Ball Of Twine: Porpentine’s Eczema Angel Orifice

Looking back over the years, we’ve barely posted about Porpentine’s games. Cara was into Ultrabusiness Tycoon III and Love Is Zero and I really dig With Those We Love Alive but beyond that… huh! That’s a bit weird, given how funny and interesting and unsettling and probing our former Live Free Play Hard columnist’s games are. Well, now I can cover most at once.

Porpentine is having a crack at Steam Greenlight with Eczema Angel Orifice [official site]. It’s a bundle of her text games that she’s revised, with “director’s notes” and extras boshed in on top.

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Batman Meets Poison Ivy In Arkham Knight Battrailer

Needs more lurid neon, obvs.

Watching the latest gameplay trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight [official site], I’ve come to a realisation: the Gotham I’d like a Batman game set in is from Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin.

This new trailer has Batman fly, leap, and drive around town, see, and though it has some nice detailing and neon signs, it’s all a bit drab, I want the city to rise a mile high, skyscrapers pierced with roads atop the shoulders of colossi, lurid mood lighting, and marauding gangs of kooky punks. Please watch this trailer then pat me on the shoulder saying “There there, Alice, of course.”

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The Best $700 / £500 Gaming PCs You Can Buy

It ain't pretty, but it will play games

Can you even buy a proper gaming PC for £500, or approximately $700? Not a PC that occasionally turns its hand to the odd ancient game. Quake III will run on an old smartphone, but that’s missing the point. Well, it’s missing my point, which is to sniff out whether half a grand is enough for a PC bought specifically, or at least substantially, for gaming. If so what you should go for and what, exactly, do you get for your money?
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Subject 13: Flashback Designer’s Adventure Game Out

You might’ve thought a new adventure game from Paul Cuisset, the lead designer of Flashback, would’ve drawn more attention from us here in the RPS treehouse. Don’t look at me: I get irate at the very notion of realigning mirrors to direct a beam of light.

Still, here we are, and here Subject 13 [official site] is. It launched today for Windows and Mac with a tale of a physics professor who ends up in an odd secret base after his car plunges into a lake. I’m sure he’s fine, folks, and it’s not at all some kind of drowning dream and/or purgatory.

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Jenny LeClue: Detectivú Teaser Demo Is Rather Lovely

Jenny LeClue has been on our radar for a while. After an exemplary example of how to do a Kickstarter campaign last year, the investigative adventure game made nearly double the goal, and put a realistic release date of the end of 2016. But that’s still an awfully long wait, so it’s great to see a lengthy demo has been made available to all.

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Suck It Up, Cupcake: It’s Good That WildStar Is Going F2P

Every few months I revive my World of Warcraft subscription, go poking about the old haunts and decide that yes, things were better back in my day. Then I order the local kids off my lawn and wish I had my £9.99 back. This is WildStar’s target audience: people like me who yearn for the hardcore days of yore, too jacked up on happy memories to recall that a lot of what Warcraft had going on 10 years ago was a massive arse-ache. WildStar offered 40-man raids, a lengthy pre-raid attunement process and hour-long dungeon runs to a fickle, flighty bunch on a nostalgia trip, and so, after an opening surge in rose-tinted interest, wrestling with obstacles WoW patched out years back was judged not to warrant £12 a month. Servers withered, and NCSOFT’s earnings reports took on an unhealthy pallor.

Free-to-play, Wildstar’s long-anticipated move to which was announced today, is smashing down the financial barrier to an old school reunion where the nostalgic can come and go as they please.
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Downward Trailer’s Post-Apocalyptic Parkour-portunity

Obligatory lensflare because apparently camera crews survived the Book of Revelation. Good for them.

Earlier this month, Alice saw the announcement info for parkour-heavy game Downward [official site] and was all “something something worlds as adventure playgrounds something something I like leaping around”. There was probably a subsection about ponds as well. WELL, there is now a teaser trailer so we can better see what Caracal Games Studio actually envision for their game.

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Vinyl

a nice sit down

My favourite era of game-playing:

City of Heroes and World of Warcraft, circa 2005. They were all I cared about for months or maybe years, games whose systems I suspect I understood more than any other, due to sheer time spent with them, and talking about them with friends and allies. I couldn’t realistically play an MMO now, as my affection has been dulled by a time-shortage and by ennui for their grand-scale Skinner boxes, but I am nostalgic for a time where they were my everything. Well-worn records I played over and over, and it felt special every time.

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Cyberpunk 2077 A While Away Whilst Witcher Bewitches

If you hadn’t guessed from the fact that developers CD Projekt RED have just released one of the finest, biggest, and prettiest open-world RPGs I’ve seen in a jolly long time, their other big RPG won’t be along any time soon. But how soon is not-soon, and how soon is now? When can we play, or at least see, Cyberpunk 2077 [official site]?

I wouldn’t expect to hear anything substantial about the game this year and maybe next, going by recent comments. We live in the time of The Witcher, you see.

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In The Game: FIFA 16 Gets Women’s International Teams

Alex Morgan

So here’s a GOOD piece of news involving FIFA – the gaming franchise will finally be adding women to its playable character roster, kicking off [sorry] with the twelve women’s international teams included in FIFA 16 [official site].

Here’s the trailer:

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Wildstar Goes Free-To-Play: Why & How It’s Happening

o frabjous day

When I ask Wildstar’s [official site] Chad Moore and Mike Donatelli why on earth NCSOFT would release a subscription-based MMO at a time when most other MMOs had gone free-to-play, their answer is accompanied by one particularly important factoid: Wildstar is also going free-to-play.

I found out why NCSOFT are making the switch now, and what happens next.
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Roar! Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Reborn Stomps Out

Hey buddy! Don't worry, this'll... actually, yeah, it probably will sting a lot.

If you want to shoot dinosaurs in their extinct faces, your interests are catered to now more than ever. With Ark: Survival Evolved, The Hunter: Primal, The Stomping Land, Orion: Prelude, Primal Carnage: Extinction, Crytek’s new tech demo, and more, it’s chockablockasauraus out there. If dinogames could be a bit better (or not a total shambles, in some cases) that’d be nice.

Now the Carnivores series, which started on PC in the ’90s then wandered onto pocket telephones and consoles, has returned to its old stomping grounds with the release of Carnivores: Dinosaur Hunter Reborn [official site].

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Finally, An Objective Book Review: A God In Ruins

Here at RPS, we’re sick and tired of so-called “reviews” that allow the personal taste of the reviewer to influence the content of the critique. Subjective influences have for too long created reviews useless to anyone but the self-entitled ego-maniac writing, and we’re not going to endorse this any more. We begin this by reviewing the new book by Kate Atkinson, A God In Ruins.

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