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John Wick Hex review

Wicky Wicky Wild Wild Hex

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Warsaw review

Bash the fash

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Overland review

Road worrier

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Wicky Wicky Wild Wild Hex

John Wick Hex review

You don’t play as John Wick in John Wick Hex. Not really. Instead, you play as Keanu Reeves’ choreographer, in close negotiation with the great man’s agent. Want Wick to dash behind cover while throatslamming a goon, then toss them to the floor, grab their gun and shoot a second goon’s ear off before yeeting the empty pistol at a third? That is absolutely within…

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Feature: Bash the fash

Warsaw review

As your tree trunk-limbed mechanic, his oaken legs rippling under his dungarees, sets a row of sunken-cheeked, hollow-eyed Nazis on fire with a makeshift flamethrower, and your lab-coated doctor follows up by yeeting a vial of debilitating probably-not-piss-but-I-like-to-think-it’s-piss at an SS officer’s forehead, a thought may occur. Considering history is a design constraint here, brutal but poignant turn-based tactical RPG Warsaw does a fantastic job…

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4 weeks ago

Feature: Road worrier

Overland review

I spent a non-zero amount of time over the weekend imagining a dark future where the incredible popularity of Twitter account Can You Pet The Dog? led scores of indie developers to include ill-fitting snozzle-scratching mechanics in their games. Should this dark time of Very Good Boys come to pass, a game you couldn’t accuse of jumping on the dog wagon is Finji’s Overland, since…

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1 month ago

Feature: Jungle, welcome to, etc.

Green Hell review

Day 4 in the jungle: I’ve adopted a diary format, as to cleverly convey basic information about the game I’m reviewing in a thematic way. Today, as I neared the summit of moss-slicked ridge on the outskirts of a fuggy mangrove swamp, I encountered what can only be described as a discovery that will shake the very foundations of ornithology. A flock of brilliantly coloured…

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2 months ago

Feature: Shape Fear

The Blackout Club review

Few things are as terrifying, or as potent in piercing morning’s sedate veil, as the sudden outburst of an adult Canadian man, shrieking “THE SHAPE. THE SHAPE IS COMING,” through your desktop speakers. In the Canadian adult’s defence, however, one of those few things is The Shape itself: the Big Bad of stealthy co-op spookfest The Blackout Club. A relentless spectral apparition, only visible as…

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3 months ago

Feature: Alien ant harm

Earth Defense Force 5 review

2356. That’s how many van-sized ants Earth Defense Force 5 tells me I’ve shot, electrocuted, carpet-bombed, mortared and hammered into chitinous shards and umber mulch. All this since a bad day at work saw my security guard character roped into an increasingly absurd arms-race against gigantic invading alien frogs and their legion of insectoid thralls.

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4 months ago

Feature: A furr-ly good job

How the cat jokes and beast names of Monster Hunter: World are translated into English

“I do remember there being some pretty bad cat puns that we all wish we could unhear," Marco Bombasi tells me. He’s the localisation director for Monster Hunter: World, the man in charge of translating the dinosaur-harvesting game from its original Japanese into other languages, including English. Every player in Monster Hunter gets a cat sidekick who says things like “Hello Meow-ster”, so I’ve asked…

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Feature: Separating the chaff grenades from the wheat... grenades

The most promising upcoming stealth games

It’s a bit tricky to knock together a list of the best upcoming stealth games, because it’s a bit tricky to say what a stealth game even is anymore. Stealth is more frequently looking like a playstyle or bulletpoint rather than the crux of an entire game. Even the best stealth games in recent memory - yer Invisible Incs, Ian Hitmans, Alien: Isolations - have all…

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Feature: Justifiable homicide

I queued for 45 minutes in the new Hitman 2 bank level

I've been playing the new Hitman 2 level for about ten minutes when I decide that Ian Hitman needs some change. Not change in the Smashmouth sense where the bloke earnestly asks him for some money and he responds by uselessly philosophising at him in F# major for a bit, but actual hard currency. Maybe an artisan market has popped up in the high street and they're…

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Hardier trebuchets and babies for all in new Total War: Three Kingdoms patch

Total War: Three Kingdoms wants you to get procreating and projectilin' in its new 1.1.0 patch. The patch list includes stability fixes, expanded tutorials, and a higher likelihood of marriages resulting in babies among its highlights. The patch arrived yesterday just in time for the extremely metal-sounding 'Reign Of Blood' DLC, which is out Thursday 27th. Have a trailer. The trailer has some blood in it.

