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  • A photo of the Logitech G Pro X Superlight gaming mouse

    Deals: Get the upgraded version of RPS' best wireless mouse at $50/£30 off

    The Logitech G Pro X Superlight is an incredible piece of kit.

    If you're into your competitive gaming, then Logitech's G Pro X Superlight wireless mouse should be near the top of your list. It normally retails for an eye-watering $159.99 / £139.99, but today it's available for a slightly more reasonable $109.99 / £108.99 - that's $50 or £30 off, according to my calculator.

  • An Intel Core i9-12900KS CPU propped up against its packaging, on a small table.

    Review: Intel Core i9-12900KS review: Intel’s fastest gaming CPU yet

    But you should probably stick to the Core i9-12900K... or a good Core i5

    If Intel’s recent takeover of the RPS best gaming CPUs guide wasn’t indication enough, their latest 12th Gen Alder Lake chips are the real deal – especially on pure games performance. This should make the newly launched Core i9-12900KS, in a way, the realest deal of all: it’s structurally identical to the Core i9-12900K, originally the top-spec CPU in the series, but made with an even more discerning binning process. A component of the highest quality components, if you will, and as such can brush past the Core i9-12900K’s maximum boost clock speed of 5.2GHz to reach a scorching 5.5GHz.

  • Image for Get a ludicrously fast Lenovo Legion RTX 3080 gaming laptop at $600 off

    Deals: Get a ludicrously fast Lenovo Legion RTX 3080 gaming laptop at $600 off

    16-in 2560x1600 165Hz display, Ryzen 9 5900HX, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD.

    Lenovo makes some of the best gaming laptops in the business - we've loved both the Legion 5 and Legion 7i - and now the 2021 Lenovo Legion 7 with an RTX 3080 and Ryzen 9 5900HX processor is heavily discounted at Walmart. It's currently going for $1799, a $601 drop from its MSRP of $2400. That's still a lot of money, but it's a great deal on a flagship-grade gaming laptop.

  • Image for Popverse is a new pop culture site from our business dad

    Video games are arguably the only form of entertainment you need these days, but hey, who doesn't like an extra bit of pop culture on the old tellybox now and then, eh? Maybe you're actually seated on a throne of graphic novels and comic books while you read this. Stranger things have happened. If that sounds like an accurate description of your fine self, then behold! Our corporate family at Reedpop have just launched Popverse, a new site dedicated to covering comic books, movies (films if you’re British) and anime and manga.

    There’s already a starship's load of features about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC movies and Star Wars on there, so go have a readathon. The relaunched site also covers the professional wrestling scene, which is surely even more fantastical than Tolkien’s greatest works.

  • A cast of heroes from Overwatch 2

    Blizzard Entertainment have announced the next news drop for Overwatch 2 will be taking place on June 16th. The game's first PvP beta drew to a close today, but we should find out what's next for the hero shooter at next month's event. The blog post doesn't give much away, all told, but according to the game's official Twitter account the event will include more details about its next PvP beta. Fingers crossed for an invite this time.

  • A lion holding scales in an illustration from 'La Pala d'oro dell' I. R. Patriarcale Basilica di S. Marco, considerata sotto i risguardi storici, archeologici ed artistici ... Con un discorso di S. Em. Jacopo Monico, etc'

    Last time, you decided that little inconsequential choices are better than controlling a turret. I am pleased that quite a few people did actually pick turrets. But this week, in the name of experimentation, I'm trying an approach that seems frankly inefficient. What if we... picked between two similar things? While I can't imagine many will think this good, let's give it a go, for science. Tell me, what's better: random critical hits, or controlled critical hits?

  • Spirittea is a slice-of-life sim that involves magical tea and running a bathhouse for spirits.

    No More Robots have announced they’ll be publishing Cheesemaster Games’ Spirittea, a supernatural bath-house management and life simulator based around magical tea that lets you see spirits. I’m sitting here right now slurping what must be my quintillionth cup of tea so far today, so I’m quite up for finding out more about this one. I just hope the water in the kettle doesn’t come from the bathhouse.

