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7 Billion Humans puts a cheerily dystopian face on programming next week

First World of Goo, then Little Inferno, then Tomorrow Corporation even made programming a bit sinister in Human Resource Machine. Next week, they're rolling out 7 Billion Humans, sequel to Human Resource Machine. Robots have taken over the world, and in order to give our now-redundant species something to do, they've bundled us all into a towering office building. It's up to you to program…

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3 hours ago

Nighthawks is a vampire RPG from Wadjet Eye and RPS pal Richard Cobbett

There are few sentences that have me sitting up and paying attention faster than 'inspired by Vampire: Bloodlines', so interactive fiction/RPG blend Nighthawks already had me. That shot comes with a chaser, too; it's a collaboration between Wadjet Eye (of the excellent Unavowed) and prolific word-spewer and RPS regular Richard Cobbett (Sunless Sea). Suddenly, I want to know absolutely everything about it. It's early days…

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4 hours ago

Live the gritty cyber espionage life in free parody ENHANCE.COMPUTER

It's a scene we've all seen a hundred times. The tech-savvy cop hunches over an all-too-bright monitor in a darkened room. There's a reflection in a mirror in a blurry photo, and it's the last clue to cracking this case. Only gritty and realistic use of modern technology can get to the bottom of this crime. "Zoom. Move right. Enhance!". And the image comes into…

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5 hours ago

Sword-smooching hack n’ slash hybrid Boyfriend Dungeon cuts a fine figure

Boyfriend Dungeon is a strange title - it manages to sound both more kinky and less weird than the game it's attached to. Announced back in October by Shrouded Isle and Moon Hunters studio Kitfox, it's about smoochin' on swords. Part hack and slash action-RPG, part dating sim, it features a variety of weapons that transform into an equally diverse suite of suitors. There's men…

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7 hours ago

Grim medieval fantasy farming sim Graveyard Keeper is out today

Stardew Valley is all well and good, but y'know what the farming life-sim genre really needs? Witch-burnings, inquisitions and a general sense of dread. At least, that's what I'm assuming was going through the heads of Punch Club developers Lazy Bear, as they set to work on their latest game, Graveyard Keeper. Set in a dark fantasy world, you get to stomp around in the…

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8 hours ago

High fantasy meets 1920s upheaval in episodic adventure Pendula Swing, out now

While others (like Arcanum) have played with the idea of high fantasy moving into the modern era, point-and-click episodic adventure Pendula Swing might be the most committed to the concept yet. Described by its developers as "Tolkien meets The Great Gatsby", it's the story of a long-retired dwarven heroine forced to leave her secluded island home in search of a stolen magic axe. A lot…

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10 hours ago

The Humble Jackbox Party Bundle includes too much party for you to handle

If you've never played any of the Jackbox games, Humble are offering you the chance to fix that for cheaps. You can pay what you want to get Fibbage XL and Quiplash in the Humble Jackbox Party Bundle, which will both reveal that your friends can be way funnier than you ever gave them credit for. They're party games that everyone plays via their phones,…

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A new TimeSplitters coming after Crytek sell rights

In their ongoing mission to own the world's largest collection of intellectual property rights to perfectly decent action games that make people nod and say "Yeah I liked that back in the day" when reminded of them, an arm of THQ Nordic has grabbed Free Radical Design's time-travelling FPS series TimeSplitters. Crytek had previously owned the TimeSplitters rights, picking them up along with the Free…

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11 hours ago

Fortnite’s new 50v50 mode takes to the skies

Another variation of Fortnite Battle Royale's megamurdering 50v50 event mode has arrived in today's patch, and it's a good'un. The "Soaring 50's" limited time mode sends 50v50 airborne by letting players redeploy their glider when in mid-air, adding a huge amount of mobility to help get around and bust through the vast forts that sprawl across the landscape when dozens of players start building together.…

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1 day ago

Art history-mangling adventure The Procession To Calvary turns to crowdfunding

If Renaissance-era art was anywhere near as funny as point-and-click adventure The Procession To Calvary makes it look, I'd probably know a lot more art history right now. Sequel to the similarly Gilliam-inspired Four Last Things, it's a very silly tour through some of the most iconic artworks of the renaissance. Apparently buying famous artworks in order to snip them up and make silly animations…

