DUSK - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

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A lot of people are comparing DUSK to Quake. They’re not wrong to do that; there are enough brown polygons and chunky weapons to bring back memories of nailguns, ogres and Trent Reznor’s ominous drones.

My mind turned to Blood though. DUSK begins with b-movie horror tropes as chainsaws whirr and cultists shriek threats, and from there it takes a tour through pretty much the whole of nineties shooters, as I remember them.

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Full Metal Furies - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

The studio behind roguelikelike platformer Rogue Legacy today released their new game, the cooperative action-RPG beat ’em up Full Metal Furies. It’s so into cooperation–in other local or online form for up to four players–that even the singleplayer option will let Nigel Nae-Pals swap between characters mid-fight for monster combos. Rogue Legacy is a goodun so ooh let’s see about this. (more…)

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

Epic Games have confirmed that updates for Paragon, their free-to-play MOBA, are slowing down, and that they have drafted people from the team to help on the runaway success that is Fortnite Battle Royale. While over 40 million people have downloaded Fortnite Battle Royale in under four months, according to Epic, Paragon has not found nearly the same success. In a candid public post, Epic addressed the gloomy tone of many players, saying, “Here inside Epic, we’re talking about the future of Paragon in pretty much the same terms as you’re talking about it.” (more…)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

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A couple of weeks back, rumours started spreading that a new Fable game was in the works. That seemed odd considering Microsoft shut down Lionhead, the studio that made the Fable games, nearly two years ago. According to Eurogamer, those rumours were on the money: new Fable is coming, and it’ll be “a story and character-focussed open-world action RPG” made by UK developer Playground Games.

They’re the chaps that made Forza Horizon, so we can all look forward to zooming around Albion in Venom GTs and Camero ZL1s.

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Slay the Spire - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

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Slay the Spire is a juicy, bloody fillet of a card game rolled around in the random oils and spices of a roguelike. I d further this culinary analogy by cooking it in an RPG oven but let s just go ahead and eat it raw. Because it’s delicious>. Also, I m a vampire now. I had an altercation in a glowing city and the game took all my normal attack cards and replaced them with bite cards, transforming me into a frail but dangerous demon of the night. I’m fine with this.

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Kingdoms and Castles - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Graham Smith)

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

I spent a long, lazy weekend with Kingdoms and Castles and it was one of the most purely pleasant gaming experiences I had in 2017. (more…)

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

Mason Lindroth’s 2015 RPG Hylics is a game I want people to see. I want you to warm you eyes with its surreal and meaty clay-ish world, fill you ears with its warbling guitar, tingle your brain with its frozen burritos and ablative holopleather, move your hands in sync with the spellcasting gestures, and chill your spine with the claymation flesh melting off your weird crescent head when your fella dies. Encountering it is a delight. And now aw heck, come on, come watch this new trailer for the sequel I’d forgotten was coming. What a treat to be reminded of Hylics 2! (more…)

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

The next Overwatch map will launch on January 23rd, Blizzard World have confirmed. It’s taking the gang to the magical kingdom of Blizzard World, a theme park based on Blizzard’s other games, from the StarCraft rollercoaster ‘Journey to Airu’ to the ‘Snaxxramas’ restaurant. Us, nah we’re not having fun, we’re going there to shove a payload around. After a stretch on the test servers, Blizzard are now confident that they’ve jacked the saltiness of fries high enough that people will become parched and need to buy a drink but not high enough to vomit, so they’ll set the map live on the main servers next Tuesday. New costumes based on characters from other Blizzard games are coming too. (more…)

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

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Poise. Skill. Patience. Calm.

Those are just four of the attributes that speedrunner ‘Distortion2’ possess, and I am sadly lacking – at least when it comes to ascending a mountain as a man stuck in a cauldron using only a hammer (a sentence that never stops being fun to write). Ok, so you read the headline, you know what you’re about to witness: Getting Over It has been completed in less than 2 minutes. If you don’t mind seeing the later sections before you’ve reached them yourself, then this is one speedrun you won’t want to miss.

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

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Why did the mountain climber quit his job and become a wrestler? Because he was grappling hooked.

Hello and welcome to another day of awfulness. I m Brendan, and today we will be alleviating the weight of existence with news that Remnants of Naezith, a grappling hook platformer that looks hard as a Blackpool rock, will be coming out on February 6. It also looks like a speedrunner s dream. Come see. (more…)

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