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Posts tagged “PAX East”

Feature: Bugs and boyfriends

Five cool games I played at PAX East 2019

As you may have surmised from a bunch of very non-hardware-related interviews I've done recently about the likes of the excellent Nowhere Prophet, Sparklite, Unrailed, the return of Super Meat Boy and what's next for Astroneer, I was packed off to PAX East a couple of months ago. I was mostly there to host a panel about the best video game weapon of all time…

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Feature: Golden goose

The Forgotten City dev on how he’s turning Skyrim’s best mod into a standalone Roman murder mystery

Throughout my chat with Modern Storyteller's managing director Nick Pearce about his upcoming game The Forgotten City, there are two things conspicuously absent from our conversation: "Bethesda", and "Skyrim". Ever since Pearce announced he was re-imagining his popular time-looping murder mystery mod into a proper game last year, Bethesda has become the publisher that shall not be named. Not in a properly evil, Voldemort kind…

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Feature: Swimming with the fishes

Why Beyond Blue is shaping up to be much more than Blue Planet: The Game

If you've ever been to a big, public gaming show, you'll know a large part of your day is often spent being bombarded by at least fifteen different loudspeakers all vying for you to come and sample the source of their whizz-pop sound effects and booming trailer videos. E-Line Media's booth for ocean explorathon Beyond Blue, however, was like a small oasis of calm when…

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Feature: Jetpack joyride

Astroneer is reaching for the stars in its upcoming jetpack update

Space survival craft 'em ups can be pretty grim places, what with the lack of oxygen and constant threat of being eaten alive by the resident fauna and all that, but for some developers there's nowhere more hostile than the mothership from which they all originate. “Throw a dart on Steam,” says Joe Tirado, head communications honcho for Astroneer, “and you could probably hit a…

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Feature: The Banner Saga meets Thronebreaker with hints of FTL

Nowhere Prophet hits the road this summer and it’s made me a digital card game convert

It's been over a year since Sharkbomb Studio's rad-looking card-based roguelike Nowhere Prophet last made camp at the RPS Treehouse, but since then the game has disappeared from its early access pilgrimage on Itch and set its ever-expanding caravan towards a full release later this summer. Based on a recent build I played at PAX East recently, I'd say it's shaping up to be one…

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Feature: All aboard the voxel train

Unrailed is boarding the Early Access train this summer and it’s an absolute riot

If you’ve ever played Mini Metro, but thought your solo subway planning adventures would be dramatically improved by having another pair of hands in the mix, then make sure you book a seat for Unrailed [official site]. Unrailed, styled as Unrailed! as if it's being shouted at you with excitement, is a co-op rail-planning puzzler from Swiss developer Indoor Astronaut that will be pulling into…

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Feature: Why they’re “honoured” to be an Epic Store exclusive

Team Meat on the return of Super Meat Boy

When Tommy Refenes first sat down to prototype a new, auto-running one-button Super Meat Boy game in his GDC hotel room back in 2011, it was meant to be a tiny spin-off for mobiles that stopped after nine levels. “The scope of it was going to be very small,” the programmer of Team Meat told me at PAX East 2019 last weekend. “The idea was…

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Feature: A roguelike link to the past

Sparklite wants to be an “accessible roguelike” that’s more Zelda than Dead Cells

When someone says the word ‘roguelike’, the first thing that’s likely to pop into your brain is a crushingly hard button twiddler like Spelunky, The Binding Of Isaac or Risk Of Rain. Sparklite, however, wants to do things a bit differently. This upcoming brawler adventure game, from North Carolina outfit Red Blue Games, will be joining the roguelike ranks when it comes to PC later…

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Super Meat Boy Forever won’t meet you this April, boy

Super Meat Boy and Bandage Girl may dash ever onwards at a steady pace in Super Meat Boy Forever, but the's game development isn't so simple, and developers Team Meat are delaying it from the planned April launch to... when it's done. Team Meat big cheese Tommy Refenes told our roving reporter Katharine, during PAX East this weekend, that the auto-running sequel to Super Meat…

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Borderlands 3 announced

Gearbox Software are, as expected, headed back to a beat-up alien planet for more looting and shooting in Borderlands 3. They announced their third game in the FPS action-RPG series, which has also seen a prequel and spin-off from other developers, at PAX East today with a flashy trailer. A trailer which looked like heck during the big announcement presentation due to technical difficulties. Though…

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Gearbox hint at Borderlands 3 announcement this month

It seems Gearbox Software are winding up to announce Borderlands 3, or a cooperative looter-shooter which is effectively Borderlands 3, later this month. They've posted an unsubtle tweet with an unsettling 👀 emoji and a cartoony, Borderlands-lookin' image saying "March 28." What about March 28? Oh, nothing. Perhaps they're simply celebrating the feast day of Saint Guntram, which is the sort of name Gearbox would…

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What is the best video game weapon of all time? Help RPS decide at PAX East 2019

It's a debate that has raged since the dawn of time: what is the best weapon in the whole of PC gaming? Some (i.e: those who are correct) say it's Doom's Super Shotgun. Others passionately defend Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun. However, you'll also find plenty of people who will go to bat for Portal's Portal Gun or Quake's Railgun, while others still might argue that…

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No Reused Levels: Details Of Dragon Age 3 Emerge

Rumours are flying that Dragon Age 3 might be something more like the sequel to Dragon Age we've been hoping for. After Dragon Age 2 came out feeling more like a side-project, BioWare have dropped some hefty hints that they're looking to redress much of that in an unannounced third game for the series. At a PAX East panel, as spotted by Eurogamer and recorded…

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MMORPG Panel From Pax East

MMORPG.com have the full hour of the MMO panel from PAX East up over here. There's some interesting stuff in there, but the first question kind of wrong-foots the whole thing and makes the panel seem out of touch: "Why are there no sports MMOs?" asks one of the audience. The panel come up with a few reasons, and says that stuff will happen "in…

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