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Rockin’ action battler No Straight Roads launches in August

The RPS crew have been eagerly following music-based action battler No Straight Roads for a while now. Alice L (RPS in pieces) talked with Metronomik at EGX Rezzed last year and resident Final Fantasy liker Katharine has been chomping to find out more about what Final Fantasy XV's lead game designer would be doing next. You can get your hands on a playable demo right…

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Xenosis: Alien Infection’s demo still gives me the creeps

In a normal year, we'd all be sitting down to a string of E3 announcements this week, but alas, we'll have to settle for several months of not-E3 instead. Still, I'm sort of glad there aren't hundreds of new game slices to pore over this week, as part of my brain is still obsessing over all the demos I played last year, chief among which…

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The best steam festival demos: ACTION

I can't keep up, readers. A constant hoseworth of new games is one thing, but between mega bundles and a dozen streaming events, this month has become an avalanche of games. The Steam Game Festival has flung heaps of promising games in our direction. Frankly, far too many of them look good. My brain cannot parse this kind of volume.So. Let's stick with the action…

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Feature: Two thirds of these games are about dwarves or pharaohs.

The best Steam Festival demos: RTS and city builders

Since the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition has so many demos in it, we've all run off to harvest our own little crop to recommend, picking different genres as our guiding principle. As ever, though, the concept of "genre" has tripped me up like a rake in the dark, and left me flailing to define what connects the six games below. I guess, if there's…

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The best demos from the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition

Look, we thought there were only going to be a few dozen demos in the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition, and then they only did about a thousand of them. This seems unfair. No one can play all of those in a weekend! So we've taken the divide and conquer approach at RPS. In order to bring you, our valued readers, the best possible bang…

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Desperados 3 is out now, and it’s great

The rootin', tootin', squad-based tactical shooting that is Desperados 3 finally launched today, reviving the Commandos-esque noughties series created by Spellbound Entertainment. It's been placed in great hands: Minimi, the makers of Shadow Tactics, and our Desperados 3 review from Commandos devotee Tim Stone declares Desperados 3 "every bit as brilliant" as Shadow Tactics. So, that's good. It has a demo too.

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Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition starts today with demos and dev talks

Valve today will launch their Steam Game Festival, Summer Edition, a week-long virtual event helping helping fill the gap left by cancelled public games shows like EGX and PAX. The Stegafesumed will bring playable demos of upcoming games, including tastes of Inkle's Pendragon and the weird adventure Genesis Noir. The Steam Game Festival will start at 6pm today (10am Pacific) and run until 6pm on…

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Nuts demo lets you spy on squirrels and their secrets

Squirrels: they're hiding something. No matter how cute they look, they're keeping something from us and maybe it's more than just food. Perhaps you'll see some of their secrets in the new demo for Nuts, a game about surveilling the goings-on of squirrels. By day, carefully place your cameras. By night, sit back to watch where the blighters go. It's a first-person puzzle game of…

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TinyBuild unveil Hello Neighbor follow-up Hello Guest with a free alpha

Like the supernatural intruder it loves so much, stealthy successor Hello Guest snuck its way into this weekend's not-E3 proceedings. Taking Hello Neighbor's home invasion out of the suburbs and into the pine-sheltered alcoves of a haunted amusement park, TinyBuild opened the turnstiles to their stealth-horror follow-up with a free alpha beginning this weekend - no tickets required.

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Dimension-warping RPG Undungeon now has a free demo

Like a skeleton fired out of a dimensional rift, Undungeon's eldritch creatures have arrived on Steam. Well, one of them did. A free demo for Laughing Machines' hack n' slash n' loot 'em up launched with a new trailer during this not-E3 weekend, letting you roam the post-apocalyptic ruins of seven Earths as Void - a ghostly world-hopping "Herald" who never quite left their goth…

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Ultrakill’s demo offers a colourful Quake-like where blood is fuel

"Mankind is dead. Blood is fuel. Hell is full." What a lovely poem, which is used to describe Ultrakill, a fast-paced first-person shooter that's like Quake with more colourful levels and a lot of jumping. It's been kicking around for a while, but a new trailer and demo are available now.

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Play demos for Desperados 3 and System Shock right now via GOG

You, there, stop that. You've got new videogames to play. Good Old Games has just launched free demos for Desperados 3 and the System Shock remake, along with a handful of other upcoming games. I've already had a sneaky play of both tactical cowboys and cybernetic spaceship loners, so I can already tell you they're worth your time. Aren't I good.This is also another chance…

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Heavy Rain, Detroit: Become Human and Beyond: Two Souls coming to Steam in June

Quantic Dream's trio of old PlayStation exclusives are being plonked in front of a new set of PC players next month, as Heavy Rain, Detroit: Become Human and Beyond: Two Souls are arriving on Steam on June 18th. They first launched on PC last year via the Epic Games Store, and it's not long now before they're freed of their exclusivity shackles. So, which will…

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Try out 28 demos right now in the Digital Dragons Indie Celebration

As expected, another physical event has gone online this year. The Digital Dragons Indie Celebration is the next of the bunch, presenting demos playable through Steam and livestreams with developers to watch. The Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic is cramping our con attendance but the digital format encouraging events to give access to demos that normally would have only been playable in an exhibition hall a plane ride…

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That bizarre Fighting Fantasy FMV game now has a demo

Remember that weird FMV game Deathtrap Dungeon: The Interactive Video Adventure that came out a couple weeks ago? Well, it has a free demo now that you can play in your browser. Based on Ian Livingstone's Fighting Fantasy book, it has you play through a good old-fashioned RPG all narrated by Eddie Marsan. I recognise him from the film The World's End, but I think…

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Oh dear, Cannibal Cuisine looks like Overcooked but cannibals

Yell at yer friends in 1-4 player co-op while working under time pressure to serve up meals to an unforgiving god in Overc—er sorry, Cannibal Cuisine. It's certainly got a familiar vibe to it, so if you liked the frantic food prep of that other friendship-ender perhaps you'll like doing it with a new secret ingredient: tourists. Cannibal Cuisine is launching later this month but…

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Sizeable is a free collection of delightful puzzle-box dioramas

If the sun suddenly shrunk threefold, there'd be consequences. In the real world, that'd be total extinction through global freezing. But in Sizeable, it'd probably just open a new opportunity to solve a clockwork puzzle-box. The work of Belgian student Sander Ambroos, Sizeable's short demo offers four tiny worlds to poke and prod at, each with their own intricately-planned challenges to scale. Sorry.

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The Resident Evil Resistance beta is delayed on PC for an unknown time

Resident Evil 3's multiplayer horror mode was meant to have a free beta beginning today. Capcom say that "technical issues" have delayed the beta for PC and PS4 players but not Xbox One, interestingly. They've yet to give an update on when the beta will be available for PC players. Fortunately there's still the regular RE3 demo while we wait.

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Football Manager offers in-game advertising space to mental health charities

With real sports off for the time being, fans are turning to their virtual versions with everything from basketball teams simulating their games in NBA 2K20 to Formula 1 holding races in F1 2019. The footy's off too, so Football Manager 2020 has kindly been free to play in full for a week on Steam. Now developers Sports Interactive have extended that free trial by…

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