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Pathologic 2 gets down with the sickness on May 23rd

Horrible plague-ridden fever-dream simulator Pathologic 2 will be stumbling into stores on May 23rd, presumably before letting out a gurgling cough and keeling over. Despite the '2' in the title, this new game is less of a sequel and more of an expanded re-imagining of Ice-Pick Lodge's cult 2005 horror-survival game. Set in a surreal industrial town inspired by turn-of-the-century Russia, you've got to survive…

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Feature: Living for the week

How sci-fi game worlds take on capitalist promises of success

Since 1984’s Elite, and in sci-fi before it, space has promised careers of freedom. Work for yourself, work only when you want to, make your own adventures. For better and for ill, space is sci-fi’s wild west, a lawless frontier to explore and find independence. Our actual future isn't as glamorous, even if those frontier promises are the same ones made by the gig economy.…

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Pathologic 2 splinters into a trio of episodic releases

Pathologic 2 - Ice-Pick Lodge's grim plague survival adventure - is to be released in parts. Originally just Kickstarted as 'Pathologic', implying a remake, as with the original game you play as three different characters, each with their own stories, abilities and vast swathes of dialogue. Thanks to a multitude of pressures detailed in their dev blog here, they'll be releasing the Haruspex's story first in…

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Rapture Rejects launches into early access with a free weekend

Based on webcomic and cartoon series Cyanide And Happiness and developed by Galvanic and Explosm, Rapture Rejects is a rude and crude isometric battle royale shooter out in early access today and free for the weekend. The Rapture has happened, and the last idiots alive fight for God's amusement, with the lucky last survivor getting the final ticket to heaven. Up to fifty players run…

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Rapture Rejects tests the holy waters in early access next week

The battle royale genre is as ferocious a brawl as any Fortnite match, and you really need a hook to survive. Rapture Rejects has several - for starters, it's isometric and cartoony, instead of being yet another first or third-person tactical head-clicker. Second, it's based on scattershot and frequently edgy webcomic and cartoon series Cyanide & Happiness, though your mileage may vary on whether that's…

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Party Hard 2 plots more murders on the dance floor today

I don't normally identify with slasher horror villains, but the party-hating serial killers in stealthy murder-puzzler Party Hard 2 just want to secure themselves a good night's kip. Murdering everyone and everything at the noisy party next door wouldn't be my first choice, but there's method to their madness. Out today, Party Hard 2 is sequel to Pinoki & Kverta's strange slasher sandbox, now with…

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In Streets Of Rogue you can now win by becoming mayor

Urban chaos sim Streets Of Rogue has added its last level, and finally lets you conquer its cyberpunk randocity in a fair and just way - by becoming mayor. It's been in early access for a while but the roguelite can now be completed from beginning to end, whether you are an angry gorilla revolutionary or a cocaine-addicted investment banker. All you have to do…

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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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