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Nioh brings a ballet of breathtaking violence

New Testaments is a new monthly column in which Amr Al-Aaser presents an overlooked modern game and explicates its best ideas. Nioh is the kind of game that this column exists for. On release it quickly saw itself buried beneath the comparisons to Dark Souls, praised for the ways it imitated the series, and criticised []

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Steam‘s summer sale opens with a mini-game gimmick

It‘s time to lash your wallet to the mast again, because these are choppy waters for anyone with a poor grip on their money. Steam‘s summer sale has started, bringing its usual boatload of discounts across the majority of games on the mega-storefront. For the first time in a while the event is accompanied by []

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Video: The shark RPG and other hidden gems of E3 2018

Now that the festival of bellowing that is E3 2018 has come to an end, we begin the arduous process of making sense of it all. This means sifting through mountains of press releases and trailers to find all the curious games that lurked outside the spotlight glare of the larger publishers. And we find []

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Divinity: Original Sin 2‘s Definitive changes are enormous

Not content with blowing everyone‘s socks off last year with Divinity: Original Sin 2 (see Adam‘s rightfully gushing review here), Larian Studios are putting in some serious man-hours on improving it for the upcoming Definitive Edition re-launch. This isn‘t just a little bit of spit n‘ polish work, but a major rewrite of large chunks []

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Podcast: The best and worst of E3 2018

The festival of dumb explosions known as E3 is over, but that won‘t stop us. The RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, goes deep into the show, picking out our favourite games, the oddest moments, and best rats (spoiler: it was the one crushed by a shelf in the Resident Evil 2 trailer). We‘re also []

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Surreal Zelda-like Anodyne is getting a low-fi 3D sequel

Anodyne was an odd little beast of a game. On the surface, a Zelda-like action adventure, full of dungeons to explore, bosses to blat and new items to collect to open up more of the world. But just beneath the surface was an oddly personal and philosophical tale that wasn‘t nearly as concerned with fate-of-the-world []

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice: everything we know so far

Wild theories have surrounded the three words Shadows die twice. My personal favourite was that From Software‘s new game was a return to the Tenchu series, since they own the rights. Turns out this was partially right, but only in the sense that it‘s about ninjas. As Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki‘s latest project, Sekiro: []

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NewGrounds all-stars reassemble for Nightmare Cops

Flash may be dead, but the NewGrounds house style lives on. Nightmare Cops is a newly announced cartoon platform brawler from a team of the flash portal site‘s best and brightest led by site founder Tom Fulp, now working with a new crew after producing the likes of Castle Crashers, Battleblock Theater and Pit People []

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Four developers of scary games explain how to make scary games very scary indeed

The inspiration for Alien: Isolation came from a simple thought experiment: what if somebody let a lion loose in developer Creative Assembly‘s office? ‘I‘d get behind my desk and make sure it wouldn‘t see me,‘ says the game‘s creative director Alistair Hope. ‘Then, you‘d need to get to the fire escape. Maybe I‘d move desk []

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Stealthy stellar sandbox Objects in Space is hiding in early access

Objects in Space is a stellar sandbox that treats spaceships not as nimble dogfighters but like sneaky submarines trying to fly under the radar in a slice of space full of pirates, organised crime and corrupt governments. Sounds like a real home away from home. It just landed in Steam early access today.

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Realm Royale general guide: tips and tricks to win

With their new game Realm Royale, Hi-Rez are taking on the likes ofPlayerunknown‘s Battlegroundsand Fortnite, but instead of taking what‘s already successful and simply slapping their name on it, they‘ve brought more of a unique spin on the genre. It‘s set in the same fantasy world as Paladins, for example, and it adds forges to []

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Realm Royale classes: how to use them and what spells to grab

Perhaps the strangest thing for new players of Realm Royale is knowing the differences between the various classes on offer. Each one has a uniquely different play style with a host of abilities to master, as well as their own unique class legendary weapon to craft at the forge. This guide will take you through []

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No, The Witcher 3‘s Ciri won‘t be appearing in Cyberpunk 2077

A Witcher 3 Easter Egg that players believe references the world of Cyberpunk 2077 has, several years later, started to become a bit of a headache for the latter‘s game director, Adam Badowski. It turns out that a lot of people are hoping to bump into Ciri as they explore the futuristic streets of Night []

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Alice Bell is RPS‘s new deputy editor, come say hello

The final member of our troika of new hires is revealed: it‘s Alice Bell, our new deputy editor! The RPS hivemind is restored - and the long national nightmare of me having no one to delegate to is over.

