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Kotaku Tuesday, May 10, 2022 2:30 PM

According to the fiscal report that Nintendo released today, Pokémon Legends: Arceus sold 12.64 million units last year. While it doesn't usurp Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl's combined sales figure of 14.65 million, it's nevertheless impressive for an original title that deviated so far from every…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 10, 2022 2:10 PM

Today, in its annual earnings statement, Nintendo cited the ongoing chip shortage as a reason for a precipitous annual dip in Switch hardware sales…while in the same breath saying it hit company targets. Well, technically.


Kotaku Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:55 PM

You lay your final blows on the galactic Elden Beast and welcome in an age of your choosing to the troubled Lands Between. The screen fades to black, the credits start to rain down, and as you listen to Elden Ring's full-bodied orchestra one last time, you know that you did good. Alternatively, you got bored of dying…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:40 PM

During an Overwatch League (OWL) qualifier match between the Florida Mayhem and the Paris Eternals, Mayhem pulled off a galaxy-brained strategy that was so innovative it was deemed an 'illegal maneuver' by the OWL.


Kotaku Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:00 PM

Off the top of your head, what's the best way to increase immersion while using virtual reality? Flawless, controller-free hand tracking? Direct brain integration? Maybe some kind of smell-o-vision? Nope, sorry, the answer we're looking for is "literally being able to feel spiders crawling on your face."


Kotaku Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:45 PM

Next year's FIFA won't be called FIFA anymore, EA announced Tuesday. The mega sports franchise is parting ways with soccer's international governing body and will be renamed EA Sports FC, but EA promises nothing else will change.


Kotaku Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:15 PM

Last month, Ben was riding on the last train home from a concert, when he spotted an odd little black object on the floor. It turned out to be a left-behind Nintendogs DS game cartridge. After getting back home, he got it to work and discovered two lost pups inside the game. His tale of rescuing these abandoned…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:55 AM

We're over a year into the PlayStation 5's lifecycle and Sony still can't make anywhere near enough of them. It hopes that could change soon. The company is promising to sell 18 million more PS5s in the next year if the current covid lockdown in China only lasts a couple of months. With the global pandemic continuing…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:05 AM

Starting out in 2011 as a mod for Half-Life 2 before getting its own Source engine release on Steam as a standalone game just two years later, The Stanley Parable has become an undeniable classic. Its bizarre premise of the titular character stuck in an office, hopelessly navigating a labyrinth of cubicles, hallways,…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:50 AM

Developer WB Games Montreal dropped a new Gotham Knights video showing gameplay for Nightwing and Red Hood, two of the four playable characters. It's somewhat in-depth, highlighting both heroes' combat skills, the game's various modes of travel, and some unlockable gear. The studio also gave an update on the…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:25 AM

If you were holding your breath for news of Mario Kart 9, you might as well exhale. The racer's immediate predecessor, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, is still one of publisher Nintendo's best-selling games on Switch. It has sold a hair short of 10 million copies over the past year, according to an earnings statement published…


Kotaku Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:30 AM

It's not often that you see someone boldly call out Souls players for the silly habits they've learned over the years, but this Elden Ring account is doing so with gusto.


PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:20 PM
     FIFA 23 is dead, long live EA Sports FC

It's been coming for a while, but today it's official: EA Sports and FIFA are breaking up. The games publisher and the global governance body for soccer have formally abandoned negotiations to strike a new partnership deal, which means the massively popular football game series they've collaborated on for more than 20 years is getting a new name - FIFA 23 will now be called EA Sports FC.

That's a name EA Sports had sought to trademark last year, and it appears to be the one the publisher will use for its soccer series going forward - around the same time that the company floated the idea to players of dropping the FIFA branding.

As the New York Times reports, FIFA had sought to at least double the $150 million licensing fee it collected from EA Sports for the use of its name in the blockbuster series. However, it also was reportedly seeking to attach its name to additional digital products, such as other games. EA Sports baulked at this, and will go forward with its football series without FIFA's branding.

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:17 PM
     Razer launches a 58g wireless gaming mouse, the Viper V2 Pro

The snakeheaded eggheads have just unveiled the Razer Viper V2 Pro, the company's newest competitor for the title of best wireless gaming mouse at just 58g. The company says it's designed this new clicker "hand-in-hand with esports pros' feedback", boasting some upgrades over its predecessor, the Razer Viper Ultimate. That said, there are some other key differences you should be aware of before adding it to your gaming PC setup.

Aside from being shockingly lightweight, the Razer Viper V2 Pro packs a punch when it comes to other key specs you expect from the best gaming mice. The company has improved upon the design of the Razer Viper Ultimate by implementing new bespoke, optical mouse switches, a Focus Pro 30K optical sensor, and better battery life.

However, some cuts have been made in order for the Razer Viper V2 Pro to achieve its featherweight status. There's no Razer Chroma RGB to speak of and wireless charging support isn't present here. More importantly, the two side buttons on the right side of the mouse have been cut, which may harm its ability to perform as a true ambidextrous mouse.

RELATED LINKS: Razer Thresher Ultimate review, Razer Blade review, Best gaming headset

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:55 AM
     Destiny 2: what is the Nightfall weapon this week?

Want to know what this week's Destiny 2 Nightfall weapon is? Each week you've got a chance at a different weapon for completing Nightfall Strikes, and ever since Season of the Lost, fan-favourite legacy weapons from the original Destiny have been added to the rotation. Two new weapons were introduced into the pool in Season of the Risen, so it's more important than ever to know in advance the Nightfall weapon schedule.

In case you don't know what the Destiny 2 Nightfall weapon means, Nightfall: The Ordeal is a playlist available in the Vanguard menu, alongside the basic Strike playlist. Each week, a different Strike is chosen as the Nightfall, and offered in five escalating difficulties, with harder enemies, challenging modifiers, and enemy power levels cranking up.

The coveted Nightfall weapons have a chance to drop from any Nightfall Strike difficulty, but it's far more likely at higher levels. Your best bet for farming each week's Nightfall weapon is to set the Strike to Master difficulty, according to YouTuber Aztecross. You should also note that there's no automatic matchmaking above Hero difficulty, however, so you'll need to get a squad together.

RELATED LINKS: Destiny 2: Beyond Light review, Destiny 2 exotics, Play Destiny 2

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:25 AM
     Best mouse pad for gaming in 2022

The best gaming mouse pad might feel like an optional extra, but if you've already splashed out on a reliable rodent, it's potentially worth the investmemt. While a decent mat isn't going to transform a bargain bin peripheral into the best gaming mouse, it'll help everything feel a little smoother, especially if you regularly delve into the best FPS games like Halo Infinite and Fortnite.

Even the term gaming mouse pad may feel a little gimmick, especially if you're used to only seeing pads made from fabric or cheap plastic. Yet, the term actually covers everything from extra-large gaming desk mats to elaborate rectangles that are clad in RGB. Some options can even wirelessly charge your mouse, so you won't have to deal with the caveats of cutting the cord.

To help you pair your mouse with an exceptional mat, we've compiled a list of the best gaming mouse pads, including options by Razer, Logitech and SteelSeries. We've even got a cheep and cheerful alternative by Amazon, so you won't necessarily have to pay top dollar for something branded.

RELATED LINKS: Best SSD for gaming, How to build a gaming PC, Best gaming CPU

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:01 AM
     Two Point Studios – a journey from Hospital to Campus

The first-ever W.A.S.D show was a big success, especially due to all the delightful industry insight that was shared during the event. Fortunately, if you were unable to attend we're uploading all of the excellent panel discussions from the PCGamesN Theatre to our YouTube channel for everyone to see, and the latest is a chat with Two Point Studios about its journey from founding to Two Point Campus.

