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Posts tagged “Hidden Path Entertainment”

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive reworking Negev again

Valve are again tinkering with the Negev light machine gun in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, trying to find its role as a support weapon. The changes are relatively minor on the scale of things, but I'm still fascinated by the fact that CS has held basically the same form for almost 19 years yet the developers are still tinkering with fine details. Samuel Horti was jolly…

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Age Of Empires II HD Expands In The African Kingdoms

Many 'HD' re-releases of older games fix them to run easily on modern systems, tart them up a touch, then pop them onto (virtual) shop shelves, but Age of Empires II HD has actually brought the game back into active development. Sixteen years after AoE 2's initial release, AoE 2 HD has received its second new expansion. Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms…

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Hidden Path Drop Early Access Game Windborne

The alphafunding/Early Access model has given us some of the biggest games around, but it's still a gamble - especially in bustling genres like the Minecraftbut. Hidden Path Entertainment, the Defense Grid and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive folks, took to Steam Early Access last February with Windborne [official site]. It was Minecraft but prettier, with quests and treasure and things to befriend. Now they've stopped development…

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Elaborate Safety Measures: Defense Grid 2 Gets a Demo

Alec reviewed Defense Grid 2 in September, a game about building elaborate techno mazes to try to keep waves of enemies away from magical power cores. While the first Defense Grid was a great experience wrapped up in a quiet solitude, Alec was unfortunately pretty put off by the new narration, which came a little too close to zany for his comfort. However, maybe you…

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DG 2: Defense Grid 2 – Wot I Think

Defense Grid 2 sees you building elaborate mazes of mounted guns which shoot, burn, zap, freeze and otherwise slaughter vast armies of dumb aliens who are attempting to steal 'cores' from a techno-thingy at the centre of the level. In other words, it's tower defence. It's also the sequel to one of the most-acclaimed and charming tower defence games around. Privately invested into existence after…

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A-Mazing: Defense Grid 2 Reducing TD Clutter

Playing tower defence is a lot like planning a holiday for someone you hate. Start their day with a sticky honey massage, then a beekeeping demonstration, followed by wrestling, and finally bring the children back from the funfair. Every TD has this core of arranging a terrible stroll of damage types and status effects, but many dabble in mazing too--building obstacles to making routes twist…

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Powering Up: New Defense Grid 2 Trailer

The late noughties were a time when we all wore baggy 'boyfriend' jeans, ate frozen yoghurt, longed for a Zune, and discovered the exciting new sound of bearded men playing guitars, a quick Google search tells me. It all sounds about right, though I also remember an awful lot of tower defence games. Perhaps the most polished of these, and certainly my favourite, was Defense…

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Soothing Breeze: Windborne Early Access

When we first posted about Windborne, Jim commented on what a departure from Hidden Path's usual fare it was. Social sandboxing is far enough from their bang-bang, pew-pew norm, but the tone is perhaps the biggest change. It's tranquil in the extreme, expanding the theme of creation and peaceful co-habitation to encompass not only the mechanics but the world as well. They've taken the Early…

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Pretty Up CS: GO’s Guns In The Arms Deal Update

I have a jar of ball bearings on my desk. For each kill in CS: GO, I drop a ball into a hole in desk. The bearing rolls into a rat's cage. The rat squeaks in terror, and a noise-activated switch turns on a fan. The fan blows a toy boat across a bucket of water, and the boat's mast tips a small bucket of…

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Hidden Path’s Windborne Looks Lovely

You will probably be most familiar with Hidden Path via Defense Grid or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which are games quite unlike what they are working on now, which is Windborne. This is a game where the players have floating islands full of weird fluffy creatures and perhaps dragons. It's a game of exploration, puzzle solving, crafting, questing, doing things with dragons, and construction. It also…

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Crate Expectations: CS: GO Getting TF2 Style Drops

I have a recurring nightmare: I'm sat at my desk and everything is soft-focus and great. I feel happy, and turn to say as much to my girlfriend. But she's not there. It's Gabe Newell, who is definitely not my girlfriend, and he's using one of those old school accounting machines. On the floor is a pile of paper that he gathers up and hands…

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Hurrah! – Defense Grid 2 Funded By Secret Investor

Last summer, with our wallets combined, we nearly came together to form Defense Grid 2. But not quite. The cruel genie-in-a-bottle that is Kickstarter gave us most of what we wanted, but not all of it. So yes, surprise expansion Defense Grid: Containment got funded, but the promise of Defense Grid 2 melted like ash in our mouths when Hidden Path's crowdfunding drive fell well…

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Age Of Empires II HD Advancing To The Steam Age

The Age of Empires series has seen better days. Days like the year 1999, for instance. That's when Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings charged onto the itsy-bitsy adowwwwable killing fields, and oh what a grand thing it was. It even looked quite nice for the time, eschewing 3D razzle-dazzle in favor of goode ye-olde-fashioned sprites. Times, however, have changed, and monitors have…

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Griddle Me This: Defense Grid 2 Kickstarter

Cook me up another helping of Defense Grid and serve it with plenty of relish, I almost said to the internet just days ago. OK, it might have responded, but it'll cost you. How much? That's where things become a little more complicated. Hidden Path's Kickstarter has four major targets to reach: the first ($250,000) will lead to an eight level expansion with a new…

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Valve: PS3 And PC Crossplay Is CS: GONE

The initial announcement of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gave us the hope that we could all get along; that you there with your hand-build Intel i7 rig could be playing with a friend who might be sat on his sofa, starting at his giant television, holding a joypad. I wanted that, you (maybe?) wanted that, Valve initially wanted that. Now Valve do not want that. Speaking…

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CS: GO, GO, GO: Full Beta, New Weapons And Maps

I was rather close to falling down a deep, dark Counter-Strike hole just after the Counter-Strike:Global Offensive launched in November, but a broken PC released me from a frightening future of constant de_dust2 battles and crying about how unfair it is. I'd actually forgotten I had it until Valve and Hidden Path updated it this week, switching from a stress test to a big-assed closed…

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Defense Grid To Get GLaDOS Expansion

Hidden Path, the Defense Grid devs who are now so closely associated with Valve that they are working on CS:GO, have announced that Defense Grid will receive a Portal-themed called "You Monster." The expansion, which will arrive on the 7th of December, guest-stars GLaDOS as a second narrator, and sees players take on Portal-themed levels. You Monster will apparently add eight new maps for the…

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Go, Go, Go: CS:GO Footage (Go!)

Ah, so maybe we do have CS:GO beta keys after all... We'd probably better get on with playing that. (Also Tribes: Ascend, which we haven't quite caught up with yet either.) Anyway! I am sure a few of you are already saving up for Desert Eagles, while the rest of the internet will have to make do with a few measly minutes of game footage…

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Defense Grid Fills June With Map Packs

Defense Grid, you might recall, was one of our favourites from yesteryear - read about it here - and it's being promised "resurgence" by a bunch of new content now up on Steam. There are going to be four new map packs for Defense Grid, one for each week of june, and each going for $0.99/£0.79. Each release will have two new maps and "for…

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