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Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 8:50 PM

There have been firefighting games for as long as there have been video games, but for whatever reason—and I'll speculate on this in a second—there has never been a great one. Fire Commander is the latest game to try and break this duck, and while it doesn't make it, I at least admire the way it tries.


Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 7:10 PM

Because the Culture Wars have now spread to every front imaginable, for the last few years board and tabletop games have been going through their own struggles as players traditionally marginalised in the space have fought for greater inclusion, in turn facing increasingly shrill levels of opposition. That opposition…


Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 5:45 PM

Bear And Breakfast is a hotel management sim that plays like Animal Crossing. You gather resources every day, complete delivery errands, and build your Airbnb empire–all while playing as an adorable bear. The problem is that Bear and Breakfast lacks the relentless optimism of business sims while not delivering on any…


Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 5:15 PM

Today Vampire Survivors, the popular top-down, reverse bullet hell roguelike currently in Early Access on Steam, received a patch that not only tweaked some of the game's mechanics, but added a handy cheat menu as well.


Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:55 PM

While it's not the most powerful console out there, the smaller and more affordable Xbox Series S has been a big hit for Xbox. But reportedly, some devs have felt the strain of getting bigger, more advanced games to work on the console and in response, Microsoft is freeing up some memory to help improve the tiny…


Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:30 PM

Vulpix or Growlithe? Zangoose or Seviper? Ever since Arceus made the world in its image, Pokémon fans have had to grapple with a huge choice: which version to get. That quandary will remain in place for the latest games, Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.


Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:01 PM

On Wednesday right-wing media barker Alex Jones learned that his lawyers had accidentally sent the prosecution in his defamation trial a copy of his cell phone records. "You know what perjury is, right?" the plaintiffs' lawyer asked as Jones tried to stumble backwards out of more crimes. Now one of the absolute…


Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:41 PM

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Switch received its second wave of Booster Course Pass DLC today, which adds eight new courses and finally fixes an old one. Let's just say Coconut Mall's Shy Guys aren't so shy anymore, and if you get too close you will get merc'd.


PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 6:45 PM
     Terraria 1.4.4 update brings an end to corrupted jungle woes

Terraria 1.4.4 update Labor of Love plans to end your corrupted jungle woes forever, with one major quality of life change set to make a huge difference to players of the crafting game. No longer will players have to spend hours carving out their jungle to insulate it against evil, or resort to Terraria mods to rescue biomes otherwise lost to corruption in the co-op game, and it's all thanks to the addition of a new block type.

As the Terraria 1.4.4 update release inches ever closer, developer Re-Logic has finally revealed "the thing" that it has been teasing for a while - the introduction of infected mud grass tiles. That may not sound exciting, but veteran Terraria players will be aware of the nightmares caused by evil biomes encroaching upon your jungle tiles. The change, allowing mud tiles to become infected without turning into dirt, makes evil biomes much less of a threat to the long-term health of your jungle.

When in hardmode (the latter half of Terraria's world progression), tiles affected by the corruption, crimson, or hallow will slowly spread their infection to nearby blocks. This means that, if left unchecked, the biomes can slowly take over your whole world. While the jungle is immune to the effects of the hallow, it is susceptible to whichever evil biome (corruption or crimson) happens to be present in your world.

RELATED LINKS: The best Terraria mods, Terraria happiness guide, Terraria bosses guide

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 5:38 PM
     Far Cry 6 is free to play this weekend

A Far Cry 6 free weekend has kicked off, and you can jump in and play the open-world FPS game now until August 7 free of charge. If you haven't had the chance yet to join the guerrilla resistance on the Caribbean island of Yara, you might want to clear some time out of your weekend schedule (and space on your hard drive) and dive in.

RELATED LINKS: Far Cry 6 review, The best open-world games, Buy Far Cry 6

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 3:49 PM
     Destiny 2 Season 18 Iron Banner will add 'Eruption' killstreaks

After experimenting with the resurrected Rift mode from the original Destiny this season, Destiny 2's Iron Banner will be switching to Clash, but with an impactful change. The plan now is to add a new system called Eruption to the multiplayer game mode, which ramps up the tension and power for each kill in an unbroken streak.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:45 PM
     Puma and Manchester City unveil team's first-ever Roblox kit

Puma and Manchester City unveiled the football club's Third kit in Roblox as part of an event that gives Robloxians the chance to win an exclusive jersey and purchase avatar items to show off Man City's newest look.

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

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 3:55 PM

The developers of Crypt Of The NecroDancer just sneakily announced a followup. It's called Rift Of The NecroDancer, and it's a "standalone rhythm game in the NecroDancer universe." You can watch its surprise reveal below, at the end of the trailer for the newly released Synchrony DLC for Crypt Of The NecroDancer.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 3:30 PM

My first encounter with Frogwares' Sherlock Holmes games was the Consolevania drubbing of Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened, but the series has come a long way since. Alice loved last year's Sherlock Holmes: Chapter One, which stars a young, hot Holmes.

As CJ reported last week, Frogwares now intend to close the circle by pitting hot Holmes against (hot?) Cthulhu creatures in a remake of 2007's The Awakened. Its Kickstarter project launched today and there's a reveal trailer below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:54 PM

If you're changing your company's name in part because it's hard to pronounce, you'd presumably want to change it to something with zero ambiguity. Seemingly not, if publisher Koch Media are any indication, as they announced today that they've changed their name to Plaion. At least the mispronunciations are now lower stakes.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:18 PM

We've been writing about Beyond Good & Evil 2 for over 14 years, but the ambitious open world sci-fi sequel hasn't been seen in over three. Ubisoft have maintained that the project isn't cancelled, and here's at least a little proof: narrative designer Sarah Arellano announced via Twitter that she's joined the project as lead writer.

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Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:53 PM
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Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:10 PM
     Do you like animals and cults? Then, Cult of the Lamb is the perfect game for you!

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 8:56 PM
     Today both Microsoft and third-party developers had Microsoft Flight Simulator news in store, including releases and new reveals.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 8:18 PM
     Determining if Rocky Horror Picture Show is based on a true story.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 6:17 PM
     Become the surfer with Hooked on You's cosmetic rewards in Dead by Daylight.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:53 PM
     Xbox insiders in Ireland and Colombia are being prompted to test a new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service shared with friends and family.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:45 PM
     A Wordle a day keeps the... word doctor away?

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:10 PM
     These are the droids you are looking for.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:02 PM
     Is Bleach actually coming back?

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:32 PM
     Lady Gaga is Harley Quinn!

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:18 PM
     Today Level Infinite and Hotta Studio revealed another trailer of their upcoming online RPG Tower of Fantasy.

