Have You Played… Attack On Pearl Harbor?

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

I, you will be confused and perhaps upset to learn, am not Tim Stone. I know as much about flight sims as I do quantum mechanics, and find both equally approachable. When it comes to flying games, my interests lie at the arcadiest of arcadiness, and find their absolute joy in Attack On Pearl Harbor. Read the rest of this entry »

The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m on a busy coastal road. I’m in a country that has no stripes on its flag. There’s a silver two-car electric multiple unit emerging from a tunnel 20 metres to the NW of me. I’m 5 miles from a Decade Volcano. I’m at the same latitude as an African square declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Eighties. I’m in a country that’s above Italy in the World Rugby rankings. The nearest level crossing is 500 metres away. I can see a sign aimed at litter bugs. I’m just about to be passed by a white no.66 bus with an unusually attired chap behind the wheel. Read the rest of this entry »

Playstyle Royale: Desert Sightseeing

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This is Playstyle Royale, where I head into Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and try to win my chicken dinner while adhering to arbitrary rules. It’s been a while and the desert map hasn’t yet received the Playstyle treatment, so I thought it’d be nice to kick off this year with some sightseeing.

As a sightseer, each round I’ll try to visit four locations I’ve deemed touristy enough to deserve my attention, and I’m forbidden to loot anywhere else. As usual, I’ve got five attempts before I have to call it quits.

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The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m standing next to a thick steel door with the words “CHATWOOD’S PATENT LONDON” painted on it. The country I’m in has produced two Nobel laureates and last hosted a Formula 1 GP seven years ago. I’m due North of an enclaved country and a town that gave its name to a famous WW2 battle. 220 metres away is a 220 foot tall medieval tower. I can’t see the sky. I’m 250 metres from a bascule bridge. Read the rest of this entry »

The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer  (Where am I?)

There’s something fruity about my location. I’m within 15 km of two European capitals. If I flew around the globe at this latitude I’d pass over a country with a tree-adorned flag and at least two countries with bird-adorned ones. The country I’m in joined the UN before Switzerland and after Kazakhstan. I’m 4 km from a hotel named after one of Yorkshire’s most famous sons. The local airport is 1km from here and is served by an airline with a j in its name. Sixty years ago most of the people in this vicinity were foreigners. Today, most of the visitors you meet are anglers. The nearest mountain is 350 km away and bears the name of a famous cosmonaut. Read the rest of this entry »

Hand of Fate 2’s best character becomes semi-playable in free DLC

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Hand Of Fate 2 is a nail-on-the-head sequel (and one of our 2018 GOTYs), hanging onto what made the first game’s card game/roguelite/brawling combo so compelling while expanding in smart ways that save it from repetition. However, one thing it arguably didn’t do was make the best of HOF’s excellent sneering narrator/nemesis figure The Dealer, who in HOF2 has an altogether more chillaxed thing going on.

The good news is that the game’s first DLC, due out tomorrow and which is also free, is very much Dealer-centric. The news I genuinely don’t know what to make of is that he’s being cast in a new and very different role from before.
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The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

My left foot is on the number ‘1800’, my right on the number ‘4220’. I can see a white and green tram. I’m on the banks of a river that gave its name to an aircraft manufacturer. I’m due south of a famous prehistoric hill figure. The country I’m in has hosted the Winter Olympics more times than it has hosted the Summer Olympics. This city has something in common with Norwich. I’m a kilometre away from the birthplace of a literary giant and half a kilometre from a warship that starred in a recent movie. I’m a stone’s throw from a bridge named after a duchess. Read the rest of this entry »

The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m at the junction of three roads, all of which are named after rivers. I can see an airship. If I walked north ten paces I’d end up on a railway line. The country I’m in has a female head of government and has qualified for the FIFA World Cup twice. I’m in an oceanic climate zone. Mesopotamia is 100 miles away. The town I’m in has something in common with a Manic Miner level. A famous PC game designer grew up here. Read the rest of this entry »

Grab a new look at Beyond Good & Evil 2, live right now

Hurry hurry hurry (or, y’know, watch the archived stream a bit later) – Ubisoft are just about to show off the much-anticipated, much-delayed sequel Beyond Good and Evil 2. Michael Ancel and colleagues are live on Twitch, talking more about – and most importantly showing more – BGE2, a game that finally stepped out of the shadows in this Summer’s E3.

Swearing, space pirates, online gubbins and prequel timeframes have raised a few eyebrows previously – will this bring ’em back down to earth or send ’em further skywards? Find out below.
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The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m standing under a rusting railway bridge constructed in 1894. I can see a red octopus. I’m at the same latitude as one of France’s régions d’outre-mer. I’m a stone’s throw from a stadium named after a winner of the world’s oldest annual marathon. The country I’m in has weapons on its flag. The antipode of this spot is in the Indian Ocean. I’m 250m from a railway museum. Read the rest of this entry »

The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Who am I?)

