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Quake

10 months ago

Feature: Update Night

Has Quake Champions been improved by its updates?

Update Night is a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they've been changed for better or worse. If, for some reason, you needed reminding of Quake Champions’ 90s heritage, then you need look no further than Anarki. One of Quake Champions’ 12 playable characters, Anarki (1) rides a hovering skateboard, (2) has a pink-dyed mohawk, (3) sports a pair of…

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11 months ago

Feature: Listen to these gunshots

Podcast: What are the best shooters?

Wait, didn’t we already answer this question? Never mind, the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, is not content with our list of the top 50 first-person shooters. Well, they're mostly fine with it (lists are stupid) but they still want to hash out this ageless question the old-fashioned way. By interrogating each other over the internet.

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Feature: The worthiest reticules of all time

The 50 best FPS on PC

The best shooters endure. While the state of the art moves on in other genres and leaves old designs in the dust, it's as fun to fire a well-made shotgun from an early 90s FPS as from one released today. For that reason, this list runs the gamut from genre classics to those released in the last year. There's bound to be something for you…

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1 year ago

Feature: The Loose Canon

Best PC games of all time

There are more wonderful games being released on PC each month than ever before. In such a time of plenty, it's important that you spend your time as wisely as possible. Thankfully, we're here to help. What follows are our picks for the best PC games ever made.

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Feature: Like getting a whole new Quake

Have You Played… Quake: Arcane Dimensions?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I wrote about this stonkingly beautiful and enormous mega-mod for the original Quake last year, recommending that y'all should play it, but it didn't quite turn out as planned when fans and creators alike (politely) argued that the screenshots I'd used did not suitably sell the…

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2 years ago

Feature: Merry mutant murder

Have You Played… X-Men: Ravages Of Apocalypse?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I went to the games shop and stared at the box several times a week for the best part of a year. It was the 90s, I read X-Men comics and watched the X-Men Saturday morning cartoon and there was a PC in my house. An…

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Feature: Send your brain to these other dimensions

The 23 best VR games for PC

Here they are then - the best games to play in virtual reality...and those games are "watching football," "drinking", "a nice cup of tea", "fleeting emotional connection to another human being" and all those other everyday activities you believe to be real, as opposed than a simulation you have been experiencing since you first plugged your frail, mollusc-like form into a headset 19 years ago.…

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Feature: Past Imperfect

Throwback shooter Strafe doesn’t manage to replicate Quake’s oddball cool

Strafe [official site] is steeped in love for Quake 1 & 2 (and to a lesser extent the original Doom), there's no question about that. But it's also saddled with a desperate desire to evoke retro-cool no matter the cost, clad as it is in ironic faux-'90s videogame advertising terminology, lascivious talk of gore and a widdly-widdly-woo soundtrack. Strafe tries far too hard, and it…

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Feature: Tracing back Tracer, among others

The History Of Overwatch’s Hero Abilities

Developers imitate each other, as do writers, musicians and artists, and Blizzard are the best in the business at it. No other company is so good at distilling the sweat of another’s brow and refining it into pure, unadulterated joy. Yet, while it’s easy to see in Overwatch the objective-based gameplay of Team Fortress 2, the team dynamics of League of Legends or the creative…

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3 years ago

Feature: We were all awful once

Have You Played… My First Quake Map?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. You must have played my first Quake map. You'd know it if you saw it. Two cubic rooms, yeah? Only used three textures, right? One irritating obstacle, remember? I never released my first Quake map or showed it to anyone but I'm sure…

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Feature: Feel huge

Have You Played… Zerstörer?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. I'm going to keep doing mods for a while because: 1) I struggle to remember what happened yesterday; 2) Unable to afford many new games, for about a decade I mostly played mods - many, many mods. Of the many mods I played…

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Have You Played… Future Vs. Fantasy Quake?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Every FPS with skills and characters is being caught up in the ineffectual backlash against MOBAs but heck, the idea's hardly new. Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory from is a cracking class-o-XP-a-shooter and that came out 13 years ago. The first I remember enjoying, though,…

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Have You Played… Slide?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Slide [archived official site] is what made me realise mods could be almost brand new games, could be whatever they wanted - and could be games I'd never see 'proper' developers make. Slide turns Quake into a downhill hoverboard racing game, sending players…

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Feature: Massive and beautiful singleplayer mod

Arcane Dimensions Is Quake Rethought For 2016

Not that I'm saying Quake is not suitable for 21st century play - quite the opposite. It's just that enormous and beautiful mod campaign Arcane Dimensions applies some of the design values we are accustomed to from later, flashier games to the ancient Quake structure. From flow to geometry to sheer size, it's taking Quake to places id possibly could not have imagined when they…

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Frags For The Memories: Quake Is Twenty Today

Twenty years ago today, id Software released Quake. Following a multiplayer test that gave the world a first glimpse of the studio’s new, cutting edge 3d engine, the full game arrived on June 22, 1996. Its bizarre mash-up of medieval architecture and crunchy, industrial weaponry didn’t run through the sequels, which have focused on both singleplayer and multiplayer combat, and there hasn't been anything else…

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4 years ago

Feature: The Worthiest Reticules Of All Time

The 50 Best FPS Ever Made

Gathering together the best shooters is no easy task, but if you're looking for a new PC FPS to play, look no further. Your favourite game is at number 51.

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Have You Played… Quake?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Spawn, sprint, left turn, elevator, shoot at the dog, cross the bridge, through the door, shoot the exploding barrel, left, right, right, hit the button to cover an acid pit, turn right down a corridor, hit the buttons down the ramps, hopping banisters…

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7 years ago

Hair Apparent: John Romero Details “MMO-ish” FPS

After a number of ventures that took him from an ill-fated N-Gage Red Faction spin-off to an ill-fated Gauntlet sequel, Doom co-creator (with locks that flow like choruses from the mouths of angels) John Romero is eyeing his old-school bread-and-butter. Speaking with Eurogamer, he described his previously hinted at shooter as a "MMO-ish" and "PC first." I like both of those things. Let us hope his…

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