Premature Evaluation: Seeds of Resilience
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 4:00 pm
Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s been kicked off the HMS Horace and left stranded on Seeds of Resilience’s deserted island. He’s found a new job though: managing a colony of fellow castaways. Probably more game journalists. The sea’s lousy with them. I’ve […]


Tempest 4000 is out now and just as Jeff Minter as ever
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 4:13 pm
Jeff Minter of tiny indie outfit Llamasoft is back and hasn’t changed a bit, if Tempest 4000‘s launch today is any indication. Take the 1981 vector-graphics arcade shooter Tempest, and pile on the psychedelic laser effects, pumping ’90s techno music and weird Welsh humour until comfortably numb. It is almost excessively retro, very loud and is out […]


Vehicular puzzler Mugsters looks a little like Blast Corps
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 5:29 pm
Aliens have invaded – what’s your your first weapon of choice? Laser gun? Nukes? Mugsters posits that an ice-cream truck will do the job. It’s vehicular action-puzzler by solo indie dev Reinkout and published by Team 17. I’ve been following development of this one ever since I saw some animated GIFs of it on the […]


Wot I Think: Mothergunship
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 2:00 pm
Mothergunship is about big, stupid, hand-crafted guns and exploding robots. Successor to Terrible Posture Games’ Tower of Guns and co-developed by Czech studio Grip Digital, it’s a roguelike-ish “Bullet Hell” FPS about raiding procedurally generated alien spaceships, hoarding gun-barrels and bolting them onto your remarkably agile power armour. A denser game than its predecessor, its complex systems are […]


Sonic Mania’s Encore DLC spin-dashes onto stores today
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 2:32 pm
Sonic Mania brought back Sega’s blue hedgehog in style, fully deserving of applause. Now it’s delivering an encore performance as DLC today. Part of the new Sonic Mania Plus re-release, the Encore DLC lets us existing owners ride again. It features two new playable characters – Ray the Flying Squirrel and Mighty the Armadillo – but the real […]


Wot I Think: Insane Robots
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 3:00 pm
Insane Robots is a hybrid card game/roguelite that truly believes it’s wacky and zany and kerrayzee, in the manner of a middle-aged insurance salesman who kicks back by wearing a t-shirt reading “I’m bonkers, me!” while manning his six-burner gas barbecue with temperature gauge, modular hotplate and removable drip tray. Just don’t make eye contact, […]


Middle Earth: Shadow of War’s loot boxes are no more
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 11:38 am
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War‘s much-maligned loot boxes are gone for good, thanks to a major patch today. The blood-splattered Assassin’s Creed/Batman/Pokemon hybrid no longer crams orcs into chests to be sold for cash. If you want them to join your army now, you’ll have to do it the old-fashioned way; beating them up and forcing them to. The massive patch notes also include some […]


Wot I Think: GNOG
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 12:00 pm
We’ve been writing about crazy-bonkers puzzler GNOG in its various forms since 2014. Originally called GNAH!, Graham immediately loved the look of it. Then a year later developers KO_OP Mode declared that they were scrapping everything and starting over, renaming the game GNOG. Since then we’ve been patiently waiting, seeing the game come out on […]


Hollow Knight’s free Gods & Glory DLC launches August
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 1:00 pm
Excellent soulsyvania platformer Hollow Knight is just about ready to emerge from its chrysalis and spread its wings, reformed and fat with free DLC. The last of its Kickstarter stretch-goal expansions – Gods & Glory – is rolling out next month, and is set to conclude the story of The Knight. It’ll be launching on […]


No Man’s Sky goes ‘full multiplayer’ next week
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 11:24 am
Quite large space jaunt No Man’s Sky is getting an update next week that adds a “full multiplayer experience” to the game, allowing players to help and hurt one another across the procedural planets. No Man’s Sky Next is the biggest update to the game since its release two years ago, say developers Hello Games. […]


Wot I Think – Thief of Thieves: Season One
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 10:30 am
Thief of Thieves, an adaptation of a comic concept from the writer of The Walking Dead, boasts bags of style and the allure of stealthy heists twinned with a story that reacts to your decisions and failures. It’s a hot mess.


