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F1 2020

Metacritic PC - Fri, 07/10/2020 - 07:00
For the first time, players can create their own F1® team by creating a driver, then choosing a sponsor, an engine supplier, hiring a teammate and competing as the 11th team on the grid. Build facilities, develop the team over time and drive to the top. Customise your 10-year career mode, with a choice of F2™ Championship introduction options and season lengths to allow for a more exciting, multiple season, career. The addition of split-screen racing, a new steering assist and a more accessible race experience means that you can enjoy the game with friends, no matter what your skill level. F1® 2020 features all the official teams, drivers and 22 circuits, including two new races: Hanoi Circuit and Circuit Zandvoort. Online connection required to download the final teams’ 2020 cars (as applicable) and F2™ 2020 season content.

Publisher: Deep Silver

Release Date: Jul 10, 2020

Have You Played… The Signal From Tölva?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 3 hours 15 min ago

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

Who doesn’t like a good wibbly robot? The Signal From Tölva is about plunging into the minds of drones as you potter about a sci-fi warzone, dotted with the metallic carcasses of a forgotten civilisation. It drips atmosphere like a too-big spider emerging from a bath.


Stardew Valley's next update will add “a significant new piece of endgame content”

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 21:18

If Stardew Valley were a flower it would be a perennial, constantly coming back each year with new blooms. Not long after releasing the massive 1.4 update that left a mark on every part of the game, developer ConcernedApe announced that he’d be working on yet another free content update. Over four years on, he’s still got plans for new additions, which will include some endgame content for update 1.5 he says.


You can grab Watch Dogs 2 free during Ubisoft Forward on July 12

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 20:01

Ubisoft’s big not-E3 showcase is scheduled for this Sunday, July 12th where they’ll be showing off new gameplay and trailers for upcoming games. As part of the event, they’re also letting you claim a free copy of Watch Dogs 2 for PC, though you’ll have to be fast. You need to grab it while the show’s live, meaning you’ll have about a 45 minute window to make those dogs yours.


L.A. Noire VR developers are working on another VR game for Rockstar

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 18:17

According to a LinkedIn post, Rockstar has a new open world VR game in the works. The developers for L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files say they’re taking on another VR project for Rockstar, though there’s no mention of whether it will be part of an existing Rockstar series or a new one.


Back 4 Blood delivers fans some Hope with a new image

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 17:08

If you’re not tired of zombies, the good news is neither are Turtle Rock Studios, the folks behind Left 4 Dead. Last year they announced Back 4 Blood, a triumphant return for the numeral 4 and zombies, but have been quiet about it since. As proof that their project remains undead, Turtle Rock have shuffled out a new concept art image. You can spot the not cropped version below.


Plebby Quest: The Crusades review

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 17:00

Plebby Quest: The Crusades review
A medieval strategy game that tries to make the genre accessible. If you’ve fancied painting a map in all one colour but were intimidated by grand strategy before, there are worse places to start.

  • Developer: PiedPipers Team
  • Publisher: Neowiz
  • Release: Out now
  • On: Windows
  • From: Steam
  • Price: £15.50/€16.80/$20

Plebby Quest: The Crusades

and I did not get off to the best start. This is partly because it’s called “Plebby Quest”, a dreadful title that has little to do with the game itself. Neither “plebs” nor questing featuring prominently. Instead, Plebby Quest is more like a diet Crusader Kings, offering a similarly grand medieval strategy in a package less likely to pack on the pounds by rooting you into a chair for several hundred hours.


“Sperm be gone”: people hate The Sims 4's new eyeliner, so they've modded it out

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:41

Alrighty, so as you may or may not be aware, about a month ago The Sims 4 got a massive update ahead of the Eco Lifestyle expansion. As well as adding firefighters, ladders, and Sims peeing fire (which was apparently a bug and not a feature), it added some new Mac makeup for CAS (aka Create a Sim, where you make your digital puppets).

The community reaction to the new makeup was, err… mixed at best, and in particular, people did not like the Sperm Eyeliner.


