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GoG Releases a LOT of LucasArts Star Wars Games

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 06:41
Some classics have seen a rerelease that's been a long time in coming (Galactic Battlegrounds for me) and others are nice to have in a DRM-free/non-physical state (KOTOR):

Current Lucas Art/Disney library at Good Old Games

The list of Star Wars games:
X-Wing
X-Wing Alliance
Tie Fighter
X-Wing vs Tie Fighter
Knights of the Old Republic I & II
Dark Forces
Rebellion
Rogue Squadron 3D
Battlefront II
Empire at War: Gold Pack
Galactic Battlegrounds

List of non-Star Wars games:
Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
Sam & Max Hit the Road
The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition
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Story in strategy games

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 11:10
Hi guys,


What is your opinion about the story in strategy games, is it important, do they need one?

For me this is one of the things that make start playing a new strategy game, if there is a good story present with detailed description of the events it is a huge plus.
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Into the Stars

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 11:50
Here's another SP space game but with what I think is an interesting concept. Sounding like Battlestar Galactica, you leave Earth as Captain of a spaceship with the only survivors of an Alien attack. You then proceed to explore and fight your way across the galaxy looking for a new home. I like the pick your crew aspect as this is more of a tactical game then the fly your ship combat games. https://www.facebook.com/FugitiveGames Also just landed on Kickstarter. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...into-the-stars
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War gaming fun tools

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 08:28
Hi there,

Would you share your expectations on the war strategy game? What would be your most desirable functionality?

I would expect to see a great amount of re-playability, realistic war weapons, story, intuitive UI, nice strategic and tactical map, some story behind, various battle scenarios and challenging enough AI. Certainly to be impress to find good variety of military equipment at my disposal and ability to customize my units. How hard the game should be?
What you will expect to see in the game and what will definitely frustrate you?
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GSC Game World Back in Business

Sun, 12/21/2014 - 22:12
Could Stalker being coming back soon?

GSC Game World, developers of STALKER, are back in business


Quote: Stalker is my very favourite game based on a ponderous Tarkovsky film, and also one of my top five games of all time. I imagine a lot of people feel similarly, which is why the following news is rather exciting: Stalker (or, if you prefer, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.) developers GSC Game World are back in business. They're working on an "old-fashioned, full price", unrevealed new game at the moment, though whether it's a Stalker type game or a Heroes of Annihilated Empirestype game, or even a Cossacksy one is still unclear. It could also, obviously, be something completely different. Based on past history, tomorrow's headline could be "GSC Game World are out of business." :D
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Shadowrun Returns to Kickstarter

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 15:11
Not much to report right now but this:

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:supper:

I didn't back the original, but I will be backing this (funds permitting). Even though people thought the first game was mediocre, I loved it. And since then HB has only improved the formula. I trust them with my fundage. :) Attached Images
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Naval Action - Age Of Sail - Fps - Open World And Customisation - historical and accu

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 17:58
Came here to see what was going on with SES Jutland and its sequel - there was supposed to be one! Seems they sold it and it's dead now though.
While I am here....

Just thought in relation to computer ship modellers that may be here that some like me may like the n a game called NAVAL ACTION that has a public pre-order BETA playing at the moment.
The developers pay for good quality and historical ship models for this game.

Requires DX11 though. The open beta is already in action

You get to command one ship only and either play in open world or I think perhaps single scenarios or PVP/PVE battles.
Ships are individually customisable I believe.

What I am excited about is that you get down and fire ranging shots from deck level before releasing your broadside.
* Can turn on and off individual gun decks and fire them in any order
* Can allocate the crew to prioritise different task
* Control the mast sails individually or auto
* Control the helm\rudder obviously along with the speed of the ship
* Weather such as fog, storm seas among others
* Choose round types like roundshot, chain, grape\shotgun sort of shot
* Forts and I think other land things like ports and the like....
* IIRC game tracks every ball fired and damage like smashed cannons and leaks or sail damage/masts falling off etc are all there.

The ships are pretty much replicas of famous real ships.
So far seen are the HMS Victory (over 100 guns), USS Constitution(heavy super frigate 44 guns), HMS Tricomalee (a match for the USS Connie?), cutter, brig, mortar brig, Yachts, HMS Surprise (Russel Crowes ship in master and commander), Bellona (74 guns).


Here are a few shots of me testing. But in essence are there any 3D ship modellers here?

Anyone who loves Hornblower and 1700 - early 1800 age of sail ships might like this one. It's kind of unique.

http://www.navalaction.com/#ageofsail












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Call of Duty: Ghosts - PC Review

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 08:39
Hi, I'm very interesting with this game (Call of Duty). I play it in PC, but it make it confusing because very difficult. Can you share anything toward this game?
I get this game from amazon 2 months ago : http://amzn.to/1xkM3zx

Thank you for advice
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Traipsing Through the Countryside Punching Dragons

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 15:21
How Banter and Music Work in Inquisition

Came across this article in my FB feed. Thought some would be interested in reading about how Bioware does this.

