Decipher an alien language in Sethian

Alien linguistics thriller Arrival is a beezer movie, according to my internet mates, but I still haven’t been able to see it. Once again videogames come to the rescue. Sethian [official site] is a text adventure where the text is all unrecognisable shapes and symbols – an alien computer that needs to be translated and understood. It came out last month but got buried in the annual November AAAvalanche. But like heroic rescue workers, we have found it again.
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The RPS 2016 Advent Calendar, Dec 5th –Tilt Brush

The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive were both released in 2016, but what was the best VR experience of the year? The RPS Advent Calendar highlights our favourite games of the year, daily, and behind today’s door is…

Virtual artistry tool Tilt Brush.

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Have You Played… Evoland?

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

Aren’t games brill? I mean, look at Evoland [official site], and RPG that explores the history of its own genre, evolving from a monochrome Gameboy game through to the lovely 3D worlds of the Gamecube, hitting each Zelda-like milestone along the way.

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Giveaway: 10,000 keys for The Exiled alpha test

The Exiled [official site] attempts to blend MOBA combat with a sandbox MMO. In other words, it’s either a MOBA with a huge map and hundreds of players, or it’s an MMO with PvP combat and a promise of “no more grind.” It’s currently in alpha until December 21st and we’re giving away 10,000 keys to get in today. You’ll find how to enter and a trailer below.

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Street Fighter 5 kicking off Season 2 with Akuma

Continuing plans to update Street Fighter 5 [official site] for yonks without releasing separate new Ultra Turbo Mega Editions, Capcom have announced ‘Season 2’ of big content updates will kick off this month with returning pugilist Akuma and a sleighload of festive fare. Punchfans will remember Akuma as a sort of Infowars Ryu. Five brand new fighters are due to follow across 2017, though they’re under wraps for now. But far more important than that is everyone’s wacky Christmas premium costumes. Read the rest of this entry »

Oculus Touch is a superior motion controller to the Vive’s

I’ve been playing with them there Oculus Touch controllers for the last few days – a pair of wireless, motion-tracking handheld devices that, in theory, bring the Oculus Rift more in line with the HTC Vive and its wavy, donut-ended pointers. Turns out they’re quite a bit better. Read the rest of this entry »

Paragon’s entire map is about to change: here’s why

“Monolith is more than just a new map, it’s really our reimagining of what we actually wanted Paragon to be in the first place and it’s our better attempt at delivering that.”

Monolith is the rescaled and rebuilt map which each match of Epic’s third-person MOBA [official site] is played on. Lead hero designer, Cameron Winston, is the one telling me about its development. Monolith is replacing the older Legacy map as the team focus on improving the experience. The main goals were to trim down the size of the map (thus also eliminating the need for the travel mode aka auto-sprint which helped you get anywhere in a reasonable timeframe but messed with combat), offering more meaningful choices to players and bringing down the average length of longer matches. Read the rest of this entry »