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Get overclocking in PC Building Simulator‘s latest update

I can barely look at screenshots of PC Building Simulator without sweating. Putting together my real PC was a singularly awful experience that I‘m not looking forward to replicating. I‘m the sort of person who could set fire to an office just by swapping out some RAM. Anyway! PC Building Simulator got an update today, []

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Harder, better, faster, smoother: BattleTech‘s big update does almost everything you want

BattleTech might have stomped its way straight onto the turn-based mech combat throne, but while its central torso was strong and mighty, its outer armour sported a few noticeable holes. We‘d been promised a patch that would introduce speed-up options for those who crave ‘em (hello!), along with tackling its weirdly greedy GPU needs and []

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Outer Wilds is getting ready to land (and still plays great)

My spaceship has taken off. This ought to be cause for celebration, a moment that engenders cheers from mission control. Except there‘s a problem: I‘m not in the cockpit. I‘d been looking at the ship‘s log in the back and considering my next journey when suddenly the whole ship just rose up. ‘Oh no,‘ I []

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Mutant Year Zero is looking great in its new trailer

If you‘ve not had time to sit down and watch the 30 minute Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden demo from March, you‘re missing out on wise-cracking ducks and XCOM-like post-apocalyptic tactics. You‘re busy, though. I understand. And there are so many games to look at. Good news, then: Mutant Year Zero‘s first game footage []

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Street Fighter V‘s new fortune reading system offers up exclusive cosmetics and rewards

An update is coming to Street Fighter V on June 25 that will bring with it changes to the survival mode and introduce a new way to get cosmetics and consumables. The ‘Fighting Chance‘ system will let you purchase fortune readings from Menat, containing random goodies. They‘ll cost 500 fight money, which can be earned []

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Overwatch dev spills the beans on matchmaking

Peeling back the mysteries of matchmaking is a bold move. Leave them covered up, and they can be a safe source of general dissatisfaction where everyone‘s free to moan about whatever‘s happening to their season ranking. Throw back those covers, and everyone can specifically tell you why they think the system is dumb - and []

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Hybrid VR puzzle-platformer Carly & The Reaperman out

Ever since I got to play around with a Vive headset last year, I‘ve been setting aside money for a VR setup of my own, along with a list of games I want to play on it. Carly and the Reaperman: Escape from the Underworld by Swedish indie outfit Odd Raven Studioslaunchedtoday, and just from []

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How Far: Lone Sails puts you on a journey through sound

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the difficult journeys they‘ve taken to make their games. This time, Far: Lone Sails [official site]. It‘s there when you first start the engine, in the hiss of steam as you press the ignition button and the rumble as the great wheels begin to []

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Ronimo announce Swords & Soldiers 2, give away the 1st

It‘s quickly becoming A Thing in some circles that when you announce a sequel, you just throw the original at people for free. That‘s definitely what Awesomenauts studio Ronimo are doing today. Alongside the announcement a PC launch (it‘s been out on consoles for yonks) for silly side-scrolling strategy game Swords Soldiers 2: Shawarmageddon, []

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Plunkbat is getting a premium Battle Pass system now

Playerunknown‘s Battlegrounds is getting a new time-limited progression system where you level up a pass by playing the game, netting yourself rewards as you hang on a moment. Didn‘t I just write this? Though they‘re quite similar, there are some differences between the passes. Plunkbat‘s ‘Event Pass‘, for instance, is way more insistent about getting []

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