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Alice O'Connor

3 weeks ago

Hi-Rez’s new shooter Rogue Company is now in paid beta

Hi-Rez Studios, the makers of Smite and Tribes: Ascend, today launched their latest multiplayer game. Rogue Company is a class-based, third-person shooter which, from what I've seen, looks like an arcade-y kinda Counter-Strike thing. Not quite sure. Here's the launch trailer which makes the game look like something entirely different.

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Untitled Goose Game’s vinyl soundtrack is double-grooved for random tracks

The playful piano of Untitled Goose Game will be inscribed in plastic, creating a physical record of the goose's havoc. To hear the piano is to know the crimes it accompanied. The merchmasters at Iam8bit today announced that the soundtrack's vinyl release will launch on September 29th, and that it has a clever little trick. Just as the game's soundtrack is different every time, the…

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops CIA is this year’s game, leaks say

Activision would usually have announced the next annual Call Of Duty game by this point of the year, but seem thrown by the cancellation of E3. They've been camped outside the Los Angeles Convention Center since May, waiting for the doors to open, but no one comes. Please, Ian 3, let Activision in - they're down to their last crate of MREs. We're hearing about…

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Mass Effect art book listing rekindles rumours of a remastered trilogy in March

Though EA's notE3 showcase has come and gone with nary a mention of a remastered Mass Effect trilogy, rumours persist. Now they're being stoked again by an Amazon listing apparently revealing an expanded version of the art book, The Art Of The Mass Effect Trilogy is coming in March 2021. Which makes some fans wonder: why expand the art book now? Hell, we all need…

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Feature: Well?

What are we all playing this weekend?

Alright here we go, we're about to enter the final week of notE3. Next week, Microsoft have their big show-off stream plus another Day Of The Devs showcase is coming as part of the Summer Game Fest. That's it. Then we're into a period I'm now declaring pre-Gamescom. But for now, still so many video games to play. Even if we are mostly playing Death…

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Paradox have bought the studio behind Surviving The Aftermath

Continuing to buy studios like they're releasing DLC, Paradox Interactive today announced they've acquired Iceflake Studios, the Finnish studio who are making post-apocalyptic city-builder Surviving The Aftermath. They're becoming Paradox's ninth studio. Paradox talk vaguely about Iceflake helping make more games in their "core genres" so I guess they'll be continuing with strat-o-build-a-sim-y-RPG things.

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Death Come True is an interactive movie from the writer of Danganronpa

A man wakes up in a hotel room with no idea who he is, an unconscious woman bound in the bathtub, and the TV saying he's wanted as a serial killer. That's the setup for Death Come True, a new interactive movie written by Kazutaka Kodaka, the writer and co-creator of visual novel horror series Danganronpa. He does like his weird spooky murdermysteries. Following its…

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Surgeon Simulator 2’s co-op level editor looks fantastic

I was expecting Surgeon Simulator 2 to have more wacky procedures to fumble my way through, and it does. I was not expecting its level editor to let four players run around together, building everything from basketball courts and bowling alleys to escape rooms and Dance Dance Revolution machines. A new trailer for the Bossa Labs Creation Mode shows off those and more, as well…

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Beyond A Steel Sky continues the adventure game series after 26 years

In 1994, Revolution Software released their second game, a dystopian adventure game named Beneath A Steel Sky. Then they mostly made Broken Sword games for the next 20 years. Today, Revolution finally return to that ferrous firmament with the launch of a sequel, Beyond A Steel Sky. It'll send us into an AI-controlled megacity to rescue an abducted child and definitely not get tangled in…

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No Man’s Sky adds haunted derelict ships in the Desolation Update

The sci-fi vision of No Man's Sky is mostly exploration and excitement, about seeing what procedurally-generated wonders might be on the other side of the next jump. The 'Desolation' update, released today, adds a touch more sci-fi horror as it sends players into derelict and alien-infested spaceships. These procedurally-generated freighter wrecks adrift in space have new loot to salvage, a bit like Space Hulk but…

