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Tyrania – A Kinetic Visual Novel Review

If games have taught us just one life lesson, it's that war never changes. However, Leviathanimation's Tyrania – A Kinetic Visual Novel attempts to twist this time-tested narrative through the actions of just one man. However, despite its grandiose vision, this title falters at getting its point across.

Tyrania – A Kinetic Visual Novel Review

In a land where cities are burning, children are crying, and war is never ending, Edo lives in the neutral area of Dominence with his guardian Mr. Smith. Times are tough for him in this distraught world, with the talented pianist Anjeru serving as his only source of happiness. Though he is in a relatively safe area, he wishes to seek out an end to the war by any means necessary.

However, everything quickly changes when he finds a bracelet in a piano, one that has the power to control technology. When Edo wields it, he hears a voice from an alternate reality that tells him that he can achieve his dreams in exchange for his humanity. What follows is a struggle to figure out what he is truly fighting for, and where his place lies in this crazy world.

It's a cliche tale, one that is overly melodramatic at every turn. Everything is placed straight, and edgy personas are the norm. The moment you learn that Edo's brother is working for the enemy is the moment you realize that the development team has watched one too many shonen anime series. The moment you see a dramatic outcry like "NONESENSE!!!" [sic] is the moment the cheese is laid on far too thick.

This dynamic extends to the rest of the cast – it's not uncommon to see high ranking officers be evil for the sake of being evil, or generic warscapes to show the horrors of war. It oftentimes feels like the development team wanted to create dramatic setpieces that showed shocking things, rather than tie them into the narrative.

The narrative also has a problem with cohesion as things progress. There are times where Edo desperately cries out about Anjeru's death, only for her to be perfectly fine without any fanfare less than 15 minutes later. There are also times where the scenery will change from somebody's bedroom to a conference room to a dreamy alternate reality in a matter of minutes. These images were likely taken from stock assets and blurred, but they do not make sense in the context of the story.

The character designs do not fare much better. Anime eyes, spiky hair, and scruffy guys with a cigarette in their mouth are the norm. Everything is poorly drawn, with the perspectives coming across as somewhat odd. There's a distinct lack of detail in its design, and nothing in this visual novel ever seems to mesh well together.

Those who know even the most basic of anime tropes will be well acquainted with all the major beats of Tyrania. This visual novel is as basic as they come, and the lack of polish makes it an easy pass.

This review of Tyrania – A Kinetic Visual Novel was done on the PC. The game was freely downloaded.
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How To Use The Crucifix In Phasmophobia – Prevent Ghost Hunting

How To Use The Crucifix In Phasmophobia
There is an objective in Phasmophobia that needs the Crucifix. This guide on How To Use The Crucifix In Phasmophobia explains an easy but effective method of completing the Objective titled "Prevent the Ghost from Hunting with a Crucifix".

Each level in Phasmophobia has a series of optional objectives outside of your main objective to find the identity of the ghost. Once such objective requires the Crucifix. This is not always possible as the objective can appear when you don't have the equipment, and it can also appear on levels where you are hunting a ghost that doesn't react to the Crucifix.

How To Use The Crucifix In Phasmophobia

There is an objective in Phasmophobia that needs the Crucifix. This guide on How To Use The Crucifix In Phasmophobia explains an easy but effective method of completing the Objective titled "Prevent the Ghost from Hunting with a Crucifix".
The Crucifix can be very useful, regardless of whether or not you have the Crucifix specific objective. Depending on your difficulty level and the ghost you are hunting, they begin a hunt phase where activities usually go off the scale. The doors get thrown shut, locked, the lights go off, your torches begin to flicker. It's usually at this point when one of your fellow ghost hunters becomes the hunted.

The Crucifix can delay this hunting phase but it's a challenging and often unsuccessful setup. Due to the very limited radius of the Crucifix, it's a good idea to have at least two, but three is also a very good option. It's definitely possible with a single Crucifix, but it very much depends on what map you're on and what room the ghost is haunting. In the larger rooms, one Crucifix can be very challenging but it's easier to manage in the smaller rooms.

The trick to using the Crucifix, especially to complete the Prevent the Ghost from Hunting with a Crucifix objective, is to use it early. Head into the house and locate the room as quickly as possible. Once you have located the room, place 1-3 Crucifix down on the floor. If the ghost is within range of one of these Crucifix when it attempts to begin hunting, it will delay the hunt. The range is unclear but it doesn't appear to be more than 5-10ft.

Prevent the Ghost from Hunting with a Crucifix

It's not the most reliable technique in terms of saving lives but if you're just hoping for the additional money for completing the objective, this has a decent success rate. It very much depends on where the ghost spawns for the hunt and where you place the Crucifix.

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Where To Find Gyozen's Lost Scrolls & Oni Treasure In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends

Where To Find Gyozen's Lost Scrolls & Oni Treasure In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends
Two Adventurer Feats require you to find two unique collectibles. This guide on Where To Find Gyozen's Lost Scrolls & Oni Treasure In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends will tell you where to locate these special items for completing the Kami Friend & Collector Feats.

