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Craig Pearson

4 weeks ago

Borderland 3 fixes frame rates, nerfs a busted boss, and respecs an overpowered grenade

If you’re one of the many people out there playing Borderlands 3, and there are a lot of you it seems, then you might also be suffering the terrible affliction of frame drops. My co-op BFF was, and it really messed up his game when aiming down his sights. There were hotfixes and settings tweaks, but a proper fix just launched, so it looks like…

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Fallout 76 will be getting a public test server and perk loadouts in 2020

I can’t believe it’s been ten months since I was camped in Fallout 76’s wrecked Appalachia for the winter. I had a good time with ‘76, and I would probably return if something big enough happened to warrant a revisit. So it's nice to know that Bethesda are still stirring the coals of the game - they've announced a public test server is coming next…

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Steam Remote Play now has default finger layouts for its most played games

Valve's Steam Remote Play app is one of those little cul-de-sacs that Steam has that is generally very useful, but if you didn't know about it you probably wouldn't have bothered to seek it out. It lets you stream your games from your PC to weaker hardware, like a tablet or a phone, almost certainly while on the toilet. On a phone, something like this…

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Oculus Quest’s cameras could make VR controllers a thing of the past

VR is still a niche. The cost, the hardware, the distinct lack of a killer app (though Google Earth is amazing in VR). There are still a lot of hurdles, though one of those might have just fallen. Oculus just announced a new method of tracking that could make controllers redundant. The Oculus Quest’s cameras can be used to track the user's hands and fingers,…

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Table Manners trailer shows how physics can make any date a disaster

We’re at a glorious place in history where anything can be a simulation. Table Manners is a game where you’re sat across from a potential paramour on a mission to woo them with your incredible etiquette. The problem: everything is hooked into wonky physics, and your expensive bottle of bubbly might be needed to put out a fire or three. Life is a terrifying thing…

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The Autonauts trailer shows a cute colony sim where you’ll try to automate everything

Autonauts is a sweet game about planetary colonisation. You'll land on uninhabited worlds and begin to inhabit them by building what you need. But you don't do it all by hand. The goal is to automate the process, creating and programming worker bots to process the raw materials into a self-sustaining world. As always, the route to colonisation starts with a pie recipe, and it's…

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Medal Of Honor: Above And Beyond is a VR-only WW2 shooter from Respawn

The folks who make Apex Legends are working on a new Medal of Honor game. Medal Of Honor: Above And Beyond is a VR WW2 shooter, announced by Respawn Entertainment during last night’s Oculus-a-thon. It's the first in the series since 2012's Warfighter. In it you’re an American spy from the Office of Strategic Services, sabotaging the Nazi war machine with wacky VR shenanigans. Come…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ newest update brings better stats so you can track your survival skills

Perfect timing. Usually, I track my progress in online games by how large my pile of broken mice is, but during a recent intervention by my bank manager, my therapist, and my cleaner, it was made clear that that’s unsustainable. So I’m happy to report that Playerunknown's Battlegrounds 4.3 update is another step towards a proper progression feature and that the good people at Corsair’s…

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Noita has a secret death replay editor, and here’s how you activate it

When things go wrong in Noita, they generally go wrong in all the right ways. The wizard sim will kill you in a cascade of calamities that begs for an easy way to show them off. But unless you're recording the game at that moment, you'll be left to reenact the death using stray cats and burning oil, and I'm not a fan of that.…

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UFO 50, the compilation from the makers of Spelunky and Downwell (among others) is out soon

The compilation UFO 50 is a gaming concept album from the makers of Spelunky, Downwell, and Catacomb Kids. It's a collection of 8-bit inspired games that were "created by a fictional 80s video game company that was obscure but ahead of its time." It was announced way back in 2017, and skipped its 2018 release window. Who knew 50 games would take a while to…

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DayZ’s new map will be full of thick forests and even thicker bears

It has been over five years since DayZ was released. In all that time, Chernarus has been the only home the survivors have known. (Officially at least, there are already unofficial map mods like Deer Isle). The lumpy land of Chernarus is a place the players know well, perhaps a little too well for a survival game that works best when it’s unpredictable. To keep…

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KFC’s dating sim, I Love You, Colonel Sanders!, is free and out now

You might be thinking that a dating sim set in a culinary school, where you try to date KFC’s Colonel Sanders, is a bit out of left field, but I’d argue that it’s the perfect setting. Fried chicken is sensual: the nibbling, the bones, the wet wipes. The only possible excuse you can have in not finding yourself overcome with lust at the sight of…

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Get your claws into Cat Quest 2 on Steam right now

Back when I lived with John Walker and Graham, we had a cat called Dexter. For one glorious afternoon, Dex wore a little camera around his collar. We saw what he got up to, which involved secret cat meetings under cars, and watching hot air balloons drifting over Bath. Then he lost it and we were denied any further glimpses into his world. I can…

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Red Dead Redemption 2 may finally be moseying onto PC, suggests Australian ratings board

Rating boards are the bane of games publishers. They're a law unto themselves, with no care for publishers' plans to drip feed us game release details. No. They tell it like it is, to hang with the consequences. And the Australian Classification Board’s website has just heroically listed a new version of Red Dead Redemption 2, hinting that it could be on its way to…

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The 15 year wait for Infinity: Battlescape is nearly over, it’s out on early access this week

Infinity: Battlescape’s original concept, back in 2004, was typically ambitious: a procedurally generated universe for space friends to explore and conquer. With seamless travel, huge servers, and fun derived from your own choices, it was another game formed in the cosmic soup of Elite's big bang. But it's been 15 years, and in order to release something playable they’ve had to scale back. Elements of…

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Borderlands 3’s Halloween event is going to be a Bloody Harvest

Thanks to various life events, illnesses, and an awesome TV show called The Magicians, I’ve barely played Borderlands 3. I’m still in the opening area while my co-op buddy is off looting things I can only dream of. The real horror here isn’t Bloody Harvest, the upcoming Haloween update that I've been tasked to write about. It's the FOMO I’m feeling as life goes on…

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Wait, what? Cube World is coming out

Cube World’s development has been its own epic quest. The voxel-based Minecraftbut was first written about in the vellum back pages of RPS in 2011, by the ancient and wise Rossignol. It's a Zelda and Minecraft inspired RPG, where explorey quests are dropped into a procedurally generated blocky landscape. Since 2013 it has gone through some stuff. It was nearly published by Mojang, independently released,…

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You can play John Wick Hex in October, and here’s a trailer to prove it

If after the E3 reveal of John Wick Hex you were updating your gaming calendar and were angered at the lack of a release date, I have calming news for you. The turn-based prequel to Keanu's trilogy of violence will be out on October 8th, which I now realise is disturbingly close. You might say it's only about two wicks away. Anyway, here's Lovejoy and…

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2 months ago

The Sims 4: Realm Of Magic looks pretty Pottery

I’ve burnt my feet in a fireplace, severely concussed myself in Kings Cross station, and my mugshot hangs in every owl sanctuary throughout the land. It’s fair to say that Hogwarts just doesn’t want me, but that's okay, as I’ve sniffed out a potential replacement. The next The Sims 4 game pack Realm Of Magic might not be an entirely original prospect, but since we’re…

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