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4 weeks ago

Dishonored is getting a tabletop RPG adaptation this year

Rat-dodging monarch restoration sim Dishonored is getting a tabletop roleplaying adaptation this very year. Announcing the news last week, publishers Modiphius say they're working "in close collaboration" with the games' creative director Harvey Smith, also famed for his work on System Shock and the first two Deus Ex games. That's some pedigree, alright.

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Have You Played… A Valley Without Wind?

You have a game or two like this, in your mind somewhere. It lurks. You wouldn't necessarily say it's a particularly good game, or even your favourite. You might even forget it exists for long periods. But occasionally, perhaps twice a year, or every two or three years, you get an unaccountable craving to play it again. That's what A Valley Without Wind is to…

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1 month ago

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Being petty jerks in Six Ages actually makes you the most powerful clan ever

I'm usually nice. Six Ages is about leading a village in a roughly bronze age fantasy world, in which culture is of paramount importance. Morality and belief and social expectations are complex and compared to those of our own society, very odd. What we'd call the right thing isn't always the same thing that Riders, the game's main culture, would consider right. Even so, I…

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Hyperspace: Pirates Of Atira is like Sea Of Thieves meets FTL

Hyperspace: Pirates Of Atira is a co-op space ship sim in which players manually operate different parts of the ship, physically running about its interior as needed. An Alpha version was released last week, and though it may be early days, the promise of space piracy overlapping with petty office arguments was too much for me to resist. Matt and I had a bit of…

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Wayward Terran Frontier stars the only good sassy robot

Sassy robot sidekicks are awful. They're almost always the worst part of any game they're in. I would not oppose an outright, global ban on including them in anything. But open world space sim Wayward Terran Frontier: Zero Falls has one, and it's great.

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Wizardry: Labyrinth Of Lost Souls comes to PC today

Wizardry: Labyrinth Of Lost Souls is a translated PC port of the Japanese game released in 2009. Sir-Tech's original Wizardry games were among those that defined the entire RPG genre, particularly those concerned with sending a party into dungeons to kill everything. In 1991 they inspired a separate branch of spin-offs in Japan that continued long after the North American series petered out. This entry…

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MiniLAW: Ministry Of Law review

"I have ninety minutes to stop a nuclear bomb from going off, so I've given up on arresting and just started throwing people off buildings," I told the RPS hivemind. This was a half truth. I'd been trying to figure out how to throw people off buildings all day. That is the problem with MiniLAW: Ministry of Law, the hectic dystopian action game from Lasso…

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Have you played… Liberal Crime Squad?

We rescued Rachel Walker from a sweatshop and recruited her to the cause. Safe in our hideout, she revealed a talent for using computers, carrying out simple scripting operations to defraud unwary internet users. After a few months of cracking corporate accounts, she uncovered a huge corruption scandal that rocked the judicial system, scoring our first major PR victory. Her deft fingers also helped the…

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2 months ago

Hit action-RPG Sands Of Salzaar to get an English translation

Desert-roaming action-RPG Sands Of Salzaar has made a splash among Chinese players since its launch into Steam Early Access last week. It's an interesting hybrid of Dynasty Warriors mobicide and a free-roaming light strategy RPG. Its success has prompted the developers to declare an English translation "one of our top priorities, and we aim to add it to the game ASAP". I've stumbled through it…

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Wildermyth knows that levels are bad

In one of the dark, combative corners of my mind there's been a post brewing for years now about how levels are wrong and bad and hold back far too many RPGs. It wasn't really until playing Wildermyth that I could put forward a strong enough game to prove it, though. I've played a lot of it over the last couple of months. I remember…

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Sads will shoot bads in boss rush bullet hell Itta

Sometimes a description of a game appears in my inbox that makes me think "why would you send me this". It is a mean impulse and I'm glad when it's challenged by a prospect like Itta. Itta is a top-down bullet hell shooter about a vengeful young girl fighting a series of cosmic monsters with a revolver, and a ghost cat. It's due out later…

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Coteries of New York review

It's probably difficult to know exactly how to do a Vampire: The Masquerade game. What proportion of your audience will come from the original tabletop game? How many are only familiar with Bloodlines? What if people only picked it up for the genre? On top of this, Vampire: The Masquerade - Coteries of New York is a visual novel too, so who even knows what…

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Can’t Stop Playing: Wildermyth

It's good to know that the rest of RPS will play anything if I call them "cowards" enough. Kicking off 2020 with a strong start, the game we Can't Stop Playing this January is Wildermyth. Three farmers defend their village from invading monsters. They go on to travel the land, looking for the source of the invasion. It's difficult not to boil it down to…

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Robocopy crimefighter MiniLAW: Ministry of Law is out now

It's been several years since I first played MiniLAW: Ministry of Law, the side scrolling shooter/fighter/screamer based on being a hybrid of Robocop and Judge Dredd. In that time it's come a long way, adding more structure, story and flavour to its already colourful crime-stomping action. The full release landed yesterday, and I have Some Thoughts.

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The best of Unknown Pleasures 2019

It's been a weird, weird year for games. My perspective has been particularly odd and hard to square, as I've now been full time staff here at RPS for nearly six months. Six months! That's ... oh my god, I still haven't extended my rent. It's quite strange suddenly being able to talk about games in real life without having to apologise, but other than…

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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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