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Feature: Not as good as waffles

Overkill’s The Walking Dead review

“Good luck boyos.” The four of us are standing in a descending elevator, each grasping a holdall of supplies. We’re preparing to make one final, treacherous push through a warehouse of shambling flesh nibblers to our getaway truck. The sudden excitement in the chat log clues me in to the upcoming danger. To be honest, I think most of it is for my benefit. Before…

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After five years, players have reached Payday 2’s secret ending

Header image courtesy of "Sensei Tehminer". I like a good ARG. Both as a noise to scream atop blustery hills, and as a chain of convoluted mysteries that take the collective brainpower of entire communities to solve. Payday 2 players have been uncovering more and more of "The Secret" for the past five years, which has now culminated in cracking open a big ol' hidden…

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Overkill’s The Walking Dead launches into shambling un-life

Overkill's The Walking Dead is out now, and seems to do exactly what it says on the tin - it's the popular zombopocalyptic comic series, as filtered through Payday studio Overkill. That means we've got another four player online co-op shooter with semi-optional stealth and vast hordes of enemies to shoot, stab or otherwise re-deaden. Set in the ruins of Washington DC (familiar territory for…

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Payday 2 raids the White House in new heist

Cooperative heist FPS Payday 2 has reached new heists of National Treasure-ish nonsense with the addition of a heist sending us into the White House to steal presidential pardons for ourselves. Sure. I've enjoyed Payday's escalation over the years from robbing banks through conspiracies and Illuminati and strange artifacts, and of course it leads to the White House. What else could it do - steal…

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Payday 2 checks back into Mercy Hospital in the middle of Crimefest

It feels like Overkill's anarchic cop-smashing shooter Payday 2 has gone off the rails in the best possible way. It used to be a game about robbing banks and jewellery stores. Now it's a crossover with a half dozen film universes with an overarching plot that's gone a little Da Vinci Code, now with nukes going off and mercenary armies to fight. Today's update (part…

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Payday 2 celebrates its fifth anniversary with a week of new criminal content

Five years ago, co-op FPS crime 'em up Payday 2 was a scrawny little thing with only a few missions to its name. Now it's a massive, still expanding ball of hyper-criminality featuring permanent crossovers with five film universes, arguably putting Reservoir Dogs in John Wick canon. To celebrate its fifth anniversary today, developers Overkill are rolling out a week of free updates, starting with…

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Feature: Changing history

Soren Johnson on challenging the norms of 4X games

“Sid [Meier] didn’t know he was inventing a genre back in ’91 - if he had he might have been a lot more careful. He was just making it up as he went along.” That’s how genres begin. By mistake. Somebody creates a set of rules and systems for the needs of a particular game, and then either people adopt and adapt those rules. Soren…

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Dead by Daylight dev’s Deathgarden looks familiar

Deathgarden, Behaviour Interactive's next game after multiplayer horror romp Dead by Daylight bears more than a passing family resemblance. In the trailer within: A helpless player hanging from some sort of altar, a hulking great aggressor guarding his prey while several other players lurk in the shadows, preparing a rescue. The only real difference between the games at this point are some stylish sci-fi masks, and significantly…

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10 Crowns is a historical 4X from Civ 4 designer’s studio

After blasting off to space for financial strategy action in their debut game, Offworld Trading Company, Civilization IV lead designer Soren Johnson's studio, Mohawk Games, are coming back down to Earth for something more familiar in their second. 10 Crowns is its name, and historical turn-based 4X strategy is its game. Details are vague for now and 10 Crowns sounds early in development but publishers…

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Freddy Krueger is coming to Dead By Daylight tomorrow

Halloween is so close you can almost taste the pumpkins and ghosts. Ghosts taste like ash and regret, in case you didn't know, but they're pleasant enough when spread on toast with a good helping of jam. Pumpkins are best devoured as the base of a spiced soup. As the spookiest day approaches, it is perhaps natural that murderer simulator Dead By Daylight has revealed…

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Feature: How to have a killer time

How to live and die in Dead By Daylight

Slasher versus survivors multiplayer kill 'em up Dead By Daylight [official site] is free to play this weekend (and right now, in fact), which is splendid news. It failed to win me over when I played it around launch, but I love it now. I think the change of opinion is as much down to my expectations shifting as much as any updates to the…

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Feature: The kindness of strangers

Dead By Daylight is a cooperative masterclass

I'm hanging from a hook, struggling and kicking as the claws of a dark cosmic entity close around my skull. Not by choice, you understand. The bastard thing that placed me here is nearby, pleased with the sacrifice but also hoping to use me as bait. To my horror, the plan works and I see someone approaching, inching forward through a cornfield, trying to stay…

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Shambling: Overkill’s The Walking Dead delayed again

Co-op brain-busting FPS Overkill's The Walking Dead [official site] is now due in the second half of 2018, following yet another delay. It was previously due some time in 2017, and 2016 before that. Made by Payday developers Overkill Software, the game's still a bit of a mystery, beyond being a co-op zombie-killing FPS with L4D-sounding dynamic levels and new characters and stories in the…

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System Shock 3 signs up with Starbreeze

Starbreeze are putting $12 million towards System Shock 3 [official site] in a publishing deal, the Swedes announced today. Publishing deals are rarely exciting enough for us to mention but this means: 1) System Shock 3 is actually, definitely still happening. We did not imagine this. It wasn't a dream. A new System Shock is being made by a team including Warren Spector, Terri Brosius…

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John Wick Wicky Wah gets VR FPS, new Payday 2 DLC

I was pleasantly surprised by John Wick, an action film bouncing confidently along with cool murderers doing cool murders. Good stuff. It's a shame Wicky Wick's video game appearances are mostly just okay. Ol' Johnny Boy first popped up in Payday 2 [official site] in 2014, and with a cinematic sequel looming who's nipped back in for a DLC pack adding new Wick-Wicky-wah-wah heists and…

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