Darksiders II - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Returning to Darksiders II [official site] nearly five years after I first reviewed it, for a worrying time I wondered what on Earth I’d been on about. I remember absolutely loving the game, and writing a rave review back in 2012, so why was I struggling to even want to carry on in the first hour? It turns out, it just has a really dull first hour, because ten hours in I’m so utterly engrossed, and want to rave about it all over again. … [visit site to read more]

Left 4 Dead 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don t worry. We ve rounded up some recommendations – both general tips and some newly added staff choices.

Here are the things you should consider owning in your endless consumeristic lust for a happiness which always seems beyond reach. You’re welcome.

… [visit site to read more]

Left 4 Dead 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

The Steam summer sale is in full blaze. For a while it even blazed so hot that the servers went on fire and all the price stickers peeled off the games. Either that or the store just got swamped with cheapskates looking for the best bargains. Cheapskates like you! Well, don t worry. We ve rounded up some recommendations – both general tips and some specific staff choices.

Here are the things you should consider owning in your endless consumeristic lust for a happiness which always seems beyond reach. You’re welcome.

… [visit site to read more]

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

4A Games will continue their fun/grim post-apocalyptic adventures with Metro Exodus [official site] in 2018, publishers Deep Silver have announced during E3. It’ll continue from Metro 2033 and Last Light and apparently get out into some lovely sunshine. Here, check out the announcement trailer, which has a good chunk of demo gameplay: … [visit site to read more]

Company of Heroes - FrAlex_RE


Top class community content and modding haves played a major part in the longevity of the original Company of Heroes. And we want to help that continue! That's why we have just updated the game with Steam Workshop capabilities and an in-game Workshop hub. This means you can now play, share, and manage your subscriptions to custom scenarios without exiting the game, or manually installing files!

What's more, the incredible Eastern Front mod for Company of Heroes is now available on Steam. Get ready to wage war with the original Company of Heroes 2 factions, the Soviet Army and the German Ostheer, in the original game!

Additionally, for all you collectors out there, you'll be excited to hear that this update also sees the introduction of Steam Trading Cards.

Alongside these updates, we're running a massive Steam sale until 10 AM PDT on June 5th! All Company of Heroes and Company of Heroes 2 games and expansions will be 75% off, and all Company of Heroes 2 paid DLC will be 66% off.



See you on the battlefield!


COH1 Patch - Change List

-Workshop support added
-New workshop button on the main menu

-Fix for custom map replay file crash
-Fix for custom map save game loading crash

- Added Steam Trading Cards
Shacknews - David Craddock

Following a mixed reaction to Destiny in 2014, Bungie seems poised to sand down rough corners and polish its massively multiplayer online shooter to a fine sheen with Destiny 2, due out later this year.

Here's everything we know about the sequel so far ahead of its release on September 8 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

Destiny 2 is Coming To PC (But We Don't Know Exactly When)

While the original Destiny stayed exclusive to consoles, Bungie is looking to expand its player base by bringing Destiny 2 to PC. The PC version will be sold through Blizzard Entertainment's Blizzard Launcher instead of Valve's Steam digital platform. As a result, you'll be able to buy Destiny 2 using World of WarCraft gold.

The downside to Destiny 2 coming to PC is that Bungie hasn't nailed down a release date yet, which means that version could follow the Xbox One and PS4 release on September 8. "We're not committed to a PC date yet, but at Bungie we're totally committed to making a PC build as great as we can," said Destiny 2 director Luke Smith in an interview with PC Gamer. Our partnership with Blizzard and being on Battle.net, we want to make sure that this version of the game has the time it needs to bake in the oven so it's a delicious piece of bread when it comes out."

Destiny 2 on PC Won't Offer High-End Servers, but Won't Require High-End Specs to Enjoy

Bungie isn't ready to get into specifics where online architecture is concerned. However, Destiny 2 PC lead David Shaw did confirm to PC Gamer that the game will not use dedicated servers. "We do not have dedicated servers for Destiny 2 on PC," Shaw said. "I can tell you that we have had conversations and we’re aware of—we try really hard to listen to the community and hear what their concerns are, and we try to take those and turn those into the plans."

In order to appeal to as wide a customer base as possible, Shaw went on to say that Destiny 2 on PC won't demand top-of-the-line hardware to play. "So, we’re not announcing a min spec or recommended spec today," Shaw said. "We’ll talk about that in the future. But no, you absolutely won’t have to buy the latest and greatest hardware to be able to play the game and have a fun, quality experience."

If you do have a beefy rig, though, you'll be able to tap into features such as 4K resolution and support for 21:9 monitors.

