August 2022

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Bethesda forced Arkane to call its game Prey, which studio founder says was ‘very, very hurtful’

Audio player loading… I like Arkane’s 2017 immersive sim Prey (opens in new tab) a lot—even more than I liked Human Head’s 2006 FPS of the same name. (Which, for the record, I liked quite a lot too.) But I was always baffled by the decision to reuse the title. Developer Arkane was explicit that its game was not a sequel or a remake, and had “no tie with the original (opens in new tab),” and it’s not as though the 2006 game was such a smash hit that it carried immutable PR value. It was a fairly widespread point…

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Sekiro God’s No-Damage Run Was Three Years In Making

No-hit runs in games—a kind of self-imposed challenge where you take zero damage from enemies—are nothing new, especially for tough-as-nails titles like Dark Souls. But Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Twitch streamer and YouTuber TheUrbanOrb has taken that feat to the extreme, and after more than three years of practice, defeated every opponent in FromSoftware’s ninja epic without taking a single hit. This includes hard foes like Gyoubu Oniwa and Isshin The Sword Saint, as well as mini-bosses such as the Blazing Bull and plenty of the game’s everyday shmucks. It’s really impressive and makes me hella jealous.

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AVX-512 Makes Ryzen 9 7950X Geekbench 5 Results Look Good — Too Good

Ryzen 7000 is launching later this month, and we’re starting to see benchmarks of official Ryzen 7000 chips in the wild. But with the introduction of AVX512 on Zen 4, the new Geekbench benchmarks inflate Ryzen 7000’s average performance estimates over Zen 3 chips to seemingly absurd levels. @Benchleaks on Twitter shared a new Ryzen 9 7950X Geekbench 5 score that shows very impressive gains for the Zen 4 architecture over Zen 3. The test bench for this new Geekbench 5 result featured a 16-core Ryzen 9 7950X Zen 4 chip with a maximum reported frequency of 5.738GHz, 32GB of…

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Everywhere isn’t a metaverse, it’s Roblox for grown-ups

Sam Houser, one of the driving forces behind the rise of the Grand Theft Auto series and Rockstar North, has a battle cry. Or at least he used to. When things were going wrong, when one of Rockstar’s big projects was running into trouble or a problem was particularly intractable, Houser would send up an internal batsignal and plead: “bring me the Benz!” The Benz being one Leslie Benzies, who began his career at the legendary DMA Design before becoming perhaps the most key figure in the history of Grand Theft Auto. Benzies assembled the team that would make Grand…

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God of War Ragnarok will feature a “whole new suite of moves”

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. There will also be fresh enemies to encounter. A new suite of moves will be available to players in God of War Ragnarok. This is according Game Informer which spoke with the game’s lead combat designers. In the game, Triangle attacks have changed to Weapon Signature Moves that will have the Leviathan Axe or Blades of Chaos at your disposal. Kratos can infuse the weapons with either ice or fire – known as Frost Awaken and Whiplash. These elemental powers…

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Pokemon Go’s Season of Light will see the debut of the Legendary Pokemon Cosmog

Plus, the Psychic Spectacular event kicks off on Saturday and it will star Inkay. Pokemon Go’s Season of Light kicks off tomorrow, September 1, and it sees the return of Professor Willow along with the debut of the Legendary Pokemon Cosmog. Special Research will unlock over the Season, so make sure to keep an eye on your Research tab. Raids during the Season of Light will feature Deoxys in Normal, Attack, Defense, and Speed forms, and the Research Breakthrough will focus on Medicham. Various Pokemon current in the game will be appearing in the wild depending on the environment and…

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Asus Will Offer Freebies with AMD X670E Motherboards in UK Promo

It is not a secret that Asustek’s AMD X670E-based motherboards for AMD’s upcoming Ryzen 7000-series processors are going to be considerably more expensive than existing platforms for AMD’s CPU. In a bid to make these motherboards somewhat more attractive in terms of value, Asus plans to bundle high-end gear with its higher-end AM5 motherboards.  Asus U.K. on Thursday announced its new promotion (opens in new tab) that will provide those who buy an Asus X670E-powered platform between Sept. 27 and Nov. 11, 2022, from a participating retailer in the U.K. a gift worth up to £139 ($162 with VAT, $135 without VAT). The list of gifts includes various…

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System Shock is shaping up to be a faithful remake of the sci-fi classic

Nightdive’s remake of 1994 classic System Shock hasn’t had the smoothest development run, first having some money issues in its Kickstarter a while back, then having to reboot itself with twenty-twenty-something release dates chucked out there more as hopeful concepts than assurances. Having gone hands-on with a short 20-minute-ish demo of the game at this year’s Gamescom, I can confirm that the remake is real and seems faithful to the original despite some heavy tinkers in the modernisation station. For nostalgic fans it should make for an exciting revisit to cyberspace, but I’m unsure whether it’ll land quite as well…

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Saturnalia’s neon-folk survival horror will stick to you for a very long time

We’ve got a pretty good line in interesting folk traditions here at RPS. I grew up in a county where staying up all night at the stone circle to welcome the Summer Solstice was an annual tradition (later augmented by a woman wearing antlers offering a selection of downers and hallucinogens), and as a child I had an unnecessary encounter with the Salisbury Hob-Nob. For the past few years Alice0 has gone to the Burryman’s Parade, gracing us with pictures of that most wholesome gentleman. Rural traditions are fun if you’re part of them, but to outsiders they can be…

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Paradox is changing how it releases Crusader Kings 3 DLC, and the monarchs have some concerns

