May 21, 18:00

PCGamesN Saturday, May 21, 2022 1:25 PM
     Jurassic World Evolution 2 Dominion movie DLC leaks for June

It looks like the first proper Jurassic World Evolution 2 DLC expansion for the management game will be based around the Jurassic World Dominion movie and called 'Biosyn' - and is currently down for a release next month, just after the film itself opens.

It's one of the best dinosaur games on PC, but other than a few free updates and smaller DLC packs, we still haven't heard anything about the first proper Jurassic World Evolution 2 expansion - or, if developer Frontier is planning any sort of tie-in with the next movie Jurassic World Dominion, out on June 10.

It seems there will, as the unambiguously titled Jurassic World Evolution 2 Dominion Biosyn expansion just popped up on SteamDB, with a release date of June 14. The title is interesting, as Biosyn is a rival company to InGen that played a large role in the original Michael Crichton novels but has barely appeared in the movies - Dodgson in Jurassic Park worked for Biosyn, so it's kind of the source of the trouble in the entire series. It's rumoured that Dodgson and Biosyn will play some part in Dominion, so this DLC might be confirmation.

PCGamesN Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:26 PM
     An Elden Ring fashion show is in the works

There are many great Elden Ring armour sets to try out in the RPG game, and you might get to show them off too in the first Elden Ring fashion show. Unfortunately, it's been held up a little due to "some complications" with the submissions process.

A potential fashion showcase was first discussed last month on Reddit, with users deciding which Elden Ring classes the initial show should focus on. The knight class is up first, followed by the best Elden Ring cosplay - which has already got some fantastic possibilities, from Bloodborne bosses to Jesus. Mods and glitches aren't allowed, incidentally.

You can few the various knight submissions and cosplay submissions already. However, in an update this weekend, Reddit moderator and fashionista Vi_for_Vindictive posted that there's been "some complications with the process" mostly due to the "significant variation between submissions" - with some entrants only offering a single photo, whereas others presented an entire album. Unfortunately, they've had trouble getting in touch with the entrants, so it seems the first show is delayed for a little while longer.

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

PCGamesN Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:32 AM
     This Minecraft flying mod lets you ride on phantoms

Minecraft allows many wondrous things like making it home to your Dungeons & Dragons game or modding it into a blocky version of Elden Ring. While right now players can only ride on ground-based creatures, one Redditor decided to make a Minecraft flying mod to take to the skies as a winged phantom.

Ameito on Reddit looked at the building game and decided that players should be allowed to mount winged creatures. There are multiple flying Minecraft mobs and Ameito chose the phantom for this experiment. The phantom is an undead mob that only spawns if a player hasn't slept or died for three or more in-game days, which is specific enough that some players might have never seen one.

Ameito's mod lets players ride the elusive creatures, using an ender eye to tame them. "When you throw an ender eye to a phantom," the modder explains, "it will kill it and summon an invisible llama and a new phantom with specific tags. The phantom is constantly teleported to the llama position so when you mount the llama, it actually looks like you are riding the Phantom."

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

PCGamesN Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:45 AM
     FFXIV on Steam Deck is now fixed, says Valve

Gabe Newell can relax again, as a Steam Deck FFXIV fix is finally here. The popular Final Fantasy MMO game received an update back in March with a new launcher that stopped Final Fantasy XIV from working on Valve's portable gaming PC - now it seems like it's fixed at last.

According to the latest patch notes for the Proton experimental branch (via Gaming on Linux) - which, of course, is the operating system Steam Deck uses - Valve confirms that the new Final Fantasy XIV launcher should work correctly with Proton and Steam Deck again. While this is only a test update right now, Proton 7.0.2 should go live in due course.

Previously, if you tried to launch FFXIV on the console it would simply hang with no way to progress. It was a little embarrassing having the fantasy game be broken on Steam Deck given that Valve head Gabe Newell was such a cheerleader for it, so it's good that it'll be officially fixed once Valve pushes the update live.

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

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, May 21, 2022 5:23 PM

Battlefield 2042 continues to receive updates as EA Dice attempt to fix a game that felt woefully incomplete at launch. Which makes it a little odd that the marquee change in patch 4.1 is the removal of a feature: Breakthrough mode can no longer be played with 128 players, and is now limited to 64.

Not that Battlefield 2042's website or digital store pages have been updated to reflect that change yet.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, May 21, 2022 4:26 PM

Electronic Arts are allegedly looking for a buyer and have held discussions with Disney, Amazon, Apple and Comcast-NBCUniversal. According to anonymous sources in a report by news site Puck, the conversations progressed furthest with NBCUniversal, but talks "fell apart within the last month," the report says.

