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2 months ago

Feature: Dogs go home

These videogame cats are good cats

It’s International Cat Day! You know, one of those days reportedly invented by a charity, spread by the internet without question, and propagated by the scoundrel media because quite simply we are desperate to post pictures of cats, big cats, fluffy cats, kitten cats, any cat, any excuse for any cat, please, just let me have this day, please, I don't care if it's a…

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7 months ago

Oxenfree and Tacoma are free right now

Not every problem in games needs to be solved by shooting, stabbing or going very fast. Sometimes you just need to stop, listen and talk things over, like in Oxenfree and Tacoma, two lovely story-driven games that you can snag free right now and keep forever. Contemporary teen ghost story Oxenfree by Night School is the current fortnightly giveaway over on the Epic store, full…

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9 months ago

Feature: Forced surveillance

The Joy Of Tacoma’s recorded conversations

Tacoma is a game about a world that never stops watching. Corporations have achieved vertical integration on a near-total level, functioning as distinct economies running on contract workers and loyalty points. You go to the Amazon school, you work at your Amazon job, you get paid in Amazon points. The characters of the game are so consumed by the anxiety of keeping up with this…

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1 year ago

Bag 21 free games with Twitch Prime this July as part of Amazon Prime Day

Ever since Twitch got gobbled up by cardboard box kingpin Amazon, the two have gone together like a ham and cheese sandwich - or that dreadful PB&J concoction if you're in the US. Got Amazon Prime? You've also got free-game service Twitch Prime - and to celebrate the upcoming day o' deals Amazon Prime Day, Twitch are giving away a free game everyday for Twitch Prime members. Here's a list of everything you…

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Floating simulator Tacoma adds developer commentary

Well, this is quite embarrassing. I still haven't played Tacoma, but I have a good reason: I was quite positive that Steve Gaynor of Fullbright was pranking me. I bought the game for Xbox One and, at release, that version of the game simply did not work. I took to Twitter, where several days later, Gaynor informed me that the best work-around for getting the…

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Sci-fi sleuth sim Tacoma adds dev’s voices to the void

Us PC-using folk are really reaping the rewards of this generation of consoles being so indie-friendly. Not only are more great games being made in general, but developers tend to add extra features to later console ports which frequently find their way back home. The Fullbright Company's excellent Tacoma is the latest to walk this road, and is set to add an interactive developer commentary…

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2 years ago

Feature: Listen to our name-dropping

Podcast: The GDC special (with bonus Far Cry 5 chat)

♪♫ When you go to San Fraaaanciscooo, be sure to wear a lanyard with ‘Media’ inscribed on it round youuur nnnneck ♪♫ That’s what Adam, John and Brendan sang to each other as they gleefully skipped through the streets of California’s tram-infested hill city. The crew were in town for the yearly Game Developer's Conference where they spoke to developers, played games, and gambled on…

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Feature: Listen to our demands

Podcast: What we want from PC gaming in 2018

BAM. A sound captures your headphones and holds you hostage. It's the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. We've been lying in wait for the past three weeks, consolidating our strength and preparing to kidnap you by the ear canals. "Listen up, 2018!" we shout out from atop this metaphor. "We have a list of demands and we're not releasing this poor listener until you've…

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Feature: Tacoma and more

Fraser Brown’s favourite games of 2017

We asked a handful of our contributors to put together a list of their three favourite games from 2017. Their picks are running across the week while the rest of RPS slumbers. I think I would have lost my mind if it wasn’t for the many incredible digital holidays I’ve taken in 2017. It’s been a bit overwhelming to play so many great but also…

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Feature: Calendar condensed

Best PC games of 2017

The calendar's doors have been opened and the games inside have been eaten. But fear not, latecomer - we've reconstructed the list in this single post for easy re-consumption. Click on to discover the best games of 2017.

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Feature: Press play

How Tacoma tells a non-linear story with ghosts

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, Tacoma [official site]. Fullbright is running out of things to steal from the Shock series. “Like, we made a game that is basically about audio diaries for Gone Home, and now we’ve made a game that’s basically about the ghost sequences in System Shock 2 and…

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Clickuorice Allsorts: Why Steve Gaynor makes games

The most recent two episodes of the Designer Notes podcast is well worth listening to if you're interested in game development. In it, podcast creator (and Civilization IV designer) Soren Johnson interviews Steve Gaynor, co-founder of Fullbright Company and designer of Tacoma. Designer Notes is a podcast about "why we make games," and typically charts a designer's career, from the first game they played, to…

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Feature: Listen now or feel discomfort

Podcast: The Electronic Wireless Show talks Tacoma, The Shrouded Isle and comfort games

You look tired, traveller. Come in, sit by the fire and listen to the RPS podcast with us, the Electronic Wireless Show. It's about comfort gaming this week - the things we play when we feel down in the dumps or ill with the flu or just a little cold and tired. Here, drink it all up with your ears, like a nourishing audio broth.…

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Feature: Space station snooping

Tacoma review

Tacoma is… a beautifully designed lift-the-flap book for grownups? An interactive theatrical novella set somewhere between now and a far-future cyberpunk dystopia? A mysterious soap opera? A snoop-sim? A basket of Easter eggs being used to make a sci-fi omelette? I found it to be a rewarding, tightly edited mix of all of the above, but you probably want to know a bit more so…

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Feature: Ev3rying Ev3r

Every PC game announced or trailered at E3 2017

Each year E3 rolls around like a giant evil worm, crushing all that's good and pure. BUT that worm also announces lots of exciting gaming news as it wreaks its carnage upon the Earth. Here we have gathered every announcement, reveal, and exciting new trailer that emerged from the barrage of screamed press conferences over the last few days. And lots of it looks rather…

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Tacoma: deserted space station open to explorers from August 2

Your invitation to board the ghost party spaceboat exploration game, Tacoma [official site], has been issued: the game launches on August 2nd. Well, I say party spaceboat. There is a party, but it's just one element of the spectal past you can investigate as you piece together what happened as Tacoma Station's crew faced calamity. Here's the launch date trailer which offers some more peeks…

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3 years ago

Feature: Lost in space

Tacoma’s demo is a tantalising collection of Easter eggs

Tacoma [official site] is a game I'd been avoiding until there was something to play – I loved Fullbright's first game, Gone Home, and part of that was the sense of discovering the world and story as I played the game in its completed state. I wanted to do the same with Tacoma so was largely avoiding "news". GDC brought with it a snippet of…

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Feature: It's gonna be a good year

The PC games of 2017 mega-preview

As Old Father Time grabs his sickle and prepares to take ailing 2016 around the back of the barn for a big sleep, we're looking to the future. The mewling pup that goes by the name 2017 will come into the world soon and we must prepare ourselves for its arrival. Here at RPS, our preparations come in the form of this enormous preview feature,…

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Everybody’s Gone To The Singularity: 15 Mins Of Tacoma

Oh, Tacoma [official site], where the wind comes sweeping down the nacelles. This is the next game from Gone Home folks Fullbright, and this time we're in space, and there are people. Well, sort of. The below 15 minutes of footage from the start of the game gives a clearer picture of how this is going to work, and its similarities and dissimilarities to the…

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4 years ago

Tacoma “Reexamined” And Will Release In Spring 2017

We live in a post-Gone Home world, in which games like Firewatch have taken the environmental storytelling of the suburban-house-wanderer and advanced upon it. Fullbright might feel the same way: they've redesigned parts of their next game, Tacoma, since first unveiling it last summer, and now the spaceship-wanderer is due for release in spring 2017.

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