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Alec Meer

2 years ago

Feature: For those familiar with torment

Torment: Tides Of Numenera (for Planescape veterans) review

You know Planescape: Torment well, and chose to hear whether Torment: Tides of Numenera will betray your trust or not rather than to have its nature defined first. Please note that certain key elements of the game are skipped over here, which is because they are covered in more detail in the Torment newcomers review here. I did not wish to repeat myself unduly in…

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Feature: For those new to torment

Torment: Tides of Numenera (for series newcomers) review

You do not know the past of Torment, and so chose to hear everything. No, you don't need to have played 1999 weird fantasy roleplaying game Planescape: Torment to enjoy this spiritual sequel. There are references and commonalities, but they're not in any way necessary to understand or appreciate it. What is required is a reasonable degree of patience, and an enjoyment of reading and…

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Feature: A retrospective of torment

Raised By Screens, chapter 17 – Planescape: Torment

Raised by screens is an intermittent autobiography, structured around the PC games I played in my youth. Most instalments are currently only available to RPS subscribers, but I shall compile them somewhere once the series reaches its eventual end. Some spoilers for Planescape: Torment's ending follow. Too many games now, too many websites, too much happening each and every day. I mean only 'too much…

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4 years ago

Feature: Final Form

Evolve Wot I Think-In-Progress: Conclusion

Please note this is the last instalment of a multi-part Wot I Think (done that way as we didn’t have pre-release code) and may seem a little bamboozling out of that context. Previous instalments - one and two. One week later isn’t anything like enough to be definitive about any online shooter. No matter how few parts it might have will inherently shift and –…

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5 years ago

Feature: From The Archive

King’s Bounty: My Zombie Wife & The Belt O’Doom

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 141-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, Alec marries a zombie and gets into a fight in a zombie universe, from this piece first published October 2nd, 2008. So I gazed up at the mountain of games about guns due this Autumn, and I sighed a little. Did…

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6 years ago

Singular: New Lords of Midnight & Midwinter Remakes

'Twas terrible news when The Lords of Midnight, Doomdark’s Revenge and Midwinter designer Mike Singleton passed away suddenly last year. Chris Wild, Singleton's friend and co-developer on his project at the time of his death, a faithful, multi-platform remake of The Lords of Midnight, eventually took the decision to continue with the game, which was well-received upon its iOS and Android release. A PC version…

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Anti-Skyrim: Iron Age Roguelike UnReal World Goes Free

This unfortunately-named roguelike (it's never wise to call your game something that sounds like a 1990s Epic fansite) had a brief mention from Adam back in 2011. This scares me because Adam's still the new boy in my mind, and now it seems he's been working here for going on two years. I digress! UnReal World is an iron age-set roguelike about survival, and the…

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Defiance Is A Telly Program Too

MULTIMEDIA CROSSOVER ALERT. It's like Skylanders this, but with more alien death and bionic irises. Trion's Defiance is currently best-known as a sci-fi MMO, but it's also going to be a TV show on the atrociously named Syfy channel. I believe this is a glimpse at what that will look like: a Starship Troopersy affair (visually - I doubt the satire will be in there,…

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The Elder Scrolls Online Wants You, Right Now-ish

SWTOR got it wrong - oh so very wrong - but here we are once again, looking at a mega-bucks MMO that could make World of Warcraft wriggle around uncomfortably, like it's wearing underwear a size too small. Like it or not, Skyrim is a game which crossed to The Other Side, that strange and terrifying world of people who play games but don't follow…

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Render Woman: Dream of the Blood Moon

Horror has a new name, and it is Slender Man. That's quite an old name now, really, but tell that to three hundred thousand different Slender games on the App Store, across Moddb and whatever scripts are inevitably being optioned in Hollywoodland. Free Unreal-based horror game Dream of the Blood Moon, at least, adds a little more game to the OH GOD THERE'S SOMETHING IN…

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Proteus Gets A Releaseus Dateus At Lasteus

Just a short post as I have to go and do a thing with vegetables and a knife and a saucepan, but I can't not mention that Ed Key and David Kanaga's wonderful ambient exploration/sorta-music game Proteus finally has a release date for its finished version. January 30th is that date, which it means it's just over a week until we can discard our beta…

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War In Hell: Diablo III Lead Steps Down, Fight Ensues

It says much about how different Blizzard's games are from the norm that Diablo III's lead designer, Jay Wilson, moving on from the divisive hacker-slasher to another role with the same company can be news. Blizzard's games are designed to live for a long time, not to be abandoned after a couple of post-release patches and some token DLC. Don't expect to see Diablo IV…

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