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DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

Update: It's over. You can read all about it below, though. The short version: it's Doom, but with ludicrously violent, ultra-fast melee finishers. Not even sure if Bulletstorm was on this level in that respect. Otherwise? It looks ok. Fast combat, linear levels, emphasis on madcap action over scares. Original: It's QuakeCon O' Year again, and you know what that means: Doooooooooom. No, seriously. Despite…

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Feature: Enough Talk, Have At You

The RPS Ultra Super Perfectly Coifed GaymerX Chat Show

For so many reasons (many of which I'll elaborate on soon), GaymerX raised the bar for game conventions in my mind. I usually come away from these things drained and a little bit sad, a B.O.-scented ball of cynicism, but GaymerX actually left me energized after it came to a close on Sunday. The small San-Francisco-based con was dedicated to inclusivity and community in games,…

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Fragments Of Him Gains More For Its Tale About Loss

Unlike many videogames, Fragments of Him only contains one death. It's a man, a man who had a life, a history, a family, loves, and losses of his own. The game's story, then, centers around those who knew him before an accident took his life. The first version of the game, while quite basic and linear, is quite powerful in places (and freely available), but…

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Aperture Tag Is A Whole New Portal Game… Without Portals

A Portal game without portals? "Why, that's like removing puppies from the Puppy Bowl," you might say. "What is even the point?" The point, fellow small dog enthusiast, is paint. Physics-affecting paints (think bouncy gel, etc) were part of Portal 2, but they weren't the main focus. Paid standalone mod/game Aperture Tag: The Paint Gun Testing Initiative puts them front and center, and it looks…

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Skate Or Dinosaur: OlliOlli Grinding PC Next Week

OlliOlli is a skating game in which you can grind a dinosaur. And a tank in wartime. And a Japanese mech's beam saber. And... well, you get the idea. The soundtrack also contains liberal helpings of jazz, apparently. Or maybe that's just a joke on the game's Steam page. I don't know. Point is, OlliOlli looks zany as all get-out, which is exactly what I…

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Gigantic Is A Gorgeous Not-MOBA From StarCraft’s Lead

Gigantic pretty clearly wants to be a big deal. It's from the former lead designer of StarCraft and Guild Wars, it has $20 million in backing, and its team size is kind of, er, gigantic for an indie studio. So it can talk the talk, but can it justify a series of costly expenditures on the part of shadowy investors and/or see why kids love…

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BLOXCOM: Enemy Adds Random Gen, Physics To Strategy

I'm not the biggest fan of the blocktacular voxel art style that's all the rage these days, largely due to a) simplicity and b) the looming influence of games like Minecraft, but Enemy's got me reconsidering my stance. It's hardly the most attractive game on the block, but it adds complete environmental destrucitibility and random generation to a classic-X-Com-inspired turn-based combat system. ¬†Oh, the possibilities…

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Dawn Of The Planet Of The NOPES: The Hum’s Sci-Fi Horror

I do love a good looming doomsday apocalyptic humdinger. I like to ask myself, "Man, what is going on here?" as a giraffe necked alien monstrosity twists my head off my body like it's de-stemming a cherry. Good invasion stories are rarely about the what. It's the why that hooks people. What are these creatures? What's their motivation? Where did they come from? Or, in…

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Riot Deactivating LoL Skin Codes To Fight Resellers

The phrase "skin codes" always gets me. I imagine League of Legends characters running around with their bones, muscles, and organs fully exposed, glistening triumphantly in the summer breeze. Skin codes, one must assume, let them clothe their frail undercarriages in flesh. Mercifully, however, that's not the case. Instead, skin codes unlock new outfits/looks for LoL characters, and are as a result hungrily coveted by…

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Da Ba Dee: BlueStreak Is Cliff Bleszinski’s F2P Arena Shooter

Cliff Bleszinski is a man who used to be called CliffyB, co-created Unreal and also invented the chainsaw gun, because videogames. Then he retired, but now he is unretired and returning to his roots. Except for the CliffyB part, at least so far as we know. His new game, codenamed BlueStreak, will be an arena shooter with a modern (and F2P) twist. Nexon is publishing,…

