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Feature: Dinner and a Movie of the Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms’ battle tactics are old hat, but its espionage has promise

“Spearmen before archers,” I mutter to myself, as the Gamescom build for Creative Assembly's Total War: Three Kingdoms spins up. “Spearmen before archers.” In 20 years of playing Total War games set everywhere and when, from feudal Japan to medieval Europe, that magic mantra has never steered me wrong: it's the equivalent of “i before e except in c”, or “always hit the treasure chest…

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Feature: Radically normal

Gallery: Everyday life on the streets of Yakuza 0

The Yakuza series is known for all things bizarre and unapologetically weird. Quests in Yakuza 0 range from training a timid dominatrix to let out her inner S&M Queen in front of a group of children, to helping a woman solve a crossword puzzle so she can find a proposal hidden inside by her boyfriend. However, alongside a sense of the strange and unexpected, there…

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Take a peek at Total War: Three Kingdoms’s campaign map through the eyes of Sun Jian

While most of what I know about ancient Chinese history comes from the Dynasty Warriors games, that's a pretty good foundation to start with, judging by Total War: Three Kingdoms's new trailer below. We get to take a whirlwind tour of its impressively pretty campaign map, courtesy of warlord Sun Jian. If nothing else, it's very pretty, and it being rendered in-engine gives us a…

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Yakuza 0 relaunches crash-fixing patch

Sega have relaunched the first patch for Yakuza 0, aiming to fix several crashes in their delightful dad simulator, after its initial launch last week went a bit wonky. 'Patch 1', as it's snappily titled, first hit last Monday but Sega reverted it within hours after discovering it caused several unintended new bugs. After a week of fixing and testing, here it is again, come…

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Total War: Rome 2 gets prettied up, expanded and sprouts some family trees today

It's a big day for fans of sticking broom-heads on top of helmets, as Total War: Rome 2 is experiencing a burst of wild growth that will undoubtedly lead to public unrest and peasant revolts. Launching today is the Rise Of The Republic expansion, set during the messy conflicts of 399BCE and set across a detailed map of Italy. Alongside that is the Ancestral update,…

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Valkyria Chronicles 4 demo not planned for PC

Today you might hear pals buzzing about playing a new demo for Valkyria Chronicles 4, the next game in the Sega turn-based tactical RPG series that's kinda set in a fantasy-tinged World War II. You might fancy having a crack yourself, considering the first one was grand when it finally came to PC in 2014. You might be bummed to hear that nah, the demo…

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We remember Manager Man, the mascot of Football Manager

After over a decade of leading Football Manager, watching from the sideline and becoming increasingly animated on the box art, series mascot Manager Man has been fired. Just as his dramatic poses (from the nostrils down) seemed to confirm his leadership was finally steering the series right, becoming cheers and fist-pumps over the past few years, he's out the door. It's scandalous. Publishers Sega have…

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Football Manager 2019 firing Manager Man in November

Another year in the Football Manager series means another set of tweaks and revisions to the well-established formula, as we'll see in the newly-announced launch of Football Manager 2019 (and its streamlined sibling Football Manager Touch 2019) on November 2nd. Expect the addition of Germany's DFL Bundesliga and the shock firing of the series mascot, Manager Man. This mysterious sportsdad, also known as Ian Football…

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Rough times in Kamurocho as Yakuza 0 rolls back its initial patch

While I've been lucky enough to have had a problem-free time with Japanese street-crime adventure Yakuza 0 on PC, I admit that I'm not too far into the game. There have been reports of some nasty crash bugs lurking around Kamurocho, and Sega have been trying to figure out how to banish them. Unfortunately the time-tested Yakuza approach of 'punching things until they apologise' doesn't seem to…

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Endless Space 2 and Endless Legend’s endless Endless expansions are out now

It's a busy day for 4X fans. Announced just last week, new expansions have launched today for both space-empire builder Endless Space 2 and its more gravity-bound cousin Endless Legend. They're both excellent games (Endless Legend was RPS's Game Of The Year of 2014) that have only gotten better over time due to constant expansion & patching. Now seems a good time to give them…

