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Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 5:15 PM

I feel weird pointing this out, because the detail is subtle, but it's been bothering the hell out of me while I play Disney's (extremely good) take on Animal Crossing. In my defense, though, Mickey Mouse is one of the most iconic and recognizable characters on earth, and video game graphics practically let you see…


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 5:00 PM

If you asked me what the best match was during All Elite Wrestling's All Out pay-per-view on Sunday, I'd say it was the Acclaimed vs Swerve In Our Glory match. But if you were to ask me whether the returning MJF was the biggest surprise to come out of the five-hour long wrestling show, I'd respectfully disagree.…


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 4:45 PM


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 4:20 PM

Most of the quests and tasks in Disney's Dreamlight Valley are fairly simple and straightforward, with characters like Goofy often telling you exactly what to do or how to do it. But there are some exceptions, and they just happen to involve crudites and ratatouille. Instead of struggling as I did, let me just tell…


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 4:05 PM

Splatoon 3 reviews are popping up now that the embargo has lifted. A cursory glance at the biggest gaming publications suggests that while Nintendo's ink-painting shooter has some of the polish the last entry needed, it still fails to innovate on a larger scale. Specifically, according to critics, Splatoon 3 is more…


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 3:15 PM

It's almost surprising that it took this long for a game like Disney's Dreamlight Valley to finally be made. The new game, out now in Early Access, combines the life-sim gameplay of Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley except with a deadly combination of famous Disney characters, films, and worlds. The end result is…


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 3:05 PM

The console war custody battle over Call of Duty has taken an unlikely turn. In an industry notorious for secrecy and backroom deals, two of the biggest executives in gaming are hashing it out in public. A week after Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said Activision's hit shooter would remain multiplatform for "at…


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 1:44 PM

For some reason, which droves of streamers, viewers, and this journalist cannot figure out, Twitch is permanently removing its host mode feature on October 3. At that point, host mode, its accompanying chat command /host, and the channel settings feature Autohost will be lost to time, leaving streamers with only the…


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:50 PM

In November, Game Freak will release Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, the ninth generation of mainline Pokémon games, rounding out an absolutely killer 2022 lineup for the Nintendo Switch. In addition to a true open-world set in a Mediterranean-inspired region, the games are set to increase the total number of Pokémon from…


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:35 PM

Maybe you've rolled your eyes at the modern interpretation of Tom Nook, Animal Crossing's capitalist overlord. You know, the one where people try to say that it's totally OK that he's saddling you with crushing debt and perpetual house upgrades you don't want, all while hand-waving away the fact that he wields a…


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:25 PM

A revised model of the PlayStation 5 recently appeared in Australia, and a preliminary teardown of the hardware shows some big changes. The main takeaways are that Sony has made the guts of the machine more efficient and possibly reduced the power consumption of the system by almost 10 percent. But while the new…


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:15 PM

Microsoft is pushing out a new update today to Xbox Series X/S consoles that introduces the ability to "jump right into a game from your friends' shared captures on mobile and PC." That's cool, picking up a game directly from where your friend took a screenshot or video, but the other feature might be the more…


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:46 AM

Microsoft has just released a new entry in its premium line of Elite wireless controllers. The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 – Core, currently available only in white, is the latest and the most affordable controller in the Xbox Elite line, coming in at $129.99 instead of the usual $179.99.


Kotaku Wednesday, September 7, 2022 10:20 AM

Gamers with a penchant for organizing, rejoice: You can finally sort your PS5 games into dedicated folders. The new feature is part of the latest firmware update and arrives alongside support for 1440p resolution and some small quality-of-life-improvements.


PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 5:52 PM
     Sims 4 art surfaces that shows what the life sim could have been

A piece of Sims 4 art surfaced online – or resurfaced, to be more accurate, since it first appeared in 2014 – that seems to show a rather different vision of what Maxis' life game might have been if the team followed through on their vision. Redditer saltydungeonmaster unearthed a piece of concept art in The Sims 4 Studio, the tool used for making the best Sims 4 custom content, showing a vast, open field that, on first glance, seems like the setting for your average Sims neighborhood. Look a bit more closely, though, and you see there's quite a bit more going on.

