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18  octobre     19h58
Dell’s 1440p 240Hz Alienware monitor is back to 550
   The Dell Alienware AW2721D is one of our top recommended monitors, sitting right in the emerging 1440p 240Hz sweet spot preferred by players of fast-paced shooters and racing titles. Right now, the monitor has returned to the lowest price we’ve ever seen for it, 550, down from a nominal RRP of...
Exclusive: Here’s how you’ll know which games will run on Valve’s Steam Deck
   Valve have always maintained that the Steam Deck is closer to a conventional PC than a handheld console, and as such should be able to run your existing library of games on Steam. But while the official Steam Deck Twitter is full of videos showing games performing well on dev kits, the...
Get a WD Blue 4TB SSD for just 339 at Newegg - 50 off its normal price
   The WD Blue SATA SSD is a great choice if you want a lot of fast storage at a cheap price, and today Newegg are offering 50 off the giant 4TB size when you use the code EMC2AAZA827. This knocks the price to 339, the cheapest we’ve seen a 4TB drive in some time and 40 below the current Amazon...
Into The Pit review: a gorgeous roguelike shooter that sadly descends into comfortable familiarity
   You know how some games, like, throb? I mean your Thumpers, your Devil Daggers, your Dooms. Games you disappear into, but not in that namby pamby, prancing around fulfilling all your desires sense. I mean games that will eat you alive unless you stop them. Games set in pulsating, hostile dimensions...
Monster Hunter Rise PC vs Switch: how the demo compares
   The recent launch of the Monster Hunter Rise demo on PC has given us a free look at how this soon-to-be-former Nintendo Switch exclusive will run and play when it releases in full in January 2022. This calls, naturally, for some screenshot comparisons. Read more
With mage hunts and talking trees, Salt And Sacrifice is looking like a worthy successor to Salt And Sanctuary
   If you liked Dark Soulsy side-scroller Salt And Sanctuary, I have some great news. I got hands-on with an early portion of its sequel Salt And Sacrifice, and it seems set to deliver all the things that made its predecessor tick. The punishing enemies, the smooth combat, the vast skill trees, and...
Machinarium is selling the best merch: a bronze statuette of its adorable star
   I don’t buy video game merch, and if I did buy video game merch I wouldn’t buy statues, and yet... my heart melts looking at Machinarium’s hot new merch drop. Amanita are selling a limited run of bronze statuettes of the adventure game’s adorable scrap robot star, Josef, and I love him. 405 grams...
Inscryption review: a sinister and excellently crafted card game with a darkly comic underbelly
   Be afraid. Inscryption is both a love letter to card games and a twisted, jocular caricature of their numerical excess. It had me grinning ear to ear, sometimes nervously, sometimes with the joy of someone who simply loves thumbing through new cards, even when a rustic antagonist with big hands is...
Elden Ring delayed to February 25th, 2022
   In game development, the flow of time itself is convoluted, with projects centuries old phasing in and out, so we shouldn’t be surprised that Bandai Namco have delayed the launch of Elden Ring. The long-awaited new game from the makers of Dark Souls was expected to launch on January 21st, but now...
Succubus has censorship on by default, and it’s unintentionally the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen
   Sometimes a game is so clearly desperate for attention that you are loathe to give it any. Like that one guy whose entire brand is getting in loud quote-tweet arguments on Twitter every eight to ten weeks, you know both exactly what it wants, and that you shouldn’t go there. For months now I have...
Say hello to RPS’ new guides writers, Rebecca Jones and Hayden Hefford
   After months of searching, I’m pleased to announce that the RPS guides team has finally added two fresh faces to its ranks. Please say hello to Rebecca Jones and Hayden Hefford. Read more
Oh, nope, Microsoft’s big hint at Fable news today was nothing
   Yesterday, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios Publishing Twitter account offered what sure sounded like tantalising hints that Monday would bring big news on the mysterious upcoming new Fable game. Like, really sounded like. Like, totally sounded like the sort of obvious hint marketing campaigns drop...
