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

We still don t know for sure whether open world western Red Dead Redemption 2 [official site] is coming to PC at all. But one thing we do know for sure is that it s coming out for consoles this Autu– what? Oh. Oh, I see. Red Dead Redemption 2 will be coming out for consoles in Spring 2018, says Rockstar, embracing the delay into next year by saying that some extra time is necessary to ensure that we can deliver the best experience possible for our fans. Fair enough. They ve also released some dusty screenshots, to soften the wound. … [visit site to read more]

UnderRail - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Sin Vega)

Underrail [official site] is a game that wants to be Fallout. That’s okay! That’s a legendary game for several reasons, and some are even good. There’s definitely room for an RPG to be to Fallout what Xenonauts is to UFO: neither remake nor clone, but a new game that does all the same stuff we’ve missed, only without an interface from the Stupid Age.

Underrail, however, is not that game. It’s a bold attempt, but ultimately one that misses too many marks, and copies too many notes from the Bumper Book Of Frustrating RPG Design We Still Have To Put Up With For Some Reason.

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Dota 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Valve may make Dota 2 but who actually owns Dota? A jury trial may be called to decide who — if anyone — owns the copyright, Ars Technica report. Two mobile developers who are making Dota-y games and facing a legal attack from the combined forces of Valve and Blizzard have argued that the Dota copyright was abandoned so they’re free to use it, their logic rooted in Dota’s complicated origins in the Warcraft 3 mod scene. Given that Valve’s lawyers have previously fought the mighty Blizzard’s lawyers to a standstill in a trademark fight, I’d be surprised if this doesn’t go their way, but we’ll see! … [visit site to read more]

Dark Messiah of Might & Magic - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Samuel Horti)

I ve amassed an arsenal of weapons that would make any medieval fantasy army jealous. Shiny daggers, magic staffs, elven bows, orcish cleavers my inventory is full to bursting. But the weapon I ve used the most in Dark Messiah of Might and Magic is somewhat less flashy: my right shoe.

It’s a first-person action game with role-playing elements. Or maybe it’s a kicking simulator, and a brilliant one at that. At its core it s a game about booting baddies into spikes, into open fires, and off the tops of tall buildings to land with a crunch and a spray of red on the stones below.

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

Rasputin is a warmind.

“Destiny (2) is calllinnnnnnng meeeeeeeee” sang Brandon Boyer of early 2000s hit group The Thrills. “Open up my eeeeeeeeeager eyesssssssssss, cause I’m ready to read more grimoire cardssssssss.”

Well, I have some bad news for you, Brandon. Destiny 2 [official site] is doing away with grimoire cards in favour of sticking the lore in the game and not, e.g. in a completely separate app on my telephone. … [visit site to read more]

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

Well, I wasn’t far off in my prediction that Far Cry 5 [official site] would be “set in the fiefdoms of a post-Brexit Britain.” Ubisoft have squeezed out a quartet of teaser trailers for the next open-world FPS and yeehaw, it’s off to that America. These trailers show teensy corners of Hope County in Montana, and… that’s about it. It’s set in Montana. When it is set is unknown. One’s mind might jump to the Wild West but these look pretty dang modern to me. We’ll find out for certain at a a proper big reveal-y thing on Friday. E3 season drags everything out. … [visit site to read more]

Crusader Kings II - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Adam Smith)

Forget everything Fallout has ever taught you because war is changing. We already knew about upcoming geographical expansions in Crusader Kings II [official site], making areas that were previously impassable playable, but fresh news arrived in today’s dev diary and it involves changes to fundamental systems. The major shift will be in the causes of war, which will no longer require justification in every instance. That could be a dramatic change, given that one of the most important aspects of CK II is the need for a Casus Belli to not only declare war but to inform the goals of a war. The other alterations will come in battle itself, specifically sieges. More below.

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Reigns - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Graham Smith)

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

Swipe right to build homes for the poor. Swipe left to refuse to help the priests being charged protection money by the army. Swipe again and again to to make decision after decision until death befalls your king in Reigns [official site].

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The Silver Case - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

After revamping their very first game, 1999’s visual novel The Silver Case [official site], last year, Grasshopper Manufacture have now announced a remake of its sequel. Released on Japanese pocket telephones in 2005 as The Silver Case: Ward 25, the episodic adventure followed cops investigating more violent and strange crimes. When and where and how the remake be released are hazy for now but we do know its new name, The 25th Ward: The Silver Case. Grasshopper also announced plans to add extra chapters to The Silver Case in a free update next week. … [visit site to read more]

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

LoL MSI 2017 crowd

PREAMBLE BEFORE THE JUMP BECAUSE SPOILERS BLAH BLAH BLAH AND REMINDER THAT THE MID-SEASON INVITATIONAL IS THE CROSS-REGIONAL TOURNAMENT BETWEEN SPRING AND SUMMER. IT’S A TOURNAMENT IN ITS OWN RIGHT BUT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE DOING WELL AT MSI HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT ON YOUR SEEDING FOR THE WORLDS CHAMPIONSHIP ETC ETC!

The winners of the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational 2017 tournament are: … [visit site to read more]

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