Posts Tagged ‘North’

Decoding: open world games and killing by default

Decoding is a regular column about the games we love, and the tricks and traditions that make them tick.

“Oh shit, I pressed the wrong button and killed that guy.”

It happens to the best of us. You could play Watch Dogs 2 [official site] for days without firing a gun, or causing a fatal traffic accident, or beating someone to death with a billiard ball. Lead character Marcus Holloway doesn’t seem like the kind of person who’d leave bodies in his wake, and the ease with which he can become a killer is jarring. Like so many of our protagonists, he walks through life with the safety off and his finger on the trigger.

Open world games, particularly those of the urban variety, have a violence problem, and it’s mechanical rather than philosophical.

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The best free games of 2016

Every week of the year Free Loaders dutifully brings a bunch of free games to you, like a servant with small handful of grapes. But now, the winter moon rises. The journalist slumbering in me growls and shakes his legs. Game time, joy time, thumbs are sundered. List time, award time, hear the keyboard howl.

Here are the best games covered by Free Loaders this year, listed and granted their well-deserved awards.
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A Good Bundle offering 151 games for cheapo

The bohemian sewer of neon lights and indie games known as Itch.io has posted a huge bundle of games from over 100 different creators, pointedly called A Good Bundle. It’s got a lot in it. Gone Home is in there, Catacomb Kids is in there, Proteus is there, The Novelist is there, Killing Time At Lightspeed is there. And a bunch of smaller games of note too: NORTH, Windosill, Raik, FJORDS, The Old Man Club, Depression Quest, Capsule… jeepers. The asking price for the whole stash – a potentially overwhelming 151 games – is 20 United States dollars. There’s another motive behind this videogame Voltron though. All of the proceeds are going to the American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood.
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The 50 Best Free Games On PC

The best free games are on PC, and if you want to know what the best 50 are then you’ve come to the right place.

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The Bestest Best Games Of 2016 So Far

We usually do our enormous GAMES OF THE YEAR posting fest at the end of the year (as would seem logical) but because it seems silly to reserve praise for special occasions we’re doing a Games Of The Half Year collection to tell you about everything we’ve loved playing so far. It can double as a summer holiday recommendations list too!

We’ve listed ours in alphabetical order to prevent genre-based punch-ups in the staff chatroom. We’d also invite you to list any gems we haven’t mentioned or might not have played in the comments below.

Just hit the left and right arrow keys to navigate the Games Of The Half Year or click on the arrows next to the images to get started!

FREE 3: Play These Games While You Wait

E3 has kicked off in Los Angeles, bringing with it trailers, announcements and “leaks”. But sometimes it can all get a bit much. So, this year we’ll be doing a series of posts against that spirit. Our ‘anti-E3’. Think of it as a sordid pagan feast to the industy’s uptight Christmas dinner. To start, we’ll be recommending three free games for E3 2016, every day, to substitute each blockbuster. Three free for E3! It’s also a tongue twister. So let’s forget about the hype and see what great games you could be playing instead, right now for nothing.

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Explore A Sinister City In Fab Free Game North

Yup.

Here’s a problem: the more I show and tell you about North [official site], the less you’ll get to discover yourself – and North is very much a game about being lost, confused, and surprised. It’s a game starring an asylum seeker in a surreal city, see, and being confounded by local behaviour and bureaucracy. So I’ll skirt around it: North has one of finest alien cities I’ve visited in video games, ever surprising and unsettling, and I greatly enjoyed discovering it. It’s free, so just go nab it and don’t read this, yeah?

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Free Loaders: It’s Grim Up North

Eight free games were spotted trying to gnaw through border fences at Dover port in Kent yesterday. Animal control teams were caught off-guard as they battled to control the beasts, hospitalising one 36-year-old and injuring a by-standing truck driver. It is thought the free games, many of which are ‘arcade’ in species, must have come from France. French officials have reacted with a cavalier attitude. “Yes,” said a customs official at Calais, “we use the free games to evict refugees. Sometimes teargas is just not enough.”

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