Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Riot rewind today's “technical nightmare” of a Valorant update

10 hours 56 minutes ago

Well, that didn’t stick. Earlier today, Valorant began rolling out version 1.11, adding animal-yeeting Aussie hero Skye and a frosty new Icebox map. But following a host of bizarre hiccups, it now looks like Riot have decided to slam the pause button, calling the update a “technical nightmare” and delaying the update’s proper arrival ’til later this week.

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Author
Natalie Clayton

Grounded swims with the fishes in the Koi Pond update

11 hours 57 minutes ago

Honey I Shrunk The Kids ’em up Grounded has taken a step into the deep end. The next update for Obsidian’s teeny tiny survival sandbox opens up the Koi Pond, letting you dive into murky puddles while evading dangerous goldfish and submerged spiders. The pool will open for everyone next month – but if you’re feeling antsy, you can dive in right now via the public test server.

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Author
Natalie Clayton

Co-op rat-basher Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is free to play this week

12 hours ago

Look, it’s been a tough year. You’re stressed, you’re tired, you’ve got a whole lotta pent-up anger – so why not take it out on a few hundred fantasy ratmen? Riotous rodent-smasher Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is currently free to player over on Steam ’til November 1st, with the return of a limited-time anniversary mission sending our hopeless heroes on a pub crawl from hell.

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Author
Natalie Clayton

Destiny 2's next season brings back Uldren Sov as an ally, and I feel hope for its future

13 hours 18 minutes ago

A Destiny 2 cinematic still showing Crow, the Guardian raised from Uldren Sov, and his Ghost.

The man who killed our pal Cayde-6 will return to Destiny 2 with Season Of The Hunt, Bungie revealed today. Well, the Guardian reanimated from the corpse of the man who killed Cayde will. It’s complicated. Spacemagic. With the Beyond Light expansion now two weeks away, Bungie today released a new video documentary gabbing about its development and laying out more of their plans for MMOFPS’s next year of content. Look, I’m setting myself up for ridicule after years of Destiny casually setting plot big threads aside to chase distractions but: it sounds like it’s all leading somewhere.

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Author
Alice O'Connor

Jumpin' slidin' cyberninja Ghostrunner is out now

13 hours 38 minutes ago

Dodge. Slide. Slash. Leap. Fall. Die. Repeat. After months of scampering around behind the scenes, acrobatic cyber-slasher Ghostrunner finally lept onto store shelves today. The proper good acrobatic murder ballet arrives with a 20% launch discount and a free demo – should you wish to warm up before making a full leap on One More Level’s bloody wallrunner.

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Author
Natalie Clayton

Cloudpunk's cockpit update puts a camera behind the steering wheel

15 hours 48 minutes ago

Ah, the hum of your hover-engine beneath your feet. The pitter-patter of rain on the windshield. The light glow of the GPS as your dispatch screen lights up. Until now, I could only imagine the interior of one of Cloudpunk‘s blocky hover-cabs. That’s all changed with today’s Cockpit Update, which puts you right in the drivers seat for a night’s shift – briefly cutting fares by a third for passengers who’re hopping on for the first time.

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Author
Natalie Clayton

Carto's delightfully hand-drawn map quest begins today

16 hours ago

Gosh, what I’d give to have the cartographic powers of Carto‘s leading lass. It’d make the commute a hell of a lot quicker if I could just pick up a square kilometre of Leith and plop it down next to my flat. Sunhead Games’ adorable, map-shifting puzzler sets off today, letting you step in and solve some lovely geographical jigsaw puzzles.

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Author
Natalie Clayton

Valorant's new bird-throwing agent Skye arrives today

16 hours 3 minutes ago

Today, Riot’s tactical FPS Valorant says hello to a new agent. Australian healer Skye will not just treat your wounds, but she’ll throw various animals at your enemies to blind and stall them while she’s at it. She’s also very cute, and looks a bit like Artemis from Hades.

This patch, version 1.11, comes with a bunch of changes to some of the other characters, too, and even plonks the new map Icebox into competitive rotation.

