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Matt Cox

20 hours ago

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The System Shock remaster is spooky, but far from finished

“It’s not Citadel Station as it was, but as you remember it”. So goes the pitch for Nightdive's System Shock remake, but to me the early demo I played at GDC was neither. I’ve tiptoed my way through the mutant-infested corridors of its sequel, but the original System Shock always lay beyond an impenetrable wall of 90s design sensibilities. I need mouselook, me. I’ve got…

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21 hours ago

Caveblazers Together is a mod lets you blaze through caves with friends

Everything is better with friends. Running. Dining. Playing roguelikes with snazzy combat and varied upgrades, even if they do have bizarrely hateful endings that are so horrendous I can't avoid mentioning them in this first paragraph. What I mean to say is that Caveblazers now has an online multiplayer mod, and it's probably great. The mod also lets you enable 360 degree aiming (rather than…

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1 week ago

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for living it large in San Francisco, on your one free day before GDC. Alice Bee tells me there are some good sea lions, but if you don't have any sea lions to see, that's OK. You can still read some of the best writing about videogames from the past week. On Waypoint, Patrick Klepek spoke to KO_OP, a games company where everyone…

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2 weeks ago

Northgard now lets you befriend giant boars

The best free updates are those that make me instantly go "yes, I'd like to do that". Yes, I would like to build a monument that summons friendly boars in every forest tile. Yes, I'd like to send giants on raiding parties, or spend food to conjure sheep. My point is that the latest update for Viking RTS Northgard's goes beyond tinkering with damage numbers…

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Playstyle Royale: The Floor Is Lava

This is Playstyle Royale, where I pretend eight months going by isn't too long for sticking with the same intro formula to look weird, but also where I head into a battle royale game and try to win my chicken dinner while adhering to arbitrary rules. This week I'm playing Apex Legends, and the floor is lava. I'm going to win a game without touching…

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‘They’re just rumours, innit’ say Apex Legends developers on datamining

Rumours have been churning around data-mined discoveries in Apex Legends, only to be quashed last night by developers Respawn Entertainment. Or not quashed, as such. But they have said, to paraphrase, 'look these are rumours ok, you'll get your battle pass soon plz calm down'. Respawn's statement also follows Origin prematurely showing some users adverts for Season One, featuring a new mobility-focused hero called Octane…

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DIY spaceships MMO Exocraft blasts off on Steam today

Spaceship tinkering always gets me going. Captain Forever was one of the first games to shine a light into that void, filling it with eery bleeps and player-designed spaceships. Other games have followed, but never surpassed. I'm still glad they're trying. Enter Exocraft, a colourful, free-to-play Forever-like-lite that launches on Steam later today. It's a relaxed, MMO-ified take on the genre, and you can actually…

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To The Moon devs tease their next game, will be “filled with bloody murders”

Fans of To The Moon and Finding Paradise, rejoice: developers Freebird Games have announce-o-teased their new game. Though maybe don't rejoice too much, because the new game is "a time-resetting thriller-mystery that involves a series of bloody murders". That's right, no more ethically questionable memory meddling until people believe they've fulfilled their dreams. Only murder now. It's called Imposter Factory, and a teaser trailer awaits…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for actually setting up those shelves I lied about a few weeks ago. And for reading the best writing about videogames from the past week. On Kotaku, Gita Jackson wrote about writing about videogames and race. It's an astonishingly calm, considerate reply to the commenters who crop up on any article that discuses anything to do with race. I've read so many words…

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3 weeks ago

Leaked Battlefield V Firestorm trailer looks hot

Fire! Doobey dooo! I want you to burn, and it looks like my wish will soon be granted. A leaked trailer for Battlefield V's upcoming battle royale mode (foolishly called Firestorm rather than Battlefield Royale) hit the net last night. There are tanks. There are guns of different tiers. There is fire. There are no surprises, in other words, but I'm still keen to warm…

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Apex Legends balance patch demotes Wingman to Wingboy

War never changes, but the guns do sometimes get rebalanced. Apex Legends developers Respawn have finished the first balance pass on their free-to-play battle royale shooter, tweaking the Wingman revolver and the Peacekeeper shotgun to make them a tad less deadly while increasing the availability of energy weapons. Those and a few bug fixes are the only changes so far, but the devs have also…

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Devil May Cry 5 review

There is a demon, and I'm going to kill it. With style. I'll shoot and slash and somersault, chaining together increasingly outlandish combos while listening to electro-metal where I only catch the odd word like 'sword' or 'death'. Every part of this will feel a little bit magical, and I say that as someone who usually listens to hippies sing about flawed modern power structures…

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ScourgeBringer looks slicker than an oil spill

SLASH. BLAST. SMASH. DASH. All these verbs and more await in ScourgeBringer, an upcoming rogue-lite platformer that channels Dead Cells-esque combat through a more minimalist lens. Yes, I'm saying that based solely on the reveal trailer, but the reveal trailer is packed with enough dodge rolls and squishing noises that I'll eat my ominous floating head-orb if I turn out to be wrong.

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Meet the flying googly-eyed mammoths and yet more wonders of Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Five months ago, I took a trip through Wilhelm Nylund's wonderful world of Totally Accurate Battle Simulator GIFs. TABS is a game about assembling stupid googly-eyed armies to fight other stupid googly-eyed armies, and Nylund is in charge of the unit design. The unit design is spectacular. TABS isn't out yet and we don't know when it will be, which sucks because Nylund's racked up…

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This animated chart of the most played Steam games is unreasonably absorbing

I'm not big into numberwang. Vast numbers of people playing a game might indicate that it's fun, or it might indicate that it's Ark: Survival Evolved. (I haven't played Ark and it could be amazing, this is irresponsible journalism and I will hand in my badge and gun shortly.) Point being, it's more interesting to write about what has made a game popular than the…

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