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Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 8:20 PM

In the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, publisher Electronic Arts decided to remove all Russian sides from FIFA 22. They won't have to do the same for FIFA 23, because those teams are never making it into the game in the first place.


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Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 7:10 PM

My colleagues have been playing Stray on PS5 and by all accounts it has been an absolute joy. I, however, have been playing on PC, where things aren't quite as rosy.


Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 5:41 PM

Roblox is one of the most popular games in the world, and now it's getting a graphical overhaul to bring its fidelity slightly more in line with its reach. It's not quite gaming in ray-traced 4K, but it will no doubt go a long way toward helping the surprisingly shady, social "not-a game" platform insinuate itself…


Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 5:25 PM

Employees from Activision Blizzard walked off their jobs today in order to demand protections for the staff members impacted by the loss of abortion rights in the United States. The walkouts impacted studios in California, Texas, Minnesota, and New York.


Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 4:32 PM

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet are currently caught in a whirlwind of purported leaks, but the text on one less-than-legitimate photo sneakily mocks people fiending for any morsel of information they can get rather than providing any real info on the upcoming games.


Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 3:31 PM

Unless you're a card-carrying member of Kotaku Australia, seeing the indie simulation game Dinkum swimming up the Steam new release chart maybe seems bizarre. But don't confuse Dinkum, which gets its name from the Australian slang term "fair dinkum," meaning genuine (more or less), with your dinky old Converse or my…


Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 2:30 PM

Last year, I bought a VR headset in anticipation of the then-upcoming Resident Evil 4 port. (I have a problem, I know.) Since then, I've played a good amount of VR. Or rather, I was until it got so damn hot out that now I'd rather do anything but put a hot, sweaty VR headset on my face or sit near a large PC or…


Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 2:15 PM

As a lover of men, dresses, and men in dresses, you can imagine how excited I was to see Square Enix announce its collaboration with Play Arts Kai on a figure celebrating Cloud Strife's crossdressing adventure in Final Fantasy VII Remake. And better yet, it has nothing to do with all the NFT bullshit the Japanese…


PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 6:45 PM
     The friendly webber debuts in Marvel's Midnight Suns character trailer

Firaxis and Virtuous released a new Marvel's Midnight Suns character trailer ahead of the game's October launch, and this time, it was all about Spider-Man. Well, "all about" may be slightly overselling it. The Spider-Man trailer was rather on the short side, but it did include a few tantalizing looks at what we can expect from the friendly neighborhood mutant in combat, along with some exciting examples of the game's fresh vision of tactics.

RELATED LINKS: Marvel's Midnight Suns release date, Marvel's Midnight Suns gameplay, The best tactical RPGS on PC

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 5:27 PM
     The new Lost Ark update cuts honing costs in half

The latest Lost Ark update, Spells in Spades, did more than just add the Arcanist class and some fun summer activities to the MMO game. It made a significant change to how much gear honing costs, one the development team glossed over in the official patch notes. Reddit user omark96 compiled a set of images showing exactly how much you can expect to spend – or save, depending on how you look at it – with the new update's cuts, including discounts depending on your Stronghold research, and it's good news if you have alts and no Powerpass.

RELATED LINKS: Best MMORPG – top MMOs you should play, Best Lost Ark Glaivier builds for PvP and PvE, Best fantasy games on PC

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 4:48 PM
     Hunt: Showdown Serpent Moon event adds a spooky new time of day

Hunt: Showdown's Serpent Moon event is coming up, and it's going to live up to its name: the spooky co-op game's limited time event is debuting a new time of day over the haunted bayou. During the Serpent Moon, the normally dark night is lit up by a pale green full moon, casting an eerie pall over the landscape.

RELATED LINKS: Hunt: Showdown review

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 3:41 PM
     Destiny 2 showcase slated for August

Destiny 2's Season of the Haunted is in full swing, and players are currently enjoying the summer Solstice event. But seasons are always changing, and Destiny 2 Season 18 will be arriving next month - starting off with a showcase that's going to reveal what's next for the sci-fi MMO game.

RELATED LINKS: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 6:34 PM

Vampire Survivors has received another patch, which adds 2 new Arcanas, a new challenge stage called Boss Rash, and a surprise new unlockable character. The new character is called Gyorunton, and is a blue, three-headed and armless dragon, who has a Bracelet as a new starting weapon. Where does it wear the bracelet? I don't want to know.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 5:43 PM

Quality assurance testers at Blizzard Albany have publicly announced their intention to unionise. Organising under the name GWA Albany, the team of around 20 employees is asking parent company Activision Blizzard to voluntarily recognise the union.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 4:58 PM

Ubisoft announced today during an investor earnings call that they have cancelled development of planned battle royale game Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Frontline, as well as Splinter Cell VR and two unannounced games.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 4:30 PM

Hard West 2's turn-based cowboys have been battling demons in demos and beasts in betas over the past several months, but it'll finally allow you to fight fiends in the full version this August 4th. Before that, on July 28th, the demo will return, too. In the meantime, check out a new trailer below.

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Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 9:34 PM
     Fighter's History, Kirby's Avalanche, and Daiva Story 6: Imperial of Nirsartia have just been added to the NES and SNES library of games.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 9:21 PM
     Who is worthy enough to sit on the legendary Iron Throne?

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 6:18 PM
     Atlus released another of its daily trailers of the upcoming JRPG Soul Hackers 2, focusing on one of the demons that will be featured.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 6:09 PM
     A Wordle a day keeps the... word doctor away?

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 6:02 PM
     Today third-party developers had a bunch of interesting news to share about upcoming add-ons for Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 5:30 PM
     What part does the White Walkers have to play in Game of Thrones: House of the Dragon?

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 5:11 PM
     Everyone needs a good sensei, and these are the 10 best anime senseis we'd want to train with.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 5:03 PM
     "Don't just look at it…"

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 5:03 PM
     Nihon Falcom released a new batch of screenshots of its upcoming Trails JRPG The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II - Crimson Sin.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 4:37 PM
     Deadpool movies and Logan join Disney+!

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 4:10 PM
     Yuji unleashes black flash.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 4:07 PM
     2K and Firaxis revealed another video about the turn-based game Marvel's Midnight Suns, dedicated to one of its playable superheroes.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 3:54 PM
     Will the Mother of Dragons appear in HBO's newest show?

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 3:47 PM
     Let's fly, Jackie!

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 2:58 PM
     FIFA 23 is almost here.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 2:36 PM
     Here is how to start and complete the Bar Resupply mission in GTA Online.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 2:27 PM
     It's time to commit crimes.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 2:16 PM
     GTA Online is getting more new vehicles.

Siliconera Thursday, July 21, 2022 9:00 PM

Yu-Gi-Oh Cross Duel

Konami has opened pre-registration for a new Yu-Gi-Oh! mobile game. Yu-Gi-Oh Cross Duel is billed as a brand-new experience involving up to four players at a time. The pre-registration campaign promises rewards for all players based on the number of pre-registrations received. Players can pre-register at this page.

Check out a trailer for the game below.


Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel is distinct from other Yu-Gi-Oh! titles in that it focuses on four-player battling. Each player in the match will have some of their card slots linked to those of their opponents on either side and across. As in other iterations of Duel Monsters, players will summon monsters and use spells to battle the other duelists. A four-player cooperative mode will pit all four players against a single extremely tough set of monsters. Finally, a more relaxed single-player mode rearranges the structure into a two-on-two setup. Multiplayer lobbies also support up to 32 players.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Cross Duel features 3D graphical rendering for all the game's summoned monsters, as well as ways to customize and unlock their skills for deck-building. Single-player modes will team players up with partners from the anime and manga series. Players can win their partners' trust through cooperation, improving their performance and earning rewards.

Here's a look at some of the 3D-rendered monsters available. Some monsters, like the iconic Blue Eyes White Dragon, will have special summoning animations. A gallery mode lets players view the monster models freely.


Yu-Gi-Oh Cross Duel launches in 2022 for iOS and Android. Pre-registered players have a chance to gain early access to the app. Another Yu-Gi-Oh! game, Master Duel, is available on mobile, PC, and consoles.

The post Yu-Gi-Oh Cross Duel Pre-Registrations are Open appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, July 21, 2022 3:00 PM

Nier Automata 2B 2P statue

Square Enix will release a 1/4 scale Masterline statue of 2B from NieR: Automata based on her 2P alternate color scheme. The statue will have an approximate height of 52.2 cm or 21.7 inches. It will cost over 100,000 yen in Japan and over $1,000 in the U.S.

The statue's package will come with an alternate head. One of them will show 2B's full face, while the other will have a white eye cover. The owner will be able to swap the heads to their liking.

This figure will appear first in December 2022 in Japan, where it costs 121,000 yen. The item is also available for pre-order in North America with a price tag of $1,150 and an April 2023 release window.

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The high price tag reflects the statue's larger size and greater detail than other 2B figures and statuettes revealed previously. In June 2022, Square Enix revealed Flare's eleven-inch 2B figure that costs under $200. The company also shipped seven-inch-tall statuettes of NieR: Automata's 2B in her regular and 2P colors in early 2022.

NieR: Automata is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Square Enix has sold more than 6.5 million units of the game as of June 2022. The company will release a Nintendo Switch port on October 6, 2022. It is also working with Aniplex to produce an anime adaptation of the title.

The post NieR: Automata 2B 2P 1/4 Scale Statue Will Cost Over $1,000 appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, July 21, 2022 7:00 PM
     Vampire Survivors update piano books damage numbersAnother day, another Vampire Survivors update. This time, developer poncle has released Patch 0.9, dubbed "The Flashy One," signaling that Vampire Survivors is very close to receiving the full 1.0 version. In all, this new update introduces the Boss Rash challenge mode, the Gemini and Twilight Requiem Arcanas, one new character, a hidden game mechanic, and four new achievements alongside the usual tweaks and bug fixes. Mostly a fairly standard update, all things considered, but players will likely enjoy what it has to offer nonetheless. Out of all the additions introduced in the patch, the Boss Rash mode stands out as the most significant one. This mode sees players attempting to survive as long as they can against a horde of enemies and bosses from the main game. Notably, you cannot experience Boss Rash mode right away, as you must unlock Hyper mode in each of the game's five main levels before it will become available.   Unlocking Hyper mode requires you to...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, July 21, 2022 5:00 PM
     Chasm The Rift Steam jester monster corridorEven if you grew up experiencing the wave of first-person shooters that came out during the 1990s, there's a good chance that you never touched Chasm: The Rift. This Quake-inspired shooter from developer Action Forms earned a fairly middling reception upon its release in 1997. Although the game has its fans, you won't hear many people talking about it today. Not exactly the most impactful of legacies, but players still deserve the opportunity to experience obscure games like this. Fortunately, Action Forms has partnered up with developer General Arcade and publisher SNEG to release Chasm: The Rift on Steam come October. According to the Steam page, Chasm: The Rift has players gunning down hordes of unsightly creatures "following the destruction of Time." These creatures go by the name Timestrikers, and the Time channels that spawned within the Earth's atmosphere have caused them to appear en masse. Players assume the role of a member of "a special ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, July 21, 2022 4:30 PM
     Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tmnt The Cowabunga Collection Release Date 1Fellow '90s kids, it's almost officially pizza time. TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection has been confirmed for a late August release date on PC. The collection brings together 13 of the best (and maybe not so best) Turtles games all in one package. Thankfully, most of the games are great, even if they do sit side by side with the one that has the nightmare-inducing dam level. It really is the year of the Turtles, isn't it? At least, in terms of video games. TMNT: Shredder's Revenge has barely been out for a month. The game, by Dotemu and Tribute Games, was a lovingly crafted homage to the franchise's best beat 'em ups, bringing new moves and modern comforts. TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection, however, is where this inspiration first began.   TMNT: The Cowabunga Collection brings a massive catalogue of Turtle games on release. It includes the original arcade game, Tournament Fighters (SNES and Genesis versions), The Hyperstone Heist, Turtles in Time, an...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, July 21, 2022 4:00 PM
     Eureka Ergonomic ReviewWhen it comes to gaming desks, people can be very opinionated. There are those who think any old thing will do, while others feel you need to have the best of the best for your setup. No matter what, there will always be a difference of opinion. For those who want a gaming desk with a high-end look, Eureka Ergonomic wants the GTG-L60 Spectrum RGB to be your pick. No stranger to the gaming desk market, Eureka has released the GTG-L60 Spectrum RGB gaming desk. At $549.99 USD, this reversible L-shaped desk features a tempered glass top, a plastic cup holder, a rotating metal dual headset holder, a cable management rack, and all the RGB you can imagine. While that all sounds well and good, is it really a desk worth the premium price tag?   Easy assembly As with every new gaming desk, the first thing you'll notice is the level of effort it takes to put it together. It was pretty surprising how simple and quick assembly for the GTG-L60 Spectrum RGB actually was. Even with the ability ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, July 21, 2022 3:45 PM
     Genshin Impact Questioner Raven Statue Puzzle Who Was Truly DeceivedYou'll encounter several secrets now that the illusory realm of Immernachtreich has appeared in the Golden Apple Archipelago. These include the Questioner Raven Statue puzzles, where the statues with blue scarves never lie, but the ones wearing red may lie often. Here's our Genshin Impact Questioner Raven Statue puzzle guide to help you with the riddle of "Who Was Truly Deceived?" Note: For more information about the game, check out our Genshin Impact guides and features hub.   Genshin Impact Questioner Raven Statue puzzle guide – Who Was Truly Deceived? As with other Questioner Raven Statue puzzles in Genshin Impact, the hint will appear in light blue text. Once you start the activity, make sure you pay attention to what the statues are saying and what colors their scarves are. They'll also move around as though they're interacting with one another. Then, before you make a choice, be sure that you have the correct statue selected, as ther...

