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The top five most British games you'll ever lay eyes on

Aug 26 // Joe Parlock
#5: Bloodborne Bloodborne was a sign of great change over at From Software. After its run of massively popular Souls games, it wanted to try something really different. It wanted to move away from the formula that made From the huge success it was, and show the world the average, day-to-day lives of people living in Birmingham. Audiences were cautious of the idea at first: bringing the Midlands to life seemed like an odd choice for a Japanese developer to tackle. Over the course of the development process, we learned just how seriously Miyazaki was taking the project: he’d binge-watched every episode of Crossroads, a task no human being should be able to survive. But it all paid off: when it finally launched, everyone instantly understood how important the game would be. From the Werewolves of Snow Hill Station to the Dog Vicar of the Bullring, Brum really does come to life in videogame form. Treading over the broken cobbles and forcing my way through the rusted gates, it was just like I was there. Some players complained about the difficulty of the game, but frankly if you haven’t been devoured by a giant spider when going to Birmingham’s Selfridges, you’ve not truly experienced the city. #4: Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture Shropshire was an absolutely inspired choice of a location for The Chinese Room’s newest storytelling game Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. The county is very rarely a setting in games, and it has a rich history thanks to its influence and contribution to the industrial revolution. Shropshire is everything you could think about Britain neatly compressed into a nice, little place full. But that’s not the true reason why it’s such a great setting for Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. The real reason is it’s the closest thing to a post-apocalypse you’ll find in the Western hemisphere! That’s right, after the AI incursion at Ironbridge in 1886, nobody has lived there! Every single human being you see in Shropshire is just a steam-powered Stepford-esque bio-machinations, who have left the county to go to ruin! Pubs and charity shops have combined into one weird amalgamation that’s not quite as good as either, and you can bet your entire family a new museum is popping up as you read this. Shropshire is an utterly bizarre, yet pretty, place. For the lens to be focused so intently on it in Rapture means we may soon finally find a way to reclaim our land from the androids. #3: Killing Floor Killing Floor might be a slightly controversial inclusion on this list, because it doesn’t paint our glorious isles in quite the best light. However, I think something us Brits have always been good at is introspection. From a National Trust café to a beach in Benidorm, we always act with the utmost class and decorum, but Killing Floor shows a darker side to our nation: British football. Killing Floor is about a world overrun by, and I quote, “bloody Millwall fans”. Set in the streets of London, you must survive against the hordes of football fans being kicked out of the pub. Killing Floor’s recreation of modern day football is so realistic, the attention to detail is simply amazing. I can smell the cheese and onion Walkers crisps and stale beer just thinking about it. In a positive light though, Killing Floor manages to be incredibly inclusive of its image of football fans. The world likes to paint the sport as a load of rowdy old geezers who can’t keep their drinks down in their moth-eaten Aston Villa t-shirts, but it simply isn’t like that in 2015. Men with chainsaws for arms and invisible women have become way more accepted in recent years! Even Spider-hybrids have found their place! Unfortunately, scary fire-shooting people have still been fighting for their place for a while now… but there’s certainly progress. Also, we have a lot of guns. That is some Britain is absolutely known for: how many great big, piss-off guns we all carry around at all times. Sometimes it’s a hassle trying to carry my shopping from Morrison’s with an AK-47 in the way, but that’s Britain for you. Killing Floor’s unblinking view of how many fully-automatic shotguns and flamethrowers even your common Londoner has is something we need to really understand about our culture. Thanks, Tripwire. #2: The Beatles: Rock Band It was twenty years ago today that Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play. They’ve been going in and out of style, but none the less they’ve been marching through the streets of Liverpool, ensuring all of Britain’s children are behaving as they should. If they are not learning the songs of their grandparents, or worshiping the great Lucy in the Sky with their Diamonds, Pepper’s mighty Walrus will take them away to a place nobody knows. This is how it has been for the past fifty years, and it is the way it shall always be. Of course, there have been attempts to destroy the great influence our Lord and Master Ringo Starr has had on us. The Oasis Movement of the '90s was the biggest threat, but problems among management meant it stood no chance against the Lonely Hearts Club Band. And this is why The Beatles: Rock Band is on our list. No one changed the face of Britain as much as Lord Starr did, and the great idea of incorporating the children’s mandatory daily reverence into a video game meant for those wealthy enough to afford the little plastic instruments, life is good. Well not good, but it’s getting better. #1: Sir, You Are Being Hunted You thought Everybody’s Gone to Rapture was our only way of fighting back against the robots? Oh heavens no, we also have Sir, You Are Being Hunted. Not only does Sir helpfully remind the British public to respect the god damn class institution that has been in place for centuries, it also provides handy-dandy training on how to survive should you find yourself in somewhere like Shropshire! Sir is a program to help remind those crawling in the shattered darkness that Britain still exists: with tweed shops, and union jacks plopped onto absolutely every item inconceivable. Digestive biscuits, far too many churches, parish halls, smokestacks, tea, tea, tea. If this doesn’t remind you of home, I don’t know what will. There’s even fox hunting! You remember fox hunting, right? That thing only rich people do because getting away with shooting poor people would be more hassle than it’s worth?  Of course, in this case you’re the fox… but never mind that, developer Big Robot is still working out the kinks. Sir, You Are Being Hunted is more than a game. It’s our message unto the world that no matter what they do to us, we will survive. A nice strawberry trifle here, an 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown there, and we will all keep calm and carry on. What is left of us must carry on. Oh god we must.
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God save Ringo and his Robot Army
Britain, Britain, Britain! Over the years we’ve been known for a lot: tea, monocles, the Queen, imperialism, and at one point… video games. We had it all, from the Sinclair ZX Spectrum to Rockstar Games, Britain ...

