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The RPS Verdict: Total War: Rome II

Jim and Adam sat down over a pint of internet to discuss the recently released imperial epic, Rome II. They had things on their mind. Jim: So then. I am usually in the Total War apologist camp, but not this time. I am not sure if it's because I had a better experience with Shogun 2, or whether there's some kind of allergy due to…

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The RPS Verdict: Dishonored

Earlier today four RPS writers - each of them deep into their second runs through Dishonored - sat down to have a chat about Arkane's revenge-filled game of assassination and invisibility. Here's what they said. [We've avoided any major plot spoilers, keeping mostly to mechanics and a bit of world/setting discussion. We will have a spoilery discussion coming up later in the week.] Jim: Gentlemen,…

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The RPS Verdict – Warlock: Master of the Arcane

And lo did the two RPS Hivemind nodes who would always be picked first in any alphabetical order-based selection process gather to discuss Paradox/Ino-Co Plus' turn-based, Master of Magic-esque strategy game Warlock: Master of the Arcane. Adam and Alec spaketh words at each other. Occasionally, they even listened to each other. To what end? Not a soul doth know. Here are those words. Alec: WARLOCK:…

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The RPS Verdict – Jagged Alliance: Back In Action

Alec and Adam lurked on opposite sides of the supermarket car park, lying on their bellies, waiting, watching. Each knew the other was out there somewhere - but where? Slowly, they crawled forwards, occasionally hiding behind a trolley rack or starting as an orange plastic bag fluttered past in the gentle evening breeze. Suddenly, Alec was caught in the light of a cash machine, and…

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The RPS Verdict: Deus Ex Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is out in the UK today! Jim, Kieron, Alec, and John have assembled to pass judgement on it. They like it. They like it a lot. But not without reservation. Read on to hear about why a wall is a man's best augment, and why Kieron is feeling all dirty after kissing Geralt. SPOILER WARNING: There are minor plot spoilers within.…

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The RPS Verdict: The Witcher 2

It feels like a long time since Jim delivered his thoughts on The Witcher 2, and we've all meaning to come back to it. Now Jim, Richard, and Kieron get together to compare considered opinions (and bedpost notches) on one of the most important games of the year. There are many, many spoilers ahead. Jim: The Witcher 2: this year's witchiest RPG has been played…

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OpFlash Red River: Our Verdict

Jim and Alec have been dipping their toes in the Red River. This second Operation Flashpoint from Codemasters' internal studio once again returns to sprawling landscapes and manshooter action, but this time seems a little more refined. That said, critical responses to the game once again seem negative. Is that justified? Or is there some value in this desert manshoot? Read on for manshoot eludication.

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The RPS Verdict: Portal 2

The RPS collective (and Kieron Gillen) convened to discuss Portal 2. What did we make of Valve's puzzle palace? And was it really the funniest game of all time? Read on for answers. (Mild spoilers!) Jim: Portal 2: The sequel to the first person puzzler Portal. It's Valve's first full length game since Half-Life 2! That is an exciting thing, if ever I heard one.…

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The RPS Verdict: R.U.S.E.

Following on from Jim's individual discussion of RUSE, the RPS high-fiving fraternity elected to spend some time getting to grips with Eugen Systems' latest RTS, and discovered they rather liked it. It was time for a verdict. But what would the collective verdict be? And were they wise to the tricks and traps the game laid out for them? And why was John on holiday?…

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The RPS Verdict: Borderlands

We've played Gearbox's fancy-lookin' "role-playing shooter", Borderlands, and we're ready for a verdict. What will we have to say? Jim: Who wants to try to define the game in a single sentence then, eh? Kieron: Hellgate in a desert, but not shit. Alec: There's some sort definition involving the words "Diablo" and "guns", but I can't work out how to stick them together.

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World Exclusive: The Zeno Clash Review

We've been playing Zeno Clash. Developers Ace Team were kind enough to suggest that we should furnish you with the world's first review of their insane beat 'em up. Our razor-sharp analysis of defeating elephantmen and bludgeoning lunatics follows. Jim: Right, our subject today is the esoteric fist 'em up, Zeno Clash, by Chilean types, Ace Team. Alec: I liked the bit where I repeatedly…

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RPS Verdict: Spore Creature Creator

Jim: Okay, a quick verdict. “The Spore Creature Creator is quite good.” Anyone have anything else to add? Kieron: I concur. John: You can make knobs. Jim: Actually it's a shame that our penis coverage, so to speak, has eclipsed the other clever creations. Kieron: Yeah - I actually feel a little guilt on this. There's a selection of genuinely awesome stuff out there -…

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RPS Verdict: Trackmania United Forever

You find our bickering crew mid-insult, as they talk bad about John's mum and make fun of Kieron's general confusion in the face of existence. But there's a purpose to this gathering, and it's to discuss the most recent Trackmania games. Let's see how we get on. John: We should totally print this. A verdict on how Kieron can't do jokes. Kieron: Kieron can't read,…

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Verdict: Sins Of A Solar Empire

Kieron: Ready? Jim: Ready. Kieron: Okay. I stick on Mogwai Fears Satan, as it's the most piece of SPACE WAR music I have to hand. And let's consider Sins Of A Solar Empire, the game people are literally calling “Sins Of A Solar Empire”. It's a Space-based RTS from some guys who we mainly know for Homeworld Cataclysm, published by the guys who made Gal…

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The RPS Verdict: Dawn of War –  Soulstorm

It's verdict time again and we've all been playing Warhammer 40k: Dawn Of War – Soulstorm. It's Real Time Strategy in that distant universe where the warring space folks are all vaguely analogous to fantasy archetypes. Hmm. Let's see what we thought of it. John : Jim. I've heard something about a game called Warhammer: 40,000,000,000 Mark of Chaos: Dawn of War: Soulstorm. Tell us…

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The RPS Verdict: Audiosurf

Like some sort of lumbering clockwork giant, the RPS Hivemind has duly constructed the second instalment of its new Monday feature - discussing a recent game of note, then casting a vote upon its worth. No ludicrous letter-based scoring systems here, though - simply, to buy, or not to buy? That is our question. This time around, it's award-winning synaesthesia game Audiosurf. We've waffled about…

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