Audio player loading… A bitesize DLC for Crusader Kings 3 is on its way, but it’s neither an expansion nor a flavour pack. This time, we’re getting the Friends And Foes event pack, which will release on Steam on September 8. Rather unusually, for something that’s out in a week, Paradox has not said what it will be charging for the DLC. This is causing some consternation among strategy lovers, because the reveal of Friends And Foes comes hot on the heels of Paradox’s recent announcement that CK3’s flavour pack DLCs would soon be doubling in price. The Paradox community…

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Japanese Government Will Finally Stop Using Floppy Disks and CD-ROMs

IBM started to ship diskettes in 1973 and this type of removable storage media eventually become so popular that Japanese government agencies imposed a rule to submit data on diskettes and over time on CD-ROMs. Apparently, this rule is still valid, so officials have been using diskettes and CD-ROMs — instead of emails or cloud storage services — to submit data to this day.  Some of Japan’s Ministers of State think that it’s time to move forward. “Where can you buy floppy disks these days?” Taro Kono, Japan’s Minister of Digital Affairs, asked reporters rhetorically on Tuesday, reports Nikkei. “We will…

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The Last of Us Part I review – A PS5 remake that shines above most

Perhaps not 100% necessary, but still absolutely brilliant. You wouldn’t know it if you don’t read “Terrible Take Twitter” or the “Irate Internet,” but there’s been a lot of negativity around the remake of The Last of Us for PS5, subtly renamed to The Last of Us: Part 1. The gist of this anger is due to the original game on PS3 releasing a little over nine years ago. So, how dare Naughty Dog remake a game that new, right? Frankly, I don’t care what projects a game development studio decides to take on, and in this particular instance the…

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Zachtronics are collecting all their solitaire games together in September

Former indie puzzle specialists Zachtronics are releasing another game despite having closed their doors earlier this year. It’s a collection of their many minigame interpretations of the classic single-player card game, solitaire. The Zachtronics Solitaire Collection releases on Steam on September 6th, and adds a new version themed around tarot decks. Each version of the card game has been updated with 4K graphics. Have a sneaky peek at the trailer below. Read more

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FromSoft looks set to publish its own games after share deal with Sony and Tencent

Audio player loading… FromSoftware parent company Kadokawa Corporation has announced (opens in new tab) that it’s issuing 3179 new FromSoft shares to Sixjoy Hong Kong and Sony Interactive Entertainment. Sixjoy is a subsidiary brand of Tencent, whom you’ll know from having a slice of seemingly every pie (opens in new tab) known to humankind, and Sony Interactive Entertainment is, well, Sony. Once the shares are issued, Sixjoy will own 16.25% of FromSoft and Sony 14.09%. Kadokawa Corporation will remain the controller and majority owner of the company by a wide margin: it owns the full 69.66% of remaining shares. A…

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Quantic Dream has been acquired by Netease Games — will continue to “operate independently”

The studio will continue creating and publishing titles as they were, albeit with new Netease backing. Netease, the developer and publisher behind numerous titles including Naraka: Bladepoint and Diablo Immortal has announced the latest studio to be brought under their umbrella: Quantic Dream. This French developer is known for creating a range of narrative-focused titles including Heavy Rain, Detroit Become: Human, and Beyond Two Souls. This marks the first European company to be acquired by Netease, as the company stretches its financial fingers across the world to pluck up studios left and right. With this particular acquisition, the folks at…

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Shovel Knight Dig is a procedurally generated platformer rocking up on Steam in September

Platforming hero Shovel Knight dons their horned helmet again on September 23rd when the series next instalment, Shovel Knight Dig, arrives on Steam. This time, ol’ Shoves and pal Shield Knight are tangling with the nefarious Drill Knight, who’s pinched all the stuff from their campsite, believe it or not. Devs Yacht Club Games enlisted YouTubers Arin Hanson and Jirard ‘The Completionist’ Khalil to announce the game, and you can watch the trailer below. Read more

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The AI tasked with keeping the metaverse safe comes with a lot of GPU firepower

Audio player loading… At yesterday’s VMware Explore 2022 conference in San Francisco, server giant VMWare announced the vSphere 8—a metaverse-ready data center platform with artificially intelligent security. vSphere 8 combines recent Dell PowerEdge solutions, Nvidia BlueField-2 data processing units (or DPUs), and super high-end Nvidia server GPUs. All that tech is packaged together under the watchful eye of some boss-grade AI enterprise software known as NSX Intelligence, ZDnet (opens in new tab) reports. In an age where cyberattacks are growing in scale and voracity, VMware has focused on security for the project, employing AI to stand at the firewall gates…

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Developer suspects negative Steam reviews were written by vengeful scammers

Audio player loading… Indie beat ’em up Brok the InvestiGator, released this week on Steam, wasn’t on my radar until its official Twitter account pointed out something strange about the reviews coming in from Steam curators. In a thread (opens in new tab) posted on Sunday, developer Cowcat claimed that it was targeted by fraudulent curators who wrote bogus reviews after not even playing the game. After looking it over, the studio’s reasoning is sound. Of the 150 user reviews of Brok the InvestiGator published as of this writing, 99% of them are positive. As of yesterday morning, the only…

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The Zachtronics Solitaire Collection will be out next week

Audio player loading… Earlier this year, Zachtronics, the indie studio dedicated to making puzzle games that teach you programming languages or entire new ways of thinking, announced it was making its final new game. That game was Last Call BBS, an anthology that includes an excellent model-robot-assembly simulator and another of the Solitaire variants that have become the studio’s hallmark. Although Zachtronics isn’t backing down on the “no more new games” part of the deal, the studio always planned to follow Last Call BBS with a compilation of all its Solitaire variants as a kind of epilogue. It’s now announced…