Microsoft's Xbox Games Showcase is on July 23rd

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:25

Master Chief, currently inactive, as a man attempts to reactivate him.

June is over, but we’re not free from FakE3 just yet, folks. Two of the ‘softs, Micro and Ubi, are planning showcases of their upcoming games for July. We’ve already got a date for Ubisoft Forward, and now Microsoft have announced the date for their big announcement bonanza as well. They’ll be showing off all manner of Xbox (and likely PC) games on Thursday, July 23rd.


Save almost £90 on this huge 12TB HDD

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:07

Next-gen console boxes may be all about super fast SSDs and what not, but there’s still no beating the exceptional value of a good old-fashioned external hard disk drive – and you’ll probably never need to uninstall another game again with today’s big storage deal, as Amazon UK have knocked almost £90 off the massive 12TB WD Black D10, the even larger cousin of their Black P10 drive. Once £300, according to our Amazon price tracker, this enormous HDD can now be had for £213 (that’s less than two pence per GB), which is much better value than loading up on 5TB Black P10 drives right now, which are also on sale for £109 apiece.


Shadow Warrior 3 announced, and it has a grappling hook

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 15:00

Lo Wang and his rude ‘tude will return next year in Shadow Warrior 3, developer Flying Wild Hog and publisher Devolver Digital announced today. He’s off to recapture an ancient dragon, which is probably fine. The most important detail: this time, the agile FPS has a grappling hook too. Congratulations, Shadow Warrior, on finally becoming a proper real video game. Game director Kuba Opoń says Flying Wild Hog “hope that Shadow Warrior 3 will feel like a homecoming for those fans that have been with us since the beginning.” Read into that as much as you want. For now, come see the trailer.


Professor Layton and the Lost Future is coming to mobile on July 13

Pocket Tactics - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 14:45
Professor Layton and the Lost Future is coming to mobile on July 13

Level 5 has confirmed that Professor Layton and the Lost Future, the third episode in the series, is coming to mobile on July 13. The adventure puzzler is coming to both iOS and Android in a brand new, fully HD version, and follows in the footsteps of the previous two entries that arrived on mobile in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Level-5 has also announced a competition, which challenges talented fans to design a piece of art that draws inspiration from their favourite character or scene from the series. The winner will receive a one-off 1:25 scale diorama of Professor Layton’s office, while the top five runners-up (including the winner) will receive a pure gold Professor Layton art card.

The Lost Future is the third episode in the series and begins with Professor Layton receiving a letter from his assistant Luke, dated ten years in the future. Unable to rule out the possibility of this letter being real, Professor Layton and his trusty assistant Luke decide to investigate the recently failed unveiling of a time machine, which resulted in the Prime Ministers’ disappearance.

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Interview: the art and inspiration of Paralives, the indie game set to take on The Sims

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 14:00

If you’re a fan of The Sims 4, or you know someone who is, or even if you just follow people who occasionally retweet simsposting into your timeline, you’ve probably seen something about Paralives by now. It’s… a life simulator? A Sims-like? (I know The Sims can’t be the only game of its type, but it’s dominated the market for so long that the only other one I can think of is that weird adult one where the entire point was having sex.) It, by which I really mean the teeny tiny dev team, is being funded on Patreon.

Simthusiasts like myself have been quietly aware of Paralives for a small while now, mostly because of the very cool nature of the in-progress video clips that surface on a fairly regular basis. A few weeks back, though, there was a flurry of new interest when a new character creation video was released. After bunch of Sim YouTubers like lilsimsie did reaction videos and hyped it up, Paralives ended up with a lot of eyes on it, and I, in turn, hungered to know more. So I reached out to Alex Massé, who we might term the lead developer, to ask him some Para-centric questions.


Team Fortress 2 Classic mod calls back to ye olde days with VIP and four-team modes

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 13:13

Valve worked on Team Fortress 2 long enough that it had been several distinct games by the time it launched. The new mod Team Fortress 2 Classic calls back to one of those, blending the state of the game soon after launch with bits, aiming to offer “a re-imagining of the 2008-2009 era of the original Team Fortress 2”. That means new (old) weapons, for starters, and they’ve made new maps and modes including VIP escort too.


