Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jim Rossignol)

Hats not optional.If you’re looking for folks to play games with then look no further than our own forums and Steam group. There’s a Guild Wars 2 community on Gunnar’s Hold, and an XCOM multiplayer club for those with turn-based inclination. Perhaps even more usefully, the Arma 2 chaps run a big public Mumble, with channels for all sorts of games. If you’re in need of voice-comms for an RPS game, then why not hop on there? The Arma 2 contingent roll out every Tuesday, and I can vouch first-hand that it’s a fine way to make the most of that game. But what I am really saying is that whether you’re interested in Minecraft or in Planetside, there should be something there for you. So why not take a look?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jim Rossignol)

ATTACK OF THE MEN.Gee-Tav’s Second Trailer Is Here! Well, below, anyway. It shows us a little bit more of the giant open world’s three-man story of glitzy gangsterism and vehicular vehicularisms. The game, which is due next spring, will apparently feature “yoga, triathlons, Jet Skiing, base-jumping, tennis, golf, scuba diving or go to the gym.” A bit like the RPS office, that. Only with less macho sportsmanship. (more…)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

I've always wondered if things can see and/or aim while firing lasers out of their eyes. I think this image answers my question.

So this is potentially a bit problematic. Once upon a time, ArenaNet prided itself on taking the “end” out of endgame in Guild Wars 2. And admittedly, it’s not like Tyria’s baddest beasties and best quests are suddenly making a beeline for the back of the bus. But ArenaNet is moving full-steam ahead with that oh-so-restrictive of popular MMO practices: gear checking. Put simply, if your stuff’s not up to snuff, the upcoming Fractals of the Mists dungeon will eventually chew you up and spit you out. The solution? A brand new “Ascended” gear tier that’ll allow for special upgrades that mitigate progress-slowing (and in tougher cases, halting) debuffs.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jim Rossignol)

Over-talented game dev Aubrey Hesselgren crafted an unofficial 3D mashup of Super Meat Boy and Super Mario Galaxy, apparently “for Tommy Refenes’ 30th Birthday”. You can see a video of it in action below. Hesselgren says on a Reddit thread devoted to the idea: “It’s just an experiment in adaptation. I kept hearing people write off 3D games with all the arguments about spatial perception, limited information etc, and wanted to try to tackle a few of their points, just for my own edification. I didn’t want to dismiss what they were saying, but I felt like I had to see for myself. I learnt a lot!” (more…)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jim Rossignol)

Look, we just want to find out why everyone is dressed like this.Rift’s big expansion, Storm Legion, is now available to play. You can tell because there’s a launch trailer posted beneath my words. Storm Legion, it seems, contains a catalogue of giant demons and evil magical robot things, as well as fancy boats, fancy cloaks, fancy mounts, and fancy fancies. I quite fancy it, to be honest, but I’ve been wearing my anti-timesink harness for the past year, and so far it has deflected the nightmare gravitational pull of MMOs.

But what about you lot? Anyone still playing Rift? Anyone going back to fight these giant beasties? (more…)

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Who knew this crappy photoshop would come in handy again?

Uh-oh. Eurogamer are reporting that a number of people have woken up this morning to find that their EA Origin account has been hacked. Receiving emails telling them that changes have successfully been made, recipients are not too delighted since they never asked for any. And then of course getting control of their accounts back again is a great big palava. It’s even happened to one of Eurogamer’s own.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jeremy Laird)

The good ol' days of mobile gaming for cheap...

We’ve dabbled with mobile gaming machines in Hard Choices passim. Gaming lappies are great, but they’re also punitively pricey. What if laptops with tolerable gaming chops were on the verge of an epic price drop? That might just be the case courtesy of Intel’s upcoming Haswell processors and a funky little software layer from a little known third party. For clarity, the context here is relatively low-end gaming portables, not full-on desktop replacement sorts. But if you’re strapped for cash or just looking for something casual for away days, read on.>

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

It's because Jade won't come down from the hood of that car. They've tried asking her really nicely, but she likes it up there a whole lot.

One of the greater tragedies of the modern age (mainly of gaming, I suppose, but also just in general) is that we’ve seen neither hide nor hair of Beyond Good and Evil 2 since a fairly insubstantial leak earlier this year. And before that, it was pretty much all radio silence. That’s painfully upsetting, because the original was a flawed yet fascinating romp through a world of conspiracy and pig people. It’s a cobweb-coated corner of the gaming universe to which I’d gladly return, but so far, no dice. But why? Why isn’t Ubisoft currently devoting all of its energies to making games just for meeeeee>?

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Coo, another close one. According to Kickstarter, most games that succeed tend to receive around 150% of their target (while those that fail tend to be around 20%) – a fact that might be reassuring for some, but little comfort for the few who only just squeak past the line. Feelings must have been tense for Refract Studios, they behind Nitronic Rush follow-up, Distance. They’ve crept over their $125,000 goal with a couple of days on the clock.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Nathan Grayson)

So this screenshot is really, really depressing. I think it might be the saddest-looking one I've seen all year. I don't know, though. Can you think of any others that give it a run for its Misery Bucks?

If Primordia – a new adventure with involvement from folks who worked on Resonance and Bastion, among others – is to be believed, we had it all wrong for so, so many years: adventure games never died. We did>. In Primordia’s dust-and-rust-stained universe, humans have been extinct for so long that the world’s not-so-new robot overlords deem them the stuff of myth and legend. Admittedly, “Humanity’s extinct now. Discuss” isn’t an entirely original setup, but that certainly doesn’t preclude it from being interesting. Plus, to be perfectly honest, I just want to explore the gorgeously grungy world Wormwood and Wadjet have managed to dream up. I mean, just look> at it.

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