Before you are able to find Gyozen's Lost Scrolls or Oni Treasures, you must first complete the entire story for the Legends DLC. It's not huge but it can take you a few hours depending on your approach and play style. Once you have completed the Legends campaign from start to finish, you will unlock Silver Difficulty mode. This lets you replay the same missions with increased difficulty. This includes more enemies, more hitpoints, more tethers, the difficulty can ramp up pretty quickly.

Where To Find Gyozen's Lost Scrolls & Oni Treasure In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends

Where To Find Gyozen's Lost Scrolls & Oni Treasure In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends
Once you start a campaign mission on Silver, you will get notified of Bonus Objectives, you can also view these on the pause menu in-game. There are usually three objectives. Find a Gyozen Lost Scrolls, an Oni Treasure, and complete a curse.

Oni Treasure is a large, treasure-like box that needs to be opened. Once opened, it summons several powerful guardians that must be defeated in order to claim the Oni Treasure. Once defeated, you interact with the treasure box and complete the objective.

Where To Find Gyozen's Lost Scrolls & Oni Treasure In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends

The Gyozen's Lost Scrolls are simple scrolls hidden around the level. You can find it using your senses with the touch pad. The levels are not very big so they aren't hard to find.

Finding both of these items is sometimes challenging but there's a few things to know that will help. Firstly, the exact location is random each time. So you can repeat the same level multiple times and both the Lost Scroll and the Oni Treasure will move locations. However, as well as using your senses to locate them, there's another hint.

When you in the correct area within the level, the bonus objective will appear in the upper left corner of the screen and be visible throughout the entire area. If you complete the objectives and move through the gate to the next area, that objective will be lost. So make sure, if the bonus objective of finding either the scroll or the treasure is on-screen, search the area thoroughly before leaving.

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How To Unlock All Classes In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends DLC

How To Unlock All Classes In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends DLC
The Legends DLC introduces a class system to the game. This guide on How To Unlock All Classes In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends DLC explains how open up additional classes to play in the Legends DLC, as initially you only get to select one class.

When you first begin the Legends DLC in Ghost of Tsushima there is a brief tutorial. During the tutorial the game introduces the class system by allowing you to play with each of the classes available. Every class has access to the same basic tools. Ranged weapon, melee weapon, assassinations, etc. However, each class has a unique class and ultimate ability that allows them to excel at a particular role. You can choose any class, they are all viable and fun, and other classes can be unlocked as you progress through the DLC.

How To Unlock All Classes In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends DLC

Unlock All Classes In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends DLC
Once you have unlocked your first class you can check the Character menu from the main menu in the Legends DLC. Here you can see the other classes available. There's Samurai, Hunter, Ronin, and Assassin. You get your first unlock token when you reach Rank 8, which is also show in the Character menu.

Once you reach rank 8 you can select any of the classes you currently have locked, and choose one to unlock. That class is then permanently available and can be used in the same way as your first class. The second class unlock is at Rank 15. You can easily reach Rank 8 progressing through the Legends DLC story.

  • Reach Rank 8 on your account
  • Head to the Character screen on the main menu of Legends DLC
  • Choose your class to unlock (further options unlock as you progress)

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How To Unlock Switch Stance In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends DLC

How To Switch Stance In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends DLC
Switching stances was one of the original games most important combat elements. This guide on How To Unlock Switch Stance In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends DLC goes over the drastic changes in the stance system, providing a more restrictive aspect in favor of rewarding team cooperation and collaboration.

In the original Ghost of Tsushima, changes stances was vital to answer any oncoming threats. Specific stances offered abilities and combination attack that worked better against certain enemy types. For example, switching to the Wind Stance is the best way to counterattack enemies that wield a spear. It was this versatility in combat that made the fighting so exciting. Unfortunately, for reasons I'm not completely convinced of, the Legends DLC has removed that ability, at least so far.

How To Unlock Switch Stance In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends DLC

How To Unlock Switch Stance In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends DLC
When you press R2 in the game when playing Legends DLC, you will only see a single stance. The stance is linked directly to the weapon you are currently using. As you can see above, my Assassin has both a Stone Blade and a Wind Blade. Equipping a Stone Blade will allow me to use the Stone Stance in combat. It works the same for the Wind Blade, it will allow me to use the Wind Stance.

UPDATE: There are further weapon unlocks that allow you to switch to additional stances, as shown below:

Switch Stance In Ghost Of Tsushima Legends DLC

It is more than likely that the top tier items do in fact allow you to switch between multiple items.

  • All characters begin with Stone Stance
  • Some Green Weapons can be found with another stance
  • More powerful weapons can access multiple stances

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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Gets Launch Trailer


To mark its launch, Nintendo has released a new trailer for their real-world racer Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit.

In this title, players will place gates and customize courses around your home in real life. From there, in-game environments (like jungles and snowscapes) and obstacles (like Piranha Plants) can be placed. From there, players can get an on-screen view with the Nintendo Switch, positioned right behind the driver's seat.

Both Grand Prix and Custom Race modes have been included. In order to enable multiplayer for up to four players, each racer must have their own Nintendo Switch system, the Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit game, and a Mario kart or Luigi kart.