Quote: We wanted to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the banter and music systems in Dragon Age: Inquisition by giving you some insight into how they work. By now we’re sure many of you’ve seen the wide variety of supposed “fixes” out there, which range from a few simple steps to borderline blood magic. Hopefully detailing how these systems were designed to work will put a few minds at ease.

Before we get into the details, please know that we are continuing to look into player concerns on both fronts.

What follows is a quick guide to let you know what’s going on behind the scenes.

Banter

The way banter works in Inquisition is quite different from what you encountered in previous Dragon Age games. In Origins, all of the banter you heard occurred at scripted moments in the game, firing when you passed Point A in Level A on your way to Point B.

For Inquisition, this sort of scripted banter still exists. As you play through missions, you will hear your party comment on the plot at specific points. However, when you are running around in the wilderness, there are additional kinds of banter at work.

We built Inquisition to be an expansive, immersive experience, giving players plenty of reasons to keep coming back, hour after hour. Part of this is the random banter that now occurs in the wild. Your party may chat (or bicker) among themselves about all kinds of topics: getting to know each other, working through issues, or even just commenting on the surrounding scenery. All this works quite differently to the scripted plot-related banter you may be used to.

Behind the scenes, this is one of many ways that the game creates opportunities to experience procedural content at regular intervals. Sometimes this means combat encounters. Sometimes this means NPCs acting out ambient scenes or simply living in a space, as people will. More rarely, this means banter.

On average, you have an opportunity to hear banter every 10-15 minutes. But the frequency is largely left up to chance. It’s a lot like flips of a coin. Just because you flipped heads this time, or the previous five times, doesn’t mean you’ll flip tails next. Because of this, it’s perfectly normal to hear more or less banter at different points in the game.

The element of chance is also influenced by what you are doing and what is going on around you at any given time. How you play the game can and does affect how often you hear banter.

A number of things can interrupt banter, such as:

  • A conversation starting, both simple or fully cinematic
  • A level transition
  • Combat
  • Getting on a mount


There are also things that will prevent banter from firing entirely:

  • Riding a mount
  • Participating in a conversation
  • Being in combat or close proximity to enemies (if you are seeing red on your mini-map, you may be blocked from hearing banter)


There are also areas where this kind of banter will not fire at all. These include Skyhold, Haven, and Val Royeaux.

It’s also possible to exhaust all of the random banter for an area or for a certain set of party members. Additional banter can be unlocked by talking to your party members, playing through their personal plots, and advancing the main story. Music at rest of Link
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1953: NATO vs Warsaw Pact

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 16:10
Grogheads' Facebook feed alerted me to this interesting sounding wargame:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/325470/

Quote: 1953: NATO vs Warsaw Pact is a classic wargame dedicated to the hypothetical conflict between West and East. Something what we have been reading so many times. Take a command over the whole alliance or just focus on leading single country.

In the game player is able to control any single country or any combination of countries and easily adjust difficulty level for each of them separately.

The game introduces the historical forces and economical potential in the post war Europe and a number of events which might actually happen if such conflict would arise.

Features:

A huge campaign map spanning the entire European theater with more than 40,000 hexes and massive armies with hundreds of units.
Epic Campaigns covering the entire war starting from 1953
Play against yourself, you can take the lead over two opposing factions
Use Diplomacy points to influence the war readiness and war entry of neutral nations. It’s even possible to cause coups changing the governments completely or to control your own populations ambitions for war.
Technology system with 5 areas of research. Upgrade obsolete units to modern weaponry.
Invest the atomic bomb and destroy the enemies will to fight or just make their cities to evaporate.
Play as any country, or any combination of countries with the AI controlling the rest. Fight the war as just the UK or maybe you fancy your luck as Romania, Hungary & Bulgaria! 30 playable nations.
Fog of war, dynamic weather, supply and many other factors give player realistic decisions to make throughout the war.
Use your resources to buy new units, repair, maintain and upgrade them, to research new technologies, invest in strategic movement, naval transport and amphibious landing craft.
Use strategic weapons to damage the enemies infrastructure.
Use convoys to keep cities and armies supplied.
Detailed & historical orders of battle with historical names for hundreds of land, air and naval units for full immersion. This sounds really good! Sort of like that Cold War Paradox HoI mod that was abandoned a few months back. I just wish the graphics were a bit sharper. But solid gameplay can easily overcome that limitation, not to mention mods (if allowed).

As an aside, I am interested to see the renewed interest in NATO vs WP battles.
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Here come the sales!

