Holiday Space Japes – Elite: Dangerous Smuggling Video

By Graham Smith on August 25th, 2014 at 10:00 am.

Yes, I've seen that article about how there's no stealth in space.

It’s a bank holiday Monday in the UK, which means that the Rock, Paper, Shotgun crew is still writing news and articles about videogames, but instead of posting them here we’re printing them off, feeding them directly into a shredder, and then deleting the source files. It’s a cruel shame, but that’s the world we live in.

Perhaps you still want some entertainment to get you through the day wherever you are, in which case here’s a video of someone smuggling illegal goods into an Elite: Dangerous space station. It’s nine minutes of interstellar stealth and pleasant space ship noises, with on-screen text to describe the tactics used at each stage, and it’s brilliant. Space!

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The Sunday Papers

By Graham Smith on August 24th, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

Sundays are for remaining steadfast, even as all common sense suggests otherwise.

  • Writing for the New York Times, Chris Suellentrop salutes the underappreciated women videogame pioneers, and discusses the need for exhibitions which celebrate their work.
  • The first commercially released game designed by a woman is believed to be Ms. Shaw’s 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe for the Atari 2600 in 1980. That year, Dona Bailey programmed the colorful arcade shooter Centipede for Atari. Ms. Shaw designed River Raid, a game I spent countless hours with as a boy, for Activision in 1983. Roberta Williams wrote, among other pioneering computer games, King’s Quest in 1984.

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Death To Middlemen: Dirty Dozen Sale Direct From Devs

By Graham Smith on August 24th, 2014 at 12:30 pm.

Cass picked up on this in yesterday’s Bargain Bucket, but it deserves a post of its own. Show Me The Games are currently running the Dirty Dozen sale in which a 12 games are substantially discounted. What makes it special? These are direct-from-the-developer discounts, meaning Show Me The Games isn’t taking a cut and every penny you pay goes to the people who actually made the games.

The games on offer include Gone Home, Frozen Synapse, Infested Planet, Democracy 3, and some game I’ve never heard of* called Sir, You Are Being Hunted. That’s a good haul.

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The RPS Bargain Bucket: Black Saturday

By Cassandra Khaw on August 23rd, 2014 at 12:30 pm.

Here, in Malaysia, Hungry Ghost Festival is slowly creeping towards the end and soon, it will once again be safe to gallivant through dark alleys. Or something. (You shouldn’t visit dark alleys anywhere, folks. It is a Bad Idea.) This week has been a turbulent mess, for more than one reason, and I apologize for the lack of caffeine-driven cheer. It rather doesn’t help that today has been declared a national occasion for mourning. But where there is life, there is hope! At least, that’s the idea. Enjoy this week’s bucket of bargains, and Mike Luard’s Sonic the Hedgehog Plushie.

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Wot I Think: Metro Redux

By Christopher Livingston on August 22nd, 2014 at 9:00 pm.

Many Artyoms died to bring us this screenshot.

The beautifully bleak first-person shooters Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light have both been retooled and are being resold: a bit weird since the latter only came out last year. Is Metro Redux worth the dough if you already own the original games? How about if you don’t? How about if, like me, you own one but not the other? Well, here’s whut ah thank, y’all! (Note: I’m an American. We all talk like that.)

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Freeware Gardener’s Question Time: 21/08

By Graham Smith on August 22nd, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

In a comment on one of the recent Freeware Garden posts, a reader lamented that its early morning posting slot – 11am, BST – meant that by the time they’d been able to play any given game, the post had been flushed down the RPS front page and any conversation in its comments had come to an end. Why not, then, set up a weekly slot on Friday evenings where people could convene, pick through the week’s selections, and have a proper chat about their thoughts?

Then I thought of the title and so it had to happen. Welcome.

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Looking Solid: Metal Gear Solid 5′s Gamescom Trailer

By Graham Smith on August 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

If you came to me and said that there was an open world stealth game in development about dynamic infiltration of forts, with horses, and a multiplayer meta-game, I’d be giddy. That’s what Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is. That it’s also part of a series I haven’t played since 1998′s Metal Gear Solid, and that it’s burdened – or strengthened – by Hideo Kojima’s batshit lore, only serves to make it more interesting.

