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Alice Bell

20 hours ago

Feature: But please, call me Animal

Podcast episode 104: Mr Animal Peperami

This week's Electronic Wireless Show is a bit quick and dirty - like a spiced pork meat snack. We loved talking about baddies so much last time that we've done a bit of a lateral move, and have each brought our favourite 'bad' game to the pod-table. Because secretly, all games are good.As ever, there is a healthy dose of chat along with our game…

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3 days ago

Feature: Style over substance, bay-bee

Cyberpunk 2077’s gangsters are all graphic design afficionados

Following on from the recent release of The World Of Cyberpunk 2077 last week (it's a big fancy book revealing some delicious Cyberpunky secrets prior to Cyberpunk 2077's release in November), CD Projekt has spaffed a load of Gangs Of Night City posters onto Displate. New merch isn't the sort of thing I pay much attention to, normally. But in this case, it's given us…

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4 days ago

Feature: Fitting for a great detective

Sherlock Holmes Chapter One will make Holmes detectier than ever

Sherlock Holmes. DC/PC. The Cocaine Think Boy. The Big Hat. Whatever you call him, Arthur Conan-Doyle's detective's detective is iconic to this day, inspiring loads of adaptations and remakes and modern updates. Games, as well, are just as susceptible to Holmes' allure. Since the 2000s, developers Frogwares have been putting out an enduringly popular series of Sherlock sleuth'em ups that are getting pretty bloody close…

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6 days ago

Feature: Well?

What are we all playing this weekend?

As I write this it is very, very hot, and I am not dealing with this fact very well. I'm not entirely sure that it is the weekend, actually, because apparently it is now August? I'm sorry, there must be some mistake. It has been March for about ten years now.Luckily, because time is standing still, we have a lot of time to play all…

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7 days ago

Feature: Yearning for yarn

The Sims 4’s new Nifty Knitting pack is too real

The Sims 4 seems to be pivoting toward content that is, firstly, tailored specifically to my interests, and, secondly, designed to allow the creation of strange and reclusive weirdos. Whilst EA's attempt at a new reality show about playing The Sims rumbles on in the background, and after the Eco Lifestyle expansion pushed me towards creating a stinky, trash-gobbling Oscar the Grouch, here comes new…

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1 week ago

Feature: If only it were that easy to make perfect fries

Spiritfarer is about death, but also the cosy business of living

Spiritfarer, the "cosy management game about dying", is full of many little acts of kindness. "You can hug anyone, by the way," Nicolas Guérin tells me, during my recent hands-on preview. Guérin is creative director at Thunder Lotus Games, and Spiritfarer is a slight shift from their action games Sundered and Jotun. Death is a common theme, perhaps, but Spiritfarer is a much more gentle…

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Feature: For the greater good

Podcast: the worst villains ever (by which we mean best)

This week the podcast talks bad, meaning good, and if we say a villain is bad then we mean they are not good, but bad. Make sense? Of course it does! Yes, we're talking about some of our favourite villains in PC gaming. Some interesting topics come up, including the utility of different kinds of villain, what kinds of villain are good, and whether Dr…

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Stardew Valley’s coronavirus mod finds dark comedy in the pandemic

We have generally avoided posting about things that exist in the intersection of "games, things that are enjoyable and we love" and "the global pandemic, a thing which is terrible", mostly because this intersection is quite weird and grim. I am, however, making an exception today in order to highlight a mod that adds both a slight pandemic slant to Stardew Valley, and a good…

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Feature: Reality bites

EA will never let The Sims reality show become the hot mess it needs to be

We are half way through the inaugural season of The Sims Spark'd, a reality TV show based around being well good at The Sims. If you hadn't heard, 12 Sim fanatics have been whisked away to... some studio, where they're competing to win $100k by proving they are the bestest at The Sims 4. The first episode premiered last week on TBS, with the episode…

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Feature: It's over now, the music of the night

Maid Of Sker review

Maid Of Sker is a first-person survival horror game, which makes the name a bit confusing because it's pronounced like "Made Of Scare". Sadly, this isn't a very good description of Maid Of Sker, because although there are some good and creepsome bits in it, this isn't a game made for jump scare compilations on YouTube, nor it is suffused with a creeping, lingering dread.…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: If it's not good enough to be a 7, it's an 8

Podcast: here’s to the glorious 7s

This week the Electronic Wireless Show celebrates the 7/10 game. Yes, we know RPS doesn't have scores but the 7/10 is as much a feeling or a way of life. It's those games that are a bit jank at the same time as being a bit genius, the ones that you love even though they're a bit rough around the edges. Plus: more fish anecdotes,…

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Feature: Thirsty for the void

Have You Played… Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider?

Dishonored is one of my most favourite game series, even with the spelling. In it, you creep and sneak and elegantly stab your way through a part-steampunk, part-magick city (both aspects derived mainly from whales) and its political intrigues. And Death Of The Outsider, a standalone expansion that takes place after Dishonored 2, is that most rare of things: a satisfying ending.

3 weeks ago

Feature: Well I know you can't work in fast food all your life

Corpo is clearly the coolest Cyberpunk 2077 lifepath, let’s all sell out

When Video Matthew, Brendy (RPS in peace) and I discussed the very first Cyberpunk 2077 demo, way back in 2018, Brendy made fun of Matthew and I for being suits. We said we'd be interested in finishing the game, a massive first-person sci-fi RPG from the people who brought you The Witcher 3, as a big corporate sellout. Well, the joke is very much on…

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Feature: I'm in

Beyond A Steel Sky’s hacker tool is the best toy ever

Beyond A Steel Sky is a 3D point-and-click adventure game which is the sequel to 1994's 2D point-and-click-adventure game Beneath A Steel Sky. It doesn't matter if you didn't play the first one, although some knowledge is helpful. You play as Robert Foster, returning to a futuristic city-state he freed from an evil AI ten years ago, because new bad things are afoot (these involving…

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Feature: It's about Halo and Death Stranding

Podcast: Chiefing Death (a pun)

We're back! This week, we've reverted to a more traditional gaming podcast format by spending the first five to ten minutes talking about 90s kids' TV shows we watched. Did you miss us?? Remarkably, we do also talk about some video games, to whit: Halo 3 and Death Stranding, which are two big beasty release from this week that VidBud Matthew and Nate have been…

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Feature: What else are weddings for?

Eivor from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla can be gay, have sex in public

Privately, with friends, I have referred to Assassin's Creed Valhalla as Assassin's Creed: Big Gay Blondes, which up until now was basically more cosmic ordering than it was based on any actual facts. However, having now had a three hour hands on with the game, I can confirm that on at least one occasion you can have drunk sex with a man, up against a…

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4 weeks 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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