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Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is Gorgeous, Complex, and Quietly Terrifying

My experience with Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, though brief, kept my brain busy for hours afterward. Following my play time, I couldn't play anything else. I just couldn't process anything new. My mind kept spinning back to patterns of splintered light, motes of glittering gold dust, and …

Indie Gaming

Wolfenstein Prequel Has Nazi Zombies, Brutal-Sounding Pipe Weapon, More

Ahead of its release next month, Bethesda and developer MachineGames have published a new blog post that reveals some new gameplay details for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, a standalone prequel to last year's The New Order. First, protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz will wield a brutal-sounding pipe melee …

Gaze upon the realm of Dark Souls, in one single image

Earlier today we showed you one artist's rendering of Skyrim as a subway map. Now, here is Lordran, the realm of <i>Dark Souls</i>, fit for a tapestry.<p>This is the work of Judson Cowan, an artist some may remember from concept art he developed for a game he — deliberately — will never make. This is his …

Dark Souls

Pamela is a beautiful survival game inspired by Mass Effect and Mirror's Edge

In the Unity booth at this year's Game Developers Conference, Toronto-based NVYVE Studios is showing off <i>Pamela</i>, a first-person survival horror game set on a futuristic island colony called Eden. People in the colony have been infected with a disease and are experiencing rapid bone growth, and as …

Trailers

Journey into Necropolis with the creator of Shadowrun

<i>Necropolis</i>, which blends third-person combat with procedurally generated dungeons and presents it all with very stylish animation, just released the first look at its gameplay, with a series of screenshots and .gifs. Necropolis is a work of Harebrained Schemes, the studio founded by Jordan Weisman, …

GIF Animations

The new Fable will be free-to-play on Xbox One and PC

Lionhead's <i>Fable Legends</i> will be free-to-play when it comes to Xbox One and Windows PC this year, the developer announced today, saying Fable fans will be able to play the role-playing game "from beginning to end without spending a penny."<p><i>Fable Legends</i>' free-to-play implementation will be somewhat …

It Follows review – sexual dread fuels a modern horror classic

David Robert Mitchell’s tale of a fatal curse that can only be transmitted to an unwitting lover taps into primal anxieties so effectively you can’t help but be traumatised<p>A friend confessed to me recently that this was the only film to have given him, in adult life, a proper wake-up-sweating …

Horror

Atari's new Asteroids game is nothing like Asteroids — it's a sandbox survival game

Atari announced <i>Asteroids: Outpost</i> today, calling the new take on the 35-year-old <i>Asteroids</i> a "bold re-imagining" of the brand. That's a pretty accurate statement, since <i>Asteroids: Outpost</i> is not an arcade space shooter, but an open-world, sandbox-style survival game.<p>Players will mine, build and …

The truth behind those mysteriously cheap gray market game codes

The Steam key for <i>Gravity Ghost</i>, the new release from Ivy Games, cost Polygon $12.44. The indie game is just a few weeks old, and currently the only place to buy it is through the Humble Bundle store or Steam itself. Or rather, those are the official places to buy it. There, the game sells for …

Tropico Dev Reveals Diablo-Style Action-RPG Victor Vran

Tropico series developer Haemimont Games has announced its next project, and it's something completely different. Victor Vran is the name of an all-new, Diablo-esque action-RPG that's set to launch this summer on PC through Steam Early Access.<p>In the game's announcement, Haemimont said: "The team’s …

$12 gets you nine classic Star Wars games in a surprise Humble Bundle

Recent Humble Bundles have been pretty interesting, but this huge news: The Humble Star Wars bundle launches today, and you can pick your price to get up to nine Star Wars games, with more added as the bundle progresses.<p>These are the tiers you can choose from today, and there are some great games …

Smart mattress cover can control the temperature and the coffeemaker

For those who can't commit to a $1,000 mattress (a lot of people, most likely) even if it is high-tech, this much cheaper smart mattress <i>cover</i> called Luna might be the better choice. It's embedded with sensors to detect breathing and heart rate, accelerometers to track sleep patterns and microphones …

This sweet little stereo system sounds better than it has any right to

The venerable Lepai LP-2020A+ amplifier paired with the new Dayton Audio B452 bookshelf speakers are a winning combination, says the Audiophiliac.<p>As regular Audiophiliac readers know, I love writing about cost-no-object, high-end audio, but I also have a soft spot for dirt cheap, but decent …

Audiophile
Gaming

These Major VS Minor Key Versions of Popular Songs Are Amazing

They make R.E.M sound like The Smiths and Red Hot Chili Peppers sound like Weezer.<p>One of the best parts of music, other than y’know, listening to incredible compositions that have the ability to make you reconsider your current emotional palette, is listening to artists cover other artists songs …

Indie Music

Grime, Footwork and Rare Soulja Boy in This Exclusive Mix from Drippin

The Norwegian producer drops a mood setter ahead of this Saturday's Just Jam event in London.<p>For years via their online channel on dontwatchthat.tv, the guys at Just Jam have been responsible for serious clubnights, music workshops and most notably, for live streaming sets from the best names in …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Nest CEO Tony Fadell's New Startup Wants To Completely Change The Smartphone As We Know It

Silicon Valley startup Keyssa is working on a technology it calls "kiss connectivity," which could allow you to transfer a movie as large as "Avatar" between devices in just five seconds, as Bloomberg Businessweek reported in its profile of the company.<p>You would simply tap your phone or tablet to …

Wireless Charging