Callum

A long time fan of all things nerd related, i've spent most of my life either going through video games or watching the best of the worst of science fiction and fantasy films. Video game wise I’ve been playing various things since the time of the N64 and have gone through everything from Daikatana to Dwarf Fortress since then. I'm also a fan of all things Warhammer and Hellboy.

Apr 142014
 

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Released in their latest newsletter, the developers behind Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade have given a bit more insight into what is to come. While they’ve been fairly open about what will follow, and inclusive of any suggestions made by the community, this one gave a few interesting details to readers.
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Apr 112014
 

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A common accusation when it comes to films is that the director just didn’t understand the source material. They just didn’t get what made it work, fully comprehend quite how to faithfully adapt certain ideas or even get some basics right. Michael Bay’s Transformers, Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla, Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns, you can probably name quite a few. Well, now we have the penultimate video game example of this - Deus Ex: The Fall. The developers apparently understood none of the prior game’s successes, reasons for their acclaim or even the bare basics of how to create a successful game. The only reason it even resembles a true Deus Ex title is thanks to the sheer volume of assets reused from Human Revolution.
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Mar 302014
 

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Of all the follow-up films possible, seeing Captain America’s development since the Avengers was easily going to be the most interesting. Along with being a man out of his own time, he was the first Avenger and has a closer attachment to the American military. Tactics have changed, methods have developed, and the foe the United States is seeking to fight is completely unlike the Nazi Regime. Thankfully, all of these are emphasised in the plot.
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Mar 262014
 

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Wow, two of these in as many weeks. Games Workshop really is starting to farm out the licence.

Announced earlier today by Focus Interactive on their Twitter page, it seems that the classic tabletop title might be getting some much needed revitalisation. Having been released in 1999, then promptly left bereft of all support before actively being killed off last year, Mordheim was one of the titles from the Specialist Games’ arm of the wargaming company. Taking place in the Empire’s past, just prior to Magnus the Pious’ re-unification of the fractured human civilisation, the game was set in a corrupt city of criminals, mutants and treasure hunters.

While only just announced plenty of details have been given to grab your attention, for good and not so good reasons.
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Mar 232014
 

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Well, here’s something no one ever thought would happen.

Someone is adapting Dan Abnett’s Eisenhorn trilogy to video game format. Reactions have been skeptical at best and extremely pessimistic at worst, mostly the latter, and there is good reason for this.

Often considered to be one of, if not the, greatest series set in any Warhammer universe, it has a solid plot and great characters. Following the story of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn, the trilogy depicted his initial successes and later downfall. Becoming far less of the puritan warrior he had begun as and descending into a staunch radicalist who freely used daemonic servants to do his bidding.
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Mar 152014
 

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The only thing that really needs to be said about Dark Souls II is that it’s more of the same. The game keeps everything which worked in the original. It remains hard as nails, improves and expands upon previous aspects without ever losing sight of what it needs to be, and is an all around solid title. The only real failings come from its increasingly overblown reputation and the various communities which have built up around it. If you like hard as nails combat and enjoy bleak, dark, moody settings then you’ll be right at home here.

Still, you’re probably not going to be quite satisfied with just that. So, let’s examine these points in further detail. Just to give warning though, this is mostly going to be a review for people who played the original.
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