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  • A section from the illustration of this year's advent calendar, showing Horace the endless bear coiled up in a heap of presents while an Alabaster Titan hammers a new present into shape on an anvil

    Feature: The RPS Advent Calendar 2021, December 8th

    The power of the sun in the palm of my hand

    To open this door of the RPS Advent Calendar you must first construct a complicated series of production lines, each feeding into more production lines on other planets to facilitate the creation of an automated door-opening machine powered by the sun. Like so.

  • Image for Call Of Duty: Warzone's new Pacific map adds dogfighting and anti-cheat improvements today

    It's a big day for Call Of Duty: Warzone, as Verdansk jets off into the sunset and Pacific-themed map Caldera takes its place. Alongside it, all of Call Of Duty: Vanguard's weapons, some dogfighting, and loads of gameplay tweaks including adjustments to loadout drops. Ricochet Anti-Cheat's kernel-level driver also arrives to further combat those pesky cheats.

  • Master Chief says that we all fail and make mistakes sometimes, because that's what makes us human goddamnit in Halo Infinite

    Halo Infinite comes out today! That's fun. What's slightly less fun, however, is that you won't be able to replay story missions. Microsoft have said that, while you can keep exploring the game's open world after you finish it, main campaign missions won't be available to repeat. Fortunately, this shouldn't be the case forever, because 343 Industries say that replayability is "being worked on", though they don't have a date for it just yet. (Mild spoilers for Infinite's campaign below).

  • Two PC monitors on a desk, one showing Metro Exodus and one showing RPS in a browser.

    Deals: The best gaming monitor deals, including AOC, Asus and Samsung

    Get a new year's resolution you'll actually keep, on the cheap

    There once was a time when buying a new gaming monitor was all about pushing toward a higher resolution. But priorities have shifted over the years, and while yes, it's nice to play a game at a crisp 1440p or 4K, what's equally important is that your game looks smooth and feels responsive. This is where refresh rates and response times come in, making your games flow better and feel more reactive. This is especially important in fast-paced multiplayer games, where a slick and accurate display can mean this between hitting your target and missing them.

  • Sci-fi scenes in Starfield art.

    Here's what's coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC at launch next year

    Starfield, Redfall, Slime Rancher 2, and loads more

    Oh Xbox Game Pass, that subscription service I constantly forget that I have. It's always nice to be pleasantly surprised by new games I didn't expect to play (or had no plans to buy outright). Microsoft have detailed a bunch more games I'll likely be surprised by coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC when they launch over the next year or so - from epic space RPG Starfield, to Arkane's vampire hunting adventure Redfall. It looks like they're revealing more later this week too.

  • Image for Expeditions: Rome will cross the Rubicon in January

    The Expeditions series is a mixed or middling bag, but each new entry remains thick with potential. Expeditions: Rome is no different: a sprawling, 50-hour RPG in which you can lead a Roman legion through "Greece, Egypt and Gaul." It now has a release date, January 20th 2022, and a new trailer below.

  • A screenshot of Thirty Flights Of Loving showing a bearded, blocheaded man at a table with the word FORGER written behind him in giant block capitals.

    I fell mushy, gooey, sweaty in love with Thirty Flights Of Loving from the first time I played it. It's a rapid-fire, magical realistic heist game, which tells its short story using smash cuts, flashbacks, and no dialogue.

    It is now nine years old, and so of course it's received a 9th anniversary update. It has been "updated for modern operating systems", with menu, HUD and UI fixes, and Mac and Linux ports. Lovely.

  • The Game Awards award against a blue smoky background

    The Game Awards 2021: Nominees, start times, and where to watch

    Will Keighley reprise his Muppets Haunted Mansion role?

    Geoff Keighley’s annual Game Awards show is here once again, with lots of awards to dish out and plenty of (in your best announcer voice) world premieres. Whether you want to see your favourite games win awards or you’re just here for the big reveals, you’ll want to know how to watch The Game Awards and when it’s all kicking off. Luckily, we have all the details right here.

  • A stylised Nvidia graphic showing how Resizable BAR helps GPUs draw more from their available memory.

    Nvidia’s updated Image Scaling isn’t the only way in which you can – on paper – give your graphics card performance a free boot up the backside. Earlier this year, Nvidia began enabling Resizable BAR on their GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs and laptops, with the promise of faster frame rates for no additional expense. But what exactly is Resizable BAR, and assuming you have compatible hardware, is it really worth switching on?

  • A Sage levitating their weapons in a Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker screenshot.

    Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker is out now, adding bunnyboys (and other stuff)

    New classes, quests, and more in the fourth expansion

    After a pre-order early access period so popular it overwhelmed servers and left players in long queues, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker has now officially launched. The fourth expansion pack for Square Enix's fantasy MMORPG continues the story with new quests, adds two new player classes, takes us to new areas to fight new enemies, and, most importantly, opens a male option for the Viera race so you can play as a bunnyboy in a maid costume. Yeah, thirst for those bunnyboys will only make the queues longer.

  • A squad pose for a Call of Duty: Warzone screenshot.

    More than 60 developers at Call Of Duty: Warzone studio Raven Software reportedly held a walkout yesterday to protest Activision laying off quality assurance testers. On Friday, the studio let 12 contractors go due to restructuring, which is said to be around a third of the QA team.

    "This has not only destroyed the morale of our workforce, but obliterated trust in the company that has been routinely asking us for patience in improving our work lives," said employee group ABetterABK.

  • A section from the illustration of this year's advent calendar, showing Horace the endless bear coiled up in a heap of presents while an Alabaster Titan hammers a new present into shape on an anvil

    Feature: The RPS Advent Calendar 2021, December 7th

    A Dog build is for life, not just for Christmas

    We're rounding out our first week of the Advent Calendar with a game that'll let you chill out a bit. Listen, and you can hear what sounds like a fight going on. But an adorable one, with lots of cricket chirping.

  • A screenshot of Titan Quest's Eternal Embers expansion showing a Japanese-style building in a snow environment surrounded by beefcakes with swords and impractical sleeveless tops.

    I've seen Titan Quest described as the best Diablo 2-like available, and I've seen it praised for its colourful environments when its competitors (including Diablo 2) are either grey or brown. Well, now there's even more Titan Quest. The Eternal Embers expansion is out now, with Asian-inspired locations and loads of new things to hack and slash.

  • A screenshot of Loot River, a topdown 2D action game, depicting the protagonist on a rectangular platform surrounded by water. A nearby platform is covered in inky black demons.

    Loot River has an immediately appealing hook: its dungeon floors can be shifted around like Tetris blocks. So as you venture through procedural levels, slashing at inky monsters, you're also solving shape-shifting puzzles and using their movement to confuse and avoid enemies.

    Now it has a demo up on Steam.

  • Image for Mechajammer review: a broken, brown disaster

    If I had to describe Mechajammer in a word, that word would be "brown". A second would be the sounds Joe Pesci makes in Home Alone.

    When the first few dilemmas you face in an RPG aren't ethical or character ones, but about whether it would be more tedious to continue with this character or to play through the introduction again, you know there's a problem. By my third restart I'd abandoned all interest in playing any character I wanted, and started trying to estimate whatever would get this over with sooner. Mechajammer is a disaster. And not only because of the bugs.

  • CTF action in a Halo Infinite multiplayer screenshot.

    Halo Infinite has 14 hidden multiplayer modes on PC

    Find them by launching the game offline

    If you're bored of Halo Infinite's usual multiplayer modes playlist, there's a sneaky way you might be able to gain access to more on PC. A player has discovered that if you boot the game offline you can look through and save 14 hidden modes that aren't yet available in the online game, including a new mode named Attrition, as well as a bunch of Fiesta and Tactical variants.

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    The RPS RSS feed has evolved

    Here's how to tailor your RPS RSS feed to get exactly what you want, when you want it

    Good news, RSS readers. The way you read RPS articles is about to get a whole lot easier. In addition to our main feed, you can now customise your RSS feed by subscribing to individual channels to get exactly the kind of articles you want in one concentrated dose of RPS goodness. Read on below to see how it works.

  • A man uses a gaming mouse on an RGB-lit mousemat.

    Buying a new mouse is about more than how accurate it is or how many buttons it has. It's about finding a mouse that's the right fit for your hand. You don't want to be cramping up your fingers trying to grip a mouse that's too small or big, or struggling with a shape that's isn't designed for your dominant hand. The feel of a mouse is as important as the fit, too. You're obviously going to be touching it a lot, so you want something with a comfortable texture and a click that feels right beneath your precious little fingers.

  • Image for Elex II is a weird science fantasy RPG that doesn't care about you at all, and I respect that

    The original Elex was divisive, to say the least. It was a game in which I was perpetually lonely and confused and being battered to death by carcinogenic poultry, but it must have been a profitable enough venture on its own terms to warrant a follow-up. That follow-up is Elex II, which is still several months away from release right now, but one I've been playing an early preview build of recently, showing off the first chapter of the game.

