Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Emily Short)

Cropped cover image for Hadean Lands

Back when Kickstarter was relatively young, Andrew Plotkin proved that there was some money in interactive fiction by raising more than $30,000 to develop Hadean Lands. The game concerned the crash of a starship driven by alchemy, one in which the player would have to complete various rituals in order to get the ship moving again.

In full disclosure, I backed the game in its crowdfunding stage, and later helped to beta-test it. But I’m not alone in thinking Hadean Lands> is one of the most extraordinary pieces of parser IF ever written, both as a technical achievement and as a piece of escalating puzzle design. Indeed, almost the first response when I started this column was a plea that I would cover Hadean Lands> as soon as possible.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

The vampiric Blood Knights will be sinking their teeth into Total Warhammer [official site] tomorrow, arriving as part of the strategy game’s first big update. Also expect stability improvements, balance tweaks, bug fixes, and more-ticklish goblins.

Oh, and if you like to live on the bleeding edge of technology – watch out! That’ll surely attract vampires. Jokes. But if you like new and fancy things, you might want to have a crack at the DirectX 12 version launching into beta tomorrow.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Demons, in Shadow Warrior 2 [official site], appear to be made of jelly. I m carving one particularly big bastard open like a Christmas turkey and the segments that slide away are like the gelatinous gloop and gristle sliding from a tin of cheap dogfood. They wibble and wobble, quivering beneath the teeth of my chainsaw. They fold and flop, eventually disintegrating.

The ultraviolence is more over the top than in the game s predecessor, but it s nothing new. That s just about the only place that the sequel takes the more of the same approach though. Almost everything has changed.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

You have to understand: I’m not supposed to be here. Something went wrong and I ended up in this dimension, one where we live on land not in water and our FPSs don’t roar like Devil Daggers and our rhythm games don’t rock faces like Thumper [official site]. This world is not right. But I am delighted that Devil Daggers slipped through a crack in reality, and now we have a date for when Thumper will follow – October 13th.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Pumpin' pumpin'

If your pocket telephone has a Halo lady living inside it, good news: Valve have released a Steam app for Windows Phone. Which is mostly exciting because it means Windows Phone now has the Steam mobile authenticator, so you can more easily secure your account with two-factor authentication and also get past those holds on trading for unauthenticated users.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Pity me. I have two different VR headsets in my house, so my PC is a mess of cables, USB hubs and strained video output adaptors. My suffering is unimaginable. I have swaddled myself in wires and made my forehead sweat for your benefit, however: to try and give you some sense of how the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive compare to each other in daily practice. While many of the baseline specs are all but identical, there are a raft of smaller differences between the two, even once the matter of the Vive’s room-scale support is discounted. I do, somewhat reluctantly, now have one headset I recommend over the other at this point in time, but with important caveats. … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Double Undeath sounds fun!

I hope I become a skellington after I die. Being a zombie is pointless (barring iZombie> magibrains) and being a ghost is sad, but skellingtons are always laughing and larking about. However, apparently one can become both a ghost and a zombie?

That’s what happens to Noelle Brody in Over My Dead Body (For You) [official site], the newly-announced commercial follow-up to a fun free action-puzzler from 2014. It’ll send us off on a merry murderous adventure through the megacorp which did this to her, controlling her zombie and ghost on different thumbsticks (or keys).

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

Patch 6.13 will be of interest to League of Legends [official site] players who feel support characters don’t get the recognition they deserve. I feel like I might be the target audience for this patch as I have, in all seriousness, sat in the pub and explained in tedious detail to my companions how ACTUALLY I THINK YOU’LL FIND the focus on killstreaks and so on in MOBAS creates a reward loop that moves people away from the support role and into… Hey! Come back!

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.>

E.R. The Game represents one of my all-time favourite moments in gaming. Given to me to review by PC Gamer, back in 2005, I had expected some crummy adventure tie-in along the lines of the abysmal CSI games Telltale used to poop out. I got something totally different. There were fairies.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

As Gabrielle once sang:

“Just look at my hopesLook at my dreamsI’m building bridges from these scenesNow I’m ready to Ryze again.”

So she actually predicted this latest rework of the League of Legends [official site] champ a good sixteen years ago which I feel deserves our respect. Nostradamus never won a Brit award, did he?

ANYWAY. Let’s look at the reworked Ryze…

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