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The PC Gaming Weekspot

Rock Paper Shotgun

Looking for a rundown on all the latest PC gaming news? Want some hot hot hot PC game reviews? Look no further than Rock Paper Shotgun's weekly recap of the last seven days in PC games, The PC Gaming Weekspot. Headlines And Hot Takes, Show And Tell, Mystery Steam Reviews: The PC Gaming Weekspot has it all!
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The Spotty Awards 2021 (Game Of The Year… So Far)
This week, you get the second ever Spotty Awards as we look at our game of the year 2021 (so far) picks, it’s time for the last ever Mystery Steam Reviews, and we’ve got a load of Burning Questions to get through. The PC Gaming Weekspot was the only PC video games podcast you needed in your life if you were looking for some lovely PC gaming news and some wonderful PC gameplay. Thanks for listening and watching.   After countless Xbox Game Pass plugs, a lot of Dooming, and the arrival and subsequent disappearance of Greta Surname, The PC Gaming Weekspot is coming to an end. But, before we go, there's time to highlight some of our favourite games of 2021.   While our very fancy awards show makes up the majority of this final episode, it would be a shame not to include Huw Edwards. This week's Headlines & Hot Takes focuses on all the rumours surrounding some Konami comebacks. Silent Hill, Metal Gear, and Castlevania are all slated to be returning, so we chat about that for a bit. And then we talk about being used... Tech Corner really is a haven for hardware news.   Because we won't be around at year's end, the second ever Spotty Awards has been brought forward a few months. So, listen to us chat about some of our favourites from the last nine or ten months.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews focuses on video games that were released in 2021. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on loads of stuff. But it's mainly you lovely listeners and viewers saying nice things.   One final note: if you did happen to listen or watch any episodes of our little podcast, thank you very much. It's been a pleasure to record over the last year. Go raibh maith agat agus slán go fóill.   00:00 Intro 06:46 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 19:02 Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania rumours 36:33 Game Of The Year 2021 (The Spotty Awards 2021) 1:13:51 Mystery Steam Reviews 1:35:13 Burning Questions   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-056-game-of-the-year-2021   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
05-10-2021
2 hrs 20 mins
Eye And Mighty (Outer Wilds: Echoes Of The Eye Review, Sable Review)
So, the main point of discussion on this week's podcast is the Outer Wilds: Echoes Of The Eye DLC. Talking about it is tricky, because saying pretty much anything about it feels spoiler-y. Christ, I'm trying to be careful writing this blurb in case I say something that I shouldn't. But, somehow, I think we managed to talk about it, without talking about it. Know what I mean?   We're thankful for the Outer Wilds DLC, because it sure was a quiet news week. There's a bit of chatter on the Deathloop stuttering issues, and whether Titanfall 3 will be a thing or not, but it's all a bit muted until the Donkey Konga bongos are brought up, really.   So, Matthew's put a decent few hours into the Echoes Of The Eye DLC, and as already referenced, is able to tell me what he thought of it without telling me much about the game. In return, I tell him about my time with the very stylish Sable.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews focuses on video game spinoffs. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on microtransactions, critically acclaimed games we don’t like, and the best biscuits.   00:00 Intro 07:01 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 24:48 Outer Wilds: Echoes Of The Eye Review 42:56 Sable Review 52:03 Mystery Steam Reviews 1:12:53 Burning Questions   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-055-outer-wilds-echoes-of-the-eye    🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
28-09-2021
1 hr 38 mins
Bridge Of Spies (Deathloop Review, Kena: Bridge Of Spirits Review, The Leaked GeForce Now List)
After getting a taste last week, both myself and Matthew have spent the last few days in Blackreef. We've been enjoying doing the same things over and over. Yeah, Deathloop is pretty good.   Before we chat about our looping adventures in Arkane's FPS, we discuss the recently leaked Nvidia GeForce Now list. You're not going to win any prizes for guessing that some of these games will come to PC, but the prospect of others is a little bit more exciting. I mean, I know I could really go for some Titanfall 3. But, it is all pure speculation at this point. But, everyone loves a bit of that, anyway, don't they?   For the second week in a row, the game that makes up the majority of our conversation is Deathloop. We've both played it now and mostly agree it is a belter. There are a few minor caveats, but overall it's one you should definitely make time for. Also, I've been playing Kena: Bridge Of Spirits. And, yeah, The Rot are definitely the highlight.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews focuses on video games with robot protagonists. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on comfort food, games we replay, and fursonas.   00:00 Intro 08:13 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 17:51 Titanfall 3, God Of War, and the leaked GeForce Now list 32:43 Sir Clive Sinclair of ZX Spectrum fame passed away 36:43 Deathloop Review 1:04:33 Kena: Bridge Of Spirits Review 1:19:59 Mystery Steam Reviews 1:46:52 Burning Questions   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-054-deathloop-kena   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
