May 15, 16:00

PCGamesN Sunday, May 15, 2022 1:17 PM
     Someone's making a Pokémon retro RPG game creator

Do you wonder how Game Freak and Nintendo can crank out new Pokémon games every year? Soon you'll be able to try making them yourself, as a developer is building a Pokemon-style "monster tamer" RPG game maker - and a game to go along with it.

While there are plenty of great building games on PC there aren't too many ways to easily build your own games, least of all RPGs - there's stuff like RPG maker, of course, but it can be both confusing and limited. Now, developer Yanako RPGs is working on a retro game maker called Monster Tamer Maker exclusively to build Pokémon-style monster capture games.

They currently have a Kickstarter in progress, which is over 50% of its goal at the time of writing with nearly a month left to go. This Kickstarter is to raise funds for both the game creator and an original RPG the team is making in it called Dokimon. While the crowdfunding sea can be a harsh mistress, lead developer Yana suggests the Kickstarter is mostly to "assist in funding the artwork so that we can make as much high-quality art as possible" to add to the Monster Tamer Maker.

PCGamesN Sunday, May 15, 2022 12:15 PM
     This Skyrim mod adds the iconic Middle-earth Nemesis system

An upcoming The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim mod looks like it could totally transform it into another popular fantasy game, as it'll bring the iconic Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor Nemesis system into one of the best RPGs on PC - and seemingly expand upon it, too.

Nemesis, if you're not aware, appeared in the two Middle-earth games by Monolith and is basically a system where specific enemies can improve or change based on their interactions with the player - so if a random grunt kills you, it'll get a name and promotion and will recognise you when you turn up alive. Nemesis added real personality to the enemies and an element of randomness to the gameplay.

Now, modder Syclonix is creating a new Middle-earth-inspired mod called Shadow of Skyrim: Nemesis and Alternative Death System, or "SOSNADS" for short (yes, they know). In a post on Reddit, Syclonix offers details on what Shadow of Skyrim will add, including the ability for any enemy who defeats you to get "a unique name, increased stats, and special buff" - including dragons and NPCs. The mod's settings will be customisable, too, and you can check out the menu here.

RELATED LINKS: Skyrim mods, Play Skyrim, Games like Skyrim

PCGamesN Sunday, May 15, 2022 11:07 AM
     Valve is working on a Steam quiz game, not Half-Life 3

It looks like there's a new Valve game in the works, but don't get too excited - it appears to be a Steam quiz game that users can interact with and customise, and will likely be implemented in an upcoming Steam sale of some type. So, not exactly Half-Life 3.

As uncovered by SteamDB creator Pavel 'xPaw' Djundik on the team's official Discord (via TechRaptor), some interesting new Steam code additions - as viewable on GitHub - clearly seem to indicate that Valve is implementing some sort of quiz game to its storefront. While there are some fantastic free games on Steam, this might not be what most people had in mind.

It doesn't appear to be a simple Steam survey, as the code shows the ability to add questions and answers and to allow videos to be played whether players get a question right or wrong - just the fact that there are wrong answers immediately tracks it as a quiz game, not a survey.

RELATED LINKS: Steam FAQ, Steam family sharing, Steam in-home streaming

PCGamesN Sunday, May 15, 2022 10:00 AM
     The next Fortnite skin is a Fortnite streamer

It looks like the next Fortnite skin collab to come to the obscenely popular battle royale game is none other than Call of Duty and Fortnite streamer Ali-A, who will likely be revealed today as the next part of Epic's Icon series - which includes other popular streamers such as Ninja.

Ali-A took to Twitter yesterday with a short animated video, done in the style of Fortnite, to temporarily say "goodbye" and that he would see everyone "in 24 hours" and "when I return, I'll look... different." The video concludes with a countdown - which concludes at 8pm BST today - and the Fortnite Creative map code 5135-8778-2901.

The map is a bit basic right now but includes a silhouette of the skin. While the announcement may happen today, something seems to be going with the map on May 17 - as players have uncovered details about an "Ali-A was here" spray tag that will be given away to anyone who gets 15 eliminations on the map on this date.

RELATED LINKS: Fortnite V-Bucks, Fortnite Skins, Fortnite Creative Codes

PCGamesN Sunday, May 15, 2022 8:08 AM
     Rumour: Halo MCC-style Gears of War collection is coming

According to a new report, Microsoft is planning a Gears of War collection in the style of the popular Halo: Master Chief Collection - which would presumably include at least the original trilogy and bring Gears of War 2 and 3 to PC at last - if the rumour is correct.