RELATED LINKS: Best Sims 4 mods, Best Sims 4 sex mods, Play The Sims 4

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 4:53 PM
     Roblox malware accounts for 9.6% of gaming-related cyberthreats

Roblox malware is the basis of 9.6% of all gaming-related cyberthreats based on the number of related malicious or unwanted files, according to a report from cyberthreat security firm Kaspersky's SecureList that examined the sandbox game platform and several other sources. The platform trails only Minecraft and FIFA, responsible for 25.2% and 11.7% of such threats, respectively.

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:47 PM
     Elden Ring mod makes the Margit boss fight a proper gas

A new Elden Ring mod puts a different spin on the Margit boss fight, turning the RPG game's difficult early challenge into something that's both more difficult and rather hilarious at the same time. The mod is called "Margit Ridiculous Windup Attacks and Farts," which pretty much says it all. Margit, like other Elden Ring bosses, is well known for his delayed attack timing, where he winds up, pulls his staff back, and lingers before giving you an almighty smack.

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:06 PM
     All Disney Dreamlight Valley characters

There are plenty of Disney Dreamlight Valley characters to rescue and befriend from your favourite films in this adorable farming sim. The Disney game is still in early access though and as a result, we know some are missing right now, but will be coming to the valley later down the line.

While Disney Dreamlight Valley is part life sim, it is also very story driven, and some of the characters you come across make up part of that story. Others can be chosen and unlocked in any order from inside the Dream Castle - though you'll want to read our Disney Dreamlight Valley guide beforehand, as it recommends you spend your Dreamlight on something else before unlocking all of the realms. Here though, we take a look at every Disney Dreamlight Valley character you'll come across in the story, as well as all of those you can currently rescue from their realms, and the ones we're yet to see in-game.

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 1:19 PM
     Diablo Immortal whale asks Blizzard for rollback from $34k 'orb debt'

A Diablo Immortal whale who says he "owes Blizzard $34,000" following the removal of third-party Eternal Orb purchases from his account calls for a character rollback. As everyone comes to terms with the phrase 'Diablo Immortal orb debt' following Blizzard's recent clampdown on purchases from third-party websites in the fantasy game, some affected players are trying to appeal for clemency from Blizzard.

Silkypico, a high-spending player who now faces an Eternal Orb debt of -2.4 million in the action-RPG game that he estimates would cost around $34,000 USD worth of in-game microtransactions to pay off, has asked Blizzard for an option for individual character rollback as an alternative to paying back the orb amount. "The option that should have been given to me is a) pay back what you owe, which is $34,000, or b) we will roll back your account to a date before the 'toxic assets' were added."

Admitting to his use of third-party 'black market services' (which he says took place between August 1-8 and were the result of a "payment loophole originating in Asia"), Silkypico says he'd be happy to accept the punishment of having his levels and gear returned to where they were at in July. In fact, he doesn't think it would be too much of a problem. "The way that the server paragon system is designed, I could advance back to my current level within a couple of days." He adds that any gear he had would be obsolete by paragon level 240 anyway - although this does beg the question of just how much of a 'punishment' this option would be.

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:09 PM
     The ultimate Disney Dreamlight Valley beginner's guide

You'll need a Disney Dreamlight Valley guide if you want to hit the ground running and save many familiar faces, all while unravelling the mystery surrounding the Forgetting. At the heart of it though, Dreamlight Valley is a life sim from the house of mouse, taking all the best things from cosy games like Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley, and adding your favourite Disney and Pixar characters. Need I say more?

If that's enough to peak your interest, there are a few things you should know before you delve into the magical world of Dreamlight Valley. It's often a slow start as Merlin introduces you to the ins and outs of the village so our Disney Dreamlight Valley guide has some top tips to get you off to a good start.

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:34 PM
     How to customise your character in Tower of Fantasy

Want to know how to customise your character in Tower of Fantasy? Making your own outfits for the open-world game is one of its unique selling points, meaning you can run around the world of Aida as one of your favourite anime characters. So whether you fancy being a hero by becoming Tsuyu Asui from My Hero Academia or annihilating all foes as the half-demon Vergil from Devil May Cry, it's entirely within the realm of possibility.

However, as soon as you finish customising your Tower of Fantasy character, you won't be able to use it right away. As it turns out, you need to progress through the game a little before changing into your avatar. Once you import it, you can change it to a new one for a small price. Finding this menu is easier said than done, so we'll walk you through everything you need to know about custom characters.

