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

Who ever knows what Konami are up to? Between the reported fallout with Metal Gear maestro Hideo Kojima and new tales of Kafkaesque working conditions, maybe even Konami don’t know. But for once, this has worked to our favour. Konami have shunted the PC release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [official site] forward a fortnight to September 1st to match the console editions.

It’s not that simple, of course: Konami’s announcement today also notes that its multiplayer, Metal Gear Online, won’t launch until January 2016 – though the console multiplayer will kick off on October 6th. Oh, Konami!

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

Rocket League [official site] is our Game of the Month for August, so Adam, Alec and Graham gathered to kick the tyres – and steer the balls – of the surprisingly nuanced cars-wot-play-football multiplayer game.>

Graham: Rocket League might be my favourite multiplayer game in years.

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

Happy Dota Day! It’s that day of the year when Pip slips into a malaria dream of excel spreadsheets and weird anecdotes about last hitting, the day that celebrates that holy day whence once the First Minion was born and itself begot the eternal cycle of minions which continue evermore into the infinity. I guess! I don’t know, I play League of Legends.

Today is the beginning of the main event for Valve’s Dota 2’s [official site] tournament The International, which comes with an impressive $18 million prize pool – and it’s not settled yet.

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

Image from Eagle_Eye on the Folk ARPS forum

July is for lazy mornings in the sunshine, lounging around beer gardens with family in the afternoon, and tackling gaming challenges with friends in the evening. Despite the height of summer, the RPS community has continued to soar, with action in Arma 3 [official site], Europa Universalis [official site], Guild Wars 2 [official site] and Terraria [official site].

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

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.>

There are a lot of games with guns in them, and a lot which strive for some measure of simulation, but few that manage to wring the tension, nuance and sense of expression that Receiver [official site] does from its arsenal of carefully modeled handguns.

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

Game Of The Month rises again, reborn for another 28-31 days of answering timeless questions such as, “What do I do if I don’t have time to play everything I want?” Answer: play just one thing. And “what one game should I play if I only play one thing?” Answer: for the month of August, car-to-ball multiplayer game Rocket League [official site].

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

Ello, this is Constructor. Are you receiving me?

After you’ve bowed to a wealthy tenant’s demands and blown up their neighbour’s giant gnome, then sent a gang of yobs out to terrorise a rival council’s estate – backed up by a hippy holding a street rave to distract their council workers – by tossing bins and jeering, other city management games can feel a little dry. System 3’s 1997 game Constructor was that, a build ‘em up with a strong kick of burn ‘em down. It probably ruined other city management games for me.

Huzzah hooray, it’s coming back! Sorta. Or being remade, at least. System 3 have announced Constructor HD [official site] for release on January 29th, 2016.

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

Albion really should be better known. It’s one of the more obscure beloved 90s RPGs, rarely brought up in conversation like the Ultimas or the Gold Box games or for the true aficionados, games like Darklands. Since release though it’s had a decent nostalgic following, and its recent re-launch on GOG produced what can only be described as a small yet dignified whoop from many a corner. So what is it about this obscure offering from the publisher of The Settlers that’s managed to stay in players’ minds for so long? Let’s take a look, shall we? Seems a good time.

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

Just the other week, the guys at Riot Games implied they were killing off one of the League of Legends [official site] characters: a piratical dude called Gangplank, whose storyline got turned on its head for an event called Bilgewater: Burning Tides. The idea was that Gangplank had been murdered by Miss Fortune, he had been blown up in the new League lore and was no longer available as a playable character.

Which in and of itself is a big deal for my fellow LoL alumni; except that as it turns out in the recently released epilogue to Burning Tides he’s not a goner afterall. Gangplank’s still alive and kicking, although missing an arm now, and his new character design reflects that. Our Gangplank will be playable again with the new patch, 5.15, which is coming out this week.

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

Warframe [official site] already looks like a game about sealife thank to its exotic power armour designs – with hammerhead helmets, lobster armour, unspeakable many-eyed horrors from the depths, and pearly nacre coating everything. Actual underwater combat was inevitable, I suppose, or all those watery warframes would get crabby. Crabby. Like a crab. That’s a joke.

The latest expansion, Echoes of the Sentient, has added underwater action in new levels and, for land-lubbers, new parkour moves. It’s all out in the free-to-play co-op shooty dungeon crawler now.

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