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Alice Bell

3 days ago

Feature: Eivor? I hardly know her!

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla isn’t really an AC game, but it’s still great

Playing a big ol' chunk of Assassin's Creed Valhalla made me realise how much the series has changed since the first game in 2007. If you played Altaïr's first adventure and then skipped straight to Valhalla, where big buff blonde viking Eivor is running around 9th century England, you probably wouldn't realise they were in the same series. Assassin's Creed Valhalla doesn't feel like an…

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Feature: A-hoo! Hackers of London!

Preview: a year on, Watch Dogs Legion’s “play as anyone” is so crazy it might just work

I don't go round singing "Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner!" or anything, but out of all the places I've lived so far, London is the one I think of as home. And this so happens to be the setting for hacktion-adventure game Watch Dogs Legion, which is definitely not called Watch Dogs London despite how often I accidentally say that. It's a dystopian near-future…

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6 days ago

Feature: The bigger they are, the harder they fall

Cyberpunk 2077’s new Westbrook concept art looks like a spaceship crashed into a golf course

Ever since the Night City Wire the other week, CDProjekt Red seem to have opened the dam on Cyberpunk 2077 info. The slow drip-feed of news about their upcoming action RPG, based on the famous TTRPG and set in a futuristic neon dystopia of high-tech body modding and greedy megacorps, has increased, and now we're getting a steady trickle of new art and ray traced…

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1 week ago

Feature: Tread gently, for you tread on my cactus

New cactus mod for Stardew Valley has saved my chickens from a life of misery

Fear not, readers: I am still planning to turn my Stardew Valley farm into a battery chicken farm but progress has been slow on that front. Partly because I want to make it into a column called "Mother Cluckers" (which I, like your embarrassing uncle at every Sunday roast dinner, think is an extremely funny pun), but mostly because there are too many mods. And…

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Feature: Oh dear

“Sperm be gone”: people hate The Sims 4’s new eyeliner, so they’ve modded it out

Alrighty, so as you may or may not be aware, about a month ago The Sims 4 got a massive update ahead of the Eco Lifestyle expansion. As well as adding firefighters, ladders, and Sims peeing fire (which was apparently a bug and not a feature), it added some new Mac makeup for CAS (aka Create a Sim, where you make your digital puppets). The…

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Feature: From the ground up

Interview: the art and inspiration of Paralives, the indie game set to take on The Sims

If you're a fan of The Sims 4, or you know someone who is, or even if you just follow people who occasionally retweet simsposting into your timeline, you've probably seen something about Paralives by now. It's... a life simulator? A Sims-like? (I know The Sims can't be the only game of its type, but it's dominated the market for so long that the only…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: The wood is very visible actually

Among Trees review (early access)

I don't usually like survival games. I like the idea of survival games - the idea of making a safe home out of the wilderness and learning to make my own boots out of rabbit skin, and so on. I would never be able to do this in real life, obviously, because I am small and fragile and I don't really enjoy even the most…

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Feature: The dawn will come

That Dragon Age next-gen tease was only seconds long, but I’m still excited

I wasn't scheduled to work during the EA Play Live stream, but I did anyway, because that meant I was in with a hot chance of seeing something Dragon Age related. Let me introduce myself: hello, I am a fool.I do this whenever EA do any sort of live anything, and was rewarded with a still image with some moody voice over at E3 two…

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4 weeks ago

Feature: Dirty roles, played dirt cheap

The best Steam Festival demos: RPGs

Readers, I have put on my waders and made my way into the deep mill pool of the Steam Game Festival: Summer edition free demos. There are a lot, so I confined myself to RPGs. This isn't an exhaustive list, of course, even though I got overexcited and did far too many, but it's hopefully going to give you a place to start. If you…

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Feature: *sad trombone*

Podcast: not-E3 best bits from the PC Gaming Show and Guerrilla Collective streams

This week we're being vaguely topical! Imagine that. Today, because we've come through what we might call phase one of the not-E3 livestreams (with phase 2 starting this weekend with the EA stream and the Steam Game Festival) we decided to behave like proper games journalists. We pick out some favourites and standouts from the Guerrilla Collective streams and the PC Gaming show - links…

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Feature: Not mush room for improvement

Woodland survival sim Among Trees has the best mushrooms ever

At the PC Gaming Show last week, lovely woodland survival sandbox Among Trees was revealed to be in early access on the Epic Games Store. Like, right now. I got very excited and have been playing it in my spare moments ever since. My early access review will be along soon, but before that I wanted to highlight one thing in particular that I'm enjoying…

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Watch our Vidbuds try and play every demo in the Steam Game Festival

The RPS Vidbuds are getting involved in all the not-E3 fun this year. After their livestream of pre- and post-PC Gaming Show analysis, they're upping the ante by playing as many of the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition demos as possible. See both slices of lovely upcoming games, and Matthew Castle shouting about Toblerones probably. The stream starts at 7pm BST, and you can find…

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1 month ago

Deliver 80s post in 80s postal delivery story Lake, due out this year

Our VidBud Colm used to be a postman back in the old country, and from what he's said it was a job he very much enjoyed. Small wonder, then, that big city slicker Meredith would want a go of it for a couple of weeks in Lake, an open world explore-a-town game due out by the end of the year (and a poor SEO optimisation…

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Fantastical action-RPG No Place For Bravery is out early next year, gets blood all over its trailer

No Place For Bravery was revealed an entire four years ago, which is a long time, as it goes. NPFB (if you'll allow me an inelegant abbreviation) has shyly peeked around the PC Gaming Show curtain with a new trailer. Alice0 remarked on the sense of terrible scale on display when it was first announced, and though that hasn't changed, a few other things have.…

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Oh hey, remember Dontnod’s weird investigative adventure game Twin Mirror? Here’s a new teaser trailer

It's been a bit quiet on the Twin Mirror front, but a new teaser trailer was just revealed at the PC Gaming Show. For those who don't remember (who could blame you? It's been so long I thought the trailer was teasing a sequel to A Way Out before I thought of Twin Mirror), Twin Mirror is a weird sort of X-Filesy adventure game from…

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Lovely survival sandbox Among Trees is out now in early access, and I am so excited I might die

Honestly, readers, it is only my obligation to you (and also a vague sense that Graham might tell me off) that I haven't dropped everything immediately to go and play Among Trees. It's a gorgeous survival sandbox game set in a lush, lovely evergreen forest full of mists and bears, I've been desperate for it since it was first teased almost two years back, and…

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Feature: More like unsound, wahey

In Sound Mind adds interesting twists to the ol’ “insanity, hiding and mannequins” formula

We're all friends here, readers. As such, you know that I like me a creepsome horror game or two, which is why I was keen to have at the demo for In Sound Mind, a new game of just this sort shown today at the PC Gaming Show. I say creepsome horror, of course, with the caveat that what I played was very much a…

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Feature: Yeah, punch your gods in the face!

Almighty: Kill Your Gods was the most exciting new game at the Guerrilla Collective show

Don't get me wrong, folks, I'm well up for Baldur's Gate III going into early access, and my heart always skips a beat when I get news about Bloodlines 2. But the main reason I watch game reveal livestreams is to, well, see some games revealed. And though the Guerrilla Collective had a few nice wares laid out in its car boot sale of new…

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Feature: Listener beware, you're in for a scare

Podcast: June Halloween special

This week we got an email from listener Tom from Melbourne, who suggested that it would be fun for us to talk about the scariest games we've all played. Would it, Tom? WOULD IT? What sort of pervs enjoy being afraid? Well, many people, obviously, so we thought Tom's suggestion was a good one. A lot of games come up, from The Evil Within to…

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