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GamersHeroes Friday, May 27, 2022 4:37 PM

It'll be a rumble in the jungle when Green Hell VR launches on Steam June 9.

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GamersHeroes Friday, May 27, 2022 2:09 PM

Ahead of its launch on June 16, HYPERSTRANGE and Paranoid Interactive's viking-themed strategy Frozenheim has received a new trailer.

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GamersHeroes Friday, May 27, 2022 12:59 PM

Get acquainted with Claude and his allies from the Leicester Alliance with the latest trailer for Koei Tecmo and Nintendo's Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes.

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GamersHeroes Friday, May 27, 2022 12:59 PM

Players will be able to hit the pitch with the Mario Strikers: Battle League First Kick demo.

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GamersHeroes Friday, May 27, 2022 11:11 AM

The most attended gaming convention on the West Coast, ReedPop and Penny Arcade's PAX West will make its return to Seattle from September 2-5.

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GamersHeroes Friday, May 27, 2022 11:11 AM

More than 20 years after his debut, Tate Multimedia's Kao the Kangaroo is making its debut on PC and consoles today.

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GamersHeroes Friday, May 27, 2022 10:31 AM

Things are about to get bizarre - Bandai Namco announced today that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R is launching for consoles on September 2.

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GamersHeroes Friday, May 27, 2022 10:31 AM

As most readers of this site are aware, one's teenage years can be an awkward time. Brave Lobster Studios has players (hopefully) reliving these times in New Meaning, a visual novel about a kid who's still trying to find his place in the world. Should players guide this young fellow along in his journey, or does he have some growing up to do?

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GamersHeroes Friday, May 27, 2022 10:11 AM

The team at Creepy Jar has announced that console players can now dive into the first two episodes of Jake Higgins' prequel story Green Hell.

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GamersHeroes Friday, May 27, 2022 10:11 AM

A blast from the past, SNK CORPORATION's BIOMOTOR UNITRON is now available for the Nintendo Switch.

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Kotaku Friday, May 27, 2022 5:35 PM

In recent weeks, WB Games Montreal has been shedding new light on its upcoming Batman game sans Batman, Gotham Knights, and some details have left fans skeptical about the direction the game is taking with Bruce Wayne's surviving Bat Family. First, a 13-minute gameplay video revealed that GK's incarnation of Nightwing…


Kotaku Friday, May 27, 2022 5:10 PM

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, the highly-anticipated sequel to 2019's Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was finally revealed today via a new teaser trailer during Star Wars Celebration. It will be released in 2023 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.


Kotaku Friday, May 27, 2022 2:55 PM

I was horrified by the trailer for Warped Kart Racers, a new kart-racing game that blends together several popular animated shows. But like a terrible car wreck, I couldn't look away from the waking nightmare of Peter Griffin and Hank Hill racing each other in a Mario Kart clone. It was cursed. And yet, now that I've…


Kotaku Friday, May 27, 2022 1:55 PM

Morbius can't be contained. The Jared Leto-led vampire flick has been infecting various pockets of the internet all this week, spreading from Discord to Twitch to Twitter. Now, with a rabid new audience who call themselves "Morbheads," excited by 24/7 broadcasts of the Marvel film from rogue Twitch streamers, the…


Kotaku Friday, May 27, 2022 1:15 PM

It feels like the current console generation is only just getting started, and yet, a corner of the internet spent a good part of this week obsessing over the next iteration, the presumed mid-generation hardware refreshes for Sony's PlayStation 5 and Microsoft's Xbox Series X/S. The commotion is all thanks to an event…


Kotaku Friday, May 27, 2022 1:00 PM

Today, Valve released a highly-anticipated update to its portable PC. SteamOS 3.2 brings a lot of fun changes to both the operating system and the Steam client itself, enabling Remote Play Together, tweaks to some visual and UI elements, and the ability to change the screen's refresh rate The updates to the fan noise,…


Kotaku Friday, May 27, 2022 12:45 PM

Players have been hungry for details about Cyberpunk 2077's first DLC since the game came out, yet nearly 18 months later, the only official news has been about additional delays. But now the dam of secrecy around the upcoming story expansion finally appears to have broken. A dataminer reportedly leaked hundreds of…


Kotaku Friday, May 27, 2022 12:20 PM

If you were wondering what was next on the horizon for the Game Grumps following their zaddy-filled dating game Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator, the answer is a horror game.


Kotaku Friday, May 27, 2022 12:04 PM

The Steam Deck has unquestionably revitalized people's interests in handheld gaming on anything other than a Switch. But had it never happened, 2022 would still have been a year packed with Switch-sized gaming devices, primarily thanks to evolutions in the world of emulation. Right at the front of that pack is new…


Kotaku Friday, May 27, 2022 11:30 AM

In this virtual world, you can dance in zaps of electricity, or in the clouds.


Kotaku Friday, May 27, 2022 10:25 AM

E3? More like E0! That's the sort of total groaner you could expect to hear at an E3 press conference—y'know, if the games industry's historically biggest marketing event was actually happening in 2022.


PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 5:31 PM
     Tarkov-style FPS The Cycle: Frontier release date set for June

Setting foot on an alien world for the first time should feel frightening, and that's the feeling The Cycle: Frontier seems to be going for. A free-to-play PvPvE shooter that takes a few cues from Escape from Tarkov, The Cycle: Frontier's release date has been revealed - it'll be touching down June 8.

Your goal in The Cycle is pretty simple: you land on an abandoned planet, grab all the resources and goodies you can get your hands on, and then catch a ride on the next evac ship off-planet. Easy, right? Naturally, there are some problems: the surface of Fortuna III isn't completely barren, for one thing. It's populated by ravenous wildlife, all of which would like to find out what humans taste like.

The Cycle also draws some inspiration from Hunt: Showdown, in that giving away your position by firing your weapons can be a deadly decision itself. If the fighting gets too hot, you'll alert other prospectors to your location, and they may very well show up to take what you've scrounged.

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 4:53 PM

Phasmophobia update 0.6.2 is going to add some new features to the Early Access multiplayer horror game, and two of those new features are ghosts. Kinetic Games hasn't fully revealed them yet, but they have provided a couple spooky teasers for the new haints that should be enough to get the goosebumps going.

The first of the two new ghosts has a name that starts with 'Mo,' and the smudged paper journal entry on the entity says something about being 'risen from the grave to drain' something - probably energy - from the living. The entry seems to say that its strength is becoming stronger the weaker its victim is, which sounds unnerving. Its weakness has something to do with hyperosmia, which is an overwhelming sensitivity to smell - so, bring along some garlic.

The name of the second new ghost begins with the letter D, and this type has apparently "been eluding ghost hunters for years," according to the journal entry. Its strength is the ability to constantly sense the living, and as the entry puts it, "you can run, but you can't hide." So, this type of ghost will probably always know where you are.

RELATED LINKS: The best horror games on PC, The best VR games

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 3:29 PM
     New World PvP arenas offer unique new rewards

A new battle system has arrived in MMORPG New World, all centred around PvP. As promised on the New World roadmap, The New World PvP arenas and the new PvP rewards track, which offers unique rewards for engaging in a bit of player-on-player brawling.

The new Arena is a team-based mode where two teams of three battle it out in a best-of-five series of bouts. Each round is set to last two minutes, at which point a burning ring of fire begins to close on the arena and push players together until one team is eliminated. It's available from anywhere in Aeternum from the modes menu, but Amazon Games says you can get a quick rundown of the mode by visiting Maximus Marcellus in Everfall.