PCGamesN editor Richard Scott-Jones hosts the discussion with Two Point Studios Two Point Studios co-founders Gary Carr, Mark Webley, and Ben Hymers, with a discussion about their decades-long experience in the games industry - including work on the likes of Theme Hospital, Black & White, and Fable - and any choice pearls of wisdom they want to share.

Founded in 2016, Two Point Studios eventually released its first management game in 2018 - Two Point Hospital, a spiritual successor to Bullfrog's classic Theme Hospital. The panel discusses the journey they all took to reach this point, and how that journey continued towards the studio's next game Two Point Campus.

RELATED LINKS: Best indie games, What is W.A.S.D.?, Upcoming PC games

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:32 AM
     The best fantasy games on PC in 2022

So you want to know about the best fantasy games? There's nothing quite like escaping into another world, immersing yourself in its history and people, and getting to grips with your new virtual life. Fantasy games are especially good at offering these sorts of experiences, but the genre is so packed with great adventures that it can be hard to pinpoint where exactly to place your attention.

Luckily for you, we've put together this list of the best fantasy games on PC. As always, we want to highlight a varied selection of titles, from mammoth RPGs to 2D action-platformers. Please don't be alarmed if we've missed your favourite fantasy game – there's every chance that it could be added at a later time.

So, whether you're looking to slay some dragons in a sprawling open world or try something a little stranger, we've got you covered with our list of the best fantasy games on PC. All you need is a sense of adventure and the patience for copious amounts of lore. Let's go!

RELATED LINKS: Best Elden Ring settings, Elden Ring bosses guide, The best Elden Ring classes

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:34 AM
     The best MMORPG – top MMOs you should play

What is the best MMORPG on PC? Is it one with spells to sling and demons to slay? Working your way through the stars as a miner or a corporate bigwig? Solving ancient conspiracies and fighting Lovecraftian horrors? Maybe it's all of them.

But, hey, let's not get ahead of ourselves. What's an MMO, anyway? Well, those oft-used letters represent the words Massively Multiplayer Online, and refer to games where hundreds - if not thousands - of players come together in the same world. The best MMORPG games like World of Warcraft offer new lands to live in, exchanging your regular life for one of adventure, profit, and danger.  

Here's our list of the top MMORPG games on PC, kicking off with a few of the top free PC MMOs. You're sure to find something that will swallow up entire days at a time - be that the most popular MMORPG in the world, a hidden gem with a dedicated community, or even an MMO based on a popular book series.

RELATED LINKS: Best MMOS and MMORPGs on PC, Upcoming PC games, Best fantasy games on PC

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:30 AM
     The best free PC games

Looking for the best free PC game? Whether you're broke or just frugal, free is a price point that appeals to everybody's purse. We've collated the top free games on PC guaranteed to deliver a near endless stream of complementary entertainment. All you need to spend is your time.

To get started in your journey to playing the best free PC games, you need just look at this very extensive list we've put together. Finding these free download PC games reminded us just how far the world has come; you really can get triple-A quality games without spending a penny.

From military to sci-fi to fantasy, from MMOs to block-builders to card battlers, it turns out that zero can buy you quite a lot in the F2P game world – and that some classics are available at the steepest possible discount. From cultural phenomenons like Fortnite, to all-time classics like Team Fortress 2, there are good games for free that suit literally every type of PC player. Here are the best free games on PC, in no particular order!

RELATED LINKS: Dauntless guide, Dauntless Behemoths, Dauntless Exotic gear

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:19 AM
     Someone should mod the golden Nintendo Wii into a gaming PC

The Queen's golden Wii may be a remarkable relic, but whoever can afford the eye-watering price tag should probably turn it into a gaming PC. While retro gamers, enthusiasts, and historians alike are currently bidding for the one-of-a-kind classic console over on Goldin Auctions, opting to transform it into a regal rig could perhaps be enough to convince her majesty to accept the gold-plated Nintendo gift.

Before I attempt to defend the idea of a golden Wii gaming PC, it's probably worth explaining what the so-called "Royal Wii" actually is. The unique Nintendo console variant was commissioned by the publisher THQ back in 2009 to promote Big Family Games – a self-explanatory compilation of short burst shovelware. According to the Goldin listing, the company believed "the most important family in the country" should be graced with a copy, but decided it'd have to be paired with an illustrious device to play it on.

Goldin Auctions says the Palace's strict gift policies meant the Golden Wii was boomeranged back to THQ, and was eventually scooped up by a collector following the publisher's 2012 bankruptcy. At the moment, bids for the console sit at $3,250 USD – more than you'd pay for the best gaming PC.

RELATED LINKS: Best SSD for gaming, How to build a gaming PC, Best gaming CPU

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:18 AM
     AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT reviews – our round-up of the scores

The long-rumoured AMD Radeon RX 6000 series refresh is finally here, giving team red's RDNA 2 GPU architecture a new lease of life before its shiny new RDNA 3 cards arrive later this year. To help you decide whether you should seek out one of these pixel pushers for your own gaming PC, we've put together our round-up of reviews for what could be the best graphics cards from AMD.

There are three new AMD Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards launching today: the 6650 XT, 6750 XT, and 6950 XT. The main differences between these GPUs and their elder siblings can be found in their clock speeds and memory bandwidth, which should translate into greater performance.

Naturally, this increase in horsepower comes at a cost, as these new models carry an added premium of $20-$100. Despite this price increase, the graphics cards may offer better value compared to their Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 competition, especially if AMD can keep prices close to MSRP.

RELATED LINKS: Zen 4 CPUs - everything we know, RDNA 3 GPUs - everything we know, Best gaming CPU

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:14 AM
     The Division 2 Season 9 release time – new update hits soon

After a long wait, The Division 2 Season 9 release time and date is here, and Ubisoft confirms that the first new content coming to the MMO game in a long time will go live later this week - along with a new eight-player co-op game mode called Countdown.

It's been over a year since the supposed "last Title update" for The Division 2, where Ubisoft finally confirmed that it would release some "fresh content" for the live-service shooter later in 2021. It's now May 2022, and Ubisoft is finally ready to release Season 9: Hidden Alliance.

The new season will include new targets and loot, with the True Sons faction descending into Washington. Ubisoft says that players will see True Sons lieutenants take over missions from the main game, which sounds interesting. The update is also adding the previously announced free co-op mode Countdown, where a team of up to eight players is tasked with clearing out a location of enemies and accomplishing various objectives.

RELATED LINKS: The Division 2 PC review, The Division 2 build guide, The Division 2 brand sets

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:05 AM
     Best Warzone Pacific loadout drop: top setups for Season 3

On the lookout for the best Warzone Pacific loadout? Now that the Vanguard Royale and Battle Royale playlists have been merged together to create one unified battle royale game, this means there are over 100 different weapons to pick from to build your perfect loadout drop.

Despite the plentiful ground loot in Caldera's hot zones, you'll want a reliable build to help you take out the opposition as you try to outrun the encroaching gas cloud. Using create-a-class system from Vanguard's multiplayer mode in Warzone, you can customise your weapons with attachments, tactical equipment, and perks to create the best Warzone loadouts.

Our best Warzone Pacific setups differ from our favourite builds for Vanguard's multiplayer mode as they're optimised for Caldera's vast environments. Not only do the weapons in Warzone Pacific feature tweaked stats, we also have to take into consideration Warzone's armour plates and the additional player count. We've used our extensive knowledge of Warzone to pass on our victory prowess to you - use our best loadouts for Warzone Pacific to dominate the competition.

