PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

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This is Playstyle Royale, where I head into Playerunknown s Battlegrounds and try to win my chicken dinner while adhering to arbitrary rules. This week, I m going with Godwhacker s excellent suggestion in the comments from last time:

Dump the Evidence .

You re allowed one kill with a weapon, but then it must be dropped, in order to outfox the Hampshire Constabulary who are fast catching up with you and your trail of murder. You can keep the usual four weapons in your inventory and switch between them, but each gun and any attachments must be disposed of after it s been used, ideally somewhere it can t be found easily. I m also going to embrace my role and try to take out every player I see – I wouldn t be much of a hunter if I didn t. As usual, I ve got five tries to reach the number one spot. Let s get to it!

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Call of Duty®: WWII - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

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Videogames’ extended voyage through the uncanny valley would go on for at least another couple of decades, I’d presumed until recently. Real, believable people conjured from our graphics cards would surely remain a pipedream for many hardware generations to come. Then I played Call of Duty: WW2, and the first cracks appeared in the walls of reality.

All of sudden, videogames can do faces. Amazing faces. Terrifying faces. (more…)

Tower 57 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

You’ll have an example off the top of your head, but I’m struggling to think of the last twin-stick shooter that put a big emphasis on downtime between blasting, with NPCs, a decent chunk of story, and an RPG-style upgradeable roster of characters. That’s what Tower 57 rather modestly offers, all through very pleasing chunky 16-bit art.

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Infinifactory - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

Hubble, bubble, toil and puzzle

The alchemical puzzler Opus Magnum has a few of us at House RPS scratching our heads and shouting “a-ha!” before giddily sharing our twisted contraptions in GIF form. It’s real good, friends. The studio behind it, Zachtronics, is headed by Zach Barth. I spoke to him about the game’s machines, his short stint at Valve, and the reasons he sold his own company. (more…)

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

"Ach sure"

Overwatch, the colourful hero shooter, recently introduced the hero Moira, an Irish witch with shiny hands. Being of the Irish persuasion, I thought I would take a gander at her. I wanted to listen to the lines of dialogue she had, which I d heard included some true-to-life phrases of my homeland, such as What are you on about? and You re a chancer . But I also wanted to see how bad her accent was, and chastise Blizzard for being so —

Oh no, it s fine. (more…)

Mirror's Edge™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

Tactical retreats

Cowardice is a virtue. So says the team on this week’s RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. That’s because our theme is “running away” – games that encourage you to flee from danger, or that give you a choice between fight and> flight. Adam will run from the soldiers of Arma or the post-apocalyptic antagonists of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Brendan will scarper from poor odds in For Honor or Overwatch, while Alice only pretends> to run away in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, tricking her foes into giving chase before ambushing them like some kind of velociraptor. (more…)

Warface - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Fraser Brown)

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Everyone s trying to get some of that Plunkbat money, with Warface, Crytek s free-to-play shooter, being the latest game to add a battle royale mode. It s live now as part of the November update. Unlike Battlegrounds or H1Z1, however, the smaller scale of Warface means that it s not quite as much of a messy free-for-all, what with only 16 players competing for the top spot.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Chris Finnamore)

Buying an SSD can be a bit of a headache when you’re constantly being bombarded with such friendly terms as mSATA and M.2 this, and NVMe and PCIe that, which is why we’re here to help you pick the best SSD for you and your budget. Below, you’ll find our current top picks as well as in-depth buying advice on how to pick your next SSD. Whether it’s for general performance or the fastest speeds money can buy, we’ve got you covered.

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Crysis 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Graham Smith)

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

Everything that Crysis 1 did right, Crysis 2 threw away. Combat scenarios set in open areas you could approach your own way? Gone. Destructible buildings and AI smart enough to navigate it? Gone. Unique, jungle setting? Gone. The resulting game is poorer in every conceivable way. (more…)

Battlerite - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

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Battlerite has brought forth another champion into the arena, and she’s an absolute beast. There’s more than a touch of Samus to Destiny ‘The Sky Ranger’, with her massive arm cannon and ball transforming ways. You can see her in action in the trailer below.

I also spoke to Stunlock Studios about Battlerite’s future as an e-sport, and what makes it “the fighting game of the MOBA world”.

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