  • Image for Eternal Threads review: Eastenders meets time travel meets electrical safety

    Time travel stories can have pretty high stakes, because usually you only travel in time when you really need to change something. A killer robot is trying to kill a lady because of something her son will eventually do, that kind of thing. My favourite episodes of Doctor Who, by contrast, were always the ones where the Doctor met a miserable dog-alien thousands of years in the future, and the dog alien is like "Not only is the planet about to blow, but my marriage is in trouble," and then the episode was mostly about the latter issue rather than the former. This is all by way of introduction to Eternal Threads, a puzzle game where you go back in time to stop everyone in a house share dying in a fire.

    To save a present that has been rendered apocalyptic by time travel itself, you are part of a team who go back and change tiny things in the past to fix it, in this case 2015. While it is imperative for some reason that the fire does indeed happen, it is just as important that all six occupants live. You can alter small decisions they make in the week running up to the fire, and so save their lives by choosing whether they go to the pub, if they comfort each other in times of need, or what they have arguments about. The beat of a butterfly's wing, indeed.

  • Image for New Saints Row reboot gameplay looks much the same as old Saints Row, just prettier

    It's been about eight months since I first had a hands-off sneak peek at the new and about-to-be-rebooted Saints Row, and six since we've heard it was being delayed to August this year. With its late summer release fast approaching, Volition recently showed off a larger chunk of some actual gameplay to press in another remote preview session. It looks almost exactly like what you'd expect it to look like: a fun open world game where you shoot people and smash cars into other cars.

    Barring any catastrophic eventualities where this game actually ends up being just a load of bugs propping up other bugs in a fluorescent trenchcoat, I feel almost 100% confident in saying to you that this will be an enjoyable product when it comes out. But I also should be honest and say that the gameplay I saw has congealed into the same kind of sticky morass and blurred whirling lights in my memory as my first all-night benders. It's a big collage of colours and explosions, and words like "cops", "switch car" and "plan", leaving a general impression of fun but, so far, few specifics in its wake. And to be even more frank about it all, I can't think of a nailed on reason why any of it has to be a Saints Row game.

  • Front and rear views of the Acer Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition gaming laptop.

    Acer are bringing their no-glasses 3D screen tech to gaming laptops

    The Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition will launch with stereoscopic 3D for “over 50 popular games”

    3D gaming is… well, if not dead, then at best being kept in an iron lung by a teensy niche of enthusiasts. However, Acer will be making another attempt to take it semi-mainstream when it releases the Predator Helios 300 SpatialLabs Edition gaming laptop in September 2022. Its 15.6 screen, powered by an RTX 3080 and Intel Core i9-12900H CPU, promises both standard 2D at 4K and glasses-free stereoscopic 3D-o-vision. A bit like the Nintendo 3DS, only much more powerful, higher-res, and costing $3400 / €3299.

  • A female vampire bites down into a human arm in Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong

    From the 90s onwards, movies taught me that vampires spend all their time eating and having sex with people (often concurrently). Vampire: The Masquerade - Swansong has taught me that they actually spend most of their time walking around looking at things, sometimes stopping to have tense conversations or pick up keycards. There is occasional eating.

    This is probably because the three vampires you play as in Swansong aren't exactly on their down-time. Set in Boston in 2019, you begin in medias res after a sudden violent attack on a party has left the Boston vampire court reeling. The Prince, an Annie Lennox cosplayer called Hazel Iverson, has called three of her most trusted lieutenants in to firstly check on the immediate aftermath, and thereafter investigate the wider fallout and strike against whodunnit. Since developers Big Bad Wolf are the folks behind The Council, the role you take isn't an action hero but different shades of spy and/or detective. Neither leaves you much time to loaf about being all sexy, though.

  • Phonopolis is a dystopian adventure game from Czech collective Amanita Design.

    Phonopolis is a playful dystopian adventure from Amanita Design

    It's also their first game with 3D graphics

    Czech indie collective Amanita Design have revealed their next adventure game, the dystopian Phonopolis. In a handful of firsts for the collective, Phonopolis will not only be their first game with 3D graphics, but it's also going to be the first that has actual narration rather than fun, nonsense noises. There's no release date just yet, but have a watch of the teaser trailer below. It looks a real treat.

  • A colourful family of gibbons watch the sun rise in Gibbon: Beyond The Trees

    Despite being little more than an hour long, Gibbon: Beyond The Trees is a bite-sized game that gives you plenty to chew over. Made by Old Man's Journey devs Broken Rules, this ecological adventure is both a celebration of its titular primates and an urgent call to action, highlighting the effects of real world issues such as deforestation, poaching and tourism by taking you on a 60-minute sprint through the natural and urban jungles these animals now call home.

