Rock,Paper,Shotgun

viking-crafting-game-valheim-lands-in-early-access-in-february Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Viking crafting game Valheim lands in early access in February

Oh yes, there’s another early access crafting survival game on the horizon but hey, this one has vikings. In this Rust ’em up called Valheim you’ll be carving out a home for yourself in a “procedurally-generated purgatory” full of supernatural baddies inspired by norse legend. Iron Gate’s multiplayer viking romp is storming into early access early next month on February 2nd. (more…)

spaceship-looter-shooter-everspace-2-has-launched-into-early-access Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Spaceship looter shooter Everspace 2 has launched into early access

Spaceship looter shooter Everspace 2 is taking off today for its scheduled mission through early access territory. For the sequel to their roguelike spaceflight game, Rockfish Games are cracking Everspace 2 into an open-world RPG. The full game is expected sometime in 2022, but you can hop in the cockpit right now if you’re keen to see how it’s coming along. (more…)

this-spooky-squirrel-surveillance-game-launches-in-february Rock,Paper,Shotgun

This spooky squirrel surveillance game launches in February

“Ah, what another lovely looking game about photographing animals,” I thought to myself upon first glance at Nuts. Look at the beautiful colors. Spot those quirky squirrels. I’m sure it’s quite relaxing. How wrong I was. Nuts has announced a February release date for its squirrel surveillance story and there is definitely something sinister going on in this new trailer. (more…)

best-graphics-cards-2021:-the-best-gpus-for-gaming Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Best graphics cards 2021: the best GPUs for gaming

If you’re building a new gaming PC, finding the best graphics card for it is essential. It’s the beating heart of any of new gaming system, and it’s one of the best ways to dramatically improve your PC’s performance. Having a fast CPU and SSD can help, but nothing will turbocharge your games like a brand-new graphics card. To help you get the best graphics card for your PC, I’d put together this list of all my top recommendations. Whether you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful GPU for playing games at 1920×1080 or a 4K powerhouse, we’ve got you…

how-to-do-finishing-moves-and-unlock-the-wakizashi-in-warzone-and-cold-war Rock,Paper,Shotgun

How to do finishing moves and unlock the Wakizashi in Warzone and Cold War

Warzone and Cold War have some cool new melee options, including the Wakizashi. They aren’t as easy to unlock as some might like though – you’ll have to be a Combat Knife expert. For the Wakizashi, you’ll need to learn to perform Finishing Moves using your trusty knife. So, with that in mind, here’s how to do Finishing Moves in Call of Duty Cold War and Warzone. (more…)

space-warlord-organ-trading-simulator-may-be-the-final-kinect-game Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator may be the final Kinect game

Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator , announced last week with an extraordinary trailer, does largely what it says on the tin. “The information is in the title,” says its Steam description, blatantly written by developer Xalavier Nelson Jr. “There are slickened, detached meat products derived from alien and human bodies, and you sure do buy and sell them”. That’s that, then. But in a surprising exclusive, I can also reveal to you that SWOTS currently supports the Xbox Kinect (2010) as a control peripheral, plausibly making it the final Kinect game. (more…)

have-you-played…-hypnospace-outlaw? Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Have You Played… Hypnospace Outlaw?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time… Ah, the internet. It might be a cesspool of fibre optic-fuelled hate and anxiety these days, but back in ye olde dial-up times of 1999 it felt like a new frontier of hot information. It was a place where people were just trying to share their art, thoughts, music and other assorted paraphernalia with like-minded folk half way across the globe, and where today’s trolls were but mere gnomes in a forest of cobbled together home pages and horrifically bad graphic…

cyberpunk-2077’s-development-still-bad-mainly-due-to-crunch,-not-“fake”-e3-demos Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Cyberpunk 2077’s development still bad mainly due to crunch, not “fake” E3 demos

A Bloomberg report into the development of Cyberpunk 2077 has shared further details of the game’s troubled creation and launch. Journalist Jason Schreier spoke to twenty current and former CD Projekt Red employees, who shared stories of crunch, poor planning, the challenges of the studio’s rapid growth, and more. Among this was the detail that Cyberpunk 2077’s E3 2018 demo was “almost entirely fake”. It’s tempting to dwell on this one fact, because it makes us, as players, the wronged party of Cyberpunk 2077’s development. Probably that should still be the developers who worked months of 13 hour days, though….

dwarf-fortress’s-new-ui-looks-so-beautiful-i-could-cry,-despite-still-looking-like-this Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Dwarf Fortress’s new UI looks so beautiful I could cry, despite still looking like this

If you’ve not played Dwarf Fortress, the staggeringly detailed fantasy world simulator, you can’t fully comprehend what a nightmare it is to play. It’s not the ASCII gaphics that bamboozle you, it’s the menus, which hide information and common actions across umpteen different enormous menus, each of which must be accessed with a different button press. Look at the screenshot above, then. You might think it looks like the UI from an early 2000s Paradox game that’s yet to have an art pass. But to me, it looks like heaven. (more…)

sokpop-collective-are-streaming-all-77-of-their-games-tomorrow Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Sokpop Collective are streaming all 77 of their games tomorrow

