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

Audiosurf 2 [official site] is coming out on May 26th. “Oh,” says whatever voice I’ve created for the purposes of introducing this post (sounds a bit like an old mate of yours, one you don’t think about often and smile remembering, but underwater), “I thought it was out. It’s not out? It is out, isn’t it? No? Really?”

No, it’s still on Steam Early Access. The game which turns your songs into courses to race around gathering points launched into Early Access in October 2013 and creator Dylan Fitterer has worked on it since. Now he’s almost done, and mercy me I might get pulled back to old friendly rivalries.

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

It was only when Marsh prematurely evaluated all over Medieval Engineers [official site] that I realised its initial Steam Early Access launch lacked multiplayer. I’m inattentive, me. But developers Keen Software House (them lot also behind Space Engineers) had shown multiplayer in its trailers and screenshots and I’d blithely assumed… that doesn’t matter now.

Multiplayer arrived in the castle-building/smashing sandbox yesterday for both its creative and survival modes. You can now smash your pal’s castle to pieces.

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

The last time we wrote about dinosaurs-versus-jetpacks multiplayer shooter Orion: Prelude [official site] it was 2012, after which I suspect we realised it was broken and rubbish and stopped paying attention. It’s three years later however and its developers haven’t stopped updating it in that time, and in canny fashion they’re now bragging about their support, noting their improved Steam user review rating, and making the game free to play all this week. Watch the trailer below.

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

Paint a fluorescent blue anarchy symbol on the back of your leather jacket, slip on your fingerless studded gloves, stock up on Gamer Grub, and try to figure out how your rad cybermohawk will fit under a headstrap: cybergoggles are coming.

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset’s consumer model had previously been lined up for 2015, but Oculus VR were always a bit dreamy about that. Now they’ve announced that, for really reals, it’ll arrive in 2016 some time from January to the end of March. The exact price, hardware specifications, and other details you might fancy knowing are still under wraps for now, though.

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

A Nazi robot knight I guess.

The horror of the Nazis is that they didn’t have cyberodogs or moonbases or power armour: everything they did was regular people, plain and simple and awful. Back in the zany comedy world of video game Nazis, though, you can now go on another merry adventure into Naziland with all sorts of new (or old, really) kooky mechaNazis.

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood [official site], a standalone budget-priced prequel to the splendid Wolfenstein: The New Order, is now out. Alec will be telling us Wot He Thinks soonish but for now, hey look, it’s out and I have some moving pictures to show you.

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

You’ve had a Star Was bed spread, Star Wars pyjamas, Star Wars crockery, Star Wars t-shirts, a Star Wars backpack, Star Wars sunglasses, a Star Wars wedding cake, a Star Wars credit card, and a Star Wars coffin, but do you have Star Wars video games? Well, yes, obviously. But do you have Star Wars characters running around with Spider-Man and Mickey Mouse? Well, outside of those weird Quake mods. Aha! Right!

You may soon, as Star Wars is coming with Disney Infinity 3.0. Announced yesterday, the new version of the collect-o-fight-a-platformer is due this autumn.

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

Ultima Ratio Regum [official site] can be downloaded and played right now, but its appeal for me isn’t in the 4X roguelike’s unfinished alpha release. Much like its inspiration Dwarf Fortress, I enjoy URR because of its grand ambition, its commitment to procedural generation, and its carefully detailed development blog.

This week’s blogged about addition is particularly fine: procedural ANSI faces, as pictured above.

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

Mercenaries are great. I’ve never met one in real life, mind, and don’t think I’d want to, but they’re invariably great when they pop up in games. Perhaps part of the appeal is that their apparent amorality lets us play soldiers without considering politics or aftermath – whatever the reasons may be, I’m usually glad to see a band of guns/swords-for-hire. Whether they’re a shortcut to short-term success in a strategy game or the delightful bastards of Jagged Alliance, the mercenaries of gaming are alright with me.

Now we can add Battle Brothers [official site] to the list of Good Mercenary Games. Currently in Early Access, it’s a very lovely thing indeed.

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

All right, so it's not the best-looking thing.

People often ask me, “Alice oh Alice, when oh when will another I get to install another download client? I’ve got everything from GameTap to a mint condition copy of the very first version of Steam (preserved in a mylar directory, of course) but I want more.” Good news, chum-o: GOG are about to open up the beta version of their Galaxy client to everyone.

Unlike most store’s download clients, mind, Galaxy is entirely optional. GOG games still come as DRM-free installers but if you do fancy auto-patching, friends, chat, stats, achievements, matchmaking, and whatnot, hey, give it a whirl.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Robert Florence)

Mate.

Mate. I didnae even know there were that many animals.

Sometimes it’s good to look at a board game that has a little bit of an educational slant to it. Board games are great to play with kids, and there’s nothing better than busting out something that can broaden their knowledge while they play. And you can broaden your knowledge too. Because, most likely, you’re an idiot just like me.

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