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Magic: The Gathering Arena’s new Jumpstart mode gives players semi-random preconstructed decks

Just ahead of its cardboard launch, Magic: The Gathering Arena today debuts the new Jumpstart game type in digital form. Jumpstart's an interesting one, giving both players two curated 20-card packs each containing half a deck to smash together into one. Jumpstart has 46 different pack themes too (including angels, devils, dogs, dragons, cats, pirates, unicorns, dinosaurs, minotaurs, and minions), so you end up with…

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4 weeks ago

Ghost Recon Breakpoint adds AI squadmates today

While your AI-controlled teammates in Ghost Recon Wildlands were not the brightest sparks, they were handy for filling out your squad if you didn't have co-op pals - so it was weird that the sequel straight cut them. No more. By popular demand, Ubisoft today add AI squadmates to Ghost Recon Breakpoint in a free update. They'll follow your lead, do fancy tricks like execute…

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Adorable critter-collector Ooblets is now out in early access

After three years of us cooing over it, Ooblets today launched in early access. To be crudely reductive: it's a bit 'Stardew Valley meets Pokémon, but cutesy'. There we are, growing crops on our little farm and befriending folks in the local town. We're also growing little critters named ooblets, who we raise and train to compete - though rather than bite, claw, electrocute, and…

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PES 2021 will be a lesser update because Konami are focused on next-gen game

Konami have announced that this year's new Pro Evolution Soccer game will only be "a streamlined offering in the form of a 'season update'." The reason for the less substantial annual refresh this year, Konami say, is that the game they plan to launch next year on the next generation of consoles is fancy enough that they're focusing efforts on that. For now, they have…

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Hearthstone: Scholomance Academy expansion will introduce dual-class cards

The next Hearthstone expansion will take players to the wizard school of Scholomance Academy, Blizzard announced last night. The 135-card expansion will introduce 40 cards that can be used by two classes, reflecting the school's multidisciplinary curriculum, including 10 representing the dual-class disciplines' Legendary professors. The new Spellburst keyword is coming too, and a new Studies card type. Also, the school has just a load…

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American Truck Simulator’s new graphical upgrade isn’t huge, but it is nice

Just ahead of the new American Truck Simulator's launch, developers SCS Software have injected a touch of nitro into the game engine with screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO). This technique for making shadows more realistic is not a mega-fancy and drastic modern technobell or cyberwhistle, but it is a welcome one. The scenery just feels more... present. So simply by downloading a patch, my game…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds revamping Sanhok with loot trucks to chase

The small Playerunknown's Battlegrounds map of Sanhok is being revamped as part of Update 8.1 next week, developers PUBG Corp announced today. Numerous locations have been rebuilt, and an interesting new mini objective has been added. Autonomous Loot Trucks will be driving around the island, dropping crates of gear as they're attacked, and awarding particularly fancy gear when they're destroyed. Chasing a robopiñata in my…

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Death Stranding is now out on PC

Following its PlayStation debut last year, Death Stranding is now out on PC too. This is the latest game from Metal Gear Solid maestro Hideo Kojima and his studio Kojima Productions, and stars Norman Reedus as a post-apocalyptic postman traversing the wastes of the USA. Something's spooky has happened, see, so Norm needs a baby in a bottle to help protect himself from extradimensional ghosties.…

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Halo 3 is now out on PC, 13 years after its debut

13 years after its Xbox 360 debut, Halo 3 is finally out on PC. While the first two games came over from Xbox, the conclusion to Bungie's first-person shooter trilogy stayed home. After 13 years, you'll finally be able to see what became of Master Ian Chief. Did he, as he vowed at the end of Halo 2, finish this fight? You'll have to play…

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 comes to Xbox Game Pass this month

Earlier in the RPS treehouse, I was explaining to Nate that the Yakuza games are wonderful and kindhearted, not just serious crime drama (though they are also serious crime drama). Then as if my love of gaming's best dads is able to shape reality, mere hours later Sega have announced that Yakuza Kiwami 2 will come to Windows 10 and Xbox Game Pass on July…

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