The Flare Path: Demonstrably Narcissistic

By Tim Stone on March 27th, 2015 at 1:00 pm.

Five and a half of the following seven questions will be answered in today’s column:

* What happens when you pass a red signal in World of Subways 4?
* Do wargame demos work?
* Whatever happened to Command Ops?
* Just how dreamy is the Assetto Corsa Dream Pack?
* How much does my neighbour’s ex-wife make an hour?
* Was Glenn Miller’s Norseman brought down by Nazi geese?
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Hearthstone Expands Into Blackrock Mountain Next Week

By Alice O'Connor on March 27th, 2015 at 12:00 pm.

It’s a terrible compulsion, the drive to catch ‘em all. You might be cock of the walk in Hearthstone [official site] right now, but it’s soon to get a burst of new cards and what will you do then? I hope you’ve been saving your pennies (real or virtual) as Blizzard have announced the free-to-play collectible card game’s Blackrock Mountain expansion will launch next Thursday, on April 2nd.

It’ll bring five new wings of raiding inspired by the classic World of Warcraft zone, a volcano swarming with naughty dwarves, orcs, dragons, and fire elementals. What this means for you is single-player missions along with new challenges and 31 extra cards.

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Freeware Garden: FROGGY (It’s Hungry)

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on March 27th, 2015 at 11:00 am.

FROGGY (It’s Hungry) is not Frog Fractions 2. I know you might be inclined to believe it is, but, really, it’s not. Even its dev said so, though admittedly only after describing it as the Citizen Kane of frogs, which it could actually be if it were a bit longer, which, well, it isn’t.

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System Shock 2, To The Moon & More In Bargain Bundle

By Alice O'Connor on March 27th, 2015 at 10:00 am.

People ask me, “Alice, will you post about any sale which has System Shock 2 cheap?” And I reply, “Well, yeah, obvs. Have you played it yet? It’s fine if you haven’t. You might want to play it. Even our John didn’t play it until 2013, you know.”

Hey, look, the latest Bundle Stars dealio has SS2 and seven other games including To The Moon, Magicka, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky as Steam keys for – good grief! – £1.59. That price will go up later today, but it’ll still be a redonc-u-bargain. It’s already sold out of keys once.

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Uncanny Valley Trailer Explains Android Survival Horror

By Alice O'Connor on March 27th, 2015 at 9:00 am.

I dug the demo of 2D survival horror Uncanny Valley [official site], being unsettled by a night watchman’s troubles with horrible synthflesh-wrapped androids. It was pretty and scary and pleasantly unpleasant, but it was an early build, leaving a few questions about fairly big parts.

That talk of failure states with consequences other than death: how does that work? Is he only ever fleeing from androids? How do the bits in his everyday life outside work mesh with the robohorrors? And can you even kill the gits? With the game arriving in April, a new trailer gives a ‘101’ run-down.

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Why You (Might) Need A Decent PC Case

By Jeremy Laird on March 26th, 2015 at 10:00 pm.

The ultimate in modular construction and max-flow air cooling...

Do you need a proper PC case? Not really, no. In fact, you don’t strictly need a PC case at all. A fully functional PC will actually hang together perfectly well without one. Would you appreciate one? Ah, now that’s more complicated question. I therefore present to you the proverbial good PC case, and a semi-serious dissertation that examines some of the more convincing reasons why you might want one.
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Game On! Eastside Hockey Manager Returns

By Alice O'Connor on March 26th, 2015 at 9:00 pm.

You know, if you’re longing for deeper, stat-heavy, party-managing RPGs, you might not go far wrong with a sports management sim. Beneath the sporting veneer lie all the tactics, behaviours, and numbers you could hope for. Sports games are other games in disguise. I was only taking the piss a little bit with that FIFA demo post calling it real-time tactical action, you know. Football Manager has a fair few fans here at RPS, and now its makers are getting back into ice hockey.

Developers Sports Interactive have revived the long-dormant Eastside Hockey Manager series [official site] with a surprise new game which launched onto Steam Early Access today.

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A Cocktail Of Classics: PACAPONG

By Adam Smith on March 26th, 2015 at 8:00 pm.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Pac-Man, a Pong paddle and a Space Invader walk into enter a bar. The barman asks “why the long faces?” and the Pong paddle says, “these aren’t faces, they are sentient creatures and they are my friends.” He adds that he wouldn’t categorise either ‘face’ as long.

PACAPONG is the game that happens when the three of them have a few drinks and then go home and put their bits inside one another. It’s extremely good.

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COGWATCH – 1. Crypt Of The Necrodancer

By Quintin Smith on March 26th, 2015 at 7:00 pm.

Hey! It’s a new weekly video series from Quinns talking about one mechanic in one game. First up: rhythm-based movement in music-infused roguelike Crypt of the Necrodancer [official site].

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Baf! Bim! DC Comics MOBA Infinite Crisis Leaves Beta

By Alice O'Connor on March 26th, 2015 at 6:00 pm.

That's really super, Superdog.

“Bif! Bam! Kapow!” every article about comics is apparently required to begin. Sorted. Moving on, the merry gang of Infinite Crisis are now pushing lanes and ganking carries in earnest as the free-to-play DC Comics MOBA has graduated from open beta to properly released. This brings it to Steam too, for starters. Also it’s added Krypto, the Superdog. The Superdog. Superdog.

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RPS Chat: Life Is Strange Mid-Season Thoughts

By Adam Smith on March 26th, 2015 at 5:00 pm.

The problem with trying to review the second episode of Life is Strange [official site], Dontnod’s five-part teen drama, is that it would be largely the same as the first episode review except steeped in spoilers. That’s why our episode 2 coverage is going to be a conversation between Adam and me. Full of spoilers. Like, SWIMMING in spoilers. Hella spoilers. From the start.

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Sandbox Slasher Movie Sim Lakeview Cabin Released

By Alice O'Connor on March 26th, 2015 at 4:00 pm.

Should I ever find myself in a horror movie-style scenario, I intend to lie on a bed pressed up close against the wall with my eyes firmly shut. Movie rules mean they can’t kill me if I don’t acknowledge them, so I’ll simply be very stoic. That might not work so well in Lakeview Cabin Collection [official site], a slasher movie game anthology which has released its first episode.

It’s a side-scrolling sandbox survival horror (not in the ‘collect twigs to craft an axe’ sense) where you’ll experience the full range of summer camp fun, from getting drunk and skinny dipping to desperately trying to stop murderous forces with whatever’s at hand. It sounds great.

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LoL: Reform, Reward and Prisoner’s Islands

By Philippa Warr on March 26th, 2015 at 3:00 pm.

Note the lack of a banhammer

Over on the League of Legends dev blog, Jeffrey Lin and his colleagues on the player behaviour team have been digging into ideas like reform and punishment for players who misbehave. The series of posts has just concluded so I’m going to highlight some of the interesting snippets they shared over the last few months. Some of the concepts are familiar but I don’t think we’ve covered them on RPS before.

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