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Have you played Nidhogg?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Stab and run, stab and run, throw your sword and It stabs. Now run, dive kick, slide and roll. These verbs are all that Nidhogg contains, but with them comes personal tactics, personal []

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Up to 80% off XCOM 2, Mafia 3, Bioshock and more in Bundle Stars‘ 2K sale

Bundle Stars is offering up some rather nice discounts on a big batch of 2K Games‘ finest wares this week, with up to 80% off some selected titles from the XCOM, Borderlands, Civilization and Bioshock series, among others.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War due endless Shadow Wars

War, I‘m told, war never changes - and nor need it end. Middle-earth: Shadow of War [official site] will add the option to endlessly play Shadow Wars, the fortress-assaulting mode that‘s the focus of the game‘s fourth act. Leif Johnson told us he grew bored of Shadow Wars before the end of the chapter but []

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Activision patent matchmaking system pushing microtransactions

Activision have created a matchmaking system which would attempt to put players in situations where they‘re more likely to spend money on microtransaction items. Perhaps it would match you against a great player with a fancy gun so you‘d want to buy that gun and emulate that success. Or if you‘ve already bought a fancy []

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Premature Evaluation: Holdfast Nations At War

We‘ve been sending Fraser off to explore Early Access games. He keeps coming back. This week, he‘s been standing in a neat row with new friends while 18th century Frenchmen shoot at him in Holdfast: Nations At War [official site]. During my sojourn in the Napoleonic era, I have seen some terrible things. I watched []

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EA to close Dead Space studio Visceral, in-development Star Wars game moving to Vancouver

EA have just announced that they‘ll be ramping down and closing Visceral, the studio behind the Dead Space trilogy. Visceral have been working on an untitled Star Wars project, described as an action-adventure, and Amy Hennig, formerly of Naughty Dog and Crystal Dynamics, moved to the studio in 2014 to work on that project as []

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Risen & Gothic creators go post-apocalyptic with Elex

From the first Gothic games through to Risen, German studio Piranha Bytes have made fantasy RPGs. Today that changes with the launch of Elex [official site], taking the open-world RPG antics to a post-apocalyptic with jetpacks and guns. Oh okay, it is a little bit fantasy still, with technomagic, monsters, swords, and thatched cottages. But []

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Killing Floor 2 launches Halloween Horror event

As you‘d expect from a series about shooting monsters, mutants, and Einsteins, Killing Floor parties hard at Goth Christmas. The party starts today in Killing Floor 2 [official site] with the launch of its Halloween Horrors update, which adds a new map, extra weapons, and new(ish) enemy variants. And for people who enjoy dressing up, []

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Warframe: Plains of Eidolon doesn‘t fix the game‘s problems

I played a little bit of Warframe [official site] a long time ago, when it was in a much more limited form. I quickly bounced off it. Several years of updates later, at first glance Warframe looks like a very different beast. I jumped back in for the Plains of Eidolon expansion, which adds an []

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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus blasts launch trailer

Though Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus [official site] will not launch until next Friday, October 27th, the launch trailer has arrived today to stake a claim on the next fortnight. As you‘d expect, the trailer is full of Nazis being murdered and oh, I guess Hitler is back now too - in non-mecha form. Presumably []

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Kings of the castle: the forty-person strategy game of Europa Universalis IV held in a Polish fortress, part 1

We sent Brendan to a castle in Poland to witness a giant session of strategy game Europa Universalis IV [official site]. In the first of a two-part report, he tells us of war-hungry Germans, scheming Saxons and unlucky Irish - the victims and villains of an epic four-day LAN party I wake up to the []

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The Witcher turns 10 years old and celebrates with a big sale

Somehow, our lad Geralt‘s video game adventures have turned ten years old this week. That‘s ten years of slaying monsters as the silver fox with cat-eyes. Ten years of werewolves, dragons, unicorns, romances and politics, usually all at the same time. Ten years of articles debating how much sex in a video game constitutes too []