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Twinfinite Saturday, May 21, 2022 4:59 PM
     Today Microsoft and third-party developers had interesting news to share aboyt Microsoft Flight Simulator and its addons.

Twinfinite Saturday, May 21, 2022 1:08 PM
     Sabotage Studio released an interesting clip of their upcoming RPG Sea of Stars, showcasing a combo attack named "Solar Rain."

Twinfinite Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:47 PM
     Today Playism announced the release in early access of The Use of Life, while Tokoyo: The Tower of Perpetuity is getting its full launch.

Twinfinite Saturday, May 21, 2022 11:52 AM
     Today Developer SimulaM released a new video of its upcoming Jesus simulator I am Jesus Christ, showcasing more gameplay.

Siliconera Saturday, May 21, 2022 3:00 PM

pokemon best astral radiance cards

The new Pokemon Trading Card Game expansion, Astral Radiance, has a lot of cool inclusions, mostly built around the introduction of Hisui to the world of the TCG. But which are the best Astral Radiance cards? As always, it depends on what you're wanting, but we're here to help no matter your criteria!

The coolest cards

As with the last set, the undeniable coolest cards to pull belong to the Trainer Gallery subset. Starmie V is hanging out in the pool with Misty, presumably chilling between sessions of ruining everyone's first Nuzlocke runs. Flapple looks like it's having a good time with Milo, too. There's also a whole host of Galarian legendaries in the mix this time, like Calyrex V, Zacian V and Zamazenta V.

Origin Forme Palkia and Dialga are certainly flashy presences here. They're big honkin' creatures with big honkin' effects and even bigger and honkin'-er VSTAR forms. We're honestly a bit surprised that The Pokemon Company didn't hold these two back as the centerpieces of their own set sometime later. But hey, we got a new generation on the way soon, so no time like the present, we suppose!

Also the reintroduction of shiny Pokemon to the TCG, now dubbed Radiant, leads to some flashy effects! It's fun to throw down Radiant Greninja, a Basic somehow, and use its turn-Water-energy-into-two-cards power. And, you know, it looks very cool in its alternate colors.

The most interesting cards

As the Pokemon TCG keeps building toward super-powerful Pokemon V, the new Miltank card could be nice to have around. It's immune to damage from those creatures, meaning your opponent will have to find a normal old card to take you out.

Similarly, its Stage 2 status is probably too much of a pain to see competitive play, but Bastiodon reduces damage to your whole party from Pokemon V by 30.

Regidrago might be fun, too? If you put it in your active spot, you can draw up to four cards each turn and really stock up on strategies and resources.

pokemon best astral radiance cards

The most meta-relevant cards

Switch Cart, new to this set, should show up in a lot of competitive decks as a direct upgrade to the standard Switch card. It heals the creature switching out a bit! Not a heck of a lot, just for 30, but when you'd just be using Switch anyway, it's only a benefit.

Irida, while limited to Water decks, will likely also see some play. She can search for a Water creature and an Item at the same time, letting you set up whatever combo you need at the moment. Adaman is theoretically more powerful, letting you grab any two cards, but the huge cost of discarding two Steel energy is going to limit its play.

Gardenia's Vigor will also merit some consideration in Grass decks. Both drawing two cards and letting you play two extra energy? Yeah, that's nice. Especially given how much Grass likes attacks that benefit from piles of energy.

Also, hey, Dark Patch is getting a reprint! The popular Item card will be helping Darkness decks for another generation.

The cutest cards

Unsurprisingly, a heaping helping of cute can be found on the cards of adorable starters Rowlet and Oshawott. They're in their element — literally — and having a good time. Though it's hard to go wrong with a Rowlet, you know?

Eevee, resting in the forest, is as cute as ever. And hey: maybe playable? Its ability lets you search for an Stage 1 and evolve it if it's nearby another Eevee evolution. It won't see competitive play, but it makes a fun multi-Eevee deck a bit stronger. Teddiursa, perching atop a Jubilife Village rooftop, seems to be having the time of its life. It's glowing in the moonlight, and we'd go retrieve it and hug it if we were less afraid of heights.

Special credit, though, goes to the Trainer Gallery version of Mightyena. The dark dog is usually more awe-inspiring than aww-inspiring, but its psyched reaction to being served themed treats really won us over. Sparkles!

The latest Pokemon Trading Card Game expansion, Sword & Shield: Astral Radiance, launches on May 27, 2022. For more, read our impressions of the set.