The new Arenas mode, as well as other PvP modes like Wars and Outpost Rush, all feed into New World's new PvP rewards system. This is a separate rewards track that has its own unique prizes, including new weapons, gear, emotes, and more. Other PvP activities, such as hunting down flagged players and capturing forts, also contribute to the new track.

RELATED LINKS: New World system requirements, New World beginner's guide, New World review

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 2:55 PM
     Elden Ring feels like a classic DnD adventure

The influence of DND games on videogames can't be overstated. However, while many of the best RPGs owe their mechanics to tabletop gaming, digital adventures struggle when it comes to replicating the flair and theatre of a classic DnD adventure. Enter Elden Ring, FromSoftware's latest Soulsborne game that, judging from a few hours with the network test, feels primed to capture the imaginative dramatics of a dedicated dungeon master.

Sure, RPG staples like Baldur's Gate, Divinity, and Dragon Age also emulate tabletop storytelling, and they do it well, but Elden Ring's pacing and atmosphere feel similarly authentic without sticking so rigidly to Wizards of the Coast's fantasy world; wherever you go you get the sense that your adventure would pair perfectly with the scene-by-scene narration of a dungeon master.

There are plenty of similarities between Hidetaka Miyazaki's Soulsborne games and pen-and-paper escapades, however, by embracing a completely open world, Elden Ring becomes a treasure chest of decision-making and opportunity where every vista feels like a fork in the road. Do you chat to the friendly looking pot? Explore the ruins over yonder? Pick a fight with the knight on horseback? Or try to sneak past them?

RELATED LINKS: The best Elden Ring builds, Elden Ring bosses, The best Elden Ring classes

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 2:40 PM
     Lost Ark character creation expert makes Rihanna and Taylor Swift

Lost Ark's customisation options give players a lot of control over their character's facial makeup, and one particularly talented Lost Ark character creation expert is using the MMORPG's toolset to imitate a number of celebrity faces in surprisingly impressive detail. Established players will know that to progress in the late game you need alt characters in Lost Ark, so this should give you a few ideas for your backup creations.

Reddit user Lady_of_the_Sith posted their creations to the Lost Ark subreddit, showcasing almost 20 different famous faces remade in the RPG game's engine. The level of detail is quite impressive, too, with some of the hairstyles matching so closely you can't help but wonder if the in-game models weren't at least partly inspired by their real-world counterparts.

Along with some of the bigger names such as Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Anya-Taylor Joy, there are also some slightly deeper cuts including singer-songwriter Rina Sawayama and Vikings actor Katheryn Winnick. There's also a nod to breakout Resident Evil Village star Lady Dimitrescu.

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

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 1:34 PM
     Get 20% off at the Razer store this Memorial Day weekend

Razer is offering 20% off many of its products across Memorial Day weekend when you spent at least $199 at the Razer Store, meaning you can upgrade your gaming PC setup while saving some cash. Down below, you'll find a shortlist of our top picks for the peripherals you should be aiming to grab, including the best gaming mouse, keyboard, and more.

There are plenty of great options available on the Razer store for you to fill up your basket with, so finding $199 worth of devices shouldn't be too difficult. However, if you haven't already done the maths yourself, you'll only need to part with $159.20 after applying the 20% discount.

So, how do you get in on these super savings? Well, head on over to the Razer Store by following this link, fill up your cart, and the discount will be automatically applied when you get to the checkout. Don't forget to use code CHROMA to grab an exclusive gift too.

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

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 1:31 PM
     Here's where Xur is in Destiny 2 today

Xûr is Destiny 2's Exotic gear merchant. He appears every weekend to sell the game's most coveted items in exchange for Legendary shards, but if you're a casual player with limited shards to spend, it can be hard to know which of his wares is most worth your investment. That's where we come in.

As of June 12, 2020, it appears that Xûr is back to providing random rolls - so the Exotic merchant is providing more excitement than he has in a long time. Xûr appears every Friday at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 6pm BST, and will stick around until the Tuesday reset. We'll update this guide shortly after he arrives, so if you're reading this, you need only read on to learn where he is, and which are the best items he's selling this week.

Now we're in Beyond Light territory, but Xûr's first appearances have been at the usual spots - so maybe don't expect too many surprises from the merchant in the new year of Destiny content.

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

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 1:10 PM
     Valheim Mistlands update will add a magic forge, and shrooms

The Valheim Mistlands update will be introducing the Viking game's first new biome since it launched in Early Access, and that means it's going to include a whole menagerie of new fearsome beasts to contend with. You'll need new gear to do that, and the devs at Iron Gate have provided a peek at how you'll be creating your new arsenal.

The new Mistlands crafting station looks like a cross between a blacksmith's forge and an occult altar in the new piece of concept art the devs have shared in the latest post on Steam. It's semi-circular, with a small pool carved in one side that's connected via a narrow channel to a large pool of molten metal, from which arcane flames lick the air. There's a stone quenching tank off to the right-hand side.

The developers say you'll need this new crafting station in order to create "many of the Mistlands tier weapons." These you'll need, they explain, because "a regular forge can only get you so far, and to battle what you'll find in the Mistlands you'll need something with… a little extra."

RELATED LINKS: Valheim system requirements, Valheim building tips, Valheim progression guide

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 11:59 AM
     The best V Rising weapons and how to get the unique reaper

Want to know what the best V Rising weapons are? There are seven different weapon types currently available in this vampire game, and while it's easy to say that the best ones are the ones with the largest stats, there's a little more to it. Every attack inflicts a proportion of your weapon's physical damage stat, we'll refer to this as 'physical damage' to avoid confusion. Therefore, the most crucial factor for any V Rising build is how much damage your weapon deals with per second.

To make the best V Rising weapons, you need to find materials from all around the game's map. Some advanced weapons require you to slay bosses to extract their V Blood, and perhaps even loot the desirable Orb of Knowledge from high-ranking enemies.

On top of all that, each weapon has two skills. The first one only appears after you equip copper tier weapons or higher, and the second while using iron tier weapons or above. Some skills are better for PvP combat, while others make short work of hordes of enemies in PvE. Depending on what V Rising servers you are playing on, you may have different priorities.

RELATED LINKS: V Rising server settings, V Rising tips, The best V Rising base locations

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 11:55 AM
     Best VPN Extensions to use in 2022

Those who appreciate their digital privacy will no doubt be keen to know which are the best VPN extensions to use in 2022. After all, being able to easily flick the VPN on and off from within your browser means you get to enjoy being discrete, while also being able to quickly switch back to your native connection whenever it is convenient to do so - not to mention the added ease-of-use for split-tunnelling.

So to make your life easier, we've written this article on the best VPN extensions. Of course, there's not one single VPN provider who has some kind of magic, all-encompassing extension that works for all browsers no matter what, so we've put it upon ourselves to narrow down the best VPN extensions for each of the major browsers.

Whether you have a soft spot for Google's own Chrome, are drawn to the vulpine qualities of Mozilla's Firefox, enjoy the sweet internet music of Opera, consider Safari as the apple of your eye, or even live on the edge and browse with Edge, we've got a VPN recommendation for each and every one of them.