By all accounts, the Halo MCC has been incredibly successful on PC, so it wouldn't surprise people too much if Microsoft unveiled something like a Gears of Wars Marcus Fenix Collection at the Xbox Showcase around Summer Game Fest next month. That would be a good deal for PC fans in particular, as the likes of Gears of War 2, 3, and Judgement - by Outriders and Bulletstorm developer People Can Fly - are not easily available on our platform.

The report of a Gears of War collection comes via the latest episode of the XboxEra podcast (thanks, VGC), particularly through leaker Nick 'Shepshal Nick' Baker. Baker had discussed the rumour of a Microsoft series getting a "Master Chief Collection-type treatment" on a previous podcast, but now he confirms it as a Gears of War collection.

Twinfinite Sunday, May 15, 2022 3:03 PM
     Developer O.T.K Games and publisher Rainy Frog announced that the 2D action RPG Sword of the Vagrant is coming to consoles.

Twinfinite Sunday, May 15, 2022 2:10 PM
     The developers of Sea of Stars at Sabotage Studio showcased tons of gameplay of the Abandoned Wizard's Lab area.

Twinfinite Sunday, May 15, 2022 1:07 PM
     Square Enix has finally announced a Japanese release window of The Irregular at Magic High School: Reloaded Memory for iOS and Android.

Twinfinite Sunday, May 15, 2022 9:15 AM
     It's a new day and that means there's a fresh Wordle answer to be resolved. With it being a Sunday, chances are you're trying to solve the brainteaser on one of your day's off. In this guide, we'll be giving you today's Wordle answer for May 15, 2022, so you can keep that winning streak […]

Siliconera Sunday, May 15, 2022 3:00 PM

Reasons Why Ayaka is a Pretty Great Genshin Impact Character

Well, people are in for quite a time in Genshin Impact going forward! Due to circumstances, there current Event Wishes won't be changing in-game for a while. This means Ayaka Kamisato is the featured five-star unit for a time! There's nothing left here but her. Ayaka and the Traveler can be together forever. You know, should someone decide to pull on the banner. Which might work out for a player who isn't psyched about the next five-star, Yelan. There's something kind of enticing about Ayaka being the stay-at-home partner in Genshin Impact. Basically, she's it for a while. So people might wonder if there are any reasons to add her to their party. Well, there are a few.

Ayaka is Easy to Use in Genshin Impact.

People don't need to adjust their play style to use Ayaka. You need to change things up with a catalyst-user with a strange range like Klee or a claymore-wielder like Beidou who excels at counters. Ayaka uses a sword, which is easy to chain into combos. Just keep hitting a button, and she can string up to five hits together. Her charged attack is helpful too, as it deals a flurry of AOE hits in front of her.

Ayaka's elemental reactions in Genshin Impact are also useful. Cryo is one of the best ones out there. On its own, it makes an enemy you're facing use up more stamina. But it works wonderfully with Electro, Hydro, and Pyro. Cryo and Electro leads to Superconduct, which deals more AOE damage to foes and makes them take more damage from physical attacks. Cryo paired with Hydro freezes foes, which makes it easier to defeat a group. Putting Cryo and Pyro together means everything Melts, which leads to attacks dealing more damage. This means she works wonderfully with her brother Ayato and any Electro, Hydro, or Pyro character in-game.

Ayaka also allows for easy application of Cryo on opponents. Her dash attack turns her into an icy fog. Any opponent she runs past gets Cryo applied to them. It also means her attacks deal Cryo damage for a brief time after she stops running. It's a good way to get foes to chill out. Also, her Elemental Burst and Skill both mean she could use the attack, then leave the field if you want to use someone else. Kamisato Art: Hyouka does immediate AOE Cryo damage to a group in front of her, lifting them into the air. Her Kamisato Art: Soumetsu sends what is essentially a brief snow tornado forward to attack enemies for a time. Because she can pop in and out to be helpful, it means she can be in the party and assist even if she's at a much lower level than the rest of your group.

Reasons Why Ayaka is a Pretty Great Genshin Impact Character

Ayaka isn't Demanding.

There are certain pieces of equipment that feel designated for Ayaka. Essentially, you want to focus on improving her Cryo damage, critical hit damage, and critical hit rate. So Mistsplitter Reforged, her signature five-star sword, is ideal. It prioritizes critical damage and offers an elemental damage bonus. But others can be a good fit too. In terms of other five-star swords, Skyward Blade is good due to its increased crit rate, boosted energy recharge, and bonuses for using Elemental Bursts.

