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Nauticrawl: 20,000 Atmospheres Review

Nauticrawl is an absolute treat to play. What it lacks in depth is made up for by its sheer devotion to an intuitive design. The game eschews the excessive tutorialization found in many modern titles in favor of letting the player learn for themselves.

Nauticrawl: 20,000 Atmospheres Review

Cities: Skylines - Natural Disasters Review

Far from being a tangential add-on, it adds more to the game than you would dare to assume. Though slightly marred by visual inconsistencies and conditional performance wobbles, Natural Disasters is a thoroughly essential addition to the Cities: Skylines experience. 

Cities: Skylines - Natural Disasters Review

Planet Coaster Review

Planet Coaster represents a return to form and sets the bar very high for sim designers in general. Fun, flexible, deep, endlessly entertaining -- and at a bargain price -- Planet Coaster might not be for every gamer, but for fans of the genre it can't be beat.

Planet Coaster Review

Sid Meier's Civilization VI Review

Like every entry in the series, Civ VI will no doubt be followed by a number of rebalancing tweaks, small changes, and expansion packs but fresh out of the digital box, Civilization VI is simultaneously familiar, fresh and remarkably fun.

Sid Meier's Civilization VI Review

Train Simulator 2016

So if you have a very powerful gaming rig, and you're craving a train simulator, would I recommend Train Simulator 2016? No. No, I do not. It's too light on content for a $45 game, and I don't support the developer's ludicrous paid DLC scheme. Which is a real shame, because the physics are great and, if you can run it in high or ultra high graphics, it can look quite beautiful. But with a promised Unreal Engine 4 version supposedly in development, you would honestly probably be better off just waiting for that instead of spending money now on Train Simulator 2016.

Train Simulator 2016

Construction Simulator 2015: Gold Edition

Including additional equipment -- like the Liebherr RL1300, for all you tall crane enthusiasts! -- and several new DLC missions/jobs, the Gold Edition provides many hours of content for the patient player to invest some serious time in learning the systems. A streamlined and more engaging tutorial, optimized and richer visuals, and less awkward control scheme would certainly make this a better game, but it’s a lot safer and much cheaper than buying that Liebherr for $1.7 million, which probably won’t fit in your garage anyway.

Construction Simulator 2015: Gold Edition

Starlite: Astronaut Rescue

Fans of sci-fi action shooters and those seeking death defying thrills and spills need not apply, but parents of inquisitive youngsters are encouraged to check out what Starlite: Astronaut Rescue has to offer. It’s uplifting to think that some of the children taking part in the forthcoming Astronaut Academy may well find it the catalyst to developing a lifelong interest in science and astronomy. With the calibre of the organisations backing this project, that certainly seems to be the goal.

Starlite: Astronaut Rescue

Out of the Park Baseball 15

Out of the Park 15 is clearly intended for those eat, breath and live baseball. Understanding and knowing how to manipulate data replaces the “traditional” video game baseball experience. It will easily delight a niche group of players, especially those engaged in fantasy baseball leagues.

Out of the Park Baseball 15

Redshirt

Redshirt is an incredibly fun and interesting game mired in small problems that prohibit it from becoming a must buy. The social science behind making characters like you and working your way up the food chain is fun and addicting, but the sometimes unwieldy interface and tense while ugly as well as broken away missions are unfortunate spots on an otherwise good game.

Redshirt

Train Simulator 2014

This “game,” if it can really be called that, is a niche one. It will only appeal to a very select few train enthusiasts and so for those folks I'd recommend this as a nice entry into the world of train conducting. For everyone else save yourself some time, money and frustration and just say no.

Train Simulator 2014

Train Simulator 2013

Although it gets bogged down by some discomforting technical issues, Train Simulator 2013 is a game will appeal to a small but hungry niche gamers and hardcore trainspotters. The game offers hours of simulated railroading fun out of the box and the added Steam Workshop support means there’s always something new to do.

Train Simulator 2013

The Political Machine 2012

It’s a lot of work to get into politics, but it’s also a lot to try and turn it into a simulation for us to play at home. I would never say this game is a perfect simulation of anything, but it does a great job of being a simple, accessible simulation game even for people who aren’t really into that type of game.

The Political Machine 2012