Premature Evaluation: Rokh
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 4:00 pm
Every week we send Brendan down to the rocky surface of the early access wastes. This time, the Martian survivalism of Rokh [official site]. I only lasted two hours on Mars. I didn’t die of radiation sickness, nor did I succumb to thirst or hunger. I didn’t get struck down by a wayward meteorite, or […]


Trackmania 2 Lagoon roars out
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 2:53 pm
Ah, a tropical getaway! Sun, sand, surf, and speeding through loop-de-loops into corkscrews at 300mph until you sick up your sangria. That’s the fun offered by Trackmania 2 Lagoon [official site], which launched today. The latest in Nadeo’s wonderfully silly racing series takes the tropical environment from 2016’s Trackmania Turbo and whacks it into the […]


PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds boosting performance, adding motorbike tricks
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 11:44 am
Performance improvements, a fancy new silenced sniper rifle, and a motorbike able to pull sick stunts will hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds [official site] on Thursday in the second of the big monthly updates on its journey through early access. The update will also fix a problem making scopes imprecise, and brings balance tweaks including making the […]


Sunless Skies hangs closed alpha signup sheet
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 11:54 am
Attention all delicious friends (or whatever the airborne equivalent is – delicious airline catering pals?): Failbetter’s celestial horror RPG Sunless Skies [official site] is recruiting for its closed alpha. The closed alpha will kick off on 5 June with the aim of exposing an early version of the game to a limited audience for the […]


How Far Cry 5 can reclaim the open world crown
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 12:00 pm
Poor Ubisoft. They crafted this enormous open-world icon-riddled niche of their own, trod it into the ground while flogging it to death, and then other people came along, borrowed their ideas, and built superior games with them. In the last year, despite decent showings from Far Cry Primal, The Division, Watch Dogs 2, and Wildlands, […]


Warframe devs announce Keystone, a new F2P FPS
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 12:30 pm
Digital Extremes, the developers behind wildly successful free-to-play robocrustacean action-RPG Warframe, have announced a new F2P first-person shooter. Keystone [official site] is its name and blending FPS with deck-building is its game. Players will get to journey around a mystical board game, shooting baddies with the help of abilities and weapons from their decks. Quite […]


Overwatch celebrates birthday with new loot, game sale
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 1:14 pm
In case any of you were keeping an eye out for a price dip during which to pick up Overwatch [official site] there’s one happening right now. It’s part of a seasonal event celebration which is essentially a three-week birthday party for the game and involves a weekend trial and new digital loot like anniversary […]


Layoffs at Hitman devs IO as Square Enix ditch studio
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 9:36 am
Less than one fortnight after Square Enix announced they were ditching IO Interactive, IO have announced a round of layoffs. While that’s no surprise, it is certainly a shame. We still don’t know what the future holds for the Danish studio, who are best known for their Hitman games, and the path forward is looking […]


Have You Played… Demigod?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 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. When people remember Demigod, mostly they recall Rook, the character with castle towers for shoulders pictured above. That’s fair, he’s great, but Demigod was fun across the board. … [visit site to read […]


The Pipwick Papers
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 7:41 am
I thought I’d spend a little bit of time today talking about magazines – a more literal Pipwick Papers, I guess – as all of the articles I’ve been reading recently have tapped into more personal or more awkward subject matter. It would be too close to sharing my own brain and thus it’s easier […]


Steam Charts: Alan’s Wake
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 7:48 am
The Mac Dad will make you jump jump, for, as always, these are the ten games with the most accumulated sales on Steam over the past week. It’s an odd old chart this week: the mainstays continue to stay, but random discounts remix things quite a bit. … [visit site to read more]


Battlefield 1 adding women soldiers in Russian DLC
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 7:51 am
It’s not only French and Russian soldiers who were left out of World War 1 in Battlefield 1 [official site] for later appearances in paid expansions: women are coming in DLC too. Soldiers from the 1st Russian Women’s Battalion of Death will serve as the multiplayer Scout class for the Russian forces coming later this […]


Impact Winter is out, controls fixes coming
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 23 May 2017, 6:21 am
I’m not much one for survival games but I have liked the sound of Impact Winter [official site]. It’s a cute third-person survival RPG where, with the help of some friends, we’re trying to survive in a post-asteroid snowland until help can arrive. And huzzah, it’s now out! And boo, it sounds like the controls […]


