Impressions: Reus

By Alec Meer on May 8th, 2013 at 9:00 pm.

God game! God game! GOD GAME! It’s been too long. We’ve been so hungry. Now Abbey Games’ Reus is almost here, being all godly, being all gorgeous and being all oddball too. I’ve been playing preview code for Abbey Games’ forthcoming world-fiddler (which comes out in just over a week), and thought I’d share a few initial thoughts ahead of a full review once the game’s out.
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Plant Vs. Zombies: Farm For Your Life

By John Walker on May 8th, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

First of all, I’m bringing you the most important news: there’s a game whose name is Farm For Your Life. Let’s not let that get buried under any other information I might provide after this point. Farm For Your Life.

Other interesting factors, albeit ones that pale in comparison, are that you can buy it right now, or… earn it for free.

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Lionel Gallat Explains Ghost Of A Tale

By Jim Rossignol on May 8th, 2013 at 7:00 pm.


Thanks to an unexpected extension by hosts IndieGoGo, the marvelous-looking Ghost Of A Tale gets another week to hit the all-or-nothing fundraising target. It’s one of those strange little projects that can come only from a talented individual with a very personal vision, and I have to declare that I really would like to see it get made. I talked to Lionel Gallat, who has quit the mainstream film industry to submerge himself in solo game dev, about this beautifully animated experiment.
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In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night: Schein Demo

By Alec Meer on May 8th, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

Schein like a schtar

Schein‘s a puzzle-platformer looking for crowd-funding. I should probably get a special button fitted to my keyboard which automatically types “a puzzle platformer looking for crowd-funding”, actually. But Schein also has a demo, showing off its light-based conundrums and slightly Limbo-esque vibe, which makes it much easier to say something useful about.
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Bone Hordes: Hellraid Teaser Trailer

By Craig Pearson on May 8th, 2013 at 5:00 pm.

Look out, there's a skellington behind you!
The notion of an evil skeleton attacking people is really strange. That skeleton was once a person. Was that person evil? What if every skeleton is just evil, and all that’s stopping them from killing people is being inside us? I’m going to make a pre-emptive strike against my skeleton. Does anyone have a chisel I can borrow? Don’t be squeamish. It’s either I sit here chiseling away my insides, crying in pain at every judder and probably losing blood, bowel control and consciousness, or you learn to fight my frame when I’m gone. And I don’t want to alarm you, but I’ve been working out and drinking lots of milk. Oh you’ll take your chances? Okay, then you’ll need to know how to fight a skeleton, and Techland’s new first-person thumper, Hellraid, will teach you just how to do that.
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EA Registers Battlefield 13 – 20 Domains. But Who Got 21?

By John Walker on May 8th, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

EA are a company that thinks ahead. The Battlefield series may only be working on its 4th pure edition right now, but the publisher has just registered domains for www.battlefield13.com to www.battlefield20.com, ensuring that they’re secure for at least the next few Christmasses.

But Rock, Paper, Shotgun is a company that thinks further ahead. RPS is a business that doesn’t rely on such medium-to-long-term thinking. And so it is that we will be the first place for all your www.battlefield21.com news.

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Splinter Cell: Blacklist’s Spies Vs Mercs Video Decloaks

By Craig Pearson on May 8th, 2013 at 3:00 pm.

Guess which team I want to be on?
I am grumpy. In the world away from my desk and monitors, people have been meeting and playing Splinter Cell: Blacklist and I wasn’t invited. They were probably worried that having someone there who has completed every Splinter Cell, bar that rubbish one set in the prison, would mess up their plans. I might be disrupting their electrical flow of PR by dropping truth EMPs. Like pointing out that Ubisoft don’t understand what “Ghosting” means. They don’t want my truth making their screens all squiggly. The thing is, Ubisoft/The MAN, the video below of the Spies vs Mercs mode might have just won me over.
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All The Kids Will Be Playing It: Cello Fortress

By John Walker on May 8th, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

I can already see the Daily Mail headlines. “Do You Know If Your Child Is Playing Cello?” Sensationalist articles about the dangers of celloing in the playground, the scourge of gaming and its insidious links to orchestral music. Because there’s more information about Cello Fortress.

