S.EXE: Girlvania Summer Lust (NSFW)

By Cara Ellison on November 21st, 2014 at 9:00 pm.

Someone sent me this ‘All-Girl Sex Simulation’ Girlvania because I guess I have this reputation now. What I did was I got some All Girls together (women who have sex with other women) in the New York Museum of Sex bar, plied them with alcohol, and asked them to look at the game. Is this a thing you can count as your job? I guess this is my job now. Asking New York lesbians what they think of virtual women fucking each other over outlandishly named cocktails. Anyway this is not going to be safe for work (in text or images) and prepare yourself for Jeff Goldblum sweats.

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Bloody Days – Chivalry: Medieval Warfare’s Free Weekend

By Alice O'Connor on November 21st, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

He is both armless and harmless, do you see?

Hey, it’s the weekend: relax. Kick back. Kick your shoes off. Treat yourself. Have a banana. Have a cup of good, hot, black coffee. Have a beer. Take a nice long shower. Soak in the bath. Read a little. Stab a man. Sit under a tree in the rain. Go for a nice walk. Stomp over the corpses of your conquered foes. Chat with a close friend. Swim in a pond. Swim in rivers of blood. Crack a man’s skull with a maul. Murder. Mutilate. Conquer. Kill.

First-person meleer Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is free to play this weekend on Steam, see.

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Wot I Think: CS GO – Operation Vanguard

By Adam Smith on November 21st, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

A recent study by the PEW Internet Project exposed the blindingly obvious hypocrisy of most people’s attitudes towards online services. We don’t want our privacy compromised, we don’t think big companies can be trusted with our data, and the power of corporations like Google makes us uncomfortable. But despite all these deeply-held and very serious fears, billions of people still use the products involved. So too with DLC in all forms. We bitch and moan, mock the price on twitter, talk about how far games have fallen – and then pony up the dough when nobody’s looking. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s new Operation Vanguard is what we’ve let ourselves in for.

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Elite: Dangerous Rethinks Refund Refusals

By Alice O'Connor on November 21st, 2014 at 6:00 pm.

Don't go in there.

As ill-conceived plans often will, Frontier’s refund criteria for Elite: Dangerous have changed. When Frontier announcement last week that their open-world space sim wouldn’t have the offline single-player mode billed since its Kickstarter, only multiplayer and an online singleplayer mode that requires a net connection and is affected by other players, some folks wanted a refund. Frontier’s response was a little hazy, but clear on one point: if they’d paid for alpha or beta access and played it online, they couldn’t get a refund. They’re rethinking that now.

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Wot I Think: Space Hulk Ascension

By Adam Smith on November 21st, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Space Hulk is back. Again. From developers Full Control, who were responsible for last year’s digital release, Ascension is a sequel of sorts, with a new approach to campaigns, with persistent stat progression, and over a hundred missions. It’s an improvement over the company’s first attempt in many ways but there are still plenty of reasons to have a bit of a space sulk.

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Capital Spaceship Combat: Fractured Space

By Alice O'Connor on November 21st, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

Nyooom!

The three coolest things to pilot in space battles are, in no particular order: mecha; capital ships; and EVE Online’s Rifter. Edge Case Games was formed by folks behind Strike Suit Zero so they’ve dabbled with the first, and that third is off-limits, so here they are with capital ships in Fractured Space, the first game from their new studio. It’s a five-versus-five multiplayer capital ship throwdown with classes, customisation, and many explosions. Fractured Space warped onto Steam Early Access yesterday at the price of £6.99 and… oh, it’ll turn free-to-play at launch. Bit of an enthusiasm-dampener, that.

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Have You Played… Pool Nation?

By Adam Smith on November 21st, 2014 at 3:30 pm.

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Pool Nation is my favourite felt-top ball-bothering game since I spent a summer with Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker back in my Amiga days. This weekend, it’s free to play on Steam and can be purchased during that time for £1.04 thanks to an 85% discount. If you enjoy pool and your answer to the question in the headline is ‘no’, this is the perfect time to take a look.

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Dragon Age: The Ferelden Scrolls, Day 2: The Solas Effect

By Alec Meer on November 21st, 2014 at 3:00 pm.

Solas *always* slightly approves

Continuing a Dragon Age: Inquisition diary.

I seem to have found friends by default. They were just there when I performed my Act Of Ultimate Heroism (i.e. wavey green hand shtick) and now they won’t seem to go away. I already introduced you to the relentlessly serious Cassandra, a very, very solemn ex-Templar who first wanted to kill me and is now telling the world that I’m its salvation. In a fight, I’m her boss. Outside of a fight, she’s calling the shots. Not sure how I feel about that yet. There are two others who’ve decided they’re going to stick to me like glue. They’re bit… full-on.
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Dota 2: Nemesis Assassinations For All! Well, For 20…

By Philippa Warr on November 21st, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

The following items were unavailable so we have replaced them with other groceries

Valve has now confirmed the details for its Dota 2 Nemesis Assassin event, which introduces new hero Oracle and spotlights Phantom Assassin.

The event introduces an extra element to some of the game modes, if a player owns a particular item set (The Manifold Paradox Arcana), where Phantom Assassin (PA) is tasked with killing a particular enemy hero from a list of potential targets. If she succeeds, her whole team is eligible for a trophy and if the target kills her first, the opposing team is eligible for the bonus.

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The Flare Path: Learns To Stop Worrying And Love BOMB

By Tim Stone on November 21st, 2014 at 1:00 pm.

It has come to my attention that some Flareopaths are not obeying all 1405 tenets of The Flare Path Pledge. I have it on good authority that last Saturday a reader from Leeds watched Battle of Britain from beginning to end without wincing slightly every time an Me 109-impersonating HA-1112-M1L ‘Buchon’ appeared. Incredibly, I’ve also heard of cases where FPs have referred to railway stations as ‘train stations’ and failed to genuflect when Donald Featherstone was mentioned. Most disturbing are the reports that some of our brethren are routinely ignoring Tenet 933. Yes, it seems there are those among us who, on spotting a ‘We need a Crimson Skies sequel!’ forum post, stay silent instead of pointing out that a spiritual sequel already exists. Read the rest of this entry »

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Watch The First Telltale Game Of Thrones Trailer

By Philippa Warr on November 21st, 2014 at 12:00 pm.

Iron from ice

Telltale have released the first trailer for their upcoming Game of Thrones game series. The narration is confirmation that the game will have actors from the TV adaptation as it’s narrated by Cersei Lannister Lena Headey. It’s accompanied by a blog entry specifically explaining that Heady will be joined by at least three other cast members – Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Natalie Dormer (Margaery) and Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow) – with more to be revealed as the story progresses.

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The Impossible Architecture Of The Stanley Parable

By Philippa Warr on November 21st, 2014 at 11:30 am.

A perfectly normal office

About a year ago I interviewed Davey Wreden and William Pugh about the architecture of The Stanley Parable but never published the article. I’d been thinking about how the game intertwines narration and level design for a while, but it was a gif which finally converted solo pondering into getting the pair on Skype. Here’s what happened when Wreden and Pugh dug into the ideas behind The Stanley Parable’s disorienting and utterly impossible building.

CAUTION: There will be spoilers.

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Freeware Garden: ESC Ape

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 21st, 2014 at 11:00 am.

Comrade Ape is now free!

You’d think that creating a retro FPS in the vein of Wolfenstein seems like a simple thing to pull off, what with the power of today’s tools and all the game design experience of the past 20 years. Yet ESC Ape is one of the select few first-person shooters of this type worthy of your attention.

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