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

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 11:42 AM
     The best H4 Blixen loadout in Warzone Pacific

Searching for the best H4 Blixen loadout in Warzone Pacific? The Season 3 Reloaded update introduces the H4 Blixen to the battle royale game, a powerful SMG with an impressive time to kill speed. Warzone Pacific is no stranger to deadly SMGs, with Season 2's best Armaguerra 53 loadout firmly establishing itself as one of the best SMGs in Warzone right now.

The best H4 Blixen loadout stands out from the rest of the SMGs due to its incredible damage output. This SMG arrived at the perfect time, just as the player core health has increased from 100 to 150 across all game modes in Warzone Pacific. When customised using the right set of attachments, the H4 Blixen maintains its damage output while toning down the recoil to make the SMG easier to control.

Here's what you need to do to unlock the H4 Blixen in Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded: get three slide skills in a single match 15 times. Unlocking the SMG might be difficult if you only play Warzone, but you can speed up the process significantly by completing the challenge in Vanguard's multiplayer mode. Once you've acquired three slide kills in multiplayer, simply quit out of the match and head into another one to speed up the process.

RELATED LINKS: Warzone loadouts, Best AR in Warzone , best guns in Warzone

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 11:35 AM
     Jurassic World Evolution 2 Dominion movie DLC leaks for June

May 27, 2022 - The Jurassic World Evolution 2: Dominion Biosyn expansion has now been officially announced.

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 Friday, May 27, 2022 11:24 AM
     Stardew Valley like My Time at Sandrock player count nears 20,000

New game My Time at Sandrock is rocketing up the Steam user charts, nearing a concurrent player count of 20,000 desert-faring adventurers exploring the life simulation game. The spiritual successor to Pathea Games' My Time at Portia, My Time at Sandrock is a game like Stardew Valley that tasks you with building up the town and forming bonds with the residents along the way. In fact, we've already been diving into the My Time at Sandrock romance options to find out who you might be flirting with.

That's a pretty impressive start for the open-world game, which was released in Steam Early Access just yesterday (May 26). The Stardew Valley player count has been hovering around 30,000 concurrent farmers this year, so Pathea Games can take heart in its performance so far.

The Steam reviews are currently averaging at the 'mostly positive' mark at the time of writing, with commenters generally saying that the game feels like a refinement of My Time at Portia. While several reviewers note that they have run into bugs, people seem happy with the developer's response in documenting and addressing common issues.

RELATED LINKS: The best games like Animal Crossing, My Time at Sandrock romance guide, The best life games on PC

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 11:23 AM
     MSI reveals special edition RTX 3080 inspired by AC Valhalla

The RTX 3080 is undeniably one of the best graphics cards you can buy for your gaming PC right now, with manufacturers keen to craft their own Nvidia GPU looks. With this in mind, a new pixel pusher has emerged that should pique the interest of any fans of Assassin's Creed Valhalla.

MSI has unveiled a special edition of its RTX 3080 Suprim X graphics card, inspired by Ubisoft's open-world Viking game (via Videocardz). The pixel pusher swaps out its comparatively plain gunmetal grey shroud for one with a two-tone blue scheme, clearly inspired by AC Valhalla's aesthetic. Look closely, and you'll notice the game's logo atop its central fan, too.

The GPU's backplate has received an Assassin's Creed makeover as well, featuring a turquoise coloured map motif that evokes the game's country-spanning journey across the medieval Norway and Great Britain. However, we think MSI missed a trick here by not swapping out its dragon logo for the AC Valhalla logo, but at least this version of the RTX 3080 retains its RGB customisation features.

RELATED LINKS: MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC review, MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio review, Best gaming motherboard

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 11:20 AM
     Genshin Impact 2.7 preload is now available

The Genshin Impact 2.7 release date is in just a few days, but players eagerly anticipating the anime game's next big update can start downloading it now, as the Genshin Impact 2.7 preload is now available. PC players can continue to play the game while the preload is downloading, so you won't have to step away from the open-world game in the meantime.

The Genshin Impact 2.7 update is set for release on May 31, but players can save themselves time on release by downloading most of the update ahead of time, as detailed in a post on Hoyolab. The update itself comes in at a fairly hefty size, which varies slightly based on platform - for us the resource package to be downloaded comes in at 16.76GB, and requires 35.63GB of free hard drive space to unzip for installation.

Genshin Impact 2.7 features new Genshin Impact character Yelan as part of its phase one banners, as well as a rerun of a Xiao banner. Phase two is also set to feature another new character, Kuki Shinobu, alongside an Arataki Itto rerun banner.

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

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 11:23 AM
     Razer Enki Pro review – a spectacular, spine-pleasing gaming chair

The Razer Enki Pro gaming chair is undeniably a premium perch, but after using it as my daily driver, my spine says it's worth splashing out on. Admittedly, I'm usually the kind of misguided soul that'd repurpose a random box for my gaming PC setup. However, thanks to Razer's swish seat successor, it's now abundantly clear that sitting on something that respects your posture makes a difference.

Naturally, if you're used to sitting on the best gaming chairs, you'll know what the Razer Enki Pro is aiming for. Succeeding the company's original model, the chair is designed to caress your caboose and provide ergonomic support for gaming desk dwellers. Sure, you could say this is what regular old office seats also set out to achieve, but the difference here is that the Enki Pro makes true on its promise.

If you're used to cheap and cheerful chairs, upgrading to the Razer Enki Pro might feel like a luxurious life choice. On the other hand, gaming furniture enthusiasts are going to be well versed with this particular throne's agenda. That said, I reckon Razer's latest take on comfort, ergonomics, and build quality has the potential to win over even the fussiest of seat savants, and a few tweaks might help it reach perfection.

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

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 11:44 AM
     The best V Rising abilities and how to get them

If you want the best V Rising abilities, you're going to have to defeat some powerful bosses first, and there are some abilities worth hunting down first.

V Rising abilities are split into five affinities based on the type of damage they inflict: Blood, Unholy, Illusion, Chaos, and Frost. Blood abilities include lifesteal and healing spells, Unholy focuses on debuffs, Illusion uses magic for teleportation and trickery, Chaos abilities use Chaos Burn which deals damage over time, and Frost causes chill and freeze for crowd control. You can mix and match abilities between these groups to find what works best for you and your build.

There are also three distinct ability types: Basic, Travel, or Ultimate. Basic abilities cover ranged attacks and buffs, and you can equip two at a time. You also get one Travel ability for movement and extra damage, and one ultimate ability, which is usually an effective, deadly attack with a long cooldown. While you might want to go all in around a certain ability type, there are clear winners in each category.

RELATED LINKS: V Rising server settings, V Rising tips, The best V Rising base locations

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 10:59 AM
     V Rising blood essence guide

V Rising blood essence is what makes your vampiric world go around. You use it to keep your castle from decaying, you can replenish your health from it, and it's an essential resource for crafting new gear and buildings. However, it's not always clear in the early access vampire game how to efficiently get hold of it and what you should be doing with it once you've built up a vast blood bank.

For starters, you can't get V Rising blood essence from every enemy type in the game - it might surprise you to learn that those undead skeletons are pretty dry. When you do find enemy types whose veins are coursing with crimson, you gain different traits by slurping the sanguine of different enemy types. Eventually - when you get beyond the first few hours of V Rising - you'll come across craftables and new buildings that require 'greater blood essence', which is even harder to get hold of.

To help you unclot the whole thing, we've prepared a quick guide to V Rising blood essence, showing you how to get it, what it's used for, and how to get the rarer 'greater blood essence' variant.

