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Wildfire review

No we didn't like it, but we tried to fight it

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Goodbye Alice Liguori, departing vid bud

Once a vid bud, always a vid bud

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Have You Played... Overdungeon?

Spectacle is better than strategy

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4 days ago

Feature: No we didn't like it, but we tried to fight it

Wildfire review

Stealth games tend to come in two flavours. Nowadays most are systemic playgrounds, in which players are presented with a range of options for how to deal with any given situation, and errors are forgiven after the few seconds it takes a guard to decide it was probably rats. A handful of others are more rigid, with only one correct way to play, and each…

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1 month ago

2 months ago

Welcome Colm Ahern to the RPS video team – and apply to work here yourself

As eager telescope wielders might have spotted if they were watching our Sea Of Thieves stream yesterday, there's a new vid bud aboard the good ship RPS. It's Colm Ahern, former editor and video star of VideoGamer. Please join me in wishing him a warm welcome in the comments below - and read on for some more team news.

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Feature: And In The Game: The Game

Have You Played… Virtual Virtual Reality?

The enormous stick of butter pictured above is your client. He's hired you to join him in a virtual reality simulation, and he wants you to cover him in slices of toast. Get to work.This is Virtual Virtual Reality, a virtual reality game in which you put on virtual reality headsets (in the game) to perform strange jobs for AI.

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Farewell, Astrid Johnson

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the staff of the Rock Paper Shotgun video team. After nine months in the moving image mines, Astrid is leaving to return to life as a freelancer. You may still see her name around these parts in the months and years to come, but for now, join me in saying so long and good luck.

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Would you give up your Xbox controller to use the new PS5 DualSense instead?

The Xbox controller long ago became the de facto standard for playing PC games with a pad, but Sony's DualShock 4 also got PC support a long time ago via Steam or a piece of software called DS4Windows. The DS4 a fine controller and I've used it every so often on PC, particularly when dabbling with PlayStation Now, Sony's remote play service on PC. Sony…

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Riot’s new game Valorant is already breaking Fortnite’s records

There are currently 1.7 million people watching Valorant on Twitch, which means it's matched the game streaming platform's all-time record for the number of people watching a single game at the same time. That's not bad when you consider the previous record holder was Fortnite, a global phenomenon, and Valorant has only just entered closed beta. Maybe people are watching because they're excited for a…

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Feature: The Half-Life game you wanted

Half-Life: Alyx review

Half-Life: Alyx is the Half-Life game you've been waiting for, even if it's not the one you were expecting - and even if you'll never play it. Valve's first full virtual reality game is a masterclass of first-person shooter design that makes clear the company haven't forgotten anything about making these kinds of games in the nine years since Portal 2, or the 13 years…

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3 months ago

Feature: Spit and shine, Mr. Freeman

Black Mesa review

What is the half-life of Half-Life? I would have long ago described Valve's first-person shooter as my favourite game, but revisiting it last month in preparation for Half-Life: Alyx made clear how many parts of its design have aged. Enter Black Mesa, a fan-made remake of the original Half-Life, inside Half-Life 2's Source engine. Over 8 years since we first reviewed its earliest release, the…

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You can walk around some Half-Life: Alyx environments in VR now, so I have

Half-Life: Alyx is so close I've started rearranging furniture in my house so I'll have more space to play it. I don't need to wait any longer if I want to visit a couple of the game's environments with my headset, however. Last night, Valve released two areas from HL: Alyx for use in SteamVR Home - that's the staging area you appear inside when…

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Feature: Roll on Half-Life: Alyx

It’s the simple actions that make Half-Life 1 in VR so convincing

A new Half-Life game is only a few weeks away, but it occurred to me that there was no reason to wait for Half-Life: Alyx if I wanted to experience Vortigaunts in VR. I thus spent some time this weekend fussing around Black Mesa in the Valve Index, using a Half-Life 1 VR mod. It's impressively feature packed and easy to set up, but it…

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4 months ago

Feature: It's not Infinite

The best BioShock game turned 10 yesterday

It doesn't have anything to match the first game's memorable twist, but in all other ways BioShock 2 is the best of the three BioShock games. It returned you to the underwater city of Rapture as a prototype Big Daddy, one of the drill-handed protectors you spend the first game hunting. It had better fights, better or equally as memorable world design, and never hits…

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Feature: Moominvalley In Videogames

It’s fun to think about a Moomin videogame

It was late in the autumn. Snufkin continued towards the south, sometimes he pitched his tent and let the time pass as best it might, he walked around and contemplated things without actually thinking or remembering anything, and he slept quite a lot. He was attentive but not in the least curious, and didn't worry much about where he was going - he just wanted…

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5 months ago

No games are being released in February

This February, the videogame industry has conspired to give you the greatest gift of all: time. Time to clear your backlog, time to finish that needle felting project, time to reconnect with those old friends. That's because there are no huge games coming out that month. When did that last happen - and what will you play, while the game release factory sleeps?

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