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  • A screenshot of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox in which a hooded woman, rendered in an anime art style, is frowning and holding up a glowing object.

    Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is heading to PC on July 6th

    Long-running action RPG series gets a new trailer

    My hunt for a JRPG that doesn't bore me into uninstalling it within two hours continues. This time, I'm casting my eyes across Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, an action-RPG in which you explore a prison city and hack up monsters with a sword. Something tells me that it won't be the JRPG to hook me, but I'll give it a try when it releases on PC on July 6th.

  • A screenshot of Samurai Gunn 2. The scene is surrounded by black, teh sky is blood red, a strange black shape floats in the middle. A dog-like pixel character is at the left.

    Samurai Gunn 2 is aiming for an early access release this summer

    Now with online multiplayer, a story mode, and co-op

    Samurai Gunn 2 has resurfaced with a new trailer and a planned summer release date, three years after first being announced. The quicker-than-quick arena fighter sequel introduces online multiplayer and a story mode, but otherwise its blades-and-bullets ballet looks as stylish and slicky brutal as the original.

  • A screenshot of Bamerang showing several small pixel people on a flat-topped mountain throwing boomerangs at each other while one is hoisted into the air and shaken by a giant hand.

    Please a giant goddess with boomerang fights in Bamerang

    Or else she'll pick you up and shake you

    Bamerang has the best trailer of any game this year so far. It's a local multiplayer game about tiny people battling on top of a mountain with boomerangs in order to please a giant green goddess who will shake them if they fall. It's out today.

  • A screenshot of Buildings Have Feelings Too! showing several 2D illustrated buildings, each of which have arms and legs, standing in front of a grassy field.

    Buildings Have Feelings Too! is out now

    A citybuilder where the buildings talk

    If you were a building, what kind of building would you be? I'd like to say I'd be a grand old hotel down by the sea, but over a year of lockdown eating makes it more likely I'd be a dilapidated old factory and condemned as a fire hazard.

    Buildings Have Feelings Too! suggests there might be hope for me, anyway. It's a game in which the buildings of feelings - and wants, fears, arms and legs. And it's out now.

  • A screenshot of categories in a menu on Steam.

    Valve have been experimenting with new ways to explore Steam games over the past year, with some interesting results. But among all the GIFs, automatic videos, and algorithmic recommendations, they finally a few months ago started testing a more obvious improvement: better categories.

    They've now launched onto the live version of Steam, letting you browse games by sub-genre, theme, and how many players they support.

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    Apex Legends Season 9 trailer gives peek at new 3v3 mode

    Plus a glimpse of new character Valkyrie taking to the skies

    Apex Legends' new season is just a couple of weeks away, and today Respawn released a launch trailer announcing a brand new game mode. Named Arenas, it looks like players will soon have the option to duck out of the usual battle royale mode, and jump into a little 3v3 shoot 'em up. Catch the trailer for yourself below; it features lots of cinematic fights, at least ten Mirages having a party, and a first look at new Legend Valkyrie spreading her wings in the Apex Games.

  • Varl berserker Bolverk screaming in The Banner Saga 2

    Deals: Save up to 98% in Fanatical's Insanity Sale

    Plus get a free game when you spend £4 / $5

    Fanatical are holding a massive 'Insanity Sale' right now, with savings of up to a whopping 98% up for grabs. New flash deals are being added all the time, and one of the latest highlights is The Banner Saga 3 for 75% off, taking the culminating chapter in Stoic's epic turn-based strategy trilogy down to a ridiculous £4.68 in the UK. Big Varl boy Bolverk approves.

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    EWS podcast episode 137: the best combat special

    Also: a burger is not a sandwich.

    This week, after a post by Graham inspired a big discussion in the RPS Discord, the Electronic Wireless Show Podcast is having a best combat in games special. In a surprising move we manage to not have a huge discussion about what constitutes 'combat', but we do discuss what Batman would do if he went to the London Aquarium with Matthew.

    Aside from that, there are surprisingly few digressions this week. Us, staying on topic? Armageddon must be upon us. But there is a moment where Matthew reveals that he basically thinks he should never be punished for anything, and Nate provides a bumper Mortal Kombat-themed Cavern Of Lies.


