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The RPS minecraft server has devolved into a hellish Shrek larp

Happy Halloween, citizens! When midnight comes and October ends, I, Ghoastus, will be banished once more into the spirit realm - at least until something sufficiently Roman happens to summon me back. I will miss you all. But before that dread hour arrives, there is time yet for one more terribly frightening story. It concerns my friend and colleague Nate, who started an unofficial RPS…

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Destiny 2 starts Halloween event and opens new dungeon today

A whole lot of haunting hits Destiny 2 today, with the start of its Halloween event and the launch of a new dungeon. Festival Of The Lost is for all players, sending us back along branches of the Infinite Forest to mash monsters and grab sweeties to swap for rewards. Destineers who own the Shadowkeep expansion get even spookier treats: a new dungeon diving into…

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Fortnite summons the Storm King for a spooky PvE boss battle event

Halloween has arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale with a honking great cooperative boss battle in an event mode like something out of an MMORPG. The Storm King LTM sees the big boy and his undead armies rise again and sends a few dozen players out to stop him. I've had a few cracks myself and been surprised by quite how tough the fight is.

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Dicey Dungeons scares up new challenges and monsters for a Halloween update

As I was lurching around my neighbourhood, dressed like a scary poll tax collector, I banged on a door and readied myself for my traditional Halloween scare-a-thon. To my surprise, it was Terry Cavanagh’s mansion. He gave me a hearty laugh and tipped a new Halloween-themed Dicey Dungeons update into my plastic pumpkin. His cute deckbuilding roguelike is now 100% more Halloweeny for the next…

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Boo! Steam and GOG’s Halloween sales started today

If you're short of something spooky to play this Halloween week (Halloweek?), hit Steam and GOG to see what's going cheap in their spooky sales. Launched today, they've got oodles of ooky discounts between them. Since almost everyone else has gone home for the day and I'm the one writing this post, I'll drop a few recommendations of my own then shuffle off.

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Borderlands 3 Halloween event adds Terror

There's a bit in The Borderlands Show where creative director Paul Sage says he "wants to talk about terror", and for a second it sounds like he's going to launch into a philosophical exploration of fear. The Aristotelian notion of catharsis, perhaps, in which the experience of 'negative' emotion within fiction can cleanse or purify inner emotional trauma. Turns out he actually wants to talk…

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Rainbow 6 Siege hunting monsters in Doktor’s Curse event mode

Halloween descends upon Rainbow Six Siege today with the launch of Doktor's Curse, a hide 'n' seek mode where monsterhunters armed with honking great hammers are out to squash ghoulies who just want to live. It's not their fault they're alive, you awful hunters. Take it up with the Doktor. You can meet the fiend in the event trailer below.

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Hitman 2? More like Hitman TwooOoOOoOOOoO

Lurking in the shadows, learning your life and routine, striking from the shadows with swift and often ironic murders (or cursed luggage), then vanishing as someone new, Ian Hitman is basically a horror movie slasher in Italian tailoring. It's fitting that Hitman 2 is going hard on Halloween this year. The tutorial level in New Zealand today gets a spooky makeover with all the skeletons,…

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Sea Of Thieves goes overboard with skeletons in this month’s Fort Of The Damned update

It must be hard to make Halloween updates for a game where most enemies are swashbuckling skeletons. But that's just what Sea Of Thieves is trying to do with Fort Of The Damned, October's harrowing Halloween twist on Rare's sea shanty. With a damnable new castle and skinless pets, Sea Of Thieves wants to make sure your timbers have thoroughly shivered.

