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Smash! Bash! Cash! THQ Nordic buy Carmageddon

In their ongoing mission to own PC gaming 1992-2006, publishers THQ Nordic are now buying the intellectual property rights to Carmageddon. Like when they bought Alone In The Dark earlier this year, THQ Nordic (who even bought the "THQ" half of their name) say part of their ownership will, naturally, involve thinking about maybe making "sequels and new content". Which they've gone on to do…

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Darksiders 3 rides into stores today

I never thought I'd see another Darksiders released after the implosion of THQ, but Darksiders 3 is out now and developed by Gunfire Games. The latest in the overblown post-apocalyptic action adventure series is apparently an odd beast. Folk can't seem to decide if it's rubbish or great, and our Alec Meer reckons in his review that it's both, thanks to its own confused identity. Sometimes…

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Feature: Two (dark)sides of the same coin

Darksiders III review

"Practice and penance!" snarls Susan Dark Souls, slamming a gnarled first into the table. Kevin Diablo rolls his bleary eyes and leans back in his chair. "Nah, man, just like, have a good time all the time." Susan and Kevin are both dear friends of mine, but boy, oh boy do they not get on. Darksiders III often plays like a valiant attempt to create…

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Sunset Overdrive grinds onto PC today minus multiplayer

Sunset Overdrive, Insomniac's silly semi-open-world platform shooter has arrived on PC after a long stint as an Xbox One exclusive. It's bright, loud, dumb and the PC version launches at budget price, including all the previously-expensive DLC. There's just one horrible mutant fly in the ointment: Our version is single-player only, and misses out on the excellent eight-player Chaos Squad multiplayer mode. Still a good…

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THQ Nordic buy the studios behind Wreckfest and Goat Simulator

THQ Nordic have gobbled up yet more studios, today announcing they've bought Bugbear Entertainment and Coffee Stain Studios. Bugbear are the smash-happy Finnish studio behind racing games including Wreckfest and the first three FlatOuts, while Coffee Stain made FPS tower defence series Sanctum and wack 'em up Goat Simulator as well as publishing games including Deep Rock Galatic. It sounds like they broadly plan to…

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Sunset Overdrive bounces onto PC this week according to Amazon

Take Ratchet And Clank, duct-tape it to Jet Set Radio, sprinkle with swearing and gore and you've got Sunset Overdrive. According to Amazon's store listing, Insomniac's platform shooter lands this Friday on PC. Originally one of the Xbox One's big exclusives, recent signs have indicated a PC launch, but I wasn't expecting it quite so soon. According to Amazon, it's published by THQ Nordic, includes…

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Darksiders 3’s post-launch DLC includes an arena mode and Serpent Holes

Some time after Gunfire's apocalyptic hack n' slasher Darksiders 3 launches next month, whip-cracking heroine Fury gets to poke around some Serpent Holes. Nothing to do with Brendan's horny lizard-folk, but rather one of two planned bits of DLC for the game included in the Deluxe Edition's price. The first DLC - The Crucible - has Fury return to the survival arena from Darksiders 2, while…

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Jagged Alliance: Rage delayed only one day before launch

"So it turns out Jagged Alliance: Rage is not-terrible," our Alec declared in his cheery way after playing the latest revival of the venerated real-time tactical combat series. It was surprising, seeing as many other attempts have ended up bleh, but even more surprising is that it was due to launch barely six weeks after being announced. Well, that part at least was too good…

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Feature: Lights, camera, rock, paper, shotgun!

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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THQ Nordic buy Alone In The Dark and Act Of War series, might consider sequels

Continuing to hoover up every neglected video game series that's remembered half-fondly, THQ Nordic today announced they're buying the rights to horror series Alone In The Dark and Eugen's real-time strategy 'em up Act Of War. These two had been owned by The Creature Wearing The Skin Of Atari - who largely seem poor carers for old series, while The Creature Wearing The Skin Of…

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Kingdoms Of Amalur’s escape from limbo with THQ Nordic may require EA’s blessing

The cruel legal realities of this world threaten once more to crush John's gentle heart. Despite reports last week that THQ Nordic had snapped up the intellectual property rights to his much-loved Kingdoms Of Amalur from defunct developers 38 Studios, those wanting to play a re-launch shouldn't hold their breath. Any remaster or re-release of Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning will likely need authorisation from EA,…

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Jagged Alliance: Rage comes sneaking out of the jungle in three weeks

Jagged Alliance: Rage - a modern sequel to a turn-based tactics classic - will launch on September 27th according to publisher THQ Nordic. This comes as some surprise, as it feels like it was just a couple weeks ago that the game was announced at all. Because it was. While I do have my reservations (I'm a huge fan of Jagged Alliance 2 and its still-active…

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THQ Nordic’s Steam sale makes pun-laden remasters extra cheap

It's hard not to feel that publisher THQ Nordic and RPS share a mutual love of terrible puns. Case in point: Their sale this weekend on Steam, running from now until Monday, August 27th. While most of their catalogue is discounted, the best deals are to be found in remasters with terrible pun titles. Darksiders Warmastered Edition, Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition and the recent Red Faction…

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Desperados III coming from Shadow Tactics devs in 2019

After a decade face-down in a dusty digital gulch with the buzzards fighting the lizards for its gizzards, the Desperados series will return to life next year. Publishers THQ Nordic today announced Desperados III, resuming the real-time tactical action, and excitingly it's being made by Mimimi. They're the studio who made 2016's Desperados/Commandos homage Shadow Tactics: Blades Of The Shogun, which was great - a…

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Feature: XCOM to JA2's X-COM

So it turns out Jagged Alliance: Rage is not-terrible

Y'know what? I don't hate it. Which, after 19 years of hurt (the remarkable JA2 mod scene aside), is happy progress for once-beloved turn-based mercenary combat series Jagged Alliance. There's a whole mess of things wrong with newly-announced latest comeback-apparent Jagged Alliance: Rage, but a few hours with early code has me thinking there's a lot right with its core.

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A new TimeSplitters coming after Crytek sell rights

In their ongoing mission to own the world's largest collection of intellectual property rights to perfectly decent action games that make people nod and say "Yeah I liked that back in the day" when reminded of them, an arm of THQ Nordic has grabbed Free Radical Design's time-travelling FPS series TimeSplitters. Crytek had previously owned the TimeSplitters rights, picking them up along with the Free…

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Jagged Alliance returns again again with ‘Rage’ (not that one)

The ranks of the Jagged Alliance series, with its myriad sequels, remakes, expansion packs, mods-gone-pro, cancelled MMOs and unofficial spin-offs, rival only the So Solid Crew in terms of headspinning numbers and impossible-to-remember names. After a frankly turgid couple of decades, it's back once again for the one-time king of turn-based mercenary argy-bargy. Can Jagged Alliance: Rage score the Arnie-does-X-COM series a critical and/or commercial…

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Feature: I fought the law and the law fell into a big custard pie

Video: This Is The Police 2 is like trying to win XCOM with the cast of Police Academy

As a great scientist once said (or maybe it was Jeff Goldblum): “A butterfly can flap its wings in Peking and in Central Park you get rain instead of sunshine.” Meanwhile, in This Is The Police 2 an idiot cop empties pepper spray into their own eyes and a woman burns to death because I don’t have enough law enforcers to answer her distress call.…

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This Is The Police 2 busts down the door and launches two days early

Sooner than expected (better than delayed because they forgot to press the button, I guess), This Is The Police 2 - sequel to morally messy police management RPG This Is The Police - is out now. Below, the rather intense launch trailer, suggesting that things might be a little more Fargo than Northern Exposure up in these colder climes. Just because you're out of the…

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