Learn more with the trailer below:

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit – Launch Trailer – Nintendo Switch

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is now available at select retailers for an MSRP of $99.99.

Source: YouTube

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How To Download The Ghost of Tsushima: Legends DLC

How To Download The Ghost of Tsushima Legends DLC
The Legends update for Ghost of Tsushima is now available to download across multiple platforms. This guide on How To Download The Ghost of Tsushima: Legends DLC will tell you how to download the update on the PlayStation 4 as it's not the same as a traditional update.

Ghost of Tsushima was already set up to be a serious contender for game of the year, with high praise from players and critics alike. While the single player adventure was a masterpiece of storytelling and action-packed combat, today's update brings an entirely new depth to the game with the introduction of multiplayer – something that has stirred up some serious hype since the Legends DLC was announced.

How To Download The Ghost of Tsushima: Legends DLC

The Legends DLC for Ghost of Tsushima is now available to download on the PlayStation 4. A title update is available but we've had mixed reports on peoples ability to download the new update. The regular method, simply pressing the "Options" button over the Ghost of Tsushima box on the PlayStation 4 dashboard seems to work for some, but not for others.

If that method is not working for you, the alternative is simple.

  • Highlight the Ghost of Tsushima game on your PS Dashboard
  • Press down and navigate to the PlayStation Store tab
  • Highlight the Legends DLC option
  • Select purchase/download
  • The download is approximately 9GB

The update is completely free, there is no charge, although you will need PlayStation Plus if you're hoping to play online. That should be enough for you to know How To Download The Ghost of Tsushima: Legends DLC. Happy slaying!

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PlayStation 5 User Experience Detailed


Ahead of its launch next month, Sony has revealed more information as to what players can expect with the PlayStation 5 user experience.

Completely centered around the player, the new user experience features a new Control Center. This center provides immediate access to almost everything once the PlayStation button on the DualSense controller is pressed in-game.

In addition, the new Activities feature allows players to discover new gameplay opportunities, backtrack to things one may have missed, or even jump directly into challenges or levels. Select Activities can also be put into a picture-in-picture mode.

To make sure navigation is quick, the entire software stack (from the console to the network) has been rebuilt. This means that navigating the interface, switching between games, and hopping into online play is a speedy affair and ensuring that players will spend less time waiting to interact with each element.

Learn more with the video walkthrough for the user experience below. Though what is shown is a pre-production environment, it should give fans a general idea as to what is to come in November.

First Look at the PlayStation 5 User Experience

The PlayStation 5 console will launch on November 12, 2020.

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New Cyberpunk 2077 Footage Released During Latest Night City Wire


The fourth episode of today's Night City Wire event saw a number of new videos for CD PROJEKT RED's Cyberpunk 2077.

The first video, dubbed "Rides of the Dark Future," put the spotlight on the vehicles that will make an appearance in the game. The development team stressed that every car and motorbike has been crafted with incredible attention-to-detail from the chassis to the body to the interiors.

Cyberpunk 2077 — Rides of the Dark Future

A number of behind-the-scenes videos also make their appearance during this episode of Night City Wire. "Revving Up Night City" took a look at the sound design that went into the title, including the recordings done with the audio recorded for each vehicle in the game. In addition, "Arch Motorcycle with Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger" transports players to California City Municipal Airport as they talk all about Arch Motorcycles.

Cyberpunk 2077 — Behind the Scenes: Revving Up Night City

Cyberpunk 2077 — Behind the Scenes: Arch Motorcycle with Keanu Reeves and Gard Hollinger

Finally, "2077 in Style" puts the spotlight on the look, feel, and fashion of the denizens of Night City.

Cyberpunk 2077 — 2077 in Style

A 38 second teaser was also released for the title, featuring the protagonist V walking into a diner. You can watch it below:

Cyberpunk 2077 — The Diner

Cyberpunk 2077 will come out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia on November 19, 2020. The title will also be available on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X when available, with a free upgrade to those versions from the current generation version at a later date.

Source: Press Release

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Atelier Ryza 2 Launching Stateside January 26


Both GUST Studios and Koei Tecmo announced today that Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy will come out in North America on January 26, 2021.

The 22nd entry in the series (which dates back to the PlayStation 2), Atelier Ryza 2 features fan-favorites like Tao Mongarten and Lent Marslink, along with a number of new characters. Ryza's day-to-day exploits revolve around a request bulletin board that is managed by Zephine Baudouin. With tasks ranging from delivering materials to defeating monsters, Ryza can net herself rewards, materials, and even Skill Points.

In this title, parties will now include three battle members and one sub-member. In addition, all heroes will now be aided with real-time tactics battles with the ability to build up Action Points and Core Charge.

Learn more with the trailer below, originally released during this year's Tokyo Game Show:

Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy – TGS 2020 Trailer

The game will come out for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. Those that pre-order the title at select retailers will receive the "Beware of Puni!" and "Blue Puni Costume" t-shirt DLC for Ryza. Those that purchase a digital copy in the first two weeks will get themselves an Early Purchase Bonus code for the Summer Fashion Costume Set.

Source: Press Release

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