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Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, July 21, 2022 4:00 PM
     The Nether is a vast and dangerous dimension in Minecraft filled with lava, fungi-based vegetation, and hostile mobs. Since Minecraft released the 1.16 Nether update, the Nether has become a mysterious and exciting place to explore. During the MINECON 2019, the Minecraft developers expressed they wanted to create the Nether where players can actually "live […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, July 21, 2022 3:00 PM
     Whether you play Casual or Competitive modes in CSGO, the number of rounds you play is fixed by default. The former lets you play for 15 rounds, and the latter 30 rounds. If you are playing custom games, you can always change the round limit to something else. Regardless of the number of rounds set […]

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Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 1:45 PM

A rogue hacker has reportedly stolen over 69 million Neopets accounts, and is currently attempting to sell the information for roughly $92,000 in bitcoin.


Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 1:25 PM

Another big Ubisoft game has been delayed. Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora won't arrive in time for the release of James Cameron's feature film Avatar: The Way of Water this December and is now launching sometime after March 2023 at the earliest. CEO Yves Guillemot also told staff on Thursday that some projects have been…


Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:50 PM

Halo Infinite is more tight-lipped about data than any other modern Halo. Prior entries in the series of shooters allowed you to view your all-time multiplayer stats, including key figures like win-loss breakdown, kill-death ratio, and more. For data-minded players, this info wasn't just fun to look at—it also served…


Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:25 PM

After some previous teases, Rockstar announced today the Criminal Enterprises update for Grand Theft Auto Online will be released on July 26. This upcoming free update sounds like it will be one of the biggest the game has ever received, with numerous quality of life changes, improvements, and business expansions.


Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:20 PM

Finally, it was your chance to solo her. Fresh from being awarded an exclusive blade for a legendary run helping players of all stripes beat one of Elden Ring's most fearsome bosses, Klein "Let Me Solo Her" Tsuboi held an event where he challenged people to help him out for a change.. Titled "Let me let you solo…


Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:05 PM

Today, Bandai Namco revealed the release date trailer for its Dragon Ball meets Dead By Daylight game Dragon Ball: The Breakers, showing off the many daring ways you can escape the dastardly villain Frieza.


Kotaku Thursday, July 21, 2022 10:59 AM

Pokémon Squishmallows are real and they're here to take all of your money. Yesterday, the official Pokémon Twitter account teased an upcoming collaboration with the plush toy makers behind Squishmallows. Then just this morning, the brand manager for the toy company posted photos of the Pikachu and Gengar plush that…


PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 1:10 PM
     Mountain Everest 60 review – the ideal mini gaming keyboard

The quest to create the smallest gaming keyboard often comes with difficult sacrifices, but the Mountain Everest 60 has found a balance unlike any other. Thanks to some wizardry under the hood, it redefines what to expect from a compact keyboard, showing that going 60% doesn't have to be a nightmare to use outside of gaming. In fact, it's my favourite mini gaming keyboard to date.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 1:26 PM
     Best gaming keyboard 2022

Whether you use the best gaming keyboard for work or play, adding one to your gaming PC setup can make all the difference. Sure, that mushy set of keys at the office may technically perform the same role, but upgrading your clicky-clacky companion will help improve both your typing experience and your WASD reflexes in the best FPS games.

Choosing the best gaming keyboard isn't complicated, but brands like Corsair, Razer, and SteelSeries like to put their own spin on the staple PC peripheral. Whether you prefer full sized options complete with number pads and function keys, or dinky 60% space savers, there are a variety of keyboards out there to suit your gaming desk preferences.

To help you navigate the sea of RGB backlit, microswitched boards on the market, we've assembled a collection of the best gaming keyboard options, with products that pair with the best gaming mouse while catering to both premium and budget ensembles.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:51 PM
     Grand Theft Auto 5 Criminal Enterprises expands GTA Online on July 26

Rockstar has unveiled the new Grand Theft Auto 5 Criminal Enterprises update for GTA Online, which is bringing new missions, upgrades, vehicles, and weapons to the popular open-world game. The new content arrives on July 26, and promises a selection of quality of life improvements for the crime game's playerbase along with increased payouts across a wide range of activities.

Perhaps the biggest addition is Operation Paper Trail, which sees players sworn in as IAA agents to help uncover a criminal conspiracy. The price of fuel is skyrocketing in Los Santos, and the IAA has a suspicion that the profits are all making their way into one particularly notorious group of petrochemical profiteers, the Duggans.

Businesses are being expanded across the board, and all business activities including sell missions for every criminal career path will be made available to play in private sessions when the update lands. Those with an executive office will gain the services of Lupe, a new staff manager who can help executives source special cargo.


PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:33 PM
     Roblox debuts upgraded materials system for more immersive experiences

Following a beta test period, Roblox is rolling out an upgraded materials system designed to allow better-looking, more immersive surfaces. The textures, which include brick, glass, metal and other common materials, include enhancements that will allow for more realistic-looking design features when it comes to elements like shading, reflections and shadows.

"Our upgraded material system will enable creators to take their experiences to new heights while also providing us a foundation we can continue to iterate on. Our vision for materials is to make them an integral part of the development process, giving people even more control over the look and feel of their content without requiring them to write code for behaviours we know to be true in the real world," Roblox product director Josh Anon wrote in a blog post.

Not only are the textures designed to accurately simulate how such materials might visually react to environmental effects in the real world, but they also simulate physical properties in order to add even more realism to the Roblox experience. The blog post notes effects like tires skidding on wet asphalt or getting stuck in the mud.

RELATED LINKS: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:29 PM
     How to get FIFA 23 early access


Want to get early access to FIFA 23? There's nothing better than getting your hands on an upcoming game before launch, and the advantages of gaining early access to FIFA 23 can be significant if you play Ultimate Team. If you use your FIFA 23 early access time effectively, you can build a solid team ready to take on the world and start trading to get ahead on the transfer market.

FIFA may be one of the biggest sports games in the world, but only a fraction of the game's audience end up utilising the early access period. FIFA 23 is set to launch on September 27, but you can get your hands on the game early once you know what to do. Now that FIFA 23 early access has been officially confirmed by EA, here are all of the options you have to play the game early.

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:28 PM
     These fans have a unique wishlist for Hogwarts Legacy gameplay

A group of fans is hoping Hogwarts Legacy gameplay leans a bit more heavily into the role-playing aspect of RPGs than most are probably expecting. Reddit user Super_Chausette asked whether anyone thinks Hogwarts Legacy will actually make us do homework in the game, since year five is, in the book series, when students suddenly have a much heavier workload. The response from those who commented included, rather surprisingly, a segment of enthusiastic "we hope so" answers. One said they would never write a troll essay in a video game, though some said that's exactly what they would love to do. Another also saw the more humorous implications of classwork in games.

RELATED LINKS: Hogwarts Legacy release date, Upcoming PC Games, Best PC RPGs

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:03 PM
     Steam Deck now has over 4000 Verified and Playable games

The Steam Deck now has more than 4,000 Verified and Playable games in its library, meaning you can install more of your library on the handheld with confidence. While games without the badge can still run on Valve's portable powerhouse, the company's certification system helps provide a heads up regarding compatibility and performance.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:00 PM
     FIFA 23 Heroes list and leaks

Excited to discover who made it onto the FIFA 23 Heroes list? FUT Heroes are a special group of players that left a lasting impression on their league with their extraordinary talents. These players share a number of similarities with FIFA 23 Icons, however, there are plenty of key differences that you need to be aware of before signing your own Hero.