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:54 AM
     The best Warzone UGR loadout

Are you searching for the best UGR loadout in Warzone Pacific? This powerful Warzone gun is quickly becoming one of the best SMGs in Warzone, so here's how to build your setup to get the most from it.

The UGR is a new Black Ops Cold War gun; it has a solid fire rate and high accuracy, making it a worthy contender among the best Warzone guns. You want to use the UGR at close range, but it can span a good distance due to its accuracy, although it does suffer with a low mag size. You can improve this by using Explosive Flechettes which deal explosive damage on impact - though we don't recommend using this ammo type, unless you're carrying throwing knives to finish off downed players. So what is the best UGR loadout in Warzone?

The UGR is now available to players in Warzone and it's simple to unlock, you just need to use an SMG to kill an enemy while a UAV plane is out in 15 different matches. As this is a Cold War gun, you don't need to use as many attachments as Vanguard weapons, so here's how to build the best UGR Warzone loadout.

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:41 AM
     The best Warzone Pacific Kilo 141 loadout

Looking for the best Warzone Kilo 141 loadout? There are a couple of contenders for the title of best assault rifle in Warzone, but few would suggest that the Kilo 141 is worth piling into your best Warzone loadout drop. However, if you pick the right attachments for the job then this maligned AR can perform like one of the best Warzone guns.

The base version of the Kilo 141 is a pretty solid weapon in Warzone, falling just shy of the M4A1 in Warzone in terms of DPS, but outpacing the ever popular Warzone Grau. Use our best Warzone Kilo 141 loadout to try out a versatile array of potential attachments, including a tempting 100-round drum mag. This obviously slows the AR's aim down sight speed significantly, but with a few ADS buffing attachments you can get the ammo capacity of an LMG without the abysmal 'gun ready' time.

We've got a couple of Kilo 141 loadouts for you to try out, one with the drum mag, and another Kilo build that could rival the best assault rifles in the game.

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:22 AM
     Genshin Impact Yelan team – the best team composition

Want to know the best Yelan team in Genshin Impact? Yelan is a new Genshin Impact character joining the anime game, possibly in the Genshin Impact 2.7 update, and is a five star Hydro bow user. Once you've collected Yelan's ascension materials, you should be ready to fight against the strongest opponents the open-world game has to offer.

In order to maximise your damage output using this new five star character, you need to assemble the best Genshin Impact Yelan team. Fortunately, Hydro characters are easy to pair up with thanks to their Genshin Impact elemental reactions which can be triggered effortlessly.

Since Yelan hasn't been released yet and everything we know so far is a result of the most recent beta, some of this could be subject to change. If the leaks end up coming to the full game though, Yelan has the potential to earn a high spot on our Genshin Impact tier list. Make sure you're up to speed on Yelan's abilities, and let's take a look at everything you need to know about the best Yelan team composition.

RELATED LINKS: Play Genshin Impact for free, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:07 AM
     Valorant 4.09 patch notes – Chamber nerf, Fade tweaks

The latest Valorant 4.09 patch notes are here. As we've seen from the recent PBE, they feature a significant Chamber nerf – in particular, towards his Trademark ability. The new agent Fade has also received some quality-of-life tweaks, and you'll soon be able to transfer the lead of your party easier.

Out of all the Valorant agents and abilities, Chamber's Trademark trap can be one of the most equally useful and troublesome powers in the FPS game. Basically, it lets the player place a trap that casts a slow-down field on an enemy after a short countdown. Its power cost is low, making it an all-around helpful ability. A little too useful, in fact.

As Riot describes, Trademark "outperforms other Sentinel tools in both reliability and power", so the team is nerfing it. Trademark charges are reduced from two to just one, the power cost is upped to 200 from 150, and it's louder now too. "This should mean Chamber will have to make a choice based on if he wants to play selfishly around his Trademark, or place it to help his teammates instead."

RELATED LINKS: Valorant characters: all agents and abilities, Valorant tier list, Valorant crosshair codes

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:02 AM
     Gotham Knights gameplay is more RPG, less Batman Arkham

13 minutes of brand new Gotham Knights gameplay reveals our first proper look at Nightwing and Red Hood in action in the anticipated superhero game - as well as details on the first DLC, and a play style that seems more RPG game than Batman Arkham Knight.

Three months after the release date reveal and eight months after the game was last shown off, the latest Gotham Knights trailer reveals a good chunk of both Nightwing and Red Hood gameplay - as well as the UI and various details that make it look more action-RPG than fans may expect.

While the characters move in a quick manner similar to the Batman Arkham games, they also have health bars (and health kits) and special abilities that can be activated - like a neutralising bomb that Red Hood can attach to enemies or Nightwing's cryo attack. There's also better gear to pick up and even item crafting - players gather resources by defeating enemies and can head to a workshop in The Belfry base to craft things like new skins and mods.

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:04 AM
     Minecraft mob list and all new mobs and monsters

Minecraft mobs are the living entities in Minecraft - short for mobile, these sometimes adorable, sometimes you can find aggressive creatures roaming the many biomes of the blocky universe. They will interact and respond to you, other players, and other mobs, whether that's a creeper knocking at your door, or a pig in the pen in your back garden.

Minecraft mobs are susceptible to the same physics and environmental changes that affect players, such as catching fire or drowning. They can be attacked and killed with weapons, and when killed drop resources and experience points, with hostile mobs dropping rarer items on occasion.

In Creative mode, Minecraft mobs will never attack you, but can be divided into three behavioural categories in Survival and Hardcore modes, which include passive, neutral, and hostile. Utility mobs such as the iron golem and snow golem, can be crafted to assist you against hostile mobs. Trusting mobs can't be tamed, but have a special behaviour when interacted with and include dolphins, ocelot, and even the adorable Minecraft fox. Here's a list of all the mobs and monsters that can be found wandering the vast Minecraft landscape.

RELATED LINKS: Minecraft console commands, Minecraft skins, Minecraft mods

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:03 AM
     All confirmed Overwatch 2 maps

Want to find out all confirmed Overwatch 2 maps? If you're eagerly awaiting the Overwatch 2 release date, you may have missed the new confirmed maps for the FPS game. The Overwatch 2 beta also contains eight classic maps which have been adjusted to give them a different feel.

The beta is live until May 17 for a chance to try out the new Overwatch 2 maps, alongside a revamped roster of Overwatch 2 heroes. These maps are available in different modes: Hybrid, Escort, and Push - the new Push mode sees teams battle it out over a robot in a key location, and the team that forces the robot furthest into enemy territory wins the game.

There are four new maps available in the Overwatch 2 beta which we've had a chance to play, including New York, Rome, Toronto, and Monte Carlo - although more locations are confirmed for the final game including India, Rio de Janeiro, and Gothenburg. So, here are all the Overwatch 2 maps we've played so far and what you can expect from each one.

RELATED LINKS: Overwatch 2 heroes, Overwatch 2 release date, Overwatch 2 tier list

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:59 AM
     Turn-based RPGs – the best tactical RPGs on PC 2022

So you want to know about turn-based RPGs? While this list may have a lot in common with our guide to the best RPG games, tactical RPGs tend to focus more on squad-based combat and have roots in the classic tabletop RPGs of old. Games in this niche are often turn-based strategy games, though to make the distinction relevant we're focusing on games with more pronounced RPG features.

Turn-based RPGs are less about the story itself, and more about how your character(s) evolve over time as they interact with the narrative. The nature of progression and the choices you can make means that your abilities and journey may never quite be the same across multiple playthroughs, and unlike traditional RPGs there are more tools focused on tracking these changes and evolution over time. They're also about offering really robust combat mechanics and making best use of your squad as a team working towards a common goal.

