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3 months ago

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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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The 25 best co-op games ever made

Sometimes you need a hand to hold, so we’ve updated our list of the 25 best co-op games to play on PC with a headset-wearing friend or a muted stranger. Everything's better with a pal or two in tow, from collaborative puzzle solving to sublime double stealth takedowns. Equally sublime are when those takedowns go awry, your partner shrieks in panic and all hands are…

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2 years ago

SWAT 4 breaches GOG, commences clearing wallets

2005's tactical cop FPS SWAT 4 is one of the superest shooters and a strong contender for the best game those BioShockers at Irrational made, you might have heard. Probably from us. Several times. And each time, we cough and mutter "Er, but you'll need to wander eBay or something to get it." No more! SWAT 4 is now available easily and DRM-free from GOG.…

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3 years ago

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A Policeman On What Police Games Get Wrong

If you played Ryse: Son of Rome you may remember it for the serviceably clangy combat. My friend “Jack”, a police officer from northern England of several years standing, recalls the game for other reasons. “There are those bits where you join a shield wall - you're in a tortoise formation. There are public order situations that are like that. Most officers in Yorkshire get…

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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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4 years ago

Have You Played… SWAT 4?

Whisper it - now the dust of assorted BioShocks has settled, maybe humble SWAT 4 is Irrational's finest hour. It still seems strange that the studio behind magical undersea civil war had a crack a straight-down-the-line military sim before they visited Rapture. It's precisely because more ambitious creative minds are in control of something that seemed destined for ordinariness that SWAT 4 works so well.…

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5 years ago

Just SWAT The Doctor Ordered: Intruder

It's just a scooch over a year since RPS first peeked into the indie tactical shooter, Intruder. It looked good enough to hang around the back of my brain, insistently waiting for me to remember to check it out again. And today I did. Intruder looks like the sort of game that you'd make if you loved tactical shooters, but don't care about major cities…

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6 years ago

The Spy Who Went Into The Cold: Gamespy’s Casualties

Once a rightfully-disliked multiplayer infrastructure for PC gaming, GameSpy of late is transitioning into whatever new, mobile-centric owners GlU intend for it since acquiring it a few months ago. It didn't take long for the first causalities to occur - the service has withdrawn multiplayer support for games such as SWAT 4, Neverwinter Nights and Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

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8 years ago

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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

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Irrational Exuberance: Replaying SWAT 4

A couple of weekends ago Alec and I got together with some journalist chums and dragged computers and a folding table into our friend's lounge. It was the JournoLAN: a tea-and-biscuits PC hookup in an editor's comfortable home. In there we mucked about installing patches and discussed the error messages being displayed by a desyncing instance of Supreme Commander. We also played SWAT4. It was…

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11 years ago

Modding For Cop School

Here's an interesting FPS oddity: a mod created for training Canadian Federal Law Enforcement folks, now freely available for the Federal Law Enforcement training needs of you and me at home. The project was created using the truly excellent SWAT4 (that's an Irrational game, development-history fans) and includes a number of custom weapons and playable civilians, that training types can use to make the best-laid…

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