Kotaku Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:15 PM
Xbox has started to release games on its popular Game Pass subscription service without announcing them, and it's starting to feel like an advent calendar. Serious Sam 4 was previously only available on the PC and Stadia, but it got a surprise launch on the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 today, as well as a…
PCGamesN Tuesday, December 7, 2021 6:56 PM
One of the coolest things about RetroArch is its simple implementation of netplay across a variety of emulators - at least, in theory. When it works, it's great, but it can be pretty fiddly to get to that point. Luckily, the devs have put out an array of fixes and improvements in its latest update, and there are more on the way.
"Netplay has received plenty of improvements thanks to the efforts of Cthulhu," the devs explain in the 1.9.14 update notes. "We have a lot more prepared for the next version, so consider this a prelude to the main event." The current round of improvements include a variety of quality of life improvements and stability fixes, but "for the next version, we will finally address the relay MITM server issues".
RetroArch's MITM (man in the middle) server is intended to make connecting to other players more convenient, as it routes netplay traffic through a central relay. That prevents you from having to set up port forwarding or a VPN to connect with friends, but even the relay server has proven a bit fiddly in the past, so it's good to see improvements on the way.
PCGamesN Tuesday, December 7, 2021 6:06 PM
Back in October, Maxis detailed the Sims Delivery Express, or SDX, for The Sims 4. Basically, these will be tiny updates delivered for free, in-game. They're smaller than proper game updates, they can be distributed more regularly, and they'll bring new create-a-Sim options, new build mode items, or small game fixes. The first one is now live.
When you next boot The Sims 4, you'll see an in-game notification telling you that the first SDX drop is live. Once it's downloaded - which will be basically instantaneous in this case - you'll be prompted to restart the game to see the new content. You can choose how often the game looks for new SDX drops, or whether it downloads them automatically, from the options menu.
The first drop, which should be available now, is a new hairstyle. You can see what it looks like above, and that's pretty much all the help you're going to get finding it in create-a-Sim - there doesn't appear to be any clear highlight of the new addition in-game.Best Sims 4 mods, Best Sims 4 sex mods, Play The Sims 4
PCGamesN Tuesday, December 7, 2021 5:20 PM
A new Season One of Call of Duty: Warzone is about to begin, and this time it's a big one. The bleak industrial foothills of Verdansk are making way for the vibrant volcanic island of Caldera, a WW2-themed battle royale game map to match this year's Call of Duty: Vanguard. Here's when you'll be able to play on Caldera.
First off, you'll want to know when you can pre-load the update. That begins tonight, December 7, at 9pm PT, which translates to December 8 12am ET / 5am GMT. This is also when Warzone servers will go offline to start the changeover to the new Season 1 and Caldera map.
December 8, players who own Call of Duty: Vanguard will be able to start playing Warzone on Caldera at 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm GMT. These players will have exclusive access to the map for 24 hours, although everyone else will still be able to play on the Rebirth Island map for some 'mini' battle royale action.
PCGamesN Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:55 PM
If you've been keeping bees in Minecraft, you might've noticed that some of the bumbly insects weren't where you left them. It seems that bees have had a habit of disappearing into the digital abyss for some time, but now, at last, a fix is on the way. Minecraft update 1.18.1 will prevent bees from despawning.
According to the bug (ha) tracker, bees inside of hives or nests would sometimes despawn when the world was reloaded. In 1.18.1 release candidate 1, that's been fixed - the improvement should be in the live game soon. Players have been reporting the issue since back in 1.17, and while this won't bring your bees back from the abyss, at least it'll prevent any future casualties.
Minecraft 1.18.1 also revises fog generation, so you'll have better visibility across those vast landscapes. Beyond that, well… It's a pretty minor update, largely focused on stability improvements. 1.18 itself was certainly large enough to justify some time for smaller bug fixes in its aftermath, after all.Minecraft console commands, Minecraft skins, Minecraft mods
PCGamesN Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:01 PM
One of the more ambitious modding projects for Doom II has become its own standalone free game. Ashes: Afterglow now includes two full episodes of post-apocalyptic, Mad Max action, and it's available for downloading if you've ever wanted to drive around through the ruins of Atlanta on a motorcycle with machine guns on it.