When I saw that Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds had given everyone on its test servers the ability to create custom matches, I shrugged. I’m sure some are interested in fiddling with circle behaviour, loadouts and vehicle spawns, but not I. I was content to continue with vanilla Plunking, especially when today’s update also includes a car and […]


Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best deals on PC games and hardware
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 5:42 am
This year’s Amazon Prime Day is almost at an end. At midnight tonight, Amazon’s big day o’ deals will be over for another year (or, you know, until Black Friday in November), so if you had a look at the deals yesterday and thought, ‘Hmm… I could do with a new SSD or graphics card’, then you’ve still […]


GTFO baddie is a screeching shadow and I don’t like it
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 17 July 2018, 6:46 am
It might have a naff name, but four-player squad nightmare GTFO also has some scary monsters. This is that foggy, cavern-diving co-op shooter from some former Payday developers at 10 Chambers, remember? It was also one of the better bullet-dispensers I saw at E3 last month. However, I didn’t see this absolute night terror made […]


Heist adventure series Thief of Thieves begins today
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 July 2018, 6:34 pm
Rival Games’s episodic sneak-thief comic adaptation Thief of Thieves has successfully infiltrated stores today, or at least the first volumes of this particular season has. It’s based on Robert Kirkman’s (The Walking Dead) comic of the same name, and our man Alec is currently casing the joint for a full review. Those feeling a little […]


Rainbow Six Siege’s automated bigotry bans upset bigots
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 July 2018, 5:18 pm
We’ve known for a while that Ubisoft have been trying to curb toxicity in Rainbow Six Siege, but their latest phase in their war against awful people brightened up my weekend. The popular tactical FPS now automatically and immediately issues short-term bans for racist and homophobic slurs in text-chat, and the frequently amusing results across social media speak for […]


Wayward Souls crawls into the dungeons of early access
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 July 2018, 2:49 pm
Wayward Souls: Curse of Shadow, a story-driven and SNES-inspired action RPG (with procedurally generated dungeons, of course) is out now on PC in early access. An enhanced port of Rocketcat’s 2014 mobile RPG, I’ve been meaning to try it after hearing good things about it – what you’d expect from the developers of the excellent […]


City of Brass gets classy and characterful in a big update
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 July 2018, 3:43 pm
I’ve been meaning to spend more time with offbeat first-person swashbuckling roguelike City of Brass, and today’s update is exactly the excuse I needed to come back to it. While the launch version of the Arabian Nights-inspired smash n’ grab was perhaps a little limited it its scope, today’s “Fortune’s Rivals” update broadens its horizons with two new […]


Reality bleed: VR in the wilds of theatre
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 July 2018, 4:00 pm
A sack is placed over your head. A voice, alarmingly close, barks that you are the next test subject. Your hands are bound and you are led, still hooded, to another room where your attendant tells you, as he straps you into a chair, that you will come to no physical harm. The hood is […]


Final Fantasy XIV and Monster Hunter: World are both games near and dear to my heart, and colliding in a major crossover event next month, at least in the case of Final Fantasy XIV. While I’m hopeful that this crossover will accompany the PC release of Monster Hunter: World on August 9th, we’re poking Capcom for […]


Hunt: Showdown whips out crossbows & throwing knives
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 July 2018, 1:09 pm
Sneaky new crossbows and throwing knives have arrived in Hunt: Showdown‘s latest update, for monster-hunters who enjoy having to recover ammo by yanking it out their foe’s face. For me, basically – from Heavy Bullets to Skyrim, I do enjoy having to collect my ammo – and risking running out. Apparently you can even restock […]


How Metal Wolf Chaos is coming to PC after 14 years
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 July 2018, 2:00 pm
“By the end of the first quarter of the 21st century, freedom was dead in America.” This is the opening line of Metal Wolf Chaos. But before the player can decide whether or not such a statement was prophetic back when this bullet-spraying action game came out 14 years ago, the 47th President of the […]


MoonQuest is an attractive Terrariabut that just ventured onto early access
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 July 2018, 8:36 am
How many buts is too many buts? MoonQuest is a swell-looking “procedurally-generated adventure game with roguelike and minecraftian gameplay” that’s screaming to be placed in the Terarribut genre, which is itself a subgenre of the Minecraftbut. Which is fine. When I say MoonQuest reminds me of Terraria but with more wizards and weirdness, that’s high […]


Blizzard boast of player abuse reduction in Overwatch
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 July 2018, 9:14 am
Instances of dillholes jerking up Overwatch multiplayer matches with abusive chat have dropped by around a quarter since Blizzard added player endorsement and ‘looking for group’ systems last month, according to numbers shared by game director Jeff Kaplan. As social engineering in this cyberhell goes, that seems a fair result. Blizzard still haven’t replied to […]


Best gaming SSD 2018: Top SATA and NVMe drives for your PC
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 July 2018, 8:02 am
Buying an SSD can be a nightmare when there are so many models to choose from, but the good news is that there’s never been a better time to buy one, as prices are down (especially if you’re eyeing up Amazon Prime Day deals right now) and availability is high – which is why we’re here to help […]


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