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Impressions: Hack RUN

By John Walker on June 23rd, 2015.

Hacking games remain far too few and far between, and often make the mistake of veering into far too complicated territory for the newb to enjoy. Hello, I am the newb. In fact, it’s not since Uplink that I’ve enjoyed the process. I’m not sure if that’s changed with Hack RUN [official site]. A super-simple command prompt-led hacking sim, with a nice amount of detail around the edges, and around the web. It’s been around a while, and has a bunch of sequels on iOS, but has just showed up on Steam which is where I first spotted it.

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Premature Evaluation: CrossCode

By Marsh Davies on June 22nd, 2015.

The game's tutorial largely takes place on a cargo ship, the Solar, captained by a jetpack wearing tar, who is full of slightly mangled but suitably salty language. This enjoyable seadog stereotype is a rather indelible one, and I suspect it persists in the cultural imagination because, for most of human history, the sea was a thing that would surely fucking kill you, and anybody who made a living dicking about on it had to be either fearlessly stupid or stupidly fearless.

Each week Marsh Davies jacks into the virtual battleground that is Early Access so that his spandex-clad avatar may wrestle with the digital monstrosities therein. This week he’s uploaded himself into CrossCode, a top down 16-bit-styled singleplayer ARPG set within a distant future MMO, where the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds have blurred.

It is a strange vision of the future in which the world’s number one entertainment involves me slapping a hedgehog to death with my balls. These balls are sadly just glowing projectiles, of course, aimed in 360 degrees and fired continuously if desired, ricocheting off walls to hit enemies and switches out of the line-of-sight – but the game does insist on referring to them as “your balls” in a way which is either deadpan mischief or minor mistranslation from the developers’ native German. It is but one of many mysteries in the intriguing world of CrossCode – and a rather natty combat system to boot.

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E3 2015: Our Favourite Things From The Show

By RPS on June 22nd, 2015.

What were your highlights of E3 2015? Pip, Graham, John and Adam have gathered below to offer their own favourite moments from last week’s big videogame blowout, from osmotic enthusiasm to the finest trailer editing. Leave your own pop picks in the comments.

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Wot I Think: Her Story

By Adam Smith on June 22nd, 2015.

A camera records the statements that a woman makes to the police in relation to her missing husband. Years later, you sit at a computer and search through a video database by typing in keywords. The computer searches for the keywords in transcripts of the statements and returns up to five results. To dig deeper, you’ll have to make connections, combine words, play detective.

Her Story [official site] is a game about crime and investigation from Aisle and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories designer Sam Barlow, and it’s one of the best in its field.

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I Kind Of Miss Dreadful Adventure Developer Cryo

By John Walker on June 22nd, 2015.

One hundred and fifteen years ago, before Rock, Paper, Shotgun was a twinkle in Horace’s eye, I used to do the bulk of my writing in a magazine called PC Gamer. Now, I’ve no idea what’s happened to that mag since, but for ten years I kept it propped up with a two page budget section, and reviews of terrible, terrible adventure games. And most terrible of them all were the always-awful but ever-so-sincere productions of French publisher and developer, Cryo Interactive.

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I Made A Willy And A Foo-Foo In LEGO Worlds

By John Walker on June 22nd, 2015.

LEGO Worlds [official site] is TT Games’ attempt to scoop up some of that Minecraft action the kids love these days. And why not – it’s a natural fit for Lego (let’s forgo the capitalisation), and it’s about time there was a complete sandbox place to construct from licensed Lego blocks. Currently in a very early alpha version (you can read more in Marsh’s piece), it’s all single-player. But there’s plans to let it go multiplayer later in the alpha process, and with that comes some pretty tricky times for TT, Lego, and the pure of mind. People gonna build penises. I thought I’d have a go.

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The RPG Scrollbars: Back To Final Fantasy XIV

By Richard Cobbett on June 22nd, 2015.

Some games stick with you more than you expect. Final Fantasy XIV certainly did for me. I never played the original version, the one released in such a horrific state back in 2010 that Square Enix was forced to stick a knife in it and go back to the drawing board. You know it’s bad when even a game’s publisher openly admits they’ve released a flop and stops even taking money for it. Still, they took it back to development, vigorously retooled it, complete with a five-year timeskip to a new story, and in 2013, it returned under its new name, A Realm Reborn. I gather it was going to be “Oh God Our Jobs Depend On This”, but the focus groups didn’t think it had enough snap.

Luckily for Square, the gamble paid off. Final Fantasy XIV is one of the few MMOs whose name doesn’t rhyme with Earled Of Awecraft to still be ticking along nicely with a mandatory subscription, with its first expansion pack, Heavensward, due this week. I’m not planning to talk about that here… because I haven’t played any of it. But! This does seem like an opportune moment to take a second look at the original game – an often frustrating, yet intriguing take on the MMO template.

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The Sunday Papers

By Graham Smith on June 21st, 2015.

Sundays are for returning to a mountain of email after four days on holiday. Quick, turn away from the inbox to spend some time instead putting together a (shorter than normal) list of the week’s best games writing.

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Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 10

By Ben Barrett on June 20th, 2015.

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we’ll be offering our picks – based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 10 of the sale.

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Doing Comics Justice: Freedom Force Vs The Third Reich

By Sin Vega on June 19th, 2015.

Superheroes are, my dear mole cave people recently thawed following a decades-long slumber, very much in vogue right now. Films about whiny teenagers with the least interesting powers of an arachnid are ten a penny, but video games of this kind have been oddly lacking. The superhero games we do have – for example, the Arkham series – are mainly about specific superheroes, not about the idea or the spirit of their original format, the comic book.

I have a strange bias here, as I’m one of the fifty people on earth who loves games but never cared about comics or superheroes. So I say this without exaggerating or clutching at straws: Freedom Force Vs The Third Reich [Wikipedia page], a real-time, squad-based tactical beat ‘em up from 2005, is the only game that truly shows why people love comics.

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Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 9

By Ben Barrett on June 19th, 2015.

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we’ll be offering our picks – based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 9 of the sale.

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The 25 Best Co-Op Games Ever Made

By Kirk McKeand on June 18th, 2015.

Sometimes you need a hand to hold, so we’ve compiled a list of the 25 best co-op games to play on PC with a headset-wearing friend or a muted stranger.

Whether solving puzzles, sneaking, shooting zombies or stabbing mythical creatures in the face, the existence of another player adds an element of unpredictability. The reality of your co-op partner constantly alerting the guards is drowned out by the experience in your head – the synchronised stealth takedowns, the perfectly executed plan – but both success and failure are more compelling when you can take credit for the former and blame someone else for the latter.

There is a co-op game for every duo and our selection includes a variety of the most bestest. Don’t worry if your favourite co-op game doesn’t feature – it just means you’re wrong. All mortals are, on occasion.
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Best Steam Summer Sale Deals: Day 8

By Ben Barrett on June 18th, 2015.

What are the best Steam Summer Sale deals? Each day for the duration of the sale, we’ll be offering our picks – based on price, what we like, and what we think more people should play. Read on for the five best deals from day 8 of the sale.

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