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2 years 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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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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3 years ago

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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4 years ago

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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Feature: Taking their best shot

Hitman Interview: “The Aspiration Is To Build The Perfect Hitman Game”

The Hitman [official site] trailer shown at E3 gave a promising tease for a game which is provoking anxiety as well as anticipation. The sentiment I've heard echoing through editorials and comment sections boils down to "more Blood Money, less Absolution, please" but IO Interactive's creative director, Christian Elverdam hopes to marry the best of both games, distilling them to find the essence of Hitman.…

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Feature: World of Spaceships

Master of Orion: A Hands-Off Peek

Remake or reboot? That's the question I asked Jacob Beucler, director of global operations at Wargaming during an E3 demonstration of Master of Orion [official site]. "Definitely a reboot," he says. "We're taking things very seriously in terms of what made this franchise great." By this he means Master of Orion and its first sequel, not the curious but problematic Master of Orion 3 (which…

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Feature: And how the campaign mode will work

God Foot: Total War Warhammer’s Wonderfully Weird Units

When I go to watch the Creative Assembly team show off units from their upcoming Total War: Warhammer [official site] game, what really sticks out to me is the sense of humour. I've been to Total War previews before and the emphasis is very definitely on serious historical epic battles. This time around I watch a goblin with scrappy-looking wooden wings clamber into a catapult,…

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Feature: Snow day

Star Wars: Battlefront – A Yoghurt-Scented Hands-On

R2-D2 smells like yoghurt. In fact, the whole second part of the Star Wars Battlefront [official site] queue at E3 smells like yoghurt. I'm in a group of 40 attendees waiting for our turn to do battle on Hoth in the final play session of E3. I think the yoghurty smell is coming from the copious dry ice, which is swirling around R2's wheels as…

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Feature: Highs and lows

David Braben Talks About Rollercoasters

"Can I play as the dinosaur?" I ask a slightly jetlagged David Braben as we discuss the just-announced Planet Coaster [official site] after the PC Gaming Show at E3. "Mmmm. Not at the moment but it's a nice idea." He pauses then adds, "You do realise it's not actually a dinosaur? It's a bloke in a suit." "We're done here."

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Feature: All Of E3 In One Place

Every Game From E3 In One Place, With Videos And Commentary

E3 is in full swing. The announcements and press conferences are done, and attendees are getting down to the business of playing games, chugging energy drinks and wondering when it will all be over (TODAY, IT WILL ALL BE OVER TODAY). Pip is on-site but the rest of RPS stayed home, watching from afar. We've covered the showcase events, gathered all of the news and…

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Feature: Chaos reborn

Hands On: Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 [official site] is a spectator's dream. I'd been playing for at least two and a half hours when I decided to take a walk around the room to see what all of the other journalists were up to. Some were testing the physics by attaching cars to boats, planes to people and spluttering scooters to everything. Some had learned to navigate the…

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Feature: Decades of Strafe

Doom Isn’t About Chainsaws, Guns And Gore, It’s About Moving Sideways

Doom [official site] came to the Dolby Theatre as E3 began. Bethesda's showcase event included an in-depth look at a game we already knew about, the announcement of a game that we already knew about and the blood-spattered reveal of a game we've been playing (in various forms) for most of our adult lives. Doom is back. Nathan Ditum was on-site for the live demonstration,…

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5 years ago

Feature: JUDGEMENT DAY

RPS Verdict: E3 2014 Day Zero, Winners And Losers

The triple A team of Alice, Alec and Adam have spent the last 24 hours absorbing every trailer and piece of footage that has emerged from E3. Now they gather together with Graham 'G-Man' Smith to discuss their findings. Does the imminent arrival of a GTA V port please them? Are any of them still wearing socks or has No Man's Sky blown them clean…

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Feature: True Predictions

E3 2014: RPS Predicts Things That Will Definitely Happen

At this time of year it's customary for the videogame press to put together their predictions for the looming Electronic Entertainment Expo. What new games might be announced? What franchises might extend into new platforms? Who might "win"? And what of any of this can we say without breaching the NDAs for the things we already know? Rock, Paper, Shotgun is videogame press, so we…

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6 years ago

Feature: Infinity Wars

Respawn On Titanfall, Departing From Call Of Duty

After eons of hush-hush legal drama and remarkably silent tinkering, Respawn Entertainment finally revealed Titanfall during E3. Gone are the rah-rah-rah military men - neck veins like titanium from a lifetime of barking orders - replaced by futuristic commandos and the mechs who love them. Or at least nearly bro-fist them into their cockpits. There's some unintentional silliness involved, to be sure, but this one…

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