Playstyle Royale: Dump The Evidence

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This is Playstyle Royale, where I head into Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and try to win my chicken dinner while adhering to arbitrary rules. This week, I’m going with Godwhacker’s excellent suggestion in the comments from last time:

“Dump the Evidence”.

You’re allowed one kill with a weapon, but then it must be dropped, in order to outfox the Hampshire Constabulary who are fast catching up with you and your trail of murder. You can keep the usual four weapons in your inventory and switch between them, but each gun and any attachments must be disposed of after it’s been used, ideally somewhere it can’t be found easily. I’m also going to embrace my role and try to take out every player I see – I wouldn’t be much of a hunter if I didn’t. As usual, I’ve got five tries to reach the number one spot. Let’s get to it!

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Oculus Rift price drops to $349 / $349 for Black Friday

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If you saw our heads-up about the HTC Vive Black Friday deal earlier this week (to recap, you get a Vive, Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR and a free deluxe audio strap and more for £599 starting from tomorrow), then you’ll be pleased to know that the Oculus Rift is also being discounted for Black Friday – starting TODAY, in fact. It’s almost as if they knew…

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Black Friday 2017: The best deals on graphics cards, monitors, SSDs and more

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The sale event to end all sale events is here. That’s right, folks, Black Friday 2017 is upon us, and this year’s sales frenzy is set to be bigger than ever as we head into the Christmas shopping period. In all honesty, they should just rename it Black November, as you’ll find deals happening literally RIGHT NOW in the run-up to Black Friday proper.

To save you trawling through the web in search of a good bargain, we’ve created this handy guide containing everything you need to know about Black Friday 2017. If you’re on the hunt for a new graphics card, a bigger and better monitor, splash out on a fast SSD or upgrade your gaming headset, this is the place to be. We’ll be updating this hub page on a regular basis as new deals get announced, too, so make sure to keep it in your bookmarks if you fancy grabbing yourself a bit of a bargain before Christmas. We’ve also got tips on the best places to browse, and how to find out if those hot discounts are really as good as they seem.

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Call of Duty WW2 has solved face-rendering – and it scares me

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Videogames’ extended voyage through the uncanny valley would go on for at least another couple of decades, I’d presumed until recently. Real, believable people conjured from our graphics cards would surely remain a pipedream for many hardware generations to come. Then I played Call of Duty: WW2, and the first cracks appeared in the walls of reality.

All of sudden, videogames can do faces. Amazing faces. Terrifying faces.
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Hey, you, Tower 57 is well worth a look

You’ll have an example off the top of your head, but I’m struggling to think of the last twin-stick shooter that put a big emphasis on downtime between blasting, with NPCs, a decent chunk of story, and an RPG-style upgradeable roster of characters. That’s what Tower 57 rather modestly offers, all through very pleasing chunky 16-bit art.

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Zach of Zachtronics: “I really like making my dumb little games that don’t matter”

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The alchemical puzzler Opus Magnum has a few of us at House RPS scratching our heads and shouting “a-ha!” before giddily sharing our twisted contraptions in GIF form. It’s real good, friends. The studio behind it, Zachtronics, is headed by Zach Barth. I spoke to him about the game’s machines, his short stint at Valve, and the reasons he sold his own company. Read the rest of this entry »

Overwatch hero accents ranked from least bad to Tracer

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Overwatch, the colourful hero shooter, recently introduced the hero Moira, an Irish witch with shiny hands. Being of the Irish persuasion, I thought I would take a gander at her. I wanted to listen to the lines of dialogue she had, which I’d heard included some true-to-life phrases of my homeland, such as “What are you on about?” and “You’re a chancer”. But I also wanted to see how bad her accent was, and chastise Blizzard for being so —

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Podcast: Into The Breach, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and “running away”

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Cowardice is a virtue. So says the team on this week’s RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. That’s because our theme is “running away” – games that encourage you to flee from danger, or that give you a choice between fight and flight. Adam will run from the soldiers of Arma or the post-apocalyptic antagonists of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Brendan will scarper from poor odds in For Honor or Overwatch, while Alice only pretends to run away in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, tricking her foes into giving chase before ambushing them like some kind of velociraptor. Read the rest of this entry »

Warface gets in on the battle royale craze

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Everyone’s trying to get some of that Plunkbat money, with Warface, Crytek’s free-to-play shooter, being the latest game to add a battle royale mode. It’s live now as part of the November update. Unlike Battlegrounds or H1Z1, however, the smaller scale of Warface means that it’s not quite as much of a messy free-for-all, what with only 16 players competing for the top spot.

