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Etherium (Weather Control RTS) – War Begins Trailer [HD 1080P]

The War Begins Trailer of Etherium is presented below in Full 1080P High Definition.

Genre(s): Real time strategy
Platform(s): PC
Publisher(s): Focus Home Interactive
Developer(s): Tindalos Interactive
Release Date (NA): TBA

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Frozen Hearth Post-Mortem Review

Frozen Hearth is a real time strategy game available right now on Steam with a unique story-line that gives way to original gameplay mechanics and a diverse set of units which are controlled by the player in addition to a main hero style character that is customized to some extent based on the player’s play-style. Structure building has been simplified quite a bit to keep the player’s focus on the battle at hand and so sub-structures are built and replaced as attachments to the home base rather than freestyle bases being built across empty lands.

In Frozen Hearth, the campaign can either be played single player or with two player co-operative settings seeing both players completely involved as opposed to previous attempts at this in the genre by other titles. Graphics are a decently strong point for the game, and although many have already gotten their hands on this title there’s been some question as to how exactly this title’s detailed mechanics work.

Controlling your troops is problematic and even simple tasks are confusing for no reason. Units seem like they do not know where to go or what to do and players have to tell them over and over again, this can be game breaking at times. When playing the campaign, some of the earlier missions can serve as a more well put together experience, but that just shows how boring the title really is. Take a look below and see for yourself.

With so much ambition and so many good ideas put forward in Frozen Hearth, it saddens me that none of them actually work out. This game tries to take some of the best elements of the RTS and MOBA genres and combine them into something brave, new, and exciting but ends up being confusing, dull, and ultimately disappointing.

This game seems to be geared more towards multiplayer which I was looking forward to playing, unfortunately that never happened. Despite having several friends with the game and some of us even meeting up with the development team online for play, we have thus far been unable to get into a match that doesn’t lag out uncontrollably. There also seem to be no servers being hosted at this time, which is a definite shame. That being said, a group of friends grabbing the title together with LAN in mind can probably still have a great time.

The developers behind Frozen Hearth are still to this day putting work into patching things like this and these hiccups may eventually be addressed with kinks like multiplayer lag being ironed out over time. As it stands though, a large portion of the gameplay is left behind and that really hurts the recommendation of this title. Of course, the Instant Action mode is still a viable option for those looking to have more of a skirmish experience in the game.

Final Verdict:

Unfortunately the game’s cluttered and stale interface and how the experience just isn’t where it needs to be are all that comes across to most players of this title. Our team put it in the hands of more than one reviewer and ultimately the responsibility was handed to me. To deliver on the potential of the story-line and gameplay designs selected by the developer, a better color palette, better control scheme, better artificial intelligence, better voice acting, and better writing would be needed.

Some sort of community-driven online service is also badly needed to allow players to meet up easily and quickly without worry over lag or disconnect needs to become part of Frozen Hearth’s main core if the multiplayer is to be truly appreciated by the mass public. Beyond that, many troubling issues exist still within the gameplay itself including the inability to effectively rely on well planned commands to be followed out properly by the player’s troops.

That being said, Epiphany Games is incredibly ambitious and has their hands in many technologies. The Australian-based development studio continues to roll out patches for this title and has been laying the programming foundation for tools that will likely make a big splash in their next title drastically transforming the level of quality they are able to output. Frozen Hearth cannot be recommended in its current state but can stand as a learning experience for Epiphany and a benchmark of some of their more experimental ideas in the real time strategy genre.

Official Trailer:

Official Score: 4.5/10

RGN Rating: Below Bronze

Developer: Epiphany Games

Publisher: Immanitas Entertainment

Available On: Windows PC

Review Copy Info: Four digital copies of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this review.

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Steam Greenlight News: A Unique RTS Emerges Called The Mims: Beginning

On Steam Greenlight (as well as the lesser known Thunder Clap social awareness booster) today is a new title being crowdfunded with a $5,500 budget (being raised over the next 47 days) on IndieGoGo and an impressively well put together pitch for gamers to digest while waiting for the full release. The title is already 18 months in development and has come very far including being playable internally for testing and visibly publicly in the video at the bottom of this article (gameplay, story, and dev diary all in one).

The Mims: Beginning is the game we’ve been talking about and is a 3D Real-Time Strategy / Adventure Game with humor involved, and yet it is more than that. On other planets the player takes the role of a leader helping colonists to expand and defend themselves in an area that was not originally their own. Fast reaction time and thoughtful moves are required though the game will serve both Adventure game audience as well as RTS vets.

With a mix of Strategy elements like building structures and commanding units as well as Adventure features like automated artificial intelligence and story-driven directives, The Mims: Beginning is already well underway. Take a look at the video below and see for yourself what the team at Squatting Penguins has put together so far.

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Uber Entertainment Announces Beta for Planetary Annihilation; The Massive Scale RTS

Planetary Annihilation is an RTS game that takes place on a massive scale. The game reached full funding and beyond achieving over $2 million funding on Kickstarter last summer which has been put to use as the game is continually developed by Uber Ent (housing devs that have worked on shipped titles like Total Annihilation, Command & Conquer: Generals, Supreme Commander, and more) and will soon enter Beta starting September 26, 2013. The full game is releasing for Windows PC, Mac OS X, and Linux and will become available on Steam December 2013. For more info and to pre-order the game check out the Official Planetary Annihilation website and below you’ll find a High Definition Livestream Replay in which Uber Ent runs down what you can expect going forward with the game entering beta.

