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Victoria 3 won't sugar-coat colonialism, but it'll give you the chance to resist it

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 16:00

There’s an inherent awkwardness in historical strategy games as entertainment, which is just how much of history is made up of stacked atrocities. Abstraction can do a lot to sidestep this, of course: many games feature real historical cultures, but pit them against each other in virtual petri dishes which might as well be fantasy worlds. Time, also, has a strange capacity to dilute grimness - whether rightly or wrongly, the more ancient a game’s setting, the more carefree we tend to be about burning farming settlements to the ground for the sake of expansion.

But if developers want to make games about real history, especially stuff which has happened within a generation or two of living memory, things become a lot more stark. Victoria 3, the next grand strategy project from Paradox, will see players take the reins of nations on the global stage of the 19th century. That means industrialisation, massive social upheaval, and a thousand other fascinations. But it also means rapacious national expansion, colonialism, and slavery - issues on which the public conversation has advanced a lot since Victoria 2 came out in 2010.

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You can't make me make new decisions in Mass Effect, I'm boring

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 15:34

Leading up to the launch of the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, I was looking forward to comparing the decisions I made when I first played the trilogy in 2013, versus the decisions I would make now, so many years later. How much could my opinions have changed? Surely things wouldn't be too different, but I imagined there'd be at least some nuance to my actions.

Alas, much like playing the sneaky archer in Skyrim, I have immediately fallen back into old habits. But you know what? So be it. They're all the correct choices, and you can't make me change them. You're not my mum.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night 2 is in the works

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 15:22
 Ritual of the Night 2 is in the works

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night is getting a sequel, though it will be quite some time before any solid details are released. Developer ArtPlay and game director Shutaro Lida will devise a plot for the sequel, but it is not the team’s primary focus for the time being. No, that would be even more content for the original game.

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night 2 first appeared on Kickstarter, then after a successful campaign, it eventually found its way onto PC and consoles in June 2019. Its mobile port didn’t arrive until December 2020, when it landed on iOS and Android.

In our Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night review, we found it to be “a somewhat lacklustre port of a great Castlevania-like game.” Should you be a fan of gothic settings, RPGs, Metroidvanias, and hack-and-slash combat, you might find yourself drawn to this spiritual successor to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

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Bungie "continuing to work on" Destiny 2's PC performance problems

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 15:06

For a good half-a-year now, Destiny 2 has run pretty badly for many PC players. Some folks, particularly those with AMD graphics card, have been crippled by issues like big framerate drops and stuttering. I've suffered it myself, and it sucks. Yesterday, Bungie spoke about the problem, explaining what happened, what they've been doing to fix it, and how far they think they've come. Still a way to go, mind.

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Nerf Strike codes – free skins and coins

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 15:02
Nerf Strike codes – free skins and coins

It’s Nerf or nothin’ in this FPS Roblox title. Nerf Strike has three large arenas, two gameplay modes, 12v12 combat, and eight fully customisable blasters with special abilities to suit each area you enter. As well as special accessories for each blaster, you can also pick up some pretty snazzy skins to help make yourself stand out from the crowd.

If you’re in need of some fresh skins or maybe just want to fill your in-game wallet with coins, our Nerf Strike codes list has got your back. The game’s developer, Metaverse Team, releases codes whenever the game reaches a milestone, so you can expect a lot more goodies to feature on our list soon.

Our passion for Roblox runs deep here at Pocket Tactics, so we’ve also created lists full of Survive the Killer codes, Counter Blox codes, and Dragon Adventures codes. Make sure you also check out our list full of the best Roblox games to find something new to play later down the line.

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Ultimate Audio Bang #07: A ping of beauty

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 15:00

Imogen and I recorded this episode of Ultimate Audio Bang last week, as I've been enjoying a few days off this week. We thought it would be a lighter episode, but in fact, we touched on many things in shooterland. Mainly, we focused on pinging, rounded up the news, and we talked about Imogen's knees.

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Adopt Me trade – learn how to trade with our handy guide

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 14:40
Adopt Me trade – learn how to trade with our handy guide

Adopt Me is a game about being a baby or a parent, taking care of pets and generally having a lovely old time. As you play you're going to acquire new items, and you might want to swap them with other players to complete your collection. How do you do that? Well, silly, that's why we've written this guide.

We've broken down the trading process, and explained some of the more difficult parts in detail, to make sure that you know exactly what to expect when it's time to make a trade. Adopt Me is designed to try and make sure players aren't getting scammed too, so there's quite a lot to consider when you decide you'd like to swap something.

