Kotaku Wednesday, February 16, 2022 8:45 PM
For a young up-and-coming NBA player, the phone call telling them they've been selected for their first ever All-Star game can rank as one of the most defining experiences of their entire career. Provided, that is, they're able to pause the Pokémon game they're playing to take the call.
Kotaku Wednesday, February 16, 2022 7:30 PM
I reviewed Crusader Kings III in August 2020 and was about as glowing as I have ever been about a video game here on Kotaku.com. Yet having previewed it, then played it to death for review, when I was done I put the game down and haven't been back to it since.
Kotaku Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:40 PM
While the game has its fans (hi!), there's no escaping the fact that in a wider context Battlefield 2042's launch has been a disaster for Electronic Arts. Fan reception has been hostile, playercounts have dropped like a stone and the company won't even disclose how many copies of the game have been sold.
Kotaku Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:00 PM
The Sims 4 community has been in an uproar ever since EA announced that the game's imminent, queer-friendly wedding expansion would not be released in Russia due to the nation's homophobic federal laws. Today, the publisher reversed its decision. My Wedding Stories will be released in Russia, and it will be "unaltered…
Kotaku Wednesday, February 16, 2022 4:20 PM
The SCP Foundation—the grassroots, collaborative, creepypasta-adjacent writing project that largely inspired 2019 third-person shooter Control—recently removed the image associated with its first and most popular entry, prompting artists to reimagine the monster at the center of one of the internet's favorite horror…
Kotaku Wednesday, February 16, 2022 3:10 PM
Yesterday evening, Nintendo announced that the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U eShops will be ceasing operations indefinitely in March 2023. One terrible consequence of this is that a number of games which are exclusive to the 3DS eShop simply won't be available to purchase, anywhere.
PCGamesN Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:59 PM
Euro Truck Simulator 2 will be a full decade old this year, and in that time, the devs at SCS Software have only been getting better at making more realistic recreations of real-world locations. That's why we're getting this like the Austria rework, bringing old content up to the standards of the modern game. Today, the devs have shown off a bit of their second attempt at Vienna.
"As the largest city in Austria, recreating this historic capital and important truck routes was by no means an easy task," the devs say in the announcement. "Since the release of ETS2 in 2012, time, tools, skills and technology have changed significantly, allowing our teams to create a more realistic and detailed recreation. Some of the detailed parts of Vienna you will be able to see and drive past include The Wiental and Danube Canal, which was a challenging addition for our map team."
Relevant for the truckers, you'll also find a new industrial area south of Vienna "including an oil refinery, warehouses, and a supermarket", all of which should provide some more distinctive pickup and delivery locations.Euro Truck Simulator 2 system requirements, Best VR games, How to set up your Oculus Rift
PCGamesN Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:04 PM
Are you looking at the success of Yu-Gi-Oh: Master Duel and wondering when that other big anime-adjacent card game you remember from the 90s and early 2000s is going to get a similar treatment? The Pokémon Company announced Pokémon TCG Live last year, and it looks like it's getting nearer to release. Some of you will even be able to play it as soon as next week.
A "limited beta" for Pokémon TCG Live kicks off in Canada on Tuesday, February 22 at 12pm PST / 3pm EST. It'll be available on PC (both Windows and Mac) as well as iOS and Android devices, with cross-play across all the clients. The devs say that "Canada is the only market identified for limited beta launch at this time" in an official FAQ, but don't rule out beta access for other regions in the future.
Progress from the beta will carry forward into the full game at its global, free-to-play launch. And if the devs are already committing to saves carrying forward, hopefully it won't be too long before that full launch arrives.
PCGamesN Wednesday, February 16, 2022 5:36 PM
Ever since Super Mario Maker debuted on Nintendo's WiiU, players have been clamouring for a Zelda-themed version that would allow them to create their very own dungeons to share and explore with others. Super Dungeon Maker is, effectively, exactly that - it's a sandbox game that lets you use all kinds of Zelda-style building blocks, just without the licensed Zelda characters. Instead of playing as Link, you're a chicken - a chicken with a sword.
