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1 week ago

Feature: Rising not guaranteed with every purchase

Have You Played… Old Gods Rising?

Old Gods Rising came out relatively recently, but I'm asking if you have played it because I think more people should.It's a first person exploration game with a few puzzles, where you play as a disgraced TV historian (as in, historian who had a TV show not a historian specialising in TV) who has been called to serve as the expert on a film set.…

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Feature: No, but seriously

Immortals Fenyx Rising might actually be great, for kids and adults alike

As I have now stepped through the dread portal to my 30s, I have noticed with horror that I sometimes start sentences with, "When I was young", which is basically the same as, "In my day". Might as well fall into my own grave now. But I do think - no, honestly, listen - that children's entertainment isn't as fun and grim as it used…

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Feature: This one goes off the rails, not going to lie

Podcast episode 114: the autumnal games special

I won't lie to you listener, the ratio of games to not-games chat on this week's episode of the Electronic Wireless Show is pretty... it's pretty low. This may be the least amount of games chat we've ever done. Nevertheless: here is a podcast. This time it is about autumnal games - not games about the season, but games that are cosy, that are good…

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Feature: Off the hook

Have You Played… A Normal Lost Phone?

Have you ever found a lost phone? If you're not a complete wrong 'un your first instinct was likely to find some way to reunite it with it's owner. But there's another urge, bubbling away just under the surface of your otherwise squeaky clean sense of morality. It's okay, you can admit it: You sort of wanted to take a peek. It's only natural.

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Feature: Tank-bred

The visual novel about axolotls is finished; is deeply weird and dark

When I first joined RPS two(!) years(!!) ago, one of the very first things I wrote about was RB: Axolotl, a visual novel about a bunch of axolotls living in different corners of a tank and having very intense, obsessive relationships with each other. At the time it was just a demo, but now it's a full game. I'm still playing my way through it,…

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Feature: The incredible sculk

v1.17 Minecraft is getting even more complicated. However: axolotls.

So, as you might already know, there is another big Minecraft update on the way - version 1.17, a.k.a "Caves & Cliffs". As the name suggests, it's going to be focusing on the underground (with a lesser focus on mountains and such), and that's welcome news for long-time players. Especially since the Nether, Minecraft's weirdo hell dimension, got a makeover in version 1.16, it's become…

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Feature: It is almost certainly not

Is your Cyberpunk 2077 merch cyberpunk enough?

We are now but a month out from the release of Cyberpunk 2077. The massive action RPG finally landed on a November 19th launch date after a couple of delays (any further chance of a date push having apparently been, itself, pushed by developers CD Projekt rolling back their "no mandatory crunch" policy). Not that we've been bereft of Cyberpunk content in the meantime. In…

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Feature: "What's scary isn't the monsters or location, it's that you're stranded"

Amnesia: Rebirth’s bright setting is designed to create a different type of fear, Frictional Games tell us

The year is 1937, and you've just woken up in a crashed plane in the middle of a desert. You're not some sort of Indiana Jones-esque film though, I'm afraid, you're in a horror game - Amnesia: Rebirth, to be exact. It's the new survival horror from Frictional Games, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Soma, and it's out today.How can the horror…

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Feature: Scares as iconic as Aiden's cap

Add Hill House and the Bates Motel to The Sims 4 for the season of pumpkins

As the nights draw ever closer, and the windows of the local Tesco grow ever more pumpkiny, I have been burrowing into blankets, putting a hot water bottle on my feetsies (because we don't want to turn on the heating yet) and wallowing in some classic scares. But I have found this harder to do with games. Most games are, obviously, a very interactive experience,…

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Feature: Nuka Cola? Spacer's Choice? Minmo?

What’s your favourite fictional brand in video games?

From Nuka Cola and Tediore to Umbrella Corp and Spacer's Choice, video games are full of fictional products and brands. Some are narrowly dodging trademark infringement, some have full lines of products with distinct style, some are jokes, and some have complex in-fiction histories. Reader dear, which is your favourite and why? Mine is a cat food.

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2 weeks ago

Feature: To Let down?

Big back tats and stripy ravens: the best bits of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s settlement

In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla you’ll be in charge of building a Settlement (with a capital S) called Ravensthorpe for your comrades, which’ll act as a base of operations and somewhere to relax post axe throw. When you first invade England you’ll start small with a few folks in tents, but as you progress and invest in its development, it’s meant to expand into a thriving…

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Feature: All you can eat

Have You Played… Donut County?

Donut County is like Katamari Damacy, but tidier. Instead of rolling everything up into an ever-increasing ball of mess, you're sucking everything underground until the surface is bare. As an expanding hole, you eat bricks, chairs, cars, until eventually you're able to gobble up entire houses. And who doesn't love some tasty brickwork for their tea?

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Feature: Kicking arse, and doors, in Door Kickers 2

The Flare Path endangers Rangers

If days were centimetres the sequel to this site's favourite tactics game of 2014 would be about this far away (I'm holding my hands out in front of me like a person illustrating the leg span of the largest giant huntsman spider ever recorded). Poke your spycam under yonder jump and you'll spot an interview with Door Kickers 2's designer, Dan Dimitrescu, plus a blow-by-blow account…

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Have You Played… Hoplite?

Hoplite has been an instant install on any new phone I buy since before I'd left university. It's an unassuming turn-based roguelite where you play as a Hoplite deftly moving from enemy to enemy, from tiny map to tiny map, in search of a Golden Fleece. It's also the first thing that comes to mind when I try to dredge up a list of games…

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Feature: None more goth

“An entire universe of art”: Kieron Gillen on what comics and games can learn from each other

Autumn. Nature renews itself. Green shades turn to warm reds. The air gets chiller, the days get shorter. Kids return to school. Columns come and go. Games journalists become narrative designers. It's the circle of life.But autumn is also the season when the laws of nature gets tweaked, and the dead wake up again to haunt the living for a day. Let's salute this column…

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