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Posts tagged “Monolith”

Feature: No One Has A Clue

Have You Played… The Operative: No One Lives Forever?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Perhaps the reason the rights to make a No One Lives Forever game are permanently stuck in limbo is because everyone keeps looking for them under 'N', forgetting that the name by which everyone refers to this fabbo FPS was only ever the post-colon tagline.

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Feature: More diamonds in the rough

Unknown Pleasures: 10 of the best new Steam games

Welcome back to Unknown Pleasures, our weekly round-up of ten promising but under-reported games from the torrent of new releases on Steam over the past seven days. I play a glut of titles for ten minutes each, discard any rotten ones, then choose which ten make the weekly round-up, as well as picking one stand-out favourite. This week: myriad monochrome, haunted ice stations, smart shump…

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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War delayed ’til October

"A wizard is never late," said Merlin in that documentary about New Zealand. "Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to." I forget what happens after that - probably not much - BUT the quote felt applicable to this entirely separate bit of news where the open world combat of Middle-earth: Shadow of War [official site] is being delayed for release until…

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Feature: The best free games of the week

Free Loaders: Phantom pain in the Ghost Hospital

Boo! Ha ha ha. I got you, you genuinely believed I was a ghost. You foolish person. I’m not a ghost, just a guy with some free games. But one of those free games has ghosts in it, which I understand give you the willies. Don’t worry about that, most of these ghosts are the Caspery kind. They’re there to make you feel better, after…

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Feature: Flank, cover and run away

Why F.E.A.R.’s AI is still the best in first-person shooters

The shadows on the wall tell me they’re coming. Two of them, both with assault rifles swinging idly at their hips. If I’m quick enough, I’m sure I can take them both out in one go. I peek out of cover as they round the corner, and let my stake gun sing, pinning the first enemy to the wall with 10mm steel projectiles. But at…

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Middle-earth: Shadow Of War trailer shows the new Nemesis system

There's a moment in the 16 minutes of footage of Middle-earth: Shadow of War [official site] below where the clipped voice-over refers to the "RPG systems" as player finds some new armour. It seems odd to me to think of that as the RPG system though when the rest of the game greatly expands the original's Nemesis system and is about relationships forming dynamically between…

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Feature: Robot wars

Have You Played… Shogo: Mobile Armor Division

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Monolith released Blood in 1997. It instantly became one of my favourite games, the hammy mixture of gore, horror-comedy and Build engine destructibility the perfect cocktail for my teenage mindset. A year later, the studio released another FPS game that I didn't look…

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Face-Breaking News: Condemned’s Possible Indie Future

What if publishers and rightsholders were more willing to experiment with unused or squandered series, taking chances on handing them to new developers? Square Enix have thought about opening some older Eidos series to third-party developers through their weird crowdfunding Collective thing, I know folks have agitated for Sega to stop making horrible Sonic games and give someone not-awful a chance, and now the chap…

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Feature: Anecdotal Roguelike Orc Slaying

Shadow of More-dor: Playing With Permadeath In The  DLC

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor came out last year to widespread appeal. Sure, the combat’s just a gorier, hyper deadly version of what we’ve already seen in the Batman Arkham games. Yeah, open world icon assassination was clearly lifted from Assassin's Creed. But this time those icons were orcs, with actual memories and personalities, balanced on a power structure which the player was free to tinker…

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Feature: Rule Them

The Bestest Best Action: Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor's moment-to-moment biffing is a trick we've seen before, but it's still impressive to watch your wraith-Ranger shift and flip with seamless animations between punching one gribbly uruk and gutting another. Yet it's the Nemesis system, which gives the action context within the larger army of Sauron and world of Mordor, that makes every assassination matter so much more and which makes…

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Commander Ladystab: Another Shadow Of Mordor Outfit

Dear Video Games, Please observe what Monolith are doing with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Recognising that its bland-o hero could be anything with two legs, two arms, and two blades, they've been releasing free outfits that turn Johnny Stabman into other people. First he became gothy villain the Black Hand of Sauron, and now we can play as a lady - Lithariel, the warrior commander…

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Cosplay And Runes In Free Shadow of Mordor DLC

If you've been playing Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor for a while, you're probably thinking "Hey! Why did Johnny Stabman here stop being so angsty? I miss that angst! When will he be angsty again?" Well, my friend, you're in luck. Warner Bros. yesterday released a free little DLC pack with a costume that lets you dress like a... I was thinking like a black metal…

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Feature: Lend Us Your Boromir

The RPS Verdict: Middle-Earth – Shadow Of Mordor

MOOOOOORRRRRRRRRDDDOOOOOOOOORRRRRRR, is the primary form of communication about Monolith's Middle-hyphen-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor. However, we managed to break free of this trapping, and instead converse about the game in ever-so-slightly more erudite form. Below Jim, Alec and John have a natter about orc killing matter.

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Feature: Orcward Love

Wot I Think Now I’ve Finished Shadow Of Mordor

Now I've played for a large proportion of the last five days, with the main storyline completed, and a worrying number of the collectibles and side quests ticked off, I feel far more prepared to give a more definitive statement on Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor: I love it. When I wrote my Wot I Think So Far of the game last week, I already knew…

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Feature: Sauron's Creed

Wot I Think (So Far): Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor

I haven't finished Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor, because for whatever tiresome reasons Warner refused to give us (and seemingly us alone) code before the game’s release. This is after a couple of lengthy days spent plugging away at what is a huge, detailed, and really rather fantastic brawling action game, set betwixt Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings (and importantly, it’s fun even if you…

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Shadow Of Mordor Out 30th, But We Won’t Have A Review

Middle-Earth: Shadows Of Mordor looks like quite the prospect. An open world RPG in Tolkein's universe, developed by Monolith. And you play as the best of all the classes, a ranger! It sounds rather exciting, but we've just learned that we're not going to be able to tell you if it is or not before the game's released, on the 30th September in the US.…

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New Middle Earth: Shadows Of Mordor Trailer Is Zeitgeisty

Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor grabs the current zeitgeist like only licensed games can, cobbling together a third-person action game from bits of Batman: Arkham Asylum, bits of Assassin's Creed, bits of Michael Bay-derived editing and sound effects. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. I like some of those things! I also like punching orcs. This could be a pleasant game, and the new…

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