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Feature: Try before you buy.

Sparklite is a roguelike which runs on FOMO

On the surface, Sparklite is as generically, pleasantly roguelikelike as it's possible to get. You wander around randomly generated areas, clubbing baddies with a wrench and spelunking in sinkholes for treasure, before taking on big gits in caves. The story is bland as weetabix, there are secrets to be found everywhere, and there are helpful items that give you new abilities. The game is pretty…

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Feature: It's chess, with lasers!

Have You Played…Khet 2.0?

While none of the Auto-battlers out there are what we would know as "chess", their existence did make me think of Khet 2.0 - a digital form of laser chess. Laser chess has you move pieces with mirrors, an the aim is to shoot the opponent’s King (or get them to shoot it themselves with your Machiavellian manoeuvring).

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20 hours ago

Feature: It's all downhill

Unknown Pleasures: The only games we cover

Argh, yes, hello hello, intro intro, words, excuses. Sorry everyone, I've been rather ill and all the game devs selfishly decided to keep releasing their games anyway. Do they not KNOW what HAPPENS to troublemakers in the Unknownatorium? It is, of course, time for a belated Unknown Pleasures, our regular selection of the best under-exposed games on Steam.

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1 day ago

Feature: Can Jedi: Fallen Order join them?

The 10 best Star Wars games on PC

A new hope. After two boring-but-fine Star Wars: Battlefront games, we're now on the verge of EA's third swing of the lightsaber with the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. There are reasons to think it might be more interesting than early trailers suggested, after writers such as our own Matt came back from a recent preview event with his pockets filled with (qualified)…

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Feature: How I discovered I was living next to a serial killer's graveyard

Google Earth VR turned my neighbourhood into a real-world adventure game

There used to be a time when you could impress your family by loading up Google Maps, finding a childhood memory, and zooming in until it became a sort of pixellated memory lane. Your mum and dad would be amazed, and you would be lauded because you showed them their old shed viewed from a satellite on the same thing they use to look up…

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2 days ago

Feature: The last ride of the Wastes of Space

Death and betrayal aboard a vast steel space spider

COMMANDER'S LOG: SPACE TIME 9333333333333-[[[[[CHECKSUM ERROR:ℂlⓞ匚Ҝ'𝐒 B𝓸ⓁĻ𝓞𝓬ⓚ𝕤єᵈ}}#....[ Alice B: Oh no. I'm back here. It takes me a minute to work out where "here" is, but my hindbrain's way ahead of me, already shuddering in revulsion. I'm in the bloody spider. Or rather, the gigantic vessel that looked like one. The name comes to my tongue like acid reflux: The Loveless. My self-built prison, and…

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Feature: Hacks on, hacks off

Operator has the basis of a good hacker game, if only it made sense

I'm still struggling with what, exactly, Humble Originals are meant to be, and I think Humble might be as well. They're only available through Humble's monthly subscription service, and the official gubbins says they're "brand new games" that are "a little risky, a little experimental, and a lot of fun!" In practice, results seem to vary. Sometimes you get solid, polished things, like Wilmot's Warehouse…

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Feature: Changing rooms

Tour the weird and wonderful private homes of Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV offers a lot to potential players. It's a polished MMO with great writing, combat, and a seemingly infinite number of crossover events. But you can also ignore all of that and spend your time designing and decorating a home. The Housing System allows you to buy an estate and play a private game of interior design using items earned, bought or crafted…

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3 days ago

Feature: The sky isn't the limit

Inside the free GTAV mod giving Los Santos a realistic glow-up

The next phase of Grand Theft Auto V’s PC glow-up is coming, like a beautiful high schooler in a teen movie taking their glasses off to reveal they were even more beautiful all along. Scheduled to launch in December via GTAV-mods.com, a massive update to the astounding (and free) NaturalVision mod will overhaul the game’s already age-defying looks. We’re talking a remodelled sky, reworked shadows,…

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Feature: Forever and ever, amen

Steam Charts: Schteam Schmarts Edition

The results are in! The links between the longevity of Steam Charts and the decreases in violent crime, the improvement of sanitary water supplies, and sudden global drops in serious health issues, are no coincidence at all! To quote from the paper recently published in Nature, "Causal links have been shown connecting Rock Paper Shotgun's Steam Charts articles to a remarkably number of positive worldwide…

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Feature: Take up Armas

Best Arma 3 mods

The Arma series has a bit of a double identity. On one hand, you've got a hard-as-nails military sim shooter, pitting the fallibility of human senses up against a world populated by laser-accurate AI. On the other hand, you've got the ultra-moddable sandbox that spawned DayZ and (in turn) the battle royale genre as we know it. The Apelegs are connected to the Arma bone,…

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Feature: Speedy resolution

How to deal with Disco Elysium’s twelve-year-old drug addict

The first proper obstacle in amnesiac police RPG Disco Elysium, if you don’t count your ceiling fan, is a small child who has taken a lot of speed. He stands outside your hotel, chucking stones at your corpse. Your case’s corpse. The one you need to investigate. This won’t do.

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Feature: The little grey cells

Have You Played… all those weird Hercule Poirot hidden object games?

If you search "Agatha Christie hidden object game" you can find these, available to buy apparently legitimately, from a few places. Most of them have their own slightly shady launcher. The premise is that you, playing as a version of fussy detective Hercule Poirot who looks like if someone drew David Suchet on a thumb, play through his most famous mysteries, but in hidden object…

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4 days ago

Feature: Read more

The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for relaxing into your week off, potentially with a huge RPG or three. I'll be busy playing cowboy, space cowboy or detective, but there's always room to read the best writing about videogames from the past week. For Vice, Matthew Gault wrote about how Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare blurs distinctions between the wars it's based on, rewriting history for the benefit of…

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5 days ago

Feature: Feeling weird about/with games

Priceless Play – 9 November 2019

I've been thinking a lot about "weird games" lately. When folks call things weird it seems to be a shortcut for saying, "this is different from what I usually experience, and was, therefore, unexpected." Sometimes it is dismissive, sometimes it is contentious, sometimes 'weird' is worn as a badge of honour. In a past life, I considered myself an art historian (this is because I…

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Feature: Well?

What are we all playing this weekend?

We are in a boring, sickly stage between seasonal events. Not quite Christmas, and yet we are still eating left over Halloween sweets in the office. I started this morning with an orange drumstick lolly. We don't even break up the drudgery with a pre-Christmas Christmas giving thanks for... killing a turkey? Wearing belts on hats? Colonialism? I am unsure, but I do know that,…

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6 days ago

Feature: They can survive almost anything

Let me tell you about my cockroach obsession in Disco Elysium

So Disco Elysium is an RPG, yes? And you have to solve a murder, because you're a cop. Except you also can't remember anything whatsoever, including your own name or where you badge and gun are (how are you supposed to hand them over to your chief when you break the rules to get results??) or even, initially, that you're a cop. This creates the…

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