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Why Bomber Crew is much more than just a FTL clone

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Bomber Crew Lancaster

I tell my pilot to climb as the flak begins to explode around us. We’re getting closer to our target, an airfield that I need to photograph for reconnaissance. I can’t stay at this height for too long as the temperature begins to drop but it’s safety from the AA-guns I’m looking for.

My navigator announces a new heading and as I tag it for the pilot, our rear gunner spots three enemies. He begins to shoot, tracers arcing into the distance. He’s shortly joined by the top gunner who I order to fire defensively. The fighters surround us and a vicious dogfight begins to take place.

I quickly open up the camera port and wait. The airfield is approaching rapidly and clouds are obscuring the lens. I tell the pilot to drop in altitude and the flak begins again, ripping holes in our wings. My navigator goes down and I realise the oxygen supply is dangerously low after taking a hit. As soon as I take the photo, we’re away. Climbing back to safety and heading to the sanctuary of our airfield, albeit without instruction from the navigator who is being patched up by my bomb bay operator.

As we limp back, I consider calling in a squad of Spitfires for an escort but thankfully the journey goes uneventfully.

Bomber Crew Bombing Run

Life in Bomber Crew is hectic to say the least. When I sat down to play at EGX 2017, I’d already written it off as a FTL: Faster Than Light clone. I couldn’t be more wrong.

The upcoming WWII-themed strategy game from UK developers Runner Duck is so much more. It’s a love letter to games like Cannon Fodder or B-17 Flying Fortress. It’s action-packed and strategic, cutesy yet meticulous in it’s depiction of a Lancaster bomber.

This level of detail is partly due to Dave Miller. Dave is one half of Runner Duck and the main point of contact at EGX. Dave has a connection with this particular period of history, he had family that flew Lancaster’s in the war. This fascination, along with an early passion for gaming in general, is what led to Bomber Crew being made.

At first glance, yes, it plays similarly to FTL. You recruit soldiers, you gear them out and watch them progress, you get far too attached as you order them around the inside of your bomber and you’re devastated when one of them takes a hit.

What it does better is the manic moments. You’re no longer in a sterile spaceship drifting through space. You’re flying through anti-aircraft fire with no hydraulics and a German fighter ace chasing you. There’s no pause button either so everything is playing out in real-time.

“It’s a love letter to games like Cannon Fodder or B-17 Flying Fortress

It’s also got much more depth than a cursory glance would suggest. Dave tells me how he poured over original manuals for the Lancaster bomber to ensure that while it might not look hyper-realistic, it effectively performs at a simulation level with minor allowances for game-play purposes.

Hydraulics, oxygen levels, fuel and ammunition all have to be maintained. Location-based damage means you can lose wings or entire sections of the hull. There’s permadeath for both your crew and your planes. Emergency landings behind enemy lines can occur, with your characters chance of survival based on what gear you gave them at the start of the mission. Did you opt for heavy flak jackets and no rations? That might be the last time you see them.

Even the ‘mini-boss’ named enemies have links to real-life historical figures, utilising the same tactics they became famous for during the war.

As I talk through Bomber Crew with Dave, it becomes apparent where his inspiration comes from. Cannon Fodder is mentioned a lot and as a fellow fan, there’s streaks of the same genius in Bomber Crew. Anyone who played Cannon Fodder remembers the pain of losing Jools and Jops, you’re two starting soldiers. Runner Duck want to capture that same feeling for Bomber Crew, making you care for the young airmen who run and maintain your Lancaster.

Bomber Crew Recruit

Even the art style is similar, highly stylised with bold colours and excellent visual effects. Runner Duck are hoping that this makes Bomber Crew more accessible. Not only because they want the game to do well, but because they want to raise awareness of a tragic, heroic and very important part of history. In the same way that Cannon Fodder had a fairly strong anti-war message, Bomber Crew is looking to highlight something that goes beyond clicking on a cartoon aeroplane.

It seems to be doing the trick. Every time I walk past the booth it’s absolutely jam packed.

Bomber Crew is set to launch on PC on October 19, before making the jump to current consoles in 2018.

 

UK based gaming writer, raised on a diet of Street Fighter and Isometric RPG's. I enjoy playing every game I can get my grubby little hands on.

