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Feature: Vampires actually only bathe once a year

Bloodlines 2 bath bombs are exactly what you’d expect

At the risk of this becoming that episode of The Simpsons where they see inside Lenny's house and he says "please don't tell anyone how I live", I'm going to share some pictures of my bath with you. That header picture is not me, or my bath, by the way. I wish I put that much effort in when I have baths. It is the…

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Feature: Please do not make eye contact with the ravens

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Ravensthorpe is my new favourite game town

What is a home? My yardstick is that home is anywhere I don't feel weird opening the fridge and making myself a sandwich from its contents. If you are left alone somewhere and you find yourself thinking, "But what if I make a sarnie with that ham and it turns out it it was special ham being saved for a special occasion??" then you are…

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Feature: A real good cuppa

Have You Played… Coffee Talk?

2020 has been a good year for visual novels set in coffee shops and cafes. The excellent and stylish Necrobarista immediately springs to mind, but despite its name (and being set in arguably the best coffee shop in all of video games), it doesn't actually involve making a single drink. Coffee Talk, on the other hand, is all about the ins and outs of the…

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Feature: Nothing but contempt for oysters.

Meet the 7 weirdest dwarves in the history of Dwarf Fortress

In case you weren't aware, I've started a brand new Dwarf Fortress diary series, which I kicked off with a fortress-founding video featuring Tarn Adams, the game's lovable dad. This series concerns the fortress of Inkrose: a settlement founded by seven religious fanatics, intent on living by a set of incredibly impractical commandments which I sourced from the capricious dwellers of the Kitfox Dwarf Fortress…

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Feature: All Copper Are Beautifuls

Let’s hear it for copper, Minecraft’s best new block

This afternoon, I've been mucking about with Minecraft's new 20w45a snapshot, which introduces the first tranche of goodies from the upcoming Cliffs & Caves update. And since closing the game, I've been sat here for a long hour, trying to think of something original or enlightening to say about it. It's not the game's fault. Last week was a heavy week, and I'm cooked. Cooked…

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Feature: Sirius business

Best Stellaris mods

You. Hey you. Come here. Closer. You look like someone interested in unorthodox game updates? What are you looking for? Stellaris? Right, right. Shhh. Keep walking. You don’t know me. See that guy up there, with the three arms and glowing eyes? Tell him you’re here for Stellaris mods. He’ll hook you up with some prime grand strategy space gear. We’re talking total conversions, quality…

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4 weeks ago

Feature: *That's* how mafia works

Preview: Empire Of Sin is a seamless blend of four different gangster games

There are two, pretty obvious, factors by which I judge strategy games: how immediately satisfying they are to play, and how well that satisfaction holds up in the long run. Success in the first respect is often a trade-off for success in the second, as the things that dazzle on day one become dulled by the cumulative effect of small design problems. It's hard, then,…

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Feature: A round-up of the realistic

The Flare Path: A2Z

A is for Alphabetised wargame and sim news. Welcome to the cosy corner of RPS where the vehicular is valued, the historical is hallowed, and the paragraphs are shorter than 7.5 cm Kampfwagenkanone 37 L/24 barrels.

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Feature: Updated with the best of 2020

The best strategy games on PC

Looking back at it now, 2020 doesn't feel like a banner year for strategy games, but that doesn't mean there haven't been a few gems. The list below - gathered by a panel of experts and regularly updated - contains games from as recently as 12 months ago alongside classics from as far back as 28 years ago. They're all games we think you could…

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Feature: One Off The List

The 7 worst US Presidents in video games

You thought it was over. You believed the year of anguish would be a memory by now. I’m sorry, you were wrong. The carousel of disharmony will never cease, and neither will the bumper car motorcade of video games. This week, the United States of America chooses a President in a logistical process entirely in-keeping with the carnival metaphor I am here constructing. Even in…

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Feature: Legal Eagle

Have you played… Aviary Attorney?

I’ve already put myself on record as being obsessed with the Ace Attorney series. Comparison can come off as a backhanded compliment, but Aviary Attorney is a game so clearly inspired by Capcom’s courtroom series that comparisons aren't really avoidable. Aviary Attorney carries across so much of Ace Attorney’s template, from gathering and presenting evidence, to the threeday time limit for each case.

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Feature: Frostmourne hungers... for delicious barbecue, probably!

Podcast episode 116: the best food in games special

Welcome again, dear listener, to the Electronic Wireless Show, the best and most solidly on-topic PC gaming podcast the world has ever seen. This week, we invite you to be our guest, take a seat at our dinner table, and prepare for a hearty helping of chat. About food. Because this week the topic is all the best food in games, you see. I hope…

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Feature: Ooooh! Aaaah!

What’s your favourite video game explosion?

Remember, remember the fifth of November: gunpowder, treason, and plot. I myself see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot. But while we commemorate gunpowder treason with fireworks on Bonfire Night, can you honestly tell me you remember with complete certainty whether we're celebrating the fact that the plot was foiled, or that someone at least tried to detonate a king? You can't.…

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Feature: Wacky Fun!

Hearthstone’s Duels mode is like a bleak knife fight with an omnipotent clown

You're naked, in the desert, with a grubby carrier bag at your feet. "What's inside?" reads a note taped to it, in jaunty comic sans beneath a Hearthstone logo. You are just crouching to look, when you hear rustling. Ten paces away, an emaciated, dog-eyed wreck of a man is rummaging through a bag of his own, and you are struck with the sudden, brutal…

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Feature: You will swing eternal, shiny and brown

Have you played… Conkers?

I used to play in an under 10s football squad once upon a time. I was pretty good, but I was easily distracted. I distinctly remember, during one important match against a rival town's squad, my football coach (whose name was Graham, funnily enough) shouting at me to focus on the game and stop picking up conkers on the side of the pitch.But I was…

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Feature: I would like to embrace Kasuga

Yakuza: Like A Dragon is the most playful the series has ever been

I’m playing bombastic action RPG Yakuza: Like A Dragon for review, and I’ve not spent quite as much time as I’d like with it to give you the full lowdown. But I wanted to give you some of my first impressions - a little rib in the chest before the big sucker punch.One thing I’m absolutely certain of already is that Like A Dragon is…

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