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Fallout 76: Postcards from West Virginia

Over the course of my six or so hours with it so far, Fallout 76 has revealed its certainly a game that's more fun for what you see and come across than for how you act and what you do. It's lucky that the world itself, a bruised edition of West Virginia, is beautiful, putting Bethesda’s previous post-apocalyptic sets to shame in both its overall…

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Feature: Graphics mods, new NPCs and massive overhauls

All the best Skyrim mods on PC

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is as much a platform for mods as it is an open-world RPG about dumb dragons and dumber Vikings. Over the last seven years, an inconceivable number of them have been crafted, and while plenty have fallen by the wayside, others have become essential mainstays in anyone’s mod library. With Skyrim Special Edition, things got a bit more complicated. Some…

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Fallout: New California is a massive prequel mod to Fallout: New Vegas and out now

Fallout 76 may be on the horizon, with Bethesda preemptively warning players of 'spectacular' bugs, but fans hungry for a more traditional, solo apocalypse are well served today. Fallout: New California might technically be a mod for Fallout: New Vegas, but it's closer to a whole new game. Set out in the New California Republic twenty years before The Courier got shot in the face,…

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Volcanic renovation abounds in Morrowind-to-Skyrim mod Skywind’s new trailer

Skywind - a grand mod project to rebuild Morrowind using Skyrim's slightly more contemporary tech - may be shooting for the moon, but those stars feel almost within reach thanks to its latest trailer, released yesterday. Taking us on an ominously (and professionally) narrated tour of House Dagoth's volcano-side properties, it's a testament to what a small team can achieve with the right tools, enough…

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Feature: War. What is it good for?

What really happened to B.J. Blazkowicz?

This article contains major spoilers for Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus (and Jacob’s Ladder). Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus was one of the critical darlings of last year. A first person shooter that moves at a blistering pace, in Wolfenstein 2 you step once more into the big stompy shoes of William Blazkowicz and mow down armies of Nazis. But Wolfenstein 2’s easiest-to-miss scene has…

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Massive Skyrim mod Enderal: The Shards of Order will re-launch on Steam

Enderal: The Shards Of Order by SureAI is arguably the most impressive thing to come from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim's massive mod scene. While it may use Skyrim's engine, it uses it to tell its own story in a new world, fully voiced and expertly produced.  If there was any mod worthy of a high-profile release on Steam alongside Skyrim itself, it'd be Enderal.…

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Arkane hint vaguely at the studio’s future, while Dishonored is “resting for now”

While none of their games have been the industry-shaking hits I would have loved them to be, Dishonored and Prey developers Arkane have put the immersive sim genre back on the map. At QuakeCon last week, agents for the ever-sneaky VG247 managed to pin down Ricardo Bare, lead designer at Arkane. Despite the studio being famously evasive ever since that whole Press Sneak Fuck incident,…

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Feature: New game+, story and survival modes

Prey’s new game modes are an odd bunch

Goodness me, I'd forgotten how brilliant the opening of Prey is. Bluffs and misdirects, some delivered on immediately, others saving surprises up for later, it's an ever-backward-pulling camera as your complex situation begins to dawn upon you. And thank goodness it is quite so good, because if you want to play Prey's New Game+, or it's Story Mode, you're going to have to go through…

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Feature: Lunarcy

Prey: Mooncrash offers a surprising amount to do in a deceptively small space

Prey: Mooncrash is a game of refinement. It's a piece of DLC that uses an economy of space by asking you to replay the same sprawling collection of areas repeatedly, with varying characters, varying skillsets, and an ever-changing threat to combat. It's a game that will make you play Prey differently than you have before, and you'll be grateful of it.

