Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Tim Stone)

2014 wasn’t exactly a bumper year for standalone flight sim releases. Apart from the flak-nibbled IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, and eccentric WWI curios like ILYA Muromets and Canvas Knights simulated clouds had simulated skies almost all to themselves. Fortunately the add-on sector was as vigorous and ambitious as ever. Today in The Flare Path I catch up with five top flight sim supplementers, all of whom have worked their windsocks off this past twelve months. Recently discovered the delights of DCS World or purchased the A380-sized bargain that is FSX Steam Edition? Beware! What follows may pluck at your purse strings.

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

Blinky, NOOOOOOO

As someone trying to overcome a fear of horror games I downloaded Pac Man: The 8 Pages.

It’s a riff on Slender: The Eight Pages, a game which scared me so badly I could only play it in broad daylight while eating a nice sandwich and STILL managed to drop my mouse out of sheer terror.

What you do in the game is pretty much what you would expect wander a Pac Man-style labyrinth looking for pages pinned to the walls as a monstrous ghost (Blinky) pursues you. The thing with the game is that it isn’t scary, but I did really like the connection it draws between the collection/evasion in Pac Man and in Slender.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Konstantinos Dimopoulos)

Over their long, illustrious history point-and-click adventures have starred everything from wannabe pirates and odd teenagers to private investigators and obnoxious wizards, but never a goat herder. Happily, the aptly named Goat Herd and the Gods has just been released to right this heinous wrong by casting Atl the Aztec goat herder as its protagonist.

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

Hey, what are those little fellas up to?

Whoa whoa, hey there! What are you doing in such a hurry? Are you trying to play> The Watcher? There’s a fairly big clue in the name there, buddy. It’s a short game you can poke at in your browser for free. You might want to play with the little aliens building a spaceship, but they’re a skittish sort. Don’t touch anything. You’ve got to wait. Sit back and watch the hand-drawn cuties scampering, and enjoy the music. When your time to interact does come, you might wish it hadn’t.

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

The 'Dublin Police Department'? I didn't know there was any such thing.

I’m torn. On one hand, I would very much like to play as a lady in Payday 2. On the other, I don’t want to support the foolishness that is selling the only female character for 4 as DLC. I still feel a bit of a wally for buying Killing Floor‘s lady zombie-shooter. But I do like how the Payday gang’s female member, Clover, is a sweary, excitable Irish lady (hey, this link will make loud noises). Ah, I’ll decide later. This week also brought a new DLC heist, but it doesn’t sound like a great buy.

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

Fancy

As part of its winter Snowdown event, League of Legends has introduced new game mode The Legend Of The Poro King for a limited time.

Legend Of The Poro King takes place on The Howling Abyss single lane map (as you’d expect given that’s the poros’ natural habitat). The twist is that each player now has two poro accompanying them into battle. Poro in case you were wondering are those tribble-y looking balls of fluff and horns bounding about.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jeremy Laird)

It’s that time of year when the press releases stop flowing, the new product dries up and yours truly runs out of novel kit to verbally clobber. What more excuse do we need to round up the highlights of the year in PC gaming tech, from the proud victories and fearful gaffes to the simply-failed-to-ever-happens. Here we go…

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

This image represents Steam.

Here’s a thing which may mean absolutely nothing to you: Steam is reportedly now region-locking gift copies of every game. If you don’t know what that means, don’t sweat it – you’re probably not affected. If you do know some of those words and do care, I’ll explain. Basically, it’s to stop folks buying games from the Steam stores of countries where things are cheaper. While a change like this has clearly been a long time coming, it’s supposedly happening now in response to the Russian ruble’s current problems.

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

The last couple of years I’ve seen games in various stages of completion making overtures towards the professional gaming scene. Of these I’d say Smite – a third-person over-the-shoulder lane pusher has done the most to convince me of its intentions towards competitive gaming.

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

It’s Chriiiiiiistmas, as Noddy Holder screams every morning to the terrified residents of Toyland, no matter what the season. Beneath a mechanical tophat festooned with mirrors and baubles, he gambols and grimaces, throwing colourfully decorated parcels containing tiny tartan trousers and other glam trinkets.

Steam is a lot like young Noddy, spreading goodwill whatever the season with its regular sales. But now is your chance to grab gifts for one and all (yourself included), because the Holiday Sale has just begun. Highlights below.

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