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Hands on with Loading Human — the motion-controlled Oculus Rift adventure

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Hands on with Loading Human — the motion-controlled Oculus Rift adventure

Loading Human is an Oculus Rift powered adventure game in which you play a novelist with Alzheimer’s whose fractured memories are being uploaded into a computer by his Nobel Prize winning scientist wife. To enable his fraying mind to be transferred to a hard disk, he must relive his memories one by one, piecing together his experiences and burrowing through his tattered virtual brainscape.

Not content with simply dropping you into the Oculus Rift’s convincingly projected version of reality, Loading Human also employs the use of Razer Hydra, two handheld nunchuks whose positions in space are tracked by a clever motion-sensing, desk-mounted orb. Together with the virtual reality headset, they allow you to move and use your hands inside the game world, picking up and interacting with objects in a genuinely disconcerting way.

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Assault Android Cactus trailer reveals some top-shelf SHMUPing, game "coming soon"

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Assault Android Cactus trailer reveals some top-shelf SHMUPing, game "coming soon"

I haven’t played Assault Android Cactus in over a year, not since seeing it at a GDC party in 2014. But this trailer is a good time to remind you that Assault Android Cactus is an awesome twin-stick shooter and I suspect a lot of people are going to fall in love with it after it comes out.

Check out this trailer to get a taste of what’s headed your way.

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Kholat gets a release date and a trailer narrated by Sean Bean

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Kholat gets a release date and a trailer narrated by Sean Bean

I haven’t written about Kholat, an exploration game with more than a hint of horror, since last year, but the release trailer has reminded me of its existence, as well as reminding me why I was rather intrigued by it all the way back in August. 

It’s inspired by the “Dyatlov Pass Incident," a tragedy that led to the deaths of several Russian hikers in the Ural mountains. Though the cause of the hikers’ deaths has been officially explained, the mystery has endured, inspiring Kholat, which sees players investigating the area after the events. 

Take a gander at the release trailer below. 

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Might and Delight teases its surreal exploration game: Child of Cooper

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Might and Delight teases its surreal exploration game: Child of Cooper

Now that Might and Delight have explored what it’s like to be a mamma badger and a mamma lynx, the Shelter developer is leaving parenting behind in Child of Cooper. Details are slim at the moment, but it’s a visual narrative game that explores the memories of a child, presented with some rather surreal art. 

Take a gander at the teaser trailer. 

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Dimension Drive Kickstarter foiled as €7,000 fraudulent donation is pulled minutes before deadline

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Dimension Drive Kickstarter foiled as €7,000 fraudulent donation is pulled minutes before deadline

2Awesome Studio has been left picking up the pieces of their Dimension Drive Kickstarter, as the project failed to meet its goal of €30,000 due to a fraudulent donation. Just when the project was seemingly coming to a close, without meeting its goal, a single backer pledged a whopping €7,000 to put them over.

But the moment of joy was not to last, as Kickstarter notified the indie devs that the pledge wasn’t to be. “Don’t know what to do now," said 2Awesome Studios. “Mentally devastated."

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The Westport Independent gets a demo, and it's [CENSORED]

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The Westport Independent gets a demo, and it's [CENSORED]

The Westport Independent, a game that puts players in the shoes of a newspaper editor working in a country ruled by an authoritarian regime, is quite a bit like Papers, Please. You can see it in the simple, tactile interface and the rising tension as you try to choose whether to be a government lapdog or take a stand. 

It’s a bit broader than Lucas Pope’s lauded border sim, though, with staff to manage, newspapers to layout and distribution to work out. And you can take it for a spin right this very second, or once you’ve downloaded the demo, at least. It’s a free alpha preview, and is already rather good. 

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Train Valley puts you in charge of a tiny rail network

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Train Valley puts you in charge of a tiny rail network

Trains are basically giant snakes that we, after paying for the privilege, devour us so we can be deposited in a new place. Instead of stomach acid, you’re more likely to find sticky floors and people who need to turn their music down, but that’s just as awful. I have an uneasy relationship with these steel serpents. 

With that in mind, I’m probably not the sort of person who should ever be put in a position where I have to run a rail company. Maybe you are, though? Would you like to tame these strange creatures? Train Valley will let you do that. 

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The studio behind Space Engineers are working on self-improving AI that may one day outstrip humanity

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The studio behind Space Engineers are working on self-improving AI that may one day outstrip humanity

Are you among the million or so Steam users who bought a copy of Space Engineers at some point in its development? Well, congratulations: not only did you acquire a lovely game about trying to build space objects faster than space can dismantle them, but you also helped fund fledgling efforts to create a childlike AI capable of taking us far beyond the limits of human understanding.

