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The Monday Matinee: Highlights from the RPS video department

In case you live under a mossy rock, or aren't subscribed to Rock Paper Shotgun on YouTube (if not, why not?), I've got you covered. It's the weekly round-up of everything that happened last week on our channel. We do have our very own video corner on the site, so be sure to check back to that throughout the week to see what we're up…

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Frozen Synapse 2 review

Frozen Synapse 2’s campaign puts you in charge of a security force in a sprawling, cyberpunk metropolis where a rogue AI threatens the safety of the populace. It also lets you choose your character’s name, honorific, and organisation. So, naturally, it was time for Grand Moff Godzilla Johnson to lead the CyberBois to victory. This is, of course, the sequel to 2011's Frozen Synapse. Through…

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City-scale cyberstrategy game Frozen Synapse 2 launches and executes next week

Maybe there's something to all these tactics games. They're sneaky - you blink, and you're flanked with nowhere to hide. Today's second surprise announcement in the genre is that Frozen Synapse 2 launches next week on Thursday, September 13th. Jack me in. Frozen Synapse 2 is a vastly more ambitious beast than its purely tactical predecessor. Developer Mode 7 have taken the tense turn-based combat of…

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Shock! Horror! Frozen Synapse 2 delayed into 2018

If you've set up a second advent calendar for the release of Frozen Synapse 2, knowing that the turn-based tactical squad shooter's release window of "2017" means we can only be days away from its launch, ah, I'm sorry to bring bad news. While a delay has seemed clear as the year ticked down, developers Mode 7 have now made that official. Frozen Synapse 2…

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Tokyo 42 only somewhat reluctantly fixes its biggest flaw

Hey-o. Very pretty isometric assassination game Tokyo 42 has just put out an update that aims to resolve one of the more common complaints about it - that its rather rigid camera was one of the main causes of death and/or frustration. Things'll be different from hereon out. Publishers Mode 7, of Frozen Synapse fame, have also explained exactly why, seven months on, they've kowtowed…

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Tokyo 42 releases new DLC and a free charming English village

I've been calling Tokyo 42's new DLC "Smace-shi's Castles" in my head for the past 20 minutes now, so it's stuck that way forever now. I don't know what the name could possibly be referencing. The DLC adds 90 new missions, new weapons and more to the isometric shooter, and there's also a new free multiplayer map "inspired by a village in the Stratford-upon-Avon district…

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Mode 7 to publish planetary settling sim The Colonists

Robots should be either adorable or terrifying. That's my view and I'm sticking with it. Sure, it's probably more important that they're angular and efficient when they're building cars, or that they're a bit more suited to their work than this poor fella, but the little bots in The Colonists [official site] look like they'll combine adorable automation and industrial efficiency. Frozen Synapse folks Mode…

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Tokyo 42 review

Tokyo 42 [official site] is a game of games. It comes across as having the pure and earnest intention to hybridise everything that has been most beloved in games from the last half-decade (and a couple from decades earlier), and then adds in cats and samurai swords for good measure. Inevitably, it doesn't all work, but moments of half-madcap, half-measured brilliance glimmer through a patina…

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Tokyo 42’s futuristic sneak-o-action coming May 31st

The stylish sneak-o-action of Tokyo 42 [official site] will arrive on May 31st, publishers Mode 7 announced today. Made by the duo SMAC Games, Tokyo 42 sees a futureperson framed for murder then try to clear their name through missions across beautiful futuristic city rooftops. It's a looker all right, and meant to offer a fair bit of variance in how you play -- Mode…

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Flame on: Frozen Synapse 2’s tactical weaponry

Frozen Synapse 2 [official site] continues to be one of the more exciting games on the horizon, which is a relief given that I'm quoted saying almost exactly that in the latest trailer. It's the AI factions and simulated city that acts as a backdrop to the tactical action that I'm most excited about, but the good ol' tactical combat of the original game is…

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We Spoke To Developers About Steam User Reviews

