Fans still polishing up GTA 3, Vice City & San Andreas

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I have enormous respect (and a fair amount of adoration) for the people who make unofficial patches for ageing games. With each generation of hardware and each new operating system, we lose a few more games, and these dedicated folks are working hard to keep that number as low as possible.

One of these long-running update projects is SilentPatch, a combination patch for Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City and San Andreas, three games that share an engine. It updated again just yesterday, and while the change-log isn’t especially huge, some of the tweaks made are quite interesting.

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Video: 10 State of Decay 2 tips to stay alive

With these tips, you too could be using a giant zombie as a climbing frame.

If the zombies don’t get you in State of Decay 2, then the boastful barista will. Sure, he brews a mean cup of joe, but his self-confidence is beginning to grate and the community’s morale is sinking. This might be the first survival game to be derailed by a braggart with coffee breath. As such it can feel like the world is conspiring against you, so what better time to watch a video of tips and tricks to help even the odds. Not to boast myself (RPS has a high morale community), but it’ll make your life easier.

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WD Black 3D NVMe SSD review: Bringing the fight to the Samsung 970 Evo (sort of)

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When Western Digital announced their brand-new Black 3D NVMe SSD at the beginning of April, it looked like it might finally bring some much needed competition to the all-powerful Samsung 960 Evo and potentially cause a late-game upset in our Best SSD for gaming rankings.

With superior claimed sequential write speeds, equal sequential read speeds, a more generous endurance rating on the 250GB model and so-close-you-can-feel-them-breathing-down-your-neck pricing, the WD Black NVMe SSD (2018) looked like a mighty fine prospect for anyone contemplating an upgrade to their SSD setup. And in some respects, it very much is a mighty fine prospect. Then Samsung went and gazumped them with the release of their 970 Evo and, well, completely tipped it down on WD’s parade.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset is out, definitely isn’t set in the West Country

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You lot already knew there was a place in Tamriel called Summerset, didn’t you? I didn’t. I’m finding out now with the release of The Elder Scrolls Online‘s latest expansion, and the idea of encountering “shining cities, vibrant forests, tropical lagoons, coral caves, mysterious ruins and more” in a certain British county is amusing me an unduly amount.

I don’t know about most of that, but Wookey Hole is pretty nice.

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Go fully freelance with this BattleTech map unlock mod

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Stompy-bot management sim BattleTech may not technically have native mod support, but developers Harebrained Schemes aren’t so proud as to keep all their data under lock and key. Realising that folks would want to poke around inside the guts of their latest game, they left much of its file structure open and human-editable.

One of the nicer little mods to come from this is Unlock Full Map After Obtaining The Argo, which is a very boring name but does just what it says on the tin. Ideal for the mercenary captain that would rather leave the main story behind and go freelance for a while.

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The 50 best FPS on PC

The best shooters endure. While the state of the art moves on in other genres and leaves old designs in the dust, it’s as fun to fire a well-made shotgun from an early 90s FPS as from one released today. For that reason, this list runs the gamut from genre classics to those released in the last year. There’s bound to be something for you inside.

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Battlefield V wants you to shut up, or touch its mouth?

With the glitz and glamour of Eurovision fading into memory, it’s almost time for That Other E Event, the Electronic Entertainment Expo. E3’s marketing blitz seems to begin earlier each year, and I’ve a sneaking suspicion I’m already in it but haven’t fully realised yet, and now here come Electronic Arts teasing the formal announcement of Battlefield V. Coming ahead of a big livestreamed event on Wednesday, the wee teaser video shows a steampunk gesturing for us to shut up. Or maybe inviting us to put our fingers in his mouth? I’m not quite sure. At the very least, it lends credence to rumours that developers Dice are taking the series back to World War 2 with this year’s game. Read the rest of this entry »

