Republique Episode 4 Sneaks Into A Graveyard

When dystopian sneak ’em up Republique [official site] first arrived on PC, it brought with it (fancier, “remastered” versions of) the first three episodes that’d already slipped into pocket telephones. Now we’re synchronised, and the fourth of its five planned episodes has arrived. Episode Four: God’s Acre looks to be escaping dark underground sci-fi complexes and venturing into… a dark and spooky graveyard. If I know teens in graveyards, and it’s probably no surprise that I do know a thing or two about that, there’ll also bottles of White Lightning and inept snogging.

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Premature Evaluation: Squad

It’s interesting hearing the barks ascribed to the insurgent soldiers in Squad. They have something of the deep-voiced glowering inflection we’ve come to expect from Western depictions of Islamic terror, but stop short of hysterical appeals to Allah or demands for the blood of the Great Satan. Such depictions of the enemy in popular culture always intrigue me, not because any particular group of people is obliged to be polite to another they consider their enemy, but because mischaracterising or misunderstanding the enemy is one of the greatest mistakes a nation can make - at least according to Sun Tzu.

Each week Marsh Davies is Oscar Mike to the FOB that is Early Access and tries to find at least one thing that isn’t FUBAR. This week he’s been taking on tangos in Squad, a large-scale military shooter which claims to be the spiritual successor to the Battlefield 2 mod Project Reality.

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Come Play With Us In Clicker Heroes, Guild Wars 2, PlanetSide 2 And Lots More

It’s been a while! Over November and December, the RPS community have indulged in tonnes of different games. Read on to find out what we’ve been up to in Clicker Heroes [official site], Guild Wars 2 [official site], PlanetSide 2 [official site], Terraria [official site] and more.

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League of Legends: Krepo On Ranking And Peaking

So there’s a conversation I had with Mitch ‘Krepo’ Voorspoels at the League of Legends [official site] All-Star which I’ve been coming back to a lot this week as I contemplate a festive season with time to play MOBAs.

“Everybody sees their current position as neutral and they can go up and they can go down. They never consider they may actually be at the peak for a while.”

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Lucid Screaming: DARQ

DARQ [official site] is “a unique psychological horror game set in a zero-gravity lucid dream”. My lucid dreams tend to begin with a sense of drifting away from my own body, which could account for that ‘zero-gravity’ sensation, which seemed like an odd addition to the game’s description when I First saw it. Weightlessness and a lack of being.

Judging by the trailer DARQ has taken a few tips from Ice-Pick Lodge’s Knock-Knock, which is one of my favourite horror games. The unnerving twilight wanderings of that game are a fine place to find inspiration, but DARQ’s flexible funding indiegogo campaign makes me slightly uneasy in ways that aren’t related to its setting. [update regarding that below]

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The RPS Advent Calendar, Dec 21st: Little Party

What is the best party game of 2015? The RPS Advent Calendar highlights our favourite games from throughout the year, and behind today’s door is…

Little Party [official site]!

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Hungry Hungry Hunters: God Eater Coming To PC

Seeing news that God Eater 2 Rage Burst [official site] is coming to PC made me think “Amazing! Excellent! Yep yes, I will definitely write about that. What’s God Eater 2 Rage Burst?” A Japanese action-RPG about monster hunters who fight weird life-assimilating mutants or something, is the slightly disappointing answer. Bandai Namco first released it in Japan a while back, and today announced they’re now bringing westward – and to PC too. They are being a lot better with PC nowadays, that lot. They’re also bringing the first game over, in its fancied-up God Eater Resurrection form.

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A Calming Swim With From The Sea, Freedom

Here’s a lovely under-the-sea exploration toy I found in the Ludum Dare 34 Pile O’ Things. It’s called From The Sea, Freedom [official site] and it made me crack a smile even though I was in the mood to chuck my PC in the bin on account of wrestling with a free camera thing in Dota all morning and then failing anyway.

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Have You Played… Scorched Earth?

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

Before there was Worms, there was Scorched Earth. (And before there was Scorched Earth, there was Gorillas, but that’s another story). A networked or hot-seat game of turn-based tank warfare, and for many nerds of my generation, it was one of the most startling, deliciously destructive statements of games’ potential that we’d ever seen.
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Action Space Shooter Everspace Still Looks Shiny

Remember when there were essentially zero space games? How times change. Everspace [official site] is attempting to carve out its space-niche in the increasingly crowded space-market by focusing on singleplayer, roguelike-style mechanics, “non-linear storytelling,” and space combat that intends to be more arcade and action-focused than strictly simulating physics. There’s a new trailer below showing some of the crowdfunded game’s recent development progress.

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These 17 Minutes Of Firewatch Look And Sound Great

Firewatch [official site] looks increasingly exciting to me. It’s the first game from Campo Santo, the studio formed of former Telltale, Double Fine and 2K Marin developers, and casts you in the role of a park ranger attempting to protect a forest from fires, partying teenagers, and maybe sasquatch I dunno. There are 17 new minutes of the game being played by developers Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin below.

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Galactic Civilization 2 Gets AI And Tech Tree Update

That’s not a typo in the headline. This patch is not for the recently released Galactic Civilizations 3, but for the nearly ten year-old Galactic Civilizations 2. Released last Thursday, version 2.20 incorporates a number of community mods into the base game, as well as making tweaks to its already formidable AI.

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Devilish Hand: Tales Of Berseria Coming Our Way

Like a little J in your RPG? Smile: Bandai Namco today announced that Tales of Berseria [official site], the next game in their long-running ‘Tales of’ series, will indeed be coming westward. And yep, it will be on PC too. Bandai Namco have been pretty good with bringing the series our way. They released the recent Tales of Zestiria on the same day as its PlayStation 4 version, and are going back to bring older games like Tales of Symphonia over too. Trailer below!

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What Games Are Running Christmas Events?

HO HO HO. Christmas is practically upon us, and games eveywhere… well, mostly online… are joining the party. Whether they call it Winter Veil or Frostfell, it’s a chance to deck the hubs with bonus XP and let everyone from elves to orcs don Santa hats and hand out treats to the good little wizards and barbarians. Here’s a few of the events going on around the worlds over the next week or so. Is there something cool happening in one of your games that you think folks would find fun? Wrap it up nicely in a comment and leave it under the tree. By which I mean the article. Sorry, that metaphor seemed to be going in a better direction at the start of the sentence.

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Gears Of War Remake & Killer Instinct Coming Soon-ish

Remember when Windows 10 was coming up and Microsoft were all excited about PC gaming again and announced they were bringing the Gears of War remake and new Killer Instinct to PC? And how they didn’t have much to say about the ports then in June, and haven’t had much more to say about them since? Oh Ian Microsoft, you and your fickle love! Love us, Ian. Why don’t you love us? Ian, please. But wait! One of Ian’s mates has now said we should probably expect them early-ish in 2016.

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