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Last Stop is the new game from the makers of Virginia

Variable State, the studio being the striking vignette 'em up Virginia, today announced their next game. Last Stop is a supernatural mystery in present-day London with three playable characters who get tangled in the same quite strange and awful spookening, and I'm well up for it. While Virginia had no dialogue (to excellent effect), this one's a proper chatty one with voice acting and all,…

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Wattam’s non-stop wobble party hits PC next month

Winter's hit like a brick this year, and it's about time we were owed a little sunshine. It warms the heart, then, to discover that joyous friend 'em up Wattam was given a release date earlier today. Arriving in the grim heart of December, mere days after the country plunges into a miserable election, I think we'll all need some time to go morris dancing…

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Feature: In honour of His Souliness

The 10 best games like Dark Souls

Sorry, definition nerds. “Soulslike” is a word now. Disgusting, I know, but this is how genres are made. Along comes a giant like Dark Souls that everybody won’t stop bleating about and soon it has copycats. Before you know it, a swarm of like-minded games with sparse checkpoints and lethal attacks are scuttling around, leaving slime trails and biting your ankles for surprisingly massive damage.…

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Destroy a journal, defend the world in upcoming If Found…

There’s not much more that feels better than tearing up a completed to-do list at the end of the day, which is why I’ve never moved to keeping track of my tasks electronically. Destroying a diary, as you’ll be doing in If Found… might be a less appealing process, depending what’s kept inside. But the fact that doing so may just stop a black hole…

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Sleuth through strangers’ FMV lives in Telling Lies

FMV investigate ‘em up Telling Lies has launched, bring you reams of stolen footage to search through at your leisure. There’s a good reason you’re nosing into the lives of these four strangers, I’m sure. At least, if you think naked curiosity is as good a reason as any. Which I do. Look, here’s a sneak peak via the launch trailer.

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Feature: Who watches the watchperson?

Telling Lies review

If I was really lazy I would just write "you know Her Story? It's like that but more," and call it a day. But I'm not lazy. I am a diligent and enthusiastic employee of Rock Paper Shotgun, and that sentence would be a bit of an oversimplification of Sam Barlow's new watch videos 'em up Telling Lies.

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Telling Lies will send you panning for FMV fibs next week

FMV sleuth ‘em up Telling Lies will be in stores next week, asking players to unravel a mess of fibs told by four strangers in order to figure out the truth behind a “shocking incident.” I expect task number one will be learning exactly what that incident was, because the new trailer isn’t going to tell you anything beyond what it feels like to peek…

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Feature: The pursuit of happiness

The Joy of Feldspar in Outer Wilds

I have been skittering around Outer Wilds like one of those birds who lives on a rhino's back and survives by eating rhino dandruff (I have watched both series of Planet Earth). I haven't been able to sit and play it in big sessions, but I've been picking at it and finding interesting morsels, making a bit more progress each time. I'd be making more…

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Feature: Another Story

‘I hate repeating a trick’ – the writer of Telling Lies on going back to the desktop thriller

When Sam Barlow released murder mystery game Her Story in 2015, he probably didn’t expect to get a two-page spread in Le Monde about this three-hour FMV game. Her Story worked because it was simple. You had a fictional desktop and a search engine that would bring up videos of an ongoing police interview. When you typed in “dead” or “argument”, you’d get a video…

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E3 2019 games – every game confirmed

They just keep coming don't they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn't know about, as well as stuff that's previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we're doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we'd put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to…

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12 Minutes is Groundhog Day with more murder but less Bill Murray

The trailer for 12 Minutes opens on a tangibly moody, dimly lit scene of a woman and her husband, who then proceeds to use his knowledge of the future to correctly guess the contents of the elegantly-wrapped gift she's just plopped on the table. I have to say, this is generally one of the more dickheadish things you could use your powers of foresight for.…

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PlayStation darling Journey arrives on PC

One of the few remaining console exclusives left to make me wish I had a PlayBox, Thatgamecompany's gorgeous Journey, launched on PC today. It is, as I understand it, a playful and thoughtful game about wandering through a desert of ruins towards a distant mountain. And you run and jump and slide and glide and solve gentle puzzles and sometimes meet a random co-op pal…

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Outer Wilds launches into doomed miniature space today

After watching with an astronomer's practised, patient curiosity for over six years, Mobius Digital have finally launched their grand-yet-personal space adventure, Outer Wilds. Judging by the excited warbling I hear from the RPS treehouse and beyond, it's rather special. A grand but short space adventure (extended by time-loops), set in and around a series of tiny but detailed worlds full of strange and likeable people…

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Feature: Astronomical

Outer Wilds review

For a story about everyone dying, Outer Wilds is full of enthusiasm and hope. You’re a space pilot sitting by a campfire next to your spaceship, and you have 20 minutes to explore the solar system, before the sun explodes in a white-hot ball. But with that supernova you are reborn into a seemingly endless cycle. You are sent back in time to the campfire,…

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Outer Wilds breaks atmosphere on May 30th

Outer Wilds - not to be confused with The Outer Worlds - finally has a release date after yonks in development. Mobius Digital say it's landing next Thursday, May 30th.  I'm a bit excited for this one, as I've had an eye on it ever since its early days as a short, free proof-of-concept demo in 2013. It's your first day as a low-budget space…

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Feature: Boxes within boxes

A Panel Shaped Screen: screen shaped panels and games that play like comics

Drawing a comic book is like playing Tetris with narrative beats. You have to somehow put on a page everything the script requires you to draw, give the right amount of space to important moments, make sure the reader’s gaze flows naturally from panel to panel, and all your panels must look nice and clear but also in harmony with each other. So you, the…

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Telling Lies asks players to untangle one big truth from four sets of FMV fibs

Her Story was an interesting experiment in FMV sleuthing, and writer Sam Barlow's followup Telling Lies looks like the next step for the format. Players are asked to pick through four people's lives through stolen and secretly recorded videos, and unravel the truth behind a "shocking incident" linking them all, plus an oddly specific "96 small lies" along the way. Developers Furious Bee have roped…

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