But once you've read our Adopt Me trade guide you're going to know exactly what you have to do, what you need to be thinking about and how to avoid anyone who might be trying to pull a fast one on you as well. Sharing is caring, and if you follow this guide you're going to be making the world of Adopt Me a much more caring place. Or something like that. Here's the guide.

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Seriously, why does Resident Evil hate hands so much?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 14:30

You've gotta feel for Ethan Winters. We've seen plenty of video game protagonists get mawled, maimed and decapitated over the years, but I don't think any of them have had quite so much trauma directed to one, single body part as the hero of Resident Evil 7 and Resident Evil Village. I wrote about the horror of Ethan's franken-hand in Resi 7 a couple of weeks ago, but anyone who's played Village in the last month will know that barely scratches the surface of what ends up happening to him. Village seriously has it out for Ethan's hands, and brrr... just thinking about it gives me the shivers.

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The Magnificent Trufflepigs review: the hills are alive with the sound of beeping

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 13:47

There are two types of people: those who love Mackenzie Crook's gentle sitcom The Detectorists, and those who have never heard of it. The former camp will be extra delighted at the existence of The Magnificent Trufflepigs, where metal detecting in abandoned farm fields collides with the elevator pitch "Firewatch, but make it really English."

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Some would call this the Bestest Best Mystery Steam Reviews ever

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 12:00

Previously, on Mystery Steam Reviews, we've focused on video games that got high review scores, and some other games that got lower scores. But, we here at Rock Paper Shotgun believe words are better. Two words in particular, in fact: Bestest Best.

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Ark: Survival Evolved's final expansion has arrived

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 11:58

Hover-surfboards, flying platypus-like creatures, and Vin Diesel falling out of a wet pod - I already didn't fully understand Ark: Survival Evolved, but I can't deny its new expansion has piqued my interest. Out now, Ark: Genesis Part 2 invites players to jump into the game's final chapter, and play through the storyline that'll lead into its sequel. Oh, and David Tennant is in it too.

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Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown Review -- Time for a Combat Seminar

Gamespot Reviews - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 11:56

While Virtua Fighter has gotten attention in other games, such as guest characters in Dead or Alive 5 and as minigames in various Yakuza titles, the once-venerated 3D fighter seemed to be forgotten for a very long time. But with Virtua Fighter 5 once again revamped and re-released, does this star of the fighting game world still shine as brightly? Yes... but, speaking as a veteran Virtua Fighter fan, there are a few issues that keep Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown from claiming its crown as an all-time champion.

Considered the granddaddy of 3D fighting games, Virtua Fighter sparked revolutions in visuals and gameplay and, even now, it holds a great deal of respect among fighting game fans. Its simple three-button control scheme and comparatively small character roster hides an incredibly complex and rewarding game--provided you're willing to put in the time to learn and improve at it. Some games in the series--such as the excellent Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution--are known for amazing tutorials and learning tools, along with engaging and replayable single-player modes. Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, however, eschews that to focus on competition, and more specifically, online competition.

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Gameplay-wise, Ultimate Showdown will feel very familiar to veteran Virtua Fighter players. The base fighting engine is based around the earlier Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, with all of the moves, characters, and stages carried over from that game. There are a few minuscule changes, such as different colors of hit flashes to indicate normal and counter hits, but the overwhelming majority of the gameplay is unchanged. And that's perfectly fine--VF5FS had some of the best fighting action you could find anywhere, with incredible depth of gameplay that has kept many playing for years on end. What is new, however, are the graphics and music, which have been completely redone in the Dragon Engine that Sega's RGG Studio has been using for its Yakuza series. Character models and stages have been rebuilt from the ground up, and it all shines with a visual polish that has Virtua Fighter looking better than ever.

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The best gacha games

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 11:52
The best gacha games

There are an absolute ton of gacha games on mobile. In fact, it might well be the biggest genre on iOS and Android, with games featuring enormous franchises from Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, and more. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start; particularly for those that haven't played a gacha game before.

But that's where we come in, with this list of the best gacha games mobile has to offer. We're something of an expert on the genre, with many tier lists, reviews, and guides on the biggest gacha games, so our list is pretty definitive. We'll continue adding to it as more games join the gang, so we recommend bookmarking this page and checking back often.

If it's more lists you're looking for, we've put together the best mobile has to offer in our best iOS games and best Android games lists. We've also got a few genre lists, including best mobile strategy games and best mobile roguelikes. Now, let's take a look at the best gacha games.

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Dragalia Lost tier list – every character ranked

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 11:42
Dragalia Lost tier list – every character ranked

Dragalia Lost is a gorgeous action RPG with gacha elements, cool characters, and dragons that are not only incredibly powerful but also really rather adorable. If you have been on the lookout for a mobile game with a deep story and vibrant world, this is the title for you.