Ashes: Afterglow is one of the most convincing throwbacks to '80s B-tier action movies I've ever seen, and it began life as a total conversion mod for Doom II, although it's grown a lot over the course of the past six years. Lead modder Vostyok says it's inspired by Doom's action, the big open Build Engine levels of Duke Nukem 3D, and the vibes of the Stalker series, and you can see that all on display in the trailer below.
You'll have to scavenge and fight your way through the ruins of an America devastated by a cataclysmic nuclear explosion in Atlanta, locking horns with raiders, mutants, vicious animals, and supernatural enemies borne out of the ambient radiation left in the wake of the disaster.
PCGamesN Tuesday, December 7, 2021 2:16 PM
Destiny 2's latest update celebrates the 30th anniversary of developer Bungie, which - younger readers should brace themselves here - was once known best as the studio behind Halo. Serendipitously timed ahead of the Halo Infinite release date, the update is chock-full of Halo-themed easter eggs - including one perfect for a birthday party.
In Destiny 2, you will now be able to find a weapon mod called Sweaty Confetti, which "causes a festive celebration on each precision final blow". In other words, headshots cause enemies to explode in bursts of colourful confetti. This is a pretty clear reference to the Grunt birthday party skull from classic Halo, which provides similar effects on the Master Chief's enemies.
This isn't the first time Bungie has made this specific Halo callback, either. Back in Forsaken, the Last Wish raid had an easter egg which allowed you to replicate the celebratory headshot effect for the duration of that particular content. It's great to see Bungie continuing to have fun with its lineage of FPS games like this.Destiny 2: Beyond Light review, Destiny 2 exotics, Play Destiny 2
PCGamesN Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:23 PM
December is here and full of cheer, so your favourite PC games are getting a winter makeover. Red Dead Online is no different, with Rockstar Games revealing in a blog post that the cowboy game is getting four weeks of bonuses on Moonshiner and Trader Sales, bounty hunting, call to arms, gun rush, and more.
Starting next week, Rockstar says you can expect "flurries in the forecast and celebrations to be in full swing with decorations at your campsite and moonshine shack, as well as on the cobbled streets of Saint Denis". Basically, expect a blanket of fluffy snow and some fairy lights on buildings. Oh, and you're getting carols, music, and season's greetings from Cripps, Harriet, and Gus on your travels, too.
Red Dead Online is also getting seasonal Call to Arms maps, though you'll have to wait until December 21 for that. Check your local inbox when the time comes for telegrams describing "heartless bandits laying siege to the holdouts at Colter, Rhodes, Hanging Dog Ranch, and Emerald Ranch under the cover of inclement weather". It also looks like a festive train will be stopping in the Rhodes and Emerald Ranch amidst the fighting, though it'll just have more dudes with guns - no presents here.Red Dead Redemption 2 PC review, RDR2 PC legendary animal hunts, Play Red Dead Redemption 2
PCGamesN Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:07 PM
City-building games continue to be prolific well past the heyday of SimCity, as the continued success of games like Anno 1800 can attest. Now, Ubisoft is giving you an excuse to dive into the historical series' back catalogue, as Anno 1404 is now free-to-keep for a limited time.
You can grab Anno 1404 History Edition via Ubisoft from now until December 14 at 6am PST / 9am EST / 2pm GMT. Once it's claimed, it'll be in your Ubisoft Connect library forever, just as with any digital game you might purchase. (You can pick up Anno 1404 at a 50% discount right now on Steam, but that version still activates through the Ubisoft client.)
The History Edition of Anno 1404 was released in 2020 as part of the Anno History Collection, which gently updated the original games to run on modern PCs at current resolutions. Anno 1404 History Edition includes both the base game and the Venice expansion, which adds multiplayer options as well as a host of additional content.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 7, 2021 6:27 PM
The Expeditions series is a mixed or middling bag, but each new entry remains thick with potential. Expeditions: Rome is no different: a sprawling, 50-hour RPG in which you can lead a Roman legion through "Greece, Egypt and Gaul." It now has a release date, January 20th 2022, and a new trailer below.
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I fell mushy, gooey, sweaty in love with Thirty Flights Of Loving from the first time I played it. It's a rapid-fire, magical realistic heist game, which tells its short story using smash cuts, flashbacks, and no dialogue.
