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Feature: Mild Hunt or Wild Hunt?

I played Monster Hunter World & turned a dino into pants

Forty five minutes with Monster Hunter World [official site] was enough to convince me that people who bang on about the series might have a point. I killed two big beasties in that time, cooked a couple of delicious meals, and fell comfortably into the flow of stalking and stabbing. It's violent, but not gory. It has tracking and stalking, but no complex simulation. As…

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Feature: Face/off

Face-ripping & identity theft: Divinity Original Sin 2’s Undead

“And now we just use the Face Ripper on this elven corpse so we can polymorph into an elven form and learn more about what happened by eating the limbs we found earlier.” At Gamescom, Swen Vincke, CEO of Larian, was showing the playable undead race in Divinity: Original Sin 2 [official site] for the first time. Faces were ripped, children were startled, feasting on…

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Feature: Make your own Manchurian Candidate

XCOM-like tactical espionage thriller Phantom Doctrine was my Gamescom highlight

At first glance, Phantom Doctrine [Steam page] looks an awful lot like a Cold War flavoured XCOM. That's quite an exciting prospect and the closer I looked, the more exciting it became. There are agents instead of aliens, and some novel infiltration and reconnaissance systems, but everything from the UI to the cover system is immediately familiar. The tactical missions are hiding unexpected twists though,…

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Feature: Dome, Sweet Dome

Red means danger: how to survive in Surviving Mars

The people living in my new habitat dome have jobs to do, that's what brought them to Mars in the first place, but when they finish work they have two choices: they can either go to the casino or the bar. I could have built a gym or some other kind of leisure facility, but I went with the casino and bar combo. It's what…

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Feature: Take parking lots, put up a paradise

Exploring the dark side of Cities: Skylines – Green Cities

Green Cities might look like urban paradise, but beneath the lush vertical gardens, something sinister is percolating. Sure, the draped greenery clinging to the side of the new high density apartment blocks looks attractive, but it's also reminiscent of post-human imagery; nature reclaiming the land. Zoom out far enough, so that the little cars and people are less apparent, and it’s not a great leap…

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Meteors rain on the Red Planet in Surviving Mars trailer

Surviving Mars [official site] looks like it's shaping up nicely, if you ask me. Made by Tropico 3 developers Haemimont, it's a base-building game set on the Red Planet in which you hunt for resources to power settlements housed in giant glass domes. Judging by the new trailer, featuring the first in-game footage, it's one to keep an eye on: there's the snappy animations of…

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Life is Strange creators take on a new narrative project

1. There is a mysterious narrative adventure game with investigation elements being teased by Bandai Namco and Life is Strange creators Dontnod! 2. The two bits of artwork I have on the matter make the whole thing look like a rural British murder mystery on ITV even though it's set in the US. "House Exterior" is above and "Town Viewpoint" is after the jump.

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Reigns: Her Majesty coronated later this year

2016's Reigns crunched the complexities of running a kingdom down to yes/no decisions selected simply by swiping left and right, causing Alec's Reigns review to declare "Game Of Thrones + Tinder = You Died." Today developers Nerial announced a sequel, named Reigns: Her Majesty [official site], which jumps forwards in time a little as the focus shifts to queens. A renaissance is upon us but…

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Secret of Mana remake announced

In discussions of "What is the bestest best best RPG ever ever ever?" a few common candidates are relatively unknown on PC, as they were released in the age before almost everything came to PC too. One such game is Secret of Mana, released on SNES in 1993. Well, soon we'll get to be all "Uh, actually, Dark Souls is the bestest best RPG -…

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Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon expansion announced

The next expansion for Crusader Kings II [official site] will introduce China as a power offering potential riches or ruin depending on how you play the cards. Paradox today announced the Jade Dragon expansion, "coming soon". It's not properly adding China to the world of Crusader Kings II, mind, rather as an "off-map influence" accessed through a "China screen" with the pertinent options and information.…

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Video game tourism alert: Warface is off to Pripyat

Crytek's free-to-play face-shooter Warface [official site] is off to the city of Pripyat within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone later this year. Is Warface (WARFACE WARFACE WARFACE etc.) any good? Dunno. Am I keen to see this? Oh yes. I always enjoy video games travelling to that spooky abandoned land, from Call of Duty 4's stealthy visit to the joys of S.T.A.L.K.E.R.. Video game tourism is…

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The Evil Within 2’s feeding scene makes Resident Evil 7 look like CBeebies

It’s the maggots and the split in the skin of the forehead, it’s the creak of a rope and the crack of a bone. In an hour with a couple of chapters of The Evil Within 2 [official site] I saw all kinds of gore and dismemberment, but the most horrifying sights and sounds were all in the quietest moments. One scene in particular ranks…

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Fe takes you into a gorgeous forest from early 2018

1. Fe [official site] looks beautiful 2. Is it possible to listen to Dirty Paws by Of Monsters and Men without feeling like you've been shunted so hard into 2014 that you could probably claim whiplash compensation from EA after being involved in a collision that wasn't your fault? 3. It really reminds me of a game I can't place! 4. While I deal with…

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Feature: Offing old goth-god

Dishonored 2: I can’t wait to kill The Outsider

I hate The Outsider. Perhaps that’s too strong a word, but I’ve never liked Dishonored’s meddling god. I’ll explain my stance in some detail below, but before I do that I offer an apology to the large chunk of the Dishonored fanbase who will find my opinions here blasphemous and heretical. But I’ve held my silence for long enough and it’s time to admit it:…

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Far Cry 5 gameplay vids show off sandbox goofiness

Apparently it is possible to drive a tractor and sneak up on baddies then mulch them mulch with its fearsome mechanical teeth in Far Cry 5 [official site], or at least it is in the new gameplay footage rumbling out of Gamescom this week. Even more importantly, the open-world FPS has a fishing minigame. You might have known this from poring over previews but I…

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Tyranny: Bastard’s Wound starts oozing in September

Oh so it's fine for Obsidian to name the first Tyranny [official site] expansion Bastard's Wound but it's "inappropriate" and "a sackable offence" for me to rename the RPS news section to Horace's **** Shower of ****shack Bucket**** [that is correct -ed.]. Wow, what a double standard! Fine then. Bastard's Wound, you may already know, is off to a new area for ten or so…

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Feature: Divine bullet-y justice

God’s Trigger is cooperative Hotline Miami with a devilish twist

God’s Trigger killed me at least twenty times in five minutes. Announced at Gamescom this week, it’s a new title from Techland that plays out very much like the two-player cooperative take on Hotline Miami that the trailer suggested it might be. You can see that trailer below, followed by my thoughts after fifteen minutes of play and another forty or fifty bloody deaths.

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Medieval mayhem in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord’s multiplayer captain mode

The third death was probably the most painful. Not pain in the normal sense - I can’t feel what the little armoured swordsmen of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord [official site] feel - but the pain of a shameful defeat. I’ve just had a go at TaleWorlds’ upcoming swordfighting-meets-strategy-meets-RPG at Gamescom. Sadly the singleplayer was off limits, but I did get to do some medieval…

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Cities: Skylines erects Green Cities expansion this year

If the recent launch of the Concerts "mini-expansion" for Cities: Skylines [official site] made you wish the city-builder would get something more substantial, good news! Paradox today announced the Green Cities expansion for release later this year. As you might expect, it will let you turn your cities all hippy-dippy with everything from organic shops to plant-clad buildings. It bungs in a load of new…

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