10 Minute Barbarian Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

Some people say that Hemingway’s short poem “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” is great because of the enormous size of a story it hints at in such minimalist prose but I think we all know it’s actually good because it’s really, really fast. In this mile-a-minute world of vines and GIFs I just don’t have time for anything that requires more than seven seconds of recollection.

Enter 10 Minute Barbarian [official site], which is exactly what it should be.

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Art Attack: Mondrian – Abstraction In Beauty

Two years ago Lantana Games came out with a little American History centric indie called Children of Liberty. You might remember us mentioning it as a semi-educational stealth game – if you have this on your RPS Bingo Card you may cross it out now! Children of Liberty appears to have set the stage for their next project.

Continuing on the historical theme is Mondrian – Abstraction in Beauty [official site], which is decribed as a 360-degree block-breaking puzzle game that looks at how game art evolved in the 20th century. More specifically, how video game art has evolved.

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Board ‘Em Up: Legions Of Steel Goes From Tabletop To PC

Often when I’m in a pub I’ll regail strangers with great tales of how I’ll one day make my millions by pitching game developers great ideas I’ve stolen from board games I once played in a recroom during the ’90s. It’s a great tragedy that Studio Nyx got there ahead of me with Legions of Steel [official site], which if you’re old enough you might recognise as an old tactical board game about saving humanity from mechanical jerks.

The original rule-set has been recreated for its PC release by the French studio – The game’s out now and you can watch in action below:

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for resisting the pull of Rocket League. Rocket League, with its short, exciting matches. Rocket League with its swift and easy matchmaking. Rocket League with its fast cars and alluring balls. Mmm, Rocket League.

Quick! Round up the week’s best games writing before it’s too late!

Lube Up: WRC 5 Is Coming This October

O the even hum of the speedy cars as they glide through the wilderness, through rain and shine. Rumbling, rumbling, so goes the announcement trailer for World Rally Championship 5 [official site]. And if you listen closely enough you may even hear them say: Carrrrrrrrr porrrrnnnnnn.

“Do you,” publishers Bigben ask, “Do you have what it takes to master the art of driving?”

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Undead: Resident Evil 2 Fan Remake Free This Summer

About 17 years ago, back when most of you were a mere twinkle in yer mom’s wombish bits, Capcom released a little zombie game called Resident Evil 2. Now the year 2015, in a time where the weird bulbous character models of yore no longer carry the same value in the eyes of my jaded Millennial peers, the final touches are being made to a long-awaited free fan remake called Resident Evil 2 Reborn [official site].

Reborn has been in the making for around two years, initially using the Unity engine before moving on to Unreal Engine 4. It features totally revamped 3D models, particle effects, better lighting, textures and animation. All that fun stuff. You can check out a few clips below.

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Sharing Is Friendship: Tropico 5 Adds Editor

Good news for you out there in the Republic of RPS: Tropico 5 [official site] has been updated with a map and mission editor packing Steam Workshop support, which means you can now take directly to the comments section to give your best laboured Communism + Collective Land Improvement + Map Sharing gag. It’s only for the Windows Steam version, though.

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Shadowrun: Hong Kong Boots Up On August 20th

Where else would shadowrunners set up base?

Shadowrun: Hong Kong [official site] has finally got itself a fancy release date, so y’all can pencil this in: August 20th, which gives you a good month to crack those knuckles on the franchise’s original Gera-Approved Pen & Paper Daddy for full preparation.

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The RPS Bargain: S Dot T Dot A Dot And So On

The best game deals can be hard to find on your own, popping up as they do on obscure sites and often vanishing hours later. That’s what the Bargain Bucket is for – to round up the week’s sales in case your short on money and high on desire to play something new.

This week’s plushie diaroma is from Welverin. Well, damn.

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The Bomb: Fallout Anthology Out October 2nd

Bethesda are taking advantage of the encroaching release of Fallout 4 [official site] with plans to release a hefty collection of Fallout games. They’re calling it, quite naturally, Fallout Anthology.

Put a circle around October 2nd in your calendars; the Anthology includes all five games in the Fallout series from the original through New Vegas, and all the relevant DLC in between. There’s also space in its fake mini-nuke box reserved for Fallout 4, which is due out around a month later on November 10th.

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What Are We All Playing This Weekend?

I’m feeling out of touch with the world. London is one of three cities in the world where anything happens – along with San Francisco and New York City – so a large chunk of everything I heard used to be directed at me. Everyone wants to talk about London, because isn’t London big and great? Edinburgh gets a little less focus. What’s happening here? Why does the world not focus on events directly around me? Obviously I’ll regret saying this once the Edinburgh Festival kicks off in a few weeks.

But come on, help dear Auntie Alice feel like a real person connected to the world. Tell me: what are you playing this weekend? Here’s what we’re playing:

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Galaxies, Wrenches And Disclosures: Gunpoint Creator Tom Francis’ Heat Signature

Heat Signature [official site] is an action/stealth game in which you can go inside the spaceships, from the team behind Gunpoint. I played a recent build last week and spoke to its lead designer Tom Francis about how how it’s grown into a game of factional war, if it can ever be finished, comedy wrench KOs and the awkwardness of journalists covering ex-journalists’ games. By which I mean: disclaimer – I used to work at the same magazine company as Tom, and we socialised on occasion.

Heat Signature’s pratfalls-in-space concepts were a giggle already, but the scope has expanded dramatically since the first time I saw it, less than a year ago. It’s becoming Galactic Civilizations as well as this sort of high-speed, outer space heist game. Gunpoint’s use of physics as both freeform puzzle and source of Three Stooges comedy ethos is very clearly in there, as is a shared determination to ensure the player is doing their own thing in any given second of the game, but as well as stealing procedurally-generated spaceships you now get to play galactic factions against each other in a persistent universe. This wasn’t the original plan.

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Mount & Blade: Warband’s Viking Conquest Relaunched

A loyal RPS reader wearing his Horace hat from the Supporter Program.

When Mount & Blade: Warband‘s [official site] pillaging add-on Viking Conquest launched in December, it was low on content and high on bugs. Developers Brytenwalda (named after the famous Warband Viking mod they made first) have been fixing it up since then, and today it’s deemed done enough for a relaunch.

A big update has brought great gobs of new content, along with a new name: Viking Conquest Reforged Edition. It’s a free update for folks who already own it, of course.

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