Way Of The Passive Fist is a parrylicious beat ’em up
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2018, 10:50 am
Duffing up baddies in a side-scrolling beat ’em up usually involves chainwhips, repeated blows by a blur of fists, jumpkicks, and at least one special move that’s basically just shouting. Way Of The Passive Fist is not that sort of beat ’em up. Instead, it wants us to carefully dodge, parry blows, and tire enemies […]


Have You Played… Bubble Trouble?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2018, 10:30 am
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. It’s Christmas, and my dreams are about to come true. As a special treat, my primary school is going to give us free reign over the computer suite. For a whole afternoon, we can feast on […]


Murderous Pursuits is the best version of Assassin’s Creed multiplayer
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2018, 8:00 am
Murderous Pursuits is The Ship: Remasted crew’s latest stab at a multiplayer assassination game, due out next month. Like in previous Ship games (and Blazing Griffin’s spin off, Bloody Good Time), you’re given a target to hunt while another player hunts you. Unlike previous Ship games, you’re on a flying boat packed with alternate reality […]


MotorStorm team’s new racer Onrush looks smashing
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2018, 7:17 am
Codemasters tend to frown upon carfights, urging people to drive responsibly through their F1 and Dirt games, but their next race ’em up certainly looks smash-happy. Onrush is its name, and driving fast while smashing other vehicles is its game. It’s made by the Codies studio formerly known as Evolution Studios, who made PlayStation racers […]


The Station is a first-person alien mystery with an intriguing premise
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 February 2018, 7:29 am
How would you react to the discovery of an advanced but violent alien civilisation in the midst of a civil war? That’s the question that opens the pitch for sci-fi explore-o-puzzler The Station, and it’s intriguing enough for me to want to check out the game based on that alone. You play as a recon […]


Premature Evaluation: Eco
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 5:00 pm
Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s joining a civilisation and facing down a meteor in environmentally-conscious sandbox Eco. But mostly he’s building a terrible house. The worlds of crafting and survival games are big balls of resources waiting to be exploited. Normally. Not […]


Hand of The Gods: Smite Tactics is out today
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 5:27 pm
It seems that Fable Fortune isn’t the only lesser-known CCG leaving Early Access this week. While a little more timely than it’s genre-cousin due to Smite still being a regular favourite on the competitive MOBA circuit, Hand Of The Gods: Smite Tactics looks like it may be struggling a bit already with its launch today […]


Electric green man Blanka finally returns to Street Fighter
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 6:17 pm
It’s better to be fashionably late than a total no-show. Blanka’s absense from Street Fighter V at launch was a bitter pill to swallow, but everyone’s favourite weird Brazillian jungle-monster-man is back today and on form. Rejoining the likes of Ryu and Dhalsim and a few other frenemies from the good old days of Street […]


Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is out now
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 3:41 pm
In another time and place, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition would be the easiest game to recommend. A lovingly crafted, highly polished update of a truly classic RTS, putting Blizzard’s recent efforts to polish up Starcraft to shame. Boasting proper 4k art, a smoothly zoomable camera and major interface enhancements, it looks like an excellent […]


Burnout Paradise Remastered will finally bring Big Surf Island to PC
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 12:38 pm
Criterion’s fab open-world racer Burnout Paradise is getting fancied up for a re-release later this year, Electronic Arts announced today, ten years after its original launch. Burnout Paradise Remastered, as it’s named, is prettified and whatnot, and will include most of the DLC – including the Big Surf Island expansion that skipped PC the first […]


The Elite Dangerous: Beyond – Chapter 1 expansion has a long name and a release date
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 12:39 pm
Elite Dangerous is now four years old somehow, or five if you count the various betas. In that time, it’s gone from impossible promise (ah, those halcyon 2012 Kickstarter days) to absolute bedrock of modern PC gaming, what with its blend of solo noodling about, lethal PVP sandbox and slow-burn, community-driven storytelling. Whether it’s quite […]


Robocraft Royale’s public alpha test is live, and good fun
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 12:54 pm
I’m not good at Battle Royale shooters. Most of my time spent playing usually involves crawling through long grass or hiding in bathtubs, hoping desperately to make it to the final 15-20 players simply by being a no-show to combat encounters. My second round of Robocraft Royale (a spinoff of Freejam’s construction-combat sandbox Robocraft) saw […]