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 12:29
Blizzard has a sale, StarCraft-Diablo. But Origin has everything on sale, 400+ games. Titanfall-$5/deluxe-$20. Take me back on the wayback machine, Wing Commander...kilil the kitties...$2.50. Ultima, Sim City, Battlefield franchise; the list goes on. Everyone can find something...https://www.origin.com/en-us/store/?no-takeover=true
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World of Warcraft: Looking for Group Documentary

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 06:40
I discovered this as a commercial while having someone playing Rise of Nations on in the background while I did my homework. I ended up getting stuck watching it. Although I never played WoW very much, about half a year or more at best, I can say that it is one of the best, realized worlds I have ever seen on so many levels. This documentary is also, in my opinion, a fantastic example of what makes gaming so godd***ed great.


It's 1:01:45 long and I hope that whoever watches it, enjoys it as much as I have.

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“This is EVE” - Uncensored (2014)

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 11:27
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdfFnTt2UT0

“This is EVE” - Uncensored (2014)
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This War of Mine

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:05
First of its kind as far as I know.

From its page on GoG:
Quote: This War of Mine is the first game that lets you experience war not as a soldier, but as a group of civilians in a besieged city, struggling with a constant threat of disease, starvation and death, either from hardship, a sniper's bullet or at the hands of bandits. Do whatever it takes to survive - without destroying your souls, if possible.
The pace of the game is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive.

  • Experience war from a completely new angle: play as civilians trying to survive
  • Forge emotional bonds with your characters
  • Inspired by real events
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Valkyria Chronicles for the PC

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 01:07
I saw this on Steam the other day, and I have to say that it does sound interesting:

Quote: The critically acclaimed RPG Valkyria Chronicles is now available on PC! Set in a fictitious continent reminiscent of 1930s, Valkyria Chronicles depicts Europe divided in two and ruled by two super powers: the Empire and the Federation. The Empire has set its sights on invading a small neutral country called Gallia, situated in the middle of the two superpowers territories, in an attempt to secure invaluable natural resources. Within this struggle a hero named Welkin, and his fellow soldiers of the Federation's 7th Platoon, are fighting back against the invasion and the Empires attempts to unify the continent under its power.


During the ensuing war the Federation discovers that the Empire possesses a secret weapon, known as the "Valkyria" - an ancient race with special powers thought to exist only in legends. With this new discovery the fate of the Federation's ability to turn the tide of the war, and the hope for a better future, hang in the balance.


Key Features:


“CANVAS” graphics engine: A unique engine that produces breath taking images that look like watercolour paintings in motion.


“BLiTZ” tactical battle system: Experience strategic manoeuvring of units combined with conventional RPG gameplay, all layered on top of the moment to moment action afforded by real-time controls as players command each squad member and tank in battle.


Epic storyline: Players will immerse themselves in the epic struggle for freedom, as the fate of the world lies in the hands of Welkin and the members of the 7th platoon.


Customisation: Over 100 customisable characters allow players to create a variety of platoons to suit each battle’s needs.


Beautifully rendered battlefields: Players explore 30 different environments, using unique terrain features to gain advantages in battle. It certainly looked like fun on the PS3:



I definitely will have to give this a shot if it turns out to be a good console port.
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National Video Game Arcade

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 22:34
I was doing some homework earlier this week and came across this bit:
Quote: World's first cultural centre for games to open in UK

The world's first cultural centre dedicated to videogames is to open in the UK next year. Based in Nottingham, the National Videogame Arcade is intended to promote the cultural, economic, educational and social benefits of gaming, while housing a nifty collection of the ephemera relating to the medium.

The centre, which opens in March, is also aiming to be the gaming equivalent to the British Film Institute, improving the public understanding and appreciation of games through an assortment of education programmes, an in-house archive and research tools, and public events. The project is being launched as an offshoot from Nottingham's annual GameCity event, which aims to involve the public with games in new ways and serves as a showcase for established and upcoming industry talent. Backed by Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham City Council, Confetti Institute, and the Wellcome Trust, the centre will open in the heart of Nottingham's creative quarter.

It's not aiming small, either. A £2.5m investment is being made in the NVA, and the centre will sport four gallery floors, exhibiting quarterly exhibitions featuring new and specially-commissioned works, an entire floor dedicated to education, allowing students to get first-hand experience of game-making, and a permanent exhibition from the National Videogame Archive, which GameCity has built since 2007 and currently holds over 12,000 objects of gaming significance. Expect plenty of nostalgia bombs and much nerd envy at the sight of some of its gems, along with a valuable insight into both the UK's contribution to gaming, and the history of the artform as a whole.