Recent changes to Steam reviews, which filter out reviews from keys that weren't purchased directly through Valve's digital store, have caused all sorts of worry and concern. The intent is to remove false positives in the form of reviews exchanged for keys and the like, but legitimate reviews are also affected. Games that were Kickstarted no longer have their backers' assessment contributing toward the rating…

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Bright Lights And Bullets: Tokyo 42

Tokyo 42 [official site] was the prettiest game of March 30th, 2016, when the announcement trailer arrived and made every other game feel just a little bit drab. Talk of social stealth, crowd simulation and isometric action made me extremely happy and the word 'Syndicate' spilled out of my face and fingertips almost immediately. Publishers Mode 7, they of the Frozen Synapse, have now released…

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Apocalyptic Incursions: Frozen Synapse 2 Dev Video

Frozen Synapse 2 [official site] is the game I'm most looking forward to this year. Yes, there's the not insignificant matter of Civ VI out there on the horizon, but there's something about the combination of Laser Squad and X-COM Apocalypse that really gets me hot and bothered. In case the Apocalypse connection weren't already explicit enough - the simulated faction-filled city as backdrop to…

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From Alpha Centauri To Apocalypse: The Design And Inspirations Behind Frozen Synapse 2

Frozen Synapse 2 [official site] is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting games I've ever seen. I've spent a long time considering how best to put my thoughts about it into words, having met with Paul Kilduff-Taylor, composer of lovely electronica and co-founder of Mode 7 Games, to see how development was progressing. The simple fact is, it ticks so many boxes in…

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Syndicate-Like Tokyo 42 Is Today’s Prettiest Game

The award for 'most beautiful game that came out of nowhere' goes to Tokyo 42 [official site]. Mode 7, creators of Frozen Synapse and its ultra-exciting upcoming sequel, will be publishing the game and have just released a trailer. Think Syndicate with a dash of Hotline Miami and a dollop of Big Hero 6's fantastically colourful cityscape. It's an isometric shooter with stealth and open…

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Frozen Synapse 2 Reveals Gorgeous Procedural Cities

We learned that Frozen Synapse 2 [official site] was in development last month and now we know what it is. Yes, it's a tactical combat game, featuring customised squads controlled using a simultaneous turn-based system. But what about this open-world malarkey that was promised? It looks like the gorgeous offspring of Syndicate Wars and Introversion's cancelled Subversion, which was set to feature procedurally generated cities…

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Open World Tactics: Frozen Synapse 2 Announced

What a time to be alive. Not a moon pie in sight but 2016 is already looking like a fantastic smorgasbord of tactical treats. It's early February and yet we've already seen XCOM 2 and Darkest Dungeon. Now, to make my turn-based existence even more exciting, Mode 7 have announced a full-blown sequel to the supremely entertaining Frozen Synapse . Rather than going with Endzones…

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Statto 5000: Frozen Cortex Free Management Update Is Live

There are two sides to every sport - sweat-soaked athletes and stat-soaked nerds. Frozen Cortex [official site] may have replaced the glistening muscle with lubricated machines, but the principle is the same. Out on the field, the players use their skills and training to follow the orders of a tactical technician. The initial release lacked the kind of statistical backdrop that a good manager can…

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Frozen Cortex Update Adds Draft, Injuries And AI Simming

A sports game without a proper management and season-by-season structure is like X-COM without its Geoscape or Total War as a series of historical battles, without a strategic map. That's why Frozen Cortex [official site] hasn't been stealing my evenings, despite the quality of the tense, tactical in-match action. Mode 7 have just announced a major singleplayer update, however, and it sounds like exactly what's…

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Frozen Cortex review

Frozen Cortex [official site], formerly Frozen Endzone, is a futuristic American Football analogue where surprisingly graceful robots take the place of fleshy, armour-clad men. It's evocative of Speedball and Blood Bowl, but it's really Frozen Synapse wrapped in the theme of competitive team sports. The result's a purely strategic and tactical game, entirely absent RNG, with players taking their turns simultaneously. I'm quite bad at…

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