Alex, Chris and Marsh take on the Pied Poper in A Plague Tale: Innocence, pootle across the Sea of Thieves, burp their way through Sigma Theory: Global Cold War and leave a faint but distinctly colonic whiff of Dota in their wake.

  • BUY BUY BUY
  • And people did – specifically they went and bought all the Valve VR goggles. Bought ’em right up.
  • Throw rats at popes in A Plague Tale: Innocence. Top tier charnel house tunnel effluent. 7/10.
  • “Settlers with zombies” is the elevator pitch for They Are Billions but perhaps it’s just not a very big elevator.
  • Frostpunk gives its city-building game a big final purpose much more successfully.
  • Spy management game Sigma Theory: Global Cold War – really neat premise, maybe let down by spreading its sim too thin.
  • Hello, I would like a one-way ticket to Hornengrad, please.
  • A point of comparison regarding the empowerment that comes from a learning curve: Unity of Command II
  • Powerful ass news in Death Stranding.
  • Co-op pirate game Sea of Thieves has got different ropes, it’s got bailing and analogue collaborative treasure-hunting. What more do you want? To not be on the terrible Windows Store. That’s what I want.
  • Dota: Underlords – it’s sure got a lot of stuff in it.
  • Dragon Age: Origins also had a lot of stuff in it. Here’s an email I sent at the time I reviewed it: “Dragon Age is not nearly the worst game I’ve played, but it’s certainly the game that I have liked least that I have played longest.”
  • Dota 2 is allegedly a game of some sort. Ridiculous! Never heard of it!
  • Sin Vega‘s excellent Eliza review. “We’ve all known a man we pitied but couldn’t trust.” Youch. Also mentioned: Nate Crowley, Nic Reuben, Alice O’Connor, Cass Marshal, Jason Schrier.
  • The heartbreaking parrot may in fact be Alex, the subject of a thirty-year experiment.
  • You can’t fuck Vangelis. Sorry, it’s just a fact.
  • If you are a bee, please get in touch with your taxonomies.
  • Here’s the German documentary about “silver gamers” and a link to the team itself.

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