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American Truck Simulator closing Highway 1 due to real-world landslide

I like American Truck Simulator [official site] because it‘s a dreamland version of the USA, one which looks a bit like the country does in movies but is quite separate from reality. This will soon change. Developers SCS Software have announced that ATS‘s next update will soon close a section of its virtual Highway 1, []

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Observer coming August 15th, starring Rutger Hauer

First-person cyberpunk thrill-o-horror Observer [official site] will launch on August 15th, developers Bloober Team have announced. After trapping us in a painter‘s kooky spookhouse with Layers of Fear, this time Bloober are blasting us off into the grim future where everything sucks. It stars a cyberdetective jacking into suspects‘ heads, and Bloober have now confirmed []

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Path of Exile‘s Fall of Oriath expansion hits August 4th

Fine free-to-play action-RPG Path of Exile will launch its next expansion on August 4th, developers Grinding Gear Games announced last night. The expansion, named The Fall of Oriath [official site], will introduce a new act sending players back to the land they were exiled from. Time for some frank conversations with the ruling powers, I‘m []

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All DOOM multiplayer DLC is now free

There‘s plenty of gloom to go around, even at the best of times, but can we ever have enough DOOM [official site] in our lives? Well, this weekend there will be DOOM for all as last year‘s unexpectedly brill reboot is free from 6pm UK time (1pm EST) today. You can play the first two []

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Communal Combat Mission: Turn 6

Every year The Flare Path runs a communal Combat Mission skirmish in which RPS readers attempt to outwit and outfight CM‘s decidedly dangerous AI. Turns span 60 seconds and rarely go according to plan. Late-war and Eastern Front, this year‘s scrap takes place in a German-held Baltic port. Five turns after leaving their deployment zone, []

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Playing the games found behind clickbait adverts

We‘ve all seen them before, between the thumbnails offering an explanation why millions of people‘ are cancelling their Netflix accounts and the promise of a fruit that scientists claim‘ can reverse ageing. One is maybe at the bottom of the page you‘re reading. The image might depict a Deku-esque sentient tree looming over a brave []

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Fire Pro Wrestling World is great in-ring but lacks depth

Fire Pro Wrestling World [official site] is the indy high-flyer who has been wowing crowds all over the world. Maybe you were lucky enough to see her live years ago in a small out-of-town venue, where she was the clear stand-out in an underwhelming show. Maybe you just heard the buzz and envied friends who []

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Dark Souls mod mixes in Counter-Strike‘s Gun Game

A new mod for Dark Souls mixes the brutal action-RPG with Counter-Strike‘s mod Gun Game (or CS:GO‘s Arms Race mode, if you‘d rather). Much as Gun Game rewards Counter-Strikers with new weapons for killing other players, the DaS_GG mod gives the Chosen Undead levels and fancier weapons for whacking folks. Oh, but it takes them []

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Wot I Think: Serial Cleaner

I don‘t like it when I don‘t know if I like something or not. After this many years of wibbling about games, I feel as though my Iron Hammer Of Judgement should be absolute. With 70s-styled stealth puzzle game Serial Cleaner [official site], though, I am confounded. Time and again, I fire it up and []

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Telltale announce more Batman, Walking Dead, and Wolf Among Us

Episodic storytellers Telltale Games have announced a trio of new seasons for some old games. More Batman, more The Walking Dead, and more The Wolf Among Us are the pipeline. Batman‘s second season will start in August while the others are expected in 2018. Click on for a blast of Taletellers gabbing about the games.

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Lick a soulslike: The Surge demo is now out

A demo is now out for The Surge [official site], the new Dark Souls-inspired sci-fi action-RPG from the studio behind Lords of the Fallen. Our boy Brendan declared it a serviceable action game, one he had fun with for a bit but ultimately didn‘t feel compelled to finish. Which sounds like a game that might []

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Ark devs cancel mass server wipe, add new servers instead

Dino-themed survival sandbox, Ark: Survival Evolved [official site], is definitely not getting a PvP server wipe before release. That‘s pretty much what the Studio Wildcard devs saidlast yearbut behind-the-scenes they recently decided a mass wipe was in order and were on the verge of announcing the digital extinction event to the public. That‘s no longer []

