Astroneer takes one giant leap out of early access on February 6th
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 5:56 pm
Cute space survival sandbox Astroneer isn’t far from the finish line, say developers System Era Softworks, it’ll be bounding out of early access in just a few months – February 6th, specifically. The studio have some big plans for the release – the launch version will include a “new exploration-focused adventure”, taking you to new […]


EA get the band back together for Command & Conquer and Red Alert remasters
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 4:54 pm
Screenshots from the fan-updated OpenRA. EA have now officially announced their Command & Conquer remasters, and they look to be in good hands. Several of the strategy classics’s original developers are returning, including talent from ex-Westwood folks Petroglyph and original composer Frank Klepacki. Together, they’re polishing up the original Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn, along […]


Humble Dystopian Bundle gives some good, grim games for cheap
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 2:57 pm
Everyone wants in our our (Post-)Apocalyptic Day, casting doom and gloom all over. First Bethesda launched Fallout 76 early to meet us, and now the latest bargain Humble Bundle packs a load of games with visions of the future ranging from ‘society sucks now’ to ‘slug cats have replaced humanity’. Its theme is ‘Dystopian’ and […]


Fighting EX Layer takes a cheap swing at PC later this month
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 3:02 pm
One more fighter steps into the ring this November 30th, and cheaper than expected – Arika’s Fighting EX Layer, spun off from the oddball Street Fighter EX series. Starring the returning, colourful and non-Capcom-owned cast of Street Fighter EX (plus a guest appearance from King Of Fighters’s Terry Bogard) it’s a fast and twitchy arcade […]


Fallout 76: Postcards from West Virginia
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 4:00 pm
Oh! We survived Apocalypse Day! But what worlds are here to greet us on Post-Apocalypse Day as we stagger, blinking, into the light? Over the course of my six or so hours with it so far, Fallout 76 has revealed its certainly a game that’s more fun for what you see and come across than […]


Post-Apocalypse Day: high-def Mad Maxplosions
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 2:00 pm
Oh! We survived Apocalypse Day! But what worlds are here to greet us on Post-Apocalypse Day as we stagger, blinking, into the light? One of the post-apocalyptic games that many people think was overlooked was Mad Max. Created by Just Causers Avalanche, it’s an open-world driving/punching realisation of the long-loved, thankfully now Gibson-free franchise. Sand, […]


This War Of Mine expansion The Last Broadcast is out now
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 2:05 pm
They say truth is the first casualty of war, which makes This War Of Mine‘s latest expansion – The Last Broadcast – equivalent to playing on hard mode. Not only do you have to cope with the usual dangers of keeping a band of civilians alive and safe through a brutal, messy war, but this […]


Aeon Of Sands has the smartest opening
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 12:00 pm
Oh! We survived Apocalypse Day! But what worlds are here to greet us on Post-Apocalypse Day as we stagger, blinking, into the light? I doubt it’s just me who finds it incredibly hard to take in the infodump that begins most games. I try! I read, “It was the final day of the third season […]


Free-to-play MMO museum manager Occupy White Walls enters early access
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 12:56 pm
There’s an odd appeal to constructing and decorating your own little space in an MMO – Occupy White Walls takes that concept, builds on it and discards all else. Released into early access today by Stiki Pixels, it’s a free-to-play (entirely so at present) creative sandbox with an artistic focus. Players construct, light and decorate […]


Death of a skater boy in Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 10:00 am
Oh! We survived Apocalypse Day! But what worlds are here to greet us on Post-Apocalypse Day as we stagger, blinking, into the light? It wouldn’t be a post-apocalypse without a diary piece. Cataclysm: Dark Days Ahead is an old-fashioned roguelike that drops you into a crumbling world full of grumpy walking corpses. These zombies may […]


Battle of the burg: Fortnite launches Food Fight event mode
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 10:13 am
Burgers or pizza? It’s a question which has started playground debates, late-night arguments, and surely a fistfight or two. Fortnite Battle Royale aims to settle the question via the medium of digital megaviolence in a new event mode, Food Fight, where two teams of 12 with burgheads or tomatofaces must defend their hallowed restaurant mascot […]


We don’t deserve this planet, the robots of Nier: Automata do
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 8:00 am
Oh! We survived Apocalypse Day! But what worlds are here to greet us on Post-Apocalypse Day as we stagger, blinking, into the light? Warning: Contains spoilers. The first robot to be built in Japan, in 1929, was named Gakutensoku, meaning “learning from the laws of nature”. Its creator, biologist Makoto Nishimura, would later say of […]


