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Posts tagged “E3 2018”

Feature: Get the firearms out

The cramped horror of GTFO hopes to bond people

The monsters are sleeping. They stand around in dark corners, obscured by a thick dust that hangs in the air. Our squad creeps through the doorway, crouching and tense and heavily armed. Then: a single gunshot. The monsters are awake. They scream, they run at us, they flail and strike with fleshy, twisted limbs, and call out for more of their brothers (sisters?) who come…

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Sing it! BioWare show Anthem’s E3 demo to us all

BioWare took a hunk of Anthem to E3 in June in a gameplay demo, then only showed it behind closed doors to press. But now summer is here, they've flung open the doors to get a breeze going and oh ho! The fools! Now we can walk right in and see that demo for ourselves! No longer must we read our Brendan's impressions of the…

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Feature: Hands on

The Division 2 is a sunny but familiar run ‘n’ gun

It seems like more of the same. To say this of Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 might make you fire your rifle into the air and shout “yeehaw” but it’s more likely to make you shrug. ‘Ubisoft sequel marginally different from previous game’ is not exactly a surprising headline, I’ll admit, but it’s all I’ve got based on the 15 minutes of footwork and firefights…

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Feature: Twister twister

Just Cause 4 wants you to kick up a storm

Just Cause has been described as Far Cry’s brash, dumb and lovable cousin. At least, that’s how John described it when he blew up all those statues in his Just Cause 3 review. Judging by what I saw at E3, the next outing isn’t so much “leaning in” to that reputation as it is diving into it headfirst with a grenade launcher in both hands.…

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Feature: Guanxi good thing

What Total War: Three Kingdoms is learning from its Warhammer cousins (and Crusader Kings II)

They’re climbing the walls. Hundreds of tiny warriors are using grappling hooks to scale the stone barriers of a Chinese settlement, as I look down on the battlefield from my perch at E3. I bite my lip and pretend to know what I’m doing. Yes, swordsmen, through the breach. Spear dudes, down the middle. Grappling hook men, up you go. Only stinky Romans use anything…

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Feature: E3's hidden gems

Video: The shark RPG and other hidden gems of E3 2018

Now that the festival of bellowing that is E3 2018 has come to an end, we begin the arduous process of making sense of it all. This means sifting through mountains of press releases and trailers to find all the curious games that lurked outside the spotlight glare of the larger publishers. And we find such treats as Maneater (Jaws RPG where you play as…

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Feature: Listen to our natter

Podcast: The best and worst of E3 2018

The festival of dumb explosions known as E3 is over, but that won’t stop us. The RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, goes deep into the show, picking out our favourite games, the oddest moments, and best rats (spoiler: it was the one crushed by a shelf in the Resident Evil 2 trailer). We’re also introducing two new voices this week. Who are these strange…

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Feature: Not so far out after all

Outer Wilds is getting ready to land (and still plays great)

My spaceship has taken off. This ought to be cause for celebration, a moment that engenders cheers from mission control. Except there's a problem: I’m not in the cockpit. I’d been looking at the ship’s log in the back and considering my next journey when suddenly the whole ship just rose up. “Oh no,” I say, as the sensation of free fall kicks in. “No…

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Feature: You won't get away with this, Snowmancer!

Captain Spirit looks heroic, but sometimes tragic too

Oh look, this Life is Strange spin-off is due out next week as a freebie. The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a two-hour pretend-em-up in which you play Chris, an imaginative kid who fancies himself a superhero on the weekends, and isn’t afraid to take on evil beings like the powerful Snowmancer (a snowman) and nasty beasts such as the dreaded Water Eater (the…

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Cyberpunk 2077 PC specs revealed for its incredi-E3 2018 demo

I didn't even go to E3 last week, but the sound of the games media's collective jaws dropping over CD Projekt Red's astounding Cyberpunk 2077 demo traveled so far across the globe that it was almost like I was in the room there with them - especially after reading Brendan's exhaustive preview on the subject, his interview with lead cinematic animator Maciej Pietras and Dave's in-depth Cyberpunk 2077 guide on everything we know so…

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Quake Champions extends its free giveaway to June 25th

It's been heartening to see Quake Champions doing so well. After the likes of LawBreakers failed to draw the crowds even during free beta events, was there even room in the market for an old-school arena shooter? Apparently so, as when Bethesda announced at E3 that the game was going free-to-play early (for a limited time), the servers filled up fast, and stayed full. They…

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Platform roguelike Noita’s pixel sorcery still impresses

I've always loved the concept of completely physics-driven worlds in games, but so few have gotten it right. While others have tried and failed, I've got high hopes for upcoming platformy roguelike Noita, especially after its appearance at E3's PC Gaming Show. Within, an exciting little trailer showing off enormously detailed environmental destruction, pixel-on-pixel violence, some impressive lighting effects and all silky smooth to boot,…

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Feature: The best of show

The best games of E3 2018, from cyberpunks to twisters

During this year’s E3, I saw the largest screen I’d ever witnessed, folded around the corner of a building like a giant piece of glowing paper. It told me to buy Nike. LA is already the neon futuretown of California, never mind Night City. But I didn’t just see ads for shoes at the LA convention centre, I saw a lot of games too. From…

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Feature: Blinded by the light

Dying Light 2 is making the sun your new best friend

A room full of mannequins is rarely a safe place in videogames, but in Dying Light 2 it looks especially unnerving. Welcome to a zombie nest, where dozens of shamblers sleep during the day, huddling together in the shade of an abandoned clothes shop. They sleep upright, like decomposing commuters nodding off in a packed tube carriage. The best thing to do when you enter…

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Team Sonic Racing breaks the sound barrier in trailer

Mr. Sonic the Small Blue Animal Guy With Good Rings is back into the racing circuit. It's certainly one of the lesser beloved game franchises, and I can't help but think that's because it would be ridiculous for a character whose super-power is being super-fast to trade that power for driving cars that are equally fast to all of his competitors. It just doesn't make…

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Strange Brigade dev playthrough shows off spooky puzzles

There were perhaps too many games at E3 2018 for any one person to have caught them all. That's why we're still trying to cover videos and reveals a week later. I accidentally typed "a year later" because that's how it feels. I'm fine; we're all fine here. One of the sleeper hits of the show on my end was Strange Brigade. I always super-dig…

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Hello Neighbor gets asymmetrical multiplayer sequel Secret Neighbor

Hello Neighbor was one of my favorite games of 2017, mostly because it tortured its audience with bizarre visual lore and then wrecked beta players and reviewers alike with its surprise use of act structure to include three different games in one. I also got to chat with the devs about how you make such a terrifying A.I. to hunt players, and all the errors…

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Neo Cab’s E3 trailer shows off new game systems

What happens to the gig economy once capitalism destroys us all? Well, that's what Neo Cab sets out to answer. You play as one of the last Uber drivers is a shiny dystopia where you've got to keep your feelings from exploding while you engage in a quest to save someone close to you. Managing the emotional needs of your passengers along the way, and…

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HitRecord’s claim that it’s community collaboration, not spec work for Beyond Good & Evil 2 rings hollow

There's a dark cloud looming over Ubisoft's Beyond Good and Evil 2, and I'm not just talking about the one in the stunning E3 trailer. Alongside a lot of good things at the E3 showing of the game was a section on how Joseph Gordon-Levitt's HitRecord was going to be handling the inclusion of community-created art and assets for the game. While creators will be paid…

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