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Author
Imogen Beckhelling

Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed, again, into December

16 hours 18 minutes ago

We were so close, folks. With a month to go until its planned release, CD Projekt Red have chosen to once again delay Cyberpunk 2077, pushing back the open-world RPG’s release date at the eleventh hour to get all nine platforms in shape before release. Cyberpunk 2077’s release date is now December 10th, three weeks later than its previously-planned November 19th launch.

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Author
Natalie Clayton

Elite: Dangerous has made its Horizons expansion free for all players

16 hours 44 minutes ago

An Elite Dangerous: Horizons screenshot showing a spaceship approaching a ringed planet.

As Frontier Developments wind up to launch the next Elite Dangerous expansion, today they rolled the first one into the base game for all to enjoy for free. The new content and features from Horizons are now available to all players, things like creating your own spaceman and landing on planets to drive spacecars. To folks who had already bought Horizons, Frontier are giving exclusive ship skins as a thank you.

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Author
Alice O'Connor

Netflix is doing an Assassin's Creed TV show, and it should be a direct sequel to the movie

16 hours 46 minutes ago

A still from the Assassin's Creed movie where Aguilar the assassin is fighting a couple of baddies. I have added a speech bubble so he is saying 'I walked so Netflix could soar'

I’m dead serious, on both counts. Netflix’s NX Twitter account just Twote out a little teaser for a live action Assassin’s Creed Netflix Original Series. Right now there’s no date, no hint at the setting, and no actors attached. It is a few bars of that musical sting we all love, and the AssCreed logo with an N in it.

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Author
Alice Bell

Dell's early Black Friday deals shave 15% off a bunch of gaming laptops

19 hours 5 minutes ago

A photo of the Dell Inspiron G3 15 gaming laptop

The early Black Friday deals season is well and truly underway, as Dell are the latest retailer to give us a sneak peek of their upcoming Black Friday deals. Naturally, there are only a few deals worth noting at this point in time, as the bulk of their traditional ‘doorbuster’ deals will be arriving closer to Black Friday proper on November 27th. Still, as a taster of what’s to come, 15% off a bunch of their G5 and G7 gaming laptops certainly isn’t a bad place to start, especially when it means you can currently get a Core i7 and GTX 1660 Ti model for just over £1000.

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Author
Katharine Castle

Gears 5 is replacing Marcus Fenix with Dave Bautista, if you want?

19 hours 35 minutes ago

Dave Batista as Marcus Fenix in Gears 5, weirdly.

Continuing Gears Of War’s weird dalliance with celebrity, Gears 5 is adding Dave Bautista as a replacement actor for John DiMaggio’s Marcus Fenix. They’ve made Dave’s face and had him re-record all of Fenix’s lines so your man Drax The Destroyer fully replaces the old man of Gears, because reasons. Mystifying. It’ll be optional, mind. Some more-substantial newness is coming in the form of the first Gears 5 story DLC, named Hivebusters.

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Author
Alice O'Connor

Cyberpunk 2077 dev asks for “trust” in light of cut content concerns

19 hours 35 minutes ago

A CD Projekt Red developer has addressed concerns about cut content in Cyberpunk 2077. Fans have been talking about the old alpha footage of the game that came out back in 2018, pointing to features shown, like wall running, that the devs have since announced will no longer be part of it.

Senior level designer, Miles Tost, explained that content gets cut from games a lot, and asks fans to trust that they know what they’re doing with their own game.

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Author
Imogen Beckhelling

Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements: minimum and recommended PC specs revealed

20 hours 28 minutes ago

Learn the minimum and recommended Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements below.Cyberpunk 2077

is one of the most impressive-looking games we’ve ever seen, from a standpoint of pure visual fidelity. We’ve caught many glimpses of a neon-drenched and rain-splattered Night City by now, and it all looks absolutely gorgeous – but what kind of machine will you need in order to make the game look this good while you’re playing it? Below we’ve outlined both the minimum and recommended Cyberpunk 2077 system requirements, along with what we expect will be needed to support ray-tracing in Cyberpunk 2077.

