Free Loaders: Of resistance and roguelikes

Good day, fellow revolutionaries. The time has come to shake off the shackles of oppression but also to try some free games from this week’s round up. We’ve had a couple of game jams competing for attention – the Resist Jam, which is all about raising that fist and shaking it at The Man, and the 7 Day Roguelike Jam, which I presume is all about getting lost in a maze and succumbing to sweet, sweet death. Roll out, comrades. Read the rest of this entry »

WH40K: Eternal Crusade launches free version

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade [official site] did not arrive as the PlanetSide-y peristent open-world war MMO once envisioned but, if you are still curious about the game it actually is, you might fancy the free version that’s now live. I mean, if you’re reading RPS, statistically you do already have an increased chance of wanting to roll into battle with da boyz. And while the original plan was to only let free players be cannon fodder for the Ork waaagh! machine, this here version offers all factions and most classes. Read the rest of this entry »

Settle down: Civilization 6 demo available now

If you’ve been living off the grid and wiping your bum with nettles in the hope that Civilization will one day have a ‘try before you buy’ policy, today is your lucky day. The latest in the venerable strategy series, Civilization VI [official site], now has a demo.

Players who download the Sid Meier’s Civilization VI demo will be able to play as China, led by Qin Shi Huang and take their first steps building a new civilization for up to 60 turns in to the game. For those completely new to the Civilization series the demo also includes the tutorial from the full game to introduce and guide beginners to the world of Civilization.

That’s just about enough time to get to grips with some of the new features, though not enough time to really unpack your capital city and to see all the districts spilling onto the map.

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Faeria getting new co-op campaign in first expansion

Snazzy CCG/board game hybrid Faeria [official site] left early access and properly launched only last week, and now here comes news of the first expansion. The ‘Adventure Pouch‘ will arrive this summer, bulging with a new cooperative campaign, co-op boss battles, and other odds and ends. While Faeria is free-to-play, the Adventure Pouch will be a paid expansion. Also, its name is Adventure Pouch. Adventure Pouch!

Can’t you imagine a filthy wizard propped up by a tavern counter, mead filtering through his nicotine-yellow beard, patting his knee and slurring “C’mere darling, I’ve got a quest reward for you in my Adventure Pouch”? Awful. Read the rest of this entry »

Build your first PC in PC Building Simulator’s demo

“If you haven’t ever built your own gaming PC, you’re selling yourself short,” our Alec has said. Though I’ve been on a gaming laptop for a few years I do agree; the computers I built myself are the ones I cherished most. Picking components and clacking it all together is interesting and exciting, and also a bit terrifying – especially the first time. So hey, whether you’ve built a PC before or not, you might be interested in trying PC Building Simulator [official site]. It is exactly what it sounds like. PC Building Simulator is still in pre-alpha and quite scrappy but you can now try it. Read the rest of this entry »

Student games: stealth vomit, injury hell & sandwiches

You may know Robert Yang through his games or his creative Level With Me series of interviews, which ran on this very website, but did you know that he is also a teacher? One of his courses at Parsons is described as “Building Worlds” and yesterday he shared some of his students’ mid-term projects. They’re “autobiographical” games that you can play in your browser, and the one about stealth vomiting on a crowded train speaks to me, for me and about me.

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Hayla, oh hayla shayla: Halo Wars 2 demo released

You’re read Wot Fraser Brown thinks of Halo Wars 2 [official site], right? That Creative Assembly’s real-time strategy game set in the world of John Torode-177, the Master Chef, is a bit weird as an RTS designed for a console but quite fun all the same? Something that might be worth a crack to see if you take a fancy to it. Don’t go spending £50 to find out (fifty quid!) as it now has a demo out on the Windows Store. For Windows 10 only, of course. Read the rest of this entry »