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There will be different daily deals this week
Sep 08
// Alasdair Duncan, the online purveyor of classic and indie PC games is celebrating its sixth birthday and in typical fashion, that means a sale. The site always tries to put a neat twist on its promotions, so for the rest of the week ...
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Paradigm is a point-'n'-click game starring sloths and mutants

Poor mutated Paradigm is looking for love
Sep 04
// Alasdair Duncan
While adventure games are doing as well as ever, there's still not too many that hark back to the classic era games like Day of the Tentacle. They used to be really weird! Jacob Janerka's Paradigm seems to emulate that style...

Review: Hatoful Boyfriend

Sep 04 // Alasdair Duncan
Hatoful Boyfriend (PC)Developer: Mediatonic / Hato MoaPublisher: Devolver DigitalMRSP: $9.99 / £6.99Release: September 4, 2014 It's hard to explain the curious appeal of Hatoful Boyfriend without straight up spoiling some of its story beats. What is clear is that this is not a simple dating sim where all the characters have been replaced by avian love interests; that would have been maybe too easy and wouldn't come close to the weirdness that permeates everyday life at the St. PigeoNation's Institute. This translation of a 2011 Japanese interactive novel tries to lead you in gently. You are the only human student at this particular school. All of the other pupils and staff are birds, like your friend Ryouta Kawara, a rock dove who looks after his sick mother. Over the course of the school year, you'll meet different birds all with distinct personalities like the stuck-up, aristocratic Sakuya and the creepy school doctor, Shuu Iwamine.  Every few days, an elective day is held which gives you the choice of taking a unique class that can level up one of your three stats: wisdom, charisma, and vitality. These tie into later activities like socializing or taking exams but this isn't an RPG -- there's no checks against your stats before you can complete a task. One thing that does feel out of place is the lack of continuity between scenes. You can pick sides in a fight between two classmates on one day and the next day neither of them will mention it or seemingly think any different of you. Whenever you play, the main story is going to pan out roughly the same, excluding any individual choices you make.  Sometimes, Hatoful Boyfriend has smart dialogue -- even simple things like replacing the term "everybody" with "everybirdie" -- but there are also times when the text can be confusing, possibly due to a mistranslation. It's a weird game, so there's a tendency to just go with the flow and not look for the logical narrative. The achievements reveal that there are multiple endings but there's no clear way of striving for a particular conclusion; a lot of the time you just have to make your choices and see what happens. That's an awfully reductive way to talk about the game, as an interactive novel like this. You're not really expected to manage stats, you're just trying to get through the day to see the next crazy thing that happens. From pudding-obsessed athletes to a secret society that has big plans, Hatoful Boyfriend goes above and beyond the average dating simulator. Occasionally, it doesn't feel quite weird enough to carry the whole concept of a human schoolgirl at an all-bird high school, but there's still plenty of laughs to be had for a brief experience that you're going to have to play through multiple times to fully enjoy.
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Pigeon Dating Simulator 2014
Moving to a new school always sucks. You need worry to about grades, pick classes, join a club, try to find new friends, and fit into an existing social hierarchy.  Imagine that but with the added confusion of all your schoolmates being birds.

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The Evil Within

Rejoice, Europeans as you get to experience The Evil Within early

EU release date moved up to October 14
Sep 03
// Alasdair Duncan
As someone living in the UK, it's super frustrating to see notifications pop up on a console or Steam showing my North American friends playing new releases when I usually have to wait a few more days to get my hands on the s...
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Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2 on PC is finally reclassified as R18+ in Australia

Thought this was all meant to be fixed by now
Sep 02
// Alasdair Duncan
As a former Australian resident, one thing I don't miss there was the lack of an R18+ rating for videogames; despite the fact that the R18+ rating has now been introduced, there have still been cuts to games like South Park: ... photo

You've got 4 days to buy 35 games from before they're gone

Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Red Faction will be removed from sale
Aug 30
// Alasdair Duncan
One of the assumptions of buying games digitally is that you assume they'll always be available. That's sadly not the case, but is offering discounts on 35 games that it will be removing from its catalog on Septe...
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Elite Dangerous

