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Have You Played… Stronghold?

With Stronghold: Warlords recently announced at E3, now seems as good a moment as any to look back on the game that kicked off Firefly’s seemingly endless series of castle ’em ups back in 2001. In fact, I’m genuinely astonished to learn that Warlords will be the ninth game in the series, as despite loving the first instalment, I’ve managed to play precisely none of…

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Have You Played… 1979 Revolution: Black Friday?

The Iranian Revolution of 1979 is not exactly well-trodden ground for videogames. But at least one game took a swing at it. 1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a game in the style of Telltale, a story told with playable cinematics and quicktime events. It's mostly made of conversations and the drama that comes from making a bad decision instead of another, equally bad decision. It…

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Have You Played… The Banner Saga?

An idea I’m happy to see the back of, is the notion that “graphics” is a one-way sliding scale towards photorealistic perfection. While I’m certainly fond of games that exhibit hyperbudget beauty along the lines of Metro: Exodus or Shadow of the Tomb Raider, I’m equally - probably more - excited by those who eschew realism in order to utterly master a particular aesthetic. Often,…

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Have You Played… ISLANDERS?

No, that’s not me screaming the game name at you, that’s how it’s stylised. Though I’ll sentence case it when I mention it in the rest of the article because if I talk about ISLANDERS like this it might make you spill your tea all over your keyboard. I don’t want to make you jump, plus we hold no liability for tea-soaked keyboards.

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Have You Played… Star Wars: Battlefront 2

Let me take you back to 2005, when game names were probably just as stupid but at least a little less confusing. I'm like, twelve. I've just discovered multiplayer first-person shooters are a thing, that I like them, and that I like Star Wars: Battlefront 2 in particular. My tag used to be "Oblivion", and my obsession grew to the point where I once joined…

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Have You Played…Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Saga?

Few games have given me as much of a power fantasy as Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Saga. This real-time strategy from the long-missed Ensemble Studios took Age of Empires and slapped Star Wars over the top. So even in 2001 it looked dated. However, what it lacked in looks, it made up for with stormtrooping scenarios and custom modes.

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Have You Played… The Deadly Tower of Monsters?

You know that age-old idea that games should be more like FILMS because films are ART, and games should be like ART too? Well, I think there's a very good reason games shouldn't be more like films, because then we'd have more games like The Deadly Tower of Monsters on our hands, which, frankly - *record scratch* Sorry, everyone, Katharine from the future here, taking…

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Have you played… Geometry Dash?

There's an episode of Black Books where Manny discovers that he can play the piano perfectly on his first attempt. In my family's lexicon, comprised almost entirely of TV and film references, "I'm Bill Baileying it" has become an oft-used phrase that means instant and improvised expertise. "I don't know what's happening or how on earth I'm doing this, and I want it to end…

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Have You Played… Mount and Blade: Warband?

The Elder Scrolls games delight zero-to-hero fantasists by introducing you as a prisoner in every installment. Shackled on a ship, locked away in a keep, transported to the block on a prisoner’s cart. It’s a nice tradition, the reincarnation of the world-saving pluralist nobody, always in chains. But these games lack true resolve. They set you free immediately, after serving practically no time at all.…

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Have You Played… Broken Age?

Broken Age was Tim Schafer’s triumphant (?) return to point and click adventure games. It was crowdfunded on Kickstarter, and was the first game where the campaign got sort of wildly out of hand, in that they asked for like $400k and ended up with over $3 million. Developers everywhere starting looking at crowdfunding and rubbing their chins with suspicious intent, and here we are…

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Have You Played…Worms: Armageddon?

Worms Armageddon has the distinction of being the first game I took seriously. I don't know why, it was just a mindless game about worms blowing each other up with "accidental" mine placement and the occasional French Sheep Strike. How could that possibly be competitive? Well, back in the glory days of the internet, before things like voice chat that allowed people to hurl abuse at…

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Have you played… Hidden In Plain Sight?

People are screaming at either side of me. "HE'S THAT ONE AT THE FRONT! SHOOT HIM!" They're talking about me. I'm staying perfectly still, as though my friend's vision is based on movement, like a T-Rex. The shot rings out, and all the screaming stops. The last bullet has been fired - not into me, but into an innocent NPC who happened to be looking…

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Have You Played… Shadow Complex Remastered?

Different people want different things from their Metroid-like games. (I refuse to use that daft Metroidvania word: the Castlevania games, even the more Metroid-y ones, share very little DNA with the games that are apparently aping it.) For some, the gradual filling-in of a map is enough to scratch the itch. For others, it's the ingenuity of the abilities and upgrades that enable your cartography.…

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