Posts Tagged ‘Psyonix’

Boost: Rocket League’s Supersonic Fury DLC

By Adam Smith on July 31st, 2015.

Rocket League [official site] is one of the best multiplayer games I’ve ever played. Matches are quick, ricocheting between smart tactical play and chaotic panic, and the pace of the motorised football is perfectly pitched. Adding anything new to the delicate mix would risk upsetting the balance so I met the announcement of a DLC pack with some trepidation. Developers Psyonix are masterful mechanics though. The pack, which will be available next month priced at $3.99, contains new cars and customisation options, but nothing that will split the playerbase or offer paid-for advantages. Trailer and details below.

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Wot I Think: Rocket League

By Adam Smith on July 14th, 2015.

Cars wot play football. Rocket League [official site] is daft concept treated with incredible care. The result is one of the most beautifully balanced, tense, exciting and skill-driven multiplayer games released in recent years. It’s absolutely brilliant.

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Football With Rocketcars: Rocket League Released

By Alice O'Connor on July 8th, 2015.

Zoom zoom!

Wouldn’t football be a lot better if we could remove the diving, faking, and rolling on the ground bawling like a big stupid baby? What if we could also replace footballers’ fragile legs with wheels? Wouldn’t it be great if they were rocket-powered too? You know what, stuff football and footballers: let’s make Rocket League [official site] real.

Rocket League is football with rocket-powered cars instead of meat-powered ghosts, blasting around stadiums with gnarly stunts and ball-knocking action. I imagine it’ll be the sport of the future, but you can get a taste today as last night the video game adaptation launched on Steam.

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Premature Evaluation: Nosgoth

By Marsh Davies on April 6th, 2015.

It’s curious how far back the idea of drinking blood to replenish youth goes, given that we are only just now beginning to understand the benefits of transfusion. Recent research on mice has shown that a transfusion of young blood into an old body can indeed stimulate stem cells and invigorate ailing neurons. But experiments with transferring blood date back centuries, based on the most dubious understandings of science and mostly with disastrous and macabre results.

Each week Marsh Davies sinks his teeth into the hot, pumping artery of Early Access and drains its sweet lifegiving essence, leaving only a ragged skein of flesh when he’s done. This week he’s played (or free-to-played) Nosgoth, a team-based multiplayer game in which heavily-armed non-consenting blood-donors clash with the fanged forces of unlife.

The general mood has been less than charitable towards this project. It’s a multiplayer spin-off of Legacy of Kain, traditionally an action RPG series, a demo of which I think I brushed past on a PC Format coverdisk once, back in the days before games had invented a way to render the male nipple. But, I’m told, it had really good storytelling for the time, and how dare anyone decide to use this important and sophisticated fiction for something so trivial as a thirdperson asymmetric multiplayer game? Yet dare they have. And it seems they’ve made quite a well-considered one, in which deft movement and exact coordination trump headshots and button mashing, and the two teams of which, vampires and humans, offer very different play but surprising parity.

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Kain In The Neck: Nosgoth Open Beta Next Week

By Adam Smith on January 14th, 2015.

Nosgoth, as you may remember, is “a solid-looking free-to-play multiplayer shooter set in the Legacy of Kain universe”. A closed beta has been in operation for a good while now and this time next week – that’s Wednesday the 21st, 6pm GMT if you’re reading this in the future – the dark world of Nosgoth will open its doors to everybody. I don’t have any stakes (HAHA) in the Legacy of Kain series, but Nosgoth has my attention because it has humans doing boring human things like capturing points of the map, and vampires hunting and eating them.

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Car-To-Ball: Rocket League

By Alice O'Connor on December 3rd, 2014.

Take that, technosphere!

If we were to draw up a list of Rock, Paper, Shotgun’s collective interests, rocketcars and pretending we don’t understand football would both rank highly. So:

Nyooooooooom! ScreeeeeeCH! Crunkash! Those are the sounds of Rocket League, a game where teams of rocketcars chase each other around a field inside a stadium, trying to shunt a technosphere into a repository. What a horrible creation this technosphere must be, that drivers smash it with such force and fury. What terrors might be unleashed should it… hatch? Cool your jets and form an orderly line to follow me for a trailer, if you will. Krrrruntpow!

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By All Means, Watch This Hour Of Nosgoth Footage

By Craig Pearson on February 10th, 2014.


For those of you who forgot to jack into the “What the hell is Nosgoth?” assimilation pod, here’s a text-based recap: it’s an upcoming free-to-play online shooter set in the Legacy of Kain universe, which suddenly seems like a terrifying look into gaming’s future. It’s currently in closed alpha, but they’ve peeled back the curtains just enough to allow others a glimpse into what I can only describe as a third-person online action game between people and vampires. If you’re keen, there is a whole hour of developer hosted footage to the south.
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Free-To-Play Legacy Of Kain, Thy Name Is Nosgoth

By Craig Pearson on September 26th, 2013.


It turns out hearing the name Nosgoth over-and-over-and-over is enough to make me lose it. After the fifth time I heard it spoken in this trailer, I got the the giggles and had to rewatch to get the details. I’m almost embarrassed that I can be so easily amused, but it is a silly word. That second pass gleamed the relevant information, and I watched a third-time to make sure I hadn’t been hearing things the second time: Psyonix has been secretly developing a free-to-play PVP multiplayer action game set in the Legacy Of Kain universe. Human teams will fight Vampires teams. Guh?
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Alpha Squadron: A.R.C. Squadron

By Jim Rossignol on March 24th, 2011.

Flying! Shooting! Together at last!
Here at charming British website Rock, Paper, Shotgun we’re inappropriately fond of both flying/shooting type games and Avatar-style floating islands. So it is with warm pleasure that I note the alpha launch of UDK-powered A.R.C. Squadron. It’s an airborne combat game that looks rather like my fever dreams. See the video below for a taste of that. You can download the client over here. Let’s do that and shoot each other. It’s about 300mb. The server is online at 70.166.15.133
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