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Yakuza 0 crash reports trickle in, possible workarounds suggested

If you've been bashing faces and fathering full-grown men in Yakuza 0 but had the game wonk out at certain points, take solace: it's not just you. While Sega's brawl-o-RPG does seem in sound shape for many after yesterday's launch, a few problems are coming to light. The biggest problem recognised so far is the game outright crashing at launch for some. And I myself…

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Yakuza 0 out now, finally bringing the series to PC

Sega's fab brawl-o-RPG series Yakuza today finally makes its official debut on PC, after over a decade exclusive to PlayStations, with the launch of Yakuza 0. It's the story of two soon-to-be-legendary gangsters in 1988's Tokyo and Osaka, who talk in serious tones and have mastered the art of whipping off their shirt and jacket in one movement when it's time to rumble. Also they're…

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Feature: Yakety yak, Heat attack.

Yakuza 0 review

Many games are defined by the amassing of wealth but few take such an unseemly, predatory relish in the idea as Yakuza 0. The first of Sega's Japanese crime epics to appear on PC, it's an orgy of late 80s materialism in which you don't merely earn cash by defeating opponents but punch it out of their bodies - banknotes blasting from collars and shirt…

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Total War: Rome 2’s Rise Of The Republic expansion takes us back to 399 BC

Creative Assembly today announced Total War: Rome 2's next expansion - Rise Of The Republic. A prequel campaign set 127 years before Rome 2's campaign, it promises a more focused game of grand ambition as nine playable factions set their eyes on a detailed, zoomed-in map of Italy. In the real world this era of conflict led to the Second Founding of Rome, but with…

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Feature: 21 years older, 21 years wiser?

Video: Two Point Hospital isn’t just Theme Hospital 2

After three hours with Two Point Hospital I see similarities with Jurassic World Evolution. Okay, Frontier’s game sees you putting more people in hospital than getting them out the door, but it’s a similarly welcoming management game. You can read that as simplified and slow (as Fraser did in his Jurassic World review), but as an abysmal multitasker I appreciated a campaign that drip-fed ideas…

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Sonic Mania’s Encore DLC spin-dashes onto stores today

Sonic Mania brought back Sega's blue hedgehog in style, fully deserving of applause. Now it's delivering an encore performance as DLC today. Part of the new Sonic Mania Plus re-release, the Encore DLC lets us existing owners ride again. It features two new playable characters but the real main event is the titular Encore Mode. A remixed, re-lit and harder second trip through the game with some new…

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Music-themed JRPG Shining Resonance Refrain out now

It might have been over ten years since anything was officially localised, but it's nice to see Shining Resonance Refrain released today on PC, bringing us a very belated return (of sorts) to Sega's old Shining series of JRPGs. While Shining Resonance first launched back in 2014 as one of the PlayStation 3's later games in Japan, Sega have decided to bless all current platforms…

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Sonic Mania Plus dev diary teases the new Encore mode

Sonic Mania was a joy - a true return to form for Sega's spiky blue mascot. It's due to get even better later this month. Sonic Mania Plus, is a re-release (available as a $5 upgrade for existing owners) adding two new playable characters from the little-known SegaSonic The Hedgehog arcade game, plus some new content. In the first of a series of developer diaries, we get…

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Shenmue I & II brawling onto PC in August

In all my excitement over Yakuza finally coming to PC, I'd forgotten that its precursor series, Shenmue, was still to come. Sega today announced that Shenmue I & II, a touched-up collection of their vintage brawl-o-RPG-a-lifesim Dreamcast games, will launch on PC on August 21st. Finally, I might understand why everyone is tittering while looking for sailors. For now, I shall content myself with this…

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Feature: On the horizon: zero yawns

Video: The most exciting PC games still to come in 2018

Has it really been six months? 2018 is passing in a blur of frozen architects, drug-pushing prophets and accordion duets. Hell, six months ago the RPS Video Department was but a glint in Graham’s eye. You may also recall a gathering of the most exciting games of 2018, a rundown of the year as it looked back in January. With E3 done there’s a clearer…

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