Overgrowth doesn’t feel ready to leave Early Access

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The most satisfying moments in Overgrowth [official site] take place in mid-air. Rabbits are typically good at jumping, but they’ve got nothing on their anthropomorphic cousin, Turner, the martial arts master and hero of this critter-bashing romp. His leaping ability borders on the power of flight. During those seconds, suspended in the skies above the game’s largely empty battlefields, it feels like anything’s possible. Invariably the landing disappoints. Sometimes fatally. That’s Overgrowth: lots of potential, rarely reached.

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Civilization 6 gets big update while Civ 3 is briefly free

Today’s the big day in Civland, or the world as it’s commonly known. The highlight: Civilization VI has launched its big Fall 2017 Update, which chiefly expands religious combat and makes AI opponents a little smarter. Also out today is new DLC for Civ VI adding Indonesia and the Khmer Empire.

Or if you believe that everything old is better and we should shun the new: 1) Civilization III is free for the next two days; 2) But Civ’s whole ‘inevitable march of progress’ sort of thing seems contrary to your ethos? Read the rest of this entry »

The lovely disasters of Make a Good Mega Man Level

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What do Catholic martyr Sir Thomas More, mythical Norse tree Yggdrasil and comedy ogre Shrek have in common? They all feature in fan creations made for the recent Make A Good Mega Men Level competition. Read on to find out more about these and other strange takes on Mega Man, including the world’s most hazardous ice cream factory.

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Life Is Strange: Before the Storm continues in Episode 2

Teen ’em up prequel Life Is Strange: Before the Storm is a story with an ending we already know but hell, isn’t life? It’s all about the journey, maaan. And the journey continues a little more today with the launch of the series’s second episode (of three). In it, aw heck, you know how it goes: teens hang out, teens get into trouble, and grown-ups just don’t understand. Read the rest of this entry »

Dawn of War 3 gets an update and a free weekend

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War… war has changed. The latest (and largest) Dawn of War 3 update, “Endless War”, is now live. It adds new multiplayer maps, new elite units and new cosmetics to the Warhammer RTS.

If you don’t own DoW3 but want to get in on the action, there’s also a free weekend running from now until 9pm on Sunday, along with a 50% discount if you want the game for keepsies.

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Cities: Skylines – Green Cities expansion blooms today

Modern cities are okay but for those who’d rather dream a little utopian, Cities: Skylines today launched its Green Cities expansion. Like other Skylines expansions, Green Cities doesn’t massively expand game systems but does bring some eco-friendly new buildings to erect — blocks clad in vertical planting, solar updraft towers, organic food shops, that sort of thing — which have a few thematic new functions. They do look very nice. A free update has launched alongside the expansion too, with new content from electric cars to extra types of park.

Oh, and if you’re not Skylining yet, the game is on sale right now too. Read the rest of this entry »

Podcast: Middle-earth: Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2 and our nemeses

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Who’s your worst nemesis? This week the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, is talking about our most reviled enemies, against whom we hold deep, lasting grudges. Matt harbours a lasting bitterness for Silencer, the magic-cancelling war jerk of Dota 2. Adam is fuelled by a dark hatred for the final boss of Ancient Domains of Mystery, a giant ‘@’ symbol called Andor Drakon. And I still maintain a grievance against an entire electricity company in Final Fantasy VII. They killed my friends.

And speaking of nemeses, we’ve had plenty of time to play Middle-earth: Shadow of War, the icon-hoovering game of anti-establishment orcs, which has us divided. The Evil Within 2 also gets some attention, as Adam runs from spectres and fails to stealth-kill hideous monsters, and I am publicly shamed in Tekken 7 by a robot who takes off her head and throws it at me.
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Comedy adventure anthology Yorkshire Gubbins starts

A new comedy adventure anthology explores a weird version of Yorkshire – home of, as developers Stairfall Institute point out, “the British accent used in Game of Thrones”. Appropriately named Yorkshire Gubbins, the game launched its first episode this week and I’ve heard good things from chums. The first episode follows someone who, while a bridesmaid, ruined her best friend’s wedding. Great times. Here, watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Date your sword in Boyfriend Dungeon

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Picture this steamy scene. You’ve spent a long day down in the dungeon, hacking your way through kobolds and disarming the occasional trap. There’s treasure to be found, sure, but when you return to the surface world, what you really need is a warm meal and a cuddle. Thankfully, the sword you’ve been wielding all day just happens to polymorph into a dream date, so you can spend all that treasure on gifts and fine dining.

This is the newly announced Boyfriend Dungeon. A hack and slash (fic) game.