Four-star swords you get from quests or events can also work. Amenoma Kageuchi, which can be earned from The Farmer's Treasure quest, helps due to its attack boosts and Elemental Skill bonuses. The Chalk Prince and the Dragon's Festering Desire sword is an option, as it increases her elemental crit rate and her Elemental Skill damage, while making it easier for her to recharge energy. The Black Sword, which comes from the Gnostic Hymn Battle Pass, could be considered as well. This is thanks to its increased crit rate, it boosting her normal and charge attack damage, and its ability to restore her health when she lands critical hits. She's flexible, which is always handy in a game with a lot of characters.

That flexibility also applies to possible artifact sets. Yes, Blizzard Strayer is ideal. It provides a 15% Cryo damage bonus with two pieces and increases her crit rate both when opponents have Cryo applied to them and are frozen. But there are a lot of others someone could go with in Genshin Impact. If you aren't going to have Ayaka on the field all the time, Noblesse Oblige can work. It would prioritize her Elemental Burst damage, while also ensuring her allies deal more damage after she uses Kamisato Art: Soumetsu. If you have a bunch of Gladiator's Finale stuff lying around, that's fine too. She can always use attack and normal attack bonuses.

Ayaka Often Appears in Genshin Impact Storylines.

Ever since Ayaka made her Genshin Impact debut, she's appeared prominently in-game. The heroine is an Inazuma fixture. She first shows up during The Immovable God and the Eternal Euthymia, the first act of the game's second Archon Quest chapter. She's a force of action throughout that chapter, with her influence helping The Traveler through the story.

Ayaka is also one of the five-star characters with her own story quest. Chapter 1 of Grus Nivis is available. If you completed The Immovable God and the Eternal Euthymia and hit Adventure Rank 30, you can undertake it to learn more about her.

Most recently, she was one of the stars of Hues of the Violet Garden event. That's the Inazuma festival added in 2.6. In order to unlock new activities, you had to take part in the True Tales of the Violet Garden quests. She made her appearance during A New Painting in Pale Scarlet and played a part in the rest of that storyline.

T h e r e   i s   N o   O t h e r   O p t i o n .

We don't have any other five-star limited units. It is all Ayaka now. She was supposed to leave again on May 10, 2022. But now she's not! Unless Diluc, Jeane, Keqing, Mona, or Qiqi pity break you when pulling on the banner, she's there. Waiting.

Reasons Why Ayaka is a Pretty Great Genshin Impact Character

Aren't you ready to spend eternity together with Ayaka?

Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices. It will also come to the Nintendo Switch eventually. The Ayaka banner is available in-game for w h o   k n o w s   h o w   l o n g   m a y b e   f o r e v e r .

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Siliconera Sunday, May 15, 2022 1:30 PM

honkai impact felistore

The Felistore will open in Honkai Impact, with plenty of cat-related items to purchase. It will appear for a limited time when Version 5.7 goes live. Fluorescent Cat Balls will be the currency to use in order to purchase items. You can use Fluorescent Cat Balls to buy outfits and Collectors' Cards.

The full details of how to obtain them are on the Honkai Impact website. You get Fluorescent Cat Balls from purchasing bundles, or using Crystals in Supply events. For example, if you spend 2800 Crystals' worth of Supply cards, you can get 40 Fluorescent Cat Balls. Costumes will cost 250 Fluorescent Cat Balls. Outfit options include Orchid's Night, Neon Shade, Old Times, and Summer Night's Dream. Each Captain can only purchase one outfit.

Here are the outfits that you will be able to get in the Felistore when it goes live in Honkai Impact:

honkai impact felistore

Version 5.7 will launch on May 19, 2022, with more content to come than the Felistore. The next update will also bring with it playable versions of Aponia and Eden, who are members of the Thirteen Flame-Chasers. There will also be a new event that lets players earn rewards such as the Gale Hunter Bright Knight: Excelsis outfit.

Honkai Impact 3rd is available for PC and mobile devices. Version 5.7, as well as the Felistore, will go live on May 19, 2022.

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Siliconera Sunday, May 15, 2022 12:00 PM

xenoblade chronicles 3 locations

Nintendo shared some more screenshots introducing locations that will appear in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. Each screenshot also shows some plants and monsters that Noah and friends can encounter. The first locale is the Eagus Wilderness, and the second is the Millick Meadows. Each tweet also features a short blurb describing the areas.

Eagus Wilderness has in the background the Fallen Arm that appeared in previous Xenoblade Chronicles games. You can also see some of the flora and fauna that will be in the Eagus Wilderness.

