Photographs is a puzzler that’s actually 5 different games

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What’s better than a puzzle game with a compelling story? According to EightyEight studios, the answer is five puzzle games rolled into one game that tells five tragic interconnected stories. Photographs is an upcoming puzzler helmed by Luca Redwood, who’s previously delighted both John and myself with match 3/endless runner game You Must Build A Boat.

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Logitech G903 & Powerplay review: A wireless gaming mouse recharged by its own mat

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I’ve already reviewed the Logitech G603, which for me was the perfect, non-ridiculous wireless gaming mouse but for some facepalmy design that made it too uncomfortable to use without brutal modification. Today I’ve got its bigger, also wireless brother, the Logitech G903 to look at.

The G903 has similar but improved innards, a different, tweakable design, a fancier scrollwheel and buttons and, the headline feature, an extra-purchase mousemat that wirelessly recharges the mouse’s battery while you use the bally thing (i.e.: never worry about running out of charge while your mid-way through sticking a sword through something’s tummy ever again). WITCHCRAFT.

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Wolfenstein 2’s Gunslinger Joe DLC dives out

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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus has been out for nearly two months, which means it’s Wolfentime for the first proper episode of DLC. Episode 1 of The Freedom Chronicles launched overnight, and follows the exploits of Gunslinger Joe. He’s a former American football quarterback who’s mad at the Nazis for making him play proper football, which seems like a pretty tame origin story by Wolfenstein standards.

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Have you played… The Vanishing of Ethan Carter?

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Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

Watching walking simulators evolve from the waffling emptiness of Dear Esther into remarkable narrative adventures like Firewatch and What Remains of Edith Finch has been one of my favourite spectator sports as a games journalist. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is one of the better stepping stones on this long and winding road. It has players assume the role of psychic detective Paul Prospero, who arrives in the gorgeous Red Creek Valley on the trail of a missing boy. Read the rest of this entry »

RocketWerkz announce neo-noir open world game Living Dark

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I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in Living Dark, but I’m intrigued. It’s a neo-noir open world game announced on Tuesday by RocketWerkz, Dean Hall’s studio. While he’s been heading a team busy with Stationeers, which released on early access this week, a separate team has been working on Living Dark under wraps for the past year. At its heart is a relationship system “that drives the behaviour of every character in the city”, with a proceduarlly generated narrative that’ll be different for every player.

So far they’ve put out an ambitious list of features and three teaser trailers, with two more to follow this week.

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Steam update aims to make games run smoother the first time you play

The latest Steam client update introduces a feature aiming to stop the longer load times and framerate stuttering that can happen the first few times you load a game after installing it. It’ll do this by trying to download and pre-cache the game’s shaders, part of their technoguts which your own computer can need to compile when you first launch it. That compilation is what can cause the hold-up. This doesn’t affect every game and isn’t a huge problem but hey, anything that makes getting into a game smoother is welcome. You shouldn’t need to do anything to benefit from this.

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Dead in Vinland is a neat looking survive ’em up

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Dead in Vinland strikes me as The Banner Saga meets Darkest Dungeon. For a start, everyone looks utterly miserable. It’s a survival/management game with RPG elements where you play as a viking family, exiled and shipwrecked on an island. Is that island a peaceful place of bountiful splendour? Given the number of things you have to manage in order to keep your exiles from either dying or spiralling into a mental health crisis, I’d say not. There are people out to kill you, too.

It’ll be out in early 2018, and there’s a trailer below that shows off everything from camp management to RPG style choices to combat.

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And now it’s Star Citizen vs Crytek

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It wouldn’t be 2012-2018 (and who knows how much longer) without a Star Citizen controversy. Chris Robert’s mega-crowdfunded space-everything game has been subject to a great deal of scrutiny about what it’s spent its half-decade and its $173 million dollars on, but a brand new curveball is that his studios Cloud Imperium Games and Roberts Space Industries are being sued by Crysis and CryEngine makers Crytek.

Up until last year, Star Citizen was built using CryEngine, but now Crytek are arguing there’s been a breach of contract and copyright infringement. They’re after an injunction which, if successful, wouldn’t mean good things for that release date we’ve been holding out for.
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Has Gwent been improved by its updates?

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Update Night is a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they’ve been changed for better or worse.

