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Pathologic

8 months ago

Feature: The year two thousand and eighteen is upon us

The most exciting games of 2018

As we lay 2017 to rest, let us remember all of the wonderful games that flickered across our screens and occupied our hearts and minds. But now we must promise never to think of them again because times have changed. This is 2018 and if we've learned one thing from the few hours we've spent in it it's that there are games everywhere. Every firework…

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10 months ago

Feature: Is #1 A Jump Scare?

The 25 Best Horror Games On PC

To compile a list of the 25 best horror games on PC is to look into the void for so long that the void not only starts to look back, but shakes you by the hand and takes you out for coffee. It is to fight with monsters until you become a monster and then go on a European railtrip with the other monsters, and…

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12 months ago

Pathologic remake confusingly renamed Pathologic 2 ‘to avoid confusion’

Ice Pick Lodge's remake of Pathologic, their wonderfully unpleasant 2005 horror, has picked up a publisher and a confusing new name. The crowdfunded full remake is now named Pathologic 2 [official site], though it definitely is not a sequel. New publishers Tinybuild say that the name is, somehow, "to avoid confusion". Right-o. Accompanying today's weird news is a gameplay vidblast showing sickness, autopsy, and purification…

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1 year ago

Pathologic remake demo now available to all, for free

When you woke up this morning, you probably didn't realise what a joyous day this truly is. This is the day of bewilderment and wonder, of mystery, mirth and miasma. This is the day of Pathologic [official site]. The new version of Ice-Pick Lodge's absurdist theatrical masterpiece won't be ready for release until Autumn but you can download a new build of the two hour…

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2 years ago

Pathologic teases trailers and a demo for Kickbackers

The remake/reimagining of Pathologic [official site] is being teased in some ongoing trailers this week, possibly to remind us that it still exists and is on target for an Autumn release next year. Meanwhile, some Kickstarter backers are getting a playable demo featuring a chunk of the plagued town-in-progress. Was the original Pathologic good? Was it horrific? Unfortunately, no one on earth knows the answer,…

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Pathologic Postponed Until Autumn 2017

Ice-Pick Lodge have announced that the new take on Pathologic [official site], the diseased delight that put them on the map back in 2005, won't be released until autumn 2017. Having spent some time playing a standalone demo at Gamescom, where I also managed to pick the Lodge's brains away from the chaos of the showfloor, I can appreciate why the game is taking so…

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Feature: A plague on all your houses

Interview: Ice Pick Lodge On Pathologic HD And Preserving Madness

Last night Ice-Pick Lodge revealed a new collection of screenshots for their HD remake of the wonderful, bizarre and previously very broken Pathologic [official site]. Looking at them, I found I was bursting with questions, so I asked them. Ice-Pick's Alexandra Golubeva replied, in splendid detail. Below you can find out how there came to be two remakes at once - a complete rebuild and…

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3 years ago

Surprise Remaster Pathologic Classic HD Dated

Just a quick one to start your day: in case you've been wondering when the surprise release of the partially remastered 'Classic HD' version of notorious first-person survival game Pathologic [official site] will be, I can now answer that for you. This is not, just to clear up understandable confusion, the recently Kickstarted remake of Ice Pick Lodge's wildly ambitious but somewhat rickety psychological oddyssey,…

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Pathologic Classic HD “Remasters” The Original

This is slightly strange. Pathologic is one of our favourite RPGs, but the original release wasn't without its flaws. That's why it's exciting that original developers Ice-Pick Lodge are working on a ground-up remake, which they Kickstarted last year. But there's also now Pathologic Classic HD, a remaster rather than a remake, which polishes the existing game with a new translation, new voice acting and…

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4 years ago

Feature: From The Archive

Butchering Pathologic – Part 1: The Body

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 141-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, since the Kickstarter for the remake ends in two days, part one of Quinns celebration and dismantling of Pathologic. This post was originally published on April 10, 2008. Okay. ...okay. I'm going to explain, right now, why a Russian FPS/RPG called…

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The Plague Spreads: Pathologic Remake Hits Funding Goal

