Tropico 4

The difference between Tropico 4 and Tropico 3 is similar to the difference in yearly sporting updates – the graphics have been improved, the presentation has been tinkered with and there are a few new inclusions, but it’s still the same game underneath. We could have decorated this page with screenshots from Tropico 3 and …

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Tropico 6 – Review

The Tropico series is well established, with players mostly enjoying their forays into running a ‘banana republic’ paradise as El Presidente. Pick the way you want to rule – a despotic capitalist, a benevolent commy or just someone in between, but the fun comes from picking sides. You begin as the ruler of a few …

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Tropico 5 – Review

The Tropico series can easily be compared to EA’s FIFA. Each update adds a handful of new features and has a spot of fine tuning under the hood, but these improvements alone aren’t enough to prevent more than a passing resemblance to its predecessor. Sim City went leaps and bounds from one iteration to the …

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Omerta: City of Gangsters – Review

It would seem that after years of making niche titles such as The First Templar and the “banana republic” city building series Tropico, Haemimont Games has had to bite the bullet and create something with a more mainstream vibe. Indeed, it’s not hard to imagine somebody picking up a copy of Omerta off the shelves …

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Halo goes fourth

What are the scores on the doors for Halo 4? A curious mixture is the answer. The highest score we’ve seen is a lofty 9.8 from IGN, followed by 97% from GamesMaster magazine. At the opposite end of the scale sits EGM’s 7.0 review, who panned the shooter for being too similar to the previous …

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NFS: Most Wanted. Same name, better game

Earlier this year it was announced that Criterion are now behind the steering wheel of the Need for Speed franchise. This more than likely means no more Burnout, but as NFS: Hot Pursuit proved Criterion are able to bring the best bits of Burnout to Need for Speed and make them better experiences for it. …

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2011’s most ignored

Only an idiot would say that it has been a bad year for gaming. L.A Noire, Bulletstorm, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Batman: Arkham City, Xenoblade Chronicles, Uncharted 3, Zelda: Skyward Sword, Gears of War 3… we could go on for a long time yet. But for every AAA title released this year it would seem …

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Batman is the man that can

Pow! Batman: Arkham City goes straight to number one in this week’s UK chart, shoving Forza Motorsport 4 down to #4. At #2 there’s FIFA 12 and at #3 there’s a new entry – Football Manager 2012. Just Dance 3 at #5 finishes off the top 5. The Sims 3: Pets is the next highest …

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RAGE uncaged

id Software’s RAGE provoked a bit of a sharp response from the developer’s fan base when it was first announced. There’s no multi-player (id themselves invented the term ‘death-match’ lest you forget, back when Doom was released) and it also features racing elements, which is something rarely fused into first person shooters. The developer’s response …

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The Gunstringer – some strings attached

Last week was an eventful one for new releases. This week? Not so much, but there’s a fair old bit of variety. Perhaps not for PlayStation 3 owners though, as their new releases aren’t actually all that new – they’re Splinter Cell Trilogy HD and God of War Collection Volume II. Eurogamer said that the …

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Cartel Tycoon review

Presumably to prevent angering an entire continent, it’s never revealed where Cartel Tycoon takes place – even though it’s glaringly obvious. The same applied to the Tropico series, clearly inspired by the Cuban lifestyle but instead falling back on the term ‘banana republic’. There’s fair reasoning behind this, with the writers of The Simpsons once …

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Silicon City review

Polycorne’s new city builder puts a strong emphasis on listening to the voices of each citizen. Your urban design skills will determine whether you become the revered Mayor of all Mayors or an ineffective bureaucrat. The key to success lies in creating a pleasant living environment and winning re-election year after year by running a …

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