Steam Charts: Flipping Great Edition

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A pleasingly fresh collection of games dominating the top ten Steam moneymakers this week, along with the shock absence of Counter-Strike: GO! No shocks at the #1 spot, but a couple of surprising appearances in the top 5. Read the rest of this entry »

Heartbreak High looks like the break-up simulator for me

I’m glad you’re all enjoying those there ‘dating simulators’ but what about those of us who are such trainwrecks that we’ve ploughed a romantic bulldozer through enough hearts and left enough wreckage in our shameful wake to realise it’d be immoral if we didn’t swear off dating? Thankfully, a game is now here for us. Heartbreak High: A Break-Up Simulator is an anti-dating game, a game where we’re already adored by everyone and dating our whole class, and now we’re going to break up with every last one of them. This, I can do. Coach, put me in. Read the rest of this entry »

Jazztronauts ram-raids Garry’s Mod to steal trash

A fascinating new mod for the Source engine sandbox Garry’s Mod will send players ram-raiding through player-created maps swiped off the Steam Workshop to steal everything that isn’t nailed down, stripping them of everything from antlions to light fittings. That’s the big idea of Jazztronauts, which looks both incredibly clever and stupid as hell. On one hand, it’s deconstructing the illusions of level design. On the other, you do smash into levels inside a giant bus, get to see your haul of trash rain down from a gameshow-y prize tube, and will be able to date cats. An excellent combination. Here, come watch this. Read the rest of this entry »

Tencent grab majority stake in Path Of Exile devs

Changes are afoot at Path Of Exile developers Grinding Gear Games, as Chinese publishers Tencent have bought a controlling stake in the Kiwi studio. Grinding Gear say that Tencent will help them grow and improve their action-RPG, with multiple expansions currently in the pipeline, and insist that the free-to-play game won’t become ‘pay-to-win’.

“We will remain an independent company and there won’t be any big changes to how we operate,” they say. Hmm! Path Of Exile is a corker, going from strength to strength across updates, so it’ll be interesting to see how this develops. Read the rest of this entry »

Nvidia Turing: GTX 1180 Founders Edition set for July release date, plus everything we know so far

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With graphics card prices finally on the way down, all eyes are now very much focused on Nvidia’s next generation of GeForce GTX graphics cards, which as far as we know are currently going by the codename ‘Turing’. Set to replace Nvidia’s current range of GTX 10-series cards, like the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 and many other cards that populate our best graphics card rankings, this new 11-series (or maybe even 20-series, depending on who you believe) of Turing cards will presumably continue along similar naming conventions as before with monikers like the GTX 1180 or GTX 2070.

However, while anyone can guess that Nvidia’s Turing cards be released sometime in the not too distant future, there’s still a lot about them that’s shrouded in mystery, such as their price, actual physical release date and their specs. To help separate rough fact from clearly obvious fiction, here’s a handy guide on everything we know so far about Nvidia’s Turing graphics cards that I’ll be updating with more info as and when it comes – such as the recent news that the Founders Edition of the GTX 1180 might be set to arrive as early as July. Read the rest of this entry »

In the heat of the night: see Overwatch’s Petra

The news that Overwatch‘s birthday event will tomorrow add a new deathmatch map named ‘Petra’ might not have meant much to you, but if you don’t know the name you’ll surely recognise the landmark. Watch the new trailer below and you’ll be instantly struck by the realisation that: oh my god, Petra is that Jordanian valley city made world-famous in the late 80s by The Sisters Of Mercy’s Dominion video. And now Overwatch is off there! Very exciting. Time to wash (and iron!) your white linen suits in preparation for the festivities. Read the rest of this entry »

Overlordy: Turn 10

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Things are really hotting up in this year’s communal Combat Mission clash. During the weekend, the British stopped probing and began pushing. When the clock froze yesterday, our Pak 38 AT gun had a Cromwell’s rump in its sights, the Hetzer was disentangling itself from a dispiriting duel with a Churchill, and our off-map mortar battery was doing its best to break up a worrying enemy infantry concentration in the centre of the map.

