The Most Charming Space Elevator: Lumo Looks Magnificent

By Nathan Grayson on April 16th, 2014.

“Being lost isn’t scary,” claims the developer description of isometric puzzle adventure Lumo. “It’s an adventure.” I know this from personal experience, given that I have all the directional sense of a windblown band-aid. I’ve been lost in parks, parking garages, parking lots, and places without the word “park” in them (though I suppose you could do parkour on some of the buildings I’ve gotten lost in). I’ve never had the good fortune of losing my way in a mysterious castle, however, nor am I a young wizard. Hmmm. But then, I suppose that’s what videogames are for. That, and fantastic elevator scenes. In psychedelic dream outer space. See it all below.

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Lotta Bots: All Titanfall Updates Except Maps To Be Free

By Nathan Grayson on April 16th, 2014.

Are the best things in life free? Are they really? I don’t know, but I do know that giant-robot-related things are pretty darn cool, and those are going to be free from now until the end of time. Well, Titanfall time. Respawn’s laid out its update roadmap, promising more information, regular tweaks and additions, new modes, and free everything – except for map packs. That’s a shame because it fragments the community, which in turn fragments my heart. OK not really, but it is kind of a pain.

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Hut, Hut, Vike: War Of The Vikings Out Now

By Nathan Grayson on April 16th, 2014.

If only there were a mode where they removed the pointy tips and just hit each other with sticks until one side was like, 'OK yeah, I've got too many bruises. War is dumb. Let's go home.' Huh, what game? I'm talking about real life.

If history has taught me anything, it’s that Vikings were a complex, multifaceted people splintered into an incredible number of micro-cultures spread far and wide across Europe thanks to extremely versatile wooden longboats. If videogames have taught me anything, it’s that Vikings loved WAAAAAAAAAAAR. War of the Vikings, then, represents the culmination of all my scholarly studies, what with its “historically inspired” Viking Age setting and also maybe an ever-so-slight thumb-and-pinky pinch of WAAAAAAAAAAAAR. It’s already taken its share of licks on Steam Early Access, and now it’s “done,” whatever that actually means anymore.

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Worst Thing Or Best Thing? – Call Of Duty Snoop Dogg DLC

By Nathan Grayson on April 16th, 2014.

This is not a joke. This is real.

But maybe it is also still a joke.

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Powering Up: New Defense Grid 2 Trailer

By Alice O'Connor on April 16th, 2014.

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The late noughties were a time when we all wore baggy ‘boyfriend’ jeans, ate frozen yoghurt, longed for a Zune, and discovered the exciting new sound of bearded men playing guitars, a quick Google search tells me. It all sounds about right, though I also remember an awful lot of tower defence games. Perhaps the most polished of these, and certainly my favourite, was Defense Grid: The Awakening. “Just the right amount of mazing,” I’ll say, “and an AI companion voice that sounds like it came from behind a very respectable moustache.”

Development of Defense Grid 2 has been a bit bumpy, being saved by an investor after falling short with a Kickstarter, but the game seems to be coming along nicely. Following an iffy trailer from an early alpha build last August, lacking in the polish that made the first game stand out, Hidden Path has shared a new trailer that’s got more of ‘the stuff.’

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Maim, Threat And Match: Blood Bowl 2

By Adam Smith on April 15th, 2014.

As far as I’m concerned, the important tasks for any new Blood Bowl 2 trailer to accomplish are as follows:

1) Show me which races will be available so that I don’t expect to be writing about an Ultimate Skaven Edition in three years time.
2) Attempt to convince me that the camera movement and turn-flow will be as smooth as a freshly shampooed dwarf beard.
3) Go some way toward showing that turn-based tactical trouncing is a bigger draw than ‘comic’ commentary.

The video below does not accomplish these things.

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Mass Effect Reborn Mod Jumps Into Homeworld 2

By Alice O'Connor on April 15th, 2014.

Something about favourite mods on the Citadel. Get it? Right? Guys?

At the end of Mass Effect 3, thousands of ships from all across known space come together to liberate Earth and smash the Reapers. Then a pretty cutscene plays, and we passively watch the ensuing cool space battle. But oh, what if you gathered and commanded the fleet, and they were following your strategy? What if the slog across the Milky Way were a bit more Homeworld-ian? Turns out I didn’t write those sentences as idle musings, that there is actually a purpose to this post.

See, that’s basically the idea behind Mass Effect Reborn, a Homeworld 2 mod where you get to control that Alliance fleet. The first version is out now, if you fancy giving it a bash.

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Emotional Rescue: Child Of Light’s World Sure Is Pretty

By Graham Smith on April 15th, 2014.

Child Of Light was my nickname at school. I was very skinny.

Now that John is on sabbatical, where will RPS turn when they need someone who understands emotions? Child of Light is about a young girl exploring a twinkling world of wonder and danger, and probably its story will require descriptors like “tender” and “heartfelt”. The rest of us aren’t equipped to deal with such things. Case in point: the plinky-plonky video tour of the game’s world, Lemuria, which can be found below. I’m too scared to watch it myself, but I showed it to Adam and he hasn’t stopped screaming since. He seems so confused and angry.

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Hong Kong Massacre Is Hotline Miami Meets John Woo

By Nathan Grayson on April 15th, 2014.

Rated E10+ for comic mischief

Sometimes all you need is a headline.

A headline, and a death wish.

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StarCraft & Conquer: One-Man RTS Meridian Now On Steam

By Nathan Grayson on April 15th, 2014.

Meridian: Super Sweet Rave Of War

Here it is: the moment of truth. Meridian: New World, the RTS that should still still be impossible, can now be played by the masses. The shiny new space-base base-race is largely the work of one man, which is the sort of information that makes my mind both boggle and Super Puzzle-Bobble All-Stars. It’s now available on Steam Early Access, so probably get on that because it looks kinda great.

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A Crying Shame: Crysis, Crysis 2 Multi Shutting Down

By Nathan Grayson on April 15th, 2014.

BLEEP BLOOP I AM HERE TO TAKE YOUR MULTIPLAYER SERVERS AWAY

GameSpy giveth, and – years later – it shutteth down due to the cruleth realities of modern busineth practices and, in doing so, taketh away. The list of games affected by said untimely (but also kinda timely) demise is long and prone to billowing ominously in the wind, and we still don’t know what exactly will happen to a number of those trapped in its server purgatory. Sometimes, though, no news is good news. Case in point: it turns out that Crysis and Crysis 2 won’t be coming back online after GameSpy goes dark.

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