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Archive for 2017

Warface’s Pripyat mission is more C&C than S.T.A.L.K.E.R.

Crytek's name might not command quite the same respect as it did during the height of the Crysis series, but their free-to-play FPS Warface has maintained a steady (and slowly growing) player-base over the past year, in large part due to a steady influx of fresh content.While the previous update to the game was a predictable me-too Battle Royale mode, the latest addition is a…

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The 14 best Metroidvania games on PC

The Metroidvania is perhaps one of the more tricky genres to nail down. With its very name coming from an amalgamation of two actually quite different Nintendo-based game series - Metroid and Castlevania - quite what qualifies is always up for debate. Hence, we suspect this could be one of the more controversial lists, when it leaves out a favourite game that someone else might…

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The Seventh RPS Cracker Of Christmas

While we're all curled up in our shared Christmas hibernation cocoon over the holidays, the site gets a little quieter. But fear not, for each day of the ho-ho-holidays there's a Christmas cracker to pull! Oh, and of course, if you're after more posts you might have missed, why not join our Supporter Program, and unlock dozens of new posts from the last year!Meanwhile, you…

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Beholder 2’s first trailer features EXTREME paperwork

Beholder was an interactive morality play not entirely dissimilar to Papers, Please about living the life of a prying landlord in a world where access to information can decide who lives and who dies. The sequel promises an interesting new angle on the scenario, putting you in the shoes of a minor government official with aspirations of power and control.

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Max & Maya: Cat Simulator might not be the most authentic thing ever

As the owner/chosen human/minion of two twitchy felines, I'm fairly certain that at least 80% of the things shown in the trailer for Max & Maya: Cat Simulator are factually inaccurate, though I wish that wasn't the case. The idea of cat civilization rising to fill the power vacuum in the event of a zombie apocalypse is an amusing one.Due for release sometime in 2018,…

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Alyse Stanley’s favourite games of 2017

This year it has felt like there's been a string of quality games releases. Games that I’m proud to support, whether it be for their tackling of serious subject matter or excellent writing or unique concepts that push the industry forward. Games that are already redefining preconceived standards of play.In short: next year has a tough act to follow.

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Feature: Bayek will remember that

The importance of going home in Assassin’s Creed Origins

Sometimes it’s good to go back to where you came from in open world games. When the content is the world, travelling through it can often feel like you’re gobbling it up, every virtual kilometre a chunk of media you’ve greedily consumed rather than occupied. But they rarely give you much reason for retracing your steps. Levelled rewards are rarely worth the journey; storylines and…

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The Sixth RPS Cracker Of Christmas

While we're all curled up in our shared Christmas hibernation cocoon over the holidays, the site gets a little quieter. But fear not, for each day of the ho-ho-holidays there's a Christmas cracker to pull! Oh, and of course, if you're after more posts you might have missed, why not join our Supporter Program, and unlock dozens of new posts from the last year!Meanwhile, you…

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Feature: Including Sanik

Edwin Evans-Thirlwell’s favourite games of 2017

We asked a handful of our contributors to put together a list of their three favourite games from 2017. Their picks are running across the week while the rest of RPS slumbers.I've been thinking about time a lot recently - how we create and manipulate histories and the present in video games and in general - so you'll forgive me if my end-of-year choices are…

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Grungy retro FPS Dusk hits Early Access on January 11th

Update: To clarify, if you buy the game now you'll receive access to episode 1 & 2 immediately, although the episode 2 launch isn't officially happening until January 11th, when everything moves to Early Access.Between Devil Daggers, Strafe, and the seeming eternal renaissance of Quake & Doom modding, it feels like gaming as a whole has come to terms with the idea that 90s FPS…

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The Foxer

The annexe is wearing a white tam o' shanter today. The snow stopped Roman getting in, but thanks to June, his intrepid understudy, we're not completely foxerless.

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The Fifth RPS Cracker Of Christmas

While we're all curled up in our shared Christmas hibernation cocoon over the holidays, the site gets a little quieter. But fear not, for each day of the ho-ho-holidays there's a Christmas cracker to pull! Oh, and of course, if you're after more posts you might have missed, why not join our Supporter Program, and unlock dozens of new posts from the last year!Meanwhile, you…

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Ice-pick Lodge give a playful peek at Pathologic 2’s progress

It's been a good long while since Ice-Pick Lodge turned to Kickstarter to fund a remake of Pathologic, their award-winning survival adventure, but it seems that 2017 has been a busy year for the studio. It's now being developed under the title of Pathologic 2 and the developers have opened their doors to give us one last peek at the game before the year's end.

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EVE developer CCP hiring for a ‘new and ambitious’ MMO

Sometimes, a single job posting can tell you a lot about the future of a studio. In the case of CCP's latest position listing, it's quite explicit. They're looking to hire an experienced lead designer to head up production in London on an as-yet-announced MMO. While thin on fine details, we can at least infer some interesting details about the Eve Online studio's short-term plans, and…

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Ring in 2018 with 11 concentrated shots of Quake

We've previously covered Quake mega-mod Arcane Dimensions, which has become a cornerstone of modern Quake mapping thanks to its slew of new gameplay features, enemy types and weapons going a long way to refresh the formula of Id's cyber-gothic classic without diluting its breakneck pacing and drum-tight combat loops.Xmas Jam: 1024^3 is the latest group project to come from the quietly industrious func_msgboard mapping community. Built using Arcane…

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Fraser Brown’s favourite games of 2017

We asked a handful of our contributors to put together a list of their three favourite games from 2017. Their picks are running across the week while the rest of RPS slumbers.I think I would have lost my mind if it wasn’t for the many incredible digital holidays I’ve taken in 2017. It’s been a bit overwhelming to play so many great but also massive…

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How Wolfenstein: The New Colossus takes the white dudebro hero apart

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a shooter that often feels at odds with its own protagonist, the worn-out vanilla action hero who is somehow the heart of a neurodiverse, multi-ethnic cast of socialist firebrands, civil rights campaigners, pacifists, lapsed jazz maestros and rabid UFO chasers. At first glance, it has a lot to say in spite of BJ Blazkowicz rather than through him, its…

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The Fourth RPS Cracker Of Christmas

While we're all curled up in our shared Christmas hibernation cocoon over the holidays, the site gets a little quieter. But fear not, for each day of the ho-ho-holidays there's a Christmas cracker to pull! Oh, and of course, if you're after more posts you might have missed, why not join our Supporter Program, and unlock dozens of new posts from the last year!Meanwhile, you…

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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. fan-remake Lost Alpha gets a major update for the holidays

We've previously covered Lost Alpha, a massive labor-of-love project to rebuild the original Shadow of Chernobyl from the ground up, reinstating concepts and content that never quite made the final cut. While the first release of Lost Alpha suffered nearly as badly from a messy development cycle as the original game, the updates have continued, and the massive patch released this week makes it a far…

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Dominic Tarason’s favourite games of 2017

We asked a handful of our contributors to put together a list of their three favourite games from 2017. Their picks are running across the week while the rest of RPS slumbers.2017 has been a stunning year. Partially in the ears-ringing, shellshocked way, partly in the ‘Wow, I’m making a living writing about games’ style, and consistently in the ‘Nobody has time for even half…

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