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Feature: Stick rocket launchers on it

Premature Evaluation: Forged Battalion

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s making his very own RTS faction in Petroglyph’s Forged Battalion. The drones swoop in first, dropping gas bombs on top of unsuspecting mech pilots. The rest of the horde soon follow, announcing their arrival by launching toxic grenades that slowly corrode their victims, accompanied by the traditional…

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Feature: How to make a muffin

Premature Evaluation: Stationeers

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s pottering around in RocketWerkz' space station sim, Stationeers, and learning that, just perhaps, it's better to stay on Earth. Why is a giant egg on top of my microwave? I’m trying to play through Stationeers’ dire tutorial, but I actually feel like I’m participating in one of…

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Feature: All aboard

Premature Evaluation: Mashinky

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s filling the British countryside with railroads and smoke in train tycoon sim, Mashinky. Disaster! I’d barely begun my first foray into Mashinky’s magical world of locomotives when my very first attempt to manage a whopping two whole trains -- carriages and all -- ended in calamity and…

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Feature: Life finds a way

Premature Evaluation: Mesozoica

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s doing his best John Hammond impersonation by caging up dinosaurs and displaying them in exchange for tourist cash in dino theme park sim Mesozoica. This summer, Frontier plans to launch Jurassic World Evolution, a licensed dino-park sim. I can almost understand, then, why I’m already playing Mesozoica,…

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Feature: Steampunks vs. Zombies

Premature Evaluation: They Are Billions

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. For the first foray of 2018, Fraser’s been trying to save humanity from hordes of peckish zombies and other undead beasties in survival RTS They Are Billions. It’s a classic New Year tradition from a simpler time. They Are Billions, at first glance, looks like it might have been the…

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Feature: White noise

Premature Evaluation: Fade to Silence

This week’s Premature Evaluation sees Fraser swap a regular Scottish winter for an eternal, supernatural winter that has destroyed humanity in survival sandbox Fade to Silence. Festive! I really should be playing games about sunshine and whimsy with warm colour palettes and chipper NPCs -- here, in the depths of winter, it’s gloomy enough as it is. Fade to Silence has huskies though! Well, they’re…

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Feature: Darwinian

Premature Evaluation: Empires of the Undergrowth

This week’s Premature Evaluation gives Fraser the highly coveted job of mucking around in the dirt while managing an ant colony in creepy crawly RTS Empires of the Undergrowth. It gets really dark down there. “The ants were weak and confused. We should start again with another colony.” Like so many nature documentaries before it, Empires of the Undergrowth looks like it’s going to be…

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Feature: It's quiet at the end of the world

Premature Evaluation: Dustwind

This week’s Premature Evaluation dumps Fraser in Dustwind’s isometric wasteland, forced to murder other players in grisly real-time tactical brawls. Also it has dogs. I'll admit it -- I decided to take Dustwind for a spin primarily because of one line on the Steam store page: “Play as a dog.” In post-apocalyptic battle arenas that evoke Fallout and Wasteland, no less. And we’re not talking…

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Feature: The cure for trench foot

Premature Evaluation: Tannenberg

This week's Premature Evaluation sees our early access conscript, Fraser, flung into the nightmarish Eastern Front of World War I in multiplayer FPS Tannenberg. It's a companion game to Verdun, but the weather is worse and and there are a lot more angry men with guns. A man sprints out of the woods just in front of my hiding spot, screaming as he jumps over…

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Feature: RIP The Fun Time Club

Premature Evaluation: Deep Sky Derelicts

This week’s Premature Evaluation sees Fraser exploring rusty spaceships and beating up robots for cash in sci-fi tactics RPG Deep Sky Derelicts. My first crew, The Fun Time Club, got deep inside an ancient space wreck without too much trouble, but overconfidence breeds recklessness. A fight with a trio of psychotic robot janitors exhausted them so much that they couldn’t get back to their ship.…

