Premature Evaluation: Holdfast – Nations At War
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 4:00 pm
We’ve been sending Fraser off to explore Early Access games. He keeps coming back. This week, he’s been standing in a neat row with new friends while 18th century Frenchmen shoot at him in Holdfast: Nations At War [official site]. During my sojourn in the Napoleonic era, I have seen some terrible things. I watched […]


Killing Floor 2 launches Halloween Horror event
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 2:00 pm
As you’d expect from a series about shooting monsters, mutants, and Einsteins, Killing Floor parties hard at Goth Christmas. The party starts today in Killing Floor 2 [official site] with the launch of its Halloween Horrors update, which adds a new map, extra weapons, and new(ish) enemy variants. And for people who enjoy dressing up, […]


Warframe: Plains of Eidolon doesn’t fix the game’s problems
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 2:00 pm
I played a little bit of Warframe [official site] a long time ago, when it was in a much more limited form. I quickly bounced off it. Several years of updates later, at first glance Warframe looks like a very different beast. I jumped back in for the Plains of Eidolon expansion, which adds an […]


Risen & Gothic creators go post-apocalyptic with Elex
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 2:34 pm
From the first Gothic games through to Risen, German studio Piranha Bytes have made fantasy RPGs. Today that changes with the launch of Elex [official site], taking the open-world RPG antics to a post-apocalyptic with jetpacks and guns. Oh okay, it is a little bit fantasy still, with technomagic, monsters, swords, and thatched cottages. But […]


EA to close Dead Space studio Visceral, in-development Star Wars game moving to Vancouver
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 3:27 pm
EA have just announced that they’ll be “ramping down and closing” Visceral, the studio behind the Dead Space trilogy. Visceral have been working on an untitled Star Wars project, described as an “action-adventure”, and Amy Hennig, formerly of Naughty Dog and Crystal Dynamics, moved to the studio in 2014 to work on that project as […]


The Witcher turns 10 years old and celebrates with a big sale
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 11:36 am
Somehow, our lad Geralt’s video game adventures have turned ten years old this week. That’s ten years of slaying monsters as the silver fox with cat-eyes. Ten years of werewolves, dragons, unicorns, romances and politics, usually all at the same time. Ten years of articles debating how much sex in a video game constitutes too […]


We sent Brendan to a castle in Poland to witness a giant session of strategy game Europa Universalis IV [official site]. In the first of a two-part report, he tells us of war-hungry Germans, scheming Saxons and unlucky Irish – the victims and villains of an epic four-day LAN party I wake up to the […]


Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus blasts launch trailer
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 12:15 pm
Though Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus [official site] will not launch until next Friday, October 27th, the launch trailer has arrived today to stake a claim on the next fortnight. As you’d expect, the trailer is full of Nazis being murdered and oh, I guess Hitler is back now too – in non-mecha form. Presumably […]


Wot I Think: A Hat In Time
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 10:00 am
Where Yooka-Laylee attempted to revive Rare’s Banjo-Kazooie formula, A Hat in Time [official site] strikes at a different vein of nostalgia. The 3D platformer attempts to split the difference between the open-ended adventuring of Super Mario 64 and the more guided point-by-point platforming of Super Mario Galaxy. The result is a work of obvious grace […]


Have You Played… Sun Dogs?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 10:30 am
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Pip made me play Sun Dogs for an episode of the podcast (may she Rest In PCG) and I am very grateful. It’s a short jaunt around the solar system as a post-human […]


UK government responds to loot box questions (vaguely)
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 11:13 am
The UK government has responded to two questions posed by a Cambridge MP about loot boxes and gambling laws. It is a very very very very boring answer, and says basically nothing apart from highlighting current regulations about gambling. That’s not much of a surprise, although the speed at which the government has “answered” suggests […]


Bunny boxer Overgrowth is out now after 9 years
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 8:22 am
I already told you this, but you weren’t listening. Rabbit kung fu game Overgrowth [official site] is out now for all your animal-punching pleasure. It features the following: Rats who stab A drop-kicking rabbit Wolves with no sense of clemency or grace Come and see what it looks like below, in smashing GIF form.


