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Cities: Skylines II – PC Review
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Cities: Skylines II – PC Review

Despite being released at the end of October, I have purposely held off from writing the review of Cities: Skylines II. A follow-up to the long-reigning hit from 2015, Cities: Skylines, devs Colossal Order and publisher Paradox Interactive have been working hard to make this installment better. Initially thwarted by graphical bugs, I have found it hard to get to grips with the new iteration, having stooped as low as 7fps despite running the graphics on low. Thankfully there have been a few updates along the way that have addressed some of the issues and made Cities: Skylines II playable. Ruling The City Once More Are you ready to see what the changes are and ultimately what Cities: Skylines II is like to play? Let's get building! Gameplay Going straight in and creating a new gam...
Spirittea – PC Review
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Spirittea – PC Review

Spirittea is an exciting solo endeavour by game developer Cheesemaster Games and is published by No More Robots. The game released on November 13, 2023 to PC, Game Pass and Nintendo Switch. A few days after the game launched, the founder of the publishing company No More Robots posted a thread on X (formerly Twitter) that ruffled more than a few feathers in the game development and content creation communities. Enlightenment through Spirit-uali-Tea Spirittea is a life simulation game that I have already personally sunk more than 10 hours into. Slide into the role of a writer in desperate need of inspiration for their next book. You move to a sleepy little town to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Pet dogs, chase critters and steal people's belongings in this cozy game....
SteamWorld Build – PC Review
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SteamWorld Build – PC Review

Thanks to the publisher, Thunderful Publishing, we get a look at the next entry into the SteamWorld franchise. Created by the development team called The Station. They give SteamWorld a new approach with SteamWorld Build, a management sim coming in early December this year. The planet's dying, but not our hope I enjoyed some of the previous games in the SteamWorld universe, for example, the SteamWorld Dig games and the turn-based game SteamWorld Heists. I've eagerly been waiting for SteamWorld Build since I enjoy a good Management game. If you've ever played any previous entries, let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Gameplay SteamWorld Build starts off with our protagonists, Jack and Astrid Clutchsprocket. They are looking for a way off the planet. A core that journeys ...
Last Train Home – PC Review
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Last Train Home – PC Review

The Last Train Home is a real-time strategy game with management elements. Developed by Ashborne Games and published by THQ Nordic, Last Train Home will be released on Steam on November 28th of this year. A Long, Arduous Journey Control a small neutral legion of soldiers in real-time, make tough decisions and manage what little resources you have in Last Train Home. The war has ended, but a Civil War has broken out. Trying to reach the boat that will take their soldiers home and away from the now war-torn wasteland, the group must travel on an armoured train and try to take as many soldiers as they can home with them. Gameplay Last Train Home has three elements to its gameplay: making choices, strategy and resource management. You can find new soldiers and more resources during mis...
Gangs of Sherwood – PC Review
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Gangs of Sherwood – PC Review

Gangs of Sherwood will be releasing on November 30th for Steam and costs £34.99. The team behind this is Appeal Studios, with Nacon publishing the game. A demo is also out now for anyone who's interested in trying this new four-player co-op action version of Robin Hood. There are only two things certain... Rebellion and Taxes Play as Robin of Locksley or one of his merry men. as they head to bring down the Sheriff. Who has found a magical stone called The Lion Heart and plans to bring Nottingham to its knees. You will fight the Sheriff's armies and defend the innocent, all while Alan-a-Dale spins his tale of your adventures in Gangs of Sherwood. Gameplay There are four playable characters in Gangs of Sherwood: Friar Tuck, Little John, Maid Marian and the one and only Robin of Locks...
Three Minutes to Eight – PC Review
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Three Minutes to Eight – PC Review

Developers, Chaosmonger Studios, aim with their latest game, Three Minutes to Eight, to give us gamers "an ever-evolving gaming experience, mimicking a borderline state of mind that teeters on the edge of consciousness, where everything is possible yet remains elusive." An exciting and bold mission statement. The game was released on 31st October 2023, available on all consoles and PC. I got the chance to play through the game recently.  Time to get down to business Three Minutes to Eight is a side-view pixel-art adventure/mystery where the gamer can either point-n-click or use a controller to move around. These kinds of games were so well made and popular that they've stood the test of time. This game goes to show the style and genre aren't going anywhere soon. Do you enjoy these kinds ...
RoboCop: Rogue City – PC Review
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RoboCop: Rogue City – PC Review

Be the future of law enforcement in RoboCop: Rogue City. Developed by Polish Dev Teyon and Published by French Publisher Nacon, RoboCop: Rogue City was released worldwide on 2nd November 2023. It is available for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. Today we'll be looking at the PC version, which will cost £44.99/$49.99 and will require 51 GB of storage. Part man. Part machine. All cop. RoboCop: Rogue City is set after the events of RoboCop 2 and sees Murphy cleaning up the mean streets of Detroit while chasing down a new player in town, the aptly named "New Guy". There will be plenty for you to get involved with along the way. From issuing tickets to illegally parked cars, getting a get well soon card signed around the precinct to, of course, shooting your way through hordes...
Cuisineer – PC Review
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Cuisineer – PC Review

Through my journey in Cuisineer I've learned some things. Food is very paw-erful and if you know what you're doing, you'll be the cat's meow. Don't worry, there'll be more cat puns.  Cuisineer is an Action, Adventure, RPG developed by perfectly named BattleBrew Production and published by Marvelous Europe and XSEED. I originally heard about this game through Steam Next Fest in June and fell in love with the demo. This hidden gem of a game has been the cat's meow ever since and it's well earned.  The love and support the community shows for this game before it's even released is both impressive and heartwarming. The devs even made a Twitter for Pom, the protagonist of the game in 2021 showing off fan-made content. Gameplay The story of Cuisineer starts with Pom returning home after rec...
Laika: Aged Through Blood – PC Review
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Laika: Aged Through Blood – PC Review

Forget about your Spider-People, Italian plumbers, and various camouflage-clad soldiers because there's a game that may have slipped under your radar this month. Laika: Aged Through Blood, developed by Brainwash Gang and published on PC by Headup Games, was released via Steam on October 19th. Billed as the very first motorvania, an alternative to the Metroidvania genre alluding to the transportation method of main character Laika, it certainly warrants a closer look. Hunting Birds Laika Boss I'm not sure how I didn't have Laika on my list of games to keep an eye on this year, but the trailer sold me on giving it a go when it landed in the TC inbox. The hand-painted art style depicting a bleak, post-apocalyptic old-western-inspired world, being traversed by motorcycle, paired with a beaut...
Silent Hope – PC Review
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Silent Hope – PC Review

My wife peaked over my shoulder to see that the cow and chicken seemed familiar to her. When I told her that was the old Harvest Moon chicken and cow, she also pointed out something else. She saw Rune Factory in the gameplay and asked about if it had a romance option. I told her and she looked at me like it was my fault.  Silent Hope is an Action Hack and Slash RPG that was developed by Marvelous and published by XSEED Games. It felt like they were keeping this game under wraps since there was never any mention of the game. The game's initial release was Oct. 3rd and available on the Nintendo Switch and Steam.  There aren't many details that I can find about the production of Silent Hope or any issues when it started.   For all of the silence in this game, I'm amazed there isn't a hill...