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Stranger Than Non-Fiction – Watergate: The Videogame

By Nathan Grayson on May 8th, 2013 at 1:00 pm.

A key part of the Watergate scandal omitted by countless depictions.

Watergate: The Videogame is sort of based on All The President’s Men, a book about the investigative reporting that ultimately exposed US President Richard Nixon’s massive Watergate scandal and forced him to resign.¬†Now, I say “sort of” because the game’s about as rooted in true-to-life fact as the concept of Richard Nixon’s honesty – which is to say, basically not at all. Watergate begins as a clunky point-and-click adventure with you in the role of journalist Bob Woodward, but quickly plunges into fourth-wall-obliterating, genre-wire-crossing madness. It’s often silly, frequently dumb, and occasionally educational. I think the best part was when I became Mega Man.

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GTFO: A Film About Women In Gaming Is Going Ahead

By John Walker on May 8th, 2013 at 12:00 pm.

A useful warning: If you don’t like posts about issues related to women and gaming, don’t read this post, and maybe scroll to one of the 17,000 other articles on the site! Hope this helps. (Boy would you look silly if you commented about it now.)

The consequences of last year’s #1reasonwhy Twitter outpouring have been enormously productive. It feels as though a dam has been broken, and the negative treatment of women who game has a voice. After this year’s inspiring GDC panel, there’s a sense that it’s a voice that isn’t going to shut up until something changes. Another part of that voice is a film by Shannon Sun-Higginson called GTFO: A Film About Women In Gaming, and it’s cleared its Kickstarter funding goals.

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Obsidian Hoping To Work With EA/BioWare On Star Wars

By Nathan Grayson on May 8th, 2013 at 11:00 am.

We now live in a world where The Sims: Star Wars or Need for Speed: Tosche Station¬†could become things. I’m not saying it’s likely (though the former would not shock me in the slightest), but Star Wars is under new management, so who knows? For now, all we can say for sure is that BioWare, DICE, and Visceral are actively adding their own chapters to the space opera, but we won’t see results from those initial efforts until at least mid-2014 – and much later, in all likelihood. You’ll remember, however, that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II developer Obsidian also has a rather ambitious idea floating around, and – last we heard – it was about to lay it before the greatest Sith Lord of them all: Mickey Mouse. So then, what happened there? And where does Obsidian’s new Star Wars RPG end up now that EA’s pulling the strings? I got in touch with Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart to find out.

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Don’t Go Broke Age: The Humble Double Fine Bundle

By Nathan Grayson on May 8th, 2013 at 10:00 am.

“Double Fine?” someone somewhere has probably said at some point maybe. “Who do they think they are, claiming to be twice as fine as the rest of us? I’m no fool. I don’t believe it for a second.” But, Mr Somewhere, what if you’re wrong? Then you’ll just look silly, your only solace coming in the fact that going off the grid in shame would be simple, given that you have the least Google-able name of all time. Clearly, the only solution to your conundrum is a test. You need to play most of Double Fine’s back catalog, but your gleaming shield of skepticism must be kept aloft. Buying these games full price would only create suspicion that you might harbor legitimate interest. We can’t have that. The solution? A new Humble Double Fine Bundle. It’s offering all of the laugh factory’s PC games except Iron Brigade on a pay-what-you-want basis, and a pre-purchase of Broken Age if you’re willing to part with $35. Exceedingly strange, vaguely arousing video after the break.

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Cycle Of Life: Trials Evolution Evolves A Demo

By John Walker on May 8th, 2013 at 9:00 am.

When one of the finest PC releases of 2013 is a side-scrolling motorbike game – Trials Evolution: Gold Edition – I can understand that some who’ve not played the Trials games before might be confused by concept. Fortunately there’s now no excuse for not having a play of this ridiculously fun game, as at last there’s a demo.

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