Watch this crafty space pirate avoid the cops in Elite: Dangerous

It's like Smokey and the Bandit meets Red October. In space!
Aug 26
// Alasdair Duncan
Remember kids, crime doesn't pay. That is unless you find illicit liquor floating in space and decided to slowly sneak into a space station without the cops seeing you. In which case, it very much pays. YouTube user Isinona ...
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A Fistful of Gun

A Fistful of Gun is a chaotic, top-down, Western shooter

There aren't enough games like that in the world
Aug 21
// Alasdair Duncan
I appreciate how a publisher like Devolver Digital can put out games as different as Hotline Miami 2 and Hatoful Boyfriend within a few months, as well as this neat top-down shooter A Fistful of Gun. The game looks like ...
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Ancient Space

Ancient Space is a new space RTS from Paradox Interactive

Dwight Schultz is in it! Murdock from the A-team!!
Aug 21
// Alasdair Duncan
If you're anxiously waiting for that Homeworld HD remake to arrive, we can console ourselves with another nice-looking space-based RTS game in Ancient Space which will dock with us later in the autumn for PC and Mac. Develop...
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Story Bundle

The Video Game 4.0 collection from Story Bundle is out now

There's two music albums included too
Aug 20
// Alasdair Duncan
I've barely finished reading the titles I bought with the last videogame-themed offer from Story Bundle and now the fourth one is here for us to enjoy. As always, there's a great mix of books on offer and for the first time, ...
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Hotline Miami 2

Here's 80 minutes of leaked Hotline Miami 2 footage

Guess what, it looks a lot like Hotline Miami
Aug 20
// Alasdair Duncan
A YouTube user named LennyReviews has stumbled across some alpha footage of Hotline Miami 2 and has posted a whopping 80-minute-plus video of the hotly anticipated release from Dennatron and Devolver Digital. This is suppose...
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PC games

Anyone surprised to hear 92% of all PC game sales are digital?

Digital sales are up 16% over 2012
Aug 19
// Alasdair Duncan
To the surprise of probably no one, it looks like the vast majority of PC games that are sold are through digital channels. PC site PCR has been told by analyst DFC Intelligence that in 2013, 92% of games sold were digital, w...
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Humble Bundle

The Humble Jumbo Bundle includes Terraria, Deadlight, and more

There's $210 worth of games on offer
Aug 19
// Alasdair Duncan
The Humble Bundle is always good value for money but it differs for person to person; is it worth buying a bundle that includes several games you already own? Maybe, but I know I'll be getting the new Humble Jumbo Bundle for ...
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Wasteland 2

Wasteland 2 will be released on September 19

Just one month to go for the post-apocalyptic RPG
Aug 19
// Alasdair Duncan
Just a few weeks ago, we let you know that the much anticipated Wasteland 2 was being delayed a few weeks into September. Now we've gotten word from inXile head Brian Fargo that the game will finally be with us on September 1...
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Star Citizen

Star Citizen breaks the $50 million mark

All aboard your $350 luxury space craft
Aug 18
// Alasdair Duncan
Remember that animated .gif of Shigeru Miyamoto and Satoru Iwata holding a DS and proclaiming "It prints money"? You could probably do the same with a picture of Chris Roberts and his pet project Star Citizen. The ambitious ...
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Sacred 3

A Sacred 3 developer apologizes for the game

It is currently sitting at zero positive reviews on Steam
Aug 18
// Alasdair Duncan
Sacred 3 wasn't a very well received game; I felt it was an average and uninspired hack-'n'-slash game with some terrible attempts at humor. Comments on my review either sided on "hey, it's not too bad in co-op," to "this is ...
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Pro Evolution

Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 declares 'the pitch is ours' in November

CGI Mario GŲtze is freaking me out
Aug 13
// Alasdair Duncan
I'll be honest, I haven't played a Pro Evolution Soccer game since the PlayStation 2 days but after the series lagged behind EA's FIFA juggernaut for the last few years, I'm keen to try the series again on a current-gen platf...
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Xbox One

Phil Spencer wants the Xbox One to 'win' this generation's console war

Gotta lot of work to do, then
Aug 13
// Alasdair Duncan
The idea of the console war -- that the big console makers are locked in this all-or-nothing struggle for hearts and minds -- has gotten sillier as I've gotten older. Still, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer has told Game Informe...
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Hideo Kojima