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New Mega Drive puzzle platformer Tanglewood is out today on PC too

A new Mega Drive game doesn't happen every day, but there's a surprising number of teams writing new code for retro hardware these days. Tanglewood is a charming looking little puzzle-platform adventure for the Sega Mega Drive (or the Genesis, if you're American), released just today. Originally funded via Kickstarter, it can be played on real, original hardware if you're willing to splash out for…

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Arkane hint vaguely at the studio’s future, while Dishonored is “resting for now”

While none of their games have been the industry-shaking hits I would have loved them to be, Dishonored and Prey developers Arkane have put the immersive sim genre back on the map. At QuakeCon last week, agents for the ever-sneaky VG247 managed to pin down Ricardo Bare, lead designer at Arkane. Despite the studio being famously evasive ever since that whole Press Sneak Fuck incident,…

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2D souls-like Death’s Gambit launches into undeath today

The Souls series is unquestionably one of the most influential gaming works this decade. Who'd have thought that a reboot of the King's Field series would see dozens of imitators, and for so many of them to be good? Death's Gambit is the latest in an increasing number of 2D Souls-inspired platform hack n' slashers, joining the likes of Salt & Sanctuary and the excellent…

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Asymmetric multiplayer hunter Deathgarden stalks into early access

There's no time to smell the roses in Deathgarden. You'll either be too busy parkouring away from a chunky marine, or embodying that soldier yourself as you hunt down the five other players in each game. Think Evolve, but with a gaggle of archers whose focus is on fleeing a dude with a gun rather than bringing down a big beastie. Also they're all humans…

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Petroglyph’s Forged Battalion rolls off the production line

Petroglyph, the stratheads behind real-time strategy games from Star Wars: Empire At War to Grey Goo, today launched their latest effort in clicking on men to make other men kill them. Forged Battalion is its name, and customising your units with wacky weapons and wheels is its game. Fraser Brown quite liked tinkering with that when he prematurely evaluated Forged Batallion in its early access…

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Gather your party like it’s 1985 – The Bard’s Tale Trilogy’s first remaster is out now

Interplay's original Bard's Tale trilogy was a little before my time. With the first game launching in 1985, when I was two years old, I wasn't quite ready to crunch numbers and map my own dungeons. Maybe today's remastered release of The Bard's Tale Trilogy will help me fill in some of the blanks in time for the release of inXile's The Bards Tale 4 on September 18th.…

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Jagged Alliance returns again again with ‘Rage’ (not that one)

The ranks of the Jagged Alliance series, with its myriad sequels, remakes, expansion packs, mods-gone-pro, cancelled MMOs and unofficial spin-offs, rival only the So Solid Crew in terms of headspinning numbers and impossible-to-remember names. After a frankly turgid couple of decades, it's back once again for the one-time king of turn-based mercenary argy-bargy. Can Jagged Alliance: Rage score the Arnie-does-X-COM series a critical and/or commercial…

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Smite & Paladins devs Hi-Rez splitting into multiple studios

The developers behind Paladins, Smite, Realm Royale, and Tribes: Ascend today announced they're formally splitting into distinct new studios to handle their big games (no, not including Tribes) under an overarching publisher. At the very least, this should assuage some fears about Hi-Rez's track record of ditching older games when their limited teams shifted over to newer games. For now, it seems their three core…

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Dear Esther studio The Chinese Room bought by Sumo

Things are looking up for The Chinese Room, the studio behind Dear Esther and Everybody's Gone To The Rapture, as they've been bought by a group who also own Snake Pass devs Sumo Digital. It seems like a big reversal of fortune, letting The Chinese Room get stuck into work again. Around this time last year, the English studio laid off their development team and…

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Nvidia Turing: GTX 1180 or RTX 2080? New Quadro RTX GPUs change the game with new specs

Nvidia's Turing GPUs are finally here! Sort of. Breaking with tradition, the first graphics cards to be announced in Nvidia's new Turing family are actually professional Quadro RTX models: the Quadro RTX 5000, Quadro RTX 6000 and Quadro RTX 8000. As such, we'll have to wait a little longer before we see the arrival of more consumer-facing GeForce GTX versions (probably next week when Nvidia…

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