Siliconera Thursday, August 4, 2022 3:00 PM

Eiichiro Oda won a Guinness record for most One Piece manga copies published

The record held by Eiichiro Oda's One Piece in Guinness World Records has received an update. The long-running manga series has generated even more copies when compared to the first time it received a world record in December 2014.

Hiroyuki Nakano, the editor-in-chief of Weekly Shonen Jump, displayed the new Guinness certificate on the official One Piece staff account on Twitter. It shows that there have been 416,566,000 copies of One Piece books circulated between December 1997 and July 2022.

Japanese press releases noted that the number contained in the certificate only counted the number of books published domestically in Japan. The Twitter account added that the manga series has over 500 million copies in print worldwide. That means around 84 million copies have circulated outside Japan.

In June 2022, Eiichiro Oda took a month-long hiatus from publishing new chapters. He wanted to recharge and prepare for the final arc of the long-running series. The hiatus did not dampen the popularity of the series, which resumed publication in the July 25, 2022 issue of Shonen Jump.

Besides the original manga, the anime and game adaptations of One Piece are also flourishing. The One Piece Film: Red movie will release in Japan on August 6, 2022, and in the West in Fall 2022. Meanwhile, Bandai Namco is working on One Piece Odyssey, an RPG that will appear on the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, and PC in 2022.

The post One Piece and Eiichiro Oda's Guinness World Record Updated appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:00 PM

Root Letter Hollywood live-action movie - Keana Marie as Sarah

The long-teased Hollywood live-action movie adaptation of Root Letter has appeared, and it will launch in American theaters on September 1, 2022. A one-and-a-half-minute-long trailer for the movie is available to watch on YouTube.

While the Hollywood movie will change the characters and locations from the Japanese visual novel, the storyline will still be similar. Danny Ramirez will play the role of Carlos, a teenager who used to exchange letters with his distant pen pal Sarah (performed by Keana Marie). When Sarah goes missing after she sends a final letter claiming she killed someone, Carlos travels to her hometown and interrogates her friends to try to find her.

Kadokawa Games first announced the Hollywood movie adaptation of Root Letter in November 2018. The Japanese game publisher initially worked with Akatsuki Entertainment USA to produce the live-action movie. The new trailer reveals that Ammo Entertainment will finish the movie and release it in theaters.

Root Letter originated as an illustrated visual novel released for PlayStation 4 and Vita in 2016. Kadokawa Games then released a new version with live Japanese actors, dubbed Root Letter: Last Answer, in 2018. Kadokawa announced that it has sold over 500,000 units of all Root Letter games combined worldwide as of April 2022.

The Root Letter live-action movie will be available in select theaters and on-demand services on September 1, 2022.

The post Root Letter Live-Action Movie Will Appear in September 2022 appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, August 4, 2022 6:30 PM
     Cook Serve Delicious FreeEvery week Epic Games offers different games for players to download for free on its store. Starting August 11, players can look forward to Cook Serve Delicious 3 joining the lineup of free games. But until then, you'll be able able to get Unrailed for free until August 11 at 11 AM ET. Cook Serve Delicious 3 is a kitchen management strategy game, following the trail classic cooking games, such as Cooking Mama, blazed. It's, of course, the third game in the trilogy, expanding greatly on the initial two iterations to bring the best possible experience Cook Serve Delicious has to offer.   Cook Serve Delicious 3 goes on the road While the first two games set the location in a restaurant, the third games takes players out on the open road. A fire recently burned down the restaurant you occupied in Cook Serve Delicious 1 and 2, which means up-and-coming cooks go on a road trip in a food truck. Players will transform the vehicle into the perfect food truck, vying to win the ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, August 4, 2022 6:00 PM
     Saints Row Reboot Preview Combat Missions 5 plaion publisherMany know the name "Saints Row," but likely few would recognize the name of its publisher. Koch Media, which has been publishing games since the '90s, has been behind big franchises like Saints Row, Metro, and Shadow Warrior. Today, the company announced a big change. Koch Media is rebranding itself as Plaion, a move it believes will "better portray who we are and the journey we are taking." And maybe it'll also prevent people from erecting any more crude jokes. I mean, it was pretty low-hanging fruit. Not much beyond the name is changing for Koch Media, now Plaion. The company is still footing the bill for the upcoming Saints Row reboot, which will arrive soon on August 23. As the parent company of Flying Wild Hog, it'll also see the release of Evil West this September. And there will be plenty more in the near and distant future for the nearly 30-year-old publisher.   "Over the last 28 years, we have built an incredibly strong busines...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, August 4, 2022 5:05 PM
     Hard West 2 Fooling The Hangman Kill All Enemies First RoundEarly on in Hard West 2, your characters will need to rescue Laughing Deer. A tutorial pop-up will also inform you of the skills used by Gin Carter and Flynn, which would be necessary for this particular challenge. Here's our Hard West 2 Fooling the Hangman mission guide to help you kill all enemies in the first round. Note: We'll have a Hard West 2 guides and features hub soon, so stay tuned.   Hard West 2 Fooling the Hangman mission – How to kill all enemies in the town square in the first round This challenge in Hard West 2's Fooling the Hangman mission requires you to eliminate all nine enemies in the first round of combat. While there are many ways to achieve this, here's what I ended up doing: Use Gin's Shadow Barrage to rip apart the sheriff and two other units that are in front of him. At least one mob will end up dead, which means Gin still has Bravado. Shoot the sheriff to damage him further and end Gin's turn. Next, use Flyn...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, August 4, 2022 5:00 PM
     Tmnt Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shredder's Revenge Patch Stability Performance desyncHave you experienced any desync while playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge online? I sure have, and it made for some chunky gameplay in spots. Thankfully, that may be a thing of the past now. TMNT: Shredder's Revenge got a pretty hefty stability patch, which targets online desync and performance issues, among other changes. The desync fixes coming to TMNT: Shredder's Revenge are likely ones I welcome the most out of the stability patch. I played the game co-op with our own Andrew during the review process, and there were some shaky moments. Overall it was still enjoyable, but desyncs, such as during boss fights, weren't unusual. The patch, however, fixes this by preventing bosses from snapping around after getting hit by the client. Issues that kept the game from detecting Ready players have been addressed as well. Many connection issues causing the aforementioned desyncs have been fixed.   The patch also addresses freezing issues and ge...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:35 PM
     Hard West 2 Lazarus Best Card Skills GuideLazarus joins your squad in Hard West 2 during Chapter 1.  You'll meet him in Pine Falls after aiding Cla'Lish, where he'll admit that he's also hunting the Devil Mammon. Here's our Hard West 2 Lazarus guide to help you with the best card skills and weapon loadout for him. Note: We'll have a Hard West 2 guides and features hub soon, so stay tuned.   Hard West 2 Lazarus best card skills and weapon loadout guide Main skill: Transfusion – Lazarus can swap his current HP and status effects with another character. This can be a lifesaver at times or a game-changer for certain setups. However, it's also fairly situational. Weapon loadout: Any – Lazarus has bonuses for handguns and shotguns (depending on the equipped cards), though he does not excel in any particular combat scenario. Below, you'll see the card skills for Lazarus in Hard West 2. As usual, having a better poker hand equipped means unlocking all the lower-tier sk...

