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Before We Leave

Metacritic PC - Thu, 05/13/2021 - 07:00
Before We Leave is a non-violent city building game set in your own cozy corner of the universe. Rediscover and rebuild civilization. Create a multi-planet resource network. Overcome ancient challenges and fend off hungry space whales.

Publisher: Balancing Monkey Games

Release Date: May 13, 2021

The Sunday Papers

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Sun, 04/18/2021 - 10:00

Sundays are for putting on your new glasses and realising your should've got your eyes tested years ago. Before you book an appointment, let's read this week's best writing about games.

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The Dynasty Warriors movie looks gleefully faithful to the game

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 22:41

Videogame movies have tried ignoring their source material, and they've tried legitimising their source material via being as dour as possible, but it's rare that they've just embraced the inherent absurdity of videogames. Enter: the Dynasty Warriors movie, which looks joyfully like the Dynasty Warriors games.

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Boomerang X's demo offers Devil Daggers-style delights with a sense of progress

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 22:00

RPS fell hard for Devil Daggers, naming it our game of the year back when, but one of the most common criticisms from the "not for me" crowd was that it lacks a sense of progress.

Try Boomberang X, then. It's a first-person arena shooter with escalating waves of greebly enemies and a focus on a single weapon, but you unlock new abilities and move to new areas in between fights. There's a demo available now.

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What game has the best melee combat?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 19:15

When done poorly, swinging your arms in a videogame feels like nothing at all. Fists phase through opponents, swords smack like dull sticks, and it's all a little too much like making a health points withdrawl at the NPC ATM.

Thankfully there are lots of games which do it wonderfully - so, which game does it best?

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Genshin Impact's 1.5 update will add player housing inside magical teapots

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 18:27

I haven't been back to Genshin Impact since a few weeks after launch, when it entranced me with brightly coloured grass and the ability to climb tall things. Since then the action RPG has added several new regions and new characters to unlock or buy, but nothing to pull me back in.

The next update, 1.5, adds magic teapots though, so maybe this time I'll return.

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What are we all playing this weekend?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Sat, 04/17/2021 - 08:00

I keep hearing that 'no games are coming out this year', thanks to the pandemic holding everyone up. I can see that if you focus on the huge games made by hundreds of people but man, this year is filled with so many great smaller games. People could stop releasing new games for the year today and I still wouldn't have time to play everything which has caught my eye before 2022 rolls round. Disappointing if you're after those huge games but sheesh, count your blessings. So: what are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on.

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Emily Is Away <3 has made its launch Facenook official today

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 21:39

Social struggles media simulator Emily Is Away <3 has officially launched some more teen drama for you to live through. Like the previous Emily Is Away games, it ferries you back to the days of social media past. It's Facebook circa 2008 this time, where you'll navigate the trials and tribulations of your senior year through "Facenook" messenger and wall posts and pokes and playlists and more. It's an excellent recreation. Is it warm in here or was I actually sweating while talking to my fake friends?

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Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is now letting alpha players scan space plants

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 19:45

Greetings, Commanders. Here's your regular status report on the Elite Dangerous: Odyssey alpha. After gradually expanding the capabilitties of alpha players from their initial walkabouts to some FPS games, Frontier Developments are now sending players off to explore new planets again. The latest alpha phase, focused on exploration, turns players into exobiologists with genetic scanners.

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What's better: rocket jumping, or fiddling with environmental objects?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 18:32

Last time, you decided NPCs saying your custom name is better than fruits. I hope you enjoy NPCs commenting on your digital scurvy. Alright, here's a tricky one, a question of mastering an environment by breaking the rules, or having an environment painstakingly planned for your enjoyment. What's better: rocket jumping, or fiddling with objects?