Valve hire some Kerbal Space Program developers
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 6:22 pm
The big boys at Valve have hired an unknown number of folks behind the space sim Kerbal Space Program [official site], RPS fanzine PC Gamer is reporting. A former Valve developer said as much in an interview on the podcast Game Dev Unchained and a current Valve spokesperson confirmed it to the mag, saying “We’ll […]


Why I fell out with Fallout-inspired indie RPG Underrail
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 4:00 pm
Underrail [official site] is a game that wants to be Fallout. That’s okay! That’s a legendary game for several reasons, and some are even good. There’s definitely room for an RPG to be to Fallout what Xenonauts is to UFO: neither remake nor clone, but a new game that does all the same stuff we’ve […]


Red Dead Redemption 2 delayed into 2018
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 5:25 pm
We still don’t know for sure whether open world western Red Dead Redemption 2 [official site] is coming to PC at all. But one thing we do know for sure is that it’s coming out for consoles this Autu– what? Oh. Oh, I see. Red Dead Redemption 2 will be coming out for consoles in […]


Do Valve own Dota? A jury may decide
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 3:12 pm
Valve may make Dota 2 but who actually owns Dota? A jury trial may be called to decide who — if anyone — owns the copyright, Ars Technica report. Two mobile developers who are making Dota-y games and facing a legal attack from the combined forces of Valve and Blizzard have argued that the Dota […]


Far Cry 5 trailers tease new setting: Montana
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 12:48 pm
Well, I wasn’t far off in my prediction that Far Cry 5 [official site] would be “set in the fiefdoms of a post-Brexit Britain.” Ubisoft have squeezed out a quartet of teaser trailers for the next open-world FPS and yeehaw, it’s off to that America. These trailers show teensy corners of Hope County in Montana, […]


Destiny 2: Don’t Fear The Grimoire Reaper
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 12:51 pm
“Destiny (2) is calllinnnnnnng meeeeeeeee” sang Brandon Boyer of early 2000s hit group The Thrills. “Open up my eeeeeeeeeager eyesssssssssss, cause I’m ready to read more grimoire cardssssssss.” Well, I have some bad news for you, Brandon. Destiny 2 [official site] is doing away with grimoire cards in favour of sticking the lore in the […]


The Joy of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic’s kick
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 2:00 pm
I’ve amassed an arsenal of weapons that would make any medieval fantasy army jealous. Shiny daggers, magic staffs, elven bows, orcish cleavers – my inventory is full to bursting. But the weapon I’ve used the most in Dark Messiah of Might and Magic is somewhat less flashy: my right shoe. It’s a first-person action game […]


Grasshopper remaking The Silver Case sequel Ward 25
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 10:27 am
After revamping their very first game, 1999’s visual novel The Silver Case [official site], last year, Grasshopper Manufacture have now announced a remake of its sequel. Released on Japanese pocket telephones in 2005 as The Silver Case: Ward 25, the episodic adventure followed cops investigating more violent and strange crimes. When and where and how […]


Have You Played… Reigns?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 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. Swipe right to build homes for the poor. Swipe left to refuse to help the priests being charged protection money by the army. Swipe again and again to to make decision after decision […]


War is changing in Crusader Kings 2
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 10:54 am
Forget everything Fallout has ever taught you because war is changing. We already knew about upcoming geographical expansions in Crusader Kings II [official site], making areas that were previously impassable playable, but fresh news arrived in today’s dev diary and it involves changes to fundamental systems. The major shift will be in the causes of […]


The RPG Scrollbars: The Fall Of Tyranny
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 8:00 am
Kickstarter’s been pretty good for RPGs. We may not have seen the next big leap yet – Divinity: Original Sin 2 is looking pretty damn special, mind – but it’s certainly breathed new life into the classics. Wasteland and Pillars of Eternity are both returning. Numenera went down well, despite a little over-promising. Divinity was […]


League of Legends: The MSI 2017 winners are…
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 May 2017, 8:13 am
PREAMBLE BEFORE THE JUMP BECAUSE SPOILERS BLAH BLAH BLAH AND REMINDER THAT THE MID-SEASON INVITATIONAL IS THE CROSS-REGIONAL TOURNAMENT BETWEEN SPRING AND SUMMER. IT’S A TOURNAMENT IN ITS OWN RIGHT BUT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE DOING WELL AT MSI HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR SEEDING FOR THE WORLDS CHAMPIONSHIP ETC ETC! The winners of the […]


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