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Siliconera Saturday, May 21, 2022 1:30 PM

Ninomae Ina'nis Birthday Merchandise Helps You Do Laundry

Ninomae Ina'nis celebrated her "birthday" on May 20, 2022 and, as expected, Hololive announced new merchandise for the Vtuber. While some of the items are expected, a few are a little unorthodox. Among the things people can get are stuff someone would need to do their laundry. That is, a mesh laundry pouch and a laundry bag. Everything is available to pre-order now, both alone and in a set that includes a bonus postcard. It is expected to ship sometime between late-October 2022 and late-November 2022.

The least expensive item in the set is a $4 A4 Magic Clear File. When you place items inside of it, the colors on the front will change. The second piece of birthday merchandise is a big button badge with Ninomae Ina'nis on it. It is $15 and comes with a stand in case someone doesn't want to pin it on something. Her mascot Tako appears as a $19 mesh laundry pouch. Finally, her Laundry Ina Bag is $29. Should someone order the full set, it is $66.

Here's a better look at all of the items in this celebratory collection.
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The Ninomae Ina'nis birthday merchandise is expected to ship sometime between October and November 2022. Pre-orders are open until June 27, 2022.

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Siliconera Saturday, May 21, 2022 12:00 PM

Zenless Zone Zero Hollows and Enemies Teased

HoYoVerse's next game will be Zenless Zone Zero, and a new informational "booklet" explains the Hollows areas areas filled with enemies players will explore. Each Hollow is the distortion that appears in the world. Once inside, there will be anomalies, corruptions, violent humans trying to exploit the area, and enemies like Ethereals and The Corrupted.

The "Survive in a Hollow" pamphlet first explains how the Zenless Zone Zero Hollows in New Eridu work. They can pop up at any time. When they do, from the outside they'll look like a sphere. Inside, there's a resource called Ether that New Eridu employees or Hollow Raiders might extract. That odd air can make it difficult to breathe. Exposure to a Hollow environment can corrupt people.

As for the Zenless Zone Zero enemies, a number of hazards are referred to in the New Eridu Settlers Guide. The Ethereal are native to Hollows. In a way, The Corrupted creatures altered by the environment are too. Some humans will also be inside and hostile, like Hollow Raiders, Proxies, and Thugs. Official New Eridu government employees will also be inside.

Details about Zenless Zone Zero are still trickling out. For example, one of the last announcements revealed Anby. She's one of the heroines folks will meet in the game.

Zenless Zone Zero will come to PCs and mobile devices. A closed beta test is on the way.

The post Zenless Zone Zero Hollows and Enemies Teased appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, May 21, 2022 10:00 AM

mwam final fantasy first soldier

The rock band Man With A Mission (MWAM) will literally be on a mission, due to a crossover event between it and Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier. The event will run until June 2, 2022. When you fight against them, and from the menu screen, you will be able to hear the song "The Soldiers From The Start." This is a song that MWAM composed specifically for the game.

Square Enix first announced this event during its May 19, 2022 stream. According to the lore of the game, the ultimate life form MWAM will appear on the field in order to help with the training of Project 0. The five members of the band will appear as boss monsters in the game. You will be able to find them in special concert-like fields on the map. In these areas, "The Soldiers From The Start" will play.

Aside from being able to fight them, you can also obtain limited Man With A Mission items and emotes. When you log in for the first time during the event, you will be able to get an emote that lets your character perform the choreography for "Fly Again." You can also obtain points that will garner you band merchandise-themed cosmetics for your character or weapons. You will even be able to get the band's signature wolf heads.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier is available for mobile devices. The Man With A Mission event will run until June 2, 2022.

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May 21, 10:00

PCGamesN Saturday, May 21, 2022 8:20 AM
     Total War dev making a

A Creative Assembly Unreal Engine 5 game is in the works, according to a job listing, and it's in "a new franchise". This could be related to the space game the Total War studio has had in production for a while now, the developer's first FPS game since Alien Isolation.

Creative Assembly and SEGA have posted several job listings (thanks, SegmentNext) that confirm the developer is hiring for "a new project, as part of a new franchise". According to the description for a senior gameplay programmer position, the team will be making the new game "on top of Unreal Engine 5". This will be the first Creative Assembly game to use Epic's Unreal engine, in fact.

While this "new franchise" could be the new sci-fi FPS from the Alien Isolation team at Creative Assembly announced in 2018, previous job listings for the game clearly stated that the positions were to work on that title. Unless Creative Assembly is suddenly getting shy, this planned "first title in a major new franchise for the studio" could be something entirely different.