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Author
Ollie Toms

Cyberpunk 2077 classes: every Lifepath explained

21 hours 39 minutes ago

Learn about all three Lifepaths in our Cyberpunk 2077 classes guide.Cyberpunk 2077

places a great deal of weight on the opportunity to play out V’s story however the player wants. The first major choice you have to make when deciding on the direction of your story is which class, or Lifepath, you should choose: Corpo, Nomad, or Street Kid. This Cyberpunk 2077 classes guide will walk you through each Lifepath, and what changes in your game experience based on this choice.

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Author
Ollie Toms

Rainbow Six Siege's Halloween event turns you into horrific puppets and I hate it

21 hours 56 minutes ago

Rainbow Six Siege

‘s Halloween event kicks off today, trapping you in a nightmare where everyone has turned into a respawning puppet. I do not like it one bit. The event is called Sugar Fright, and it plonks players straight into Frost’s fever dream where everything is made of sweets and all your friends look like horrible Muppet Show rejects.

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Author
Imogen Beckhelling

Baby Yoda is coming to your Star Wars: Squadrons dashboard

22 hours 4 minutes ago

The Baby Yoda figurine in Star Wars: Squadrons.

Baby Yoda, the Yoda that’s also a baby, is coming to Star Wars: Squadrons as part of a new set of decorative ship bits. New Republic pilots will be able to have the breakout star from Disney’s Galaxy High School Musical sitting on their dashboard, though it’s only a model – he won’t be fiddling with your radio. EA have said they’ve no plans for post-launch content and it seems this is just a cheeky bonus to market season two of the Disney+ show.

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Author
Alice O'Connor

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070: release time, where to buy, price and specs

23 hours 42 minutes ago

A photo showing the front of the RTX 3070

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 comes out later this week on October 29th and it’s set to be one of the most anticipated graphics card launches of the year. Offering RTX 2080 Ti-level performance for a fraction of the cost, the RTX 3070 is likely to be in hot demand when it goes on sale at 6am PT / 1pm GMT, so here’s a quick reminder of everything you need to know about this new [cms-block] GPU, including its release time, price, specs and where you can buy one.

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Author
Katharine Castle

Hadr is a game about a cloth and it made me feel like a serial killer

1 day ago

A screenshot of the cloth in Hadr covering a birdcage, except I have drawn a childish angry face on it with MS Paint

Hadr is an indie puzzle game that one would, I suppose, mostly describe as physics-based, if we were being very dry about it. You are a cloth, or several bits of cloth, depending on the level, and anything that you can cover up will vanish. A birdcage. A lamp. Most of a sofa. Whomph. Gone. I suspect is intended to be melancholic and floaty.

Except. Except. I found it incredibly sinister.

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Author
Alice Bell

Have You Played… She Remembered Caterpillars?

1 day ago

A screenshot of a puzzle in She Remembered Caterpillars, with a red square spore, a blue circle one and a purple bucket shaped one at different points on a connected series of raised rocky cliff paths. They're connected by strange caterpillar bridges of the same colours.She Remembered Caterpillars

is a very good puzzle game that combines colours and logic and, yes, squishy caterpillars, with a sweet story about science and parenting. Also mushrooms, sort of.

My feelings about mushrooms as a concept are complicated and often fluctuate, so these days if I think about it too long She Remembered Caterpillars is close to being a horror game for me. So let’s not think about it too long.

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Author
Alice Bell

Top Steam releases for September include successful sequels and spooky spirits

1 day 10 hours ago

Hear ye hear ye, here’s the top releases on Steam from the month of September. As ever, some big names like Marvel and Mafia are on the list, and so are some long-awaited favorites like Spelunky 2 and Serious Sam 4. More interesting though are the weird indie breakout games. Yup, Phasmophobia‘s on there and you can’t stop me from talking about it.

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Author
Lauren Morton

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's launch trailer hunts for the true Perseus agent

1 day 11 hours ago

Holiday décor goes up earlier every year, the curmudgeons are wont to say, and so do game trailers. Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War isn’t launching for over another two weeks but you won’t have to wait ’till the COD BLOPS COWS come home to watch a new trailer for it. The official launch trailer is out today with new bangs, booms, and allusions to the hunt for a mythical spy.