21-09-2021
2 hrs 6 mins
In The Loop (Deathloop Impressions, The Artful Escape Review, PC at PlayStation Showcase 2021)
Yes, we all know the game has a very cool look, and all of us enjoy playing a good time loop game, but what actually is Deathloop? Thankfully, Matthew's played the first few hours and is here to enlighten both you and I.   But, before we chat about Colt Vahn's day, we get into the biggest news stories over the last week. The most notable thing, really, is that there was a PlayStation Showcase filled with lovely PC-related tidbits. We're getting a KOTOR remake, Forspoken seems decent, and the two most recent Uncharted games are on their way to PC. Also, Alan Wake Remastered is out quite soon. That's nice.   Deathloop dominates chat in this week's Show and Tell. While Matthew hasn't played through the game yet – the two of us will be playing it over the next week – he's really enjoyed his first few hours. A lot more stealthy sneakiness in this one than the trailers let on. Matthew also goes through his thoughts on musical platformer The Artful Escape, and I chat a bit about my time with pleasant photography game Toem.   No Mystery Steam Reviews this week sadly as the recording went haywire, but we'll have a make good next week. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on video game soundtracks, Half-Life 3, and Sir David Attenborough.   00:00 Intro 06:09 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 18:16 PC Things At PlayStation Showcase 2021 36:59 Alan Wake Remastered Is Out In A Few Weeks 41:33 Deathloop Impressions 59:14 Toem Review 1:05:10 The Artful Escape Review 1:16:22 Burning Questions   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-053-deathloop   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
14-09-2021
1 hr 32 mins
A Beautiful Mind (Psychonauts 2 Review, Twelve Minutes Review, Saints Row Reboot News)
Double Fine did it: they made a sequel to Psychonauts that's great. And different, too. It's a follow-up with modern day sensibilities that plays much better than the original. Given that it was one of our most anticipated games of the year, it's fair to say we're quite pleased.   Another enjoyable thing is that news happened over the last week. Great for anyone that does a podcast that revolves around current events in video games. While Volition haven't officially announced it yet, Geoff Keighley appears to be gearing up to reveal a Saints Row reboot at Gamescom, so we go into what we imagine that might look like. And Sledgehammer Games is going to World War II with Call Of Duty: Vanguard, but it sounds like they haven't totally concerned themselves with historical accuracy.   Psychonauts 2 chat takes up most of the runtime on this week's show, though. It's not like we didn’t have issues with the game, but those quibbles pale in comparison to how much we enjoyed it. It's a cracker that you should most definitely play. Another game we talk about that you could probably skip is Twelve Minutes. A cool idea, but not marvellous in execution.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about video games that are either set on the moon or have a moon level. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on underrated gems, conventions, and cartoon games.   00:00 Intro 03:25 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 07:38 Saints Row Reboot News Coming At Gamescom 20:04 Call Of Duty: Vanguard officially announced last week 31:25 Psychonauts 2 Review 56:37 Twelve Minutes Review 1:12:53 Mystery Steam Reviews 1:36:46 Burning Questions   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-052-psychonauts-2   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
24-08-2021
1 hr 58 mins
Joy Parisian (Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: The Siege Of Paris Review, Road 96 Review, Alan Wake 2)
Yes, another Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla DLC has been released. And, again, it’s a tad like the base game. But, not totally, because Ubisoft have remembered to put some sneaking in this one. It still has a pebble-stacking minigame, though. You can’t have it all, I guess.   Apart from The Siege Of Paris launch, the past seven days have been relatively quiet, all things considered. There has been rumblings of a few things – and we love to speculate as much as the next person working in games media – but it’s all been a little wishy-washy. So, this week, the line between info snack and headline meal prepared by Huw is effectively transparent. We chat a bit about Alan Wake 2, Stringer Bell as Knuckles, the GTA remasters, and more.   