  • Microsoft Flight Simulator's ninth world update has improved detail for Italy and Malta

    Not content with hosting the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest last weekend, Italy has now received a glam up in Microsoft Flight Simulator’s ninth world update. Cities in Italy and Malta are seeing their detail improved by photogrammetry, with the obvious choices of Rome, Milan and Venice joined by places such as Turin, Perugia and Paestum. Florence is a notable absence, but then Florence airport was recently released as paid DLC.

  • Superman, Shaggy, Steven Universe, and Tom & Jerry fight in a MultiVersus screenshot.

    MultiVersus is a platform fighting game starring Warner Bros. characters, from Bugs Bunny to Batman to Arya Stark to Shaggy from Scooby Doo. A new cinematic trailer introduces many of those characters and their team-up potential below, but more importantly marks the launch of sign-ups for the game's imminent closed alpha test.

  • Hakon leans against a grassy building in Dying Light 2

    Now that Dying Light 2 has been pushed into the light, developers Techland say they're ramping up development on their next project: an open world fantasy action-RPG. There's no more information about it than that, but Techland are hiring for dozens of roles as they look to "grow in numbers significantly."

  • Dead By Daylight celebrates its sixth anniversary on June 7th with the launch of chapter 24, 'Roots Of Dread'.

    Dead By Daylight invites the bogeyman to its sixth birthday party

    Developers Behaviour Interactive also acquire Scavengers studio Midwinter Entertainment

    Dead By Daylight devs Behaviour Interactive have confirmed that there will be a new killer, survivor and map coming with the launch of the game’s next chapter, ‘Roots Of Dread’, on June 7th. Unveiled as part of today's sixth anniversary stream, the developers say they were inspired by the infamous urban legend of the bogeyman to create new killer 'The Dredge', which is an amorphous blob creature with a gaping maw and limbs at odd angles. See it in action in the trailer below.

  • Arma Reforger is the next game from Bohemia Interactive in the long-running Arma series.

    Arma Reforger is the next game in the long-running military simulation series and will serve as an advance force for Arma 4, Bohemia Interactive have revealed during their ‘Future Of Arma’ stream today. Most of the information Bohemia had to relay was leaked over the weekend on Reddit, but it’s always good to get official confirmation of these things, amirite?

  • Photographing a street party in an Umurangi Generation screenshot.

    Photography game Umurangi Generation is now on Game Pass

    The Stylish apocalyptic snapshot won 2021's IGF Grand Prize

    The devastatingly stylish first-person photography game Umurangi Generation arrived on Game Pass today, so here's me to nudge you to try one of our favourite games of 2020 (and 2021's IGF Grand Prize winner). I can't think of many other games which have you photographing scenes of daily life and struggle amidst a Neon Genesis Evangelion-grade cataclysmic kaiju event. It looks and sounds fantastic, too, with cool Jet Set Radio vibes.

  • A fleet of battleships fires multiple lasers in Eve Online

    Feature: It's still tough to be a new Eve Online player in 2022

    CCP are making progress on tackling Eve's learning curve, but some players are taking matters into their own hands

    “In a way you could say that we’ve been failing at teaching Eve for 19 years,” says Bergur Finnbogason, the creative director of Eve Online. It’s not the whole story when it comes to new players in the infamous space MMO, but it is the dominant one.

    Among the many graphs that Finnbogason presented to the Eve faithful during his Fanfest keynote in Reykjavík this year, one was a colourful standout. It showed Eve Online’s learning curve as a comedy cliff face, so steep that it turned back on itself. Stickmen tumbled from its peak, while others were crucified or hanged from the curve’s mantel - killed by Eve’s notoriously cruel new player experience. It earned a laugh of grim recognition from the audience, all survivors of that terrible climb.

  • Stray Blade is an upcoming action RPG from Berlin-based developers Point Blank Games

    Stray Blade is an action RPG with serious Kingdoms Of Amalur energy

    Much hacking and slashing was shown today at 505 Games’ showcase

    Publisher 505 Games used their debut showcase stream to show off some more of Point Blank Games’ upcoming action RPG Stray Blade, along with Forbidden Studios’ supernatural first-person survival game Among The Trolls. Stray Blade was first touted on the Xbox stream at last year’s Gamescom but it’s been in development for several years at the Berlin-based developers. The game stars an anthropologist who’s been sucked through a magic portal and dumped in the ‘Valley of Acrea’ with a little scarf-wearing wolf called Boji for company.

