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5 months ago

Strange Brigade sizes up E3 in a stiff-upper-lipped trailer

Mummies! They're like zombies, but easier to clean up once you're finished with them, at least according to Strange Brigade's new gameplay trailer. The cooperative 1930s-set shooter isn't far off now - due out at the end of August - but Rebellion have apparently got one last PR blitz in them before E3 swallows all and everything blurs into one nightmare gaming haze. Within, a…

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Hitman 2 is out this November, bigger, bolder, murderier

Much like Agent 47, Hitman 2's approach wasn't nearly as stealthy as it hoped to be, but the end results aren't to be sniffed at. Eagle-eyed internet people spotted its logo a few days back, but today Io Interactive officially announced the sequel to 2016's episodic murder-sandbox. Unlike the previous game, this one will be released all in one go (with plans for later expansions)…

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1 year ago

Feature: FREE3

FREE 3: Good games you can play now for $0

It’s E3 and we are now building our annual cocoon, woven together by a single thread of strong, silky videogame news. But this festival of buzzwords and bright lights isn’t for everyone. So (just like last year) we’re doing alternative coverage to calm everyone’s nerves, starting with FREE 3 – three days of three games, all of them free, which you can play instead of…

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E3 press conferences: who what where when why whom

E3, the event "as close as this industry gets to Eurovision", officially begins on Tuesday. Thousands of developers, members of the press, and gawkers will descend upon Los Angeles for the four-day trade show, full of demos, presentations, and questions like "How many guns does this have?" E3 unofficially begins before then, mind, with publishers and platform holders livestreaming presentations from Saturday. Most of the…

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Feature: I'm really looking forward to it

E3 is as close as this industry gets to Eurovision

I'm really looking forward to E3 next week. The Electronic Entertainment Expo takes place in Los Angeles each year, but it sprays press releases, trailers and livestreamed stage presentations worldwide. It is loud, it is marketing and it is often ridiculous, but it's also a way to take the temperature of the industry. Over the course of a week of 'live' multiplayer demos and highlight…

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2 years ago

E3 opens its doors to the public with 15,000 tickets

Obviously we at RPS must have made E3 look so glamorous that everyone wants a look-in. I mean, I assume that that's the reason the Electronic Entertainment Expo [official site] is offering tickets to the general public for this year's show - all of our tweeting from press conferences and the mention of pancakes the size of pillows at local diners and that story about…

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Feature: X-COM Meets The Mist

Phoenix Point: Every Detail Of The X-COM Creator’s Return To The Genre

One of the most exciting games in Los Angeles this week won’t be featured at press conferences or on the showfloor. Phoenix Point [official site] is the new tactical-strategy hybrid from Julian Gollop, the creator of the original X-COM, and we met yesterday to discuss its procedurally generated alien threats, simulated human factions and much more. Here’s the world’s first in-depth look at the game.

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Resident Evil 7 Goes First-Person, Out January 2017

"Capcom has heard fans’ masochistic cries for a Resident Evil game far more terrifying than anything that has come before it," said the publisher shortly after revealing Resident Evil 7 Biohazard [official site] during Sony's E3 press conference yesterday. In what is a pretty radical step for the series, it seems this one's fully first-person and "draws from the series’ roots of atmospheric survival horror,"…

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Look, Both Hands: Superhot VR Gets Gameplay Trailer

A couple of weeks back, we learned that time-manipulating FPS SUPERHOT [official site] was in-line for an Oculus Rift-powered virtual reality edition. Speaking on Reddit, SUPERHOT Team's PR person Szymon Krukowski explained that the hardware's as yet unreleased motion controllers are tied to the game's start-stop mechanics and it all sounded pretty wonderful. Now SUPERHOT VR has a trailer and, yes, it looks every bit…

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Payday 2 Biker DLC Introducing Playable Ron Perlman

As part of their recent promise to support Payday 2 [official site] for at least the next 18 months, Overkill Software have now revealed what its latest batch of DLC, due out on Thursday, is all about. It's two separate expansions - The Biker Heist and The Biker Character Pack - taking the total number of paid-for and free add-ons for the first-person robbery fest…

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Skyrim Special Edition: Free To Owners Of Original

Skyrim doesn't feel old enough to have a shiny new edition with enhanced bells and whistles, but that's exactly what's coming on October 28th. It'll be released on current-gen consoles as well as PC, and if you own either the Legendary Edition of the original, or the base game plus all DLC bought separately, you'll receive a free upgrade to the new hotness. You can…

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Arkane Announce Prey: Immersive Horror Sim

When Raphaël Colantonio took to the stage at Bethesda's E3 showcase, I figured he'd be talking about Dishonored 2. He's one of the creative directors of the studio, alongside Harvey Smith, and we knew we were going to see more of their stealthy sequel. Instead, Colantonio said he'd be working on something else, with a second team within the studio. A game in the same…

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Fallout Shelter Coming To PC & Shelter Construction Coming To Fallout 4

Fallout Shelter is the post-apocalyptic management game that Bethesda slid onto tablets and cleverphones last year. I haven't played it myself but know people who spend commutes and late nights in front of the telly tapping and swiping as they help their survivors to thrive. Or exploit them for kicks. The game is coming to PC in July and DLC for big momma Fallout 4…

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Twisting Time And Space: Dishonored 2 Gameplay Trailer

Bethesda's E3 showcase wrapped up this evening (LA time) and I was there, in an enormous hangar, as new things were announced (Prey! Quake!) and more details of the games we've already played or heard about were released. The pick of the crop was Dishonored 2 [official site], which had that rarest of things: an E3 showing that involved an actual dev walkthrough of a…

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3 years ago

EA Want To Regain “Trust Of The PC Gamer”, Not At E3

"We are on a journey to regain the trust of the PC gamer," says Peter O’Reilly, senior marketing director for Origin. As reported by MCV, the publisher is attempting to correct their reputation after the wrongs of the recent past, by trying to make sure games have smooth launches and that Origin is useful to people. At the same time, the company say they won't…

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Feature: Dealing with DMs

Sword Coast Legends: Being Bullied By Rats

Sword Coast Legends [official site] was one of my favourite experiences at E3. In a little booth off the main show floor, the developers are demo-ing their D&D game's dungeon master mode. I've only recently dipped a toe into D&D with a tabletop campaign but it's been excellent fun so far and I was curious as to how the mode would measure up.

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Feature: Tools and weapons

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided: An Interview About Jensen 2.0

"Deus Ex meets District 9" is how the company described Deus Ex: Mankind Divided [official site] during a demo I attended at E3. Set two years after Human Revolution, Mankind Divided showcases a society still deeply fearful after the Aug Incident where mechanically augmented people turned violent, stripped of self-control after a signal deliberately interfered with their in-built bio-chips. The scale of the incident means…

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Feature: Tweaking the trilogy

The Banner Saga 2: On Combat And Continuity

I arrived a few minutes early for a Banner Saga 2 [official site] interview with Stoic's artist Arnie Jorgensen and writer Drew McGee at E3 so I set my bags down and walked over to a vacant demo computer. The game is the second of Stoic's planned trilogy and I've only played half of the first Banner Saga so I was a little cautious –…

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Feature: Or rather the hype rocket

No Man’s Sky Interview: Sean Murray Vs The Hype Train

Whilst at E3 I spent an hour with Sean Murray, managing director over at Hello Games. We were talking about No Man's Sky [official site]. Well, we were mostly talking about No Man's Sky. I had to cut a surprisingly lengthy discussion of whether cake was better than pie (it isn't). The thing about No Man's Sky which is most interesting to me right now…

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