Warhammer: Vermintide downs one more for the road
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 2:28 pm
We may be just under to weeks from the release of Warhammer: Vermintide 2, but studio Fatshark are supporting the original game right up until the bitter end. In fact, the latest update for the game adds that bitter end for you to experience first-hand. Released as part of a free update, yesterday’s Patch 1.11 […]


Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds introducing ping-based matchmaking, new map to follow
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 11:26 am
The problem of high-ping players disrupting Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds matches with their jerky movement and wonky hit detection hopefully won’t continue for much longer, as developers PUBG Corp have announced plans to start testing a solution this week. Having previously considered the approach of a maximum ping limit, they now say they’re going to divide matchmaking […]


Mod support was “essential” for Final Fantasy XV’s PC outing
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 11:53 am
Last August, Square Enix finally confirmed that the upcoming PC version of royal roadtrip Final Fantasy XV would indeed come with full mod support when it launches on March 6. At the time, though, the developers kept schtum about exactly what that might entail. Indeed, it was only over the weekend that we got our first glimpse of […]


#SWTOR Cartel Market Specials: Week of February 19, 2018
Posted by Article | Star Wars: The Old Republic [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 10:41 am
Check out the sweet deals available this week in the Cartel Market like the Armed Resistance Pack 50% OFF!


We were after one guy, say malware flight simmers
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 8:37 am
A flight sim company who put malware in one of their jets now say they were only after one person, in an attempt to downplay how many users were affected by what they described as “DRM”. As we reported yesterday, Flight Sim Labs normally sell planes to players of Flight Simulator X, but they recently included […]


Wot I Think (Or Seemingly Can’t Think): Cypher
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 9:00 am
A new game from Matthew “Hexcells” Brown is always a reason to sit up and remember where you are. Cypher marks quite a diversion from the likes of Hexcells, Squarecells and CrossCells. (Although so did Sound Shift.) Although it remains a collection of puzzles presented with his distinctively clean aesthetic, this time in 3D. It’s […]


Legendary Gary is an RPG about a fella’s boring life and the fantasy RPG he plays
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 9:51 am
Today I’ve followed in the footsteps of Legendary Gary‘s star by shirking the real world to play video games. Legendary Gary is an RPG about Gary’s humdrum life, parts of which are eerily mirrored by the in-game tactical combat RPG he has just started playing (and we play too), and it seems a good’un. It […]


Have You Played… Tekken?
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 10:30 am
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. My first encounter with the angry polygons of Tekken was on a sticky arcade cabinet in a Catalonian holiday resort. I liked this holiday. There was a massive pool, where a bigger boy once dunked me […]


Watch Julian Gollop play his XCOM-like Phoenix Point
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 7:22 am
I was at the PC Gamer Weekender last week, and my highlight had to be lead Phoenix Point developer (and X-COM: UFO Defense co-creator) Julian Gollop commentating as I played the game on the show floor. He appeared behind me part way through the demo – just as I moved a unit one tile too […]


Assassin’s Creed Origins launches tourist Discovery Mode today, also as a standalone
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 7:44 am
Lace up your walking boots and fill your canteen, as today Assassin’s Creed Origins wanders into a world of tourism. Today the game will receive its new Discovery Mode in a free update, letting players freely and peacefully explore Ancient Egypt and enjoy guided tours written with historians. Ubisoft will also sell this mode as […]


AMD are sending out free processors to fix Ryzen Vega motherboard issues
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 20 February 2018, 5:41 am
AMD’s new Ryzen processors with Vega graphics have been causing quite a stir lately. Offering Nvidia GeForce GTX 1030 levels of graphical fidelity without the need for a dedicated card, the Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G are quickly becoming the CPU of choice for many budget system builders – at least when US retailer Newegg isn’t charging […]


Final Fantasy XV’s co-op expands with its PC launch
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 February 2018, 7:00 pm
We’re just two weeks from the PC release of Final Fantasy XV. Despite a wobbly start on consoles, Square have poured a shocking amount of support into the game, and I admit no small amount of excitement for the re-launch, especially after the benchmark confirmed that my new laptop can more than handle the game […]


Fable Fortune, RPG series’ CCG spinoff launching soon
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 February 2018, 5:35 pm
Update, Correction: It does appear that Steam players can play with and against XBox and Windows 10 owners of the game, which is nice. After seven months in early access to hammer it into ship-shape, RPG-turned-CCG Fable Fortune just about ready for launch. With an official release date of February 22nd, it’ll be rolling out on Microsoft […]


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