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Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics game announced

You know what World War II strategy role playing games need? Other-worldly monsters. And it seems our nightmares may come true, the recently announced Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics releases later this year.

Developer Auroch Digital and publisher Ripstone have collaborated with the table top team at Modiphius to create Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics – The Forest of Fear, which is set for release on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch later this year.

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is a World War II themed strategic role-playing game in which the player controls an army of Allied heroes trapped behind enemy lines trying to uncover and foil a Nazi plot of terrifying evil. The game draws from the award-winning Achtung! Cthulhu roleplaying universe developed by Modiphius, which sees the Nazis turn to other-worldly mythical beings to bolster their war effort.

The game encompasses an array of unique gameplay features, including an innovative combat system constructed around the theme of light vs darkness. Representing the battle of ‘good vs evil’, Allied characters find solace in the light whilst the opposing Nazi army hide in the shadows awaiting their moment to strike. A skilled player can use this light and dark feature to provide an edge to their gameplay strategy.

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics also includes an intricate Momentum system, which encourages the player to think strategically about their long-term plan to overthrow the Nazi reign of terror. Each successful action builds Momentum for the player, which in turn opens up new lines of tactical attack. Each playable character has a tailored Momentum Action, ranging from a rake of machine gun fire to a fast snap-shot with a pistol. When layered with basic commands and attacks, this system allows the player to build ingenious combinations of tactical brilliance.

Tomas Rawlings, Design Director at Auroch Digital, enthuses:

It’s a real honour to work alongside Modiphius and Ripstone on what will be a premium Cthulhu-mashup. Having worked with the Ripstone team before back in the PlayStation 3 days, together we made amazing strategy games, and I’m confident history will repeat itself!

Ripstone have fully funded the core game, for release later this year; however new and existing fans of Achtung! Cthulhu can sign up to fight the good fight by donating additional funds on Kickstarter for extra characters and content to be included within the game.The Kickstarter broke through its initial goal in under 3 days, and is now battling stretch goals until 4th March 2018.

So if you’re tantalised by this announcement. be sure to head on over to Kickstarter and show your support: https://bitly.com/achtungcthulhuks

Want to play a Chess Master live on Twitch?

You may remember back in September 2016 I posted a review on Pure Chess: Grandmaster Edition, if not go HERE to read it, I loved it. Ripstone Games, the team behind the game are giving Twitch viewers the chance to play Chess International Master and Chess.com VP Daniel Rensch. To be honest I don’t know who he is either however he’s obviously top of his game because he is willing to challenge the entire Twitch chat room. Rensch became the youngest International Master at just 14, now that is some impressive stats.

How it will work is the chat will type in their moves in and viewers will be able to vote on the moves. If Twitch chat win the everyone in there gets a free Ripstone game. It may turn into chaos and like all things web chat you’re bound to get some trolls in there. That being said it does sound like a lot of fun. Click the link HERE to go to Ripstones Twitch page, while you’re there have a look at the TiX page and check out our latest Burnout Paradise stream.

Be a Grandmaster in Pure Chess on Xbox

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Chess. Its probably not the first thing that springs to mind when you think about Xbox One gaming. Ripstone are looking to change that thought process, however. They’ve announced that the multi-million selling Pure Chess will be coming to Xbox One very soon in the form of Pure Chess: Grandmaster Edition.

The game will feature exclusive chess sets, comprehensive tutorials and an in-depth ELO ranking system. This will be the definitive digital chess title, and you won’t have to be Garry Kasparov in order to play and enjoy it. The tutorials will teach you the basics, leading to more advanced techniques. It will feature online ranking and 100 puzzles to sink your teeth into.

This iteration of the game will be launching simultaneously on Steam and Xbox One and will feature cross-platform play with the Steam community, meaning that you’ll be able to challenge any one of the 2.5 million existing players. It’s not all about online head-to-head though. Jump into a single player game with the intuitive AI and show the game who’s boss, or ramp up the difficulty with 10 AI tuning levels.

Pure Chess: Grandmaster Edition will also feature six stunning locations to get to grips with as well as three tournaments that will include ratings systems and ranking boards.This really will be the definitive way to play and learn chess.

Originally developed by VooFoo Studios, Pure Chess has been a huge hit and the opportunity to introduce it to Xbox was too good to miss. Add in the exclusive chess sets, like the Easter Island heads, and Ripstone are almost guaranteed to have a Grandmaster in the making.

Pure Chess: Grandmaster Edition will be starting the timer from the 9th of September. Your move, Deep Blue.


Stick it to the Man review

Since the next generation of consoles kicked off in a big way, there’s been a lot of focus on indie titles. Both the Xbox One and PS4 tussling to offer indie developers a platform to release unique and quirky titles.

