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Codemasters

5 years ago

Eggscavated: Wonderland Dizzy Found And Freed

You might scoff at the rude 'tude of '90s video game mascots, but '80s icons were weirder. Consider Dizzy, a puzzle-platforming egg with a face, hands, and feet. You may find it difficult to believe, but Dizzy was once so big that he (or a chap in a Dizzy costume) was lined up to present the 1989 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party - and pulled…

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So-Soverlord – Overlord: Fellowship Of Evil Released

Overlord: Fellowship of Evil [official site] is not the new Overlord game I've been waiting for. While the original games were Pikmin-y doodads heavy on having your little demonic minion mates do the dirty work while you stood back, this co-op-packing spin off is far more action-RPG-y. Still, charging into battle as Netherghul with your human chums and a few minions backing you up still…

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Dirt Rally Update 0.8 Adds Finland Stages, New Cars

I'd like a future Dirt Rally [official site] update to add the ability to turn your engine off. Codemaster's have focused their efforts on making cars which feel fun to throw around the game's muddy rally tracks, but I'm bad at that. Instead I appreciate it for its hills, its snow, the way the headlights reflect off surfaces in the dark, and the forests which…

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Minions, Ho! In Overlord: Fellowship Of Evil Trailer

Minions are big business nowadays, I gather from ignoring all the Despicable Me meme Thinkpieces and Hot Takes scrolling down Twitter. And yet, Codemasters are stepping away from their own brand of minions in Fellowship of Evil [official site]. Their upcoming spin-off of the Pikmin-with-jovial-murder series focuses more on player characters in co-op action.Minions are still around to do your murderous bidding, mind. Lest people…

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Safety Car On Track: F1 2015 Released

Codemasters' Formula 1 racing games hit a bit of a bump in the transition to a new console generation, meaning that here on PC we saw F1 2014 towards the end of the racing season, as ever, but F1 2015 [official site] is arriving a lot earlier this year. Today, in fact. It's out now (and that's after a one-month delay. You can buy it…

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F1 2015 Features Trailer Zooms Into Our Lives

For a game about going really fast, Formula 1 2015 [official site] seems to have taken forever to get here. It's now just days until the game's release, and Codemasters are drumming up excitement with a new features trailer. The video exhibits lots of shiny cars, emotionally stirring music, and a reminder that the game that was supposed to be here last month will finally…

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No Jokes, Please: Dirt Rally Goes To Baumholder

The simultaneous announcement and Steam Early Access launch of Dirt Rally [official site] in April was the kind of surprise I'd thought Big Video Games had become incapable of pulling off - someone always squeals. Content updates are less of a surprise, as that's sorta what Early Access is all about, but still just as welcome.Five new cars are now squealing around an all-tarmac German…

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The F1 2015 Cars Went So Fast The Game Is Now Delayed

Would you like to see a video of cars going really fast? That’s excellent, because I just happen to have here a video of cars going very, very fast for you to look at. Unfortunately the trailer of Formula 1 2015 [official site] below comes alongside a delay. F1 2015 will now launch on July 10th, one month after its previous June 12th release date.

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Dirt Rally Announced And In Early Access Right Now

Oh! This is unexpected. Codemasters have just announced Dirt Rally [Steam page] and the news comes with the unusual detail that the game is also out already via Steam Early Access. Although it's got the Dirt name, Rally tosses out all the screeching gymkhana flash in favour of focusing on muddy roads, too-close trees and the feeling of your backwheels lurching perilously out of control.…

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Gnarly – Overlord: Fellowship Of Evil Announced

Good news: Codemasters teasing a new Overlord game has not lead up to the announcement of a free-to-play mobile game where you build minion hives, harvest fungus, and farm sheep (any Overlord worth their salt steals sheepies, for one thing). Disappointing news: the newly-announced Overlord: Fellowship of Evil [official site] is not the proper Overlord sequel you might be hoping for. Descriptive news: it's a…

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Squeaky Clean: Dirt 3 Rinses GFWL Out, Gives Free DLC

Codemasters have taken Dirt 3 [official site] to the valet service, clearing out almost four years of crisp packets, newspapers, melted ice lolly goop, dried mud, travel sweet tins, and Games for Windows - Live guff. In what turned out not be a hilarious April Fool's prank, yesterday they released a version of their racing game with GFWL cut out and Steamworks boshed in.Folks should…

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You Make Your Big Move: F1 2015 Talks Up New Handling

Codemasters announced this year's Formula 1 game alongside last year's, which looked a bit like a 'Well, we aren't quite ready for next-gen systems yet so how about if we just release next year's early once we figure that out?' gesture. With a June release scheduled, they're now showing a few screenshots and talking about what's new to F1 2015 [official site] other than flashier…

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Overlord Sputters Back Into Life, Cryptically

There's some fondness for old man Overlord 'round these parts, isn't there? I mean, no-one's filing it alongside Deus Ex or anything, but it was a jolly enough time, as I recall. Herding malevolent imps around, wanton cruelty for comic effect, being disparaging about humanity, that sort of thing. The hitherto two-game series is about to make some manner of comeback, depending on how much…

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6 years ago

Unofficially Micro Machines: Toybox Turbos

It might not be called Micro Machines, but Toybox Turbos is clearly Codemasters following up on their vintage top-down toy car racing series. Taxis and buses race around kitchen tables, ramping off slices off cake, popping up out of toasters, skidding on spilt milk, and taking a shortcut through a drying rack, oh, it's so very Micro Machines. It seems quite pleasant too. Toybox Turbos…

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Hazard Flag: Colin McRae Rally Offering Refunds

People who didn't carefully read the fine print and look over vague statements with a cynical eye might assume that the game named Colin McRae Rally which Codemasters released last week on Steam was, you know, Colin McRae Rally. If they skimmed it, they might think they were getting a revamp of the 2000 sequel Colin McRae Rally 2.0. No, not that either. It's actually…

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Nyyoooom: F1 2014 And 2015 Announced

In the way that mood cycles can revolve around Christmas or birthdays, do diehard game fans slip into emotional rhythms around marketing cycles? Do Call of Duty fans start to feel excited around the start of May, fidgeting and laughing more than usual, expecting the announcement of the next annualised sequel? Is E3 why I grow increasingly angry and desperate to flee to a forest…

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Colin McRae Rally Released On Steam, Sort Of, Not Really

It's easy to think that simulation and sports game are advancing along a straight line of progress, each sequel or yearly iteration delivering a game with better physics models, more polygons, and all towards some objective perfection. To this strawman that exists within my brain I say: not true! As would have been interestingly demonstrated by Codemasters releasing Colin McRae Rally 2.0 on Steam today.…

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GRID Autosport Out Now In America, Europe This Friday

I've played three hours of GRID Autosport and enjoyed every minute of it. I don't know anything about cars; I just liked going fast. From the in-depth interview we did, I know that Codemasters' return to multi-discipline racing aims to blend together the best of the last two games.We'll have a review from a more expert driver than I in the next few days, but…

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Fleet Streets: GRID Autosport

GRID Autosport is Codemasters back to basics attempt to recapture the glory days of multi-disciplinary racing. It will include innovations such as decent handling, a lack of overarching social media narrative and in-car camera views. The latest trailer shows street racing events, with the landmarks of various cities popping on screen as orientation guides. It's attractive and the cars really are going very fast indeed.…

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