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Game Of The Month: November – Life Is Strange

Life Is Strange [official site] Episode One came out all the way back in January of this year but with the release of the final episode a couple of weeks ago, this is a fine time to celebrate the series as a whole. Dontnod's episodic adventue is a mystery-drama set in a small Oregon town. Combining time travel, photography, tragedy, terror and scrapbooks, it's all…

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Feature: The one game you should play this month

Game Of The Month: October – Undertale

You can defeat Game of the Month by pointing out that it's running a week late, but you could also progress by claiming friendship and offering Game of the Month a hug. As it is here, so it is in inventive, uplifting RPG Undertale [official site]. As a human cast down into monster territory, you must explore and quest and combat, but can do all…

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Feature: And I'm Letting It

MGSV: The Phantom Pain Is Making It Too Easy For Me

I expected MGSV: The Phantom Pain [official site] to be punishing - the kind of stealth game that stuck you with insurmountable challenges the second you stepped out of the shadows or were spotted. These expectations were born of what I assumed previous Metal Gear Solid games were, based on struggling through the first on PSone as a teenager, and based on the slavish praise…

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Biggest Boss: Metal Gear Solid V’s Hardcore Mod

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [official site] is a fine game, but is not a difficult game - at least, not unless you want it to be. Sure, you can roll through everything with big guns and a murderbot or Quiet without breaking a bloodsweat; the challenge comes in following weird whims and trying strange ideas with its arsenal of guns and gadgets.…

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Watch Metal Gear Solid V’s Lost Ending

While most of us continue to be starry-eyed about MGSV: The Phantom Pain [official site], there has been no shortage of Internet Grumbles about its ending, and concerns that it wasn't finished-finished (possibly related to Kojima and Konami's latest round of spats?). I'm not going to get into OPINIONS on that stuff myself, primarily because I'm not personally invested in MGS lore, but yeah, there…

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Feature: Thoughts On Sniping

Changing How You Play

I play every stealth game the same way. I remain at a distance. I find the higher ground. I use a weapon with a scope; a bow and arrow if one is available, a normal sniper rifle if not. I crouch-walk around my target or targets slowly, attempting to pick off each enemy and objective in turn, such that no one ever notices anything is…

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Feature: An MGS Virgin's Phantom Pain Diary, Day 6

MGS V: I Bless The Rains

Continuing a diary series in which an MGS first-timer plays The Phantom Pain. On the one hand, the openness and rogue weather of Metal Gear Solid V's second zone is a spectacular, tactics-altering change from the dusty, mountainous, barren Afghanistan I've spent dozens of hours in. On the other, no, it's different, it's not the same, it's all weird, I hate it I hate it…

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Feature: Even An S-Rank Isn't Flawless

Six Things MGSV: The Phantom Pain Could Do Better

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [official site] may be the best stealth-action game ever made, but it's not flawless. The game's massive scope, and the surprising amount of detail in each interaction within that massive playpen, is impressive - however, that scope is precisely why certain aspects feel like they have something missing. Consider the following, then, as an exploration of The Phantom…

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Feature: An MGS Virgin Plays The Phantom Pain, Day 5

Big Boss vs Best Boss

I quailed at even the idea of bosses in MGSV [official site]. It’s my desert, leave me alone to do my thing, and that thing most certainly does not involve filling something big with as much heavy ordinance as is possible. A couple of encounters with the teleporting zombie super-soldiers known as The Skulls had already left a bad taste in my mouth. While stealth,…

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Feature: An MGS Virgin's Phantom Pain Diary, Day 4

One Man’s Epic Quest To Retrieve Take On Me In MGSV

I haven't got anything like as many cassette tapes as I'd like in The Phantom Pain [official site]. A combination of a determination to be non-lethal, to knock out or capture everyone and my inherent ineptitude means most base raids go South pretty quickly, and I end up in a desperate sprint to a checkpoint in order that I don't lose all my progress. No…

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Disquiet: Metal Gear Solid V – The Phantom Pain

It's been days since I wanted to talk about anything other than Metal Gear Solid [official site]. My sister is probably sick of this. We're very close but live far apart so we tend to speak almost every day, not so much about our lives as about the things that distract us from our lives. She had no interest in Metal Gear Solid, but eventually…

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Feature: Why it's our game of the month (at the very least)

The RPS Verdict – METAL GEAR SOLID V

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [official site] is our Game of the Month for September, but why has this traditionally non-PC series infiltrated our chests and Fulton'd our hearts? Alice, Adam, Alec and a Graham gathered to discuss stealth, balloons, dogs in eye-patches, making enemy grunts feel alive and accidental kill-sprees. No plot spoilers here, but if you still hope to go into…

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Feature: Solid action, liquid stealth

Game Of The Month: September – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Game Of The Month returns, haunting the first Monday of the month with the answer to life's eternal question: "I do not have time to play all of these games so which one should I pick?" There are so many worthy games that it's hard to pick just one but in this month of September 2015, one game has dominated our waking hours with its…

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Feature: An MGS Virgin's Phantom Pain Diary, Day 3

The Importance Of Pink, Puppies & Kim Wilde In MGSV

Continuing a diary/review-in-progress of MGSV [official site], from the perspective of someone who hasn't really played Metal Gear Solid before. There are no plot spoilers in this one. Metal Gear Solid V is a videogame in which I travel around on a bright pink helicopter which blares Kim Wilde's Kids In America from a loudspeaker. Then I go home to my bright pink oil rig…

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Metal Gear Solid V’s Birthday Surprise

When we talk of 'spoilers', we usually mean plot twists - e.g. you're actually your own uncle's uncle's nephew sent back in time to cut your child's finger off. More rarely, and more delightfully, we face odd surprises in what a game does or becomes. What's so great about Frog Fractions? Mate, go play Frog Fractions yourself. Metal Gear Solid games hold many surprises big…

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Feature: A Metal Gear Virgin's Phantom Pain Diary, Day 2

Seven Reasons Why MGS V’s Stealth Is A Joy

Continuing a diary/review-in-progress of MGSV [official site], from the perspective of someone who hasn't really played Metal Gear Solid before. This entry contains possible spoilers for some early in-game mechanics, but no plot stuff. I suspect the craziness of Metal Gear Solid V's prologue is as much the 'true' MGSV as are the rather more sober missions, so I don't want to making wild proclamations…

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