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

Twas the day before week’s end, when all throughout space,Dark troubles were stirring, a deadly arms race!The void filled with beacons, transmissions and prayers,In hopes a Drox Operative soon would be there.

I’ve been exploring space sectors in Soldak’s latest ARPG. Here’s wot I think.>

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

When I’m not commanding my vassals I like to watch big men in tights pretending to fight, so I was dismayed when Pro Wrestling X failed to reach its Kickstarter target. With man-grappling a thin stable on the PC, an independently developed game that aimed to bring back the glory days of No Mercy was a thing that I very much wanted to play. The team claimed that they’d be back with something playable but I didn’t expect them to follow through on the promise quite as quickly as they have. Continued development will now be funded by selling access to existing versions of the game, with updates provided as they are produced. With a minimum buy-in of $5, I’ve already determined to find out how well it all comes together.

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

Crysis 3 has taken on a strange, amorphous shape in my head. I’ve not really been following it closely enough to really say all that much about it, and having gone back to look at all the previous materials to post this video – including Nathan’s interview with Mr Crytek, in which he talks about a lot of things which are not Crysis 3 at all – I’m rather excited. I realise I am in a (handsome, intelligent and perceptive) minority in having had a great time in Crysis 2, but I can’t help feeling that Crytek’s mission is laudable. They really do want to make the shooter that covers everything, and is all things to all shooter-fans. Yerli’s quotes in that interview suggest he’s lost none of his ambition, and it’s clear that all kinds of concessions have to be made in projects of this magnitude. And the very least they are aiming high. This new footage, below, contains some spectacular moments. Go take a look.

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

The Big Lizard send word that they’ve opened Heart Of The Swarm’s beta to people who pre-ordered before December 18th. People who pre-order from now on will be placed in a kind of vat and liquidised. No wait, I read that wrong, they will be added to the beta in subsequent waves>. That’s right. There’s a download link for the client through the link, but unless you’ve got beta access it won’t work, no way, no how. Unless you’re a magician. Or a magic hacker. Or a time-traveller. Any of those is fine.

The game itself is all set for a March 2013 launch. I’ve posted a trailer below, in case you’ve forgotten what a Starcraft 2 is, for some reason. (more…)

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

It seems pretty clear to me that “ludicrous hot air balloon battles with flame-cannons and grappling-hook boarding actions” needs no exposition or back-story, but Air Buccaneers has a rather amusing one anyway. Finnish developers Ludocraft send word that their story trailer (and presumably new game intro) has appeared, and you can watch that below. It’s time to coincide with a Christmas sale over the Steams, where the game is a threesomely 33% off. I’m not saying you should buy it, but you should play it. And if you buy it, that will help with that.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Tim Stone)

I’m not saying my trusty Saitek Cyborg flightstick is old, but…

It has ‘MADE IN SIAM’ stamped on the base. It came bundled with a bottle of laudanum and a photogravure of an eagle. The hat switch has three corners. The Force Feedback mechanism involves burly shrews. The manual foreward was written by Pliny the Elder. Altering the deadzones without first placating Anubis, voids the warranty.

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

Some games stand in the light, and allow us to examine their mottled skin. Others cower back in the dark, fearing the searing beam of our critical gaze. But which of these is Game Twenty-One? YOU DECIDE!

No, actually, we will decide.

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

The new Groupees bundle includes loads of games but I haven’t even heard of most of them. It’s a ‘pay what you want’ deal, although the minimum price rises as you add more games from the selection. Two games will set you back a minimum of $1.50 and the reason I’m posting about it at all is that buying any two adds La Mulana to your order as a freebie. If you don’t know about La Mulana, I’ll consider that at least partly my fault because I’ve been meaning to write down wot I think about it for months but, somehow, I always fail. I am a failure. La Mulana, however, is a roaring success. If you like Spelunky*, Metroid or Dark Souls, you should spend $1.50 to buy La Mulana.

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

There probably aren’t enough capital letters in that headline. Gaijin Games’ rhythm action releases do insist> on themselves. It’s all ‘BIT.TRIP this’ and ‘BIT.TRIP that’ in the titles, which is odd because the games themselves are much more careful about making a racket. Void was the third entry in the series over in Nintendo land and it’s the third released on PC as well, although the fourth was released as the second. Forget all that though because there’s sod all continuity between entries and little plot to speak of, as the video below demonstrates.

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

Atlus have released a video to promote their new title, God Mode, which doesn’t look entirely dissimilar to Serious Sam and Painkiller. They player, armed with guns rather than swords, is marching through Hades killing hordes of monsters, accompanied by a spirit guide whose running commentary made me hate the very concept of audio before the end of the minute long trailer. He does have one good line though, describing the setting of Hades as “Hell in a toga”. Is that actually a good line? How low are my standards at 8:30 on a Friday morning? I’m eating a dry slice of bread for breakfast because I was too hungry to bother with spreading or toasting, and I’m perfectly content. That’s how low.

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