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Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II’s Chaos expansion brings spiky naked dudes to space

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada II, a slightly flabby spaceship smashing strategy than I nonetheless had a great time with, gets a big dose of daemonic evil today in the form of a new campaign featuring everyone's favourite spiky chaps. No, not hedgehogs you silly goose! Chaos! Them with the skin peeling and possession and giant psychic tears in space time and that. A fine bunch. Avert your…

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Super Pig X only reveals the level once you’ve already died horribly

Sos Sosowski, of McPixel, Stomp it Up, and Mosh Pit Simulator infamy, has now set his sights back towards the under-serviced 'doing violence to farm animals' genre with Super Pig X, a follow up to the 2012 Flash game Super Pig. It's a brutal, Super Meatboy lookin' platformer where you guide a pig around pitch black levels until your inevitable demise splashes handy, revealing blood…

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They Are Billions review

Occasionally, when I pause They Are Billions and zoom out on my tightly packed, grid-based steampunk settlement, I think about how the tiny families in the centre could have just as easily lived their entire lives without ever seeing a single zombie. There’s little in the way of a fixed story or characters in this survival strategy, either in its separate challenge maps or ambitious,…

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Feature: It also has scary children

Pathologic 2 has the best intro I’ve played all year

“It is canny to conceal that one is uncanny”, Pathologic 2’s Mark Immortel offers in the game’s introduction, promising artifice and detachment before you’ve had a chance to ground yourself. At first, I take this as the game warning me about the duplicitous world I'm about to enter, but then I think it's something else. You’re the misfit here, it’s telling me. It’s smart not…

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They Are Billions adds story campaign and leaves early access

Numerically hyperbolic survival-strategy They Are Billions has added a campaign mode, so we can finally find out why all these nice pale shambly folk are so hungry all the time. The New Empire, as the singleplayer story is called, looks to double down on the latent colonialist fantasies already inherent in steampunk, allowing you to ride your big imperial choo choo across the map and settle…

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Killing Floor 2 celebrates new objective mode with horrorclowns and free trial

Update: Tripwire's marketing folks tell us they muffed it, and the "extra-long Free Weekend on Steam" that was "starting later today" actually starts on Thursday at 6pm. Update your calendar. Tripwire Interactive really, really want you to check out Killing Floor 2's new Back & Kickin' Brass update it seems, as they're letting players have a crack at the undead re-deadening co-op shooter for zero money…

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Mega Man Zero-inspired Gigabuster hits Kickstarter, and you can play a demo right now

Gigabuster is a shooty splosion-filled sidescroller inspired by Megamen both X and Zero that pits you and a pair of big boots against the faces of corporate CEOs. Best of all, you don't even have to listen to a CEO talk about it awkwardly for thirty minutes, because there's a demo available right now. Stick on some spandex and somersault yourself in front of the trailer…

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Pretend to be a ghost chicken pretending to be a pirate in Chook & Sosig: Walk The Plank

You would think that, when a noodle-armed cat and a ghostly chicken sit down with some furry demon friends, they wouldn't need the convenient narrative framing of a D&D game to get themselves caught up in some pirate adventures. Still, that's the set-up in Chook & Sosig: Walk The Plank, a hand-drawn adventure game from Tookipalooki. Steer your bilge-rat fancying eyes to the trailer below,…

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No Man’s Sky fans buy billboard to thank devs

"There's a few things I hope to accomplish here," said Cameron G, a Sydney-based graphic designer behind the fundraiser to buy an advert on the billboard outside the Guilford office of Hello Games. "I want Hello Games to feel appreciated for their dedication and achievement with No Man's Sky. I want to raise money to donate to the Sydney Children's Hospital. I want to show all…

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Chippy is a new twin-stick bullet hell from the devs behind Rust

Facepunch Studios - them behind Garry's Mod, Clatter, and Rust - have just released Chippy, a minimalist, colourful twin-stick bullet hell shoot 'em up. Can a bullet hell really be called minimalist? I guess that leaves more room for the actual bullets. I'm also guessing it makes some space for all these gigantic bosses Facepunch have left lying around everywhere. I probably could have tacked…

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