CARRION

Of all the games I got to play at this year's E3, Carrion was one of the most fun and absolutely the most unsettling. Played out in a blood-spattered pixel art style typical of publisher Devolver Digital, Carrion stars you - that is, a voracious alien lifeform on a quest to spread corruption through a (presumably top secret) facility and eviscerate any humans that stand in your way.

You navigate the world as a writhing amorphous blob with a series of rending, grasping, whip-like tentacles. These allow you to cling to ceilings, squeeze through pipes, rip doors from their hinges and, of course, tear people limb from limb. Consuming the unfortunate souls trapped in each level allows you to gain mass, with your size governing which special ability you have equipped. Keeping yourself at a smaller size - or losing too much mass by taking damage from your enemies - grants you the ability to shoot a mucusy cobweb, pinning an enemy to the spot. Bulking up, however, replaces this ability with a short dash which allows you to crash through wooden barriers and deal huge amounts of damage.

Carrion's environment has a distinctly Metroidvania feel to it, meaning you'll be revisiting locations frequently to take a previously inaccessible path. With that in mind, managing your size and abilities is all-important as you continue your rampage. Carrion's adversaries are capable of reducing your biomass surprisingly quickly, which leads to a tremendous sense of being powerful and terrifying and vulnerable all at once.

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FINAL FANTASY VIII - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (RPS)

We’ve been drowned by E3 2019 this past week, but maybe you only waded into the river of game reveals and new trailers up to your ankles. If you didn’t get your hair wet, there might be some gems among the flotsam and jetsam that you missed. That’s what this post is for: we’ve rounded up our picks for the best games of E3, based on our own impressions of either seeing the games behind closed doors at the show, or of watching the videos from the comfort of our homes.

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FINAL FANTASY VIII - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dave Irwin)

They just keep coming don’t they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn’t know about, as well as stuff that’s previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we’re doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we’d put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to appear at this year’s E3 show. With well over a hundred of them now in the books, the next year or so looks packed.

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FINAL FANTASY VIII - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dave Irwin)

They just keep coming don’t they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn’t know about, as well as stuff that’s previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we’re doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we’d put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to appear at this year’s E3 show. With well over a hundred of them now in the books, the next year or so looks packed.

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FINAL FANTASY VIII - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dave Irwin)

They just keep coming don’t they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn’t know about, as well as stuff that’s previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we’re doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we’d put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to appear at this year’s E3 show. With well over a hundred of them now in the books, the next year or so looks packed.

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CARRION

The annual Devolver E3 conference-slash-shortfilm aired late last night and was wonderfully anarchic and grotesque, as always. This time it rounded on Nintendo Direct broadcasts as we ventured inside the maniacal mind of barely-saved-from-the-dead character Nina Struthers (brought to charismatic life by actor Mahria Zook).

But amid the brutal satire were announcements too, and some outlandishly trendy ones - very on-brand for Devolver - at that. An actual, $5000, Enter the Gungeon: House of the Gundead light gun arcade machine, for instance, shipping early 2020; and Devolver Bootleg, an 8-in-1 collection of self-rip-off games on Steam right now for 4. Among the rip-offs, Hotline: Milwaukee, Enter the Gun Dungeon, and more.

There were more traditional game announcements as well. Two things caught my eye. The first was a very colourful and entertaining-looking 100-person online multiplayer romp called Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout. It's a bit like Takeshi's Castle or Total Wipeout, whereby 100 people go through round after round of obstacle challenges in the hope of being the last one standing - the winner.

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FOR HONOR™ - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dave Irwin)

Oh dear god, there’s a lot of games announced at E3 2019. A lot of new things that we didn’t know about as well, especially coming out of Microsoft’s conference. It might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we’d put together an alphabetical list of games that have been confirmed to appear at this year’s E3 show. With well over a hundred of them now in the books, the next year or so looks packed.

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

That game where you play a horrible John Carpenter’s The Thing squiggling through vents with far too many meaty tentacles and adding the biomass of hapless humans to your own, or Carrion to use the actual name you can never remember so you end up spinning long descriptions that start with e.g. “you play a horrible John Carpenter’s The Thing”, has found a fitting publisher in Devolver Digital. Who else enjoys guts quite so much? Last we looked, developers Phobia Game Studio were still seeking a publisher, so it’s grand to hear we should get to be a wonderful and terrible squigglebeast next year.

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