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Best SSD 2017: Top solid state drives for gaming


Buying an SSD can be a bit of a headache when you’re constantly being bombarded with such friendly terms as mSATA and M.2 this, and NVMe and PCIe that, which is why we’re here to help you pick the best SSD for you and your budget. Below, you’ll find our current top picks as well as in-depth buying advice on how to pick your next SSD. Whether it’s for general performance or the fastest speeds money can buy, we’ve got you covered.

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Have You Played… Crysis 2?

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

Everything that Crysis 1 did right, Crysis 2 threw away. Combat scenarios set in open areas you could approach your own way? Gone. Destructible buildings and AI smart enough to navigate it? Gone. Unique, jungle setting? Gone. The resulting game is poorer in every conceivable way. Read the rest of this entry »

Battlerite adds new champion: Destiny ‘The Sky Ranger’

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Battlerite has brought forth another champion into the arena, and she’s an absolute beast. There’s more than a touch of Samus to Destiny ‘The Sky Ranger’, with her massive arm cannon and ball transforming ways. You can see her in action in the trailer below.

I also spoke to Stunlock Studios about Battlerite’s future as an e-sport, and what makes it “the fighting game of the MOBA world”.

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Marvel Heroes could be shut down early as Gazillion lets go of most of its staff

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Despite relaunches, countless updates, a massive roster of superheroes and villains, and its recent move to consoles, Marvel Heroes is being shut down. Disney and developers Gazillion had announced last week that they were dissolving their partnership, and that servers would go quiet on December 31. Today, only a couple of days before Thanksgiving, staff were “let go”, and Marvel Heroes may now cease to exist tomorrow.

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Heat Signature update responds to our very fair points

"Hello dad, yeah it's all gone a bit murdery"

Well, here’s an excellent idea. Tom Francis, the fella behind Gunpoint and Heat Signature (and various journalistic endeavours back in the day) has released an update for Heat Signature that takes ‘fair points’ from reviews and adds a feature or an item to address each of them. They’re all simple tweaks to the ‘plans gone wrong space-heist ’em up’, but the update lured me back into the game last night and its surprising just how much of a difference they make.

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Best graphics cards 2017 for 1080p, 1440p and 4K gaming

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There are almost too many top graphics cards to choose from, which is why this here article is all about identifying the single best GPU you can get for playing games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K. Read on for advice on what to pick and how to pick your next graphics card. Read the rest of this entry »

My Friend Pedro has kickflips and bullet time

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You may not remember bullet-time shooter My Friend Pedro. It was an over-the-top shooter with silly gunfights, backflips and a banana (it’s still free on Adult Swim if you want a peep). But the developer has not forgotten. It’s being remade as My Friend Pedro: Blood Bullets Bananas and now features a skateboard, kicking, and the ability to hang onto a rope with both legs while you shoot two foes at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »

Dwarf Fortress artefact update adds raids, rescues and cover identities

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Dwarf Fortress, the Dwarven catastrophe simulator, has received its first update in well over a year. This one is all about artefacts. Coveting artefacts, stealing artefacts, displaying artefacts to make all your friends jealous — it’s all very exciting if you’ve ever wanted to split your time between burglary and being a museum curator.

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Gwent’s single player campaign delayed until 2018

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The single-player story campaign for Gwent, Thronebreaker, has been pushed back, CD Projekt Red announced yesterday. The studio is now aiming for 2018. The good news is that the scope of the campaign is being expanded, and the “tempo” of multiplayer updates is also being increased.

“Expect content additions,” say the developers, “like cards, challenges, vanity items, but also game patches, and balance tweaks to be published more frequently.”

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is profitable after 3 months

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice has, after three months, become profitable for developer Ninja Theory. Since launching in August, the third-person action game has sold 500,000 copies and garnered a great deal of praise for the way it approaches the challenging subject of mental illness. This is great news for Ninja Theory, of course, but its success will also no doubt be welcomed by those hoping that Hellblade will herald the arrival of AAA-quality games designed by indie studios. I don’t think it will.

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Wolfenstein 2 now just £20/$25, and you can try it free

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Rejoice FPS fans, for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus is now down to just £20 / $25 to celebrate the day of sales, deals and discounts that is Black Friday. Whether your preferred digital merchant is Amazon US, SteamGreen Man GamingGames Planet or Fanatical (other digital game retailers are available), now is definitely the time to buy if you haven’t got the game already. 

Also mourn, FPS fans, since such sweeping discounts so close after release most likely means none of these games have been selling well. Read the rest of this entry »