RELATED LINKS: Tower of Fantasy codes, Tower of Fantasy characters, How to level up in Tower of Fantasy

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:33 PM
     Genshin Impact leaks suggest Baizhu & Alhaitham won't be coming soon

A recent Genshin Impact leak brings some bad news for players who are looking forward to adding Baizhu or Alhaitham to their party in the RPG game. It seems as though version 3.6 is the earliest update that these upcoming character banners could appear, if they even show up then at all. Each Genshin Impact update lasts for about five to six weeks, barring any delays, and we're currently about halfway through version 3.0. The wait for these two characters may be a long one that stretches well into 2023.

RELATED LINKS: Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:24 PM
     There's now a cheaper Xbox Pro controller for your gaming PC

Microsoft just revealed a new version of its Xbox Elite 2 controller, and it could bring pro controller functionality to your gaming PC for less. Dubbed the "Core", the company says its new pad aims to provide "essential components that meet the core needs of today's competitive gamers."

RELATED LINKS: Microsoft DirectX Raytracing, Microsoft Hololens hands-on, Windows Game Mode preview

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:25 PM
     Plague Tale Requiem rats obey you, but they're still terrifying

The Plague Tale Requiem rats have a little more bite than their Innocence predecessors, injecting the now-iconic rat game with even more fur, fleas, and fear. Given that the plague-ridden rodents were already scary enough in the first game, just how did Asobo go about making them even creepier? Lead level designer Kevin Pinson reveals all.

RELATED LINKS: Best stealth games, Best fantasy games

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:55 AM
     Humankind developer

A Humankind sequel might not be the first thing on developer Amplitude Studios' mind as the first Humankind expansion Together We Rule is announced for autumn 2022, but studio head Romain de Waubert says he is "sure that there will be" a Humankind 2 of some sort down the line. Following its previous successes with Endless Space and Endless Legend, the studio is looking to build on Humankind, its take on the Civilization style of 4X strategy game.

PCGamesN spoke with Romain de Waubert de Genlis, creative director at Amplitude Studios, about where he sees the future of the series heading. The most obvious comparison point is Sid Meier's Civilization series, which is now on its sixth numbered, mainline entry. Amplitude has already shown its willingness to follow up on a success with a sequel courtesy of 2017's Endless Space 2.

Asked by PCGamesN whether there will ever be a Humankind 2, de Waubert responds, "Yes, I'm sure that there will be," referencing improved tech and the development of new platforms such as Windows 11 that will lead to a moment "where it makes sense to bring back." He is emphatic that tech and visuals aren't the be-all and end-all, however, and that "it needs to make sense" before the team considers developing a new game.

RELATED LINKS: Humankind release date, Humankind review, Pre-order Humankind

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:41 AM
     Tower of Fantasy hackers are stealing accounts: A 2FA PSA

An increasing number of Tower of Fantasy hackers are stealing accounts, according to players of the open-world game. Following the discovery of how easy it is to get into custom accounts, players warn of the importance of enabling two-factor authentication to prevent dangerous players from getting access to your account. Affected players can even be removed from the account altogether, meaning they will lose all access to the anime game and their earned upgrades and equipment.

A PSA on the game's subreddit notes that using what developer Hotta Studio calls a 'custom account' (when you sign up using just an email and password without linking to another platform such as Apple, Gmail, or Facebook) leaves you vulnerable to hackers. Linking your Tower of Fantasy account to another platform allows you to enable 2FA, or two-factor authentication - one of the most reliable ways to protect against unwanted access.

Using just an email and password leaves you with no 2FA protection, meaning that hackers only need to guess your password to gain access to your account. Once they're in, they can bind the account to a platform they own, sign out of your custom account, and then remove your email from the Tower of Fantasy account - leaving you completely separated from your previous login. Some players say they have even been accused of selling their accounts when contacting support to try and recover their data.

RELATED LINKS: Tower of Fantasy codes, Tower of Fantasy characters, How to level up in Tower of Fantasy

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:39 AM
     Oculus Quest 2 successor, Project Cambria, could pop up next month

Project Cambria, the metaverse-focused Oculus Quest 2 successor, might be revealed next month, as Meta just announced a one-day virtual event. Taking place on October 11, the Connect conference lines up with release date details teased previously by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, meaning we could get a solid Quest Pro release date and a glimpse at the company's next VR headset.

