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Planet-harvesting Dyson Sphere Program is out now in early access

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 12:37
In a parallel universe this is called Harvest Moon

Planet-harvesting Dyson Sphere Program is out now in early access

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 12:37

An industrialised planet in a Dyson Sphere Simulator screenshot.

Devouring an entire solar system with industry is, at once, both frightening and highly appealing. Well, sci-fi management sim Dyson Sphere Program is now out in early access, if you’re curious as to how it feels transforming stars and planets into cogs for your mechanised empire.

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Valorant map Split is no longer an attackers' nightmare

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 12:19
Riot added a cheeky new location to plant the Spike

Valorant map Split is no longer an attackers' nightmare

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 12:19

An Agent from Valorant, Jett, stands in a cool pose in front of a Valorant logo. She's levitating a knife in her hand.

Do you ever play Valorant and just do a little sigh when you see what map has been picked from the pool for your next match? For me, that’s Split (and also Icebox actually, but this post isn’t about that freezy fiend). Split’s always been a tough one for attackers, with its annoyingly tight choke points you’d need to funnel down, and far too many 50/50 angles for defenders to hide in. But last night, Riot Games released a patch with tons of little changes that should make Split a whole lot less frustrating to play.

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The best mobile MOBAs

Pocket Tactics - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 11:52
The best mobile MOBAs

It's rare to see a genre flourish beyond its original platform, but MOBAs were born for mobile. Just as with deck builders, the best iOS and Android MOBAs are about being able to quickly dip into a match for a speedy bout when you have chance. It's a great format for gaming - rather than throwing hours at a time into a titanic session, you can hop in and out, becoming invested in a different way.

MOBAs can seem a little daunting from the outside - tonnes of characters, spells, attacks, and stats. But when it comes down to it, they are actually deceptively simple. Just like deck builders, you don't need to be at the pinnacle of play to enjoy a game, or the personal quality that comes from playing a particular hero. But if anything they actually have an advantage, since you don't need to build a deck, and can jump between your favourite heroes based upon who you feel like playing that day.

So sit back and enjoy our list of the best mobile MOBAs available to play right now.

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Hitman 3 servers continuing to struggle

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 11:49
A bad launch for a good game

Hitman 3 servers continuing to struggle

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 11:49

Ian Hitman in a neon alley in Hitman 3.

Officially, Hitman 3 launched yesterday. In reality, uh, some players still aren’t really getting to play. The servers which imported progression from the previous two games have been overloaded, an issue Io Interactive scrambled to fix yesterday. Server woes are also causing some players to have the game interrupted by error messages prompting them to reconnect or play offline. Io’s most recent statement said they were working on servers.

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My sole weeps for these RTX 3080 shoes

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 10:58
But can it run Crysis?

My sole weeps for these RTX 3080 shoes

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 10:58

A photo of NZXT and RTKFT Studios' PC shoes

I honestly don’t know where to begin with this pair of trainers that PC manufacturer NZXT and fashion outfit Artifact Studios announced last night. At first, I thought it was merely a fancy sneaker with an RTX 3080 ground into the heel – a feat that, during a global graphics card shortage, would have made my soul cry big salty tears of bitter discontent. Upon closer inspection, though, it seems they’ve built an entire PC inside this enormous piece of footwear, with an NZXT cooler, motherboard and fans all visible through the transparent purple side panel. It’s an impressive feat, to be sure, but I also have so many questions. How does it run? How many feet per second can you travel in these things? And will the fans help keep my toes nice and cool, or will they tear my soles to absolute shreds?

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Guardian Tales guide: tips, tricks, and cheats

Pocket Tactics - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 10:39
 tips, tricks, and cheats

Our Guardian Tales guide will help you get started with this new gacha RPG the right way. It's a decent companion to our Guardian Tales tier list, which will help you select the right heroes to aim for and evolve. Once you've made that difficult choice, we've got a bunch of tips and tricks in this guide to help you actually play the game.

