Nantucket - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

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My rotten sloop is wheezing into port, the decks slick with blubber and blood, and still it isn’t enough. The sea teems with life and before this day is done, I swear I will silence all of it. From our home port to the distant shores of Europe and Africa, the water will run red.

This is Nantucket, a strategic-RPG about the golden age of whaling. I’m hunting for Moby Dick but it’s a long voyage from lowly captain to vengeance and fate personified. Mostly, my time is spent stabbing tiny baby whales until they turn into piles of money and food.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Katharine Byrne)

HyperX Cloud Flight

It’s been barely a week since the annual CES tech bonanza shut up shop for another year, but HyperX has wasted no time getting in its very first wireless gaming headset out into the wild. Dubbed the Cloud Flight, this headset boasts the longest battery life of any of its wireless competitors – up to a whopping 30 hours to be precise.

That’s enough time to play a complete run through of AC Oranges or that same cathedral at the start of Dark Souls III over and over again because god damn Vordt of the Boreal Valley is just too damn hard. The question is, is it actually any good?

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Life is Strange: Before the Storm - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Life Is Strange: Before the Storm‘s third and final chapter arrived in December, bringing the teen trauma prequel full circle, but that isn’t quite the end. Still to come is a “bonus” episode set even earlier than Before the Storm, visiting teensy Chloe and teensy Max before they were pulled apart. Square Enix today announced that the bonus ep, named Farewell, will launch on March 6th. It will only be available in the game’s various deluxe editions, which is a bummer. New deluxe editions are coming, mind, including one with the soundtrack on vinyl for those who enjoy forcing squished dinosaurs to do karaoke. (more…)

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (RPS)

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Aw, hey! I’m so glad you came. You know, I was saying to Alice, just a second ago I was saying to her: “I hope our favourite listener drops in” and now look here you are. That’s great, that’s so nice. YOU’RE nice. Ha ha. Have a drink. No thank you, I’ve had twelve. Look, there’s Adam. Watch out though, he’s gabbing on about Overcooked and those Jackbox Party Packs But never mind, Alice is outside by the paddling pool, talking some chumps into a game of Jelly Stompers. I also think she has a copy of Deadly Premonition with her for some reason. Brendan? He’s in the kitchen, probably boring somebody about Gang Beasts. Best stay here. With me, the Electronic Wireless Show. (more…)

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

A big Fortnite Battle Royale update today re-landscapes the map in the free-to-play Plunkbat fan game that all the cool kids are surely calling Fibre. The world overhaul drops a new city into the world, along with a new mine, a few other new places, and more variety across the land thanks to different biomes. Other big changes in today’s patch include disabling friendly fire (for now, anyway) and improving performance. (more…)

Steel Division: Normandy 44 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

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As Meat Loaf sang, “Like a bat out of hell, I’ll be promptly returning to hell when the morning comes.” Not one for sticking around to clean up the flat or make a fry-up after a night of partying, Mr Loaf.

Steel Division: Normandy 44, the rather spiffy WWII RTS developed by Wargame and R.U.S.E. studio Eugen, is also going back to hell. The hell of war. The next expansion is due on February 13th, and it adds seven new historical missions, five of which support multiplayer, and four new divisions for use in solo and multiplayer skirmish, with 58 new units. Perhaps most exciting of all, a free update will be released alongside the DLC, as is the Paradox way, and that extends co-op play beyond the Skirmish mode. If I can have a friend alongside me, I might actually be able to win a battle. Perhaps even an entire war.

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Cobalt - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

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

Cobalt had two ideas that make it one of the best arena shooters I ve played: automatic time slowing, and a roll button that deflects bullets. There s a single player/co-op campaign, though when I played that was only there in bare-bones form. Not that it mattered, because the multiplayer was fantastic. (more…)

Endless Space® 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

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Xcess, xplain, xcacerbate, xpire. Those are my 4 Xs. What are yours? Oh, it s the boring ones. The kind you d find in grand strategy sci-fi game Endless Space 2. Well, it might xcite you to learn that the space race between space races is getting an xpansion featuring the Vaulters, a crowd of godly ne er-do-wells who ve feature in previous Endless games, such as Endless Legend. This is the first proper expansion and it s coming out on January 25. Here s a cinematic about a sad robot. (more…)

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

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Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy has been stewing for a while – as have the people who’ve been playing it – so I figured the internet would have cooked up some treats for our viewing pleasure. I figured correctly: below you’ll find the best clips, gifs and raps I could find.

If you’ve ever wondered what Getting Over It might look like if someone attempted it in real life, then wonder no more.

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Fallout: New Vegas - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

One of the few certainties in this ever-changing world is: right now, someone, somewhere, is remaking an old Bethesda open-world RPG inside a newer game from that series. Fans are working on bringing several Elder Scrolls games to several newer Elder Scrolls games, while others are trying to put Fallout 3 and Obsidian’s Fallout: New Vegas inside Fallout 4. The teams behind the Fallout 3 and New Vegas mods have both recently shown more of their work so coo go on, let’s have a look. (more…)

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