While you won't find Zelda, Link, or Gannon in Super Dungeon Maker, the trade-off is that you can find it now in Early Access on Steam. You play as a wobbly yellow chicken with a sword who can manage just about anything Link could in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. There are clay pots to pick up and smash, tall grass to cut down, and switches to slap to raise and lower colour-coded bollards nearby.
The best part is that you can make your own dungeons from scratch in Super Dungeon Maker. Once you've cleared the introductory level, you can pop into a sandbox in the town map to build your own challenges, which you can then share with other players.
PCGamesN Wednesday, February 16, 2022 4:32 PM
Last week, EA and Maxis announced that The Sims 4's upcoming game pack, My Wedding Stories, would not launch in Russia, citing issues with federal laws around the depiction of LGBTQ characters. After backlash against the decision from Sims fans around the world, the devs have announced that My Wedding Stories will launch in Russia after all, "unaltered and unchanged".
My Wedding Stories will be delayed by a few days, and will now launch worldwide (including in Russia) on February 23.
"It's equally important for us to stand by our values, including standing against homophobia, and to share stories like this with those who want and need it most," the devs say in the announcement. "With this in mind, we've reassessed our options and realized we can do more than we initially believed and we will now release The Sims 4: My Wedding Stories game pack to our community in Russia, unaltered and unchanged, featuring Dom and Cam."Best Sims 4 mods, Best Sims 4 sex mods, Play The Sims 4
PCGamesN Wednesday, February 16, 2022 4:03 PM
You might know Gloomhaven as the giant box on the shelf at your local Barnes & Noble, as it's a massively successful fantasy board game that began as a Kickstarter campaign in 2015. However, there's also a very good PC edition of Gloomhaven, and that version will be expanding with the Jaws of the Lion expansion in the near future.
Jaws of the Lion originally launched as a standalone addition to Gloomhaven, and was originally a Target exclusive. It's a prequel story to the events of the base game, and it was meant to be an easier introduction to Gloomhaven's complex systems of cards, combat actions, and turns.
The digital version of Jaws of the Lion will work a bit differently. Sold as add-on DLC, you'll unlock its 25 new missions once you've completed the second scenario in Gloomhaven's main campaign. It's adding four new mercenaries: the Valrath Red Guard, the Inox Hatchet, the Human Voidwarden, and the Quatryl Demolitionist. There are 10 new items, 10 new types of monster, and 22 new city events as well.
PCGamesN Wednesday, February 16, 2022 3:03 PM
It's official: the Eve Spectrum will get a glossy coating option on its 4K 144Hz and QHD 280Hz models, making it the first gaming monitor to shed the traditional matte finish. This is something the company first teased back in December after getting its hands on LG's new glossy polariser, and it's not short of demand. Eve held a poll with its community and found that at least 1,417 people are interested in the innovation.
Glossy displays are a dime a dozen in the smartphone and smart TV space, but the reason it's taken so long to come to monitors is because of the additional research and development costs it brings - after all, the old adage does say 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'. What might seem like a simple layer from the outside actually requires fundamental changes to the assembly line, calibration process, and durability testing.
Armed with the enthusiasm of its fans, Eve explains that it convinced LG to take the plunge, and glossy Spectrums are inbound. These include the same specifications we praised in our Eve Spectrum 4K review, including an IPS panel and HDMI 2.1. It might be too much to ask for better DisplayHDR 600 implementation given this is a new finish and not a new model entirely, but the deeper blacks that glossy screens afford might make forgoing HDR a little easier.Best SSD for gaming, How to build a gaming PC, Best gaming CPU
Twinfinite Wednesday, February 16, 2022 8:38 PM
Larian Studios surged in popularity when they released the two Divinity: Original Sin games, two of the best tactical RPGs we've seen on PC in years. Both games were lauded for their quest design, and the freedom that players had to truly do anything they wanted. It came as no surprise when it was announced […]
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Twinfinite Wednesday, February 16, 2022 8:35 PM
Microsoft Flight Simulator Airbus A330, Fokker F28 Fellowship, & Stockholm Arlanda Airport Get New Screenshots
Third-party developers have released new work-in-progress screenshots about upcoming aircraft and airport add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator.
