SimAnt – The Perfect Game

SimAnt

Remember the good old days of gaming? Before micro-transactions, before loot boxes, before EA. Modern day gaming is a business. Especially under big corporations like EA. But back in the eighties and nineties developers were just passionate tech heads. One such developer was Will Wright. Before his company Maxis was assimilated into EA’s evil empire, they specialised in making simulation-based games. Simcity and the Sims probably being the two best-known franchises. Lesser known, but infinitely great was 1991’s SimAnt. Impressively detailed and accurate. Especially by the standards of early nineties computing capabilities. SimAnt throws you as the collective intelligence behind a colony of black ants. Starting in a suburban backyard you must grow and spread your way across the yard. […]

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More Games!

More games! More games! There are so many games to play. Who has the time? Tacoma: What do you get if you cross the aesthetic beauty of Bioshock with the uniqueness of Systemshock? You get Tacoma, the second game from Fullbright studios. In this game you play as a member of a deep-space station, the Tacoma. Wargroove: I am not a fan of turn-based strategy games, but on rare occasions one of these games comes along with something that appeals to me. This is Wargroove. A wonderful animated turn-based strategy in which 4 players are pitted against each other in a vast and bloody war. Sonic Mania: Behold, the wedgewog is back! God, it’s been years since Sonic first appeared […]

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Distrust (Video Game Preview)

I adore The Thing. I have always felt that it is one of the best franchises of all time. The characters were good, the entity was deliciously twisted, the blood and gore and wonderful. Now, I have been waiting for a new game in the franchise for some years. No luck as of yet. But! BUT! Recently an indie game inspired by this amazing franchise has been unleashed upon our world. This is Distrust. Now what we know (I’m writing this article in late June) of this indie game is this: In an isolated Arctic base people are being killed at an alarming rate. As such, you and a small rescue team are sent in to help stop the killings. […]

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A few films based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Work

Tell me honestly, are you surprised that I have produced another Lovecraft article? Well if you are, then you must be new here. If not, welcome to another Lovecraftian feast. H.P. Lovecraft’s: Necronomicon, original title Necronomicon, also called Necronomicon: Book of the Dead or Necronomicon: To Hell and Back. (1993) (Thank you Wikipedia). Now this is obviously the most logical place to begin with my Lovecraftian article. In this film H.P. Lovecraft (Jeffrey Combs) gains access to the mysterious Necronomicon. He delves ever deep into its haunting pages as a myriad of ghastly stories play out before his eyes. If you adore Lovecraft then this is a film worthy of your collection. It simply oozes horror. Re-Animator (1985) This is […]

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Bloody Shark Films

I enjoy killer-shark films. To be honest, I enjoy anything that pits stupid swimming humans against vicious slaughtering water beasts. It’s just a shame the humans tend to come out on top. Well, one day we’ll have a film in which EVERYONE that goes into the water gets eaten! Until then we’ll simply have to watch some wonderful killer-seafood movies. 47 Meters Down. (2017) Right, so we’ll start with the latest in killer-shark films. Welcome to 47 Meters Down. (Just ignore the Meg still on the trailer. -Ed). In this film, two morons end up trapped inside a shark cage some 47 meters underwater. (They should have just sent them a goodly length of rope.) There they are assaulted by […]

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Call of Cthulhu (Video Game, 2017)

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft. I am a mere sacricolist at the altar of Lovecraft. His work has inspired my own short story series, as well as many of my other works. And I know that I am not alone in this. In fact, Lovecraft has inspired us more than any purely magazine printed author of all time. Naturally, his work has influenced film, music and video games. Now the latter of these have given us a few good scares over the years, but as of December 2017, those scares are likely to become soul destroying as Call of Cthulhu […]

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The Evil Within 2

Right, well this is another game that was announced at E3. Welcome back, Sebastian. Welcome to The Evil Within 2. What we know of The Evil Within 2 is… well… very little to be honest. The game takes place some three years after the first one with Sebastian returning to STEM in order to find his apparently dead daughter. Like the previous game, The Evil Within 2 is set to scare the living daylights out of most people -especially fans of the first game.

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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Once again we are looking at another game that was previewed at E3. This time we look at another long awaited sequel, this is Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Now we know very little of this game, but as it is obviously the sequel to the amazing Wolfenstein: New Order, the game will naturally be set in Nazi ruled America, where you will take the role of Captain William Joseph Blazkowicz as he aides the resistance in their war against the Reich. (I get the feeling that they have taken a lot of influence from “The Man In The High Castle.” -Ed) Now like the previous games in the title the player gets access to all sorts of esoteric weapons, […]

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

It has been a few years since the majority of the world was introduced to the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien. Since then, numerous games and more have been unleashed upon the world. This is Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. The sequel to Shadow of Mordor continues the tale of Talion -the human/spirit hybrid. In this installment, Talion creates a new ring of power that will either allow him to become a king, or to replace Sauron as the Dark Lord of Mordor. Unlike the previous game,¬†Shadow of War will feature a more fluid action-adventure combat system instead of the traditional hack-n’-slash. Though the game will still be third-person. This game looks like a lot of fun, and it’s definitely worth […]

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Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord

If, like me, you adore the Total War games, then you will have no doubt wondered what it would be like to play as a soldier on those glorious battlefields? Well, now you can. This is Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord, a prequel to Mount & Blade 2: Warband. Taking place in a semi-alternate world, the player takes on the role of a soldier fighting for one of eight factions. Now this fighting can take place upon vast open planes, in dense woodlands or as drawn out sieges. The player gets access to numerous mounts, armours and weapons. The game is set for release on PC at some stage this year.

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