The second location, the Millick Meadows, is a greener environment considering it is by a body of water. A Territorial Rotbart appears to be in one of the screenshots. That is a recurring Level 81 Unique Monster from the previous Xenoblade Chronicles games. As Nintendo mentions in its tweet for the location, the creatures are not particularly friendly to those walking through it.

Aside from locations, Nintendo has teased information on the plot and characters for Xenoblade Chronicles 3. In early May 2022, it showed off a short trailer featuring Ethel in an antagonistic role against the heroes. In April 2022, Nintendo also showed off the Ouroboros feature. Characters can Interlink in combat to create an Ouroboros.

Xenoblade Chronicles 3 will come out on the Nintendo Switch on July 29, 2022.

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Siliconera Sunday, May 15, 2022 10:00 AM

genshin impact inazuma tourism

The Japanese YouTube channel for Genshin Impact released a tourism video introducing the various locales of Inazuma. Gorou and Yae (with Tasuku Hatanaka and Ayane Sakura providing the respective voices) provide details in-character. The video is almost ten minutes long, and it does not have any subtitles.

Here is the Inazuma tourism video for Genshin Impact:

The characters give their thoughts on Inazuma's future based on the different locales. They also teach the viewer about the region's history and lore. For example, when discussing Ritou, Gorou mentions that he is excited about what sort of place will Inazuma become now that the Sakoku Decree is over. As well, when he introduces Kannazuka, he explains the meaning of the name. Gorou and Yae do not interact in the video, as Gorou flees when he arrives at Narukami Shrine and senses her.

In June 2021, Kaeya and Klee discussed the locations and history of Mondstadt in a similar fashion as the Gorou and Yae one for Inazuma. Kaeya and Klee also did not have any interactions with each other in their video. In their case, it was because Klee could not enter Angel's Share, and Kaeya started his segment there.

Genshin Impact is available on the PS4, PS5, and Windows PC, as well as on Android and iOS devices. Version 2.7 will be delayed until an unknown date, with Hoyoverse providing items such as Primogems and Fragile Resin as compensation.

The post Gorou and Yae Host Genshin Impact Inazuma Tourism Video appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Sunday, May 15, 2022 8:00 AM

D4DJ Groovy Mix Crossover Event with Guilty Gear Strive

Guilty Gear celebrated its 24th anniversary on May 14, 2022. D4DJ Groovy Mix is celebrating it with a crossover with the fighting game series by Arc System Works. Guilty Gear Strive music is coming to D4DJ Groovy Mix weekly until July 23, 2022. A total of ten songs from the game are coming.

The first one added is Guilty Gear Strive's main theme song, "Smell of the Game."

D4DJ Groovy Mix's Japanese Twitter account also revealed the full schedule and tracklist for its crossover event with Guilty Gear Strive.

  • May 21, 2022 - "Find Your One Way" (Theme song of Sol Badguy)
  • June 4, 2022 - "The Roar of the Spark" (Theme song of Ky Kiske)
  • June 11, 2022 - "The Disaster of Passion" (Theme song of May)
  • June 18, 2022 - "Love the Subhuman Self" (Theme song of Millia Rage)
  • June 25, 2022 - "Necessary Discrepancy" (Theme song of Ramlethal Valentine)
  • July 2, 2022 - "What do you fight for" (Theme song of Nagoriyuki)
  • July 9, 2022 - "Perfection Can't Please Me" (Theme song of Jack-O)
  • July 16, 2022 - "Mirror of the World" (Theme song of Baiken)
  • July 23, 2022 - "Drift" (Theme song of Happy Chaos)

Jack-O, Baiken, and Happy Chaos were not part of the launch roster of Guilty Gear Strive. They were added as DLC characters in Season Pass 1.

D4DJ Groovy Mix also saw its first K-pop songs appear recently in March from Yukika Teramoto. Her tracks "Insomnia" and "Loving You" were added to the game.

D4DJ Groovy Mix is available on mobile devices and "Smell of the Game" appeared this weekend, with more Guilty Gear Strive music to appear weekly until July 23, 2022.

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Destructoid Sunday, May 15, 2022 3:00 PM

And it's worth every minute You don't need to have grown up on classics like Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest...

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Destructoid Sunday, May 15, 2022 1:00 PM

Hoof it to Caelid and pray See that giant rotten tree in the Swamp of Aeonia? It turns out that...

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Destructoid Sunday, May 15, 2022 11:00 AM

Chalk Dust It's probably a little early to be declaring it a glorious mid-summer, but that hasn't stopped the retro...

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Destructoid Sunday, May 15, 2022 8:00 AM

Book of the Dead Good morning, good day, good weekend, and welcome to Whatcha Been Playing. Yer boy Moyse continues...