Twinfinite Wednesday, February 16, 2022 8:27 PM
Lost Ark has just gotten its official release in North America and Europe, and it's certainly been a successful launch to say the least. While the game isn't without its little flaws and bugs, such as Crystalline Auras not showing up for some players, not to mention the long queue times for a bunch of […]
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Twinfinite Wednesday, February 16, 2022 7:38 PM
Beijing-based studio ThinkingStars and Lightning Games finally revealed the release date of their upcoming game ANNO: Mutationem.
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Twinfinite Wednesday, February 16, 2022 7:33 PM
Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier Celebrates FFVII's 25th Anniversary With Polygon Characters, Skins & More
Final Fantasy is in the battle royale business now too. Released a few months back, Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier is a mobile game based in the world of FFVII, and is a battle royale game where –you guessed it– you're tasked with being the last person standing as you try to eliminate all […]
Twinfinite Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:50 PM
Rebel Wolves reached out with a press release to announce its formation to the world, under the leadership of Konrad Tomaszkiewicz.
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Twinfinite Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:39 PM
PlayStation has this week announced a pro-environment initiative called the 'Play and Plant Program' that will see three trees planted for every time the 'Reached the Daunt' trophy is unlocked before March 25. A dedicated website provides further detail: For the release of Horizon Forbidden West*, we want to do something to help nature… with […]
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Twinfinite Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:28 PM
Rocket Panda Games released a new trailer of the 2D fighting game Phantom Breaker: Omnia introducing another of the playable characters.
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Twinfinite Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:14 PM
HBO's The Last of Us adaptation is highly anticipated and has been a long time in the making. And unfortunately for those looking forward to finally watching the show this year, an update from HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys delivers some disappointing news. The show isn't expected to air in 2022 and only […]
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Twinfinite Wednesday, February 16, 2022 4:31 PM
Between Dune, Peacemaker, and The Suicide Squad, HBO Max's has been putting out some spectacular content recently. And while this may come as a surprise to anyone that dropped the subscription service after watching The Sopranos or Game of Thrones, loyal fans know that the platform still's got some hidden gems. One of those includes […]
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Twinfinite Wednesday, February 16, 2022 3:29 PM
Today, HBO Max has confirmed that James Gunn's new DC Comics television series, Peacemaker, is getting a second season. News of season 2 came by way of the director's Twitter account, who thanked producer Peter Safran, lead actor John Cena, the cast and crew, and all of the fans for the support. For anyone that […]
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Twinfinite Wednesday, February 16, 2022 3:05 PM
Earlier today, PlayStation revealed a brand new gameplay trailer for its upcoming horror game, 35MM. Set in a post-apocalyptic Russia, the game follows two travelers as they document their struggle for survival amidst a harsh wasteland via 35MM photographs. Original a PC title, Sony announced that 35MM would be getting a PS4 port back in […]
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With so many developers embracing queer characters, is there still a place for gay coding in gaming?
What the hell is gay coding? As one of those fellas who likes fellas, I have to feel pretty lucky...
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Destructoid Wednesday, February 16, 2022 4:30 PM
Let the AI take the wheel No Man's Sky got another big update out of the blue today, dubbed the Sentinel...
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Destructoid Wednesday, February 16, 2022 3:30 PM
Legendary series to make its PS5 debut Nippon Ichi Software (NIS) has announced that Disgaea 6 Complete will be coming...
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Destructoid Wednesday, February 16, 2022 3:00 PM
Free codes are available through My Nintendo It may not have that same magical ring to it as Wii Sports,...
