Wot I Think: Beat Cop

It’s time to walk the streets (well, street) of mid-80s New York as a down-on-his-luck patrol officer, handing out parking tickets, and er, handing out some more parking tickets. But! But handing out parking tickets while people all around you shout racist and sexist stuff, because it’s set in the ’80s! It’s Beat Cop [official site]. Something something Senator, something something diamonds, something something parking tickets. Here’s wot I think. Read the rest of this entry »

Mafia 3 demo out today, as is first story DLC

A demo for Mafia 3 [official site] has arrived, letting all and sundry in to poke around a Nu Orleans. John’s Wot I Think praised the city and was none too pleased with most of the rest so hey, I’ll welcome a demo to have a look myself.

The first paid story DLC is out today too, for folks who’ve already bought in. Faster, Baby! will send players into a small town to deal with a corrupt sheriff. Antics ensue. Read the rest of this entry »

Civ 6 tweaks AI and warmongering in spring update

The march of progress is slow in civilisation and hey, Civilization can take time too. Civilization 6 [official site] developers Firaxis today launched the 4X strategy game’s Spring Update, bring changes and fixes that may not be mega-huge but are certainly welcome. Warmonger penalties are reworked so your people are no longer forever cursed with the mark of Cain just for twatting your neighbour with a ruler, for starters, and the AI is fixed-up a little too. The patch is a 1GB download now percolating through the pipes so fire up Steam and let’s have a look. Read the rest of this entry »

Have You Played… Company of Heroes?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Pew pew pew pew pew! That’s nothing like any of the sounds that happen in 2006 real-time strategy game Company of Heroes. I just like pretending to shoot you.
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Steam Charts: Grounds for Battlecelebration

Alec is still away, ostensibly on holiday but presumed dead. Ride in peace, Alec Meer. All that remains of last week’s chart caretaker is a selection of small bones John coughed up, so it’s my turn. It’s a good week in the charts!

We’ve some new games, some familiar faces, and at least one familiar face with a new game. It’s a shame Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Origin exclusivity keeps it out of this comparison. Not to ruin the suspension but: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, the new early access Hunger Royale game, is riding high at the top of the hit parade.

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Come see developer sessions this week at EGX Rezzed

EGX Rezzed 2017 is just a couple of days away. The doors open at the Tobacco Dock in London this Thursday and from then until their closure on Saturday there’ll be interesting developer sessions happening inside. If you’re attending, you’ll be able to watch Ken Levine talk about his new development studio, creative director Raphael Colantonio talk about Prey, and a bunch more – including famed RPS writers talking on stage with some of our favourite developers. If you’re not attending, it’s not too late to change that by grabbing tickets.

Hop below for the developer sessions schedule.

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Rumour! Call of Duty: WW2 is real, and a real bad name

Rumours of Call of Duty’s return to World War 2 have circulated since, well, since Activision’s mega-hit FPS series left it almost a decade ago. This time it’s really for really real, folks including our chums at Eurogamer say. Whispers, rumours, and supposedly leaked artwork say this year’s game will bear the rubbish name Call of Duty: WWII. Presumably this would mean a sad farewell to the wall-running and double-jumping of futureCoDs but the welcome return of the M1 Garand rifle’s ping, the loveliest sound in all murderdom. Read the rest of this entry »

Dark Souls 3 now concluded in The Ringed City

Dark Souls has now concluded. Dark Souls 3 [official site] today launched its second expansion, The Ringed City. Barring a secret change of heart from the developers, this is the final expansion for the final Dark Souls game. The Ringed City delves into a lost city at the crumpled edges of the world to find… ah, you don’t want me to tell you. Read the rest of this entry »

How I (almost) learned to love Freestyle Football

For years now, I’ve been looking for an arcade football game that has some of the best qualities of SWOS combined with an RPG-lite career structure. A niche desire maybe, but for a while New Star Soccer happily occupied that niche. Now that the series has moved to mobile, I’m left with an empty hole and I recently turned to Freestyle Football [Steam page] to fill it. It’s a free to play multiplayer football game with anime style characters.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Destiny 2 announced, but why do we care?

Destiny 2 has been officially announced by Bungie via a tweet from an official account. This was always pretty much guaranteed, given the success of the first game. But why do we care on our illustrious PC-only website? Because it might well be coming to PC as well as PlayStations and Xbones, according to some previous rumours. Those are just rumours for now but we’re posting about it anyway, because we don’t want to be left out of the party. In other words, we’re hedging our news-bets.
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Wot I Think: Rain World

A trickle of wholesome GIFs has been tantalising us with post-apocalyptic platformer Rain World [official site] and its adorable protagonist the slugcat for some time now. It’s out tomorrow and I have been hopping and swimming and munching my way through its dripping, humid world of predator and prey over the past week to tell you wot I think. First: I am certain it’s going to become a cult hit with a crowd of hardcore, mystery-loving obsessives behind it. But secondly, it has also left me with the impression of a badly missed opportunity. Equal parts astounding and hands-tearing-out-your-hair frustrating, this adventure, like the slugcat itself, is a bit of a mix. Read the rest of this entry »

Absolver’s multiplayer melee combat looks ace

When our Adam played Absolver [official site] last year, he declared the online melee murderfest “one of E3’s best games.” Oh we’re all very happy that you had such a good time, but what about us? We won’t get to play until later this year. No scampering around an open world duffing up enemies and other players, not for us yet. If it’s any comfort, we can watch a 15-minute new video with one of the devs explaining the ins and outs of PvP face-mashing. Hey, this does look fun. Read the rest of this entry »

Train Mechanic Simulator 2017 pulls into Steamtion

I’m delighted by the rise of fixing and cleaning games, these meticulous and contemplative experiences of repairing cars and mopping guts out of vents. If trains are more your bag, hey, that’s now covered too. Train Mechanic Simulator 2017 [official site] launched last week with steam, diesel, and electric trains in need of a little love. TraMechSim devs Si7 Studio aren’t the folks behind the Car Mechanic Simulator games — that’s Red Dot Games — but they’re clearly inspired by it and the two sims do share a publisher, PlayWay. Have a look at this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »