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Alice Bell

1 day ago

Feature: It's better to run around with a torch than curse the darkness

Little Nightmares 2 asks ‘what if weeping angels, but mannequins?’ and you will not like the answer

The original Little Nightmares is one of my favourite horror games ever. I admire a horror game that doesn't rely on the first-person perspective. Little Nightmares is scary in the same way it was scary to hide in your parents' wardrobe because you were planning to jump out at them, but then you sort of fell over your dad's shoes and you weren't sure what…

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2 days ago

Feature: I said "Mush!"

The Red Lantern’s chill sledding adventure would be better if less stuff happened in it

D'you like dogs? I like dogs. How about five dogs? Hot diggidy daffodil, now we're talking. In The Red Lantern you're a musher who has decided to adopt a bunch of sled dogs and take 'em over the Alaskan wilderness to a distant cabin that you're pretty sure definitely 100% exists. This is, of course, how idiots die. Solo sled across Alaska, they said! It's…

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Feature: Time and dice wait for no Alice

Baldur’s Gate 3 is best played 20 minutes at a time and that is great

A little while back I restarted Baldur's Gate III to play through as the most interesting person I could make in the current character creator. Owing to several comments misunderstanding a cheap joke I made in an image caption, this character is now known as Wonderwall, although technically the game thinks their name is Tav.Despite my misgivings about the chaotic and impractical nature of their…

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Feature: Rising not guaranteed with every purchase

Have You Played… Old Gods Rising?

Old Gods Rising came out relatively recently, but I'm asking if you have played it because I think more people should.It's a first person exploration game with a few puzzles, where you play as a disgraced TV historian (as in, historian who had a TV show not a historian specialising in TV) who has been called to serve as the expert on a film set.…

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Feature: No, but seriously

Immortals Fenyx Rising might actually be great, for kids and adults alike

As I have now stepped through the dread portal to my 30s, I have noticed with horror that I sometimes start sentences with, "When I was young", which is basically the same as, "In my day". Might as well fall into my own grave now. But I do think - no, honestly, listen - that children's entertainment isn't as fun and grim as it used…

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Feature: This one goes off the rails, not going to lie

Podcast episode 114: the autumnal games special

I won't lie to you listener, the ratio of games to not-games chat on this week's episode of the Electronic Wireless Show is pretty... it's pretty low. This may be the least amount of games chat we've ever done. Nevertheless: here is a podcast. This time it is about autumnal games - not games about the season, but games that are cosy, that are good…

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3 days ago

Feature: Tank-bred

The visual novel about axolotls is finished; is deeply weird and dark

When I first joined RPS two(!) years(!!) ago, one of the very first things I wrote about was RB: Axolotl, a visual novel about a bunch of axolotls living in different corners of a tank and having very intense, obsessive relationships with each other. At the time it was just a demo, but now it's a full game. I'm still playing my way through it,…

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4 days ago

Feature: It is almost certainly not

Is your Cyberpunk 2077 merch cyberpunk enough?

We are now but a month out from the release of Cyberpunk 2077. The massive action RPG finally landed on a November 19th launch date after a couple of delays (any further chance of a date push having apparently been, itself, pushed by developers CD Projekt rolling back their "no mandatory crunch" policy). Not that we've been bereft of Cyberpunk content in the meantime. In…

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Feature: Scares as iconic as Aiden's cap

Add Hill House and the Bates Motel to The Sims 4 for the season of pumpkins

As the nights draw ever closer, and the windows of the local Tesco grow ever more pumpkiny, I have been burrowing into blankets, putting a hot water bottle on my feetsies (because we don't want to turn on the heating yet) and wallowing in some classic scares. But I have found this harder to do with games. Most games are, obviously, a very interactive experience,…

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5 days ago

The Sims 4 hits the slopes in new expansion Snowy Escape, with a trailer reveal today

EA have partially revealed the newest expansion pack for The Sims 4 - showing a modest glimpse of shoulder, if you will. But friends, it is a cold shoulder. The expansion is called Snowy Escape, and until a trailer is revealed later today, that's pretty much all we have to go on. That, and a screenshot collage of cheery Sims doing winter sport activities like…

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6 days ago

Feature: Still afraid of the dark

Amnesia: Rebirth review

A while back I was saying that so many horror games these days are about either babies or Catholicism (and obviously there is some crossover there), and Alice0 pointed out that actually they were mostly about a Protestant's idea of Catholicism. This was obviously very correct - as are most things Alice0 says - and we had a short discussion about this and about how…

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1 week ago

Feature: Rawr, I guess

Podcast episode 113: the dinosaurs special

Yesterday Nate observed that he is increasingly becoming a single issue voter and that single issue is "beasts". This week, therefore, the podcast is about the best dinosaur games. There is, of course, some haggling over what constitutes a dinosaur (does it include all birds and some robots?).Expect a lot of discussion of various incarnations of Jurassic Park, as you might expect. There is also…

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Feature: Press ' ' to pay respects

Playing Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! with a broken keyboard is the most stressful thing I have ever done

I, like us all, have experienced times of acute stress in my life. I've had to retake all my A-levels, gotten a divorce, and undergone abdominal surgery that it took a month to recover from. I couldn't open doors or sneeze without being in pain. None of this comes close to the experience of playing Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! with a broken keyboard.

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Purple rain, purple rain...

Making the most interesting character possible in Baldur’s Gate 3

Last week, Larian shamed us all because the data indicates we have all been making Generic Boringman in the character creation for their fantasy RPG epic Baldur's Gate III. Their point is that they have given us access to tails and horns and the sort of eyes that you can only get if you order special custom contacts from the piercings and bong shop down…

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Feature: Best of fest! Forget the rest!

The best free demos from the Steam Autumn Festival

Steam returns with actual hundreds of free demos for its Autumn Festival. I am but one woman, so I could never get through them all, but I have played what I would characterise as a lot over the past two days. My own personal labour of Hercules was undertaken so that I could bring you, the reader, a list of my favourite demos to provide,…

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Feature: Roll for perception

Podcast episode 112: the excuse to talk about Baldur’s Gate 3 special

Alice Bee is back from holiday in time for a massive CRPG to enter early access, so this episode is supposedly about our favourite companions in games, but is really mostly about Baldur's Gate III, Larian's massive new Dungeons & Dragons-themed, reawakening-a-classic fantasy game. She and Matthew have both played a bit of it (Matthew a lot more than her), but we have a chinwag…

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Feature: Ghosts of summer holidays past

I Am Dead review

Recently I have been blessed with a plethora of sweet, soothing games with a good sense of humour (like Spiritfarer, for example). I Am Dead, from the developers of perennial RPS favourite Wilmot's Warehouse, is a 3D puzzle adventure game about past and present and place, and is another tonic for these trying times. In it, you play as Morris Lupton, erstwhile director of the…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: More like palace of WestMONSTER eh?

Watch Dogs Legion has a mission where you make Big Ben bong again

Watch Dogs Legion, aka Watch Dogs London, is nearly upon us. See its release, there, squatting at the end of October 2020 like a big cockernee pumpkin smoking a cigar. I am broadly looking forward to Ubisoft's hacktion adventure where you can play as anyone by recruiting any NPC you see into your gang of hacktivists with undercuts, because from the hands on previews I've…

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