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The 8 creepiest villages in PC games

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 14:00

The dark gods of survival horror smile on you this day, child. Resident Evil Village is out now, beckoning you into its township like a big church bell. But wait, before you go tip-toeing through the disturbing cabbage patches of these zombievamp wolfpeople, or whatever they are, please come this way. I have a map for you. An itinerary of other small settlements. Here are the 8 creepiest villages in PC games.

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RuneScape Mobile – what Jagex learned from OSRS’ mobile launch

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 13:55
RuneScape Mobile – what Jagex learned from OSRS’ mobile launch

Jagex recently confirmed a RuneScape Mobile release date of June 17, following a lengthy beta period on Android. This is a huge milestone for one of the world's longest-running MMORPGs, which turned 20 this year.

Much like Old School RuneScape, which is already available on mobile, the mobile version of RuneScape features full cross-platform support with PC and Mac users, allowing you to play no matter where you are. If you're interested in checking it out, you can pre-register right now on iOS or Android to receive a bunch of freebies at launch.

Now, we're really excited for the full release of RuneScape Mobile, so we reached out to Jagex to see if they'd answer some of our most burning questions. And they did just that. We spoke to Matt Casey, RuneScape's product director, and tackled subjects like OSRS's mobile launch, the audience split between PC/Mac and mobile, and the future of RuneScape once the mobile version is finally out in the wild. Read on for the full interview.

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Save big on Super Mario Bros., Fire Emblem, and Xenoblade this week

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 13:16
Save big on Super Mario Bros., Fire Emblem, and Xenoblade this week

Boy, have we got a deal for you this week. If you own a Nintendo Switch and have some free time this weekend, you can do a lot worse than heading over to Amazon via the links below and grabbing one or two of the best exclusives on the platform while they're going cheap.

Amazon has kindly reduced the price by 33% for New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition. That's a nice variety of experiences, too, as you've got a platformer, strategy game, and JRPG. Super Mario Odyssey was also on sale, but is, sadly, out of stock right now – as you'd expect.

It's worth noting that only Xenoblade Chronicles is available both physically and digitally at the lower price. Both Fire Emblem and Super Mario Bros. are only available digitally, so they're not suitable deals if you're hoping to pad out your physical collection.

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Say No! More was way better for my wellness than company-sponsored mindfulness

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 12:23

Welcome to spring/summer 2021, the year in which this endless hell enters its Thunderdome mode. We all stagger from our caves, blinking in the harsh daylight, to batter each other for the chance to order a pint and drink it in a freezing beer garden going "Yeah, it's not actually that cold today, is it?"

If you're anything like me you'll have already prepared by making knuckle dusters out of empty spaghetti hoop tins been getting loads of emails about wellness and mindfullness. I've been getting them from my hairdresser. I've been getting them from cheese companies that I signed up to once like a year ago because I wanted a massive box of cheddar. Pretty sure I even got one from my bank, which is weird. Businesses out there are very concerned that we stay mindful and well in this difficult time. But none of the tips for easy yoga stretches I can do on my lunch break have done me as much good as Say No! More.

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This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is about sequels that aren't sequels

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 12:00

Wikipedia defines a spiritual successor as "a product or fictional work which is similar to, or directly inspired by, another previous work, but does not explicitly continue the product line or media franchise of its predecessor, and is thus only a successor 'in spirit'."

The amount of games that are – for my money – wrongly considered spiritual successors is wild. But, to be fair, I believe we did well this week. I think you could call every game in this week's Mystery Steam Reviews a spiritual successor. And that's good, because if you haven't picked it up at this point, that's the theme.

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Assassin's Creed Valhalla might be taking us to fiery Muspelheim

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 11:49

Norse mythology is great. Really, what's not to like about nine magical realms all connected by a giant space tree? The open-world Viking stabbing sim Assassin's Creed Valhalla might be exploring these mythological Norse roots a bit more in the future, as a dataminer has discovered files in the game that reference the toasty realm of Muspelheim - that's the one with fire giants and lava rivers.

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Dragon Ball Legends tier list – every character ranked

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 11:23
Dragon Ball Legends tier list – every character ranked

Dragon Ball Legends is an action-packed card battler that allows you to pit all of your favourite heroes and villains from the popular anime and manga series against each other. From Android 18 to Zamasu, you are sure to find a character that has skills and stats to your liking.

With such a huge selection of playable characters, it can be tough to put together a strong team if you don’t know where to start – and that’s where we come in. With help from our Dragon Ball Legends tier list, you will soon know who to put in your team and also find out how to reroll if you don’t manage to get the character you want from the start.

Dragon Ball Legends receives updates and balance changes frequently, so we will make sure this list is kept up to date. It’s also worth noting that even the strongest characters can struggle without a powerful team backing them up.

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Resident Evil Village is out now

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 11:11

Resident Evil Village has finally arrived, bringing back Resi 7 star Ethan Winters and chucking him into town where tall ladies and werewolves roam. The first-person horror game takes place a few years after Biohazard, after Ethan and his wife Mia attempted to live a peaceful life following their escape from the Baker family. But there is no peace for Eef. Now he is in a scary village whose inhabitants seem to want to eat him.

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The joy of an ignoble death in Valheim

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 11:00

It’s a beautiful day in the meadows of Viking survival game Valheim; I’m ambling about picking raspberries, looking for stones and promising-looking sticks. They don’t take long to find, and with trembling hands I attach one to the other, and create a crude axe.

I seek out the nearest tree to unleash my wrath upon. It takes a while to bring my opponent low, but eventually I am victorious, and the great trunk teeters and falls!

The tree comes down on top of me, and I die immediately.

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The Division Mobile is coming – but what exactly is it?

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 10:37
The Division Mobile is coming – but what exactly is it?