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Baldur's Gate 3's new hotfix makes loaded dice odds be ever in your favor

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 18:04

When Larian Studios introduced the Druid class to their early access Baldur's Gate 3 in February, they also added an optional "loaded dice" feature. It was meant to smooth out the experince for exceptionally lucky and unlucky players. Their latest hotfix makes loaded dice extra loaded by only bending the rules in your favor now. It's an interesting feature for Larian to continue tweaking, and one that could make Baldur's Gate 3 feel just a little more like there's a forgiving human dungeon master behind the screen making sure you're having fun.

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League of Legends: Wild Rift Seraphine build – abilities, items, runes, and spells

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 17:58
 Wild Rift Seraphine build – abilities, items, runes, and spells

Seraphine is a superstar with a voice that can change the world – and she's going to use it to dominate the Mid Lane in League of Legends: Wild Rift. She's a sparkly mix between a mage and an enchanter, and she's loads of fun to play.

League of Legends: Wild Rift's Seraphine is one of the easiest champions to get to grips with because of her AoE Abilities that are easy to hit with and the fact that she's useful wherever she finds herself. She's pretty squishy when anyone gets up close and personal with her, though, and you need to be smart about your positioning if you want to get the most out of her.

In this guide, we're going to walk you through Seraphine's moves and how to use them, as well as giving you a decent idea of the build you should be using to make sure Seraphine is as powerful as she can possibly be. Want to change the world with the power of your voice? Then Seraphine is the League of Legends: Wild Rift Champion for you.

View the full site RELATED LINKS: Everything we know about League of Legends: Wild Rift, League of Legends: Wild Rift champions, League of Legends: Wild Rift tier list

Wasteland 3's first story expansion launches in June with new conflicts

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 16:46

The Rangers are going back on duty this summer and things are scheduled to heat up. Apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 3 is launching its first big story expansion in June. Factory hub Steeltown is having some internal conflicts that could shut down the rest of Colorado if someone doesn't set them straight. That'll be where you come in to fight some bandit baddies and choose how to shove the town back on course. You can catch a look at the upcoming crisis in the new announcement trailer for The Battle Of Steeltown.

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Bad Business codes – free CR, skins, and charms

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 16:33
Bad Business codes – free CR, skins, and charms

This Roblox game is a fast-paced FPS with a huge number of weapons and character customisation options. Team Rudimentality created Bad Business and was heavily inspired by one of the best browser games around: Krunker.io

If you want your character to stand out from the crowd, our Bad Business codes list includes free CR to spend in the shop, charms for you to attach to your guns, and skins to make sure your weapons have a unique style. We will keep this guide updated with all the newest freebies, so bookmark the page and check back frequently.

We can also help you find freebies for loads of other Roblox games with our Anime Mania codes, Project XL codes, and One Piece Millennium 3 codes lists. For those of you who want to take a step away from Roblox, you should check out our list that includes the best mobile war games on iOS and Android.

View the full site RELATED LINKS: Roblox login guide, The best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes

TFI Friday: 3 free Pico-8 games with good titles

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 16:00

Last time I did one of these (which was a few weeks ago because I've been away, whaddaya want from me?) I said I was going to go and poke around on Itch.io, because they have as much - indeed, probably more - porn than Steam, but they don't try and surprise me with it by pretending it's something else. And I did go poke around on Itch!

None of these game are porn, though. They're a collection of fun Pico-8 games you can play in browser, and my other abitrary way of linking them this time is that I really liked the what-it-says-on-the-tin approach to naming that the developers have employed for all of them. Makes me think they're fun, devil-may-care jaunty types of people.

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Failing at Desperados 3 is the best way to play it

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 15:30

Whenever I have a chunk of holiday sitting in front of me, the possibilities seem endless. Maybe I'll finally play Cyberpunk 2077 now it's been properly patched, I think. But maybe I should also finally finish Nier: Automata in preparation for when Replicant comes out at the end of the month. There are also those dozen odd indie games I've got piled up, too. Narita Boy, the final bit of Record Of Lodoss War: Deelit In Wonder Labyrinth, Signs Of The Sojourner and goodness knows what else. "I could probably do a bit of each!" I say optimistically. In the end, though, my grand plans for playing loads of games never really materialises. I might be able to manage it if I literally play games every second I'm awake from morning til night, but that's not very relaxing now, is it?

