Team Fortress 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Rich McCormick)

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Update Night is a fortnightly column in which Rich McCormick revisits games to find out whether they’ve been changed for better or worse.>

This is RPS, so let’s get literary. Team Fortress 2 is the game version of the Picture of Dorian Gray but in reverse. (more…)

Dishonored 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

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Me: someone who believes that gothbro apparent trickster god The Outsider is the worst thing that ever happened to the Dishonored games, and thus positively relishes the chance to kill the blighter.

Also me: someone who is absolutely determined to play Dishonored games without causing even a single fatality.

Hmm. Standalone expansion Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider [official site] makes life pretty tricky for me, then. (more…)

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

The Battle Royale mode being added to Fortnite [official site] will actually become a free-to-play standalone game next week on the 26th, Epic Games announced today. Epic were in the process of rolling it out as a separate mode within sandbox build-o-craft-a-shooter Fortnite, which is currently in paid early access then will become F2P at launch, but have instead decided to launch it separately now-ish. Fortnite Battle Royale will eventually sell cosmetic items and bits but it should initially just be free-free. As the old saying advises: plunk while the bat is hot. (more…)

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

Bad news, bloodsuckers: Vampyr [official site] has been delayed. The Victorian undead RPG from Life Is Strange and Remember Me studio Dontnod Entertainment was due some time in November 2017 but unexpected trouble has set them back too far. Rather than rush it out, Dontnod will take their time and release Vampyr in spring 2018. (more…)

Super Hydorah - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Swell shoot ’em up Hydorah returns today, expanded as Super Hydorah [official site]. As bad at shmups as I am, I did enjoy Hydorah’s side-scrolling action and weird locations. The Super version isn’t massively different but it is fleshed out and fancied up, and the 2010 original is free so heck, it’s hard to complain about a 9 price tag. Hydorah is the creation of Locomalito, whose fine freeware Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins-ish platformer Maldita Castilla was similarly revamp-o-rereleased last year. (more…)

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

Cabin

On an afternoon trawl of cool free projects I came across Cabin [Itch.io link]- a “fleeting experimental game about spending time in a cabin” in which you can “relax”, “drink a beer”, “stare at the moon” and “paint the sky”. I’ll admit that it was the latter which was of most interest as I can do the other three IRL once the sun sets. (more…)

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

Junkertown, not to be confused with Junckertown, a village in Luxembourg populated entirely by clones of the EU politician Jean-Claude Juncker

Blizzard s Overwatch [official site], aka The Shooter You Dumped So You Could Play Destiny 2 But Who You Still Text When You Are Drunk Thus Revealing Your True Feelings, is now sporting its new Junkertown map. It s the dusty map they announced with an animated short about the grenade launching Australian hero Junkrat. It looks neat. But more importantly, some massive changes to angelic healer Mercy and Dew-glugging gremlin Dva have also been crammed into this update. All this has been on the testing server for a while but today the rest of us plebs can enjoy. In fact, I m going to go and take a look at it now. (more…)

Divinity: Original Sin 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

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Here, drink this potion. It’s called the Electronic Wireless Show and it’s a podcast. Yes, you drink it via your ears, unusual I know, but you’ll feel much better afterwards. This week, we’re talking about roguelikes, roguelites, roguefites and roguelifes. What do words even mean anymore? Also, Pip has been enjoying the blocky spellcasting of Rogue Islands, while Adam is killing innocent young men in the fantasy caves of Divinity: Original Sin 2. Absolutely unnecessary behaviour. To make matters even more unbearable, it’s the last podcast with Pip! I shall sum up how I feel about this using the ASCII language of the roguelike.

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Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jamie Wallace)

Humble Very Positive Bundle 2

Have you heard the one about Humble making a new Bundle? It’s a good one. Rather, it’s a Very Positive one.

Following on from the original ‘Very Positive’ Bundle back in May this year, Humble has brought the idea back for another go – in the Humble Very Positive Bundle 2, funnily enough. The collection of games brought together here all feature Steam ratings of ‘Very Positive’ or above and while we can’t always rely on those ratings as proof of a game’s intrinsic qualities, as recent happenings have taught us, rest assured these games are quite good>.

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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® Wildlands - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

While it is a wailing shame that the name ‘Ghost War’ has been claimed by a game which features not one single spectre, apparition, manifestation, phantasm, or g-g-g-ghost!, introducing competitive multiplayer to the sandbox world of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site] could turn out interesting. The 4v4 team deathmatch mode Ghost War will hit Ubisoft’s open-world imperialism ’em up sometime this autumn, but an open beta will let all and sundry try it for free this weekend. Preloading of the standalone test client has now begun and you needn’t own Wildlands to play it. (more…)

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