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Overwatch’s Torbjörn rework is now on test servers

Turret-tapping notdwarf Torbjörn is next in Overwatch's queue for an rework, replacing and remaking some of his abilities to make him more flexible. His turret no longer has upgrades, for starters, his armour packs are out, and he'll get to spray pools of molten slag to block off routes and torch slaaags. This rework is now live on the test servers ahead of its official…

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Former Telltale folks share goofs, gags, and grief after studio collapses

In the wake of Telltale Games laying off 250-odd employees with no notice or (reportedly) severance pay, former Taletellers have been sharing warm memories and silly goofs from working there. They've explained the secret rules of a running joke started in Sam & Max, revealed daft scenes they made to amuse themselves in The Walking Dead with bananas and eyebeams, explained a serendipitous sweary accident…

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Sunless Skies sails out of early access in January, but here’s a free pen and paper RPG

Exploring the world of Sunless Skies with a mouse and keyboard is all well and good, but now you can do it solely with your imagination - and the rulebook to Skyfarer. It's an official pen & paper RPG based on Sunless Skies, released by Failbetter Games for free on Saturday. You might recognise designers Grant Howitt and Chris Taylor, with their impressive tabletop chops.…

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Rumours of a Diablo animated series on Netflix reinforced

The hit hot the hittie the hittie to the hit hit hot rumour going around again is that an animated series based on Diablo is likely coming streaming film-o-TV service Netflix. This latest action-RPG rumourburp is based on a now-deleted tweet by an aspiring showrunner but look, I don't care if this rumour is true or not. Let's hijack the attention it's raised and bend…

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In Streets Of Rogue you can now win by becoming mayor

Urban chaos sim Streets Of Rogue has added its last level, and finally lets you conquer its cyberpunk randocity in a fair and just way - by becoming mayor. It's been in early access for a while but the roguelite can now be completed from beginning to end, whether you are an angry gorilla revolutionary or a cocaine-addicted investment banker. All you have to do…

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Feature: Now updated with even more ray-tracing and DLSS-confirmed games

Here’s a list of every game that’s going to look amazing on the Nvidia RTX 2080 and 2080Ti

Last week, the first of three shiny new Nvidia Turing cards finally pitched up on shop shelves - the RTX 2080. You can head over to my Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 review to find out more on what I thought of the card as a general pixel pusher, but the long and short of it is that you're probably not looking at much of a…

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Objection withdrawn! Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy coming to PC

After years of OBJECTIONS! and protestations from PCpeeps, Capcom are finally bringing the courtroom drama of their Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games to us. The first three of their interjectory visual novels are being fancified and bundled up as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, coming our way in "early 2019". I've heard warm and loving things from folks (about the games and about me) who…

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Telltale Games confirm huge layoffs and “majority studio closure”

Following yesterday's initial reports that Telltale Games were effectively shutting down, the studio behind licensed story 'em ups including The Walking Dead and Batman: The Enemy Within have confirmed the bad news. All but 25 Telltale employees have been let go (that's 250-ish people gone, former members report), cut down to a skeleton crew to "fulfil the company's obligations to its board and partners." The…

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What are we all playing this weekend?

With most of RPS at EGX this weekend, I had half-hoped I'd get to fire the lot of 'em for nonparticipation and claim the treehouse's biscuit tin for myself. Alas, some of this rotten bunch have fought through crowds, through rains of Monster cans, and through landslides of free t-shirts to reach the one spot with good WiFi and make contact. FINE. I hope that…

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Livestreaming site Twitch is now locked out of China

After a surprisingly successful month in the territory, Chinese authorities have now blocked access to Twitch - Amazon's massive livestreaming site - at a national level. As reported by Abacus and PC Gamer, the network reached new highs in China (becoming a top download on the iOS App Store) as people flocked to watch 2018 Asian Games esports events online that state broadcasters weren't showing. The Chinese…

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Telltale Games reportedly almost shut down with hundreds of jobs lost

