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

Guardians of the Rose [official site] is a skill-based action RPG that plants you in the shoes of a guild master out to achieve world peace. Alongside customisable stats, skills and gear, you have the power to recruit any NPC, any enemy and “even a few” of the game’s bosses in your quest for unity, so say developers Pixel x Pixel Games, however can also be swayed by the forces of evil depending on the choices you make.

Yes, it’s another pixel-heavy retro-inspired throwback, but citing inspiration such as old school Zelda, Gauntlet, Ragnarok Online, and the Elder Scrolls series has led to Guardians of the Rose being recently wrapping up a successful crowdfunding campaign. In any event, aesthetics aside, the choice-driven depth it promises is what’s caught my eye. Trailer time:

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

How do you like your claymore-wielding, lone-fighting, cape-sporting dark fantasy renegades served? If it’s with a penchant for murder, a desire to slice scores of forest-dwelling monsters in half, and a want to spill as much blood as is single-handedly possible, then Berserk has you covered. In case you missed the E3 reveal (you didn’t, though, because you bookmarked our E3 2016 news tab, didn’t you?) Berserk is the next Dynasty Warriors hack-n-slash spin-off based on the mature fantasy manga series of the same name. It’s now teased its first footage. And it’s typically pretty brutal.

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

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

Worms feels like a joke now: by my count there have been 23 games in the main series, and that’s not including the Facebook version or pinball and mini golf-themed spinoffs. It feels like so much iteration – or milking – glumly undermines the simplicity and silliness of the original I loved as a kid.

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

Tearing a blood-stained page from the likes of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, Sanitarium and The Black Mirror, Fatigue [Itch page] is a throwback to the classic third-person detective-cum-horror games of yesteryear that I grew up positively shitting myself in front of. Diving into the latter’s free pre-alpha demo, I was not only transported back to my youth, but also reminded of why I tend to play horror games in daytime hours: I’m a shitebag.

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

Let’s be clear: the above header image is a stock photo and is not> my own ship-crafting handiwork. You see, Super Punk Games’ The Last Leviathan [official site] bills itself as a “physics-based ship building and destruction adventure” and it seems I very much forgot to consider the former. I spent the best part of half an hour designing what I thought was a robust and threatening sea faring vessel with cannons and spikes and flamethrowers and when I finally tossed it into the water it immediately upturned and exploded shortly thereafter. Curse you buoyancy (or lack thereof)!

Anyway, The Last Leviathan is sort-of like genre similar Besiege and has just landed on Early Access. Here’s April’s Greenlight trailer that showcases boats far superior to mine:

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

Online co-op multiplayer has arrived in Nuclear Throne [official site], Vlambeer’s John-pleasing rougelikelike shooter, thanks to an unofficial new mod. YellowAfterlife’s Nuclear Throne Together mod cleverly adds online multiplayer completely with Steam invitations and lobby lists, which is awfully impressive considering Vlambeer never shared source code – this is reverse-engineered. Now you and a pal can try to become kings of the nuclear wasteland together.

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

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

OK it’s not a game, but I make the rules here, dammit.

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

Studio Wildcard describe the latest dino to breech the shores of Ark: Survival Evolved‘s [official site] fantastical technoisland as “extremely rare.” Which is just as well, I reckon, because, well, have you seen the size of the blighter? The Titanosaur enters the multiplayer survival ‘em up courtesy of its v243 update, which also extends the existing Snow Biome and introduces the new Redwood Forest area. Pop below to see the new ruinous locale in situ, as well as some moving pictures of the newest debutante.

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

Gun crime is sky-rocketing in the United States and just last week the elected representatives of the country voted to keep as many bullets from unemployment as possible. And while that sentence may be a rabid simplification of a greater issue, we all know what s fundamentally at fault here – we are just not praying enough.

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

Games? Nice. Playing? Us. Yes. Playing? You. Yes?

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