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3 weeks ago

GDC’s Covid-19 survey leaves room for optimism in the industry

The organisers of the Game Developers Conference have released a report on the results of their latest "state of the industry" survey. Their usual annual survey happened in March, but this extra one was solely about the impact of the ongoing pandemic.The results are on the face of it rather grim, with some job losses and game delays and lots of struggling people. But they're…

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Feature: Not much, what's kraken' with you?

Have you played… The Majesty Of Colors?

I Fell In Love With The Majesty Of Colors made, relatively speaking, a bit of a splash when it came out in 2008. It's a short pixel art game about being a big sea monster, and how you choose to interact (or not interact) with the weird wriggly creatures you see floating or steering machines on the surface.It has multiple endings, depending on your choices…

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4 weeks ago

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Ooblets is a sickly sweet Poké-like, but it’s got me hooked

Ooblets is what it looks like. That can be a bit of a cop out as descriptions go, but I saw almost no footage of it before guessing it was a cross between a Harvest Moon farming/fix-up-the-town game and a Pokémon-style monster collector, and so it is.But while both those types of game tend to soak up days of my life and leave me with…

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I met the Fallout 76 Fun Cop

People in Fallout 76 are decent enough, in my experience. I forget whether I've related my first encounter with another player, where I accidentally blundered into their camp, then backed away in the panicky assumption that they'd attack me, only for them to instead drop a gift bag with a level-appropriate hunting rifle and some ammunition in it. I still have that rifle.Most people I've…

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Public teams improve, but don’t solve, Fallout 76’s social problems

Fallout 76 recently kicked off its new seasonal update system. The opening season is called "The Legendary Run", and gives the game another new arbitrary point-tracking system, this time called "S.C.O.R.E.". More significantly, it's also opened up the option for players to create and join teams with unfamiliar players. I've been giving that a go and it's... well, an improvement. A bit.

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Hardspace: Shipbreaker has made shift timers optional

Superb spaceship slicing sim Hardspace: Shipbreaker has added a new difficulty option to career mode, with shift timers disabled. The existing career mode cuts you off and forces you back to base every 15 minutes, making things too stressful and intrusive for some. You can now take all the time you want with a wreck instead. They've also made the puzzling decision to give you…

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1 month ago

The Dark Pictures Anthology – Little Hope is due on October 30th

Light horror fans rejoice, for The Dark Pictures Anthology - Little Hope cometh. The second game in a planned series of eight, this witchy tale is probably best thought of as a very fancy form of interactive fiction.As expected, it's a self-contained story presented by the vaguely menacing Curator, who challenges the player to decide how each story goes. Your choices and reflexes will ideally…

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7 reasons I have fallen for Hardspace: Shipbreaker

There are many reasons you should be playing Hardspace: Shipbreaker. It is full of so many details that my idle thought of "I wonder if I could write five things about it" became a list of a dozen within ten minutes. The basic idea is that you fly around disused spaceships and gradually cut them apart for scrap and salvage, in a full 3D simulation…

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Robots come to revolutionary France in action-RPG Steelrising

Games don't have to open with a wild premise, but it doesn't hurt. Spiders, the makers of Greedfall, have just announced Steelrising, an action-RPG set in an alternative version of revolutionary France in which King Louis XVI is a massacre-happy tyrant.That's enough to catch my interest a little. But they went on to explain that he also has an army of automatons, and I had…

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The joy of stripping armour in Hardspace: Shipbreaker

VINDICATION. That's what Hardspace: Shipbreaker says to me. I have hinted several times that salvage is grossly under-represented in games. And now here's a game all about it, and it as excellent as I'd hoped.Despite being an estimate year from release, Hardspace Colon Shipbreaker already gets a lot of things right. But my favourite thing about it is one I didn't even expect to feel…

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Syscrusher is the most fun I’ve had in an FPS all year

I'm still drip feeding on the endless treasures from The Bundle. It's healthier than bingeing, and you get more out of it that way. And that's how I stumbled across Syscrusher, a tiny game about shooting robots. I've installed and wearily deleted a dozen shooters in the last 8 months or so. I wish I could replace all their million unnecessary gigabytes with more of…

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Trackmania is out now

Trackmania is a series that... christ, look at this mess. I'm not going to lay out the whole history of the series. They stretch back to 2003, over a dozen or so games on almost as many platforms. They're mostly about time trial races on outlandish, stunt-filled tracks. This latest one is a remake of Trackmania Nations, a free online spin-off released in 2006. It's…

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2 months ago

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Have You Played… Battle Brothers?

Battle Brothers is a very difficult tactical game about managing a mercenary company.So of course I hired the beggars. I hired the "cripples", the falsely accused servants, and the oddballs. I gave them decent food and a place to belong. Sure they'd all die horribly, etched with debilitating and ever-mounting physical and emotional scars, mangled and torn by blades and bludgeons, screaming themselves awake from…

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Be your best self with time travel in Across The Grooves

Amongst the ludicrous number of games, demos, and announcements that piled onto my desk last week (note to self: buy a desk), there's a space reserved for Across The Grooves.This time travelling, introspective visual novel picked a thread of my affection and tugged at it in the midst of the noise of EGX. It's out now, and it looks as intriguing as I remember.

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West Of Dead is a twin-stick cover shooter, with cowboy Ron Perlman

I watched some footage of West Of Dead in action... this week? Last week? Who can remember these things. And it occurred to me that I've somehow never seen a twin-stick cover shooter until now.In case that's not enough to pique your interest, you play as an undead cowboy Ron Perlman. It looks bloody good, and it's out now.

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The best steam festival demos: ACTION

I can't keep up, readers. A constant hoseworth of new games is one thing, but between mega bundles and a dozen streaming events, this month has become an avalanche of games. The Steam Game Festival has flung heaps of promising games in our direction. Frankly, far too many of them look good. My brain cannot parse this kind of volume.So. Let's stick with the action…

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Rocket Arena preview: hands on with the new EA Originals 3v3 arena exploder

I don't like rocket jumping. It is silly. And yet, I had a good time with Rocket Arena, the upcoming online shooter, when I played in a closed preview event a bit over a week ago. It's coming on July 14 from Final Strike Games, via little known indie publisher Electronic Arts.The original version of Rocket Arena was a mod for Quake, which your dad…

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Night Of The Consumers is non-violent but still terrifying

I've barely made a dent in the Itch Bundle For Racial Justice And Equality, but I can already recommend Night Of The Consumers as a quick and rewarding intro into its daunting bounty of terrific games. It isn't a zombie game. The monsters are far worse than that. They are... ugh. Customers.

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