RELATED LINKS: V Rising server settings, V Rising tips, The best V Rising base locations

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 12:41 PM
     This Minecraft build is a big Dark Souls-inspired adventure

Minecraft build can be basically whatever you want it to be. While that's a red flag coming from a person, it's actually a very good thing when considering that Minecraft is one of the most important sandbox games ever made. Minecraft inspires people to do what they want, whether that's using it to run a Dungeons & Dragons game or recreating a beloved Destiny 2 raid.

That's probably why this fan has decided to build an entire Dark Souls map in Minecraft. They're not building a replica though; DanTay19 is actually just using the series as inspiration for their own build. You can take a look at the final area thanks to a post they made on Reddit, or you can check out the full trailer on their YouTube channel.

According to the video's description, they've been working on the map for over five years and it's all been built by them. The video shows off a lot more than the Reddit post. There are boss fights, a lot of variety in the biomes, and some really fun enemy placement, like the ghast that serves as a turret of sorts in a castle area and the magma slimes running riot over a blood-red area.

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

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 10:25 AM
     Ex Minecraft modder hired to work on Terraria mod tools

A prominent former Minecraft modder has landed a dream job: helping modders make more mods. The twist is, it's for a different sandbox game. It's no worry, however: modder Chicken Bones is now working officially as part of the Terraria development team, and he's got plenty of history with Terraria modding to draw from, too.

Chicken Bones created popular Minecraft mods like Ender Storage and Translocators, as well as Not Enough Items - which is on our very own list of the best Minecraft mods. He's also been building Terraria mods since 2015, when he switched over from Minecraft modding.

In the latest Terraria State of the Game post, Re-Logic's head of business strategy Ted 'Loki' Murphy offers Chicken Bones a warm welcome, and explains a bit of what he'll be doing on the Terraria team. "He has already been working hard alongside our core team, with a current focus aimed primarily on the development of tModLoader and tModPorter," Murphy writes. These tools allow players to use and port mods into Terraria, somewhat similar to the Script Extender mods for Skyrim and Fallout 4.

RELATED LINKS: Terraria Journey's End release date, Best games like Minecraft, Best survival games

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 10:17 AM
     Celebrate the Obi-Wan Kenobi show with a Darth Vader gaming chair

Obi-Wan Kenobi is now streaming on Disney Plus, and another supermassive entry to the pop culture windmill can only mean one thing: a celebratory special edition Star Wars gaming chair. It's the latest in the Noblechairs Hero licensed line-up of thrones, and looks fit for Darth Vader himself.

Inspired by Anakin's penchant for black during his Sith years, the Darth Vader gaming chair is much more subtle than some of the special editions we've seen over the years. It features a red and blue-clad control panel and vertical stripes on the front to mimic his uniform, and both the Star Wars logo and the Dark Lord's iconic large noggin stitched on the back.

Unfortunately, plonking your bum down on the PU leather isn't going to grant you Force powers, but the comfort of a Noblechairs Hero can improve your posture. It has all the same features as other models in the range, including 4D armrests, adjustable height, and it can both rock and recline.

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

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 10:13 AM
     How to get a V Rising horse and craft canteens for it

Looking for a V Rising horse to call your own? This new open-world vampire survival game is already tearing up the Steam charts, but it can take a while to get around its vast wilderness, especially before you unlock all of the fast-travel options.

That's where a V Rising horse comes in handy. If you're in a V Rising server with other players who have been playing the game longer, you may have already seen them galloping around and looking smug, while you trudge through the forest on foot trying to avoid the sunlight. Horses are the only V Rising mounts available in the game right now, but you generally won't find them in the Farbane Woods area, which is where everyone starts in this RPG game. But it's worth trekking further afield before you start building a castle in V Rising, because horses are surprisingly easy to get hold of.

To help you achieve your equestrian dreams, we've rounded up some key tips on where to find a horse, how to mount it, and crucially, how to keep it alive.

RELATED LINKS: V Rising server settings, V Rising tips, The best V Rising base locations

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 12:12 PM
     V Rising castle heart – how to stop decay

Building a V Rising castle is one of the most important aspects of this vampiric survival game. After you've chosen your V Rising server and started your journey from frail undead to vampire lord, you'll find yourself out in the gorgeous Farbane Woods with a task to begin making your first home. So while it's relatively obvious that you'll need to chop down trees and mine stone, you're also going to need to gather some V Rising blood essence to get your bloodsucker's abode up and running.

However, building a V Rising castle is just the easy part. You must maintain your castle heart at all times in order to keep your boundaries and walls from decaying. A little drop of the red stuff goes a long way, but if you don't take good care of your castle heart, your home - and all your hard-earned plunder - will become vulnerable to invaders.

So to ensure that your V Rising castle doesn't fall into a state of disrepair, we'll go through the basics of what resources you need to build your vampiric pad and how to stop your castle heart from decaying.

RELATED LINKS: V Rising server settings, V Rising tips, The best V Rising base locations

PCGamesN Friday, May 27, 2022 11:20 AM
     V Rising servants – type, factions, and gear

If you're just starting out in this vampire game then you've probably seen the option to fill your base with V Rising servants coffins when interacting with your castle heart. Unfortunately, you'll have to make a serious amount of progress through the main questline in order to craft them, and then get even further to fill your coffins with enthralled humans. The good news is that despite the process being a bit long-winded, it's definitely worth it as you can build an army of nine V Rising servants to head out into the world and plunder on your behalf.

Better still, no two V Rising servants are likely to be the same, so even when you've got some mindless minions under your spell, there's plenty more work to be done if you want to make them into a formidable fighting force.

To help you get started on your path to V Rising server domination, we've assembled everything you need to know about recruiting V Rising servants, as well as some information on the different types of servants and how to improve them.

RELATED LINKS: V Rising server settings, V Rising tips, The best V Rising base locations

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 27, 2022 4:20 PM

My favourite kind of Humble Bundle isn't a collection of games, most of which I'll never get round to playing. It's a bundle of a single game I like with lots and lots of discounted DLC.

Enter the Cities Skylines Colossal Collection, which offers up Cities: Skylines, 9 expansions and 21 add-ons for £16.22/$20/€18.95.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 27, 2022 3:52 PM

Clanfolk is colony sim set in medieval Scotland, in which you manage generations of Archibalds and Duncans and attempt to survive each harsh winter. It looks a lot like RimWorld, and it's aiming for an early access release this July.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 27, 2022 3:01 PM

Hangar 13, the studio behind Mafia 3 and Mafia: Definitive Edition, have undergone a round of layoffs according to a report on Bloomberg. The layoffs are the likely consequence of several of the studios projects being cancelled in the past year, including an unannounced superhero game.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 27, 2022 1:43 PM

Details of Cyberpunk 2077's first expansion have apparently leaked, including the dialogue for all its main quests. The leak apparently comes via files accidentally included with the Cyberpunk 1.5 patch released back in February, which were removed by CDPR hours later but discovered and saved by dataminers.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 27, 2022 11:43 AM

Amazon Games' fantasy MMORPG New World has received its latest update, 'Arenas', which means you can now smack other players upside the head in teams of three. The update brings PvP arena combat in best-of-five contests that Amazon say are for "glory and riches", but then quickly qualifies that they're actually for unique stuff to decorate your in-game house with. The trailer makes the whole thing seem pretty wacky, see for yourself below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 27, 2022 11:30 AM

Friends and loved ones will agree, I have big "background character" energy. If I lived in the Star Wars universe, I wouldn't be a Jedi or a Sith inquisitor. I wouldn't even be one of those rebels who wear the long funny bike helmets. There would be no "Liam: A Star Wars Story" premiering on Disney+. Instead, I'd be the guy who changes the bedding at a grungy BnB on Tatooine. I would spend my days just sort of vibing on the fringes of all the excitement, blissfully unaware of the very important adventures occurring in a galaxy very-very-close-actually.

