Welcome to the Steam Charts. Here are the headlines. Read the rest of this entry »
RPS Feature RPS CRUSADE
Rainbow Six Siege’s second year of updates has closed with Operation White Noise, the natural enemy of insomnia. It launched yesterday and introduces a new map, Mok Myeok Tower in South Korea, along with three new operators with diverse skills. One of them can even hack your phone to distract you. Stop reading messages from lonely singles in your area, there’s a mission to finish (and a launch trailer to watch).
After a weekend of gorging yourself on turkey and elbowing people in the face to get that last discounted something or other in the shops, now it’s time to settle in and continue those deal hunts from the comfort of your own home. For today is Cyber Monday, the day that’s reserved for purely online-only deals following the shopping bonanza that was Black Friday.
This year, we’ve done the hard work for you, as we’ve scoured the web for the best Cyber Monday deals money can buy. These aren’t just re-heated Black Friday deals, either, as most retailers usually have completely separate discounts running today, making it a great time to pick up another bargain if none of the deals last week took your fancy. As always, we’ll be updating this article throughout the day, so make sure to check back at regular intervals just in case something new appears. We’ve also got tips on the best places to browse, and how to find out if those hot discounts are really as good as they seem.
The sale event to end all sale events is here. That’s right, folks, Black Friday 2017 is here, and this year’s sales frenzy is set to be bigger than ever as we head into the Christmas shopping period. In all honesty, they should just rename it Black November, as there have been deals going on throughout the month in preparation for the big day.
To save you trawling through the web in search of a good bargain, we’ve created this handy guide containing everything you need to know about Black Friday 2017. If you’re on the hunt for a new graphics card, a bigger and better monitor, want to splash out on a fast SSD or upgrade your gaming headset and get a more reliable mouse and keyboard, this is the place to be. We’ll be updating this hub page on a regular basis as new deals get announced, too, so make sure to keep it in your bookmarks if you fancy grabbing yourself a bit of a bargain before Christmas. We’ve also got tips on the best places to browse, and how to find out if those hot discounts are really as good as they seem.
Slick tactical shooter Rainbow Six Siege will soon enter its third year, and that means updates. New maps and a “map makeover” were announced by Ubisoft Montreal at the Pro League Finals in Brazil at the weekend, plus two new operators specialising in “biohazard situations”.
RPS Feature Number one in your hearts
Imagine what would happen if Plunkbat weren’t to be at number 1? Could anyone even cope any more? Has all of gaming started operating on this as a foundation, forgetting that it could, one day, not sell more copies than everything else? What if I’m writing this as a bluff because it’s not at number 1 this week? What if I just wrote that to imply the bluff even though there isn’t a bluff?! OH MY GOODNESS EVERYONE QUICKLY READ THIS NOW!
RPS Feature Update Night
Ah, hello, and welcome to Rainbow Six Siege’s restaurant of blowing the shit out of walls. I’ll get you a menu shortly, but first, today’s specials.
Would ma’am like a breaching charge, unfurled and exploded so as to knock out a person-sized section? Or would she prefer to use burrowing grenades to excavate a perfect head-height peephole, through which she can take potshots? And for sir, may I suggest a thermite detonation powerful enough to punch through even reinforced barriers? Of course, one may choose to do the work oneself: to rip a hole in patchy plywood with a hail of bullets and make a gap either small enough to press an eye against, or big enough to pop a grenade through. All selections are excellent today — just as they were at launch. Read the rest of this entry »
Any plans for the weekend? You might want to consider shooting holes in walls so you can shoot faces on the other side in Rainbow Six Siege. Ubisoft will hold yet another free trial of their tactical FPS this weekend, they’ve announced, inviting everyone to play the full game from Thursday through to Sunday. If you need persuasion, hey, we declared Siege one of the best FPSs. And did I not mention you can smash holes clean through walls to shoot people on the other side?
