James Davenport has been playing Ancient Gods, the hardcore expansion for Doom Eternal (opens in new tab). If you remember the memetic complaints about marauders back when the base game came out, now there's apparently even more of those jerks. They force mid-distance play and waiting for your turn like a good Doomguy, which I'm sure will be a popular choice everyone loves.
Emma Matthews has been playing the Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War beta (opens in new tab), where the popularity of sniper rifles is a frustration. Not just because getting shot from the other side of the map is no fun, but because snipers aren't playing the objective. It's just as annoying when they're on your side, too busy trading shots with snipers on the other side of 2Fort to help capture the flag—wait, wrong game.
Lauren Morton has been playing Phasmophobia and sharing some tips. You'll find several helpful guides on how to use the crucifix (opens in new tab) and smudge sticks (opens in new tab), what to ask the ouija board (opens in new tab) and spirit box (opens in new tab), as well as a guide to all its ghosts types (opens in new tab). There's no guide for what to do if you're too scared to even play it, however.
Fraser Brown played Drone Swarm, a new RTS with a twist (opens in new tab). It gives you control of 32,000 flying robotic drones, an extended family who must make it hell maintaining a Christmas card list. You draw paths for them and the angry cloud hurtles through space to eat enemy ships, which is nice of them. Drone Swarm has a short campaign too, if you're looking for an RTS you'll actually finish.
Eric Watson has been playing Solasta, the other Early Access game based on D&D's 5th edition (opens in new tab). It's a bit more traditional in some ways, with no tieflings or githyanki, and an emphasis on plain dungeon-crawling combat. It's a bit more linear as well, without branching dialogue and Big Decisions. There's room for this and Baldur's Gate 3 in my heart—I hope we get more RPGs like both.
Enough about us. What about you? Have you been dodging sawblades in Disc Room (opens in new tab), getting into pumpkin season with Amnesia: Rebirth (opens in new tab), or teaming up in Squad (opens in new tab)? Maybe you've got a new pet in Torchlight 3 (opens in new tab)? Let us know!