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2 days ago

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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3 days ago

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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5 days ago

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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1 week ago

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 weeks 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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3 weeks ago

Feature: It's good to warp

Mutating for fun and profit in Din’s Legacy

Din's Legacy wasn't what I was expecting. It hit its full release in August, and I pushed to write about it, only to wind up with such mixed feelings about it that I sat on writing about it until now. It's an action RPG easily compared to Diablo, with a focus on endless, randomly generated worlds and dynamic events. These almost all mean "kill some…

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Feature: More of the obscure stuff on Steam

Unknown Pleasures: Whatever a furlong is

There's not long left before the big 20, but those crafty devs continue to release legions of games anyway, surely coveting the grand prize of a spot in the Unknown Pleasures annual finals. Or possibly they want to have enough money to buy food. Who can say? Five more games join the ranks of the worthy today, for it is, once more, time for a…

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4 weeks ago

Feature: And those magnets, eh?

When does technology become magic in games?

The usually remote and mysterious Nate visited the RPS treehouse on Monday, and almost immediately work ground to a halt. Why? Because Nate challenged us with a question: what bits of modern technology could a person from the past figure out the workings of, just by observing and having a good think for a while? This immediately led to the counter-question "when and where in…

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Feature: Wandering allowed

Gloria Victis is an MMO that lets you get on with being you

One of the things I appreciate most in an MMO is the ability to wander off and do my own thing. It might seem contrarian (and it is), but putting aside my awkward, antisocial nature, there's real value in a busily populated world where you can opt out of the ratkilling race. Some argue that being able to play solo in an MMO defeats the…

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Feature: Clash of the tightless

Looking good is all I care about in Freeman: Guerrilla Warfare

For good and janky ill, Freeman: Guerrilla Warfare hews very close to the design TaleWorlds came up with in Mount & Blade well over a decade ago. It puts you in a fictional modern land of warring factions, free to wander about on an overland map with a few dozen towns, lots of armies and bandits and so on. You can do what you like…

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Feature: Call a somnambulance

Superliminal review

It must be daunting, making a first person puzzle game about messing with physics. Do I even need to name the shadow looming over this whole genre? Superliminal is a short, linear showcase of puzzles built around the creative use of perspective. You're a volunteer, testing an experimental sleep therapy based on inducing dreams you can muck about in. Gentle, soothing jazz plinkles away in…

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1 month ago

Feature: It's all downhill

Unknown Pleasures: The only games we cover

Argh, yes, hello hello, intro intro, words, excuses. Sorry everyone, I've been rather ill and all the game devs selfishly decided to keep releasing their games anyway. Do they not KNOW what HAPPENS to troublemakers in the Unknownatorium? It is, of course, time for a belated Unknown Pleasures, our regular selection of the best under-exposed games on Steam.

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Feature: Make the hive look alive

Bee Simulator review

I flew into a cobweb to see what would happen. There was a game in a magazine I had as a kid, you see, where you played as a spider. And if you caught a bee, you had to cut it loose in a panic before it could hurt you or damage your web. Here though, albeit seen from the other point of view, it's…

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2 months ago

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The best horror games for non-horror fans

Do you struggle with horror games? Me too. I could list exceptions. System Shock 2, or the good Aliens Vs Predator (even after months of playing it, getting caught by a facehugger always sccared the bejesus out of me). Even Resident Evil 2, cheesy and sometimes predictable as it was. But those are the obvious ones. You've already played those. So I've been looking back…

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Feature: Let us play

I backup my Noita saves and you will never stop me

Castle Shotgun has been ringing with the sound of spells, explosions, and squelching purple monsters thank to the chaotic mountain-delving nightmare that is Noita It is, of course, a game that we Can't Stop Playing this month. It's also a roguelike. You get one save, and once you're dead, that's it and you start again from the beginning with a new level. Well, you do.…

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