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UK government responds to loot box questions (vaguely)

The UK government has responded to two questions posed by a Cambridge MP about loot boxes and gambling laws. It is a very very very very boring answer, and says basically nothing apart from highlighting current regulations about gambling. That‘s not much of a surprise, although the speed at which the government has ‘answered‘ suggests []

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Have You Played Sun Dogs?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Pip made me play Sun Dogs for an episode of the podcast (may she Rest In PCG) and I am very grateful. It‘s a short jaunt around the solar system as a post-human []

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Wot I Think: A Hat In Time

Where Yooka-Laylee attempted to revive Rare‘s Banjo-Kazooie formula, A Hat in Time [official site] strikes at a different vein of nostalgia. The 3D platformer attempts to split the difference between the open-ended adventuring of Super Mario 64 and the more guided point-by-point platforming of Super Mario Galaxy. The result is a work of obvious grace []

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole dribbles out

Hold onto your butts: South Park: The Fractured but Whole [official site] launched today. Fraser Brown already told us wot he thinks in our South Park: The Fractured but Whole review but gosh, that was yesterday afternoon and who can remember that far back? The world is full of distracting things like tea and weather. []

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The weirdest thing about The Evil Within is that pooping snail

You probably know what to expect when you load up a game called The Evil Within [official site]. There will be a bunch of logos before you get to the menu and at least one of them will involve barbed wire, splattered blood and sinister fonts. The logo for the first game turned some of []

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Bunny boxer Overgrowth is out now after 9 years

I already told you this, but you weren‘t listening. Rabbit kung fu game Overgrowth [official site] is out now for all your animal-punching pleasure. It features the following: Rats who stab A drop-kicking rabbit Wolves with no sense of clemency or grace Come and see what it looks like below, in smashing GIF form.

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Sony Music launch indie game publishing label Unties

Because conglomerates are mystifying, Sony Music Entertainment has launched its own video game publishing label focused mainly on Japanese indies. No, it‘s nothing to do with Sony Computer Entertainment and certainly not Sony Online Entertainment, this is Sony Music getting into games. The label is named Unties and yup, many of its games are coming []

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Opus Magnum: a new puzzler from Infinifactory creator

Is there any joy like the humble Zachlike? Don‘t answer that. Zach Barth, creator of head-scratchers like Spacechem and SHENZHEN I/O, continues his slow march towards filling the planet earth with intricately complex puzzle games. His development studio has just announced Opus Magnum [official site] a game of dark machinery and darker alchemy in which []

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Team Fortress 2 Jungle Inferno update brings new short

The Team Fortress 2 [official site] gang are off to a lush tropical island to fight around the remains of Saxton Hale‘s failed theme park Yeti Park in the next big themed update. The Jungle Inferno update will re-open Yeti Park as Mercenary Park, where mercenaries fight mercenaries (for control of capture points). Psst, that‘s []

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Rogue Trooper Redux: a so-so remaster of a perfectly decent action game

Rebellion‘s 2006 third-person shooter Rogue Trooper is, as I have said before, the archetypal 7/10 action game. I mean that only positively: a game you fire up with no expectations of bar-raising, but just a solid good time. (As opposed to a 7/10 game that you expected 10/10 things from but were left underwhelmed). I‘ve []

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See what you‘ll see at sea in Battlefield 1‘s Turning Tides

Battlefield 1 [official site] is off to sea sea sea in its next expansion, Turning Tides, so come see what you will see see see. EA today blasted more details on the DLC, explaining about flying airships over the Gallipoli peninsula, cruising the waves of Heligoland Bight in a new destroyer, and shooting guns whose []

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Petroglyph‘s RTS Forged Battalion is full of custom units

Petroglyph Games up to arcadey real-time strategy antics again, today announcing Forged Battalion [official site]. The upcoming RTS will let players heavily customise their units, kitting them out with different weapons and bits to fill different roles and counter enemies. Will you kit that power armour infantry with machine guns, or acid jets, acid grenades, []

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