Zoink Games are continuing this fresh tradition, with their offering Stick It to the Man, originally released for the PS4 and now seeing the light of day on Microsoft’s Xbox One, its a little that is nothing if not distinct, with a part style that is truly unforgettable despite what lies beneath being less so.

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While Stick It to the Man seems, at first glance, like your standard 2D platformer, it is in fact a 2.5D re-imagining of the classic point and click adventure, full of humour and with a tiny splash of platforming action to complete this heady mix of crazy gameplay with fresh old school ideas.

You start out as Ray, a down on his luck hard hat tester who ends yet another average day by being smashed in the noggin’ by a random item that falls from the heavens. After a splitting headache and 40 winks, Ray wakes up with a rather unusual yet nifty stretchy hand oozing from the bump in his head. This fresh appendage can not only grab onto pins dotted around the map, allowing him to swing around freely, but it can poke into the minds of characters around him to steal their very thoughts, which rather conveniently become stickers.

After some initial training, showing you the key to listening for what people need and finding the correct sticker to slap on a characters face, stick to the world around them or insert into their mind, Inception style, this mechanics while simple in execution is truly original and becomes utterly addictive. Forcing you to truly scour every inch of the games world and listen to every word of conversation to find what you need in order to progress.

You’re first chance to flex those newly grown digits, comes when the Taxi you need to get home has a little issue. It’s driver is ready to hang him self because the love of his life left him all alone (aww!) after a little probing, you’ll discover she left him for a man with bigger, shinier teeth. We all have our turn ons, I guess. After some more poking around the map, you’ll have the chance to snatch said teeth from an old age pensioner, grinding like hell in a local Disco, and slap them on the cab drivers now grinning face.

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Each obstacle gets more and more complicated to solve, as while each solution seems random and almost senseless, as the game unfolds you’ll become part of bigger plans, often having to solve one puzzle in order to unlock a sticker, that will solve the next puzzle and so on until you actually complete the objective you were trying to solve all along! Phew! This is where Stick It to the Man really shines, showing off just how deep the rabbit hole can go when their at the helm, perfectly slotting in great humour and interesting yet freaky characters as you move along.

Its not all such a perfect streamlined experience though. As with a lot of games an almost unnecessary amount of enemies and action are thrown in, presumably to shake up the constant conversations and puzzle solving but in a way that really doesn’t add so much as detracts.

As the title suggest, Ray is under threat from The Man, the head of an evil syndicate, who has made the obvious choice to send his worst agents into the field in order to track him down. If you come face to face with these Jason Statham lookalikes, expect them to come hurtling towards you and kill you instantly. Unless of course, you can trick them to go around you, as you fly across platforms using those handy pins that are dotted around the map.

Dying doesn’t mean what it should in Rays world, as his one advantage of being a 2.5D character means that you’ll be shot out of local printers at nearby checkpoints, so these threats aren’t anything too serious but if you get stuck and end up dying alot, you’ll quickly find yourself getting rather annoyed. This is simply because, while Rays newly sprouted hand is great for its intended purpose of slapping stickers around the screen and reading peoples thoughts, its pretty hit or miss when it comes to using pins for platforming. Even the slightest nudge of the trigger or control stick will send you flying in the wrong direction, usually smack bang into the heart of danger.

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It doesn’t stop with the agents either, amongst other pesky enemies, you’ll face off against some rather persistent nurses in an insane asylum (don’t ask) but while its not a great or original battle mechanic, if you can bear to push on you’ll be richly rewarded as the more difficult puzzles are hugely rewarding! During one level, I helped 3 intriguing mental patients, a ghost, a sailor and made a boat out of a dead whale! That’s a good day out in my books! (I’ll try not to talk about the scary child with the invisible friend who happens to be a serial killer and a Rabbit)

In short, Stick It to the Man, while not utterly perfect, is definitely a must have indie title as you’re simply just not likely to experience anything else like it!

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Pure Pool cued for Xbox One release

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VooFoo Studios & Ripstone today reminded us that their critically acclaimed pool simulation game; Pure Pool is cued up for launch on Xbox One and will be available for fans to download soon

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Improving on the unprecedented formula of the critically-acclaimed Hustle Kings, the team at VooFoo Studios has achieved a whole new level of realism in Pure Pool. Boasting the most authentic pool experience on the market; Pure Pool offers players the opportunity to experience a living, breathing pool hall – all from the convenience of the couch.

Players can look forward to live online Multiplayer; competing against worthy opponents in both head-to-head matches and in global online leagues.  Pure Pool will also track individual gaming-styles, creating a unique DNA profile as they play. It’s even possible to play against AI renditions of friends and foes when they’re not online.

Whether you prefer to spend your time playing solo or weighing up against the competition, connect and prepare to be blown away by the next best thing to real life Pool.

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