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Posts tagged “FPS”

Feature: All Quiet On The EAstern Front

War Torn: EA Shouldn’t Have Cancelled Medal Of Honor

This morning's news that EA has canned the revived Medal Of Honor strikes me as a pretty sad one. Not because the last two games earned any merit - they certainly didn't. They were truly horrible games. Not just because of their gung-ho, one-dimensional, army-recruitment-writ-large approach to current conflicts, nor just because of the both underlying and overlying racism to be found within, but also…

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First-Person Shooters Are Oddly Good For The Brain

Sitting and playing the nonsense of Black Ops 2, it's hard to imagine that your brain is improving in any way. Turns out, it's improving in lots of ways. Goodness, some positive, intelligent science regarding health and videogames. With cathartic ease, cognative researcher Daphne Bavelier discusses how their research has shown that even hardcore FPS games have positive effects on the brain. In fact, especially…

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Ghost Of Recon Past: Ground Branch Kickstarter

Today's FPS games rarely last long on my hard drive, stuffed as it is with maps, dice and musty tomes of history retold. It's more than a decade since my deathmatch days , which makes me feel indescribably ancient. It's only fitting that it takes a Kickstarter project to rekindle my interest, as Kickstarter so often seems like fertile ground for old roots to sprout…

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Let The Gameshow Commence: Bullet Run

The free to play FPS formerly known as Hedone is now the free to play FPS known as Bullet Run, or at least that seems to be the case. Either that or Acony have made two identical games with separate names and convinced Sony to put their logo at the beginning of one of them. It's a shooty shooty gameshow which means I'm contractually obliged…

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Feature: All that war and you only scored one? You guys suck...

Tribes: Ascend review

Tribes: Ascend is finally out of beta and ready to welcome all-comers in free-to-play jetpack combat. Is it enough to be the series' true successor though, or just another casualty of its own reputation? We sent Richard screaming through the air to find out.

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Dino Might: Orion Gets A Release Date, Trailer

Co-operative, open-world sci-fi dinosaur hunting game Orion: Dino Beatdown is strapping into its jetpacks for an April the 20th release date. After watching the trailer below I just hopped onto Google Calendar and made sure I had nothing planned for that day - just some lump thing in my brain needed removal on that day. I soon got rid of that. What smells of burning,…

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Battlefield 3 Patch Contains Tweaks, Adds Shortcuts

The Battlefield 3 patch rolls out today, bringing some excellent tweaks as well as adding "shortcut items" that allow players to buy items rather than putting in the hours to unlock them - "If you’re new to the game, this is the perfect way to gain some ground on the veterans online." Or maybe you're just a lazy man-/vehicle-shooter with money to burn? If so,…

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Rise And Shine: Tribes Ascend Release Date And Trailer

If you're already part of the Tribes: Ascend open beta, you might not realise that it's not already out. That 3.8Gb on your hard-drive is nothing more than a game that is pretending to be out. The duplicitous, lying beast will soon be much more moral, though: following a successful beta, that's had 400'000 players, Hi-Rez are launching, or at least de-betafying, their lovely online…

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First-Person Shiner: 12 Mins Of Nexuiz

So, this video is just 12 minutes and 54 seconds of one of the Nexuiz developers running around a shiny FPS arena commenting on the guns and how the game plays. But its simplicity is the perfect way of presenting the equally simplistic online shooter they're making: a game where the focus is fast, fluid killamajigging still has a place in my dark, dark heart,…

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Swoop In The Tribes: Ascend Beta This Friday

"What do we want?" "More people to get access to the upcoming free-to-play shooter Tribes: Ascend, new maps, gametypes, weapons, and bug-fixes!" "When do we want it?" "Sometime on Friday, maybe. It's really up to you! We're just keen to get involved!" Well, good news. Tribes: Ascend developers Hi-Rez Studios have crumbled to the pressure I exerted with my catchy protest chant and will be…

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Jurassic Jetpacks – ORION: Dino Beatdown

I'm in two minds about this multiplayer shooter from the ORION: Prelude team that somehow isn't ORION: Prelude. Is ORION: Dino Beatdown a brilliant name for a game, or is it a horrible name for anything? One thing I do know, despite the laudable presence of dinosaurs and jetpacks, I'd be a lot happier if the dinosaurs were actually using the jetpacks. As it is,…

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20 Goto Hell In Code Hero

I thought writing about else { Heart.break() } would prove to be a novelty, but three days later here I am, telling you about another game that lets you fiddle in its innards. I am now the official RPS expert, sorry "expert", on games that allow you to alter their code: Code Hero is a Unity engine game where you have a code gun that…

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Beta Unblocked: Blacklight: Retribution’s Open Beta

Another game that's gone through the retail meat grinder and come out as a tasty free-to-play sausage is Blacklight: Retribution. I've heard good things about Zombie Studio's multiplayer FPS, but I've been kept from the abattoir by a big sign that said "Closed: BETA!". Aside from the questionable typography, it kept me at arm's length. Well now we get to see how the gaming sausage…

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Here’s A Hard Reset: Extended Editon Trailer

Hard Reset: Extended Edition is the original, singularly focused FPS from last year about shooting donkeys. The full game now comes with an additional four new creature types, a new boss monster, five new levels that sicks up three extra hours of play, and two additional survival mode levels. They've also prettied up the engine. But don't take my word for it, for I am…

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This Means War: Man vs. Machine

Want to help market a company's game server scaling technology set a world record for the simple fun of it? Man vs Machine will be taking place on January 29th, with the goal of bringing 1000 players and a hell of a lot of spider monsters into one epic hour long battle. Trailer and more information about what to expect follows, just as long as…

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Going Balloonistic: Rage

Just in case anyone was worried that Rage might end up just being Slightly Miffed, the launch trailer, which you may have seen on a televisual device, has come along to remind us what the game is really about. Angry music and mutants being clobbered. Of course, there is actually more to it than that but it’s important to emphasise that the following things will…

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Feature: Switch it off, or switch it on again?

Hard Reset review

Announced and released within just four months, the first game from Polish super-group Flying Wild Hog, Hard Reset, was something of a surprise to the world of PC. Dedicated to the platform, it's a defiant thing: a first-person shooter with no multiplayer, no console vibe, and old-school shooter values, and it's due out next Tuesday. So does it deliver in its specific niche. Having just…

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