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Watch Dogs Legion’s version of London is surprisingly accurate

As was observed by some guy who used to work here (RPS in peace), it's really weird when bits of the UK turn up in games in an authentic way. Which is to say, in a way that isn't over-the-top Victoriana Steampunk. I say I say. Tea and crumpets. (Not that I don't like crumpets, or drink an amount of tea that means I get…

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The Empire Of Sin trailer makes quite a racket

The mob, for all their terrible, terrible crimes, are the perfect set-up for a tactical game. They have a structure, guns, and are in continual conflict with just about everyone, including themselves. Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a game that’s done the organisation justice (that’s for the police to do, aha!) from a top-down level, but with Empire Of Sin…

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Chill with Wasteland 3’s new, snow-caked trailer

It didn’t seem all that long ago that a new Wasteland game was nothing but a distant dream, but now we’re here at the third game in the series. InXile’s newest tactical RPG is set away from the dusty deserts of Arizona, and takes in you into the mountains, beckoned there by the Patriarch of Colorado. Here he is, being all portentous and grey, begging…

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Final Fantasy VIII Remastered arrives in September

For all the decades of ha-ha-hilarious jokes about a final Final Fantasy as the numbers kept climbing higher, we hadn't predicted that Square Enix would keep it going from the other end too with remakes and remasters aplenty. Up next is Final Fantasy VIII Remastered, a fancied-up version of the game which in 1999 was definitely the last in the RPG series for real ho…

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Synced: Off-Planet is Tencent’s new horde hoarding shooter

Synced: Off-Planet is the rather descriptive title of Tencent's new competitive shooter. You'll cower behind cover taking potshots at other players, but you'll also fight to control the destination of hordes of AI and bosses. It’s like being those schoolteachers you see in the streets, wearing high-vis jackets and fearfully trying to direct their pupils through traffic. There's some super shiny RTX footage hither.

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See San Francisco fall as Marvel’s Avengers assembles some footage

Marvel’s Avengers is a rare-earth neodymium snark magnet. It’s based on the most recognisable heroes on Earth, but starring what looks like their stunt-doubles. Though it meant Nate got to do this, it’s also made everyone a bit wary of what’s coming down our game tubes. I imagine that Crystal Dynamics felt the best way to get ahead of that is let everyone take an…

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Anno 1800 has a demo, but only for one week

Ubisoft have launched a week-long demo for Anno 1800, the latest in their city 'n' empire-building game. You've got until Monday to play a Victorian coloniser, wearing silly hats and ruthlessly exploiting resources and people for capital gain. And in the game. It is weird for a demo to be limited in both quantity and time, given how many week-long full-game trials we see these…

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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord rides into early access in March

One Gamescom tradition is that a lucky few get to play a new Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord preview build, then developers TaleWorlds lock up their medieval warfare sandbox fight-o-RPG for another year with nary a word of when the rest of us might get to play it. Well, Gamescom is here again, we have another appointment to play a preview build there, and... wait!…

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WD Black adds five new external storage drives, including 2TB SuperSpeed SSD

WD's Black range of gaming SSDs just got a little bit bigger today, as they've announced five new external storage devices that will sit alongside their flagship Black SN750 NVMe SSD. Four of them are traditional hard drive disks, or HDDs (more on those in a sec), but the one I'm most interested in is the WD Black P50, an external SSD that has, and…

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HP Omen’s ear-cooling gaming headset returns as the even more brilliantly named Mindframe Prime

By far one of the best hardware announcements to come out of last year's Gamescom was HP's ear-cooling Omen Mindframe headset. The name was just pure, unbridled brilliance, and its chilly, sweat-blasting thermoelectric ear cups were novel and worked surprisingly well in practice, even if its suspension-style headband didn't quite hold up comfort-wise once I got one in for review. Now, the Mindframe is back…

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Little Nightmares 2 explores new horrors next year

The doughy and wonderfully unpleasant horrors of Little Nightmares will return next year in a sequel, Bandai Namco announced today. Little Nightmares II will send us out into the wider world as another spooky wee kid, this time a lad with a paper bag on our head, and our yellow-coated pal from the first game is coming along. She'll be an AI-controlled friend keeping us…

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Comanche reborn as a multiplayer game with drones, somehow?

In their ongoing mission to capitalise on memories of PC gaming 1992-2006, THQ Nordic have announced a new Comanche game. The publishers say this is "based on" Novalogic's Comanche sim series from the 90s, though the only similarity seems to be having helicopters. THQ Nordic say this here new Comanche is a "modern, team-based online multiplayer helicopter shooter" where players will also fly wee drones…

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Kerbal Space Program 2 is coming with official multiplayer

A sequel is coming for silly-yet-serious space build-o-exploration sim Kerbal Space Program. Blasting off next year, Kerbal Space Program 2 will add fancy and far-flung features including interstellar travel, space colonies, and official multiplayer support. This announcement seemed sudden to me until I remembered that the first game officially left early access in 2015. Four years ago! Goodness me. Come watch the sequel's announcement trailer…

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Come watch Gamescom’s Opening Night Live stream here

Tomorrow sees the start of Gamescom 2019, the German public games show that's usually a little more low-key and less marketing-y than E3. We've sent some of the gang out there (including two of our most precious resource, Alices) to play and chat and report back, but a wee taster is coming tonight. Gamescom's organisers have drafted Geoff Keighley (the fella behind the ghastly Game…

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Spacebase Startopia resurrects the silly space station sim in 2020

Silly space station management sim Startopia will return next year with Spacebase Startopia, publishers Kalypso announced today. They call it "an all-new take on the 2001 cult classic" and hey, it was a cult classic. Our former Alec (RPS in peace) returned in 2013 to declare ye olde Startopia "exudes at least some of the timeless quality to be found in relative contemporaries such as…

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Gamescom 2019 schedule – stream times

Tonight's the night where the bulk of the Gamescom 2019 news will be happening. These streams, which we now have all the links for, will be showcasing many unannounced games and updates to ones we know about. The main show to watch will be Gamescom Opening Night Live, but there are also separate streams for both Google Stadia and Inside Xbox. We've put together a…

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Podcast: The Gamescom 2019 warm-up

 The German Play is happening next week, or Gamescom, as you may have heard it called by uninformed proles. The big games show will see a few of the RPS treehousers zipping off to Cologne to breach and clear the whole city of all its games, like a well-oiled unit of militant journalists. On this week’s podcast, they prepare themselves for the mission. Thumbs…

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