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Craig Pearson

5 years ago

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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Demo Of The Dead: The Blackwell Epiphany

Follow me, readers. We shall wander through a metaphorical world of cardboard and shelves, passing things that once were but now are not. Here is one. It is labelled Human Sacrifice. Let us ponder the significance of the metaphor within this metaphor. Look, there's one that says Leech Therapy. And over there is another that is labelled Whigfield. There is no box labelled War. Do…

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Be Like Levine: Chaos Reborn Prototype Released

Statistically speaking, you are probably not Ken Levine. That's fine. I'm not him, either. And neither is Graham. But thanks to all the silicon and electricity and stuff, you can at least be a bit like him. One of the ways in which he's been special recently is in the role of cheerleader for the Chaos Reborn Kickstarter, where he's been championing Julian Gollop's return.…

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Feature: Ore, really.

Impressions: Landmark

You can now join Landmark for just £14. Sony's Minecraft-esque adjunct to EverQuest Next has lowered the barrier of entry into the closed beta so even a frugal Scottish freelancer can stroll in. I've spent the weekend wandering the worlds, admiring what's being built and testing the tools. I am currently not dead, but if I died and you were to look through my search…

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Feature: Altis for free?

Arma 3’s Campaign review

I've played Arma 3 for about 70 hours. At least 20 of those hours involved me loading up the editor, planting a helicopter and pilot on the map, and just flying all over the island. Altis is a breathtaking creation. I can't get over the fact that it exists. Bohemia's main duty since October has been to create a single-player campaign that uses their remarkable…

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Spook Central: Spectre Lets You Haunt Your Friends

I am unfrightenable in games. I blame growing up in a place where there was once a riot between primary schools (that's 5-12 year-olds, and I honestly wish I were joking), and that time a dude chased me through the overgrown wreck of an abandoned power plant and I had a small panic attack afterwards. I'm fine now, but growing up in that sort of…

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Mother Fearest: Murdered: Soul Suspect Trailer

I have a piece of advice for the narrator of this Murdered: Soul Suspect trailer: follow-up with any questions you might have after your mother starts monologuing in vague terms about potential danger. She's talking about unseen things and and saying stuff like: "There's something out there," without elaborating. Why not sit down with her and ask for specifics? What sort of family is this?…

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DinoZ: Surviving And Thriving In The Stomping Land

The Stomping Land sprinted into my heart--much like Jeff Goldblum fleeing the T-Rex in Jurassic Park--and I've been anxiously awaiting more news from what appears to be DayZ with dinosaurs. The silence has been broken! Not hugely. Not like the roar of a T-Rex with a bellyful of goat, but more like the squirty trill of the dilophosaurus*. The developers have been updating their site…

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Rounding Off: World Of Tanks Prettification

Here's an interesting aspect of long-term game development: if you build a game where you're continually adding units across a number of years, you will see a marked difference in model quality between the first creations and the newer models. It can't be helped. For some games that might not matter, but World of Tanks is about tanks and the people who love to pay…

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UbiLeaks: Far Cry 4 & Assassin’s Creed 5 Revealed

I am a trusting person, which us why I often gather groups of stranger together and fall backwards into their arms. It's something to do while my pies cool on my windowsill. But I also live in London, so today I've lost three pies and broken two vertebrae. Send help! It hasn't damaged my trust, though, so I'm going to take Eurogamer at their word…

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