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Layers of Fear 2

Metacritic PC - Tue, 05/28/2019 - 00:00
Layers of Fear 2 is a first-person psychological horror game with an emphasis on exploration and story. Players control a Hollywood actor who heeds the call of an enigmatic director to take on the lead role in a film shot aboard an ocean liner. Beware, for all may not truly be what it seems.

Publisher: Gun Media

Release Date: May 28, 2019

Best Roblox games – top ten user-created games to play

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 1 hour 55 min ago

The game creation platform Roblox lets you create all sorts of wonders with only the thinnest knowledge of scripting, and the results are many and varied. It’s easy to glance at the vast library and write off the whole set as a minefield of easy-cash scammers with characters that look Lego knockoffs, but look further and you’ll find plenty of examples of creativity just waiting to flourish. The overall impression is of seeing the early drafts of tomorrow’s great designers – where once the curious and determined turned to creating maps for Doom, or modding the original code for Sonic the Hedgehog, today they get their start in Roblox. We’ve already seen at least one developer hone their skills and build their community within Roblox’s garden before rebuilding their idea as a commercial project, in Unturned.

To help you get straight to playing only the good stuff, we’ve put together this list of the best Roblox games you can play for free right now.


Fortnite Fortbyte locations – Fortbyte 41 Tomatohead inside DurrrBurger restaurant, Fortbyte 16 desert chairs house, Fortbyte 6 Ice cream shop

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 1 hour 58 min ago

Fortnite’s Fortbyte challenges have been going for three weeks now and today Epic Games asks you to shout the praises of the Tomatohead while in a DurrrBurger joint. Almost seems like sacrilege to say the rival restaurant’s mascot is better than the one you’re in if you ask me. The burger restaurant has changed location and if you know where to look, then this should be an easy challenge to complete. We will of course tell you where to look, but note that you will need the Battle Pass for this one. New challenges unlock every day or so, requiring some specific conditions to unlock. There are a hundred in total and I will be going over all of them. Wish me luck.


Minecraft seeds (1.14) – the best Minecraft 1.14 seeds we've discovered

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 2 hours 28 min ago

When it comes to Minecraft seeds, I don’t know about you, but I always find it such a missed opportunity to just let the game come up with its own random string of numbers. Why not be adventurous, and seed your world with something like “WeAreTheKnightsWhoSayNi”, or “falsified carrot”, or something? If you’re of a similar mind on this, you shouldn’t be disappointed by the amount of fun I had creating this Minecraft seeds guide.


Re-re-watch: Overwatch finally adding replays

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 2 hours 36 min ago

For Overwatch players who wish to revisit former glories or learn from past mistakes, Blizzard are finally adding the much-requested feature of replays. As you’d expect from the feature that’s been common in multiplayer shooters for oh so many years, it will let players view past matches from different perspectives at different speeds and all that. Me, I’m hoping I’ll get to finally take some decent screenshots to use in RPS articles because all mine are rubbish. Replays are now live on the test servers, and will launch in the regular main version later.


E3 2019 schedule – livestream and conference dates and times

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 2 hours 38 min ago

Many suggest that E3 is like Christmas for nerds and there’s no faulting that logic. It’s when big game announcements generally happen, whether that’s brand new PC games being revealed or release dates for those first shown last year. It’s also when Devolver Digital paint the town red with gallons of fake blood. With that in mind, we’ve gathered together all the dates and times for all the E3 2019 livestreams and conferences.


Wot I Think: Layers Of Fear 2

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 2 hours 54 min ago

Developer: Bloober Team
Publisher: Gun Media

Release: Out now
On: Windows
From: Steam
Price: £24/$30/€25

There’s something about mannequins that makes them such prime fodder for horror games. The dead-eyed stare sans pupils, the unnaturally rigid poses and angular elbows, and the perverse mimicry of human behaviour hurls them right into the trough of the uncanny valley. Like many horror staples, these are strategically placed to unnerve players and elicit a quick scare, with a plethora of games placing them in almost predictable locations: at the end of a corridor, in a dimly lit corner, even right behind the player. In the same vein, Layers Of Fear 2 uses such jump-scares abundantly, propping mannequins up in cordoned-off rooms and against dusty furniture. These bizarre figures seemingly trail the main character wherever he goes, a tortured actor seeking inspiration for a prestigious role in his latest film.


