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Kenshi

Kenshi review

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2 months ago

Feature: Level Cap

The best RPGs on PC in 2019

Look! A ranking of the 50 best RPGs on PC. I know, you never asked for this, but here it is. It is 100 percent correct, we double-checked. The RPG is a broad and deep sea and fishing out the best games from its characterful waters is no easy task. But we are capable fishers on the good ship RPS, and know when to humanely…

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3 months ago

Kenshi developers ask if an engine upgrade is worth delaying a sequel

I hadn't actually considered Kenshi would be getting a sequel. After six years in Steam Early Access, I imagined developers Lo-Fi Games would look at doing anything but reliving that process all over again. But working on the strange sandbox RPG must be quite fun, because they've got themselves in something of a jam. Lo-Fi Games want Kenshi to be the best it can be,…

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12 months ago

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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Feature: Tough love

How Kenshi’s world is designed not to care about you

You’re not the hero in Kenshi. You’re not the chosen one. There’s nothing out there for you to save - other than your own skin. You’re just another inhabitant of a huge open world that doesn’t care about you. That’s its magic, and it takes design to create a world so exquisitely uncaring. Merry Christmas, everybody!

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1 year ago

Kenshi ends its long march out of early access on December 6th

Lo-Fi Games have been hammering away at sci-fi samurai sandbox RPG Kenshi for over a decade now, and the end is nearly in sight. The game of life and (much more frequent) death in a low-tech alien world is leaving early access on December 6th. Last year, Brendy braved its bleak work-in-progress wastelands as the ill-fated Gurpson clan. A lot has changed in the game since.…

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2 years ago

Humble’s got a Very Positive thing going on right now

Not only does Humble currently have its second 'Very Positive' bundle going on right now, the site is now listing a separate sale, appropriately titled the 'Very Positive Sale'. As with the bundle, the sale features a bunch of games all with 'Very Positive' or higher ratings on Steam right now, with discounts of up to 80%. Before you ask, yes, that means you can…

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Feature: Listen now or fall to pieces

Podcast: The Electronic Wireless Show talks Frostpunk, Destiny 2 and Middle Earth: Shadow of War

It's warm! Luckily the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, have come together to talk cold games, like chilly survivalist city-builder Frostpunk. That's because Adam is back from E3 and can tell us (Brendan and Pip) all about it. He's also played Destiny 2 and Middle Earth: Shadow of War, the lucky sod. Spill the beans, Adam! No wait, don't. We need those. This week's…

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Feature: Meet the Gurpsons

Premature Evaluation: Kenshi

Every week we cast Brendan into the early access badlands in nothing but rags. This time, the hot mess of genre that is survival-strategy-city-builder-RPG Kenshi [official site] You could call Kenshi an RPG, you could call it a survival game. Or you could call it a chaotic jumble of good ideas stitched together via a user interface that would make a Wurm player eat their…

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7 years ago

8 years ago

Revenge Of The Bundle: IndieFort

Emergency! Emergency! The world is running out of words to put after 'indie' when coming up with new pay-what-you-want bundle titles. Gamersgate have opted for 'fort' as theirs, with that perhaps unintended sideeffect that when I think IndieFort I picture a castle wearing a checked shirt and some black-framed plastic spectacles. Oh well! The roster of included games is fairly impressive in this one, and…

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Visit Not-Japan Today: Kenshi

Kenshi's alpha version launches today, which is excellent news because when I first wrote about it I'm sure lots of people thought, "This open-world, unscripted RPG sounds brilliant but I'd wager it'll never exist in any playable form, so thanks for getting my hopes up, you swine." Turns out I'm not a swine. The alpha is far from complete, as explained with detailed honesty here,…

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Seven (Hundred) Samurai: Kenshi

It’s becoming increasingly common for ambitious indie projects to invite people into their unfinished worlds, for a price, so that developers can gather feedback and funding. The latest title I’ve spotted that’s hoping to take this approach is Kenshi, a single player "free-roaming squad based RPG” that plonks the player into the sandals of an everyman samurai. It’s at a very early stage but Lo-Fi…

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