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Feature: Sonic Meets Trials Meets Butts

Let’s Chatter Over… Action Henk’s Toy-stalgic Butt Sliding

Are videogames art? Or are they toys, children's playthings powered by tech so cutting-edge that it can cut the edges off other edges? Action Henk replies with a curt, confident, "Why not both?" It's a toy-themed (think Toy Story) racer-platformer that hearkens to classics like old-school Sonic as well as modern leaderboard-driven stunt games like Trials. It's simple and, as a result, refreshingly pure. It's…

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Slowing To A: Crawl Delay Announced With The Greatest GIF

I'm really looking forward to Crawl. The concept - a dungeon crawler where your friends control the monsters - is as brilliant as it is elegantly simple, and it's got oodles (or blob monsters, as it were) of style to back it up. Last we heard, it was gonna hit Steam Early Access in a week, but then The Beast, The Dragon, The Creature That…

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Baldur’s Dash: Pillars Of Eternity Beta Begins Next Month

If I were to explain how I feel about my gaming diet right now using an extremely overwrought simile, I would say it's akin to swimming in a giant pool of alphabet soup where the only letters are R, P, and G. 2014 has been extremely generous on that front, and while Divinity: Original Sin and Shadowrun: Dragonfall are splitting my time right now, I've…

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No Longer Famished: Banished Getting Mod Support

Banished is, to hear Alec tell it, a desperate, painful, vexing experience, but in a (mostly) good way. Eventually, though, even survival against the brutal elements, creeping disease, and human nature gets boring. That's why we invented videogames, doncha know. Fittingly, then, developer Shining Rock is currently hard at work on an infrastructure that will allow Banished players to create even more videogames from the…

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Mann Oh Mann: Valve Creates Early Access TF2 Servers

Early Access? For a game that's been out since 2007? Yes, that is, in fact, a thing that can exist. Valve has decided to leave Mann Corp's doors ever-so-slightly ajar so that fans might run around on Team Fortress 2's magical murder playgrounds before they officially hit live servers. So it's a series of test servers for maps, essentially. Details below.

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Crazy (Not) Taxi: Roundabout Out In September

True fact: the song "Roundabout" by mega-proggers Yes is one of the greatest things. Case in point: here it is making JoJo's Bizarre Adventure infinity times better. But that's not actually what we're here to talk about today. Roundabout: The Game has little (perhaps even nothing) to do with jaunty '70s rock tunes. Except that's not really a problem when it's just a different kind…

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Dragon Age: Inquisition Gets Hugs (!!!), 16 Mins Of Footage

As you might have guessed by now, I'm all about hugs in videogames. I'd say I'm RPS' foremost hugsman, but that title probably goes to John, who hugs bears and rhinos into submission in his free time. Even so, the prospect of huggable party members in Dragon Age: Inquisition - which is now a confirmed thing, at least for "some" of them - is tremendously…

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Feature: House Of Gold

How Epic Hopes To Avoid Pay-To-Win With Fortnite

Fortnite is, technically speaking, Epic's first free-to-play game. The crayola colored smash-and-shoot-and-loot-and-build-er is being designed primarily as a co-op thing, but with persistent MMO-style progression underlying it all. There's also still-nascent PVP in the works, further necessitating balance in the name of fair fun. Fortnite is, however, a giant mixed bag of moving parts, multiple genres (action, building, crafting, a Gears-of-War-style horde mode, etc) mashed…

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EA Explains Sims 4’s Pool-less, Toddler-less Oblivion

To hear some incensed fans tell it, The Sims 4 without pools or toddlers is a barren hellscape, an empty, rotten womb where fun is but a dim memory. I think those people might be overreacting just a smidgen bit, but you know, everyone's got their priorities. It's totally fair to wonder what exactly drove EA and The Sims Studio to yoink two staple features…

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