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Matt Cox

2 weeks ago

Ten minutes of soothing grappling is exactly what you need right now

Oh, to see the sky like Mokeysniper. He's a YouTuber I've mentioned before, whose claim to fame is being really really good at grapple hooks. I'm reminding you about him because a few days ago he uploaded a ten-minute compilation of fabulous swinging in Apex Legends and Titanfall 2, complete with sublime transitions between the two. It's his goodbye to 2019.

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4 weeks ago

Feature: Learn the ropes

The decade, as told in grappling hooks

The last ten years have brought us many joys. We've already celebrated the best games of the past decade, but with such scattergun nomination comes neglect. Only three of the fifty games we picked had grappling hooks, so clearly the entire endeavour was pointless and you will need an alternative resource. Here's my definitive guide to the swinging tenties. I haven't mentioned Worms, because they…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for whinging about your winter lurgy, and once again rounding up the best writing about video games from the past week. I'll offset the whinging by quickly mentioning how I much I enjoy doing this: there are so many stupendously talented writers out there, and it always warms my heart when it turns out they appreciate being featured here. Even when all I…

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1 month ago

Hundreds of hours were poured into this Mordhau in-game fan film

There is drama within every Mordhau battle, but most of them don't feature betrayal, family, and boisterous pub goers. All are prominent in the latest work from "Frost The Canadian", a film maker dedicated to creating in-game epics with stupid sword boys. It's machinima, except better than usual because you know everyone you see is a real person making use of Mordhau's daft voice lines…

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Risk Of Rain 2 adds a playable lizard-dog

I want to like Risk Of Rain 2 . The 3D sequel to Chancy Precipitation 1 has snazzy music and a weird, varied menagerie of monsters to shoot at. A few more joined the fray in yesterday's Hidden Realms update, along with a playable lizard-dog, dedicated servers, nine new items, and more varied level layouts. It's a meaty and welcome update, though I just played…

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All aboard the Apex Legends Christmas train fight

The Apex Legends Christmas event kicked off over the weekend, and nothing says Christmas like a train full of blood sports. Mirage is hosting an Xmas bash, only instead of trading gifts they don't need, guests are invited to shoot each other while vying for control of a festive train. It's round-based, with the train routinely making stops so teams can ambush each other. It's…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for distraction. Here's the best writing about videogames from the last week. Nathalie Lawhead blogged about games as found objects and virtual relics. They mostly talk about games that are strange and small, preserved idiosyncratically across human memories and decade-old hard drives. It reads a bit like a very good Have You Played collage, with bonus rumination about the value of small storefronts…

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Feature: The hero we deserved

The adventures of Saucer Morgan in Red Dead Redemption 2’s Playground mod

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences sillier than man's and yet immortal unlike his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were being eyed up by an idiot with a spaceship. An intellect vast and cool and curious about the functionality of his…

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Kalypso have set up a new Commandos game studio

Kalypso Media have set up an internal studio to make a new Commandos game with the rights they bought last year. This is good news. My two year-old brain hadn't developed to the point where it could enjoy sneaky shooting in Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines back in '98, or in any of its sequels, but my brain's more advanced form did adore Shadow Tactics: Blades…

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Feature: Dandy Glumgeons

Dandy Dungeon: Legend Of Brave Yamada review

Not liking a cute puzzler like Dandy Dungeon: Legend Of Brave Yamada is a bit like staring at a puppy with cold indifference. Puppies are great, conceptually. There is no other way to buy unconditional love. But puppies are flawed. Liking them means looking past their annoyances, finding their embarrassments endearing, and putting in a lot of hard work. I find DD's dungeons more dreary…

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Rocket League’s new Blueprints are too expensive, but still better than loot boxes

Last Wednesday, Rocket League did away with loot boxes. You'd think that would be cause for celebration, but developers Psyonix have replaced them with Blueprints that many players consider overpriced. The short version is that yeah, they are, but it's more important that this replaces an exploitative model that profits from obsessional gamblers doing themselves serious harm. For the longer version, we need to descend…

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Feature: I spy

Have You Played… Unseen Diplomacy?

Do you want to feel like James Bond? I bet you want to feel like James Bond. The James Bond who spends all his time crawling through vents and blocking laser beams with key cards. Here, watch some of Unseen Diplomacy, featuring a man using a broom to break into the lair of an evil corporation before it can delete the internet.

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Hades heads onto Steam, no longer Epic exclusive

Good news, Epic Store renouncers. You can now play Supergiant's latest game without getting your fingers dirty, as Hades has landed on Steam and is no longer exclusive to Epic. The Hellenic action roguelike is still in early access, but it's also still really good. It's plenty polished, with swords that wallop and dodges that delight. I've played for dozens of hours already, and haven't…

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This AI text adventure generator lets you do anything you want

Over the weekend I successfully got a wizard to invent the internet, thanks to spotting Robert Yang's attempts to make an AI gay. We've both been mucking about with AI Dungeon 2, a text adventure game that will take a crack at responding to anything you type. It's built using OpenAI's GPT-2, a text generator they trained by reading the internet - the one they've…

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Feature: Do panic

Hands on with GTFO, the best way to panic as a group since Killing Floor

I'm surrounded by three people, each trapped in a vertical cot. We're staring at each other from respective cages as we plunge into the depths of our prison, having been pressganged into resolving the warden's monster problem. It won't be long until we're at each others' side, tiptoing past sleeping abominations. It won't be much longer until we're screaming and scurrying away, after one of…

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The Monday Papers

Mondays are for eating your housemate's (freely given) banana bread. I wish I was the type who spent their weekends actually baking banana bread, but here we are instead, reading the best writing about videogames from the past week. For EGM, Mark Hill spoke to the authors of Second Life's official guides, which include titles like "The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Second Life: Making Money in…

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