As mentioned above, Assassin’s Creed: The Siege Of Paris is the main event on this week’s show. Matthew’s a bit conflicted on it, as it shows promise in some Hitman-like missions, and the villain is decent too, but it’s still ultimately more Valhalla. Meanwhile, I’ve played through the enjoyable Road 96. I went into it thinking the procedural-generation was ambitious, and I’ve come out the other end thinking the game would be far less interesting if the story was told in sequence.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about video games that have other real video games in them. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on the best campaigns, strategy games on Steam Deck, and our beef with Company Of Heroes 2.   00:00 Intro 05:22 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 08:11 Call Of Duty Vanguard rumoured to be next COD 12:04 The game that people think might be Alan Wake 2 is go 18:41 Idris Elba is Knuckles on the Sonic movie 21:53 A GTA remaster trilogy is reportedly in the works 26:50 Frostpunk 2 got announced 33:06 Steam Deck doesn’t get a boost from being docked 35:40 Assassin’s Creed The Siege Of Paris review 53:00 Road 96 review 1:01:59 Mystery Steam Reviews 1:24:12 Burning Questions   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-051-assassins-creed-valhalla-the-siege-of-paris   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
17-08-2021
1 hr 44 mins
Undead To Me (Back 4 Blood Preview, Marvel XCOM Rumours, Death Trash Impressions)
Colm’s never played a single second of Left 4 Dead. So, he can't properly compare the new game to the source material. However, he can say that he had a ball playing the Back 4 Blood beta with other members of the RPS treehouse. It's good, old-fashioned zombie killing funtimes!   While Turtle Rock's upcoming game dominates this week's show, Headlines and Hot Takes is full of chat on what could be next from 2K. Apparently there's an "exciting new franchise" coming, so we get chatting on the rumoured Marvel XCOM, and the Hangar 13 game that's apparently a little Cthulu, a little Saints Row. We also talk about different coloured Steam Decks for a minute.   As already mentioned, Show and Tell is full of chatter on Turtle Rock's new horde-slaying game. While Colm isn’t going to be breaking down the minute differences between the two games, he does say he had a lovely time playing Back 4 Blood with Team RPS. To be fair, he also had quite a nice time playing Death Trash on his lonesome. Meanwhile, Matthew's been cutting some grass in Lawn Mowing Simulator.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about video games with romance options. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on mobile games, skateboarding, and feeling horrible.   00:00 Intro 08:06 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 22:25 Marvel XCOM rumours 33:45 Hangar 13’s “Saints Row meets Cthulu” game  43:24 Different coloured Steam Decks 47:52 Back 4 Blood preview 1:03:30 Lawn Mowing Simulator review 1:12:38 Death Trash Early Access review 1:20:13 Mystery Steam Reviews 1:41:41 Burning Questions   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-050-back-4-blood   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
10-08-2021
1 hr 55 mins
Outer Wilds Card (Annapurna Interactive Showcase Recap, The Ascent Impressions, Omno Review)
Annapurna really stretched the limits of notE3 by putting on their inaugural showcase so late in the day, but I’m glad they did. They showed off a lot of cool things, like Neon White and Stray. We even got the briefest of looks at the upcoming Outer Wilds DLC.   Headlines and Hot Takes is full of chat on what the publisher packed into a half an hour last week. And, yes, while the cat looked decent, and the first-person card shooter-thing looked intriguing, Echoes Of The Eye definitely takes up most of our time. We’ve also renamed Tech Corner, because you and I both know it’ll be Steam Deck from now until December.   It’s been a bit quiet when it comes to new releases, but Matthew found some time to have a go on twin-stick shooter The Ascent. While the couple of hours he played didn’t blow him away, it’s definitely worth a look via Game Pass. Xbox’s subscription service also gave me a chance to play some of the very pleasant Omno.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about video games that were made by studios that have since closed down. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on indie games, Olympic sports, and Mog.   00:00 Intro 05:03 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 15:11 Annapurna Interactive Showcase recap 18:01 The Artful Escape 21:16 Neon White 24:07 A Memoir Blue  25:02 Storyteller 26:33 Solar Ash  27:59 Skin Deep 30:26 Stray  35:07 Outer Wilds Echoes Of The Eye 41:24 Steam Deck might be future proof, apparently 48:05 The Ascent impressions 1:05:05 Omno review 1:12:27 Grime impressions 1:16:57 Mystery Steam Reviews 1:36:49 Burning Questions   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-049-outer-wilds-echoes-of-the-eye   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
03-08-2021
1 hr 50 mins
Necromorph Code (Dead Space Remake, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Review, The Forgotten City Review)