(Overlordy is an open-to-all game of Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord in which German forces are orchestrated by commenters while British units are computer controlled. For a scenario outline and summaries of earlier turns, click here) Read the rest of this entry »

Rainbow Six Siege does all the big reveals for Para Bellum

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During today’s Terrorism Shooty Championship, Ubisoft revealed the entirety of the new Rainbow Six Siege Para Bellum– the Italian season for the online surprise-em-up. The new operation adds balancing changes, a secondary gadget, and some map buff alterations. But the two new operators and the Villa map are the most exciting parts. Well– that and the promise that entire maps are about to get rebuilt from the ground up.

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Aye Fair Lady is a free musical adventure from Yorkshire Gubbins dev

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I get angry. I get angry for a number of reasons, but a few times a year I get angry because video games aren’t as funny as I wish they were. Especially the games that are really Trying Hard to be funny. So, when I encounter a genuinely funny title, it makes me happy to recommend it. Obviously, there’s not a formula that always works. Well, except for the formula of “accents plus robots” because that works every. single. time. So Aye Fair Lady works for me. It checks both aforementioned boxes.

It’s Mandatory Singing Day. And Steggy forgot to leave town. There’s only one thing to do: Put a stop it this tyranny forever. If you’ve played the game Yorkshire Gubbins before, you know what you’re getting into here. If you haven’t played Yorkshire Gubbins — go get correct, son.

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What the hell is Steam doing with VNs right now?

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Okay. Here’s… here’s the thing. I’ve learned more about visual novels in the last 24 hours than I’ve known in the last 33 years of my life. Most of what I’ve learned is that VNs are doing a lot of cool things, and some other VNs? Those VNs are doing dangerous things. And the one universal rule of video game distribution is still in effect: Valve has no gosh danged idea what they’re doing. Yesterday, there was a series of emails from Valve issuing warnings to several developers and publishers, threatening to remove their games from Steam unless they are edited to remove ‘pornographic content’. Today, those same devs and pubs are getting emails saying “Just kidding. But also… MAYBE NOT.”

Valve. The hell? Is Gabe spinning some gigantic wheel in the office right now? We just randomizing policy? OH LOOK, it landed on Surprise Steam Sale!

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Quake Champions adds battle bots and more specific gore

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Quake Champions is a delightful return to the origins of the arena shooter, and although the title is in Early Access at this point, there’s still a ton of DLC and other add-on content you can buy. That’s fun, right? I always find paid content in an unreleased game odd. Anyhow, there’s a lot to be actually excited about here, as the game is getting huge updates. That includes the community’s biggest request: Bots. Hell yes bots. With scalable skill levels, you can now learn to play that game on your own, or hone your expert skills, or just get some kills without having to both with the whole, you know, Other People thing.

Also: gore is coming. Not just blood and guts: really specifically engineered blood and guts. This is a game about science, after all. (Don’t… don’t double check that. Just let it sit.)

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Order changing for Framed collection changes the order

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I found a solution! There’s a problem. I wish I could re-arrange my thoughts to get there. A cow smiles at you. Move the solution tile to this spot. There, you did it. Now you’ve started to play Framed, or at the very least, Framed has started to play you. For those of you who haven’t taken the dive before, Framed and Framed 2 are coming to PC as a cool bundle, alongside some bonus soundtracks and bonus… I found a solution! See, it can happen at any time. Framed is unpredictable like that.

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The Sunday Papers

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Sundays are for chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool. With writing about video games.

For Eurogamer, Philip Boyes wrote about how ideas surrounding civilisation have shaped gaming. It’s not the first time I’ve seen the argument that games reflect our Western-centric ideas about how society progresses, but it’s a good argument that I’ll share most times I get the opportunity to. Also, I really really really want to play a game set in the world of the Culture or the Hainish Cycle. Read the rest of this entry »