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

Brendan continues on his journey through space in this series on Elite: Dangerous. This week, he sets out to discover strange new worlds, in search of profit and prestige.>

Well, here we are. The rickety, unsanctioned outposts of the Gamma Serpentis system, where dismantled shipwrecks lie opposite a huge skull mural painted, somehow, in Zero G. I m sitting on landing pad number 1 of the Tepper Relay outpost, brimming with fury. Not because I have been blown up in some ridiculous crash, or because I ve been mugged by an intergalactic pirate king, but because I have gone all across the starways in search of glory and this — this!> — is all I have to show for it. A measly, pathetic, laughable 459 credits and a parking spot in the interstellar equivalent of South Armagh.

Sigh. Sorry, I m getting ahead of myself. It is possible to do that in the space-age era. (No, I mean you can literally> get ahead of yourself, something to do with faster-than-light travel). Let me start from the beginning.

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

There are lots of survival games, but there are also lots of games which >could be survival games with the right mods installed. Over the course of Survival Week we’ll highlight a few of those games and i)write a diary of our experience playing with it ii) explain how to do it yourself.>

I found Meeko sitting by the side of the road. He is one of Skyrim s shaggy, grey wolfhounds that look as old as they do stupid. He saw me, turned around and ran into the thicket. I followed him through the trees, where he led me to a run-down shack. I looked inside and there, lying still and grey on the shed s single rickety bed, was Meeko s owner. He was dead. The mongrel looked to me, blinked in the cold and seemed to whine. All right then, I thought, you can follow me. It was a decision I never came to regret. Later on, Meeko killed a lot of people for me.

But more importantly, Meeko kept me warm in Skyrim s deadly mountain passes. One of the mods I have installed is Frostfall, which gives the player a few extra things to worry about. Exposure can leave you freezing to death, while being wet means you succumb to the cold even faster. You have to keep yourself warm at fires and fill up on hot soups to keep your exposure meter from dropping too low. Once, I tried to swim across a small, icy river and before I could get a fire going on the opposite shore I passed out from hypothermia. I woke up in a familiar inn, penniless, frostbitten and with this note in my pocket.

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

There are lots of survival games, but there are also lots of games which >could be survival games with the right mods installed. Over the course of Survival Week we’ll highlight a few of those games and i) write a diary of our experience playing with it ii) explain how to do it yourself.>

You may have already read my Skyrim survival diary and if not, why not? It sees me struggling to ward off frostbite with wine and adopting the game s most lovable dog just to keep my feet warm. If you want to plod through the winter wastelands of Tamriel with the same survival mode in mind yourself, these are the mods you ll want to add. Most of them come from a single source, the Nexus modding community. Before you grab them, it is best to have their Nexus Mod Manager installed, as well as something called SKSE. (You will also have to register to join the Nexus community to download these files). Getting all this architecture in place is a minor frustration compared to the improvements you ll see in the end. It will be worth it when you find yourself freezing to death under a rocky outcrop with no wood to start a fire.

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

And then there were none

Part of a miscellany of serious thoughts, animal gifs, and anecdotage from the realm of MOBAs/hero brawlers/lane-pushers/ARTS/tactical wizard-em-ups. One day Pip might even tell you the story of how she bumped into Na Vi s Dendi at a dessert buffet cart.>

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the Dota 2 community this past week you’ve probably seen the number 322 popping up repeatedly. “But why is everyone so interested in a Crystal Palace bus route?” you probably asked yourself. Alas, it’s not a reference to the transport systems of South London. It’s because of a series of match-fixing incidents which have been uncovered in South East Asia and which involve the teams Arrow Gaming, MSI and Mineski.

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

Botbuds.

A co-op wave survival mode is coming to Titanfall tomorrow in its next big update, Respawn have announced. With that basic news out the way, let’s focus on a tiny small bit. When players die in Frontier Defense mode, they don’t sit around idly in spectator mode like in many games. Nope, they’ll be circling above the battlefield in a chopper, raining inaccurate fire down from afar. That’s a lovely little touch, isn’t it? Down, but not out. Spectating can ruddy do one.

Soon it’ll also get an awfully clever-sounding mode, Deadly Ground, which changes regular levels so “the floor is covered in deadly electrified fog”. It’s The Floor Is Lava with guns and mechs.

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

Neo Scavenger is one of the best turn-based RPGs I ve ever played. Although still in Early Access, it has oodles of content and has received several hefty updates since I first played it. As part of Survival Week, I decided to document a single playthrough of the game. No quicksaves, no restarts, no chance. Here s how I died.

Part one is here.>

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

HELLO.

Let’s all be quite clear about one thing: I am still young and cool and vibrant. Good. Obviously I know about all the cool things young people like myself are up to, and those small jumpscare horror games we all enjoy with our cool friends. Slender Man is so> 2012, SCP games are over, and creepypasta hacks were too goofy to ever catch on. No, now we’re all into Five Nights at Freddy’s and being a night watchman stalked by horrifying animatronic animals come to life to murder you. Or they were a few months ago. We were. Us. Me too. Oh I don’t know, I just don’t know any more.

But I do know creator Scott Cawton has announced Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, and it looks frightful.

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

Tunnel Vision is a fortnightly series about VR gaming. >

In space no-one can hear you no no no do not start an article about an Alien game that way, Meer. You’re better than that, dammit.

Straight to business instead: as mentioned in the last Tunnel Vision, it didn’t take long for folk to work out that a simple ini tweak would reinstate Alien Isolation’s missing Oculus Rift support. I say ‘missing’, but the reality is that it was only ever an experimental mode left in for internal and promotional mucking-about-with. … [visit site to read more]

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

Well, it’s about time someone created a videogame of Murder In The Dark. Which seems a fair comparison for The Hit Team’s Kickstarted project, Hit. As Alice pointed out a few weeks back, it’s an eight-player multiplayer game, in which you work together as a team trying to complete certain tasks, while one of your number is secretly trying to sabotage your efforts. And best of all, if they can raise the small target to get the licenses they need, they plan to release the game for free.

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

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

The RPS archives don’t contain a single post dedicated to Notrium and Survival Week is the perfect time to remedy that. Mod-friendly, free to download and rocking a randomised alien world before ‘procedural generation’ became the buzzword de jour, Ville M nkk nen’s top-down sci-fi treat is still an unusual experience, even if I do sometimes feel that half of the game developers in the world have been secretly taking notes from it.

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