Posts Tagged ‘feature’

The RPGs of 2017

So… 2016. (FX: ‘Urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh….’) It’s not been the greatest of years, from just about every celebrity you might have loved deciding to peg it, to America electing the Curious Orange. As far as RPGs go, it’s also been fairly quiet, thanks to lots of stuff deciding to stay in the oven for a few more months. That’s not to say we’ve had nothing, not least Early Access versions of many of these games. Awards are coming later this month! But in terms of big, BIG, BIG releases, it’s been kinda quiet. Next year though? Whoooo-boy, do we have a lot of awesome stuff on the way. Here are some of my picks for the games I’m most excited to get my hands on in 2017.

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Free Loaders: Aristocratic pong in Fancy-Ass Tennis

Tally ho, old cob. I suppose you’re popping in for a pinch of the free games what what. There’s a jolly briar of the stuff down there, I’ll say that to your bright ear, old dagger. Tennis is the main event, no surprise there. But the help has been spouting all this other waffle too and I dare say there’s something to be said about it. A cowboy game, a flying duel, a farcical romance. It’s untenable just how frivolous our lives can get or that’s what the help says frighteningly well-educated but don’t ask me how or why. Well, I’ll let you take a gander for yourself, old fox. Onwards and upwards etc. Read the rest of this entry »

The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for making Christmas-themed baked goods, but I haven’t decided what yet. Some sort of spiced cookie? That’s what I’m thinking, if I can get the ingredients I need from the local shop. Quick, here’s some not-Christmas themed articles about videogames to read while I think about what shapes to cut the cookies into.

Steven Messner at PC Gamer wrote about what it’s like to become a YouTube gaming celebrity at 80 years old. It’s not all good.

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Watch Dogs 2’s jolly multiplayer is spoiled by guns

While Adam is busy hacking the planet for his final review, I’ve dropped into the multiplayer of Watch Dogs 2 [official site] to harass some of the world’s script kiddies. This is built into the singleplayer world “seamlessly”, you just select an option on your super-phone and a foe will become known to you a few hundred metres away (sometimes you’ll be warped closer to them). Now you’ve invaded their world, Dark Souls style, and have to hack them without being caught. It’s the same great game of hide and seek from the first Watch Dogs and I’m enjoying it a lot. But there’s also problems. Most significantly, why does this mode need guns?
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Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 is an off-brand Far Cry game

Guards come in all shapes and sizes, but their behaviours are quite robotic

We sent Edwin Evans-Thirwell into the field to see Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 [official site] and he came back to us with a report about the good, the bad and the ugly of the game, and thoughts on the loneliness of the long distance killer.

Sniper rifles are ubiquitous in video games, but I’m not sure a game has ever captured what it means to be a sniper – or to face one. These guns are characterised as delicate tools, the preserve of a methodical elite, but while sniping may require subtlety, a sniper rifle is essentially an instrument of terror.

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