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Sin Vega

Haven review

Stoning the romance

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Across The Grooves review

Catch you on the flip side

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The Falconeer review

I’m an avianator!

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2 days ago

Feature: Stoning the romance

Haven review

You’re supposed to put the genre in the introduction, but then you’re also supposed to write an introduction in the first place, and not a load of delaying tactics where you bang on about the vagueness of genres and how Haven is a hybrid of at least two of them anyway. You spend most of it skate-gliding around a 3D world, some of it fighting…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: Catch you on the flip side

Across The Grooves review

In one of its possible scenes, a side character in Across The Grooves describes a concept. One of those ineffably existential sensations that it feels almost sacriligious to discuss aloud.There are moments, he says (and he doesn't put this forward as his own observation, but an ancient one independently noted by many others throughout history, across many cultures). There are moments of choice. Of course,…

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Feature: I’m an avianator!

The Falconeer review

A bit of imagination can go a long way. Shooty games about wandering a somewhat living area of outer space doing odd jobs in between a chain of story missions are their own subgenre, to the point where even the good ones can blur together. There are only so many laser cannons and thrusters and made-up space minerals I can keep track of, y’know?The Falconeer…

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2 months ago

Feature: Brain strain

Have You Played… Cortex Command?

I wish I enjoyed Cortex Command more than I do.It has a terrific premise. You're a brain, competing with other brains to mine gold from different maps by directing and remotely controlling robots. You can control them directly, flitting back and forth as needed, digging tunnels and building walls and, of course, shooting the hell out of each other in the Worm-esque fully destructible levels.…

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3 months ago

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Post Void review

I have only reached the void while drunk. I had been too conscious before then. I didn't yet understand.Post Void, I had thought, was about being fast. I was probably too old to ever be good at it. That never mattered even when I thought it was true, but it isn't. Post Void is about letting the game take you. Its hypnotic rhythms, its lurid…

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Feature: It got weird after my friend was turned into a statue of my other friend

I cannot adequately explain Starstruck, but I like whatever it is

Starstruck: Hands Of Time is a cutesy adventure game about going back in time to help some kids save the world.No, that's not right.Starstruck is a rhythm-action game about a guitarist trying to make it big.No, no. Starstruck is a silly rampage game about taking control of a giant hand as it smashes up little model neighbourhoods. Wait, it's actually a slightly dark story about…

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Feature: Words to maybe not live by

The official Crusader Kings 3 house motto awards

One of the strange things about Crusader Kings 3 is that the sheer size of the world means that even the mightiest empire will still operate in perhaps a quarter of the map at most. When you're a small realm, or one squished into a corner like Ireland or Kham, you can spend the entire game without proof that most of the world even exists.It's…

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I test the reigns down in Africa: A Crusader Kings 3 diary

If I hadn't got in on Crusader Kings 2 shortly after it came out, I would have taken one look at its list of DLC (currently going for £184.65 on Steam, and that's with a discount) and noped right the hell out. Fortunately, the base game was already outstanding enough that I gladly supported it for our best games of the 2010s list. Most of…

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The Outer Worlds expansion Peril On Gorgon is out now

The Outer... Worlds? Worlds. The Outer Worlds has today released its first expansion, Peril On Gorgon, a title which feels like it needs a campy exclamation mark. It's the first of two narrative expansions, and set in an asteroid colony where Science has done a Bad. It also brings a couple of new weapons and armour sets, some new music, new perks and flaws, and…

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Feature: Factional distillation

PlanetSide 2 is getting a story and side quests in the Shattered Warpgate update

Three-way mega-battle FPS MMO PlanetSide 2 is about to unveil another big update. The Shattered Warpgate will introduce hazardous storms to one of its maps and some new equipment, but most importantly, a campaign.Its big update back in March, Escalation, bought thousands of players back, but where that was focused largely on organised groups of experienced players, Rogue Games' Andy Sites declared that "our goal…

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Feature: Good things, small packages

How Obsidian made tiny survival fun in Grounded

As we all know at this point, I am a big fan of the ants in Obsidian's new early access survival game Grounded. But the ants aren't the only thing I ask about when I interview Obsidian's Adam Brennecke, the game's lead designer.In Grounded you play as a child, or group of children working together, who has been mysteriously shrunk down so that a normal…

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4 months ago

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A day in the life of Grounded’s ants: Obsidian talk eggs, pheromones and their incoming queen

It's been less than a month since ant-bothering shrinky garden survival game Grounded entered early access, but in the current era, three weeks could mean anything between a day and four hundred years. In any case, I'm rather fond of the game, and have attacked my own friends for daring to menace its ants, as warned. So you can probably imagine how excited I got…

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Dwagonbown Goes UwU is the worst thing that has ever happened to Skyrim

It's the banner that did it.Drag... god. Jesus christ. Dwagonbown Goes UwU (or, more correctly, dwagonbown goes uwu) is an overhaul mod that turns you into the worst person in Skyrim.

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A shockingly easy Counter-Strike: Global Offensive wallhack has been fixed

Valve's strict new anti-cheat system was powerless to protect Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players from a very simple trick that let perpetrators see everyone through walls. Until last week, players could make a single file tweak that gave them a huge, cheatily cheat advantage. It now appears to have been fixed.

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Trippy FPS Post Void is like Devil Daggers having a fever dream of Hotline Miami

According to the reams of footage on my hard drive dated from the last few days, I have played Post Void. It is possible I did not start out in this reality. It is possible I have somehow travelled here, to replace this universe's version of me, who started playing Post Void and vanished without a trace. Asked to explain, I can only go by…

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Feature: Still never got round to calling it "Twitcher"

Have You Played… The Witcher?

I almost forgot how much everyone raved about The Witcher 2. RPS founder-turned-fugitive Jim Rossignol said in his The Witcher 2 review that "This is one of the most significant games of 2011. Right now it looks like most significant PC-only game of 2011". It's a series that has since become a juggernat, helped made a billionaire, and even overcome the traditionally murderous adaptation to…

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