Whether you're saving the entire planet or guiding a band of misfits around in a struggle for survival, there are plenty of great options available, so let's take a look at some of the best turn-based RPGs on PC.

RELATED LINKS: Wasteland 3 review, How long is Wasteland 3?, The best RPG games on PC

PCGamesN Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:53 AM
     Minecraft brewing stand and chart guide

If you're new to Minecraft brewing and want to get to grips with the basics - including what on earth you should do with your phantom membranes - we've created a simple guide on how to make potions in Minecraft. Our guide includes how to use a brewing stand, equipment, and key ingredients.

Minecraft brewing can be used to create a vast array of consumable potions that will cause various status effects, such as healing buffs, strength enhancers, and elemental cures for when you take on Minecraft mobs and monsters. All potions created from brewing require a base ingredient, which can then be adapted and enhanced using a secondary ingredient and/or modifier.

We've broken down exactly what you'll need in this Minecraft brewing guide below, including some of the most common ingredients and their effects. We'll start by breaking down the key equipment you'll need to get started on your journey to become a brewing pro before moving onto the ingredients you'll be combining. So, without further ado, here's your brewing primer for beginners.

RELATED LINKS: Minecraft console commands, Minecraft skins, Minecraft mods

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 3:31 PM

There were hints in October last year, but now it's official. EA Sports are ditching the FIFA licence from their ball kicking series, with the game due for release later this year the last to bear to use the FIFA name. From 2023 onwards, the series will be called EA Sports FC.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 2:24 PM

The Samsung 970 Evo Plus is a strong PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD, offering excellent performance and reliability, but it costs $200 on Amazon for a new 2TB model. That's a fair bit, so we were excited to see a refurbished option for $140 at Best Buy. That's considerably cheaper than any other 2TB NVMe SSD on the market, and user reviews on Best Buy paint a rosy picture of barely-used drives whose condition can easily be checked.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:51 PM

The Crucial MX500 SATA SSD is going cheap in the UK this week, as Amazon have discounted the 1TB model to £66 while CCL are selling the 2TB size for £138. Both are the cheapest we've ever seen the MX500, making it a great time to upgrade your desktop or laptop with a reliable SSD.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:13 PM

Inspired by Ready Player One's critical acclaim and the unstoppable rise of cryptocurrencies and NFTs, I'm writing my own dystopian young adult novel about teen rebels who stick it to The Man using the power of the blockchain. While I'm still working on it, publishers and movie producers have already shown great interest. So allow me to treat you, reader dear, to some samples and worldbuilding notes from 1/1, the first drop of the Non-Fungible Future saga.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:10 PM

Shirley Curry, aka the wonderful Skyrim Grandma, doesn't mess about. When asked by a fan during her recent PAX East 2022 Q&A panel about what she'd like to say to Elder Scrolls head honcho Todd Howard if he were here in person, she had one answer: "Hurry up and finish The Elder Scrolls 6." All right, she technically would have said hello first, but the point still stands.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:10 PM

One of my biggest highlights from PAX East a couple of weeks ago was attending Shirley Curry, aka: Skyrim Grandma's panel about her roleplaying adventures in Bethesda's enormous RPG. Despite suffering a stroke just a couple of months beforehand, the 85-year-old YouTuber was on fine form during her PAX East panel, speaking to a packed out theatre of fans and viewers who have spent the better part of six years following her various playthroughs through Skyrim as a multitude of different characters. She talked briefly about her writing and character creation process for her Let's Play-style videos, before spending a whopping 45 minutes answering questions from the audience. These covered everything from her favourite things in Skyrim to her favourite, real-life candy, and also included a surprising number of horror game recommendations. In her own words, she loves stuff that's "weird and creepy", and has recently been looking for something new to play. "I'd really like to play a dark, scary game," she said, and the audience were only too happy to oblige.

It was a truly wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and as soon as it was over, both Liam and I knew it was too good not to share. Here's a written transcript of the entire audience Q&A in full, plus a summary of her opening speech, for your reading pleasure.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:00 PM

Nothing says "family" more than banding together to slaughter a giant sea creature, then using its corpse as a venue for killing each other repeatedly in your bloodsport tournaments. Yes, Apex Legends' 13th season, Saviors, is now live, bringing with it changes to the Storm Point map, and the newest Legend, Newcastle.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:32 PM

Brutal ancient horseracing game Ancient Arenas: Chariots and grand strategy sequel Field Of Glory: Kingdoms and have been revealed during Slitherine's Home Of Wargamers stream today. Both games are still a way off from release, but public betas are quickly charging into view for each of them, with one set to arrive in the summer for Ancient Arenas, and one in the autumn for Field Of Glory. Have a watch of their reveal trailers below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:12 PM

AMD are looking to wring the last few GPUs out of their RDNA 2 architecture, ahead of the RDNA 3-powered Radeon 7000 series launching later this year. They've just announced the Radeon RX 6650 XT, the Radeon RX 6750 XT and the Radeon RX 6950 XT: slightly faster, but more expensive and power-hungry refreshes of the RX 6600 XT, RX 6700 XT and RX 6900 XT models. These latest swings at Nvidia and their best graphics cards are ostensibly available from today, though third-party retail listings are currently hard to find, and AMD's own store only lists the RX 6750 and RX 6950 XT... which are both sold out.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:00 PM

The remake of 1994's 4X strategy classic Master Of Magic should be out in early autumn, MuHa Games and publisher Slitherine announced today. The release window was revealed during Slitherine's Home Of Wargamers livestream, which showed off the game's revamped visuals with some minotaur-on-bear battle action. There were also plenty of cockatrices.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:31 AM

"Check, check." When Eve Online players hear that word repeated in quick succession, they fall silent. They know an important message is to follow, and that everybody in voice chat needs to hear it. Often, when Michael Pusateri is in a work meeting at NBCUniversal that's going sideways, the same comms command enters his head. "Check, check. Shut up, everyone."

"They're all talking over each other and nothing's getting done and it's spinning into chaos," says Pusateri, a VP for Creative Technology who goes by Dunk Dinkle in-game. "Why can't these people who are being paid so much money behave as well as these people who get paid nothing?"

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:42 AM

I'm not really a superhero guy, but I'd say Batman is my favourite of the bunch. He's gruff and edgy and wears a cape well. He's also dead – in open-world action RPG Gotham Knights, at least. "Gah", was my initial reaction, but that's changed to "Oh well" having seen 13 minutes of new gameplay footage showing Night Wing and Red Hood stick it to some thugs. What about four-player co-op? Nope, sorry; it's confirmed only to be two-player, as that's what Batman would've wanted.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:42 AM

Charity speedrunning event Summer Games Done Quick (SGDQ) returns on June 26th, with its first Elden Ring runs on PC on July 3rd. Tunic and Halo Infinite's campaign are also marking their first appearances. Runners haven't gathered in person since Awesome Games Done Quick 2020, but are once again back in riverside Bloomington, Minnesota for SGDQ 2022. Runs are in aid of Doctors Without Borders this time around – Games Done Quick's events have raised more than $2.8 million (£2 million) for that charity to date.

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Twinfinite Tuesday, May 10, 2022 3:30 PM
     Microsoft Flight Simulator is finally receiving advanced airliner aircraft add-ons, but their prices may be shocking for some.

