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Alice O'Connor

17 hours ago

Feature: Well?

What are we all playing this weekend?

People in the UK: remember that the clocks go back this weekend. People in America: don't mind that, your clocks go back next weekend. Thus we enter the confusing week where I look at announcements in my inbox and times on my calendar and try real hard not to blow it. Then as soon as I get my head around it, American clocks change too.…

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1 day ago

The Outer Worlds is now on Steam and GOG

After a year of Epixclusivity [correction: oh god, and the Microsoft Store, I forgot], The Outer Worlds today launches on Steam and GOG. Obsidian Entertainment's sci-fi FPS-RPG feels a whole lot like a return to their days of Fallout: New Vegas, but in space. If you've been waiting for it to land on a store you like more, here you go. Or if you've been…

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2 days ago

Ubisoft are paying £1 million for one trailer

It's no secret that big publishers spend small fortunes on marketing, but it's rare that we get to put actual numbers to it. Here's one: Ubisoft are paying approximately 11 million Swedish krona (around £940k/$1.23m) for one trailer. That's according to the company who this week announced they've signed an agreement with Ubisoft to create a trailer. You probably don't know their name but you…

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Monster Train now has mod support, and modders have already made a whole new faction

Deck-building roguelikelike Monster Train last night officially launched its mod support, after a short beta, opening it up to all sorts of player-made newness. Possibilities include new cards, new monsters, new looks, and so on, and I see some folks have already made a whole new playable faction. After seeing how much Slay The Spire mods shook up that other card-slinging dungeon-crawl, I'm dead keen…

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3 days ago

Kojima Productions confirm they’re working on a new project

It's no surprise that Kojima Productions are working on a new project, seeing as Death Stranding came out almost a year ago and Hideo Kojima has muttered about new things for a while, but it is now official. Today they declared "a new project is in development" and put out a hiring call for new staff. No hint of what the new game is, mind.…

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Arkham Horror: Mother’s Embrace brings cardboard spookings to PC next year

Iä! Iä! The great wurm turns again, the cosmos lurch uncomfortably, and we awake anew with new faces and only fleeting memories of who we once were. Why, here comes news of Arkham Horror: Mother's Embrace, a video game inspired by a popular Lovecraftian board game, Arkham Horror. Yes, yes, it was based on a different Lovecraftian board game when it was initially announced in…

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Rune 2 lawsuit now going after Bethesda and ZeniMax too

Bethesda and ZeniMax intentionally sabotaged Rune 2 by secretly snapping up its developers days before launch, the game's publishers have claimed in a lawsuit. The Viking fantasy action-RPG launched in November 2019 then, the very next day, developers Human Head announced they were shutting down but their employees had been hired for a new Bethesda studio. This was quite a surprise, even to the publishers…

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4 days ago

Former StarCraft 2 devs form new studio “to boldly advance the RTS genre”

Less than a month after a load of Blizzard veterans announced several new studios, another group have announced a new studio of their own with plans to focus on real-time strategy. Frost Giant Studios are mostly former StarCraft II developers, and say they are "on a mission to bring real-time strategy games to a broad audience." They haven't specifically announced a game yet, but I'm…

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Amnesia: Rebirth’s launch was a bit cursed oOooOoo

In my expert opinion, the best thing a horror game about amnesia and half-glimpsed horrors can do upon launching is disappear. Was it ever there? Am I crazy in the coconut? So it's thematically splendid (if practically inconvenient) that today's Amnesia: Rebirth launch went spooky on Steam. At first some owners found it didn't have an executable so they couldn't play, which is a solid…

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Doom Eternal’s first story expansion is out now

It's not Halloween until you're knee-deep in the dead, so here comes Doom Eternal with the start of its two-part story expansion. The Ancient Gods sends the angry fella back into the Maykr's dimension to resume ripping and tearing, this time with some new enemies in the mix too. Curiously, the expansion is also a standalone game, not requiring you to own Doom Eternal to…

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5 days ago

Feature: Nuka Cola? Spacer's Choice? Minmo?

What’s your favourite fictional brand in video games?

From Nuka Cola and Tediore to Umbrella Corp and Spacer's Choice, video games are full of fictional products and brands. Some are narrowly dodging trademark infringement, some have full lines of products with distinct style, some are jokes, and some have complex in-fiction histories. Reader dear, which is your favourite and why? Mine is a cat food.

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The Atari Hotel plans are ludicrous

The Atari you knew and loved is long-dead, and perhaps one day you might sleep inside its corpse. The company currently wearing the skin of Atari have licensed the name to people wishing to build Atari Hotels, who recently revealed their big dreams for sleep-in mausoleums in Las Vegas and Phoenix. They are: big. They are: flashy. They are: absurd. They are also far from…

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War secret-hunters unlocked a bonus beta day, and Rickrolls

The ongoing multiplayer open beta weekend for Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has given both treats and tricks to fans seeking to uncover its secrets. Some people solved another ARG puzzle, which has resulted in the devs extending the beta by another day. Hooray! And other people rooting around in beta files have been rewarded with hidden YouTube links to Rick Astley's Never…

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6 days ago

Spelunky 2’s first few levels are now friendlier

Do you feel Spelunky 2 seeds have been a bit more generous these past few days? A little less keen to murder you the second you cross the cave's welcome mat? That's not luck with the RNG, that's the blessing of designer Derek Yu. After talking last week about plans to tweak the first few levels, turns out he quietly released a patch doing just…

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Watch the building of the Obra Dinn in this time-lapse video

Watching Return Of The Obra Dinn's creator build the game's levels is like watching the work of a serial killer who's obsessed with the detective chasing them, artfully laying out corpses and tweaking gruesome scenes for maximum surprise and mystery. A torso here, a pair of shoes there, and oh the detective will kick themself when they realise what they actually happened here. Lucas Pope…

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1 week ago

What are we all playing this weekend?

I will not give in and turn my heating on, not until November. You cannot make me. Okay, maybe on Halloween, because it'd be nice to be all roasty-toasty drinking hot chocolate and watching horror films. Alright, maybe the 30th, so I can warm my flat up a bit first. Or the 29th to get the first-heat-of-the-year stench of burnt dust out. Or the 28th…

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StarCraft II winding down new content

Ten years after the StarCraft II saga started and five after its final episode, Blizzard have announced they're winding down development. They still plan to tweak balance, but won't be making new paid content. Not putting a pillow over its spaceface, but shuffling it off to a spacehome. Their announcement also muttered about thinking about what's next for StarCraft, though I wouldn't take that as…

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Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs is free on Epic right now

Tis the season to be spooky, so you might fancy grabbing a free copy of Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs from Epic to keep you quivering until Amnesia: Rebirth launches next week. Piggy-wigs was quite different for an Amnesia follow-up, having been made by Everybody's Gone To The Rapture developers Thechineseroom rather than series creators Frictional Games, but it does have some jolly unpleasant parts.…

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