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Samuel Horti

2 years ago

Rocket League now auto-bans players using abusive words

Rocket League [official site] players will face automatic bans if they use certain words in chat under new anti-harassment rules introduced this week. Developer Psyonix has come up with a list of 20 words, including racial slurs, that players will be punished for using, and plan to expand the list in future. Under the 'Language Ban' system, each word on the list (which is secret) will…

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JRPG The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel out now

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel [official site] has arrived on PC. It's an updated version of the PS3/PS Vita JRPG from 2013, improving the visuals and adding 5,000 new lines of voiced dialogue. A trio of Nihon Falcom's Legend of Heroes games are already out on PC (the Trails in the Sky trilogy), and this one takes place in the same universe. But if you haven't…

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RPG based on Mistborn novels cancelled

Mistborn: Birthright [official site] has been cancelled because of funding problems for developer Little Orbit. A real shame, that. It was to be an RPG based on Brandon Sanderson's excellent Mistborn fantasy series of books. I finished the original trilogy in 2012 just as the game was announced, and couldn't wait to see how the setting and magic system (which sees characters, among other things, fly around…

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Trim grass and dodge missiles in Law Mower’s demo

At first I thought Law Mower [official site] was going to be a nice little game about keeping your garden tidy (the Steam description talks about you mowing "every blade of grass in the world"). Nope. I've just played the demo, and I got turned to a pulp when I ran over an exploding gopher. If I'd watch the new trailer first then I would've…

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Relax with The Gardens Between before it hits in 2018

This is my first look at pretty puzzler The Gardens Between [official site], and it's giving me vibes that are somewhere between Rime and mobile game Monument Valley. It's a "surreal puzzle adventure" that's arriving in early 2018, by the end of March, and three new long videos show off just how good it will look and sound. The music has come out of a…

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Objects in Space blasts off early next year

Not long now until you get to sit in the cockpit of your own floating Cold War submarine-inspired spaceship, because Objects in Space [official site] is coming out early next year. Before now it didn't have a publisher, but 505 Games have decided to bite. If you haven't heard about it before, it's an open-world "stealth-action" space game that thinks the ships in other space trading…

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Secret Spaces is a relaxing urbex-gardening mashup

Here's a thing that looks relaxing: Secret Spaces [official site]. In it, you descend through an infinite block-y tower, growing vines to climb on and seeds to ride on to help you explore. Fall damage is the only threat (and you can pick up Salvefruits to block that too), so you can concentrate on poking around the procedurally-generated spaces to try and find artefacts and gardens…

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The Evolution of Trust is a cute explain-o-game about cooperation

Here's something nice, but also depressing. I started playing The Evolution of Trust [official site], a short browser-based game, expecting it to show me why trusting other people is a good thing. Ten minutes in, it's taught me that I need to cheat more. It has you playing a quick 'Game of Trust'. If you stick a coin into a machine, the person at the other…

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Run as fast as you can: Super Cloudbuilt out now

Cloudbuilt was a speedrunning game in the most literal sense: you ran, wall jumped and skidded through dreamscape levels as fast as you could. If you could get over the difficulty (Ben reviewed it and broke a cupboard door in frustration), then it was very good. This week it has returned in an updated and expanded version called Super Cloudbuilt [official site]. The levels are bigger,…

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice looks harrowing

Developer Ninja Theory has a lofty goal for Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice [official site]: to make a hack-and-slash game that's all about mental health. They're the folk that made DmC: Devil May Cry and Enslaved: Odyssey to the West (they like a colon, eh?), so you can expect an inordinate amount of stabbing. But the real focus is main character Senua's struggle with psychosis, depression, and hallucinations. That focus is…

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Dark and Light update will fix army of bugs and add goblin clubs

Early access sandbox MMORPG Dark and Light [official site] stormed the Steam charts when it launched last week, with users enticed by its dragon battles, pretty graphics and free form base-building. But the reviews on Steam have been mixed so far, with the negative ones criticising the army of bugs, like one that randomly spawns your character in lava. A bit of an inconvenience, that. In response, developers…

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BBC Three showing live esports for next six weekends

Well, East me Enders and Pano my Rama: live Esports is coming to to the BBC this month. BBC Three (which is now online only) will broadcast the new Gfinity Elite League Series One, which means four hours of Rocket League, CS:GO and Street Fighter V on iPlayer every weekend for the next six weeks. There's a proper schedule and everything: Fridays at 9pm is…

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Slow stabber Immortal Planet is out now

I wrote about isometric action-RPG Immortal Planet [official site] two months ago when a release date was announced: based on early gameplay footage I liked what I saw, but I wasn't sure about the combat, which looked repetitive. Well it's just come out for real now, and the launch trailer suggests the swordplay might be more varied than I first thought. It's a 'Souls-like' (drink) game based…

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Competitive fairytale game The Wolf’s Bite out in August

The Wolf's Bite [official site], the fairytale 1v1 competitive choose-your own adventure game (yep, you read that right), is coming out on August 21st. If you haven't heard of it, it's all about the big bad wolf's attempt to set up a small-town restaurant after failing in the demolitions industry – and the three little pig's attempt to bring his new venture crumbling down. Basically, one player is…

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Mirage: Arcane Warfare adds bots to make up numbers

First person hack-and-slash-and-magic 'em up Mirage: Arcane Warfare [official site] this week received its first major update since launching in May, with new weapons, maps, and abilities added to the game. Most importantly, the Gladiator Update added bot-assisted servers in which AI combatants will make up the numbers if players don't fill all the slots. The reason that's important is that barely anybody is playing Mirage. There are 13…

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Sandbox MMO Albion Online rides out

The fantasy sandbox MMORPG Albion Online [official site] launched this week. It draws inspiration from MMOs like EVE Online and Ultima Online, with headline features including an economy where every item is crafted by players and PvP where people might yoink everything from your corpse. Albion does have PvE with monsters to bash but PvP is the focus, from open-world scraps to full guild vs.…

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Space Hulk: Deathwing’s new class revives dead Marines

A new class of Space Marine has just dropped into Space Hulk: Deathwing [official site], the Warhammer 40,000 FPS. The new update adds a staff-wielding Interrogator Chaplain – the first class that can revive his teammates. Clearly, he likes skulls. There's skulls on his weapon, skulls on his shoulders and, er, a skull where his head should be. If you recall, the game was released back in…

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Planetoid Pioneers gets a simpler, cheaper edition

If you were balking at the £30/$40 price tag for the Early Access physics-based building game Planetoid Pioneers [official site] then balk no more. Previously you could only buy a Contributor Edition of the game that gave you developers' tools to craft some of the game's world, but now you can buy a 'Game-Only Edition' that unsurprisingly, includes only the base game – or part of it,…

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Pretty city builder Kingdoms and Castles is out now

I'm a sucker for oldie-worldie town builders. Banished, Anno 1401, The Settlers – I'll take them all. So Kingdoms and Castles [official site], which released this week, has got my tower watchman interested. You build a town and then defend your citizens from Viking raids, dragon attacks, and harsh winters. Simple enough. What appeals to me, really, is the low-poly art style, and the way the tiny…

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Day of Infamy adds two free maps, including Dunkirk

You might have heard that a little film called Dunkirk has just come out. The folk at New World Interactive certainly have: they've updated their hardcore WW2 shooter Day of Infamy [official site] with two new maps, one of which is – you guessed it – the beaches of Dunkirk. The Dunkirk map fights from the fields, through the streets, and to the beach. The other new…

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