Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (RPS)

We’ve got 500 keys to give away for Paragon [official site], Epic’s third-person science fantasy MOBA. It takes the now traditional three lane setup in which each lane is protected by towers and minions and uses its third-person perspective as an opportunity to use height to provide and obscure vision. Its closest relative is Smite, but it feels more like a shooter, leaning on its developers legacy in that other genre.

Eventually Paragon will be free-to-play, but like many MOBAs it’s begun life in a paid early access period, access to which costs $20. This code will get you in now for free.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

John Romero and Adrian Carmack have cancelled their Kickstarter for Blackroom [official site], four days after launching it, but will return once they’ve finished a gameplay demo. The pair of former id Software Doomlords and Quakers had pitched Blackroom as an FPS filled with all the good old stuff – circle-strafing, rocketjumping, secret rooms, a metal soundtrack, and all that – but only showed ideas and concept art. Which, yeah, isn’t much for potential backers to go on. They’re hopeful Blackroom will fare a lot better once people can see it a bit.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Before there was Clicker Heroes or Adventure Capitalist, there was Defrag: the prototypical timewaster for the bored or disaffected PC gamer. SSDs have cost us dearly. … [visit site to read more]

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Graham Smith)

Yoot Saito’s SimTower is one of those games I return to every so often, for the pure satisfaction of building something and watching its simulation flourish. In recent years it has increasingly become a game I wish someone would make a modern version of – and no, various mobile genre-mates don’t count.

Good news! The makers of gold prospecting town sim 1849 are now working on their second game, and it’s called Project Highrise [official site]. There’s little information so far, but there’s enough to make me excited.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

X-COM cosplayer Guile arrived in Street Fighter V [official site] last night with the promised April update for Capcom’s fighting game. He’s leaping, he’s kicking, he’s flinging wind, he’s yelling his support for Sonic Boom as if it’s not the worst Sonic game in years. Guile is accompanied by a new stage, the Air Force base where he and his buddies hang around sitting on crates with a boombox. And hey, because Capcom still haven’t added the real-money microtransaction store, Guile is free to play with until they do. Oh, and rage quit punishment is finally in.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Tim Stone)

When it comes to flight sim flyables I’m not used to going without. When I stumble on an interesting aerodyne in a book, magazine, documentary, or museum, I know there’s a good chance that someone, somewhere, somewhen will have crafted a version of that aircraft for either Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane or IL-2. The vast majority of my aviation cravings can be satisfied in a matter of minutes thanks to sites like www.flightsim.com, www.x-plane.org, and www.mission4today.com. It’s very rare I encounter totally unsimmed sky steeds such as the unfortunate outcasts highlighted below.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

News reaches us that Total War: Warhammer’s [official site] Chaos faction will be available for free during the first week post-launch. Previously, the faction were only offered for free to those who pre-ordered, a policy which we grumbled about. Now you’ll at least be able to read reviews and reactions before making a decision to spend your hard-earned without missing out on the free faction offer. There’s more footage of Chaos in action below, featuring the biggest hammer I’ve ever seen.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Good news, everyone: the entire back catalogue of Leprechaun movies is now available on Steam – including Leprechaun 4: Lost In Space. Truly, this is the best of all possible worlds. The first one’s even got a young Jennifer Aniston in, and she went on to make an infinite number of romantic comedies whose posters depicted her leaning against her handsome co-star, so you know it must be good.

Better (or not) news than that if you’re American: Valve getting into bed with Lionsgate means you can also rent or buy stuff like the Hunger Games, Twilight and Dredd films via Steam. But not if you’re in the UK. It’s rubber-faced Leprechauns all the way for you, sunshine.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Graham Smith)

I know some anime, but my knowledge of anime games> is zilch. Is Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed a low or high point for the Hyperdimension Neptunia series? Is Recettear the best game about running an item shop, or simply the one that ‘crossed over’? Will Fairy Fencer F make me want to draw the curtains lest a neighbour see me playing it?

I’ve no idea, but this weekend’s Steam Anime sale offers opportunities to find out.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Darkest Dungeon [official site] feels like it’s been a part of my life for a very long time but it only officially launched this January. A prolonged (and productive) period of Early Access made the actual release somewhat hazy in my mind. Even now, the game continues to grow and the latest update brings a fully supported Linux build and new town events. Developers Red Hook have also reiterated their commitment to improved modding support.

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