RELATED LINKS: Total War: Warhammer 3 DLC, Total War: Warhammer 3 races, Total War: Warhammer 3 review

PCGamesN Saturday, May 21, 2022 6:33 AM
     Rumour: EA is

An EA sale or merger is reportedly being sought by CEO Andrew Wilson, similar to the deal between Microsoft and Activision earlier this year that saw the Call of Duty publisher get acquired by Xbox's owners. Supposedly, EA is "persistent in pursuing" such a deal and has had talks with NBCUniversal, Disney, and Apple already.

EA has had some turbulent times in the last few years, for sure. The publisher recently lost the FIFA football licence after 20 years, and Battlefield 2042 saw its first season significantly delayed as the developer sought to stamp out its many bugs. Dragon Age 4 has gone through multiple changes and delays, and BioWare's most recent game Anthem was an expensive disaster.

Despite all this, EA's last financial year was still its best ever, with profits up 20% and net earnings totalling around $7.5bn USD/ £6bn GBP. According to a new report by Puck (via Kotaku), the veteran publisher is supposedly looking to follow Activision's example in seeking an acquisition deal, with EA mostly interested in "a merger arrangement that would allow Wilson to remain as chief executive of the combined company" - similar to the original Activision-Blizzard merger, in fact.

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, May 21, 2022 4:00 AM

Wotcha, reader dear. I'm unexpectedly away next week, so you have more time to vote on the latest step towards the single best thing in video games. I am not feeling the 'comparing two similar things' approach I tried this week. How's that meant to settle any serious matter? We tried, and we discovered science was a mistake. But what are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on!

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May 21, 04:00

Twinfinite Friday, May 20, 2022 9:15 PM
     Third-party developers shared announcements and releases of Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons, including another snazzy aircraft.

Twinfinite Friday, May 20, 2022 8:05 PM
     Atlus has released one of its daily trailers focusing on the many demons of its upcoming JRPG Soul Hackers 2.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, May 20, 2022 11:00 PM
     V Rising Dismantle Gear Items Devourer Lidia The Chaos ArcherAs you explore the world of V Rising, you'll pick up tons of loot and increase your gear score. The problem, however, is that there's nothing else that you can do with your old items unless you throw them away or hand them to servants. Thankfully, you'll soon discover a means of getting back some resources. Here's our V Rising guide to help you dismantle items to reacquire materials using The Devourer. Note: We'll have a V Rising guides and features hub soon, so stay tuned.   V Rising guide: How to dismantle items for materials using The Devourer To build The Devourer and dismantle gear in V Rising, you'll need to defeat a boss named Lidia the Chaos Archer. She can be tracked via the Blood Altar, but you do need to have 20 gear score or higher. If she shows up on the list, go ahead and track her. You'll find her patrolling along the path between the small Bear Territory and Bandit Camp areas in Farbane Woods. Both of these locations are so...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, May 20, 2022 10:25 PM
     V Rising Servants Servant Coffin Control Humans Dominating PresenceGiven that you're playing as a vampire in V Rising, you might be wondering how to use your powers of charm and persuasion. Fear not, because you should be able to do just that by following a few tasks. Here's our V Rising guide to help you control humans so you can turn them into servants with the Servant Coffin. Note: We'll have a V Rising guides and features hub soon, so stay tuned.   V Rising guide: How to control humans and turn them using the Servant Coffin Before you can control humans with the Servant Coffin in V Rising, you'll first need to acquire Greater Blood Essence. We discuss that in our Unsullied Heart/Greater Blood Essence guide. As for the Servant Coffin itself, you'll find the blueprint in the Production – Dominance tab. It requires 16x Plank, 8x Copper Ingot, and 1x Greater Blood Essence. After constructing the object, interact with it to gain a power called Dominating Presence. This is akin to a shapeshift/change state abili...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, May 20, 2022 9:40 PM
     V Rising Unsullied Heart Greater Blood Essence Servant CoffinGreater Blood Essence is one of the requirements in V Rising if you're following the main quest. Unfortunately, the game doesn't directly how to get it, and it can take a while before you amass the materials that you need. Here's our V Rising guide to help you get Greater Blood Essence and Unsullied Heart items for the Servant Coffin Note: We'll have a V Rising guides and features hub soon, so stay tuned.   V Rising guide: How to get Greater Blood Essence and Unsullied Heart for the Servant Coffin The task to find Greater Blood Essence in V Rising shows up after you've built a Castle Roof. Specifically, you're asked to construct and interact with a Servant Coffin, which needs that particular item. Before you could make that, however, you'll want to go to the build menu. In the Production – Refinement tab, you'll find the Blood Press (12x Plank and 120x Stone). The Blood Press allows you to convert 4x Unsullied Heart into 1x Gre...