    Epic Games are continuing to do strange things that I do not understand. I'm not talking about that whole #FreeFortnite debacle with Apple (though I suppose this could be somewhat related). No, this time it's about the odd choices of PC apps they're bringing to their store. Today, they added the app, which is another, better, game store that's technically a competitor? They've added a handful of other apps too, and made a new section in the storefront where you can find them all - an app store, if you will.

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    Oh, to be a sentient turnip. A little stubby-legged jackanape with a serene, blank smile, several very fashionable hats, and a fondness for destroying paperwork. An unlikely hero, is Turnip Boy: he is a turnip, he is a boy, and he has evaded some taxes (specifically, taxes owed to Mayor Onion, an onion who is also the mayor). In this specific case, it's pretty clear that the tax thing is a flimsy excuse for Mayor Onion to get Turnip Boy to carry out dangerous and annoying errands. But off you pop on a colourful 2D action adventure anyway.

  • Artwork promoting the Mister Ezio, Little Miss Kassandra, and Little Miss Eivor books based on Assassin's Creed.

    New Mister Men and Little Miss books are based on Assassin's Creed

    Mister Ezio, Little Miss Eivor, and Little Miss Kassandra

    It's a little-known fact that Ubisoft generate product ideas by writing game names, mediums, target audiences, and such on scraps of paper, popping them into a big hat, then drawing a handful to discover their next big hit. This foolproof system recently produced the combination of [Assassin's Creed] [Book] [For Children, But Really For Parents] [Mister Men crossover], leading Ubisoft yesterday to announce a series of Mister Men and Little Miss books starring the murderers of Assassin's Creed.

  • Image for Microsoft's DirectStorage tech will support PCIe 3.0 and 4.0 SSDs

    Microsoft have confirmed that their upcoming DirectX tech to help eliminate game loading times, DirectStorage, will be supported by both PCIe 3.0 SSDs and the newer PCIe 4.0 drives. This is excellent news for SSD owners, as it means you won't have to shell out for an expensive PCIe 4.0 SSD like Samsung's 980 Pro or WD's Black SN850 to take advantage of this new storage tech.

  • The official Death Stranding PC case

    Death Stranding's been a big hit on PC, judging by publisher 505 Games' recent financial report, and now Japanese peripherals maker Tsukumo are showing it some love with an official Bridges-themed PC case. The custom case has been designed in conjunction with developer Kojima Productions, and it recently launched in Japan for ¥26,800 (that's around £186 if you want to import it). It's a lovely-looking case, capturing the monolithic design of the game's Bridges buildings down to a tee. But let's be honest. If there's going to be an official Death Stranding PC case, why is it not shaped like an orange BB jar?

  • Call Of Duty: Warzone - A nuclear explosion covers the Verdansk map

    Call Of Duty: Warzone has indeed nuked Verdansk today

    It's a multi-part event leading up to season three

    As Call Of Duty: Warzone has been teasing, its battle royale map Verdansk has indeed gotten nuked. Part one of The Destruction Of Verdansk has already kicked off, with later parts queuing up shortly after until season three lands on Thursday, April 22nd. If you can get through the login queue, it looks like you'll be doing your best to avoid becoming zombified and then getting a nuke dropped on you and all the zombies afterwards.

  • The crew of Star Trek: Enterprise.

    Once again, lips are flapping with rumours of a Knights Of The Old Republic remake. No one has officially announced they're redoing the BioWare RPG set years before Star Trek, but rumours have gone round for a few years, often with Aspyr Media attached as the developers. Well, those same rumours have come back round again. KOTOR is one of the few BioWare games I haven't played (DS9 was more my bag), so I have to ask: would you still recommend it to me today? Or tell me if you're clamouring for a KOTOR 3 instead?

  • tales Of Arise - Shionne with glowing blue eyes preparing to attack.

    Tales Of Arise announces September 10th launch and dives into combat

    The Tales battle system is back, but much faster

    Tales Of Arise, latest in the long-running Tales Of series, has indeed arisen. After being delayed last year without announcing a new release window, the next Tales Of game has officially set a date for the new adventure. Arise will launch on September 10th this year. Even better yet, we've finally gotten a good, lengthy look at its combat system in a new video.

  • The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles - Ryunosuke Naruhodo and Herlock Sholmes stand next to one another in a court room.

    People of the games jury, please turn your attention to The Great Ace Attorney games. Previously, these two historical lawyer 'em ups hadn't launched on PC or in English, both of which they'll be doing in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. This combo release has been foretold by leaks already, but there are no remaining objections now. It's official. The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles launches on PC on July 27th.