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GameDom Sunday, May 15, 2022 12:43 PM

Welcome to our Carian Study Hall Guide. Carian Study Hall is an optional dungeon in Elden Ring located in the Liurnia of the Lakes area. You may come across Carian Study Hall as you attempt to find access to the Divine Tower of Liurnia. For reference, if you were farming the lone Leyndell Knight at...

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May 15, 06:00

Twinfinite Saturday, May 14, 2022 11:23 PM
     Today Atlus released another daily trailer for its upcoming JRPG Soul Hackers 2, showing one of the demons appearing in the game.

GameDom Sunday, May 15, 2022 3:33 AM

Before attempting Dragonsong Reprise in Final Fantasy XIV, you must know that it is currently the most difficult content to do in the game, but is it worth doing? Is the reward worth the risk of your time and sanity? Screenshots for Dragonsong Ultimate came out years ago, but the content was ultimately delayed due...

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GameDom Sunday, May 15, 2022 3:24 AM

The substats for the Dragonsong Resprise weapons are important to know for when you decide to commit to clearing this hardcore content. While there are those involved with the World First Clears for Dragonsong's Reprise, there's no shame in doing it at your own pace with the right static. Dragonsong Reprise Weapons Substats Now that...

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GameDom Sunday, May 15, 2022 2:27 AM

While everyone is holding back on guides until the last of the World First Racers clear, it's still nice to know what to expect. The Dragonsong Ultimate Bosses are the same enemies you've encountered three expansions ago in Heavensward. The Dragonsong Ultimate Bosses If you've completed the trials and story for Heavensward, then the following...

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May 15, 00:00

Kotaku Saturday, May 14, 2022 7:40 PM

Tragedy struck New York on May 14 as an 18-year-old white male shot and killed at least 10 people in the city of Buffalo, police said. The shooter, whose online username is reportedly "jimboboiii", has been taken into custody after livestreaming the whole thing on gaming platform Twitch, the company confirmed on…


Twinfinite Saturday, May 14, 2022 11:23 PM
     Today Atlus released another daily trailer for its upcoming JRPG Soul Hackers 2, showing one of the demons appearing in the game.

Twinfinite Saturday, May 14, 2022 9:39 PM
     Today Fenix Simulations announced that its Airbus A320 for Microsoft Flight Simulator is at the end of beta, and shared pricing and details.

Twinfinite Saturday, May 14, 2022 7:29 PM
     While the Valkyria Chronicles franchise has been somewhat dormant for four years, it certainly hasn't been forgotten.

Siliconera Saturday, May 14, 2022 5:00 PM

Honkai Impact 3rd wallpaper with Aponia, Eden, and Elysia eating sweets.

HoYoVerse continues to share new items ahead of one of its games' updates. New Honkai Impact 3rd live wallpapers feature 13 Flame-Chasers members Aponia, Eden, and Elysia. The wallpapers are being distributed through HoYoVerse's own N0va Desktop application. They are free to download.

Here is the official announcement, which shows the three available. Only PC and Android tablet owners can use them. They won't work on iOS devices.

The new Honkai Impact 3rd live wallpapers are titled "Aponia Counseling Room," "Afternoon," and "Light." Aponia Counseling Room features Aponia in her Disciplinary Perdition outfit surrounded by six candles. There is a vibe to the scene as if the viewer was meeting with a fortune teller. In Afternoon, the three 13 Flame-Chasers members are eating sweets together. Aponia, Eden, and Elysia are each holding a cup of wine and enjoying themselves. Elysia holds a flustered Aponia's hand in Light. She seems eager to tell her something.

Aponia, Eden, and Elysis are three members of the Thirteen Flame-Chasers who will be featured in the Song of Perdition 2.7 update of Honkai Impact 3rd. Most notably, the Eden Golden Diva and Aponia Disciplinary Perdition battlesuits are making their debut.

N0va Desktop includes live wallpapers for Genshin Impact too. The wallpapers have both desktop and mobile versions to them. HoYoVerse sometimes uses their in-house game engines to make N0va Desktop live wallpapers for their characters. Other live wallpapers on N0va Desktop rely on Live2D for the motion.

Honkai Impact 3rd is available for PCs and mobile devices. The 5.7 update, Song of Perdition, is coming on May 19, 2022.

The post Honkai Impact 3rd Live Wallpapers Feature 13 Flame-Chasers appeared first on Siliconera.

Destructoid Saturday, May 14, 2022 5:00 PM

Cblogs of 5/7 to 5/13/2022 –RoomWithaMoose wonders what the hell is an Immersive Sim. –Humantofu thinks that House of the...

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