S.T.A.L.K.E.R T.R.I.L.O.G.Y.

 

 S.T.A.L.K.E.R Welcome comrade. Welcome to the end of all things. Welcome to the blasted and mutant infested wasteland we call, THE ZONE. For those of you who do not know, THE ZONE, is the greatest threat to the world that we have ever known. However, there is a lot of money, wealth and power to be gained by those of you who are brave enough to venture into this 30km2 radioactive cesspool. We warned though. There are far more dangerous creatures then simple mutants and bandits out there. SHADOW OF CHERNOBYL: (2007) So for those of you who are not familiar with the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series or the tragic events that occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power-Plant in 1986, I shall […]

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An interview with NICK POPE!

 

 The Uninvited – 1997. Today I have a treat for you. Last week we looked at The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (An amazing game.), and during my research I discovered that a friend of mine was involved on the project. Nick Pope, one the world’s foremost UFOLOGISTS (UFO expert) and Conspiracy Theorists (No, he’s not a loon! He’s one of the few who looks for truth, NOT sensational stories.)  Nick worked for the British Ministry of Defence (MOD)  from 1985 to 2006. Over the past three-decades he has written several books – the titles of which are seen on this page – and worked on various TV shows, films and other media. Essentially he’s a “REAL-LIFE”, Fox Mulder… Wonder if he […]

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The Bureau: XCOM Declassified

 

 THE- It has been almost two decades since the X-Com series began. Last year – after almost a 11 years of waiting – we finally received XCom: Enemy Unknown. This year, on this very day – 20th of August – or this Friday 23rd (On my birthday. Send me lots of gifts.) – we receive The Bureau: XCOM Declassified. -BUREAU:- The game, set in the United States during 1962, tells the story of Special Agent William Carter, who is working for the US “Bureau of Strategic Emergency Command.” The bureau is tasked with investigating and stopping any extraterrestrial incursions on American soil. Unlike previous titles, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, will have more of an X-Files (TV SHOW) feel, than a […]

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Black Mesa: CLASSIC REVIEW

 

 “They’re waiting for you, Gordon. In the test chamber.” – A scientist.  Well, that was an interesting play through. At the most, I was expecting updated graphics. Followed by the never ending flow of familiar twists and turns. With familiar faces, weapons and enemies, all returning in updated glory. And a few rehashed memories, thrown in just for luck. Thus nothing overly new. HOWEVER! I soon found myself getting lost down new corridors. Where once only bland walls stood; NEW laboratories had been added. Inside them, NEW people (male and female) work, argue and chat. Lights flash, and NEW music plays. Re-imagined people and monsters stalk the corridors. And the action is more intense than ever. Around you, familiar sights […]

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AMERICAN REVOLUTION!

 

 “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin. HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY, Americans. Hope you’re all getting plastered out of your minds. For those of you who are not drunk and want to play some – non-Imperialistic – games; this article is for you! Now, American Revolution games are few and far between, and a little thin on the ground. (No we are not going anywhere near Assassins Creed.) Instead we are going – in the theme of the week – to join the front lines of mass infantry combat, and look at an Empire: Total War mod that pits the Rebels against their Noble masters.  “I have not yet begun to fight.” […]

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AMERICAN CIVIL WAR:

 

 “War means fighting, and fighting means killing.” – Nathan Bedford Forrest. ON THIS DAY the largest land battle ever fought on American soil began. That’s right you Greyback Johnys the BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG, the bloodiest battle of the AMERICAN CIVIL WAR April (12, 1861 – May 9, 1865) commenced. For three days 01-07-1863 to 03-07-1863 the horrific slaughter continued leaving over 40,000 dead and wounded – That’s 50% higher than ALL U.S casualties from the Revolution 1775-1783. Now the reason I’m giving you this history lesson, Billy Yank? BECAUSE! TODAY THE 150TH GETTYSBURG ANNIVERSARY BEGINS! And WE celebrate and honour the dead by looking at some of MY favourite Civil War games and films! “I hate newspapermen. They come into camp […]

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EVIL DEAD SERIES (1981-2013)

 

 “You will die! Like the others before you, one by one, we will take you.” – Cheryl: Evil Dead – 1981. I’m certain a number of you have seen the “new” Evil Dead film (2013). I must admit, I enjoyed it; despite the lack of Bruce Campbell. Who is Bruce Campbell? Oh, child. Allow me to enlighten you. And let me be the first to say “Welcome to the World of Evil Dead.” “Well hello Mister Fancypants. Well, I’ve got news for you pal, you ain’t leadin’ but two things, right now: Jack and shit… and Jack left town.” – Ash: Army of Darkness – 1992. Our tale is long and sometimes complicated. For over 30 years the world of […]

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TOTAL WAR: ROME 2

 

 “During war, the laws are silent.” – Quintus Tullius Cicero. The Creative Assembly, creators of the multi-award winning Total War series are about to do it again. September 2013 sees the release of the highly anticipated TOTAL WAR: ROME 2. With new graphics, new units, new factions, new gameplay, new EVERYTHING! Rome 2 is set to be one of the biggest selling games of all time. “Despise not death, but welcome it, for nature wills it like all else.”- Marcus Aurelius. A major addition to the Rome series is Naval Combat. First seen in Empire: Total War, naval combat has become a fan favourite. And I’ll admit I’m looking forward to reenacting the Battle of Actium, and many others. “I […]

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Frank Klepacki: God of Game-Music!

 

 DragonStrike. (Westwood Studios, 1990.) You’ve been waiting a long time for this article, Wookiee; and finally, your Klepacki dreams are coming true. Well, some of your dreams at any rate. Well, the pleasant ones. The one’s without the greasy, instrument incorporated, Cain fueled (See what I did there?) orgies. “Who is Frank Klepacki?” you ask. (Don’t have a heart attack, Wookiee. Not everyone is as awesome as you. ) For those of you who like music, yet are not familiar with, Mr. Klepacki. You’re in for a treat. Command and Conquer: Red Alert. (Westwood Studios, 1996.) Frank Kelpacki is the composer behind ALL the music employed by the former Westwood Studios (and it’s descendents) in their numerous and fantastic video-games. […]

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War For The Overworld.

 

 WAR: This is the year for dreams. Since 1999, I, and many of you, have been patiently waiting for a worthy successor to the legend of gaming, Dungeon Keeper 2.  (That Dungeons business doesn’t count. It was ass gravy of the worst kind!) FOR: In the latter quarter of 1999, Dungeon Keeper 3: War for the Overworld was announced, but soon cancelled in March, 2000. Since then we have waited in antici……..pation for our Dungeon Keeper dreams to come true. Started as part of the Kickstarter campaign, which ran from 29 November, 2012 to 3 January, 2013 (receiving rave reviews, and over R2.5 million in pledges) this upcoming strategy game and SPIRITUAL (that means in is NOT, Dungeon Keeper; but […]

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