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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for putting on your new glasses and realising your should've got your eyes tested years ago. Before you book an appointment, let's read this week's best writing about games. Read more

The Dynasty Warriors movie looks gleefully faithful to the game

Videogame movies have tried ignoring their source material, and they've tried legitimising their source material via being as dour as possible, but it's rare that they've just embraced the inherent absurdity of videogames. Enter: the Dynasty Warriors movie, which looks joyfully like the Dynasty Warriors games. Read more

Boomerang X's demo offers Devil Daggers-style delights with a sense of progress

RPS fell hard for Devil Daggers, naming it our game of the year back when, but one of the most common criticisms from the "not for me" crowd was that it lacks a sense of progress. Try Boomberang X, then. It's a first-person arena shooter with escalating waves of greebly enemies and a focus on a single weapon, but you unlock new abilities and move...

What game has the best melee combat?

When done poorly, swinging your arms in a videogame feels like nothing at all. Fists phase through opponents, swords smack like dull sticks, and it's all a little too much like making a health points withdrawl at the NPC ATM. Thankfully there are lots of games which do it wonderfully - so, which game does it best? Read more

Genshin Impact's 1.5 update will add player housing inside magical teapots

I haven't been back to Genshin Impact since a few weeks after launch, when it entranced me with brightly coloured grass and the ability to climb tall things. Since then the action RPG has added several new regions and new characters to unlock or buy, but nothing to pull me back in. The next update, 1.5, adds magic teapots though, so maybe this time...

What are we all playing this weekend?

I keep hearing that 'no games are coming out this year', thanks to the pandemic holding everyone up. I can see that if you focus on the huge games made by hundreds of people but man, this year is filled with so many great smaller games. People could stop releasing new games for the year today and I still wouldn't have time to play everything which has...

Emily Is Away <3 has made its launch Facenook official today

Social struggles media simulator Emily Is Away <3 has officially launched some more teen drama for you to live through. Like the previous Emily Is Away games, it ferries you back to the days of social media past. It's Facebook circa 2008 this time, where you'll navigate the trials and tribulations of your senior year through "Facenook" messenger...

Elite Dangerous: Odyssey is now letting alpha players scan space plants

Greetings, Commanders. Here's your regular status report on the Elite Dangerous: Odyssey alpha. After gradually expanding the capabilitties of alpha players from their initial walkabouts to some FPS games, Frontier Developments are now sending players off to explore new planets again. The latest alpha phase, focused on exploration, turns players into...

What's better: rocket jumping, or fiddling with environmental objects?

Last time, you decided NPCs saying your custom name is better than fruits. I hope you enjoy NPCs commenting on your digital scurvy. Alright, here's a tricky one, a question of mastering an environment by breaking the rules, or having an environment painstakingly planned for your enjoyment. What's better: rocket jumping, or fiddling with objects? Read...

Baldur's Gate 3's new hotfix makes loaded dice odds be ever in your favor

When Larian Studios introduced the Druid class to their early access Baldur's Gate 3 in February, they also added an optional "loaded dice" feature. It was meant to smooth out the experince for exceptionally lucky and unlucky players. Their latest hotfix makes loaded dice extra loaded by only bending the rules in your favor now. It's an interesting...

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