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Story Of Seasons: Pioneers Of Olive Town has sprouted on Steam

Every Story Of Seasons game starts the same way, with a young person fleeing the big city for a more relaxing and simple life. Good luck to them, sez I, but personally I find takeaway delivery services much more relaxing and simple than growing my own beets. Story Of Seasons: Pioneers Of Olive Town repeats the myth, though I admit its pastoral greens and funny hats make a strong argument for country living. It’s out on Steam now. Read more

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Playerunknown’s next game Prologue is an open world survival tech demo

Earlier this week, Brendan “Playerunknown” Greene of Plunkbat fame announced that he would be leaving PUBG Corp parents Krafton to found a new studio called Playerunknown Productions. Today, Greene has posted a video explaining a bit about the studio’s first project called Prologue—first teased back in 2019. It will launch first as a tech demo about surviving in a procedurally generated wilderness, Greene says, and it’ll also be “a chance to look at what we’ve accomplished by leveraging machine learning” for huge open worlds. Greene has explained more about Prologue today, with more information coming soon. Read more

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Kerbal’s creator is building from scratch with Balsa Model Flight Simulator, but intends to soar

Ah, balsa wood. It may be slightly flimsy – potentially breakable, if you push it hard in the wrong place – but it’s also pliable, easy to build with, and fuel for the hobbyist’s imagination. Oh: and it comes from South America. In all these respects, it’s a lot like the open beta build for Balsa Model Flight Simulator that’s launching on Steam today. Designed by Kerbal Space Program creator Felipe Falanghe, it’s everything you’d expect from the man: a modular, mod-ready tool for unconstrained air vehicle creation and a sandbox for physics-enabled flight, delivered with a disarmingly gentle tone…

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The first Stardew Valley Cup will be co-commentated by the game’s creator

There are plenty of ways to play farm inheritance simulator Stardew Valley—whether you like co-op or challenge runs or just want to do your best to make grandpa’s ghost proud. Or you could play competitively, which is exactly what a group of Stardew Valley livestreamers will be doing in the first Stardew Valley Cup. Not just that, but Stardew’s developer Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone will participating as a commentator. I’ve got a feeling that these teams of fast farmers could even introduce its creator to some inventive and unexpected ways to play the game on September 4th. Read more

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Content warnings are vital, but we must accept some games won’t be for everyone

Just because video games are interactive doesn’t mean every uncomfortable element should be able to be turned off. As always, the video game discourse has been raging on social media, and as is tradition the discussion has alternated between fascianting and downright exhausting – but it has raised interesting questions about the content of games, and how developers present that content to players. For those who wisely spent the last week away from Twitter and comment sections, here’s what happened: Newly-released indie title, Boyfriend Dungeon, has been causing a stir. Part dating sim, part dungeon crawler, it features a range…

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Phasmophobia’s upcoming equipment overhaul looks especially spooky

Thank goodness we’re now well past the point of me apologising for still talking about a game from last Halloween and into the part of the year where I’ll be unapologetically looking forward to this Halloween. Phasmophobia, the co-op ghost sleuthing simulation that I’ve yet to stop playing since last year, is getting a sizable update this month as spooky season creeps closer. There are even more new ghosts coming, redesigns for tons of your equipment, and “sprinting adjustments” which I believe must mean I’ll be hoofing it out of houses faster than the current crawl. Read more

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No Man’s Sky teases its 17th major update called Frontiers

At what milestone do we begin contextualizing the age of a game with “do you want to feel old?” If it’s five years, well, do you? Because No Man’s Sky launched five years ago today. The space exploration sim has celebrated its anniversary with a look back on all its prior major updates and expansions as well as a tiny peek into the future. If for some reason you thought that Hello Games were done doing major updates to their procedural universe, you thought wrong. The next update is called Frontiers and is coming sometime soon. Read more

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Immersive sim Weird West wants to say yes to your every whim

