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Tom Sykes

2 years ago

CCP reveal plans to crack down on EVE Online botters

Like a lot of online games, EVE Online has a problem with botters - players who create automated bots to slave away in the asteroid mines. That problem only got worse since the MMO introduced its free-to-play 'Alpha Clone' accounts. Pressure from fans has led to this recent update on the EVE Online blog, in which creators CCP outline the state of the botting problem,…

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Orwell’s second season to kick off later this month

John enjoyed his time snooping around dystopian surveillance game Orwell, and if the bug I planted under his lapel can be believed, he'd be keen to play something else in a similar vein. Well he's in luck. The second season of Orwell, subtitled Ignorance is Strength, is set to kick off soon. Putting you in the role of an officially sanctioned cyber-snooper acting for the…

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Mafia III studio Hanger 13 suffers massive layoffs

Hanger 13 gave the world open-ended crime caper Mafia III, a game that is at once a formulaic GTA-style action game, and an impressive slice of the American South in the 1960s (with a few fictionalised elements letting the team interpret New Orleans a little more loosely). It seemed to do pretty well sales-wise but today the chances of a Hanger 13-developed follow-up appear dim.…

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Where The Water Tastes Like Wine flows out February 28

There are two things you should know about Where The Water Tastes Like Wine, the interactive fiction-ish anthology from Dim Bulb and Serenity Forge. One is that yer actual Sting is in it, supplying his dulcet tones to a hungry-looking wolfman who will narrate parts of the Americana odyssey. The second is that half of games journalism has written for it, including RPS escapees Cara…

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Ring in the Lunar New Year with Steam’s latest sale

If you go on Twitter, where every second image is of a dog being cuddled, rated, or dressed up as a Star Wars character, it's a reasonable assumption that every year is the year of the dog - however Valve, not to mention the ancient Chinese zodiac, are here to tell you that's not the case. As of today, it legitimately is the year of…

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Farming Simulator 19 announced, with shiny new horses

Skipping a whole number for this year's iteration of the popular farm-'em-up, Giants Software is looking to the future with Farming Simulator 19, which has just been announced for release this Autumn/Fall. By the sounds of it, it should be a  comprehensive update, with a "complete overhaul" of the graphics engine, new crops and farming activities, plenty of shiny tractors, and horses. You can hear…

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Tim Schafer to headline EGX Rezzed this April

You're already attending this year's EGX Rezzed, of course. But if you haven't yet booked your ticket to That London so you can play all them lovely games, here's a piece of news that should cause you to get on that, post-haste. Double Fine's Tim Schafer - he of the simian islands and the tentacular days - is going to headline the event, taking part…

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Kingdom Come Deliverance mod adds unlimited saving

Kingdom Come: Deliverance deliberately doesn't allow you to save the game whenever you feel like it, insisting that you either buy or brew a bottle of something called Saviour Schnapps first. It's a heady beverage that saves your game even as it gets you drunk, and by the sounds of things it doesn't seem too easy a beverage to come by. While the game does…

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Fortnite update adds new grenade type, lunar new year clobber

After a bit of a delay, Fortnite's Save the World mode (that's the original, non-Battle Royale one) has finally received its promised Valentine's Day update. The patch adds a few love-themed quests, along with rather a lot more Lunar New Year content that doesn't have a ton to do with Mandatory Romance Day. As detailed on the Fortnite blog, update 2.5.0 whacks in four additional…

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Epistory dev’s Algo Bot swaps typing for coding

I've never entirely understood the appeal of games featuring programming elements. They ask you to enact one of the trickiest parts of development, but without rewarding you with a finished game at the end. Algo Bot - a new puzzler from the developers of horsey type-'em-up Epistory, which Pip enjoyed a fair bit - features programming, but wraps it up in an attractive sci-fi world…

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Solve puzzles with split-screen in co-op platformer DYO

We first mentioned DYO a couple of years ago, when the one or two-player platformer impressed as part of the Games Made in Berlin collection. It's a co-operative puzzler in the vein of The Lost Vikings or Trine, but with a novel mechanic allowing you to use the split-screen border itself to solve puzzles. For instance, by finagling the screen division just right, you might…

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 washes in on March 8th

The Vermintide will be coming in on March 8th, developers Fatshark have announced, giving us less than a month with which to sharpen our axes, re-string our longbows, and generally mentally prepare to carve up hordes of 'orrible ratmen in Warhammer: Vermintide 2. We've not covered the co-op FPS since its announcement last year, but since then it's been made clear that the ratty Skaven…

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The Evil Within 2’s first-person mode becomes official

This is of less note to us PC types, but still worth a mention. A surprise patch for The Evil Within 2 adds an official first-person mode to the enjoyable, semi-open-world survival horror. If you want to appreciate the detailed environments without also appreciating the back of Sebastian Castellanos' head, you're in luck, as you can now play through the entire game in such a…

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Extinction trailer shows off its swish combat

Extinction is what happens when you take the thrilling, lightly traumatising anime Attack on Titan and remove the unsettling weirdness of its giant naked men, in favour of genero-ogres wearing tasteful loincloths. That's a bit of a shame, but the game they're starring in has me a mite more interested than the Dynasty Warriors re-skin that was the official tie-in Titan game. It's mostly down…

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The Longest Five Minutes: a JRPG that starts at the final boss

The Longest Five Minutes begins where most games end: the final boss. Plonked in front of an unholy baddie, the hero of this quaintly old-fashioned JRPG has only five minutes with which to pummel them off the face of the earth. It sounds like a pretty short game, but thanks to the awesome power of extended, time-dilating flashbacks, those five minutes are soon blown wide…

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All Walls Must Fall busts out of early access next week

After infiltrating early access last August, the slightly conceptually overwhelming All Walls Must Fall is finally ready to break out and release for real. That's the tactical tech-noir cyberpunk time travel game set in an alternate-history Berlin nightclub, in case you'd somehow forgotten. Dominic reported on it favourably in the past but here's reminder: you have one night to prevent a nuclear attack. If you…

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Sea of Thieves to add microtransactions three months after launch

Our Alec had a rum old time with Sea of Thieves' beta version, but the rest of us landlubbers will have to wait until March 20th before we can hoist the mainsail, scrub the poop deck, and [insert third funny-sounding nautical thing here]. In the meantime, there are brows to furrow and consternation to be had about microtransactions, loot boxes and the like. If you…

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Feature: MasterChef

Battle Chef Brigade review

They say the best meals start with the finest ingredients. For example, if you take a freshly bought Pot Noodle, add a splash of boiling water and a soupçon of sachet sauce, you have a tasty meal for the bachelor in a hurry. Trinket Studios' Battle Chef Brigade is a little more omnivorous, and a lot more ambitious, drawing from puzzle games and anime and…

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