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Rust review

A farewell to arms

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2 years ago

Feature: The end of the world for real

Rust: still a game of singular brutality, even 4 years on

Thunk. Thunk. Thunk. I cannot see the source of the dull, relentless sound, but my ears tell me is that it is close by. My chest anxiously thumps its own tattoo in reply, and I have to stamp down an illogical fear that the beating of my hideous heart is a telltale to my own location. Birds do not thunk. Boars do not thunk. Deer…

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Gleaming! Rust overhauls recoil and inaccuracy

Sandbox survive 'em up Rust [official site] has launch a sizeable update reworking how gun recoil and inaccuracy work. It should now feel more like a traditional first-person shooter, developers Facepunch Studios say. Thursday's early access update also fancied up parts of the map Hapis Island, making them a lot more interesting, and added a new one-way drop box for players to easily dunk items.…

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Feature: No 2017 games included

Steam Charts: Normal Parameters

Cor blimey, it's only the weekly Steam Charts! As always, these are based on the accumulated sales on Steam over the previous week, not what's doing best for itself at this exact moment in time. A nice number one this week, but a rather old-fashioned top ten otherwise - with one unexpected aberration. N.B. there is NO VENGABUS this week. Repeat NO VENGA BUS. It'll…

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3 years ago

Steam Charts: From France to San Francisco

Alec is away this week, following the Vengaboys around on tour. Or, if they're not currently touring, just visiting places they've been, taking photos and placing them inside his scrapbook alongside some brief reflections. That means it falls to me to tell you which ten games were the best selling on Steam in the past week, and there are some pleasant games inside.

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Rust Adds Female Model, Randomly Assigned To Players

The nude murderisland of Rust [official site] has welcomed women to its bloody shores, adding a female player model in last week's update. Yes, they too are beautiful slapheads. It's not a choice, mind. As Rust did before with penis length and race, each player's in-game sex is decided randomly - and permanently. Some players are not too thrilled with this, but developers Facepunch say…

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Feature: Rust is hell.

Premature Evaluation: Rust

Every Monday, Rob Zacny gathers the raw materials of Early Access and attempts to survive against a world of crazed, screaming unfinished games. This week, he visits the ultra-popular survival game. As I died screaming between a wolf's jaws, collapsing in the snow that dusts the top of the mountains while listening to it gnaw through virtual flesh, I had a realization: survival games are…

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4 years ago

Rust Concepts Include Eerie Aloof NPC Scientists

I like strange characters who largely ignore players, following their own unknowable agendas until you cause problems. Skyrim's giants who'd rather scare you off but will eventually knock you into the clouds. The Borg in Star Trek: Elite Force who don't even consider you a threat at first. Despairing Hollows in Dark Souls. That sort of thing. I do hope that Rust [official site] will…

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Anonymiser: Rust Adds Anti-Stream Sniping Option

Livestreaming has lead to a few interesting changes in how people play games together. Some games let Twitch viewers trigger in-game problems and shocks for the player to deal with, we play Dark Souls by committee, and, of course, some use it for cheating and griefing - whether that's watching an opponent's livestream in an RTS to see their side, trying to jump into matchmaking…

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It’s Avive! VR-Focused Garry’s Mod Sequel Confirmed

VR almost certainly needs a killer app if it's to spread beyond monied game-fans. Facebook have probably got something up their sleeves for that there Oculus Rift, but as for the Vive, I do wonder if Garry Newman's talk of a VR-focused follow-up to his monster-selling Garry's Mod [official site] could be the mega-toy it needs.

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Lubed: Rust Tackles Its Creaky Gunplay

"This game's murdering sucks" is a common complaint amongst murdergame enthusiast, but what does that even mean? Virtual murder is a system of many tiny parts, covering animations, timings, kinaesthetics, damage, balance, effects, sounds, and, you know, murder - basic murdering. Sometimes a few small changes can make all the difference. Rust [official site] developers Facepunch have taken a look at complaints of "how badly…

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Rust Update: Female Models, Steam Inventory Items

Female character models are now available in Rust [official site] (but only for server admins during the testing phase). When the models do go fully live it won't be as a "pick your avatar" option. Instead you'll have a male or female avatar permanently assigned to your Steam ID. It's the same deal with how race (or at least skin tone) is assigned in the…

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Flame On: Rust’s Candle Hats

Only in Rust’s [official site] dark wasteland would you ignore the obvious practical and safety issues of wearing a lit candle on your head.  Which, I suppose, is what makes Rust's dark wasteland so appealing. Stand up straight; the last thing you want is hot wax dripping down your face. This exercise in masochistic torture is just one of the many new additions to Rust,…

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Virtual Physical Pool: More On Rust Devs’ Arcade Sim

Running an arcade was a brief childhood dream of mine, mostly because I wanted free play on multiplayer tank battle FPS Tokyo Wars. Then I got a new PC and Quake and, well, here we are. Rust and Garry's Mod makers Facepunch Studios announced last year that they were working on a multiplayer virtual arcade that'd let folks lark about in player-design arcades full of…

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New Rust Update Lets You Play Guitar With Your Mouse

As someone who's entire career is about staring silently and slack-jawed at lists of patch updates, I have nothing but love for Garry Newman. He's the kind of guy who'll write an update that says: "I've been spending a good wedge of my time looking at performance, figuring out why the game sometimes runs like shit." What prose! What truth! Then he'll go on to…

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Lubricated: Rust Revving Up For New Features

I've been fascinated by the rebuilding of Rust [official site], and DayZ too, and how different their developments are the second time around. The initial free versions of both open-world survive 'em ups were scrappy things, quickly growing and tossing features onto foundations that, it turned out, weren't quite able to support them. Starting over from scratch, both have moved more cautiously through Early Access,…

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5 years ago

Feature: Rust In Pieces

Impressions: Rust’s New Version

As of last month, developers Facepunch (headed by Garry Newman of Garry’s Mod fame) declared that what was previously known as ‘Experimental Mode’ is now the definitive version of Rust. It now launches by default on Steam, with an option to play on the old ‘Legacy’ servers instead if you’re not ready for change. Unfortunately, I don’t think the game’s quite ready itself.

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Feature: Into The Wild

Survival Games Are Important

In early 2012, a mod for Arma II called DayZ was released. Two-and-a-half years later, its odd mixture of multiplayer, horror, and a need for players to keep themselves fed and watered, has given rise to the survival genre. Let's celebrate that genre.

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DayZ Of Our Lives: SOE Also Doing Zombie-Based Survival

If it wasn't already plainly obvious, survival games are all the rage these day(z), and zombies - thanks to DayZ's ever-looming influence - come part and parcel with that. The War Z/Infestation: Survivor Stories hit a little too close to home on that front, and Nether, with its possibly dubious ties to the former, also deals in apocalyptic baddie bashing, but with a slant toward the…

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