Introducing a hands-off preview session of upcoming RPG Weird West the other day, creative director Raf Colantonio offered a short, sweet summary of its central design principle: “Say yes to the player”. As he herded us through well-disguised linear levels, we were to expect no arbitrary canyons, he promised, nor quests designed to funnel us into binary decisions. Instead, we were to look forward to a literal wild west of decision-making; a persistent world with its own internal rhythms, through which we would be free to mosey in whichever style we fancied. Inevitably, then, when the demo (played by game…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator’s performance should be less turbulent after its latest patch

Though I’d prefer they added an airship, or at least a sofa with birthday balloons attached, I’m still very excited about Microsoft Flight Simulator’s new patch. The update brings some significant performance improvements that should bring higher frame rates, smooth out stuttering, and reduce strain on your whole system. Along with some exploration improvements and world map upgrades, it’s a very helpful patch. Read more

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Helicopters are coming to Microsoft Flight Simulator in 2022

By Sherif Saed 19 July 2021 10:18 GMT It looks like helicopters will finally arrive in Microsoft Flight Simulator next year.Microsoft Flight Simulator developer Asobo has, in the latest development update, shared a detailed roadmap of everything coming to the game over the course of the summer.Watch on YouTubeThe developer also offered a rare look at all the features the community has been asking for, and what stage of development, if any, they’re in. The most requested, by far, is the addition of helicopters, which has garnered over 1,500 votes. In the development schedule, helicopters were marked as ‘Planned’, with…

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Checking out F1 2021 online with the Logitech G29 Racing Wheel

By Dorrani Williams 16 July 2021 16:17 GMT I’m still no Lewis Hamilton, but I’m having fun. As I’ve been saying for a while now, I’ve got a new love for Formula 1 racing and have been really enjoying my time playing F1 2021 – so much so that I’ve gone out and purchased a racing wheel to give me a more authentic experience.Now make no mistake, I’m driving the cars in automatic with the majority of assists turned on but already it’s miles better than using a controller (I was playing on PS5, and the DualSense is no slouch).Watch…

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Going Medieval is a buildier, friendlier Rimworld spinoff

Going Medieval will be huge. I had an eye on it, but didn’t expect it to land quite so well as it already has, and now that I’ve had time to try it out, hoboy. What a delight. It is, in a word, the leading contender for the next Rimworld. I try not to be so reductive, but denying Rimworld’s influence here is pointless. It has a less colourful setting but aside from that it copies pretty much everything. And that’s okay. Read more

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Surgeon Simulator 2 is coming to Steam in September

Medical malpractice physics box Surgeon Simulator 2 is finally making its way to Steam. Having served its residency on the Epic Games Store, Surgeon Simulator 2 Access All Areas will be returning the series to Steam in September, with a story mode, four-player co-op and a lot more head bowling than the last game. Read more

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RimWorld announces Ideology expansion and big 1.3 update

Extraterrestrial colony sim RimWorld sure does have a spot on several “best of genre” lists [best management games, and best building games, and more] here in RPS territory and—would you look at that—the best only get better. RimWorld has announced its upcoming Ideology expansion which will let you create colonies of “tree-worshipping cannibals who carve skulls into every piece of furniture, or blind tunnelers who shun the light, or transhumanists obsessed with perfecting the human form using exotic technology”. Ludeon Studios say they’re looking to launch the expansion, and the major 1.3 free update alongside it in “about 2 weeks”….

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VG247’s Definitely Not a Podcast Video Chat #2 – Cloud gaming, game movies, Kojima’s Xbox game, and more

By Tom Orry 2 July 2021 20:20 GMT As per last week, we are back once again to have a little chat about the week that was in video games. We still don’t have this setup as a “proper” podcast, but a podcast is what this essentially is. Look out for a full podcast launch in the near future, where hopefully the show will have an actual name, plus musical jingles and things to make you think we’re a professional outlet and not a bunch of people in casual clothes broadcasting out of bedrooms.Watch on YouTubeBut, this is not that…