I imagine most of you have done your Christmas shopping already given its December 21 and just four days before a whole sleigh of stuffed turkey and roast potatoes arrives on our dinner plates, but just in case you’re in need of a few last minute emergency gift ideas, your deals herald is here to provide. To that end, this is a slightly more rounded edition of our usual best PC gaming deals round-up, including a few bits of other so-called ‘gaming merchandise’ in addition to our game and hardware deals. Don’t worry, though, I promise there isn’t a Funko Pop in sight, mostly because I’ve already burned them all in a fiery pit of boggle-eyed despair. Happy holidays! Game deals It is Christmas sales galore right now, so anyone look to pick up that one game you’ve been itching to play all year if only you had some gosh-darned time should have plenty of deals to choose from. The big one is obviously the Steam Winter Sale, which we’ve already … [Read more...] about The RPS Christmas gift guide and best PC gaming deals of the week
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The best video game openings perfectly introduce you to the world you’re about to explore, setting both the scene and the tone of the events that are about to transpire. There have been plenty that have stayed in the memory long after the end credits have rolled, though only a select few are worth of the title of the very best game opening ever. The GameRevolution editorial team have shared their thoughts on the matter, and you can share your own opinions in the comments section below. As always, we’ll feature our favorite. Paul Tamburro, executive editor: “There were games that I played before The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, but it was the first to floor me with its sheer scale. I’d never played anything like it at the time, and first venturing out into the rainy Hyrule before rescuing Princess Zelda felt like the beginnings of a proper adventure. Nothing gets the blood pumping quite like that Hyrule Field score.” … [Read more...] about Tell GR: What is the Best Video Game Opening Ever?
Tetris, for the past three-and-a-half decades, has been a game about a cold, uncaring rain of puzzle pieces. Blocky shapes drip down a dark column and must be flipped and arranged into complete horizontal rows that are then removed from play. You lose if the shapes reach the top of the screen. While the original versions of the game inspired stress or excitement due to its clever and elegant design, the presentation was usually unemotional. But what if Tetris could make you … feel blissful? Tetris Effect, named for the phenomenon in which repetitive tasks infest our dreams and memories, takes the game’s original concepts and adds joy, connection and audiovisual euphoria. It’s Tetris, but beautiful. Tetris Effect’s emotional trek weaves through a campaign known as the Journey. Developer Enhance Games sets rounds of Tetris against a variety of gorgeous backdrops, songs and sound effects. The Journey ventures from the deep sea, where blue whales and schools of … [Read more...] about Tetris Effect is euphoric, and the best Tetris game since the original
Between the imminent arrival of Halloween, the continuation of Netflix’s cartoon miniseries and the recent influx of indie metroidvania games, now is the perfect moment to take a deep dive into the history of the Castlevania series and determine which battle against Count Dracula is the best battle against Count Dracula. I’ve pulled together a list of every single Castlevania video game I could find this side of the old Tiger Electronics LCD handheld game. Some of them are remarkably terrible, but for the most part, Castlevania games hover somewhere between “good” and “masterpiece.” 36. CR Pachinko Akumajou Dracula (Arcade, 2015) This Japan-only arcade amusement appeared right around the time it became clear that Konami was less interested in making video games than it was in slapping the imagery and names of its beloved game properties on unrelated ventures. To make things worse, it decided to sell this by-the-numbers gambling game with the promise … [Read more...] about The best Castlevania games
The best PC games With unparalleled accessibility and endless upgradability, it’s no wonder that millions of gamers around the world think PC is the best place to play. Because of the platform’s history, curating a list of every great PC game throughout the ages would be a tough task, so we’ve put together a list of modern titles that’re the best PC games to spend your time with right now. So, in alphabetical order, here’re 50 of the best PC games around. Cities Skylines – Honorable mentions: Prison Architect, Tropico 5 In an alternate universe where EA and Maxis didn’t drop the ball, this slot is occupied by the latest and greatest SimCity release. In fact, Cities: Skylines developer Colossal Order was miserably certain its project wouldn’t be greenlit thanks to SimCity’s announcement – but its subsequent pratfall only made Paradox more eager to bring PC gamers what they wanted most. The best way to describe Cities: … [Read more...] about The best PC games around – essential pick-ups from every genre