Back 4 Blood jukebox music list
   Want a list of songs that play on the Back 4 Blood jukebox? A few missions into Act 1, you’ll come across the Bar Room Blitz mission. Sure, there are some story points about distracting zombies and saving people, but this mission is a smash-hit for one reason. There’s a jukebox that plays some very...
Gotham Knights trailer introduces its baddies, the Court of Owls
   If your reaction to hearing that the villains of Batman ’em up Gotham Knights are the Court of Owls is Hoo? , 1) wow, good grief 2) you might want to watch these new trailers. Released over the weekend during the DC FanDome pow-o-rama, they introduce the secret society who pull Gotham’s strings,...
17  octobre     10h00
The Sunday Papers
   Sundays are for inhaling the smell of a new book. Before you lean in, let’s read this week’s best writing about games. Read more
16  octobre     23h26
GTA: The Trilogy system requirements and details allegedly leak
   Rockstar finally announced their long-rumoured Grand Theft Auto remasters a little over a week ago. Official confirmation that they were on the way hasn’t stopped the leaks, however. A user of GTAForums has seemingly leaked a more detailed description of the games and their system requirements. ...
Dota 2’s next hero is Marci from the Dota: Dragon’s Blood anime
   Dota 2 is getting a new hero this autumn. It’s Marci, the mute bodyguard from Netflix’s Dota anime, Dota: Dragon’s Blood. She’ll join the game in an update coming soon. Read more
Tweet2Doom lets you play Doom via Twitter
   Doom is now playable on Twitter - sort of. Thanks to Tweet2Doom bot, you can send replies to the account with a list of actions - move, turn, shoot, etc. - and get a video clip of Doom showing the results sent back to you. Read more
Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad gets a new story trailer
   Today’s DC FanDome event brought another trailer for Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League. There’s still no gameplay, but the story trailer filled out the world, its cast, and heck, it’s good fun. Watch it below. Read more
Epic Games Store will welcome games that make use of blockchain tech
   Yesterday Valve told developers that they wouldn’t allow games featuring NFTs or cryptocurrency on their digital storefront, Steam. Since then, Epic have followed up by telling The Verge that the Epic Games Store would be open to games that support cryptocurrency or blockchain-based assets. ...
Minecraft Dungeons adds roguelikelike singleplayer mode this December
   Minecraft Dungeons has finished telling its story through a number of DLCs that have released over the last year, but Mojang isn’t done with the blocky Diablo-like just yet. They’re introducing seasonal updates that they’re calling Seasonal Adventures, adding progression systems, challenges and...
Minecraft’s The Wild Update will add excellent frogs after Caves & Cliffs
   With Minecraft’s Caves & Cliffs part 2 nearly upon us, Mojang have revealed the next big update that will follow it. Named The Wild Update, it’ll focus on enhancing some of the existing areas we can explore and, importantly, adding colourful frogs They’ll arrive with the new Mangrove Swamp biome,...
Minecraft will soon bundle Java and Bedrock editions together
   For years and years, Minecraft’s Java and Bedrock editions have lived apart, but Mojang finally have plans to unite them. They plan to package the two together next year as the Minecraft PC Bundle, so if you own one you’ll get the other too. Ahead of this, both Java and Bedrock are coming to Xbox...
What are we all playing this weekend?
   A week of goodbyes. Vid bud Colm waved goodbye on Monday, and Friday was the final shift at the news face for longtime evening freelancer Lauren Morton. She leaves us to join cheery RPS fanzine PC Gamer and they’ll be lucky to have her, as we were. Say goodbye, gang. Read more
15  octobre     22h48
Portal speedrunner explains their wild tricks to Valve developers
   I’m constantly in awe of the wild tricks that speedrunners discover in just about any game they set their collective minds to. It’s always a treat to hear developers being equally astounded though, and Valve’s developers are no exception. Three of them recently got to have a chat with Portal...