Maybe this is why Hardspace: Shipbreaker appeals to me so much. As a cutter, a nameless employee of the LYNX Corporation, you're about as important to this particular vision of the future as the lad who polishes the floors on the Death Star. You are a nobody. But Shipbreaker relishes in how much that still makes you somebody.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 27, 2022 11:00 AM

Blizzard Entertainment and NetEast Games have announced that the upcoming devilish MMOARPG Diablo Immortal is available for pre-load on PC today. As in, right now. It won't launch in full until next June 2nd, but Blizzard have provided a handy 'roadmap' for accessing the game here. Scurry forth ye demons.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 27, 2022 10:58 AM

I've been keeping a curious eye on AMD's Software Preview Driver for May 2022; GPU drivers often promise "optimisations" that are rarely felt in practice, but this one genuinely sounded like a performance enhancing drug for Radeon graphics cards. In a community post, AMD asserted this particular Preview Driver could provide double-digit percentage gains in games running DirectX 11; claims that were backed up by early independent testing, like the creator of benchmarking tool CapFrameX getting an extra 24% out of Crysis Remastered.

This week, AMD Software Adrenaline Edition 22.5.2 released, making that new Radeon driver available to anyone who didn't fancy switching to preview builds. Armed with an RX 6500 XT (a low-end card that desperately needs a performance kick), I gave the new software a whirl – and found that, for all those big numbers, Radeon owners should probably lower their expectations.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 27, 2022 10:30 AM

The word that comes to mind is "slick". In a genre defined by busy screens and showy light spectacles, Drainus does well to distinguish itself with such excellent animation. The enemies, and particularly the way they spill from levels like the battleship one, demonstrate some of the best sprite work I've seen for ages.

It's more than just stylish, too. As I've mentioned before, I'm bad enough at scrolling shooters, and outright averse to bullet hell, to make me less than an authority on which are the best. But Drainus held my attention for long enough that you should definitely give it a chance.

I'm not going to do a pun about the name. I'm not. I'm definitely not.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, May 27, 2022 10:30 AM

A while back I finished Yakuza: Like A Dragon and felt a little bit lost. You know the feeling, right? When you snap shut a piece of fiction you've been reading for days, or months even, it can be difficult severing those relationships you've built with its characters. Unless there's a direct sequel, you must pull your pants up and shelve those emotions and move on.

Not that I struggle with letting go of characters and stories particularly, but my brain makes an exception for the Yakuza games. More specifically, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio's games. I've reached a point where I'm ordering Lost Judgment with no intention of playing it for months - maybe even a year? It's all a ploy to hang onto RGG's characters and worlds for as long as I can; a sort of buffer to keep the unease at bay. Having nowhere to turn to next isn't an option.

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Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 5:34 PM
     Japanese developer FuRyu has revealed a brand new JRPG titled Seito Jinki Trinity Trigger and it comes with quite the pedigree.

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 5:16 PM
     Electronic Arts, Respawn Entertainment, and Lucasfilm just announced Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, a sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 5:00 PM
     ***Spoiler Warning: The following article contains in-depth spoilers for the MCU and its Disney+ television shows. If you don't want spoilers for Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, and all of the Marvel movies, don't read any further.*** 6. Falcon and the Winter Soldier Ranking the MCU Shows Worst to Best Let's get one […]

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 4:40 PM
     The Minecraft 21W19A version update has prohibited players from opening the game with a JNI error. Older installations or corrupted files in broken path variables can cause this issue to transpire on your computer. Here is how to fix a 'JNI error has occurred' in Minecraft. How to Fix a JNI Error Has Occurred in […]

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 4:00 PM
     Today Intrepid Studio released two new videos of its upcoming MMORPG Ashes of Creation, and they're really impressive.

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 3:35 PM
     It's been a long time coming, but Disney's upcoming Star Wars prequel TV series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, is just a mere month away. With Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga officially out in the wild, and with news that iconic composer John Williams is returning to the universe he helped to create, as well as a […]

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 3:29 PM
     So far, there are two episodes out of Disney+'s new Star Wars series, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and fans already have so many questions. One of the biggest ones comes from the fate of a character that has a pretty considerable role in the canon of the entire franchise. Here is everything you need to know about […]

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 2:47 PM
     Recently, a lot of people have been asking the question: can you reassign and remove Twitch Founder badges? While the information on this subject is a bit muddled, we've done a little research on it to help you better understand the process. Here is everything you need to know about it. Can You Reassign & […]

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 1:55 PM
     Nippon Ichi Software released another charming trailer of the upcoming real-time strategy JRPG remaster GrimGrimoire OnceMore.

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 1:21 PM
     Xur arrives in Destiny 2 every Friday to tempt Guardians with his wares. He will sell a randomly rotating pool of Exotics and some other goodies. Xur can be an extremely valuable resource for players, and even the most veteran Guardians will check his inventory weekly in the hope of finding a god-rolled item for […]

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 1:17 PM
     Teleporting in Minecraft can save you a ton of time when trying to explore your big, blocky world. You'll probably know if you played much Minecraft, a lot of the game is based on exploring the massive world. The further afield you explore, the more valuable and rare resources you have a chance of finding. […]

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 1:07 PM
     Today Type-moon released the first trailer and revealed the release date of the upcoming remaster of the Visual Novel Mahoutsukai no Yoru.

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 1:00 PM
     Better Call Saul is a prequel spin-off series of Breaking Bad, but it's quickly risen in popularity as one of the very best TV shows we've seen in years. The show features a fantastic, diverse cast of characters that feel incredibly complex and deep. They all have their own goals and motivations, and their own […]

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 12:56 PM
     With the Chapter 3 Season 2 Collision finale event coming in only a little over a week, now is the best time to get through the season challenges. Seeing as it's possible there won't be a week 11 for season challenges, we're running through what's left. Here's how to use a mounted turret to damage […]

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 12:39 PM
     If you've watched the first episode of Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi, chances are you're wondering exactly what a Glor-ag is, given Breha Organa makes a comment about her daughter being similar to one during the episode. The good news is that you've not missed something, this is just a very quick remark that's actually an […]

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 12:37 PM
     Sega revealed today that it will announce a new project with an official livestream next week, without providing many hints.

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 12:01 PM
     Today Koei Tecmo and Nintendo revealed a new trailer of their upcoming Musou-like action JRPG Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes.