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Rockstar Games is suing the BBC


Sure does add more drama to this project
May 21
// Joe Parlock
Rockstar Games has filed a lawsuit against the BBC. This is because of the Beeb’s upcoming drama Game Changer, which details the early days of the studio and its hit Grand Theft Auto as well as the much-publicised confl...
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Conker's Bad Fur Day director's commentary is glorious


SO BRITISH
May 28
// Tony Ponce
I said DAMN! Nintendo 64-era Rare is on a roll lately! I may be tempted to go buy an N64 off eBay right now and have a week-long Rare session. Three big shots from Conker's Bad Fur Day's dev staff have decided to knock back ...

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Wii U gets a £50-£60 price drop in the UK


Amazon, Asda and Shopto all discount Nintendo's new console
Mar 15
// Alasdair Duncan
If you've been waiting for the Wii U to drop in price in the UK, then today is your lucky day. CVG reports that various retailers are following the lead of supermarket giant Asda's £50 price cut on Wii U bundles. Here's...
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Britain's best shine in newest Steam indie bundle


Aug 28
// Jason Cabral
Looks like it's that time again, kids! Time for another indie bundle to tempt your wallet and Steam account. Some of Britain's most successful independent game developers have come together in a show of jolly-good cooperation...
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BritToid Ep.24: Keep Calm and have some Pi


Feb 26
// Becca Roberts
Oh hey there! It's that time again for some wonderful European magic. We have a full cast this week (yay) and after rambling on about games and stuff, we talk a little more about the current situation with UK retailer GAME. W...
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New trailer for Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock


Feb 22
// Conrad Zimmerman
I'm still waiting for a really good Doctor Who game. The BBC-produced episodic adventure game released last year does not qualify, as far as I'm concerned, but there's hope for The Eternity Clock. Due out next mont...
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BritToid Ep. 23: Keep Calm and Something About GAME


Feb 11
// Becca Roberts
Sup Dtoid homies! Me and my jolly bunch of crazy Europeans are back again for some more madness, criticism and some form of videogame chat. After our weekly roundup we move on to talk about some of the current big topics in t...
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BritToid Ep. 22: Keep Calm and Look Back At 2011


Jan 27
// Becca Roberts
It's not too late to do a 2011 recap right? Well it is still January, so myself and the BritToid team decided to look back before we move forward into 2012. We picked a whole bunch of categories to discuss and believe me, the...
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BritToid Ep. 21: Keep Calm and Don't Mind the Gap!


Dec 12
// Becca Roberts
Well hello there wonderful Destructoid people. It's that time again... BritToid episode 21 is here! After doing our weekly game round-up, we recap the happenings from last week's Namco vs Capcom fight club, which was also cov...
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Destructoid's European gift guide


Nov 30
// Becca Roberts
It’s that wonderful time of year again when we eat too much and feel all merry, but who can forget the presents? That’s right, the ever more difficult task of buying gifts for your nerdy friends and family has bee...
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BritToid Ep. 20: Keep Calm and Don't Stare at The Sun


Nov 29
// Becca Roberts
Well hello there fine men and women of Destructoid, I am very pleased to announce episode 20 of BritToid is now available! How exciting! As always we begin by rounding up what we have enjoyed playing this week, which is actua...
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BritToid Episode 19: Keep Calm and Say Hi To Becca!


