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Posts tagged “early access”

Modding tools will inject new life into Dead Cells

Roguey romp Dead Cells - one of the best games of 2017 - is getting mod support, possibly as soon as this month. It’s been requested frequently, so the announcement still comes as a pleasant surprise, mentioned at the end of a brief update post yesterday. The early access game is also now available on Linux and Mac - just pick those versions in the…

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Feature: Lost in the woods

Premature Evaluation: Witch Hunt

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser's off to the 18th century to hunt a forest full of nasty monsters in horror FPS Witch Hunt. He's a very brave boy. Find a bunch of trees and you’ll probably discover a folktale or ghost story set under their boughs. Years ago, I lived right on…

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Feature: Sharkbait

Raft’s early access is a solid and splendid survival sim

When the waves build, when the wind gathers, and the briny water sloshes over the deck of your precarious floating home, there is absolutely nothing like Raft. While the former Itch.io star shares inevitable comparisons with a few other aquatic survival sims - Stranded Deep, Subnautica, Salt - this dramatic overhaul that has recently arrived into Steam's early access is very much its own thing.…

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Raft paddles into Steam Early Access, adds multiplayer

I wouldn't have thought it possible, but earlier this year Subnautica managed to stir up my appetite for survival games. Which is why I'm both interested in checking out oceanic surive 'em up Raft now that it's out on Steam Early Access, and sorry that the game's doomed to have Subnautica mentioned before it in news posts. This one's been around for yonks as a…

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RTS-inspired deckbuilder Prismata goes free-to-play(ish) for the weekend

Prismata is a bit of a hard sell because I can't think of any other strategy game quite like it. It looks and controls like a Magic: The Gathering inspired card game, but flows like an RTS, and while you do gradually expand your construction options between matches, there's no randomly drawn booster packs or loot boxes. While previously the only way into the game's…

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Sky-sailing MMO Worlds Adrift sets course for Steam

It's hard not to have a game like Worlds Adrift set the imagination alight. Bossa Studios' foray into the world of massively multiplayer gaming stands out from the crowd with its user-built world of floating islands, delightfully swooshy grappling-hook physics and its entirely player-crafted sky-ships. Previously in closed beta, the game has moved to Steam's early access section and opened its doors to everyone with…

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Feature: Sticks and stones... and ghosts

Premature Evaluation: Medieval Shopkeeper Simulator

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s moonlighting as a grouchy stall owner in Medieval Shopkeeper Simulator, a first-person fantasy retail romp. With the chaos of E3 fast approaching, I’m looking for a more sedate racket. No more of this videogame malarky, I’m going to sell rocks and sticks to the impoverished serfs of…

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Hunt: Showdown fights camping in first major update

While the PvPvE monster-hunting FPS Hunt Showdown continues its journey through early access, developers Crytek today launched what they're calling its "first major content update". It adds new scoped guns and new character traits to improve your monstermashing, and also takes a crack at solving the problem of camping. It's no fun to slug it out with the big bad and walk away with its…

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Feature: Plunkshark

Premature Evaluation: Maelstrom

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser's running away from sea monsters and hunting down galleons in nautical battle royale, Maelstrom. I wasn’t a happy pirate. I wasn’t any kind of pirate, really; not with only a series of failed fights and a major lack of booty to my name. It was all a…

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They Are Billions adds The Six Wonders

Set amidst a 22nd century rabies-like outbreak of Zed-ism, They Are Billions is a game about keeping your steampunk settlement alive while raiding zombie towns... and dealing with the repercussions. You manage everything from gold to oil as you handle a Left 4 Starcraft situation wherein zombies keep trying to pick off the citizens -- first in smaller numbers and then in screen-collapsing hordes. The…

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Feature: Auspicious cargo

Star Traders: Frontiers is the best space game I’ve played in ages

Pirates! Can we outrun them? Damn! Well, would they accept a bribe? What? They won't even consider it? Okay, well, drop the cargo. No? Give them the ship and they'll let us live? Oh, they're not actually pirates, they're just mindless omnicidal monsters pretending to be pirates? Well... I guess I'll just reload an old save, then. That's how some games treat pirates. It's stupid,…

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Feature: Outta lurk

Premature Evaluation: It Lurks Below

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s looking into what lurks below in It Lurks Below. What is It? What does It want? Is It responsible for all my missing underwear? I’m pretty fond of Terraria, and even more so of Starbound, so It Lurks Below piqued my interest with only a couple of…

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DNA-mutating roguelikelike shooter Beacon looks swish

The daddifcation of video games continues with aplomb, but what a terrible waste parenthood is, collecting genetic material to make a mewling idiot who can't even drive. It's time for this to end. It's time to be your own dad. Or your own mum in the case of Beacon, a roguelikelike top-down shooter where a crashlanded spacewarrior collects DNA from defeated enemies to feed into…

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Project Zomboid is still in Early Access and that’s amazing

There is only one game I ever purchased on Desura and it was Project Zomboid, way back in 2011. This cool little indie isometric game strove to bring a Romero-esque slow zombie apocalypse to life by mixing survival skills, community management, close quarters combat, exploration, mental health, and a lot of good moaning sounds. It was a project I was backing but also getting in…

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The Forest gets a final final final pre-launch update

The Early Access folks are getting one last chance to help uncover secrets (and technical bugs) of The Forest, as the last final penultimate pre-launch update for the game hits. The Forest is just about almost out, with less than 24 hours remaining til v1.0, and there's still mysteries and twists being added. Like... uh... there's a new locked door on a ship. I adore…

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Tactical RPG Fort Triumph enters early access today

Do you wish that XCOM has a bit more Merlin influence? Perhaps that Mario vs. Rabbids took a Tolkienish slant? Well, wish no more, fair game-wisher! Fort Triumph has arrived on Steam Early Access to provide the resolution to all your needs. The tactical RPG from Cookie Byte Entertainment raised $78k in a Kickstarter campaign last May, and the Early Access version is currently discounted…

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Feature: Trust no one

Premature Evaluation: SpyParty

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser's pretending to be an NPC, badly, in the asymmetric game of spies and snipers, SpyParty. How do you get blood out of a tux? Nerves already shot, I extract myself from the conversation I’m using as cover and head towards the golden statue, my prize. This plush…

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Streaming murder-gameshow Darwin Project goes free-to-play

In this strange age of Battle Royale shooters drawing crowds of millions, it's hard for other multiplayer action games to find their footing, even if they do have an interesting hook like last-man-standing survival sandbox Darwin Project, which spices up its 10-player battles with Twitch audience integration, and a human 'director', able to skew the match for the audience's amusement. In order to draw more…

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Feature: Shipwreck

Premature Evaluation: Make Sail

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s setting off in a rickety boat in Make Sail. It looks a bit like Wind Waker, but you get to build your own vessel. Sadly, it doesn't talk. Once a year, usually around the time of Gamescom, I slink off. I stop writing, disconnect from Twitter and…

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Double Kick Heroes headbangs its way into early access

In Double Kick Heroes, when the apocalypse is snapping at your heels the only thing you can trust is the power of heavy metal drumming. This unusual take on a familiar old arcade rhythm genre comes to us from French outfit Headbang Club and brings a lot to the table, including a full level editor, and is out in early access today.

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