As you would expect from a gacha game, its roster of characters is pretty big. So, we’ve created a Dragalia Lost tier list to help you decide which characters you should use. If you’re brand new to the game and have received a few D-rank characters, you can also find instructions on how to reroll below.

If you’re a connoisseur of some of the best gacha games around, you should probably check out our Epic Seven tier list, Dragon Ball Legends tier list, and War of the Visions tier list. Then, to keep up with all the latest titles, take a look at our list full of the new mobile games coming in 2021.

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Half-Life: Alyx multiplayer mod turns your friend into a moral support bot

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 10:34

If you find yourself getting spooked venturing into Valve's VR adventure Half-Life: Alyx alone, then you might be pleased to know you can drag a pal along for the ride now. Modders have made an open-source multiplayer mod that lets you play the game alongside a friend, spawning them in as a floating moral support robot. And it's well cute.

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Strategy game Warhammer 40k: Lost Crusade rolls out in the US

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 10:05
 Lost Crusade rolls out in the US

Warhammer 40k: Lost Crusade is now available in the US on Android and iOS. As such, millions more of you can now test your mettle on this strategy base builder set in the dark, brutal world of 40k. To mark the occasion, Nuverse is set to launch various activities for new and existing fans to enjoy, including a number of voice-overs and cross-server battles.

The game aims to offer a varied selection of unique missions and character skills, all rendered with some striking visuals. As a strategy title, it requires you to be a thoughtful tactician as you face off against other players or engage in PvE battles. The more fights you win, the more characters and troops you unlock, as well as new technologies to up your chances of victory in the coming wars.

Beyond that, the SKULLS Festival event is incoming, and those of you who log in between June 3 and June 10 can grab the exclusive Battle Sister, while those from other countries can claim a new nameplate.

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XCOM studio are making a Marvel turn-based game, rumours say

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 09:51

E3 is almost upon us, which means E3 rumours and supposed leaks are ramping up. Here's a curious one: Firaxis, the studio behind the rebooted XCOM, are making a turn-based game with Marvel superheroes. The evidence supporting rumours of this 'Codename CODA' are pretty flimsy but welp, pre-E3 is the time for gossip and speculation. Honestly, I can see superpowers being a good fit for XCOM-esque action, but didn't XCOM 2 already give soldiers so many more interesting and varied abilities than your average Marvel wizard?

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Legends of Speed codes – free steps and gems

Pocket Tactics - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 09:07
Legends of Speed codes – free steps and gems

Become faster than the speed of light with these cool Legend of Speed freebies! Travel through a wide range of maps and unlock rare trials to truly test your limits. Whether you’re battling your friends in a race, or jumping through hoops and doing parkour, this game will satisfy your need for speed.

Sound fun? Well make sure you charge ahead of everyone by using these Legends of Speed codes! Check below to see if you can snag some goodies, including steps that will help you level up faster, and a bunch of gems to get the coolest pets on the track. We’ll be updating these codes regularly, so make sure to bookmark this page or keep checking back to see what you can snap up!

When you’re done being the fastest Robloxian around, why not see what freebies you can get in other popular Roblox titles? We have plenty of other code lists, including our Muscle Legends codes, our Anime Fighting Simulator codes, our Mad City codes and many more!

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13 levels we want in the new TimeSplitters

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 08:00

Sparks of purple electricity appeared in our skies last month, with reports of violent cartoon monkeys raining down. It can mean only one thing: Free Radical, the developer of noughties console shooter TimeSplitters, has appeared from a hole in the year 2005 to announce a new TimeSplitters game. Good news for fans of multiplayer gingerbread men (ie. me). Bad news for anyone embarrassed to remember how many TimeSplitters characters danced around in their undies (hello it's me again). Anyway, here are 13 levels I'd like to see in the new time-travelling gun game, the title of which I have correctly guessed below.

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Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2

Metacritic PC - Fri, 06/04/2021 - 07:00
Sniper Ghost Warrior players have never taken down targets from such extreme distances before. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 introduces fans to a dramatic single-player campaign where the stakes are at their highest, deep inside enemy territory. Players take on the role of Reaper, contract sniper assassin, operating in the heart of a lawless region of the Middle East along the Lebanese and Syrian borders. Tasked with a seemingly impossible mission - to topple an insidious criminal syndicate and bring them to justice. For the first time, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 delivers precision long-range shooting campaign with targets over 1,000 meters away. Developed by the same studio behind the highly celebrated original Contracts, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 pushes boundaries with the most realistic and challenging experience that the studio has ever created.

Publisher: CI Games

Release Date: Jun 04, 2021