FIFA 23 Heroes tend to feature lower stats compared to Icons, and they don't have the same level of freedom that Icon cards do when it comes to slotting into teams. You need to pair Heroes up with players from their respective league or nation in order to obtain max chemistry, whereas Icons can fit into any team without facing restrictions. Here's a list of confirmed players joining the FIFA 23 Heroes list.

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:33 AM
     Genshin Impact is the most tweeted about game so far in 2022

Every year, you can count on a few games being well-received on release, or sudden spikes in popularity for older titles that, in turn, mean they blow up on Twitter. Games like Elden Ring and Wordle certainly fit that description this year, but it turns out that Genshin Impact is actually the most tweeted about game in 2022 up to this point.

According to data released in a blog post by Rishi Chadha – Twitter's Global Head of Creator and Gaming Content Partnerships – Genshin Impact is sitting at number one, with Wordle in second and Elden Ring in seventh place, which may come as a bit of a shock given the fact that discourse around the FromSoftware game seemed inescapable at one point.

The data counts tweets from January 1 all the way up to June 30 and covers the approximately 1.5 billion tweets made about gaming on the social media platform during that time frame. And, for those who are curious, Chadha does rank the rest of the most tweeted about games in a top 10 list. Here's the complete list in an image taken directly from the post:

RELATED LINKS: Genshin Impact 2.8 release date, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:30 AM
     Next week's free PC game from epic is about mowing the lawn

It's another Thursday, which means it's time for a new round of free PC games from the Epic Games store. This week, you can snag free copies of WW1 multiplayer game Tannenberg (normally $19.99 USD) and the fantasy merchant RPG game Shop Titans. Next week, though, it's all about the present day and making sure the yard's looking sharp: Lawn Mowing Simulator will be free starting July 28.

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:27 AM
     How to get the Stray poncho for Elliot and fix the broken tracker

Struggling to get the Stray poncho? It might seem bizarre, but acquiring the poncho is essential to fixing Doc's broken tracker and departing The Slums. Thankfully, Annapurna's cyberpunk cat game grants you a surprising amount of freedom to explore at your own pace, so you might find you're halfway to solving this puzzle without even realising it.

In order to acquire the Stray poncho, you must have traded in the detergent with the Barterman to receive the electric cable. If you're still stuck on where to find the detergent, don't worry – just follow our guide on how to access the Stray Super Spirit laundromat to get yourself up to speed.

RELATED LINKS: Stray beginners guide, Stray review, Stray system requirements

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:27 AM
     Is FIFA 23 crossplay or cross-platform?

Excited about FIFA 23 crossplay? After years of waiting, FIFA 23 is finally going to support cross-platform play at launch. EA has been hesitant to add this must-requested feature to their sports games, but this is the year everything changes. EA ran a FIFA 22 crossplay functionality test back in May, giving current generation console owners the chance to play against a new set of opponents.

EA's FIFA 22 crossplay test was a taste of what's to come, setting the stage to introduce FIFA 23 crossplay to players later this year. FIFA's crossplay support doesn't end there, as there's also information about a shared transfer market across specific platforms.

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:23 AM
     Fortnite refer a friend – how to get the Xander skin

Want to know how the Fortnite refer a friend campaign works? You can earn the free Xander skin by playing with friends who haven't touched the battle royale game in a while, as explained in the news section on the main menu. Of course, given the game's age, it could be a tough sell, but everyone likes getting free Fortnite skins without paying real money.

Luckily, you have quite a while to persuade them, as the Fortnite refer a friend campaign is running until 11:59 PST on January 10, 2023 or 02:59 EST / 07:59 GMT / 08:59 CET on January 11, 2023. As long as you sign up by this date, you and the buddies you invite have until 11:59 PST on February 19, 2023 or 02:59 EST / 07:59 GMT / 08:59 CET on February 20, 2023 to complete the challenges. Of course, you need to be aware of a few complications with this promotional campaign, so we'll go over all the relevant details below.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:22 AM
     The best Lost Ark Arcanist build for PvP and PvE

Looking for the best Lost Ark Arcanist builds for PvP and PvE? We've done some digging into the MMORPG's Mage Advanced Class, which arrived as part of the Spells in Spades update. If you're a fan of magic-users, you may already be familiar with the Sorceress and Bard, but the best Arcanist builds bring an exciting new level of unpredictability to combat thanks to her Card Deck.

You can unlock this Lost Ark class once your Mage reaches level ten. However, you can't change your Advanced Class, so you need to level up a new character to test out this subclass. It's worth it though, as the Arcanist's unique powers make for interesting gameplay, from hurling her sharp-edged, Magick-infused cards at enemies, to activating randomised powers. While the following Lost Ark Arcanist builds are great for the powerful attacker, she doesn't have the best survivability, so use Engravings to improve your survivability where possible.

RELATED LINKS: Best MMORPG – top MMOs you should play, Best Lost Ark Glaivier builds for PvP and PvE, Best fantasy games on PC

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:21 AM
     Halo Infinite ultimate challenge and reward

Want to know how to complete this week's Halo Infinite ultimate challenge? Every week you can unlock a free cosmetic for your Spartan. To get this new look, you have to complete a list of challenges, and play a lot of matches. These challenges also give you experience points you use to level up the Halo Infinite battle pass.

Challenges can be found in the battle pass menu and it lists the current active challenges and upcoming challenges, including the Halo Infinite ultimate challenge for that week. Each challenge is colour-coded by difficulty, so bright grey challenges are the easiest, the bluish-grey challenges are of medium difficulty, and the bright blue ones are the most challenging. One of the upcoming challenges will take its place when you complete a challenge, though which challenge it is, is random.

Once you've completed each challenge, you're given one more challenge before you can claim your weekly reward. This challenge is the same for everyone. In this guide, we'll give you tips on how to complete the Halo Infinite weekly challenges in your queue, explain what this week's Halo Infinite ultimate challenge is, and what the weekly ultimate challenge reward is.

RELATED LINKS: Halo Infinite system requirements, Halo Infinite Bosses, Halo Infinite ranks

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:24 AM
     How to change class in Diablo Immortal

Want to know how the Diablo Immortal change class system works? Before Activision Blizzard introduced this new feature, players had to complete the RPG game with multiple character slots if they wanted to experiment with all available classes. This involved repeating the same dungeons just to get to the endgame and participate in the Diablo Immortal Shadow War events. In previous Diablo games, you had a stash to swap exclusive gear, which only eliminates part of this tedious problem.

However, with the new Diablo Immortal change class system, you only need one character on the go rather than a full roster. Not only do you keep your progress, but the first time that character transforms, they get equivalent gear. This substantially cuts the time needed to complete the game, leaving your newly altered adventurer free to delve into endgame dungeons.

