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

Heroic Shield Usage 101

Bungie have finally unveiled the second expansion for their MMO-lite FPS Destiny 2. In Warmind, players are headed to Mars to meet up with a new cutscene-featured heroine named Ana Bray (see her in the fancy trailer within), and help her get an old computer back in working order. With guns. There may also be ancient undead transdimensional insect-people involved, so pack a can of bug spray or two.

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Songbringer - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dominic Tarason)

Songbringer

It’s always been a surprise to me that last year’s Songbringer didn’t catch on more, especially given John’s gushing review. Hot on the heels of the likes of Hyper Light Drifter, it presented a similar brand of deliciously pixelly hack n’ slashery, but paired to a remarkably robust rogue-ish template. Perhaps today’s free piece of DLC – The Trial Of Ren – will bring a few more players into the fold with promises of a dramatic new boss fight, quirky new gear and a new power to unlock.

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SpyParty - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Fraser Brown)

SpyParty

Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which we explore the wilds of early access. This week, Fraser’s pretending to be an NPC, badly, in the asymmetric game of spies and snipers, SpyParty. How do you get blood out of a tux?>

Nerves already shot, I extract myself from the conversation I m using as cover and head towards the golden statue, my prize. This plush apartment houses more than a few pieces of art I can pinch, but this one is out of the way, somewhere I m pretty sure nobody will be looking. I empty my brain and follow the path I ve settled on in my head. I m following a script with the single-mindedness of a machine. Or, more accurately, a SpyParty NPC.

I m almost at my destination when a spanner is flung into the works in the form of a booze-swigging ambassador, sauntering over to the shiny eagle I intend to make away with. For a split second my brain fires up again. I m not a machine; I m a startled person who has to briefly recalculate, and that s all it takes for the laser sight to swing over to me. Pop! My spy career is over.

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Tacoma - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dominic Tarason)

Not the developers, but probably worth listening to first.

Us PC-using folk are really reaping the rewards of this generation of consoles being so indie-friendly. Not only are more great games being made in general, but developers tend to add extra features to later console ports which frequently find their way back home. The Fullbright Company’s excellent Tacoma is the latest to walk this road, and is set to add an interactive developer commentary track in a free update next month.

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

close combat

The development of Close Combat: The Bloody First has lasted for as long as the war it depicts, but four years after its original intended launch date, Matrix Games World War II RTS is due to storm the beaches soon. As well as being the first 3D game in the series, it s the first that s been built in publisher Slitherine s Archon engine, but more interesting is the focus on individual soldiers instead of faceless platoons. I recently tried to get to know them during a brief, whirlwind tour of 40s France, Italy and Tunisia.

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DARK SOULS™: Prepare To Die™ Edition - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Folks who have the original Dark Souls on Steam will be offered a 50% discount on the upcoming Dark Souls: Remastered, Bandai Namco confirmed today. The revisions and additions in the Remastered edition aren’t huge but if you fancy returning to a fancier Lordran, that beats paying full price.

Remastered will be the only way to buy Dark Souls on PC, as Bamco also announced that they’ll remove ye olde Prepare To Die Edition from sale on Steam in a few weeks. (more…)

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

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Your monitor is one of the most important parts of your PC, so finding the best monitor to suit your needs and budget is vital. Trying to buy one in a shop, however, can be an absolute nightmare, as you’ll often find dozens of screens costing anything from 70 right up to 1500. The range of models and prices can be overwhelming, but this guide is here to help.

We’ll take you through everything you need to know about screen sizes, resolutions, refresh rates, panel types, inputs and adjustable stands, as well as provide a few recommendations of our own based on our own testing. By the time you’re done here, you’ll be fully equipped to find the best monitor for you. Let’s begin!

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The Swords of Ditto - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

The Swords Of Ditto has perhaps 378 good ideas in it. That’s over 80% more good ideas than most games. My problem on approaching this review is trying to work out whether I think a barrage of good ideas is necessarily a good overall game.

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

Onrush

The Motorstorm series on the PS3 were spectacular (if straightforward) rough-and-tumble racing games. You drove fast and occasionally knocked out other cars. Codemaster’s upcoming multiplatform successor, Onrush, bears a lot of superficial resemblance but scratch just under the surface and you’ll hit something completely unique. I played a few rounds of it at EGX Rezzed, so allow me to try and explain how it all works, once you’re done watching this class roundup trailer.

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Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

A doomsday cult, a treasure island, and wizards will be the centre of Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire‘s three DLC add-ons. Yup, though Obsidian’s fantasy RPG isn’t out until next month, details on DLC plans arrived today. Arriving across July to November, the three DLCs will explore new areas, quest new quests, fight new fights, and loot new loot. (more…)

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