Have You Played… Killing Floor?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Killing Floor 2 [official site] has left Early Access now, and given that it’ll be looking to bring the playerbase from the original into fresh pastures, there may be little point in revisiting Killing Floor the first. But I’ve been thinking about it a lot recently for reasons that don’t necessarily involve actually loading it up and shooting a monster in the guts. Killing Floor makes me think about genre.

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Best Football Manager 2017 mods so far

Sports Interactive’s Football Manager series (once known as Championship Manager) is the Chosen One of sports management games. Rarely does its year-on-year instalment fall from Steam’s top ten most played games list and while the latest edition, Football Manager 2017 [official site], isn’t exactly brimming with new features, it has finely tuned almost all of its existing ones – to the point where this season’s outing is one of the best in the series’ illustrious 14-year career. “I have been impressed; greatly impressed at times,” says Adam in his review.

Similar to the waves of players and personnel who switch employers each year, mods come and go with each passing iteration of FM. The following list gathers the best that are available so far for 2016/17’s incarnation – but we’ll be adding to this list as the season unfolds.

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Notes On A Patch: Is No Man’s Sky a better game now?

Back in September, when I was deep in the throes of my obsessional relationship with the peculiar No Man’s Sky, I wrote a Supporter post describing my dream patch notes. Clearly, when so many people have chosen to invest their misplaced personal anguish into the game, the spluttered response would be, “Well, pffpffpffff, how about NOT [MAKE A GAME UNLIKE THE GAME I WAS EXPECTING],” or some such. But rather than trying to look outraged, I hoped to lay down the details big and small that I’d want in order to improve a game which – despite all it lacked – had me in its hooks. So, now there’s been a big update! How many of my wishes have been granted?

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Getting axed in the neck in The Division’s Survival mode

The baseball bat guys got me again. Here I am, lying face down in the snow, surrounded by hooded and bloodthirsty punks, who smashed my bones until I died. It has been a hard life. I almost froze to death, scavenged the belongings of fallen players, and somehow reached the most dangerous part of blizzard-stricken New York all by myself. Now, I am dead. The anti-virals I was told to retrieve are less than ten yards away. This is The Division’s new survival mode. In many ways, it is what the shooter’s original Dark Zone should have been.
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Have You Played… Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Not only did it allow you to throw your lightsaber across the room and electrocute a bunch of imbecile Stormtroopers until they fell into a big hole, it also spawned one of the most satisfying stories ever written about a videogame. Well done, Jedi Knight II. Read the rest of this entry »

Premature Evaluation – Ultimate General: Civil War

Every week we dispatch Brendan onto the battlefields of early access alongside a battalion of eager troops. This week, he attempts to become a renowned tactician for the Union in Ultimate General: Civil War [official site].

I don’t know much about this period of American history, except that Abraham Lincoln was the goodie and Clint Eastwood won the war by blowing up a bridge with a Mexican friend. But I do like a good strategy game, the practice of shunting little toy soldiers about and watching as long bits of geometry engulf other, smaller bits of geometry. So come with me if you want to see what it’s like to “draw” a war.
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Watch Dogs 2 is an antidote to the grimness of GTA

I’ve been playing Watch Dogs 2 [official site] for most of a day and a night, and I haven’t killed anyone yet. The game’s recreation of San Francisco and outlaw protagonist make Grand Theft Auto the obvious point of comparison, and while it’s certainly possible to take the ultraviolence and careless crime route in your travels around the city, stealth infiltration and surveillance are much more suited to the game’s toolset and mood.

Whatever else it might be, and I’ll cover as much as I can below, Watch Dogs 2 is a more thoughtful, brighter alternative to Rockstar’s take on the open world urban action adventure.

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