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Feature: The sun rises

The best Japanese games to play on PC

After spending much of this decade catching up with the rest of the world, the Japanese games industry is truly back, and PC gamers have been reaping the rewards of this renaissance. It’s taken time for Japanese developers and publishers to get on board, especially with consoles and smartphones remaining the dominant gaming platforms in their native country. But as classic console franchises finally make…

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The moratorium on Nier: Automata spoilers is over

After 525 days of holding my tongue on Nier: Automata, of cautiously asking "So... what ending did you get?" and giving vague "I like Pascal too" answers so as not to spoil any surprises while wanting to tear my heart out, I'm calling an end to this: the moratorium on spoilers is over. I've avoided talking about Nier: Automata so much that I actually forgot…

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Platinum continue their PC streak with Babylon’s Fall

It looks like a scene straight out of Dark Souls; a battered knight lays hunched over as a towering blue armoured figure prepares to finish them off. Then the fallen knight sprouts magical tentacles from their back, tears off their opponent's sword-arm with them and uses it to bisect them, which is a bit less Dark Souls. Announced during Square Enix's E3 showcase, Babylon's Fall…

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Feature: Listen to our demands

Podcast: What we want from PC gaming in 2018

BAM. A sound captures your headphones and holds you hostage. It's the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. We've been lying in wait for the past three weeks, consolidating our strength and preparing to kidnap you by the ear canals. "Listen up, 2018!" we shout out from atop this metaphor. "We have a list of demands and we're not releasing this poor listener until you've…

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A lesson on the rules of nature from Metal Gear Rising

Following yesterday's Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance post, we have received a number of letters wishing to know more about the "rules of nature" that I--and so many others--shout about any time someone mentions the game. What are these rules? Must we all follow them? Seeing as 2018 is the year of Revengeance, it's only sensible to brush up. Here are the RULES OF NATURE!

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Have You Played… Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. The dawning of a year means a little more of what was once the near-future is now the present. While most games set in 2018 squandered this just-out-of-reach year by simply speculating that sports teams might have slightly different lineups--a shameful lack of vision from PES…

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PlatinumGames planning to self-publish a new game of their own

PlatinumGames, the makers of such wonderful games as Bayonetta and Nier: Automata, are looking into making and self-publishing games of their own. While they're not announcing any specific games just yet, Platinum say they invited all staff to pitch ideas and have whittled 70-odd submitted design documents down to two ideas they're focusing on. Yes, their own games are likely to offer the action you'd…

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Vanquish patch fixes framerate damage bug

A weird bug in Platinum's bumsliding shooter Vanquish [official site], which made players take more damage if their game ran at a higher framerate, is now fixed. As some handy GIFs demonstrated on Friday, players running Vanquish at 60 frames per second would get hurt more than those at 30fps. Porting house Little Stone Software and publishers Sega acknowledged the issue on Sunday, released a…

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Odd Vanquish bug ties incoming damage to frame rate

If you're currently bum-sliding your way through newly-ported shooter Vanquish [official site] on a high-end rig then you might be finding it tougher than you expected. Don't worry, your reflexes haven't slowed overnight – the PC version is actually harder than the designers intended it to be. An eagle-eyed NeoGaf user called .:Wesker:. seems to have has spotted a bug in the port that ties the amount of damage you…

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Feature: Seven years too late, or just in time?