RELATED LINKS: Best VR games, Oculus Quest 3 release date, Project Cambria release date

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:31 AM
     Genshin Impact events – all current and upcoming events

Want to know more about the upcoming Genshin Impact events? A new version of Genshin Impact arrives every six weeks, complete with new characters, quests, and events. It's difficult to keep track of which events are currently running and if there are any new ones coming soon, so here's a schedule for all current and upcoming Genshin Impact events.

There are usually a number of Genshin Impact events running simultaneously, and they aren't just in-game events. When a new Genshin Impact character joins the game, the devs launch a web event at the same time - players learn about the latest characters through an interactive story told through a web browser. The rewards for completing different events range from in-game items like primogems and mora, to real life prizes like mouse mats and plushies.

Just like the Genshin Impact banners, most events are only available for a limited time, so it's worth participating as soon as you can. New events are usually added to Genshin Impact after an update, but it's worth keeping an eye out on this page as the devs do like to surprise the community.

RELATED LINKS: Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 1:01 PM
     Metal Gear Solid-like Undetected sneaks its way onto PC this month

Metal Gear Solid-like Undetected has a new trailer and a release date of this month, as the retro-inspired stealth game promises to bring classic tactical espionage action to the PC.

RELATED LINKS: Best stealth games , Best action-adventure games, Best retro games

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 10:38 AM
     Minecraft map is an incredible cityscape 2.5 years in the making

A Minecraft map can be basically whatever you want it to be. The joy of one of the best sandbox games is the freedom it offers to fill your world with incredible Minecraft builds or to just spend several years seeing how long it'll take to mine every single block.

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 10:31 AM
     Homicidal All-Stars is the Running Man strategy game of our dreams

Running Man strategy game Homicidal All-Stars wasn't something I expected to rank among my top Gamescom 2022 picks, but developer Artificer's cheesy delivery and robust turn-based tactics gameplay won me over from the first gratuitous blood spatter.

RELATED LINKS: Best strategy games, Best turn-based RPGs, Best apocalypse games

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 10:19 AM
     Youtuber makes budget Steam Deck for $30, sort of

A YouTuber has cobbled together a Steam Deck alternative for $30, and the improvised handheld cheap gaming PC is better than you'd think. While its creator describes the portable rig as "sketchy and cheap," but it's surprisingly capable considering it costs less than a newly released game.

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:08 PM
     How to get the Disney Dreamlight Valley Ratatouille recipe

Finding the Disney Dreamlight Valley ratatouille recipe comes once you've released the Castle from some powerful Night Thorns, allowing you to start inviting more Dreamlight Valley characters home. One of the characters in this Disney game is Remy, the friendly rat chef. To entice him to the Valley, you'll need to prove your mettle as a chef and cook his famous dish, ratatouille - without a recipe.

Once you unlock the door to Remy's realm, you'll find yourself in La Ratatouille, Remy's Parisian bistro. During the quest "An Important Night at the Restaurant", it will be bustling with customers, among them a fussy critic. Remy will ask for your help washing dishes and cooking some simpler recipes before he can trust you with his ratatouille on this busy night. However, Remy won't tell you exactly what you need for the ratatouille, and you'll need to figure it out from ingredients around the kitchen.

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:11 PM
     Doom-like horror game Ripout has a mechanic that belongs in every FPS

In a move that would make John Carpenter beam with joy, Doom-like FPS horror game Ripout lets you equip gory body mods from every enemy you slay. And here's the best bit: enemies can do the same.

RELATED LINKS: Best FPS games, Best horror games, Best co-op games

PCGamesN Wednesday, September 7, 2022 10:01 AM
     First Humankind expansion adds its UN and six 'diplomatic' civs

The first Humankind expansion, Together We Rule, will release sometime in fall 2022, developer Amplitude Studios has announced. It brings not just new civilisations to Sega's 4X game, but an entire new layer of peaceful tactics by which to take over the world. The Humankind expansion places greater emphasis on diplomacy and espionage, and introduces the Congress of Humankind - the game's equivalent of Civilization's long-running World Congress feature, or the real-world United Nations - as well as six civs with a new 'diplomatic' affinity. You'll also find secret agents, a new embassy quarter for your cities, and a diplomatic currency - and it comes alongside a free update that will add stealth mechanics for all players.