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 11:44 AM
     Since Crunchyroll and Funimation officially unified, anime fans have been treated to an abundance of new subbed and dubbed titles that have been arriving on the platform. Today, Crunchyroll revealed its full catalog of titles that are coming to its platform for the month of June. Below is the full calendar of new anime series that […]

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 10:56 AM
     With all the many subscription services out there, it's enough to make your head spin. Yes, gone are the days when you'd simply switch on a console every day and boot up the same game over and over. Now, on the other hand, we're often busy thinking about the many subscription services we need to […]

Twinfinite Friday, May 27, 2022 10:51 AM
     It's taken Riot Games a while to deliver more backstory and context to Valorant's mysterious world and Agents. Slowly but surely, though, trailers and various lore tidbits both in and out of the game have been ramping up, and following the publisher's incredible Arcane Netflix series, it comes as no surprise to hear fans call […]

Siliconera Friday, May 27, 2022 3:00 PM

best ffxiv character estinien

Final Fantasy XIV has amassed years of worlds and personalities in its decade-ish of life. (People understandably count those years a bit differently!) But which FFXIV character is your favorite? Here are our staff picks.

I am a big fan of Estinien. I think he's hilarious, for one. What he did to Aymeric is amazing. But he's also someone who's gone through a lot of personal growth throughout the storyline. To the point where he's an admirable hero by Endwalker. He's cool! — Jenni

best final fantasy xiv character sadu

There's so much to be said about the FFXIV characters around whom the story revolves, like the Scions and the different leaders of the city-states. But someone that really stood out for me, despite not having a particularly large role in the narrative? Sadu, leader of the Dotharl from Stormblood.

Completely fearless and domineering, she rules the Azim Steppe by weight of presence alone (no matter what Magnai thinks). She's the very definition of a minor character that makes a major impression. It's no mystery why she's incredibly popular among FFXIV fans. — Josh

best ffxiv character final fantasy xiv warrior of light

This is going to sound extremely strange to a lot of people, even major Final Fantasy XIV fans. But my favorite FFXIV character? The Warrior of Light depicted in the cinematic trailers. I've never considered my character as being the Warrior of Light, and more or less engage with the narrative on a more depersonalized level.

Instead, I guess I'm more or less invested in the idea of the Warrior of Light that the cinematics present. How his appearance has gradually changed from the youthful and fresh-faced Archer from A Realm Reborn to the worn and steadfast Paladin he is now. Over time, the concept of this character and what he represents to the narrative is something I have grown to appreciate. And he's become my favorite character for that reason. — Kazuma

Who do you think is the best Final Fantasy XIV character? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter! And read our other handy roundtables for more thoughts from the Siliconera team.

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Siliconera Friday, May 27, 2022 2:30 PM

Mario Strikers: Battle League First Kick Demo Takes the Field

People are getting a chance to try Mario Strikers: Battle League before they buy it with a First Kick demo. However, there is a bit of a catch to it. This primarily provides a means to take part in online matches between June 3-5, 2022. That also means someone will need a Nintendo Switch Online active membership or trial to play online.

Here's how it works. People can get the First Kick demo now. However, all that is in there is the training mode. This also requires someone to be online to use it. Then, once June begins, there will be six demo sessions available. People who turn up during those times can play against other people online. 10 characters will be available.

This is the schedule for June 3-5, 2022. Each one only lasts for one hour.

  • Session 1: 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET on June 3, 2022. 5 a.m. CET on June 4, 2022.
  • Session 2: 4 a.m. PT/7 a.m. ET/1 p.m. CET on June 4, 2022.
  • Session 3: 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CET on June 4, 2022.
  • Session 4: 8 p.m. PT/11 p.m. ET on June 4, 2022. 5 a.m. CET on June 5, 2022.
  • Session 5: 4 a.m. PT/7 a.m. ET/1 p.m. CET on June 5, 2022.
  • Session 6: 12 p.m. PT/3 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CET on June 5, 2022.
  • To help get an idea of what to expect ahead of the Mario Strikers: Battle League launch and demo, Nintendo shared a number of trailers. One focuses on moves and abilities like Hyper Strikes.

    Ahead of the online sessions for the First Kick demo, Nintendo also announced people can sign up for a seven-day Nintendo Switch Online trial again.

    Mario Strikers: Battle League will come to the Nintendo Switch on June 10, 2022, and the First Kick demo is available now.

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Siliconera Friday, May 27, 2022 2:00 PM

There's a new Honkai Star Rail character trailer, and this time it stars the rock star Serval Landau. She's wields what looks like a guitar in-battle, with electricity coursing through her attacks. Her voice actress also sings during the video.

The latest video from HoYoVerse begins with Serval leaving an underground station. As she walks along the city street, the people and items in the environment seem to glitch in and out of existence. She then ends up encountering some opponents. It is then that in-game footage of turn-based battles appear. It shows as the member of The Erudition path goes after foes and uses her Ultimate. The video doesn't show how her skills might interact with and complement other characters.

Here's the full "The Cusp of Ignition" Honkai Star Rail Serval character trailer.

This is one of many recent Honkai Star Rail character showcases and videos. In the past, HoYoVerse showed off folks like Jing Yuan, Kafka, and Silver Wolf. March 7th starred in another one of them. Kafka and the player character also featured prominently in the latest closed beta trailer.

Honkai Star Rail is in development for PCs and mobile devices. A closed beta started on May 24, 2022. There's no exact release window for the game just yet.

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Siliconera Friday, May 27, 2022 1:30 PM

Pokemon Unite Wild Pokemon Can Be Used in Catch 'Em Battles Mode

Wild Pokemon will be the stars of a Pokemon Unite mode. The new kind of match will let people catch them. Once they acquire one in a Catch 'em Battle in Pokemon Unite, they could use it to fight opponents. It will appear in-game starting on May 30, 2022.

Here's how the new Pokemon Unite Catch 'em mode will work. This is a 4v4 fight. Once a round begins, you can go and fight wild Pokemon as usual. When you do, you'll be able to catch them. If you get one of them, you'll then have the option to swap to that other Pokemon and back again.

The video showing off the new mode also highlighted some of the characters that can be used. People will be able to catch and swap to normal, buff, and boss wild Pokemon during these matches. The trailer even showed some players using both Regigigas and Zapdos to attack Articuno.

Pokemon Unite is available for the Nintendo Switch and mobile devices. It is free-to-play. However, there's also a $9.99 per month subscription people can get for customization items and Aeos Gems. The Catch 'Em mode will appear in Pokemon Unite starting on May 30, 2022.

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Siliconera Friday, May 27, 2022 1:00 PM

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Golden Deer Character Trailer Appears

People can now see how the Golden Deer characters look in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. Yet another new trailer is here. As is typical with this series, it looks at Claude and the members of his house. People get to see character portraits and how each person will function in-battle.

As expected, the new trailer begins with Claude. He's the head of Golden Deer, after all. He's an archer on a dragon in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. His second-in-command Hilda shows up wielding her axe after that. Raphael follows her. He's a brawler who uses his fists. Lysithea remains a mage for this spin-off. Lorenz will be a cavalry unit, showing up on horseback with a spear. Ignatz will be an archer, like Claude, but will be an infantry unit. His segment is followed by Marianne's. Like Lysithea, she'll use magic to attack. Leonie is the last character to appear. Like Lorenz, she'll ride on horseback and wield a spear.

This means all three Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes houses are covered with this Golden Deer character trailer. The first video looked at members of the Blue Lions like Dimitri and Dedue. After that, Edelgard and the Black Eagles appeared. There was also a video dedicated to the new player character Shez.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes will come to the Nintendo Switch on June 24, 2022.

