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Samuel Horti

1 year ago

Steampunk dungeon crawler Vaporum slashes out this month

Grid-based dungeon crawler Vaporum [official site] first blipped our radar in 2015 when the team were looking for funding, and now the steampunk RPG is all shined up and ready to go. You can get your finger-less gloves on it on 28 September. The team at Fatbot Games say they were partly inspired by the Legend of Grimrock games, and it's hard not to draw comparisons. Both…

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Rock of Ages 2 boulders onto Steam

Rock of Ages was a mad, brilliant game about rolling a boulder through historic scenery, bashing down turrets and avoiding cannon fire until you careered into your enemy's base. Rock of Ages 2: Bigger and Boulder [official site] – which came out this week – is a more extravagant take on the same formula. Its new boulders have special traits (one glows red hot and then explodes, for example), the…

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Make colourful blobs hold hands in bizarre puzzler Wattam, out next year

Wattam [official site] is a puzzler from the mind of Keita Takahashi, the chap behind Katamari Damacy, which was that very fun Playstation game where you rolled around making stuff stick to you. Wattam was first announced in 2014 but there's been radio silence for a while as the game hunted for a publisher after being dropped by Sony. Now, Annapurna Interactive (of the excellent What…

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Gravity bone creator now helping develop Sub Rosa

Early access game Sub Rosa [official site] is both a blocky, physics-based FPS and a corrupt corporate simulator. You jump into its online multiplayer world, enrol with a company and start doing dirty deeds, like carrying out heists on office buildings or hunting down a limousine containing one of the game's valuable discs. What I've seen looks promising, and it's just got even more promising, because Brendon Chung…

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Nihon Falcom’s JRPG Ys Seven makes the jump to PC

Nihon Falcom’s flashy slashy JRPG Ys Seven [official site] is now out on PC, eight years after it first arrived on the PSP. It's largely the same game as the handheld version upscaled for bigger screens, just with a refreshed translation from the Japanese original. It should run at 60fps at a variety of resolutions and it supports both keyboard-and-mouse and controllers. All good stuff. You've got control of a three-man party…

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Make a song and dance about Figment on 22 September

Musical action game Figment [official site] wowed Adam when he tried it in April with its hand-drawn art and bosses that perform entire song and dance numbers. Now we know it'll be chiming onto our screens very soon: 22 September, to be exact. In Figment, you journey into a person's mind to confront their fears, which range from teeth falling out to spiders. You have…

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Headbutt the pucking ref in Super Blood Hockey

I'm moving to Canada next month. Every Canadian I mention this too ends up asking the same question: "Do you like hockey?" It's like a religion over there, apparently. I've never watched a game in my life, but once you reach international airspace apathy is not an option (and don't you dare call it 'ice hockey'). So perhaps playing the newly-released, ultra-realistic sim Super Blood Hockey [official…

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Like Roots in the Soil tells a story from two perspectives

Like Roots in the Soil [official site] tells two stories at once: you watch two men, one older and one younger, walk the same route through the same city. If you click and drag the mouse you rotate the camera between their two perspectives. It's a really cool mechanic that is used to tell a short story about how the setting has changed over time,…

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Thimbleweed Park’s arcade is now open

You can now play old-school arcade games within old-school adventure game Thimbelweed Park [official site]. Cool-a-reno. The town's arcade was previously just a facade, but now you can snoop inside and pop a token into such 8-bit delights as Meteor Menace, Space Slime and Die! Enemy Scumm! But, like the rest of Thimbleweed Park, it's not quite as straightforward as you might hope. You'll have to solve puzzles…

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Bertram Fiddle returns in punny murder mystery A Bleaker Predicklement

The second episode of the punny Victorian London point-and-click game the Adventures of Bertram Fiddle [official site] is is out now, with plenty of riddles, tea-drinking and strangely-shaped noses. A Bleaker Predicklement follows on from the events of 2015's A Dreadly Business and it's "almost quadruple the size" of that outing, say developers Rumpus. Mr Fiddle is a well-to-do adventurer with waistcoat and a bow tie who's…

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Meteors rain on the Red Planet in Surviving Mars trailer

Surviving Mars [official site] looks like it's shaping up nicely, if you ask me. Made by Tropico 3 developers Haemimont, it's a base-building game set on the Red Planet in which you hunt for resources to power settlements housed in giant glass domes. Judging by the new trailer, featuring the first in-game footage, it's one to keep an eye on: there's the snappy animations of…

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Cyberpunk shooter Ruiner dashes out next month

I'm quite excited about top-down shooter Ruiner [official site], what with its slow motion segments, reflex-testing dodges and cyberpunk shooty bangs. And it's coming soon: 26 September, to be exact, developers Reikon Games and publisher Devolver Digital have announced. You're an "unstoppable psychopath" in a mask, and it's your job to take down evil corporation du jour HEAVEN, whose goons have kidnapped your brother. You zip around the…

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Fear Effect remake coming to PC next year

Sony scallywags might remember Fear Effect, the horror shooter that came out on the PSone a full 17 years ago. Quite good, it was, and now it's getting a remake. Named Fear Effect Reinvented, it's coming to PC in 2018. If you never played the original, I'll explain you control three mercenaries shooting and rolling their way through Hong Kong in search of a triad boss's…

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Overwatch’s Mercy becoming pretty much a completely new hero

The Mercy we knew is no more. The latest changes to Overwatch's [official site] Swiss medic being tested on the public test servers transform her into a completely new hero, and I'm bloody excited. Gone is her powerful Resurrect ultimate ability, which revived any dead foe within a 15 metre radius, and it's replaced by a 20-second long skill that buffs every one of her…

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2 years ago

Space opera strategy game Ancient Frontier out 21 Sept

Ancient Frontier [official site] is a hexy thing. It's a space strategy game where you and your ships blast through other fleets to the backdrop of a story about warring factions and intergalactic intrigue. I'm a sucker for hex-based battlefields so I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out, and developers Fair Weather Studios are trying to let the story drive the game, with two campaigns…

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Frost giants and snow storms in Conan Exiles new region

Early access survival game Conan Exiles [official site] added a new chilly region called the Frozen North this week. It brings with it new weather types including rain and snow, alongside a temperature system that will affect the whole game: you'll have to wrap up warm in the new area and strip off in the game's desserts. There's shiny weapons to swing at new beasts, including wolves, bears, frost giants and…

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Steve Jackson’s Ogre rumbles onto PC in October

The video game adaption of Steve Jackson Games' wargame Ogre [official site], which is about battles between super-powered AI war machines rather than man-eating giants, is coming out on 5 October, developers Auroch Digital have announced. I haven't played the tabletop version, but a glance at the rules reference sheet tells me that one player controls a single, immensely powerful Ogre and the other tries to fend it off…

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Killing Floor: Incursion brings zombie slaughter to VR

Chop a zombie's head off with an axe, grab the skull and chuck it at one of his ghoulish friends, all using your own, real-life hands. That's the kind of thing you can do in Killing Floor: Incursion [official site], which is out now and brings combat based on the excellent Killing Floor games to virtual reality. It's exclusive to the Rift right now and requires the Oculus Touch to…

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First Lawbreakers patch nerfs overpowered abilities

Lawbreakers [official site], as I wrote yesterday, is an excellent zero-gravity FPS that you should probably play if you like fast-paced action. It's also a very balanced game, with no one class able to dominate. But that doesn't mean there isn't the odd tweak to be made, and developers Boss Key Productions have released the game's first post-launch patch with welcome nerfs to some classes. The…

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