RPS Asks: You To Take Our Reader Survey, Please

There’s more of you than there’s ever been before, which means there’s probably a lot we don’t know about you. We have all sorts of questions. For example: how are you? Where did you get those dapper shoes? And would you be willing to take this reader survey in order to help us improve the website?

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Doom On You: New Doom Summoned To May 13th

Here’s me muttering about one newstyle oldstyle FPS when along roars word of a right biggun: Doom [official site] will be upon us on Friday the 13th of May. That’s almost twelve years since Doom 3, you know, and twenty-something years since the original two Dooms this new one seems to be calling back to more. This news is accompanied by a wee new trailer full of demons, dismemberment, bwamp noises, and a Baron of Hell ripping the player’s legs off. Nice.

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Not Of This World: Devil Daggers Launching This Month

“Ah, man, I don’t know how to start this Devil Daggers post,” I grumbled in the RPS treehouse earlier. “I am excited about this game in a way I’m not usually. I often get excited by ‘oh yeah, this game does that thing I like in a good way’ but this is… it’s in my guts, man.” Solution: quote that watercooler muttering and roll from there.

Devil Daggers [official site] is an arcade FPS which may have parts familiar from ’90s shooters but as a whole feels like nothing I’ve seen (or heard!) before. Now it has a release date and my guts, man, my guts.

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Have You Played… Salvation Prophecy?

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

Loners are odd sorts. We all know this. Salvation Prophecy, for example, is a third-person shooter, space dogfighter, and real-time strategy all rolled into one by a lone creator. No committee would even try that.
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Godus Wars Scraps Surprise In-Game Charges

Godus Wars [official site], the second unfinished Godus game from development team 22Cans, costs £11 on Steam. And until a few moments ago, once you’d battled through the first continent of its combat-focused spin-off, to play any more of the game cost another $5. Yup, this new “free to owners of Godus” early access, severely unfinished game included surprise premium in-game purchases! Unsurprisingly, on discovering this, already angry players became even angrier, and let their feelings be known. A taken-aback 22Cans have just announced they’re removing this charge, while expressing astonishment that anyone should have minded it.

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Wot I Think: The Witness

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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Dead Letters Office: Hieroglyphika

Roguelikes are made of letters. The earliest example of the form, Rogue itself, was designed to work on Text User Interfaces and was able to conjure up a dungeon and its denizens using the basic building blocks of language. From Aquators to Zombies, Rogue contained a literal alphabet of monsters.

Hieroglyphika [official site], released yesterday, is a traditional roguelike in many ways. There are monsters with various behaviours, strengths and weaknesses, traps littering the dungeon floor, and treasures to collect. But there is no text. Thematically, that’s because you’re surrounded by dead languages, trapped in tombs full of horrors. Pragmatically, it means you’ll have to learn how things work by observing actions and reactions. It’s a neat twist and a smart game.

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Batman Foils Penguin: Arkham Knight Scraps Linux, Mac

Oh dear. It’s a shame that Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] has been such a mess on PC because it is a pretty fun game. But it was pulled from sale the day after launching due to its awful performance, took five months to relaunch, and was still a bit wonky after that. That’ll sour impressions a touch. Now Arkham Knight’s planned Mac and Linux versions are cancelled. Even though Batman himself digs *nix! Oh dear.

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Here’s When XCOM 2 Will Unlock (Today For Some!)

It’s X-COM a-gogo round here today, with Xenonauts 2 confirmed and XCOM 2 [official site] out on Frida- wait, actually it’s out today for some. Publishers 2K Games have shared XCOM 2’s exact release times across the globe, so you can figure out if you’ll have time for a cheeky battle or two before bed. Round our way, XCOM 2 will unlock at 11:01pm tonight so you’re in luck if you’ve pre-ordered and pre-loaded it, or have a zippy Internet connection, or are naughty enough to stay up late on a school night.

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X Dash COMING: Xenonauts 2 Confirmed, Going 3D

XCOM 2 is out this week and I’m pretty flipping excited. But what of people whose hearts yearn for X-COM, the bedashed original series Firaxis rebooted and dedashed? Good news: Xenonauts 2 [official site] is definitely happening. Bad news: it’ll arrive in 2017 at the earliest.

Goldhawk Interactive’s Xenonauts, which came out in 2014 after years in early access, is essentially a tweaked unofficial remake of UFO: Enemy Unknown (or ‘X-COM: UFO Defense’, whatever). It’s pretty great! The sequel will be a bit more adventurous, taking more liberties with the X-COM formula as it also switches from sprites to proper 3D.

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