Watch wizards: Dota 2’s Kiev Major is now go
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 April 2017, 6:19 am
Monday can be a slow, quiet day but I’m certainly invigorated by the yelling and explosions of competitive Dota 2 [official site]. Valve’s second big tournament of the season, the Kiev Major, kicked off its Group Stage this morning. This is two days of Swiss group battling to determine brackets for the Main Event, which […]


The Sunday Papers
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 April 2017, 7:00 am
Sundays are for spending time with visiting friends, but we can still squeeze in some time to gather and read some of the week’s best writing about videogames. Apologies for its brevity. … [visit site to read more]


Free Loaders: The Quick and the Dad
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 April 2017, 7:00 am
Dads are a notoriously angry species, we all know this, we’ve seen the documentaries. But what is it like to be a dad? What goes on in those strange, otherworldly minds? Washing up worries? Beer? I can’t answer that question, for I am but a humble games journalist, and thus banned from procreating. But maybe […]


What are we all playing this weekend?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 April 2017, 5:00 am
Ah, the weekend! Little-known fact: the word “weekend” comes from “we can d-“, the start of many an argument as couples started to discuss their weekend plans with “we can do…” then realised their partner had some damn fool idea that ruined their hopes and dreams OH GOD what a mistake what am I doing […]


Expenditions: Conquistador free weekend heralds next week’s Viking launch
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2017, 12:18 pm
Turn-based strategy RPG sequel Expeditions: Viking [official site] will launch next Thursday, April 27th, we’ve not mentioned before. I suppose I have now. Our Alec quite liked it when he played a preview version last year so I thought you might want to know. And now you do. What’s all this historical expeditioneerating about? If […]


Google Earth might be the best game of 2017
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2017, 12:28 pm
The new version of Google Earth is always open in my browser. It works directly in a tab now, rather than being a program that I have to run separately, and it is the one tab I will never close. If I’m at a loose end I switch across to it, click the button that […]


Guild Wars 2’s art style passes from father to son
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2017, 2:00 pm
Recently I had the chance to talk to ArenaNet (and thus Guild Wars 2) art director Horia Dociu about his work at the studio. One of the interesting things about his promotion to the role is that he succeeds his father, Daniel. As a result there’s a lot in our Q&A which is actually just […]


WH40K: Dawn of War 3’s launch trailer airdrops in early
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2017, 10:01 am
Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War 3 [official site] isn’t out until Thursday but heck, if we’ve already reviewed it, why can’t Sega release a launch trailer? Why not follow it up with an announcement trailer? Perhaps they’ll even release Dawn of War 2 next. The linear perception of time can do one. The launch trailer […]


Have You Played… Repton?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 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 are games of which I can see screenshots years later and remember them fondly, or otherwise. And then there are the ones where a screenshot tears me asunder. Time and space lose […]


N++ Ultimate Edition update adds gobs more levels
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2017, 11:01 am
Super-focused platformer N++ [official site] already had over 2,000 levels but pssh, that’s nothing. Today sees the launch of N++’s huge ‘Ultimate Edition’ update with almost two thousand extra levels as well as a new ‘Hardcore’ mode and some new pretties. Yes, the Ultimate Edition is a free update and not a separate new release. […]


The Flare Path: Dragons’ Den
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2017, 8:00 am
That idea for a PC wargame you’ve been mulling over for the past five… ten… twenty years – is it ready for primetime yet? Are you prepared to run it past five of the most talented and experienced people in the industry? Today’s Flare Path is a light-hearted Dragons’ Den-style competition (Each of the five dragons will […]


Wot I Think: Little Nightmares
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2017, 9:05 am
Little Nightmares [official site] is the story of a little girl in a horrible place. It’s a horror game but it’s mostly bloodless and doesn’t rely on jumpscares or sudden shocks. I’ve loved almost every minute of it. … [visit site to read more]


Sylvio 2 grabs a camera for more spooking in autumn
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2017, 9:18 am
In an age when most horror games and movies are seen through the grainy lens of the protagonist’s camcorder, we were delighted by 2015’s Sylvio instead picking up a reel-to-reel sound recorder. Wandering around an abandoned park to record strange noises and reveal ghostly messages by manipulating the tapes was a novel treat. Now developers […]