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Anomaly 2 Review

Anomaly 2 comes from 11 Bit Studios out of Warsaw, Poland. They are famous for their tower defense series Anomaly. They have also come out with several other titles including Funky Smugglers and Sleepwalker’s Journey, both of which are iOS, Blackberry, and Android. In Anomaly 2 the year is 2034 A.C. and most of the earth is frozen over. The world population is unknown. Machines have returned to Earth and have the sole purpose to annihilate the human race. You play as a small squad. As you travel across the campaign you will meet Doctor Zander. With the help of his associates you will have Project Shockwave, which is the ultimate weapon to use against the machines.

Anomaly 2 is a tower defense game where you will have to adapt to many different types of towers. During the campaign you will play as a commander of a squad of six vehicles, these are normal military vehicles. They also have the ability to morph so you will have more than one type of specialty for each unit. The six types of units are the Assault hound which morphs into the Hellhound, the Sledgehammer which morphs into the Rocket Hammer, Grippen Guard which morphs into the Shield Guard, Heavy Support which morphs into Drone Support, the Supply Servant which morphs into the Shadow Servant, Mobile Lab, and the Drone Truck. Now this is a wide variety of units to select from.

Most of the game you will be playing with the Assault Hound and the Sledgehammer. You do have the ability to play the game with what units you prefer. Some work better against different types of towers than others. The machines have many different types of towers and they all vary in size and power. The list of towers are: the Scorcher which has punishing damage but it only can shoot straight, the Charger which breaks open in the Storm Reaper, the Enforcer which is relatively weak but has shields surrounding it during battle, the Predator, the Behemoth which is heavily armored and has shock pulses, the Hacker, and the Scrambler tower which hides towers near it and it can’t attack units.

Play Anomaly 2 can be played on 4 different difficulties, there is definitely a challenge even on the lower end of the games’ difficulty. Players have to adapt to the towers and think on their feet if they want to survive each section. In addition to the units there is special abilities that the player can use to help, these are: Repair, Decoy, EMP, and A I M. These all play a role in the campaign as well as in multiplayer.

As you find yourself destroying towers you will pick up Carusaurm which is a rare element used to buy units and also supply the abilities. The controls are taught to the player in-game through several tutorial missions in the beginning of the game. This is also a great place to master some skills that will be needed later on down the road. The game throws a learning curve into the mix on how you go about moving through the map. Everything is on a map where in the tactical view you can switch what direction your units are moving and which way they need to go next. This is crucial, especially if you want to avoid having your whole squad wiped out by a cluster or towers or just a single tower.

Anomaly 2 has a great campaign but this game also shines in the newly added multiplayer where you have tower defense and you also play on the offense as well. That’s right, you have more to do and it’s a ton of fun to play. You have all the same towers to select from as you would in the campaign and also the same units to use as well. There is also the addition of more abilities these are for the person playing the towers they are: Regen, Berserk, Taunt, and Kamikaze. To win in multiplayer the player must either win by being the first to get to a certain amount of points or by gaining a certain point advantage over the other player. This can be done by destroying enemy units, making harvesters or destroying them, and by destroying generators.

Final Verdict: Anomaly 2 has a high replay value and at the current price point of $14.99 at their website which gets you a Steam key for Anomaly 2 and a DRM-free copy of Anomaly Korea for Windows. I see myself coming back to this game for more multiplayer action and with the addition of the new free DLC you can’t go wrong with Anomaly 2. This game gets an 8.7 out of 10 from RealGamerNewz and receives an RGN Rating of Silver.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 8.7/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer: 11 Bit Studios / Publisher: 11 Bit Studios

Available On: Windows PC / Mac / Linux

Played On: Windows PC

Review Copy Info- A digital voucher for this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for purposes of this review.

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Company of Heroes 2 – Developer Diary: Multiplayer [HD 1080P]

The following Company of Heroes 2 Developer Diary has been released by developer Relic Entertainment. This Real Time Strategy Sequel’s Multiplayer is shown off in today’s video released in high def. You can get your hands on Company of Heroes 2 on PC June 25, 2013. Company of Heroes 2 uses the Essence Engine 3.0 and is exclusive to Microsoft Windows. The designer for this game is Quinn Duffy who developed the game with Relic Entertainment for publisher SEGA. This game will be available worldwide at launch.

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Interceptor Versus: Tiberian Sun – Leon, Fred and Khaled [Throwback Gameplay Video]

Check out this video in which Interceptor Entertainment takes some R and R time of the Tiberian nature. The classic Command and Conquer series has been a staple of Real Time Strategy and helped shape PC Gaming as we know it today.

Watch Leon, Fred and Khaled from Interceptor, try furiously to beat Hard AI’s in Tiberian Sun! It’s Chaotic, It’s Frustrating – And most importantly, It’s FUN![Interceptor Entertainment]

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