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  • Wot I Think: Hatoful Boyfriend

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    By Laura Hudson on September 15th, 2014 at 9:00 pm. At one point during the dating simulation game Hatoful Boyfriend, I found myself walking through a park with the guy I had a crush on as he confessed his profound grief over a lost love—how her absence had broken something deep in his heart that he might never be able to put back together.

  • Lo-Fi Let’s Play: Man-Eng – Master of Evil

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    By Leigh Alexander on September 24th, 2014 at 1:00 pm. I’ve been doing a series of Let’s Play videos exploring old adventures, text games and lost design forms from the 1980s Apple IIe and Commodore 64 era. In a time when young men shout over new action games, I will talk softly over strange old ones.

  • Interview: Gearbox On Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 6 readers - By Paul Dean on September 30th, 2014 at 3:00 pm. With every new release, the Borderlands universe becomes increasingly ridiculous. It’s been happening for a while now, with the puns, the slapstick and the hidden pop culture references that pepper Borderlands 2 and further season its DLC.
  • Editorial: We Need The BBC In Videogames

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 6 readers - By Graham Smith on September 29th, 2014 at 7:00 pm. We know what television is. We also know what the publicly-funded BBC’s role in television is. Neither was the case in 1945. All that people knew then was that both the BBC and television itself had tremendous power, and that they were going to be important in the decades ahead.
  • Wot I Think: Wasteland 2

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 6 readers - By Adam Smith on September 19th, 2014 at 8:00 am. Wasteland 2 is formidable. The word ‘sprawling’ comes to mind but it’s not quite right. There’s a bit of sprawl, if such a thing as sprawl can happen in bits, but the game’s density is a more distinctive feature than its actual size.
  • Cardboard Children – On Dice

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 5 readers - By Robert Florence on September 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 pm. Hello youse. What is a die? Let’s take a look at the standard 6-sided die. Six faces, yes? Numbered, usually with pips, from 1 to 6. One pip means failure, six pips means success. That’s how we usually understand it. It is an object of pure chance. You take a die in your hand and shake it. The shaking means nothing. It does nothing.

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  • Cardboard Children – Sons of Anarchy

    …By Robert Florence on September 30th, 2014 at 9:00 pm. Hello youse. You all know how I feel about the Spartacus board game. It came in at number one on my list of the 50 Best Games Of All Time. (It’s worth mentioning that Cosmic Encounter was so high on the list it hovered ABOVE the top spot, as the best board game of all time.) Now, Spartacus…

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  • Virginia Hands-On: 30 Flights Of Lynchian

    …By Alec Meer on September 30th, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Virginia is an upcoming first-person ‘interactive drama’ infused with unabashed Twin Peaks and X-Files influences, which had already very much piqued the interest of Alice and Adam. I played a short demo build at the EGX games show over the weekend. It’s not fair on any game that’s primarily about…

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  • DG 2: Defense Grid 2 – Wot I Think

    … compulsion to tackle it with the challenge ramped up. Then there’s co-op, and various mutators such as turrets only firing when you hover your cursor over them, or having a fixed amount of cash to spend, or not being allowed turrets which use bullets… This wants to be comfort food that you’ll return to again and again, mixing things up a little each time…

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  • New Wii U 5.2.0 System Update adds Folders

    …Nintendo have released the 5.2.0 system update for all Wii U systems today. The update adds the ability to create folders on the home page, similar to the 3DS, it also tweaks the quick start menu. You can check for a full list of additions below. ‘Version 5.2.0 U, available via an Internet connection, includes the following improvements: Changes…

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  • The Lighthouse Customer: TUG

    … went into TUG figuring it wouldn’t be any different: I’d whip up a house, dig a mine, get my smelt on, build an arsenal, kill whatever animals were around, and consider the game conquered. Instead, I built half a house, dug a shallow hole, got killed by a cat, and spent the rest of the time fighting with the smallest backpack in video game history…

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  • Editorial: We Need The BBC In Videogames

    …By Graham Smith on September 29th, 2014 at 7:00 pm. We know what television is. We also know what the publicly-funded BBC’s role in television is. Neither was the case in 1945. All that people knew then was that both the BBC and television itself had tremendous power, and that they were going to be important in the decades ahead. So people sat down…

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  • The Sunday Papers

    …By Graham Smith on September 28th, 2014 at 2:30 pm. Sundays are for recovering from the previous day’s excursions. Can peanut M&Ms alone rejuvenate a frail human body? The ever more wonderful Electron Dance turns its attention to the first open world, Mercenary: Escape from Targ. I did not know or had forgotten this game existed, which makes…

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  • Jennifer Hale Interview: From Metal Gear To Mass Effect

    … Prime games. Hale: I suppose so, yes. There wasn’t a lot of talking there! Although I think my most iconic role is probably Cinderella [Hale plays Cinderella in Disney’s DVD sequels to the film], but people don’t know me from that. Cinderella is Cinderella, and I’m very invisible in that, as it should be. RPS: So do you ever play any of the games…

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  • The RPS Bargain Bucket: Storms a’coming

    … to nurture, wildernesses to bludgeon into hospitability. It is apparently a hands-on experience, a god-sim-babysitting hybrid that will either infuriate or delight. Guild Wars 2 $24.99/£15.38/€19.70 Guild Wars 2 officer Mike Woodrow dropped in on my inbox the other day to inform me that the price for this lavish MMO has been sliced in half. Which…

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  • Wot I Think: Ancient Space

    …, but disappointing. There’s your three word summary. But I can say more. And I will. So Ancient Space is this: it’s a faux-3D real-time space strategy with a number of resource management vectors, a bit of resource gathering and building, and a severely limited skirmish mode. This means that the bulk of the action is to be had in the campaign, in which…

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  • Civilization Beyond Earth: 200 Turns On The Final Frontier

    …By Alec Meer on September 26th, 2014 at 1:00 pm. A whole new world. A new fantastic point of view. …I’m so sorry. However, I am pleased to report that sci-fi strategy game Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is not simply Civ V with green face paint on. It has the same hexes and it does have much of the same infrastructure as its historical…

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  • Super Smash Bros. 3DS: Demo Preview

    …Cast your mind back to late 2001. The Nintendo GameCube wouldn’t arrive in PAL territories for another five months, but future classic Super Smash Bros. Melee was already on its way to North American homes just in time for the holiday season. Despite being only 14 years old and practically broke at the time, I just couldn’t wait; I imported…

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  • Hands On: The Crew

    …, or long drives over isolated mountain roads. I am told there are also ‘epic’ non-story missions which take 4-6 hours to complete (WHAT). For instance, a long mission that challenges the player(s) to tour around the country taking in as many famous landmarks as they can. On top of these, there are challenges spotted all over the country, hosted in blue…

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