Eve: Aether Wars invites pilots to next month's 10,000 player dogfight
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 5:41 pm
Whew, hard to believe it, but this will be my last news post for RPS for the foreseeable future. Fitting, then, that it’s about going large and loud and blotting out the heavens themselves with explosions. Eve: Aether Wars is a collaborative tech demo/stress test run by Eve Online developers CCP and cloud networking techies […]


John Wick (unofficially) becomes a free 8-bit platformer
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 3:10 pm
Back in my day, every action movie worth its salt spawned a licensed 8-bit platformer. Granted, most were rubbish, but it’s a bit of a lost art. What would John Wick’s look like? A lot like the picture above. You might have seen pixel Keanu doing the rounds back in May thanks to a mockup […]


Gorn emerges from the early access arena soaked in blood
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 1:39 pm
Gladiatorial VR slugfest Gorn has finally left early access after a full two years of tweaking and tuning. While perhaps not as technically impressive as newer virtual reality hack n’ slashers, Free Lives’ brawler has been a favourite for the space-goggle crowd since its debut. Out yesterday, the 1.0 patch adds a final boss to […]


Wot I Think: Nowhere Prophet
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 11:00 am
Developer: Sharkbomb Studios Publisher: No More Robots Release: Out now On: Windows, Mac, Linux From: Steam, Price: TBC I’m a sucker for the future. Give me nanites, lasers, mechs, robots. Then blow them all up. Go further. Tell me stories about those that come after: the post apocalyptic survivors of a world built atop the […]


Unknown Pleasures: The Machine Starts
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 12:00 pm
Week 3. The invasion has failed, but I’m still alive. What cruel fate awaits those of us who assail the walls of Castle Shotgun but are not slain? But they still have to catch us first. In the meantime, I comfort myself by tearing through the endless round up of the best new games on […]


Astroneer celebrates Apollo 11 with a time-limited lunar mission
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 12:21 pm
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar mission, space science ’em up Astroneer has turned its attention a little closer to home in a big update and time-limited event. Available now and running until August 31st, System Era Softworks are sending players to the barren moon of Desolo to search for the […]


The Flare Path carps on
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 8:00 am
In Taosoft’s upcoming fishing sim Zen Angler, rods, lines, hooks and bait are strictly forbidden. You stand around in beautifully recreated lakes, rivers, and lagoons waiting for beautifully recreated piscines the way a Venus flytrap waits for flies or a middle-aged flight simmer waits for a Crimson Skies sequel. As Taosoft haven’t got around to releasing any screenshots yet, […]


The Foxer
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 8:00 am
The 127-cell honeycomb below is a fancy form of wordsearch in which every cell is used, and words can curl and zigzag but never overlap. Each hive foxer has a theme (some previous ones: roses, landmines, The 39 Steps, and Doom). Identifying this theme is a vital part of the defoxing process. Today’s puzzle is […]


Destiny 2's Lord of Wolves remains frustratingly overpowered for another Iron Banner
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 8:42 am
The Iron Lords will return to host Destiny 2‘s Iron Banner PvP event again next week but no, Bungie won’t have fixed the balance issues and bugs currently plaguing PvP. Chief among these is Lord of Wolves, a shotgun which has dominated on PC for six weeks now with ten-shot bursts of flame able to […]


This Witcher 3 HD texture mod is impressive?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 9:02 am
A sharper, more detailed version of a Witcher 3 texture overhaul mod came out two days ago. I’d say the mod has a very impressive comparison video, but I’m standing in a treehouse divided.


Teamfight Tactics patch 9.14 changes
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 9:02 am
The first big update to Teamfight Tactics has now been released and it does introduce some rather drastic changes: A new champion, the introduction of ranked mode, UI updates, and the overhaul of how attack speed item buffs work. There’s a lot to cover, so below is the full patch notes complete with navigation links.


Dota Underlords heroes – Dota Underlords cheat sheet of best heroes
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 9:13 am
Much like Dota itself, the roster of Dota Underlords heroes is sublimely complex. Do you pick heroes based on their potential alliances, or their high DPS, or their excellent abilities? How should you alter your build based on the heroes you do pick? At what stage of a match does a hero excel or fall […]


Wot I Think: Streets Of Rogue
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 4:00 am
Developer: Matt Dabrowski Publisher: tinyBuild Release: Out now On: Windows, Mac, Linux From: Steam Price: £15.49/€16.79/$20 The streets are in chaos. There is a police officer beating a slum dweller. A red-shirted gangster has started an ill-advised stabbing match with three members of a rival blue gang. And an ape, recently escaped from captivity, is […]


