The Samsung T7 Touch is the latest member of Samsung’s portable SSD family. Like the Samsung T5 before it, this titchy drive has a lovely, sleek aluminium chassis that’s roughly the same size as a couple of stacked credit cards. Only now it has a fancy fingerprint reader for extra security and supports the nippier USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard, leading to sequential read and write speeds that are almost twice as fast as its T5 predecessor. Is it necessarily a better buy than the best gaming SSD-grade T5, though? Here’s wot I think.
Premature Evaluation is the weekly column in which Steve Hogarty explores the wilds of early access. This week, he is pursued by the insidious spectre of climate change in sandbox survival game Eco.
Developer: Strange Loop Games
Publisher: Strange Loop Games
Release: Out now (early access)
Ask anyone what Minecraft is missing and they’ll all tell you the same thing: an impending sense of climate doom, the pervasive fear of a warming globe that haunts the modern psyche like a crap ghost who keeps showing you scary looking graphs. Eco is an open world co-operative survival game that manages to do just that, incorporating that now-familiar sense of creeping dread which perches in our collective subconscious, and in our quietest moments reminds us that the planet is dying and that one day this hot, wet little space rock will boil over and turn back into mud, dissolving us all in the acidic stew that was once our oceans. So that’s nice.
Legends of Runeterra is about to enter its open beta and this collectible card game has its fair share of unique features. Perhaps the most unique is how it implements the signature League of Legends champions. They are the strongest units in every deck and the ones you’ll be mostly forming your deck around. Each one of the six different regions, or colour combinations, that you can build your deck around have four champions. We’ll be listing exactly what every single champion card does.
You may have seen your favourite streamer play Legends of Runeterra, or perhaps you’ve heard of it through our preview. Maybe you’re a fan of everything that Riot Games has produced so far and want to see their new game. Naturally you are now curious as to what Legends of Runeterra is and want to learn how you can play Riot’s new collectable card game (CCG).
We’ve got the steps you need to take to register your interest, and for when you do manage to get into one of the beta sessions, then this is also the right place for tips. We’ll teach you how to play the game, point out where things are different between other CCGs, and provide some Legends of Runeterra tips.
Do you guys remember Flappy Bird? Now that was definitely a craze… I only dabbled in it a bit, but you could see what made it a weird success - simple controls, high skill barriers but low barrier for entry. Getting attention from popular YouTubers helped, of course, but it’s often the simpler titles that are most susceptible to that kind of attention.
I remember when Flappy Bird was pulled from the app store, people were selling their phones and other devices that had the game installed still. Crazy stuff.
If you’re pining for those halcyon days, I’ve got some great news for you - the spirit of Flappy Bird is alive and well within Black Desert Mobile.
Whenever the game needs to download an additional update, you get presented with this screen:
Tapping the button will send you to a download screen with a mini-game embedded within it. You have to guide the Black Spirit through the side-scrolling environment, avoiding obstacles as you go. Hitting certain distance milestones nets you some minor in-game rewards, and if you managed to collect enough gems you gain extra lives. Naturally, the further you go, the quicker the game gets.
I’ve tried a number of control tactics - constant presses, tapping, a mix of both… but I’m as good at this mini-game as I was the original Flappy Bird (that is, not great).
You get to play this mini-game every time there’s an update, and judging by the email I just got another sizable one has just landed. This latest update adds Siege Wars for guilds (a new type of PvP activity), as well as the Asura’s Den mini-game. A new class called the Sorceress is also on her way.
Now, that's not to detract from the fact that BDM is also a pretty impressive mobile MMORPG in its own right, but there are worse reasons to try it out than just because there's also an addictive mini-game embedded in the download screen.
Don't forget to check out our Black Desert Mobile tips guide to deal with your most pressing questions.
Steelseries are kicking off 2020 by launching a bunch of new PC peripherals today, including two new Apex keyboards and a new Rival 3 gaming mouse. The Rival 3 and Apex 3 keyboards are both budget-oriented affairs, which will be good news for anyone after a new mouse and keyboard that don’t break the bank, but the Apex 5 kicks things up a notch with its own OLED screen and aluminium chassis, bringing features previously reserved for Steelseries’ premium keyboards down to a (marginally) more affordable price bracket.
It’s been a bit of a whirlwind week leading up today’s launch of AMD’s Radeon RX 5600 XT. Dubbed the “ultimate” bestest best graphics card for 1080p gaming, the RX 5600 XT was originally meant to be AMD’s answer to Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, coming in at an identical price of $279. Nvidia, however, fought back, lowering the price of their next card up, the ray-tracing enabled RTX 2060, to £275 / $299 at the end of last week. Cue another scramble over the weekend where reports were flying around that loads of RX 5600 XT manufacturers were now raising the clock speed of their new graphics cards to make them more competitive with Nvidia’s RTX 2060. Amazing what having a bit of competition can do, eh?
