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Posts tagged “505 Games”

Quarantine looks a lot like board game Pandemic

A cursory glance at the newly announced Quarantine [official site] could easily lead you to say something like “oh, it looks like Plague Inc but from the human's side”. But you are not thinking hard enough, cursory glancer. As board game aficionados will tell you, Quarantine looks a lot more like a single-player version of the much-loved Pandemic.

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Meet FBI Agent Anne Tarver In This New Virginia Trailer

David Lynch-inspired, small town whodunnit Virginia [official site] is gearing up for its launch next week and has released a new character trailer in preparation. We get a closer look at the game's protagonist, Anne Tarver. She's an FBI agent, fresh on the scene after graduation. She drives around Virginia with her partner, Maria Halperin, as they try to solve the case of a missing…

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Mysterious Girl: Virginia Gets Cinematic Trailer

Right, I'm going to level with you: I'm really behind on Virginia [official site] news because I want to go into it as fresh as is feasible while retaining my job on this PC gaming website. Single-player mystery thrillers involving FBI agents are very much my area of interest and I do prefer mysteries where I know very little about them going in. With that…

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First-Person Investigator: Virginia Gets A Demo

It's been ages since we last visited the Twin Peaks-inspired-ish first-person vignette 'em up Virginia [official site] but whoa hey hello, here's a release date and a demo out of nowhere. The demo is about twenty minutes long, offering a taste of life as a '90s FBI agent investigating a missing child in a small town and answering basic questions like "Okay but what is…

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Payday 2 Drops Microtransactions, Payday 3 Confirmed

Last year, Overkill Games upset a pretty vocal corner of their Payday 2 [official site] community by introducing microtransactions to the co-op heist 'em up - something they'd previously promised to avoid. In an announcement made yesterday, Starbreeze - Overkill's parent company - revealed they've now acquired full rights to the Payday franchise and as such will scrap paid-for in-game items via the next update.…

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Feature: What is it with New Orleans and zombie apocalypses?

Premature Evaluation: How to Survive 2

Survival games seem to break down into two broad categories. On the one hand, you have the survivalist games, where the focus is on an endless battle against the elements, a hostile environment, and resource scarcity so severe that even basic needs like food and shelter are hard to satisfy. Then there are survival games like EKO Software's How to Survive 2, where some survival…

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Skullgirls Devs Crowdfunding Action-RPG Indivisible

Regular reader Bunty Hoven writes: Dear Alice, Why do people not call Jonathan Blow, Jason Rohrer, Jonathan Brodsky, and Jonatan Van Hove by their preferred names of J. Blo, J. Ro, J. Bro, and J. Ho? Oh, and when will you post about Skullgirls folks Lab Zero's crowdfunding campaign for their action-RPG Indivisible? It has a public playable prototype out! Yours, Bunty Well Bunty,

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Feature: The Beauty Of A Sniper's Patience

One vs. One In Sniper Elite Is Still As Tense As Games Get

The everlasting threat of a single bullet, the terrifying glint of a sniper scope in your eyes, and the darkness that covers your enemy make Sniper Elite V2 [official site] one of the most gripping gaming experiences I’ve had. You can't take your eyes off the screen for a second; instead, you must remain calm, remain patient, and study your environment. Was that sliver of…

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Safe: Payday 2 Gets Two More Years DLC, Updates

Payday 2 [official site] studio, Overkill, have announced that they're going to be putting out updates and supporting the game for another two years thanks to a new deal with publisher 505. The devs certainly seem excited about the news ("We love working on Payday 2 and look forward taking care of our game for two more years, making new free updates, paid DLCs and…

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Watery Wandering: Abzu Announced

We gushed a little about Abzû in our E3 chat yesterday but in our fawning, er, hadn't actually got around to posting about it yet. (The same thing happened with Cuphead.) That may because we don't much at all about it, other than it's a gorgeous undersea game and that developers Giant Squid are lead by Matt Nava, who was previously art director of thatgamecompany's…

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Wow: Ashes Cricket 2013 Cancelled AFTER Release

This might be a first. 505 Games have announced the cancellation of Ashes Cricket 2013 after it's been released. The game, a terrible mess that certainly doesn't function as a cricket simulation, was briefly on sale via Steam, before mysteriously vanishing. We contacted Steam and publishers 505 Games to find out why at the time, but no one seemed to know. And now we do.…

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Ashes Cricket 2013 Pulled From Steam, Hilariously Awful

The sorry saga of 505 Games' Ashes Cricket 2013 continues apace. Beginning with one of the dumbest trailers in gaming history, it was supposed to appear in June this year. You know, in time for the Ashes. It didn't make it, except they got lucky. For reasons my brain cannot work up the energy to care about, rather than the usual two year gap between…

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The Rules Of How To Survive

It is the future, the year 2013. As technology adapts to the very specific needs of the human race, we are presented with a series of precise options: which exact flavour of survival game do you need to satisfy your apocalyptic escapism? In the case of How To Survive it's an action RPGish thing, with you beating your way across an island full of the…

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Citizen Deathstick: Marlow Briggs And The MASK OF DEATH

Marlow Briggs and the Mask of Death's Steam page is my favorite Steam page. I don't think it's a joke. I hope it's not a joke. I mean, it seems decently self-aware, but I'm also whiffing the faintest hint of sincerity bludgeoning all noses within a 50 mile radius of its location. "A new breed of WARRIOR returns, committed to destroying the enemies of FREEDOM.…

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Family Gathering: Brothers – A Tale Of Two Sons

I'm not sure if any of the RPS crew have played Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons yet, but it's out today and sounds like it'd be the ideal interactive experience for at least a couple of us. It's a character-driven, single player co-op game, and I'm not sure what either of those things mean. 'Character-driven' because it's about the brothers and their encounters with…

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Feature: "Everyone report to the dancefloor."

Payday 2 review

After a weekend on the beta, where the game crashed and lost my progress and the following missions were so tough that I couldn't claw it back, I'll admit I didn't like Payday 2. I quit, leaving my friend Owen to carry on with random players. But Owen has a way about him. A childish enthusiasm that he constantly fired at me on IM. He…

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Today Is The (Pay)day (2): Launch Trailer Within

Payday 2, Overkill's co-operative heist 'em up, eventually had to come out with its hands up, and they've decided today is that day. They've chosen to let us know with a launch trailer, and actually released it on launch day. That's a rarity for the games industry. It is one of those frozen moment type deals, where the action of a heist has been stopped…

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Re-Route Masters: Payday 2’s Dynamic Maps

What promise of gaming's future has failed to materialise for you? What was the most exciting feature that's only been half thought out, or tried once and then abandoned? For me, it's multiplayer shooters levels with dynamic elements. Left 4 Dead 2 was supposed to feel like you were crawling over different routes depending on the difficulty selection, but what it amounted to was the…

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