Nov 14
// Becca Roberts
Hello and good day Lords and Ladies, I am pleased to announce the latest episode of BritToid! We have said our goodbyes to Miss Hollie Bennett and I have now been welcomed into the world of crazy. This episode begins with a q...
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Get your fight on! Namco X Capcom Fight Club


Nov 12
// Becca Roberts
On Saturday, December 3rd at the Namco Station in London, Capcom and Namco are teaming up for an extra special UK Christmas Fight Club, featuring an extra special guest: producer of the Tekken series, Harada-san!! He will be there throughout the day to watch over the glorious fighting not only from some of the best in the UK but from you guys as well, if you think you can handle it that is...
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BritToid ep 18: Keep calm and say farewell to Hollie


Oct 31
// Hollie Bennett
So here it is, ladies and gentlemen: not only my very last BritToid, but also my very last front-page post as staff here at Destructoid. As of tomorrow, I will be the new Consumer and Community PR for Namco Bandai in the...
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Join us at the MCM Expo in London this weekend


Oct 25
// Becca Roberts
From October 28-30 (this weekend) the MCM Expo in London will be taking place. Held twice a year at the Excel centre in the Docklands, this event is usually a huge mass of cosplayers, anime and some content from games. Howeve...
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BritToid: The Eurogamer Expo 2011 special edition


Oct 11
// Hollie Bennett
Eurogamer Expo 2011 was a fantastic event in London which saw a great turn out from Destructoid EU who came together to play some games and duel wield wine.  In this special edition of BritToid the team come to...
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BritToid ep 15: Keep calm and have a special edition


Sep 14
// Hollie Bennett
Look everybody, it's the BritToid gamescom special edition podcast! About time we got around to posting it, don't you think? In this episode, the usual crew returns to talk about the games we are currently playing, how aweso...
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Gamescom Day 3 Wrap up


Aug 20
// Hollie Bennett
I don't actually know what happened to Maurice Tan, maybe he got trampled to death as gamescom attendees ran for the Battlefield 3 booth, but either way we managed to replace him. Today Daniel Carneiro, Daniel Seto and mysel...
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Meet the Gamescom 2011 team


Aug 16
// Hollie Bennett
While I am probably on my forth or fifth mini-meltdown this week it appears that nearly all my pre-gamescom prep work is completed and the team is eager to be let loose at one of biggest gaming events in the world....
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BritToid Ep 14: Keep calm and fondle the back


Aug 14
// Hollie Bennett
Welcome to episode 14 of BritToid, Destructoid's very own Euro-focused gaming podcast, where every fortnight I try to control the madness and stop Dan Seto and Dan Carniero from spending the whole time arguing. ...
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Ubisoft announces official Assassin's Creed apparel


Aug 02
// Hollie Bennett
This week Ubisoft has partnered with UK clothing designer Insert Coin to announce its official apparel for Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Due to launch in late August/early September, the designs will...
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BritToid Ep 13: Keep calm and do stuff with Angel!


Jul 31
// Hollie Bennett
At the end of recording every episode we pick a title which is based on some of the dumb stuff we say. While arguing over what to call this episode I discovered the greatest website of all time - Angel does stuff which b...
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BritToid Ep 12: Keep calm and touch a bear


Jul 16
// Hollie Bennett
This episode reaches you in a far more timely manner than we are used to seeing and I proudly present the retun of the full cast for the first time in many, many months.  In episode 12 we ta...
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BritToid Ep 11: Keep calm and plug the flow


Jul 01
// Hollie Bennett
While this may only be the 11th official BritToid podcast, it is actually our one year anniversary and it has definitely been an interesting adventure. When I started working for Destructoid I always said I wanted t...
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Drink, relax and play in South England


Jul 01
// Hollie Bennett
With the Mana bar having great success in Melbourne, Australia it is great to be contacted by a similar bar hidden away on the south coast of England. The Loading Bar is based in Falmouth and provides gamers with a place...
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Interview: European love up with Steel Series


Jun 22
// Hollie Bennett
I have to admit that I am quite the fan of Steel Series and despite him constantly picking on me, I actually enjoy interviewing company CMO Kim Rom.  Huddled in a corner of the E3 show floor Kim runs us through Steel Se...
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BritToid Ep 10: The missing edition


Jun 22
// Hollie Bennett
After numerous technical difficulties and a little trip to E3, I can finally announce that the very long awaited and overdue BritToid episode 10 has finally arrived -- on the eve of the recording of BritToid episode 11 none t...
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Sign spinning with Mortal Kombat


Apr 28
// Hollie Bennett
Nothing quite says the promotion of a horrifically violent videogame quite like spending an afternoon in London sign spinning with two rather cute guys from California.  While Mortal Kombat already knew i...

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