In the end, after an impromptu viewing of the 90s western film Tombstone, I decided to opt for the very manageable mission chunks of Desperados 3 as my big Easter holiday project, which is the latest rootin' tootin' real-time tactics game from the Shadow Tactics devs, Mimimi Productions. I'd played the opening few missions back when it came out last summer, but its long, sprawling maps gradually demanded more time and dedication than I was able to give them. I like to do entire missions in one go, you see, and do them stealthily, which often takes even longer because I'm pretty bad at being sneaky - as my five hours doing a complete ghost run of Dishonored 2's Clockwork Mansion level will attest. Now, though, I had entire afternoons to luxuriate in its detailed, densely packed playgrounds of trigger happy cowboys, and goodness, what an astonishingly satisfying and generous game it is.

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Warzone Audio Bang #04: so near, yet so FFAR

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 15:00

James and I are back to rattle your eardrums with our words on Warzone. The zombie outbreak has escalated a little, and some 'nerfs' have hit two rifles we despise. James also can't stop accidentally purchasing RC-XDs at the Buy Stations.

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Square Enix deny they're considering selling

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 14:25

Earlier today, the business press reported rumours that several parties were interested in buying Square Enix. Well, people wanting to buy isn't the same as the company looking to sell. The Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider gang have issued a response saying hey, chill out.

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Genshin Impact update 1.5 launches April 28, introduces Eula and Yanfei

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 14:24
Genshin Impact update 1.5 launches April 28, introduces Eula and Yanfei

Genshin Impact update 1.5 finally has a confirmed release date of April 28, and it's shaping up to be one of the game's biggest expansions since launch. Update 1.5 will introduce two new characters to the fray, two imposing bosses, and even a spot of house customisation.

The game’s latest characters are Eula and Yanfei. The former is a five-star Spindrift Knight and Captain of the Knights of Favonius Reconnaissance Company who wields a powerful cryo claymore, while the latter is a four-star pyro character who is half-human, half-beast. She spends most of her time studying and providing Liyue’s residents with legal insights. Be sure to check out our Genshin Impact Eula and Genshin Impact Yanfei guides for more info.

Then there are the two new bosses: Trounce Domain opponent Azhdaha and standard boss Cryo Hypostasis. Perhaps the most interesting addition, however, is the Serenitea Pot, which grants you access to your own personal realm. Essentially, you’ll soon be able to customise your own in-game home to your heart’s desire.

View the full site RELATED LINKS: Play Genshin Impact for free, Genshin Impact Yanfei guide, Genshin Impact Eula guide

Returning to The Catacombs Of Solaris, a nascent "artsport"

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 04/16/2021 - 13:20

Stansław Lem's 1961 novel Solaris places its protagonist, Kris, alongside several other scientists on a base orbiting a mysterious planet that features an amorphous, strangely sentient sea. The book captures the uncanny feeling of encountering and attempting to understand a sort of alien intelligence that is completely incomprehensible from a human perspective. The forms the planetary sea makes appear aboard the ship are just off enough, a naïve reconstruction of Kris' dead lover, for instance, that there is an obvious attempt to communicate coming from the planet, but also a gap and unpredictability that can make it unnerving, or uncanny.

The reference in the title of Ian Maclarty's Catacombs of Solaris is not unearned. The game initially seems to drop you into a fairly standard 3D dungeon crawler space, albeit with walls covered in bands or mosaics of bright colours. Every time you stop to turn your head or decide which branching path to take, though, the space shifts around you in an enveloping optical illusion that draws attention to how the human eye is always tricking us into thinking a flat screen is a 3D space to move around. It can also produce some stunning visual art.

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