Tokyo RPG Factory's Oninaki is out now
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 12:45 pm
Square Enix’s Tokyo RPG Factory today launched their third retro-styled RPG, Oninaki. Following I Am Setsuna and Lost Sphear they are shaking things up a little, this time taking more an action-RPG angle. You can see some of that bif-boff-pow in the launch trailer below, and Oninaki does have a demo so you can try […]


If you have a spare hour, here's a lot of Halo: Reach's Firefight
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 12:49 pm
It’s good to feel excited about Halo again, isn’t it? After all those years of Microsoft teasing us, saying stuff like: “The PC is an important platform for us and we are committed to a long and loving relationship with it,” and then leaving us at the altar time and time again… well, it started […]


Cyberpunk 2077's Night City strives to be a unique and grounded cyberpunk city
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 1:00 pm
Marthe Jonkers is a senior concept artist at CD Projeckt Red working on Cyberpunk 2077. Jonkers actually designed the location in the first very first teaser trailer for the game back in 2013, featuring the cyberbabe with mantis arms, and was resigned to the fact that nobody was really looking at the building behind her. […]


Devs from Failbetter, Red Hook and ArenaNet to face the impossible at PAX West
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 11:35 am
It’s often said that the more restrictions you’re working against, the more creative you’ll become. We’re planning to test that theory to its limits next Friday at PAX West, where our Nate will be inviting a team of developers to puzzle their way around some real thinkabouters in Rock Paper Shotgun’s Game Design Hotseat. How […]


Desperados 3 has a dangerously distracting cat
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 11:50 am
I was up for Desperados III just knowing the real-time tactical stealth series is being resumed by the studio behind the swish Shadow Tactics. But the most important detail of the game has, for reasons I cannot fathom, been kept quiet until this month: one of our squad members has a cat. This cat is […]


Borderlands 3's creative director on funs and guns
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 12:00 pm
It’s amazing how quickly you get back into a routine, even when you’ve been out of it a while. I got to play a bit of the Proving Grounds, one of Borderlands 3‘s endgame challenges where you run a timed gauntlet and try to survive waves of high-level enemies and/or kill them efficiently. It was […]


Teamfight Tactics guide – TFT tips [9.16b]
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 9:35 am
Teamfight Tactics has had its weekly update, now up to TFT patch 9.16b. It’s clear that the introduction of the Hextech origin has ruffled some feathers, with one champion in their number getting a nerf. But really its Nobles that have seen the highest number of people taking them under their wing. Items didn’t have […]


Bloodlines 2 release date, trailer, gameplay, news
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 9:42 am
Bloodlines 2 asks you the same question of every vampire when they’ve gone through the Embrace: Do you hide in the shadows, or become fear itself? The original Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines was a cult favourite, so beloved that the fans fixed the issues with the game. The team at Hardsuit Labs know all […]


Xbox Game Pass game list for PC, plus all new games for August 2019
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 9:45 am
The Xbox Game Pass for PC is two things: firstly, it’s quite a mouthful; and secondly, it’s the new subscription service by Microsoft that gives you access to a bunch of games from the Microsoft Store for a monthly price. New games are being added each month, and we’ve got details of all the Xbox […]


Logitech G432 review: A brilliant budget gaming headset
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 11:00 am
Over the last week or so, I’ve developed a love-hate relationship with the Logitech G432. I love it because it’s by far and away a much better gaming headset than the similarly priced Steelseries Arctis 1, and I’d probably even go as far as saying it’s arguably the best gaming headset I’ve tested around the […]


New publisher Modern Wolf declare commitment to “ethical game development”
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 11:05 am
New wee indie publisher Modern Wolf announced themselves to the world this week, and made a big show of declaring they are “committed to ethical game development.” Their initial lineup of five games sounds pretty neat, including the next games from the studios behind Neo Scavenger and Out There. More folks in the industry do […]


Spend 30 minutes in the company of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 11:09 am
Last night I met a guy, who knew a guy, who told me about a girl, who said she was penpals with some sort of rat thing, who wrote a URL down for her, all so I could get this footage of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 to you. I was up all night, […]


Steam China will be a curated, separate store for the Chinese market
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 8:25 am
Steam is in an odd position in China. It’s like a pirate radio station, sitting offshore and letting the gamers access all that unfiltered content. With no official servers and awkward payment methods, the experience that the huge numbers of users have isn’t optimal. So Valve and local partners Perfect World are setting up a […]