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Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, August 4, 2022 5:00 PM
     Scorpions are rare creatures in Animal Crossing, and since they are rare, they can be sold at a high price. This makes farming scorpions one of the ways to earn a fair amount of Bells. This arachnid can only spawn from May to October and is active from 7 pm to 4 am. Scorpions are […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:00 PM
     When VALORANT was introduced to the world in 2020, it blew the internet. Despite being a new game in the massive first-person shooter genre, it has already made its way to the top of the rankings with the likes of CS: GO and Overwatch. Immediately after release, pro-CS: GO players like Shroud have already taken […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, August 4, 2022 3:00 PM
     Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in the old times in the Pokemon world at a time when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in the land of the Hisui region, known as the Sinnoh region in modern times, you'll join the Galaxy Expedition Team (or just Galaxy Team for short) […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:00 PM
     Powerful endgame upgrade path for your class. Typically, a game's story mode is where the meat of the game's primary content lies. Once you have gone through the struggles of completing every task available in-game, all that is left is to aim for 100% completion by completing side quests, minigames, or other activities in-game – […]

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, August 4, 2022 6:48 PM

D3 Publisher and developer Shade recently announced  Samurai Maiden, a new samurai hack-and-slash game

The post Hack and Slash Samurai Game Samurai Maiden Announced for PC and Consoles appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, August 4, 2022 6:14 PM

The DLC will add three new playable characters

The post Crypt of the NecroDancer Gets New DLC appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, August 4, 2022 5:10 PM

A trailer and new website for the rebrand was also releveled.

The post Koch Media is Now PLAION appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:42 PM

A new release date has yet to be announced.

The post MultiVersus Season 1, Rick and Morty Delayed appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:13 PM

Pivotal Gamers Thursday, August 4, 2022 4:28 PM
     What's up all? Steam is giving you the chance to win on Despotism 3k. Read on for their offering. Get Despotism 3k on Steam for Free! A few words about Despotism 3k Humanity is enslaved by an AI… which is awesome, because we're on the right side of the conflict. Exploit puny humans to extract power and build your own empire!

Gaming on PC Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:54 PM
     Square Enix revealed today that Tactics Ogre: Reborn will hit PC and consoles (PlayStation 4/5 and Nintendo Switch) on November 11th. Read more after the jump.

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Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 1:55 PM

Assassin's Creed Valhalla dataminers recently discovered files of an Iron Man skin that shoots a Unibeam from the chest. The skin is currently not available in Ubisoft's digital store, but fans are hoping that it gets released sometime in the future.


Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 1:45 PM

In a game with literal superheroes like Wonder Woman and Superman, you might be surprised to discover that one of the best fighters in MulitVersus is in fact a cartoon rabbit who is quite the stinker. Yes, Bugs Bunny is one of the game's most powerful and popular characters, but that might change after he's nerfed in…


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Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:30 PM

They said it was impossible and, for nearly two decades, that seemed to be the case. But last night, a streamer named Jervalin beat Halo 2's "LASO deathless" challenge, earning a cool $20,000 in the process. Talk about finishing the fight.


Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:47 AM

Square Enix just announced details for an upcoming remake of its classic strategic RPG, Tactics Ogre. Tactics Ogre: Reborn will feature more detailed art, voice over, and a new leveling system. However, some fans are frustrated at the high-definition sprites which they believe worsen the overall look of the game.


Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:40 AM

The Steam Deck, Valve's mega-powerful mini-PC, only arrived this year, and while there are many reasons to check out one of the most exciting pieces of gaming hardware available today, the amount of great, hassle-free games available on the device is proof enough of its success.


Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:30 AM

Tencent appears to be doubling down on its investment in Ubisoft. While it already owns 5 percent of the Assassin's Creed publisher, Reuters now reports the Chinese mega-conglomerate with huge investments throughout the gaming industry has its sights set on becoming Ubisoft's single biggest shareholder. Its plan for…


Kotaku Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:16 AM

Imagine if I told you there was a new immersive sim—think Prey, Dishonored, etc—but made by a team of just two people. And then imagine I told you it was really damned good. And now stop imagining, because it's real, obviously. It'd be a weird intro if it weren't. Ctrl Alt Ego is a PC game about being an unattached…


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PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 1:11 PM
     The next free game from Epic is about running a food truck

Thursdays are that magical time in the week when new free PC games become available on the Epic Games Store. This week, it's Unrailed, a co-op game about building train tracks through the unpredictable wilderness, with your friends. Next week, Epic has revealed we'll be getting the third instalment of the frenetic restaurant simulator, Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3!?

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:25 PM
     FFXIV Island Sanctuary might arrive sooner than expected

The FFXIV Island Sanctuary update might be giving players of the MMORPG their own Animal Crossing getaways sooner than expected. If you've ever felt like Final Fantasy XIV wasn't relaxing enough, the new mode - which seems to resemble life games such as Stardew Valley - promises an opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle to explore and develop your own personal island.

The FFXIV 6.2 special site has been updated with additional details ahead of Live Letter 72 on August 12, which is expected to break down the upcoming patch in full. Among the details is a short section on Island Sanctuary - which, most intriguingly, is listed as a "patch 6.2" feature, suggesting that it may be arriving with the late August update.

Previously, the tropical paradise was said to be coming with patch 6.25 further down the line. Adding to this release date speculation is the fact that the closing bullet points for the article do not list patch 6.25 next to Island Sanctuary, but do for other features we know to be scheduled for later updates.

RELATED LINKS: The best MMOs on PC, FFXIV Reaper job guide, FFXIV Sage job guide

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:14 PM
     Cities: Skylines mods undone by genius roads and ramps trick

Cities: Skylines mods like MoveIt and Fine Road Anarchy may no longer be as vital in Paradox Interactive's superlative city-building game, as one enterprising player has uncovered a genius trick for creating smooth and better-looking roads, railways, and highway ramps.

RELATED LINKS: Cities: Skylines mods, Cities: Skylines system requirements, The best management games on PC 2022

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:05 PM
     Intel pits Arc A750 GPU against Nvidia RTX 3060 in showcase video

Intel has shared a video showcasing Arc A750 GPU performance, and its in-house benchmarks suggest it outpaces the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060. The gaming PC giant's own tests include expected fps for games like F1 2021, Cyberpunk 2027, Control, and Fortnite all of which seemingly run faster on the blue team's desktop graphics card.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:04 PM
     The Elder Scrolls 6 release date speculation and rumours

While there is no Elder Scrolls 6 release date yet, we finally have our first official look at the game courtesy of a short teaser trailer. The video opens with the classic musical motif from the series and a panning shot of some mountains before the logo appears, confirming that The Elder Scrolls 6 is real, at least.

