World Of Warcraft’s Vulpine could be another Allied Race


The early introduction of World Of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’s Allied Races is a big part of the reason I am once again traipsing through Azeroth and beyond. They’re new races, like the spooky Void Elves, who you can play as once you make friends with them and complete a series of quests. Any excuse to add an alt to my disgusting collection. But more Allied Races are coming, a few of which have been uncovered already. And dataminers may have found another one: Vulpera.

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Rocket League’s Spring Fever event kicked off today

Though snow is still piled up on my street corner, Rocket League is ready for this winter hell to be over and today launched its Spring Fever event. This brings lots of colourful new cosmetic items to adorn sports cars with, including sprinkled doughnut wheels, a fluffy dandelion, and some fantastic floral trails and goalblasts. It looks wildly at odds with the futuresport’s Hot Wheels aesthetic, and that’s great. Read the rest of this entry »

Disco Elysium breaks down the psyche of a detective

I'd be fine playing as either of these guys. Or even Dougie Jones.

While debate over its recent title-change remains heated, the upcoming alternate-earth detective RPG Disco Elysium continues to be a game well worth talking about for far less spurious reasons. For example, the highly creative skill system at the heart of the game.

ZA/UM Studio have already given us a peek at the Intellect skills, defining the mental faculties of your character, from their ability to recall minutia to identifying lies through your own knack for improvised dramatics. Psyche skills are a far more esoteric ball-game, as these stats determine your emotional makeup, and may even keep other stats in check.

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Best monitor 2018: Top gaming monitors and buying guide

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Your monitor is one of the most important parts of your PC, so finding the best monitor to suit your needs and budget is vital. Take a look at the display section of any electronics retailer, though, and you’ll find hundreds of screens costing anything from £70 right up to £1500. The range of models and prices can be overwhelming, but this guide is here to help.

We’ll take you through everything you need to know about screen sizes, resolutions, refresh rates, panel types, inputs and adjustable stands, as well as provide a few recommendations of our own based on our own testing. By the time you’re done here, you’ll be fully equipped to find the best monitor for you. Let’s begin!

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MSI Optix MPG27CQ review: A great monitor with bonus RGB options


As 27in 2560×1440 monitors go, the MSI Optix MPG27CQ is one that really likes to get up in your face. It’s only 27in across the diagonal, but its curved VA panel and ginormous base gives it quite a sizable footprint. Indeed, you’ll need 379mm clearance to fit this beast on your desk, which is just about enough room to stick your keyboard in front of it, but not a lot else.

In a way, having its screen shoved so close to your eyeballs helps show off its 1800mm curvature radius much more effectively than if it was sat further away from you, as the sense of those curved edges wrapping themselves snuggly round my peripheral vision feels much more pronounced than any of the ultrawide 21:9 monitors I tested earlier in the year. The other reason why it feels so up in your grill all the time, though, is that it’s also got five pulsing LED strips along the bottom, which is sure to make RGB fanatics squeal with delight.

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Return to Ding Dong Dell in Ni No Kuni II’s launch trailer


After some delays, painfully gorgeous JRPG Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is hurtling towards us on Friday. A JRPG that we don’t need to wait months, or even years, to play after it launches on console. What bizarre times we live in. But also wonderful, if Level-5 can match the first Ni No Kuni. You’ll have to wait a little bit longer for our review, but in the meantime cram this launch trailer into your eyeballs.

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Six Ages looks every bit the King Of Dragon Pass successor in this teaser


King Of Dragon Pass is one of that games that speaks to me like no other. It is all of my favourite things blended together. It is a generator of sagas. It’s part tribal management game, part Choose Your Own Adventure romp, and it was doing a lot of what Crusader Kings 2 has become known for way back in 1999. I’m beyond excited, then, about the announcement of a spiritual successor from the some of the first game’s creators: Six Ages. Check out the teaser trailer below.

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Epic set Paragon assets free for Unreal Engine games

Parts of Epic’s third-person shooter MOBA Paragon will survive after the game shuts down in April. Epic today released thousands of Paragon’s character models, map props, textures, voiced lines, and more free for all Unreal Engine 4 games to use. If you’re prototyping or could use a few bits to spruce your game up, hey, have a dig. Epic say it cost them over $12,000,000 to make these assets, and I’d say it’s certainly better to re-use them to support and promote Unreal Engine than let them sink with the game. I suppose if you’re mourning Paragon’s impending death you could also create your own unofficial fan game, you funny little thing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Council is a curious episodic murder mystery


“There are too many games,” I cried when murder mystery The Council appeared last week, and this very much continues to be the case, but at least now I’ve had a moment to take Big Bad Wolf’s curious adventure game for a brief spin. Imagine LA Noire but in an 18th Century dinner party with heavy occult undertones.

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Have You Played… Swords and Sandals?


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

Gladiatorial combat RPG Swords and Sandals has been part of my life for a very long time, and yet I sometimes forget that it exists. Most recently I was reminded when I saw new Steam release Warriors: Rise to Glory! which appears to be a Swords and Sandals game in all but name. Then I noticed that Swords and Sandals 5 Redux is also on Steam. Maybe I’m not the only person who’s heard of this series after all!

