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Final Fantasy Tactics-like SRPG Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark enters early access

There are some who feel the strategy RPG genre peaked with Final Fantasy Tactics back in 1997, and I struggle to find a solid counter-argument. 6 Eyes Studio must feel the same way, as they're happy to call their own entry into the genre - Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark - a spiritual successor. It's an impressive-looking game, and, after a successful run on Kickstarter, seems…

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High fantasy meets 1920s upheaval in episodic adventure Pendula Swing, out now

While others (like Arcanum) have played with the idea of high fantasy moving into the modern era, point-and-click episodic adventure Pendula Swing might be the most committed to the concept yet. Described by its developers as "Tolkien meets The Great Gatsby", it's the story of a long-retired dwarven heroine forced to leave her secluded island home in search of a stolen magic axe. A lot…

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New Mega Drive puzzle platformer Tanglewood is out today on PC too

A new Mega Drive game doesn't happen every day, but there's a surprising number of teams writing new code for retro hardware these days. Tanglewood is a charming looking little puzzle-platform adventure for the Sega Mega Drive (or the Genesis, if you're American), released just today. Originally funded via Kickstarter, it can be played on real, original hardware if you're willing to splash out for…

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Action RPG CrossCode levels up out of early access September 20th

I reckon that CrossCode is quietly one of the more exciting things lurking around in Steam's early access section right now. It's a fast-paced action RPG in the vein of Terranigma or Secret Of Mana, set in a pseudo-virtual world that reminds me of Phantasy Star Online. Initially demoed and crowdfunded back in February 2015, with plans to launch at the start of 2016.  Obviously that…

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Hunt monsters in Crytek’s PvPvE shooter Hunt: Showdown in a free trial weekend

The other game about hunting monsters, Hunt: Showdown, is currently holding a free trial weekend inviting all and sundry to trudge through swamp while fending off beasties and their fellow hunters. Having spent yesterday evening in a river, weekend swamptime sounds just the ticket. I've heard promising things about Hunt but been waiting until it properly launched before diving it but... ah, gwan, I'll install…

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season demo shambles onto PC

The end of Clementine's story begins soon in The Walking Dead: The Final Season, which launches its first episode next week, and today we can play the beginning of the beginning of the end of the zombie apocalypse story 'em up in a short free demo. It's only 20-odd minutes long but introduces us to Clem now she's become a gamedad herself, protecting an orphan…

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Empathise with toxic ooze in surreal RPG Jimmy And The Pulsating Mass

Don't be put off by the cute facade that Jimmy And The Pulsating Mass wears. While this dreamlike RPG feels like its primary inspirations are from the Earthbound and Undertale sphere of family-friendly (though occasionally dark) RPGs, it's not long before the mask slips. While the developer cites Yume Nikki as a core influence, I can't help but feel that this one has a bit…

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo not planned for PC

Today you might hear pals buzzing about playing a new demo for Valkyria Chronicles 4, the next game in the Sega turn-based tactical RPG series that's kinda set in a fantasy-tinged World War II. You might fancy having a crack yourself, considering the first one was grand when it finally came to PC in 2014. You might be bummed to hear that nah, the demo…

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Coffee Talk demo promises gorgeous, laid-back storytelling

There’s a particular vibe to a good coffee shop; a chill atmosphere where people catch up with one another and enjoy a good hot drink. Coffee Talk captures that same vibe, with its lo-fi chill-hop soundtrack and the gentle noises of pouring water both from the rain and the espresso machine. It also aims to capture the human stories that pass through cafés like this…

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PSA: Absolver gets a free weekend

Hiiii-YAH. That was me kicking you in the nose. If you want revenge on behalf of your face, come and fight me in Absolver, the martial arts slap ‘em up. It’s got a free weekend on Steam now and its crumbling world is worth wandering through if you like the following things: Halloween masks, fashionable scarves, statues, crystals, stones arranged in a nice cairn, pretending…

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Yoku’s Island Express demo bounces out today

Update: This demo was actually released on PC in early July, but only came to my attention when publishers Team17 made an announcement around the demo's launch on more consoles today. Shame on me. Still! If I missed it back then, maybe you did too? Apparently done with our Graham's long-running promise to review Yoku's Island Express, developers Villa Gorilla today released a free demo…

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Overwatch free weekend trial starts today, already preloading

As they like to do every couple months, Blizzard today launch another Overwatch trial weekend inviting everyone play their class-based multiplayer FPS for a few days. This time, Overwatch now has a horrible murderous rodent who people will fawn over all "Aww! Isn't he cute!" as he gnaws your face off and lays his verminous brood in your guts. Oh! I've just had a vivid…

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Middle-earth: Shadow Of War gets a demo and a discount

Walking into Mordor used to be fairly simple, but the way in was guarded by the dragon of commercial necessity. Now that Middle-earth: Shadow Of War finally has a demo--nine months after launch--that dragon will turn a blind eye if you want to slip into Núrn for free. He's probably hoping you'll come back and pay £15/$20 to stroll around the rest of Mordor before…

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Hitman offers sunny Marrakech as a free trial

Get out yer skinny tie, bald barcode boy. You’re going to Morocco for a two-week holiday. Hitman developers IO Interactive are letting folks download the third level of their innocent waiter simulator as a free trial. The 'Hitman Summer Pack' they call it. That’s nice. But it's only temporary, unlike previous free episodes which we were allowed to download for keepsies. The trial will last…

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Feature: Boom and bust

Mothergunship review

Mothergunship is about big, stupid, hand-crafted guns and exploding robots. Successor to Terrible Posture Games' Tower of Guns and co-developed by Czech studio Grip Digital. It's a roguelike-ish "Bullet Hell" FPS about raiding procedurally generated alien spaceships, hoarding gun-barrels and bolting them onto your remarkably agile power armour. A denser game than its predecessor, its complex systems are dressed up in breezy, comedic style, but its many turning…

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Crying Suns feels like FTL’s grimmer and darker cousin

As great as FTL was, it never felt very personal to me. Crying Suns, from French studio Alt Shift, has a lot in common with Subset Games's space roguelike gem, but wraps them in dense narrative and a positively grim setting. The game is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter [update: and now fully funded], and it has a playable demo giving us a peek at its setting, story…

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Wander an alien galaxy in platform adventure Nykra

I'm always up for exploring weird alien worlds. Give me a sweeping synth soundtrack, strangely coloured skies and some aliens to hang out with and I'm cool. It's no surprise then that I immediately liked the cut of Nykra's jib, after stumbling upon a new trailer for it released just today. Developed by two-man indie outfit ENDESGA and funded on Kickstarter back in 2016, it's now…

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Anarchic gun-crafting FPS Mothergunship lands July 17

Some shooters offer military precision. Some shooters deliver technical movement systems. Roguelike shooter Mothergunship (pseudo-sequel to Tower of Guns) doesn't care about that. What it does do is let you build a twelve-barrelled shotgun so enormously scattershot that it hits absolutely everything in the room, and if you somehow manage to miss anything on the first pass, the pellets ricochet, just to be sure. It's…

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Play Unravel 2’s opening levels in its new trial

Cutesy puzzle-platformer Unravel 2 now has a timed trial, giving ten hours to play the start for free. The sequel launched right in the middle of E3 earlier this month, the same day as it was announced and exclusively on Origin, so even I'd half-forgotten about it myself. I've only poked at the start of the trial so far but ah, I do have soft…

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