It is now nine years old, and so of course it's received a 9th anniversary update. It has been "updated for modern operating systems", with menu, HUD and UI fixes, and Mac and Linux ports. Lovely.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:09 PM
Yesterday, more than 60 employees of Raven Software held a walkout in protest of parent company Activision laying off around a third of the company's quality assurance team. Today, that walkout has entered its second day, and spread to the QA departments of other Activision studios including Blizzard.
Twinfinite Tuesday, December 7, 2021 5:21 PM
Kadokawa Games has released new videos of its upcoming mecha strategy JRPG Relayer, showcasing gameplay on both PS5 and PS4.
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Twinfinite Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:59 PM
British publisher Pqube and developer Into Creates announced that the rail shooter Gal*Gun: Double Peace is coming to Nintendo Switch.
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Twinfinite Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:42 PM
Nintendo Switch Adds Regional Most Played Section to eShop; Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny Tops US List
Earlier today, a keen-eyed Redditor noticed that the Nintendo Switch has added a Most Played section at the bottom of the Featured tab in the eShop. Each of these tells players what the software with the highest average playtime over the last two weeks is for each region. The US list of the Nintendo Switch's […]
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Twinfinite Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:15 PM
Last Month, Bioware and Star Wars revealed the release date for their highly anticipated expansion to Star Wars: The Old Republic, titled Legacy of the Sith. In the announcement, the team shared that the newest DLC would be available for PC players just before Christmas. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. In an official […]
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Twinfinite Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:54 PM
Microsoft Flight Simulator F-35, F-16, & Los Angeles Airport Get New Screenshots & Videos; MCAS Miramar Released
Third-party developers had new reveals about upcoming add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator, mostly focused on the military side of simulation.
Twinfinite Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:30 PM
Letterkenny fans won't have to wait much longer for the long-awaited next installment of their favorite rural Canadian sitcom, as it was revealed earlier this week that season 10 would be arriving just in time for Christmas. This news came by way of a short called "Katy's Big Tarts," which you can see below. Alongside […]
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Twinfinite Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:11 PM
Ubisoft has officially revealed its plans to bring NFTs and blockchain technology into its games, as the company announced earlier today that the beta release of the Ubisoft Quartz platform would be coming to Ghost Recon Breakpoint on PC later this week. Players can get their hands on Digits, the name for Ubisoft's in-game NFTs starting […]
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Twinfinite Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:09 PM
PlayStation Reveals Delicious Food Inspired by The Last of Us Part II, Uncharted 4, & Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Australian arm of PlayStation has set out to show that the connection between games and food goes beyond snacking in front of the screen.
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When the PSO2 New Genesis Sandstorm Requiem update arrives next week, it will bring new Class Skills for classes, Retem, and World Trials.
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 7:00 PM
Another unnecessary bump in the road It's time to claim the PlayStation Plus games for December, but before we get...
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 6:30 PM
And Wrench is coming along too! She's been a very, very long time coming, but Sky, the bird-loving best pal...
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 6:00 PM
A scheduling conflict appears to have led to a new casting Ron Swanson fans will be pleased. Nick Offerman has taken...
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 5:30 PM
German court rules Nintendo pre-order policy unfair A German consumer group has won its legal battle with Nintendo over the...
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 5:00 PM
You gotta start somewhere Holiday shopping can be pretty difficult, especially when you have really different interests and hobbies than...
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:30 PM
See more of the future of indies Earlier this year, Glitch showcased several games in a stream presentation dubbed the...
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:00 PM
What to know about Ubisoft Quartz and Digits Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently told investors that the company wants to...
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 3:45 PM
More than 35 "show floor"-style game demos will be playable from December 7–21 Not to pile more games on your...
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 3:30 PM
No date for the PC version just yet It looks like Sony is geared up to kick off 2022. Today,...
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And also some really good trailer jams Monark is a new project from former members of the Shin Megami Tensei team, and it's...
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 2:00 PM
Just scroll down from the 'featured' section Stealth-added in a recent update, there's now a Switch eShop most played functionality,...
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 2:00 PM
Slay Bells Nobody loves the holidays quite like a corporation built on the capitalist suffering of the downtrodden, so why...
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:50 PM
The Players' Voice award is now in the final round [Update: The list of nominees for the Players' Voice award...
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Destructoid Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:30 PM
And Xûr got a horse, too Bungie is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and it's doing so with a big addition...
