Frozen Synapse 2’s campaign puts you in charge of a security force in a sprawling, cyberpunk metropolis where a rogue AI threatens the safety of the populace. It also lets you choose your character’s name, honorific, and organisation. So, naturally, it was time for Grand Moff Godzilla Johnson to lead the CyberBois to victory. This is, of course, the sequel to 2011’s Frozen Synapse. Through procedurally generated, isometric, neon maps, you’ll gradually fill out snaps of real-time play with tactical minutiae. Individual units can be commanded to move from point to point, to turn and aim, to duck and stand, to cover certain zones, to focus on or ignore certain enemies, and to wait for specific periods of time before and after doing any of these, in any combination. After planning, but before execution, you can choose to simulate your plan based on the other side’s last known location. If you’re still in stealth, you’ll be shown exactly how the … [Read more...] about Wot I think: Frozen Synapse 2
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Fallout 76 allows you to equip certain perks and share them with the rest of your group, but you don’t have to stay together to reap the benefits. During a recent chat with Bethesda senior vice president of marketing, Pete Hines, he told us about a recent game session he shared with other key figures at Bethesda. “I actually got in my very first group with Todd [Howard],” Hines says. “I just randomly created a new character and left the vault and somebody came running up to me. Whatever character they was, it was not obvious it was Todd. The the phone rang on my desk and I’m like, ‘Hey!’ He’s like, ‘Hey! It’s me, do you want to group up?’ So he and I grouped up, started exploring, then we ran into Matt Carofano who’s one of our art director on all the Elder Scrolls stuff. He joined our group and then we ran into Ashley Chang, the studio director for all BGS. “There was a while where we were doing stuff … [Read more...] about Fallout 76 lets you stay grouped up and share perks even if you’re in different corners of the map
ECLIPSES are some of the most exciting scientific phenomena to clap eyes on. If you're keen to catch a glimpse of this month's partial solar eclipse, here's everything you need to know. When is the partial solar eclipse? The eclipse is set to take place on the morning of Saturday, August 11. The so-called New Moon will partially pass in front of the Sun, covering as much as 65 percent of it in certain parts of the world. This is the third eclipse of the summer. There was another partial solar eclipse on Friday, July 13, and a total lunar eclipse on the night of Friday, July 27. While it will be a notable event, it won't be quite as dramatic as the total solar eclipse of August 11, 1999. You may recall how that day, the sky darkened when the Moon passed in front of the Sun. As only a chunk of the Sun will disappear this time, there will still be light. What time will it start? The eclipse is expected to start at 8.02am Universal Time and end at around 11.30am UT. For those in the UK, … [Read more...] about When is the partial solar eclipse in August, what time will it start and where can I see it in the UK?
FACEBOOK has been slammed for "censoring" a feminist campaign group after it was accused of "transphobia". Woman's Place UK campaigns for women-only spaces and raises concerns about transgender people being able to self-identify as women. The social network temporarily blocked links to its website over the weekend citing user "safety" as the site was "malicious". "This morning, our supporters are reporting that FB posts which link to our website are being removed," tweeted the group, "the reason give (sic!) is that ‘they may be in breach of community standards’. They are not. We would urge you to visit our website, read the posts and decide for yourself". Its supporters blasted Facebook's clampdown, calling it a "disgrace" and accused the site of "suppressing free speech". "Only fake news and hard brexit is allowed on @facebook. Women's rights are bad, m'kay." tweeted one user. The move coincided with a Twitter post from user @mimmymum, whose profile indicates the account … [Read more...] about Facebook BLOCKS links to women’s rights group after ‘transphobia’ complaints
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a ragtag group of orphans wake up one day and decide to slay some monsters, as all small-town gangs are wont to do. This is the opening of Lost Sphear. After bonking some bunny-mutants to death in a nearby field, they discover that their idyllic hometown has blinked out of existence, replaced by a gaping white void. But, soon enough, one of our heroes has a dream that reveals that he and he alone possesses mysterious power that can restore these “lost” objects through the power of memories. Together, the gang embark on a quest to save the world from ruin. Change out a few of the nouns in the above description and you could be describing any number of classic Japanese role-players from the genre’s commercial heyday. including Secret of Mana and a good chunk of the Final Fantasies. By itself, this isn’t necessarily an issue. After all, Lost Sphear’s developer Tokyo RPG Factory – itself an imprint of Square … [Read more...] about Wot I Think: Lost Sphear