The RPS Bargain Bucket: Avoid Missing

By Lewie Procter on April 16th, 2011 at 7:32 am.

Those prices just keep dropping. Digital games are getting cheaper by the week, and the bargain bucket has got the highlights of this weekend’s offerings sloshing around inside it right now, waiting for you to take a sip. As always, if you’re still thirsty for more cheap interactive entertainment software, has got the best deals on games on all platforms for you every day. Read on for this weeks best value downloads. Read the rest of this entry »



GLaDOS’ Countdown Is Almost Up

By Quintin Smith on April 15th, 2011 at 4:52 pm.

oh shiiiiit

Only seven minutes left on the Valve’s Potato Sack ARG clock! Join me as I pop open a Coke Zero and stare catatonically at the tumbling numbers, won’t you? I could do with the company, and I’ll be updating this post LIVE as and when anything happens.

Update: If you need something to distract you while you wait, I cannot recommend this link enough.

Update: Less than five minutes to go now!

Update: Two minutes and twenty-eight seconds! Let’s see if I can hold my breath for the remaining time.

Update: no i can’t do it


Update: HERE WE GO

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Scare Tactics: Fear 3 Multiplayer Trailer

By Quintin Smith on April 15th, 2011 at 3:43 pm.

F**k off.

A trailer’s been released covering upcoming horror FPS F.E.A.R. 3′s range of innovative multiplayer modes, namely Contractions, Soul Survivor, Soul King (which sounds like “Sulking” to me) and, of course, F**king Run. Turns out F.E.A.R. 3′s getting released on May 24th, just a couple of weeks after Brink, which is coming out one week after Section 8: Prejudice. Hmm. That’s unlikely to turn out well for anyone involved.
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Shogun 2 DX11 Patch To Land Early May

By Quintin Smith on April 15th, 2011 at 2:38 pm.

Are those men far away, or are they simply very small?

The Creative Assembly have announced that a patch for Total War: Shogun 2 adding DirectX 11 support will… oh, what’s the point. You’ve already read the headline. A DirectX 11 patch will be released in the first week of May. Why are you even reading this? Hell, I bet nobody’s reading this. I bet I could fill it with nonsense and nobody would notice. The Creative Assembly announced today that they’re implementing an innovative new office policy of human sacrifice, inspired by the ancient Aztecs. Studio director Tim Heaton had this to say: “Ca yz tonoc in tiquauhtli in tocelutl! Auh in ticueie in tiuipile.” Does this mean we can look forward to Total War: Mexica? More on this as it develops.

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So This Is: A Battlefield 3 Trailer

By Jim Rossignol on April 15th, 2011 at 2:14 pm.

This Battlefield 3 trailer is a fancily-edited-up selection of footage that we’ve seen before. Until the end, where there’s some stuff we haven’t seen before: base-jumping, jet-fighting, tank-battles, and a city on fire. It’s only a glimpse. “Glimpse” is a funny word.
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Black Prophecy Devs Address Community

By Jim Rossignol on April 15th, 2011 at 2:06 pm.

Free-to-play space MMO Black Prophecy is actually fairly interesting. I played through the prologue, but had to move on to other things before I really got stuck into the main world. It’s impressively pretty, and the mouse-keyboard space combat controls are surprisingly action-oriented. I did get splatted attempting to higher level missions with RPS chums, however, so I suspect that linear level ladder might be too much for me. Anyway! The devs have written a letter to the community, addressing concern over lag and bugs, as well as talking about features planned for the future of the game. You can read it in full here. (And my initial impressions of the game here.)

One of the features they propose for the future is “Station walking”. Sounds oddly familiar…

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Humble Frozenbyte Bundle Success!

By Jim Rossignol on April 15th, 2011 at 1:21 pm.

Games are magic.
The third Humble Indie Bundle, this time featuring just Frozenbyte games – Trine, Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds Survivor, Jack Claw, and Splot – has proven to be something of a success. It has sold approximately 100,000 units and $500,000 within the first 48 hours. Frozenbyte say: “This is all thanks to the very supportive communities around the world and also all the media outlets. So on behalf of Frozenbyte, Humble Bundle, Child’s Play and EFF I would like to express our sincerest gratitude.”

Hooray! You can pay what you want just here.

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A Cursory Glance: New Cursed Crusade Shots

By Quintin Smith on April 15th, 2011 at 12:24 pm.

Medieval surgeons would make up for their shortcomings with enthusiasm

Gritty, medieval hack’n'slasher The Cursed Crusade (not to be confused with The First Templar) has some new shots out, and they’re a bit full-on for midday on a Friday. It’s almost enough to put an Englishman off his light lunch of blood sausage or kidney pie. Thoughtless French developers!
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Laser Knight Show: Stalwart

By Quintin Smith on April 15th, 2011 at 10:37 am.

One day I will realise my dream of a platformer where your character grunts and screams with each exertion like a female tennis player

Who’s in the mood for a sort of rhythm-action Canabalt? A few of you? Alright. Stalwart is a browser game that has you running, leaping and backflipping your way around fireballs, boulders, orbital strikes and worse in order to reach some kind of… well, that’s not made too clear. The running is the thing. Also, the ninja-like somersaults out of the way of danger. And since dying only resets your score multiplier and makes the music fizzle out (at least on Normal), you’re free to treat the game as a sightseeing tour rather than some hardcore score attack. Go play!

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Valve ARG Will Climax In Seven Hours

By Quintin Smith on April 15th, 2011 at 9:41 am.

It's the final countdown.

RPS tipster du jour Alex Bakke has sent us this link to a countdown timer- the latest discovery following some two weeks of hard work from the participants of Valve’s alternate reality game. After a paragraph of Glados’s trademark sandpaper wit, it closes “The time is near, humans. But it is not here yet. Tomorrow you will be given the final test. Then it will be entirely in your hands when I am freed.”

This possibly means that Portal 2 is coming out today. Why? Click through, dear reader.
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TF2′s Update Is Hatless

By Jim Rossignol on April 15th, 2011 at 8:27 am.

Look, Mum! No hats.
Yep, no headgear this time, just other stuff. There’s a smaller Badlands map for King of the Hill, there are tweaks and optimisations to visuals and hidden clevers like memory usage. More importantly, perhaps, there’s some basic stuff to help out newbies, including new basic training and a coaching system that will matchmake coaches with people who need to learn to play a bit better. That’s nice. The full details are here.

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Gambling With An RPG: Battleslots

By John Walker on April 14th, 2011 at 10:47 pm.

This looks somewhat familiar.

Since Puzzle Quest surprised everyone by making the combination of match-3 puzzling with an RPG really very good, people have been trying the same with every other imaginable format. Often to less success, lacking the humour and effort that went into PQ. However, no one’s made a Slitherlink-based RPG yet, and for that I will never forgive the world. What is now getting added to the list is, er, fruit machines. That’s the premise for Battleslots, that’s launched five days early today.

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Global Agenda Is Free From… Now

By John Walker on April 14th, 2011 at 9:11 pm.

A man shooting in a game.

As Quintin mentioned was about to happen last week, Global Agenda is now free to play. Which it sort of was before. But now it’s all free to play, even if you didn’t buy the box. What they’ve done here, right, is called it, okay, “Free Agent”. See, because it’s a game that’s ostensibly about spies (except it really isn’t) and it’s free, see? Geddit?! No, me neither.

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