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     Earlier today, it was revealed that Loki Season 2 will start production next month. According to the Film & Television Industry Alliance website, filming for the sophomore season begins June 6, 2022, and is set to take place in London, England. The first season of this Disney+ show debuted back in June 2021, following the […]

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     The list of best Legends in the game doesn't usually change drastically from season to season, but, sometimes, certain buffs or nerfs can send characters up near the top of the rankings, or down into irrelevance. Here are our picks for the best Legends in Apex Season 13: Saviors. Which Legends to Choose in Apex […]

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     Riot Games is back again with another weapon skin bundle for its popular tac-shooter, Valorant. This time around it's called Titanmail. As you can see in the above image, the aesthetic is themed around high fantasy, with the melee weapon, in particular, looking like something out of Warhammer. Unfortunately for those who prefer premium skin […]

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     Bandai Namco announced today that the mobile JRPG Tales of Luminaria will be shut down on July 19 after less than a year of service.

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     Chamber's release last year saw the Agent quickly rise to the very top of Valorant's meta, so much so that he's become a must-pick on nearly every map in both ranked and professional play. Today, Riot Games has revealed changes for the game's latest patch that are aimed at nerfing his impact somewhat; specifically, his […]

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     Today Electronic Arts officially announced that the ultra-popular FIFA franchise of soccer game has a new name.

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     The Underworld is making a few changes to its infrastructure, as Magic Design Studios have just unveiled its brand new update for Have a Nice Death is officially live. Titled Infrastructure Development, this new DLC adds plenty of enemies, challenges, and quality of life changes that fans of this 2D action roguelike will surely love. […]

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     Warner Bros. Games woke up early on May 10 to give us more footage for their upcoming title Gotham Knights. Starring Nightwing and Red Hood, the new gameplay showcases 13 minutes of the heroes breaking down how they play as they look to take on the Court of Owls. The trailer goes into great detail […]

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     Today, alongside a new trailer, publisher WB Games announced that the PS4 and Xbox One versions of Gotham Knights have been canceled [IGN]. Instead, the upcoming superhero game will only release on PS5, Xbox Series S | X, and PC when it releases on Oct. 25 later this year. Gotham Knights and the upcoming Suicide […]

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     Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is the newest movie in the long-running franchise, and it's just been announced that Crunchyroll and Toei Animation are bringing the movie to theatres globally this summer. It will be distributed in North America by Crunchyroll but, internationally, the distribution will be a joint effort between Crunchyroll and Sony Pictures […]

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     During an official live event earlier today, Capcom confirmed that Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak, the upcoming expansion to the popular monster-slaying action-RPG, will be available in 5 different editions. Said expansion is scheduled to arrive on June 30 for Nintendo Switch and PC. Before we get into what each of those editions will offer, it's […]

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     Today, Capcom showed off a boatload of content that fans can expect in Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak during an official digital event on Twitch. During the showcase, a lot of gameplay features were introduced. Some of those new features include improved hunting actions, new monsters, new locales, and new allies. You can check out the […]

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     It's been over 18 months since Riot Games launched its superb tactical shooter Valorant. Several major updates since not only shifted and changed the Agent meta but have also added all-new Agents that have, at times, turned the meta on its head. With the launch of Episode 4, Act II, we're back again to re-rank […]

Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 3:00 PM

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There are times when Kickstarter projects will involve "bonus games" as stretch goals. For example, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night's crowdfunding campaign led to Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is that for Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes. However, while the Inti Creates bonus game is a compelling and rich title in its own right, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is "just okay" and feels like a clunky collection of fetch quests.

CJ is a Scavenger. A tradition in her family is to go on a journey when they come of age. She's searching for a Rune Lens bigger than her father's to prove herself. This trek leads her to New Neveah, a town that had Rune Barrows discovered beneath it. This attracted adventurers in search of treasure to the area, like Garoo. However, something else is going on. Earthquakes decimated the area upon the discovery. Also, the town's mayor disappeared, with his daughter Isha working as acting mayor and trying to rebuild the town and help its citizens. In order to complete her task, CJ will also need to take the townspeople's requests, which will in turn rebuild New Neveah, and head into the Rune Barrows to find her treasure and solve the area's mysteries.

Review: Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is All About the Fetch Quests

This means that players send the trio into environments, beating up enemies with combos along the way. The issue is that there are other games that handle this sort of system so well. Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is one of them. There isn't that same fluidity and natural progression to these continued attacks. It ranges from passable to fine, rather than consistently satisfying. Of course, part of this could be due to the way characters work and are added.

You start out Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising with CJ. She's a quick character with a short-range attack. She only hits directly in front of her. However, her special move lets her quickly dash forward, and later eventually in mid-air. Once Garoo joins your party after a substantial amount of time, you get a slower character with a longer reach that goes in an arch that can hit above him and a parry special move. It also means you unlock the Link Attack that lets you swap between the two for a combo with greater reach and more damage. Filling up the first Stamp Card increases the Link Attack combo by one.

Review: Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is All About the Fetch Quests

But I didn't feel like things really started to click until Isha joins the party. This happens many, many hours into the game. (So many that I started to wonder if she was the first Stamp Card reward.) She's the only ranged unit of the three, with homing spells that lock in on opponents when you're close enough. Which means then you can start getting tactical by using her spell to hit a distant enemy, then trigger the Link Attack to let CJ or Garoo dash close and deal more damage.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising also wastes no time in getting tedious. There is town-building here. But most of the game relies on getting a quest that involves heading into one of two dungeons to defeat certain foes or collect certain items. After which you heading back to the hub to claim a stamp, progress the story, and do it all over again. Due to the pacing, you'll spend hours in the same parts of the Great Forest and Quarry before finally getting Rune Barrows access to a handful of new spaces. Since the a lot of the enemies are palette-swaps and getting certain items for new quests means buying better versions of tools and retreading the same spaces, it starts feeling bland.

Review: Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is All About the Fetch Quests

Especially since there are some light Metroidvania elements. You'll find elemental pillars blocking your progress in areas like the Great Forest and Quarry. You can't get past them unless you get a Rune Lens element, equip the element that matches it, and go back to attack it. Which means if you want to 100% a map, you'll need to get all the elements and go spelunking again. Though getting elements is required to progress the story, you'll at least already eventually get things like the earth rune.

As for the appearance, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising manages to look both interesting and cheap at the same time. The character designs and environments are good! There are some novel ideas. I liked the look of the 3D environments. Except the characters and enemies are all essentially 2D, rigged puppets that look like they were pulled from a mobile game. There are games that handle the juxtaposition of 2D and 3D well. That isn't always the case here.


I get the feeling that unless someone is extremely invested in Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, they won't anything out of Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising. The background it offers for characters like CJ, Garoo, and Isha and the series' world is great! It's pretty valuable, in terms of lore and establishing a mood. But the actual experience is average and takes a while to get interesting. It never really hooked me. Rather, it made me want to go back to other games that did it better.

Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 2:00 PM

Dragon Ball Piccolo Cape

A lucky Dragon Ball fan may soon channel the stern countenance of the Z-Warriors' most dignified member, Piccolo. A promotion on the official Dragon Ball Twitter account is commemorating "Piccolo Day" (May 9th) with a contest. The winner will receive a unique wearable replica of the cape worn by Piccolo and frequently seen in Dragon Ball [Thanks, Game Watch].

Check out the tweet below.

The Dragon Ball Piccolo cape is a one-of-a-kind item, created by hand and crafted to resemble the Namekian champion's distinct cloak. The white cape has a high collar that covers the wearer's chin, with layered cloth that also covers the shoulders and chest. Its stiffened shoulders extend far outward to add presence. The replica itself measures 145cm from neck to hem (about 57 inches) and about 110cm (43 inches) wide at the shoulders.

