - if you know what I mean), I still have absolutely no idea what to expect here... Most rumours seem to go for the cross-over beat'em-up theory. There are indeed a lot of characters from fighting games (Fighting Vipers *swoon*), but then why pick the 3DS as the platform for it?
  24. Vemsie

    Company of Heroes 2 - Out now

    Will make many people happy no doubt. First details:
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