The Flare Path: Middle Walloped

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 3 hours 54 min ago

With the possible exception of a well-chosen book, I reckon nothing complements a good vehicle simulator or digital wargame better than an apt museum. Prior commitments meant I couldn’t spend International Museum Day surrounded by game-illuminating exhibits, but a few days later I made the short trip to a local museum knowing I’d return enthused and educated.

Recently reopened after a 2.6 million pound revamp, the Army Flying Museum nestles on the edge of an active Army Air Corps airfield in central southern England. While it’s a lot smaller than better known English aviation museums such as Duxford, Cosford, and Hendon, it tells a fascinating story that none of its larger peers tell, and does it with a collection dotted with exhibits you won’t find elsewhere. Whenever I visit I always seem to emerge with a head full of game ideas, and a slight feeling of surprise. The game industry’s obsession with the RAF, the Battle of Britain in particular, means some of the most interesting chapters in British military aviation have yet to be ludologised! (more…)

The Foxer

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 3 hours 54 min ago

To completely defox today’s word chain you’ll need to provide Roman, my Chief Foxer Setter, with the sequence of 24 words suggested by the clues below. (more…)

Best PC gaming deals of the week – 24th May 2019

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 4 hours 24 min ago

Ah, the sweet smell of another May bank holiday on the horizon. Wait, no, that’s not the bank holiday smell. That’s… the smell of roasted politicians, existential fear and the UK collapsing in on itself. Hooray! Good thing your deals herald’s here, otherwise we’d have absolutely nothing to help distract ourselves from the impending chaos about to unfold. So before we dwell too much more on the flaming horrorshow that is our home country, here are the best PC gaming deals of the week to help you escape all that real-world nonsense.


Ritual Of The Moon diary: day 20

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 4 hours 54 min ago

Ritual Of The Moon takes around five minutes a day to play, for 28 days. Today is day 20 of my diary.

Today is a day late because I was a) busy yesterday and b) the playthrough ended up being a pretty good cliffhanger for the weekend. It seems that the extremely long timeline over which I’ve ended up playing this may have interrupted the natural flow of the game.

Here, after over a month (but which should have been three weeks), we see that Marty Burnham is considering what we may call her ultimate choice.


Arma 3 makes first contact in next expansion

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 5 hours 40 min ago

The straight-faced military simulation of Arma 3 will get a little weirder with its next expansion, named Contact, where serious soldiermen will encounter and investigate aliens. Expect strange lights in the sky, unknown aircraft, strange energy signatures, glowing orbs, the lot. It doesn’t look like some kooky Stalin vs. Martians nonsense, mind, treating first contact with a suspected alien species seriously. Which sounds pretty great to me. It brings a big new sandbox map, with 163 square kilometres of kinda-real-ish Eastern Europe, for regular Arma activities too. Anyway, here, come meet some aliens in the announcement trailer.


Fortnite week 3 challenges – Downtown Drop, Fortnite Season 9 challenges tips

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 5 hours 58 min ago

We’re now into the third week of Fortnite Season 9 and there’s been a fair few challenges to complete, including a unique tie-in with Nike. With daily updates to the Fortbytes, that means a whole lot of stuff you might miss out on, and so we’ll be cataloguing all of the challenges that will appear in this Season; yes, including the Fortbytes.

Now into its ninth season, Fortnite is a global juggernaut when it comes to just how popular it still is. There’s still a lot to learn about not only getting that all-important “Victory Royale”, but also the changes to the map as the seasons progress. For some beginner’s tips, make sure you go to our main [cms-block] hub for every single thing you need to know to get started.


Have you played… Protolife?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - 8 hours 54 min ago

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

Protolife occupies a rather special place in my repository of tower defence games for two reasons. First, the central concept of controlling a little construction bot that poops out blue blocks in specific patterns to create all your defences. It’s neat, it’s elegant, and it places you into Protolife’s world in a way that few games in this genre manage. Secondly, it’s better than pretty much anything else at teaching you how to play tower defence games – or even strategy games in general.