To participate in the Dragon Ball Piccolo cape giveaway, people need only follow the official Dragon Ball Twitter account and retweet the contest announcement sometime before midnight on May 15, 2022. The winner will be notified via Twitter DM in June 2022, with the prize shipped out in July. Unfortunately for overseas fans, the contest is only open to those with an address in Japan.

The Dragon Ball Piccolo cape giveaway contest is open to those in Japan and runs until May 15, 2022. The next Dragon Ball film, Dragon Ball Super Super Hero, is due out in June 2022. It will feature both a yellow Piccolo and Gohan wearing the cape.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:30 PM

Monster Rancher 2 - Monster Koshien World Battle King of Monster Tournament 2022

Koei Tecmo has opened registrations for the Monster Koshien World Battle: King of Monster Tournament 2022. Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX owners worldwide can enter one of their frozen monsters in the second game. Japanese players who own the original standalone port of Monster Rancher 2 can also join the tournament. The entry system accepts monsters with a maximum total stat value of 2997.

The upcoming tournament also has another notable restriction by banning all Metalner breeds. When Koei Tecmo held the first tournament for the Monster Rancher 2 port in Fall 2020, Metalners dominated the top 8 finals. The company banned Metalners from subsequent tournaments and held a separate exhibition cup exclusive to the breed.

After the registrations close on May 22, 2022, at 22:59 ET, Koei Tecmo will put the monsters into tournament brackets and run the matches automatically. All players who participate in the tournament will receive a certificate on the game page. The company will also award Bronze Medals to the top 64 monsters, Silver Medals to the top 16, and Gold Medals to the top 4 who made their way to the semifinals.

Koei Tecmo will stream the top 8 finals of the tournament on its YouTube channel. In the meanwhile, people can watch the finals of the previous Summer 2021 tournament for reference:

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Monster Rancher 2 is included in the Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX bundle, available worldwide on Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam, and iOS mobile devices.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:00 PM

PS5 Sales

Sony released its fiscal year financial results, covering the period from April 2021 to March 2022. The presentation revealed that PS5 sales have passed 19.3 million units worldwide.

Of this total, 2 million of the units shipped out in the last quarter of the fiscal year. Large as the figure was, it did not meet Sony's initial sales target of 14.8 million consoles. Compared to the same time in the past fiscal year, the PS5 sales for the final quarter of fiscal 2021 fell short by about 1.3 million units. However, earlier reports from Sony suggested that that target would be difficult to meet due to ongoing supply chain issues and chip shortages. Sony did set a confident target for the current fiscal year, though, which ends in March 2023. Its new target stands at 18 million units sold.

Meanwhile, a mere 100,000 PS4s shipped to retailers in the final quarter of fiscal 2020. Shipments of the PS4 dropped by over 900,000 units compared to the year before. Lifetime shipments for the PS4 passed the 117.2 million mark, though. Besides PS4 shipments and PS5 sales, Sony also reported on the state of PS Plus. As of March 2022, 47.4 million users were subscribed to PS Plus. Sony's revision of the PS Plus service will take place through 2022.

Sales of first-party games saw a major leap to 14.5 million sold. That's an 84% increase compared to last year. Sony expects its game and network business to increases significantly through the current fiscal year.

The PS4 and PS5 are available worldwide.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:30 PM

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Movie Global Release Set for Summer 2022

We now know more about the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero global release. Crunchyroll and Toei Animation didn't set a release date yet. However, it did confirm the new Dragon Ball Super movie will appear in theaters worldwide in Summer 2022.

This falls in line with the Dragon Ball Super movie's Japanese release date. A March 2022 hacking incident pushed its debut out of May 2022. As a result, it will open in the region on June 11, 2022.

The details went over some of the regions and how the film will be shown. First, there will be showings of the movie that are both dubbed or aired in Japanese with translated subtitles. Next is that it will appear everywhere. Crunchyroll confirmed people will be able to see it in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America.

There's also a trailer going over what to expect from it. It features Japanese voice acting and English subtitles. Folks can learn about the Red Ribbon Army's "super hero" Androids. Some battle segments with Gohan, Piccolo, Goku, Vegeta, and even a brief peek at Pan.

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero will appear in Japanese theaters on June 11, 2022, and the movie will get a global release in Summer 2022.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:00 PM

Nintendo Switch OLED Sales Pass 5.8 Million

Nintendo updated its Switch OLED sales data in its Fiscal Year Ended March 2022 report. The new iteration of the system debuted in October 2021. Now, we know exactly how it performed worldwide. The system passed 5.80 million units sold globally.

In total, the Nintendo Switch sales are at 107.65 million worldwide. During this past fiscal year, 23.06 million consoles were sold. Of those 23.06 million sales, 13.56 were standard models, 3.70 million were Switch Lite systems, and 5.80 million were OLED versions. This means that the OLED version ended up outselling the Lite variant that debuted in September 2019.

Rather than a Switch Pro, the OLED model is a slightly updated version of the original system. It features an OLED screen, a longer stand, and a dock with wired LAN port. It also features more storage than a standard Switch or Switch Lite, as it offers 64GB of space instead of 32GB.

Nintendo also noted in the report that, in general, Switch console sales went down. Compared to the 2021 Fiscal Year report, there is a 20% difference. The Switch Lite sales went down the most in comparison. While in the 2022 fiscal year 3.70 million units were sold, 8.51 Switch Lites were sold worldwide in the 2021 Fiscal Year.

The Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite, and Switch OLED are all available worldwide.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:30 AM

Metroid Dread Sales Pass Those of Metroid Prime

Among Nintendo's Financial Results Explanatory Material for the Fiscal Year Ended March 2022, a number of new releases' data appeared. This means there's a new sales hallmark for Metroid Dread, and it looks like it beat past best-selling entry Metroid Prime. The Nintendo Switch game is now at 2.90 million copies sold worldwide.

To compare, from what we know of the series' sales figures, Metroid Prime was at 2.82 million copies sold. This would mean that within its first year, Metroid Dread sales surpassed the prior best-seller.

This falls in line with what we already knew about Metroid Dread's popularity, as it hit another sales milestone a few months back. Nintendo announced that within its first three months on the market, it hit 2.74 million.

It also beat sales figures for another recent release in an established series. The report noted Kirby and the Forgotten Land passed 2.65 million in sales.

Since launch, Mercurysteam continued to update Metroid Dread. For example, the first one in February 2022 meant people could access Rookie Mode and Dread Mode. The former is an easier difficulty level. The latter is a more challenging one. This was followed by a boss rush mode in April 2022.

Metroid Dread is available on the Nintendo Switch. Metroid Prime appeared on the GameCube and Wii.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:00 AM

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Switch Pro Controller Revealed

Once again, Monster Hunter is getting a custom Nintendo Switch Pro Controller. This time, it's based on the latest expansion. During the May 2022 Monster Hunter Digital Event, a Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Switch Pro Controller showed up. It will feature the new flagship monster Malzeno.

The Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Switch Pro Controller appeared briefly during the segment. The announcement was more to reveal that it exists and to show off its design. This will be an all black controller. On the front will be Malzeno in silver. There will also be darker black accents to suggest the Elder Dragon is in the midst of an attack. The back of the controller wasn't shown. However, the design did reveal that the grips of the controller will be flat black and not feature any designs on them.
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Switch Pro Controller Revealed

If the Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Switch Pro Controller follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, it will appear when the expansion launches. When Monster Hunter Rise appeared, it got a similar controller. However, its Switch Pro Controller had a gold Magnamalo on it. Hori also released a Split Pad Pro controller with Magnamalo art too.