Dota 2 Ranked demands digits to squish smurfs
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2017, 6:49 am
Here’s a joke you can borrow for when you’re necking jars and dropping bantbombs with the lads tonight: Q: What do Gargamel and Dota 2 Ranked matchmaking have in common? A: They both hate smurfs. Steel yourself for some jolly vigorous high-fives from the lads there. To crack down on Doters playing across multiple accounts, […]


Two Worlds II lives, for some reason
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2017, 6:54 am
Two Worlds! The half terrible, half wonderful 2007 RPG in which you upgraded your sword by strapping lots of other swords to it (which always seemed oddly logical to me)! Two Worlds II! The 2011 sequel I can’t remember anything about, other than that it sadly dialled down the accidental comedy but also included angry […]


Best PC gaming deals of the week
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 April 2017, 5:28 am
Now that we’ve all had enough time to slowly and wearily make it through the awful thing that is the week after a long weekend, we’re back up and running as we once were, with another batch of the best PC gaming deals of the week. There are even some free things in this one, […]


PsychoDelia [official site] is a bright, odd, intense platformer currently on Greenlight. I’m tempted to vote for it simply because there’s so much I see in the trailer where I’m like “SLOW DOWN, BUCKO! I WANT A CLOSER LOOK.” … [visit site to read more]


Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming review: cheapish portable power
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2017, 4:00 pm
My ongoing quest to find the perfect gaming laptop – at the conclusion of which I shall buy my favourite – continues. I should note at this point that ‘perfect’ can mean several different things in this case. Clearly, attractiveness, features and performance are the main draws, but this is by no means a money […]


Grand Theft Auto Online going top-down in Tiny Racers
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2017, 1:47 pm
Grand Theft Auto Online [official site] will return to the series’ top-down roots — with an added touch of Micro Machines — next week with its Tiny Racers update. That’ll bring new top-down stunt races with power-ups and all. Youngfolk are often surprised to learn that Grand Theft Auto began life as a top-down 2D […]


Halo Wars: Definitive Edition trundles onto Steam today
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2017, 1:59 pm
I went for the word “trundles” in the headline because “warthogs” isn’t really a verb and I don’t know if I have the literary capital to pull off that particular innovation. Sorry, everyone. Anyway, a spruced-up version of Halo Wars the First has come out on Steam, allowing many to play the spin-off’d RTS for […]


Figment is a slightly sinister silly symphony
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2017, 2:00 pm
Before I played Figment [official site], I knew very little about it. I’d heard that it was set inside the mind of a person suffering from fears, doubts and anxieties, which made me think it’d be creepy or heart-breaking, but the screenshots suggested something far lighter and perhaps even humorous. Having played a few levels […]


Mountain update pretties up our favourite pet rock
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2017, 2:25 pm
Back in 2014, we were all given a miniature Mountain [official site] of our own (or became mountains?). We were delighted as household items rained from the skies, days and weather passed, and our pet rock thought little thoughts. Then Graham murdered his mountain and suddenly we became hyper-aware of mortality. I took care of […]


Snowy adventure Syberia 3 finally out today
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2017, 3:02 pm
Adventure game Syberia 3 [official site] was originally announced in a dark and mysterious year known as “2009”. Following many delays and postponements, it finally came out in Europe today, accompanied by a launch trailer that includes some unimaginably bad voice acting and Hong Kong cinema levels of lip syncing. And although all that is […]


PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds targets performance in first big patch
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2017, 11:54 am
Performance improvements and new items have arrived in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] with today’s launch of the first monthly big patch for the chart-topping early access Battle Royale ’em up. Lucky scavengers might get to ride in a motorbike with a sidecar, gun down fellow survivors with the new Vector SMG (that fancy anime-lookin’ gun), […]


Dead Cells is a “soulslike” but also a “roguevania” (sorry)
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 April 2017, 12:54 pm
The upcoming slash-and-splore Dead Cells [official site] has been dubbed a “roguevania” by its creators, which is either a creative and welcome blending of genres or an obscene new marketing word that we should refuse to acknowledge lest it catch on. I haven’t decided which yet because it’s still the morning for me and I […]


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