RELATED LINKS: Diablo Immortal tier list, Diablo Immortal system requirements, Best Diablo Immortal builds

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:14 AM
     Konami party game Bail or Jail is cartoon Dead by Daylight

Konami has a new horror game on Steam, and it's not quite what you'd expect - Bail or Jail is an asymmetrical multiplayer party game that brings Halloween to the Steam store in July. Previously released on Nintendo Switch under the name Obakeidoro, Bail or Jail is a very cutesy take on the Dead by Daylight formula that pits one monster against a team of humans trying to stay out of their clutches.

Bail or Jail, developed by Free Style Inc, is based on the Japanese childrens' game keidoro, which is probably best known in the west by names such as 'cops and robbers' or 'manhunt.' Described as a "three minute tag battle with extra twists," the human team must avoid capture by the monster player while they attempt to nab everyone and lock them in jail.

Matches are three-on-one, and much like Dead by Daylight there are a selection of monsters that players can choose from, each with their own unique abilities, such as being able to slip through walls or tracking player footprints. Humans, on the other hand, have lanterns that can be used in an emergency to stun the monster.

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 10:46 AM
     Intel Arc A380 GPU overclocking boosts Doom Eternal fps by 60%

The Intel Arc A380 isn't the fastest GPU around, but overclocking the newcomer could significantly boost performance in games like Doom Eternal, Cyberpunk 2077 and God of War.

RELATED LINKS: Arc Alchemist GPUs - everything we know, Raptor Lake CPUs - everything we know, Best gaming CPU

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 10:06 AM
     Riot ditches League of Legends Akali voice changes after backlash

League of Legends game designer, Spideraxe, revealed in a July 19th tweet that Riot is scrapping plans to replace current VO actor Krizia Bajos with the ever-present Ashly Burch. Burch, known for her roles as Aloy in the Horizon series, and Rachel in Apple TV series Mythic Quest, was brought on to the team to inject a new, more enthusiastic, persona for Akali.

RELATED LINKS: Best LoL Champions , League of Legends patch 12.12 notes, LoL tier list

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 10:25 AM
     Saints Row 2022 is a mix of arcade chaos and modern anxiety

Saints Row 2022 might have a fresh face and a very modern set of anxieties driving its narrative, but its open-world arcade chaos and penchant for outrageous set pieces feels unmistakably like the Saints games of old. It doesn't break any new ground, but the new Saints Row feels like a delightful return to the form of 3 and 4, following Volition's misstep with Agents of Mayhem.

A short way into my four hour hands-on, my customised Boss character - a bright purple woman with lizard eyes, a fauxhawk, and a deep southern accent - is in trouble. Sprawled out on a bridge and surrounded by cops, she glances into the distance and smirks as her ride-or-die buddy Neenah comes roaring down the road in a bright yellow muscle car. What follows is a stunt so gloriously silly that it makes Fast & Furious look realistic - but, in true Saints Row style, it works like a charm.

"You said you didn't want to risk your car," chirps my character as she hops into the passenger seat. "I said I didn't want to risk it for rent," Neenah replies with a grin, "I'd risk anything for you dummies." It's a moment that encapsulates the reboot's new cast perfectly - an over-the-top, modern-day millennial crew whose love for one another is immediate and inarguable, but who are also a group grappling with the mundane anxieties of contemporary adult life.

RELATED LINKS: Saints Row release date, Best action-adventure games, Upcoming PC games

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 9:37 AM
     FIFA 23 Ultimate Edition was basically free for 15 minutes

FIFA 23 is set to bring EA's classic football game to next-gen consoles, introducing a plethora of highly requested features to give the title a new lease on life. A freak glitch on the Epic Games store, however, has led to the Ultimate Edition going on sale for 4.8 Indian Rupees - or $0.06 USD.

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 9:30 AM
     Where to find Fortnite Baller vehicles

Want to know where you can find the Fortnite Baller? As part of the Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 update for the long-running battle royale game, the island has transformed from a warzone to a massive blowout party, with DJ sets and magical trees that spread Fortnite reality seeds.

The islanders built one of this season's new named areas on top of the ruins of Command Cavern, the former headquarters of the Imagined Order. Now known as Rave Cave, this area hosts a music festival, complete with a rollercoaster that you can ride thanks to the return of the Fortnite Baller. This is essentially a zorb ball with a plunger that you can use to swing across the map, similar to the web-slingers from the beginning of Chapter 3.

The only real difference between this vehicle and the previous version of the Baller is that there is now a battery meter, and you stop moving when this runs out. Using the plunger to latch onto objects and pressing space to give yourself a boost both deplete the meter faster, so keep an eye on how much power you have left as you swing across the map.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 9:21 AM
     MultiVersus system requirements – a low spec Smash Bros alternative

MultiVersus system requirements are fairly lightweight, so your gaming PC probably won't struggle with the co-op cartoon caper. In fact, you'll be able to beat up Bugs Bunny and Batman using a ten-year-old GPU, and you shouldn't need to worry about upgrading your rig with extra RAM.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 9:17 AM
     All of the class tier sets for the first WoW Dragonflight raid

World of Warcraft offers many good reasons to get into raiding. The community spirit of defeating a hard boss, the achievements, the occasional hilarious wipe because your tank forgot to change out of their DPS spec - but above all, the lure of sweet swag towers, squashing lesser incentives like "social enjoyment" beneath its hairy toes.

The only thing more exciting than a new raid dropping is getting to see what slick threads your class will be sporting for the next six months. Thanks to the ever industrious data mining efforts of WoWHead.com, we've got an early peek at the first tier of class gear for Dragonflight. Let's take a look!

RELATED LINKS: Best MMORPGs on PC, The best WoW addons, WoW Classic leveling guide

PCGamesN Thursday, July 21, 2022 8:46 AM
     Destiny 2 system requirements

The Destiny 2 system requirements aren't as difficult to overcome as many of the game's dungeons and raids. In fact, your gaming PC can likely already run it, with its most demanding spec being its footprint on your system's storage.

RELATED LINKS: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:30 PM

Ubisoft has slipped the delay of upcoming first-person action adventure Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora into their first quarter sales report. The game has been pushed back to fiscal year 2023-2024 release window, so it would launch after March 31st 2023 at the earliest. If you're sad about the news then just watch the announcement trailer below a few times to keep the tears at bay.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:57 AM

It's a good time to be bad. At least, that's what GTA Online's Criminal Enterprises update coming July 26th would have us think. Not only does the update offer some fresh opportunities to make money for all kinds of criminals, but there's also some changes requested by the GTA Online community inbound too. Check out your options by watching the trailer below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:51 AM

Alice O's excellent Tour de Jeux words - which see her celebrate cycling in games and real life alongside the ongoing Tour De France - got me thinking about the sorts of exercise that take up a good chunk of my spare time. As some of you might know, I'm that badminton guy. That guy who always mentions he's away at a tournament sweating and eating bananas. That guy who believes Gears Of War and badminton have more in common than you might think, and reckon Gears is the closest thing we'll get to a proper badminton game.