  • The Crucial P2 SSD

    For the last year, there's been one SSD that's completely ruled the roost in my best SSD for gaming rankings, and that's the WD Blue SN550. Few SSDs have come close to matching its fast read and write speeds and competitive pricing, and it remains one of the best value NVMe drives you can buy today. However, we might finally have a worthy alternative to the SN550, and that's Crucial's P2.

  • Image for Chivalry 2 is most fun when sat on a bench

    Feature: Chivalry 2 is most fun when sat on a bench

    It revealed the true nature of medieval combat

    The tutorial for medieval first-person slasher Chivalry 2 felt like I'd attended my first zumba class run by Stanis Boratheon. I was told the art of warfare lay in the swing of your hips, not your sword. And that to riposte, you match your opponent's movements. But to break someone's guard you use your legs. Got that? Orders were barked, "sir yes sir", and I barely kept pace.

    Then I was enlisted into the Siege of Rudhelm. I'd need to stoically defend a fortress with all the moves I'd learned, and I was stressed out. So when the gates opened and I roared my battlecry, naturally, the little I remembered escaped from my mouth and into the breeze. I swung wildly with zero hip-action expecting to get cut down, only to find it worked quite nicely. I even sat down mid-battle and remained unscathed. Then I realised no-one knew what they were doing at all, and I relaxed.

  • Jack Baker wields chainsaw scissors in a Resident Evil Re:Verse screenshot.

    You can try Resident Evil Village's multiplayer again today

    Another Re:Verse open beta is running for one day only

    The big Resident Evil news everyone wants today is more info on the VR version of Resident Evil 4, which should come at the Oculus Gaming Showcase tonight. That'll be nice. Looking forward to that. But also, to the excitement of very few people, Capcom are holding another open beta test day for Resident Evil Re:Verse, the deathmatch spin-off tacked onto Resident Evil Village for some incomprehensible reason. I guess it's fitting.

  • Crude photoshop of the "man looking at a woman in a red dress while his girlfriend looks angrily at him" meme, in which the man is a giant duke, the red dress woman is a blank-faced queen, and the girlfriend is France.

    “News from the emperor, my liege”, cringes the chancellor, as he loiters awkwardly before the door of his lordship’s privy. But the only answer he gets is the rhythmic thump of buttocks on wood: once again, the Duke is having intercourse. The chancellor is used to this sound, of course. It is the furtive drumbeat which underscores courtly life in this game of Crusader Kings 3, beneath the faint and ever-present cacophony of the War. And it is distinctly uncomfortable to listen to.

  • Two Space Marine Terminators fire their giant guns in a Space Hulk: Deathwing screenshot.

    As the video games industry continues trying to cram itself into as few companies as possible, French publisher Focus Home Interactive have announced they've bought a majority stake in Streum On Studio. They're the French studio behind the delightfully ambitious E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy as well as two Warhammer 40K shooters published by Focus Home, Space Hulk: Deathwing and the upcoming Necromunda: Hired Gun. Honestly, they seem a fair fit. And hey, they've made a new Necromunda trailer too.

  • Image for Have You Played... Ori And The Will Of The Wisps?

    In the months running up to the release of Ori And The Will Of The Wisps last year, I was gripped by an irrational fear. I'd loved Moon Studio's first Ori adventure, Ori And The Blind Forest, with a fierce and fiery passion. Even now, I still love the bits everyone hates, from its ineffectual combat to its heinous boss escape sequences. But as news struck that its sequel would be taking a slightly different approach to its Metroid-like structure, favouring branching, almost Zelda-style hub worlds, and ditching its unique save system, I was worried that Will Of The Wisps might end up losing what had made Blind Forest such a special game for me. As I said, the fear was irrational, as Will Of The Wisps wasn't just better than Blind Forest; it was probably about as perfect a sequel as I could have possibly hoped for.

  • Image for Cloud streaming of Xbox Game Pass games to Windows 10 PCs is now in closed beta

    Microsoft have been dipping their toes into cloud streaming games for a while now, but today sees the launch of an Xbox Cloud Gaming beta for Windows 10 PCs. What this means is that some paying subscribers of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be invited to a closed beta whereby they can play games in their web browser, without the need for a lengthy download and install beforehand.