Posts Tagged ‘Hack the planet!’

Hack the planet! Hacknet launches mod tools

Fab computer hacking game Hacknet [official site] has launched its mod tools, letting players create their own missions, campaigns, music and more. Or if you don’t fancy making things yourself, hey, you’ll still get to play the ‘extensions’ other people make. I’ll be sorely disappointed if someone isn’t already making a campaign recreating the great movie of our cybertime, Hackers. I’ll make it myself if I have to. I’ll get some friends in to help me type. The Gibson must fall.

If you’re not already hacking the planet yourself, hey, Hacknet is on sale right now too. Read the rest of this entry »

Hacknet Labyrinths expansion jacking in next week

The Labyrinths expansion for command line hacking sim Hacknet will finally launch next Friday, a few months later than initially planned. RPS resident l33t d00d Brendan has declared Hacknet to be the second-best computerating game so more of that sounds grand. Labyrinths will add a big new chunk of campaign, with such fun as collaborating with other l33t (NPC) hackers through IRC and using new tools to hack the planet. Have a peek in this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

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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Watch Dogs 2 Launch Trailer Ready To Hack The Planet

No one believes me when I say I adore the style of Watch Dogs 2 [official site]. They tell me the open-world crime simulator is trying far too hard to be cool, that it’s nothing at all like real hacking or real hacker culture, that it barely knows what a computer even is, that the memes it blasts are woefully outdated, that it looks like it was designed for teens by a committee of dads. Yes, I absolutely agree with all of that – and adore it. Watch Dogs 2 looks like the Hackers sequel I’ve waited twenty years for.

The game’s not out on PC until the end of the month but the launch trailer is already here. Ubi must have been hacked, yeah? Read the rest of this entry »

Boop! Sombra Hits Overwatch Public Test Server

Sombra, the Overwatcher [official site] who boops noses, arrived on the public test server overnight. She’s not ready to start booping in earnest quite yet but you can hop on the PTS to jam with the console cowboys in cyberspace. As computer hackers are wont to do, she can turn invisible, teleport, and bwomp out electromagnetic pulses to futz with shields and hack everyone around her. The youth of today, eh? What ever happened to prank phone calls and Knock Down Ginger? Read the rest of this entry »

Hack The Planet Other Players In Watch Dogs 2’s PvP And Co-Op Multiplayer Modes

Ubisoft are pooping out all of their videogames news this week. Poopisoft. But then again, it’s Gamescom, so is everybody else. This time they’ve revealed details of multiplayer modes in Watch Dogs 2 [official site]. As long as your connected, they say, you’ll come across other players in the world. You can either team up with them, or do bad things to their phones while they’re not looking. It’s all kicking off in this trailer I’ve got down here. Follow me.

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Quadrilateral Cowboy Getting New Levels, Says Creator

Hacking-fueled heist-em-up Quadrilateral Cowboy [official site] came out last week and opinion has been a bit divided about it. Graham, for instance, thought it was a stylish but disappointing romp. Whereas I reckon it’s a delicious retro-futuristic snack. But most reviews agreed on one thing – that there wasn’t enough of it. Well, get your 56k modem jacked in folks. The “20th Century Cyberpunk” adventure will receive new levels in a free post-release mod, the game’s designer has said.

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Hack The Planet: Quadrilateral Cowboy Released

Pull on your data gloves and slap on your mirrorshades for Quadrilateral Cowboy [official site], the latest from Thirty Flights of Loving and Flotilla developers Blendo Games. Quadlat Cowbo is a first-person heist-o-hacking game about sneaking into places using gadgets, gizmos, and good old-fashioned hacking. It’s from the command line school of hacking, having you tap out commands and scripts to carefully time hacking cameras, laser grids, doors, and such so you can waltz right in. It was jolly special when I played an early version two years ago, so I’m mighty excited that it’s finally finished and out.

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Hack The Planet: Watch Dogs 2 Coming November 15th

Watch Dogs 2 [official site] will come out on November 15th, Ubisoft declared today, formally announcing the open-world crime simulator. It’s jetting off to the sunny San Francisco Bay Area and it… looks fun? Not simply fun-to-play fun, but actually having a sense of a fun, with colours and people who look like they’re having fun and no moody uncledads anywhere in sight. Here, jack into this announcement vid-o-rama:

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Passwords, Please: Try Hacking Sim Mainlining’s Demo

Set in the glorious Windows XP era, Mainlining [official site] is a hacking simulator with a heavy focus on narrative that puts you in the shoes of the bad guys an agent working for the oh-so-fictional MI7 intelligence agency. You’ll be using your simulated desktop, some hacking tools, and ye olde Notepad to piece together evidence of crimes and arrest the culprits.

I’ve scraped the dark web and found proof of the devs’ crimes in the form of a demo. Then it’s on Kickstarter asking for £15,000 to help fund and fancy-up the full release.