Adam has left his post, fleeing into the hills above Manchester to wail and leap around, emitting guttural noises which sound like pain but are actually carnal joy. And all because the Pathologic re-make has reached its Kickstarter target. People who have visited Ice-Pick Lodge's original dark Russian adventure tend not to come back from its plague-infested town the same as when they entered, and…

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Feature: Within the Black Lodge

Secrets Of The Ice-Pick Lodge: Pathologic Reimagined

I've been waiting for a Pathologic remake for years. My reaction to the announcement of a Kickstarter campaign to fund a remake was odd. I worried, I fretted. My concern was that a re-engineered version of the game would remove rough edges, sandpaper the strange angles and anomalies, and somehow expose the whole experience as more sterile, and less esoteric and unusual than the broken…

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Feature: Con Herren

Gamescom 2014 Verdict: Diversity, Doom And Automatons

The megabooths have been disassembled, the lanyards have been discarded and the crowds have dissipated - Gamescom has run its course for another year. RPS sent its two best Smiths to Cologne last week. Their brief was to see the games, talk to the creators and meet as many terrifying mechanical puppets as possible. They succeeded on all fronts and returned with tales of Elite:…

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Pathologic Remake Stuff Is Coming Soon! Eek! EEK!

This isn't the informationiest of news stories, I'll concede, but see, when it's Pathologic, it gets a pass. It's Pathologic news. As Alec reported back in November of last year, Ice-Pick Lodge are planning to remake the 2006 lunatic masterpiece. We've just heard today that this will be kicking off in August, beginning with a mysterious, yet-to-be-released ARG, building up to the inevitable Kickstarter campaign…

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5 years ago

Most Logical: Kickstarted Pathologic Remake On The Cards

This makes almost too much sense. Yet I almost don't want it to happen. Mysterious, infamous survival game Pathologic's power stems more from its legend (a game of existential brutality that reached for the very stars) than its reality (broken, arduous, appallingly translated); to bring it onto a more conventional plane of reality by remaking it, and in turn by having lots of people play…

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6 years ago

A Pathological Inclusion: Indie Royale Halloween Bundle

This is incredibly unfair to the other games in Indie Royale's Halloween Bundle but the reason everyone should buy it is because Pathologic is in there. Ice-pick Lodge's disease-ridden horror story takes place in one of the most bizarre and fascinating environments ever crafted, and the game is either brilliantly and intentionally brutal or beguilingly broken. Probably both. For what is just shy of £3.00…

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Knock-Knock. ‘Who’s There?’ Ice-Pick Lodge. ‘Uh-Oh.’

Ice-Pick Lodge tend to pop up when you least expect them, with the game you least expect them to make. They've been sensibly resistant to attempting another Pathologic, instead darting off to create new specimens of the weird, the wonderful and the intimidatingly odd. The enormous success they so richly deserve has eluded them, which means a move to Kickstarter is probably sensible. True to…

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8 years ago

Feature:

The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 3/5

Our assembly of the definitive list of the most important PC games of the last 150 years continues! On Monday Dr Rossignol talked us through his first instalment, with an eye for first-personly shoot-games. Yesterday saw a guest lecture from Professor John Walker detailing another fifth of our unambiguous inventory. What classics will we cover today? Ah! We must remember our manners. First, let us…

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10 years ago

RPS Interviews Ice Pick Lodge

And now, in a feature I like to call Forbidden Discourse: The Oily Fruit of the Broken Heart, we present an interview with Ice-Pick Lodge CEO Nikolay Dybowskiy and all-purpose Ice Pick developer Aleksey "the LxR" Luchin. Ice-Pick are of course the Russian studio responsible for the award-winning Pathologic and The Void, two fascinating PC games. I could give this chat an introduction about how…

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Butchering Pathologic – Part 3: The Soul

[Following on from the first two parts, this is the grand finale of Quinns' evisceration of the game Walker described as "Oblivion with Cancer". As a compliment. Lots of spoilers, but you should read it anyway.] Butchering Pathologic Part III: The Soul There are two themes that run through Pathologic like a couple of sharks lurking in a swimming pool. By themes I mean something…

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