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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, February 16, 2022 9:45 PM
Genshin Impact Version 2.5 just dropped, bringing in tons of new content for players to enjoy including a new world boss and playable character. This playable character is the popular and lovable Yae Miko, the overseer of the Grand Narukami Shrine and owner of the Yae Publishing House. As someone with close ties to the Raiden Shogun, Yae Miko is a powerhouse of her own, zapping her foes to oblivion with her Electro powers in the latest Genshin Impact trailer. It's not a surprise her power levels are high. She not only has ties with Raiden Shogun, but other archons like Zhongli and Adeptus like Ganyu. But surprisingly, her life is a little more chill than you might expect for such an ethereal figure, as she trolls her staff with an electrifying story. In the trailer, she tells one of the shrine maidens of her powers, wiping the floor with enemies with her Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst. It's all for the process of writing a story, as Yae Miko is a light novel author ...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, February 16, 2022 9:25 PM
At this point, the 2016 multiplayer survival horror game Dead by Daylight has crossed over with more horror franchises than one can seemingly count. Not only does the game feature characters from popular horror games like Silent Hill and Left 4 Dead, but it has also brought over some truly iconic faces from beyond the world of games, such as Michael Myers from Halloween and Pinhead from Hellraiser. Late last year, developer Behaviour Interactive teased yet another crossover for the game, this time with the esteemed Japanese horror franchise Ringu, or The Ring as people in the West know it. And just yesterday, Behaviour Interactive revealed that, as one would expect, this crossover made it possible to include Ringu's Sadako in Dead by Daylight. According to the developers, Sadako will make her way to the game on March 8, and she will join the title's ever-expanding roster of playable killers. She comes as part of the "Sadako Rising" event, and will go by the n...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, February 16, 2022 8:50 PM
Total War: Warhammer III now lets you build Alliance Outposts to truly bolster your armies. In essence, you'll be able to acquire the units from other factions, adding a lot of variety. Here's our Total War: Warhammer III guide to help you with Alliance Outposts and earning Allegiance Points. Note: For more information, check out our Total War: Warhammer III guides and features hub. Total War: Warhammer III Alliance Outposts and Allegiance Points guide Building and upgrading outposts You can only build Alliance Outposts in Total War: Warhammer III once you've established a defensive alliance with another faction. This will cost 3,000 gold, and it can only be built in a provincial capital that your buddy controls. The Outpost will have three levels, with succeeding ones allowing you to recruit from their global recruitment pool (while also lowering costs). The above is fairly important, since you don't really want to waste your gold on a faction with on...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, February 16, 2022 8:25 PM
Total War: Warhammer III features eight factions and 11 legendary lords that are available by default. Another one can be unlocked later, and there's even a slight twist at the end. Naturally, you might be wondering which one to choose when you're just starting out. Here's our Total War: Warhammer III guide to help you with the best legendary lord for your first campaign. Note: For more information, check out our Total War: Warhammer III guides and features hub. Total War: Warhammer III – The best faction and legendary lord to choose for your campaign For the sake of clarity, this guide assumes that you're either new to Total War (and the Warhammer games), or that you're still on the fence about your ideal character. Granted, long-time fans and veterans would have their favorites by now, and that's fine as well. Don't pick the "monogod" Chaos factions "Monogod" refers to the daemon factions that follow o...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, February 16, 2022 6:03 PM
I've got to be real with you: I don't know anything about Dune. I know there are books that people like. And I know that the guy who was writing them died, so someone else had to finish them. I know David Lynch made a movie with Kyle MacLachlan in the '80s that people are really weird about. And maybe there was another movie recently that was super good or something. Fans who actually know what they're talking about will have even more Dune to look forward to, however, as the real-time strategy game Dune: Spice Wars has just received its first gameplay trailer and some details. Dune: Spice Wars is a strategy game under development by Shiro Games and published by Funcom, a company that's so fun that the word is in the name. As there's a rather famous Dune strategy game from back in the '90s, this sounds like a good move. As the name implies, the game will focus on spice trading, which is apparently a pretty big Dune thing, but don't quo...
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, February 16, 2022 3:43 PM
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Pivotal Gamers Wednesday, February 16, 2022 4:21 PM
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MonsterVine Wednesday, February 16, 2022 8:09 PM
Fast-growing streaming platform Trovo has announced that it will be implementing StreamLabs integration to provide creators with all sorts of new options. The platform has more than 5 million monthly active users, 30 million monthly hours watched and over 600,000 content creators. Trovo states that this move is the "first step in a long-term commitment […]