At this year’s Gamescom, a new 22 minute demonstration was shown to attendant press, designed to depict how the same missions and multiplayer shown at E3 could be radically different based on the dynamic systems at work. A video of that demo is below, and it contains stealth-enabling horseshit.

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Free Sneaking: Dishonored’s Steam Weekend Trial

By Alice O'Connor on August 22nd, 2014 at 6:00 pm.

Stab that man and you risk contaminating the fine spread.

You could finish Dishonored for free this weekend. It’s free to play on Steam until 9 o’clock on Sunday evening, which certainly gives enough time to zip through and stab everyone in the neck. You would, of course, be a monster–not just for the reckless murder, but for missing some of the finest first-person sneaking of recent years. No, unless you have nowt going on, the trial will give sneaky players just enough time to crave closure. Handily, the game’s on sale cheap too, as are its ace DLC chapters.

Killfreaks can alternatively play Titanfall and Borderlands 2 free this weekend, mind.

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Dreamers Of Dreams: Sentris Early Access

By Adam Smith on August 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Do you remember a time when msuic games were so rugged and wild that they required the use of a tiny plastic guitar peripheral? I certainly do. Some people formed bands during their university years and frittered away precious hours creating melancholy joy, entertaining the tune-hungry populace of bee-soaked university bars. Other people – people like me – perfected I Wanna Be Sedated on Guitar Hero while jumping up and down on a bed with a cig in my mouth. Health and safety be damned, this was rock ‘n’ roll and I liked it.

Rhythm games have moved on since then and Sentris, launched into Early Access seconds ago, looks and sounds absolutely delicious. And you can play it while sitting comfortably at your desk.

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The Great Prosperini, PI: The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter

By Alice O'Connor on August 22nd, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

On rails.

Private investigator seems a noble, or perhaps unambitious, career for a magic man. Possessing supernatural powers of precognition, Paul Prospero (he even has a great magician name!) decided to become a detective rather than e.g. a Strike It Lucky winner. No, instead he’s out poking around forests looking for a missing child in The Vanishing of Ethan Carter.

13 minutes of first-person mystery-solving gameplay are on this here Internet for your eyes to see in a new trailer from developers The Astronauts. The former Bulletstorm folks have also announced they’ll launch the game on September 25.

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BildungZroman: The Walking Dead Season Two Finale

By Adam Smith on August 22nd, 2014 at 3:00 pm.

Telltale’s Walking Dead has always been Clementine’s story. From the moment she appears in the first episode of the first season, the player may be controlling Lee but Clem is the character that they’re guiding and constructing. I’ve mostly enjoyed the second season, even when the pacing has been a little too Romero-zombie, and I’m looking forward to the joyous showtune that will mark the final episode. Except…the trailer below, which recaps season one and two with spoilers aplenty, suggests things might not turn out particularly well for Clem and the gang no matter what her choices have been. Gulp.

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Paradise Cities: The Crew Has Lots Of Game Modes

By Graham Smith on August 22nd, 2014 at 2:00 pm.

There’s a narrative arc to my interest in most racing games: at first they seem to support my interest in driving and exploration, and then slowly, bit by bit, these racing games reveal themselves to be dependent upon racing. So it is with this trailer for The Crew, Ubi’s looming open world racing game set in a shrunken, greatest-hits compilation of the entire United States. Open world! Exploration! Drive about and stuff! And then comes the missions, the modes, the multiplayer; joyful things for someone, but not for Sunday drivers like me.

Still, the game remains the one I’m most excited about, which is just straight up weird. Come watch the informative trailer.

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The Flare Path: And The Battling Bastards Of Charlie Sector

By Tim Stone on August 22nd, 2014 at 1:00 pm.

Those creatures perched on the finials of Castle Shotgun? Pigs. The headline on the front of today’s Hell Gazette – “HITLER AND STALIN WIN FIGURE SKATING GOLDS IN INAUGURAL WINTER GAMES”? Totally true. Pour yourself a stiff drink and schedule an emergency meeting between your eyebrows and hairline. You’re about to read a late but heartfelt billet-doux to Wargame: Red Dragon on RPS! Read the rest of this entry »

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