Destiny 2 (Probably) Won't Be Ported to Nintendo Switch

I'm a loud and proud member of the "bring every single video game ever to Nintendo Switch" club, but a port doesn't seem to be in the cards for Destiny 2. "I think it's pretty unrealistic, given we're an online-only game, right?" Noseworthy told IGN. "The Switch, because it's a portable, and I love my Switch, I've got Breath of the Wild here, I've got it with me. It's incredible, I love the console, but in terms of where it's at, I don't want leave anyone with the possibility of, like, 'it's a thing we'll consider, maybe next year.' There's no plans right now for Switch."

Destiny 2 Will Offer Clan Support and Guided Games for Solo Players

The original Destiny asked you to keep track of allies on your own, lacking built-in support for clans. Destiny 2 will remedy that by offering clan support, as well as multiplayer features such as guided games that appeal to solo players.

By using clans, you'll gain access to "in-game rosters, tools you need to build your fire teams, and custom banners to help you shape your shared identities," according to Destiny 2's Social Lead M.E. Chung.

Destiny 2 Features an Overhauled Weapons System

Where the original Destiny divided weapons into primary, secondary, and heavy groupings, Destiny 2 will use kinetic, energy, and power in its revamped weapons system. The groupings seem to be intuitive, such as sniper rifles belonging to the power category.

Destiny 2 Will Fix What Was Wrong in the First Game

If you liked parts of Destiny and wished the rest of the game carried its share of the weight, Destiny 2 sounds like it should be right up your alley. Bungie's plan is to iterate on, rather than innovate with the sequel.

"Destiny 2 doesn't appear to be a total sea change from its predecessor, but it has taken criticisms to heart and sanded off some of the rough edges that may have turned off prospective players," wrote Shacknews editor-in-chief Steve Watts after going hands-on with the PC version. "It remains to be seen if the progression loop is equally refined, but Bungie has shown a capacity to learn from its mistakes. Destiny 2 is a smarter version of the game we began playing years ago, and that's exciting even without the element of surprise."

Darksiders™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Update: Yup, it’s now official. THQ Nordic have announced that Darksiders 3 is coming in 2018, made with the former Vigil Games folks at Gunfire Games.>

It seems a Darksiders 3 [official site] will indeed rise from the ruins of THQ with more Apocalyptic action, as listings for it have unexpectedly popped up on Amazon. This time, Fury will be the Horseman riding out to duff up monsters. This is not officially official yet, mind, as Darksiders owner THQ Nordic haven’t announced any such game. But the Amazon listing is right there and doesn’t look like a prank. THQ Nordic have said for years that they wanted to make a third Darksiders, so here we go? … [visit site to read more]

Saints Row 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

C-c-c-crimes!

It’s Saints Row a go-go round GOG today as the store celebrates more of Volition’s wacky open-world crime ’em ups arriving DRM-free on its virtual shelves. Some Saints games have been on GOG for ages but now the lineup is complete with the addition of Saints Row 4 (the one where you’re the President of the USA) and Gat out of Hell (the one in Hell). To mark this Saint-o-rama, Saints Row 2 (possibly still my favourite Saints Row) is free for 48 hours. And folks who own Saints Row games on Steam can add them to their GOG account to get DRM-free versions. GOG are holding a sale too. … [visit site to read more]

Company of Heroes - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

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

Pew pew pew pew pew! That s nothing like any of the sounds that happen in 2006 real-time strategy game Company of Heroes. I just like pretending to shoot you. … [visit site to read more]

Red Faction

Yesterday brought word of Square Enix's up-to-75-percent-off sale, and today brings with it news of Humble Store's THQ Nordic Week limited-time discount period. 

Offering up to 80 percent off select games, the THQ Nordic Week sale casts its wallet-friendly net over some of the publisher's games (Nordic Games, you may recall, rebranded last year) such as the Red Faction Collection—which includes Red Faction, Red Faction 2, Red Faction Guerrilla, Red Faction Armageddon and Red Faction Armageddon's Path to War DLC—for £7.99/$11.99. 

The Darksiders Franchise Pack comes with the Darksiders Warmastered Edition, the Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition, and 13 slices of DLC for £8.99/$9.99; while the Arcania and Gothic Bundle—which houses Arcania: Fall of Setariff, Gothic 1, Gothic 2: Gold Edition, Gothic 3 and Gothic 3: Forsaken Gods Enhanced Edition—is going for £7.99/$9.99. 

Humble's THQ Nordic Week sale can be viewed in full over this way, and, as always, I'd love for you to share your own bargains of choice in the comments below.

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