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14 hours ago

Artifact’s first big update adds new modes and a neat chat wheel

The first big Artifact update is out, slapping new decks on the table and letting people chat while they use them. There are no new cards in Valve's CCG, but fans of the Call To Arms mode - where everyone dukes it out with pre-constructed cards - might be pleased to see two new decks. That's not my jam, but the new Pauper tournaments where…

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2 days ago

Ashen’s wonky multiplayer has been un-wonked

If you've been struggling to hook up with ghost pals in newfangled Soulsian RPG Ashen, you should give your dating profile an overhaul. If you've just been trying to play the videogame with them, then good news! Developers Aurora44 have fixed an issue preventing some players from accessing multiplayer, leaving them stuck with AI companions rather than a humans. That's good, because co-op in the…

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3 days ago

Fallout 76 players are cross at Bethesda for taking away their stew

Borimaus was on his last legs. The Appalachian wilds had always been harsh, and a recent patch had stripped back how quickly he could gain XP. Starvation loomed. He grimaced, fixing the scarred landscape with one last look as his fingers fumbled towards the disconnect button. Then: a can of stew descended from the heavens, an altruistic spark in the irradiated darkness. Someone else had…

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4 days ago

Rust studio’s robo-tactics game Clatter whirs out

Into The Breach was fine and all, but it didn't have nearly enough robots. Not proper ones. Fortunately, Facepunch - the Rust and Garry's Mod devs - have made a game about fighty non-oxidised robo-pals. Clatter pits robo-teams against each other in primarily multiplayer matches, playing a turn-based future-sport put on for crowds of smiley-faced cubes. I've had one game so far, and it seems…

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How one Vilmonic player cracked the genome of artificial life

"I've discovered that sexual reproduction in Vilmonic is extremely difficult." Victoria wasn't happy with her fungaloids. She'd combined the genes from two mushrooms, but the results were disappointing: no matter what she tried, the results were mostly "non-viable life forms." Little did Victoria know that the next day, not only would those fungi be flourishing - she'd have written her name in their D.N.A.

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5 days ago

This Easter egg makes up for at least some of Just Cause 4’s faults

When they're not being used as central plot beats in books that endorse rose-tinted megalomania while ignoring the root causes of staggering societal inequality, Easter eggs can be pretty cool. They're at their best when you stumble across them yourself, of course, but after John's Just Cause 4 review I'm not touching it with a ten foot long grappling hook. I'm glad some people are…

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6 days ago

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for finding new people to play board games with, because your new housemates insist that anything beyond Anomia is "too much". You can read the best writing about videogames from the past week too, if you insist. On Eurogamer, Wesley Yin-Poole spoke to the Fallout 76 roleplayers who are determined to wring fun out of a game that's been almost universally panned. They…

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1 week ago

Stranger Things Season 3 is getting its very own video game

Str3nger Things is getting its own video game, called Stranger Things 3: The Game. It's being made by BonusXP, the same devs who did the mobile game for the first season - which was apparently pretty good. The game, I mean. The first season was fab. It's a 16-bit inspired something or other, with details thin on the extra-dimensional horror-infested ground. I do know that…

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Bethesda’s support site leaked people’s real names and addresses

In a security breach last night (now resolved), Bethesda's support site revealed the personal information of customers who'd submitted support tickets. The details - which included people's names, addresses and phone numbers - mostly belonged to Fallout 76 Power Armor Edition buyers, who were after a replacement canvas bag for the nylon one that was actually included. What a mess.

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Have You Played… Endless Space?

I was really good at Endless Space. Me and my internet buds (found through the RPS community, in fact) used to while away our weekends in Amplitude's first stab at 4X strategy, embroiled in bickering over juicy planets and strategically-important hyperspace lanes. My empire would nearly always shine the brightest and the best - at least until the other galactic players would team up to…

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Artifact review

There’s part of me that wants to champion Artifact as a step forward for digital card games. I want to celebrate how it bottles the essence of Dota 2 into turn-based ‘take that-ing’, to enthuse, misty-eyed, about the new avenues of thought that it has me gallivanting down. I will do all that. But with some pretty big reservations.

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Tanks are making overtures in Battlefield V’s first big update

It is a good day for tanks. Though now that I think about it, the tanks themselves in Battlefield V's freshly released Overture update are doomed to an eternal cycle of being murdered, then plucked from silicon heaven to fight one of humanity's damnable wars once more. It's a good day for people who would like to blow up tanks. After yesterday's launch hiccup, the…

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Ass Creed Odyssey’s first DLC is out, offers some standard stabbing

"I'm trying to find reasons for why this DLC is of note" says vidbod Matthew in his and Katharine's look at Assassin's Creed Odyssey's first DLC, "but orange leaves obviously isn't one of them". I beg to differ. Legacy Of The First Blade's first episode of three is out, and takes place in autumnal Makedonia - an area that we've already galloped around for a…

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2 weeks ago

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for exploring your new home. I'm off to peer at a pier, you're here to read the best writing about video games from the past week (and beyond). Danny Chau's dive into the history of Dance Dance Revolution is a splendid story. The fact that humans are well up for pratting about on gaudy disco machines might well be the most important discovery…

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Asymmetric dungeon brawler Breach launches on early access in January

Imagine Diablo, but where your mate plays the devil. That's essentially the pitch for Breach, an asymmetric dungeoneering romp from some of the devs who worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic. Fifteen-minute matches pit four players against a "Veil Demon", a fifth human who controls the dungeon and sometimes the minions themselves. It's out on Steam Early Access in January, and features the most…

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