We might have been spoilt by excellent games in the series already, but, frankly, it's time for something fresh. It'll be fresh for a while post-release, too: Bethesda director says we'll be sinking our teeth in The Elder Scrolls 6's gameplay "for a decade at least". Here's everything we know about The Elder Scrolls 6, from settings and gameplay features, to when we might be able to get our hands on it.

RELATED LINKS: Elder Scrolls 6 release date, Elder Scrolls 6 setting, Fallout 5 news

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:59 AM
     Genshin Impact's Yoimiya banner rerun struggles to impress players

Klee, Kazuha, and Heizou's banners have come and gone, and Genshin Impact's version 3.0 update is right around the corner, boasting plenty of new characters to pull for. But where does that leave Yoimiya? Many players believe that her character banner will produce low sales because she's caught in between a nearly must-pull character like Kazuha and exciting new Sumeru additions. Well, thanks to GenshinLab, we can see Yoimiya's day one sales and have a look at how she's doing so far.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:56 AM
     Tactics Ogre: Reborn is coming to Steam

Tactics Ogre is coming to Steam for the first time. Square Enix has announced that Tactics Ogre: Reborn, a remastered version of the 2010 PlayStation Portable remake of the Super Nintendo classic Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together, the Tactics Ogre: Reborn Steam release date has been set for November 11, and will launch alongside the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation versions.

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:48 AM
     How to unlock secret characters in Vampire Survivors

Want to know how to unlock secret characters in Vampire Survivors? When you start your first run you only have a handful of Vampire Survivors characters and a few weapons available. However, on each playthrough, more items, weapons, and characters unlock for you to use in future attempts.

These items are vital if you wish to use Vampire Survivor weapon evolutions to maximise a weapon's damage output for the best Vampire Survivors build. The game also locks new characters behind requirements, such as leveling up your gear to a certain threshold, finding items in a level, or slaying a quota of monsters. Later on, you can also find Arcana to give your weapons unique bonuses to annihilate your foes.

Some of these unlock conditions are vague and confusing, so we thought we'd list how you can get all of the Vampire Survivors characters, weapons, items, and levels. We also have a cheat code that you need to type to get another hidden vampire slayer and steps to access other secret characters.

RELATED LINKS: The best survival games on PC in 2022, Vampire Survivors weapon evolution guide, The best Vampire Survivors build

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:44 AM
     Vampire Survivors cheats

Want a list of all of the Vampire Survivors cheats? It seems like a cruel joke for the roguelike game to add cheat codes this late in development, but here we are. Patch 6.2 gives would-be vampire hunters a chance to enter some codes for powerful abilities.

To unlock the Vampire Survivors cheats, you need to find the Forbidden Scrolls of Morbane, which you can obtain by slaying the Bone Orb in the Bone Zone. Once you pick this up, a new secrets menu will appear on the main menu. Not only can you enter cheats here, but you can also see the conditions for unlocking the hidden Vampire Survivors unlockable characters. Of course, you can also just enter codes to unlock them; we have the full list below.

RELATED LINKS: The best survival games on PC in 2022, Vampire Survivors weapon evolution guide, The best Vampire Survivors build

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:43 AM
     Vampire Survivors 0.10.0 adds cheat codes, playable trousers

Vampire Survivors has become one of 2022's best survival games on PC, and is continuing to evolve with patch 0.10.0. Adding two new characters and a plethora of fun cheat codes to help you send the demons back to hell, here's a full rundown of what we know about the new update.

RELATED LINKS: The best survival games on PC in 2022, Vampire Survivors weapon evolution guide, The best Vampire Survivors build

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:38 AM
     Best free Steam games

What are the best free Steam games? If you are bored and penniless, you don't need to fear a gaming drought. Steam is full of games to play without spending a penny (no, not like that). What's more, many of them are very good indeed: games that are just as much fun to play as their full-price, wallet-destroying siblings.

In recent years, free Steam games have become the norm, with some even overtaking paid-for triple-A tiles as the leaders of the PC gaming hobby. Take a quick look at the platform's most-played list and you'll see that a significant proportion of the biggest games in the world happen to be free-to-play. So, because we desperately care about the health of your bank account - and honestly worry about how much money you're spending on your nasty gaming habit - we want to help you find all the free games worth your time. Below you'll find a bounty of free Steam games, all available to download and play right now. What are you waiting for?

RELATED LINKS: Play War Thunder for free, Tank games, Best WW2 games

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:10 AM
     Back 4 Blood DLC 2 release date, act five, and new character

The Back 4 Blood DLC 2 release date has been set for late August, with the second expansion for the zombie game, Children of the Worm, adding act five to the campaign and a new playable character along with new enemies, weapons, accessories, skins, cards, and more. Children of the Worm also introduces the much-anticipated bear traps to the FPS game's roster of deadly tools.

Children of the Worm is set to release on August 30, developer Turtle Rock Studios announced on the game's official Twitter page. The tweet includes a screenshot showcasing a sneak peek of the many additions that players can expect to get their hands on when the new DLC launches. The expansion will be included in the game's annual pass, which was also provided to owners of the deluxe and ultimate editions, or can be purchased separately.

Leading the charge is a new playable cleaner: a flamboyantly moustachioed man with a shaved head who goes by the moniker "Prophet" Dan - described as "a gun toting, self-proclaimed preacher of the end times." Also much anticipated will be act five of the game's main story campaign, which the image appears to show includes a total of six individual stages.

RELATED LINKS: Back 4 Blood review, The best co-op games on PC in 2021, The best zombie games on PC in 2021

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:15 AM
     Roblox promo codes list August 2022 – how to redeem

Looking for Roblox promo codes? There are all sorts of promo codes from Roblox events and giveaways out there, that grant you free virtual goods like clothes and items. No need to fork out cash for accessories; new codes are added all the time, so you can keep your Roblox character looking fresh.

Roblox promo codes won't hang around forever, though - they're only valid for a limited time, so be sure to redeem them as soon as you discover one you haven't used yet. Redeeming them is simple - log in to the Roblox website and navigate to their promo codes page, where you can enter your code, and the item will automatically be added to your account straight away.