I had something in common with a 10th Century bishop of Winchester, an early George Lucas film, and a type of eagle. I died in the same year as a famous Czech writer. My oldest friend, a freedom-loving female, outlived me. My killer was convicted with the help of digital evidence. I was named after a politician. I never left my country of birth. To view my remains you’ll need to travel to a spot thirteen miles from Geneva. Read the rest of this entry »

How Total War: Warhammer’s Mortal Empires engineers a world of unending war

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the difficult journeys they underwent to make the best bits of their games. This time, Total War: Warhammer’s Mortal Empires campaign [official site].

Mortal Empires is the logical conclusion of Total War: Warhammer. It asks this: what happens if all the races, factions, legendary lords and terrain of both Total War: Warhammer and its sequel were folded together into a single giant campaign? The answer was released in October as a free addition to owners of the two games, and it is, as game director Ian Roxborough tells me, “By far the biggest, most content-rich campaign that we’ve ever done in Total War.”

But how do you make games that are designed to be played both in discrete and distinctive smaller chunks, and also in huge and unified ones? How do you balance Warhammer’s strongly asymmetric races against each other while continually adding more? And how do you make a game as big as Mortal Empires comprehensible and playable at all? Read the rest of this entry »

The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Who am I?)

I almost died in the year WWI formally ended. I crossed an ocean post-mortem. A shape of a specific colour links me to a Bowie album and an Asian sidearm. I was born in Middlesex. I’ve appeared on postage stamps and coins. I’ve an Irish surname. I once topped the bill at Madison Square Garden. I spent time in prison. I’ve something in common with a man mentioned in this document. I was an entrepreneur and poet but am remembered today primarily for achievements in a different field. Read the rest of this entry »

Fresh cyber-hell awaits in new System Shock remake vid

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Back in March, we reported that the successfully-crowdfunded System Shock remake was rebooting development with a new central aesthetic. We’re starting to see that decision bear fruit, as the latest update for Kickstarter backers features a good chunk of new footage showing off the refreshed visuals, some new concept art, and a peek at some of the improvements they’re bringing to combat.

After the jump: A generously-portioned developer vlog video, giving us a broad peek at how development on the game is progressing, adorably presented in official Citadel Station audio-log format.

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The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m in a landlocked country that won no medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics. I’m standing at the bottom of a flight of twenty granite steps. If I circled the globe at this latitude I’d pass over four South American and six African countries. I’m 1.5km from a stadium where Gordon Sumner and The Boss have performed. I’m 15km from an international airport. I can see a pair of antelopes and a massive RPG-7. Asians shaped my surroundings. This place is more than 50 times larger than its name suggests. Read the rest of this entry »

The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m 30km due north of a whaling station. I can see an orangutan and a chimp. I’m 5km from an international border. The name of this road includes the local word for ‘bridge’. I’m in a country that has a lyricless national anthem. The Romans processed fish at a site 1km from here. I’m at the same latitude as the capital of a Middle Eastern proto-state. The speed limit on this section of road is 30kph. There’s a strong smell of oil and oil byproducts in this vicinity. Read the rest of this entry »

The Walking Dead’s final season brings back Gary Whitta

Veteran The Walking Dead storyman Gary Whitta will return to the episodic zombie apocalypse story ’em up for its fourth and final season, Telltale Games announced today. Whitta was story consultant on the first season and wrote its fourth episode, as well as contributing to add-on episode 400 Days, but hasn’t been involved with it for years. The series has declined over the years so hopefully he might help reverse this.

Telltale have also announced they’re working on prettied-up versions of their earlier Walking Dead games for a big console collection, though they haven’t confirmed if those will come to PC too. (Update: doesn’t look like it.) Read the rest of this entry »

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 review: A big leap, but not quite a 4K slayer

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 is no longer top dog in its GPU family – that honour now goes the GTX 1080Ti and, of course, the frankly ridiculous Titan Xp. It has, however, come down quite dramatically in price since I first looked at it, arguably making it a better buy than ever before if you’re after a 4K-capable graphics card. The economically monikered MSI Gaming X 8GB Twin Frozr VI pictured above, for instance, cost a wallet-breaking £695 a year ago. Now you can pick up one like Gigabyte’s equally succinct GeForce GTX 1080 Turbo OC for as little as £489 from Scan. Or, if you head over to our Black Friday 2017 hub, you can find one for just £439 over on Ebuyer. The 1080Ti, on the other hand, has remained at a steady £700 since launch.

A no-brainer, right? Not quite, as there’s also the GTX 1070Ti to think about as well, which costs even less at around £420 and promises near 1080 performance. We’ll be taking a look at the 1070Ti shortly, so we’ll update this page with our findings soon to let you know how we got on. For now, though, I’ll turn my attention back to the regular GTX 1080.

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The Foxer

Warm-up Foxer (Where am I?)

I’m 200 metres from a sizeable mushroom farm. I can see a railway locomotive numbered 8789. The street I’m on shares a name with a Tintin character, a Viceroy of India, and an Antipodean art prize. I’m at the same latitude as a city featured in Battlefield 1. I’m 1.5km from a footloose fort named after a British Overseas Territory. I’m in a country that won’t be playing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. I’m standing next to a grain elevator that no longer exists. Read the rest of this entry »