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Rebel Galaxy Outlaw rekindles the love of being a Privateer

posted 7 Sep 2018, 03:54 by Dan Woods

If I have one favourite free roaming space combat game my heart will warm up with memories of making a living in Wing Commander: Privateer.  For those unaware of such a classic game, it was an open world game allowing you to trade and shoot your way to earn cash and upgrade your ship.  There was a follow up game, but in name only, titled Privateer 2 and was a bit of a disappointment when compared to it's daddy.  Then of course there was Freelancer.  The X series got in on the action but I found that to be too slow paced and the fighter combat to be uninteresting and difficult for my tastes.

Everything I'm about to talk about is from an hour long gameplay video with developer commentary posted over on IGN's YouTube channel. So feel free to watch that if you have an hour to spare, I promise you will not be disappointed if you love space fighter games (Wing Commander, X-Wing/Tie Fighter, Freespace, etc).  If you are short on time, keep reading for the highlights.

Big ships included. Don't expect to fly them!


Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is a prequel to Rebel Galaxy.  The naval combat with broadside action is out with the focus shifted onto fighter combat.

I have to mention the music first because Double Damage have literally gone over board with it (in fact they've gone overboard on much more than just music).  RG had a western country sound track, and while some of that is still in, the music range has been cracked wide open.  RGO has close to 24 hours of music (categorised into in-game subspace radio stations of different music tastes).  If you decide to switch off the radio then a dynamic soundtrack will kick in based on what's going on.  

Set about 30 years earlier, you play as Juno (the aunt of your protagonist in RG).  Not much information has been released on the game's story driven missions, other than they exist, but you are free to ignore them as you explore the galaxy.

Pew! Pew! Pew!

A lot was shown about the combat, and rightly so!  This is the meat and bones, but those who love to get rich trading wont be disappointed.  There are various ship types with there own stats, from manoeuvrability, speed, weapon mounts, cargo space and more.  You can purchase new ships and equipment on starbases littered around the galaxy (neatly identified on the Nav-map by the ConFed looking logo from Wing Commander).  Various guns (energy and ammo based), missiles and torpedoes all have there own attributes, situational, and have different damage based against shield vs. armour.

When you've fitted out your ship and ready to engage in a bit of dog fighting you can pick up a mission or just go searching for trouble.  A neat feature, for those who hate spinning around to find your target to engage in brief combat before rinsing and repeating, is the Auto Pursuit mode.  Simply hold down a button and your ship will automatically turn towards and adjust it's speed to keep your target in view.  For purists, you can turn off Auto Pursuit so you are never tempted into using it.

Out in space you can insult your targets to try and get them to change targets to you.  Select the taunt from your communications panel, which slows the game speed down by-the-way) to verbally and gesture insults.

As you start to take damage your ship systems will also be damaged.  Not much was revealed about this gameplay element, but the video showed a tractor beam taking mild damage.  So if systems get damaged too badly I'd expect degraded performance or systems going offline completely (like they did in the Wing Commander series).  Damage isn't just represented to your displays screens, you can see your scrapes and scars on the outside using the 3rd person mode, when docked or in cinematic views.  Your cockpit glass will crack and your console will explode and leave scorch marks.  Take a big hit and Juno will raise her hands to protect herself. What a neat touch!

Cockpit damage


Took on a mission to protect a few cargo ships from a pirate attack?  If you want all that reward money you better make sure they all stay alive.  Each cargo ship downed by a pirate vessel decreases the reward money.  Lose too many and you fail the mission with no reward.

If you need an interlude to all that space combat and trading action you can find some mini games to play on starbases.  There is detailed 8 ball pool game, dice poker and an asteroids clone (get the high-score to unlock "The Last Starfighter" mission).

The graphics look awesome, explosions and effects look great and space looks varied and detailed (it's not very empty either!).  Sound effects sound satisfying whether from firing guns or just exploding stuff to look tough.  There is plenty of voice over's from characters your interact with on stations to the "talking heads" of the many pilots in space.

Explosions!


Ship designs look cool.  You can see weapons mounted on the outside, which are not limited to turrets on large ships.  You can see guns and missile launchers attached to fighters.  There are also some very large cruiser sized ships in the game, but don't expect to be able to fly those behemoths, Double Damage have made it clear RGO is focused on fighter combat.  Do expect a tough challenge taking down cruisers.  A pirate encounter showcased a cruiser with many large turrets which effortlessly teared up helpless merchants, unlucky to be nearby, and assisting fighters.

A ship painter is included.  It's a feature packed and owners of Photoshop will feel right at home.  Some of the features mentioned include: brush sensitivity for tablet users, blur, sharpies, clones, UV layout and stencils that can be rubbed onto your ship.  Your detailed ship isn't just limited to virtual space too, you can order a 3D printed version of your painted ship and have it shipped to your door.

There is a lot more to pick up on from the video than what I've mentioned here.  If anything RGO is shaping up to be a sweet looking game with plenty of features going for it.  Double Damage expect Rebel Galaxy Outlaw to be released in early Q1 2019.

