We Can Rebuild It: Deus Ex Revision Out Now

Deus Ex: Revision [official site] is a project that overhauls “the environments and soundtrack” of Ion Storm’s classic, and it’s out now on Steam. The release has the backing of Deus Ex’s current publishers and developers (Square Enix and Eidos Montreal), and is designed to work exclusively with the Steam release of the original.

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Fun Times: The Jackbox Party Pack 2 Is Out

“It’s like a virtual box containing all the entertainment you need for a party but the evening goes a bit awkward when someone keeps cracking boring ‘edgy’ jokes but look you’ll all have a load of fun but oh you do also need to provide your own booze and Twiglets.” You can put that quote on the box, Jackbox Games. Two Ns in O’Connor.

The folks behind You Don’t Know Jack have dropped another collection of party games of words, drawings, and noises, intended to be played with folks in the same room (but working fine online with screen sharing). It is unimaginatively named The Jackbox Party Pack 2 [official site].

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Homeworld: Shipbreakers Clip Shows Big Battles

Shipbreakers

Homeworld is like that bestfriend who has drifted away over the years; these days you only chat by happenstance, and each time you’re left wondering why they never come around anymore.

This time, the upcoming Homeworld: Shipbreakers [official site] made a surprise showing at a conference for Unity developers in Boston last month. A video of the presentation only hit YouTube today, and given how difficult it is for anyone to keep things under wraps these days, that delay is nothing short of stunning.

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Have You Played… Plants Vs Zombies?

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

I’m struggling to think of a game’s name that has gone from being one of eliciting such joy to such uninterest. The flagship title of PopCap’s collapse from astonishingly successful casual game developer to the fragmented remains left behind after an EA-destructo-buyout, Plants Vs Zombies was once a cult PC delight, making tower defence accessible to all. Now it’s a third-person shooter or something.

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Allison Road Cancels Kickstarter, Snags Publisher

The cancellation of Silent Hills becomes more distressing every time a new piece of information emerges. Guillermo del Toro’s tweet stating that horror manga maestro Junji Ito would have collaborated on the game was a cruel blow and anyone who has encountered his work will understand why. When I first looked at Allison Road [official site], I hoped it would live up to the legacy of PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills that caused such a stir. Now, the Kickstarter has been cancelled before reaching its target but that’s because Worms developer (and indie publisher) Team17 have stepped in.

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Game Of The Month: October – Undertale

You can defeat Game of the Month by pointing out that it’s running a week late, but you could also progress by claiming friendship and offering Game of the Month a hug. As it is here, so it is in inventive, uplifting RPG Undertale [official site]. As a human cast down into monster territory, you must explore and quest and combat, but can do all of them with kindness instead of violence. Drawing plentiful comparisons to EarthBound, it’s the one game you should play this month if you only have time to play one.

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Samorost 3 Has The Prettiest Dang Forest

Not this. I mean, this is lovely, but it's not the forest I'm talking about.

Amanita Design make some of the prettiest dang games around, and their Samorost games are especially lovely. They look like delicate, glowing paintings based on diddy stop-motion sets metal of scrap and thread, pebble and moss. Perhaps my favourite Amanita gameplace yet is one they’re showing in a wee new video from the upcoming Samorost 3 [official site], a forest scene which oh my giddy aunt I want to live in look:

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