Posts Tagged ‘feature’

Have You Played… Midwinter 2: Flames of Freedom

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Flames of Freedom, the non-wintry sequel to Midwinter, was one of those games that expanded my idea of what games could be. From one life to the next, I was a suave superspy, seducing my captors and riding a jetski to freedom, or a desperate survivor, chased across an island by a squadron of tanks and bombers. And then I took an amphibious vehicle to crawl across the ocean floor, moving from the greens of the tropical islands to the blues and grays of the murky depths. Read the rest of this entry »

The RPG Scrollbars: The CRPG Book Project

Since the invention of the RPG, there have been many, many RPGs. Maybe too many to count. At least six! Let’s see. Ultima VII. Al-Qadim: The Genie’s Curse. The Magic Candle III. Faery Tale Adventure II: Halls of the Dead. Two or three more, probably, and that’s if you don’t count Quest For Glory. But who has time to play them all?

Oh, if only there was a ridiculously large tome devoted to trying to catalogue them all in a decent amount of depth, currently at 450 pages and rising. If only. If only

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for childcare and comment moderation, sometimes more so than they’re for rounding up a weekworth of good videogames writing. Sometimes. This weekend we return to distract you from long weekend with some more good reads. Let’s be quick.

At Eurogamer, our own Alex Wiltshire writes about Mass Effect Andromeda and the quest for great facial animation. Interesting details from interviews with animators in this. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Loaders: Meat the monsters

If you are reeling from a Good Friday without delicious burgers, chops or anything meaty at all, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (and the rest of you heathens too, don’t fret). This week’s best free games include one in which you make monsters out of various pieces of cartoon meat – kidneys, skin flesh, chicken legs, eyeballs. Are eyeballs “meat”? Don’t ask me, I’m a gamesmonger, not a butcher.
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The Pipwick Papers

Mini image via NASA

I haven’t done a Pipwick Papers in ages! It’s because I’ve not really had as much downtime for reading and sharing articles. I’ve been leaning more towards books because of long journeys on the train or binge-watching shows before they get booted from various subscription services. But last night I went through a lot of feeds and emails and bookmarks and I have things I think are worthy of sharing: Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… The Witcher 3?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

I have a mental firewall about how recent a game can be before I’m allowed to write a Have You Played? about it. In my head, The Witcher 3 is about three months old and therefore invalid.

It’s two years old next month. I’ve had it on my hard drive for two years now, thinking “yeah, I’ll finally finish that next weekend.” Read the rest of this entry »

What Xbox ‘Project Scorpio’ means for PC gaming

Microsoft has dished the deets on its upcoming ‘Scorpio’ hardware update for the Xbox console, and in what amounts to uncharacteristic detail and candour given the ruddy thing isn’t going on sale until the end of 2017. But what are we poor PC peasants to make of the Beast of Redmond’s latest game box and its towering on-paper capabilities? In short, what influence will Project Scorpio’s trick new hardware have on future PC games? Read the rest of this entry »