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

Two ghostloads of new scares arrive in Resident Evil 7 Biohazard [official site] today with the launch of the ‘Banned Footage’ DLC packs. Each adds a mish-mash of new story bits and modes, from escaping a room while in the watchful care of a cannibal to betting your fingers in a Saw>-like game of Blackjack. Awful. These DLC packs have been out on PlayStation 4 for a bit because of exclusivity shenanigans but hey, this means I got to live a bit longer without seeing that awful Blackjack. Warning: it is awful. However, the monster wearing a jaunty hat is great. Swings and roundabouts. … [visit site to read more]

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

Square Enix have announced a new RPG, currently known as Project Prelude Rune [official site], and a new Japanese studio to make it called Studio Istolia. The studio is being led by Hideo Baba, who previously worked at Namco Bandai on the Tales series. There are only a few details so far and a few pieces of concept art, which you can see below.

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

A hotfix patch is out today to For Honor [official site] to fix a few of those nagging bugs. These include problems with Easy AntiCheat errors, full screen problems, and a cracking bug that saw Steam Controller users kicked for being AFK. A bigger update is in the works, mind. This second patch will tweak the stabfest’s balance, including buffing Valkyrie and changing guardbreak counters. … [visit site to read more]

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

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, it’s only the weekly Steam charts! These are the ten games which sold best on Steam last week.

Warning: we have reached Peak Charts. Peak Charts warning. Containment about to be breached. Please evacuate the premises. … [visit site to read more]

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

When we were compiling our thoughts on the best apartments in games, Alice was disappointed that Little Party wouldn’t make the cut. That’s not because its domestic space isn’t one of the best around, it’s because that space is quite clearly a house rather than an apartment. And what a house it is. I played the game for half an hour and feel like I spent a long weekend there.

It figures that almost as soon as we published that feature, the team behind Little Party would release a game not just set in an apartment, but about> an apartment. Packing Up the Rest of Your Stuff on the Last Day at Your Old Apartment [Itch page] is a first-person packing simulator. You collect the objects in your soon-to-be-vacated flat, place them in boxes, arrange them neatly, and then tape ’em up. Oh, and you’ll probably do a bit of contemplating along the way. I know how you are. … [visit site to read more]

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

The Mooseman

The Mooseman [official site] is another one of those games which caught my eye for its colour palette – greyscale plus teal – but then went on to sound legit interesting in the description field. I love it when that happens: “You are the Mooseman and you have the ability to see all that is hidden to the mortal eye.” … [visit site to read more]

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

All you RPS historical reenactors out there: you can now pre-load the open beta client for Ghost Recon Wildlands [official site] to prepare for recreating Brendan and Graham’s closed beta adventures. But who plays Graham and who plays Brendan? Which one of you feel hopeful about the squad-based stealth-o-shooter and who will get a bit bored? Who plays Scottish and who does Irish? You can sort these questions out as the 30GB download rolls ahead of this weekend’s open beta. I trust that you already have plaid shirts and beards sorted out from your other RPS reenactments. … [visit site to read more]

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

Every Monday Brendan prays to the gods of early access for favour, power and a winning hand. This week, the collectible card game battler Smite Tactics [official site]>

Being a fan of Duelyst s card-based lunacy, I was more than happy to dip my toes into Smite Tactics at Pip s suggestion. It s a spin-off CCG from the makers of the same-named MOBA, using their collected gods and mythical figureheads to get you collecting cards instead of pushing mid. Sadly, it s as skeletal as an argonaut s worst nightmare, in dire need of some fleshing out. … [visit site to read more]

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

A monster in good ways and in bad ways, but we’ll get to that shortly. First, here’s the plan. Over the coming few weeks and months, I’m going to review a number of gaming laptops from a variety of manufacturers. Each will be its own standalone review, but as well as the fact that each new review can involve greater comparison to the other systems, at the end of the whole boogaloo, I will buy the laptop I like best. Hardware reviews with a narrative arc. I’m like the Joss Whedon of computer journalism, me.

We kick off with Alienware’s latest 15″ machine (US and UK store link; exact specs and prices differ per territory), toting an NVIDIA GTX 1070 and an Intel Kaby Lake i7 CPU. … [visit site to read more]

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

Nice.

Specter of Torment, the next add-on coming free to cracking throwback platformer Shovel Knight [official site], should be bouncing our way in April. That’s the word from developers Yacht Club Games, who previously said more broadly that it’d arrive in spring. Like the Plague Knight expansion, Specter of Torment will bring a campaign starring another knight, this time Specter Knight with his swish wall-climbing and air-dash attacks. Here, check his moves out in this trailer from December: … [visit site to read more]

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