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Siliconera Friday, May 27, 2022 12:30 PM

Genshin Impact Teyvat Times Shares The Chasm and Inazuma Festival Facts 1

HoYoVerse released a new installment of the Genshin Impact Teyvat Times. Each of these "newsletters" goes over various accomplishments in things like new regions or new activities. The May 2022's two pages does both. The first page covers the Genshin Impact Inazuma festival surprising facts, while the second details things folks did in The Chasm in Liyue.

The first part of the newsletter went over some of the event quests and activities from the Hues of the Violet Garden Genshin Impact Inazuma festival event. For example, in one quest players try to help Sayu get a Raiden Shogun figure for Sara. 4,753,786 players took part in it and "got" Her Excellency, the Almighty Narukami Ogosho, God of Thunder statues for their Serenitea Pot. The Moon and Stars Instribe photopgraphy event led to people taking lots of pictures of kitsune foxes in Inazuma, as well as Violet Ibis birds and Electro Crystalflies. Also, Taroumaru the dog ended up facing about 1,476,120 fights per day during the Clash of the Lone Blades dueling event.

As for the latest Genshin Impact The Chasm facts, they had to do with the new Lumenstone Adjuvant gadget and Ruin Serpent Normal Boss. In the case of the Lumenstone Adjuvant, people can get rewards and make it more powerful by collecting Lumenspar items scattered throughout The Chasm. It only took 24,685 people 24 hours to do that. As for the Ruin Serpent, it was killed over 4.6 million times in a month.

Here's the full Teyvat Times for May 2022.

This is the second Genshin Impact Teyvat Times entry to appear in 2022. The first one showed up at the end of March 2022. It primarily consisted of facts about Inazuma. For example, 8,000 players decided to walk to the new region, rather than travel by boat with Beidou and Kazuha.

Genshin Impact is available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. A Nintendo Switch version is on the way. The 2.7 update will arrive on May 31, 2022.

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Siliconera Friday, May 27, 2022 12:00 PM

FFXIV Crystalline Conflict and Frontline PVP Balance Changes Coming

FFXIV PVP changes are on the way, as Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida announced Crystalline Conflict and Frontline balance updates. Crystalline Conflict issues will be addressed first. Those will come in patch 6.15 on June 7, 2022. Frontline ones will show up after that in 6.18. That patch doesn't have an exact release date yet.

Yoshida noted this response came after people expressed concerns after the 6.11a FFXIV PVP balance changes. That adjusted the Astrologian, Bard, Black Mage, Dancer, Gunbreaker, Machinist, Red Mage, and Summoner. Yoshida noted this response came after people expressed concerns after the 6.11a FFXIV PVP balance changes. That adjusted the Astrologian, Bard, Black Mage, Dancer, Gunbreaker, Machinist, Red Mage, and Summoner, with regards to their Crystalline Conflict performance. As a result, the Black Mage ended up too strong after the update.

Yoshida first went over how Square Enix will address FFXIV Crystalline Conflict balance changes. He first noted the team is watching job win rates and investigating when a class' win rates are both much higher or lower than 50% to ensure one doesn't have an unfair advantage. He also noted that they keep track of usage rates to try and encourage an even distribution. As the 6.11a update was based on data from up to May 6, 2022 and more of a "relatively short notice" update, and he admitted they should have waited for 6.15 to allow for more testing. As for the Black Mage, Yoshida mentioned that before the patch, "...The Black Mage was exhibiting the lowest usage and win rates across all player categories. (As a point of reference, the black mage experienced victory 14% less than the job with the highest win rates.)" This was why the rebalancing initially made it stronger. He noted that the Black Mage isn't getting "preferential treatment" and there will be changes to its abilities, like Soul Resonance.

After that, Yoshida addressed the upcoming FFXIV Frontline PVP balance changes. He noted admitted that the team prioritizing Crystalline Conflict meant issues on that end. He briefly mentioned two fixes coming in 6.18 and 6.2. Both damage numbers and limit break frequency will be addressed going forward.

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC.

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Siliconera Friday, May 27, 2022 11:30 AM

Sword Art Online Ordinal Scale is included in Anime 10th Anniversary Box

Aniplex will release the Sword Art Online 10th Anniversary Box to celebrate the anime adaptation's anniversary in 2022. The large compilation will have twenty discs in addition to a 500-page storyboard book and a 100-page illustration book. This will consist of Sword Art Online anime seasons and their soundtracks.

The 20-disc collection will consist of twelve Blu-ray video discs and eight audio CDs. The video segments will consist of the first two anime seasons, the Extra Edition, and the Ordinal Scale movie. It will also include the anime's trailers, creditless opening/ending segments, and commentary videos featuring chibi characters.

The audio part of the box will have more than 200 tracks. It will comprise 131 tracks from the Sword Art Online Music Collection, 19 songs from the first Song Collection, 22 from the second one, and 60 tracks from the Ordinal Scale soundtrack.

Pre-orders of the Sword Art Online 10th Anniversary Box are available on several websites, including Aniplex+, Amazon Japan, and AmiAmi, with an MSRP of 65,780 yen (~$518). Only 10,000 sets of the limited box will be available for sale.

2022 marks the tenth anniversary of Sword Art Online's anime adaptation, which first aired in 2012. The franchise has its roots in Reki Kawahara's self-published web novels in 2002 and the official light novels that started publication in 2009. The series' latest console game is Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris, available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

The Sword Art Online 10th Anniversary Box will release in Japan on October 31, 2022.

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Siliconera Friday, May 27, 2022 11:00 AM

GameStop PowerUp Rewards Pro Members Can Buy PS5 Bundles in Stores

With the COVID-19 pandemic and console shortages, GameStop tended to limit its PS5 sales to online bundles. However, people will have a chance to get one from a physical store this weekend. On May 28, 2022, retail stores in the continental United States will offer them. However, in order to get one, someone will need to be a PowerUp Rewards Pro Member. As a reminder, that cost $14.99 per year.

GameStop didn't announce what sorts of PS5 bundles it will offer. However, in the past they tend to have certain commonalities. The bundles involving the standard version tend to include at least two games. They might also include things like an additional DualSense controller, PlayStation Network cards, PlayStation Plus memberships, and headsets. For example, in April 2022 the bundles included Gran Turismo 7 and Horizon Forbidden West. Those tended to be between $725 to $750.

The GameStop digital PS5 bundles in the past wouldn't come with any games. Instead, they would feature things like PlayStation Plus memberships, PlayStation Network gift cards, DualSense controllers, and peripherals. As the digital version of the console is cheaper, those bundles usually cost between $625 and $650.

GameStop will have the PlayStation 5 in its retail stores on May 28, 2022. People need an active PowerUp Rewards Pro membership to buy one.

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Siliconera Friday, May 27, 2022 10:20 AM

June 2022 State of Play Will Include PS5, PSVR 2 Games

Sony announced its June 2022 State of Play showcase. On June 2, 2022, people will be able to tune in at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET. (That's 12 a.m. CET on June 3, 2022.) Both PS5 games and the first PSVR 2 games will show up at the presentation. It will run for around 30 minutes on Twitch and YouTube.

As usual, Sony didn't name any of the PS5 games that will appear. It only noted "third-party partner" reveals. This could mean new Dragon Quest Treasures and Final Fantasy XVI news could appear there. Square Enix said announcements about both would appear in June 2022. New FFVII announcements are also expected to appear imminently.

This will also mark one of the first opportunities to see PSVR 2 games. We already know Horizon Call of the Wild is coming. The headset itself was shown for the first time in February 2022. There's no release date for the headset yet.

