Modern Interactive Fiction
In this episode:
  • We talk about all things interactive fiction from choose your own adventure to walking simulators to games that came out this week!
Weekly Geekery
  • Beej relaunched Health Hacks and beat FFXV this week.
  • Void gave The Defenders a watch, got back into Gamefly, sampled Nioh and For Honor, played the fantastic Sonic Mania, and was amazed that 20XX isn’t getting the developer sued.
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'Ruiner' is not just a cyberpunk 'Hotline Miami'
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Ruiner might be one of the most eye-catching titles showcased at Gamescom -- something that's hard to achieve when every company is bombarding you with posters, flags and bags at every turn. The aggressive, manga-styled protagonist and angry catch copy are difficult to ignore. It's also the first title to come out of Reikon studio, an indie Polish team founded by veteran gamesmakers that had previously worked on The Witcher, Shadow Warrior and many more. (I really liked Shadow Warrior, okay?)

Cofounder Magdalena Tomkowicz explained how she had grown tired of big gaming projects, and wanted to recover the passion of making a game: this top-down shooter / slasher is the result of that. The Hotline Miami comparisons might be fair at the simplest level, but Ruiner seems to take that top-down gameplay mechanic in a very different direction. Oh and a bunch of angry techno soundtracks alongside sharp character and environment design help drive things along, even if it can be a little overwhelming at times. Shoot, slash, dash and let the blood splatter.

Before You Know it, 10 Days Have Passed
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'Shinobi Striker' makes 'Naruto' a serious online fighter
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Naruto is in a strange place right now. The long-running manga series ended in early 2015, before its anime adaptation wrapped up in March this year. The spiky-haired ninja saved the world and achieved his dream of becoming the Hokage, or rather the leader, of the Hidden Leaf village. But now there's Boruto, a new series about his boisterous son. Both the manga and anime are relatively new and it's not clear just yet if either will replicate the success of the original series.

Has Dead by Daylight been improved by its updates?
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Update Night is a new fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they’ve been changed for better or worse. I’m starting to sympathise with Freddy Krueger. Here I am — a monstrous serial killer, armed with unheimlich powers and a wickedly sharp axe — and I’m being given the run-around […]

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Pre-register for 'Monument Valley 2' on Google Play
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The sequel to the mind-bending, gorgeous puzzler Monument Valley has been available for iOS since June; it was announced at Apple's developer conference, WWDC. Now Android users get to experience the MC Escher-inspired mobile game. Well, almost. Monument Valley 2 is available for pre-registration on the Google Play Store.

Via: Android Police

Source: Google Play

Beast Battle Simulator: a bag of animal fight foolishness
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2017, 1:40 pm
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‘Swords of Ditto’ scratches that retro ‘Zelda’ itch
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2017, 1:31 pm

Washed up on the beach, you, young boy/girl/robot, are the hero that will save the island of Ditto. Or you'll fail, and plunge the land into a hundred years of darkness until another hero is born. OneBitBeyond's The Swords Of Ditto puts you control one tiny adventurer at a time, and if when you die, when the Big Evil (some sorceress of some kind) fries you on the spot, you won't live to fight another day. However, someone else will claim your hero's sword and continue the struggle. That's the crux, but it's how OneBitBeyond have executed it, in a top-down action RPG that leans heavily on SNES-era Zelda (and some Secret Of Mana), with a punchy cartoon style that belies the small team behind it all.

The Instance Gamescom 2017 Edition
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Our Gamescom coverage of what Blizzard might do there. New WoW expansion? Maybe. Get all the juicy details from Scott and Patrick today!

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God’s Trigger is cooperative Hotline Miami with a devilish twist
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2017, 12:01 pm
God’s Trigger killed me at least twenty times in five minutes. Announced at Gamescom this week, it’s a new title from Techland that plays out very much like the two-player cooperative take on Hotline Miami that the trailer suggested it might be. You can see that trailer below, followed by my thoughts after fifteen minutes […]

Tyranny: Bastard’s Wound starts oozing in September
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2017, 12:06 pm
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StarCraft Resurgent
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The remastered version of the original StarCraft/StarCraft: Brood Wars went live last week.  For $14.95 you can have an updated version of the original 1998 title. I picked up a copy just to see what a Blizzard remaster felt like. This is a true

'Star Wars Battlefront II' adds tactical weight to space combat
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2017, 12:39 pm

As my T-65B X-Wing glides into view, I survey the scene up ahead. TIE fighters chase after nimble A-Wings, a flurry of green laser fire in their wake. A group of X-Wings circle an Imperial Cruiser, unloading proton torpedoes in a desperate attempt to lower the Empire's defences. To my left, I spot some TIE Interceptors headed toward my fellow X-Wings. Instinctively I barrel forward and harry them before a well-timed missile turns my ship into space debris. My heroics were short-lived, but I'm soon able to pick a new vehicle and rejoin the fray, gaining my revenge on the TIE Bomber that so casually stopped me before.

Have You Played… Max Payne 3?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2017, 10:30 am
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. The farther time drifts away from the release of Max Payne 3 [official site] the more I appreciate what Rockstar tried to do with it. I hated the idea when it was announced. “Max in Brazil? […]

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Get grunting, gibfiends, as Quake Champions [official site] is now in early access. This is id Software taking the vintage mega-fast arena FPS into slightly more modern lands by making it a bit of a ‘hero shooter’ where everyone has special abilities and different stats. (A ‘hero shooter’ is a class-based shooter where character classes […]

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Posted by gamesradar news [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 August 2017, 9:29 am
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