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

Maaaaaaaammy

Here’s what puzzles me. We’ve all been so terribly excited about Double Fine making a new point and click adventure game and potentially making Psychonauts 2 – as though the idea of getting games like that had hitherto been openly insane. And yet, on console, they’d already released Stacking, which is positively dripping in adventurey leftfield puzzles and Psychonautsy surreal-slapstick humour. So, before we get entirely wrapped up in crying for more, let’s celebrate lovely Stacking, which arrived suddenly on Steam just a few days ago. (more…)

Mar 6, 2012
Product Update - Valve
This patch updates the DirectX redistributables to the version required for Costume Quest. This fixes some issues that new installs of Costume Quest might have.
Product Update - Valve
Updates to Costume Quest have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:

- This patch fixes an issue that caused some of the user interface elements to have a blocky appearance when rendered at high resolutions.
Product Update - Valve
This patch of Costume Quest adds a few new options:

- You can now toggle v-sync through the display settings
- We added an FXAA shader to help reduce jaggies. It’s enabled by default, and you can toggle it through the display settings
- For those with powerful GPU's, we added support for supersampling for even higher quality antialiasing. In Steam, right-click on Costume Quest, go to Properties…, click Set Launch Options…, and then type in either –ssaa2x or –ssaa4x. If you launch Costume Quest elsewhere, then just use –ssaa2x or –ssaa4x as command line arguments.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

His milk *is* delicious

Update: Minecraft-master Markus ‘Notch’ Persson has been publicly trying to get Tim Schafer’s attention today, saying “Let’s make Psychonauts 2 happen” and confirming to us that he’s serious. Who knows what, if anything, will come of this – but how exciting, eh?

Ah, the fine art of reporting on non-events: not news as such, but they make us go all misty-eyed and slightly sad. In this case, it’s Double Fine’s Tim Schafer revealing that he would gladly make another Psychonauts game, but no-one will give the studio the money they need for it. Aaaaaaaaaaaargh! (more…)

Product Update - Valve
The latest patch for Costume Quest contains two significant changes:

- This fixes an occasional but serious crash bug, which was causing the game to write off the end of a mis-sized vertex buffer
- You can now disable vsync through the command line option -novsync. To set this through Steam, right-click on Costume Quest, select Properties, click Set Launch Options…, and enter –novsync. We’ll be adding this to the display settings UI in the near future.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jim Rossignol)

This year has been unusually rich in the kind of game that I most enjoy: those that are open-ended, or provide a sandbox world for me to mess about in. We usually get a couple of these every year, but in 2011 we seem to have run into a minor bounty of the open stuff, which is good news for explorers and meanderers alike. I’ve gone into a bit more detail about why this pleases me below. >

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

Autokids, trundle out!

After far too long a hiatus, Double Fine Productions unexpectedly returned to PC last week, releasing their year-old, Halloween-themed RPG Costume Quest on Steam. Hopefully the rest of their games will follow, but in the meantime here’s what I made of their dress-up duff ‘em up. >

There aren’t enough costumes! Then again, any number of additional costumes probably still wouldn’t have been enough to dissuade me from using the very first one, the winged, rocket-lobbing robot suit, over and over again. Maybe it’s because it looks a bit like Thundercracker from Transformers, or maybe it’s just because I’m a boy. Boys like machines and violence, girls like pink and unicorns. Those are the rules. (Apart from when they’re not.) Costume Quest does, after all, play unashamedly to the child in us: it’s a celebration of the goofy cheesiness of American Halloween, admirably managing to keep cynicism out while never falling prey to mawkishness. (more…)

Product Release - Valve
Just is time for Halloween Costume Quest is Now Available on Steam.

Costume Quest is a Halloween adventure from Tim Schafer's Double Fine Productions. In this charming role-playing game, choose your hero and trick-or-treat through three beautiful environments full of Double Fine humor and story. Complete quests, build your party, and collect costumes along the way that allow you to transform into powerful champions and take down the evil Repugians. This heroic holiday tale will capture the imaginations of kids and kids-at-heart.

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