Promo codes aren't the only source of free items, though; you can also find free Roblox stuff in the avatar shop. There are far too many to list, but there are hundreds of items available for nothing: simply click the 'get' button next to their catalog listing to add them to your account. Be sure to check back here regularly, as we'll update this page whenever new Roblox promo codes are released.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:00 AM
     Apex Legends Vantage gameplay preview – A batty new addition

Apex Legends Season 14: Hunted is right around the corner, and like every other season, it's adding a new Legend to the roster. This time around, Vantage and her bat friend Echo are entering the Apex Games. The new duo will arrive when the update goes live next week, on August 9. You'll want to learn as much about Vantage as you can before then, so we're here to provide info on her backstory, abilities, and everything else we learned after attending a recent Season 14 press event.

RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends characters guide, Apex Legends skins, Apex Legends map guide

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:53 AM
     Digimon Survive karma system – how it affects evolution and the ending

Has the Digimon Survive karma system got your morality tied in knots? While we've long become used to making choices in videogames, Digimon Survive's karma system is the backbone of the entire digital world. From digivolution to recruitment, the influence of your Digimon Survive karma alignment casts a wide net – it's even the deciding factor for the ending in this turn-based strategy game.

The Digimon Survive karma system is split into three alignments: Moral, Wrathful, and Harmony. Not every decision will affect your Digimon Survive karma, but each significant choice you make will affect your alignment. Moral choices are closely aligned to the principles of sacrifice and justice, whereas Wrathful choices neglect your companions in favour of working towards the goal at hand. Conversely, Harmony choices prioritise companions and facilitate cooperation over conflict. Read on to find out how each Digimon Survive karma alignment affects your playthrough.

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:50 AM
     Dead by Daylight Season 25 trailer defies death, and devs don't care

Dead by Daylight Season 25 is entitled "Project W," and centers around Resident Evil's Ada Wong, Rebecca Chambers and, of course, Wesker himself. While the new trailer introduced our new DBD killer in style, some noticed a few inconsistencies with a previous cinematic, prompting a response from Behaviour Interactive.

RELATED LINKS: DBD killer tier list, Best horror games, Hooked on You: A DBD Dating Sim gameplay review

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:51 AM
     Genshin Impact codes August 2022 – redeem free primogems

Looking for Genshin Impact codes? MiHoYo's charming open-world game is notoriously easy to lose yourself in, and if you're like us, you're constantly looking out for more Genshin Impact primogems and other handy consumables.

Gathering currency in Genshin Impact can be quite the grind - while you can earn mora and primogems by completing quests such as daily commissions, an injection of extra funds will always be gratefully received. Fortunately, the developers MiHoYo occasionally send out free gifts in the form of Genshin Impact codes that can be redeemed online.

These Genshin Impact codes are released periodically, frequently appearring in MiHoYo's special programs that reveal information about future updates coming to the game soon, but also to celebrate milestones or to coincide with new Genshin Impact events. Most codes also only work for a limited time - so it's a good idea to redeem them as soon as possible in case you miss out. Codes can only be redeemed once per account. Here are all the current Genshin Impact codes for August 2022, and how to redeem them.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:48 AM
     Starfield gameplay trailer hints at survival system

The Starfield gameplay trailer seems to hint that Bethesda's upcoming space RPG could feature a survival system and other survival game mechanics, similar to Fallout 4 and Fallout: New Vegas, whereby players have to eat, drink, and take care of their characters' biological needs, as well as completing quests and unlocking abilities.

RELATED LINKS: Starfield release date, Starfield ship design, Starfield Game Pass

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:34 AM
     Genshin Impact Collei materials – all ascension materials

Want to know about the Collei ascension materials in Genshin Impact? This new Genshin Impact character is one of the first playable Dendro wielders to be introduced into the anime game, and we're all very excited.

Once you've unlocked Collei by spending wishes on her Gesnhin Impact banner, you're going to need Collei's ascension materials in order to take the bow user to max level. We've put together a guide on everything we know about the materials you need. Bear in mind, most of Collei's ascension materials won't be available until the Sumeru region is introduced with the Genshin Impact 3.0 update.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:01 AM
     Microsoft Internet Explorer is hiding within Windows 11

Windows 11 has a stowaway, as Internet Explorer hasn't completely retired from the browser scene. It turns out there's a way to get Microsoft's redundant application running on the latest version of Windows, as it's still lurking within your gaming PC or laptop's operating system.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:00 AM
     Two Point Campus review – class is now in session

I have mixed feelings as I write this Two Point Campus review. On the one hand, it can be tedious having to constantly repeat the same tasks at the start of every campaign level. But, on the other hand, the day-to-day management of each university is joyous, with constant gags and charming good looks camouflaging some fiendish gameplay twists that require all of my grey matter to overcome.

The general aim in every level is to get students through the academic year, achieving high grades and keeping smiles on their faces. You have a checklist of goals to achieve, and completing them nets you stars, which you can use to progress to the next level. Every level introduces a new academic course, and each one is based entirely on a pun. In Two Point Campus, jokes are everywhere you look, from your students' goofy get-up to course names that even fans of groan-worthy zingers will roll their eyes at. There's a curriculum for suspender-wearing swots who want to look back at how technology used to work called 'Internet History', while 'Funny Business' is a qualification for aspiring clowns - and yes, red noses, silly wigs, and comedy flowers must be worn by students at all times. Although some objectives are remarkably similar to those in Two Point Hospital, such as maintaining happiness and meeting quotas, each campus usually has one themed challenge to make it feel entirely unique.

RELATED LINKS: Upcoming PC Games

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:55 AM
     The best Diablo Immortal legendary items

You'll need the best Diablo Immortal legendary items if you want to make the best Diablo Immortal builds, because it's not enough to assign the optimal skills, allocate legendary gems to sockets, and distribute points into attributes. Finding the best gear in the game can either buff your skills or morph your build into one that can obliterate foes in both PvP and PvE. We've got information on all the legendary items that match up well with the best builds, along with details on how to farm the most sought-after gear.

As of Season 2's debut, a whopping 36 Diablo Immortal legendary items have been added to the RPG game, for a total of six additional items per class. While there are a few additions that allow for more varied experimentation, we don't believe any of the latest batch of goodies dropped by Blizzard can topple the legendary items we've listed below.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:05 AM
     NordVPN: Everything you need to know

NordVPN is probably the most recognisable VPN brand of our time. You've no doubt seen the ads around the internet since it's up there with Raid: Shadow Legends in terms of sponsoring YouTube videos, but you might not know exactly what NordVPN does. Don't worry, you've come to the right place and we've got you covered.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:23 AM
     Diablo 2: Resurrected dev union condemns Activision Blizzard

Diablo 2: Resurrected developer, Blizzard Albany, has publicly condemned "hostility" from Activision Blizzard, after the Diablo Immortal, Call of Duty, and World of Warcraft publisher allegedly delayed recognising Blizzard Albany's new employee union.

