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Get the outstanding Razer Viper ultralight mouse for 50% off

The Razer Viper is one of my favourite mice of all time, whether we’re talking about the wireless Ultimate version, the compact Mini model or the vanilla Viper. It’s this OG model that is on sale today at Amazon, who have marked it down from £80 to just £40 – an incredible bargain for an ultralight mouse with a high-end optical sensor, optical mouse buttons, flexible cable and low weight of just 69 grams. Read more

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God Of War is coming to PC in January 2022

As was rumoured, the dadtastic godstabber God Of War is indeed coming to PC. Sony today announced that the PlayStation-exclusive action-adventure game will launch for PC on the 14th of January, 2022. Good game, that. It’ll have support for assorted PC technical fanciness too. Read more

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Best Subnautica mods

Subnautica was a game I spent a lot of time just living in. It was a rare combination of survival and relaxation. I loved the base building, crafting what amounted to a reverse aquarium clinging to an underwater sea cliff. It grew from a small bulb of oxygen into a proper little sanctuary. When I picked it up, it was fairly late into its life, and a number of mods were already waiting to be installed. I quickly dialed down the game’s frustrations and made my time under the sea all the more enjoyable, so here are our picks for…

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Everything you need to know about mangrove swamps in Minecraft

Want to know more about mangrove swamps in Minecraft? At Minecraft Live 2021, Mojang revealed that mangrove swamps – one of the options in the biome vote way back in 2019 – are finally coming to Minecraft. Many of the ideas mentioned back then, including mangrove trees and frogs, will be key features of the mangrove swamp biome. This guide will explain everything that you need to know about mangrove swamps in Minecraft, including when mangrove swamps will be released, what you will find in the new biome, and how to grow your own mangrove trees with propagules. Read more

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Gloomhaven review: a loving adaptation that nails the ambition and detail of the tabletop original

Gloomhaven’s scoundrel has a custom animation for her flintlock pistol, and I am still jazzed about it. Releasing today in full after lurking in early access for the last two years, there are eleven classes in this digital adaptation of Cephalofair’s tabletop legacy dungeon crawler, hereafter referred to as ‘Tablehaven’. Each class, from psychic rodent Mindthief to basalt shithouse Cragheart, has around 30 ability cards each. And Flaming Fowl, alongside offering Tablehaven’s entire branching campaign, map editors, and a digi-only ‘Guildmaster’ campaign, have animated this single flintlock shot. It’s almost opulent. All right, so I probably won’t use it much….

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Minecraft 1.19 release date: The Wild Update

Want to know more about the Minecraft 1.19 update? The Wild Update was revealed at Minecraft Live 2021, where we got details about all of the new additions, including frogs, fireflies, and mangrove swamps. This will be the first Minecraft update in 2022, and will be the next major update after Caves and Cliffs part 2. This guide will explain everything that you can expect with Minecraft 1.19, so that you don’t go wild looking for details all over. Read more

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Amazon Games investigating New World invulnerability exploit

New World players have found an exploit that lets you turn invincible, which is certainly not the sort of exploit you want in your PvP-focused MMORPG. According to players who’ve encountered the bug, it’s pretty easy to replicate, and folks are calling for wars to be disabled until there’s a fix. Amazon Games say they’re aware of the problem and are investigating, so hopefully they’ll patch the game soon to make sure everyone’s staying vincible. Read more

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ActRaiser Renaissance review: raise one for a great remake of a 16-bit classic

1990’s ActRaiser is special. Most video games released in the late ’80s tasked you with saving a princess from a dragon. ActRaiser says, “Hey, would you mind playing God with the people living on the demon-scarred land you just liberated? They’re really squishy and helpless. Thanks, you’re a peach.” The game’s developer, Quintet, was pretty special, too. Once a branch of Enix before the latter joined with Squaresoft in 2003, Quintet was behind a lot of SNES-era RPGs that are still fondly remembered today, such Illusion of Gaia and Terranigma. They’re all solid adventures that share a canon, albeit vaguely,…

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Dell’s 1440p 240Hz Alienware monitor is back to £550

