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Andrew Smee

6 years ago

Feature: Better than kings: mods

Creative Assembly’s Moddessy: Shogun 2 Unbound

Creative Assembly invited key members of its modding community to its Horsham based headquarters last month for a secret meeting. Seated around a conference table, modders looking over at developers whose work we had been rummaging around in for years, one question was on everyone’s mind: Why? We now know what they were planning to announce: the Assembly Kit for Shogun 2, a full modding…

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Kickstarter ♥ Games: $50 Million Raised In Six Months

I suppose we all knew this deep down, but it's startling to see it laid out in pretty graphs: 2012 has seen a massive, massive increase on games funding through Kickstarter. Eye wateringly huge. In six short months they have exploded from the eighth most-funded category in Kickstarter history to the second most-funded, and the first-most funded category of the year, having raised a staggering…

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Decisions, Decisions: Borderlands 2 Skill Trees In Full

At first glance, you wouldn't expect a big loud shooty bang bang game such as Borderlands 2 to be the type who wears a pocket protector and hangs around for the after school mathlete competitions, and yet here it is, polishing up its statistics term paper. The Borderlands 2 character class skill tree is available online for your perusal, allowing you first to see exactly…

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Command and Conquer Single Player Hinted At

The forthcoming Frostbite-powered free to play Command and Conquer sequel will be enjoying a single player campaign after all, as an interview by Polygon with Frank Gibeau, president of EA Labels announces, going back on the previous No-Single Player reveal. Or will it? It's not actually that clear. Gibeau sounded perhaps a little defensive in his statement, talking more about fan reaction than detailing the…

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Powering Up: Black Mesa Screenshots

Black Mesa is coming this Friday. THIS FRIDAY. Can you believe it? I still can't believe it. And yet, so it has been written. To whet your appetite for all things Lambda, the Black Mesa Modification Team (really guys? That's your name? You'll be writing yourself into a corner after you finish Xen) have released seven new fancy pants-sized screenshots of iconic moments and locales…

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Boss Wave: Defender’s Quest Gold, Steam Release

It's time for my regularly scheduled Defender's Quest plug: Defender's Quest is a disarmingly low-fi tower defense/rpg hybrid adventure released last year which immediately excelled due to its easy charm and unending efforts to make the player happy. Speaking of, the previously announced free-for-existing-customers Gold Edition has just released, and boy oh boy is it a doozy. The chaps at Fortress of Doors just love…

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War On Geometry: Super Hexagon Coming To PC

With his new iOS game, Super Hexagon, I've just realised that Terry "VVVVVV" Cavanagh has a plan, and it's to achieve immortality through drinking the tears of broken souls, bent over electronic torture devices screaming his name in fear and fury. I hate him. I hate him. I hate him. Super Hexagon will be coming out on PC. You will hate him too. Hate. There's…

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7 years ago

Gearing Up: Automation Demo

Do you remember those book fairs that used to happen every now and then at school when you were a kid? Hoards of children, clutching pocket money in grubby hands, unleashed on tables and tables of books of every description. I always gravitated towards the science and technology section and bought dozens of books depicting fascinating cutaways of engines, hydrofoils and hovercraft. Well, Camshaft Software's…

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Patient Readmitted: Theme Hospital Now On GoG

For some reason I was sure this was already in the venerable GoG library, but evidently not: Bullfrog's timeless hospital management sim Theme Hospital is now available to be played on your modern machines. I can see how my evening is going to run now: Water those plants! Turn up the radiators! Hire more nurses! Buy more chairs! Oh, no, Earthquake! Fix the Slack Tongue…

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Fetch Quest: Torchlight 2 PAX Walkthrough

A lengthy narrated walkthrough of the delightful looking Torchlight 2 narrated by Max Schaefer, CEO of Runic Games, has made its way out of the procedurally generated dungeon that is the Penny Arcade Expo. It's below, and it looks charming enough: seven minutes of low-level creature stomping in one of the opening areas. It's all the information that comes tumbling out of his lips that…

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Naval Gazing: Naval Warfare Arctic Circle Demo

The fine smell of a cold sea breeze is in the air as the Paradox published, Turbo Tape Games developed Naval War: Arctic Circle demo docks at port. A sea-faring RTS featuring modern-day fleets and aircraft, the demo includes the first two NATO-led story missions, a skirmish map and multiplayer to battle other freeloaders on the high seas. You can download the demo on Steam,…

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Space, Squared: Notch’s 0x10c First Screens

Information about Notch's recently announced space exploration game 0x10c has been slowly emerging from stasis. The fine fellow tweeted a screenshot of the forthcoming game, showcasing "Flashlights, for spelunking and fixing broken ships!" featuring two spacemen (who resemble the Soldier from that low-res TF2 model pack quite a bit, come to think of it. Notch stealing content! Proof that Notch is more evil than EA!)…

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Second Wave: Defender’s Quest Free Gold Update

It's all go in the free update business. First The Witcher 2, and now Defender's Quest, the wonderful indie RPG squad-based tower defense game from Fortress of Doors we've covered in the past. Like Geralt, it'll soon be receiving a totally free Gold update in the near future. These guys have always been keen to offer support befitting of a PC release, and this new…

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Making A House Call: Intruder

Intruder is a forthcoming Unity-powered multiplayer tactical FPS that's been in development for barely two months from a two man team and I'm already excited. As the team explains in their notes, inspiration is strongly felt from the SWAT series with the mission statement of "stealth and cunning over twitch gameplay". The tense thinky combat is already on show, even if the build is so…

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Purple Haze: Saints Row 3 The Trouble With Clones

Saints Row The Third's third DLC pack was just released, detailing the further exploits of the Third Street Saints, this time with the foul creations of unhinged Science. When will people learn? The Trouble With Clones is the latest in Volition's short-form content packs for the silliest excuse to have fun there is, keeping with the scifi B-movie themeing following last month's groovy Gangstas in…

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A Pirate I Was Meant To Be: Amalur Dead Kel Trailer

The Legend of Dead Kel, the first big DLC for swords and conversation RPG Kingdoms of Amalur is arriving tomorrow, letting you loose on the treacherous island of Gallow's End in search of haunted pirate booty. It's a chunk of story-driven content with a focus on player housing, featuring "the most expansive player housing option yet," and if there's one thing I need in my…

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Summoned: The Witcher 2 Enhanced Edition Trailer

I never really got to explore The Witcher 2, mostly because my wheezing computer took one look at the first level and had a little single-framerate cry in the corner. I've since upgraded it with a graphics card larger than my first flat and finally feel in a position to take on Geralt and co. in all their luminescent glory. In good timing, because the…

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BAFTAs 2012: Portal 2 Takes The Prize

The British Academy Video Game Awards took place on Friday night and Portal 2 was awarded highest honours, taking home little gold faces not only for Best Game, but also for Story and Design. Congratulations to Valve, who by this point must be making plans to put up some new shelves of award-bearing load strength. The popular vote went to Battlefield 3, which also won…

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