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Radio Viscera is about shoving enemies into traps with gleefully gory results

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 22:29

Everyone knows that kicking grunts intro traps in Dark Messiah of Might & Magic is one of the greatest pleasures in videogames. Radio Viscera looks like a game entirely about that feeling. Played from a top-down perspective, you wield an air cannon that can blast holes in walls and punt peeps into meat grinders.

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Europa Universalis IV's newest expansion has 90% negative reviews on Steam

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 21:45

Europa Universalis IV's latest expansion, Leviathan, adds new ways to enrich your historic empire. Unfortunately it seems a slew of bugs has led to it becoming the worst rated game on Steam with 90% negative reviews.

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Super Magbot's demo offers attractive and repellent 2D platforming

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 20:40

I like a good "platformer but you can't jump" game. VVVVVV remains the gold standard, but Super Magbot's playable demo suggests it has a magnetic appeal of its own. Instead of jumping, you navigate its deadly, single-screen levels using a magnet ray that can attract and repel you from certain surfaces. I played it and liked it.

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Evil Genius 2's first DLC adds a new super agent alongside rebalance patch

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 20:04

A big part of Evil Genius 2's design revolves around Super Agents. These dangerous do-gooders infiltrate your lair with the aim of wiping you out, and you need to balance the risks of leaving them be with the costs of taking them out.

If you've already mastered those decisions for the stock selection of heroes, here comes Evil Genius 2's first DLC to mess again with your perfect crimes. The Cabal Pack, out now, adds Espectro, who has a dome-head filled with red mist and the ability to make clones of himself.

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Steam's Golden Week sale is live now, offering discounts on games from Japan

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 18:23

Steam's Golden Week sale is live now, offering discounts on thousands of games from Japan. A quick glance shows plenty of great games in the mix, including Death Stranding at 60% reduced and Ace Combat 7 at 75% off.

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Microsoft Store to match Epic Games Store's 88% cut for game developers - should Steam follow suit?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 17:46

Microsoft have announced plans to decrease the cut they take from sales of PC games on the Microsoft Store, with devs soon to get 88% instead of the industry standard 70%. That will bring them exactly in line with the Epic Games Store. While the Microsoft Store is undeniably rubbish as a store, this can only increase pressure on Valve to offer devs a bigger share of sales through Steam.

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Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion Review - A Leek to the Past

Gamespot Reviews - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 17:21

You might be relieved to learn Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion isn’t really about avoiding your financial responsibility to society. There’s no book-keeping, no audits, no lurking threat of a visit from the IRS. Instead, the act of tax evasion is a mere prelude, an unlikely catalyst for a rollicking and increasingly silly pastiche of the action/adventure genre.

Less concerned with ripping off fellow citizens and more with pilfering tropes from the Legend of Zelda, Turnip Boy is shameless about the source of its obvious inspiration. Within minutes from the start of the game, the village elder has dispatched you on a quest and you’ve retrieved a mystical sword from a sun-dappled forest grove. But it borrows and parodies familiar elements with an affection and exuberance that sweeps you along in a giddy rush for the entirety of its short but sweet duration.

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With Turnip Boy’s fiscal failure exposed in the opening scene, the town mayor channels Tom Nook by setting a quest that will allow you to pay off your debt and eventually inherit the family home. His demands are ludicrous from the get-go and seemingly untethered from your ultimate goal. But rather than leaving you annoyed at having to run some pointless errands, each new task only compounds the absurdity in amusing new ways. Really? That’s why you needed a laser pointer? You’ve got to be kidding me.

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My best Apex Legends Arenas fight ended in desperate punching

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 17:06

Next week, Apex Legends' ninth season arrives, and with it comes new jetpacking character Valkyrie and the 3v3 Arenas game mode. I gushed about both of these excellent upcoming additions in my preview earlier this week, but today I can show you a video from my time with Arenas so you can get an idea of just how much fun it is. And, like many skirmishes I seem to have in Respawn's FPS, one of my best rounds ended with fisticuffs.

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Summoners War: Lost Centuria and Chronicles “have a story to tell”

Pocket Tactics - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 16:20
 Lost Centuria and Chronicles “have a story to tell”

Summoners War: Lost Centuria is the latest entry in Com2uS' fantasy RPG series. Its predecessor, Sky Arena, found a great deal of popularity from both casual and competitive players, leading Lost Centuria to hit over six million pre-registrations in the leadup to launch.

