Project CARS - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Katharine Byrne)

Oculus Rift

If you saw our heads-up about the HTC Vive Black Friday deal earlier this week (to recap, you get a Vive, Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR and a free deluxe audio strap and more for 599 starting from tomorrow), then you’ll be pleased to know that the Oculus Rift is also being discounted for Black Friday – starting TODAY, in fact. It’s almost as if they knew…

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Outcast 1.1 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alyse Stanley)

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Despite growing up in the 90s, I had never heard of Outcast. And as someone who loves open-world exploration, I don t share that fact proudly. I ve only ever known the shinier counterparts of last century s genre defining titles, growing up with games like Bioshock, Fallout, and Wolfenstein, whose decades-old predecessors continue to influence modern gaming conventions. As such, I was a blank slate coming into the recently released Outcast Second Contact, a remake of the 1999 cult classic.

What I discovered was a strange amalgam of new and old. Second Contact looks great and it’s a clear precursor to the open world games that came later, but how does it all hold together without the rose-tinted lens of nostalgia to cover its weaknesses?

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Thimbleweed Park™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Mitch Kocen)

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Adventure game remakes are common. But not everyone likes to see their old favourites revived. Mitch Kocen asked veteran point-and-clickmen Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer, among others, when they think it s OK to remaster the classics>

Without intervention, every video game you have ever loved will eventually become unplayable. The technology that enables the next generation of games cripples the last. At some point, systems simply can t run slowly enough to support games made decades prior. For many years, it wasn t possible to (legally) play older games without digging out the old computer gathering dust in your basement. Fortunately, there is a resurgence of classic games on modern hardware. These re-releases often come with new (or improved) graphics and sound, and sometimes include the option to view the game in its original form. Yet some creators are concerned that these changes compromise the game s original artistic vision. (more…)

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

Steam autumn sale

Black Friday-Smiday, this weekend’s all about the Steam Autumn sale, don’t you know? Yep, it’s that time of year again when we all spend way too much on games we’ll probably never play, but hey, at least we got a good saving in the process.

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Finding Paradise - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Fraser Brown)

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I can t check my inbox without being slapped in the face with press releases about games threatening to make me cry and feel grotesque human emotions. It s awful. To the Moon and Finding Paradise developer Freebird Games feels the same way, which is why it s now introducing 2 the Moon, a definitely real sci-fi adventure with loot boxes and monsters and all the things video game boys and girls love. Watch the heart-pounding trailer below.

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Total War™: ROME II - Emperor Edition - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Fraser Brown)

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How can a historical Total War compete with dinosaurs besieging a fortress filled with wraiths and shambling corpses? Ever since the launch of Total War: Warhammer, but even more since the arrival of Warhammer 2, I ve been wondering if Creative Assembly has backed itself into a corner. Total War s historical games will undoubtedly continue to appeal to those craving a more grounded strategy romp, but so many of the series most significant improvements are inextricably linked to a fantasy premise. So where does that leave Total War: Rome 2 – Empire Divided?

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Opus Magnum - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Matt Cox)

I'm not even sure what this does. But it works.

We’ve already seen some amazing contraptions come out of Opus Magnumsomeone’s even made a computer – but the Opus-est of Magnums might be yet to come. Zachtronics have stuck an additional chapter on to the end of the alchemy-based puzzler’s campaign, and it looks hard as hell.

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SpyParty - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Fraser Brown)

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The first time SpyParty was mentioned here was in 2010, and we ve not written about it since 2015, so you could be forgiven for forgetting that it existed. But it does indeed still exist, and after eight years of development, it’s coming to Steam early access. There’s a new trailer below that breaks down the simple but seductive premise.

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Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Fraser Brown)

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At 19, I was a mess. I was missing all of my classes at university, arguing with my girlfriend all the time and I d managed to get thousands of pounds in debt. All I wanted to do was check out. Neverwinter Nights got me through it. It wasn t the lacklustre single-player campaign, or even the long list of phenomenal mods — it was the persistent worlds.

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

Shoot the man, yeah!

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

Shootmania: Storm was an athletic multiplayer shooter. You moved fast, you jumped far and you only had two types of gun (one of which only appeared when you stood on a certain type of platform). It was about skill, not gear. Everyone died in the same number of hits, everyone had the same powers. People use esport to describe Dota 2, Call of Duty and Overwatch. I don t think Shootmania matches those in terms of quality but I d argue it was far more sportsmanlike, because it had symmetry. (more…)

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