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Posts tagged “early access”

That Facebook group where people pretend to be ants loves Grounded

You have possibly already heard about the Facebook group called "A group where we all pretend to be ants in an ant colony". Statistically speaking, it is likely that some of you are members. It prompted many slightly bemused articles around May and April of this year, as outlets like Buzzfeed tried to parse what it was and why over a million and a half…

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Feature: Turns out three's not a crowd

Blightbound has the fun sincerity of a ’90s action cartoon

Blightbound is a three-player 2D action RPG about... well it has a plot, but come on. It's about tearing up some monsters and taking their stuff. And it does that pretty well. The world is blighted by the dying gasp of an apocalyptic monster, and you set out as part of a team of three to fix it by stabbing everything. Rather than a linear…

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Co-op dungeon crawler Blightbound comes out in early access today

Don't you just hate it when you finally defeat the bad guy, and he makes the land turn to ruin anyway? Now here you are, living on a mountain top because some evil titan-dude has released a plague beneath it. You should probably do something about that - and you can, when Blightbound releases in early access today. It's a multiplayer dungeon crawler in which…

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Shrink down into Obsidian’s survival game Grounded, out in early access today

If you've ever wondered what it's like to become a very tiny child forced to survive in the jungle that is your own back garden, well, today is your day. Obsidian's Honey I Shrunk The Kids-like, Grounded, releases in early access at around 6pm BST, inviting you to make spears out of twigs and create armour from the carcasses of your buggy foes. I mean…

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Adorable critter-collector Ooblets is now out in early access

After three years of us cooing over it, Ooblets today launched in early access. To be crudely reductive: it's a bit 'Stardew Valley meets Pokémon, but cutesy'. There we are, growing crops on our little farm and befriending folks in the local town. We're also growing little critters named ooblets, who we raise and train to compete - though rather than bite, claw, electrocute, and…

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Feature: Pokést Moon

Ooblets is a sickly sweet Poké-like, but it’s got me hooked

Ooblets is what it looks like. That can be a bit of a cop out as descriptions go, but I saw almost no footage of it before guessing it was a cross between a Harvest Moon farming/fix-up-the-town game and a Pokémon-style monster collector, and so it is.But while both those types of game tend to soak up days of my life and leave me with…

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Totally Accurate Battle Simulator planning a full release this year

Wonky war game Totally Accurate Battle Simulator has been plunking around in various states of pre-release for years now. After an open alpha, closed alpha, and early access launch, TABS will finally get what Landfall are calling version 1.0 at the end of 2020. There's plenty of the usual silliness planned before then too, though.

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Feature: The wood is very visible actually

Among Trees review (early access)

I don't usually like survival games. I like the idea of survival games - the idea of making a safe home out of the wilderness and learning to make my own boots out of rabbit skin, and so on. I would never be able to do this in real life, obviously, because I am small and fragile and I don't really enjoy even the most…

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Feature: Not mush room for improvement

Woodland survival sim Among Trees has the best mushrooms ever

At the PC Gaming Show last week, lovely woodland survival sandbox Among Trees was revealed to be in early access on the Epic Games Store. Like, right now. I got very excited and have been playing it in my spare moments ever since. My early access review will be along soon, but before that I wanted to highlight one thing in particular that I'm enjoying…

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Spaceship salvage sim Hardspace: Shipbreaker is now out in early access

Of all the reasons not to release a new game during this busy notE3 period, surely the greatest is that I simply do not have time to play Hardspace: Shipbreaker right now. Launched into early access today by Homeworld 3 developers Blackbird Interactive, it's a first-person sim about carefully cutting up spaceships to sell salvage. Blackbird, do you have any idea how many showcase streams…

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Griftlands has sweet-talked its way onto Steam

Klei Entertainment's fast-talking, hard-stabbing Griftlands is now available on Steam too, after almost a year exclusive to the Epic Games Store. Griftlands is a roguelikelike deckbuilding RPG about mercenaries on a backwater alien planet. You'll take quests, build friendships and rivalries, and settle differences with separate decks you build for speech and combat. It is: pretty neat. It also has: a demo.

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GTFO’s latest update has a terrifying new monster to die to

If there's one thing I really like about GTFO, it's how nerve-wracking it is trying to creep past the developers' freaky take on zombified people. It looks like it's about to get even scarier, too, because the latest update, The Vessel, is bringing a brand new enemy for us to try our best to avoid. It's also wiping away the old levels and bringing an…

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Feature: Coal-hearted

Satisfactory review (early access)

There it is, the trans-planetary pipeline. One long tube of metal scarring a rural alien planet. It brings coal and water to my power stations, and electricity to my factories. It has taken a day of planning, construction and pumping. Now, the pipeline stands before me, a snaking behemoth of energy consumption. Suddenly, a thought comes. Why didn't I just build coal stations next to…

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Feature: It's an old world after all

Old World review (early access)

Old World has been developed by a clutch of Civilization vets. So it’s hardly a surprise that, at a glance, it appears to be a very familiar strategy epic. You’ve got your usual slate of hexagons, littered with 100 foot tall soldiers and crabs the size of mountains. You’ve got your turn-by-turn freestyle jazz remix of ancient history, a revisionist mess in which the Romans…

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Feature: Atomic mission

ATOM RPG Trudograd is about a third of a game – but a great third

The heavily Fallout-inspired ATOM RPG has been on my "play more" list for almost a year, since I enjoyed a few hours of it but was distracted by something else. It is my fault. I am very distractable. Happily its developers, AtomTeam, have just released a standalone expansion called Trudograd. It entered Steam Early Access on Monday (or you can get it on GOG, if…

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Souls-inspired platformer Dark Light enters early access this Friday

Welcome to the year of cyberpunk in which all games must have futuristic tech. Dark Light is another of the sort, though it's calling itself a cyberpunk apocalypse instead of yer usual neon-splattered corporate dystopia. The Dark Souls and Metroid-inspired action game will have you hacking and shooting up invisible baddies when it launches in early access this Friday, May 8th.

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Feature: Every dog has his DayZ

Deadside players will commiserate over a dead dog and then stab you

I forgot the name of Deadside within seconds of closing it. Even looking at its store page raises... not alarm bells, exactly, but some negative assumptions. It looks a lot like a lot of other, not very good games fighting for a place in the ultra-hostile, grim Eastern European PvP shooter leagues.But what is it really? Well. It's DayZ again.

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Feature: Wood that I cood

Early access review: Lumberjack’s Dynasty

The weirdest thing about Lumberjack's Dynasty – in a very long list of strange things – are the overheard snippets of conversation as you approach the game’s various NPCs. As you round the crest of a hill you might eavesdrop on a neighbour muttering something about how “everyone is talking about it”. Stroll up the drive of your aunt’s house and she’ll be whispering “yes,…

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Cheers! Landlord’s Super has entered early access

Oh, it'll be a beaut once it's done. On completion, Landlord's Super promises a mundane fantasy of construction and socialising in your own dismal slice of English decline - seasonal changes, health concerns, rental markets, union interferences and all. But those frivolities can wait. Launching today in Steam Early Access, the Landlord's offering the simpler pleasures right now. Home renovation, and getting absolutely knackered down…

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