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Feature: Children's games are scarier than any hunger meter

The children of Pathologic 2 teach you about dread on a derelict train track

I gave up on the plague-doctoring of Pathologic 2 after suffering from its punitive survival meters and tedious food-getting. The place has so little grub I spent my brief visit wrestling with a frustrating hunger. Yet for those hardy souls willing to overlook constant death and harsh restarts, there are some excellent scenes of unease and disquiet in this grey, decaying town. One moment, more…

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Feature: Plagued with difficulty

Pathologic 2 review

Pathologic 2 is cursed. And me too, because I’m saddled with reviewing the follow-up to a cult favourite. Pathologic was a first-person plague doctor simulator that was badly broken and refreshingly unusual. Depending on your sensibilities, you’ll be glad to learn that this reboot is also a godforsaken mess littered with interesting ideas, none of which will be appreciated because it is hobbled by a…

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Experience the first symptoms of Pathologic 2’s new demo

Fancy a little taste of surreal plague-ridden hell? Well, even if you don't, you should give the new Pathologic 2 demo a spin, because it's a dreamlike experience. Despite the number in the title, Pathologic 2 is more like a complete re-imagining of the original survival adventure. It's been delayed and possibly split into three releases, but developers Ice-Pick Lodge are in the final stretch…

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Pathologic 2 gets down with the sickness on May 23rd

Horrible plague-ridden fever-dream simulator Pathologic 2 will be stumbling into stores on May 23rd, presumably before letting out a gurgling cough and keeling over. Despite the '2' in the title, this new game is less of a sequel and more of an expanded re-imagining of Ice-Pick Lodge's cult 2005 horror-survival game. Set in a surreal industrial town inspired by turn-of-the-century Russia, you've got to survive…

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Pathologic 2 splinters into a trio of episodic releases

Pathologic 2 - Ice-Pick Lodge's grim plague survival adventure - is to be released in parts. Originally just Kickstarted as 'Pathologic', implying a remake, as with the original game you play as three different characters, each with their own stories, abilities and vast swathes of dialogue. Thanks to a multitude of pressures detailed in their dev blog here, they'll be releasing the Haruspex's story first in…

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Feature: There's something behind you

The eeriest places in games are the ones where the environment is the monster

Whilst raw forms of horror work through shock and disgust, the eerie is felt more as a threat. Perhaps something seems to hover over or follow you -- there’s a rustling just behind you, or a shimmering in your peripheral vision. Usually eeriness pertains to places rather than people. Places that seem to move, shift or even act when they really should lie still. This…

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Steam’s spooky Halloween sale slashes prices and makes wallets bleed

As we plunge into the end of Skeleton Appreciation Month, we enter Sales Season, a far more perilous time for anyone with poor impulse control. Steam's inevitable Halloween sale is now live, and while it's not as sweeping in scale as the inevitable Christmas discount-a-thon due in December, there's some good deals. You can see the official sale page here with horror, zombie and vampire collections,…

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Live three days of surreal plague-stricken hell in Pathologic 2’s free public alpha

Bleak, harrowing and frustrating are the first words I think of when Ice-Pick Lodge's Pathologic springs to mind - followed quickly by entrancing, alien and compelling. Originally Kickstarted as a remake, the now-reimagined plague survival immersive sim Pathologic 2 is shaping up to be something special. Not convinced? If you don't mind some bugs, you can try it out today. Earlier in development, Ice-Pick released The Marble Nest,…

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Pathologic 2 has you protect both health and reputation

I await Ice-Pick Lodge's alternate-earth plague survival adventure Pathologic 2 with equal parts excitement and dread. The original, for all its technical (and translation-related) flaws was a systems-rich game where you juggled allegiances as much as personal stats and resources. In their latest development blog post, Ice-Pick Lodge detail some of the interesting new systems that you'll have to worry about, on top of everything…

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Ice-pick Lodge give a playful peek at Pathologic 2’s progress

It's been a good long while since Ice-Pick Lodge turned to Kickstarter to fund a remake of Pathologic, their award-winning survival adventure, but it seems that 2017 has been a busy year for the studio. It's now being developed under the title of Pathologic 2 and the developers have opened their doors to give us one last peek at the game before the year's end.