Have You Played…Cuphead?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 July 2019, 2:30 am
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. While it was a long time coming, Cuphead dazzled me with its 1930s cartoon style, a callback not just to the old days of animation, but the individual techniques used by Fleischer and Disney in their earliest […]


Rebel Galaxy Outlaw plots a course for launch next month
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2019, 4:47 pm
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw is just a few weeks away and I am practically buzzing with anticipation. Why? Because it’s a spiritual successor to Wing Commander Privateer. Confirmed for an August 13th release today, it has big dumb greasy explosions, over-the-top dogfights and absolutely no care for realism, all wrapped around a space-trucker aesthetic that I can […]


Overwatch begins testing its game-changing Role Queue system
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2019, 5:46 pm
The age of casually flitting between roles mid-match in Overwatch is over, as Blizzard just dropped a game-changing patch on their competitive team shooter’s public test servers. Applying to Quick and Competitive match modes (as well as the esports league, which is a shakeup), players will now have to commit to a role – Tank, […]


Former Fallout level designer shares what makes a good Easter Egg
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2019, 2:48 pm
Sometimes a skeleton is just a skeleton. They’re bloody everywhere in the Fallout games, so you could easily overlook just one more. Sometimes, however — like in the Fallout 4 instance above — it’s a clever multi-layered nod to a friend. Earlier today, former Bethesda level designer Joel Burgess shared a few of his stories […]


Gigabyte Aorus NVMe Gen 4 review: The first PCIe 4.0 SSD has arrived
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2019, 1:00 pm
One of the big attractions of choosing a new AMD Ryzen 3000 build at the moment is the fact it supports the new, super fast PCIe 4.0 standard. You’ll need to pair your new 3rd Gen Ryzen CPU with one of AMD’s equally new (not to mention expensive) X570 motherboards to make use of it, […]


Tim Willits to leave Id Software
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2019, 1:16 pm
One of the last of the Id Software old guard is parting company with the studio soon. Tim Willits wasn’t part of the original team of founders, but was there early enough to be credited as level designer on 1995’s Ultimate Doom and have a credit in almost everything since. After working as a designer […]


Grand Theft Auto Online gets into the casino business next week
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2019, 11:29 am
It has always amazed me that Grand Theft Auto Online (and its parent game, Grand Theft Auto 5) hasn’t had a casino until now, what with it being all about a life of vice and high-stakes action. Next week on Tuesday the 23rd, Rockstar are fixing that, and opening the doors to the Diamond Casino […]


Limbo is free for keepsies on the Epic Games Store right now
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2019, 11:30 am
Spooky-ooky puzzle-platformer Limbo, the game our former Kieron (RPS in pieces) dismissed as “Rick Dangerous for Goths”, is the latest giveaway on the Epic Games Store. Playdead’s tale of an oft-eviscerated kid searching for his sister was very much part of the early-tensies contemporary canon. It’s a game one could hardly help but own through […]


Podcast: The best game cities, from Dunwall to Kamurocho
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2019, 12:00 pm
 Rural life is disgusting. All those shrubs and trees, how awful. You should pack your checkered pouch and head into the big smoke. The shining cities of videogameland are calling to you, and the team of the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, will be there to help you get settled in to your […]


A Panel Shaped Screen: the confusing world of multimedia franchises
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2019, 12:30 pm
A Panel Shaped Screen is a monthly column where Giada Zavarise explores how comics and video games inspire each other. This time Giada is looking at how the games and stories you love balloon into multimedia franchises. It was so much easier to just enjoy things back then. You know, then. The good old days. […]


Wot I Think: Etherborn
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2019, 9:00 am
Developer: Altered Matter Publisher: Altered Matter Release: Out now On: Windows From: Steam, Humble Price: TBA “Oooh, that looks pretty,” I said, marvelling at the screen that had caught my eye. “It’s called Etherborn, please turn the hose off now.” Matt explained. He was right. Etherborn is very pretty indeed. It’s also a splendid wee […]


Plants Vs. Zombies 3 announc- oh for… it's a chuffing mobile game
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 18 July 2019, 9:44 am
Good news: EA have announced Plants Vs. Zombies 3. Bad news: it’s free-to-play again, and microtransactions were a blight on PvZ 2. Nullifying news: but this time it’s just a mobile game so who even cares. Ian Arts, you are a monster. After the microtransaction-muddled Plants vs. Zombies 2 and the I’ve-heard-they’re-good-but-they’re-not-what-I-want multiplayer Garden Warfare […]


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