KINGDOM COME: DELIVERANCE

The last few years have seen no shortage of open-world fantasy successes, with the likes of Witcher III, Dragon Age: Inquisition and even Skyrim breaking the usual genre stigma. Yet, all of these emphasise the fantasy part of the experience, with magic and monsters a-plenty. Described as ‘Dungeons & no Dragons’ by its developer, Kingdom … Continued

METAL GEAR SURVIVE

Metal Gear Survive accomplishes the one thing no Metal Gear game has ever managed before. It’s boring. Banal, generic and surprisingly unremarkable, the combination of zombies with survival elements is as well handled as you might expect. The sad thing is, were it not for the Fox Engine, the mechanics could be mistaken for any … Continued

DOCTOR WHO FLUXX

Fluxx is one of the great card games that straddles the line between the devoted gamer and everyone else. It’s an easy to access game with simple rules that, once you get the hang of it, can become a game you’ll play again and again. Every fan of traditional games is familiar with it (and … Continued

M12-L KIMOGILA FIGHTER EXPANSION PACK

The X-Wing Miniatures game has three factions. The first two are obvious: Rebellion and Empire (or Resistance and First Order in new money). The third group, Scum and Villainy, is a little less well nailed down. The movies (and the rest) focus on goodies versus baddies, only flirting with the greyer side of things when … Continued

PHANTOM II EXPANSION PACK

Let’s be honest, toys and games are part of the secret of why Star Wars has been so successful. Allowing adults and children to play in a galaxy far far away creates a circle of fun that means that Star Wars is always present as a fun thing to do. Fantasy Flight’s X-Wing Miniature Game … Continued

DYNASTY WARRIORS 9

By all rights, Dynasty Warriors should be an impossible series to screw up. You have a few thousand mooks on each side, a variety of maps, some fun mission objectives, and a lot of colourful heroes. The formula is an effective one as it can be adapted to a variety of settings and characters, with … Continued

SECRET OF MANA

While the company is best known for Final Fantasy, Square Enix has churned out no end of cult classics. From Star Ocean: The Second Story to Chrono Trigger, you can point to any number of secondary series which have helped to shape the JRPG genre as a whole. Secret of Mana is one of those, … Continued

FORGED BATTALION (Early Access)

Stepping away from their mini-trilogy of 8-Bit Armies games, Petroglyph have set their eyes on revitalising another retro concept. Rather than pseudo-Command and Conquer or Warcraft-lite, this time it’s one of a few lesser seen ideas: tailored units. The big selling point behind Forged Battalion is the capacity to take individual components and a single … Continued

RAGE QUEST: THE WORST GAME

Unity, RPGMaker and so many other assets to indies all carry an unfortunate stigma. The ability to open doors to certain indie developers to make their life easier led to almost everyone trying to build a game, regardless of experience or talent. Steam itself is overburdened with these games, to the point where trying to … Continued

LEGRAND LEGACY: TALE OF THE FATEBOUNDS

Legrand Legacy: Tale of the Fatebounds is another attempt to build upon past successes of the JRPG genre, but it focuses on a key few inspirations. Rather than some broad and generic focus on 16-bit era games, it instead seems to use the likes of The Last Remnant and Tales of Vesperia as a basis for … Continued