I should’ve been out killing griffins, goblins, and other gribblies, but for much of my Witcher 3 save file, it was Gwent that had its claws in me. It says something about me, I guess, that I preferred to stay in the pub and play cards than go out into the dangerous world outside, but it’s clear that CD Projekt RED hit on something fairly special with its throwaway minigame. Read the rest of this entry »

Tom Clancy vs. Predator: Wildlands introduces movie monster

Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon Wildlands this week introduces the Predator to the sandbox stealth-o-shooter. Yes, Predator, like the movies about headhunting aliens. Players will get to fight a Predator in a special challenge as well collect and use Predator items. As odd as this may be, it does make Wildlands more interesting to me as I’ll take a monster mash over oh-so-serious imperialist fantasy any day. And the Predators and Ghosts do have a lot in common: they both enjoy sneaking around jungles, casually slaughtering anyone they consider beneath themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Interview: Jason Roberts on Gorogoa, brevity and unknowability

We’ve been following the development of mind-bending, reality-warping, picture-based puzzler Gorogoa for five years, since it was first revealed in 2012. It then went on to win an IGF Award in 2014, despite being unfinished. And now, finally, it’s here. And as our review says, it’s magnificent. We spoke to lone developer Jason Roberts about the long development, the process of what to leave out, and how unknowability was woven into the fabric of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Ubisoft are testing For Honour dedicated servers, and you can join them even if you don’t own the game

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Get ready to grab your great axe, long-sword or naginata and set some heads a-rolling, because Ubisoft are finally testing dedicated servers for their melee brawler For Honor. Everyone, including people who don’t own that game, can download the test client now then start helping them with that from 1pm GMT on Thursday, when you’ll be able to slash around in the usual multiplayer modes but on dedicated servers rather than wonky peer-to-peer ones. They’ll stay up until 1am on Monday the 18th.

If you do own the game and you’ve been getting annoyed at unstable servers, then I can see why you might not be interested in testing out some new, differently unstable test-phase servers. Maybe just sit back and hope that Ubisoft make the server infrastructure switch early on in 2018.

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The RPS Christmas gift guide 2017

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Left your Christmas shopping until the last minute again? Fear not! For we’ve compiled our very own RPS Christmas gift guide for such an occasion. Whether it’s small bits of hardware you’re after or a fancy bit of gaming merch to complement your best mate’s favourite game, you can find all this and more in our carefully curated list below.

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Chambara’s split-screen action sneaks onto PC

It’s notoriously difficult to surprise anyone when playing a first-person shooter in split-screen multiplayer, as they can simply peek at your portion of the screen, so how could a split-screen stealth FPS work? Released yesterday, Chambara attempts this using colours. Levels in the split-screen FPS are mostly stark black or white, see, and so are player characters – so you can hide in plain sight simply by being in front of scenery that’s the same colour as you. With shuriken and with sword, players try to find and murder each other. I quite enjoyed the early version I played a little in 2016, so I’m keen to see how it’s ended up. Read the rest of this entry »

Star Wars Battlefront 2’s free Last Jedi DLC marches out today

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Oh look, Star Wars has snuck up on me again. At midnight tonight, cinema goers that are enthusiastic enough to brave the crowds will get to ogle The Last Jedi, sci-fi’s premier space wizard opera. Cinema screens aren’t the only place you’ll find new Star Wars, though – EA are dropping a batch of free Star Wars Battlefront 2 content today, giving you the chance to get new Star Wars under your fingers as well as across from your eyeballs. That stuff gets everywhere.

The Last Jedi DLC brings a couple of new heroes, multiplayer maps and ships, though I’m most interested in the three new chapters for the singleplayer campaign.

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Have You Played… Aztez?

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Maybe you heard the story. An indie darling in 2012, eventually released into a changed world in 2017, commercial disaster and, at least, widespread coverage of said disaster after the fact.

I played Aztez; I gave it a few paragraphs in our weekly Unknown Pleasures round-up, genuinely unaware of how bright its light had once been and thinking of it as just another cool under-the-radar 2017 game. It was pretty good. Read the rest of this entry »

Okami HD splashes onto PC

The list of games I feel I’ve dearly missed by skipping most consoles isn’t long, and it grows shorter all the time as classics are ported to PC. The latest venerated console game to come our way is Okami, Clover Studio’s 2006 game about a sun goddess incarnated as a wolf to save the land from darkness with her magical ink brush, launched last night. Now named Okami HD, it’s not majorly rebuilt but it is a bit prettier and hey it’s on PC so good, great, wonderful.

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Digital deals so far this week

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We’re not only midway through the week, but also midway through December now, which means that the spectre of Christmas is looming ever closer. Sounds like a good time to check in with some of the very best deals on digital downloads, right? That’s just what I’ve got for you, conveniently enough.

Once more into the breach, my friends, for another mid-week digital deals roundup. Let’s get to it, shall we?

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