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Frostpunk

9 months ago

Feature: 2014 all over again

Steam Charts: surviving eternity

Hallo! John's away so I'm taking over for our latest weekly rundown of the biggest-selling games on Steam over the previous seven days. Familiar faces are here, of course, but the charts also include more survival games than I've seen in yonks. The slightest peek of sun outside and you lot start acting as if it's the end of the world, eh?

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10 months ago

Feature: Jeff Freezos returns

A Frostpunk diary of certain doom, part 3: small mercies

The ongoing tale of a desperate first run in survival/management sim Frostpunk. When last we spoke, everyone was starving, everyone was ill, there weren't enough homes and people were choosing death over amputation. It's day 10 in the frozen remnants of what was once Britain, and it looks like it's all over already. Oh ye of little faith.

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Feature: Puts the ice in advice

Video: 8 toasty tactics I wish I’d known before starting Frostpunk

With just ten hours left on Frostpunk’s clock, the people of my city decided to steam me alive. I got those ingrates just ten hours away from the final daybreak, and they treated me like human dim sum. Some of them even clapped with prosthetic hands I had built for them during the harshest of winters. The last thought that popped into my boiled mind?…

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Feature: A bit nippy

The RPS Verdict: Frostpunk

Snow and coal simulator Frostpunk has gripped a few of us in its cold prosthetic claws over the past week. We especially like the warm feeling it gives us when you switch to heatmap mode and see the temperature rise in your new houses. But it also isn’t the steam-powered morality trolley it often tries to be. Here, city bosses Katharine, Matt and Brendan discuss…

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Feature: Too many people, not enough people

Jeff Freezos: a Frostpunk diary of careless cruelty, part 2

Continuing an increasingly doomed attempt to survive the endless winter of Frostpunk. Overwork and hunger: the very bedrock of a failed society. Strained beyond belief mere days into proceedings, my people fall ill faster than the attendees of a three-year-old's birthday party in an airless room. We need all hands on deck to gather supplies for the building of a hunter's shack and cookhouse, but…

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Feature: The hit parade

Steam Charts: surviving the Frostpunk bots of Britannia

Hullo! John is preoccupied with wizards right now, so I'm taking over for the rundown of last week's top ten on Steam. It was an interesting week, bringing back some welcome old games and slamming in some shiny new ones. Largely, it's all about robots and survival.

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Feature: Trousers for tents

Jeff Freezos: a diary of Frostpunk doom, part 1

The fate of humanity, or at least a slim and freezing remainder of it, rests upon the bewildered shoulders of someone who can't even keep a basil plant alive for more than 24 hours. Frostpunk does not forgive. Frostpunk does not have mercy. Frostpunk will kill everyone. Unless I can stop it.

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Feature: Listen now to warm your bones

Podcast: Feeling the cold with Frostpunk

Bit nippy in here, isn’t it? Let’s throw another game on the fire and warm ourselves with some electro-soup. Yes, it’s the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, and this week we’re talking about freezing cold city-builder Frostpunk. Katharine lost a third of her people to cold when she forgot to turn the heat on, while Brendan dug up his society’s dead because he "needed…

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Feature: NEW ENTRIES OMGAF

Steam Charts: Actual Hope Edition

As I drag my groggy-faced body to the monitor at 6.30 each Monday morning, I click the bookmark for my Steam Charts RSS and scrunch up my face so my forehead and nose curl over my eyes. How bad will it be? How familiar will the list of five-year-old games be? How will I think of... BUT WHAT IS THIS?!!?! FOUR new entries! Far Cry…

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Frostpunk announces vague flurry of post-release content

Frostpunk has quite a fandom here at RPS. Even if the game hadn't been good, we would still have given it coverage because we enjoy going Full Mr. Freeze with headlines like "Frostpunk ventures out into the cold" and my personal favorite "There's snow hope in this new Frostpunk trailer" which I'm borderline mad about. Look, I'd never do anything like that in my headlines.…

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Frostpunk ventures out into the cold

Despite society/city builder Frostpunk being on my radar for months, I somehow only just clocked that the name's a play on steampunk. The revelations continue: steam is something that can conceivably turn into frost! The This War Of Mine devs sure can name a good game. Anyway, Chillypunk is now out and standing about in the cold with a launch trailer, waiting for you to…

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11 months ago

Frostpunk will be mod-friendly and very cold

Hello from the Game Developer’s Conference, where every building comes with a blizzard-spewing air conditioner. I’ve just been to see Frostpunk, the societal survival game set in a pseudo-Victorian hellwinter, from the developers of This War of Mine. The frosty management game will support modding, they say, and there are plans for “additional scenarios”. That means both smaller, free updates and bigger packs of paid…

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12 months ago

Frostpunk will come in from the cold on April 24th

Imagine: Frostpunk, the city builder about ensuring a society's survival by making trying moral decisions, is at your door demanding to know if you're sheltering any innocent video games. Do you lie and turn the personified would-be game murderer away, or accept that there's a universal moral imperative to tell the truth regardless of the consequences? I'd imagine that's exactly the sort of dilemma you'll…

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1 year ago

Frostpunk introduces its awesome/terrifying automatons

In Frostpunk, what doesn't kill you definitely doesn't make you stronger. It probably makes your arm fall off, or convinces everyone that you're no longer a capable part of the workforce so that they feel compelled to save some power by cutting off the heat supply to your house. And, hey, if you're lucky, you might be able to contribute to the survival of your…

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Feature: Listen for your life

Podcast: Should survival games die?

No. Let's not be ridiculous. But there are so many examples of bad survival games that it’s important to remember the good ones. So that’s what we are doing on the latest RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. We're breaking stones over the heads of rubbish survival games, but cooking, salting and eating the delicious ones. Adam wraps himself up in The Long Dark but…

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Feature: The year two thousand and eighteen is upon us

The most exciting games of 2018

As we lay 2017 to rest, let us remember all of the wonderful games that flickered across our screens and occupied our hearts and minds. But now we must promise never to think of them again because times have changed. This is 2018 and if we've learned one thing from the few hours we've spent in it it's that there are games everywhere. Every firework…

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Feature: Listen now before it's too late

Podcast: Our most anticipated games of 2018

What do you mean there's a whole month of 2017 left? Well, the disembodied mouths of the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, are tired of waiting. This week the team look at some of the most exciting upcoming games of 2018. Adam is looking forward to smashing big robots with other, bigger robots in Battletech. Matt wants to make trousers from dinosaur skin in…

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There’s snow hope in this Frostpunk trailer

Frostpunk [official site] sounds like a musical subgenre invented on the hoof by a jolly Kerrang reporter but it’s not. It’s an upcoming videogame invented by the makers of the very un-jolly (but not bad) This War of Mine. It's set in a freezing future where earth is caught in a global whiteout and you have to manage a circular city that’s growing around a…

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2 years ago

Feature: Baby, it's cold inside

Frostpunk asks why we survive, not just how

In the first week, we put the children to work. They weren't forced into dangerous jobs, so we told ourselves, but when you're living on the brink of extinction, what work is truly safe? One afternoon, a man collecting coal complained of numbness in his arm. Frostbite had taken hold. We could have left him to die but instead we opted for an experimental treatment.…

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