Empyrion – Galactic Survival Hits Early Access Next Week

Just a few months ago we included Empyrion – Galactic Survival [official site] in our much revered list of PC Games Of 2015 Wot Could Conceivably Be Good. Imagine a game that basically appeals entirely to the reptilian part of Jim’s brain that can only experience joy through games that take place in the vacuum abyss of space, in which you hop planets and trade space stuff and fight with your space things.

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So Far, So Good – Airscape: The Fall Of Gravity

Aw man, this is one of the best physics games I’ve seen, if only half-glimpsed in trailer form. And O the things these crusty, jaded eyes have had to clock their gaze on. A game in which gravity is so changeable I legitimately don’t understand what is going on. That’s Airscape: The Fall of Gravity [official site].

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British Invasion: War Thunder Adding Tanks From Blighty

War Thunder [official site] – A Poem

O succulent tank porn and its lusty armour
My heart is like an empty field and you its farmer
Your tanky face, those tanky eyes
Those tanky breasts, your tanky thighs
And a farmer hat that rests on your head evermore
For this is needed for completion of the metaphor

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The Banner Saga Goes The Way Of The Board Game

The Banner Saga [official site], which we once described as “the sort of game that is so thick with lore and small touches that a chap can spend fifteen hours with it and forget entire swathes,” suggesting this long preamble may in fact be necessary for your ancient brain of limited memory capacity, is getting a board game spin-off.

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Silent Hills’ P.T. Hallway Hits PC In Fan Recreation

Calgary-based developer Farhan Qureshi has racked up roughly a lifetime’s worth of nerd cred by recreating the hallway from malaria dream horrorshow P.T. – the teaser for the potential Kojima-directed Silent Hill game that will now never be.

Good news for those of you who have been experiencing the cruel shakes of withdrawal since the original demo was removed from yer PS4. The remake is a one-man effort from Qureshi who describes his work and toil thusly:

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for finalising tax details and preparing for Gamescom. Fun stuff. Best varnish the day with a spot of the week’s best games writing. And hey! Do you have a personal blog upon which you write about games? Email me. I can only highlight what I know about.

  • Where MOBA tournaments are doing more and more to make themselves accessible to new audiences – with rookie streams and careful commentary – fighting game tournament EVO remains a mystery. If you can’t decipher its matches in real-time, Patrick Miller might be able to help you after the fact by breaking down the top 8 lessons from the tournament. It’s heavy in detail both in terms of the game’s mechanics and the scene’s current state.
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The Witcher Is Getting A Pen & Paper RPG Spin-Off

In a move that can only mean they’ve been receiving my daily letters recreating The Witcher [Official Site] for someone whose heart will only recognise games pre-1995, CD Projekt Red are teaming up with the company behind Cyberpunk 2020 to bring The Witcher to tabletops.

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Crawl Gets Diddy Dune Worms

Crawl [official site], I think it’s worth saying, gets the much lauded Gera Prize For Good Characters And Stuff. This is the game that produced the most eerily realistic albeit 2D cartoon rendering of Gabe Newell of all time. And now a nice and hefty update has come its way, bringing with it baddies of a more Dune-Meets-Ancient Greece variety. Or alternatively, Beetlejuice-Meets-Xena, or a different reference you build yourself depending on age and Nerd Pedigree.

The big addition to the game is that minotaurs and burrowing worms, which previously existed in the game as baddies of a lesser degree, now have ultimate forms.

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Swedish Horror Story: Fran Bow Launches August 27th

The trailer for Killmonday Games’ first big release Fran Bow [official site] is a doozy – think The Shining by way of Emily The Strange, stylistically creepy with a sort of ’90s scarygirl twang. The story goes something like this: a girl with her best friend/cat are witness to the gruesome murder of her parents. They escape into the woods, only to be split up when she finds herself recovering from shock at an oppressive mental institution for children. There’s a variety of weird things that unfold: skeletal men and clockwork trees, ghosts, a blurring between what’s real and isn’t.

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Character Breakdown: Just Cause 3 Introduces New Rico

The makers of Just Cause 3 [official site] are letting out a steady trickle of info, which means no longer will you need to search month-old E3 footage for sweet hype to suckle.

The first of five dev diary videos has just released, which gives you a closer look at protagonist Rico Rodriguez. That means who he is, what his skills and abilities are, and how he fits in to the franchise.

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What Are We All Playing This Weekend?

Pinch and a punch for the first of the month – and no returns! Now that I’ve left you all broken and bruised, you may as well stay in and play video games? But which oh what? Perhaps you’ll find inspiration in discovering what Team RPS are playing this weekend:

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Counter-Strike Global Offensive Guide: Tips For Beginners

In Pop Flash, a series of insights into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site], Emily Richardson looks past the amazing clutches and crushing defeats to understand the culture and meta of Valve’s everlasting competitive FPS.

This week I want to go right back to basics. Counter-Stike has been around since 1999, but every week new players log onto the Global Offensive servers. I hope this post will help those players get into the game quickly and enjoy its competitive nature from the start. Have a browse through, try some things, find what works for you. The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the game whether you’re playing competitively or just for laughs. Obviously, this piece isn’t really aimed at experienced players, but if you’d like to give some extra tips in the comments they’re totally welcome.

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Space Roughhousing: Playful Planting In Shu’s Garden

In twenty minutes of Shu’s Garden [official site], I’ve rolled around planets spreading grass, replanted trees, batted spaceducks around the sky, played tag with another of my space cactus species, and possibly got into a fight with a nasty hair thing. I think. I’m not sure. It’s one of those lovely playful games where you dive in and only realise what’s possible after you’ve done it. More so because you’re playing a life-giving sapient space cactus exploring planetoids, and I have no idea what to expect from such a premise.

Following a release for pocket telephones last year, Shu’s Garden has arrived expanded and enhanced on PC for Windows and Mac at a price of $5 (£3.20-ish)

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