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Malware Museum: Visit Retro Viruses In Your Browser

UH OH!

This Future Is Disappointing, Part #87: modern computer viruses are rubbish. Back when it were trees as far as the eye could see, a computer virus played silly noises and animations while it wiped your files. Now they silently perv on your webcam, steal your passwords, and use your PC to mine Bitcoins and knock game servers offline.

Treat yourself today to some vintage viruses with a virtual visit to The Malware Museum. It’s a collection of ’80s and ’90s viruses and malware which run safely in your browser, with loads of colourful animations, bleepy music, and ‘greets’ to ‘crews’.

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Hack The Planet! Hacknet Coming In August

Mess with the best, die like the rest.

I dig games which turn your screen into another computer, hauling you into their fiction. TIS-100, Digital: A Love Story, Her Story, and so on are grand and all but, like anyone with blue hair and a leather jacket who grew up in the nineties, what I really want is to hack the planet. Uplink and its admirers are grand, but I need more.

I’m really digging the look of Hacknet [official site], an upcoming terminal-based hack ’em up which uses real-ish techniques and will have us typing in terminal commands ourselves. Cracking! Slip on your fingerless leather gloves (studs optional but preferred) for a peek in its trailer:

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Beglitched: When Shall We Three Hack The Planet Again?

Beglitched [official site] may be the most adorable hacking game I’ve seen. So long, scrolling green glyphs! Please stay in the ’90s with pleather trenchcoats. (Aside: oh no, when will the ’90s revival reach The Matrix? Or maybe the fashion it inspired will become more palatable with modern restyling. Anyway!) It’s an upcoming puzzle-battle game about hacking the planet as apprentice to the Glitch Witch, probing networks and battling hackers on your cutsey pink deck.

I’m seeing traces of 868-HACK, Bejeweled, and Minesweeper, all wrapped up in charm. Look:

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Run Through The Internet: Free Platformer 404Sight Out

Hack the planet!

“Auntie Alice! Auntie Alice!” the younglings cry, tugging at my skirts of badger pelts and kingfisher feathers. “Tell us again about before The Crash! Tell us again about being an Internaut.”

Ah, little ones… pure white landscapes stretched out before me, angular shapes floating in datafog, datapaths branching and merging, and I sprint down these, jumping, rolling, choosing the quickest path to deliver my precious packets while dodging and smashing The Man’s obstacles.

Well, describing free run-o-platformer 404Sight [official site] excites the younglings more than the sorry truth could. I don’t have the heart to spoil their dreams.

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Hack The Planet: Steam Cyberpunk Sale

On it.

Allow me to establish my cyberpunk credentials: I live in a dystopian megacity block, have blue hair, own two pairs of mirror shades, romanticise being a wreck, and work on the ‘net. Trust me when I say Steam’s cyberpunk sale is pretty great (though not wholly cyberpunk).

30-odd games brimming with hacking, cybernetic implants, megacities, conspiracies, dystopias, neon lighting, and The Man are going cheap. You’ll find, for example, classics like System Shock 2 and Deus Ex for pocket change, and good prices on newer cyber ’em ups like Gemini Rue, Jazzpunk, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, and Transistor.

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Hack The Galaxy! Space Engineers’ Programmable Blocks

Space me good.

Even as a casual observer of the genre, I get excited when sandbox block ’em ups add programmable bits. Some of Minecraft‘s redstone devices are staggering in their scale and mechanical complexity, and I suspect we’ll see some awfully clever things in Space Engineers. An update last week added programmable blocks which are properly programmable, running C# code, which I imagine will power all sorts of delightful devices and cruel creations for me to enjoy seeing in videos. Folks have already made virtual viruses that e.g. disable ships and arm their warheads.

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else Heart.Break() Attack and Vine

We’ve covered else Heart.Break() before, so I feel I need not dwell on what it is. But wait! What if you’ve somehow missed those previous posts? Hmm.

function Heart.Break() {
if (gameFamiliar == true) {
Recommendation = “Skip the next paragraph”;
}
else {
Recommendation = “Keep reading, intrepid reader!”;
}
// Feel free to critique my code. I am no professional, my friends.
}

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Darknet Souls: Watch Dogs Trailer Demos Multiplayer

'Hack the planet!' I shall repeat endlessly. Like in that movie!

Some of my favourite Dark Souls moments came from being invaded. Down deep in the Tomb of the Giants, chased over the bones of colossal skeletons by the spirits of a wicked wizard then a lost paladin, oh I was so very pleased. It’s a fantastic little multiplayer touch, and one I’m glad to see Watch Dogs adopting on top of more traditional modes.

A new 9-minute trailer goes over the open-world hack ’em up’s three main multiplayer types: Dark Souls-y invasions, challenges tied into the ctOS mobile companion app, and objective-driven team violence.

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