A good scary game is often a thrilling experience. And if you are currently a Game Pass subscriber and in the mood to play something terrifying, creepy, or just downright spooky you already have access to some fantastic horror games for no additional cost. This is nice, because the only thing scarier than deadly…
Roblox, one of the most popular games in the world, has been down for over a day now and while many frustrated players are blaming an in-game Chiplote promotion, the devs say that free burritos aren't the reason for the outage.
Don't let the highly stylized art fool you. The first-person shooter Forgive Me Father is unsettling because of its flat comic-book graphics, not in spite of them. At first, I was charmed by how the art style made the game feel like a distant cousin to Paper Mario. By the end of the second level, I was a paranoid mess.
Using the best VPN comes with many perks, like privacy, extra security against attacks, and access to sites from other regions. However, if you use the Xbox Game Pass, or pay for streaming services like Netflix and Disney Plus, chances are you'd rather not add another monthly subscription to your list. Thankfully, there are a wealth of free VPNs available from a wide range of providers, albeit with functionality sacrifices and limitations.
Of course, before diving into the wonderful world of free VPNs, it's important to learn how each works before trusting it with your data. Naturally, even if a VPN is free, it still costs its provider money to run, so it's important to identify any potential hidden costs or caveats associated with seemingly free services. This includes agreeing to your gaming PC becoming an exit node for other users, intrusive browser ads, and the risk of your data being logged and sold to third parties.
That said, there are still free VPNs out there that can provide a great service without paying a monthly fee. While you'll still need to pay to experience the best VPN subscription and all its intrinsic benefits, you should still be able to find a good balance between usability and security when using a free version of a VPN.
Since then a relative flood of info has come out about the project, which if true points to a roster of characters from diverse sources such as DC Comics, Mortal Kombat, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, Steven Universe, and Rick and Morty. A number of design documents have also supposedly made their way online thanks to Smash Bros content creator PapaGenos (via ResetEra).
Resident Evil Village is one of the best games of 2021 and one of the scariest games on PC, which makes it all the more baffling that Capcom didn't have the confidence in it to provide fans with DLC. In a new report, Capcom says that not only will there be Resident Evil 8 DLC, but it'll be free too.
While it is obvious that Capcom - for whatever reason - didn't think Resident Evil Village needed any DLC, we've long known that the publisher had a change of heart and confirmed at E3 in June that the latest Resident Evil will indeed get DLC. It didn't provide any further detail about this at the time, other than that development had "just started" on it - so would probably be a while.
The big No Man's Sky Halloween update has brought a touch of Dune to Hello Games' epic space sim, with this week's Expedition 4: Emergence adding giant sandworms to the mix - as well as the ability to ride them.
Now developer Hello Games has decided to readdress the balance and has brought Dune to its own space epic in the Halloween "Emergence" update. The latest Expedition adds a proper narrative - for the first time - set on the barren world of Wasan, where the player has to investigate the colossal Titan Worms and the involvement of the worm-worshipping native cult.
The big Halloween update for Phasmophobia seems to have been hiding a creepy stowaway, as fans have discovered that none other than the infamous Slender Man is hiding in the woods around Maple Lodge Campsite - which was added earlier this week.
The campsite map is different from previous maps in that it's set in the woods, and players digging into the map have discovered all manner of Easter eggs - including the mask of Jason Voorhees and a dead body under the cabin, which presumably belongs to one of the new ghosts. The creepiest secret, however, is Slender Man hiding in the woods.
Wondering how the New World server transfer system works? When Amazon's MMO first launched, servers were quickly overwhelmed with players eager to start adventuring on the island of Aeturnum. This led to immense queue times in several regions, and Amazon added hundreds of new servers to allow players to get started as soon as possible.
To encourage players to begin their quest on one of these newer servers, Amazon Game Studios decided to grant each player a free server transfer token when the server transfer service becomes available. This token allows players to join their friends and reassess their server choice once things calm down a little.
When New World server transfers initially went live, the process resulted in a few unintended glitches, including a gold duplication bug that led to the transfers being closed down again. Transfers were re-enabled with the 1.0.4 update. There are a few things you need to know before packing your bags and leaving for a new server - here's how to transfer your New World character.
