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Live three days of surreal plague-stricken hell in Pathologic 2’s free public alpha

Bleak, harrowing and frustrating are the first words I think of when Ice-Pick Lodge's Pathologic springs to mind - followed quickly by entrancing, alien and compelling. Originally Kickstarted as a remake, the now-reimagined plague survival immersive sim Pathologic 2 is shaping up to be something special. Not convinced? If you don't mind some bugs, you can try it out today. Earlier in development, Ice-Pick released The Marble Nest,…

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Roam a warped Earth as an even stranger alien in sci-fi action-RPG UnDungeon

The heart of cosmic horror is knowing that humanity and all its ambitions are meaningless. Gorgeous pixel art action-RPG UnDungeon drives this home by beginning after the sudden and largely unimportant fall of our species. We don't even get to be the protagonists. Funded through Kickstarter last year, now to be published by TinyBuild, UnDungeon has players control one of seven alien 'Heralds', roaming what…

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Grim medieval fantasy farming sim Graveyard Keeper is out today

Stardew Valley is all well and good, but y'know what the farming life-sim genre really needs? Witch-burnings, inquisitions and a general sense of dread. At least, that's what I'm assuming was going through the heads of Punch Club developers Lazy Bear, as they set to work on their latest game, Graveyard Keeper. Set in a dark fantasy world, you get to stomp around in the…

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Hello Neighbor gets asymmetrical multiplayer sequel Secret Neighbor

Hello Neighbor was one of my favorite games of 2017, mostly because it tortured its audience with bizarre visual lore and then wrecked beta players and reviewers alike with its surprise use of act structure to include three different games in one. I also got to chat with the devs about how you make such a terrifying A.I. to hunt players, and all the errors…

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Rapture Rejects is battle royale in Cyanide & Happiness

The battle royale bandwagon continues to trundle along the great gaming highway, picking up anyone who can muster 100 or more unruly homicide fans. This time, the makers of near-the-knuckle comic Cyanide & Happiness are clambering aboard. Rapture Rejects is a top-down isometric battle royale, announced at the PC Gaming Show during E3. And it's set in a world that's been left behind by all the…

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Pathologic 2 has you protect both health and reputation

I await Ice-Pick Lodge's alternate-earth plague survival adventure Pathologic 2 with equal parts excitement and dread. The original, for all its technical (and translation-related) flaws was a systems-rich game where you juggled allegiances as much as personal stats and resources. In their latest development blog post, Ice-Pick Lodge detail some of the interesting new systems that you'll have to worry about, on top of everything…

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Feature: Immersive whim

Have You Played… Streets of Rogue?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Accidental death simulators are wonderful. In Streets of Rogue, you can slip on a banana peel and set off a land mine. You can hack a computer and get caught by a policeman, who’ll cave your head in. You can set a bunch of stuff on…

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Ice-pick Lodge give a playful peek at Pathologic 2’s progress

It's been a good long while since Ice-Pick Lodge turned to Kickstarter to fund a remake of Pathologic, their award-winning survival adventure, but it seems that 2017 has been a busy year for the studio. It's now being developed under the title of Pathologic 2 and the developers have opened their doors to give us one last peek at the game before the year's end.

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Hello Neighbor comes a-knocking in this intense trailer

I consider myself lucky to have the normal, not-terrifying sort of neighbours. I've never had to entertain thoughts of what that almost-but-not-quite screaming noise was at night, or wonder what they needed an industrial pressure-washer for. And I'm sure the local rumors are exaggerated. They have to be, right? Fortunately for me, then, that I can vicariously enjoy those unsettling thoughts through videogames. Upcoming stealth-horror…

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Party Hard Tycoon replaces murder with management

2015's Party Hard was a decent little distraction, and the ultimate excuse to crank up Andrew W.K's Ready to Die to obnoxious levels. A light, stealthy-puzzle game where you play as a disgruntled serial killer trying to very permanently break up overly loud parties that have been interrupting your sleep. So it only stands to reason that the second game in the series is a…