If you want to find out more then the Rebel Galaxy twitter account is pretty active and a good way to stay up-to-date on Rebel Galaxy Outlaw's progress.  Why not visit the game's website too?

Big boom!

No Man's Sky NEXT drops and changes almost everything!

posted 25 Jul 2018, 02:05 by Dan Woods

No Man's Sky has released it's latest patch titled NEXT and it has changed the game by a crazy amount.  You can check out the patch notes, but if you are wondering how to get started with base building and processing the ores needed in construction check out this short video guide.

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Command and Conquer Redux Mod completed

posted 24 Nov 2017, 05:09 by Daniel Woods

The Command & Conquer Tiberium Dawn Redux for Generals Zero Hour has reached v1.44 and with it "completes the long awaited story campaign remaster with the cinematic sequences included!".

If you want to learn how to quickly get started, I have a short and handy tutorial video to get you up and running with the minimum of fuss.

I've completed the GDI campaign and the mod makers have made a great effort to faithfully re-create the original campaign maps and have added a few gameplay improvements to boot!  Check out my GDI campaign let's play here.

Also, a belated Happy Thanksgiving to our American comrades!

Declare your Allegiance

posted 1 Oct 2017, 05:50 by Dan Woods

17 years ago Microsoft's Allegiance brought multiplayer space combat into the fold.  It was a great game for the time living a short life span at which point Microsoft closed down the games servers.  In 2004 Microsoft released the source code and volunteers brought the game back to life.

In a nice surprise Allegiance has been released on steam as a free-to-play title.  No micro-transactions in sight.  If you never experienced this game, go and check it out.  It will be worth your time, the only cost of admission.

I fondly remember playing Allegiance when it was first released.  It was one of a handful of games I stayed up through 'till the next morning to playing.

Total Annihilation Livestream

posted 16 Sep 2017, 00:34 by Daniel Woods

I'm Live streaming Total Annihilation.  Come and join to see how massive scale RTS was defined by this classic game.

Choose your VOD platform:

The first stream can be watched here.

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Ashes of the Singularity Juggernaught's revealed in-game!

posted 14 Sep 2017, 09:02 by Daniel Woods

A couple of hours ago the Lead Designer for AotS, Callum McCole, informed Redditer's that 2.5 patch will be released in a few hours.  Callum, also known as Generals Gentleman on YouTube, included couple of sneak peaks of the 2 new Juggernaut's included in this latest update.

The Subtstrate Eye of Darkness looks pretty slick with it's giant melting purple ray.  If you want to see the PHC Agamemnon visit this post on Ashes of the Singularity Reddit page.

Stay tuned for more information on these beast's once the 2.5 patch goes live.


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Player Unknown's Battlegrounds surpasses 1M concurrent Steam players

posted 9 Sep 2017, 00:23 by Daniel Woods

Player Unknown's Battlegrounds has surpassed one million concurrent Steam players.  This makes it the most played game on Steam knocking off the long reigning DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive from the top spots.  The game was release six months ago and has already sold over ten million copies


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Ashes of the Singularity 👊Community Team PVP Event 👊Saturday 10 Sep 2017

posted 8 Sep 2017, 01:41 by Daniel Woods   [ updated 8 Sep 2017, 01:41 ]

Event: Team PVP (10th September) When: 1700 BST / 1800 CEST / 1200 EST on the 10th of September. Lobby Name: Team PVP - Discord Event Discord Server: https://discord.gg/0ktpTCpLT5gjHO1n
After restarting the community events with comp stomps we are now moving on to team PvP. All skill levels are welcome and we will try to balance teams with pros and novices alike. Map selection will depend upon team sizes and preferences, though we will try to use the new co-op maps that all players got for free with the last patch. This event is on a Sunday instead of a Saturday, and set an hour earlier to try and make it easier for players who may be too busy on Saturdays. As usual, please try to begin to show up a little before the event's actual start. http://steamcommunity.com/app/507490/discussions/0/1473095965297755487/

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Unable to log in to Destiny 2? Game crashing? You are not alone.

posted 7 Sep 2017, 05:40 by Daniel Woods

It seems a number of players are unable to log in to the Destiny 2 servers on the PS4 Pro today.  Bungie has since tweeted that this issue has been resolved 

Bungie are also "aware of reports of some PS4 Pro players encountering crashes and are working with our partners to investigate the issue.



Source: Eurogamer

Agents of Mayhem Preview

posted 1 Sep 2017, 05:06 by Daniel Woods

Agents of Mayhem
PC, XBOX ONE and PS4

In Agents of MAYHEM, you run a no-holds barred operation against a shadowy super-villain organization known only as LEGION and their mysterious leader, the Morningstar. Explore the city of Seoul as a variety of Super Agents to thwart LEGION's vile plans to take over the world!

Check out this Let's Play list before purchasing.  The full review is in process.

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