RELATED LINKS: Diablo 2: Resurrected review, The best RPG games, The best Diablo 2 Resurrected classes

PCGamesN Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:58 AM
     League of Legends champion rollout will have a cap, Riot says

League of Legends is complex. At the time of writing, you have the choice of 160 different champions to play while you contest the Rift. Each champion goes through a strict design process to make sure they offer something unique, something that ensures they deserve their place in the crowded lineup - but where does this end? At what point does Riot call it a day on adding new options for players?

According to Leung-Harrison "[Riot] have still got a lot of flex to go".


Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 1:33 PM

The Sims 4 received patch 1.90.375.1020 today, which has a short set of patch notes. One of the included bug fixes is that "The 'Ask to be Girlfriend/Boyfriend' Want now targets appropriate Sims", which sounds innocuous enough. In reality, this is fixing a bug Rebecca reported on last week which was causing Sims to want to date their siblings.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 1:08 PM

Final Fantasy 14's patch 6.2 will arrive in late August, and will bring with it the new Island Sanctuary. These are private homes where players can farm, build, and invite pals around to hang. Square Enix have shared a few new screenshots today showing the tropical paradise you'll be constructing your homestead upon.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:46 PM

The Samsung Odyssey G7 is one of my favourite monitors, and I picked one up from Amazon the last time it was discounted. This week the 32-in model has been discounted to a similar price, so I thought I should let you all know about it!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:17 PM

We think the WD Black SN850 is the best PCIe 4.0 SSD, and it's now on sale. £99 at CCL gets you the premium 1TB model with a heatsink, some £30 cheaper than Amazon.

This is the lowest price we've ever seen for this model, actually, even lower than it was during Prime Day, so it's well worth picking this up if you're after a high-speed drive for your PC or PS5.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:51 AM

Intel's Arc Alchemist graphics cards – their first real go at dedicated desktop gaming GPUs in modern times – are in a bit of a weird spot. If all had gone according to the original plan, they'd already be out and playable, but repeated delays have hit, leaving only one card – the low-end Arc A380 – having a muted launch in China only. As of early August, the full range of GPUs haven't even been announced in an official capacity. These were meant to finally provide the competition to Nvidia and AMD's best graphics cards, so where's the deets?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:45 AM

Two more games hit Game Pass today, one oldie-but-goodie and one newie. The oldie is Shenzhen I/O, an excellent Zachtronics puzzle game from 2016 where you design circuits and program hardware. The newie is Turbo Golf Racing, which looks like Rocket League for minigolf and is hitting Game Pass on the very day it launches. Shenzhen is absolutely worth a go if you enjoy Zachlike puzzlers, and Turbo Golf looks like one of those "could be fun, sure I'll give it a try" Game Pass games.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:30 AM

Vampire Survivors updates to 0.10.0 today, dubbed the Not One patch, and there's a secret new unlockable menu that can really trick the game out. Your survivor can kick it old school with a whole bunch of cheat codes to enter, styled as "spells". Get a glimpse of the cheating potential in the teaser trailer below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:12 AM

Chinese gaming and social media giants Tencent have approached Ubisoft's founders, the Guillemot family, in an effort to expand their stake in the AAA publisher, Reuters report. Tencent acquired a 5% stake in Ubisoft in 2018 and now multiple anonymous sources are now saying that Tencent intends to become the single largest shareholder in the publisher, a company valued at almost $6 billion (£4.9 billion).

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:00 AM

Ice Code Games may have called it Hard West 2, but 'round these parts we refer to it as "The Laughing Deer Show". New to town, are ya? Let me clue you in. Laughing Deer is a six-foot man of raw muscle and rage, a native American warrior with shoulders like a pair of yoked oxen and a personality best described as "barely contained". Unlike the rest of his posse, which includes a cowboy without a shadow, a woman with ties to the occult, and one very stubborn corpse, Laughing Deer doesn't really "do" guns. While his compatriots are all crouched behind crates, ricocheting bullets off buckets and wheelbarrows to hit enemies from behind, Laughing Deer is getting in their faces (shortly before his club gets significantly further into their faces).

Now, bringing a club to a gunfight might not seem like the smartest idea. But while pistols require two of a gunslinger's action points to shoot, and rifles take all three, it only takes one action point to whack some neckerchief-wearing bandit with a big ol' stick. And Laughing Deer whacks a whole point of damage harder than normal, meaning he can rush foes and nail them into the ground with a couple of hard swings before they can pull the trigger. Better yet, killing an enemy completely refills a character's action points in Hard West, meaning that, when set up right, Laughing Deer can ping around the battlefield like a weaponised pinball.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:00 AM

Apex Legends: Hunted is soon to release, and leading the charge is Vantage - the youngest Legend ever inducted (or abducted) into the Apex Games. Vantage hails from the icy world of Pagos, and her skills as a sharpshooter are borne out in her three powerful abilities - not least of which is her custom sniper rifle Ultimate, which she can bring out before the ability has even fully charged in order to snipe enemies and mark them for increased damage for her entire team.

Take a closer look at her dangerous-sounding abilities in the new Apex Legends vignette trailer below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:00 AM

I'm back from my holidays to record The Electronic Wireless Show podcast once again, and I've brought a reader email and a new tattoo of Murray from Monkey Island with me. These are both relevant, because the email from James suggests that we talk about the games that we'd like to play for the first time again - just erase them from our heads and encounter them anew. Thus, we discuss Lucasarts games like the Monkey Island series. See, I tied it all together.

In fact, I'm not sure if I'd wipe Monkey Island from my head or not, because I can't be sure how much of my love for it is fuelled by nostalgia. Matthew has other concerns, though, because as is our usual fashion we spend some time discussing the question "what games would you play for the first time again?" more literally than is intended. What grave consequences would come from erasing certain things from your brain? What sort of person would co-host Nate be if he wiped the Civ games from his memory? Listen in to find out.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:00 AM

Two Point Campus trades the operating rooms of its predecessor Two Point Hospital for lecture theatres and decrepit dorms. But its foundations remain the same: you're a manager with a budget and you've got to turn the fortunes of increasingly prestigious – and in some cases, bonkers – institutions around. Of course, this time you're not dealing with injured mummies and lazy surgeons, you're in charge of running university campuses (campi?) and ensuring they deliver a solid education.