When you think of Fatal Frame, one of the first things that comes to mind is the Camera Obscura. However, when the series originally began, the development team actually considered a few other objects instead. Nintendo Everything recently spoke with Keisuke Kikuchi, the producer of the Fatal Frame. There was some talk about the new release of Maiden of Black...
System: Switch Release date: October 15, 2021 Developer: White Owls Publisher: Playism Journalist Naomi Hayward's life has been consumed by enormous debt. The Morning Bell, the newspaper that she works for, has a unique way of settling things – that being to send her abroad to uncover the mystery of the "Happiest Town in the World," Rainy Woods. Naomi is...
Another impressive Switch port is about to join the Switch family, as developer Saber Interactive has just wrapped up work on its port of World War Z for the console. Dmitry Grigorenko, the game's lead game designer, was kind enough to answer some questions about the project. He had much to say about how Saber went about bringing World War...
Switch has managed to reach a new milestone in Spain. Sales of the console in the country have surpassed two million units, data from consulting firm Gfk reveals. Additionally, Switch was Spain's best-selling console in 2021. The system achieved the same feat in 2019 and 2020 as well. Gfk also confirms that six of the ten best-selling games in Spain...
Another demon trailer is in for Shin Megami Tensei V, which puts the spotlight on Mithras. This creature hasn't had too many appearances in the series, though it has shown up in titles like Shin Megami Tensei IV and Persona Q2. Find some background information on Mithras below, courtesy of the Megami Tensei Wiki: Mithras is a sun deity who...
Fallen Legion Revenants is seeing a crossover with BlazBlue as part of a new DLC bundle. As of now, players can get their hands on cosmetics that are based on powerful fighters including Ragna the Bloodedge, Jin Kisaragi, and more. Here's the full list of costumes in the Fallen Legion Revenants: BlazBlue Exemplar Costume Bundle: – Aleister costume – Jacquine...
Falling off a cliff, getting swooped at the head by a Flying Golem, being engulfed by a Slime — those are just some of the dozen encounters that can cause your untimely death in Moonlighter. You may find yourself in a fight-or-flight situation where you become surrounded by hordes of enemies while having a dangerously […]
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With so many games popping up within the crypto space, it can be pretty hard to pick those worth your time and money. The problem is that a lot of today's games are not playable up until you invest quite the sum upfront. The good news is there are some free crypto games to play […]
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N64's Goldeneye 007, one of the most iconic multiplayer games to ever be released, has been unbanned in Germany, sparking speculation that this could be a sign it may be on its way to Nintendo Switch Online or another platform.
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Fallout 76 wasn't very good at launch. It was prone to griefers, bereft of life, clunky, and buggy as all hell - worse than Cyberpunk, and it's not even close. Many of those issues remain: crashes are common, bugs still abound, and the UI is more nightmarish than any Scorched you'll come across in post-apocalyptic Appalachia. But they're less severe than they were, and no longer laid bare in an empty world where players have little to do other than harass each other.
The last three years have had their ups and downs, but a few key updates - Wastelanders, Steel Dawn, The Legendary Run, and One Wasteland For All - have made Fallout 76's world a drastically different one than players entered back in 2018. There are NPCs now, and proper quest lines with branching dialogue that make it feel more like a Fallout game. It's a better MMO, too, with more daily quests, endgame gear, and roleplay options. So, what if Fallout 76 came out right now?
Well, to start with, it's pretty unlikely that Fallout 76 would be sitting on a Metacritic score of just over 50%. Judging from the handful of scored and unscored reviews that cropped up following the release of Wastelanders, we'd probably be looking at a score a little higher than 60%, maybe even higher given recent updates like Worlds and Locked & Loaded.
Now, according to reliable Fortnite leaker Shiina, it looks like two of the world's most popular online games are finally doing a crossover - League of Legends is coming to Fortnite, starting with the ever-popular Jinx. According to Shiina, this collaboration is to celebrate the release of Riot's Arcane Netflix animated series on November 7 - which will show the origins of Jinx and her sister Vi as they grow up on the mean streets of Zaun.