Teamfight Tactics traits [9.16b] – TFT origins and classes
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 9:24 am
Teamfight Tactics had some new champions introduced recently, but in the TFT 9.16b patch, there was a small change to Brawlers. It’s not a massive one, but it did make them slightly weaker. Nobles also got their buff reverted from the 9.16 update. As Hextech is still new, we’ve put an overview of what they’re […]


Teamfight Tactics 9.16b patch notes
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 6:30 am
Teamfight Tactics had the lighter TFT 9.16b patch notes drop over the last day or so. There’s not a lot here, but there have been some changes to strong champions, bug fixes, and only the one item nerf. There’s also a bug fix for Ionic Spark as it doesn’t do well with Hextech champions, but not a lot […]


Teamfight Tactics – TFT items cheat sheet [9.16b]
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 6:56 am
There weren’t that many changes to Teamfight Tactics items in the latest patch. In fact, only the one got a nerf, while a second got fixed so that Hextech didn’t permanently disable it. It’s a bit underwhelming to be honest, but it does make listing the changes and the TFT items ranking a bit easier […]


Five things I want from Starbase Startopia
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 7:00 am
During the opening of Gamescom in Cologne, we found out we’ll be getting a remake (or ‘spiritual successor’) to 2001’s management landmark Startopia. Named Spacebase Startopia, to underline the fact that the game is about bases in space, it looks… well, it’s got potential? No, it’s not made by the people who made the original, […]


Ye olde World Of Warcraft devs reminisce while playing WoW Classic
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 7:10 am
Next week we’re gonna party up like it’s 2006 with the launch of World Of Warcraft Classic. The official vintage version of Blizzard’s MMORPG (as opposed to the unofficial pirate servers which for years have sustained interest in vintage WoW) will roll the game back to shortly before the launch of its first expansion, inviting […]


Teamfight Tactics – TFT tier list [9.16b]
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 7:22 am
We saw some changes to some champions in Teamfight Tactics in the TFT 9.16b patch. Draven and Jinx were picked frequently as they were incredibly good late-game carries, while Lucian saw a much-needed nerf to the incredibly efficient early-game champion. Below then is the updated TFT tier list 9.16b.


Returning to No Man's Sky as a lapsed player is a piece of cake
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 4:00 am
I am on a quest to make a chocolate cake. Not a real one – I could do that in half an hour downstairs. No, this is a No Man’s Sky cake; an item which has arrived in the game after the Beyond update as part of a new food crafting system. After carting refined […]


Have you played… Robot Wars: Arenas Of Destruction?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 August 2019, 2:30 am
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. When I was a kid, Fridays were the best. Not just because it prefaced a whole two days before I’d have to go back to school, but also because Friday nights meant Robot Wars. To my […]


What you do when you’re not chasing your destiny in Shenmue 3
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 August 2019, 1:06 pm
A lot of Shenmue happens in the spaces between the game. I remember my time in Yu Suziki’s sprawling RPGs not as some grand unveiling of my destiny, but as a dude collecting capsule toys, getting a job as a forklift driver, and hanging out at the arcade. I lived a rich little life playing […]


Wot I Think: Telling Lies
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 August 2019, 12:00 pm
Developer: Sam Barlow, Furious Bee Limited Publisher: Annapurna Interactive Release: August 23 On: Windows, Mac OS X From: Steam For: TBC If I was really lazy I would just write “you know Her Story? It’s like that but more,” and call it a day. But I’m not lazy. I am a diligent and enthusiastic employee […]


Cosplay as a cat and more with Hytale’s mod tools
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 August 2019, 12:27 pm
There’s a lot more to it than the headline suggests, but as I write this my cat Layla is on the windowsill next to my head, snoring away without a care in the world, and I got to write this story by typing “CAT!” over and over in the Forbidden RPS Slack of Mystery. So […]


Metro Exodus graphics performance: How to get the best settings
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 August 2019, 12:30 pm
The first of Metro Exodus‘ two DLC expansions arrives on PC today, so I thought it was high time to revisit my jumbo graphics performance test to tell you how to get the best settings on even more of today’s best graphics cards. After all, there have been several new Nvidia RTX and AMD Navi […]


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