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October 31, 2014

Sunless Sea And Me: Saviour’s Rocks

Why not visit my infested little corner of the Unterzee?

You may think you see spiders. You are Mistaken.

Visitors are welcome. Travellers unlucky enough to be shipwrecked… are unlucky travellers indeed.

So, here’s something I’m very excited/nervous to announce. A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to write an island for the upcoming Fallen London spin-off Sunless Sea… and it just went live in the Early Access version. It’s called Saviour’s Rocks, and you’ll know it when you see it. It has a certain theme; of sorrow-spiders and their cultists, but you arrive at a good time – the greyness temporarily broken by a yearly Festival of Silk for the traders to celebrate their ‘generous neighbours’. They would not soon turn down the assistance of an experienced captain and their crew… but an island of spiders is always going to weave some very tangled webs.

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October 30, 2014

Alien Isolation: Abridged

By popular request, a horrifying journey into the unknown... or rather, the extremely well known...

Careful with the motion tracker. It bleeps. In space, everyone can hear your screen.

Careful with the motion tracker. It bleeps. In space, everyone can hear your screen.

Victim’s Log, Amanda Ripley. They’ve found my mother, or so they say. I’m skeptical, but I can’t give up hope. Not yet. Since the Company considers it proprietary, I’ve been sent to go get it from a station called Sevastopol. I’m almost positive nothing will go-

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October 29, 2014

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor: Abridged

It's less Tolkein, more fightin', in this surprisingly good spin-off

"My question isn't how you got your name. It's how you got your promotion."

“My question isn’t how you got your name. It’s how you got your promotion.”

It is written in the great chronicles of Middle Earth that here, on the slopes of Mount Doom, Nolan North and Troy Baker would face their final confrontation until the next one. And also I, Jennifer Hale, will be there. In the land of Mordor, where the shadows lie…
This totally isn’t going to be like Assassin’s Creed and Batman thrown into a blender!
That armour absolutely doesn’t make your butt look big!
This is exactly the kind of thing Tolkein had in mind!

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October 21, 2014

The Legend Of Korra… In GIFs

Yes! A game about one of the best cartoons ever made! How could it go wrong?

Let's review this one... Tumblr style!

Let’s review this one… Tumblr style!

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October 18, 2014

Critical Paths

It's time for a new column! And so much for not lingering on the past...

The graphic novel cut-scenes in the new Gabriel Knight really are splendid.

The graphic novel cut-scenes in the new Gabriel Knight really are splendid.

Yes, Crap Shoot is over, but something of its spirit lives on in my new PC Gamer column – Critical Paths. The basic idea is that each week I’ll be taking an irreverent but hopefully interesting look at the world of story and writing in games; the good, the bad, the just plain awful. To prove that it’s not just about words though, this week is a look at the colour theory that helped the original Gabriel Knight create such a menacing and effective atmosphere.

As ever, it takes a little time for these things to bed down and find a level. Hopefully you’ll like it though. To a large extent Crap Shoot was focused on story anyway, and this allows for similar stuff without necessarily having to play through entire games on a weekly basis just to get screenshots and write a little snark.

Check out the first part here. The others are due to go live Saturdays, around 10AM (real time)

(And that’s definitely all I’m writing about Gabriel Knight for a while!)

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October 17, 2014

Opinion: Hatred

I dunno. Doesn't look like my kind of thing, but I bet Carmen Sandiego could pull it off...

Eh, not my kind of thing. But I bet Carmen Sandiego could pull it off…

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[Video] Realms Of The Haunting, Part 2

Adam and Rebecca continue their journey through the four realms of the universe, trying not to lose their way. Like the game does.

Thief: What’s Yours Is Abridged

Master Thief Garrett discovers why his ancestor worked alone in the 2014 reboot. Now featuring roughly 20% more stolen jokes

Skyrim: Week Of Madness

The Elder Scrolls never predicted anything like this! For a week, over 200 mods feuding and fighting turn Skyrim into the craziest fantasy world ever.