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System Shock remake review: Nightdive rebuilds the immersive sim mothership just as it was

Sometime before SHODAN’s ethical constraints were removed and the rogue AI set about converting the people of Citadel Station into cyborgs, a researcher named Stacy Everson found a smoking gun hidden among the blinking servers of the spaceship’s library. Not an assault rifle or mini-pistol, but a decades-old email chain between her TriOptimum bosses and a psychologist named Jeffrey Hammer. In the early stages of Citadel’s construction, Hammer suggested that each level of the station be designed in such a way as to induce stress and anxiety, so that experts could study their impact on the human psyche during space…

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Resident Evil 4 remake review: an exceptional return to one of the greatest action games of all time

In the run-up to its original 2005 release, Capcom was refreshingly – and publicly – clear about their intentions for Resident Evil 4. Feeling that the classic top-down formula that had seen the series thrive during the 90s had grown stale, this follow-up was to be a total reinvention of survival horror as a concept. Something fresh. Dynamic. Exciting. The slate was wiped completely clean, and from that blank canvas, something exceptional was created. A game that not only redefined the franchise, but third-person action games as a whole. For eighteen tumultuous years, Capcom has tried to surpass the success…

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Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries Of Honjo review: a hair-raising and subversive horror visual novel

Heed my words, dear reader: Paranormasight: The Seven Mysteries of Honjo is best played if you go in knowing nothing about it. Zilch, zero, nada. Its twists and turns from the get-go have my brain doing mental gymnastics, not just in the game but in trying to figure out how to write around them for this review. I’m not going to spoil everything, but keeping your expectations completley wide open lets Paranormasight snake right on in and surprise you when you least expect it to. Here’s a quick elevator pitch: Paranormasight is a Squeenix-developed horror mystery visual novel about deadly…

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Every last RPS Bestest Best review of 2022

I’ve been looking back over an entire year of RPS reviews and, well, we’ve written a lot. Over the past twelve months, the RPS treehouse and our merry band of freelancers have reviewed 168 games in total – and that includes early access reviews, PC-port reviews, group reviews, reviews-in-progresses, and your common or garden fully-fledged reviews. 168! Damn. Even though game releases are still suffering from pandemic pushbacks, 2022 has been a busy year for games. There wasn’t a huge number of big name releases – although the ones that did come out were plenty big enough – but, as…

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Our favourite RPS videos from 2022

Hello! VidBud Liam here. You may recognise me from those videos that autoplay on every page. Or not. It depends on how quickly you scroll past, I suppose. I joined team Arpus all the way back in February, and to say the last 11 months have been a whirlwind is a bit of an understatement. In less than a year I’ve made just under 90 videos covering a wide range of topics from major releases to international gaming events and brand-new hardware. My first year at RPS has been busy, basically. So when Katharine asked me to pull together a…

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The RPS 100 (2022): our top PC games of all time (50-1)

Welcome to Part Two of The RPS 100, our annual countdown of our favourite PC games from across the ages. Earlier in the week, we ranked our favourite games from 100-51, which you can find over in Part One of this year’s list. But now we’re here for the main event, counting down our top 50 games all the way to number one. Come and join us for the final stretch. Read more

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RPS Time Capsule: the games worth saving from 2007

Earlier this month, RPS turned 15 years old, so it only seemed right that this month’s Time Capsule entry should be the year of our birth: 2007. Looking back, it was a good year for PC gaming, with the release of Valve’s Orange Box alone giving us three new stone-cold classics to enjoy. But what other games from the year of our Horace deserve to be preserved and saved above everything else? Find out which games made the cut below. Read more

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Neon White review: a slick, stylish speedrunner with parkour demon murder

So, you went and flubbed a Reservoir Dogs type of deal, and now you’re a dead’un. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it turns out that Heaven is a corrupt bureaucracy that’s absolutely stuffed with shadowy demons and talking cats. Those demons become your problem when god decides to give you a chance to earn your place in Heaven by committing murder – stylish, speedrunning, parkouring demon murder. It’s perdition with extra steps, then, but is it any fun? Dear reader, Neon White kicks ass. The game opens with an extremely anime narrative sequence and we’re introduced to the lovable…

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RPS Time Capsule: the games worth saving from 2009

A bit later than planned, but we’re back once again for another edition of The RPS Time Capsule, in which the RPS Treehouse undergoes a collective mind-melting experiment to pick their favourite, bestest best games from a specific year to be preserved and saved until the end of time. This month, we’ve shifted our game preservation gaze to 2009, so read on below to find out which games made the cut, and which have been cast off into the eternal games bin. Read more

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Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters review: the best kind of tactical mayhem

I’ve never been one for playing aggressively in turn-based tactics games. I will hug and skulk between half and full height walls like nobody’s business, creeping up the map inch by inch lest one of my precious party members accidentally sets off an entire warren of alien nasties by blundering too far ahead or, heaven forbid, one of them gets nicked by a stray bit of shrapnel. To say I’m overprotective is an understatement. Thankfully, the Grey Knights in Warhammer 40K: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters are made of sterner stuff. I mean, just look at these brutes. They’re enormous. Even…

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RPS Time Capsule: the games worth saving from 2004

Welcome back to the second edition of The RPS Time Capsule, a monthly feature in which the RPS Treehouse gathers round a small tiny shoebox to stick their favourite, bestest best games into from a specific year to preserve until the end of time. The first time capsule we dropkicked into space was all about the best games from 2010. This time, we’re excavating the best games from 2004. Which games will make the cut, and which ones will be consigned to the all-consuming digital super bin? Find out below. Read more

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Elden Ring review: an unmissable jaunt through the most impressive open world to date

For a moment, pretend you’re an examiner marking FromSoftware games. Get that red biro ready. “Tried jumping, didn’t work”, you might pop by Dark Souls. “Nothing but grief here”, you mark by Bloodborne. “Time for crab”, you scribble across each one in a mad frenzy. You are so tired of the crabs. They aren’t the most encouraging games, to say the least. But Elden Ring is different. Yes, it’s an action-RPG that retains Souls’ difficulty, but it’s one that expands their labyrinthine worlds with a single offering that’s dizzying in its scope. Perhaps most importantly, it’s a world that encourages…

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FAR: Changing Tides review: a delightful adventure you’ll be glad you played

The first FAR game, Lone Sails, was an unexpected wonder full of novelty and invention within the confines of a little cinematic platformer. As with the previous entry, FAR: Changing Tides tasks you with scurrying around a hulking vessel to manage the various contraptions that keep it moving. Only this time, instead of a strange land sail-train, you’ve a slightly more conventional submersible house boat. Read more

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Sifu review: a rewarding action game with plenty of passion and kung fu

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be Jackie Chan. Not the actual guy, but the version of him in those movies, where he could clear out entire rooms using luck, martial arts and whatever he had within arm’s reach. Well, with Sifu, my childhood dream is now a reality. You don’t need to be a kung fu film fanatic to appreciate this action game, though. It’s not a tired bundle of tropes packaged together with an ironic detachment. It’s a passionate celebration of what makes the genre so good. It looks at the classics, then…

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RPS Time Capsule: the games worth saving from 2010

Welcome to The RPS Time Capsule, a new monthly feature we’re putting together where every member of the RPS editorial team picks their favourite, bestest best game from a specific year and tells us why that game above all else deserves to be preserved in our freshly minted time pod. It might be that it’s the best example of its genre, or it contains a valuable lesson for future generations. This month, we’re travelling back to rescue eight games from 2010, and cor, what a good year that was. Too bad almost all of them will end up in the…