We'll go through the basics, detailing how Guardian Tales works, before taking a look at some more specific features, like where to download it, how to get the APK and play on PC, and take a look at its online functionality. Following that, we'll go through some tips and tricks that helped us make a flying start.

If you fancy playing something similar to Guardian Tales, we recommend checking out our best mobile RPGs list. It features a wide variety of experiences, including massive open worlds, action-packed combat, and strategy. Also loot. Lots of loot. Basically, it's got everything the growing RPG fan needs, which may well be you. Now, let's take a look at our Guardian Tales guide.

View the full site RELATED LINKS: Guardian Tales guide, Guardian Tales tier list, Guardian Tales update guide

Valve and five publishers fined €7.8 million for geo-blocking Steam keys

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 09:45
Valve have to pay a hearty €1.6m share of that sum

The joy of being a benevolent capitalist in Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 09:00

 Like A Dragon protagonist Ichiban Kasuga, sitting triumphantly behind a desk

Hong Kong has a popular snack chain called Aji Ichiban. Despite the name, it’s not actually Japanese, but I do recall going to these stores a lot whenever my family and I visited, where we’d fill our suitcases with its giant pack range of Chinese pork jerky and dried mangos.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon’s Ichiban Confections is also a snack shop, albeit one that specialises in Japanese rice crackers. It’s also unfortunately on its last legs – unless someone with the right business acumen can turn it around.

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Skul: The Hero Slayer

Metacritic PC - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 08:00
The human race attacking the Demon King's castle is nothing new and has happened countless times before. What makes this time different though, is that the Adventurers decided to join forces with the Imperial Army and the 'Hero of Caerleon' to finally succeed in the total destruction of the Demon stronghold. All of the demons in the castle were taken prisoner except for one lone skeleton named 'Skul'. Skul is no ordinary skeleton. In addition to his formidable fighting skills, he can gain new and exciting abilities depending on which skull he's wearing.Use up to 2 skulls at a time, each of which has its own unique attack range, speed and power. So choose ones that match your playing style and switch them in the heat of battle to bring your enemies to their knees. The power is in your hands! Skul has crossed paths with a party of Adventurers! They are powerful foes that hunt Demons for sport. But while Skul may be small, he still packs quite a punch. So just see who really is the hunter and who is the hunted...

Publisher: Neowiz

Release Date: Jan 21, 2021

Ocean's Heart

Metacritic PC - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 08:00
Ocean’s Heart is an epic top-down action RPG in which you explore a beautiful archipelago as a young woman named Tilia. Take on contracts to fight monsters, descend deep into ancient dungeons, defeat menacing foes, and unravel the mystery of Ocean’s Heart. All done in beautiful, bright pixel art.

Publisher: Nordcurrent

Release Date: Jan 21, 2021

Have You Played… Offworld Trading Company?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 07:30
I... DRINK... YOUR... (space) MILKSHAKE!

Have You Played… Offworld Trading Company?

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Thu, 01/21/2021 - 07:30

Business takes place across a series of hexagons on Mars.

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

OK, I know this is my second Have You Played…? to find an excuse to start by talking about Age Of Empires 2, and I imagine Alice Bee is making a proper wolf noise out of frustration as she edits this. I am almost sorry. But like a smug schoolboy proclaiming he’s “home” in a game of “it” by touching a tree, I’ve got a cast iron excuse here. Because Offworld Trading Company‘s lead developer Soren Johnson told me himself that this cracking solar-system economics-’em-up was directly inspired by the simple yet robust supply/demand modelling behind the market building in AoE2.

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Balan Wonderworld will release a co-op demo next week

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 22:39
Prep for the costume change

Balan Wonderworld will release a co-op demo next week

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 22:39

Bright and colorful platformer Balan Wonderworld isn’t too far away from its March release date now but you can try it out next week if you’re keen. Square Enix have announced that you can hop in and give it a go on January 28th. You can even try out the local co-op bits if you’re planning to play along with a pal when it launches.

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Get to know glow squids in Minecraft's latest snapshot

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Wed, 01/20/2021 - 21:51
They light up your life and your signs

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