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Pathologic remake confusingly renamed Pathologic 2 ‘to avoid confusion’

Ice Pick Lodge's remake of Pathologic, their wonderfully unpleasant 2005 horror, has picked up a publisher and a confusing new name. The crowdfunded full remake is now named Pathologic 2 [official site], though it definitely is not a sequel. New publishers Tinybuild say that the name is, somehow, "to avoid confusion". Right-o. Accompanying today's weird news is a gameplay vidblast showing sickness, autopsy, and purification…

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Pathologic remake demo now available to all, for free

When you woke up this morning, you probably didn't realise what a joyous day this truly is. This is the day of bewilderment and wonder, of mystery, mirth and miasma. This is the day of Pathologic [official site]. The new version of Ice-Pick Lodge's absurdist theatrical masterpiece won't be ready for release until Autumn but you can download a new build of the two hour…

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Pathologic teases trailers and a demo for Kickbackers

The remake/reimagining of Pathologic [official site] is being teased in some ongoing trailers this week, possibly to remind us that it still exists and is on target for an Autumn release next year. Meanwhile, some Kickstarter backers are getting a playable demo featuring a chunk of the plagued town-in-progress. Was the original Pathologic good? Was it horrific? Unfortunately, no one on earth knows the answer,…

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Pathologic Postponed Until Autumn 2017

Ice-Pick Lodge have announced that the new take on Pathologic [official site], the diseased delight that put them on the map back in 2005, won't be released until autumn 2017. Having spent some time playing a standalone demo at Gamescom, where I also managed to pick the Lodge's brains away from the chaos of the showfloor, I can appreciate why the game is taking so…

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Feature: A plague on all your houses

Interview: Ice Pick Lodge On Pathologic HD And Preserving Madness

Last night Ice-Pick Lodge revealed a new collection of screenshots for their HD remake of the wonderful, bizarre and previously very broken Pathologic [official site]. Looking at them, I found I was bursting with questions, so I asked them. Ice-Pick's Alexandra Golubeva replied, in splendid detail. Below you can find out how there came to be two remakes at once - a complete rebuild and…

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Surprise Remaster Pathologic Classic HD Dated

Just a quick one to start your day: in case you've been wondering when the surprise release of the partially remastered 'Classic HD' version of notorious first-person survival game Pathologic [official site] will be, I can now answer that for you. This is not, just to clear up understandable confusion, the recently Kickstarted remake of Ice Pick Lodge's wildly ambitious but somewhat rickety psychological oddyssey,…

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Pathologic Classic HD “Remasters” The Original

This is slightly strange. Pathologic is one of our favourite RPGs, but the original release wasn't without its flaws. That's why it's exciting that original developers Ice-Pick Lodge are working on a ground-up remake, which they Kickstarted last year. But there's also now Pathologic Classic HD, a remaster rather than a remake, which polishes the existing game with a new translation, new voice acting and…

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Feature: From The Archive

Butchering Pathologic – Part 1: The Body

Every Sunday, we reach deep into Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 141-year history to pull out one of the best moments from the archive. This week, since the Kickstarter for the remake ends in two days, part one of Quinns celebration and dismantling of Pathologic. This post was originally published on April 10, 2008. Okay. ...okay. I'm going to explain, right now, why a Russian FPS/RPG called…

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The Plague Spreads: Pathologic Remake Hits Funding Goal

Adam has left his post, fleeing into the hills above Manchester to wail and leap around, emitting guttural noises which sound like pain but are actually carnal joy. And all because the Pathologic re-make has reached its Kickstarter target. People who have visited Ice-Pick Lodge's original dark Russian adventure tend not to come back from its plague-infested town the same as when they entered, and…

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Feature: Within the Black Lodge

Secrets Of The Ice-Pick Lodge: Pathologic Reimagined

I've been waiting for a Pathologic remake for years. My reaction to the announcement of a Kickstarter campaign to fund a remake was odd. I worried, I fretted. My concern was that a re-engineered version of the game would remove rough edges, sandpaper the strange angles and anomalies, and somehow expose the whole experience as more sterile, and less esoteric and unusual than the broken…

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