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5 years ago

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone Introduces A Tonal Shift

“The quest you’ve chosen would take too long to solve in the time span you have,” remarks a slightly concerned PR representative. “Maybe try the other one when you get the opportunity?”I take this as a good sign. The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone [official site] is the first 'proper' piece of DLC for CD Projekt RED's already vast RPG, and comes after the release…

What Are The Best Game Manuals?

The omnipresence of the Internet, together with the ease of modern control schemes, has all but eradicated the need for game manuals. Who needs a glossy paper booklet when they have Reddit and GameFAQs and YouTube? Who has time to read with such a gluttony of entertainment options available at their fingertips? But game manuals and owner’s guides aren’t just about information. The best ones…

Find Your Daughter In The Hollow

The love between a parent and their child is one of those things that defies logic, defies reality, defies the weight of a ten-ton vehicle. Parents will do everything for their children, including venture into deep, dark woods infested by malevolent fae. Made for the recent Write-A-Game challenge, The Hollow [official site] puts you in the role of a huntsman who must rescue his daughter…

Renowned Explorers Emerging In September

"Cuddle mummies and seduce cultists in search of treasure," say the makers of Renowned Explorers: International Society [official site], a statement that both beguiles and mildly horrifies. Our Adam called it "an intriguing game of procedural exploration, with a few tricks concealed within its tactical trousers" when he had a play.You'll be able to judge these statements for yourself soon enough. Whether this is true…

What A Pretty Dolly! This Puzzle-Platformer Is Gorgeous

The beautiful Dolly is an imperfect blessing. Visually, this free puzzle-platformer is nothing short of stunning. The minimalist palette, the dream-like art direction, the strangeness of its universe -- it all comes together in a perfect storm of colors. In terms of being an actual game, Dolly is... okay. The controls feel accurate enough. But collision is iffy. Sometimes, you hit spikes. sometimes, you don't.…

Tales Of Symphonia Will Sing Onto PCs Next Year

I suspect that Bandai Namco have realized, most likely thanks to a recent avalanche of happy news posts, that the world really, really likes its Tales series. Not too long ago, we squeed over Tales of Zestiria hitting western shores. Now, we have something else to be very exuberant over: the news that Tales of Symphonia [Steam page] will be coming to the PC.

Retro City Rampage Coming To… DOS?!

Alec described Retro City Rampage [official site] in his Wot I Think as a "pseudo-8-bit, pseudo-open open world game which uses Grand Theft Auto as a bedrock." The game swims in an ocean of pop culture references, so much so that it’s probably going to surprise no one to learn that the game is coming to MS-DOS.

Perfect Days Are Made Of Booze And Pub Food

Perfect Day [official site] confuses me. You might even say that it frightens me. Just a little. Made for the No$GAMEJAM, Perfect Day takes players into a no-name “local pub” inhabited by a babbling drunk, a silent blonde man, and a shapeshifting woman. The objective here is to keep drinking and feasting until … you pass out or achieve "maximal life happiness!"

Card Hunter Coming To Steam With Co-op And NotShodan

Hot damn, Card Hunter [official site] is coming to Steam. I enjoyed the card game simulation tremendously when it first came out. From the little details to the cast of geeks, it all works for me. There were only two things I really didn't like about it: the fact it wasn't on Steam, and the fact I couldn't trap my friends on the board with…

F1 2015 Features Trailer Zooms Into Our Lives

For a game about going really fast, Formula 1 2015 [official site] seems to have taken forever to get here. It's now just days until the game's release, and Codemasters are drumming up excitement with a new features trailer. The video exhibits lots of shiny cars, emotionally stirring music, and a reminder that the game that was supposed to be here last month will finally…

Killing, My Friend Is For Action Heroes

Killing, My Friend [official site] isn’t always a bad thing. At least, if we’re talking about video games. Notably the kind named Killing, My Friend. Hard-Boiled Software's upcoming co-op FPS isn't particularly pretty, but it does have some good ideas. You'll play Hollywood's latest action star on a mission to shoot the coolest, most stylish action sequences known to cinematography.If that sounds familiar, it might…

Path of Exile Expansion Launching Next Week

Where fellow action-RPGs Diablo III and Torchlight exulted in bright colors and a brazen use of particle effects, the free-to-play Path of Exile [official site] took a darker turn, wearing its grime like a king's crown. And it did well that way, honestly. Our very own Adam called it a "smart and content-rich RPG." And said smart and content-rich RPG will see its newest expansion,…

Stardock’s Sorcerer King Launches On July 16th

Stardock’s turn-based strategy game Sorcerer King [official site] has been hanging around in Early Access for a while now. But now it is taking the next step. It's growing up. It's graduating. It's getting a mortgage and losing its childlike innocence in favor of grown-up cynicism. It's finally doing that thing all the big games are doing: it's getting a release date. (July 16th, in…

War Thunder Gets Chilly New Update

World War II multiplayer plane-o-tank battler War Thunder [official site], which sadly bears no relation to Tropic Thunder, has received a big new update. Titled Cold Steel, it brings a veritable armament of changes and improvements, 20 new vehicles, and everything in between. Before we launch into the nitty-gritty, come watch the pretty trailer first.

Now You Can Too Be A Cruel And Clumsy God

Thanks to a childhood mired in Sid Meier's simulations, I've developed a soft spot for god games. In a world buffeted by unpredictability, it's so very nice to be in charge of helpless little lives, lives that could be brutally ended on a passing whim. This fascination with flippant sadism may be the reason why I’m rather excited about the release of Clumsy God [official…

Twin Souls: The Path Of Shadows Has Pretty Dead Things

"The stealth looks too easy, but these murders sure do look pretty," declare news overlord Alice, as she strokes a cat made out of pale, white bytes. We all nod. In the interstitial place that is the RockPaperShotgun headquarters, all hearts are one. Lince Works' Twin Souls: The Path of Shadows [official site] is an interesting beast. For a stealth game, the stealth-y parts of…

Vroom! Defunct Robot Speeds Through Defunct Trailer

Defunct [official site] is a high-octane adventure starring a very small robot with very small ambitions and very big problems. After plummeting from a cargo ship, it's now your purpose in life to figure out how to get back on the vessel. Of course, there's a problem. You aren't very good at self-propulsion. As such, you're going to have to figure out how to make…

Interstellaria Blasting Off In July

Rapidly bobbing heads, ahoy! Interstellaria [official site] reminds me strangely of a cross between Swords & Sworcery and FTL. (Seriously, look at those craniums vibrate.) This real-time space exploration game has recently picked up a release date - July 17th - and a shiny new trailer too! Woo.

Lost Horizon 2 … Reannounced?

Fenton Paddock might sound like the name of a bipedal fish, but he’s actually the hero of Lost Horizon 2 [official site], a graphical adventure that has you scampering through the Iron Curtain to rescue his family. If that sounds weirdly familiar, it’s because the game was apparently supposed to come out in 2014. So much for that. Harumph.

We All Float Up Here! Tales Of Cosmos Has A Demo

Pretty much every kid has dreams about being an astronaut. Unfortunately, space-themed games are about as close as we are going to get. Like so many modern adventure games, Tales of Cosmos [official site] was inspired by 90’s classics. There’s a twist, though. Where many of its genre-siblings can be a bit linear, this sci-fi extravaganza features an open world for its spacedog to roam…

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