• Wot I Think: Costume Quest 2

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    By Alec Meer on October 10th, 2014 at 3:00 pm. Costume Quest 2 is a roleplaying and puzzle game from Psychonauts and Broken Age studio Double Fine. It’s about kids’ Halloween costumes actually transforming them, and thus enabling them to battle time-travelling dentists and candy-snatching aliens, in a fight to save the future from sugar-phobic tyranny. It’s out now.

  • 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

    Rock, Paper, Shotgun - - 7 readers - 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 ...
  • 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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  • What Big Downloads You Have: Red Hood Diaries Demo

    … the bored/supercilious-sounding voiceover in the released version too. Still: can’t really argue with three free levels of jumpy-stabby fairy tale on jokey-spooky day. It’s got pumpkins in it and everything. The demo’s up on Steam right now. Here’s the pitch video from their Kickstarter earlier this year, if you’d prefer: …

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  • Their Finest Tower: Rogue Wizards

    … By Adam Smith on October 29th, 2014 at 2:00 pm. You’d never find a wizard living in a bungalow. They love a good tower and, in the modern world, are most likely to be found cackling in their swanky penthouse apartments. In Rogue Wizards, you’ll be helping your chosen spellcaster to crawl through randomly generated dungeons, gather loot, master…

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  • Tunnel Vision: Alien Eyes Sore Jubilation

    … almost more excited about this aspect of wearable gaming tech than I am the supergiant 3D image side of things. Alien Isolation is a game about hiding, and hiding almost always involves trying to surreptitiously peek out of that hiding place. Just looking around the environment. I’m talking particularly about the earlier section of the games, before…

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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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  • Retro DayZ: DoomZ Alpha Impressions

    … By Alec Meer on October 21st, 2014 at 1:00 pm. “This is a a remake of DayZ but made in a superior engine in which zombies can’t just walk through walls.” I love that. Puritanism in zombie games. If there was a Mojo magazine for games, “Doom is still the best engine in the world” would be its “the Beatles are still the best band in the world…

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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

    … state 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…

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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

    … can form into strange shapes and floating platforms more readily than I do that earth and stone can. In turn, I accept fully that I will never know what’s around the next corner or down the next hole, and that it might very well be more of a challenge than I can possibly meet. The Eldritch expansion’s snowy mountains, gigantic murderous arctic…

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  • Games Critic Cancels Campus Talk After ‘Massacre’ Threat

    … By Alec Meer on October 15th, 2014 at 4:37 pm. Feminist games and media critic Anita Sarkeesian has cancelled a planned talk at Utah State University, following a threat of “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if she went head with the lecture. The ‘Tropes v Women In Video Games‘ creator took the decision after local…

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