Once a year we arrive at your door with a question: will you fill in the RPS Readership Survey, please? It’ll only take ten minutes of your time and it helps us out a bunch. Read the rest of this entry »
RPS Feature What's in the box?
There was a time when I’d have been absolutely gutted if I hadn’t found at least a couple of games underneath the Christmas tree, but now that my entire collection is digital, I’m more likely to find a gift in my inbox or Steam account than under any trees. This is good – it prepares me for a future without either gifts or trees.
I miss unwrapping boxes with games in them though so allow me to live vicariously through you. What did your PC get for Christmas? Not just games, but peripherals, VR goggles, new hardware…whatever you got, share your haul with us all. Since I can’t participate this year, having received nowt but booze and vouchers, below you’ll find my favourite PC-related Christmas gifts of yesteryear.
RPS Feature Holiday gaming
Having spent a LONG time yesterday explaining to Alice why jamming a Santa hat on a character does NOT an acceptable Christmas update make, I’ve decided to ask YOU:
Which games are doing holiday updates well this year? Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve played a million beginnings and around a thousand endings, or at least that’s how it feels. Imagine having seen the first act of Romeo and Juliet a hundred times but never having seen how it ends. That’s my experience with all manner of games, from big story-driven RPGs to some of my favourite strategy epics. I’ve founded so many starter cities that have never birthed a civilization and met so many characters whose fate I don’t know. And this isn’t a case of starting a game and then abandoning it; these are the games that I play again and again, sinking days and weeks into them, restarting but never finishing.
Diablo III is the latest.
RPS Feature X+Y
Most people, if they get talking about their dream game, describe it in terms of other games they already like. As in: it’d be X crossed with Y but IN SPACE!. So I’m asking you, not for your dream game, but specifically which two games you’d cross-breed in order to create an odd new child? Read the rest of this entry »
RPS Feature Was it worth it?
RPS Feature Do you fear hundred hour epics?
The Witcher 3 [official site] is the longest game I’ve played for years, or at least the longest game that I’ve actually come close to completing. There was a time when I’d be thrilled to hear about a new fifty or sixty hour epic adventure, very much subscribing to the policy “the more the better”, but now I’m more likely to flinch away from the screen when a game’s sprawl is revealed.
I’ve realised that my aversion to enormous games has been growing for a while, but the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2 brought it into sharp focus. Do I really want yet another massive open world game? I’m not sure that I do.
RPS Feature I can think of a few
I used to record a podcast, at the end of which we’d take questions submitted by listeners. Somewhere early on we were asked the question, “What game does everyone else seem to like, that you wanted and tried to like, but bounced off?” We then spent the next two years ignoring the question as it was submitted again and again, by people who presumably did not know we’d already answered it.
If it’s a popular question to ask, maybe you’ve all got answers. So I’m asking: what game does everyone else seem to like, that you wanted and tried to like, but bounced off?
I used to read games sites each June and dream of going to E3, excited by the prospect of seeing and playing games before they were out. Now I’m old and excited by the prospect of going to bed. Times have changed in other ways, too: there’s now a big, European games show which is open to the public and at which you can see and play games before they’re out.
Gamescom happens each year in Cologne and takes place next week, August 18th-21st. We’ll be sending a crack team (Adam), but I was curious: are any of you planning on going as a member of the public?
We’re not even at the halfway point and 2016 is already one of the best years for PC gaming that I can remember. XCOM 2 and Darkest Dungeon already seem like distant memories, and this month alone we’ve had Kathy Rain, Stellaris, DOOM, Salt and Sanctuary, Overwatch and Total War: Warhammer. Today there’s another Hitman episode incoming and after the joy of Sapienza, I can’t wait to get stuck into Marrakesh. I’ve been starved of games for half of the month thanks to holidays and press trips so I’ve undoubtedly missed some splendid releases, so I put it to you, dear readers: what was May’s best game?
Reading through the new Ask Riot thingummy where Riot employees will address common League of Legends [official site] questions, the very first question looks at the practice of smurfing. This is not the process of dying yourself blue and donning a Phrygian cap as some sort of pre-game ritual (although I now have a new feature idea – GRAHAM!).
It seems that everyone in the world has a cold or flu at the moment. Not me! I’m on a week-long break between colds and flu just now, so am fit enough to ask you, what do you play when sickly? What’s your gaming Lemsip? And what, Horace forbid, do you do when you’re too ill to sit at your PC? Do you have sofa access to the big black box? HOW DO YOU COPE?
RPS Feature RPS Asks: What is a microtransaction?
What defines a microtransaction? How micro is “micro”, and does the name refer to the size of those payments, the location you make them from, or the nature of the goods you’re buying? That’s the quandary raised by Ubisoft. A community manager tweeted that “There will be no microtransactions, and definitely no P2W” in their new online shooter, The Division. This was simply repeating an answer given in interviews back in January, but the catch is that the game will have DLC, and that DLC will include “vanity items”, which are the kind of thing normally sold via microtransactions.
So RPS asks you: what is a microtransaction?
I did spend a chunk of this morning gloating about how I was smashing Adam’s Devil Daggers times but, by and large, competitiveness is rare for me now. As I settle into my thirties, my days of jostling for frags are behind me, and I haven’t been passive-aggressive to Dota teamies in yonks. TELL THEM, PIP. Anyway. According to a recent report, this is common, and older folks seek competition in games less than younguns. It’s a flimsy report but a nice-conversation starter: how’s your competitiveness faring as you grow older?
There’s more of you than there’s ever been before, which means there’s probably a lot we don’t know about you. We have all sorts of questions. For example: how are you? Where did you get those dapper shoes? And would you be willing to take this reader survey in order to help us improve the website?
A rumour is going round, based on anonymous 4chan posts supposedly by an Ubisoft employee, that we’ll not see a new main Assassin’s Creed game in 2016, but it’ll return in 2017 with a complete overhaul set in Ancient Egypt. Not the most reliable of sources, that, and probably not a rumour to put money on. However, now we’re all back at work and loitering around water coolers with idle hands and malevolent intent, let’s gasbag and tell other people how to do their jobs. We ask: how would you revitalise the open-world parkouring murder simulator series?
Being bad at something doesn’t always mean it’s not enjoyable. And that’s never more the case than when there’s not an opponent to let down or feel crushed by. In the solitary land of single-player video games, it’s very possible to be absolutely dreadful at a game and yet adore playing it. Perhaps it’s even possible in multiplayer gaming too?
For me, the best example is Teleglitch. I’m not even going to tell you how embarrassingly far I’ve gotten into that game, but I’ve played it so much. But what is it for you?
RPS Feature Early impressions.
The first Steam Controllers and Steam Links are being delivered to those who pre-ordered. I received mine on Friday and spent a few moments this weekend playing with them. We’re not yet ready to offer reviews of either, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a nice chat about it. Do you have a Link or a Controller? If so, what do you think?
Describe in single words only the good things that come into your mind about… pre-ordering video games. If you were overcome by sadness, don’t worry: that’s common.
Sadness is the primary emotion expressed on social media about pre-ordering games, according to one of Adobe’s marketing data arms. Their report is all very wishy-washy, but it can still start an interesting conversation: why do pre-orders make people sad, and why do we still do it?