Fallout 76 fell down, but got back up
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 8:58 am
After Fallout 76 launched early, it did fall down (76). In the wee hours of today, following its ‘official’ launch at midnight worldwide, Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic multiplayer sandbox experienced a bit of server meltdown, causing disconnection problems for some players. Oh sure, maybe you can survive the irradiated wastelands and the griefers trying to nuke your […]


Lusting for ruin on Minecraft’s most apocalyptic server
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 6:00 am
Oh! We survived yesterday! But what worlds are here to greet us on Post-Apocalypse Day as we stagger, blinking, into the light? It has become increasingly difficult to play games that aren’t about the end of the world. The apocalypse and its chaotic aftermath has grown into a collective obsession. We seem to have a […]


THQ Nordic buy the studios behind Wreckfest and Goat Simulator
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 6:13 am
THQ Nordic have gobbled up yet more studios, today announcing they’ve bought Bugbear Entertainment and Coffee Stain Studios. Bugbear are the smash-happy Finnish studio behind racing games including Wreckfest and the first three FlatOuts, while Coffee Stain made FPS tower defence series Sanctum and wack ’em up Goat Simulator as well as publishing games including […]


The criminal who killed 9.5 billion people in Elegy for a Dead World
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 4:00 am
Oh! We survived yesterday! But what worlds are here to greet us on Post-Apocalypse Day as we stagger, blinking, into the light? Elegy for a Dead World is what happens when a story starts too late. When no hero appears to defeat the evil aliens, to assassinate the corrupted president, to warn the world about […]


The Isle of Sgàil is the sixth and final mission in Hitman 2, sending Agent 47 to a remote island in the North Atlantic where a gathering of the global elite is being hosted by The Ark Society. This is the stage where IO Interactive goes full Illuminati confirmed; followers in ridiculous attire performing cultist […]


Happy Post-Apocalypse Day, survivors!
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 5:00 am
After our end of the world festivities, we at RPS have counted our living. I have wired Brendy’s head into the workings of a fun retro robot, Alice O has presumably taken to the high seas like in Waterworld, and we are roasting Matt Cox’s limbs for sustenance while he’s on a press trip and […]


Fallout 76 CAMP: taking over workshops, essential buildings
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 5:11 am
Appalachia is still a lovely place to pitch up a tent and take in some breathtaking views, but in Fallout 76, it’s not at its best. After all, it did just have nuclear bombs explode in its vicinity, much like the rest of America. Still, you have to make do, and your handy tool for […]


Have You Played… The Flame In The Flood?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 14 November 2018, 2:00 am
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time… I really really really like The Flame In The Flood. I am terrible at it, rarely reaching even the mid stage of the river, but I love it. The flood of the title is one that […]


Ashe and Bob steal the spotlight in Overwatch update 1.30 today
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 November 2018, 5:28 pm
Overwatch‘s latest diabolical duo – bandit queen Ashe and her mechanised manservant Bob – have sailed through public testing with ease, and are now live on the regular servers for the game. While there’s still two weeks until they’ll allow them into competitive, ranked play, they’re available for use in every other mode right now. […]


Crusader Kings 2 expansion Holy Fury is out now
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 November 2018, 1:57 pm
It feels only right that the biggest expansion for historical simulator Crusader Kings 2 adds the option to simulate alternate worlds’s histories, too. Released today, Holy Fury was initially billed as an expansion to the religious systems of the game. While that is part of the package, even Paradox’s own focus has shifted to the […]


I played Eco and didn’t want to save the world
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 November 2018, 2:00 pm
RPS is having an Apocalypse Day! We’re celebrating the end of the world and games about it. Check back tomorrow, if we’re still all here. This is like one of those jokes that work on Twitter but makes people really concerned if you write it on Facebook: “Anyone else feel like the planet is doomed […]


Path Of Exile gets a bit Shadow Of Mordor in the Betrayal league
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 November 2018, 3:01 pm
Path Of Exile‘s next league – Betrayal – is set to be the largest expansion to Grinding Gear’s free-to-play action RPG since its story doubled in length last year. The Forsaken Masters, four NPCs who gave you minor side-quests as you progressed through the game, have disappeared – no great loss, really. In their place, […]


Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review: Better than the GTX 1080
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 November 2018, 3:15 pm
As graphics card launches go, it’s probably fair to say Nvidia’s new RTX cards have had a pretty terrible one so far. With concerns over their somewhat extortionate pricing and the continued lack of all those confirmed RTX games to really show what their magic Turing GPUs are made of, it’s left both the RTX […]


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