The next State of Play will air on June 2, 2022 at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET/ 12 a.m. CET.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, May 27, 2022 5:00 PM
     Andaseat Kaiser 3 Gaming Chair Cushion Leather Pvc Review CoverWhile gaming chairs were once synonymous with cheap car seats stuck on office chair bases, that stereotype is becoming less the case each year. Brands such as AndaSeat now offer customized designs that are genuinely comfortable and practical for use when gaming or relaxing. More importantly, the quality and comfort of gaming chairs is continually improving, making these flashy seats worth splashing the cash on. In this review, we look at the AndaSeat 2022 Kaiser 3 to see what's new in the world of premium gaming chairs. The Kaiser line is one of AndaSeat's most popular sellers, and it's presumably now the company's flagship product with the 2022 redesign. Competitor Secretlab revamped its Titan Evo last summer with new features like integrated lower back support, magnetically-attachable armrests and headrests, and flashier looks. AndaSeat responded with its own upgrades, and the two chairs are now on a level playing field as far as features.   AndaSeat 2022...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, May 27, 2022 4:00 PM
     Sega stream project chocolate controllerUpcoming news about Sega products often induces a mixture of both excitement and dread, especially these days. Even if Sega announces a new game or bit of content that leaves fans elated, it often comes with some sort of caveat. The recent Sonic Origins announcement serves as a perfect example of this. Although the prospect of playing substantially improved versions of the classic Sonic games left fans' mouths watering, the baffling DLC chart for the collection sullied the reveal for many. It seems like we might go through this process of mixed anticipation all over again, as Sega revealed a surprise stream that will showcase a new project and air on June 3 at 7 AM ET. Sega teased this upcoming news on its official Japanese Twitter account, which even labeled the announcement as an "urgent notice." Notably, Hiroyuki Miyazaki and Yosuke Okunari will appear in the stream. For those wondering who they are, they both played a part in the creation of several classic Sega...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, May 27, 2022 2:15 PM
     The Callisto Protocol Pubg UniverseWhen The Collisto Protocol was unveiled late 2020, one of the more, let's say, baffling details was that the survival horror game was based in the world of PUBG. The game, by former Dead Space creator Glen Schofield, clearly bore little similarity to the high-octane battle royale. Instead, it appeared to ape Schofield's famous horror series. And yet, somehow it was all still tied to PUBG. But no longer. According to Schofield, The Callisto Protocol is now "its own story and world," and it no longer has ties to the PUBG universe. How it came about to begin with is no doubt a story to be told. The Callisto Protocol is being published by Krafton, which owns the PUBG IP. Clearly, there were some early high-level discussions about tying the battle royale to a Dead Space-like horror game. In the initial premise, The Callisto Protocol took place some several centuries following the PUBG timeline. Now, however, that's all changed.   "It no longer takes ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, May 27, 2022 1:30 PM
     Microsoft Flight Simulator Atr Wip 2022In a recent Developer Q&A session, three Microsoft Flight Simulator devs outlined some key details regarding the future of the sim. Held on May 25, this particular livestream provided context on the current state of the sim and some of the big plans the team has for the rest of 2022 and beyond. A few highlights include new details about Asobo's "high-fidelity" ATR 42/72-600 turboprop airliner add-on, a commitment on ensuring the stable release of future updates, and some info about new features and improvements that will be coming both soon and further down the line.   Add-on appreciation Jorg Neumann, the Head of Microsoft Flight Simulator at Asobo Studios, took some time at the start of the session to comment on the inundation of complex aircraft add-ons that have recently come to the sim. These include products such as the PMDG 737, Fenix A320, and Milviz C310, among others. He and the rest of the team are just as excited as customers to see the sim gain ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, May 27, 2022 12:45 PM
     Vanguard H4 Blixen Class Submachine GunThe launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard Season Three Reloaded saw the debut of the new Sphere map. In the Pacific, Warzone fans are moving around Caldera with the new fast-travel system, using items such as legendary tokens, and much more. As always, the mid-season update has added a weapon, and this time the submachine gun category has earned a new member. To unlock the new H4 Blixen, you must complete a challenge. Once you have done so, you can begin levelling up the H4 Blixen to unlock the attachments needed to build a strong class in Vanguard. The H4 Blixen has a slower fire rate, and is similar the Owen Gun. Although the weapon predominantly thrives in close-quarter combat, it is able to put up a fight at range. In addition, it already has a respectable amount of mobility, which is a valued submachine gun trait. The maps that this weapon suits include the likes of Dome and Hotel Royale. This class will focus on improving the H4 Blixen's fire rate and the recoil to allow you to ...

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Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, May 27, 2022 6:00 PM
     Elden Ring hosts several unique bosses and enemies, each classified into a certain class. Bosses range from Shardbearers, Legends, Dragons, Greats, Evergoals, and normal bosses. Regal Ancestor Spirit is a Legend boss that instantly instills fear into the eyes of its enemies, owing to its ridiculous size and nightmarish features, as it towers over its […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, May 27, 2022 6:00 PM
     One of the Shrines in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is the Tutsuwa Nima Shrine or A Major Test of Strength. As the title of the shrine suggests, this shrine requires Link to prove his strength by defeating a Guardian Scout and completing the shrine. This shrine may seem a little intimidating, […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, May 27, 2022 4:00 PM
     Help Killjoy test and try out VALORANT Patches before everyone else. There is none better to ask for feedback from than from passionate players about VALORANT. Riot Games knows this, so the VALORANT team regularly conducts their monthly Ask VALORANT sessions. Riot Games listens to its fanbase, evidenced by the company's continuous desire to involve […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, May 27, 2022 3:00 PM
     Dragons are no stranger to the Soulsborne genre. Their massive stature combined with powerful attacks is enough to bring fear to those who may attempt to slay such a beast. At least for those who arrive ill-prepared for the fight. Across the world of Elden Ring, they are plenty of dragons scattered about; some are […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, May 27, 2022 2:08 PM
     Keqing is the Yuheng of the Liyue Qixing and is a respectable woman in the City of Contracts. She often advocates different opinions from Rex Lapis, believing that humans should have pride and that their views deserve equal consideration. Keqing is the type who never rests until the work is done. She tends to work […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, May 27, 2022 1:00 PM
     It's Elden Ring! You are bound to face off against intimidating, dangerous bosses. You might curse at your setup and controller in the beginning, but you get used to its unfairness once your;e suckered into its sprawling, treacherous world. Still, none of its main and optional bosses come quite close to Astel, Naturalborn of the […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, May 27, 2022 12:00 PM
     Beneath the facade of the beauty in the world of Minecraft lies horrifying creatures waiting to ambush the player. Here are the top 10 most terrifying hostile mobs in Minecraft. When players enjoy the game a little too much, it is easy to forget that Minecraft is still a survival game incorporated with horror elements. […]

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, May 27, 2022 5:01 PM

Players will also be able to play through the game's multiplayer mode from June 3 to 6

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, May 27, 2022 4:17 PM

The trailer highlights the game's multiple single-player modes

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, May 27, 2022 3:36 PM

Upcoming online free-to-play first-person shooter

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The game will reportedly include different histories in the Gundam universe

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     When <i>Jurassic World: Dominion</i> opens in theaters in two weeks, we'll see what happens when…

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     Sony has announced a new State of Play scheduled to air next Thursday, June 2…