The weirdest thing about The Evil Within is that pooping snail
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 8:30 am
You probably know what to expect when you load up a game called The Evil Within [official site]. There will be a bunch of logos before you get to the menu and at least one of them will involve barbed wire, splattered blood and sinister fonts. The logo for the first game turned some of […]


South Park: The Fractured But Whole dribbles out
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 8:55 am
Hold onto your butts: South Park: The Fractured but Whole [official site] launched today. Fraser Brown already told us wot he thinks in our South Park: The Fractured but Whole review but gosh, that was yesterday afternoon and who can remember that far back? The world is full of distracting things like tea and weather. […]


Team Fortress 2 Jungle Inferno update brings new short
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 5:45 am
The Team Fortress 2 [official site] gang are off to a lush tropical island to fight around the remains of Saxton Hale’s failed theme park Yeti Park in the next big themed update. The Jungle Inferno update will re-open Yeti Park as Mercenary Park, where mercenaries fight mercenaries (for control of capture points). Psst, that’s […]


Opus Magnum: a new puzzler from Infinifactory creator
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 6:22 am
Is there any joy like the humble Zachlike? Don’t answer that. Zach Barth, creator of head-scratchers like Spacechem and SHENZHEN I/O, continues his slow march towards filling the planet earth with intricately complex puzzle games. His development studio has just announced Opus Magnum [official site] a game of dark machinery and darker alchemy in which […]


Sony Music launch indie game publishing label Unties
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 7:00 am
Because conglomerates are mystifying, Sony Music Entertainment has launched its own video game publishing label focused mainly on Japanese indies. No, it’s nothing to do with Sony Computer Entertainment and certainly not Sony Online Entertainment, this is Sony Music getting into games. The label is named Unties and yup, many of its games are coming […]


Rogue Trooper Redux: a so-so remaster of a perfectly decent action game
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 October 2017, 3:00 am
Rebellion’s 2006 third-person shooter Rogue Trooper is, as I have said before, the archetypal 7/10 action game. I mean that only positively: a game you fire up with no expectations of bar-raising, but just a solid good time. (As opposed to a 7/10 game that you expected 10/10 things from but were left underwhelmed). I’ve […]


See what you’ll see at sea in Battlefield 1’s Turning Tides
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2017, 2:01 pm
Battlefield 1 [official site] is off to sea sea sea in its next expansion, Turning Tides, so come see what you will see see see. EA today blasted more details on the DLC, explaining about flying airships over the Gallipoli peninsula, cruising the waves of Heligoland Bight in a new destroyer, and shooting guns whose […]


Steam charts: it’s the end of the world
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2017, 12:30 pm
Wotcha gang. Your old chum Alice here for this week’s charts, as everyone else has been fired. Out of a cannon. Blown into a jillion little pieces. Hence the Apocalyptic yellow tone to the skies today. Hold your breath when outside, and hold your breath while we count down last week’s top ten of the […]


Petroglyph’s RTS Forged Battalion is full of custom units
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2017, 1:08 pm
Petroglyph Games up to arcadey real-time strategy antics again, today announcing Forged Battalion [official site]. The upcoming RTS will let players heavily customise their units, kitting them out with different weapons and bits to fill different roles and counter enemies. Will you kit that power armour infantry with machine guns, or acid jets, acid grenades, […]


Wot I Think: The Evil Within 2
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2017, 10:00 am
The Evil Within 2 begins by wearing its heart on its sleeve; here’s a burning house, and oh no, the protagonist’s daughter is inside it. From the outset, it yells in your face that this is going to be a Tragic Dad story, the most beloved of videogame narrative tropes. And it never really rises […]


Slidekick through Quake with Qore
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2017, 10:23 am
My wishlist for first-person shooters is simple: A pump-action shotgun A revolver that’s longer than my forearm and chunkier than a fridge A slow but deadly and ch-chank-chik bolt-action rifle Skillful movement A grappling hook A slide move (ideally with a kick) Well, campers, I’m delighted to see that last one in Quake with new […]


Have you played… Next Car Game: Wreckfest?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2017, 10:30 am
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. There was a time, before even rudimentary physics, when a football in a football game felt like it was glued to the feet of your players. Next Car Game: Wreckfest makes every other […]


Wot I Think – South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 October 2017, 11:00 am
South Park: The Fractured But Whole [official site] is essentially the show’s greatest hits, with 20 years worth of call backs, characters and gags, all built around a LARP-inspired RPG that sees the town’s foul-mouthed kids beating the snot out of each other. If this sounds extremely familiar, that’s because I’ve also just described its […]


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