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

I'm a 70's cop in LA. What the hell is a lift, turkey?

Each Monday, Chris Livingston visits an early access game and reports back with stories about whatever he finds inside. This week, shooting thugs in their mugs and then shooting their drugs, with LA Cops.>

I entered a mansion without a warrant. I shot dozens of suspects dead without identifying myself as a police officer. I destroyed several shipments of illegal drugs that could have served as evidence. And, I carelessly got my partner killed. Since I’m a cop in 1970′s Los Angeles, that’s all par for the course. But I also broke two doors! That’s property damage! Man, the Chief is gonna have my ass>.

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

Multi-faceted.

I felt a terrible familiar pang watching a tourist whack people with their giant backpack on the Paris Metro during my hols last week. They had the same problem as I do with first-person driving or flying games: I don’t know how to move with all that unseen mass. Unable to drive or fly, I understand first-person views as controlling a me-sized body, so I slam my passenger side into walls and clip my wings on trees. I’m awful at arcade flight game Faceted Flight, but perhaps you might take better to zipping around and flying through rings? I dread to imagine how bad I’d be using its VR support.

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

ArcheAge is a silly name, and also a new MMO from the creator of the Lineage series. It’s free to play – and from my experience of the first few hours, that’s actually very free – and it’s available from Trion if you go through the joy of installing their new Glyph shop-cum-game launcher. I’ve spent today playing it, and try to fathom why I’ve enjoyed myself despite >everything, below.>

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

I love a good artillery game and Cannon Brawl just might be a great one. As well as measuring angles and projectile strength, the gorgeous RTS hybrid from Turtle Sandbox has players managing resources and locations across its 20 single player missions. I played an early version and found it absolutely delightful. It’s challenging, inventive and rewarding, and allows you to fire drills from a cannon. Even the early stages allow for flexible strategic approaches, and it’s possible to succeed either by playing offensively or defensively. A fine balance is obviously preferable but levels aren’t laid out like puzzles with a single correct solution. The launch trailer below was fired onto my screen at a 67 degree angle at 45% power.

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

Not pictured: anything this documentary refers to.

EVE Online would make a poor spectator sport. Reading written reports about huge battles and stalking Titans can be jolly fascinating, but they’re no fun to watch. Unless you’ve blown up loads of things in EVE yourself, you’ll probably be baffled by giant swarms of little red and blue squares swirling around inside blue bubbles. What’s happening? Where even are the spaceships?

Here, watch Clarion Call 4. It’s a one-hour documentary by EVE alliance Rooks and Kings, looking at the changing face of EVE war through battle footage, artwork, recorded voice comms, and narration.

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

Dwarf Abort-ress more like.

Last week Double Fine announced that Spacebase DF-9 development was coming to an end. The issue was that hundreds of features that had previously been listed as “maybe possibly” coming to the game were no longer to going to be delivered, replaced instead with the release of the game’s LUA codebase so the community could add content themselves.

People are understandably peeved. Tim Schafer has now commented on the game’s Steam discussion forum in response to some of the common questions about what happened.

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

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

Oh, my feelings about BioShock as a series are so muddled these days. I’ve been round the houses with hype, backlash, backlash-backlash, controversy, disappointment, hope, nostalgia, all of it. One thing I do know: late-in-the-day BioShock 2 DLC Minerva’s Den got it right.

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

Hey, hey! Calm down!

Dragon Ball, as I understand it, is about about toddlers getting so worked up they spontaneously age 14 years and skip straight to that teenage phase of growing their hair out and getting into fights that are mostly posing and yelling. This may not be wholly accurate. I mostly know it from years of seeing PlanetQuake plastered with Dragon Ball mods, Dragon Ball player models, and Dragon Ball usernames. But because of that, I always expect to see the anime and manga’s video games on PC.

Hey, look: Dragon Ball Xenoverse will come to PC. You’ll get to create your own angry teenager.

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

While the gold rush is long over, it seems clear that Kickstarter is here to stay. That’s a good thing: the crowdfunding platform is a useful avenue for game projects that would otherwise have no means of production. Yet, after many quiet successes and a few noisy failures, it’s also clear that there are risks involved for both creator and backer. Kickstarter themselves stay out of that relationship as much as possible, but last week updated their Terms of Use with a section designed to establish the contract and best behaviour guidelines between both parties.

If you’re ever going to back a Kickstarter project – and we post about a lot of projects here – you should read this to know what you’re getting into.

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

Toxikk is a throwback, a self-proclaimed bullshit-free arena shooter that looks back to the days of Unreal Tournament. No regenerating health, no free to play, no classes. Yes! An end to class warfare, an end to something-for-nothing culture, an end to untenable healthcare! The video below is a party political broadcast from Reakktor Studios but it shows the walk as well as the talk. It’s a Back To Basics campaign backed up by a game that’s thankfully quite a bit more colourful than John Major.

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