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Online previews of the upcoming Call of Duty game have been released in anticipation of its official announcement next month

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Activision has recently started teasing the upcoming Call of Duty game, captivating fans with a mysterious website and a tantalizing short clip. In this intriguing snippet, the slogan “The Truth Lies” is cleverly superimposed over the eyes of the iconic former USA presidents at Mount Rushmore. The website showcases a vintage television set where users can indulge in a variety of clips across six different channels. Below, you’ll discover the website link and an intriguing video showcasing Mount Rushmore.

Treyarch is the company behind the most recent game, which is likely to be another entry in the Call of Duty Black Ops subseries. The newest rumors indicate that the upcoming release is titled Black Ops 6 and is set to hit the shelves in October. Following the Xbox Games Showcase on June 9, 2024, a full reveal will be unveiled.

Billbil-Kun, a former PS Plus leaker, joined in by sharing what they believe to be a blurred image of the game’s key art. The scene reveals a discernible figure amidst a vibrant orange hue. Allow me to present the picture:

With Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Activision, it seems that the company is poised to fulfill its promise of including the upcoming Call of Duty game in the Xbox Game Pass bundle. Nevertheless, adjustments will be necessary for the membership service to accommodate it, potentially resulting in a price increase. The title will be released as per usual on both the PS5 and PS4. Are you eagerly anticipating this year’s release? Feel free to leave your initial thoughts on the teaser- theme in the comments section.

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The developers of Baldur’s Gate 3 expressed their feelings of immense pressure when they began working on their highly ambitious new RPG

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Continuing the legacy of Baldur’s Gate 3 falls into the hands of a different studio, as Larian Studios moves on to focus on their own original intellectual property. Given the studio’s impressive track record, there is a great deal of anticipation surrounding their upcoming project. The team allegedly experienced immense pressure when embarking on their enigmatic upcoming project, and founder and CEO Swen Vincke expresses gratitude that the studio has successfully overcome that initial obstacle.

In an interview with GamesRadar+ after the Digital Dragons conference in Poland, Vincke discussed the immense pressure the developers experienced when trying to follow up on the success of BG3: “In a pivotal moment, we found ourselves under immense pressure, but I confidently declared, ‘Team, let’s cast aside all distractions and focus on the task at hand.” Isn’t that correct? We’re going to create another game. “And we’ll prioritize that.”

Expanding on the topic, Vincke emphasized that the studio’s upcoming project must be a game that the developers themselves would be eager to play. Although it may appear daunting, the developer’s gut instinct has carried them this far. “Clearly, it’s a highly ambitious endeavor.” If we are unable to trust our instincts due to overwhelming external pressures or the fear of meeting people’s expectations, our chances of success will be slim, resulting in a catastrophic outcome. Our main priority should be creating a game that we genuinely enjoy playing. And if it’s that, then we’ll be fine.”

What are your expectations for Larian Studios’ future projects? Can you even fathom the daunting task of attempting to create a successor to BG3 from the ground up? Take the time to carefully articulate your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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Discover the intricate storyline and futuristic setting of The First Descendant in its captivating trailer

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The First Descendant is an impressive co-op looter shooter that has caught our attention. It is a game that has the potential to be similar to Destiny, and its visuals are truly breathtaking, especially considering it runs on Unreal Engine 5. Along with a thorough explanation of the game’s lore, the developers themselves treated us to a story trailer. However, the game’s setting still remains enigmatic, thanks to the overwhelming presence of unique names and overused genre tropes.

According to our findings, the turmoil started approximately a century ago when the Vulgus, interdimensional beings, emerged. They wreaked havoc on society, capturing humans for sacrificial and experimental purposes. Furthermore, the sudden appearance of the Colossuses resulted in the complete destruction of the planet. The remaining humans congregated in Albion, bracing themselves for the ultimate showdown.

The Magisters, a particular group of Vulgus renowned for their exceptional technical prowess, were with them. Through a collaboration with the Magisters, a fascinating gene called “Arche” has been unearthed in select individuals, granting them the ability to tap into incredible powers passed down from their forebears. The “Descendants” possess extraordinary abilities, allowing them to effortlessly defeat numerous Vulgus enemies. When they combine their powers, they can even bring down the colossal Colossuses.

What are your thoughts on The First Descendant? Does it capture your attention? Get ready to face hordes of adversaries as you navigate the comments section from a third-person viewpoint.

 

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