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Quake Champions frags loot boxes and spawns in battle passes

Twitchy old-school arena shooter Quake Champions is the latest competitive game to axe random rewards in favour of a more deterministic reward structure. Outlined here, the free-to-play deathmatch (still technically in early access) will drop loot boxes this month in favour of a Fortnite and Rocket League-esque progression system. Players earn a chain of rewards each three-month season just by playing, or speed things up…

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Spintires: MudRunner’s dirty American expansion is out today

Spintires: MudRunner is Euro Truck Simulator for people who want to get caked in mud while they scream at the ground, demanding that it release their hefty vehicle. It’s a filthy game of churning up muck, recklessly charging into rivers and trying to get up slippery slopes while laden with lumber. It’s brilliant. It’s also off to America, which I believe is quite muddy, in…

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Spintires: MudRunner churns up American Wilds in October

Imagine taking a holiday from your job as a trucker ploughing through the mud of Russia, packing your bags and flying over to the Americky, booking a car for a road trip through the sights and sounds of the US of A, only to get stuck in the mud there too. This nightmare will become reality in Spintires: MudRunner on October 23rd, the newly-announced release…

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Coast down The Molten Falls in Quake Champions update

Quake Champions is a fascinating experiment in remaking a game and trying to make that game both exactly like the original game but just More. The title has been impressively on top of their game, regarding monthly-ish updates and the addition of new characters, maps, and balance tweaks. They've also made the way that you and your pals explode into meat much more specific. Now,…

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World War Z’s co-op action actually looks a lark

My expectations for games based on movies are never high, so I'm surprised and delighted that World War Z actually looks quite fun in gameplay footage swarming out of E3. The four-player cooperative shooter looks a whole lot like a less-cheery version of Left 4 Dead, with a touch of defence-building and oh, swarms of up to 500 zombies who will form inhuman pyramids to…

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Spintires: MudRunner churns up new map, new mode

The world's muckiest puzzle game gets trickier today with the addition of a mode that'll send drivers scrambling over hills and getting stuck in mud while trying to collect logs placed randomly around the map. The latest Spintires: MudRunner "free DLC"/content update arrives today, adding two new vehicles, that new 'Scavenge' mode, and one new map to scavenge on. Beyond this, work continues on new…

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World War Z has an overwhelming gameplay trailer

The film World War Z is supposed to have a sequel coming. I'm not sure how or why, considering that the first title had one of the more troubled production histories in the last decade of cinema. Brad Pitt and director David Fincher pop up every few months to remind us that it is still happening, probably, sometime. That's fine by me. But what's much…

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Halo Online returns with a bang as the fan-run ElDewrito

Blasphemous as it sounds, I really like Halo. I like the floaty jumps, the slugfest combat where landing the first hit doesn't always mean a win, the swooshy, slidey vehicles and the range of multiplayer modes. So naturally, Microsoft chose to release the free-to-play Halo Online in Russia only and cancel it before it could leave the early beta stages of development. Legally fuzzy, perhaps,…

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Spintires: MudRunner’s Steam Workshop adds map support

Probably the main reason to buy Spintires: MudRunner if you already owned the wonderful original is the prospect of ongoing support, of what the game might become under the stewardship of publishers who aren't publicly feuding with the game's creator. Today saw the release of a new update expanding the muddy drive 'em up's Steam Workshop to support maps too, making it easier to download…

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Feature: Half-Life 2 for dummies (in a good way)

Have you played… Timeshift?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. I think about replaying Timeshift, a 2007 FPS that has all but evaporated from the wider collective gaming memory, surprisingly often. Which is because I find myself hungry for a perfectly decent 7/10 action game surprisingly often - hard to come by in an age where…

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Feature: Mucking about

The joy of mud in Spintires: MudRunner

Spintires: MudRunner is a game about driving slowly through mud. It’s beautiful and detailed but also gruelling and unforgiving. The first level took me 3 hours and 21 minutes to complete, during which I drove 18.64 km. That means I averaged slightly less than 6 km per hour. It’s less Fast and Furious and more Grimy and Gradual. I’d struggle to describe it as 'fun'…

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Spintires: MudRunner splats out

A hundred Halloween horrors start this way: driving through the wilds, a vehicle becomes stuck and its driver faces a harrowing ordeal. Will they escape and live to see another dawn or will they be found in a shallow grave? A hundred Halloween horrors may start this way but few are nearly as tense and trying as Spintires: MudRunner, which launched overnight. It's an expanded…

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Spintires: MudRunner rides out on Halloween

To launch a game on Halloween is to declare that it will make you fill your boots with muck, that you will want to flee but find yourself stuck to the spot, and that you will cry and roar. Spintires: MudRunner [official site] isn't your usual spookfest but I suppose it does hit those points, making the newly-announced Halloween release date fitting. MudRunner is an…

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Quake Champions rocketjumps into early access

Get grunting, gibfiends, as Quake Champions [official site] is now in early access. This is id Software taking the vintage mega-fast arena FPS into slightly more modern lands by making it a bit of a 'hero shooter' where everyone has special abilities and different stats. (A 'hero shooter' is a class-based shooter where character classes have names rather than descriptions and they don't wear similar…

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Spintires returning enhanced & expanded in MudRunner

Back in 2014, the RPS treehouse shook with everyone thundering around pretending to be trucks stuck in squelching mud. Such was the captivating magic of Spintires, a serious simulation of simply trying to drive across rough Russian terrain. But ongoing development got bogged down by a drawn-out spat between developer Pavel Zagrebelny and publishers Oovee Game Studio, and Spintires seemed to be left to rust…

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Quake Champions will bunny hop onto Steam too

I'm eagerly following the progress of free-to-play shooter Quake Champions [official site]. I spent a good year of my life in the browser-based Quake Live bunny hopping, insta-gibbing and failing to rocket jump over the smallest of obstacles (seriously, I can't rocket jump in any game), and had a blast. I haven't had the chance to play the beta yet but I've watched a few streams and…

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NBA Playgrounds now slamming and jamming

Arcade basketballing is now drooling on PC in NBA Playgrounds [official site], a 2v2 slammer jammer boom shaka-laka-laka boom shaka-laka-laka-er. It's a little bit NBA Jam, a little bit NBA Street, a little bit... it's arcade basketball, yeah? NBA Playgrounds is made by Saber Interactive, the gang also currently helping id Software with Quake Champions (hitting open technical beta on Friday!). And it's out now.…

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Quake Champions open tech test starts on Friday

If you know your gibs from your gifs and your frags from your frogs, draw a bloody circle around Friday, May 12th on your calendar then drag that fingerprint out and along to May 21st. That's the duration of the Quake Champions [official site] "large scale tech test" which will invite everyone to rocketjump and railgun, unlike the previous limited closed beta. Rick Lane was…

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Feature: Railly good

Quake Champions Beta: a revitalised classic with some modern ideas

Here’s the most important thing you need to know about Quake Champions [official site]: I shot a man to death with a railgun while we were both flying in mid-air. As we passed each other like trains in the night, he exploded into jelly, and a very deep voice bellowed “Impressive!” into my ear. For a split-second I felt like a god, a pure, unstoppable…

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Quake Champions will be free-to-play

The upcoming Quake Champions [official site] will indeed by free-to-play, id Software have confirmed. Champions, to refresh your memory, is a multiplayer-only arena shooter starring different characters with unique abilities. One champ will be free for all and sundry, Ian 'Ranger' Quake, though folks who just want to buy a video game will be able to buy the whole lot in one pack. Free-to-players will…

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