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Craig Pearson

4 years ago

Feature: Head Short

Impressions: Fancy Skulls

Tower Of Guns, and Paranautical Activity are fun, single-player shooters that I've dropped in and out of a fair bit this year. It's been a surprise, as I generally don't enjoy games that are mostly about shooting. Perhaps I am maturing? Or maybe I'm getting less mature. The answer is up for interpretation. Now they've been joined by Fancy Skulls, a similarly boxed-in gun game…

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Feature: Adolescent sex fiasco

Fish, Hitler, And Naughty Language: DLC Is Bloody Weird

What do Hitler, Snoop Dogg, George Washington, and Shakespeare have in common? If you said they all appear in Rik Mayall's autobiography Bigger Than Hitler, Better Than Christ*, you're wrong. Washington and Snoop aren't mentioned in that. The correct answer is that each has been digitised and reformed--Weird Science style--into your games as DLC. There's a lot of DLC out there, ranging from the mundane…

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Feature: Giger Encounter

Hands-On: Alien Isolation

Alien: Isolation is a hybrid of stealth and survival horror. A game where you are a very weak person against a very strong thing, but where you know where that strong thing is at all times. You can't kill it, but you can avoid it, antagonise it, and occasionally attack it to give you time to flee. I've been wandering the Sevastopol, encountering humans, crafting,…

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Feature: The Philadelphia Experiment

First Look: Homefront – The Revolution

I'm not sure how a Homefront sequel that I didn't really care about became a Crysis game that I really want to play, but that's what I saw the other day. Homefront: The Revolution is Crysis. Hilariously Crysis. So very very Crysis. And yet it's a Crysis game that Crytek haven't even managed to make, despite having all the component parts. Now they are, and…

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Feature: High-frequency Hair-dos

Interview: Shooting The Queen With Chris Hecker

Excellent and terrifying human behaviour sim SpyParty is still in development. I know this because party host Chris Hecker sent an invite to the RPS inbox, asking if we wanted to see the new art for the game. It would be an exclusive soiree just for us. I dressed for the occasion, meaning I put on clothes, and prepared my notebook with all the questions…

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Feature: Early Hacksess

Impressions: Hack ‘N’ Slash

The first thing that happens in Hack 'N' Slash is the player is given a weapon, a sword, and then it breaks. Beneath the sword's external stabby part is a USB interface. A smarter person would point out how this is a microcosm of the game, because you solve puzzles by peeling away the game's outer layer to manipulate the code beneath the surface. Me?…

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Feature: Stalk this way

Impressions: Stalker: Lost Alpha

Stalker: Lost Alpha is out, but it's not finished. Typical Stalker, really. The game, a fan-fronted effort to reconnect all the elements that were cut from Shadow of Chernobyl, was leaked during development. The developers have chosen to release it earlier than planned, and I decided to try it out. It's still Stalker, still based on the first game, but at the same time it's…

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Feature: You've got undead on you

Contagion review

Contagion's a multiplayer zombie shooter game. Yes, it's a co-op game where players are the survivors and the undead, and yes it's even in the Source Engine. But it's good. It's not great, and it has problems, but for the 9 hours I sunk into it in the past week, I've had lot of fun, and I've even had something happen to me that I've…

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Feature: Vroom with a view

Trials Fusion review

I was ready to love Trials Fusion. Trials Evolution Gold Edition turned out to be the perfect game to play when I didn't have much time or didn't know what to play. It filled in the holes of a busy day or fixed a boring evening. I didn't care that it was only on Uplay, and I didn't suffer any the bugs that bogged it…

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Win The Space Race: The Last Federation’s Out  Soon

It's been interesting watching post-AI War Arcen at work. Their idiosyncratic drunken approach to genres has always resulted in games worth talking about. Granted, some of those words might not be all that complimentary, but they've never once released a game that had any hint of hubris. Not even when they return to the space strategy genre that pays the bills. The Last Federation's a…

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Look Here: SightLine Is Worth A Peek

I would like more games to recognise that they have absolute control over their environment, and I want them to use that to mess with me. I also want them to recognise that my agency isn't an issue in this as well. That's what SightLine does: it was initially developed as an Oculus Rift, but it can be played without the headcase. It's first-person puzzle…

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Xcommunication: There Came An Echo Trailer

There Came An Echo has geek credentials coming out of it's face hole--Wil Wheaton and Ashly Burch are on board as voice actors--but I'm not all that bothered by the cast. Not when my voice is the real star. It's a voice controlled squad strategy game where you're shouting down orders to your team. Initially controlling a single player unused to the violence that's being…

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Rising From The Depths: Capy’s Below Coming To PC

I wouldn't be writing about Below on RPS if it weren't coming to the PC, because in spite of the many, many, oh-so-very-many emails from marketers and PRs about iOS hidden object games (and the occasional moment of writer's prerogative), this is mostly a PC site. So we haven't mentioned Capy's Below until now, because it was tied up in Xbox Xclusivity. That's changed, as…

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Secrets Of Raetikon Launches From The Nest

I won't be celebrating the unholy union of the letters 'a' and 'e' in Secrets of Rætikon. Ugh. Look at it, flaunting alphabetical law. There's a full three letters between you two in the alphabet, and you'd do well to remember your place! I've been reminded of this horrendous vowel mixing because Secrets of Rætikon has felt the warmth of Spring, and is emerging from…

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Want One: Child Of Light Trailer

Rufus Wainwright once drawled, "Pretty things, so what if I like pretty things?" Which I think is the perfect reason for me to post this Child Of Light trailer. If Rufus can like pretty things, then so can I. And Ubisoft's platform puzzle game is an entrée for eyelashes, a pie for the pupil, a roast for the retina, a quiet lunch by the river…

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Night Of The Living Economy: Limit Theory Dev Diary

"I would not be exaggerating if I were to say I think this is the most influential month of development so far," says Josh Parnell. I've been used to letting the Limit Theory dev diaries just play, letting gaming's equivalent of Bob Ross talk and relax me. Perhaps that's why I'm so happy the game is being made? He's pulling some sort of high-level vocal…

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You May Play: Transistor’s Out Next Month

Transistor, Supergiant's second game and follow-up to the chatty Cathy that was Bastion, is almost upon us. I don't mean that in a stalkery murderous way, but in a release datey way. The strategic sci-fi RPG has already tickled Nathan to the point of hyperventilation, and the rest of us can join in the wheezing and gasping on May 20th. Can someone get Nathan a…

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Waterman: Alpha Muse Trailer

Gaming filth pedlar and current vagabond Cara Ellison covered Alpha Muse almost a year ago, but I am returning to it and you can't stop me. Thpptptpt! It's one of those games that exist around the notion that music can be teased into the shape of a game. In its case, you're floating through an underwater world and every creature you meet is a musical…

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Pewtiful: The Vektropolis Kickstarter

Jim spotted Vektropolis back in 2012, and then there was nothing. Well, that's not strictly true. There was nothing from the developers about the game, but in general terms stuff did occur, and you all lived through it. Now Vektropolis is happening again, joining the world as a bouncing baby Kickstarter game, and looking for £50,000 to fund what looks to be a city-defense, open-world…

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Sudo Shock: System Shock 2 Now On Linux

Just a few years ago, people were begging for the System Shock 2 legal situation to be resolved. It wasn't a technical problem, but a legal death trap of rights that entangled its feet, keeping it just out of grasp as we all reached out to save it. And then it was suddenly in our hands, and we could all have the game on the…

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