Arma 3 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dominic Tarason)

Arma 3: Apex

Bohemia Interactive’s Arma series remain almost uncontested as the> games to own if the idea of realistic infantry combat tickles your fancy. The only barriers to entry have really been your willingness to deal with a game that prioritises realism over entertainment, the need for a relatively powerful PC, and the not-insignificant cost of the game itself. The Humble Arma 2018 Bundle fixes a third of those, offering everything in the series to date (minus the latest wave of DLC) for $20.

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Half-Life - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (RPS)

The best shooters endure. While the state of the art moves on in other genres and leaves old designs in the dust, it’s as fun to fire a well-made shotgun from an early 90s FPS as from one released today. For that reason, this list runs the gamut from genre classics to those released in the last year. There’s bound to be something for you inside.

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Left 4 Dead - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (RPS)

Sometimes you need a hand to hold, so we ve updated our list of the 25 best co-op games to play on PC with a headset-wearing friend or a muted stranger.

Everything’s better with a pal or two in tow, from collaborative puzzle solving to sublime double stealth takedowns. Equally sublime are when those takedowns go awry, your partner shrieks in panic and all hands are needed on deck to clear up the mess. Whether local or online, co-op games offer some of the best fun you can have in 2018.

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Arma 3 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Our Brendan yesterday pointed out that Day Of Infamy is hosting a free trial weekend but what for people who want warshooting that’s more serious, more modern? For you lot, hey, Arma 3 is also inviting folks play the full game for free this weekend. Bohemia’s military sim is on sale this weekend too.

But wait! Remember that Arma 3 also has a bustling mod scene. You could also play Playerunknown’s Battle Royale, the mod which started this year’s hottest craze. Or join one of those curious roleplaying mods where have jobs and play cops and robbers. Many options. (more…)

Arma 3 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Military sim Arma 3 today launches Tanks, the last of its announced DLC packs. Tanks adds a sleek new main battle tank and several other types of big cars with guns, along with new missions where virtuasoldiers will get roll inside those clanky boys.

The paid expansion is accompanied by a free update improving fightcars for all players, including modelled interiors for all armoured vehicles. (more…)

Left 4 Dead 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alec Meer)

Another year over, a new one just begun, which means, impossibly, even more games.> But what about last year? Which were the games that most people were buying and, more importantly, playing? As is now something of a tradition, Valve have let slip a big ol’ breakdown of the most successful titles released on Steam over the past twelve months.

Below is the full, hundred-strong roster, complete with links to our coverage if you want to find out more about any of the games, or simply to marvel at how much seemed to happen in the space of 52 short weeks.

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Arma 3 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Rick Lane)

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

I’ve long possessed a fondness for Bohemia Interactive’s military simulators, ever since Operation Flashpoint invaded my hard-drive back in 2001. But ArmA 3 is the first Bohemia game since OpFlash to successfully modernise that that initial concept, striking a pleasing balance between ambition, accessibility, and stability of play. (more…)

Arma 3 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Fraser Brown)

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Arma 3 s new single-player mission pack, Tac-Ops, popped into existence last week, introducing three presumably very serious missions to the straight-faced military sandbox. They re tricky, says developer Bohemia Interactive, and you ll need brush up on your shooting, tactical positioning and adaptability. You should also learn some army phrases, but mostly because they re fun to shout. Take a look at the trailer.

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Mirror's Edge™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brendan Caldwell)

Tactical retreats

Cowardice is a virtue. So says the team on this week’s RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. That’s because our theme is “running away” – games that encourage you to flee from danger, or that give you a choice between fight and> flight. Adam will run from the soldiers of Arma or the post-apocalyptic antagonists of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Brendan will scarper from poor odds in For Honor or Overwatch, while Alice only pretends> to run away in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, tricking her foes into giving chase before ambushing them like some kind of velociraptor. (more…)

Arma 3 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (RPS)

Hambulance

Don’t come any closer. Brendan has some sort of illness. Because of this, there’s no Electronic Wireless Show this week. However, we didn’t want to leave your earphones completely unsullied, so went down to the audio archives and requisitioned an older recording. It involved talking to Hollow Janice, our beastial archivist with dense wiry hair who lacks both eyes and a soul. She told us to fill out some forms.

Today’s episode is an old Ridealong by Brendan, in which he boarded a helicopter and flew through Arma 3’s Altis Life mod with an outlaw called Hank. (more…)

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