There are loads of big beasties to hunt in Monster Hunter World Iceborne and all of them can be harvested for ingredients to make the brand new Master Rank weapons. With so many introduced, it can be daunting to know which ones to make and what ingredients you need to create your new tools. You’ve come to the right place then, as this guide has all you’ll ever need to know about the weapons in Monster Hunter World Iceborne. (more…)
I’m a big fan of fantasy names that sound like someone choking. Ghisteslwchlohm. Zeddicus. Tolo Ogule Thermalamerkanerat. The first chapter of Hearthstone‘s new adventure, Galakrond’s Awakening, is out today, with a story following on from the last couple of solo adventures. As usual, you fight a series of singleplayer matches against bosses with game-shaping powers.
Less usual is how you get to play as either the goodies or the baddies, who are intent on waking up “the progenitor of all dragons”. The first mission for team E.V.I.L is free.
Tension is ramping up in the RPS office, as we approach the release of The Sims 4‘s new Tiny Living Stuff Pack, and thus the editorial Tiny Build-Off between me and Graham. My tactic so far has been to practise a lot at home, so I am familiar with the build controls. Graham’s has been to undermine me at the office, and try to prejudice the rules in his favour.
Below you’ll find the list of the best PC games we recommend you play right now. These are games that are new, that are being freshly updated, or that are stone cold classics of their respective genres. This is a living list, which means we’ll be updating it throughout 2020 as we fall in love with new games.
Just before Christmas, the RPS Treehouse got together for a marathon livestream to raise money for the British Red Cross. There was a Nidhogg tournament, a session of Blindfolded Hitman 2, and even a thrilling bout of competitive MS Paint. My role in all of this, however, was a bit more… rustic. I was summoned from my homestead in the Wild West Midlands, armed only with a head full of dreams and a saddlebag full of tinned peaches, to play some good ol’ Red Dead Redemption 2.
It all started so wholesomely. The Cowboy Game (to call it by its true name) is famed for its obsessively recreated Western landscapes – and for the legions of beautifully modelled critters and varmints which populate them. And since you can’t say “Nature” without also saying “Nate”, Video Sheriff Matthew thought I’d be the perfect guide for a nice, relaxing wildlife tour through this digital wilderness. Alas, no plan survives contact with the Cowboy, and soon enough, the only nature involved was the cry of “Nate, ur treating that alligator horribly”, from horrified observer Alice Liguori.
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.
I am partial to top-down wizards. It’s a perspective that makes plans as important as reaction speeds, where every spell and step is clearly visible to everyone. Battling in Battlerite isn’t about who gets the jump on who, it’s about who can bait out a jump and counter it with their own wizard nonsense.
I absolutely love the practical, physical space parts of game development. Foley recording sessions are fascinating, as is watching motion capture actors. It’s cooler yet when actors aren’t playing humans, which is why this video of Monster Hunter: World‘s motion capture is wonderful and hilarious. An actor is suited up star in a fight scene as the giant, horned gorilla monster Rajang.
I’ve got over 200 hours in just regular, fresh out of the box Stardew Valley. I could probably keep on for another 200 without ever modding the game, but I’ve had my eye out lately for mods that would spruce up my I-don’t-remember-how-manyth farm. Be My Valentine by Taskmaster on Nexus Mods is a small one, but just in time for actual Valentine’s Day which is pretty sweet.
Techland have been at work for a few years on the sequel to their 2015 zombie parkour game. Dying Light 2 was originally planned for a spring 2020 release but the developers have announced today that the sequel will be delayed so that it can meet the “high standards” of Techland and its fans.
Last week, Hunt: Showdown developers Crytek outlined their plans for the future of the PvP creature hunting game. Most of the post is spent introducing Koch Media, who will be serving as the game’s publisher for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Buried at the bottom are some longer term plans including a future Solo PvE mode.
Almost five years and a surprisingly good TV series later, and The Witcher 3 is still going strong; a surprising turn of events given how static the game has remained these past few years. Beyond a round of free DLC and two excellent expansions, Geralt Of Rivia’s grand quest to become a cool step-dad and maybe settle down at a vineyard in the south of fantasy France remains largely timeless. Still, there’s always room to tweak, tune and expand. This week on Modder Superior, we’ve got quality of life tweaks, re-textures, re-balancing and a Cavill-cade of faces fresh from TV.
Temtem is a rather simple game to grasp the basics of, but there will be some hurdles to overcome if you’re used to that other monster-catching game – Pokémon. While some Temtem types can have their strengths and weaknesses worked out rather quickly, there are some others that may seem rather alien, most notably Digital and Crystal. I’ve created a Temtem type chart to help you with knowing which moves to use in battles at all times.
With the Early Access release of Temtem, the impossible has finally happened. There is now a Pokémon like game available on PC, that is also a MMO, filling a niche that frankly I’m surprised hasn’t already been filled. As the game will be available to the public for the first time, you may wish to get up to speed with the basics. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a useful chart and some advice to get you started.