Have You Played… Dune II Remake Dune Legacy?

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

I spent a few hours playing Dune Legacy, a fan-made remake – well, more modernisation than remake – in work time a while back, couldn’t think of a great excuse to write about it then felt horribly guilty. Now I have an excuse! If you’ve long wished to revisit Dune II: Battle For Arrakis, the beloved grandparent of the RTS as we know it, but feared its archaic nature and appearance would break your heart, Dune Legacy is the answer.
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Shovel Knight’s Free Plague Knight Expansion Released

I exhibit levels of nostalgia some describe as “monstrous” – I recently decided that keeping both the last birthday card and the final Christmas card from my dead grandmother constituted hoarding and binned one of them, and don’t even get me started on chiptune – so you can trust that I’m not simply taken in by the retro stylings of Shovel Knight [official site]. It’s pretty nice. Now it’s bigger, as this week brought the free expansion Plague of Shadows, a pleasant bundling-up of old Kickstarter stretch goals including a secondary campaign starring the dastardly Plague Knight.

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Dead Island: Epidemic MOBA Shutting Down

As if it weren’t already clear that the world is not desperately short of F2P MOBAs, and that dressing a game in the clothes of a known brand isn’t attractive enough to players, another branded arena ‘em up is closing.

Dead Island: Epidemic [official site], a MOBA-y spin-off from the open-world zombie-slaying FPS-RPG, will close next month, publishers Deep Silver have announced. The game will never have left open beta testing.

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What Is The Best Game Weapon?

We often lament that videogames are so often violent, but that doesn’t mean that weapons can’t feel so good when done right. Sometimes a single weapon can even make a game worth playing all on its own. Far Cry 2’s bolt-action rifle? Resident Evil 4’s Broken Butterfly revolver? Action Quake 2’s Handcannon sawn-off shotgun? Those are Alice’s, but Adam, Alec and Graham gathered to discuss their favourites – leave your own in the comments.

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So, Uh, Who Wants An XCOM 2 Prequel Novel?

I… Uh. Erm. Must be polite. As much as I love it, I don’t know if I’m into XCOM/X-COM for the fiction? Like, at all? It certainly didn’t work for me when they wrote a tie-in book for the original 90s game. But, here we go. XCOM 2: Resurrection is a whole damned novel which explains what happened between XCOM 1 and XCOM 2 – i.e. how the aliens ended up in charge of the Earth and besties with humanity. I feel like an introductory cutscene might have been enough to explain that, but then again I’m pleased that XCOM is clearly enough of a success that it’s getting spin-offs.
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Weave Songs, Remake Worlds In Proteus Composer’s Musical Adventure/Toy PANORAMICAL

Otherworldly walking sim Proteus [official site] is very much an RPS favourite: a dreamy, good-natured, no-pressure place many of us retreat to when the shooting and the jumping and the icon-collecting gets too much. Half the reason for Proteus’ joyfully calming effect is David Kanaga’s prettily ambient soundtrack, and how perfectly it fits the evocative, wooly-edged art. In PANORAMICAL, which occupies a place between game and music tool, Kanaga’s compositions move front and centre.
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