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Dungeons 3 review

For those of us who gamed in the 90s, Bullfrog’s Dungeon Keeper is a title that is fondly remembered. The concept of building an intricate dungeon consisting of multiple rooms that cater to and therefore attract different creatures to live within it, all the while laying traps for heroes who ventured in, was a wonderfully compelling take on the management genre. Over the years some developers have tried to revive the dungeon building sub-genre but haven’t quite struck gold. Realmforge Studios, with their third dungeon building title, just did.

Indeed, Dungeons 3 takes many of the key features of Dungeon Keeper and injects enough fresh ideas. It’s a game that taps into the same compelling dungeon building and management as Bullfrog’s much loved title, while introducing a gripping new story and some RTS elements to set it apart. Add to that precisely the kind of modern day visuals you’d expect and we have a title posed to impress.

Dungeons 3 carries on the story from the previous two titles in the series, recapping you at the very beginning of the lengthy campaign. Its light-hearted, funny story full of fourth wall breaking moments and pop culture references. It can be a bit hit and miss as to whether the jokes land with you, but for the most part they’re witty and genre appropriate to satisfy the intended audience, with nods towards things like Supernatural, Buffy, Warcraft and Lord of the Rings but to name a few. The story pits you, the Ultimate Evil, against a nation of good citizens, their leaders and heroes, with you possessing and corrupting one of their own to lead your invasion. This results in some excellent, comedic moments between the corrupted dark elf Thalya and her paladin father figure.

Dungeons 3 is split between two levels: the underworld and the overworld. In the underworld you build you dungeon, mining veins of mana and gold, building rooms to house your creatures and meet their needs, and recruiting creatures. In the overworld you can control your creatures to invade the region, destroying settlements to prevent so many heroes invading your dungeon, and securing special points of interest to generate evil points, which can then be used to further upgrade your dungeon and creatures. The upgrade web allows you to spend gold and evil points to unlock new rooms, new creatures, and enhance what you already own, including increasing the amount of creatures you can have at any one time. It’s a complex system made palatable by its gradual introduction throughout the campaign.

Managing it all between these two levels is an enjoyable challenge. Initially there’s a lot of digging for your so called ‘little snots’ to do, building rooms, mining veins and exploring in the dark, but soon you’ll have no choice but to send some creatures top side to secure evil points or it’ll all come to a halt. Balancing your invasion of the overworld and expansion in the underworld against invading heroes means planning your creature’s movements and preparing your dungeon, it can really keep you on your toes, especially in the later campaign missions, and despite this ultimately being a repetitive set of tasks that change very little each mission, it rarely feels like it due to how much fun it is.

The campaign balances the difficulty brilliantly and dishes out new features at a nice pace. You’re never overwhelmed with new things to figure out and mastering the basics comes naturally as you re-build your dungeon, manage the upgrade web, and fight heroes each mission. In fact the repetition helps to reinforce good tactics and building strategies. It all feels very intuitive.

Unfortunately, there are a few issues that can ruin the fun a bit. The occasional bug when using menus can result in those menus not popping up. Meanwhile, path finding is often terrible, especially in the overworld with large groups of creatures. Finally, the framerate takes a pretty big hit when dealing with a lot of creatures and heroes at once. However, these issues are only minor nuisances to an otherwise excellent game.

With its 20 mission campaign, and with each mission taking 30 minutes to an hour to complete on average, there’s a huge amount of playtime here. And with skirmish and multiplayer options to satisfy your dungeon building needs even further, there’s plenty here to keep you occupied once the story has wrapped. The technical issues are a blemish but ones that can be easily forgiven thanks to how much fun it is and how delightful it is to play a dungeon management game that takes the best of Dungeon Keeper and injects some fresh ideas into the mix.

Thanks to Xbox and Kalypso Media for supporting TiX

Valhalla Hills – Definitive Edition out now on Xbox One

The Kalypso Media published and Daedelic Entertainment developed strategy title, Valhalla Hills – Definitive Edition, is now available digitally on Xbox.

Valhalla Hills – Definitive Edition is brought to you by the people behind classic strategy titles such as The Settlers II and Cultures. Life is difficult when your dad is the ruler of Asgard, especially when he banishes you from Valhalla! Join forces with a crew of outcast Vikings and lead them to the summit of Valhalla by building and fighting your way there! This new console version release also includes the official DLC – ‘Sand of the Damned’ and ‘Fire Mountains’ – as well as a new exclusive map type – ‘The Dwarf Cave’. Build, battle, earn honour and lead your crew to eternal Viking paradise!