Chex Quest 3 officially released free, and only 22 years late

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 22:19

Today, General Mills cereal (owners of all things Chex) officially released Doom-alike advergame FPS Chex Quest 3, free and Windows-friendly. It’s just slightly delayed compared to the first two episodic releases in 1996 and 1997 respectively. Today’s release via an adorably ’90s themed page isn’t entirely new, but the work of original Chex Quest developer Charles Jacobi, who has been carrying a torch for the series for decades. Below, a surprisingly good mini-documentary on the game’s history, including some fun facts on its unpredecented mass manufacturing process.


Jalopy is free on Humble, but you may have to race for it

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 21:21

A barely-functional car, a weird uncle in a bad jacket, a quest of self-discovery and seemingly endless machine-exhausting roads between you and your destination. Jalopy is free today, and a messy, unpredictable road-trip worth taking, although you might want to get a move on. Humble are giving away MinskWork’s eastern european driving adventure free for the next two days, with the offer vanishing on Saturday, 6pm BST, or “while supplies last”, which means it could end earlier. Curiously, no Steam key is given by default, but you can claim one for a single US dollar.


Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden expands moosewards in June

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 18:56

Mutant Year Zero: Road To Eden was one of the nicest surprises of last year’s tail-end. A whip-smart mix of ’80s post-apocalyptic RPG (using an old pen-and-paper setting), real-time stealth and tense XCOM-inspired turn-based combat. The only common complaint levelled against it is that it was too short. Today, developers The Bearded Ladies announced a partial solution to that, in the form of Seed Of Evil, an expansion due out on June 30th, adding new environments, a new set of enemies and a new moose-man mutant to join your party. Below, Big Khan introduces himself in trailer form.


GOG announce a last call for Telltale Games leaving on May 27th

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 18:05

The sad saga of Telltale’s fall is due one last tragic chapter. GOG have just announced that all of the defunct choose-your-own-adventure studio’s games will be de-listed next Monday, May 27th at 11am BST. That includes Telltale’s own games like Puzzle Agent, and all three seasons of Sam & Max adventures, as well as licensed games like The Wolf Among Us, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Batman, and the excellent Tales From The Borderlands. The last of which has already been removed from Steam, though publisher 2K Games are working to bring it (and it alone) back, as reported by Eurogamer.


Will It Harvest Moon? – a beginner’s field guide to rehabilitating inferior games

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 18:00

To this day, the jaunty static of the opening jingle to Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town brings me back to a simpler time. Summer evenings spent hunched over my Game Boy SP, a pane of glass between me and nature’s suburban bounty as I tilled my little squares of land, pet my happy little chickens, and bribed a town’s worth of reticent heartthrobs into falling for my little blonde avatar, Pepper, with an onslaught of ores, animal products, and various culinary delights (but never cucumbers, ya’ gummy-mouthed fish-man).

Harvest Moon was about as wholesome as wholesome gets, my first videogame love, but as the days turned to years, we grew apart. Since then, I’ve filled the hole in my heart with the usual suspects, (Stardew Valley, Rune Factory, and so on) until there was only one thing left to do: make my own Harvest Moon. And so began my ongoing personal quest to turn every game I own that is unfortunate enough to not be Harvest Moon into the farming simulation game they were always meant to be. Here, in true naturalist fashion, I present my field notes in the hope that we may go on to tame this new frontier together.


Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey swings onto Epic on August 27th

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 16:36

Prehistorical proto-human sim Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey now has a release date, a little earlier than I expected. Players can start monkeying around this summer, starting August 27th, though it’ll be a one-year exclusive to the Epic Games Store. Ancestors is developed by Panache Digital, Patrice Désilets’s new studio. He was the creative director on the original two Assassin’s Creed games, so knows a thing or two about games where you climb tall things. Below, a new trailer about conquering your ape-people’s fear of the unknown, plus the previous one about exploring the jungle.