The job of a university president is a pretty relaxed affair, which means you're able to soak in the joys of watching your oddball students grow. But this leniency means it struggles to reward you for constructing a campus that's uniquely yours.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 8:47 AM

My cycling tour of video games is almost at its end but we're in no hurry. Let's pause for a wee break, like in Lonely Mountains: Downhill. The mountain biking game is full of gnarly descents, dangerous jumps, and barely controlled skids, but also has secret spots where you can sit down and enjoy a nice view for as long as you like. Lonely Mountains is a collection of little adventures, each leading to your tent at the end of the day. Delightful.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 7:58 AM

The Disney animated classic Tangled proved that humankind's deadliest and most readily accessible weapon is the frying pan. Now, Dead Cells has taken that to the logical conclusion with its newly released Enter The Panchaku update: nunchuk pans. Channel your inner qi and behold the fury of panchaku in the trailer below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, August 4, 2022 6:40 AM

Strategy RPG revamp Tactics Ogre: Reborn is coming to PC exclusively for Steam on November 11th, confirming earlier leaks. This "crown jewel" of tactical role-playing, according to Square Enix, is being updated with enhanced graphics and sound, fully-voiced cutscenes and a redesigned battle system. Watch the announcement trailer below and pretend it's 1995 again.

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Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 1:46 PM
     Frogwares has announced that the classic title Sherlock Holmes the Awakened is being remade and currently is scheduled for a 2023 launch.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:39 PM
     At least when its a server problem you know it's not just you.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:39 PM
     Fast cars all around!

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:17 PM
     Trans-Atlantic rivalries incoming!

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:13 PM
     Pokemon cards are back at McDonalds and that means it's time to get in here before the scalpers can run up the prices.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:12 PM
     Today Naughty Dog shared a new video clip of its upcoming The Last of Us remake The Last of Us Part 1 for PS5 and PC.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:11 PM
     Valorant's new Agent 21, Mage, has arcane power.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:57 AM
     Kaiju No. 8 is getting an anime!

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:51 AM
     Bandai Namco launched another trailer of the upcoming fighting game JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R, showcasing a major character.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:39 AM
     That sniper rifle ultimate looks awesome.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:15 AM
     The Bishops four stand in your way.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:54 AM
     Today Bethesda revealed the full schedule of its upcoming Quakecon event that will be aired between August 18 and August 20.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:28 AM
     Aw jeez, Rick.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:25 AM
     These are Rebecca Chamber's perks and abilities.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:00 AM
     This spooky and stylish survival horror experience is heading to PC later this year.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:49 AM
     Get free battle pass items.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:30 AM
     Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion is coming to consoles this winter. Here's our spoiler free guide to SOLDIERs Angeal and Genesis.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:00 AM
     An article highlighting ten games that absolutely NEED official Steam Deck support.

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 8:03 AM
     Ready for action!

Twinfinite Thursday, August 4, 2022 6:46 AM
     Get to know the three starters in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet!

Siliconera Thursday, August 4, 2022 12:00 PM

Steam Deck coming to Japan

The Steam Deck will have its first regional expansion to East Asia. Valve revealed that it is working with Komodo to bring the Steam Deck to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. All three models of the portable console are available to pre-order in those countries and regions.

In Japan, the base 64GB model is available at ¥59,800 (~$449), the 256GB model at ¥79,800 (~$599), and the 512GB model at ¥99,800 (~$749). The prices are higher than in the U.S., where Valve priced the three models at $399, $529, and $649, respectively.

The cooperation between Valve and Komodo will not be limited to the Steam Deck's distribution. The company will set up a large booth dedicated to the portable console at Tokyo Game Show 2022. Japan's annual gaming event will have a physical-and-digital hybrid format, and it will take place on September 15-18, 2022. Valve has yet to announce the East Asian release date, but the TGS 2022 presentation will help introduce the console to the Japanese public ahead of its release.

The Steam Deck first appeared in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the European Union in late February 2022. The portable game console will soon make its way to Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. While Valve still plans to bring Steam Deck to more countries and regions, it advised people living in those locations to wait for further information.

The post Steam Deck Pre-Orders Are Now Open in Japan and East Asia appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, August 4, 2022 11:00 AM

Shin chan Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation coming to PC Steam

Neos Corporation has opened a new Steam page for Shin-chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation - The Endless Seven-Day Journey. The company will bring the adventure to PCs at the same time as the global Switch and PS4 releases in August 2022.

The Steam page also detailed the game's supported languages. It will have voiceovers in Japanese, Korean, and Chinese. The game will also contain subtitles in those languages, with further additions of English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.

Shin-chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation will let players control series protagonist Shinnosuke "Shin-chan" Nohara. His family is staying in the Assou village in Kyushu due to his father's business trip. Other than the main story plot involving a mysterious professor, the game will also have many other activities, such as fishing, farming, DJing, and a dinosaur fighting game.

Summer Vacation is not the only Crayon Shin-chan game that will appear on Steam. In late July 2022, Bushiroad created a Steam page for Crayon Shin-chan: The Storm Called! Flaming Kasukabe Runner!! The endless runner game, currently available on mobile devices in Japan and Nintendo Switch worldwide, will arrive on PCs in Fall 2022.

Shin-chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation - The Endless Seven-Day Journey came out first in Japan for Nintendo Switch on July 15, 2022. Neos will release the game globally with PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam as additional platforms in August 2022.

The post Shin-chan: Me and the Professor on Summer Vacation Will Come to Steam appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, August 4, 2022 10:00 AM

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From my time with its early hours, Soul Hackers 2 feels like the logical accumulation of the many lessons that Atlus learned with its recent SMT-related games. The majority of the game still consists of dungeon crawling. However, having three human party members with their own goals and distinct personalities hooks players hoping for a substantial story. Meanwhile, the difficulty and general structure of the game's progression can endear it to fans of classic SMT games.

The gist of the story is that Ringo and Figue are artificial humans that AION created. AION is essentially a super-computer that has predicted the end of the world. To stop it, it creates Ringo and Figue and sends them to the human world. Once there, Ringo uses Soul Hack to revive Arrow, Milady, and Saizo. All three of them are Devil Summoners that Ringo believes are instrumental in stopping the apocalypse.

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In combat and gameplay, the three humans also help to keep players engaged. I am not a fan of aimless dungeon crawling. However, as the Soul Matrix unlocked more information on the pasts of my enigmatic allies, it became less a chore and more an extension of the main story, a new way to get to know my people. All four members often talk to each other in battle. The exchanges range in tone, from encouraging and rebuking tones. While it can get old hearing the same lines over and over, it was still an engaging form of background noise. Milady and Arrow's occasional cat-and-dog spats over enemy weaknesses were also amusing.

As for the difficulty of the game, it is accessible enough to not be immediately overwhelming. However, it has a bit of a learning curve for those who are not used to SMT and its iterations. Indeed, as someone who was more of a Persona fan, and whose exposure to "classic" SMT difficulty amounts a few hours of Nocturne, my army of demons was sorely lacking. It took me a while to start to focus more on creating specialized demons rather than sweepers, as well as keep track of what I already had in my arsenal. Granted, the game is rather forgiving. You will seldom have trouble with the random mobs, and the game's autosave before boss fights means you probably will not have to redo any progress even if you lose.