RELATED LINKS: Humankind release date, Humankind review, Pre-order Humankind

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:53 PM

Last time, you decided that a really big unreal place is better than going undercover. Good. Very good. Great deciding, reader dear. I'm wholly impartial, of course, but I am glad you haven't forced me to come up with some contrived reason to jam a really big unreal place back into the running. We can continue. This week, it's a question of jarring vs. juicy. What's better: physics freakouts or beautiful food?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:12 PM

The musical mastermind behind Rivals and Family is back with a new game. Riley & Rochelle follows the two titular talented musicians, former lovers and eventual superstars, while you as the player are tasked with uncovering the secrets of their lives to find the reveal them. With Tim Sheinman joining forces with writer Natalia Yanchak, Riley & Rochelle continues the playstyle of Sheinman's previous interactive puzzle games, where you traverse through muscical memories both good and bad. Take a look at the new reveal trailer below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:48 AM

The Hitman games are often good and usually fun, it's fair to say, particularly the recent World Of Assassination trilogy. Ian Hitman's turn in the two films released about his adventures has been rougher to recommend, though. That's why it's simultaneously disappointing and awesome to learn that Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Suicide Squad and – shudder – Slither director James Gunn narrowly missed his target when he pitched a Hitman movie.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:31 AM

Third person skater shooter Rollerdrome has some really cool weapons, but what is it that makes them so special? I mean, there's only four of them, and you're forced to constantly perform tricks to regain ammo, which doesn't make them easy to use. I think it's because of their more literal significance in the game. Rollerdrome threatens you with multiple enemy types called Houseplayers, all formidable, especially in the heat of battle when they combine their efforts. Luckily, the four distinct weapons you're equipped with act as an equaliser; each weapon is a solution for a particular enemy. Developers Roll7 could have easily added a bunch of copied and pasted guns from every generic shooter, but instead they were more intentional about the weapons they included, with each weapon complimenting the gunplay and the game as a whole.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:30 AM

Red Dead Redemption 2 now has official FSR 2.0 support, as of the just-released 1.31 update. This makes Rockstar's cowboy epic/improvised teleconferencing software the latest game to work with AMD's upscaler without mods; an unofficial FSR patch for RDR2 has been out for a while, but this update should make it even easier to simply enable or disable FSR in the settings menu. Alongside its rival, Nvidia DLSS, which Rockstar also added last year.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:00 AM

Sega and devs Amplitude have revealed the first hefty expansion for their Civ-alike strategy Humankind launches sometime this autumn. Together We Rule adds six new civilizations to play as, and introduces some new diplomatic and spying options to save you from having to attack everyone all the time. Have a watch of the rather neat trailer for Together We Rule below.

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Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 5:27 PM
     Capcom revealed Street Fighter 6 gameplay, focusing on Juri and Kimberly.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 4:56 PM
     AGDQ 2023 is set to run online from Jan. 8-15.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 4:31 PM
     Iron Banner has returned in Destiny 2 and with it, a long forgotten Rocket Launcher, Roar of the Bear. Today we discuss how to obtain one.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 4:21 PM
     A guide that answers whether or not you can replay missions in Halo Infinite.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 4:13 PM
     Use the Ursula's Crystal Key to open the secret cavern in Disney Dreamlight Valley.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 4:09 PM
     The Kohaku & Matsuba bundle weapons have an aquatic theme.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 3:33 PM
     This Pokemon Clone is currently topping the sales charts on Steam.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 3:22 PM
     Find out who the vicious Crabfeeder is in House of the Dragon.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 3:13 PM
     Here is how to fix the Halo Infinite Problem with Dedicated Server error.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:53 PM
     Here's when Beastars Final Season is coming out on Netflix.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:50 PM
     What the best UGM loadout is in Call of Duty Warzone.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:23 PM
     Create delicious meals with Remy in Disney Dreamlight Valley.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:22 PM
     The final season of Beastars has been confirmed to be in production, but it'll be a little while before fans can experience it.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:21 PM
     High on Life by Squanch Games features tons of Rick & Morty-style comedy.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:19 PM
     NBA 2K23 is set to take another step forward with the WNBA, and now players know which women sit atop the ratings.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:16 PM
     With more ratings being revealed in NBA 2K23, it's time to see which players you should attack the rim with.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:01 PM
     Breaking down how to find the GUTS shotgun in Cyberpunk 2077!