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Feature: Walk the plank

Premature Evaluation: Bermuda – Lost Survival

For this week's Premature Evaluation, we've tossed Fraser into Bermuda - Lost Survival's unfriendly ocean, where he'll have to survive on whatever he can steal from the water. I have, over the last couple of years, misplaced a yacht, crashed a yacht and fallen out of a yacht. You might say that Poseidon and I have a troubled relationship. I just want to go sailing,…

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Feature: Come for the beer, stay for the rats

Premature Evaluation: Epic Tavern

Fraser has found himself the owner of a filthy pub in this week’s Premature Evaluation. He’s been playing Epic Tavern, an RPG management game filled with beer and rats. I now own a tavern, and it feels like I’m finally living out my dream life. I always said, if I wasn’t writing about video games… well I’d probably still be project managing charity events. But…

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Feature: In space, nobody can hear you starve

Premature Evaluation: Sunless Skies

This week’s Premature Evaluation sees Fraser hurtling through the cosmos inside a space-faring locomotive in Failbetter Games’ eccentric early access space sandbox, Sunless Skies. Narrative-driven games aren’t normally a comfortable fit with piecemeal early access development - it’s harder to offer a compelling vertical slice of a story that’s meant to be viewed as a whole. This isn’t Failbetter Games’ first rodeo, however; the studio…

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Feature: Fraser's Dream Airport

Premature Evaluation: Airport CEO

This week's Premature Evaluation sees Fraser putting on his nicest suit and running an Airport in tycoon and management game Airport CEO [official site]. Please don't arrange any flights until he's finished. RPS does not endorse his airport. I spend an inordinate amount of time in airports, and I loathe them with every fibre of my being. The huge crowds of people willing to sacrifice…

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Feature: Little Drummer Boy

Premature Evaluation: Holdfast – Nations At War

We’ve been sending Fraser off to explore Early Access games. He keeps coming back. This week, he’s been standing in a neat row with new friends while 18th century Frenchmen shoot at him in Holdfast: Nations At War [official site]. During my sojourn in the Napoleonic era, I have seen some terrible things. I watched as an officer yelled at his troops to stand in…

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Feature: Serf's up

Premature Evaluation: The Guild 3

This week, Fraser's the one being offered up as a sacrifice to the cruel gods of Early Access. He's been flung back through time to live his best serf life in GolemLab's medieval sim, The Guild 3 [official site].    Being a freelance video game man, I suffer from a great deal of existential dread, and it’s proved to be too much for me, so I’ve packed…

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Feature: Get up, dummy

Premature Evaluation: Planetoid Pioneers

Every week we abandon Brendan on an early access space rock to test his resolve. This time, the janky, comedy physics of Planetoid Pioneers [official site] My robot head is jammed in a gate. I idled too long by a giant steel door while considering my route through the tunnels, and now the door has closed automatically. My bonce is firmly trapped against the ground…

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Feature: StartApp

Premature Evaluation: Startup Company

Every week we give Brendan a small loan and tell him to invest in an early access game. This week, the Silicon Valley-ing of Startup Company [official site] Okay, here’s the pitch. People love to share their photographs online, yeah? And people love to cook, yeah? Well, think of a food that people love to share, right? No. No, another type of food. No, okay,…

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Feature: Cart life

Premature Evaluation: This Merchant Life

Every week (apart from the past few weeks) we send Brendan onto the early access high road with a donkey and a purse full of games. This time, the penny pinching of This Merchant Life [official site] Hello. I’m an ex-sailor today, but I’m looking to become a rich and well-known merchant in the towns and villages of a fantasy medieval land. I have a…

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Feature: All noise, no signal

Premature Evaluation: Fortnite

It’d be easy for me to describe Fortnite [official site] as “DIY Left 4 Dead”. It’s the recent free-to-play zombie shooter from Epic Games [correction: it will be free-to-play but it's non-sale price is currently £34.99 for a 'Founder's Pack'], tasking you and three pals with building defences and scavenging supplies between waves of cartoonish undead, all spawned into existence by a paranormal purple storm.…

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