This is one of quite a few announcements from the May presentation. For example, Capcom revealed Seregios would appear in the expansion. It also went over the new Follower Quests with NPCs.

Monster Hunter Rise is available for the Nintendo Switch and PC. Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak will release for PC and Nintendo Switch on June 30, 2022.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:40 AM

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Follower Quests

Capcom shared more information about Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak during a Monster Hunter Digital Event. This included the reveal of two new subspecies of monsters and the return of the Seregios. However, one of the more notable additions in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak is the ability to take NPCs on single-player hunts known as Follower Quests. The developers revealed that taking on single-player with NPCs will also yield unique rewards.

Additionally, certain Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak NPCs will be available depending on the region you are hunting in for the Follower Quests. For example, Hinoa and Minoto will be able to accompany Hunters when they are pursuing monsters in the Kamura region for theirs. NPCs that will accompany players on them in Elgado, the new region in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, include Fiorayne, Luchika, Jae, Admiral Galleus, and Master Arlow. More characters will be available to select as you progress through the game.

Each of these NPCs will have specific behaviors, and unique abilities. One of these abilities were shown during the Monster Hunter Digital Event, which included a character laying a trap. Also, every character will have their own weapon specialty. An archived version of the broadcast is immediately available to watch. The Follower Quest segment begins at 37 minutes.

Monster Hunter Rise is available for the PC and Nintendo Switch. Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak will release for the PC and Nintendo Switch on June 30, 2022. A Digital Deluxe Edition is available to pre-order. Capcom has shared the perquisites required in order to access content in the expansion.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:25 AM

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Adds Seregios, Somnacanth and Almudron Subspecies

During the May 2022 Monster Hunter Digital Event, Capcom revealed Seregios, Aurora Somnacanth, and Magma Almudron will be in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. All three are monsters familiar to the series. However, while Seregios is a familiar version, these are new subspecies of Almudron and Somnacanth.

First, Seregios will once again use its bladescales to attack hunters in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. It will also have a normal form and a more dangerous "unfolded" one. When this happens, more armored and sharp scales will emerge.

Aurora Somnacanth will be Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak's icy version of the Somnacanth. Instead of an attack that unleashes sleep powder, there will be one that lets out ice breath.

Finally, the Magma Almudron will live in Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak's Lava Caverns. This is, as the name suggests, a fiery version of the Almudron. Magma will be on its tail and deal damage. It will also enter a heated state if it goes into the ground and emerges.

The announcement also went over some details about other monsters. For example, Malzeno can inflict Bloodblight on a Hunter. This means the vampire-like creature tries to tap into a character's life force. If Malzeno "wins," it will take on a more powerful form. Existing Monster Hunter Rise monsters will also be changed if someone takes on the Master Rank version of one. For example, the Aknosom will be able to use backsteps and somersaults, while the Tigrex could use a spin attack.

Monster Hunter Rise is available for the Nintendo Switch and PC. Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak will release for PC and Nintendo Switch on June 30, 2022.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:00 AM

Espeon Will Be the Next Pokemon Unite Eevee Evolution

Another Eevee evolution will appear in Pokemon Unite, as Espeon is on the way. The character was teased back on May 6, 2022. The official Twitter account showed Eevee in front of a decorative screen. Now, we know Espeon will show up in-game on May 16, 2022.

There's no gameplay footage of Espeon in Pokemon Unite yet. The announcement only showed off how the psychic-type will look in-game. It did confirm what sort of role the Eevee evolution will play, though. It will be classified as a ranged attacker. Fellow ranged attackers already in-game include Alolan Ninetails, Greninja, and Pikachu. One of the last recent additions, Duraludon, is also another ranged attacker.

Only one other Eevee evolution is present in Pokemon Unite at the moment. That's Sylveon. It joined the cast in October 2022. Like Espeon, it is also another ranged attacker.

There's another Pokemon Unite update on the way, though it's been delayed. A subscription that would give people gems, Holowear, and license trials were teased. It was supposed to launch in May 2022. However, the official account noted that the launch date was an error and the service is delayed.

Pokemon Unite is available on the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices, and Espeon will appear on May 16, 2022.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:15 AM

May 2022 Nintendo Indie World Showcase Will Appear This Week

Time to learn about more indie games. On May 11, 2022, a Nintendo Indie World Showcase will appear. People can tune in to learn about games heading to the Nintendo Switch at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET/4 p.m. CET/11 p.m. JST. The official site also has the video folks can bookmark ahead of its debut. All regions will show one, with even the Japanese Twitter account noting it.

Here's where you can watch the Indie World Showcase tomorrow.

As expected, we already know about how long the presentation will last. It will be about 20 minutes long. No titles were confirmed. However, all past Indie World streams all involved at least one shadowdrop game that appeared on the eShop later that day. For example, the Chicory Switch port was a December 2021 installment shadowdrop.

We do have a general idea about some titles that could appear this time around. During the December 2021 one, games like Afterlove EP, Aliisha, and Omori could get actual release dates. In the case of Omori, physical copy pre-orders already suggested a June 2022 release window. We could also learn more about anticipated titles like Hollow Knight: Silksong. However, the April showcases also tend to offer an idea of what people could end up seeing for the rest of the year.

The May 2022 Nintendo Indie World showcase will be held at 7 a.m. PT/10 a.m. ET/4 p.m. CET on May 11, 2022.

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Siliconera Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:00 AM

PS3 and Vita - new updates in May 2022 removed PSN account management

The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita received new system software updates that further reduced online account features. The updates brought the PS3 and Vita versions up to 4.89 and 3.74, respectively. However, the new versions lack several features related to PSN account management.

The new system updates removed the ability to create and manage PlayStation Network accounts from the PS3 and Vita. The updates also added a compulsory device password input for users to sign in to PlayStation Network. In the patch notes, Sony recommended that legacy console users use a PC or mobile device to manage their accounts. Its newer consoles, the PlayStation 4 and 5, also still retain the account management features.

Sony originally planned to completely shut down the PS3 and Vita's digital storefronts in 2021. However, it reversed the decision after receiving user feedback, and the PS3 and Vita stores are still available as of this writing.

Regardless of the above, the company is still gradually reducing features on the legacy consoles. In October 2021, it removed PayPal and credit card payment methods which also affected the availability of CERO Z-rated games in Japan. In early April 2022, PS3 and Vita users reported a PlayStation Network bug that caused several game licenses' expiry date to revert to 1970.

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 3:30 PM

M-M-M-Monster Squad If there are two types of video games that are currently running high in proliferation, they are co-op...

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Over 650 million downloads to date Activision has announced that Call of Duty Mobile has been a staggering success for...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 2:30 PM

Smack around vampire dragons with a new Pro Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak is the latest game to get its very own...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 2:00 PM

Another Tales gacha game bites the dust Bandai Namco has announced the sudden closure of Tales of Luminaria, the mobile...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:30 PM

As of May 9, Bandai Namco says they're still being worked on Sadly, Dark Souls PC servers have been offline...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:00 PM

Good God Almighty, They Killed It The book closes on a piece of pro-wrestling history next month, as 2K Games...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:30 PM

Everything else had marginal gains Thanks to the new Nintendo financial update for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2022,...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:24 PM

This year's FIFA will be the last Electronic Arts has announced that its partnership with FIFA is coming to a close. The...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:00 PM

Worst Armor Ever? If you fancy a little bit of olde-wurlde sword-swinging, then you'll want to keep your eyes peeled...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:30 AM

The new official count for Switch hardware is 107.65 million A new Switch hardware milestone has been hit, as the...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:00 AM

Companions are joining the hunt too Capcom hosted a new digital showcase for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak today. It spotlighted some of...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:00 AM

As of today, May 10, 2022 Today Nintendo released its financial results for the fiscal year ending in March 2022,...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:30 AM

No date yet [Update: Capcom has confirmed that the next Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak reveal is coming via a May 10 digital...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:25 AM

Silknone Nintendo has announced that it will be hosting a brand new Nintendo Indie World presentation tomorrow, May 11. The...