Update: Telltale have officially confirmed the bad news that they've closed most the studio and only 25 employees remain. As reported by Gamasutra, it seems that prolific choose-your-own-adventure studio Telltale Games is shutting down. This is backed up by media posts from developers at and close to the studio, such as Outerloop's Chandana Ekanayake. The Verge report that a skeleton crew of around 25 will remain…

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Hyperspace Delivery Service enters early access and looks like ALL the DOS space adventures

I grew up playing DOS-era space adventures. From Psi 5 Trading Company to Blake Stone, Star Control and beyond. Hyperspace Delivery Service looks like most of them all at once. Making its Steam early access debut yesterday, Zotnip's multi-genre space sim also been around on Itch for a while now. It's part space-trading sim, part crew management, part space shooter, part Wolfenstein-derived FPS and all powerfully…

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Fortnite’s sixth season kicks off on September 27th, now with a bouncy lake

The mystery of the giant bouncy cube that once rolled across Fortnite's plains is solved, just in time for the battle royale mega-hit's next season of costumes, live events and gunshootery, starting on September 27th. Plus, there's a 400% match XP event running through the weekend, starting now. It turns out that the probably magical purple block rolling across the land was an oversized bit…

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Be expendable in parodic platform RPG Underhero, out now with a demo

A wise man once mused "If only you could talk to the monsters" - in Underhero you can because you are one too, albeit low-level and underpaid. Unfortunately, if you want to get out of a fight (using a charming Paper Mario-inspired combat engine) in this parodic platform RPG hybrid, you'll have to bribe your way past your peers. Life is hard at the bottom…

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Cod Blops 4 reducing timed exclusivity for post-launch content, but not removing it

Activision have announced that they'll stop being absolute gits brandishing birds akimbo at Call Of Duty's PC players, and settle for merely flicking a single V at us while blowing raspberries. After years of DLC being exclusive to one console or another for thirty days (hitting PC and the other after that absurd delay), they now say that post-launch content for Call Of Duty: Black…

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent adding Hard Mode for hard nuts

I was jolly pleased when Frictional Games patched a 'Safe Mode' into Soma, letting fraidypants like me freely explore the undersea horror. Conversely, I said "Ha ha ha NOPE" aloud after Frictional announced today that they will next add a new difficulty level to Amnesia: The Dark Descent - a 'Hard Mode' to freak your nut out and murder you hard. No thank you! But…

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Farming Simulator 19 bwamp-bwamps a new trailer

Y'remember when folks were making Farming Simulator videos set to pounding electronic music, then irony slipped and loads of people realised they actually quite liked virtual harvesting? It might seem one of those folks has ended up working on the game, going by a new official trailer for Farming Simulator 19 which oontch-oontch-bwamp-bwamped out today. Turns out, yep, I still find that juxtaposition funny, and…

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Dead Cells getting customisable Custom Mode, teasing first DLC

A 'Custom Mode' letting goofolk choose their gear and mysterious new pretties are among goodies planned for future updates to Dead Cells, the roguelikelike stab-o-platformer which I'd say has a fair chance of scooping our much-coveted "Bestest best game best of the best year best best" award in December. Developers Motion Twin have been taking it easy, sleazy since Dead Cells launched out of early…

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The Foxer

Tired of fabricating word ladders, Roman has moved onto word chains. To completely defox today’s you’ll need to provide my Chief Foxer Setter with the sequence of 24 words suggested by the clues below.

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Play a koala PI in “hip-hop stoner noir” Stone, out now

A washed-up private investigator koala is searching for his kidnapped girlfriend boyfriend [the koala himself tells me -ed.] in Stone, a new "hip-hop stoner noir" story-o-adventure game released today. What's hip-hop stoner noir when it's at home? Well, the koala looks not wholly unlike The Dude out The Big Lebowski, so there's a big hint. Off you go, exploring an open-world town, chatting to the…

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