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Apex Legends starts terrifying, brilliant Fight Or Fright event

There's a chill in King's Canyon tonight. Apex Legends's Fight Or Fright Halloween spectacle began today, bringing ghosts and ghouls and all that spooky stuff into Respawn's battle royale. For the next three weeks, the familiar cast of the Apex games will be dressing up in their spookiest costumes, dishing out bullets and grenades to any rascal with the nerve to come trick or treating…

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Stranger Things drive into Rocket League’s Haunted Hallows event today

Stranger Things might be in a post-season slump, but you wouldn't know it from looking at games. You've got your Nancy and Steve popping into Dead By Daylight, and every bookstore and board game shop in town has those themed Dungeons & Dragons (& Demagorgons) starter kits lying about. Today, it's Rocket League's turn to become haunted by the 80s, as Haunted Hallows arrive in…

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TF2 turns twelve, celebrates with Scream Fortress XI

Spooky season is upon us. I know this, in part, because someone has already covered the treehouse windows in cheap cobwebs and I can't gaze broodingly at the completely normal, not at all unsettling events of the outside world in 2019. But the real clue is Team Fortress 2's Halloween event, back once more with two new maps, a buncha hats and a temporary re-opening…

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Rocket League’s Halloween event crashes into Stranger Things

After a false start on Christmas, when advent calendars appearing on supermarket shelves in September, everyone has finally remembered it's Halloween season first. Rocket League has announced its latest Halloween event, this year crossing over with Stranger Things. Haunted Hallows will bring new cosmetic doodads inspired by the Netflix show's mock-eighties world, including a pattern inspired by Hooper's groovy shirt. It'll also let us play…

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Hearthstone’s Doom In The Tomb event unearths a whole lotta evil today

Oooh, it's the season of spooks and scares in Hearthstone once again. What's that behind the curtain? Some sort of ghost, perhaps a ghoul? No, dear reader, it's the Headless Horseman bearing the most terrifying spell of all - unbalanced playing cards! Hearthstone's diving into the Haunted Temple of Uldum, forcing an uneasy alliance between the goody-two-shoes of the League of Explorers and the comically…

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Apex Legends will raise the dead to fight in its Halloween event

It's time for Apex Legends to get spooky. Passing your first big holiday is something of a rite of passage for live games. What off-brand hallow's eve or Wintermas am I in for this time, we collectively wonder? For ApeLegs, it's the Fight Or Fright Collection Event arriving on October 15th. Much like the notorious Iron Crown back in August, Fight Or Fright is a…

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Itch.io’s Halloween sale has some great spookings

Sure, the Steam Halloween sale has some good spookings, but Itch is the store I always turn to for a fright. Its catalogue leans a little weirder, a little wilder, a little more personal - all of which I want in horror, and for Goth Christmas. So psst hey come on, follow me down this dark path through the trees and I'll recommend a few…

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 turns the lights out for Halloween

I've seen more inspired ideas for Halloween events than "let's do some night-time levels", but it's still a pretty good one. For the duration of Geheimnisnacht, every level in Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has been plunged into darkness. Geheimnisnacht is "the most ill-omened night of the year", and lasts until November 4th. More importantly, there's also a community-run shitty cosplay competition.

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All of Halloween is happening in TF2’s Scream Fortress X

The thing about special Halloween game modes is that they're fun for a round or two, then the novelty wears off. The thing about Team Fortress 2's Halloween mode is that there are 18 of them. Ok, so only 5 of those are new - but you can also play the 13 previous Halloween events, which would be enough to last you all year if…

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Hitman gets spooky Halloween murders for new free trial

As Halloween horrors go, a genetically-engineered megamurderer who knows dozens of ways to kill and will wear your clothes to replace you in your everyday life already seems pretty spooky to me. He's a dark one, that Ian Hitman. But to celebrate the season of Goth Christmas, IO Interactive are making him even spookier with new themed contracts for H1tman and treat-not-tricking everyone by making…

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Rocket League’s proper cross-platform parties delayed to 2019

Nothing strikes a chill through my heart like delays to long-anticipated cross-platform play systems. Sadly, that fate has befallen Rocket League - a roadmap update has revealed that the "RocketID" system won't arrive until early 2019. You can actually already play with friends who are using smaller, lesser boxes, but only in private matches. Which defeats the whole point, really. There is some good news:…

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