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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 7, 2021 5:30 PM
You'll begin your first Dares of Eternity run after launching Destiny 2 (as long as you've updated the game). Once that's cleared, a new location called Eternity will appear in the Director. One of the selections takes you to Xur's Treasure Hoard. Here's our Destiny 2 guide to help you with the Starhorse bounties, the rewards from Xur, the acquisition of Strange Coins, and the gargantuan treasure chests. Note: For more information, check out our Destiny 2: Season of the Lost guides and features hub. Destiny 2 Eternity and Xur's Treasure Hoard guide – Xur's rewards and Starhorse bounties When you click on the Eternity destination on the Director, you'll see three choices: Grasp of Avarice – This is the new dungeon that can only be accessed if you own the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack. Dares of Eternity – This is free to all players even if they don't own the DLC. Xur's Treasure Hoard – This is ...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:35 PM
Dares of Eternity is a new activity in Destiny 2. It's available to all players, even if they don't own the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack. In fact, you'll jump straight to that activity the moment you launch the game after a recent update. Here's our Destiny 2 guide to help you complete the Dares of Eternity activity and take out various bosses like Crota and Valus Ta'aurc. Note: For more information, check out our Destiny 2: Season of the Lost guides and features hub. Destiny 2 Dares of Eternity guide The Dares of Eternity activity in Destiny 2 is split up into several encounters. There's a lot of silliness involved as you meet a whimsical Xur who now acts like a game show host, as well as his new pal Starhorse. A couple of mechanics also need to be considered. First, RNG determines the mobs that you'll do battle with (seen in the image below). This is due to a spin-the-wheel instance that, upon activation, would select a particular e...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:30 PM
The Halo TV series is on its way, and today we got two teasers on the upcoming Paramount production. First, Paramount offered a short bit of footage, showing off some very Halo-esque scenes. The second tease was that we won't see the rest of the Halo TV series trailer until Thursday during The Game Awards. The video itself is short, only offering five seconds of actual content. But there are some interesting bits to check out. The Halo TV series will star the Master Chief, but he won't be the only Spartan around. And that's a good change. Though the Chief often makes huge waves when he's out solo, he's even deadlier when paired up with a squad of other Spartans. The show will see him alongside a few of fellow Spartan-IIs such as Vannack-134 and Kai-125. We see two of these characters briefly in the video, fully decked out in their Mjolnir armor. The show has been in the making for a while, with a lot of its foundation in place for a couple years....
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:00 PM
Plenty of mystery still surrounds the new Sonic game that Sega unveiled in its Sonic Central live stream earlier this year. A whole host of rumors have alleged several aspects about the game, such as its title and potential open-world structure. But Sega has not officially confirmed any of them. At the very least, it seems likely that the new game will go by the name Sonic Frontiers, at least judging by a recent trademark that Sega filed. We may finally receive more concrete information soon, though, as Geoff Keighley and Sega have both hinted at a potential Sonic announcement at The Game Awards this coming Thursday. Keighley began this new round of speculation on Twitter yesterday when a user asked him if he considers himself a Sonic fan. Keighley went on to respond with "very much so" followed by an 'eyes' emoji, which gaming companies and people close to the industry often use to hint toward or be coy about something. Soon afterward, the official Sonic the...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 7, 2021 3:40 PM
Halo Infinite might be in full swing with the launch of its campaign, but long-time fans might see an old favorite appear in an entirely different game. Destiny 2, given that it's made by Bungie, gets an assortment of weapons inspired by the studio's previous games. One of these is the Forerunner, an exotic sidearm reminiscent of the M6 Magnum from Halo. Here's our Destiny 2 guide to help you get the Forerunner by completing an exotic quest called Magnum Opus. Note: For more information, check out our Destiny 2: Season of the Lost guides and features hub. Likewise, please be reminded that the Forerunner can be obtained by all players as part of a recent update, unlike the Gjallarhorn which requires the Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack. Destiny 2 Forerunner guide – How to get the exotic sidearm that looks like the Magnum from Halo The quest to obtain the Forerunner in Destiny 2 is called Magnum Opus. After clearing your first Dares of Eternity run, go ahead...
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, December 7, 2021 4:19 PM
For those looking to give their game an edge.
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:57 PM
Ubisoft is getting into the NFT trade.
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:21 PM
A great time to jump back into Destiny 2.
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Pivotal Gamers Tuesday, December 7, 2021 1:06 PM
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