Everyone knew it was coming, dulling the surprise somewhat, but it’s still pretty cool to get confirmation of a Dead Space remake. Well, we've decided that it’ll be good if EA takes a page out of Capcom’s book and goes the Resi route with its Isaac Clarke revival.   EA Play Live 2021 didn’t have much apart from EA Motive’s new game, really. The Dead Space 202? speculation dominates this week’s Headline & Hot Takes. We still make time to talk about PES (now eFootball) going free-to-play and whether we might see more games going this route. And Tech Corner has some Steam Deck chat… it will likely be Steam Deck Corner until December, in truth.   It’s a big Show and Tell, as Matthew’s most anticipated game of 2021 is here: The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. While his preview from a few weeks ago probably gave you a decent indication as to his thoughts, you get to hear him praise the latest entry in the series on this week’s show. Meanwhile, I’ve been playing the delightful time loop detective game, The Forgotten City.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about video games that break the fourth wall. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on mansions, game announcements, and reunions.   00:00 Intro 07:15 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 17:54 Dead Space remake announced at EA Play Live 2021 39:16 PES has been renamed eFootball and goes free-to-play 51:08 Steam Deck specs are better than first listed 53:01 The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles gameplay and review 1:08:52 The Forgotten City gameplay and impressions 1:22:39 Mystery Steam Reviews 1:41:28 Burning Questions    🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-048-dead-space-remake   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
27-07-2021
2 hrs
The Gabe Gear Is Real (Valve Steam Deck, Death’s Door Review, Cris Tales Impressions)
WonderSteam, N-Gabe, Valvita: you can call it whatever you like because Valve have made their intentions clear. They’re keen to elbow their way into the handheld market with the Steam Deck.   Of course, Headline & Hot Takes has loads of chat on Valve’s Switch-like handheld. We chat about who this is for, we speculate on whether or not developers are going to be taking the Steam Deck into consideration when making their games, and we chat about how it looks. We’re very superficial. We also discuss the chatter around Netflix moving into video games, and we’ve got some EA Play predictions for you, too.   For Show and Tell, I brought Death’s Door to the discussion. It’s a little Zelda, a little Dark Souls, and loads of crow. I think this game is brilliant, and you should play it. Matthew wasn’t as hot on the first few hours of JRPG Cris Tales, but the time-travelling mechanic definitely has him intrigued. I also played a little bit of the new Streets Of Rage 4 DLC. It’s Streets Of Rage 4. So, I like it.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about video games that have AI-controlled companions. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on Cyberpunk 2077 and Miami in the ‘80s.   00:00 Intro 03:57 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 12:46 Steam Deck announced and it’s out this year 41:26 Netflix is getting into the video game business in a big way 52:01 EA Play 2021 predictions 56:20 Death’s Door gameplay and review 1:13:40 Cris Tales gameplay and impressions 1:24:53 Streets Of Rage 4: Mr X’s Nightmare gameplay and review 1:28:44 Mystery Steam Reviews 1:52:05 Burning Questions    🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-047-steam-deck    🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
20-07-2021
2 hrs
Taking Their Talents To South Beach (GTA VI Vice City, Assassin’s Creed Infinity, King’s Bounty 2 Impressions)
I can picture it now: cruising down Vice Point, behind the wheel of a Cheetah, giving off big divorced dad energy as W.A.S.P. bellows from the car stereo. How brilliant would it be to head back to Rockstar's Miami? If you believe what's been said over the past few days, we'll all get the chance to revisit one of video game's great locations in a few years time.   Headline & Hot Takes is full of chat on Grand Theft Auto VI: Vice City. Nothing's set in stone – expect confirmation of what GTA VI actually is somewhere between now and whenever – so listen to this to hear some juicy, totally unfounded speculation. One thing we can be a little more sure on is Assassin's Creed Infinity. Well... we can talk with a little more confidence when it comes to Ubi's live-service stabbing, because we know it's actually happening. But, in truth, we also don't know what that is. Everyone enjoys a bit of conjecture!   For Show and Tell, Matthew's brought King's Bounty 2. While he was expecting something more Witcher-y, he was relatively pleased with it after a limited time with the game. Meanwhile, I played that first-person flinger, Boomerang X. It's a pretty enjoyable, throwaway (and catch again) fun.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about video games that have one word titles. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on Bounty bars, the first game we finished, and sounds.   00:00 Intro 02:56 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 08:11 GTA 6 reportedly set in Vice City and a few years away 23:27 Assassin’s Creed Infinity is apparently launching in 2024 43:21 King’s Bounty 2 gameplay and preview 55:59 Boomerang X gameplay and review 1:03:54 Mystery Steam Reviews 1:21:19 Burning Questions    🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-046-gta-6-vice-city   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
