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Feature: Sir You Are Being Stunted

We Happy Few review

We Happy Few has an enormous amount of ambition, a game that sets out to join the pantheon of sneak-based grandchildren of Looking Glass, but in a more open world. And while it keeps looking like it's going to deliver, it really serves to demonstrate just how astonishingly good the games on whose shoulders it wobbles really are.

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We Happy Few breaks free from the illusory walls of early access today

After a long, bumpy and storied ride through early access, We Happy Few is out today. A survival-focused stealthy immersive sim, set in a bizarre, dark and dystopian alternate 1960s world. It's a bit like The Prisoner filtered through the mind of Austin Powers. While in early access the game was more of a sandbox-style affair, the final game features three intertwined stories playing out…

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We Happy Few dodges Australian censor’s ban

Australian censors have lifted an effective ban on We Happy Few, deciding after an appeal that its depiction of a fictional drug does warrant an adults-only 'R18+' rating but isn't so bad that the game should be illegal to sell in the country. Australia's Classification Board had objected to its drug 'Joy', which keeps the dystopian survival game's city in hallucinatory bliss so residents don't…

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Feature: On the horizon: zero yawns

Video: The most exciting PC games still to come in 2018

Has it really been six months? 2018 is passing in a blur of frozen architects, drug-pushing prophets and accordion duets. Hell, six months ago the RPS Video Department was but a glint in Graham’s eye. You may also recall a gathering of the most exciting games of 2018, a rundown of the year as it looked back in January. With E3 done there’s a clearer…

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We Happy Few creeps out in August

We'll be invited back into Wellington Wells, the 1960s quaint English island city where everything is lovely and wonderful as long as you take your Joy pills and horrifying if you don't, on August 10th. Developers Compulsion Games last night announced the release date for We Happy Few, their singleplayer first-person sneak-o-survival game which has had a bumpy journey through early access since 2016. But…

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Microsoft buy Forza Horizon and Hellblade studios, and more

Microsoft have gone on a spending spree, buying four studios and opening a new one of their own. During their E3 pressblast tonight, Microsoft announced that they've picked up Forza Horizon developers Playground Games, Hellblade developers Ninja Theory, State Of Decay developers Undead Labs, and We Happy Few developers Compulsion Games. They've also opened The Initiative, a new studio in Santa Monica with a name…

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We Happy Few to offer early access refunds after another delay

As development of swingin' 60s survival game We Happy Few takes even longer than anticipated, and with no more updates due until the game fully launches, developers Compulsion Games have announced plans to temporarily pull the game from sale and offer refunds to everyone. Complusion are not abandoning development, to be clear, but they are delaying the full launch again - until summer 2018. That'll…

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We Happy Few to get one more update before launch

As We Happy Few [official site] marches towards release, Compulsion Games have decided to reconsider the future of the dystopian survival game’s Early Access updates. Now there’s only going to be one more before launch. The original plan included two future updates: the Joy update, and then a later one that would introduce the new Parade District. But as anyone who has had to flee…

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We Happy Few is getting a movie adaptation

Pill-popping survival game We Happy Few [official site] is getting adapted for the big screen, reports Variety, in further proof that the film industry has not abandoned their ill-fated quest for a good videogame movie. Producers dj2 are working on the project, a company who’ve got their fingers in many similar pies, including a TV series based on Life Is Strange and films for Sleeping…

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Feature: Not such a downer anymore

We Happy Few finds some joy in major update

We Happy Few [official site] is much less of a downer following a major update. The game, which is a fusion of crafting, survival and first-person narrative action adventure, was released into Early Access in July and my first experiences with it were disheartening. A short introduction has you control lead character Arthur Hastings at work, redacting history, and then escaping into the underground when…

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We Happy Few Gets Big Early Access Update

We Happy Few [official site] is in Early Access at the moment. It's the dystopian survival game set in a drug-addled English city in the sixties. The trailers and concept art makes it look like something in the vein of The Prisoner, but from what various RPS-ers have played it really doesn't make good on that promise yet. But, for those of you who did…

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Feature: More high-concept bin-diving

We Happy Few: Wonderful Setting, Tired Structure

We Happy Few [official site] is a singleplayer, first-person survival game, set in an alt-history, 1960s-esque England in which the well-to-do all scoff 'Joy' pills to ensure an ordered society, while the less fortunate 'Downers' are locked out and left to live in squalor and madness. You play as Arthur, a clerk off his pills and starting to glimpse the stark truth of things, and…

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Psychedelic Survival: We Happy Few Hits Early Access

Sure, you've survived the zombie apocalypse, the icepocalypse, the nuclear apocalypse, and even the mythical indiepocalypse, but can you survive in a dystopian '60s English city where everyone's hepped up on goofballs? We Happy Few [official site] launched into early access today so you can test yourself. I'm not usually one for survival-y games but I do like We Happy Few's ideas of social-ish survival,…

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The First Five Minutes Of We Happy Few Look Great

We Happy Few [official site], you may recall, is an upcoming crowdfunded first-person social survival game from Contrast devs Compulsion Games. Besides its vibrant aesthetic, it poses an interesting premise: you're trapped in an alternate 1960s England where everyone in town is high on a hallucinatory happy drug called Joy but you're just coming off it. Problem is, this town hates "downers" and if they…

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Feature: I have Joy in my heart. And my water.

We Happy Few’s Fledgling Dystopian Survival Experience

We Happy Few [official site] is, I think, the only survival game with permadeath whose conceit has intrigued me enough that I've wanted to stick with it in spite of the insistence that humans lose water at the rate of your average sieve and that anyone can build advanced machinery with enough scavenged scrap metal. That said, I've just died for the sixth time and…

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Trippy Social Survival: We Happy Few On Kickstarter

We Happy Few's [official site] The Prisoner-ish vibe caught my eye before but gosh oh golly, the game looks more interesting than I'd initially hoped. Developers Compulsion Games (them lot behind Contrast) have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund development, and what they're showing is awfully interesting. It's a first-person survival game where stealth often involves being clearly visible and visibly happy. Roaming the streets…

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See Hints Of The Prisoner In Contrast Devs’ We Happy Few

We Happy Few [official site] brings The Prisoner to mind. It's set in an odd, colourful urban area where everyone is behaving strangely and some weird omniscient character sure is trying to keep you eye on you. While nonconformity in the classic English spy-fi show mostly got Patrick McGoohan a good gassing or drugging, it looks like We Happy Few's protagonist will be met with…

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Contrast Follow-Up To Feature Masks, Drugs, Memory Loss

Compulsion - the studio behind 2013's cabaret shadow platformer Contrast - have semi-announced their next project. The details on offer at the moment are scant, with even the name a mystery, but the developers confirm that the game will not be a sequel to Contrast: "We haven't ruled out doing one in the future, but after so long working on Contrast, we wanted to make…

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Feature: Carried away by a moonlight shadow

Wot I Think: Contrast

An appropriate title indeed. 'Contrast' refers to the fact this platformer (of sorts) involves switching between light and shadow in order to solve puzzles, and to the disparity between the glitz and glamour of old Paris' surface and the thuggery and domestic disharmony beneath such Moulin Rouge trappings. Sadly, and unintentionally, it's all too easy to take it to mean the contrast between Contrast's appealing…

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