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Pathologic remake confusingly renamed Pathologic 2 ‘to avoid confusion’

Ice Pick Lodge's remake of Pathologic, their wonderfully unpleasant 2005 horror, has picked up a publisher and a confusing new name. The crowdfunded full remake is now named Pathologic 2 [official site], though it definitely is not a sequel. New publishers Tinybuild say that the name is, somehow, "to avoid confusion". Right-o. Accompanying today's weird news is a gameplay vidblast showing sickness, autopsy, and purification…

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Giveaway: 20 copies of stealth horror Hello Neighbor

Hello Neighbor [official site] casts you into the role of home invader, as you go breaking and entering into the house of the man who lives across the street. Only, the man is prepared: he'll lay traps around the house in wait, and will prowl the corridors looking for you while you hide in his cupboards. Think of him as the alien in Alien: Isolation,…

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Derailed: The Final Station’s Only Traitor DLC adds cars

The Final Station [official site] is a game about a train choo-chooing through a post-apocalyptic world, gathering survivors along the way. Split into two sections - on-train management and off-train exploration and baddy-biffing - it's a side-scrolling survival action game that our Graham found just about pleasant enough. Tomorrow sees the release of a DLC pack called The Only Traitor, which ditches the train in…

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Hot​​​​       line   Mi      ami: Mr Shifty out today

“Top-down puncher Hotline Miami had brutality and baseball bats, but you know what it didn’t have? Teleportation.” ↑ That is how I imagine most videogames are created. Just one man in a tie who is approached by developers like an oracle and who says: "do X but with Y." Mr Shifty [official site] is about smashing through crowds of people while using a blink-like teleporting…

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Feature: "I never asked for this"

Premature Evaluation: Streets of Rogue

Every week we send Brendan out to the slums of early access to see what goodies he can find in the rubbish bins. This time, the absurd chaos of Streets of Rogue [official site]. “You better pay this back,” said the bartender as I took the money from him. I left the bar in silence and went looking for some cocaine. It’s not often you…

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Isaac meets Deus Ex: try Streets of Rogue free weekend

If you fancy freeing a gorilla to murder some scientists so you can use their cloning machine to create a gang to do in a bartender, you might fancy a crack at Streets of Rogue [official site], which is free to try this weekend. Ignore the name: Streets of Rogue is not a beat 'em up, it is a curious emergent sandbox roguelikelike inspired loosely…

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Bez it up in Stage Presence

Dust off your microphone, squeeze into your gold lamé hotpants, toss your best frock over the top, turn your cap backwards, strap on your nail-spiked gauntlets (careful now!), and put your hood up, as Stage Presence [official site] has been released. Again. To refresh your memory, Stage Presence is a game where, following a catastrophic equipment failure at a gig, we're given the microphone to…

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Feature: What's he building in there?

Home Invasion Inverted: Hello Neighbor

You can play Hello Neighbor [official site] right now, for free, and I strongly suggest that you do. Not because of any great qualities in the design, but rather because some of my favourite things about it might get 'fixed'. I'm thinking of the time the chase music began while I was in my own home and the neighbour's face pressed against the window suddenly…

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First-Person Platforming Pile-up: Clustertruck Released

Leaping across the backs of a convoy of trucks as they crash, flip, jack-knife, and explode sounds a right lark. That's Clustertruck [official site], a timetrialling first-person platformer which launched today. Correction: that's the early levels of Clustertruck. Then it'll introduce static obstacles, then swinging hammers, lasers, plummeting... it gets messy. Look, I need to finish this news post before I'm allowed to clock off…

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Feature: How I learned to stop worrying and tolerate the job

Impressions: Diaries Of A Spaceport Janitor

I'm out of my mind. I ate a creepy eyeball and got a new perspective on life. A woozy, trippy, ever-so-slightly nightmarish first-person perspective, instead of a cutesy, plinky-plonky third-person one. My ongoing quest to rid the off-world streets of garbage was replaced by a desperate drive to find anywhere even slightly familiar, and from there orientate myself back to my shabby studio apartment and…

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