13-07-2021
1 hr 37 mins
OOPs, They’re Doing It Again (Control Co-op Spin-Off Announced, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles Preview, Doki Doki Literature Club Plus Review)
I don't think many were betting on Control getting a co-op spin-off. Some Remedy fans might be a bit put off by the studio focusing on a multiplayer game, but we're a little more positive.   It's more of a Headline & Hot Take this week as we focus the majority of our news chat on the upcoming four-player PvE game. All we've had so far is a bit of concept art for the game that's codenamed Condor, but that doesn't stop us speculating on what we can expect. We also talk about painting during Tech Corner.   Matthew brings one of his most anticipated games of 2021 to Show and Tell, this week, as he's had the chance to play a bit of The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. It's not the final verdict, but he's liked what he's played so far. And I've played Doki Doki Literature Club Plus over the last seven days, and while it loses a bit of its lustre if you played the original, it is still a quality game.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about video games that have been adapted for movies. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on what we wanted to be when we were older, Stadia, and overrated chocolate bars.   00:00 Intro 02:50 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 08:48 Control co-op spin-off on the way (and Control 2) 26:02 Blue Screen Of Death Is Gonna Become The Black Screen Of Death 30:59 The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles preview 30:59 Doki Doki Literature Club Plus review 59:29 Mystery Steam Reviews 1:19:54 Burning Questions    🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-045-control-co-op   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
06-07-2021
1 hr 44 mins
Isaac The Lad (New Dead Space Game, Scarlet Nexus Review, Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One Preview)
After eight years on the shelf, many are saying the smart money is on EA announcing a new Dead Space game at the upcoming EA Play in July. Given the fact that EA have gone back to Mirror's Edge and they're in the process of reviving Skate, it's not a bad shout.   So, obviously enough, this week's Headlines & Hot Takes contains some chatter on whether we'll see a new Dead Space pop up at EA's notE3 event. We also get into our thoughts on what a new Dead Space looks like in 2021. We also discuss the rumblings around WB Games Montreal making a new game (that might be Superman-related). And, of course, we give our in-depth analysis on that Windows 11 livestream during Tech Corner.   Scarlet Nexus gets the once over in Show and Tell. While the combat is really good fun, I wasn't that gone on the story. Meanwhile, Matthew's had a chance to play a bit of Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One. Young Holmes looks very One Direction.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about video games that explain what you do in their name. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on whether we cheat, our favourite comedies, and what we do to de-stress.   00:00 Intro 02:50 Information Snacks For Your News Gobs 08:48 New Dead Space rumoured to be revealed at EA Play 2021 21:07 WB Games working on new IP and people want a Superman game 26:02 Windows 11 is real and it’s out at the end of this year 30:59 Scarlet Nexus gameplay and review 46:20 Sherlock Holmes Chapter One gameplay and impressions 59:29 Mystery Steam Reviews 1:19:54 Burning Questions    🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-043-steam-next-fest    🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
29-06-2021
1 hr 44 mins
The Next Generation (Best Steam Next Fest Demos, Chicory Review, Everwild)
Alright, all the big budget AAA games had their day with E3. Thanks to Steam Next Fest, it's now time to have a look at what indie games we'll be playing in the future. It's not just Sable.   To be fair... we do talk about some of those big budget AAA releases in this week's Headlines & Hot Takes. Now that The Weekspot has someone that's shown a bit of interest in Elden Ring, it'd be a shame not to chat about those interviews Miyazaki did after E3. We also discuss the recent rumours around Everwild and why it wasn't present at Microsoft's big show. And, of course, Tech Corner returns so that we can chat about windows.   But, getting back to what I was saying... THE FUTURE OF INDEPENDENT VIDEO GAMES. Matthew had a look at the Steam Next Fest demos, and came away with a few to stick on the wishlist. So, keep these four on your radar: The Plane Effect, Thief’s Roulette, Grime, and The Rewinder. Meanwhile, I have been splashing paint about the place in the absolutely smashing Chicory: A Colorful Tale.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about video games that launched out of Steam Early Access. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on games that terrified us as children, our approach to E3, and rocket cars.    🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-043-steam-next-fest    🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://store.reedpop.com/collections/rock-paper-shotgun
22-06-2021
