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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice explains the tools of the ninja trade in new trailer

Some days, I lament that FromSoftware -- once known for Otogi and Armored Core -- are now (near) exclusively the Soulsborne studio. Then I watch today's near-launch 'overview' trailer for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and suddenly don't feel so sad, because it looks fab. It's a more agile and aggressive game than even Bloodborne or the similarly Sengoku-era styled Nioh, blending the familiar high tension…

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines accidentally gave me a power fantasy

Vampire: The Masquerade -- Bloodlines has been written about a lot on this site (far more than one would expect from a game with both a colon and a hyphen in the title, which should be made a crime). It’s a clunky, unfinished mess of an action RPG that runs better today than it did on release in 2005 only by the grace of a…

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World Of Warcraft Classic to space ‘new’ content out more

Blizzard have stretched out their plans for World Of Warcraft Classic, now intending to roll out new raids and dungeons and other content updates for the vintage version of their MMORPG over six phases instead of four. They want it to better reflect the pace of original content updates, where additions slowly prepared players for the next to come rather than loads blasting out at…

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Overwatch’s Baptiste is now chucking immortality fields around the PTR

Caring not for the sanctity of a normal news cycle, Blizzard released Baptiste on the Overwatch test servers a few hours after announcing him. He's a combat medic who, we know now, has an ability that renders him and nearby teammates immune to damage. Like, all types of damage. People are running around in the death-zones underneath cliffs. They're jumping about in traffic. It's carnage.…

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Overwatch is off to gay Paris in latest map, now live

The Overwatch gang are off on their hols to Paris in the newest map, added last night. Now everyone's just scrapping for funsies, the 'watch' part of their name is more about sightseeing than surveilling and their global tour has now reached the City of Lights. The map's been on the test servers for three weeks, and now it's in the main client for all…

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice release date, trailers, PC system requirements

We're just a little over a month away from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's release date and we now know the system requirements. As the next chapter since FromSoftware officially closed the doors on the Dark Souls series, it's got a lot to live up to. So here's everything we know so far on Sekiro, from trailers and pre-order bonuses, to snippets from what others have seen…

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Black Ops 4 Blackout will let you respawn – if your squad isn’t crap

Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 will let you respawn in Blackout--providing at least one member of your squad is halfway decent, or lucky--in a new limited time mode that's joining the battle royale later today. 'Down But Not Out' is set to go live at 6pm GMT and will be squads-only. The new mode will allow players to respawn with each Collapse, as long…

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Drop into Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout with free trial week

If you're plum tuckered out from Plunkbat and find Fortnite too Plunklite but still want to battle in a royale way, you might fancy a crack at Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout. Activision today launched a week-long free trial of Cod Blops 4's battle royale mode and only that. Everyone is invited to try what all the kids are calling Blopout from today…

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What if Overwatch but cats is the best animated short yet

I hope the rest of the internet is paying attention, because Blizzard just showed how to use cats as a force for good. They've commissioned an animated Overwatch short from Dillon Gu that ties in with "Ana's Bastet Challenge", a cosmetic-grabbing event about how Ana used to fight crime dressed as a cat. I'm going to stop typing now so you can see it sooner.

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Bungie split with Activision to self-publish Destiny

After a little over eight years, Bungie are to split from publisher Activision and take the Destiny series of online shooters with them. Bungie say that this includes transferring full publishing rights back to themselves. Whether this means anything for players purchasing and launching the game via Battle.net is yet unknown, but they state in their announcement that "Bungie and Activision are both committed to…

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Destiny 2’s final Black Armory Forge opened early after puzzle stumped players

After what was meant to be an exciting community challenge to solve a puzzle and unlock a new part of Destiny 2 turned into a frustrating grind, Bungie caved and unlocked it last night. All players with the MMO-y FPS's Forsaken expansion and its further season pass can now make weapons in Bergusia Forge, which also brings quests for new toys. The puzzle of Niobe…

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Overwatch’s new unlockable Ana outfit is cool for cats

Winning nine rounds of Overwatch over the next fortnight will net you a neat-o cat costume for snipermum Ana, thanks to challenge Blizzard have launched. The 'Bastet' skin leans into her Ancient Egyptian mythology flair, and it's a good'un. While much focus around the out-of-game short story which inspired this, also named Bastet, has been on the fact that growly shootman Soldier76 mopes over his…

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Destiny 2’s fourth Black Armory Forge has… not opened for business

The rediscovery and reignition of Destiny 2's fourth and final Black Armory Forge, the climax of the current season of paid content, has stalled because the puzzle to unlock it has players stumped. Bergusia Forge will let players craft new weapons but it'll only be opened once players--any players--solve a long and complex puzzle sequence involving ciphers, runes, invisible ink, translating French quotes, and a…

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Have You Played… Arcanum: Of Steamworks And Magick Obscura?

When a game spells magick with a K, you know it means business. Arcanum was one of my early isometric RPG experiences, and I still boot it up every so often to have a poke around in it. It’s a world where a kind of industrial revolution is in conflict with the old magical ways; magic and machines are opposed to each other, like magnets.…

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The RPS hivemind presents: The most anticipated games of 2019

Wow 2019 is a thing, huh? How are we all doing? Relieved? Bowling a hangover and a nagging sense of trepidation? Maybe you work in retail and, surprise! You were supposed to be at work half an hour ago. Time loses all meaning post-New Year break, doesn't it? You're just sort of adrift in a sea of empty Quality Street wrappers. That's okay. We're all…

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Rich McCormick’s 5 best games of 2018

I realise, at the end of 2018, that I’ve spent much of the year digging back over games released in 2017 and earlier. That’s in part because I’ve been subject to the demands of evil overlord Graham, but also because I’ve been trapped in the gravity well of monster timesinks like Destiny 2 and Divinity 2. When I did reach escape velocity, I cherished my…

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Overwatch, Destiny 2 and Heroes Of The Storm

They must have been shipping eggnog, mistletoe, tinsel and other festive goodies to the Blizzard store in bulk, as they're kicking off seasonal events in multiple games today. Team FPS Overwatch and crossover MOBA Heroes Of The Storm are getting especially daft for the season, while Bungie are playing it a little more straight in shoot n' looter Destiny 2. Not that they haven't found…

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Battle Edition cuts the price but drops zombie co-op

It was surprising enough that Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 axed any kind of singleplayer campaign, but Treyarch have gone and cut the co-op Zombies mode, too, albeit optionally. The new cut-price Battle Edition of the game contains all the PvP modes (including Blackout, the popular, twitchy battle royale mode), and is available for £27 with plans to increase the price in January. It…

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