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Anno 1800 announced for winter 2018

After jumping forward to the year 2205 and travelling off-world, Blue Byte‘s city-building economy-o-strategy game is nipping back to Earth and the past once more. Ubisoft today announced Anno 1800 [official site], taking the historical strand slightly closer to the present. This time, industrialisation is in full fling and global empires are being built. Details []

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Biomutant is an open-world Wushu mutant action-RPG

Wushu martial arts, open-world adventure, mutations, mechanical augmentations, hot air balloons, crafting, and jet-skis come together in Biomutant [official site], a newly-announced action-RPG headed for a 2018 launch. It sounds wildly ambitious but looks pretty dang neat, with a cute lil furry fella scampering around and powering up in all sorts of ways. Sure, making []

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A whole level of Echo is good for explaining Echo

Echo [official site]is a third person sci-fi action game which, as descriptions go so far so doesn‘t-tell-you-anything-interesting. But its big point of difference is that you are the enemy you are trying to beat. It‘s an idea which, reading about it, reminded me of specific levels within other games - stuff like the Dark Link []

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Ghost Update now haunting Subnautica

When I get emails with the subject Ghost Update it is usually Alice pointing out something important from the latest issue of our favourite ghost magazine - the angel who was also potentially a surfer dude or the couple who kept having little arguments with each other and past life regression revealed that they had []

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Age of Empires 4 coming from Company of Heroes devs

After returning to Age of Empires II for an HD‘ re-release and several years of new expansions, reviving the long-dormant real-time strategy series, Microsoft have finally announced a brand new instalment. Age of Empires IV [official site] is in the works at Relic Entertainment, the folks best known for the Company of Heroes and Dawn []

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HTC Vive cybergoggles get 160/200 pricecut

HTC and Valve‘s Vive cybergoggles today received a permanent price cut, taking the virtual reality headset from 759/799 to 599/599. Unlike the current 399 Rift sale, this is a permanent change. And it comes just in time for Rez Infinite, which our Alec has declared to be the greatest VR game to date. I myself []

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The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs expansion to add cats, dogs

In the future, after The Brands take over, people bubbling with folksy charm will be required to say It‘s raining the fourth Sims 4 expansion pack out there when pointing out heavy rain. EA today announced that The Sims 4 [official site] will expand again with Cats Dogs on November 10th, see. As you []

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Battlefield 1 adding 5v5 mode Incursions

A 5v5 mode named Incursions‘ is coming to Battlefield 1 [official site] to satisfy the bloodlust of that digital sports‘ rabble, EA announced today. Tch! 5v5 is over, gramps. Everyone‘s Battling Royale now. But fine, fine you take that to testing next month. More immediately, everyone who owns the Battlefield 1 DLC season pass today []

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Overwatch getting TF2-y in new map Junkertown

Blizzard today announced that they are making Team Fortress 2. Wait. Hang on. That they‘re making a TF2 map for Overwatch [official site]? That they‘re dropping the pretence that Overwatch isn‘t as much of a goof-o-rama as TF2? Some combination of the above. Overwatch is off to Australia in its next map, Junkertown, Blizzard have []

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BioShock is ten years old today

BioShock is ten years old! The first-person shooter set in the underwater city of Rapture was released on August 21, 2007 in North America (and on the 24th elsewhere), and I‘ve been digging through RPS‘s archives for the things we wrote about the game upon its release.

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Playerunknown‘s Battlegrounds sales pass 8 million

You like big numbers? Here‘s one for you: eight million. Big, I know! And yet it‘s a number insufficient for how many copies of Playerunknown‘s Battlegrounds [official site] has sold. Bluehole‘s fab multiplayer-only Battle Royale ‘em up has now sold more than eight million copies, creator Brendan Playerunknown‘ Greene confirmed during Microsoft‘s Gamescom present-o-rama stream []

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Happy Birthday To Us: We Are 10!

