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Nate Crowley

16 hours ago

Feature: License to Illidan

Blizzard locked me in a personal hell with Hearthstone’s Demon Hunter, and it was great

Hearthstone's new Ashes Of Outland expansion is out this evening, and having spent a couple of days last week playing with the new card set, I can confirm it's really, really fun. Completely ridiculous, as is increasingly the case with Hearthstone, but undoubtedly a solid expansion - and in my opinion at least, more fun than any of last year's three. Obviously, the headline addition…

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5 days ago

Feature: Featuring: more gorilla chat

Stela review

I heard a lovely story from a primatologist once, about how different apes tend to respond when faced with tricky wooden puzzle boxes. Orangutans, apparently, will sit and think for a while when stumped, and then work carefully at a new angle on the problem. Chimps, meanwhile, will typically lose their tempers, smashing the offending puzzle to splinters with their hellish fists. But gorillas -…

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6 days ago

7 days ago

Feature: Zombies: they came to town

Resident Evil 3’s fictional brands are more frightening than the monsters

As I wrote in my review of Resident Evil 3, one of my favourite things about the game is the level of detail that's gone into making Raccoon City feel like a real place, despite all but a few streets of it being mysterious blocked off by walls of rubble and trashed police cars. It's a strangely generic location, with that faint sense of white-label,…

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1 week ago

Feature: The brute of all evil

Resident Evil 3 review

Honestly, I’m glad Resident Evil 3 is a short game, because it was really, really, stressful to play. After six hours of it, I was thoroughly jangled, and just wanted a break from things trying to messily dismantle me. Which, to be fair, means it did exactly what I wanted it to do. Before my nerves tattered and I evolved into a Strategy Dad, you…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Sea for yourself

In Other Waters is emphatically not Subnautica

It's an infinite universe, you know. And if there's life out there, there'll be absolutely tons of it. Loads and loads and loads of planets, with unfathomable numbers of worms and that to categorise. But the human imagination is, alas, less infinite. And so, even though there could be as many games about exploring alien oceans as there are (potentially) alien oceans to explore, any…

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Are you prepared to receive forbidden Jason Statham knowledge?

For a number of years, now, I have been investigating a field of knowledge so arcane and perilous that I had to pass off my studies as a joke, lest the truth of the matter prove too much for peoples' minds to handle. It was a programme of research I hoped to shield you all from, at least until such point as my inquiries had…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: Bad Neighbour 3:16

35,000 people are watching Age Of Empires 2 right now, and it’s great

Twenty one years after its original release, RTS classic Age Of Empires 2 is finally, improbably, coming into its own as an esport. There's been a competitive AoE2 scene ever since 1999, but in the last couple of years, and particularly since the release of the Definitive Edition in November, it seems to have blown up somewhat. In fact, since 2pm GMT today, when the…

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Feature: "Educational"

Have You Played… The Adventures Of Batman & Robin: Cartoon Maker?

I'm not that into Batman, generally, but I'd broadly agree that Batman: The Animated Series is one of the best animated shows ever made. Visually it was unmistakable, combining bold, simple character designs and restrained use of tone and palette to make a unique noir aesthetic. It was super cool. Which makes The Adventures Of Batman & Robin: Cartoon Maker, B:TAS' 1995 "educational" spin-off CD-ROM,…

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Feature: "It was all starting to feel a bit like the end of a China Miéville novel."

Beyond the edge of reason on the RPS Minecraft server: a gallery

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been posting photographs from an archaeological expedition into the RPS Minecraft server. Having left the place to go fallow last October, I had assumed it had been quietly abandoned, as often happens to these multiplayer sandboxes when their founders move on. But I should have had more faith in the server's denizens, for it turns out that this…

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Feature: Let's just listen to a man chat about ponds for a bit

Start your day with this extremely relaxing fish video from Among Ripples

Last month, I fell somewhat in love with an ultra-gentle, early access management sim about freshwater fish. Among Ripples: Shallow Waters is, even as a proof of concept demo, a solid tycoon game. But what really took me was its take on the "tycoon" part. This isn't a game about chewing up a disposable world for resources, but about tending, shepherding and expanding ecosystems, back…

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Hearthstone is adding a new Demon Hunter class in April

A new class for Hearthstone? They said it couldn't be done! But as the game's new Year Of The Phoenix begins in April, they, whoever they are, will be proved wrong with the debut of the new Demon Hunter class. It's fronted by good old Illidan "u are not prepared" Stormrage, and will be free for all players. He'll arrive just ahead of the next…

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Feature: You come at the Pharoah, you best not miss

Builders Of Egypt could grow into the defining historical city builder – but it ain’t there yet

One of my favourite games of all time, wot I bang on all the time about, is Pharaoh, the 1999 city builder from Impressions Games, which was the successor to Caesar III and - in many ways - was the high water mark for historical settlement-makers. There has been a Pharaoh-shaped hole in PC gaming for some time, and this time last year, when I…

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Feature: A beast with a mind… a mind… and fists!

The Tragedy of King Beef – a RimWorld: Royalty story, part one of two

Since there's good odds you're either stuck at home right now or are soon to be, I thought it might do us all good to have a bit of story time. And today, I want to tell you the story of King Beef. It is a tragedy: a tale told by an idiot, full of mace duels and uranium armour, and signifying nothing. Nothing except,…

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Feature: The boys are never coming back

Have You Played… Towns?

You might have played Towns. These days, it’s interesting as a cautionary tale from the history of the early access model, but at the time (2012) it was very much headed towards being my kind of thing. A sort of Reverse Dungeon Keeper, it tasked you with running a town on top of a load of stacked-layer dungeons, and building your settlement to a point…

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4 weeks ago

Feature: Off the rails

Minecraft archaeology 2: Thomas The Tank Engine’s bum

Earlier this week, after remembering that I'd populated the RPS Mince Raft server with thirty-odd mates from Twitter and then forgotten about it for four months, I put together an impromptu archaeological expedition, and went in to find out what the hell happened in there after it went dark. In Monday's post, we poked around the chaotic ruins of the server's derelict spawn town, where…

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Feature: Pack it in

Have You Played… Comix Zone?

I’ve written a few times now about my family’s fabled first PC, a 1995 Packard Bell that had the faint air of a sickly Victorian child, resurrected as a sullen robot a century after finally succumbing to an ill-defined but fatal spluttering sickness. It was a machine that seemed to be ailing from day one, but since it was the first PC we’d had, we…

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Feature: The Angry Birds catches the Worms

Have You Played… Castlestorm?

Castlestorm was Angry Birds re-imagined as tower defence, with a dash of Worms and a WoW-lite aesthetic, and it was extremely good! If it was released today, however, I’d probably ignore it. Because, even though it isn’t even a mobile game, it’s got a massive case of rubbish mobile game energy. It’s all exaggerated, cartoony fantasy characters, bright colours, and humour of the kind that…

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Feature: "The mince is hollow, like a scotch egg."

I let the RPS Minecraft server go feral: a gallery

It all started so reasonably. Last July, I fancied having a bit more Minecraft in my life again, so I started a little Realms server for the RPS treehouse. Sin made a hovel. Astrid built a caravan. I bought a couple of friends in and we made a little town in a canyon. It was pleasant. But time moves on, and places change. By the…

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