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7 months ago

Help Santa deliver Christmas gifts in Truck Simulator

How can Father Christmas deliver presents to all the children of the world in only one night? Magic. However, Sinterklaas has been caning the peppermint schnapps and wouldn't say no to a bit of help from truckers. American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2 have launched festive events challenging virtuatruckers to haul gifts across Europe and Americky. That's a great act of kindness, and…

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Jack King-Spooner wishes us a weird and frostbitten Christmas

Technically this was released last Christmas but it feels every bit as fresh and relevant now as it did then. Media-collage-abusing developer Jack King-Spooner (creator of Dujanah) wishes to share with us the tale of three shepherds on a long winter's night, awoken to share stories gifted to them by the heavens above. And it all begins with the most grungy, urban retelling of The…

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Feature: Festive gift giving

The RPS Christmas gift guide 2017

Left your Christmas shopping until the last minute again? Fear not! For we've compiled our very own RPS Christmas gift guide for such an occasion. Whether it's small bits of hardware you're after or a fancy bit of gaming merch to complement your best mate's favourite game, you can find all this and more in our carefully curated list below.

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2 years ago

Good will to all teams in TF2’s new autobalancing

Team Fortress 2 [official site] recognises that yes, Smissmas is a time for gibbing your fellow man then leaving their labelled hunks under the tree, but also somethings for coming-together. Valve's free-to-play FPS has kicked off its Christmas event with an update bringing the traditional assortment of new icy items but also handy features for casual play. A new team autobalancing systems gives players gifts…

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Gwan Play… Dracula Cha Cha!

Gwan Play is an endful stream of game retrospectives. One a day, on one day, perhaps for all Wednesday. Christmas simply isn't Christmas without Dracula Cha Cha, I said in 2014. Dracula goes for a stroll on a chilly Winterval day, collecting presents, smashing snowmen, deploying his Dracula Karate against Christmas trees, and bopping to Green Door. Ah, it's all so merry! I always play…

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Street Fighter 5 invokes Raging Demon, punishes rage quitting

Street Fighter 5 [official site] is sending mixed signals with its first content update of 'Season 2', adding returning fighter Akuma with his iconic 'Raging Demon' combo while also adding new punishments for rage quitting. So is rage good or bad? Perhaps the distinction is that it's fine if you hang around to pose moodily at the end. The update launches today, also rebalancing a…

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Feature: Feathers and festivities!

A definitive ranking of CS:GO’s festive chickens

Valve has dressed its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [official site] chickens up in many a festive outfit over the years, from chicken-sized Christmas jumpers to pink Easter bunny ears. But how do these festive fowl stack up against one another in terms of holiday loveliness? There's only one way to find out: an Alice and Pip chat. Pip: Alice! It's the most wonderful tiiiiiiiiime of the…

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Build a virtual fire with Eidolon dev’s Yule Log

On Christmas Eve in 1966, a New York television station broadcast several hours of a festive fireplace so people in fireless flats could tune into The Yule Log and feel Christmassy too. A modern tradition was born. You might have seen fireplace videos in Christmas shops on VHS and DVD, Netflix has three of 'em (I favour the birchwood fire), one ad has Nick Offerman…

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Counter-Strike: GO’s Crimbo chickens are nice and cosy

We can all agree that the Christmas season doesn't begin just because John Lewis tries to punch you in the heart or because Ian Starbucks cracks open the syrups again. That's crass commercialism denigrating the season where people buy me presents. No, the only corporation I trust managing Christmas is Valve Corporation, who each year put cute little festive jumpers on the chickens in Counter-Strike:…

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Hitman going Home Alone-y with festive update

Even many Hitmaniacs are unaware of the untrue story of the series' origins as a Home Alone game. IO Interactive built a prototype including a boy sneaking around his house, creating distractions with a Talkboy, and a ragdoll physics Joe Pesci tumbling down stairs after being clocked with a can of paint. "That's nice," said one Eidos executive, "but what if the man died?" So…