Bargain.

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Technobabylon will cyberpunk your brains out in May

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Technobabylon will cyberpunk your brains out in May

Technobabylon, the cyberpunk thriller from Wadjet Eye and James Dearden, is poised to reintroduce adventure gamers to the city of Newton, an AI-run future town in 2087, this May. Expect mind-jacking serial killers, synthetic drugs that remove the need for human interaction and a strong Neuromancer vibe. 

Direct your cyborg peepers toward the launch trailer below. 

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Kerbal Space Program 1.0 blasts off today

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Kerbal Space Program 1.0 blasts off today

Update: It's out now.

Today, Kerbal Space Program leaves the confines of Earth’s atmosphere and buggers off into space. Yes, it’s launch day, and at an unspecified time KSP will break free from Early Access and receive one of its largest updates since it landed on Steam.

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The Charnel House Trilogy review

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The Charnel House Trilogy review

The Charnel House Trilogy is a short, peculiar adventure game laced with creeping horror. It’s lingered in my mind many times the length of time it took me to get from starting the first chapter, Inhale, to the closing of the third, Exhale. That’s not saying much, I suppose, given the brevity of this curious story in three parts. 

I’ve been dwelling on it, anyway. It’s tonally spotty, it wears the skin of an adventure game without ever committing, and its conclusion offers few answers to the game’s many questions. But its atmosphere has its claws in me, and damn do I want those questions answered.

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Medieval Engineers Early Access review

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Medieval Engineers Early Access review

I know what you’re thinking: it’s Space Engineers with castles. Medieval Engineers is the second Early Access game from Keen Software, and like its predecessor, it’s a building game and physics simulation. The similarities run deep, but two key differences set the games apart. 

Where Space Engineers was a game free from gravity, Medieval Engineers is shackled by it. Things don’t fly, they fall, and this informs how and what you can build. Then there’s the second key difference: castles just aren’t as much fun as spaceships. 

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I am Bread is almost ready to pop out of the toaster

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I am Bread is almost ready to pop out of the toaster

Bread and physics gone mad simulator I am Bread has been cooking away in Early Access since last year, but it’s almost ready to pop out of the toaster and onto digital plates. 

Next week, it will leave Early Access with a 25 percent discount through the week of launch. Our Steve didn't find it quite delicious enough when he wrote his I am Bread Early Access review, but quite a bit has changed since then, including the addition of other breakfast foods.

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Gabe Newell will cut you in Crawl

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Gabe Newell will cut you in Crawl

Crawl joins the likes of Magicka in the list of games that will put a big strain on friendships. It’s a dungeon crawler where one player controls the hero, and three chums take control of traps and monsters as disgruntled spirits. 

Bosses range from traditional dungeon-dwellers, like skeletons, to IRS agents. And, due in the next update, Gabe Newell.

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Titan Souls gets a standalone demo based on the game jam prototype

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Titan Souls gets a standalone demo based on the game jam prototype

Game jam experiment turned full game, Titan Souls, is due out later this month, on April 14th, but you can take the gorgeous action-adventure for a spin in demo-form right now. In this world of premium and alpha betas, I find new demos rather comforting, and start to miss the days when my study was full of demo discs, little treasure chests that were so important back when buying a game was a luxury.

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2: You can fill space with searing neon death

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Gratuitous Space Battles 2: You can fill space with searing neon death

Gratuitous Space Battles 2, Positech’s laser-filled strategy sequel, is a training simulator for prospective fleet commanders. You never know when you’ll be whisked away to an alien world or the future and told to put together a fleet that can conquer the galaxy. 

Like its predecessor, players are put to work making ships, from midge-sized fighters to dreadnought behemoths, which can then be unleashed on enemy fleets in large, hands-off space battles. It doesn’t deviate much from the original, but is blessed with flashier sci-fi scraps, lavish space backdrops and some new, handy toys waiting to be affixed to extremely customisable ships. 

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Space exploration game Outer Wilds wins the IGF Grand Prize

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Space exploration game Outer Wilds wins the IGF Grand Prize

Last night, the IGF Awards took place, and Outer Wilds became the 17th Grand Prize winner. There’s a good chance that you’ve not played it, because it’s not actually out yet. There is a free downloadable alpha build, though. 

It’s a space exploration mystery game where you can commandeer a rocket and go sightseeing around an alien solar system. It was awarded with the Seumas McNally Grand Prize as well as the Excellence in Design award.

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