For current Siegers, some other news: the next content update, Operation White Noise, will hit test servers on Monday. Read the rest of this entry »
As much as I enjoy destructible environments in video games, I cannot condone smashing anything in the next level coming to Rainbow Six Siege. It is simply too pretty to ruin. Mok Myeok Tower, which will arrive in the next update, is a gorgeous futuristic skyscraper over Seoul with an indoor garden, giant kinetic sculpture, lovely wood paneling, and a real good Deus Ex: Mankind Divided-ish vibe. Watch this trailer and tell me it’s right to let anyone destroy this place: Read the rest of this entry »
The final big content update of Rainbow Six Siege‘s second season will be Operation White Noise, Ubisoft announced today, bringing three new characters and a new map. White Noise is off to South Korea and the fight will go down in an observation tower “high above Seoul’s skyline,” which sounds a splendid place for fisticuffs. I am unreasonably fond of video game levels having grand views over cities. Ubi are pretty vague about the update for now, though, promising more information in a fortnight. So we’ve applied a serious scientific technique to uncover White Noise’s secrets. Read the rest of this entry »
RPS Feature Sequential
With Rainbow Six Siege’s [official site] newly-launched Blood Orchid update, the large list of operators has been expanded to over 30 battle-ready killers. A big number already, but according to Ubisoft that list could grow to over 100 playable classes over the course of what they hope is a long life for Siege.
A new map, three new characters, and technical improvements aplenty have blasted open the door to Rainbow Six Siege [official site] with today’s launch of Operation Blood Orchid. The new map ventures into an abandoned Hong Kong theme park, which sounds splendid fun. Blood Orchid is arriving a week late but was already months behind the original schedule, delayed while Ubisoft instead focused on improving the base game under the name Operation Health. The final big step of Health also arrives in today’s update, with changes from faster loading times to better hit registration. Read the rest of this entry »
RPS Feature Steam Trains at number one again
The Steam Charts aren’t, as you may have been led to expect, large sprawling maps depicting the locations of all the world’s known steam. They were, but due to government pressure we’ve altered them to list the top ten selling games on Steam, in reverse order, like a rocket taking off. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re in the market for a new SSD or you just happen to be a sucker for collecting a seemingly endless supply of extra storage when it gets discounted like some people (look, I might need all of it someday), then you may want to head over to Currys PC World of all places today and grab a 250GB Samsung 850 Evo SSD at the discounted price of £89.99, with a free copy of Rainbow Six Siege thrown in for good measure.
Bad news: Operation Blood Orchid, the next big content update for the the wall-busting tactical FPS, has been delayed by one week.
News news: Ubisoft have detailed the three new characters to be added by Blood Orchid when it does arrive. Their superpowers include flash bombs and poison mines. Read the rest of this entry »
Three new characters and one new map will arrive in Rainbow Six Siege [official site] on August 29th with the launch of its ‘Operation Blood Orchid’ update, Ubisoft confirmed on Friday. Visiting Hong Kong, this content was once expected in May but Ubisoft delayed it to focus on improving the base game. Operation Blood Orchid seems to be off to an amusement park, which should be a lark. Read the rest of this entry »
I remain surprised and impressed by Ubisoft’s long-term committment to Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege [official site]. As part of the ‘Ongoing Health‘ chain of tweaks and tune-ups, they’ve announced plans to optimise all maps, including going over textures and replacing skies. They want to make everything run better, see. They’ve starting with the map Kafe Dostoyevsky, which should be live soon-ish, and will continue on others over the year to come. Read the rest of this entry »
The next update for multiplayer shooter Rainbow Six Siege [official site] will add random loot packs to its plank-smashing and head-shotting. Update 2.1.1 will add “Alpha Packs” that contain cosmetic items like flashy gun skins, spikey helmets, colourful balaclavas and the like, which you’ll earn basically on a dice roll after every win. This is part of the game’s “Operation Health”, which was the studio’s way of spinning the cancellation of some seasonal stuff and postponing of some other seasonal stuff into something that sounded reasonable: a health check. Turns out part of getting a health check is creating a gambling game where you roll dice for hats.
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If you’re planning to play a spot of For Honor tonight or perhaps a little Rainbow Six Siege, er, revise your plans. A lot of Ubisoft’s online servers and services are down today for reasons unknown, disrupting games and causing trouble. Ubisoft say they’re investigating and want everything shipshape but if your Monday date night involves ninja fights, you might want to formulate a backup plan. Read the rest of this entry »