Cloudbuilt successor Sky Tracers takes rocket-powered parkour online
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2018, 1:52 pm
As much as I loved jet-powered platformer Super Cloudbuilt, it was a deliberately lonesome experience for the self-improving speedrunner. For their next – the recently announced Sky Tracers – developers Coilworks are adapting the formula to multiplayer. Swarms of jet-powered lunatics will be able to hop, boost and wall-run their way through towering sci-fi cityscapes, […]


AOC Agon AG322QC4 review: An excellent FreeSync 2 HDR monitor, brightness be damned
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2018, 2:30 pm
HDR on PC (or high dynamic range) is all well and good when it actually works, but let’s face it, no one wants to shell out north of £2000 / $2000 on one of Nvidia’s fancy G-Sync HDR monitors like the Acer Predator X27 or Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ when it’s still so damn fiddly […]


The Ancient Greek world in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is honestly a colossally sized place. Set during the conflict between Athens and Sparta, there are a fair few returning features, such as sailing, but it also retains a fair few of the the big changes that were brought with Assassin’s Creed Origins. There’s plenty of new features […]


Skeletal Dance Party hits the dance-floor today
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2018, 12:12 pm
Deep down, everyone loves a good party and according to Skeletal Dance Party those bones are eager to shake it all night, even if the flesh is unwilling. Released today by Catalope Games and No Studio In Particular, it’s an adorably bouncy physics’y spin on the dungeon crawler. Young necromancer Reva is throwing a dungeon […]


SteamVR introduces Motion Smoothing to improve performance
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2018, 9:37 am
It’s a little-known fact that when Justin Timberlake told Mark Zuckerberg “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars,” he was talking about how expensive a good VR PC should be. Just jokes, there, some laugharoonies. But for plain ol’ millionaires whose VR experiences are bumpy, a little more help is […]


Fortnite: Save The World’s free-to-play launch delayed out 2018
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2018, 10:30 am
The game once known as ‘Fortnite‘ will not leave paid early access and launch free-to-play this year as planned, Epic Games have said. They’ve delayed Fortnite: Save The World‘s F2P launch as they want more time to make sure it’s proper good and stable for the hordes of potential players expected to flood in when […]


Have You Played… Splendor?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2018, 10:30 am
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Aha, a loophole! Some of the board games in the embarrassingly large tower behind me have been digitised, so I’m free to write about them without muddying the PC-focused waters of Have You Played. Let’s see […]


Grand Theft Auto V hackers were able to kill people in singleplayer
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2018, 8:35 am
It’s no secret that GTA Online has a big cheating problem. Rarely can I play for a few hours without encountering someone who insta-explodes other players, rains hacked money, sticks a Christmas tree to my body, or traps me in a burning cage watched by a dozen Jesuses (hackers are sometimes creative, I will give […]


Steam Charts: Up Is Down Edition
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2018, 6:35 am
Please check to see if your cats are laying down with dogs, and if your downs are presently up, because it’ll only further confirm this week’s Steam Charts’ signs of the end times. SEVEN new or re-entries, no GTA, no Counter-Strike, no Witcher 3 – and please, look, sit down, make sure a relative or […]


Devs apologise for kicking World War 3 off to a disastrous start
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2018, 7:09 am
It’s not all sunshine and roses over in World War 3. That’s a Battlefield-like that entered early access last Friday, not a global calamity you’re only just learning about on RPS. World War 3 was supposed to kick off on Friday, but server issues meant that nobody could actually start warring until the following day. […]


Photographing invisible animals in theHunter: Call of the Wild
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2018, 8:00 am
I know there are deer nearby, because the helpful disembodied voice told me, and I have complete trust in the disembodied voice. theHunter: Call of the Wild, which launched in 2017 but has since been scooped up along with its DLC and repackaged as the 2019 Edition, contains a multitude of deer, I am promised, […]


Kassandra might be cute with kids, but she’s still a monster
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 22 October 2018, 4:00 am
Kassandra sure is keen to soak her hands in blood. Of her enemies, or those of anyone who chucks her a few drachmae. The Assassin’s Creed games have always been about killing people. Duh. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, though, is the first since the series started that’s got me asking if those people deserve it. And […]


Kitty Horrorshow’s Haunted Cities Volume 3 is here just in time for Halloween
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2018, 4:00 pm
It’s just ten short nights until Halloween, and so I bring you the spooky gift of Kitty Horrorshow’s latest collection of brief experimental games, bundled together as Haunted Cities Volume 3. It’s got it all: candle lighting, spinning out your car at night, and the most terrifying flickering I’ve ever experienced.