You can check out the launch trailer below:

In Valhalla Hills – Definitive Edition, you are Leko – youngest son of Odin, exiled to Midgard by your father for failing to meet his expectations. More interested in building villages than pillaging them, you now find yourself far from home with a disgruntled band of recently-deceased muscleheads. Odin has turned his back on his people, and it’s your fault. There’s only one thing for it – you’ll have to guide your newfound companions to heavenly glory the only way you know how.

Now, you must lead your band of outcast Viking warriors through the varied landscapes of Valhalla Hills – Definitive Edition, where a magical portal awaits to take you to your rightful place in the realm of the gods. But the journey is a hazardous one, and the Vikings will need to do one thing first…survive!

To do that, you’ll have to take good care of your Vikings by putting your building and management skills to the ultimate test. Your band of heroes may be tough but you’ll still need to protect, equip and feed them as well as help them to fend off ghostly residents and wild beasts. Control of the Vikings is indirect – these bearded citizens have minds of their own, so you will influence their actions with general commands rather than controlling any one specific unit at a time. Guide your mighty followers into gathering food, wood and other resources, all while defending their fledgling camp.

Featuring crisp, bold and beautiful 3D graphics (powered by Unreal Engine 4) with full day and night cycles, Valhalla Hills – Definitive Edition sees you playing across randomly-generated maps in varying mountain terrains, as you master a balanced economy system to ensure endless gameplay challenges and variety.

Omerta expansion: The Japanese Incentive out now

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Return to Atlantic City and expand your criminal empire in an original story with new weapons and characters

Irish mobsters, villainous Ku-Klux-Klan members, a mysterious business man from the far-east and a beautiful Japanese woman – it’s time for another episode in the life of The Boss! Our friends over at Kalypso Media today announced that The Japanese Incentive, the expansion for the gangster themed strategy game Omerta – City of Gangsters, is out now to download for the Xbox 360 for £7.99/€9.99/$9.99.

The Japanese Incentive includes the following new features:

  • All new! – Play an exciting new campaign with unique characters, storylines and cut scenes
  • Explore and dominate – Discover districts of Atlantic City and its outskirts not yet seen in Omerta
  • Kill it with fire – new weapons include the katana,  flamethrower and  machine gun
  • The gang’s all here – Hire additional characters whose special new traits will help make quick work of your foes
  • Outsmart a new challenger – Battle for the city against an updated enemy gang AI
  • Pick a wheelman –  Plan fantastic heists, then use lavish new cars and armoured vehicles for getaways
  • It’s all business – Take over new buildings like the security agency and the auto shop and put them to criminal use
  • Watch the world burn – Set the battlefield ablaze with a unique new “fire” feature, which makes the most of the new flamethrower weapon

Screenshots included below for your viewing pleasure.

Tropico 5 Trailer

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Return to the island of Tropico where gorgeous sunny beaches and political corruption co-exist in perfect harmony. So don your most magnificent beard, as El Presidente is back and he’s ready to let you do all the hard work for him! Take control of the island paradise of Tropico during the colonial period and guide your city through the eras as it grows into a thriving metropolis. Create a social utopia where every citizen is heard and accounted for – or forge your own tyrannical grip over the nation and turn it into a gold mine for your Swiss bank account. The island of Tropico belongs to you, so let your whim take you wherever you like and make El Presidente proud! To celebrate the glorious return of our beloved ruler, Kalypso Media has also released a brand new trailer to mark the occasion. View it below for a look at how to start ruling like a true dictator.

Tropico 5 is out now on PC via Steam and arrives on Xbox 360 later this summer.

Tropico 5 – Multiplayer Trailer

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El Presidente is back and extremely proud to reveal the second feature trailer for his highly anticipated city-builder; Tropico 5. In Tropico 5 you return to the remote island nation of Tropico and expand your dynasty’s reign from the early colonial period to beyond the 21st Century. You will be facing an all-new set of challenges, including advanced trading mechanics, technology and scientific research and FINALLY for the first time in Tropico history — cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to 4 players.

Tropico 5 is released for Xbox 360 later this summer.