Best Minecraft seeds 1.16.1 and 1.15.2

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 12:26

Best Minecraft Seeds 1.16.1The best Minecraft seeds for 1.16.1

create fantastic worlds that capture your imagination from the first moment you set foot in them. And if you’re looking for a good seed to help kickstart your latest Minecraft adventure, you’ve come to the right place. Below you’ll find no fewer than 30 of the most amazing Minecraft seeds for 1.16.1 and 1.15.2. Whether you’re after Villages, Bamboo Jungles, Islands or whatever else, we’ve got the perfect seed for you!


30 minutes of Assassin's Creed Valhalla's gameplay has leaked

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 12:13

A solid 30-minute chunk of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay has leaked, showing some pleasant horse riding through the game’s open world, some cinematic naval combat, and our first proper look at the female version of the main character, Eivor, in action.

The leaked footage popped up on Reddit yesterday and, rather unsurprisingly, was hastily taken down. It wasn’t removed quickly enough, however, as there are still plenty of videos of the leak (like the one below) if you fancy taking a look for yourself:


Come work for us! Network N is hiring SIX staff writers

Pocket Tactics - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 11:49
Come work for us! Network N is hiring SIX staff writers

Network N is pleased to announce the creation of six new vacancies within its publishing division. We’re looking to hire writers who want to make a start within games media, and who are excited to work across the Network N brands. Applications for the scheme are open from today - please see below for how to apply.

Our editorial sites include PCGamesN, The Loadout, Pocket Tactics, Strategy Gamer, and Wargamer, and reach over 12 million people each month. We’re seeking gaming enthusiasts and talented writers who are going to be able to make them all bigger and better.

Arriving as a cohort, successful applicants will receive on the job training from our existing editorial teams, and will be able to rapidly develop their knowledge and abilities. During your first three months you’ll do placements across various brands and departments, allowing you to understand the different aspects of what we do, and giving you a wide range of skills to help you progress. Upon successful completion of the probationary period, we’ll look to place you full-time into one of our teams.

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Minecraft Dungeons secret levels guide

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 11:29

Minecraft Dungeons map showing some secret levels unlocked.

The first DLC pack for Minecraft Dungeons is now out. The Jungle Awakens DLC has a secret level of its own and a bunch of extra items. Sneakily, there’s also a free update that was added alongside that gives you a second secret level.

If you want to find all the new secret levels and the items you can find in each one, then look no further.

Fnatic's best gaming keyboard is on sale yet again

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 11:00

Fnatic Streak - Best gaming keyboard 2020

Fourth time’s a charm, as they say, because yep, it’s deal time once again for our [cms-block] champion, the excellent Fnatic Streak. It’s down to £95 as part of Amazon’s July Summer Sale, making it a better bargain than its tenkeyless cousin, the £100 Fnatic miniStreak.


After 70 hours and $100,000 prize money Finger On the App finally ends

Pocket Tactics - Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:06
After 70 hours and $100,000 prize money Finger On the App finally ends

After 70 hours of continuous play, the massive one-time multiplayer game, Finger On the App has ended. Late last Tuesday, the game set over 1,000,000 players against each other in the ultimate dexterity and endurance challenge - keep your finger on the screen for as long as possible. The prize? An amount between $1 and $25,000 determined by the votes of all the players who lose. But in the end, the person responsible for the game, Mr Beast, ended proceedings, offering $20,000 to all four remaining players.

"I’m ending it here. Three days is insane! You ALL win and will ALL receive $20,0000! CONGRATULATIONS!" tweeted the philanthropist YouTuber, following it up with "GO TO SLEEP!"

Finger On the App is a game collaboration between MSCHF, a mobile studio known for unconventional giveaway games, and Mr Beast, a YouTuber who has become famous for his charitable stunts, including giving his mother $100,000 and opening a 'free car' dealership.

But Finger On the App divides opinion, with a New Statesman article notably calling it "the dystopian competition that sums up everything that’s wrong with the internet." People also expressed concerns about other players using bots to cheat the game.

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