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Steam Charts: When Rats & Martians Attack!

John is elsewhere this week, squeezed into Brendan’s luggage for a flight to San Francisco and the Game Developers Conference, so I’m here for the regular rundown of last week’s top-selling games on Steam. This week, the letters R, A, and S are well-represented with strong showings from both Mars and rats.

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HTC Vive Pro is going to cost £799, but normal Vive gets price cut to £499

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HTC’s new-fangled Vive Pro finally has a price and release date. If you want a piece of its higher resolution screen, fancy pants headphones and slightly comfier design, these blue-tinged VR cybergoggles are going to set you back a whopping £799. Pre-orders, you’ll be happy to hear, are also open right now at Vive, GAME, Overclockers and Scan.

If all that sounds a tad steep, however, you’ll be even happier to hear that the regular Vive has now had £100 knocked off its original price, taking it down to a mere £499.  Read the rest of this entry »

Weta Workshop getting into augmented reality games


New Zealand-based special effects company Weta Workshop have had a hand in everything from Xena: Warrior Princess to Lord of the Rings. Indeed, I’m even wearing some of their clobber right now — a hoodie to commemorate the work they did on the Alliance armour in the Warcraft movie. That’s not the company’s only video game crossover, either, as Weta opened up a new studio today, specifically for games.

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Eat the rich (flaky pastry): Pastry Lovers review


Join Ella McConnell for Waifu Material, a monthly column in which she navigates the murky, cherry-blossom-strewn waters of visual novels, dating sims, and everything in between (reader masochism not required but strongly recommended). [Content warning: brief discussion of sketchy consent stuff.]

Pasty Lovers is another game I picked up in the latest Steam sale after it wormed its way into my increasingly otome-flavoured recommendations section. Theme-wise, it’s perhaps one of the most masochistic purchases I’ve made yet considering I’m intolerant to pretty much everything in pastry. However, at the princely sum of 39p (£3.99 full price) and with the promise of being able to live vicariously through a fictional character who can inhale a packet of doughnuts without spending the next few days suffering, who was I to refuse?

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Grab the grog: Sea Of Thieves launches tomorrow

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I promised myself I wouldn’t get excited about another multiplayer game because I don’t have room for them right now, but Sea Of Thieves is launching tomorrow and here I am, desperate to leave behind my mundane, landlubber life and start a new one on the high seas. Rare also hosted an AMA on Friday, which reminded me of its impending arrival. The Q&A session was quite dry, but that’s not a problem the game has.

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Ys: Memories Of Celceta adventuring to PC this summer

Nihon Falcom’s RPG series Ys is continuing its meandering journey over to PC piece-by-piece, with 2012’s Ys: Memories Of Celceta due to officially find its way from PlayStation Vita to PC in summer 2018. I’ve no experience with the series myself but people speak fondly of it and seem glad when more games come to PC so good, here’s some good news for such people. Me, all I need to know is that it’s set around a giant forest. Yes, good, thank you. Publishers Xseed livestreamed almost two hours of the game on Friday so here, watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s make a pact to play No One Lives Forever


So I’m going to be real honest: I haven’t been a participating member of the RPS site in a year or two. I got burned out on video game news and gamer culture and all of the like. It has been a nice surprise to come back here and find the RPS community exactly as I left it: chock full of good folks who appreciate terrible jokes. The somewhat expected side-issue of coming back to RPS is that my current PC rig is more of a quickly dying laptop from 2012. Being back here on the daily means reading up on games and mods and demos that just make me shout “I need a killer PC rig right now!” I’m not going to pull that off anytime soon, but maybe I can join you in a personal goal to finally do One Of Those Important PC Things that I’ve never done.

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Project C is an MMO from the folks behind Dishonored, Thief, Half-Life 2

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One of my favorite parts of getting a press release is getting a press release that doesn’t reveal any information about the game itself. You get a vague promise about a game that might happen someday if some people get together. Normally, I don’t give that much of my time. This announcement is different. There’s a new MMO and the folks behind it represent some of my favorite games in recent memory. I think you’ll be stoked on this too.

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Yucatan drives into my neon drenched heart with first demo


Yucatan is a Mexican Day of the Dead themed, neon-soaked, low poly adventure that wants to bring Metroidvania style game design to the arcade racer genre. I mean… throw the word “blockchain” in there somewhere and I think this adequately sums up everything the internet is into right now? Unfortunately, you’ve got a bit of a wait on this, as Yucatan is set to be released on PC and PS4 in early 2019. The good news is that there’s a demo available right now.

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Zelda, Contra become VR retro delights in 3DNes V2

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If you’re anything like me, you’re drowning under the purchases of games that have been re-released or remastered on a new platform, even if you’ve bought that same game several times already in your life. I do not know how or why I needed to drop $20 on a copy of Turok: The Man Who Hates Dinosaurs And Also Bad Dudes so I could play it on my Xbox One, yet here we are. If I had the hardware, I’d rather be sinking my time into revisiting all my favorite retro titles from a… different perspective… if you see where I’m going with this.

Old games look cool in VR. There. That’s what I was getting at. Anyhow, the 3DNes has a new version available for download and I think you’re going to want to see this.

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