The series is known for its strategic combat systems and competitive scene – both areas that Lost Centuria looks to build upon. At the same time, Com2uS has displayed a great deal of interest in fleshing out the world of Summoners War through tie-in comics and the regularly updated games themselves. Beyond Lost Centuria, there's also the upcoming Summoners War: Chronicles, a much-hyped MMORPG that seems like a radical departure from the Sky Arena formula.

We recently spoke to Com2uS’ director of production for Summoners War, Gary Park, to discuss the game series' growth and the IP's expansion into other mediums, as well as the newly released Lost Centuria itself.

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Summoners War: Lost Centuria tier list – all characters ranked

Pocket Tactics - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 15:59
 Lost Centuria tier list – all characters ranked

Summoners War: Lost Centuria is a novel take on the Clash Royale genre. It blends the best of gacha RPGS – turn-based combat, characterful heroes, and stellar visuals – with the gameplay of Clash Royale. You collect cards, power them up, then compete against other players to see who's put together the best team.

Naturally, there's a lot more to it than that, but this guide isn't here to detail the ins and outs of the experience. No, we want to focus on that team aspect, and we'll do so by ranking all of the characters against each other. Because that's pretty much what a Summoners War: Lost Centuria tier list is supposed to do, isn't it?

We've split the various different characters into their respective classes, so you can check, at a glance, who the best attack, defence, support, and HP heroes are. Hopefully you'll have unlocked a few to add to your deck. If not, at least it gives you something to aim for. Now, let's take a look at our tier list.

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Genshin Impact Serenitea Pot – traveling salesman, furniture, and blueprints

Pocket Tactics - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 15:14
Genshin Impact Serenitea Pot – traveling salesman, furniture, and blueprints

We absolutely love Genshin Impact’s brand new Serenitea Pot feature. Not only does it allow you to communicate and build a friendship with an adorable, penguin-esque tea spirit named Tubby, it also lets you create a customised sanctuary in three gorgeous, unique settings.

If you need a little help getting started, our Genshin Impact Serenitea Pot guide is here to help. Whether you need help tracking down that pesky teapot traveling salesman, want to know how to build furniture, or are on the lookout for some more blueprints, we’ve got a little something for everyone.

To learn more about everything going on in Teyvat, take a look at our Genshin Impact update guide, Genshin Impact tier list, and Genshin Impact codes list. You can also stay in the know about upcoming characters by keeping your eye on our Genshin Impact Kazuha, Genshin Impact Yae Sakura, and Genshin Impact Dainsleif guides.

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The Electronic Wireless Show Podcast episode 138: the best water in games special

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 15:00

Back once again with a topic that I suspect we may have done before, it's the Electronic Wireless Show podcast. This week we're talking about the best water in games, but we also take the time to discuss what we think counts as a sandwich (we are surprisingly on the same page with it).

Digressions, apart from the sandwich thing, are surprisingly few, although we make time to talk about what Andrew Ryan would be like if he took a trip to the London Aquarium with Matthew, and there's a pretty off-topic Cavern of Lies in there too.

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Crystal Hearts 2 is a Zelda-like co-op RPG with a 2022 release date

Pocket Tactics - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 14:36
Crystal Hearts 2 is a Zelda-like co-op RPG with a 2022 release date

Line Games has now revealed its new slate of promising titles, two of which are currently in development for mobile: the Diablo-like Undecember and an adventure RPG by the name of Crystal Hearts 2.

This one takes place 20 years after the events of its predecessor in the colourful continent of Arkhan, where all manner of strange creatures roam. It tells the tale of Logue and his friendly companions, who head out on a grand old quest through this fantastical, fairytale-inspired realm. Notably, Netmarble is leading development on this one, with Line Games handling the service side of things.

Crystal Hearts 2 looks like a pleasant time, offering a nice mix of top-down co-op battles and Zelda-like puzzles to solve. Despite its kid-friendly appearance, the game promises "rich strategic content" and a wealth of unlockable abilities to try out. You can get a good look at it in action in the gameplay trailer below.

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Halo Infinite will support PC-Xbox cross-platform multiplayer

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 14:35

Microsoft today announced that you'll be able to Master Chief it up with your consolepals in Halo Infinite, thanks to cross-platform multiplayer and progression. Details on how it will actually work are thin for now, but in theory that sounds neat. Nice to play with your pals. Though less fun to face mousefolk if you're playing on controller. Ah, we'll see in due time.

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Total War: Rome Remastered is out now

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 14:06

16 years after launch, the third game in the Total War series today returns with a new lick of paint and a few new features as Total War: Rome Remastered. Touched-up models and textures! New user interface bits! Extra factions unlocked! New merchant agents! Other newness! But... it's ultimately still Rome: Total War at heart, a game which seems a bit ropey after newer, better games in the series.

