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Paratopic

2 months ago

Sample The Haunted PS1’s scares in this week’s free Demo Disk

Frequent Itch.io shoppers will have noticed the store's gotten rather spooky of late. In the last year, it's become near-impossible to move for all the retro-styled spookers - lo-fi horror games with few polygons and even fewer pixels. That's largely down to the devils at The Haunted PS1, a community of indie necromancers fiendishly resurrecting the aesthetics of early PlayStation scares. Now, they're reviving another…

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Feature: Month at the end of the money

Disco Elysium’s Hardcore Mode is just one way games can meaningfully explore poverty

Last week, the haunting and hilarious Disco Elysium added an extra difficulty setting called ‘Hardcore True Detective Mode’. On the surface, it seems like a fairly standard set of tweaked parameters. More demanding dice roles to shaft dear old Harry Du Bois at every opportunity. If you take time to read the update notes though, it becomes clear that these new changes are storytelling devices…

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10 months ago

Itch’s big summer sale opens with an essential indie bundle

E3 is over, and we've got all that mega-budget fluff out of our system, so let's get weird again. There's a big summer sale on over on Itch, which has rapidly become my favourite games store. While the bulk of the discounts run until July 1st, there's also the Itch.io Summer Selects Bundle available for one week only. It contains six hand-picked games for $9, which,…

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1 year ago

Return Of The Obra Dinn wins IGF Grand Prize

Continuing to copy the tastes of RPS, the Independent Games Festival Awards last night awarded Return Of The Obra Dinn the Seumas McNally Grand Prize during the Game Developers Conference, with a cheeky Excellent In Narrative award on the side too. We declared it our favourite game of 2018 so, y'know, good on ya Ian GF. Correct decision. The other prizes were won by Mirror…

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Feature: It'll take you all of 2019 to play them

Our PC Games of the Year 2018

The doors have been opened, the games inside have been devoured, and now it's time to recycle the cardboard. Below you'll find all of our favourite games from 2018, gathered together in a single post for easy reading.

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Feature: He's a jolly ol' saint

Nic Rueben’s 5 best games of 2018

It’s well known that games are an awful mistake that should have never been unleashed on an unsuspecting humanity. That said, here’s five that hushed the howling primates that reside in my skull just long enough for me to consider them a worthwhile investment. Honorable mentions go to Cultist Simulator (For it’s alchemical harmony of theme and mechanics), Vermintide 2 (for being the second best…

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2 years ago

Paratopic: Definitive Cut is out now, and still some cracking weird horror

"You may as well play Paratopic now because it will be one of our favourite games of the year," I insisted to the assembled masses in the RPS treehouse yesterday, and I'll say it to you too. I adored the first-person horror game when it first launched in March, going on to call it one of the best games of 2018 so far, and now…

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Feature: The endless march of time

The bestest and most top PC games of 2018 so far

We're just about halfway through 2018 (which has somehow taken both too long and no time at all). As is tradition, we've shaken our our brains around to see which games from the last six months still make our neurons fizzle with delight. Then we wrote about them here, in this big list feature that you're reading right now this second. And what games they…

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Paratopic is some fine low-fi vignette-y horror

My favourite sections of Paratopic are the road trip, driving through the quiet city towards the sunset and into strange lands beyond. After some of the things I'd seen in other parts of the vignette 'em up, the shadowy figures and cursed VHS tapes, it was comforting to flick the radio on to semisensical chat and lazily snake my car across lanes. Released overnight, Paratopic…

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