Want to know how to use a Minecraft pumpkin? Pumpkins aren't just for Halloween - they're one of the most versatile blocks in Minecraft, with several surprising uses. They appear naturally in most biomes, but require a grass block with air above it in order to spawn. They also naturally show up in stem farm rooms inside woodland mansions, but those are particularly tricky to find - luckily, we've identified a Minecraft seed that spawns you a mere hundred blocks away from one.
You'll also find carved pumpkins - the spooky siblings of regular pumpkins - in rail rooms in woodland mansions. Carved pumpkins show up in pillager outposts inside tents alongside normal pumpkins, too, and atop scarecrows. Pumpkins also generate instead of hay bales outside taiga and snowy taiga villages. There are even more ways to get your hands on a pumpkin - they have a 15.6% chance of showing up in chests inside shipwrecks, and you may be able to buy one from a wandering trader.
There's one more way to get hold of a carved pumpkin - if a hostile Minecraft mob spawns during Halloween, there's a chance they'll show up sporting a carved pumpkin on their head. In order to steal the pumpkin, you'll have to kill it with a tool you've added Looting to at a Minecraft enchantment table. The chances of it dropping are pretty slim - you're better off carving your own, which we'll explain how to do below, before guiding you through the Minecraft pumpkin's varied uses.
One of the first things that may strike you about Mundaun, a very unsettling horror game that released earlier this year, is just how comfortable with weirdness it is. There are hay people hunting you in the night, monstrous masks inspired by traditional Swiss carnival costumes, and the decapitated head of the goat Allegria, bleating and chattering from your backpack.
Many horror games either try to establish a sense of mundane familiarity in a recognisable, contemporary world before shattering that familiarity, or else rely on the dusty, done-to-death setting of haunted manors. In most cases, neither approach does much to surprise. Horror often relies on the grotesque, but Mundaun's weirdness is different. It is an earthy kind of weirdness, a strangeness with roots so deep that it might be confused with familiarity. It's a horror that smells not of blood, but of hay and dung, snow and soot.
By the time you read this I'll be playing Back 4 Blood, gunning down hordes of the undead until viscera and gore cake my player's clothes, and my eyes become infinite pools of horror that have seen more than enough death for one lifetime. Or perhaps I'll be creeping around a haunted house in Phasmophobia, my smudge stick in-hand and a cavalcade of petrified friends whimpering down their mics. Maybe I'll be running from Pyramid Head in Dead By Daylight with my pals in tow. A thought has been brewing in the cold recesses of my mind for a while now, and it is simply this: when did horror become a team game?
Happy Halloween weekend, gang! Oh, hang on, I meant to say: BOO! Alright, there we go. But the greatest horror this weekend isn't any ghost or ghoulie, it's UK clocks switching back to GMT this weekend. Sure, your phone and computer will automatically update, but your heating will be irksome until you again dig out the manual to remember how to change it. And a secondary blast of horror comes from the fact that not every country changes their clocks just yet, so if you deal with business across timezones... good luck, pal. But, what are you playing this weekend?
Back in August, publisher X Plus and developer Sonzai Games announced that the 3D platformer Super Sami Roll would be heading to Switch. The title is now just a few days away. According to an eShop listing, you'll be able to pick it up next week. Super Sami Roll does have a story, and it begins with the wicked Albert...
Outright Games has shared a launch trailer for PJ Masks: Heroes of the Night, a platforming adventure title based on the TV series. The game is out now on Switch. Here's an overview of PJ Masks: Heroes of the Night: Who goes into the night to save the day? You do! Get your PJs on and become Catboy, Owlette, and...
Gameplay has come in for the shoot 'em up title Panorama Cotton. The game not only made its debut on Switch this week, but also saw its first official western release. For more on Panorama Cotton, check out the following overview: The game's main character is Nata de Cotton, a witch with unquenchable craving for candy called Willow. She is...
This week's Switch eShop charts are as follows: All Games 1. Mario Party Superstars 2. Metroid Dread 3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons 4. Unravel Two 5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 6. Minecraft 7. Stardew Valley 8. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 9. Among Us 10. Diablo II: Resurrected 11. Hob 12. Moonlighter 13. Dying Light 14. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for...
NIS America has kicked off a new Fall 2021 sale on the Switch eShop. Eligible games include La Mulana 1 & 2, Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, Langrisser I & II, The Alliance Alive HD Remastered, The Caligula Effect: Overdose, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, The Silver Case 2425, Ys VIII, and many others. Below...
