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Posts tagged “early access”

Phasmophobia PvP plans are off

While the maker of Phasmophobia did once hint at plans to add a PvP mode to the smash-hit cooperative ghost-hunting game, they've now said naw that's off. Didn't fit what the game is. Makes sense. Phasmophobia's a game of terse and unpredictable encounters with entities who behave in inhuman ways, and even the most murderous spirit is often inscrutable. A human opponent playing to win…

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Voxel-smashing heist game Teardown is out in early access

There's nothing quite like a fully destructible world to relieve a little stress, is there? Smash 'n' grab heist 'em up Teardown came out in early access today, inviting you to absolutely demolish some voxel environments. In it you'll get to use explosives, vehicles and all kinds of tools to tear down walls and buildings to pull off the perfect (and messy) heist.The trailer gives…

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Of course Baldur’s Gate 3’s most romanced character is the smug wizard

I love a good game with romanceable companions. I have not yet had the pleasure of playing Larian's Baldur's Gate 3 to flirt with it's eligible characters, but thanks to yesterday's update, I know exactly who you're all falling for. Turns out 33% of players have romanced Gale, while 31% have taken more of a liking to Shadowheart. Sure, Larian mentioned a load of the…

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GTFO adds matchmaking and new difficulties in its latest update

Is the tense tactical zombo shooter GTFO too easy for you? Well, that shouldn't be a problem much longer, because today's update adds levels with multiple routes that can make it even harder. It's part of the new Rundown, Contact. Just like previous Rundowns, this is a big update that wipes away the old levels making way for some brand new ones - this time…

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Darkest Dungeon 2 launching early access version in 2021

Don't stress, Darkest Dungeon 2 is on its way. Red Hook Studios announced today that the sequel to their strategic dungeon crawling game will launch in early access in 2021. A new trailer for the grim strategy series confirms that yup, things sure will continue to be bleak for your long-suffering party of adventurers.

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Baldur’s Gate 3 rolled back first patch after savegame mishap

The plan has always been for Baldur's Gate 3 players to leave behind their old saves when the RPG leaves early access, but it wasn't meant to happen so soon. Larian Studios released the first official patch-patch last night, following a string of wee hotfix patches, and found it accidentally stopped some players from accessing their save games. So they rolled back the patch, reverted…

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Feature: Early bird catches the brain worm

Baldur’s Gate 3 review (early access)

Baldur’s Gate III early access is a devil’s bargain: a cure for impatience, but at what cost? You can say that of any ‘pre-release’ release, but it feels apt here, given that act one of Larian’s epic RPG and Dungeons & Dragons revival is a trip through temptation country. There’s a Mind Flayer tadpole burrowing into your skull and an assorted cast of druids, healers,…

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Neo Scavenger “spiritual sequel” Ostranauts is now exploring space in early access

The crew behind the fantastic Neo Scavenger have returned to the universe of their post-apocalyptic survival game with Ostranauts, a "spiritual sequel" about struggling amongst the cold stars rather than on the ruined Earth. Launched into early access this week, the sci-fi life sim makes us the captain of a spaceship trying to scrape out a living while dealing with the mechanical problems (and many…

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Apocalyptic planting game Cloud Gardens enters early access today

There's something slightly spooky but alluring about the remains of urban civilisation rusting away in the apocalypse covered with ivy and grasses and bright flowers. Cloud Gardens puts you in nature's boots, directing the growth of all these lovely plant life forms in little dioramas that serve as your canvas. I could almost get caught up just looking at screenshots, but if you're in the…

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Blast your dream demons with water pistols in Dreamscaper

Dreamscaper touches on depression and loss, but it’s also an ARPG about whacking inner demons with burning yo-yos and blasting them with finger guns. You’re fighting off adult ennui with childhood trinkets as you dream, then fostering relationships in the waking world to make your finger guns more powerful. I like pretty much everything about it.

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Hades leaving early access in autumn, able to bring saves to the new Switch version

The rad roguelikelike hack 'n' slash action-RPG Hades will leave early access in autumn, developers Supergiant Games say, alongside the launch of a newly-announced Nintendo Switch version. Players will be able to transfer their save files between the PC and Switch to carry their progress over, which is nice. Hades has already received its last major update before launch, so now we're waiting on the…

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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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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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