1 hr 58 mins
One Ring To Rule Them All (E3 2021 Recap and Review: Elden Ring, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Forza Horizon 5 And More)
It was a weird E3. A lot of video games we already knew about, and more CG trailers than we might like, but there were still some notable announcements and gameplay reveals. While Kevin Hart didn't seem too pleased with his involvement in the festivities, those watching at home had an alright time.   Rather than breakdown every livestream for this week's Headlines & Hot Takes, we've decided to pluck out the things we liked the look of, and have a nice chat about them. The Elden Ring trailer has made a believer out of Matthew, which is something no one was expecting. And even if it went on a little long during Square's chaos-filled showcase, I quite liked the look of Guardians of the Galaxy. We also dedicate some time to that Forza Horizon 5 gameplay, the Redfall announcement, and whether we really need 77 different shows   We've actually played some games, too. Matthew’s brought Overboard to this week’s Show and Tell. He compares it to Hitman, so I know I'll be playing it as soon as possible. One thing I likely won't be playing again is Backbone. That gets the old skip stamp, kids.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about video games that were announced at past E3 press conferences. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on podcast games and hugging developers.   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-042-e3-2021-review   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://teespring.com/en-GB/stores/rockpapershotgun
15-06-2021
2 hrs
Let It E3 (E3 2021 Predictions: Xbox, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix And More)
Yes, it’s that time of the year when everyone speculates wildly about what kind of products companies will peddle to potential customers during livestreams rife with forced banter and lols. E3 is exciting, isn’t it?   We’re only a few days from the beginning of the festivities, so of course E3 2021 dominates this week’s edition of Headlines & Hot Takes. We break down all of the scheduled press conferences / media briefings / snazzy advertisements and what we might see at each of them. Microsoft need to go big with Halo Infinite to wash away the memory of Craig, it’d be lovely to get some gameplay of Starfield, Eidos is apparently set to reveal a Guardians of The Galaxy game: there’s a lot discussed on this week’s show, so get it listened.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about games set on spaceships, space stations, space bases and all sorts of space buildings. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on Resident Evil Village’s funniness and the origins of usernames.   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-041-e3-2021-predictions   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://teespring.com/en-GB/stores/rockpapershotgun
08-06-2021
1 hr 53 mins
Oh, You’re My Best Friend (SteamPal, Dying Light 2: Stay Human, Final Fantasy Origin)
Many have tried to muscle in on the Nintendo-controlled market of video games, but smaller. And, if the rumours are to be believed, Valve are gearing up to be the latest to give it a go.   As we enter E3 season, Headlines & Hot Takes gets beefier and beefier. But, yes, we start off discussing the recent rumblings that there's a Switch-like handheld called Steampal coming from Valve. We also discuss last week's reintroduction of Dying Light 2, during the brilliantly named Dying 2 Know presentation. And we chat a bit about Final Fantasy Origin, the FF spinoff that's supposedly in the works at Team Ninja.   We recorded this a little ahead of time, because of the UK bank holiday, so neither of us had loads of time to play games for Show and Tell. But, I gave Erica – the FMV game that first launched on PlayStation in 2019 – a go, I and wasn't overly impressed. I have a fondness for FMV games, but this one didn't hit the mark. Meanwhile, Matthew played through the beautifully grim point-and-click adventure game Strangeland.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about games RPS awarded with a Bestest Best. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on interviewees, rage-quitting and summer plans.   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-040-steampal   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://teespring.com/en-GB/stores/rockpapershotgun
01-06-2021
2 hrs
Fur Fur Two (Biomutant Review, Timesplitters is Back, Knockout City Impressions)