Badminton aside, running is another pastime that's become dearer to me over the last few years. And that's a universally understood form of exercise, right? Especially when compared to the likes of badminton. So, why are there no proper games about running? I'd like one.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:48 AM

Once again I went into the basement of the treehouse - into the very roots, this time - to retrieve one of the reels of tape on which episodes of the bonus podcast Nate Files are recorded. I walked until the ground became unpaved and earthy, and the darkness became velvety. I heard the chittering of many pincers and carapaces colliding, and felt untold small bodies moving around me. Only for you, the supporters, would I make such a journey. I won't detail how I made it back alive, but I did, and it is with gratitude that I present this episode of The Nate Files to you. It's about ants!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 10:28 AM

Square Enix are threatening to overshadow the 25th anniversary of Final Fantasy 7 by partnering with Enjin, a cryptocurrency platform, to launch non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on the long-running JRPG series. To coincide with the anniversary, Squeenix will be releasing a digital collection of cards on Enjin's Efinity network for owners of physical cards that are expected to go on sale in 2023. There's an NFT linked to a Cloud Strife action figure too. Feel free to watch the trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth below to take your mind off this woeful event.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 10:00 AM

After four hours with Saints Row, it's funny being back in the present. I have a gaming PC! Bills to pay! A smartphone that recognises my face! Grey hairs! I say all this because Saints Row - not to be confused with Saints Row yet also to be confused with Saints Row - whisked me back to the early 2000s, when I was but a naïve teenager whose life largely pivoted around their Xbox 360. A time when Saints Row and Saints Row 2 were lighthearted Grand Theft Auto alternatives, then Saints Row: The Third came along and cranked up the silliness, and then Saints Row 4 grabbed the lever and cranked it so hard it snapped. So, yes, this year's Saints Row reboot is technically Saints Row 5, except it's more of a careful reboot. Where does it really sit on the timeline? At both ends, I reckon.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 7:32 AM

Never underestimate the innate cuteness of cats. It's a phenomenon that's served the Internet, Ancient Egyptian civilisation and Andrew Lloyd-Webber well. Now it's the turn of Annapurna Interactive, publishers of miaow 'em up Stray, who have seen the highest concurrent player counts on Steam for any of their games released to date. That's despite the game being free to PlayStation owners right now, if you sign up for their newly added seven-day free trial of their PlayStation Plus Extra subscription. Watch the trailer below to get a dose of cuteness for yourself.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 6:43 AM

EA have revealed that FIFA 23 on PC will feature the snazzy Hypermotion technology that current-gen console players have been able to enjoy for some time. The latest iteration of FIFA's motion-capture tech, cunningly named Hypermotion2, uses machine learning to generate animations based on "millions of frames of Advanced 11v11 Match Capture", EA say. You can check out what to expect yourself by watching the announcement trailer below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 6:37 AM

Ubisoft's campy cybercrime-o-rama Watch Dogs 2 arrived on Game Pass this week, and it's worth a look. I've been playing Watch Dogs 2 lately myself, by coincidence, and I am enjoying its gang of goofballs who want to stick it to The Man by hacking the planet and forcing people to watch their meme videos. Good camp fun with a nice group of friends.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, July 21, 2022 6:33 AM

Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered is getting more than a quick polish for its PC launch next month. A new PC features trailer has revealed the myriad of visual and technical improvements that the Windows version will wield over the PS5 edition, including ray traced reflections, Nvidia DLSS and DLAA compatibility, an uncapped framerate and ultrawide monitor support.

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Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 1:32 PM
     Ubisoft talked about the competitive landscape for Skull & Bones and Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope at the end of the year.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 1:18 PM
     Earlier today the release date for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection was announced by Konami in a YouTube video.

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     It will be a while before we see this game.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:50 PM
     During Ubisoft's financial conference call CFO Frédérick Duguet announced that Ubisoft has canceled a few games that were in development.

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     Right on the heels of Diablo Immortal.

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     Say I'm a Cat!

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:20 PM
     Here are all the music sheet locations in Stray.

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     There should be plenty of time to earn the adorable cosmetics.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:06 PM
     Fortnite's No Sweat Summer Event is here! Wondering how to find and pick up a no sweat sign? We've got you covered

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:59 AM
     Ubisoft announced its financial results for the first quarter of the fiscal year 2 and announced a delay for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:38 AM
     Today Bandai Namco released the first information about the post-launch DLC for its upcoming action game SD Gundam Battle Alliance.

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     Bodacious, dudes!

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:32 AM
     Destiny 2 is getting a showcase next month.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:27 AM
     Plants are scattered across Antvillage.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:10 AM
     It's time for some crime.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:05 AM
     The construction mode is on!

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 11:04 AM
     The Slurpee Back Bling styles are adorable.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 10:57 AM
     What the best controller settings are when playing Fortnite.

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 10:54 AM
     Can you guess what it is?

Twinfinite Thursday, July 21, 2022 10:53 AM
     Today Compile Hear revealed two brand new trailers of its upcoming JRPG Fairy Fencer F: Refrain Chord, showing gameplay and more.

Siliconera Thursday, July 21, 2022 1:00 PM

Nihon Falcom has published new Kuro no Kiseki II - Crimson Sin screenshots that show many characters appearing in the latest RPG entry. A majority of the characters shown will return from the prequel, but the company also included a couple of new characters in the mix.

The new character information screenshots include Aaron Wei, Feri Al-Fayed, Quatre Salision, Risette Twinings, and Judith Ranster. These five characters were part of the main cast of the first Kuro no Kiseki.

Falcom also shared screenshots that confirm the combat appearances of Aaron, Feri, Risette, and Judith. The latter's screenshot shows that Judith will fight with her other identity as the phantom thief Grimcats. Out of the eight main party members from the first game, only the veteran martial artist Bergard Zeman has yet to appear in Crimson Sin as of this writing.

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The screenshots also revealed more returning characters that will be playable in Crimson Sin. Besides Renne Bright and Shizuna Rem Misurugi, the Central Intelligence Department René Kincaid and Feri's elder brother Kasim Al-Fayed will also be available as playable characters.

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Several side characters from the first Kuro no Kiseki will also return, such as Quatre's caretaker Professor Latoya Hamilton and Judith's rival actress Nina Fenly. Nihon Falcom also introduced a couple of new characters that did not appear in the first game's list. Mirabel Aalton is Risette's co-worker who will contact Van Arkride as a service concierge from Marduk Total Security Company. Dominique Ranster is Judith's grandmother who is also known as a former singer and the original Grimcats.

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The Legend of Heroes: Kuro no Kiseki II - Crimson Sin will be available for PlayStation 5 and 4 in Japan on September 29, 2022.

The post More Kuro no Kiseki Characters Will Return in Crimson Sin appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, July 21, 2022 12:00 PM

Bring Arts Cloud Strife

As promised by its President, Square Enix has stepped a bit further into its plans to explore NFTs, cryptocurrency, and blockchain-related technologies. While the company previously sold NFTs of relatively obscure properties like Million Arthur, the newest move incorporates one of its most beloved brands: Final Fantasy. A new figure, the Bring Arts Cloud Strife, includes NFTs with every purchase.

