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Feature: Dark horse One

Wayward Terran Frontier stars the only good sassy robot

Sassy robot sidekicks are awful. They're almost always the worst part of any game they're in. I would not oppose an outright, global ban on including them in anything. But open world space sim Wayward Terran Frontier: Zero Falls has one, and it's great.

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5 days ago

Wizardry: Labyrinth Of Lost Souls comes to PC today

Wizardry: Labyrinth Of Lost Souls is a translated PC port of the Japanese game released in 2009. Sir-Tech's original Wizardry games were among those that defined the entire RPG genre, particularly those concerned with sending a party into dungeons to kill everything. In 1991 they inspired a separate branch of spin-offs in Japan that continued long after the North American series petered out. This entry…

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6 days ago

Feature: The machine stumbles

MiniLAW: Ministry Of Law review

"I have ninety minutes to stop a nuclear bomb from going off, so I've given up on arresting and just started throwing people off buildings," I told the RPS hivemind. This was a half truth. I'd been trying to figure out how to throw people off buildings all day. That is the problem with MiniLAW: Ministry of Law, the hectic dystopian action game from Lasso…

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Have you played… Liberal Crime Squad?

We rescued Rachel Walker from a sweatshop and recruited her to the cause. Safe in our hideout, she revealed a talent for using computers, carrying out simple scripting operations to defraud unwary internet users. After a few months of cracking corporate accounts, she uncovered a huge corruption scandal that rocked the judicial system, scoring our first major PR victory. Her deft fingers also helped the…

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2 weeks ago

Hit action-RPG Sands Of Salzaar to get an English translation

Desert-roaming action-RPG Sands Of Salzaar has made a splash among Chinese players since its launch into Steam Early Access last week. It's an interesting hybrid of Dynasty Warriors mobicide and a free-roaming light strategy RPG. Its success has prompted the developers to declare an English translation "one of our top priorities, and we aim to add it to the game ASAP". I've stumbled through it…

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Feature: I am not a number

Wildermyth knows that levels are bad

In one of the dark, combative corners of my mind there's been a post brewing for years now about how levels are wrong and bad and hold back far too many RPGs. It wasn't really until playing Wildermyth that I could put forward a strong enough game to prove it, though. I've played a lot of it over the last couple of months. I remember…

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Sads will shoot bads in boss rush bullet hell Itta

Sometimes a description of a game appears in my inbox that makes me think "why would you send me this". It is a mean impulse and I'm glad when it's challenged by a prospect like Itta. Itta is a top-down bullet hell shooter about a vengeful young girl fighting a series of cosmic monsters with a revolver, and a ghost cat. It's due out later…

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Feature: Keep Hope alive

Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York review

It's probably difficult to know exactly how to do a Vampire: The Masquerade game. What proportion of your audience will come from the original tabletop game? How many are only familiar with Bloodlines? What if people only picked it up for the genre? On top of this, Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York is a visual novel too, so who even knows what…

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Feature: It's my party and I'll die if I want to

Can’t Stop Playing: Wildermyth

It's good to know that the rest of RPS will play anything if I call them "cowards" enough. Kicking off 2020 with a strong start, the game we Can't Stop Playing this January is Wildermyth. Three farmers defend their village from invading monsters. They go on to travel the land, looking for the source of the invasion. It's difficult not to boil it down to…

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3 weeks ago

Robocopy crimefighter MiniLAW: Ministry of Law is out now

It's been several years since I first played MiniLAW: Ministry of Law, the side scrolling shooter/fighter/screamer based on being a hybrid of Robocop and Judge Dredd. In that time it's come a long way, adding more structure, story and flavour to its already colourful crime-stomping action. The full release landed yesterday, and I have Some Thoughts.

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1 month ago

Feature: The other best games of 2019

The best of Unknown Pleasures 2019

It's been a weird, weird year for games. My perspective has been particularly odd and hard to square, as I've now been full time staff here at RPS for nearly six months. Six months! That's ... oh my god, I still haven't extended my rent. It's quite strange suddenly being able to talk about games in real life without having to apologise, but other than…

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Feature: Randoms in tandem

Have You Played… AirBuccaneers?

I wasn't a captain. Solo ambushes were my thing. I had a great sense of the angles, distances, and crucially, the timing needed to load the right ammunition and light the fuse when the enemy would suffer most. Point blank sneak attacks with the one-gun raft were my specialty, and how I'd typically get to the battlefield, or plunge to the earth along with an…

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Mortal Online 2 entering early access in 2020

Star Vault have announced that their upcoming Mortal Online 2, a sequel to their first-person super sandbox MMO (that is somehow almost a decade old), will enter Steam Early Access in late 2020. Mortal Online is fiddly but sometimes brilliant, as RPS survivor Brendan Caldwell related during his trouserless explorations. Its main draw is its level-free open world in which players raise skills by using…

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Feature: I'm a maniacal mech

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries review

I was not sold at first. The opening two hours of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries are, well, they're fine. Standard tutorials, taking you through the controls and basic concepts, plus some entirely standard "oh no the baddies killed the man, grr" plot business. I was wary, fearing it would be a forgettable linear fairground ride about Corporal Jack Magnum (I honestly can't remember my character's name)…

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Feature: One more batch of the best unknown games on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: Eliminate the competition

Oh, I see how it is. I see you, Walker. You're just... you're lucky you're always wrong about everything, mate, or this would get messy very fast. We like competition here in the Pleasuredome, although the thousands of games whose digital innards coat the walls might not. It is time, of course, for the last fight in the Unknown Pleasures schedule before the big one.…

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2 months ago

Feature: Mostly armless

Wildermyth is a simple, beautiful, brilliant RPG. Play it, you cowards.

As I write this I am on my week off, so I don't have to be professional. Blarg bloog bleeg. You see? Not even real words. I can say what I want. They knew what would happen when they hired me. This is on them. Or, I might just openly berate you for not playing Wildermyth, a tactical RPG with turn based combat. It launched…

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