Valve has pushed back Artifact beta to November
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2018, 1:00 pm
Valve’s Dota-based card game Artifact is due out November 28th, but it seems that its beta has been pushed back from this month to the second half of November. Specifically, it’s been re-scheduled for the 19th, but somewhat tentatively.


Work up an appetite with Hot Pot Panic
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2018, 11:00 am
Delicious dinner simulator Hot Pot Panic is all about making the tastiest food and then stuffing yourself with it. I’d tell you more, but playing it has made me very hungry, so I’m off to go raid my fridge first.


Wargroove delayed to 2019, but developers detail planned content
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2018, 9:00 am
Advance Wars-style strategy game Wargroove doesn’t have a firm release date yet, but developers Chucklefish say that you should no longer expect it this year. On the other hand, they’ve also given us a bunch of details about its planned content, including various modes, map creation, and music.


The Sunday Papers
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 October 2018, 6:00 am
Sundays are for dog walks. Last time we were out we saw someone with their dog on a lead and their cat loping after them, so I’m looking forward to what wonders we’ll be treated to this time. You’ll just have to make do with high-quality writing about video games from the past week. I […]


Cool wizards will battle in a royale manner in Spellbreak
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2018, 9:30 am
What if battle royale but wizards? Okay, Battlerite Royale, sure. But what if battle royale but wizards and big flashy magic spells hurling whirlwinds and rocks and giant walls of fire and spaffing special effects all over? Ah, for that you’ll want to look to Spellbreak, an upcoming battle royale starring cool wizards. Mate, even […]


Priceless Play – 20th October 2018
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2018, 7:00 am
So often, it can feel like horror is preying on fears of mental illness. How many video games are set in abandoned psychiatric institutions? What about deeming antagonists “criminally,” or otherwise, “insane”? Sure, I love Until Dawn, but I don’t care for its takes on psychotherapy. I am put off by Outlast, despite its clever […]


What are we all playing this weekend?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 October 2018, 5:00 am
It’s beginning to look much like Goth Christmas Fangs in every store But the prettiest sight to see, is the ghostie that will be On your own front door A pair of Spider-Man boots and a pistol that shoots Is the wish of Barney and Ben Dolls that will talk and will go for a […]


Battlefield-ish shooter World War 3 makes its early access debut
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2018, 5:08 pm
I’m not entirely sure why, but there are some people who really liked the Battlefield games when they were at their most gritty and pseudo-realistic. World War 3, released into early access today and developed by Necrovision studio The Farm 51, is for them. Destructible maps of Warsaw, Berlin and Moscow, customisable guns and a […]


The Spooky Retro Bundle 2 channels grimy PSX aesthetics into fear
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2018, 6:23 pm
Somewhere, deep in the darkest recesses of the Uncanny Valley lies a strange, jagged sinkhole. Nobody knows how deep it goes, or even if it has a bottom to reach, merely that its pixellated walls seem to vibrate and shimmer as you move around them. Welcome to the PlayStation Zone. the Spooky Retro Bundle 2 on […]


Hitman gets spooky Halloween murders for new free trial
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2018, 3:22 pm
As Halloween horrors go, a genetically-engineered megamurderer who knows dozens of ways to kill and will wear your clothes to replace you in your everyday life already seems pretty spooky to me. He’s a dark one, that Ian Hitman. But to celebrate the season of Goth Christmas, IO Interactive are making him even spookier with […]


Strategic shooter hybrid Executive Assault 2 enters early access
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2018, 4:15 pm
My brain is not up to playing Executive Assault 2 today. I could maybe handle a basic RTS, or maybe an FPS but not this complex hybrid of both plus space combat. Making its early access debut yesterday, it’s a sequel to Hesketh Studios’s 2015 Executive Assault. In the first game, players commanded a robot army […]


Dota 2 starts showing odds of rare bonus items in loot boxes
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 October 2018, 12:41 pm
Valve are starting to clearly disclose the odds of receiving a rare bonus wizard costume in your Dota 2 loot box of wizard hats, adding an in-game pop-up stating your chances. This is for the “escalating odds”, which go up as you open more and more of a certain loot box, and will always track […]


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