 

DARK – Official Launch Trailer

DARK is a stealth action game with RPG elements that lets you slip into the role of the ultimate killer… a vampire. Stalk your enemies from the shadows then use powerful vampire abilities to attack and silently dispatch them! The exciting story of DARK immerses you in a world full of blood and darkness in which the hunter can become the hunted at any time. As you unravel the mystery behind the global conglomerate that seems omnipresent and all-powerful, continually improve your character by developing powerful skills to aid you in remaining unobserved, or make quick process of those unfortunate to take too keen an interest in you.

Check out the trailer above.

Air Conflicts: Vietnam Heading For UK This Fall

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Air Conflicts: Vietnam is an arcade-styled air-combat game that immerses players in the harrowing skies over Vietnam. Take to the air in screaming fighter jets or grab the controls of devastating helicopter gunships as you shatter enemy encampments with explosive ordinance, decimate North Vietnamese ace fighter squadrons, escort bombers as they deliver their deadly payload, or rescue stranded soldiers and deliver support troops to the ever-changing front lines of the vicious battlefield.

Vietnam. 1965. A long-simmering conflict escalates into a full-fledged war, and you are about to become a big part of it. Jump into the cockpit of some of the finest combat aircraft as young Joe Thompson, a newly minted U.S. Air Force pilot. He is brave, talented and ready to do his duty, but his experiences during this war will change him forever.

The game offers an extensive single-player campaign herein players will protect allied troops, launch assaults on enemy positions, engage in daring dogfights and much more. In online multiplayer, gamers can take to the skies in both American and Soviet-supplied North Vietnamese jets used during the conflict in furious eight-player aerial battles.

Air Conflicts: Vietnam will be released on the Xbox 360 later this year.

You’ve Got the Power

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Our friends over at Kalypso Media today released another new trailer for DARK, their upcoming Vampire-stealth-action-RPG title. The new video focuses on several of the special attacks and powers available to us the player as we delve into a near future urban landscape as Eric Bane, a newly turned Vampire.

Check out the video below and keep an eye on ThisisXbox in the build up to summer for one of our top class reviews!

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Brand New DARK Trailer Unveils Special Vampire Powers

A brand-new DARK trailer from Kalypso Media, will allow you to see first-hand some of the Inherent skills within the game, such as the ‘Shadow Leap’ where Eric transports himself in a cloud of smoke undetected across short distances and ‘Auspex’, a vampiric night vision that picks out enemies by the blood pumping round their bodies. The trailer also showcases some of the darker skills such as the stealthy ‘Shadow Kill’, the deadly ‘Shadow Grip’ and ‘Domination’, a form of vampire mind control.

One of the unique features of DARK, is Eric Bane’s use of his newly acquired vampire abilities. You, as Eric, will make use of a slew of incredible powers to slip around enemies, kill from a distance, and pull off stunning finishing moves when DARK ships this June.

DARK is a stealth action game with RPG elements that lets you slip into the role of the ultimate killer… a vampire. Stalk your enemies from the shadows then use powerful vampire abilities to attack and silently dispose of them! The exciting story of DARK immerses you in a world full of blood and darkness in which the hunter can become the hunted at any time. As you unravel the mystery behind the omnipresent and powerful global conglomerate, Geoforge, you must continually improve your character by developing powerful skills to aid you in remaining unobserved, or silence those unfortunate enough to take too keen an interest in you.

Alien Spidy Crawls To XBLA On March 20

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Kalypso Media has today confirmed a release date for its long-awaited action-platformer Alien Spidy. The game will hit the Xbox LIVE Arcade for 800 Microsoft Points on Wednesday, March 20th. We first reported on the game early march 2012 and are eager to get our hands on what looks to be a promising addition to the Xbox LIVE Arcade.

Developed by Enigma Software, Alien Spidy is a single-player action-platformer packed with dozens of challenging levels, boss fights, and a colorful array of insectoid, mammalian, and amphibious enemies that are as cute as they are deadly.

Alien Spidy follows the exploits of “Spidy,” an alien spider who has crash landed on Earth in search of his friend Virgi and the lost parts of his scattered spaceship. The game features 69 levels, three settings (Forest, Pond, Caves), and more than 350 collectibles and achievements. Players will find a mixture of side-scrolling action artistically crafted with bright landscapes and constantly evolving physical puzzles.

Check out the trailer below…