Toy Soldiers: Cold War

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First games for Windows 8 store spotted - report

Ms Splosion Man, Toy Soldiers, ilomilo coming to PC?

Ms Splosion Man, Toy Soldiers, Hydro Thunder and Ilomilo are among the first batch of games to go on sale in Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 8 store, according to an insider source.

Xbox Live Marketplace schedule update

Xbox Live Marketplace schedule update

Daytona, WOTW, Toy Soldiers DLC, more.

Sega's updated port of Daytona USA, the Patrick Stewart-narrated War of the Worlds game and new DLC for Toy Soldiers: Cold War headline the latest Xbox Live release schedule update.

Xbox Live mouthpiece Major Nelson has firmed up the rest of this month's Marketplace release schedule, including a new alien themed add-on for last year's World of Keflings and a paranormal-themed pinball table for Pinball FX 2 - free for a limited time over Halloween.

Gamers can also expect savings on Halo Reach map packs and Dead Rising 2 standalone episodes Case Zero and Case West.

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Metacritic culls review-bombing users

Metacritic culls review-bombing users

Bastion, Toy Soldiers scores attacked.

Metacritic has deleted scores of accounts used to bomb review scores of Summer of Arcade titles Bastion and Toy Soldiers: Cold War.

The XBLA games were subjected to coordinated attacks from multiple users who rated the games with zero scores, reports Giant Bomb.

The reviews aggregator acted after developers Supergiant Games and Signal Studios spoke out about the score-bombing, which saw average user ratings for both games pushed down several points.

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Out This Week - 19/08/11

Xenoblade! Age of Empires! Soldiers!

The warm and fuzzy till-ringing sound of capitalism returns to shops this week, as the games industry escapes the annual drought of summer.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

Commie get some.

According to the Inverse Principle of Sequel Design, the quickest way to differentiate the follow up to any game is to take a superficial but obvious detail from the original and flip it. If the aliens invaded Earth in part one, part two should be about Earth invading the aliens. If the first story was at the bottom of the sea, the sequel takes place in the sky. If the hero was a man in the first game, in the sequel he becomes a Ms.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War seems to adhere perfectly to this unwritten rule, replacing the lead figurines and miniature World War I battlefields of the original game with gaudy action figures of the 1980s and scenarios that take obvious inspiration from era-appropriate movies such as Rambo, Top Gun and Red Dawn.

It's an inspired choice, in many ways, not least because it gives the game a sense of cheesy fun that the Somme can't really muster, and a commercially canny one. Mostly, the change in tone and era works because it brings with it lots of opportunities for fresh gameplay ideas. Signal Studios has resisted the urge to let its retro fetish carry the game and has instead taken the opportunity to expand and enhance its action-based tower defence template.

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