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The Long Dark

1 week ago

The Long Dark’s new event adds Canadian snacks and harsher temperatures

It may be summer in Canada now, but The Long Dark is cooling things down in July with the Winter's Embrace update to their Canadian survival simulation. From June 29th until July 31st, Hinterland Studio are dropping the temperature in The Long Dark, meaning you'll need to work harder to survive. They're also permanently adding some new treats to celebrate Canada Day.

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3 weeks ago

Feature: One Off The List

The 8 bleakest post-apocalypses in PC games

Post-apocalyptic videogames, the ultimate escape. How wonderful to venture to a strange land, so different from our own, and see what the world may look like an entire week from now. Well, today the PlayStation clan secluded themselves behind their barricades with The Last Of Us Part 2, leaving the PC tribe to suffer in the harsh elements of reality alone. But never fear, wanderer.…

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1 month ago

GeForce Now asks developers to opt-in before streaming their games

It's been a rough start for GeForce Now. Since leaving beta back in February, we've watched publisher after publisher remove their games from Nvidia's fledgeling streaming service. In an attempt to bring a bit of stability back to their shelves, Nvidia are now asking developers to opt-in before adding GeForce Now support - making their catalogue a little more reliable by only offering streaming support…

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2 months ago

The Long Dark developers talk episode four timeline and recommit to modding tools

Hinterland Studio's snowy Canadian survival 'em up has had a long journey indeed. The Long Dark started as a sandbox survival game yonks back in 2014 and has since added a story mode, given the entire story a redux, and continually added other updates. The work's far from done yet, and Hinterland have published a new developer update to assure players they're making progress on…

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3 months ago

The Long Dark and Machinarium now on Xbox Game Pass for PC

If you've not tired of winter yet, you can have it back in The Long Dark. The Canadian wilderness survival game has been added to Xbox Game Pass for PC. It's joined by ye olde mechanical adventure game Machinarium. You can now play both if you're subscribed to Microsoft's ever-evolving library of games.

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4 months ago

Nvidia didn’t ask permission to include The Long Dark on GeForce Now

Seems that Nvidia have gone and put their foot in it again with their cloud streaming service GeForce Now. This time, they've failed to ask Hinterland Studio to include their game The Long Dark in the library. In return, Hinterland have asked for it to be removed from the service. This follows several other games being removed from GeForce Now, with some publishers pulling their…

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5 months ago

Feature: Live, die, repeat

The 20 best survival games on PC

Ever since Minecraft got us hooked on surviving its deadly nights and sinister, snickering foes over a decade ago, there have been wave upon wave of new survival games to scratch our deepest masochistic itches. Attempting to tackle them all at once, however, would probably lead to an early grave, so we've put together this list of the very best survival games on PC to…

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7 months ago

Feature: The best games in the whole wide world

The 32 best PC games that demand to be played in ultrawide

There's an old saying in gaming monitor circles that once you've gone ultrawide, there's no going back. Indeed, having had the vast Samsung CRG9 hogging my desk for a bit last month, I'm inclined to agree. But what do games actually look like on a screen this wide? It's one thing looking at lovely wallpapers, but another thing entirely to have a game occupy your…

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Feature: Death of a gamepad

Goodnight, sweet Steam Controller

Right now, there’s a room in Buffalo Grove, Illinois that's as quiet as a grave. The power is off, the robotic limbs are becalmed, and the once thumping presses are depressed. The Steam Controller assembly room is assembling no more, and with the recent Steam sale clearing out all the stock, the grand experiment is over. It’s the final part of Valve’s great Steam Machines…

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Feature: One Off The List

The 9 harshest winters in games

‘Tis the season / use a brolly / tra la la la / la la la la. Hello, it's me, the list goblin, here in this festive first week of December to deliver a big black bin bag of presents to you. And by presents, I mean a single irrevocable inventory of the most disastrous and terrible winters in the videogames of recent history. Yes,…

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Fluffy the wolf is coming back to The Long Dark in its next Survival Mode update

The time of year has arrived where I continually look out my window hoping for a permanent blanket of snow the way holiday movies always promised me there would be. As usual, it's boring and bleak out there and I look to games like The Long Dark to escape the drabness of my actual surroundings. Nothing says holiday cheer like building a fire of twigs…

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9 months ago

Feature: Why every survival game needs wheat

Game DNA: Making yourself a home

I was homeless when I discovered Minecraft -- not homeless in the street-sleeping sense, thankfully. Only in the sofa-surfing sense. I had a bed, even. The creaking cabin bed of two friends who took pity on me and let me crash for a few months in their house, while I sullied my fingertips with sambuca in a dank Yorkshire nightclub for part-time pound coins. My…

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The Long Dark story mode continues in episode 3 today

The third episode of icy survival sandbox The Long Dark's story mode arrived today. Crossroads Elegy switches protagonists, putting us in the hiking boots of the doctor we were searching for in the first two episodes. Handy thing to be in the icepocalypse, a doctor. More useful than a pilot without a plane. Here, see a wee bit of Astrid Greenwood's story in the launch…

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10 months ago

1 year ago

Feature: Is it getting hot in here?

How ‘climate crisis games’ could better model our problems and our future

In Vectorpark’s Sandcastles, you build fantastic towers and watch the waves erase your work every 10 seconds. It’s a very direct metaphor for the global climate crisis that threatens to flood coastal cities and exacerbate natural disasters. Sandcastles confronts us with our totally predictable watery doom, but we also find fun and expression in our totally foreseeable destruction. When the planet dies, at least we’ll…

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Feature: Farming XP

Will It Harvest Moon? – a beginner’s field guide to rehabilitating inferior games

To this day, the jaunty static of the opening jingle to Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town brings me back to a simpler time. Summer evenings spent hunched over my Game Boy SP, a pane of glass between me and nature’s suburban bounty as I tilled my little squares of land, pet my happy little chickens, and bribed a town’s worth of reticent heartthrobs…

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2 years ago

Feature: Cold to the bone

The Long Dark – Wintermute Redux review

Sorry to make this quick, but Christmas is coming toward me at thirty thousand miles per hour, and frankly we're running out of time. I've not managed to play through both chapters of the redux version of The Long Dark's story mode, Wintermute, but I don't want to wait until the new year to tell you that - OH HOORAY - it's sooooo much better…

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The Long Dark launches its remastered first two episodes

The Long Dark's frozen apocalypse is just a little bit nicer to survive through this week, as Hinterland Studio have launched their 'Wintermute Redux' update for the game. After putting plans for a third episode of its story-driven main campaign on hold, they opted to overhaul what was already there. As detailed here, the story now plays out entirely in first-person with fully voiced and…

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Feature: Listen now, because you'll be dead soon

Podcast: The best post-apocalyptic games

 To experience this #content, you will need to enable targeting cookies. Yes, we know. Sorry. Manage cookie settings The world ended this week. We documented the whole thing. But the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, will not go quietly into the abyss of human history. It's not going to be felled by the atomic blast of Fallout 76. It’s going down screaming. Screaming…

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The Long Dark episode 3 delayed

The third episode of survive 'em up The Long Dark's story mode Wintermute will not arrive in December as planned, developers Hinterland have announced, though the revamped 'Redux' versions of the first two should hit next month. The reason for the delay is good news, really: they've picked up new team members and a 36-camera motion capture setup from recently-closed studio Capcom Vancouver and want…

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