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Warpath codes – gold, military funds, and arms XP

Pocket Tactics - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 13:34
Warpath codes – gold, military funds, and arms XP

April 29, 2021: We've added new Warpath codes to our list

Lilith Games' new WW2 base-builder, Warpath, is proving popular with the casual strategy crowd, but, as ever, free-to-plays require resources. After all, an army marches on its stomach. So that's why, in our wisdom, we've decided to create a Warpath code list for all the freebies in the game. Whether we're talking military funds, arms XP, gold, crude oil, or any of the multifarious resources required to keep your army in tip-top fighting form, we got 'em.

We also explain how to redeem your precious Warpath codes, and where to potentially get more, if you find yourself running a little low on supplies. Lilith usually releases codes as a promo for specific events, so be sure to keep this list bookmarked, and check back, as we keep it updated on a regular basis when new Warpath codes drop.

If you found this article helpful, why not check out some of our other content? For more similar recommendations, we also have lists of the best mobile strategy games, and the best mobile war games!

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Five Nights At Freddy's spins off a free beat 'em up

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 13:14

Sad news: the next Five Nights At Freddy's Game, Security Breach, has been delayed again. Glad news: you can instead hang with Freddy and friends in a surprise new free game - a side-scrolling beat 'em up, of all things! Series creator Scot Cawthon yesterday released Fury's Rage, which gives the gang a rude 'tude 90s makeover and pits them against punk gangs in Streets Of Rage-style violence. I do like all the things Cawhton does for fans.

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Undecember is a gorgeous RPG that could rival Diablo Immortal

Pocket Tactics - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 12:14
Undecember is a gorgeous RPG that could rival Diablo Immortal

Line Games has pulled back the curtain on its upcoming slate of new titles, which includes a neat selection of mobile, PC, and console releases. One of the major standouts is Undecember, an incoming hack-and-slash RPG that looks like it could give Diablo Immortal a real run for its money.

Developed by Needs Games, Undecember is yet another impressive Unreal Engine 4 release designed specifically for mobile and PC. It’s said to offer “intricate item and skill systems,” with hundreds of unique abilities to test out in battle – some of which you can see in the impressive gameplay footage below. From powerful spinning attacks to miniature tornadoes, the skills look like a good bit of fun to experiment with.

Visually, Undecember's world is grim and bloody, packed full of dark dungeons to explore and gross beasties to slay. That said, it does seem to boast a nice variety of location types, from dusty deserts to small villages under siege by hulking creatures of the night.

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Returnal Review - Live Die Repeat

Gamespot Reviews - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 12:00

Returnal is a hard game to pin down. On the one hand, it is very much a pastiche of existing game genres: Play one run and you will see how it very clearly draws elements from roguelikes, Souls-likes, metroidvanias, action-platformers, bullet hell shooters, and horror games. But while it borrows from all those genres, its unique flow ensures that its chaotic shooting galleries and creepy storytelling feel decidedly new. A shifting, but not jarring pace, an unpredictable narrative, tough-as-nails gameplay, and a constant sense of ambient terror--Returnal's many moving parts coalesce into a rare shooter that grabs you with its mechanics and its story and never lets go, seducing you with its challenges and a foreboding sense of dread every step of the way.

When you start Returnal, interstellar scout Selene Vassos crash-lands on an alien planet, Atropos, which is broadcasting a mysterious signal. Stranded, Selene makes some startling discoveries on the planet, including the game's titular trait: When she dies, Selene "returns" to the site of the crash, seemingly unharmed. To explain much more would give away too much: You want to know as little about Returnal and its story as you can going in.

Yes, "return" is in the name, which is a not-subtle-not to Returnal’s run-based structure. It falls into the broader definition of a roguelite--Selene starts each run from the crash site but holds a few key upgrades and one of two in-game currencies from run to run. Everything else, including her weapon, "artifacts" that provide passive upgrades, and consumables like healing items disappear with each death. Selene wanders through the procedurally arranged and populated landscapes of Atropos hoarding gear, upgrading her health and weapon level (called proficiency), and gunning down the planet's strange-looking, tentacle-wiggling creatures, all of which want you dead.

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Sunless Skies: Sovereign Edition arrives on PC next month as a free update

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 04/29/2021 - 11:58

Failbetter are revamping their gothic space-train RPG Sunless Skies next month with the Sovereign Edition, coming to PC as a free update. They promise better performance and loads of balance tweaks, as well as improved character progression, new interfaces, and a reworked starvation system that'll give you "various new and probably inadvisable choices about what to eat." Yum. All this and more will arrive on May 19th.

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