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GAMES AND GADGE T S


Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine review


Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine takes the tabletop game and puts it in the form of an explosive third person shooter. By publisher THQ and developer Relic Entertainment. Out now on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC for ages 18 and over.


Space Marine tells the story of Titus, a captain of the Space Marines, (along with his fellow soldiers Sidonus and Leandros) the Imperium’s most elite soldiers who must defend the Imperial Forge World from


Deus Ex: Human Revolution review


Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the new first person shooter by publisher Square Enix and developer Eidos Montreal. Out now for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.


You play as Adam Jensen, a security officer for Sarif Industries, who sustains serious injuries when the headquarters comes under attack. Adam has to have major surgery,


Williamite War retold in graphic novel glory


War of the Two Kings, an historical graphic novel about the Williamite War is new to the book shelves this month and was written by Clonmel man Dermot Poyntz and illustrated by Waterford designer Lee Grace. Few events in modern Irish history have had as dramatic an impact on the entire island of Ireland as the conflict between James Stuart and William of Orange for the kingdoms of Ireland, England, and


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invading armies. For the most part you’ll be facing off against an insane amount of Orcs and


later on the Chaos force, using a familiar array of weapons from the 40K


universe. For example from chain swords all the way up to Storm Bolter.


Gameplay is very similar to Gears of War but not as polished. Unlike other third person shooters this does not feature a cover system as cover is for the weak. This does not hinder you as the power armour


melding his body with mechanical components, giving him superhuman abilities. Following this he goes in search of those responsible for the attack, and the death of his girlfriend. And so the game begins.


Fans of the Deus Ex series will know that this is the prequel to the first Deus Ex game and should feel right at home. To other gamers it is a first person shooter with RPG elements. As you progress you are able


to upgrade your abilities and equipment. As you develop you will have access to more and more areas and varied ways of entering these areas - be it sneaking through ducts, hacking your way through


Scotland. The war in Ireland between 1689- 1691 was for James the only available means by which he could regain his lost crown. For William it was an annoyance that prevented him from bringing the military might and


resources of England to bear against the French King Louis XIV in Europe, who aided the


Jacobites in order to distract Orange. For the Catholic Irish, who supported the banished Stuart king’s cause, it was the


only light amidst the darkness of the Cromwellian Settlement, that illuminated the path to religious and civil liberty. Poyntz and Grace portray this epic struggle from James’ arrival at Kinsale,


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soaks up damage. Although when injured, recovering health is a double edged sword, as you are more vulnerable to attack as you drain health from the injured.


With impressive looking characters, realistic environments and a brooding


overall tone all combine to make you immersed in the world. Soundwise, the music syncs in perfectly with the battles.


Online mode is a 16 player team based affair but there have been many reports of bugs and issues, so I would not buy the game just for its online features.


This is a great take on the 40K universe. Warhammer fans will be in heaven and casual third person shooter fans will feel welcome none the less. Overall it is an enjoyable experience, albeit a short one.


doors or, my personal favourite, punching your way through a wall. Although these options are fun, you have to choose very early on, which abilities you want to focus on, and once chosen you can’t change. More often than not the sneaking abilities are the best option, as charging in guns blazing will get you killed.


The cities you explore are alive with bustling people. The environs are a believable decaying future and lend much to the atmosphere of the game. If anything it feels like playing an offbeat version of Blade Runner. Exploring the city and its inhabitants never gets dull.


Despite the steep learning curve, this game is a must have for sci fi game fans and well worth the effort.


the startling Siege of Derry, the bungled Battle of the Boyne, to the ferocious Siege of Limerick in 1690, that marked the end of James and William’s direct command of the opposing Jacobite and Williamite forces in Ireland during the war. Lee Grace is a Waterford City based graphic designer and illustrator, while Moccu Press is an independent, graphic novel publisher based in Tipperary, and founded by Dermot Poyntz in 2010. Future titles from Poyntz and Grace include Plight of the Wild Geese, an account of the struggles of the Jacobite army under French command in Ireland and Europe from 1691 to the Treaty of Ryswick in 1697, including the tragic Battle of Aughrim. Tone, a biography of Theobald Wolfe Tone and portrayal of the 1798 Rebellion, and Liberator, a biography of Daniel O’Connell, The Great Emancipator.


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