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Destructoid Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:00 AM

Gotham Knights is out on October 25, 2022 This morning, as promised, WB Games has unveiled more info on Gotham Knights,...

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, May 10, 2022 2:30 PM
     Bugs Strike Back Grounded Update FeatSome species of bugs in Grounded have their own personal places to hang out. The ants enjoy being near their tunnels, and spiders (gah) can be found by fences and the deep, dark corners of the Earth. Where evil dwells. Generally, only the most aggressive insects will try and pick a fight if you enter their territory. You can also go on a slaughter spree and return to your peaceful camp without much worry. But what would happen if the insects got sick of your trespassing? That's the question answered by the latest Grounded update, Bugs Strike Back. Home may not be as safe after today's update. Developer Obsidian Entertainment has implemented a Faction Reactivity feature, which dictates when bugs will come marching to your base if you kill too many of their species. Based on the announcement, there are certain levels to the feature. The more you terrorize an enemy bug faction, the more Rage builds, and the more likely they'll reciprocate in kind. You can see your relati...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, May 10, 2022 2:00 PM
     Bandai Namco ServersDeveloper FromSoftware and publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment have been riding high thanks to the success of Elden Ring. However, PC players who have since wanted to try the studio's older Dark Souls series have suffered due to the lack of online servers for these games. Thankfully, Bandai Namco is working on the problem. Reddit user Relevant-Heart-1751 reached out to Bandai Namco to ask when players could expect servers for Dark Souls to go back online. Bandai Namco responded by saying that it is "happy to confirm that the developers are actively working on resolving the issue in question and re-launching the Dark Souls servers for PC as soon as possible." This is undoubtedly great news for players that want to play the games online with friends or see funny messages. However, there is still no confirmed date for when this might happen. In the official response, Bandai Namco said, "For the moment, we do not have an estimate of when this is expected to happen."   The p...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:30 PM
     Warzone Pacific Ugr ClassCall of Duty: Warzone Pacific Season Three has introduced an array of new content, with the highly anticipated Operation Monarch beginning tomorrow. Most recently, Treyarch surprised us by adding the new UGR submachine gun to Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Pacific. If you are looking for a powerful UGR class in Warzone Pacific, look no further, as this guide has you covered. Already, the UGR has some desirable qualities such as a good amount of mobility and a steady fire rate. This class focuses on improving the accuracy and range of the weapon to make it an even bigger threat on the battlefield.   Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific UGR class Muzzle: GRU Suppressor Barrel: 10.7" Task Force Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip Let's begin by breaking down the class. The first attachment is the GRU Suppressor, which provides multiple benefits to your gun. You'll experience increased vertical recoil control, bullet velocity, and effe...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:00 PM
     Microsoft Flight Simulator Pc Pmdg 737 Sunrise Rollout (copy)Gamers waiting with bated breath for a new product is nothing out of the ordinary. Long has been the tradition of standing in lines for hours on the release night of a new title. But what about expansions? Those are a little less sought after than full releases, but they can still generate a lot of interest. For simulators, their expansion products, or add-ons, are often treated with the same reverence as the main sims themselves. This is especially true for flight simulators, and the release of the Boeing 737 for Microsoft Flight Simulator by PMDG has proved this. The release of PMDG's new jet was sought after for months by many in the flight sim community, including the team itself. After all, even the developers initially anticipated it would be up-and-running within a few months of the release of Microsoft Flight Simulator in 2020. But, here we are, nearly half-way into 2022 and only now is it taking to the skies — for a fortunate few, that is.   A false start The ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:30 PM
     Rogue Legacy 2 every Heirlooms locations Featured ImageOne of the best additions to Rogue Legacy 2 is the Heirloom mechanic. Heirlooms are artifacts that grant unique abilities required to access certain areas of the game. Heirlooms are given as a reward for completing the challenge chambers found in each biome. The same chambers will always be found in a specific biome. But their spawn point within each biome is randomized in each run. Once discovered, chambers are marked on the map by a bright orange candle. We've listed all Heirlooms in Rogue Legacy 2 and where to find their locations. Note: For more information, tips, and guides about Rogue Legacy 2, check out our guides and features hub.   Aesop's Tome Aesop's Tome is one of two Heirlooms that can be found in Rogue Legacy 2's first biome, Citadel Agartha. This Heirloom allows you to read Memories, which is necessary if you want to understand the game's lore. Those more interested in gameplay will instead want to take advantage of Aesop's T...

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Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Tuesday, May 10, 2022 4:00 PM
     Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in olden times in the Pokemon world when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in the Hisui region, modern-day Sinnoh, you will join the Galaxy Expedition Team (Galaxy Team for short) as a member of the Survey Corps stationed in Jubilife Village. You will be […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Tuesday, May 10, 2022 3:10 PM
     Elden Ring plays host to a myriad of characters. A mix of NPCs, merchants, hostiles, and bosses roam the game world, giving it that feeling of liveliness. But what if there was a character that played more than one part? In comes Patches, an NPC, merchant, and boss in Elden Ring. The name might ring […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Tuesday, May 10, 2022 2:00 PM
     One of the most common items we have in real life is paper. And like reality, the same goes for paper in Minecraft. Paper is known to be one of the most useful and important items in the game, and lucky for us, it can easily be crafted from sugar cane which you can obtain […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:00 PM
     Minecraft showcases many items obtained through crafting, while some items are obtained through other means such as trading and farming. However, some items can be obtained using multiple ways at once. And among those items is a special item called bone meal which can be obtained from crafting and other methods. Bone meal is an […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:00 PM
     Elden Ring is not short on enemies. There seems to be an enemy at every corner, from the raging dragons found throughout the Lands Between to the giant Trolls lurk around. Amongst those challenging enemies is the Night's Cavalry. Although they might seem intimidating, with the right strategies in place, you can beat the Elden […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Tuesday, May 10, 2022 11:00 AM
     In true Elden Ring fashion, you might encounter Erdtree Avatar fairly early in your playthrough. This large headless tree stump-looking creature might be intimidating when you first come across it. The Erdtree Avatar can be encountered in many locations and many forms, both boss and non-boss variants. These optional field bosses are said to be […]

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, May 10, 2022 3:34 PM

Capcom also announced a Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, May 10, 2022 3:11 PM

The game first launched on November 4, 202 for iOS and Android

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, May 10, 2022 2:39 PM

The game will now only be available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, May 10, 2022 1:00 PM

Last month, a Guerilla Games representative wrote a blog post discussing the God of War easter eggs hidden throughout their recent game, Horizon Forbidden West. It was a friendly nod to its PlayStation brethren, however, to some fans, it was a stark reminder of God of War Ragnarok's uneasy 2022 release date. At the time, the […]

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Level Up Tuesday, May 10, 2022 12:57 PM
     After nearly 30 years of partnership, EA Sports and FIFA, the international governing body of…

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     Hot off the heels of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, <a href="" target="_blank"…

Level Up Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:21 AM
     Nintendo has released the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">financial results for its 2021-22 Fiscal Year</a> today,…

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     Sunbreak, the massive expansion to Monster Hunter Rise, <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">is just over a…

Level Up Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:28 AM
     The original Mass Effect trilogy is one of gaming's most celebrated epics, despite the controversial…