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Truberbrook

That, up there, is a screenshot. It’s okay to stare. Now consider that it looks just as good in motion, if not better. After seeing some footage of the hand-crafted world of Tr berbrook in action, it’s easy to forget that this is a point-and-click adventure, rather than an Aardman-rivalling work of hyper-detailed miniature animation. But it is, and it sounds rather brill.

A production of German art collective btf, Tr berbrook is their first game project, although they seem to have found some degree of fame over in Germany with a pair of late-night TV shows to their name. Production seems to be going smoothly, with the game already fully funded on Kickstarter after just a few days. Take a look at the trailer and pitch video (featuring some great production scenes) within.

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Iconoclasts

I’ve been writing about videogames going on about eight years now. For the majority of that time, I’ve had one eye firmly glued to Iconoclasts, an ambitious metroidvania by solo Swedish developer Joakim ‘Konjak’ Sandberg. It’s been in development over six years now, and is finally, tantalisingly close to release.

Word is that Iconoclasts is now effectively feature-complete and in the final stages of development (testing, bug-fixing and balancing) and I’ve heard some very positive sounding rumblings from playtesters. Come and check out a few minutes of fresh, mostly-uncut gameplay footage within.

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

Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire

Guild Wars 2 might not be the talk of the town anymore, but the fast-paced MMO is still chugging along nicely, with a major new desert-themed expansion – Path of Fire – released just this September. It’s really rather good, bringing some satisfyingly weighty-feeling mounts to the game, making exploring feel fresh and fun again.

For those who bought Path of Fire and have already hammered your way through the main story arc, get ready to dust the game off again, perhaps sooner than expected. The fourth season of ‘Living World’ episodic content will begin this month. Read on for a teaser trailer and some info on what this will entail.

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Sundays are for writing The Sunday Papers – mostly. Another fortnight has gone by since I last did so however, for which I can only apologise. Let’s me make it up to you with… links to articles about games.

Yussef Cole at Unwinnable wrote about Cuphead and the racist legacy of the animation period it references. This is great criticism. (more…)

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Shadowhand

A long line of RPS writers (generations of em!) have been sharing their thoughts on Shadowhand, including an in-depth preview over the past couple years. It’s been fascinating watching Grey Alien’s game of card-based swashbucklery grow and evolve, and now the distinct and interestingly themed CCG has a release date.

December 7th seems to have a bit of a ‘powerful, dangerous women and the cards they deal’ theme, after that Reigns announcement. Hardly one to grumble about, I must admit. Plus, if you value neither your money and your life, you might want to read a little further; We’ve got a snazzy near-launch trailer showing off some of Shadowhand’s beautiful art, and no shortage of card-based conflict.

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

The cutesy Biomutant raised a few eyebrows after its announcement during Gamescom in August, enough that THQ Nordic have gone ahead and bought the studio making it. THQ Nordic were already publishing Biomutant, and now they own both the post-apocalyptic open-world action-RPG and developers Experiment 101 too. (more…)

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Reigns: Her Majesty

Nerial’s Reigns was such a lovely surprise. An utterly unique take on role-playing that worked a little like King of Dragon Pass mashed up with Tinder. Slipping gracefully into your role as King, a procession of courtly visitors sidled up on your PC or mobile phone screen, and you swiped left or right to answer their queries and requests with either a positive or negative slant. Simple, but brilliant once it started layering in multiple advisory factions with their own unique goals, and distinct story-arcs began coalescing.

This time, it’s the Queen’s turn to rule, and rule you shall, if you can wait just a couple more weeks. Reigns: Her Majesty is set for release on December 7th. Look within for a peek at some gameplay.

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東方天空璋 ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons. - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dominic Tarason)

Touhou 16

Touhou is a phenomenon. Despite niche appeal, this long-running series of bullet hell shmups has grown into an enormous shared franchise in Japan. It’s an indie scene unto itself, enabled by creator Zun giving his blessing to people making and selling fan works. Touhou boasts twice-yearly conventions dense with cosplayers, multiple official comic lines and fan-made works including music, anime, and games spanning every genre, including boozy RTSs and even football RPGs. And yet, it’s still an almost impenetrable mystery to those standing on the outside.

That barrier has become a lot easier to traverse yesterday, as Touhou 16: Hidden Star In Four Seasons has arrived on Steam, accompanied by a three-level free demo, and a comprehensive – albeit unofficial – localization patch.

Update: The full release of the game came with a little more DRM than anticipated. The Touhou translation crew are attempting to work around it. Please wait warmly until it is ready.>

Update Again: Well, that was fast. The translation patch is fully compatible with the Steam version of the game now.>

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

Of all the header illustrations I’ve used for WPAPWPAPWTW over the years, Death stepping up to bowl a few overs is definitely one of my favourites. No one looks happy to be on the business end of Death’s off spin.

What are you playing this weekend? Here’s what we’re clicking on. (more…)

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Outcast: Second Contact

The world of 1999 feels so strange and far away now. So different from the stressful realities of the here-and-now. I was a precocious (but equally nerdy) teenager back then, but I still clearly remember the first time I played Outcast, a Stargate-inspired action adventure exploring environments quite unlike anything else at the time, at the expense of nearly melting most CPUs of the era.

It’s a good thing that Belgian studio Appeal aren’t going to let a little thing like nearly two decades> get between them and their vision, because they’ve gone and released Outcast again, polished up and remastered to something approaching modern spec. I don’t know about you, but I can hear the ’99 calling again. Maybe it’s time for another trip to the lush alien world of Adelpha, just for old times sake.

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