• The RPS Bargain Bucket: Angry Pigeons

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    By Cassandra Khaw on October 4th, 2014 at 12:41 pm. I’m leaving on a jet plane, and I know exactly when I will be coming home – I suppose that disrupts some of the romanticism, doesn’t it? Alas. Anyway, I’ve been musing about something that was brought up in the comments in last week’s Bargain Bucket. What’s everyone’s stance on sites like cdkeys? They make me leery, obviously.

  • A Chat About Banner Saga-Powered Roguelike Bedlam

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    By Alec Meer on October 16th, 2014 at 8:00 pm. A couple of weeks ago, a roguelike which uses the Banner Saga engine to create a rather attractive post-apocalyptic cocktail of FTL, The Oregon Trail and XCOM popped up on Kickstarter. Bedlam’s around $90k into its $130k goal, with just eight days left on the clock.

  • Wot I Think: Alien – Isolation

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 6 readers - By Adam Smith on October 3rd, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Alien: Isolation is Creative Assembly’s first-person survival horror take on Ridley Scott’s Alien. No predators, no marines, no swarms of xenomorphs. This time it’s not war. Instead, we have one space station, one creature and one Amanda Ripley, locked in an apparent cycle of terror.
  • The Magic Circle Hands-On: Visiting Development Hell

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 6 readers - By Alec Meer on October 7th, 2014 at 3:00 pm. The Magic Circle is the first game from Question, LLC, the new studio from Jordan Thomas, he of Thief 3′s The Cradle, BioShock 2, BioShock: Infinite and many more. It’s a systems-driven first-person exploration adventure about a years-in-development game of uncommon ambition, and it’s about rewriting its rules from the inside whi ...
  • Goodness, Welcome Philippa Warr To The RPS Hivemind!

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 6 readers - By John Walker on September 29th, 2014 at 4:00 pm. Horace is finally back from his shopping trip, and we are very excited to welcome the latest member of the RPS family. It is none other than Philippa Warr! Yippee! Please say your nicest hellos below. We were inundated with incredible applications for the job we advertised a couple of months ago, and Pip’s application stood out splendidly.
  • Wot I Think: Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 10 readers - By Richard Cobbett on October 15th, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Well, 21st Anniversary really, but who’s counting? Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary Edition is a chance to return to 1993 to re-experience the Schattenjager’s first case, but has it stood the test of time? Note to anyone who hasn’t played it, this is mostly going to be looking at the game as a remake rather than as a brand new adventure.

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  • Tunnel Vision: Alien Eyes Sore Jubilation

    … of the DK2 hardware. The Oculus and the game feel like a natural fit, and I really hope someone’s able to finesse the VR support a little more. Hell, I’m just going to do a list for this. This is what worked best: Leaning. Physically leaning to see what’s going on – and what might be approaching you – is a hell of a thing for a stealth game, and I’m…

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  • Wot I Think: FarSky

    … By Alec Meer on October 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 pm. I came for the shark-stabbing, but I stayed for the underwater potato-farming. First-person survival game FarSky (which was released a few months ago but I’m looking at it now as part of Survival Week) is very much a Minecraftbut. It’s Minecraft but underwater, and it does enough with the latter…

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  • Dinn Roamin’: Papers Please Dev’s New Game Has A Demo

    … into port with sails damaged and no visible crew. As insurance adjustor for the East India Company’s London Office, find means to board the ship and recover the Crew Muster Roll book for assessment. Pope advises that the demo “is a very early playable build. There’s not much content and it hasn’t been tested.” There’s also no save function. With all that in mind, here you go. …

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  • Retro DayZ: DoomZ Alpha Impressions

    … everything Doom is, and I can feel my mind straining to adapt to something I know so well changing so much. The silent starkness of DoomZ means that the statement “night is coming”, in its old-fashioned and jagged-edged font, somehow holds that much more terror than DayZ’s. And never mind that this means the horde is on the prowl – there was a day…

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  • Have You Played… Luftrausers

    …By Alec Meer on October 18th, 2014 at 3:30 pm. Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Luftrausers is a stupid game. The planes can’t even fly properly! The planes can survive going underwater! The guns fire an infinite number of bullets bigger than the plane itself…

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  • The Flare Path: And The Judgement Of Solomon

    … of the campaign engine. Sadly, some chose to vent that disappointment by cluster-bombing the sim’s Metacritic page with misleading and malicious ’0 out of 10′ user reviews. On Tuesday, the situation prompted a rather desperate forum appeal from the team’s Lead Community Manager, Zak “Pilots. There’s quite a picturesque scene on our page at…

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  • Dreadnought: That’s No Moon

    … By Alec Meer on October 17th, 2014 at 10:00 am. Somehow we haven’t written about Yager’s flying battleship combat game Dreadnought since going COR BLIMEY YEAH I’LL HAVE A BIT OF THAT PLEASE THANK YOU back during E3 week. Time to correct that. Time to correct that with massive great spaceships. This in-game footage is a little bittersweet…

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  • Back To Eldritch

    …, it has its hooks in my mind. Eldritch is a game for a certain mood. I’m not sure I was entirely in that mood the first time I played it. I couldn’t see past its influences, and so couldn’t see it. On the other hand, the first time I played it I didn’t get to punch penguins. But that’s not really the point. Eldritch looks like Minecraft: get over…

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  • Games Critic Cancels Campus Talk After ‘Massacre’ Threat

    … to cancel Sarkeesian’s talk … Anita Sarkeesian is everything wrong with the feminist woman, and she is going to die screaming like the craven little whore that she is if you let her come to USU. I will write my manifesto in her spilled blood, and you will all bear witness to what feminist lies and poison have done to the men of America.” The author…

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  • Wot I Think: Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary

    … as a remake rather than as a brand new adventure. Some spoilers inevitably lurk within. To my mind, there are two good reasons to do a remake. The first, which pretty much never happens, is when a game had an idea that it just wasn’t able to pull off at the time, like, say, the original Space Quest. The second is when the world has moved…

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  • Have You Played… Long Live The Queen?

    …, through no fault of your own. Unless you consider your own birth to be something you did deliberately. In the past I’ve called it a Sansa Stark simulator, and while admittedly Long Live The Queen’s young regent-to-be has a whole lot more guile and agency than Ned’s eldest daughter typically displays, this is still very much about a innocent being…

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  • Letters From Nowhere: Silent Hills

    … constructs – Frankenstein’s mannequins – and the sound of metal blade scraping on metal bone. There are tears, blood and at least the suggestion of almost every other bodily fluid as well, but many of James’ ghosts are in and of the machine. Like so much horror, Silent Hill 2 is about the failure of things – of nerve, of compassion, of organs, of machinery…

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