Twitch are confident no passwords or credit cards were exposed in leak
   Twitch were hit by a rather big source code and data breach earlier this month, which they say they’ve since been investigating. They’ve updated users again today, reiterating that the breach was made possible by a server configuration change and that they’re confident no passwords, login...
Retro sci-fi thriller The Invincible now has a proper trailer
   Retro-future sci-fi romp The Invincible is the upcoming thriller from some folks formerly of The Witcher, Cyberpunk, Dying Light, and others. It’s based on the sci-fi novel of the same title from the 60s by Polish author Stanisław Lem. The first we saw of The Invincible last year was mostly...
Steam is banning games with NFTs and cryptocurrency
   Valve appear to be laying down some new rules for games on Steam, specifically games that involve trading or receiving cryptocurrancy and NFTs. The change has been shared by SpacePirate Games, developers of Age Of Rust, who say they were notified this week about the new prohibition. Over in the...
Lo-fi adventure Chasing Static is now out with some classic horror puzzling
   Chasing Static is both the name of this lo-fi Welsh horror story and also an accurate description of me attempting to track down a post about it on RPS. Someone’s written about it. I just know it. Oh no, we’ve just mentioned it several times in a roundabout way. Well, I’ve finally pinned it down...
Ultimate Audio Bang #16: all things FPS merch
   I’ve returned from my trip to the Lake District, with aching calves and a desire to talk about online shooters with Imogen. On this week’s episode of the Ultimate Audio Bang, we don’t chat sore muscles, instead, we focus on various Halloween events in games like Apex Legends and Rainbow Six: Siege,...
TFI Friday: three indie puzzle games with slightly melancholy vibe
   The year has finally turned, reader. I am having discussions at home about putting the heating on. When I leave the office it isn’t dark, but it’s fuzzy around the edges. My knuckles are cold. It’s the time of year, before the Skeleton War memes begin in earnest, to luxuriate in feeling a bit...
Best Roblox horror games: great scary games in Roblox
   What are the best horror games in Roblox? It’s October once again, so naturally our minds are turning to Halloween. There are so, so many horror games in the world to choose from, especially since it’s a genre that lends itself so well to short indie offerings. What I’m getting at here is that...
Mon Amour is the most crazed, loved up take on Flappy Bird you’ll ever see
   It’s been a banner week for Japanese indie game releases. First we had the delightful puzzle platformer ElecHead, now we have the latest from Onion Games, Mon Amour. It’s a one-button score attack game in the same vein as Flappy Bird, only instead of piloting a dumpy chicken through a bunch of...
The best Back 4 Blood Karlee build
   Want to know the best build for Karlee in Back 4 Blood? Karlee isn’t one of the best characters in Back 4 Blood, but she still has some killer abilities that deserve a spot in your team. Most notably, Karlee can sense nearby hazards and Special Ridden, so you won’t be surprised when a Tallboy...
Song Of Farca is great if you don’t take it personally
   Often a game can feel frustrating because you can’t make decisions that you want to. I had this initially with Song Of Farca. It almost kept me from playing it further, until I came back at it with a different attitude instead, thanks to a few conversations I’ve had lately about player choice...
How to play Far Cry 6 in co-op multiplayer mode
   Want to know how to play Far Cry 6 in co-op multiplayer? Ubisoft’s bombastic open-world FPS franchise is always best played with company. Double the players, double the devastation, after all. And Far Cry 6 has taken after its predecessors in offering players a couple of different ways to play the...
Crysis 2 & 3 Remastered are out now, making the trilogy maximum shiny
   All three games of the Crytek’s super-powered shooter trilogy are now available fancied up with modern graphical bells and whistles, with Crysis 2 Remastered and Crysis 3 Remastered today following the first game’s 2020 revamp. Given that developers Crytek were always years ahead of most shooters...
Rally Point: how to pay the deposit and enjoy playing strategy games
   Strategy games are, as everyone knows, much like moving house. Whether it’s your first, daunting one and you don’t yet know that the whole most stressful thing in life line is a total lie, or you stopped counting house moves after your 15th, there’s one obstacle that never stops getting in the...