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Have You Played Ugh!?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time. Long before Euro Truck Simulator 2, I fell in love with another game about a vehicle-based profession. Taxi driving. The cool console kids might have had Crazy Taxi, but years earlier I was playing with Chuck []

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It‘s a desktop, it‘s an RPG, it‘s Kingsway

The throwback thrills of mashing monsters and arranging a cluttered Windows 95 desktop combine in Kingsway [official site], which launched yesterday. Andrew Morrish‘s roguelikelike action-RPG is presented as an operating system where all aspects of dungeoneering are spread across the desktop and so many windows. Popups, shortcuts, folders, and progress bars all show little bits []

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Don‘t expect more of Telltale‘s Wolfamongus or Borderlands any time soon

If you‘ve been hoping to hear more from Telltale Games about new seasons of The Wolf Among Us and Tales from the Borderlands, don‘t hold your breath unless you‘re willing to pass out over and over for an indefinite and possibly endless time. After That There Internet You Get Nowadays became excited about []

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Titanfall 2 adding cooperative wave survival mode

A four-player cooperative wave survival mode is coming free to Titanfall 2 [official site] next week. Frontier Defense‘ mode will have players defending a doodad as enemies flood in, buying helpful gadgets as they go. New maps for other modes are coming too. The developers have also announced that the game‘s active player count is []

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Communal Combat Mission: Turn 5

Every year The Flare Path runs a communal Combat Mission skirmish in which RPS readers attempt to outwit and outfight CM‘s decidedly dangerous AI. Turns span 60 seconds and rarely go according to plan. Late-war and Eastern Front, this year‘s scrap centres on a German-held Baltic port. It‘s been four turnssince the commenter-controlled Soviets left []

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Humble selling best Telltale games for 15 smackeroos

Oh boy, have we got sales news for you, vast gaping maw of collective consumerism. Isn‘t it a beautiful day for buying things? The Humbler Bundlers have put together a bunch of Telltale‘s better games for 15. Yes, everyone has probably already got their critically acclaimed zombies ‘n‘ conversation games based on the Walking Dead. []

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Premature Evaluation: Slig

Every week we send Brendan into the dark age of early access. This time, the old English village life of Slig [Steam page] Slig, we are told at the beginning of this game, is an old English word that means ‘blessed, fortunate, prosperous, happy‘. All fine goals in the harsh world of the dark ages, []

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How Spirit hopes to bring humanity to AI

Sitting in a Bath tearoom having just wiped the lemon curd from my fingers I was tasked with interrogating a robot about a murder. The interrogation scene was the GDC demo for Spirit AI [official site] middleware geared around bringing more expressive characters to gaming as well as building safer and more inclusive online []

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Mass Effect lead Casey Hudson returns to BioWare as general manager

Former Mass Effect project director Casey Hudson is returning to BioWare to become the studio‘s general manager, coming back from three years in wandering the desert of Microsoft. He‘ll replace Aaryn Flynn, who is leaving the studio entirely after seventeen years. Hudson left BioWare in August 2014, after helping lay the foundations of the game []

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Total War: Warhammer II waggles Norsca race DLC as early purchase incentive

My partner is literally playing Warhammer in the living room with a friend right now. That means I‘ve probably got enough ambient Warhammer to write an entire post about Warhammer. Age of Sigmar is a Warhammer phrase. So is 40K. I also remember that guy with all the eyes. The Chancellor of Eyes we call []

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Foolish football: Behold The Kickmen coming Thursday

If football is the biggest sport in England, pretending that you don‘t know anything about football comes a close second. Dan Marshall, the creator of The Swindle and the bad half of Ben Dan, is a fan of the second. His Behold the Kickmen [official site] is an arcade kick ‘em up which gets []

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The Joy Of creating citizen stories in Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines [official site] is a game in which every single citizen has a name, home and (if you‘re playing it reasonably effectively) job, but nobody matters in the slightest. For a game with such a chummy, chipper tone, it‘s weirdly cold. Dozens of people might leave town in protest at your mayoral ineptitude, or []

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