I was really looking forward to being a furry little animal in Biomutant. Running around a gorgeous world, shooting and slashing everything that moved sounded like a delightful time. And while it can sometimes be fun, the game often finds a way of bringing everything to a screeching halt, sadly.   But, before we broach the topic of this week’s Big Game, we’ve got some news to talk about in Headlines & Hot Takes. On this episode, the conversation is dominated by Timesplitters. Yes, Timesplitters. Deep Silver are getting the band back together to work on a new entry in the beloved FPS series. We also talk about what Gearbox could be up to, and whether or not it’ll be something wildly different to Borderlands. And, of course, we stop by Tech Corner to chat about the Gamecube.   As already mentioned, Biomutant leads our Show and Tell discussion, this week. It’s been a long time coming, which is maybe why it feels like a more old-fashioned open-world game. Jumping about a very pretty environment, unleashing your Super Wung Fu skills is occasionally enjoyable, but everything around that is a bit of a slog. A game that delivers on its promise – its promise being frivolous fun – is Knockout City. Whether or not it’ll have legs remains to be seen, but it’s worth a go if you have Xbox Game Pass For PC. Meanwhile, Matthew’s been playing the weird and wonderful Mind Scanners.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about games that are set in Japan. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on big life decisions, the perfect PC and console hybrid and abandonware.   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-039-biomutant   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://teespring.com/en-GB/stores/rockpapershotgun
25-05-2021
1 hr 52 mins
Mako And Play The Whole Thing (Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Shin Megami Tensei 3, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla DLC)
Do you like Mass Effect?... If you answered, “I, SPACEMAN,” then you probably already own the Legendary Edition and may find the conversation that happens in this week's Weekspot redundant. If you checked the box that said, “the only renegade I know of is one-time WCW Television Champion, The Renegade, but I'd love to hear some chat on a remaster of a celebrated RPG trilogy," then I've got just the podcast for you.   But, before we get onto BioWare, you can hear us chat about Ubisoft's plan to make moves in the free-to-play market, and we also discuss the price of the Vive Pro 2 and whether we’ve spent upwards of £1300 on anything in our lives.   But, yes, this is a Show and Tell-heavy podcast this week. Mass Effect isn't the only remaster we talk about on this episode, though. Matthew's played the PC port of Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne, and he's come away pleased with the game but underwhelmed with the remastering. We also discuss Wrath of the Druids (the Assassin's Creed Valhalla DLC set in Ireland), a stock market game called The Invisible Hand, and a 2D platformer called Sockventure that's about – you guessed it – the rise and fall of the European Super League... no, sorry, it's about socks.   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about single player games that have multiple playable characters. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on our favourite developers and games we finished before they finished.   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/pc-gaming-weekspot-podcast-039-mass-effect-legendary-edition   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://teespring.com/en-GB/stores/rockpapershotgun
18-05-2021
1 hr 53 mins
All Lycan Eat (Resident Evil Village Review, Info Coming Out Of Epic Games vs Apple)
We’ve been doing The Weekspot for the best part of nine months now. In that time, there’s been weeks where either the big releases have dried up, or the news has been lacking a little oomph. But, I think we’ve been able to cobble together a podcast you can enjoy, regardless of the previous seven days in PC video gaming. This week, there was zero cobbling.   Headlines & Hot Takes revolves around one topic: Epic Games vs Apple. The amount of information coming out of that courtroom has been wild. Epic have shelled out close to $12 million on those free games you’ve been downloading every time you remember to login, and the figure they've spent on Epic Games Store exclusives is staggering. We also now know that Fortnite has made them lots and lots of money. An especially surprising one, that. Also, we stop by Tech Corner for a look at a super shiny Mario 64.   Like the news, Show and Tell also centres on one thing. A big thing. A scary thing. Well, scary in parts. Resident Evil Village is finally out, and both myself and Matthew have finished it. So, click that play button and you’ll hear some chat on the Metroidvania-ness of the village, the frightening but also terrific puppet named Angie, and the shift from scares to shooting about half way through. And the comedy, of course. Who knew Resi 8 would be such a hoot?   This week's Mystery Steam Reviews is all about games that have multiple endings. And we round out the show by opening The Weekspot mailbag to answer your Burning Questions on seminal games we haven’t played, good date night games, and wild publicity stunts.   🌐 Check out our lovely website: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com    📧 Email us your Burning Questions: weekspot@rockpapershotgun.com    📺 Watch the video version of this episode: https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/the-weekspot-podcast-037-resident-evil-village   🔴 Subscribe to the RPS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/rockpapershot?sub_confirmation=1   🐦 Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rockpapershot / https://twitter.com/Colm_Ahern / https://twitter.com/mrbasil_pesto   💬 Join the RPS Discord: https://discord.gg/rockpapershotgun   🛒 Buy some RPS merch: https://teespring.com/en-GB/stores/rockpapershotgun
11-05-2021
1 hr 53 mins

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