    I was talking to Graham (RPS in peace) about this and he said: "Eventually one of these RPG sci-fi fantasy things will get close enough to being a BioWare game that it makes loads of money." This being the games equivalent of monkeys and typewriters. But although I agreed with Graham at the time, I think comparing it to BioWare might be mistaking the particular appeal of Elex II. It would be too simple to say that I "enjoyed" the hours I have spent with it so far. I didn't not enjoy it. I mostly came away respecting it for how little it respected me. Like the popular kids on the playground making life so difficult for you that you wish to become best friends with them.

  • Image for The best gaming keyboard deals: Logitech, Razer, Roccat and more

    Deals: The best gaming keyboard deals: Logitech, Razer, Roccat and more

    Get switched on to the sweetest deals on gaming keyboards around the web

    It's easy to underestimate the nuances of buying a new keyboard, but it isn't as simple as finding one that's got all 26 letters on it. Whether you want lightning fast keystrokes to get the edge in multiplayer gaming, a fantastic-feeling keypress for a more tactile experience, or an RGB lightshow that makes your desk look like it's hosting a tiny rock concert, there's are many different factors to consider when investing in a new letter-rectangle.

  • A rabbit person in a Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker screenshot.

    Even before the official launch of Final Fantasy XIV's Endwalker expansion on Tuesday, the MMORPG's servers have been overloaded during its early access period for pre-orderers, leaving players in long queues to join. Oh, the perils of popularity! Sharing a status update over the weekend, game director Naoki Yoshida apologised again for the problems, and said they plan to give all active subscribers seven days of free game time.

  • A section from the illustration of this year's advent calendar, showing Horace the endless bear coiled up in a heap of presents while an Alabaster Titan hammers a new present into shape on an anvil

    Feature: The RPS Advent Calendar 2021, December 6th

    Star, star, wherever you may be...!

    It's tough to keep the lid on the sixth RPS Advent Calendar door. There's almost too much banter, too many highjinks, too much quipping. It's enough to give you quiplash, I tells ya.

  • A picture of Fortnite season 3 chapter 1 characters including The Foundation, who looks like Dwayne Johnson.

    Oh hell, do I have to play Fortnite now it's adding sliding and Spider-Man web-swinging?

    Season 2 ended with the introduction of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

    Epic Games ended Chapter 2 of Fortnite over the weekend with a live in-game event which a live in-game event which involved a hole in reality, a UFO invasion, a sexy babe, and a new character played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The game's island flipped over too, revealing a whole new map for players to explore in Chapter 3 Season 1. And I find myself being lured in by two new features I usually adore in games: sliding on your knees while shooting, and swinging around like Spider-Man.

  • A group of medieval heroes fight dragons and darkspawn in some Dragon Age art.

    Dragon Age 4 will be "single-player focused", BioWare confirm

    Plus they released two short stories for Dragon Age day

    Since 2018, Dragon Age fans have celebrated an unofficial Dragon Age Day on December 4th, highlighting all sorts of community work and events. This year, BioWare got involved too, releasing new short stories and hosting charity streams. They also took the opportunity to remind fans that Dragon Age 4 is still on the way, confirming that it'll be singleplayer. Don't get your hopes up for Game Awards news though, because it sounds like we won't hear any more about it until 2022.

  • Cleaners powerwashing a monster truck in a screenshot from Powerwash Simulator's online co-op.

    Powerwash Simulator has added online co-op multiplayer

    Cooperative cleaning for up to six players

    The breakout novelty simulator this year for me is Powerwash Simulator, a game about methodically moving your mouse over the surface of objects to blast away grime and rust with a murderously strong stream of water. It's not a chaotic system like Viscera Cleanup Detail, it's just a game where you slowly make something dirty all sparkling clean. Very chill. Now you can unwind with your pals and clean cars, toilets, fairground rides, and the rest together, thanks to the online co-op added in a recent update.

  • Master Chief holds a blue Cortana hologram in Halo Infinite

    Driving around with three snipers in the back of your jeep is overkill. But the shiny soldier boy of the Halo games has never cared less. This is the prime indulgence of Halo Infinite, the latest of the venerable sci-fi shootybangs. Sweet moments where it's just you, an open country of undulating hillsides, and a truck full of trigger-happy marines. The developers have taken the eponymous second level of the first Halo, in which the big tin fella had to drive about helping his marooned space crew, and they've used it as a mood board for an entire game. Aside from a few gripes, it has worked splendidly.