It’s it’s a Spartan Blitz: Halo Wars 2 open beta live

Halo Wars 2 [official site], the RTS spin-off from Microsoft’s Xbox FPS, is now in open beta on Windows 10. Until January 30th, all Tenners can check out the multiplayer ‘Blitz’ mode for free. That’s nice, as Edwin Evans-Thirlwell says Blitz is one of the more interesting parts of Hwar so hey, good for us. Blitz is a team-based mode where, rather than building armies and bases, units and powers are doled out by cards from a deck you build. Yeah I’m up for that. Read the rest of this entry »

Dead Cells wants you to die, a lot

In case you can't tell, things are not going well for you in this screenshot.

Dead Cells [official site] is a game in which dying is sort of the point. Every time you kick the bucket, whether that’s because you got booted in the head by an armoured beast or because you fell down a shaft by accident, you get access to new items in a mash-up of my two favourite activities: reincarnation, and shopping. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for cooking something new. What new recipes should we attempt together? Read the week’s best games writing and then let loose your suggestions in the comments below.

This was linked in the comments last week, but you might not read those, so: a developer at Kotaku wrote about how they accidentally made a racist videogame. A straightforward argument for the benefits of diversity.

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Free Loaders: Flipping the bird in Helping Hand

Humans are great communicators. We’ve developed not only spoken langauges, but reams and reams of written ones throughout history. Not to mention Braille and sign language. Truly, the human ability to express emotions, needs and desires is an unparalleled proof of our shared greatness as the planet’s most wonderful species.

Hey! Quit doing that rude gesture! Stop it! I mean it!

Sigh. Here’s some free games.
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Necrobarista is about hipsters, baristas, and death

I'm going to eat this picture for dinner.

You know how, sometimes, games look so good you just want to eat them? You want to print out all the screenshots in glorious, glossy photo paper, and just put them into your mouth? You know that feeling? Yeah, that’s how I feel about upcoming visual novel game Necrobarista [official site]. Read the rest of this entry »

What are we all playing this weekend?

I don’t know about your corner of the world, but mine is being brightened immensely by these lengthening days. Three minutes a day really adds up. That three minutes to cherish each day. The little things, yeah? Gosh howdy, get me with this folksy twinkle. Let’s talk video games: what are you playing this weekend? Here’s what we’re clicking on!
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Best Cities: Skylines mods

Cities: Skylines [official site] is one of those games that if given the chance will swallow you whole. Like any simulation game worth its salt, it’s comprised of so many moving parts that only by digging deep into its systems, mechanics and quirks can you hope to scratch its veneer and begin to understand what makes it tick. It’s a wonderful game once you do, but getting there can be a daunting task – even for the most tenacious of players.

User-made mods, of which there are now thousands, make this process a wee bit easier. It’s been the best part of two years since Alec shared his favourites (which are absolutely worth checking out), however the following list gathers the ones I’ve come to find essential in crafting my own homegrown cities and keeping my populace happy.

That last part might be a lie, but I swear that’s not my fault. (It totally is.)

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