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New Vegas mod Fallout: New California due this October

While the recently announced Fallout 76 might be diverging from series standards, it looks like fans of traditional dialogue and roleplaying-heavy Fallout adventures won't be entirely left out this year. Originally announced in 2010 as Project Brazil, Fallout: New California is effectively a whole new Fallout game built on top of the New Vegas engine by modding crew Radian-Helix Media, and it's due for release on…

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Feature: An impressive MMO/singleplayer RPG balancing act

The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset review

I've spent the past few days in a sadly cider-free Summerset, the High Elven setting of The Elder Scrolls Online's latest expansion pack. Like the Morrowind DLC before it, Summerset functions as both a big, fat barrel of new things to do/kill/collect for established players and a clean entry-point for newcomers. I'm somewhere in the middle of that, as someone who stopped by for a…

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Wolfenstein 2 isn’t getting multiplayer because it would ‘dilute’ the storytelling, says Machine Games

With us living in the age of ‘games as service’, there’s been a bit of hand-wringing about the death of single-player games. Of course, there are still plenty of single-player games in development, and in the case of Machine Games’ Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, the studio say they've made a concerted effort to not let anything detract from that solo experience.

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Here are Wolfenstein 2’s system requirements

Popular nazi-killer B.J. Blazkowicz will be back to his old shooty-shooty ways this Friday with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Today publisher Bethesda have taken a break from their piggy-backing marketing long enough to post the PC system requirements along with details of uncapped framerates and aspect ratios. Here they are.

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The Evil Within 2 is even spookier in first-person mode

I liked the original The Evil Within, but I can't deny that it was flawed, so I was very pleasantly surprised when the sequel was well received among horror fans. Our own Spookologist Olivia White called it an "extremely fitting follow-up", and it seems that the PC version of the game might have one gruesome last trick up its sleeve. While monkeying around with the…

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Feature: Listen now or be ignored

Podcast: Middle-earth: Shadow of War, The Evil Within 2 and our nemeses

Who's your worst nemesis? This week the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, is talking about our most reviled enemies, against whom we hold deep, lasting grudges. Matt harbours a lasting bitterness for Silencer, the magic-cancelling war jerk of Dota 2. Adam is fuelled by a dark hatred for the final boss of Ancient Domains of Mystery, a giant '@' symbol called Andor Drakon. And…

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Feature: Final snail in the coffin

The weirdest thing about The Evil Within is that pooping snail

You probably know what to expect when you load up a game called The Evil Within [official site]. There will be a bunch of logos before you get to the menu and at least one of them will involve barbed wire, splattered blood and sinister fonts. The logo for the first game turned some of the letters of the title into a nail that was…

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Feature: Plus: brief impressions of Doom VFR

Bethesda’s Hines on VR: “It’s something all of our studios are looking at and talking about”

A couple of weeks back - when I also went hands-on with both Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and The Evil Within 2 - I goggled up and gave the upcoming VR version of 2016's Doom a spin, as well as bearing witness to other folks' flailing and giggling in Skyrim VR and Fallout VR. Bethesda's triptych of 3D ultravision spin-offs are due before the…

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Feature: Footage from and thoughts about The New Order sequel

Cool coats, comedy copulation and cyber-cats – Wolfenstein: The New Colossus wants to do everything

In the surprisingly, refreshingly excellent 2014 shooter reboot-o-sequel Wolfenstein: The New Order, it was the eyes that captivated me. The sad, aged eyes of BJ Blazkowicz, a war-weary he-man forced to take up arms yet again - tirelessly heroic, sure, but those windows to his haunted soul revealed his longing for an end to all this suffering. I could not look away from those eyes,…

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Feature: A mini horror adventure through every door

How The Evil Within 2 tries to be an open world b-movie

Let me qualify that title statement, for fear it merely conjures images of a game in which you're supposed to be endlessly surprised to find more zombies lurking behind the next hedgerow. A good (or, indeed, bad) b-movie is not someone sprinting aimlessly around and being constantly jumped by monsters, but rather it's scene-by-scene situational. What fresh horror awaits in the basement, what tricksy traps…

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