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Overcooked serves festive feast with free update

"Christmas time, mistletoe and wine," sang Cliff Richard. I'll decline the invitation to his Crimbo cocktail party if that's his idea of a good tipple. Heck, I'd sooner eat something prepared in Overcooked [official site]. The chaotic cooperative chef 'em up has launched a festive update with new wintery levels, new festive dishes, and all sorts of new hats and gadgets. Delia Smith may recommend…

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Street Fighter 5 kicking off Season 2 with Akuma

Continuing plans to update Street Fighter 5 [official site] for yonks without releasing separate new Ultra Turbo Mega Editions, Capcom have announced 'Season 2' of big content updates will kick off this month with returning pugilist Akuma and a sleighload of festive fare. Punchfans will remember Akuma as a sort of Infowars Ryu. Five brand new fighters are due to follow across 2017, though they're…

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3 years ago

Merry Caristmas: Rocket League Festivities Announced

It's beginning to look at a lot like Christmas, and not just because tweets from Americans celebrating Thanksgiving today are a great preview of this year's Crimble arguments. The Christmas market has set up here in Edinburgh, and wee wobbly cars are skidding around the ice-skating rink with mittens trailing behind them on strings. Rocket League [official site] is preparing to get in on the…

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4 years ago

Steal Christmas: Payday 2 Event Adds Heist, Masks, More

There aren't nearly enough Christmas-themed videogames in the world. Where are the modern equivalents to Christmas Lemmings, or the videogame kin to seasonal movies like It's A Wonderful Life? I'm not satisfied by Christmas updates to non-Christmas games, though I suppose they're a start. Payday 2 is doing its bit by running a series of jolly updates to the first-person, multiplayer heist-'em-up. There's a new…

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WildStar Cancels Christmas, Hallowe’en, No Word On Pancake Day

Can you imagine having to tell all the players of an MMO that Christmas is cancelled? That there will be no twinkly lights in pine trees or fine dustings of snow offering the chance to feel festive while simultaneously escaping your nearest and dearest? That actually you're not only cancelling Christmas but Hallowe'en as well? That's what WildStar developers Carbine have had to do. The…

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5 years ago

Feature: SHOPPING IS LIFE

The RPS Super Uplifting And Helpful Holiday Buyer’s Guide

It's almost Black Friday! Also, I guess that Thanksgiving thing is happening somewhere in between for filthy Americans, but that's just a warm-up. A sentimental stop-gap. What really matters is making sure you get all the things on the cheap before everyone else does. That's the real spirit of the season. But you can't do it alone. You need assistance, aid, a helping hand to…

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6 years ago

Feature: Ho, Ho, Horace

Merry Christmas: Here, Have A Free RPS Christmas Game!

Edit: The game is no longer available, sorry! As RPS winds down for the Christmas break, you need not fear. We'll still be posting some splendid things throughout the holidays. But today - the gift-givingest day of the year - we have a special surprise treat for you! A Rock, Paper, Shotgun game! Horace's Endless Christmas explores the blasphemous horror of what would happen were…

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7 years ago

Thy Fractals Shine So Brightly: Polynomial

I have no complaints when developers add a couple of snowmen, a Father Christmas costume or a giant rolling snowball to their games at this time of year, but it's rare for a seasonal update to impress as much as the level added in Polynomial's latest update. I'll admit, I've only ever played the demo of the "musical space shooter" but you'd have to be…

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Terraria Adds Snowmen, Shivs And Santa

Christmas has come early to Terraria, with a patch containing a Daddy Crimble costume, snow, ice, presents, candy canes and gift-wrapped blocks. Most importantly though, gangs of snowmen will attack, armed with knives, snowbombs and Tommy guns. What this means is that you'll be able to decorate the world with lights and festivity and then die at the hands of Al Snowcone and his meltable…

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