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There’s just time to review this before I take it back to the shop. It isn’t that it’s cheaply made (it is, but it’s also cheap) or that it doesn’t sound good (for the price, it sounds fine). It’s that it comes with a bog-standard telescopic antenna, and such antennae really aren’t up to the job. If you live in an area with good DAB coverage then this would make a sensible, even advisable, purchase. If not, it’s all but unusable. 3/5

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[UPDATE:  Today is release day, so I can now reveal that the redacted words were tenseStalinist and brilliant.  And it’s all of those things, with the possible exception of ‘Stalinist’. It’s also a perfect starting point for new players, with a well-judged difficulty curve and some interesting challenges. I’ll be doing a video review as soon as I can manage it: in the meantime, there are discounts to be had at http://unityofcommand.net/]

 

WHAT? Axis loss? I thought I knew how to play this game!

I’ve been dabbling with preview code for Black Turn, the final DLC for turn-based wargame Unity of Command. Sadly, I’ve been sworn to secrecy, so I can’t divulge any details just yet. I can’t tell you that it’s as <REDACTED> as it ever was. I can’t tell you that the AI is one mean <REDACTED>.  If someone tells you that it’s <REDACTED>, that someone wasn’t me.

What I can tell you is that the base game – Unity of Command – is the pinnacle of strategic excellence. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Panzer General-style game, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

Black Turn will be released on December 10th.  Oh, it involves Operation Barbarossa and those infamous Russian winters. Winter is coming, see? Sigh.

Here’s my review of Unity of Command: http://www.plughead.net/review-unity-command
And here’s the Black Turn announcement: http://unityofcommand.net/blog/2013/11/07/black-turn-operation-barbarossa-1941/

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If you’ve ever made a Let’s Play video then you’ll know what a faff it is. By the time you’ve shot, re-shot, added a soundtrack, edited, re-edited and uploaded the damned thing, there’s rarely change left from a weekend. This is where the Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket comes in. It’s an external, USB-powered game recorder for PC, XBox and Playstation, and it promises to make the process as easy as pressing a button. Well, some of the process, anyway.

Recording happens directly to a flash or external HDD drive, and it comes with a built-in audio mixer. It was released earlier this week, so we’ve not had chance to play with one yet, but it’s a potential time-saver for content producers with £140 to spare.

For more info, check it out here: www.hauppauge.co.uk/rocket

UDO-Steelhammer-DLPSteelhammer. Steelhammer. Steelhammer. Hammering your brain.
Steelhammer. Steelhammer. Steelhammer. Driving you insane.

No, it’s not deep, but it is fun. UDO’s latest album marks a triumphant return to 80’s values – straightforward tunes, crisp production and silly lyrics. Highlights include the powerful opener (Steelhammer, Steelhammer; you get the message), the Louis-Armstrong-esque ‘Heavy Rain’ and the overblown ‘Book of Faith’. Some of the more straightforward songs are frothy and forgettable, but they’re all imbued with an infectious sense of enthusiasm. Objectively, it’s a middling album – it falls some way short of being Metal Heart Part 2 – but objectivity be damned. There’s plenty here to put a smile on the face of any ageing headbanger. 3.5/5

‘What Saitek X55 flightstick teaser?’ I hear you ask. This here Saitek X55 flightstick teaser, I reply.

Actually, there’s not much to see. Lots of wiggly lines and a few second’s footage of the device itself. Nonetheless, there are enough clues for me to indulge in some unwise speculation. The smart money is on the X55 being a high-end stick-and-throttle combo, something fresher than the ageing X52 Pro but simpler than the £300 behemoth that is the X65F combat stick. The clue’s in the name, and there’s a strong X65F-ness about the shape. But…

…but. See that trigger? It’s red. That’s very arcadey, no? And there’s no throttle in sight. That means nothing, of course – who knows when the X55 will ship, and what it’ll look like when it does. However, it’s got me thinking that it might just be a single-stick solution. That would be very exciting. That would make it a pro version of the Cyborg 3D USB Gold, and the Cyborg 3D USB Gold was incredible. It was cheap, robust, and ideal for everything from Freespace to Flight Simulator X.

Either way, it’s good news. There’s nothing we simmers like better than waggling our joysticks. And hey, Christmas is just round the corner. If any of my friends or family are reading this, you know what to do🙂

[UPDATE: The official word from Saitek is ‘sooon’. So expect it sooon!]

[Incidentally, thanks to Saitek for giving their permission to share the video]

@Furlywurly has always been the strong, silent type. Thrill to his presence in this review, in which he conveys a 4/5 using the power of mime alone.

 

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We’re big fans of Wonder Woman here at the Lazy Inquisitor. And by ‘we’, of course, I mean ‘I’. And by ‘I’, I mean ‘my wife’. Still, not even she can stomach this collection of the Amazon’s 1960’s adventures. Typical plots involve Wonder Woman’s struggle to rescue simpering Steve Trevor as he haplessly shuffles from one cock-up to another. This volume also introduces Wonder Girl, and her struggle to rescue simpering excrescence Mer-Boy from hapless undersea peril. It gets worse: Wonder Tot. Nobody simpers over Wonder Tot, because Wonder Tot is annoying. If it weren’t for the appearance of Angle Man (whose excellent superpower is that ‘he always has an angle’) the book would beyond redemption. Stick with Wonder Woman Volume 4 instead; that one’s quite good. 1/5