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The Witness

The Witness review

WITNESS ME, BLOOD BAG

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2 years ago

Feature: 2016's best puzzle game

The RPS 2016 Advent Calendar, Dec 8th – The Witness

It's the end of another puzzling year in which plenty of things have made us scratch our head and frown so hard that we have permanent crease-marks in our foreheads. The RPS Advent Calendar highlights our favourite games of the year, daily, and behind today’s door is... The year's best puzzle game: blow me down, it's The Witness [official site].

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Photographic Evidence: The Witness Adds Ansel Support

As pretty as it is, I don't know why you'd share screenshots of The Witness [official site] - the primary response seems to be people screaming that your screenshot of a pebble contains the hugest of spoilers. However, bold video game photographers now have a new tool. J. Blo and Thekla's puzzler has added support for Ansel, the super-swish camera mode exclusive to Nvidia cards.…

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Feature: A bonus bestest best!

The Bestest Best Games Of 2016 So Far

We usually do our enormous GAMES OF THE YEAR posting fest at the end of the year (as would seem logical) but because it seems silly to reserve praise for special occasions we're doing a Games Of The Half Year collection to tell you about everything we've loved playing so far. It can double as a summer holiday recommendations list too! We've listed ours in…

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Witness The Witness Remade In 8-Bitness

In the great tradition of taking something cool and then reducing it to its most basic elements while simultaneously challenging what made it cool in the first place, someone has made an NES version of The Witness It's a curious thing, because at first glance The Witness is a game about tracing lines through grids so that you can trace different lines through different grids.…

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Flash Bang Wallop! Nvidia Ansel’s Screenshot Tools

Nvidia have unveiled their next top-end GPU, the GeForce GTX 1080, which they say can draw lots of really nice pictures really fast. Look, I'm sure Jeremy and his Week in Tech will have more to say about that soon, but what's interesting to me is the software they announced alongside it. Nvidia Ansel will let people take fancier screenshots, pausing the action to rearrange…

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Feature: How to build an island

The Great Outdoors: The Witness

While attending GDC I was thinking a lot about how "outdoors" works in videogames and speaking to artists and designers about how they had approached those environments. I was relatively early on in my experience of The Witness [official site] but I was intrigued by how many biomes were crammed onto a small island space without it ever feeling overcrowded. With that in mind I…

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Feature: It ain't easy

Dark Souls’ Uncompromising Design Leaves No Space For An Easy Mode

Dark Souls [official site] isn't for everyone in the same way that a bowl of piping hot broth isn't for everyone. Let it cool for a while, add some seasoning, and people might happily tuck in and enjoy, but if you expect them to eat it exactly as you would – whether that's by chugging it down in a few swift gulps or taking tiny…

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3 years ago

Feature: "I had a picture of how it would work and how people would play it"

How Does The Witness Teach Without Words?

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites a developer to help him put their game up on blocks and take a wrench to hack out its best feature, just to see how it works. The Witness [official site] is generally considered to be very hard. It is frequently very hard! I’m feeling a little brutalised by a succession of puzzles that I encountered last…

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Feature: Brights and lights

The Witness And Its Colour Palettes

So this is the irritating situation I find myself in. I want to talk about the things I've found and seen and taken pictures of in The Witness [official site]. Except because of the infernal "environmental clue-giving" aspect I can't do that without running the risk of giving spoilers or whatnot by accident - spoilers I might not even know exist. But! I have uploaded…

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Feature: Pen and paper at the ready

The Witness And The Joy Of Note-Taking

Inspired by recent experiences with The Witness' [official site] puzzles, Robert Zak has been reminiscing about the art of note-taking while playing games. From graph paper for dungeon crawlers to suspicions and clues for Her Story [official site], many genres are represented, with only the noble pen and paper to hold them together.

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Feature: WITNESS ME, BLOOD BAG

The Witness review

After a whopping seven years in development, Jonathan Blow’s follow-up to Braid is finally here. The Witness [official site] throws out much — though not all — of the pompousness of its predecessor to deliver a less obtuse, modernised riff on Myst. And it’s actually quite brilliant, if you can ignore its layer of self-satisfied philosophical grandiosity. Here’s wot I think.

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Get Up, Come On, Get Down With The Witness

As you might have guessed from all the riotous jokes on Twitter about finding the laser gun in The Witness [official site], about losing the boss battle with the ice wizard on level three, asking how to craft a diamond pickaxe, about unlocking the warp drive, and about the ghost, J. Blo & co's puzzler came out last night. We'll be telling you Wot We…

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The Witness’s Famous Voices And Regular Prices

Jonathan Blow's time-twisting platformer Braid was a powerful force in the latest resurgence of indie games, helping propel them into the relative mainstream. Since 2008, J. Blo and his studio have been working on The Witness [official site], and the colourful puzzler will finally arrive on January 26th. Consider this me reminding you of that, while also relaying word that it'll cost £30 and its…

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Six Years Later, The Witness Gets A Release Date

The Witness [official site] always sounds to me like a Lynda La Plante two-part drama which would air on ITV and feature foreboding music and chilling crime. Braid creator J.Blo thinks differently and has now presented a taster of his brightly-coloured, six years in the making puzzle island in the form of a launch date trailer. Video and thoughts below:

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4 years ago

Feature: The aesthetics of puzzle game design

A Good Puzzle Game Is Hard To Build

I love puzzle games. But it’s not beating them that’s the exciting part: it’s understanding them. Whether mulling over a cryptic crossword or somersaulting through Portal’s portals, there’s a moment of epiphany which, for me, pretty much transcends all other moments in gaming. But how do you design a puzzle to best provoke that eureka moment? What gives a puzzle its aesthetic, its pace and…

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5 years ago

No Longer Silent: Ten Minutes Of The Witness

The Witness is Jonathan Blow's next game, so it makes sense that it be filled with brain-teasing puzzles. It makes a little less sense to me that those puzzles be mazes, which appear on screens littered around its colourful island environment. How do the screens and the world interact? There's ten minutes of new footage below, as recorded by YouTube user NukemDukem at a preview…

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6 years ago

Witness Jon Blow’s The Witness In Motion

Apparently "PlayStation 4 will be the only console that The Witness is on" when it first launches. Which is a very un-clever way of saying, "and also, it'll be on PC," but whatever. We get an actual, factual trailer of Braid creator Jonathan Blow's latest out of the deal, so Sony's inhumanly lengthy, droning "pppfffthrp" of a commercial's no skin off my nose. But I…

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Feature: Press "Use" On Every Wall

A People’s History Of The FPS, Part 1: The WAD

"A People's History" is a three part essay series by Robert Yang. He told us that he wanted to write an alternate view of the traditionally accepted history of the FPS genre as entirely dominated and driven by the mainstream, commercial industry, and to "argue for a long-standing but suppressed tradition of non-industry involvement in the first-person genre". This is part one. In 1994, the…

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