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Have you played… Nidhogg 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

The original Nidhogg was a tense, terse swordfighting game best played in local multiplayer. Nidhogg 2 changes the art style, adds an array of new weapons, and in the process makes it less tense and less fun. Read the rest of this entry »

Blue Yeti USB Microphone discounted by £40 this week

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Those of you who tend to have one eye on the tech world or are already world-renowned recording artists will have no doubt encountered Blue Yeti microphones before. All this is to say that, this week, you can pick up a fancy Silver Blue Yeti USB microphone for £40 less than you’d normally spend, over at Amazon UK. Read the rest of this entry »

American Truck Simulator shows off New Mexico

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We still don’t have a release date for the upcoming New Mexico expansion for American Truck Simulator [official site] but developers SCS Software have said they are putting on the “finishing touches”. Eager to show off the sights of this map expansion, they’ve also released a trailer “to whet your appetite”. It’s got canyons, creeks and plane crashes. Read the rest of this entry »

You can pre-load Destiny 2 now, if you’re into that

"You MUST stop the Cabal, Guardian. It is.... your DESTINY 2."

“There is no greater love,” sang the late Amy Winehouse, “than what I feel for shooting hostile robots in their glowing stomachs.” If you also can’t get enough of sci-fi space shooting, then you’ll be happy to learn that Destiny 2 [official site] can be pre-loaded now. That’s a whole five days ahead of its release on October 24. On top of that, here’s the exact times you can start playing. Activision aren’t taking any chances, are they?
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s Dust2 revamped

The iconic level De_dust2 has returned revamped to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site], having been removed from the main playlists in February. This new version makes a few tweaks to how it plays and brings a fresh new look. Kiss that early ’10s murk and grime goodbye and welcome in this modern city. The new Dust2 hit test servers last week then fully, properly launched for everyone last night. Read the rest of this entry »

Has Stellaris been improved by its updates?

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Hi! I’m an incredibly charismatic space otter, and I love you! Not just you! I love everyone, be they otter analogues, bird people, or particularly advanced fungal infections! I even love murderous robots, which I’m aware is not a great idea because they’re murderous robots!

At least that’s what StellarisScyldari would say, if they could do anything apart from bat their ears adorably on the game’s menu screens. Paradox’s Stellaris is freeform grand strategy, in the mould of the developer’s other games Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings, and as such is much more about numbers and menus than cut-scenes or narrative arcs. Read the rest of this entry »

A Mortician’s Tale released

Dealing with a death is crushing for most people, but for some it’s part of their day job. A Mortician’s Tale [official site] focuses on that side of death, playing as a fresh young funeral director as she learns the ropes of the death business. Along with preparing bodies, going through the processes leading to burial or cremation, she’ll handle loved ones, attend funerals, hear stories, and, you know, get on with her job. The game’s out now, launched today. Read the rest of this entry »

Running With Rifles gets WWII expansion set in Pacific

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Oh hi, Running With Rifles [official site]. It’s been a while, huh? I had assumed you’d packed up your duffel bag, slung your gun over your shoulder, and sprinted off into the sunset. Turns out you’ve been digging into the Iwo Jima sands and all the other Pacific islands too, recreating the second World War in your own top-down cartoonish way. So, when’s that Pacific warfare expansion released? Next week? Sorted. Sorted. Read the rest of this entry »

EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK is out

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Something terrible has happened but you’re still here, and… now what? EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK [official site] is the answer. It’s a loud, colourful, surprising, earnest, funny, and devastating “interactive zine” from Tetrageddon developer Nathalie Lawhead, with dozens of scenes feeling around the aftermath and ongoing situation of living with bad things. Receive terrible and patronising advice, have even your desktop virtual pets run screaming from you, and tell yourself everything is going to be ok. It’s the cheeriest and most awful thing I’ve played in a while. Read the rest of this entry »

Secrets of the developer who sold half a million videogames you’ve never heard of on Steam

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In the space of a half-hour conversation, Adam Nickerson, aka Nickervision Studios, uses a variant of the phrase ‘I don’t know really how to make videogames’ at least half a dozen times. Yet he’s managed to singlehandedly sell half a million copies of his games on PC.

You’ve probably never heard of Bit Blaster XL, for example, but it’s shifted 260,000 copies on Steam. He developed it solo, in just two weeks. Its follow-up, on course to be equally successful, was developed in 75 hours.

How did he do it? He figured out exactly how to get noticed on Steam during this time of seemingly ceaseless new releases – a time that has destroyed the hopes and dreams of many other small developers. Read the rest of this entry »

WWE 2K18 hits its release date (with a chair)

Can you smell what Rocky is cooking?

Are you ready to do a bro-slam from the corner of the fighting pit? Maybe you’d rather clotheshorse your opponent onto the safety mat. Or batterslap them into a Willy Nelson, before delivering a final heel storm? The possibilities are many in WWE 2K18 [official site], which came out yesterday. As an expert in wrestling, I can tell you it is the roughest, toughest and buffest since…

*checks filing cabinet*

WWE 2K17. Read the rest of this entry »