Debuting on the Square Enix store, Bring Arts Cloud Strife is a new Final Fantasy VII-based action figure. Unlike other Cloud Strife figures, this new Bring Arts Cloud Strife is directly patterned after the character's appearance in Final Fantasy VII. Cloud's face and hair have a more anime-like appearance and simpler shapes. His clothes are brighter, and the accessories chunkier than the more realistically-sized version seen in FFVII Remake.

Check out some pictures of the figure in the gallery.

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As a value-add for cryptocurrency enthusiasts (and a value-subtract for crypto skeptics), all purchases of the figure include an NFT-based "digital certificate of authenticity". This certificate is a token registered on a blockchain operated by Enjin, a service partnering with Square Enix to create NFT collectibles based on Final Fantasy. A more expensive "Digital Plus" version of the figure includes two NFTs: The certificate, and a "digital version of the figure". Buyers will need a special app that gives them an Enjin-managed cryptocurrency "wallet". Given the volatility of pretty much every blockchain product, Square Enix's product page for the figure includes a warning that buyers may lose access to both NFTs in the event that Enjin disappears.

The Bring Arts Cloud Strife figure isn't the first time a physical product has been paired with an NFT. In June, American car maker Chevrolet attempted to auction off an NFT of the Corvette Z06 that also came with a "free" actual car in the same color. The auction closed with zero bids.

Bring Arts Cloud Strife is available for pre-order with an expected November 2023 release date. The standard figure (with 1 NFT) costs $129.99 USD. The "digital plus" edition (with 2 NFTs) costs $159.99 USD.

The post New Bring Arts Cloud Strife Figure Includes NFTs appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, July 21, 2022 10:00 AM

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Live A Live, developed by Square Enix and published by Nintendo, is a JRPG variety pack. In both its original and remade forms, it offers a collection of digestible tales, each enjoyable in a few hours. It shows a new, valuable use for the "HD-2D" approach, and in many ways sets a template for future remakes. And yet? It's still very much its own peculiar thing as well.


In this tale, you play the rule of a rather rude little cave boy, using smell to navigate and generally trying to accomplish tasks and communicate without language. Instead of text, this chapter uses images, grunts and gestures to tell you things, and it's intentionally a bit tough. It adds to the atmosphere, certainly, but it's also one you probably don't want to play first as you learn how the game does things. But hey, you could play chronologically and run into it first, we suppose!

The Prehistory chapter makes it especially apparent, but the whole game is largely steered by the minimap and its orange dot. This is a game that would be largely aimless without it, as it doesn't always explain what you need to do next in any other fashion. And it's a clear upgrade from the Super Famicom original, which really extended its game time by making players fumble around. Of course, now? Now it does feel like it's guiding you perhaps to a fault.

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Imperial China

Live A Live's Imperial China chapter has you preserve an ancient martial art by finding and training a successor. You get a lot of choice here on who you favor, and then you have an opportunity to put them to the test. It's the most direct way to shape battle stats, along with collecting and equipping weapons and accessories.

Like the chapter's master, the Live A Live remake seeks to preserve the past but also bring it into the modern era. Even with the "HD-2D" approach, the worlds contain a lot more detail. Characters use the higher-resolution battle screen looks in the overworld, rather than scrunched chibi forms, and that holds together better than switching styles back and forth like the 16-bit game was forced to do. It's one of those "looks like you remember it, not like it actually was" sorts of approaches that's very easy to suggest and profoundly difficult to actually accomplish.

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Twilight of Edo Japan

The Edo chapter is, in its entirety, an optional stealth mission. It's tough to make it through without killing anyone, but expert players will probably love that challenge. For the rest of us? The game regularly guilts you for your actions, keeping a tally of your kills as you go. Of course, you could go the other direction, too, and find all 100 foes and fell them all.

Whichever path you choose, Live A Live's Edo chapter is about learning the space. The map is intentionally vague, the sort of thing you'd have if you were an enemy faction and observed from afar. While they've seen huge visual upgrades, the environments are largely as designed in the original game. All the hidden passages, tricks and disorienting stairwells are here, clearly having the intended effect.

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The Wild West

This is a fairly straightforward chapter. You get into town and get some atmosphere and exposition, then you scrounge around all the buildings for stuff and hand them to townsfolk to prepare as traps. We didn't find this particularly difficult, though we're sure there's some "ideal" configuration of who does what that we didn't quite hit. The better you do, the easier the fight against the rival gang. There's no leveling here, so it's a straightforward puzzle.

Much like the denizens of the Wild West, Live A Live is venturing Westward for the first time. The localization feels loving and full of energy, unafraid to get straight to the point or drop an expletive or two. It's fascinating to see a game from that era that isn't beholden to the character limits or marketing choices of that time in the name of preserving nostalgia. In that respect, it has a leg up over its peers in terms of attracting new players in 2022.

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Present Day

This is by far the shortest chapter in Live A Live, offering a fighting game approach with no real story sequences. You need to defeat six opponents using the same turn-based combat, and your character learns moves by being hit with them. As long as you go in order and learn as you go, you'll usually have a great counter to your next opponent.

As for the battle system itself? It's a small tactical grid, each instanced with no health or effects carried over. There are easier chapters to learn it, but it's clearly the focus of this fighting tale. The main thing to learn is how to position yourself to avoid enemies' strongest attacks, and when you can find a moment to use a healing skill or item. Area effects are a dominant strategy for most fights, but if you get too reliant upon them, strong bosses might throw you for a loop.

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The Near Future

Feeling the most like a self-contained JRPG of the era, the Near Future chapter is about an orphanage and mind reading and robots and biker gangs and… you know, it's a whole mess, honestly. There are some truly tedious and annoying gameplay segments in this one, which the remake does smooth over sometimes with its navigation help? Nevertheless, we don't like 'em at all.

Speaking of the near future: if we see more classic remasters in the "HD-2D" format, we hope it'll follow Live A Live's template. Previous games in the style had the benefit of being entirely original creations, which is easier to do. Having to deal with the original aesthetic and work around it can be a bit tougher, and we're generally fans of how this game tackles those difficulties.

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The Distant Future

Since you can play the chapters in any order, we recommend Distant Future for when you most need a good change of pace. Featuring largely no combat and being mostly about interacting with doors and running away from danger, it's very much unlike the other eras. You can feel the ambition of the storytelling in this one, too. It doesn't quite have the time or resources to reach its goals, but it does enough to be worth your time.

Generally, Live A Live is about building colorful worlds to visit for a few hours. They feel a bit like B-movies, with a narrative that might have been impressive for an early-'90s JRPG but not exactly profound or innovative. They revel in genre tropes, but with a genuine enthusiasm that's hard to dislike.

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The Endgame

We won't spoil the game's later plot points — this is a game about its story — but things eventually come to a head in a final chapter, combining the protagonists of different eras into something with more traditional party management and a final boss. It's interesting to interact with these different styles in one party. Seeing characters like robot Cube actually show up in combat alongside those with much more martial prowess can be amusing, for sure.

