I am in terrible danger. The last time I wrote substantially about the zombie survival sim Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead, I described it as "a roguelike you could play for the rest of your life". That was over three years ago, and it's been expanded slowly but constantly since then. Its latest big update came out last week, and already threatens to consume every hour…
To zom or not to bie11
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The best thing I can say about this, the most eagerly awaited medieval ARPG of all time, is that I want to keep playing it. I have played exactly four million games, a number which is only possible when you learn to drop something you're playing without hesitation. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, for all its teething problems, will probably be brilliant when it's finished.
2 days ago
Regions Of Ruin is an excellent 2D side scrolling action-RPG. It's also a town builder, as you build up a settlement from nothing using the wood, stone, iron, and all the other biz you liberate from bandits, monsters, and generally anyone who gets in the way. It's a little bit like Terraria, with more of a fighty, loot-happy structure. And throwing axes. It's currently free…
3 days ago
We're still neck deep in horseflies and looter gizzards here at the sinister RPS emergency underdome. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is a hefty game with a lot of moving parts, and I expect to be playing and talking about it for a long time. But right now the most important news is that a player has created a custom banner editor. You can now…
1 week ago
Mega space economy simulator X4: Foundations has released its first major expansion, bringing the alien Split faction back into the series, along with a heap of ships and new areas to explore. Developers Egosoft have also updated the base game, promising a litany of fixes and improvements, and additions including new ships, weapons, and a fresh storyline, whether you buy the expansion or not.
LoveChoice remains one of the shortest, simplest games I've ever played, never mind written about. And to write about it in any detail risks spoiling why it's so special. It can be yours for less than two quid. You should give it a go.
You can play as a baby in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. I have words, but I'm not sure why.
Mount & Blade predates RPS. That's how long we've been waiting for its sequel, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, which released yesterday afternoon. I had hoped to have some basic impressions ready last night, but that wasn't possible, because whatever else I can say about this open world medieval(ish) combat RPG, it's completely overshadowed by technical problems.
Wing Commander tee em 5 Colon Prophecy Gold is one of the cheesiest games I've ever played.
Ostriv is a Ukrainian town building game set in the early 1700s. If I tell you how it works, it will sound like every other city builder, and that would do this delightful game a disservice. So instead, I'm going to show you what happens when you tell your little villagers to build a house.
2 weeks ago
CCP, the developers of the famously complicated space MMO Eve Online, have taken a new approach to their updates in recent months. They've split each year into three-month 'quadrants', during which they'll release smaller, more regular features and changes along a common theme - not unlike 'seasons' as used by many other online games. The first of these quadrants, titled Fight Or Flight, began this…
3 weeks ago
One of several things I lamented during the golden age of abandonware (an era with a contested definition, but generally "the 2000s"), was a dearth of games explicitly about politics. Simulators in particular were practically unheard of, which is how I ended up playing 1993's Shadow President, a game about getting frustrated and trying to invade the United Kingdom.
4 weeks ago
One of Eve Online's longest term players has made a dubious name for himself by forgetting the golden rule: don't fly what you can't afford to lose. This Tuesday, a pilot named "Lactose Intolerant" made the timeless mistake of transporting valuable cargo through a 'safe' area of space without taking proper precautions, like not doing that. The result was a ganking that cost him the…
After several delays, PlanetSide 2's biggest update for years, Escalation, went live overnight. Players of the massive scale three-way sci-fi FPS will now have access to giant shields, orbital bombardments, tank airdrops, and the most exciting bit: carriers. You see the big fellers up there? You could be in one. Or, more likely, have to team up with enough people to take it down.
1 month ago
Taxinaut is a top-down space taxi simulator in which you can make pocket money by yelling back at people who insult you. It's available as of today, and I have a real soft spot for it.
We don't get enough simultaneous turn-based games. Frozen Cortex takes teams of somehow sleek-yet-chunky robots and makes them compete in a wisely stripped down derivative of Americaball. It's not as cruel as it may sound, and its amusing, gently satirical near future setting wisely keeps out of the way of the tactical sport fun.
I imagine death is anticlimactic for most people. Maybe even more so for kings. There you are, with your whole life's confusion and doubt and pain cooming to a head, everyone turning against you for unclear reasons, all your efforts accumulated at last, and you still just sort of... stop. After that, all you get is an image of a mildly sad, grey face, and…
I did level four on my first go. That's my crown and none of you can take it. Level three was a bastard's hump and I struggled to get through it for hours, before I realised that I already had the supplies I needed to repair my ship. Those same supplies are also a requirement for the best weapons. That's just mean, man. Savage Vessels…
The games industry (and the games press) have always had a weird relationship with old games. From the open hostility of publishers in the 2000s to the overdone retro stylings of the 2010s, we remain in an uneasy entente with our ancient past. Many will insist that very old games were better. Others have played them since, and found them wanting. There is a way…
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