• The Bestest Best FPS Of 2014: Wolfenstein The New Order

      By RPS on December 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 pm. ‘FPS’ can mean an awful lot of things, but for this award we’re narrowing it down to ‘singleplayer, lots and lots of bullets, moving primarily forwards.’ Does that cover our backs sufficiently? Excellent. In which case, Wolfenstein: The New Order is our Bestest Best FPS of 2014. Warning – some spoilers.

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    • The Bestest Best Horror Of 2014 – Alien: Isolation

      By RPS on December 17th, 2014 at 7:00 pm. A game about Alien rather than a game about Aliens. A game about fleeing and hiding rather than running and gunning. A game that uses a license as effectively as any in the history of the medium. Alien: Isolation is a worthy successor to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror classic. Adam: We’re not using the X word.

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    • The Bestest Best Tactics Of 2014: Door Kickers

      By RPS on December 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Long for a tactical diversion fit for a five minute or five hour play session? Door Kickers will satisfy, by being able to meet the needs of genre-newcomers, the time-poor, as well as those who know their crisscross from their buttonhook. Graham: Door Kickers can be simply described as being like Frozen Synapse with a lick of Rainbow ...

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  • The Bestest Best Gosh, What? A New Esport? Good: Smite

    … – a feature where players could buy item chests and, in doing so, donate to the prize pool. The approach worked and has seen the Worlds prize pool swell. At the time of writing it stood at $1,766,392 total. Of course, this could all be a one-off but the implication is that the community is excited and engaged enough that it doesn’t simply depend…

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  • Early Impressions: Lords Of Xulima

    …”. So when an email arrived explaining that Lords Of Xulima was “the RPG hidden gem you’ve never played,” my eyes rolled. BAD EYES. Turns out, they’re not far wrong. Numantian Games sent us one email about the game’s Kickstarter in 2013, and then nothing until its release last month. They sure kept it a secret. After raising over $35k, despite…

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  • Wot I Think: Metal Gear Solid V – Ground Zeroes

    …, and then going around the base at a low enough speed that no-one notices the driver. I love booby-trapping AA guns, calling in my chopper, and sending them sky-high just as it comes in to land. I love choosing the tune that my chopper plays as it descends. Such things may seem minor. But the greatness of Metal Gear Solid games, and the reason for the fandom…

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  • A Couple Of Hours With… Dungeon Defenders II

    … By Alec Meer on December 18th, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Dungeon Defenders II is a tower defence/action-RPG hybrid, with a very heavy focus on co-op multiplayer, in which your fantasy archetype lays traps and wades into the fray themselves in the hope of defeating waves of marching monsters. Its ‘pre-alpha’ has been out on Steam Early Access…

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  • Magicka 2 Hands On: How To Refine Slapstick Co-Op

    … to play Magicka and we’re still seeing that as we show it to new people. For example, the game’s Fire Demons are immune to fire, of course, and healed by death magic, but they’re weak against life and frost magic. We had one player recently make lightning bolts out of frost and life energy, which was another new way to tackle the same old enemies, but we…

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  • Video: Hands On With Evolve

    … is out in the wild. He returned clutching not just an article of words about the game, but a video – for those who like words and moving pictures. Fancy. Want more of this kind of thing – as in, scripted, edited, narrated previews of games? Let us know in the comments. …

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  • Cities: Skylines – Hope For Heartbroken SimCity Fans?

    … element or feature that reminds me of SimCity, there’s a surprise behind it. Hallikainen shows me wind turbines, coal plants and waste incinerators, but then I notice how the game isn’t just tracking how much pollution they produce, but also how much noise pollution they produce. That incinerator may be burning your old VHS tapes and farting toxic…

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  • Satellite Reign: Early Access Impressions

    … October. Many missing features, plenty of bugs, performance issues, placeholder this and that everywhere. Experiencing first-hand just how well it’s already brought its concept to life has delighted me, though. This cyberpunk city is there, it seems huge and busy, and trekking through it is as difficult as I want to make it. It’s not Syndicate…

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  • Cardboard Children – The Awful Green Things

    … By Robert Florence on December 16th, 2014 at 9:00 pm. Hello youse. Have you ever seen the major motion picture “Alien”? Or it’s incredible sequel “Aliens”? Or it’s disgraceful third film “Alien 3”? Or that other one, where the thing gets sucked out of the thing and the swimming and so on and so forth? Or the one they fight the other type…

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  • The Bestest Best Action: Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor

    … an honest-to-god enemy rather than just nameless henchmen, though. The Nemesis system needs more fleshing out, but I don’t know that I can name a more successful new feature attempted by a big old mainstream game this year. Back to the complete bestest best PC games of 2014. …

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  • Interview: Humble Bundles Raise $50 Million For Charity

    … By Duncan Geere on December 16th, 2014 at 5:00 pm. Humble Bundles have helped raise $50 million for charity since the service’s launch in 2010. That’s a staggering amount of money, raised by people who love games, through a system that let’s people pay what they want. The money has gone to over 25 different charities, to help fund healthcare…

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  • Have You Played… Syndicate?

    … doesn’t have the allure it once did in these post-GTA times. The freedom to murder civilians without consequence is old hat these days, which is a shame – not from a psychosis point of view, but because games’ ability to transgress is so diminished. (And when it is attempted, so often it’s simply into nastiness; boundaries not pushed, but shock factor…

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  • Premature Evaluation: The Deer God

    … By Marsh Davies on December 15th, 2014 at 9:00 pm. Each week Marsh Davies launches himself into the bestial bloodbath that is Early Access and comes out with whatever stories and/or handfuls of porcupine innards he can find. This week he gets his game on in the weird woodland-themed survival-platformer hybrid that is The Deer God. And today…

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