Ubisoft has provided an extensive update on its plans for The Division, the publisher's popular looter shooter series. While the bulk of the announcements revolve around The Division 2 and a new free-to-play title set in the same universe, Ubisoft also briefly discusses an incoming mobile version in its recently released blog post.

The Division Mobile release date is likely still a ways off, and we say that because precise gameplay details are currently nonexistent. Will it be a looter shooter like its big brothers? Perhaps it could go the way of Tom Clancy's Elite Squad, a tactical RPG that arguably didn't play to the strengths of the various Ubisoft game series it combined?

Looking at the likes of PUBG: New State and other similarly impressive action titles, there's a good chance that a full, meaty looter shooter could in fact work on iOS and Android. That said, we'll just have to wait and see what Ubisoft has planned for The Division Mobile.

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Resident Evil Village: the best settings to improve your PC's performance

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 08:30

Resident Evil Village is finally here, continuing the story of Ethan Winters from Resident Evil 7 as he finds himself trapped in a bleak, wintry landscape full of tall vampire ladies, snarling wolf boys and more horrible nasties than you can shake an Umbrella-shaped stick at. It's also one of the best-looking PC games of the year by my reckoning, especially if you happen to own a ray tracing-capable graphics card. It runs supremely well, but it can start to chug a bit if you exceed your graphics card's memory limit. To help you get the best performance in Resident Evil Village, I've put together this best settings guide, telling you which settings to turn on (and which to dial back) to help keep those frame rates nice and high.

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Resident Evil Village

Metacritic PC - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 07:00
The next generation of survival horror rises in the form of Resident Evil Village, the eighth major entry in the Resident Evil series. With ultra-realistic graphics powered by the RE Engine, fight for survival as danger lurks around every corner. Years after the tragic events of Resident Evil 7 biohazard, Ethan Winters has started over with his wife Mia, finally living in peace and putting the past behind them. However, Chris Redfield, the legendary hero from previous Resident Evil games, suddenly disrupts their life, throwing a devastated Ethan into a new and twisted nightmare in search of answers.

Publisher: Capcom

Release Date: May 07, 2021

Have You Played… Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 05/07/2021 - 06:30

Before revisiting the games I played as a youngster, I never really realised how much better a game can be when you’re co-operating with a teammate. Of course this goes for your team-based games like Warzones and Fortnites and Valheims, but in my experience, literally any game where I can get the homies involved improves the vibes tenfold.

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What game do you wish would get the WoW: Classic treatment?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 22:44

I like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but I loved the original Counter-Strike. While CSGO is the prettier, more polished version of the same set of ideas, so many of the maps, so much of the feel that I loved, isn't present in the latest iteration.

The original Counter-Strike is still available to play, but its final update, 1.6, isn't the version I want either. I want beta 5.2, or thereabouts, from back before Valve bought the game and its rougher edges got sanded away.

That's me. But I'm here to ask you: what live service game would you like to see relaunch and preserve an older version of itself, as World Of Warcraft: Classic has? And what version would you want?

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Euro Truck Simulator 2's photo mode is getting better

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 22:03

It's been a while since I've booted up Euro Truck Simulator 2 and gone for a relaxing drive myself, but it remains just so delightfully wholesome. These people, they love trucks.

After update 1.40 revamped the game's lighting system back in March, developers SCS Software have been working on a revamp of the game's photo mode. When 1.41 launches, you'll now be able to fiddle with the time of day and the weather, so you can capture your truck looking its best.

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Hardspace: Shipbreaker's new update revamps its story and tutorial

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 21:27

Hardspace: Shipbreaker sits you in front of a moist gateau and hands you a cake slice, only the gateau is a stylish spaceship and the cake slice is a metal-severing laser. It's immediately compelling, as you cut into your rich dessert to extract its delicious insides without accidentally slicing a cherry. In this metaphor, the cherries are explosives.

After a while, I found its early access release got a little lonely and a little samey, but that might have changed with today's "Salvage Your Future" update. It revamps Shipbreaker's campaign and introduces four new voiced characters.

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Tom Clancy’s The Division: Heartland announced with scant details

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 21:02

Ubisoft have announced Tom Clancy’s The Division: Heartland, a new standalone free-to-play game due for release in 2021-2022. Details are scant, but it'll be developed by Red Storm Entertainment rather than Massive Entertainment, who made The Division 1 and 2.

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World Of Warcraft's Burning Crusade Classic confirmed to launch on June 1st

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 20:19

The leaks were correct. World Of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic will launch on June 1st, letting players with a nostalgic bent experience the long-running MMO's first expansion.

Unlike the first time around in 2007, Burning Crusade doesn't replace the original game in any way. You can continue to play the base World Of Warcraft Classic if you prefer, and from May 18th you'll be able to clone an existing character in case you want to play simultaneously in WoW Classic and Burning Crusade Classic.

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Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition

Metacritic PC - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 18:51
For PC players, we’re taking advantage of our new Fully Ray Traced Lighting Pipeline and the latest GPU-capable hardware from NVIDIA and AMD to offer the ultimate Ray Traced experience – the Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition. This upgrade is so extensive, it will require a Ray Tracing capable GPU as the minimum spec, and we will need to deliver this version as a separate product – it is not a simple ‘patch’ to the base game – instead it will be offered as an extra entitlement to all existing Metro Exodus PC players.

Publisher: Deep Silver

Release Date: May 06, 2021

Get up to 75% off in Ubisoft's big Rainbow Six franchise sale

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 05/06/2021 - 18:06

With Rainbow Six Siege's annual premiere tournament almost upon us - and indeed, the first offline Siege esports event since the start of the pandemic - Ubisoft have discounted games across the Rainbow Six franchise over at the Ubisoft Store by up to 75%.

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