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Kerbal Space Program

3 years ago

Feature: Playing Catch (Up)

The Games That Got Away In 2015

We've been drawing up our end of year list here at RPS and in trawling through 2015's releases, I found a fair few that I hadn't played and feel like I really should have done. Over the last couple of weeks, I've been catching up. Here are the games I missed. Until now.

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Feature: Giant Leap, Enormous Pratfall

Have You Played… Kerbal Space Program?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Most films and books about actual human space exploration are about triumph. There are challenges and accidents along the way, but they're stories of humans overcoming incredible odds in the noble pursuit of knowledge and exploration. Kerbal Space Program [official site] is different…

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4 years ago

Feature: The joy of limitations

The Random Element: Scenario Generator

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Scenario Generator is a tool that creates random restrictions, goals and startup settings for a variety of games, and it's the reason I've become happily lost in Crusader Kings II [official site] and Civ V [official site] again. Reinvent an old favourite with the click of a button, as you find out precisely…

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Feature: Better Than Ever?

Kerbal Space Program Beta: How Is it?

Kerbal Space Program recently entered beta, marking another step towards the stars for its mixture of spaceship construction, physics simulation and space agency management. The game has advanced lightyears since its early releases, where all you got was a quick tutorial that prodded you in the right direction (up) then left you to your own devices. While sandbox mode remains available for people who just…

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Feature: Winning By Failing

Epic Fail: What Failing In Games Can Teach Us

I spent half my evenings this week advancing through Advanced Warfare. Call of Duty games are uniformly about forward progression, but some of their most memorable moments comes from points of scripted failure: missing your chance to grab a gun as a Russian soldier in the first Call of Duty, or the nuclear blast in Modern Warfare 1. You learn something about the realities of…

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6 years ago

Feature: Trans-Lunar Gaming Scotsman

(Not) Rocket Science In Kerbal Space Program

There is nothing wrong in not being very good at Kerbal Space Program. Being bad at it is a state almost everyone will be in for a very long time indeed. Join me in admitting how tough it is. The elite rocketmen will sneeringly deride your honesty, saying: "It's not rocket science", but then you can point to the tube of metal and fuel that…

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Feature: Space Interview

Trajectory: Squad Explain Kerbal Space Program

There's something wonderful about Kerbal Space Program, the sandbox game where you try to lob a race of cute aliens into their own space age. It's the kind of thing that only gets made by a very specific type of developer, with a very specific sort of love for what they are making. That developer is called Squad, and we had a few questions for…

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7 years ago

Kerbal Space Program Aims For The Stars

So I just wanted to remind everyone that this exists. I totally get that some of you guys don't want to pretend to design rockets and then run your own private space program, and that's fine. You keep on lining up three zombies until they disappear or whatever it is you are into. For everyone with their head in orbit there's still Kerbal Space Program,…

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8 years ago