Feeds

The year's best... PC games

Kick the console

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Yes, it's War!

If we are talking about realistic-looking games, Napoleon Total War is a contender for a spot in this year's top five, but after the much flawed, buggy-as-heck Empire Total War of a couple of years ago, it seemed that NTW is just a patched up version of ETW, but with the heart and soul ripped out of the combat due to the misguided removal of fire by rank. Sure, the graphics were amazing on 720p, but the campaign didn’t quite cut it and the multi-player was still a let-down because you can never connect. Forever alone?

Men of War Assault Squad

Airfix Afrika Korps vs Matchbox British 8th Army was never like this

So for my tactical pick of the year I’ve gone for Men of War Assault Squad beta. How can you pick a pre-release game as a top game of the year, I hear you moan? Well, it's got unbelievable tactical game play, graphics and the Gem engine. Its armour penetration is to die for - it’s so ridiculously cute and fluffy!

Don’t believe me? Sign up to the open beta before it closes and take a look for yourself before you come along with your pitchforks and torches. You’ll appreciate the ability to take direct control of anything in your entire army.

Come on, who doesn't have a soft spot for Games Workshop? As English and predictable as an X-Factor Christmas Number One used to be. Even though I found it slightly long and the commentators' supposedly witty banter unbearable, Blood Bowl Legendary Edition needs a namecheck because it appeals to the World of Warcraft yearning within that's yet to be fulfilled. This game is part American football, part creature feature fantasy mixed into a turn-based board game straight onto your PC. Create and develop a team of orcs, elves, undead, ogres or even humans and set them loose against other people's teams.

Blood Bowl Legendary Edition

An Orc-ward goal kick

It didn’t get a release on to console due general bugginess, so it's PC-only, folks, and it’s well worth the now-reduced price for a bit of nostalgia.

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
For decades Hollywood actually binned its 4K files. Doh!
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.