Scott Burns, the former voice of Bowser, has spoken about voicing the character in Super Mario Sunshine. The Mario franchise has never been known for voice acting, but Bowser and other characters did have quite a few lines in the GameCube title. Speaking with Gaming Reinvented about the role, Burns mentioned: "Any time at a microphone inside a recording studio...
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Sometimes, Halloween can be just a bit too scary. There are ghosts and ghouls and undead and…assholes. Living is frightening and, so too, is the thought of death and mortality. That's exactly why Skul: The Hero Slayer works as a comfy spooky game. It's not really scary. It just pretends to be.
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night put an extra dash of 'vania in the Metroidvania world thanks to the influence of long-time Castlevania lead Koji Igarashi, and the devs have kept things going with a robust array of free content update - though those updates have been subject to several delays. But they're still coming, and now the devs have confirmed a few details about the next new playable character.
"We can confirm that this new character is NOT from the world of Bloodstained," the devs say in the announcement. "We have been working closely with a well-known partner to bring their character (and a friend) into the game. As with previous characters, you will be able to explore the entire map, though certain abilities will need to be acquired before some areas and bosses can be accessed. Along the way you will be able to increase the rank and class of the character's special ability to grow in power."
The Final Fantasy XIV devs issued a series of changes to its conduct policy earlier this week, clarifying the rules around stalking and harassment (and erotic role-play) and providing more details about how the penalty system works. But those were just public clarifications of rules the devs had already been using behind the scenes. The only actual rule changes regard advertising on the Party Finder, and in a new update the devs have provided some additional context on why those changes have been made.
The new rules ban advertising help for clearing duties via the Party Finder - in other words, you can't sell clears there. You can, however, advertise the fact that you're buying clears. Mercenary activities for in-game rewards are totally okay with the devs, it's just that real-money traders were posting ads for gil-driven clears when the real transaction would be for actual money.
"Though the situation varied with each region," global community producer Toshio Murouchi explains, "there were an enormous number of cases where RMT vendors created recruitment listings in the Party Finder under the guise of mercenary activities, which hindered normal players in their use of the Party Finder. The changes made at this time are intended as measures to rectify this situation and promptly crack down on fraudulent recruitment listings."
One of the design pillars of upcoming grand strategy game Victoria 3 is for diplomacy to be just as powerful a tool as warfare is - the latter is, after all, the continuation of the former by other means, as Carl von Clausewitz is often quoted as saying. Victoria 3's diplomacy system is almost a game in itself, giving you plenty of options for winning an exchange with another nation without ever having to fire a shot.
The latest Victoria 3 dev diary goes deep into 'diplomatic plays.' These are the opening moves for any conflict in Victoria 3, so you'll inevitably go through the process prior to any war. Diplomatic plays begin with opening moves that correspond to the war goals you may be familiar with from other Paradox games: you'll make a play to annex another nation as subject, or to demand that it cede territory to you, or to abolish slavery.
Once you've picked out your play, the target will be notified, along with any nations that have a strong interest in the region and are considered 'potential participants' in any resulting conflict. Overlords and allies, for example, are going to take interest in what happens during negotiations.
Subnautica: Below Zero launched out of early access earlier this year, and it seems we don't have much longer to wait before we find out what's next from developer Unknown Worlds. Krafton, the company behind PUBG, has announced its intent to purchase Unknown Worlds, and in a press release has revealed that the studio's next game is due to hit early access next year.
"In addition to ongoing updates for Subnautica and Subnautica: Below Zero, Unknown Worlds is currently working on a new genre-defining game, which is slated to launch into early access in 2022", according to the press release.
In an interview earlier this year, the devs told us that it's likely they'll eventually return to Subnautica, and that such a sequel would be an opportunity for them to "rethink" multiplayer. Even then, though, they made clear that the studio was focused on a brand-new project, and that the focus for now would be on new ideas. (Sorry, Natural Selection fans - that means you're out of luck too.)
Steam's annual Halloween sale has risen from the grave once again, with prices on the best PC games that are so low, they're scary. Whether you're in the mood for horror games, or you'd like to play something more Halloweeny than actually scary, Steam likely has a deal on something that would fit the bill, and we've gone ahead and picked out a couple standout bargains.
