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1 year ago

Feature: An automotive expert reviews

Dirt 4 review

This is my first time contributing to RPS, so I'm going to start out with a little (pertinent) information: I've driven a lot of cars. As an automotive journalist I've sat behind the wheels of everything from the aggressively unremarkable Dodge Dart to brilliant machines like the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series, the Subaru WRX STi, the Audi R8 V10, a rally-prepped Ford Fiesta, and…

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2 years ago

Feature: Cosmic choice

Have You Played… Cosmic Spacehead?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Confession time: I missed both The Secret of Monkey Island AND Day of the Tentacle when they first released in the early 90s. It’d take me several years to catch up and as such Cosmic Spacehead was my introduction to the point and…

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3 years ago

Feature:

Have You Played… Fast Food Dizzy?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Dizzy is an egg. I had an egg for breakfast this morning. Therefore, Dizzy must be food. In Fast Food Dizzy, he is trying to eat all of the other food. What does it all mean? That the food chain coils back on…

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4 years ago

Feature: From The Archive

Why Fuel Is Still A Showroom Of Videogame Possibilities

Starting today, every Sunday we're going to pull out one of the best moments from Rock, Paper, Shotgun's 141-year history. This week, Jim's road trip around post-apocalyptic racing game Fuel, first published June 22nd 2009 with the title, "Fuel: Around The World In Eight Hours". With The Crew just around the corner, a Mad Max game in-development and open-terrain survival games on the rise, the…

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5 years ago

Feature: Hot Wheels

Interview: Kicking The Tyres Of GRID Autosport

Race Driver GRID still stands as a benchmark for racing games. Way back in 2008 it drove a path between sim and arcade, offering powerful, weighted cars in a structure that was approachable and accessible. GRID 2 skidded off that path. It pushed too far into accessibility and bundled weak handling with a tedious structure. Now GRID Autosport is out at the end of June…

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6 years ago

Feature: Stronger than Mensa?

Hands-On: GRID 2

A happy coincidence. I had recently installed Grid, having never played it before and feeling a craving for velocity. I'd gently eased myself into the world of cars wot drift when Codemasters appeared in my inbox, offering a preview code for the sequel. Before playing Grid, I hadn't spent a great deal of time with any racing game for a couple of years, but the…

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How Has F1 2012 Improved On 2011?

When companies produce games on a regularly basis - such as a yearly racing franchise - the changes tend to be incremental, rather than revolutionary. What matters, then, are how your new version improves on the last, even if the really big issue is the up to date teams, cars, and so on. That's precisely what Codemasters attempt to explain in the F1 2012 video…

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Gridder Than Before: GRID 2 Announced, First Trailer

Codemasters have confirmed the existence of GRID 2 with a trailer showing fast cars going quite fast indeed. One goes so fast that it falls over - careful now! Our chums over at Eurogamer have also announced that the game will be shown at the Eurogamer Expo at London's Earls Court from 27th-30th September. There will be a developer session on the Saturday afternoon at…

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Vroom For Everyone: F1 Online Open Beta

Codemasters' cars wot go fast management game, F1 Online, has now entered open beta and since it's a microtransaction-scoffing online sort of a thing, that means anyone can play it right now without spending so much as a penny, in any sense of the phrase. Ace car-pilot Brendan took a look at the game for us almost exactly a month ago today and found it…

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7 years ago

Take It For A Spin Out: Dirt Showdown Demo

It seems that there's something messy underfoot every step I take at the moment. The latest in a long line of trailers for car smashing lark Dirt Showdown was firmly on my 'to be ignored' list, seeing as there have been approximately six trailers released every day since the game was announced, but less filth-ridden nodes of the Hivemind pointed out that this was a…

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A Partridge In A Derby: Dirt Showdown

Let's get the preliminaries out of the way. There's another video of Dirt Showdown doing the rounds, this one avoiding the collisions and boosting that have been the highlights of previous trailers, and instead seeming to show a mating ritual between automobiles. Perhaps some form of dance. I don't know, but it's not as much fun as the actual grinding of metal on metal, the…

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Diiiirrrrttt ShooooowdOOOOOOwwwnnnnnnnnn!

The Dirt 3 reboot that is Showdown actually looks like a torrent of fun. The latest trailer, which shows nothing more than the "boost" function operating in the various scenarios, neatly demos the game's focus on rough-and-tumble full-contact racing, where the collisions between vehicles are just as significant as the neat racing line. I suppose it's easy to mock Codemasters' "extreme sports" hyperbole, but I've…

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Wrecking Ball: DIRT Showdown Shows Off

The DIRT Showdown team have released some more bombastic footage of their glitzy off-road racing spin-off from the DIRT series. Showdown's latest peek shows "Massive Damage Gameplay", which, as you might imagine, shows off the destruction model. The explain: "DiRT Showdown's Knock Out mode is revealed, featuring drivers using their cars as weapons to force opponents off a raised platform in a chaotic battle for…

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Huh: Cannon Fodder 3 Released On GamersGate

The Cannon Fodder games are inserted deeply within the Fond Memories Gland of many of the RPS team. It was therefore surprise that we learned that a third Cannon Fodder game would be released in Russia. It is with even more surprise that we discover, via Strategy Informer, that an English version has been released on GamersGate. I've not had a look at it yet,…

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Rally Around For Some Dirt: Showdown Videos

I’ve deleted the official spelling of Codemasters' “Dirt” three times now. Every time I attempt to write big d small i big r big t my keyboard starts to glow red, smoke comes out of it and I hear a thousand voices screaming. That’s what I get for using Vigo the Carpathian’s old mechanical keyboard. But he calmed down when he saw the smashing cars…

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Magic: DiRT Showdown’s Nevada 8 Ball

May will see the highly-evolved dust-and-mud particles of a new Dirt game being thrown up onto our screens. This one is called Showdown, and is as glitzy and noisy as any off-road racing game could possibly have any right to be. As we mentioned previously Showdown is more of a spin off from the main series than a genuine sequel, and will be less focused…

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Car Wot Goes Free: F1 Online Beta

Is Formula 1 still popular, then? I thought it would have gone out of fashion now it's been followed up with Formula 2 and Formula 3. But then people still play Battlefield 1942 even though Battlefield 3's out. You hopeless nostalgics! The sport of driving long, fast cars around and around and around and around and around and around and around and around and around…

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Mud, Sweat And Gears: Dirt Showdown

Dirt! I've always thought it was an odd name for a series of racing games no matter how you choose to muck up its capital letter placement, although I quite like the idea of a snooker game called Chalk. Here is the newly announced Dirt Showdown, a spin-off from the main series that has more of the destruction and less of the speedy driving. It's…

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