Vanquish review

It's my first time with the high-speed bumslides and endless robo-armies of Bayonetta and Nier: Automata dev Platinum's third-person shooter Vanquish [official site], newly released on PC a full seven years after its console versions. I like to think that this means I see it with clear eyes, unclouded either by nostalgia or a predisposition to root for an underappreciated underdog. Of course, it may…

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Platinum’s Vanquish rocketslides onto PC

Hold onto your butts! If you don't, they'll fall off as you rocketslide around a spacecity kicking robots in Vanquish [official site]. Almost seven years after its console debut, the third-person shooter from Bayonetta and Nier: Automata devs PlatinumGames has finally arrived on PC. It is a good video game. Did I not mention that you can rocketslide and kick robots? Our Alec is bumsliding…

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Nier: Automata white screen bug fixed for AMD cards

Nier: Automata [official site] is a wonderful action-RPG plagued, for some, by technical issues. Random crashes, blurry visuals and low frame rates are just a few of the problems players have faced, but those with AMD cards have had it worst. It's been virtually unplayable for some because of a bug turning the screen white, which is pretty inexcusable. AMD have finally got round to…

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Platinum’s Vanquish powersliding to PC May 25th

Vanquish [official site], the superfast and supersilly third-person shooter from PlatinumGames, will finally come to PC on May 25th, Sega have announced. Platinum are best known for hack 'n' slashing in games including Bayonetta (which finally hit PC in April) and Nier: Automata, and Vanquish is an interesting game for carrying some similar ideas. Vanquish can be played like any cover-based shooter but that seems…

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Nier: Automata’s arena DLC 3C3C1D119440927 released

Nier: Automata [official site] is so wonderful and complete in itself that I might be happy to skip DLC and not even play again for a fair while. I'll return later, absolutely, but for now I might pass on the DLC released today. 3C3C1D119440927 is its name, and adding arena battles and costumes is its game. Given that this is Nier: Automata, I suspect it…

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Teensy Bayonetta update hints at Vanquish on PC

Because video games can't ever state good news plainly, Sega are pulling a prank which seems like it's meant to resemble a teaser campaign for a PC release of Platinum's underappreciated 2010 shooter Vanquish. The recent (and overdue) PC release of Bayonetta today received a wee update adding only a picture of Vanquish's protagonist to an 'extras' folder. That's it. A PC release has seemed…

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Nier DLC will let you fight CEOs of Platinum and Squeenix

DLC adding coliseum battles might sound somewhat unimaginative for a game as endlessly surprising and heartbreaking as Nier: Automata [official site] but that's what is coming. Oh, wait, and it'll let those lovable warteens fight the CEOs of Square Enix and PlatinumGames. That's more like it! The action-RPG's first DLC, titled '3C3C1D119440927', is coming "soon" with coliseum scraps and rewards including cosmetic doodads like costumes…

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Hurrah, Bayonetta has finally arrived on PC

Bayonetta [Steam page] just arrived on PC and though she's late to the party, in some ways the timing couldn't be more perfect. The game's creators, PlatinumGames, are amazing when at their best, but have released a few disappointing duffers over the years. Bayonetta is not a duffer and might be my favourite of their games. This belated PC release comes hot on the heels…

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Nier: Automata mod offers fixes while devs investigate problems

Platinum's Nier: Automata [official site] is a cracking game, our Adam will tell you, and from the 16 hours I've played I'd certainly agree. Sadly, technical problems are dragging it down for some -- not all, to be clear -- players. Issues include fullscreen mode upscaling wonkily, crashes, and unexpectedly poor performance. The Automata team have now issued a statement saying they're investigating reports. But…

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Feature: More than meets the eye

Nier Automata review

Nier: Automata [official site] is unpredictable, from beginning to end(s). What begins as a robot-smashing action game with gargantuan bosses soon becomes an open world RPG, then a bullet hell circus nightmare with confetti and corpses, and then something else entirely. To describe all of the things that Automata encompasses, even in vague terms, would be to spoil its greatest asset: surprise. For that reason,…

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Hack! Slash! Mooseride! Nier: Automata released on PC

Once I finish this post, I'm done for the day and can go play Nier: Automata [official site]. And as luck would have it, this post is about the release of Automata. The new hack 'n' slash bullet hell open-world action-RPG... thing from Square Enix and PlatinumGames launched on PC today, following its PlayStation 4 debut earlier this month. Adam is currently bashing away to…

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