If you need to get caught up on Resident Evil, there are sales on both Resident Evil VII and Resident Evil Village. Both feature some instant-classic Resident Evil moments and characters, but we can think of far worse ways to spend All Hallow's Eve this year than running away from Lady Dimitrescu and her bloodthirsty daughters. Separately, Resident Evil VII is 67% off, and Resident Evil Village is 33% off. There are also discounts on the various bundles that include both games.
We're as excited as anyone to dive into the dank roguelike depths of Darkest Dungeon II now that it's hit early access, but if you want to find out how the dismal journey began, you can snap up the original Darkest Dungeon on Steam for 80% off the usual price during the Halloween sale. The holidays can be a stressful time, so let your intrepid party of doomed characters shoulder some of the load.
It's rare to see a legitimately good 1440p 144Hz monitor for less than $250, but right now ViewSonic's VX2758-2KP-MHD is on sale at Newegg for $220 - a stunning $110 (33%) reduction from its original price of $330.
This 'Shell Shocker' sale ends in just a few hours, so do pick this up if you're in the market for a high-end gaming monitor at bargain basement prices!
One of our former best gaming SSD picks, the WD Blue SN550, is down to just £140 on Amazon for a massive 2TB model. That's a historic low price by around £15 and a good £40 what it cost just a few weeks ago, making this a very good time to pick up a high performance NVMe SSD on the cheap.
In the beginning, developer CD Projekt Red had a vision for Cyberpunk 2077's post-launch content plans. Free DLC will fill the gaps between Witcher-like expansions, along with regular updates. A lot of that got thrown out the window when Cyberpunk 2077 launched, and and there was a scramble just to fix the game — seen by many as a buggy mess. The developer has promised more fixes and content this year, but apparently something changed. CD Projekt Red has apparently, and silently, delayed free DLC and update plans for Cyberpunk 2077 until 2022. Yesterday, the company quietly updated the Cyberpunk 2077 roadmap. As reported by PCGamesN, the original roadmap noted that the content and updates were heading to the game this year. Naturally, the outlet had to use the Wayback Machine showing how it looked last week. Today, however, "updates, improvements, and free DLCs" are now marked as coming in 2022. PCGamesN does note that CD Projekt Red shifted its agenda to bri...
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We've got the latest demon trailer for Shin Megami Tensei V, which offers up a look at Valkyrie. It has been included in various titles in the franchise ranging from mainline entries to Persona. Here's some background information on Valkyrie, courtesy of the Megami Tensei Wiki: A Valkyrie (from Old Norse valkyrja "chooser of the slain") is one of a...
Publisher Headup Games and developer The Bitfather have announced that Pixel Heroes: Mega Byte & Magic, a roguelike/RPG, is coming to Switch. A release is planned for November 5. The game "transports you back to the 80s to deliver an old-school experience that draws on elements of the RPG and roguelike genres." It comes with 33 hero classes to unlock,...
More than two decades after its original release on N64, GoldenEye 007 is no longer "banned" in Germany. As explained by Mental Floss, the German federal agency Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien (Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons) set up an index in the 1980s in which a piece of media could be included if it were deemed harmful...
According to a Kotaku report, Nintendo has closed its California office. In doing so, about 100 employees have been displaced. Nintendo of America has its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, but has had a couple of other offices – including the now closed location in California. As a result of the move, SVP of sales and marketing Nick Chavez has resigned...
SnowRunner was recently given a new update on Switch, bringing the game to version 1.0.5. It comes with various general fixes and improvements to some trucks. Below are the full patch notes for the SnowRunner version 1.0.5 update: Trucks Improved towed vehicles wheels collision for evacuator addons Improved crane behavior for Tatra Force Fixed a bug where saddle low and...
Bethesda has shared a few of the updates and Creations arriving with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Anniversary Edition, including new questlines like Saints and Seducers, weapons and armor from Morrowind, fishing, and a new survival mode.
Get ready to show those legions of Hell who's boss — Update 6.66 is now live in Doom Eternal! This update not only includes a whole new Horde Mode for players to sink their teeth into, but also two Master Levels and new arena, playable demon and streak-based Ranking System for Battlemode and more! Horde […]