Hideo Kojima not keen on remaking his previous games

If he had to choose MGS 1 would be the one
Aug 13
// Alasdair Duncan
Considering most of the Metal Gear Solid games have been re-released in various fashions over the years, it's surprising that Hideo Kojima isn't too keen on remaking his older games. When asked at Konami's Metal Gear Solid V ...
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Forza Horizon 2

This Forza Horizon 2 trailer uses the word 'social' too much

Social, connected, social, connected
Aug 12
// Alasdair Duncan
Okay, maybe the snarky headline was a bit mean but the devs behind Forza Horizon 2 are really making sure that you know that the game is social and connected. Aside from those buzzwords, what does that actually mean in terms...
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PS4 update will let friends join games they don't own

Share Play feature will roll out in the Autumn
Aug 12
// Alasdair Duncan
Included in Sony's big fall update will be the ability to join in with your friends' gaming experience, even if you don't own the game itself. Share Play is being described as a "virtual couch" and is online co-op multiplayer...
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Rayman creator Michel Ancel unveils WiLD, a caveman Monster Hunter

It has wolf puppies!
Aug 12
// Alasdair Duncan
Folk have been wondering what Michel Ancel's new project is and today we got our answer, WiLD. We saw a lovely looking trailer with lush forest, verdant grasslands and a pair of hunters trying to live off the land.  Anc...
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I'm not the first to say this but Driveclub looks gorgeous

Team-based racing sounds really appealing
Aug 12
// Alasdair Duncan
The last racing game to really hook me was Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit thanks, in no small measure, to the Autolog. Racing against friends was compulsive and really fun, so if Driveclub can do the same but let me race with m...
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Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor looks good but is it Lord of the Rings?

No hobbits here, sir
Aug 12
// Alasdair Duncan
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor has gotten a lot of people excited because of its seemingly great combat and interesting reputation system but is it me, or does it just look like a generic dark fantasy game? I'll be honest, m...
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Hellblade is the new game from Ninja Theory

Really, that's its name?
Aug 12
// Alasdair Duncan
Yay! A new game from Ninja Theory that's been straddled with one of the most unimaginative names I can remember. Hellblade? Sure, there's not been a game called that already? No release date so far but it will be a console exclusive on PS4. 
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Ethan Carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has me intrigued

Aug 12
// Alasdair Duncan
I still don't know a lot about The Vanishing of Ethan Carter apart from some beautiful screenshots and an intriguing name. Thankfully this gamescom trailer from Sony's press conference didn't give a lot away; is it a supernatural murder mystery game? Sure, sign me up for some that.
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Little Big Planet

LittleBigPlanet 3 gets a new gamescom trailer

Sackboy's back
Aug 12
// Alasdair Duncan
LittleBigPlanet is coming back to a Sony console, with LittleBigPlanet 3 coming to PS4 on November 18. Sackboy is back and he's brought some new friends with him -- Oddsock, Swoop, and Toggle -- which will hopefully mean we'll see unique characters used in co-op games, instead of lots of Sackboys (cute as they are). Check out the new trailer above.
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Origin PCs

Origin is offering 4K-ready PCs for less than $4K

Which is still a lot of money
Aug 11
// Alasdair Duncan
True story time, kids: On Friday, there was a power outage in my apartment complex and when it was restored a few hours later, my PC refused to boot. I'm hoping it's just the PSU that's blown but my suspicions are that my mot...
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Here's a look at what's happening at gamescom

There's a bevy of press conferences happening in Germany
Aug 11
// Alasdair Duncan
We've already gotten the news from Activision's Call of Duty event earlier today but there's plenty of big things happening at gamescom this week. Here's an idea of when you're going to hear all the news from Microsoft, Sony,...
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Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is bludgeoning its way onto PS4

Still no word on a release date for the sequel
Aug 11
// Alasdair Duncan
I know one of the ways I'm going to fill the gap between now and the release of Hotline Miami 2 later this year is.... by playing more Hotline Miami. Especially now as Devolver Digital is releasing the original Hotline Miami...

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