It's here where the game gives you room to pad out your game time, depending on how much you want to maximize levels and get the best ending. The storytelling gets fully out of the way, offering something very different from what came before.

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Live A Live is a success, both as a self-contained remake of a quirky cult classic and as a prototype for the future of JRPG remakes. Its weaknesses are those of the preserved original's game design, but it makes these sacrifices intentionally and has a lot to offer those interested in its pace and structure.

Live A Live, developed by Square Enix and published by Nintendo, will launch July 22, 2022 on the Nintendo Switch. A demo is also available, allowing players to try parts of three chapters.

The post Review: Live A Live Remasters the JRPG for its Global Debut appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, July 21, 2022 9:00 AM

Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Anomaly Armor

Capcom revealed some of the planned content coming with the first free title update for Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak. Specifically, Capcom plans to add a new armor upgrade system as part of the endgame Anomaly Research quests. The new armor upgrade system will allow players to further strengthen their armor sets by adding new skills and modifying elemental resistance stats.

Editor's Note: Minor Spoilers for the ending and post-game content for Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak

Once players defeat the final boss of the Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak expansion, a series of new quests will be unlocked. These Anomaly Research Quests pit hunters against stronger Afflicted variants of previous monsters. Completing these quests allows hunters to collect Anomaly Tickets, which were previously limited to crafting the game's strongest weapons.

That is set to change with the next free title update. Two new posts from the Monster Hunter Twitter accounts reveal that Capcom will add a new mechanic it calls Qurious Crafting. Included images indicate that Qurious Crafting will allow for greater improvement to existing armor. Unlike standard Armor Sphere upgrades, however, Qurious Crafting will augment each armor piece's resistance stats, and could even add new skills.


Notably, the augmentations posted on the Japanese and English Twitter accounts differ in stats. This likely indicates an element of randomness to the augmentations, in a similar fashion to Talisman Melding. Both posts also note that Qurious Crafting will utilize "new materials" that will be added with the upcoming update.

You can get a better look at each Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Anomaly armor augmentation in the screenshots below:

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Last month, Capcom revealed that the first free title update after the release of the Sunbreak expansion would arrive in August 2022. Alongside the new armor upgrade mechanic, the title update will also add Lucent Nargacuga, a new Forlorn Arena area, and various new monster species.

Monster Hunter Rise and the Sunbreak expansion are available on the Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. The first free title update will arrive sometime in August 2022.

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Siliconera Thursday, July 21, 2022 8:00 AM

shokugeki no sanji

Shueisha will compile six chapters of Shokugeki no Sanji into a tankobon that will come out on August 4, 2022. The trio behind Shokugeki no Soma, or Food Wars, worked on the book. It is unknown if more chapters will appear in the future. Yuto Tsukuda wrote the story, Shun Saeki provided illustrations, and Yuki Morisaki contributed recipes.


Chapters take place within the One Piece canon timeline, with some familiar faces making cameos. They originally appeared as one-shots, with the first having appeared in 2018. Chapters would release in Weekly Shonen Jump alongside new chapters of the actual One Piece manga.

Shokugeki no Sanji will have 234 pages and will cost 506 JPY, which is approximately $3.70. It is currently unclear if an English publisher will license the book for localization. There will also be a digital version of the book in Japanese, which will also come out on August 4, 2022.

Though there has been no recent One Piece news that focuses solely on Sanji, he will be present in the upcoming projects for the franchise. Taz Skylar will portray him in the live-action adaptation that is still in development. He will have a new outfit for the One Piece Film Red movie coming out on August 6, 2022, and he will also appear in One Piece Odyssey.

Shokugeki no Sanji will come out on August 4, 2022, in Japan.

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Siliconera Thursday, July 21, 2022 7:00 AM

endling extinction is forever

With the release of Endling: Extinction is Forever on July 19, 2022, HandyGames uploaded an animated release trailer to the company's YouTube channel. The trailer is just over a minute long and gives an idea of what the game is about, as well as the general atmosphere and theme.

Endling places the player in the shoes (paws?) of a mother fox. The last mother fox on Earth, in fact. You have three cubs that you need to protect, care for, and teach in order for them to survive. Due to the hostile environment, you must also keep them safe from natural and man-made enemies However, you only have a limited amount of time to do so each day before things become too dangerous. Losing the litter could spell extinction for the species. As you raise the cubs and teach them lessons, they can learn new skills and develop distinct personalities. Some of them may have certain preferences and fears you must work around.

Since the reason behind the world's state is pollution as a result of human activities, the game has an eco-conscious message. This game is the first from its developer, Herobeat Studios. The website, as well as sales pages for Endling, also note that environmentalism is what the game is ultimately about.

You can watch the release trailer here:


Nintendo first unveiled Endling: Extinction is Forever during its Nintendo Indie Showcase in December 2021. At the time, the game was supposed to have come out in Spring 2022. Other games with a Summer 2022 release window from the Indie Showcase include Afterlove EP, Loco Motive, and River City Girls 2.

Endling: Extinction is Forever is available on the Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. For Windows PC, it is available through Steam and Epic Games.

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     Multiversus Closed Alpha Evo 2022 Feat skins cosmetics costThe cost of a free-to-play game is secretly pretty high, depending on who you are. Fortunately, while MultiVersus' unlockable content system should be quite reasonable (new characters and perks), those who wish to bling out their characters with skins will have to pull out their wallet. That's not a huge complaint — as long as the game doesn't cross into the realm of pay to win, I'm completely fine. But getting all of the cosmetics in MultiVersus will cost you some money. In MultiVersus' latest trailer, WB Games revealed how players will be able to unlock new characters for their roster. Similar to other free-to-play games, characters cycle through a free rotation, allowing you to try out some fighters for free at any given time. You can also try out each character in the training mode for free. You can earn Gold by completing challenges and playing online, which you can use to unlock characters and perks.   Looking good In fact, you won't...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, July 21, 2022 10:30 AM
     Minecraft NFTs field beesAccording to a blog post on the official Minecraft website, developer Mojang has received a fair few comments from fans asking about its stance on NFTs and the blockchain. It makes sense to ask these questions; considering Minecraft's emphasis on user-generated content, it would not come as a surprise if Mojang felt tempted to allow the selling of this content and join in on other companies' race toward the bottom. Thankfully, the same blog post confirms that Mojang does not support or permit the incorporation of NFTs into Minecraft. Currently, the Minecraft Usage Guidelines allow players to charge others who wish to join their servers, but otherwise give all players "access to the same functionality" and content. Mojang stated that NFTs would not fall in line with these guidelines. Their imposed scarcity would exclude many players from accessing this content and interfere with "the spirit of Minecraft."   To ensure that Minecraft players ...

Gamer Empire Thursday, July 21, 2022 1:40 PM

One of the main sources of skills that your character can have in Project Slayers if you choose to be a demon is its demon blood art, DBA for short. As demon blood art determines some of your skills, it's a large factor in how strong your character is, and therefore you want to use […]

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