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Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue review

A relaxing katabasis

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6 months ago

Feature: A relaxing katabasis

Beyond Blue review

So many are the dignities heaped upon Beyond Blue, that it's somewhat hard to get at the game beneath. When I began playing, I knew that it had been made in association with the filmmakers behind the Blue Planet II series, and in consultation with a host of marine scientists. I knew that it promised a sober and ultra-realistic exploration of the oceans, and that…

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2 years ago

Feature: Swimming with the fishes

Why Beyond Blue is shaping up to be much more than Blue Planet: The Game

If you've ever been to a big, public gaming show, you'll know a large part of your day is often spent being bombarded by at least fifteen different loudspeakers all vying for you to come and sample the source of their whizz-pop sound effects and booming trailer videos. E-Line Media's booth for ocean explorathon Beyond Blue, however, was like a small oasis of calm when…

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Feature: From pretty fish to suspicious fizzy pop

Our favourite games at EGX Rezzed 2019

The staff of RPS were rambling around Rezzed last week, like a troop of rowdy baboons. We were inspecting the games of our yearly show and rubbing our chins, going “hmmm” with the pensiveness of an art critic on the toilet. I’m saying we were being judgey monkeys. There were a lot of games to play, from comedy physics platformers with wobbly-armed buffoons, to oh…

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Feature: Well, like a solid 60% of them

I reviewed every animal at EGX

At the end of my first day at EGX, I looked at my notes. I'd jotted down thoughts about eight games, and all but one of them revolved around a cute animal. Does that say more about me, or the volume of developers that place animals at the centre of their attempts to lure in players and press coverage? Let's set that question aside for…

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Blue Planet II inspires undersea explorer Beyond Blue

The beautiful BBC wildlife documentary series Blue Planet II has inspired a new game from E-Line Media, the publishers behind Iñupiaq folklore doc-u-platformer Never Alone. Named Beyond Blue, the collaboration will dive into the ocean on a near-future research and exploration mission. It'll have a documentary side too, with footage from Blue Planet II and chat from real-world ocean researchers. But most importantly, it seems…

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