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Frostpunk

Frostpunk review

A cold-hearted city builder

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The best survival games on PC

Surviving 2020 deserves a reward

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7 days ago

Feature: Surviving 2020 deserves a reward

The best survival games on PC

It's no longer the most urgent gold rush in PC games, but survival games continue to be regularly released, and older games continue to be regularly updated. It's only natural then that we've taken some time out from foraging for edible berries to update our list of the best survival games for 2020.

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3 months ago

Feature: Fortify your game library

The best building games on PC

'Building' is a pretty broad theme. There are a lot of games where you build things, after all, and they can be very different. Helpfully, then, I've split this list of the 20 best building games on PC into four sections, each covering a sub-category of this big, messy genre.

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Frostpunk’s final DLC, On The Edge, picks a frozen fight with London

Frostpunk's final chapter has thawed, and it's awful precarious. In part because On The Edge literally places your town on a cliffside, sure, but also because 11 Bit's final DLC wraps its story on a political turning point - tasking you with no only surviving the bitter cold, but wrangling the rest of your frostbitten compatriots in determining a future outside of the oppressive gaze…

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4 months ago

Frostpunk’s final expansion On The Edge is coming August 20th

Summer is for squares, according to me, the liker of snow. So I'm quite glad to see that Frostpunk's next DLC expansion is putting an emphasis on the "frost" bit after its prior expansion, The Last Autumn, was a prequel story taking place before endless winter set in. On The Edge is set after the original Frostpunk campaign, sending some New London residents out into…

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5 months ago

Feature: One Off The List

The 8 bleakest post-apocalypses in PC games

Post-apocalyptic videogames, the ultimate escape. How wonderful to venture to a strange land, so different from our own, and see what the world may look like an entire week from now. Well, today the PlayStation clan secluded themselves behind their barricades with The Last Of Us Part 2, leaving the PC tribe to suffer in the harsh elements of reality alone. But never fear, wanderer.…

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7 months ago

Please watch this man perform videogame soundtracks on his Mongolian string instrument

You know how it is. You think you're into videogame soundtracks, then you go and hear someone perform ten of them on a Mongolian string instrument. I recently spent 20 minutes listening to a man do just that, and I think you should too.Genius Jaavka is the man. The morin khuur is his instrument. Songs from Horizon Zero Dawn (coming to PC this summer), Mortal…

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10 months ago

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The 20 best management games on PC

Management games have been making a real comeback in recent years, so we've put together this list of the very best management games you can play on PC in 2020. Whether you want to be an aspiring city planner, a wannabe farm herd or just survive against the elements, there's a management game for you below.

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The Last Autumn, Frostpunk’s pre-freeze DLC, is out now

Get your gloves and toques because eternal winter hasn't started yet but you can be assured it's coming. The post-snowpocalypse strategy game Frostpunk is all about keeping civilization lukewarm in the end times but its new campaign DLC is set before the big freeze actually happens. Total dystopia hasn't set in just yet, but it will probably arrive right on schedule with your help.

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This gameplay video for Frostpunk’s Last Autumn DLC shows off worker strikes and more

Last month, the hellishly cold city management game Frostpunk announced an upcoming DLC telling the story of civilisation just before the freeze. At the time, there was only an animated teaser trailer for The Last Autumn. This week, 11 Bit Studios are showing off gameplay from the new DLC with some of the elements you can expect from the prequel story.

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11 months ago

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The 32 best PC games that demand to be played in ultrawide

There's an old saying in gaming monitor circles that once you've gone ultrawide, there's no going back. Indeed, having had the vast Samsung CRG9 hogging my desk for a bit last month, I'm inclined to agree. But what do games actually look like on a screen this wide? It's one thing looking at lovely wallpapers, but another thing entirely to have a game occupy your…

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Frostpunk’s upcoming DLC will take you back before winter began

The world of Frostpunk is a hellscape where the cold will kill your entire city despite all those tough choices you made to allow cannibalism or put children to work in coal mines. Brendan Caldwell called it one of the harshest winters in games which is, if anything, an understatement. There had to have been something before the Game Of Thrones style winter that never…

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12 months ago

Feature: One Off The List

The 9 harshest winters in games

‘Tis the season / use a brolly / tra la la la / la la la la. Hello, it's me, the list goblin, here in this festive first week of December to deliver a big black bin bag of presents to you. And by presents, I mean a single irrevocable inventory of the most disastrous and terrible winters in the videogames of recent history. Yes,…

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1 year ago

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How ‘climate crisis games’ could better model our problems and our future

In Vectorpark’s Sandcastles, you build fantastic towers and watch the waves erase your work every 10 seconds. It’s a very direct metaphor for the global climate crisis that threatens to flood coastal cities and exacerbate natural disasters. Sandcastles confronts us with our totally predictable watery doom, but we also find fun and expression in our totally foreseeable destruction. When the planet dies, at least we’ll…

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2 years ago

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Have You Played… Frostpunk?

Frostpunk is a very pretty game about trying to build the last city on Earth after an icy global catastrophe. I, like many others, spent about 25% of my time giving orders to build and gather and research, and the other 75% of my time zooming in as far as the camera allowed to watch my miniature hooded citizens trudging through the snow, or clustered…

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Steam Charts: Extremely Jet Lagged Edition

John had the presence of mind to take today off, after flying back from San Francisco on Sunday. Young Matt and I got a red eye that took off on Friday night and landed on Saturday afternoon. I didn’t sleep for 30 hours, then slept for 12, was wired for the next 16, and then slept for another four. Which brings us to today, when…

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Feature: Turn up the heat

Has Frostpunk been improved by its updates?

My people are fed, my homes are warm, my resources are abundant, and my generator is purring like a well-fed cat. For the first time in Frostpunk, things aren’t looking so bleak.It’s a strange feeling. Typically by this point in 11-Bit Studios’ icebound strategy game, I’ve lost half my populace to sickness and the other half are so ravaged by frostbite that I can split…

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Feature: Presents of mind

We asked developers: what would you gift the games industry?

We ask the tough questions here at RPS. We’re like Jeremy Paxman but in a very long bear costume. We once asked 15 developers what they’d do if they were stuck in a room with a clone of themselves. This is important stuff. Today, we ask another question: What would you gift the games industry for the holidays? We put this query to a bunch…

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Frostpunk goes even more Dickensian in Christmas update

"And since we've no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow" is a tad more grim in a post-apocalyptic world where everything we knew is frozen over and everyone we know may well freeze to death, but Frostpunk has still made space for Christmas. A little festivity can bring hope, after all, and mercy knows we'll need it. That's the…

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Frostpunk’s free Endless Mode DLC is out now and bigger than expected

The inhospitable icy wastes of Frostpunk don't look so bad if you've picked Serenity, one of two routes to take through new free Endless Mode DLC. According to 11 Bit's video dev diary (which you can find below along with a launch trailer), Endless Mode took longer to develop because they got a little carried away on the new content front. There are four different…

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Mellowing out with management games

My body betrayed me last month, trapping me in my bed when it wasn’t sending me rushing to my poor, overworked loo. I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t work and so I turned to management games to take my mind off the virus squatting inside me. Juggling budgets, disasters and production chains might not sound particularly relaxing, but there’s also a swathe of low-pressure sims that…

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