Monthly Archives: August 2012

Musical Monday: “Main Theme” (Valkyria Chronicles), composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto

We’re back into game soundtracks with this week’s song, the “Main Theme” to the PS3 tactical RPG Valkyria Chronicles. It was composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto, of Tactics Ogre/FFT/FFXII fame, and it lives up to that pedigree. Enjoy!

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A gaming convention in Sydney! EB Expo, October 2012

Compared to our Northern Hemisphere friends, Australia is relatively short on video game (and anime, and science fiction, and geek…) events — hence why I haven’t been able to talk about conventions on this blog. No longer! In a little … Continue reading

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Civilization V: Gods and Kings – The Verdict

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Civilization V

  For years, new Civilization games (much like a certain other franchise) have followed a process of “two steps forward, one step back”. The original Civilization was a great and seminal game, but Civilization II surpassed it in every way. … Continue reading

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Who wants a walk-on role in my XCOM: Enemy Unknown squad?

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series XCOM: Enemy Unknown/XCOM 2

  Calling all readers, aspiring alien-hunters, and Guile-haired jumpsuit-wearers! With XCOM: Enemy Unknown‘s release just a month and a half away, Earth needs a few* brave** men and women. As in the original X-Com, players will be able to rename … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: “Opening Titles” (John Adams), composed by Rob Lane

This week’s song is the opening theme to John Adams, the very nice 2008 HBO miniseries. Below, I’ve linked both the full-length version and the shortened version that plays over the gorgeous credits sequence. Enjoy!       Details Track: … Continue reading

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Trade, trade, glorious trade! First gameplay video of Europa Universalis IV highlights new trade system

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Europa Universalis IV

Hot on the heels of Paradox’s announcement of Europa Universalis IV, studio boss Johan Anderson has presented the first gameplay video! Courtesy of Gamespot: That video’s highlight, for me, is the new trade system (which starts at 3:54). Placing trade … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: “Time Circuits” (Chrono Trigger), by Yasunori Mitsuda

This week’s song is another SNES-era RPG world map theme: “Time Circuits” (aka “Corridors of Time”), which plays in one of the most wondrous areas of Chrono Trigger. Enjoy!     Details Track: “Time Circuits”/”Corridors of Time”. Source: Chrono Trigger … Continue reading

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What we know about Wargame: AirLand Battle

This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Wargame: European Escalation/AirLand Battle/Red Dragon

#6 – May 2013 – The game’s preorder beta has begun! Check out my impressions of the beta!   #5 – 16 February 2013: Big news! The game’s website is now up, and so is the dev diary. Recent preview … Continue reading

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Bleak, clever cyberpunk: the world of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Deus Ex: Human Revolution

A society consists of:   A handful of ultra-powerful ultra-rich; Criminal lords who control everything not controlled by the ultra-rich; Police whose only principle of operation is maintenance of the status quo; Hordes of poor people starving in the streets; … Continue reading

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Musical Monday: “Blasphemous Experiment” (Tactics Ogre), composed by Masaharu Iwata

In my review of Tactics Ogre last year, I praised its music as a “labour of love”, and now it’s time to highlight it. I had a hard time choosing a track for this week, but I eventually settled on … Continue reading

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