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2 months ago

Feature: The army of modders is already doing their thing

The best Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord mods so far

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is a mere ten days old, but its enormous popularity means one very exciting thing: mods.At this early stage, there are naturally limits on what can be effectively modded without causing players a headache. The Bannerlord launcher has an integrated mod selection and sorting screen, and TaleWorlds have indicated on their forum that they expect modding to get easier and…

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Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead’s big update is the perfect excuse to play it again

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 of…

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Feature: Band of bothers

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord (early access) review

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.

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Town-building action-RPG Regions Of Ruin is free right now

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 to…

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Design any Bannerlord flag you like with this online editor

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 fly…

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X4: Foundations gets a major update and expansion with Split Vendetta

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.

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Feature: Count & Wait

Mount & Blade 2 is promising, but its performance issues are too serious to review it yet

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.

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Feature: Living space

We talked to Eve Online’s devs about faction warfare, Loyalty To Lowsec and other seasonal updates

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…

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Feature: Commander in pants

Have You Played… Shadow President?

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.

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Sometimes a bad decision in Eve Online costs 150 billion

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…

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PlanetSide 2 has added orbital strikes and massive warships

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.

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3 months ago

Feature: Cold Brains

Have You Played… Frozen Cortex?

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.

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Feature: Can't stand the reign

Yes, Your Grace review

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…

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Feature: Void if removed

Savage Vessels review

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 is…

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