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Silent Thunder Announced

Gaijin Entertainment, creators of the vehicular combat MMO War Thunder,announced a new, tactical submarine combat game in development, Silent Thunder. In clashes between three of the major military powers of the 21st century, players will face off against each other in combat on the world’s most powerful nuclear submarines.

Bio Inc. Redemption Review

Bio Inc. Redemption presents us with a confused tone: part of it wants to be taken seriously as a realistic medical simulator, while other parts seem to be trying to get a cynical laugh with out-of-place gore and sound effects. Still, this title is well polished and the gameplay is interesting (save for the Achilles’ heel of a terrible point management mechanic that destroys the immersion and fun). Flaws in both balance and theme could have been overlooked if not for the inclusion of this one unfortunate element.

Demolish & Build 2018 Review

Demolish & Build 2018 is a franchise heading in the right direction. While there could be a significant amount of development and tightening of the mechanics and controls, there are many improvements over the previous title. It’s an enjoyable, cooperative sim experience, despite an emphasis on demolishing stronger than on building. A good one to watch for patches, improvements, or to pick up during a Steam sale.

Stormworks: Build and Rescue Early Access Review

Stormworks: Build and Rescue has everything you look for in a casual (but not too casual) title. It expands on well-worn mechanics to provide a familiar but deep experience. Building is interesting and can be as simple or complicated as you’d like, with the logic system providing a wealth of possibilities. Gameplay is straightforward while still being challenging. It’s great as it stands in Early Access, so you can expect a truly great experience from the final product.

OOTP 19 Trailer Showcases New 3D Engine

Out of the Park Developments, an official licensee of MLB.com, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and MiLB.com, announced that Out of the Park Baseball 19 will be released on March 22, 2018. OOTP 19 offers dozens of new features and improvements to its gameplay.

Carried Away Early Access Review

Despite the numerous problems that need to be addressed, Carried Away doesn't have the kind of bugs that make it unplayable. It has a solid foundation, promising to become a truly enjoyable building simulator with improvements. An example from gameplay makes a good metaphor for what you can expect: You can complete a level even if your skier dies because his corpse can skid across the finish line. This is either a morbidly humorous definition of passing a level, or a bug. The fact that you can't tell doesn't hinder you from laughing out loud.

The Station Review

Those looking for alien carnage may want to orbit on past it but fans of sci-fi exploration in space will find in The Station an “out of this world’ experience.  Puzzles and mysteries in an atmospheric setting with an intriguing storyline that delivers, it’s the kind that does not give away goodies from the start. For the patient explorer, a real treat.

Two Point Hospital Announced

Two Point Hospital, inspired by and from the creators of Theme Hospital, is set to be a return to one of gaming's most loved sim genres. Two Point Hospital draws on the experience of some the gaming industry's most experienced and successful sim developers, who between them, in addition to Theme Hospital, have worked on titles like Black and White, Theme Park and Fable at studios including Bullfrog, Lionhead and Mucky Foot. Two Point Hospital will deliver a compelling experience packed with the humor, charm and replayability fans of the genre have come to expect.

Medieval Kingdom Wars Early Access

Medieval Kingdom Wars is a live action RTS with a heavy emphasis on siege battles. Despite added features it feels like a reskinned Medieval Total War 2, although the developers promise a new look at the RTS genre. In their defense, they have been great at updating Medieval Kingdom Wars and incorporating player suggestions, so it’s worth keeping an eye on as it continues through early access before its full release in mid 2018.

Have you heard about DIE YOUNG?

I’m sure you’ve already heard about DIE YOUNG, the visually impressive first person open world survival game set in an island in the Mediterranean Sea featured by Daphne, a brave heroine who tries to escape from this dangerous place.

Party Hard Tycoon Early Access Review

Isn't it great? Party Hard Tycoon, developed by Pinokle Games, allows you to create, decorate, plan, run, over-hype, and manage your own themed parties. The themes range across the board — really — from a Vodka party to a Zoo Party. They even have themes for gamers, too, complete with arcade cabinets to fill your venue.

