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

What mysteries lurk in all that ocean water? If Like Gulls Crying At The Dawn is anything to go by, you might not actually want to find out. On its surface, it s a game about finding washed up messages from a shipwrecked traveller, but, just like the ocean, there are currents of deeper themes underneath. It also has less tortured metaphors than I do.

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Ritual of the Moon - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jay Castello)

Like Alice B, I ve been playing Ritual Of The Moon for the past few days. In case you somehow missed it, she s been keeping a diary of her adventures as an exiled space witch in the game, which is designed to be played for a few minutes every day for a month. The game was released on Friday and I like it very much.

I also like the bits of developer Kara Stone s other work that I ve played. Much of it has similar themes to Ritual Of The Moon, including both astronomy and astrology. As such, here s a recommendation of one of her games to play, based on your star sign.

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Wintermoor Tactics Club - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jay Castello)

Screenshot Saturday, a lovely showcase of all things upcoming games. Screenshot Saturday Sundays, where I pick just a few for us to gawk at, in the full knowledge that making games is hard and anything could happen to change, delay, or prevent the best-laid plans of these developers. This week: a library to escape the cold, an island full of friendly slimes, and skate tricks on an alien planet.

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

Sundays are for going on wholesome walks with family you haven’t seen in months. Not for reading the best writing about videogames. If you do that you are bad.

On Waypoint, Patrick Klepek profiled one of UKIP’s candidates for the European Parliment. That candidate is Carl Benjamin, one of Gamergate’s most prominent figures. Klepek highlights the depths of Benjamin’s hatefulness, then stresses that we shouldn’t take his defeat for granted.

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Heaven's Vault - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jay Castello)

This week I ve been exploring the nebula of Heaven s Vault, but, like so many of the translations protagonist Aliya is trying to untangle, my playtime has been fragmentary. Picking through in half-hour chunks, I ve become very appreciative of how the game preserves its own history. Loading up will give you a short but specific reminder of what you were up to before, and for more details you can dig into the timeline, which stretches back thousands of years but simultaneously keeps a helpful log of the events of the past few days.

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

Exploring a bunch of ruins for mysterious glowing orbs is dangerous, it turns out, even if there are no monsters or even other people around. Esothe is primarily a game about exploring a world full of gorgeous ruins, but there s plenty of places you might take a tumble and be greeted by a sickening crunch. When you re mostly used to hearing birdsong and silence, that can be quite a shock.

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

The latest Overwatch event, Storm Rising, takes our shooty-bang cast to Havana, Cuba, and the full escort map is available to noodle around in on the test servers before its launch in a couple of weeks. Like all of the game s locations, it uses shortcuts to communicate place within the necessary constraints. There s a rum distillery, of course, and a large sea fort presumably based on the Morro Castle. And then there are the cars.

Cuba is famously filled with 50s motors, but Overwatch s cars are all futuristic, floating along without wheels. On most maps, they look basically the same as cars you would see today, other than their hovering capabilities, but in Havana they retain the aesthetic that you might expect. Except that doesn t make a lot of sense.

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Overcooked! 2 - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jay Castello)

Co-op cooking simulator Overcooked 2 keeps serving up new courses, this time turning to the great outdoors. Keep the fires lit and the food flowing, or you won t have very happy campers. Here s a trailer showing off the new mechanics, chefs, and recipes you ll be exploring among the trees.

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

Fortnite Battle Royale is feeling more and more like a misnomer of late. Its most recent foray out of the genre is a competitive Creative World Cup, five trials based around specific challenges created by famous Fortniters, with a final running alongside the regular World Cup finals this July. Good news for those who are better at putting up walls than sniping through them.

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Ritual of the Moon - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice Bell)

You may recall that yesterday I pointed out that I had started the diary just before I went on holiday for a week. I thought I would be very clever and play it while I was at home and keep turning copy in, and Graham would be like “Wow, thank you for putting extra effort in, have a raise and a bonus of a billion million quid.”

The thorn in this particular ointment is that I forgot to put the save files on a USB, and as it turns out Ritual Of The Moon doesn’t automatically sync save files to different computers via your Steam account because obviously> it doesn’t Alice, you buffoon, you imbecile of the highest order.

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