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There was one issue worth mentioning that shouldn't be a problem for most users. That's because Atlus is already working on a Day One patch to solve it. The issue is that the default camera angle always presented Ringo at a slight angle rather than hovering directly behind her. It made going through the dungeons disorienting at times. As well, the mini-map super-imposed on the screen can make the screen very busy. This is especially bad in some of the larger dungeons, such as the second floors of everyone's Soul Matrix.

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Soul Hackers 2 feels like the best of both worlds so far. It has enough story content and character intrigue to keep an average JRPG fan interested, but with just the right level of challenge to potentially satisfy a veteran Shin Megami Tensei player. The majority of it is still dungeon crawling though, so players will likely find themselves needing to enjoy the combat and exploration elements of the game, as much as the actual plot and characters.

Soul Hackers 2 will come out on August 25, 2022 in Japan and August 26, 2022 for North America on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Windows PC. Look forward to Siliconera's official review closer to release.

The post Preview: Soul Hackers 2 Balances Challenge and Story appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:00 AM

genshin impact reminiscent regimen

The Reminiscent Regimen event is now live in the Golden Apple Archipelago in Genshin Impact. It will remain open until August 15, 2022. Players will need to be over Adventure Rank 32, as well as complete the "Summertime Odyssey: I" quest, in order to participate. There will be three different types of challenges, with a new one unlocking every day for the first six days.

The three types of challenges in the Reminiscent Regimen Genshin Impact event are Descent, Raid, and Convoy. You can play the event, which is co-op only, with a custom co-op group or match with random players. Descent challenges are ones where you float down from the sky and fight opponents on floating platforms.

Raid challenges place you in a Waverider and you have to reach the goal within the time limit. You also need to board platforms to defeat the enemies on them. Finally, Convoy challenges have you protect a Driftstone Raft. It needs to reach a designated spot without the enemies destroying it.

Aside from Reminiscent Regimen, there are still other ongoing events available in Genshin Impact. For example, there is Hidden Strife, which presents various battles as challenges. The next event, Evermotion Mechanical Painting, will start on August 12 and end on August 22, 2022.

Genshin Impact is readily available worldwide on PS4, PS5, Windows PC, and mobile devices. Reminiscent Regimen will run until August 15, 2022.

The post Genshin Impact Reminiscent Regimen Event Will Have 3 Parts appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, August 4, 2022 8:00 AM

Mega Man Battle & Fighters on Nintendo Switch

SNK has released Mega Man: Battle & Fighters on the Nintendo Switch. Even though Mega Man is Capcom's franchise IP, the Nintendo Store entry lists SNK as the publisher. This game is part of the latter's initiative to bring ports of NeoGeo Pocket Color games to the Switch.

This compilation consists of two NeoGeo Pocket Color games — Mega Man: The Power Battle and Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters. While Capcom had included the arcade versions of both games in Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium (now available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch), the NeoGeo Pocket Color versions feature 8-bit pixel graphics. The compilation still includes bosses from the first to seventh Mega Man games. Bass and Mega Man 8's Duo also join Mega Man and Proto Man in the playable character roster.

Meanwhile, Capcom is preparing another project to revitalize the Mega Man franchise. In late June 2022, the company revealed Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection. The newest compilation in the Legacy Collection series for the Mega Man franchise will contain all six mainline Battle Network iterations from the Game Boy Advance, including the two different versions for the later titles. Capcom will release it for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2023.

Mega Man Battle & Fighters is now available on Nintendo Switch.

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Dead By Daylight Resident Evil Wesker

Behaviour Interactive officially revealed that Albert Wesker will be the new killer appearing as part of the Dead By Daylight x Resident Evil crossover event. The event, Project W, will also feature Ada Wong and Rebecca Chambers as the two new survivor characters. Behaviour Interactive has not yet announced a release date for the upcoming chapter.

Project W is the 25th chapter of the asymmetrical horror game Dead By Daylight, and is the second chapter featuring characters and enemies from the Resident Evil franchise. Behaviour Interactive previously teased the crossover with a short clip back in May 2022, though the characters did not appear. Alongside the latest announcement, the company also released a short trailer featuring Wesker, Ada, and Rebecca.

Notably, the trailer reveals that Albert Wesker will be based on the character's appearance from Resident Evil 5, complete with his full black duster getup. This Wesker also has control over the prototype T-Virus and Uroboros Virus, possessing the ability to use tentacle-like appendages. Ada Wong appears to be wearing her iconic red dress, while Rebecca is wearing her rescue outfit. As the name of the chapter suggests, the Uroboros Project and Project W will likely be the key themes of the crossover.

You can check out the Dead By Daylight x Resident Evil Albert Wesker reveal trailer below:

Dead By Daylight is available on PC, PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, as well as iOS and Android devices. The Resident Evil Project W crossover event will appear soon.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, August 4, 2022 1:00 PM
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     GigaBash release fire fistsThe wait for developer Passion Republic Games' wacky multiplayer kaiju brawler GigaBash has nearly come to an end. News surrounding the title has surfaced as far back as 2019, so those who found the concept too good to pass up have had plenty of time to let their hype for the game accumulate. But now, GigaBash will finally release today on the Epic Games Store, and apparently tomorrow on August 5 for Steam according to its store page. It will not take long at all before you can jump in and cause some mayhem. According to a press release, GigaBash takes heavy inspiration from games like Power Stone, Super Smash Bros., and War of the Monsters with its arena-based gameplay. Additionally, the game's aesthetic evokes the scale of old-school Tokusatsu movies like Ultraman and Godzilla, particularly with its playable Titan characters and fully destructible environments.   Taking down monsters and buildings in a host of game modes GigaBash features a host of modes...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, August 4, 2022 9:40 AM
     The Mortuary Assistant Avaliable On SteamThe Mortuary Assistant is a new first-person horror game that is now available on PC via Steam. It comes from developer DarkStone Digital and publisher DreadXP, the latter of which known for the Dread X Collection series. A new trailer for the game can be viewed below. In The Mortuary Assistant, players will take on the role of Rebecca Owens as she begins an apprenticeship at RiverFields Mortuary. However, this is a mortuary in which the dead do not remain that way, and demonic forces may be involved. Things seem to go as normal for a while. However, one night Rebecca notices something a bit off about her latest subjects.   "Late one night, you are called into work to process and embalm some cadavers," reads the game's description. "Death doesn't keep day time hours. But there is something different about these bodies, because there is something different about you. The phone rings with the Mortician on the other end. The rumors are true, and you can not le...

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