Franchise Hockey Manager 4 Review

There's something just so fun and satisfying about being able to take the reins and make a team in your own image, getting realistic answers to those “what if” questions that you have sitting around the TV with your friends watching the real-world counterparts of these games. In that, FHM 4 definitely succeeds, and is better than its predecessors, and I feel confident in saying that OOTPD is creating the best, deepest and most responsive sports sims that have yet been created. That said, these games still have a lot of progress to make, particularly in presenting the actual matches and, a less-solvable but still-real issue, in being approachable and not exhausting.

Bomber Crew Review

Bomber Crew is a rich strategy sim that gets you into the action quickly. The low poly art style will make more bearable the tremendous death of your crew’s airmen, as your plane falls to pieces around them. As for the repetitive nature of missions, it will either become old hat, or, a necessary grind to get the most out of your plane and deal head on with the game's growing difficulty.

Total War: WARHAMMER II Review

Total War: Warhammer 2 is one of the greatest real-time strategy games made to this date. And this is entirely because of the rock-solid and fully-earned reputation that Creative Assembly has built for itself over seventeen years and over fifteen Total War real-time strategy combat games. If you care about strategy, this isn't just a game, it is the game.

Goblins of Elderstone Early Access to Release Q1 2018

Lost Goblin announced that Goblins of Elderstone will premiere on Q1 2018 on Steam Early Access. Lost Goblin is a very small, but fierce indie studio based in New Zealand. Founded in 2014 with the dream of making small, high-quality, independent games. Gustav Seymore is the creative chief and founder of Lost Goblin.  

The Colonists Early Access Release Date Announced

Codebyfire unveils the debut trailer for The Colonists, its delectable planetary settlement game. The Colonists is a settlement building game inspired by classic titles like The Settlers and the Anno series.

Tracks - The Train Set Game Early Access Review

Tracks: The Train Set Game Early Access scratches the itch to build wooden tracks and trains as an adult, without you having to buy the wooden pieces. Tracks, developed by Whoop Group, is a wooden train tracks simulation with several modes of gameplay and challenges. With the ability to design your railroad in either an open environment or a modeled room of an apartment, you can build and place the tracks however you want. There is a variety of track pieces, stations, and decorations that allow you to be free with your creativity. After you finish building, you can drive your train around and experience your creation.

Excalibur Games Welcomes Mashinky to Simulation and Management

Former Mafia II, Mafia III and DayZ developer Jan Zelený partners with Excalibur to digitally distribute transport strategy game Mashinky. Developer Jan Zelený, who has previously worked as a programmer on Mafia II, Mafia III and DayZ, has teamed up with Excalibur Games to sell Mashinky.

Terroir Review

Terroir has a lot of promise and can be fun at times, but the experience felt lacking in body. While there is some complexity to the different grapes, weather, and characteristics of each wine, it feels inaccessible due to the repetitive speeding through of the years, only to have your wine get three stars because it's acidity was too high. It was more frustrating than anything having to restart time and time again to adjust the wine I was making, only to survive a year or two more, each play through. And with a very dry, and un-interactive tutorial, it’s hard to stay motivated to read the entire thing, and absorb the knowledge to play this game. Terroir has a lot of potential, and getting your first five-star wine is incredibly rewarding, but even a couple hundred bottles of the five-star "Booty Juice Cabernet Sauvignon 2017"  is not enough to keep a vineyard afloat.

Niche - a genetics survival game Review

Niche – a genetics survival game is a species sim with roguelike progression, played in turns on a hex grid. It includes enough novelty to charm fans still searching for the children of Creatures or Spore, but gambles with repetitive and predictable gameplay. It's as likely to frustrate you as it is to relax you, and small annoyances tip the scale in favor of the prior. Approach with reasonable expectations about its depth and variety, and you'll raise your chances of garnering an enjoyable experience.

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