  • Image for AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X gaming CPU is down to £185 in the UK

    Deals: AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X gaming CPU is down to £185 in the UK

    Nearly £100 below the 2021 price and a great deal.

    In many ways, AMD's Ryzen 5 5600X processor is the perfect gaming CPU, offering extremely good performance for games and content creation while consuming little heat, working with very inexpensive motherboards and coming with a free, perfectly capable CPU cooler. The CPU's only major drawback on launch was its price: £280. Now, the Ryzen 5 5600X is retailing for just £185 at Currys in the UK when you use the code FNDDGAMING, bringing a heretofore unseen level of performance to this price point.

  • Miasma Chronicles is the next tactical game from Mutant Year Zero developers The Bearded Ladies

    Mutant Year Zero devs are making a new tactical RPG called Miasma Chronicles

    The Bearded Ladies are back and they’re bringing Elvis with them

    505 Games' first showcase has revealed the next game from Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden developers The Bearded Ladies, and it’s another post-apocalyptic wasteland. We were only shown a very small CG snippet of during the presentation, but Miasma Chronicles is going to be a tactical adventure set in a near-future America that’s been done a nasty disservice by an evil titular miasma. Have a watch of the reveal trailer below.

  • rtx 3080 ti graphics card founders edition

    Deals: Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti Founders Edition is £1049 at Scan

    A rare listing at UK RRP for this high-end graphics card.

    The RTX 3080 Ti and RTX 3090 Ti are both available at their UK RRP right now at Scan, thanks to Nvidia Founders Edition models remaining in stock. This makes it a great time to pick up either model, as the Founders Edition cards perform excellently yet have much lower recommended retail prices than third-party models which can cost hundreds of pounds more.

  • A vampire stands in a spooky cemetery in V Rising.

    Look at V Rising's Steam store page and you'd wave it off in a heartbeat. Middling art sits atop a generic description that does its very best to not sell the game. "Hunt for blood in nearby settlements... conquer the land of the living." Alrighteyyy, then. Screenshots show what could be any other isometric RPG like Path Of Exile or something – anything.

    So, you dive in expecting an average time. One characterised by little more than two palms on the knees once you've closed it down, then a big stand and a wordless stretch. But no! V Rising is the opposite of average; it should be renamed V-ERY GOOD Rising. Forget the art, the description, the screenshots. Just give it a shot.

  • Zagreus poses before the hydra in Hades artwork,

    Feature: The joy of unending death in Hades

    If at first you don't succeed...

    I’ve always been terrible at games. Truly. Trying to join in with any online multiplayer game has been met with quotes such as, "What on earth are you doing?" and, "Wow, 84 deaths? Really?", to name but a few. This led to scenarios where it felt far easier for me to give up and try something new. But when the point of the game is to continue dying over and over again to up my knowledge, skill level, abilities and unlock new weapons and perks? There I have found a place for my unending death and incompetence in Supergiant's Hades.

  • Guerrilla Collective returns in 2022 with a new indie showcase on June 11th

    Guerrilla Collective’s indie games showcase is returning on June 11th

    The Wholesome Games stream will start immediately after, too

    Indie games celebration Guerrilla Collective have announced that their online summer indie games showcase will return for a third year on June 11th. It begins at 8am PST / 4pm BST, if you want to mark it down in your calendar. Wholesome Games have also confirmed they'll be broadcasting their Wholesome Direct stream straight after the close of Guerrilla Collective’s notE3 event at 9.30am PST / 5.30pm BST. That's at least two hours of non-stop indie games to look forward to.

  • Mediatonic's party royale Fall Guys is going free-to-play on June 21st 2022

    Mediatonic’s bean-themed party royale Fall Guys will go free-to-play on June 21st, the studio announced last night. However, this will also coincide with the game being delisted from Steam. From that point on, Fall Guys will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store, although it will still remain playable for existing owners on Steam without them having to move to Epic's launcher. The news came as part of Mediatonic’s announcement that Fall Guys is coming to Nintendo Switch and Xbox next month with full cross-play and cross-progression support, alongside its current homes on PC and PlayStation.