VR rhythm game Beat Saber, now the highest rated game on Steam, releasing level editor next week

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VR rhythm game Beat Saber, now the highest rated game on Steam, releasing level editor next week

If you haven't heard of Beat Saber before, then you're not alone—I only caught wind of it earlier today. But this Early Access VR rhythm game, which is basically a lightsaber version of Guitar Hero, is now the highest rated game on Steam. It's clocked nearly 2,000 reviews with a 99% positive rating, which is enough to put it above everything except the Witcher 3's DLC expansion pass. It's going to change a lot before it leaves Early Access later this year, starting with a major update next week that will let players create custom levels set to their own audio files.

Oculus shows off 140-degree FOV Rift prototype with moving displays

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Oculus shows off 140-degree FOV Rift prototype with moving displays

As Oculus's latest VR headset, the Oculus Go, began flying off the shelves this week, the company was busy revealing the next prototype of the Rift, and it makes a number of significant changes. The "Half Dome" headset looks very similar to the existing Rift, but offers a 140-degree field of view—up from around 100 on the current model—and displays that move towards or away from your eyes automatically to help you focus on objects. 

Squad alpha version 11 adds British Armed Forces, Afghan-themed map and nine new weapons

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Squad alpha version 11 adds British Armed Forces, Afghan-themed map and nine new weapons

Squad, the 50v50 multiplayer military FPS, has been in alpha for nearly three years. That's a long time for its Kickstarter backers to wait, but developer Offworld Industries has slowly but surely built a solid shooter packed with features, to the point where virtually everything I read about it now is positive. The 11th alpha version arrived this week, adding the British Armed Forces alongside a new map and a huge stash of weapons and vehicles. 

Smoke and Sacrifice, the survival fantasy RPG, is out on May 31

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Smoke and Sacrifice, the survival fantasy RPG, is out on May 31

After spending an hour with Smoke and Sacrifice in March, Samuel described it as like "Don't Starve as a dark fantasy RPG", which is something I can get on board with. I like the hand-painted art, as well as the idea of taking a survival game with crafting and making it more focused and narrative driven. The game now has a release date of May 31, so there's not long to wait until we find out if it's any good.

Quake Champions to add bots

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Quake Champions to add bots

Quake Champions plans to roll out bots that players will be able to play against to hone their skills or use to fill slots in games, developer id Software has announced. It didn't confirm whether that meant the game was getting an offline mode or not.

Next Rusty Lake game, and accompanying film, beats Kickstarter goal within 10 hours

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Next Rusty Lake game, and accompanying film, beats Kickstarter goal within 10 hours

The creators of the Rusty Lake games—think creepy, point-and-click escape rooms—took to Kickstarter this week to raise money for their next project, a new game and an accompanying short film. The campaign passed its €15,000 goal in just nine hours, and it's no wonder: the nine previous games in the series are well regarded, and as surreal as you like. Rusty Lake Paradise, the most recent game, came out in March.

PUBG halts its 50-player deathmatch mode after less than 24 hours because of server troubles

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PUBG halts its 50-player deathmatch mode after less than 24 hours because of server troubles

On Thursday evening, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds launched its time-limited Desert Knights mode, a 50-player deathmatch pitting ten five-person teams against each other in a small corner of Miramar. It was meant to run until the end of the weekend, but on Friday afternoon developer Bluehole had to pull the plug early because it was messing up the game's servers and stopping players from connecting to PUBG altogether.

Whip-cracking roguelike City of Brass, made by former Bioshock devs, leaves Early Access

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Whip-cracking roguelike City of Brass, made by former Bioshock devs, leaves Early Access

City of Brass puts me in mind of a 3D, Arabian Nights-themed version of Spelunky. As you sprint through its shiny, procedurally-generated metropolis you'll grab treasure, buy items, lay traps, whip enemies and slash your scimitar, avoiding permadeath at all costs. It's been in Early Access for just under a year and now it's out on Steam, with the 1.0 update adding the final boss fight.