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Author
Lauren Morton

Extreme Meatpunks Forever season two kicks off with a quest to steal the sun

1 day 13 hours ago

Extreme Meatpunks Forever is “a serial visual novel/mech brawler about gay disasters beating up neonazis in giant robots made of meat,” a description which certainly tracks with the claim that it does punk better than any other recent game. The second season, Bound By Ash, has just released its first two episodes, which kick off the Meatpunks’ quest to steal the sun. The remainder of the season is arriving in daily episodes throughout this week.

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Author
Lauren Morton

Solving crimes in Cyberpunk 2077 needs to be less like Arkham and more like Paradise Killer

1 day 15 hours ago

A close up of Judy, an NPC in Cyberpunk 2077, who has plugged you into a machine and is teaching you to use Braindance.

As we get closer to Cyberpunk 2077 launch day (which I imagine will be like when Elon Musk punts one of his cars into space just because), my life has become increasingly blurred. By day I am immersed in video game stuff, looking back through the Night City Wires and prepping as much as possible for a huge action RPG that will consume at least 100 hours of my waking life. By night I am drinking tea and watching police procedurals. At the weekend: both, simultaneously.

It’s got me thinking about the way detectoring is going to be a thing in Cyberpunk, ‘cos I reckon it’ll either be really good or really annoying.

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Author
Alice Bell

Ubisoft's Immortals Fenyx Rising has a demo you can play in your browser

1 day 15 hours ago

‘Tis the season for Ubisoft’s latest round of open-world murder simulators, but this year they have a family-friendly one too. Immortals Fenyx Rising seems like it might be a fun one, smashing Zelda: Breath Of The Wild into Ancient Greek mythology, and you can try it for yourself in a demo. Ubi have palled up with Google to release a Fenyx demo playable for free in your browser using Stadia, the cloud gaming jazz. Yeah, it has the usual cloud gaming problems, but it gives a fair sense of the game. You’ve only got a few days left to try it, mind.

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Author
Alice O'Connor

Apex Legends new character might have the saddest backstory yet

1 day 15 hours ago

I love all these online multiplayer games revealing lore through cool animations, but who gave them the right to make me so dang sad? Apex Legends’ brand new video in its Stories From The Outlands series gives a bit of backstory on upcoming Legend Horizon – and it involves leaving her young son at home while she jets off to space to save the world.

Sure, some new info about Apex’s next season has appeared, too, but sad lore!!

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Author
Imogen Beckhelling

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 review

1 day 16 hours ago

A photo of MSI's GeForce RTX 3090 Gaming X Trio inside a PC.

Billed as the “big ferocious graphics card” (or BFGPU) of Nvidia’s new RTX 30 line-up, the RTX 3090 is effectively their new Titan card in all but name. With a huge 24GB of GDDR6X memory and a massive 10496 CUDA cores, its specs look positively beastly compared to the RTX 3080, but in practice it’s anything but. While Nvidia have happily talked up how the RTX 3090 can do 8K gaming, 8K capture and 8K this and that in the run-up to launch, the RTX 3090 is one of the most pointless graphics cards I’ve tested in ages. It’s just not necessary when the [cms-block] can already hit those lovely 60fps frame rates at 4K (the only resolution that actually matters right now given the microscopic number of 8K displays out there right now), especially when current prices will set you back almost another £1000 / $1000 on top.

Author
Katharine Castle

My Time At Portia's frontier-y sequel My Time At Sandrock has plans for multiplayer

1 day 16 hours ago

Hope you’ve gotten your fill crafting and battling in My Time At Portia because Pathea Games have plans for you to spend time somewhere new next year. They’ve announced the sequel My Time At Sandrock which will launch in early access in March 2021. They’ve kicked up a crowdfunding campaign as well with hopes to develop a multiplayer mode for the sequel.

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Author
Lauren Morton

Warzone Juggernaut Royale [Season 6]: tips and tricks for killing a Juggernaut in Warzone

1 day 16 hours ago

A pumpkin-head Juggernaut in Call of Duty Warzone

The Juggernaut has long been a formidable foe in Call of Duty games. In Warzone, where you have limited resources and respawns, they’re downright terrifying. A good thing to realise early on is that while strong, Juggernauts are not invincible. With careful planning and the right tools, they can be taken down, giving you the chance to don the armour. Here’s some top tips on killing a Juggernaut in Warzone.