Call Of Duty: Warzone’s shiny new anti-cheat might have leaked already
   This week, Activision revealed Ricochet, their new kernel-level anti-cheat that will be used for Call Of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone. They’ve been in a constant battle with cheaters for ages now, so it’s nice to see them stepping up their anti-cheat game. Unfortunately, Ricochet might have already...
The best Back 4 Blood Jim build
   Want to know the best build for Jim in Back 4 Blood? Jim is quick to take aim and fire thanks to his increased ADS speed, but damage is his real strength. With each precision kill, Jim gains 2.5% stacking damage, which stays until you are hit. This means you could increase Jim’s damage to...
Gears Tactics and Dirty Bomb devs working on a new sci-fi game
   Splash Damage, the folks who made Gears Tactics and Brink, have announced they’re working on a new sci-fi game. They’ve worked on a number of series created by other developers over the years, including Wolfenstein and Gears, but haven’t made their own PC game since Dirty Bomb in 2014. It’ll be...
The best Back 4 Blood Hoffman build
   Want to know the best build for Hoffman in Back 4 Blood? Hoffman is one of the best characters in Back 4 Blood, as he has a chance to find ammo when he kills Ridden, whilst also increasing the team’s max ammo capacity by 10%. As a bonus, he also carries an extra grenade so that you can make more...
Deathloop’s first major update fixes stuttering, adds DLSS support
   Exactly one month after launch, Deathloop received its first major game update last night. Along with (hopefully?) fixing lingering issues with stuttering framerates, it has added DLSS support to give Nvidia folks a big FPS boost, fixed some crashes and other bugs, including a nasty one where a...
14  octobre     23h21
Diablo 2 Resurrected’s servers falling over due to modern player behaviour
   Diablo II: Resurrected launched to widespread and ongoing server issues. Today, a Blizzard community manager offered some insight into the nature of the problem - and it’s partly some 20-year-old code, and partly some modern player behaviour. Read more
FIFA reportedly wants double the old licence fee from EA
   Last week, EA said they were considering renaming FIFA, their long-running football series. The issue is that their licensing deal with football’s world governing body is up for renewal. Now a report by the New York Times says that the issue is that FIFA want double what they were getting before...
Dungeon Encounters is out now, offering encounters in dungeons
   Sometimes a functional game strikes me as bland or forgettable. Dungeon Encounters appeals to me, oddly. I look at this game about exploring 99 levels of a dungeon, fighting enemies using an iteration of Final Fantasy’s Active Time Battle System, designed by the man who created it, and I think: yes...
Call Of Duty: Vanguard’s Zombie mode shows new supernatural powers
   Call Of Duty: Vanguard has finally revealed its zombie mode. It continues the zombies storyline from the Black Ops series, returning to WW2, where you’ll be fighting Nazi zombies with the aid of new ’Dark Aether’ powers. The reveal trailer is below. Read more
Is this the cheapest 4TB SSD ever? 312 for a Samsung 870 Qvo
   The massive 4TB Samsung 870 Qvo has hit a historic low price at Newegg, where you can use code EMCXHEHU2 to knock this drive from 390 to just 312. That’s an incredible price for a high-speed SATA SSD, just 8 per gigabyte ( ). Read more
Lenovo’s Legion 5 Pro RTX 3070 laptop is back in stock and 10% off
   Lenovo’s Legion 5 Pro 16 hits the current sweet spot for a high-end gaming laptop: an RTX 3070 graphics card, an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor and a 2560x1600 165Hz screen. These screens are a new addition for 2021, and make a massive difference when it comes to the amount of visible detail for...
Paradox considered cancelling Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2
   When Paradox Interactive made the remarkable decision to take Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 away from its original developers, Hardsuit Labs, the company considered outright cancelling the game. That’s according to returning CEO Fredrik Wester in a recent interview. Paradox still aren’t...