Ten years ago yesterday, four of Britain‘s loveliest, most adorable games hacks got together and said, YES! Our time has come! Our hour is nigh! Our moment is born! In a ritual that violates all decency, the giant meat-lever was pulled, and Rock Paper Shotgun Dot Com went live. The internet finally had purpose, PC []

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Wot I Think: Total War: Warhammer Norsca DLC

From the unpleasantly chilly northern edge of Total War: Warhammer‘s [official site] Old World comes its final DLC faction: Norsca. These mammoth-loving Viking analogues, despite being a minor faction that don‘t quite have the star power of the Orcs or Empire, manage to encapsulate and then build on all that‘s great about Creative Assembly‘s post-release []

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Dota 2‘s Siltbreaker co-op campaign concluded

The Dota 2 [official site] cooperative campaign Siltbreaker concluded with the launch of Act II on Friday. The campaign, which is only available to folks who buy Dota‘s latest Battle Pass tournament sticker album, is a bit bum but it does at least now have an easier mode. Those who want treasures and cheevies can []

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Steam Charts: A Learning Experience

You want to know which are the top ten selling games on Steam this week, but you also still don‘t know the capital city of Turkmenistan. What is a person to do? Well worry not, because here at Steam Charts HQ, we‘ve got you covered! All the games that are in the top ten games []

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Have You Played Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Confession time! I‘m not the biggest fan of Homeworld. I played it on original release and bounced off it like a meteor off a deflector shield. I liked it more when the HD remakes landed a []

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Assassin‘s Creed Origins trailer bops to Leonard Cohen

A new cinematic trailer for Assassin‘s Creed Origins [official site] is basically a Leonard Cohen music video, which is a fine thing to be. The big German games show Gamescom starts this week, which means the streets are running orange with trailers. If we‘re to be shown all these things which don‘t represent video games []

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Attack On Titan 2 hoping to devour you in early 2018

Attack on Titan: Wings of Freedom was one of my favourite games of last year and certainly the biggest surprise. It did a wonderful job of capturing the movement and combat of the anime, which is about jetpack-propelled soldiers with swords and grapples hacking off the limbs of naked giants. Now Koei Tecmo have announced []

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Anime boyband roadtrip confirmed for PC

Prince Noctis and his anime boyband are indeed bringing their Final Fantasy XV [official site] road trip to PC, Square Enix have confirmed. I have been so very keen to scamper about with these rowdy boys who love camping, cooking, friendship, riding chickens, and fighting honking great monsters. Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition will come []

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Jurassic World Evolution is a park-builder from Planet Coaster devs

The next theme park management game from Planet Coaster studio Frontier Developments will focus on something even scarier than a triple corkscrew: dinosaurs. Last night Frontier announced Jurassic World Evolution [official site], which will put us in charge of the cinematic theme park franchise that surely should have been sued into oblivion by now. We‘ll []

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Mass Effect: Andromeda getting no singleplayer DLC

The singleplayer side of Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] is now officially as done as it‘ll ever be, as BioWare have confirmed they have no plans for more singleplayer patches or any singleplayer DLC. Multiplayer additions and events will continue but Andromeda‘s singleplayer is complete. Given that it was a disapointing new start for the []

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Space opera strategy game Ancient Frontier out 21 Sept

Ancient Frontier [official site] is a hexy thing. It‘s a space strategy game where you and your ships blast through other fleets to the backdrop of a story about warring factions andintergalactic intrigue.I‘m a sucker for hex-based battlefields so I‘m looking forward to seeing how it turns out, and developers Fair Weather Studios are trying []

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Frost giants and snow storms in Conan Exiles new region

Early access survival game Conan Exiles [official site] added a new chilly regioncalled the Frozen North this week. It brings with it new weather typesincluding rain and snow, alongside atemperature system that will affect the whole game: you‘ll have to wrap up warm inthe new area and strip off in the game‘s desserts. There‘s shinyweapons []

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for hanging out with your kid, taking them somewhere fun, and hoping they‘ll play on their own for at least a few minutes while you browse on your phone. Quick, before he or she notices the phone in your hand - click these links to the week‘s best games writing. The lovely Rab []

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