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Author
Jake Green

Cyberpunk 2077 character creation: all customisation options and attributes revealed

1 day 16 hours ago

Cyberpunk 2077 character creation guide

In Cyberpunk 2077 you are placed in the shoes of V, a protagonist with enormous scope for customisation thanks to the game’s deep character creation system. Below, we’ll walk you through every aspect of character creation, including your seven attributes and their uses, and the full depth of appearance customisation in Cyberpunk 2077.

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Author
Ollie Toms

Facebook's cloud gaming plan seems a lot simpler than Google's

1 day 17 hours ago

Here we go again. The latest big tech company that fancies their chances with cloud gaming is Facebook, who’ve revealed their approach to it all today. Refreshingly, it’s pretty different to Google Stadia or Amazon Luna. In fact, it doesn’t even have a fancy name. Facebook’s plan is simply just to release a bunch of free-to-play cloud-streamed games in the app and on browser, some of which have already launched.

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Author
Imogen Beckhelling

Nightdive's Blade Runner remaster is delayed

1 day 18 hours ago

Ray McCoy out to pick up dinner in a Blade Runner game wallpaper.

Nightdive’s remaster of Westwood’s great Blade Runner adventure game will not launch this year after all. Turns out, reverse-engineering a game to rebuild it in a whole new engine without access to the original assets is a bit of work. I still don’t see why they’re putting this much effort into it when a perfectly fine version is available on GOG, running in ScummVM. Especially when the first bit Nightdive that showed, an update version of the opening cutscene, looked worse than the original.

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Author
Alice O'Connor

Ghostrunner review

1 day 19 hours ago

Elite cyber ninja? I died 1423 times in Ghostrunner. Over a seven hour campaign that roughly works out at three deaths a minute. That’s the kind of toll even today’s shower of political leaders would struggle to shrug off. A body count so vast I wonder if I ever actually understood Ghostrunner or simply fluked through. In the same way that I passed my driving test after nine failures: instead of enjoying my right to drive, I remember the nine out of ten people who think I’m a danger to the public. In both cases I feel glum despite the victory.

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Author
Matthew Castle

Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer: release date, microtransactions, and more

1 day 20 hours ago

Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer guide

One of the most frequently asked questions regarding CD Projekt Red’s colossal RPG, Cyberpunk 2077, is whether players have the option to play the game in multiplayer. Is multiplayer part of the main Cyberpunk game? If not, when can we expect it? And how will it work? Find the answers to all these questions and more with our below Cyberpunk 2077 multiplayer guide.

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Author
Ollie Toms

Fallout: New Vega's director celebrated its 10th birthday with a charity stream

1 day 20 hours ago

Fallout: New Vegas

celebrated its 10th birthday last week. Can you believe the best Fallout game came out on October 19th 2010? 2010! To honour an entire decade of Obsidian’s brilliant-but-buggy RPG, the game’s director Josh Sawyer did a couple of charity streams to raise money for the California Wildlife Relief Fund.

Over the weekend, he managed to raise just under $24,000 (around £18,000) for the cause, all while beating up hordes of radscorpions with dynamite and answering questions about the game’s development.

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Author
Imogen Beckhelling

Black Friday 2020 SSD deals: all the best early NVMe and SATA deals

1 day 21 hours ago

A photo of the WD Blue SN550Samsung 970 Evo Plus - Best gaming SSD 2020

[cms-block] may be just over a month away right now, but the early Black Friday deals train is already well and truly underway, with Amazon things off with a bunch of SSD deals to name just a few discounts they’ve having right now. Fortunately, their early Black Friday SSD deals are on my absolute favourite drive of the last year – the excellent WD Blue SN550. While these early Black Friday SSD deals aren’t quite as good as what we saw over Prime Day, they’re still good prices compared to the rest of the year, and I’ve rounded them all up below.

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Author
Katharine Castle