Dead Cells - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

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There are only three colours in Unworthy – black, white and blood. It s an upcoming minimalist monochrome Metroidvania that isn t so much inspired by Dark Souls as it is a pixel demake of it. In one sense, it’s very derivative. The health and stamina bars, the slow and deliberate attacks, the sin you collect from kills (and drop on death), the depressed ramblings of NPCs. Even the places you roam have names both intentionally Gothic and unintentionally funny. The Throat of Despair, the Catacombs of Ur, the Cradle of Death. The human soul is a sponge that soaks up our sins, it growls in the intro, until it simply rots away. But this grimness barely matters, because Unworthy is a competent pastiche of what many people love about Souls games. I still haven t beaten the first boss. (more…)

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

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I m driving home from a busy night of killing and the roads are empty, save for some legless grumblers. I sigh and look at my map, try to count the exclamation marks, when a voice comes on my radio. It s probably the fifth voice I ve heard tonight, and I half expect another plea for bullets from some faceless chump three doors down. But this time it s one of my own, a member of my enclave. She s just calling to tell me: Workshop level 3 complete.

That s one more item off the To Do list! she says enthusiastically.

She s right. State of Decay 2 feels like a massive To Do list. (more…)

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

What if Left 4 Dead but aliens? Earthfall is what, a cooperative multiplayer first-person shooter about four peeps blasting across the Pacific Northwest and through hordes of aliens. It puts a little spin on the monstoblasting with deployable barricades and turrets but yep, mostly just shoot those nasties good. I’ve heard some encouraging things about Earthfall over its thirteen months in early access, and I fancy a look once it launches properly. That’ll come on July 13th, developers Holospark announced today. (more…)

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

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If you want something done right, do it yourself! mutters Unteroffizier Stein as he snatches the bag containing C Squad’s last demolition charge and darts out of the door of the hotel. Seconds later he scampers back into the lobby without his burden and with a seething cloud of dust and smoke in hot pursuit.

(Overlordy is an open-to-all game of Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord in which German forces are orchestrated by commenters while British units are computer controlled. For a scenario outline and summaries of earlier turns, click here). (more…)

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Katharine Castle)

Razer Blade 2018

Gaming laptops are a funny business, aren’t they? Nine times out of ten they’re nowhere near as powerful as an equivalent desktop PC, yet they usually cost just as much, if not more, than the bulky black rectangles they’re so desperately trying to replace. There’s also a matter of looks. Most gaming laptops are very much from the shouty GAMING LAPTOP school of design with their edgy angles and flashing LEDs, not to mention the fact that most of them would likely break your back as soon as you tried to remove it from your desk.

Razer’s gaming laptops, on the other hand, have always tended to hark back to the nice slim portable laptops many of us, myself included, use for work and their new, rather lovely 15.6in Razer Blade that I went to see a couple of weeks ago, complete with its 144Hz refresh rate and one of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q chips, could well be one of their best yet. Let’s take a look.

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Omnibion War - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dominic Tarason)

Omnibion Wars

A confession: I love on-rails shooters. At least, I did during the peak of the genre, when Panzer Dragoon, Star Fox 64 and their ilk briefly ruled the roost. There’s just something especially pure and cathartic about them. As such, it’s no surprise that the debut trailer for Omnibion War – a new shooter in this largely forgotten style from Chilean studio Crazy Bullet – caught my eye. It’s even got Itano Circus missiles, objectively> the best sort.

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Prime Mover - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dominic Tarason)

Prime Mover

If you’re a fan of freeform puzzles, chances are that you picked up Opus Magnum the second it went on sale, and have tweaked and optimised your way through everything it had to offer. It’s a rare breed of puzzle game, though – Zachlikes, as we like to call them – and they’re few and far between.

Enter Prime Mover from 4Bit Games. Described by Zachtronics head Zach Barth himself as a blend of Spacechem and TIS-100. Build circuits, solve programming problems, and compare your score against the world using Zach’s thankfully-not-patented histogram scoreboards. It’s also out today on Steam.

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

Best graphics card 2018

There has never been a better time to pick up one of today’s best graphics cards. It’s taken a while, but graphics card prices are finally coming back down to normal, bringing the likes of Nvidia and AMD’s latest and greatest finally within reach again.

To help you choose the best graphics card for your needs and budget, we’re here to help. This article is all about identifying the single best GPU you can get for playing games at 1080p, 1440p and 4K at a price that suits you. Read on for our in-depth buying advice on what and how to buy your next graphics card for 2018.

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

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When I went exploring in Occupy White Walls last month, I stumbled into something special. OWW is an upcoming MMO (see what they did there?) where every player can create their own architecturally ambitious gallery, fill it with art of their choosing, and open it up to other players. Every mug who walks into your gallery earns you money, which you can use to make it bigger and better. It’s currently in free public alpha.

I had a few questions for developers StikiPixels about balancing money with creative freedom, whether OWW might become something that real world artists can use to support themselves, and how their fancy AI manages to suss out people’s artistic tastes. So CEO Yarden Yaroshevski collaborated with his team to give me some answers.

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Grand Theft Auto III - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dominic Tarason)

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

I have enormous respect (and a fair amount of adoration) for the people who make unofficial patches for ageing games. With each generation of hardware and each new operating system, we lose a few more games, and these dedicated folks are working hard to keep that number as low as possible.

One of these long-running update projects is SilentPatch, a combination patch for Grand Theft Auto 3, Vice City and San Andreas, three games that share an engine. It updated again just yesterday, and while the change-log isn’t especially huge, some of the tweaks made are quite interesting.

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