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Feature: Quakey quakey rise and shine

Premature Evaluation – Wrath: Aeon Of Ruin

Who remembers the 90s? Princess Diana alive and well and driving around London in her open-topped Bentley, throwing fistfuls of rare Pogs to her adoring public. Tony Blair flying around the sky in his personalised Concorde, throwing hundreds of rare Pogs down to his adoring public. Bill Clinton, unimpeached and still full of beans, kicking back in the Oval Office, proudly showing off his collection…

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Bloody throwback Wrath: Aeon Of Ruin enters early access today

KillPixel's Wrath: Aeon Of Ruin launched into early access today, bringing the original 1996 Quake's bloody, baroque 3D action screaming into 2019. Medieval castles filled with shotguns, skeletons and a smattering of blood? Chunky low-poly demons and pixel-counts you could track on one hand? Yep, it's a Quake. With some of the modding greats from the game's 23-year history, it should be a bloody good…

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Ion Fury makers reverse decision to remove tiny unfunny gay joke, because apparently that would be “censorship”

After apologising last week for including two small, puerile gay jokes in Ion Fury, the throwback FPS's makers and publishers have now declared that their voluntary decision to cut one of those would actually constitute "censorship" and they cannot abide that. A bottle of soap branded "Ogay" (like "Olay" but "gay" haha do you get it?) will remain in a bathroom in their off-brand Duke…

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Feature: Bugs and boyfriends

Five cool games I played at PAX East 2019

As you may have surmised from a bunch of very non-hardware-related interviews I've done recently about the likes of the excellent Nowhere Prophet, Sparklite, Unrailed, the return of Super Meat Boy and what's next for Astroneer, I was packed off to PAX East a couple of months ago. I was mostly there to host a panel about the best video game weapon of all time…

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Ion Maiden becomes Ion Fury and readies for launch next month

The lawyer-dodging title change may be a little on the boring side, but Ion Fury (formerly Ion Maiden) is looking anything but. As well as confining their new title, Voidpoint and 3D Realms have confirmed that their old-school shooter, built on the time-worn foundations of Duke Nukem 3D, will launch on August 15th. Having previously played the early access pseudo-demo, I'm very excited for this…

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Can I play with madness? Iron Maiden suing 3D Realms over Ion Maiden

English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, or their business company Iron Maiden Holdings Limited, are suing 3D Realms with allegations that retro FPS Ion Maiden is causing confusion and muddying their brand. They want $2 million (£1.56m) in damages for trademark terror. Ion Maiden is a pun on the words "iron maiden", though whether it's riffing on the name of the band or the apparently-not-medieval…

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Wrath: Aeon of Ruin is a new retro FPS built on Quake’s bones

There have been some lovely old-school shooters recently, but 3D Realms reason that the only way to get true retro authenticity is to build new games to old standards. Wrath: Aeon Of Ruin bears a strong family resemblance to the original Quake, which makes sense considering it's being produced by KillPixel, a crew of veteran Quake mappers and modders using the tools they're familiar with.…

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Feature: What an angry bookworm

Have You Played… Word Rescue?

Look at this creepy snek dude. This game used to scare the heebie jeebies out of me, but I did have an above average reading and spelling age in Lower School so I guess I ought to give it a special shout out for that reason alone. In Word Rescue you had to… rescue words. It’s still on Steam if you want to up your…

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Total Chaos and The Crimson Deed do unholy things with Doom

We're just shy of Halloween here and the stars are aligning, allowing unholy powers to warp Doom into strange, near-unrecognisable forms through the powerfully dark act of modding. Out tonight is Total Chaos, a survival horror mod so grand in its ambition that it leaves almost nothing recognisable as 'Doom', with detailed 3D environments and modern horror style. More traditional but still impressive is an…

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Retro FPS Ion Maiden slips into 2019, adds multiplayer

Authentically old-school FPS Ion Maiden will feel just that little bit more retro when it arrives, as it's slipped to launching in "early 2019" according to developers Voidpoint and publisher 3D Realms. On the plus side, the game will now include multiplayer at launch. The Build-based spinoff from 3D Realms's ill-fated Bombshell impressed both myself and John when it bombed its way into early access…

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Ken Silverman’s long-lost BUILD2 engine released

A tempting morsel for the techies, creators and archivists among us before RPS news signs off for the weekend. Apogee/3D Realms' BUILD engine has seen a bit of press in recent weeks, thanks to the early access launch of Ion Maiden, a Duke Nukem 3D successor built using the famed DOS-era codebase, albeit running through a modern source-port. After abandoning a first attempt at a…

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Feature: Blast from the past

Ion Maiden review

Ion Maiden Preview Campaign is, without question, brilliant. A mad-speed Build engine project that feels like it was made by present-day time travellers who went back to 1996 to make a game. It's stupid and crass and loud and gory and everything else you could hope for. And this is just the two-mission mini campaign while they finish the full game.

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Ion Maiden may just be the second coming of Duke 3D

Every cloud has a silver lining, and let's be honest; isometric ARPG/shooter Bombshell was a pretty big (possibly mushroom-shaped) cloud. Originally planned as a Duke Nukem reboot, legal scuffles forced the game to re-brand, and it all turned out a bit pants anyway, leading developers Interceptor Entertainment to fold not long after. The silver lining may be just what old-school shooter fans have been clamouring for, though. The…

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Feature: Pre-apocalyptid

Have You Played… Commander Keen?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. The year: 1994. Me: a teenage goth who had never seen anything more amazing than the chainsaws and demons hellscape of Doom. Imagine, then, my reaction when I found that the people who made Doom hadn't been forging dark arts made of infernal code since they…

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PSA: Shadow Warrior is still free

Since every other games site is ecstatic to discover this week that the original Shadow Warrior is free, hey, we'll post it too. I'll ride that #trending content, blitz the bandwagon, disseminate to the viral limit, and zonk that zeitgeist until the SEO bursts. I know that Shadow Warrior has been free for four years now -- a fact other sites seem to have missed…

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Original Shadow Warrior alpha and beta released

Shadow Warrior [official site] has never been my favourite of the Build Engine games (it's Blood all the way for me) but that entire FPS era has a special place in my heart. It's also worth nothing that Shadow Warrior is kicking Duke's ass when it comes to remakes and sequels. As of today, you can explore the history of the original 1997 release by…

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Feature: Exclusive Prey review!

Prey 2006: A giant pile of ideas abandoned in a heap on the floor

2006's original Prey came a full eleven years after 3D Realms began its production. Eventually completed by Human Head Studios, although using some of the original concepts (primarily the portal tech), it was released to rave reviews. Which is odd, because it's a colossal pile of shit.

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Feature: Occasionally bet on Duke

RPS Remembers: The Best And Worst Of Duke Nukem

Duke Nukem 3D [official site] turned twenty this year, which means it can get away with drinking hard liquor and smoking cigars in a strip club legally in some parts of the world, but might not think that’s as cool as it once seemed. Mr Nukem is actually twenty-five years old, however, having appeared in two platform games before his FPS adventures. Years of development…

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Feature: No, just bombing

Bombshell (The First Few Hours, Anyway) review

3D Realms, freshly emerged from their settled lawsuit with Gearbox, bring us the much delayed top-down action shooter, Bombshell [official site]. Has the deviation from the Duke been worthwhile? No! No, it hasn't! This is a steaming pile of shit. Now, with all surprises off the table, here's wot I think:

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