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Feature: The existence of Diablo III kind of spoils the ending

Have You Played… Diablo II?

I liked playing Diablo III because so much of it is like Diablo II. And Diablo II is amazing - especially if you got the Lord of Destruction expansion, which added a whole fifth act and two character classes. In fact, one of those classes is the Assassin, and she’s the coolest, so we should probably consider Lord of Destruction as the definitive way to…

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Feature: Game, set and match

Have You Played… #SelfieTennis?

Some might say this VR lark is all a bit of a fad. Those someones, however, haven't played #SelfieTennis. It was one of the first games released for the HTC Vive back in the heady days of 2016, and goodness me I was absolutely sold the minute I put on the headset. If you're the owner of a pair of VR cybergoggles but don't have…

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Feature: Who really wants to date a cat?

Have You Played… Purrfect Date?

Who doesn’t love cats, right? But who really wants to date a cat? I mean sure, we’ve heard of people marrying their pets, but that first dinner out has to be awkward, right? “If loving cats is wrong, I don’t wanna be right,” the trailer for Purrfect Date sings at you. This is a dating sim by Bae Team... with cats.

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Feature: Lost and now found

Have You Played… Chip’s Challenge?

Allow me to tell you about the greatest test of logic ever devised. Originally conceived for the Atari Lynx (of all things), Chip’s Challenge found popularity when it was bundled with Microsoft Entertainment Packs for use with Windows 3.1. If you remember any of this, then you probably have fond memories of Chip. Both it and the sequel (more on that below) are on Steam…

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Feature: Can housekeeping be atmospheric?

Have You Played… Sunset?

I really wanted to love Tale of Tales’ borderline uncategorisable experience that is and was Sunset, more so after the hubbub surrounding their eventual departure from the industry (they gave up making games after selling only a few thousand copies of this one). The team had become known for unusual, thought-provoking experiences like Bientôt l’été, The Path and The Graveyard, so playing as a house…

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Feature: Build coasters, make people vomit

Have You Played… Planet Coaster?

Ahhh management games. Aaahh building games. Ahhh roller coasters. Planet Coaster is easily one of my favourite games in which to waste about 300 hours at a time. I’m only slightly exaggerating. I was a bit late to the party with Planet Coaster, but once you finally buy your ticket, there’s no going back. It’s so easy to get lost in the worlds you can…

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Feature: There is no escape

Have You Played… Zero Escape: The Nonary Games?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a visual novel in possession of a good plot must be in want of at least half a dozen grizzly murders, a dollop of deep philosophy lectures, time travel and lots and lots of escape-the-room puzzles. After all, simply clicking your way through a story one text box at a time is BORING and TEDIOUS and not at…

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Have You Played… Jet Set Radio?

For a time, you couldn't avoid games that had cel shading, and arguably it was all down to one little graffiti-tagging game. Jet Set Radio, or Jet Grind Radio for our American friends, has players vandalise the streets with spray cans, all while avoiding getting caught by the authorities.

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Feature: Your place or mined?

Have You Played… Minesweeper?

For years I thought Minesweeper was a horrible trick. It was hidden in a folder in Windows 95 called Games, but it didn’t look like any game I wanted to play (which was mostly Quake, at the time). Bonus side eyes for Spider Solitaire, which sounds more exciting than it is because of the word ‘spider’.

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Feature: Grey. Concrete. More grey. Fluffy beanies?

Have You Played… Batman Vengeance?

I don’t want to go on about my age here - it makes certain members of the team a bit annoyed - but Batman Vengeance came out when I was 7, nearly 8, years old. It’s a game I remember fondly playing with my dad at a computer that looked a lot like a microwave, getting stuck trying to traverse corners, and making a very…

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Feature: If Euripides, Eumenides!

Have You Played… Zeus: Master of Olympus?

I'm shocked that this one hasn't already been covered in Have You Played, given that it appears on our Best Management Games Ever list, but this does mean that I get to be the one writing it now. Zeus: Master of Olympus (frequently now bundled as Acropolis with its expansion Poseidon: Master of Atlantis) is, and will probably forever remain, one of my most treasured…

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Feature: Big brother is always watching

Have You Played… Orwell?

Orwell is a cautionary tale that invokes the themes of 1984, and certainly sounds like nightmare material for the 21st century. I’m pretty sure it resembles something from the mind of Charlie Brooker, creator of Black Mirror. An adventure game set entirely in the "Orwell OS", worth playing right through to the outcome, whatever that may be.

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Have You Played… Rayman 2: The Great Escape?

I'll always remember Rayman 2: The Great Escape as a deeply strange alien world. Anyone could be around the next corner, from a friendly sea monster who'd let you water-ski on them to a terrifying robo-pirate (I was only little). All of them, though, would mutter away in subtitled gibberish I deemed integral to their alienness. I just found out the PlayStation version gave everyone…

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Feature: Back to school

Have You Played… Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy?

This is one of the less celebrated of the classic Star Wars games (now decreed to be non-canonical by the House of Mouse). Don't get me wrong; it's no KotOR or Jedi Outcast, but there's a lot to like under the hood of Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy. Or, possibly, inside the tauntaun.

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Feature: Robots aren't fans

Have You Played… Binary Domain

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. My cursor lingers over Binary Domain whenever I pass it in my Steam library, accompanied by memories of bullets slamming into metal skeletons and malevolent robots slowly marching towards my vulnerable squad of fleshy humans. No other game has made shooting up machines so satisfying.

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