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2 weeks ago

Space Scavenger is a neat DIY Spaceship builder with a free alpha

"Ooh, that looks a bit like Captain Forever", I thought, when I spotted the Space Scavenger alpha this morning. It's a streamlined take on Forever's DIY spaceship building, where you pile on parts during distinct levels rather than roaming endless void. It's more structured, more relaxing, and fundamentally more limited. It's got good whumphing noises though, and I quite like it.

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So, last year’s best game was actually Sunset Overdrive

As the sun set over 2018, I was delighted to discover one last gem. An irrepressibly playful, hyper-imaginative shooter with the best movement system since Spider-Man - according to my chronology, at least. Xboxers got all their raving about Sunset Overdrive done five years ago, but it only fell under RPS's remit when it came to PC last November. We didn't review it. We should…

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Stardew Valley has a battle royale mod, because of course it does

A gentle breeze lapped against the hay bales. Farmer Wyatt leaned against his porch, soaking in another day of rural paradise. Pigs snuffled, chickens chirped. Then one of the 99 other farmers caved his skull in with a hoe. Stardew Valley modder "Ilyaki" has brought battle royale to the nominally peaceful farming-sim. Time to sharpen your pitchforks.

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The Christmas Papers

Mondays are for scoffing mince pies and re-posting the Sunday papers because the robots we programmed to post this yesterday are unreliable drunks. Anyway, go on, treat yourself to some of the best writing about videogames from last week (and beyond). As part of Waypoint's end of year celebrations, Cameron Kunzelman looked back at this year's crop of first person games - and liked what…

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Feature: GOing places

Control is key in Counter-Strike Global Offensive’s battle royale mode

ANOTHER ONE. I know. But wait! Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's battle royale mode might be the most interesting take on the genre I've yet seen. It's snappier, shoppier, and laces every moment with a tension stemming from one eternally nagging question. Do you peek at the Ipad that tells you roughly where your enemies are, or nah?

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Artifact adds skill progression and lets you earn cards just by playing

Artifact is a fantastic CCG, if you can stomach its serpentine complexity. Today Valve release the second update that's made it even better, allaying my two main concerns: there's now a ranking system, and you can earn cards just by playing. Up to 15 packs and event tickets can be nabbed during this 'season', which will last a few months and reset players' ranking at…

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Dota’s Christmas event turns Rubick into the Grinch

It's Christmas Frostivus in Dota-land, but Rubick doesn't care. "Swept up in the zeal of unraveling and reshaping arcane energies" - we've all been there - "Grand Magus Rubick marches a mob into Frosthaven, intent on uprooting the original Frostivus tree to explore the mysterious font of power beneath it." Which means, of course, that five heroes have to defend a Christmas tree in co-op…

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DayZ review

I spot the man seconds before my flare fizzles out. It’s dark - so dark that even though he’s just a few feet away, I can only tell he’s there from the condensation of his breath. My own breathing stops, thoughts racing behind a moment pregnant with possibility, a crossroads where anything could happen. “Hey”, he says. “Would you like my beans?”. DayZ doesn't get…

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Multiplayer survive ’em up Miscreated lurches out of early access

My DayZ are numbered. After spending the past week being murdered in the original multiplayer survival sandbox, I'm not sure I can stomach another. Although Miscreated does have varied zombie types, aggressive wildlife and more interesting weather than 'rain or not rain'. It's fresh out of early access, though somehow they're still calling version 1.0 "a beta release".

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Atlas is a pirate MMO where players run the seas

There's a pirate MMO on the horizon, and its sea-farers look ambitious. Atlas is being made by Ark: Survival Evolved devs Studio Wildcard, and sets sail on early access today. It plops 40,000 players into the same fantasy world, where they compete to govern territory and can fire at any ship on the sea. I spoke to project director/lead programmer Jeremy Stieglitz and creative director…

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Americans can get Assassin’s Creed Odyfree from Google

If you play an hour of Assassin's Creed Odyssey before January 15th, you can keep it forever - but there are two catches. One catch is that you have to play it on Google's Project Stream, and the other is that you have to live in the US to do so. Project Stream is one of those cloud-based clients that lets you run games on…

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Ethan Carter devs break their silence on Witchfire

There's a reason you don't hear much about witches, which is that they're not real. There's a separate reason why you haven't heard much about Witchfire's witches since The Astronauts announced their first-person occultist bosher last year - the devs are only eight in number, and they have all been very busy. In a recent blogpost, The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter devs announced they're about…

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Insurgency: Sandstorm review

I don’t know if I’m cut out for this. It pains me to write that. I’m RPS’s shooty boy, the kid with the crosshairs. I chomp M4A1 rounds for breakfast. But an average round of Insurgency: Sandstorm tends to chew me up instead, then squat over me while informing me about my poor life choices. I think I’m having a good time?

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for SHOPPING OH GOD THERE'S STILL SO MUCH SHOPPING. You can also read the best writing about videogames from the past week. "What the Popularity of ‘Fortnite’ Has in Common With the 20th Century Pinball Craze" is a Smithsonian headline that made me both curious and vaguely tired. I'm glad the former feeling won out, because Clive Thompson's historiography of pinball is fascinating.

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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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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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