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15 hours ago

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for being lazy. Here's the best writing about videogames from the past week. (Although this week is unusually light on vidgams. You're welcome/sorry.) For Vice (which Waypoint has now regrettably been folded back into, by the way), Elizabeth Ballou delved into the fascinating and sometimes creepy world of Ingress, an augmented reality game about spies and logistics. I love how people get so…

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3 days ago

Steal a city in the first free episode of The Dalaran Heist Hearthstone adventure

My days by the Hearthstone are mostly long behind me, but every now and then I get lured back by something shiny. That's happened with The Dalaran Heist, a Solo Adventure released yesterday as part of the Rise Of Shadows expansion. It's about beating up gnomes and beleaguered zombie bureaucrats in an attempt to steal the floating city of Dalaran, and the first chunk is…

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Have You Played… the Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod?

When Graham asked if you'd played Just Cause 2, he (correctly) spent most of his time praising the extent of its wanton destruction. Then he claimed that the multiplayer mod "lets you wreak the same havoc – and much more – in huge multiplayer servers." I don't think he realises how right he was.

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4 days ago

Mordhau patch improves kicking, stops bots from throwing too much poo

Oh look, one of the best games in existence has changed a bit. Yesterday's patch to Mordhau's swords and vandals hasn't brought any major changes, but it has brought a few that made me go 'oh cool'. The headlines: kicking is better, stab attacks are a bit slower, and it's slightly easier to get past some of the most annoying shields. Oh, and the AI…

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Grimrock vets launch turn-based tactics ’em up Druidstone

Some of the team behind ace dungeon-crawler Legend Of Grimrock have broken John (RPS in peace). That's John Walker, renown strategy disliker, who said that Druidstone: The Secret Of Menhir Forest felt "like something special". Those words and more are in his Druidstone preview, which has blown my initial misgivings out of the water and made me want to devote my whole evening to it.…

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5 days ago

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Rage 2 review

Watson Whoopinkoff and Flitwick Mcdimbledick are in an altercation. They're wearing the same (mostly lack of) clothes, and have both taken affront to this. We're in a particularly scummy part of a particularly scummy town, where nobody around pays them much mind. Except me. I stop and watch as insults escalate, until Mcdimble suggests Whoopy stick the robot hand he's holding somewhere untoward. Whoopy knocks…

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6 days ago

Take cover! Sniper Elite V2 Remastered shoots out

Sniper Elite V2 is the one where you can shoot Hitler in the testicles, right? I mean shooting people in the testicles is par for the (gruesome, slow-mo, finely rendered) course in Sniper Elite games, but this was the one with the Hitler hunting DLC. Except... it turns out every game since has included a different spin on Reich castration. Feels like flogging a dead…

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7 days ago

Dream Engines Nomad Cities is about building then buggering off

Come fly, come fly let's fly away. There are monsters here, after all. Dream Engines Nomad Cities is an upcoming "survival city-building" game, where at a certain point you can nope out and relocate to where the grass is green and the girls are less likely to eat your face off. It's pretty, to boot. Here's an enticing announcement trailer.

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1 week ago

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for finally going on one of the nice walks you told yourself you'd do when you moved to Brighton. The South Downs are lovely. I will be there, rather than reading the best writing about videogames from the past week (and beyond). I'm sure that's lovely too. Here's an interesting bag of thoughts from Michael Heron over at Meeples Like Us. They concern…

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Peek at Heaven’s Vault in its free demo

"Do the rivers unite us, or do they divide us?" I've translated my way through a good chunk of Heaven's Vault, and I keep coming back to that question. I found the relevant statement on an urn, I think, amidst some ruins on the bank of a celestial river. My grasp on the ancient language has lent me confidence about every word, except the most…

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2 weeks ago

The Dota 2 International 2019 Battle Pass includes lizards, a new mode, and problems

The jungle is a rumblin', thanks to Dota 2's International 2019 Battle Pass. Nowadays Dota 2's Battle Passes aren't just big sticker books where you make predictions about how your favourite athletes will perform in the wizard world championships, they're books you have to buy if you want to play a special mode and access features that give you an advantage. That first inclusion is…

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Mordhau review

I'm in love with Mordhau. If I described it as “Chivalry, but there's a button to hold your sword wrong”, I would be both accurate and unjustly reductive. I'd also be giving it a huge compliment, because before last Monday Chivalry was the best multiplayer sword ‘em up in existence. Now Mordhau isn't just that. It's one of the best games in existence, full stop.

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Occupy White Walls adds creepy clockwork vendors and portals linking galleries

I may have lost my family to a freak accident involving a sentient Edvard Munch painting, but I still find Occupy White Walls enthralling. That's not the first time I've used that word to describe Stiki Pixel's free-to-play virtual gallery MMO, currently in early access. It likely won't be the last. Especially not if they keep adding features like those included in the recent Cambrian…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for doing things that are important and exciting and meaningful, but I will just be eating more crisps. And reading the best writing about videogames from the past week. Actually, screw videogames, because Alice O shared something way better in our work chat earlier this week. Can you inscribe human nostalgia onto foreign DNA? So asks Regine in her fascinating piece about DNA…

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Apex Legends has banned 770,000 cheaters

As cheapskate circus owner Larson E. Whipsnade famously said, you can't cheat an honest man*. You also can't cheat Respawn Entertainment, because they will find out and ban you from Apex Legends. Or so they say: that's the main takeaway from their wee developer update on cheaters and spammers, who Respawn have been cracking down on like a lion loose in a hot-air balloon. I…

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3 weeks ago

Mordhau devs fix progression, apologise for ongoing server wonkiness

All has not been well with war. From the few hours I've played so far, Mordhau might be one of the best multiplayer sword 'em ups since Chivalry - but its Monday release went about as smoothly as a charge under hot pitch. Developers Triternion have apologised for the problems, fixed some issues that stopped XP and gold rewards from being distributed, and made it…

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