The Dell Alienware AW2721D is one of our top recommended monitors, sitting right in the emerging 1440p 240Hz sweet spot preferred by players of fast-paced shooters and racing titles. Right now, the monitor has returned to the lowest price we’ve ever seen for it, £550, down from a nominal RRP of over £800. Read more

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Exclusive: Here’s how you’ll know which games will run on Valve’s Steam Deck

Valve have always maintained that the Steam Deck is closer to a conventional PC than a handheld console, and as such should be able to run your existing library of games on Steam. But while the official Steam Deck Twitter is full of videos showing games performing well on dev kits, the compatibility status of many more games remains up in the air. That could just be through a lack of confirmation, or it could be deep-lying technical issues relating to hardware requirements or anti-cheat services that needed tweaks to work on the Deck’s Proton-based OS. Ahead of the planned…

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Into The Pit review: a gorgeous roguelike shooter that sadly descends into comfortable familiarity

You know how some games, like, throb? I mean your Thumpers, your Devil Daggers, your Dooms. Games you disappear into, but not in that namby pamby, prancing around fulfilling all your desires sense. I mean games that will eat you alive unless you stop them. Games set in pulsating, hostile dimensions in which you don’t belong; games that fling their menageries at the battered windows of your soul, where survival teeters on a combo of hair-trigger reflexes and total concentration. Into The Pit is one of those, until it isn’t. You know you’re in trouble when the demonic eldritch hell…

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Oh, nope, Microsoft’s big hint at Fable news today was nothing

Yesterday, Microsoft’s Xbox Game Studios Publishing Twitter account offered what sure sounded like tantalising hints that Monday would bring big news on the mysterious upcoming new Fable game. Like, really sounded like. Like, totally sounded like the sort of obvious hint marketing campaigns drop when they’re pretending it’s a surprise but want you to know full well what’s up. Nope. They’ve now deleted those tweets and apologised, saying no, no Fable news today. Oh. Read more

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Gotham Knights trailer introduces its baddies, the Court of Owls

If your reaction to hearing that the villains of Batman ’em up Gotham Knights are the Court of Owls is “Hoo?”, 1) wow, good grief 2) you might want to watch these new trailers. Released over the weekend during the DC FanDome pow-o-rama, they introduce the secret society who pull Gotham’s strings, as well as giving us a peek at the game’s version of Penguin. Introduced to the comics in 2011, the Court of Owls are a secret society of posh folk who have secretly ruled Gotham for centuries. They’ve done a pretty poor job of that, haven’t they. They…

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Minecraft Dungeons adds roguelikelike singleplayer mode this December

Minecraft Dungeons has finished telling its story through a number of DLCs that have released over the last year, but Mojang isn’t done with the blocky Diablo-like just yet. They’re introducing seasonal updates that they’re calling Seasonal Adventures, adding progression systems, challenges and more – similar to the new Sea Of Thieves’ Seasons. Season 1 will be called The Cloudy Climb, and it’s coming this December. Read more

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Lo-fi adventure Chasing Static is now out with some classic horror puzzling

Chasing Static is both the name of this lo-fi Welsh horror story and also an accurate description of me attempting to track down a post about it on RPS. Someone’s written about it. I just know it. Oh no, we’ve just mentioned it several times in a roundabout way. Well, I’ve finally pinned it down—chased the clues and cornered it now that it’s launched and I can tell you a thing or two about it. Chasing Static is a swell and spooky story so far with a good chunk of classic horror game puzzling and just a bit of sudden…

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TFI Friday: three indie puzzle games with slightly melancholy vibe

The year has finally turned, reader. I am having discussions at home about putting the heating on. When I leave the office it isn’t dark, but it’s fuzzy around the edges. My knuckles are cold. It’s the time of year, before the Skeleton War memes begin in earnest, to luxuriate in feeling a bit melancholy. It’s healthy to feel sad sometimes, you know. Didn’t you watch Inside Out? I did, and in my screening at the cinema a child called out “Where’s Bing Bong?” when the heroic Bing Bong disappeared… This week, I have collected three different puzzle games with…