Sokpop Collective are a band of game development pals who release a new game every two weeks via their Patreon. The games are all cute, frequently physicsy, but otherwise cover a broad range of genres. Genres like space golf, skeleton brawler, and rock paper scissors MMO. To celebrate the Patreon’s third birthday, they’re taking to Twitch tomorrow to stream all 77 of their games. Even if you’re a subscriber to the Patreon, it’s doubtful you’ve played them all, so watching the developers play and talk about making them sounds like a good time. (more…)

rogue-heroes:-ruins-of-tasos’s-demo-is-a-zelda-style-good-time Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Rogue Heroes: Ruins Of Tasos’s demo is a Zelda-style good time

I spend 90% of my life clicking on emails and websites, so in the evening I find I want to play games that involve a controller rather than a mouse. Rogue Heroes: Ruins Of Tasos has a demo that scratched that itch for me last night. It’s a top-down dungeon hack for up to 4 players which has just-announced a February 23rd release date with a new trailer below. (more…)

despite-advertising-otherwise,-players-need-to-re-buy-hitman-2-to-import-its-levels-to-hitman-3 Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Despite advertising otherwise, players need to re-buy Hitman 2 to import its levels to Hitman 3

Hitman 3 will no longer offer the ability to import levels from Hitman 2 when it launches later this month, unless players re-purchase Hitman 2 on the Epic Games Store first. Near the bottom of a long and complicated pre-launch guide, developers IO Interactive said the change in plans was “due to various circumstances out of our control.” Hitman 1 and 2 were both released on Steam, while Hitman 3 is launching as an Epic Games Store exclusive. (more…)

enormous-fallout:-new-vegas-mod-the-frontier-launches-today Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Enormous Fallout: New Vegas mod The Frontier launches today

Fallout: The Frontier is a huge expansion-sized mod for Fallout: New Vegas that’s been in the works for years now. It adds an entirely new map zone and storyline to New Vegas set in the wasteland of snowy Portland where three new factions are at war. The big project is launching today and it sure sounds like folks are excited to play it. (more…)

phasmophobia’s-worst-objective-is-getting-removed,-thank-goodness Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Phasmophobia’s worst objective is getting removed, thank goodness

Yes, I know official spooks month is long past now. Yes, I am still playing Phasmophobia. The co-op ghost hunting simulation is just too much fun to mess around in with pals. The more familiar we’ve gotten with the game though, the clearer it is that there is one ghost hunting objective that is the absolute worst. It doesn’t sound like much, but snapping a photo of dirty water is an absolute pain in the rear and, glory to all that is good, Phasmophobia’s developer has decided to remove it. (more…)

figment-2-launches-a-free-prologue-chapter-with-a-musical-boss-battle Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Figment 2 launches a free prologue chapter with a musical boss battle

Figment 2: Creed Valley is the sequel to the whimsical and musical adventure about tackling the doubts and insecurities inside the human mind. It sounds grim, but was apparently pretty lighthearted thanks to its colorful, song-filled world. The sequel has now announced its plans to launch this year. Better yet though, you can try it out today in the free prologue chapter that Bedtime Digital Games have published today. (more…)

all-the-important-pc-gaming-news-from-ces-2021 Rock,Paper,Shotgun

All the important PC gaming news from CES 2021

Annual tech bonanza CES is over for another year, so I thought I’d round-up all the important PC gaming announcements right here in one handy location. The big theme this year was, perhaps unsurprisingly, lots of new gaming laptops to help more people get stuff done while working from home, and this was aided in no small part by the announcement of Nvidia’s RTX 30 series making the move to laptops, as well as several new mobile processors from Intel and AMD. Laptops weren’t the only big news from CES, though, so read on below to find our filleted highlights…

nioh-2-trailer-shows-off-pc-features-for-february-launch Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Nioh 2 trailer shows off PC features for February launch

Souls-ish action RPG Nioh 2 is just around the corner for us PC folks after its original launch on PlayStation boxes last year. The original Nioh was quite a lot of fun, but the features and options on PC were pretty undercooked. Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja seem committed to coming out on PC strong with the sequel and have put out a shiny new trailer showing what Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition will bring to PC. (more…)

how-i-got-findommed-by-the-moon-in-mars-horizon Rock,Paper,Shotgun

How I got findommed by the moon in Mars Horizon

Mars Horizon is a much more cunning creature than it seems at first. When I played its demo last year, I thought it was a splendid little management sim about the space race, albeit with the words “splendid” and “little” arranged like the wheels of a penny farthing. It seemed a bit simple, if I’m honest, with the potential to be a pretty linear walkthrough of the history of space exploration. But I have been proved wrong, as comprehensively as flat earthers were on December 7th, 1972. I still think the game would benefit from a more… lax approach to…

game-music-label-under-fire-over-late-royalty-payments Rock,Paper,Shotgun

Game music label under fire over late royalty payments

Video game music label and publisher Materia Collective have come under fire after reports that they’ve missed up to two year’s worth of royalty payments to their artists. Last night, one of the musicians behind Celeste‘s B-Sides (remixed songs from the game’s OST) claimed the music label hadn’t paid him for sales or streams since 2019. Materia Collective followed up with an apology shortly after, acknowledging their mistake, but now more artists have come forward saying that Materia have failed to make payments to them too. (more…)