CONTINUED I think that is pretty cool!! I hope it is very successful and I was actually wondering over the past week or so why no video game museum/archive exists yet! Then, as I was doing my homework I came across this gem. Wonder if it made any waves and I missed the ride or no one is caring in the gaming community?? :crosseye:
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Supreme Ruler Ultimate Official Release

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:22
Hi,

Just wanted to share our most recent press release;

Quote: Ancaster, Canada - BattleGoat Studios is thrilled to announce the release of their latest Real Time Geopolitical Strategy / Wargame, Supreme Ruler Ultimate.

Lead Designer and Co-Founder David Thompson commented, "This title represents fourteen years of what has been a labor of love. *Supreme Ruler Ultimate is the culmination of all the design revisions and content we've created since forming the studio in 2000 and there should be something for everyone, whether they want to re-play WWII or take over the world from a near future Scotland or an independent Texas!”

Link to Official Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdCH3LOD23E

Link to Steam Store: http://store.steampowered.com/app/314980

BattleGoat's Lead Programmer and Co-Founder George Geczy added, " Supreme Ruler Ultimate brings together our vision for a truly epic strategy game that encompasses some of the most turbulent times of human history - World War II, the Cold War, and the challenges we face in the near future. *We're proud to have made one of the most detailed and comprehensive series of strategy games ever created." *Previous BattleGoat titles in the Supreme Ruler series are Supreme Ruler 2010, Supreme Ruler 2020. Supreme Ruler Cold War, and Supreme Ruler 1936. *

Thompson went on to answer questions about the future of the series. “Right now we are quite happy with what the Supreme Ruler series has achieved. *Ultimate gets us to what we originally envisioned and we will continue to supply additional content for our players and support to our modding community. *While we do not currently have plans for another Supreme Ruler stand-alone title, we will still update and enhance the game based on community feedback. *Everyone at BattleGoat feels indebted to our players and we continue to appreciate the support they provide us!”

Supreme Ruler Ultimate is available now for PC and Mac through Steam and other vendors.

About Supreme Ruler Ultimate

The pinnacle of fourteen years of development on the Supreme Ruler series of Real Time Geo-Political Military Strategy Games for PC and Mac. * Supreme Ruler Ultimate incorporates the stories, campaigns, scenarios, and features from our previous releases and expands on them in our improved game engine. *Take control of any nation in the world from World War II through the Cold War and into the near future as our world lurches from one crisis to the next! *Play historical or modern campaigns with specific objectives, attempt one of the many Set-Piece Scenarios for a shorter game, or customize your gaming experience by picking any nation in the various era sandboxes and choosing your own preferred Victory Condition. *With so many options to choose from, Supreme Ruler Ultimate provides virtually unlimited replayability!

- Play Historical or Futuristic Campaigns and Maps.
- Take Control of any Nation in Sandbox Mode and impact the outcome of an era.
- Start in 1936 and progress well into the 21st century for an Epic Game-play experience.
- Challenge yourself with Set-Piece Scenarios for a faster-paced game.
- The butterfly effect... Influence the timeline and outcome of thousands of historical events.
- Use Diplomacy, Trade, Espionage, and Intimidation to influence the policies of other nations.
- Guide your Nation through an era of unprecedented Scientific Advancement
- Modernize your economy to support whatever social and military policies you choose.
- Sophisticated Real-Time Strategic and Tactical Control of your Military Forces.
- Detailed historically-accurate armies down to the Battalion level.
- Choose your level of control. *Make all decisions or use your Cabinet Ministers to help.
- Battle the elements! Fully integrated weather model influences battlefield outcomes.
- Up to 16 players in Multiplayer over local network or Internet (PC Only)

About BattleGoat Studios

BattleGoat Studios is a Canadian Software Developer committed to developing leading edge "Intelligent Strategy Games". BattleGoat’s game design history dates back to the first text-based Supreme Ruler game in 1982, making Supreme Ruler one of the oldest computer gaming franchises still in development. *The design team firmly believes that Strategy Gamers are looking for more sophisticated games that also remain fun to play. BattleGoat insists that their approach to development will always emphasize an accurate, heavily researched environment assuring players an entertaining and immersive gameplay experience. *Their previous PC releases are Supreme Ruler 2010, Supreme Ruler 2020, Supreme Ruler Cold War, and Supreme Ruler 1936. As always, I'll watch for replies and questions.
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World at War Board Game Coming to PC

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 00:56
I have always been interested in this board game title from Lock 'n Load Publishing but never invested the money because I just can never seem to get away from my PC to invest any time in other gaming venues, be it board games or miniatures. PC gaming is just too darn convenient! :D So I am glad I will finally get a chance to try this WWIII title, but on the PC!



Looking very good for an alpha!

Can't wait!
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Free Game Dragon Age: Origins

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:50
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