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 1:26 PM
     A new Sonic Frontiers trailer revealed the game's end theme.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 1:13 PM
     Cyberpunk 2077 and Witcher developer CD Projekt announced its financial results for the first half of 2022 and more details about its games.

Twinfinite Wednesday, September 7, 2022 1:00 PM
     With NBA 2K23 set to release this Friday, we now know which superstars sit atop the player ratings mountain.

Siliconera Wednesday, September 7, 2022 3:00 PM

Process of Elimination

It's a festival of deduction as thirteen detectives team up to tackle a case. Process of Elimination was announced by NIS America at its NISA Showcase 2022 event on September 7th. The game comes out in Spring 2023. It's set for release on PS4 and Nintendo Switch.

Check out the game's announcement trailer below.

Process of Elimination is a mystery game pitting the Detective Alliance, a group of the world's top criminal investigators, against a serial killer known only as "The Quartering Duke". With over a hundred victims to his name, fear of the Duke has paralyzed the nation. To restore order and end his reign of terror, the Detective Alliance must put a stop to the spree. Unsuspecting newcomer Wato Hojo stumbles onto the Alliance's get-together on the mysterious Morgue Island, only to find out that the killer lurks amongst them. Now, the detectives must prove their own innocence and unveil the Duke's identity before time runs out.

In Process of Elimination, players will team up with the thirteen members of the Alliance, each with their own unique skills and personalities. You can interact with the detectives in dialogue trees and seek out evidence to bring clarity to the case. Interactive maps and crime scenes will provide investigation targets, and the player's "Denouement" ability will help absorb information, gather clues, and even predict the future.

You can check out some screenshots in the gallery below.

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Process of Elimination is set for release on PS4 and Nintendo Switch in Spring 2023.

The post Process of Elimination Comes to PS4 and Switch in Spring 2023 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, September 7, 2022 2:00 PM

The Rose of Versailles Movie

Classic shoujo manga series The Rose of Versailles is getting an anime movie adaptation. The movie was announced as part of the series' 50th-anniversary celebration, with comments from the series' original creator Riyoko Ikeda. Alongside the announcement, an official website as well as a new teaser trailer and key illustration also appeared. The film is currently in development. [Thanks, ryokutya!]

The Rose of Versailles began as a manga series that appeared in Shueisha's shoujo manga magazine Margaret in 1972. The series revolves around Marie Antoinette and the fictional Oscar François de Jarjayes. The manga ran until 1973, after which TMS Entertainment picked it up for an anime adaptation in 1979. Since then, the series has appeared in many other forms, including numerous spin-offs and sequels, a live-action drama series, live-action film adaptation, and stage plays.

The Rose of Versailles Movie

The new teaser art for the movie shows the two main protagonists side-by-side. The caption reads "The lived, rashly, beautifully--" with Oscar holding a red rose, while Marie Antoinette holds a white rose. Furthermore, the teaser trailer shows several panels and artwork from the original manga, before centering on the aforementioned key illustration. In a message to fans, creator Riyoko Ikeda mentioned that fans had been asking for a new anime adaptation for some time. Despite this, Ikeda also expressed surprise and joy that fans' wishes came true.

You can check out the teaser trailer for The Rose of Versailles movie adaptation below:

The anime movie adaptation of The Rose of Versailles is currently in development. There is no confirmed release date.

The post The Rose of Versailles is Getting an Anime Movie Adaptation appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, September 7, 2022 1:30 PM

Monster Menu The Scavenger's Cookbook

NIS America's NISA Showcase 2022 event brought with it several new game announcements. One was a game that Nippon Ichi Software, NISA's Japanese parent, first revealed back during the 2021 Tokyo Game Show: Shikabanegurai no Boukenmeshi. Now, it's being localized for the overseas market as Monster Menu: The Scavenger's Cookbook. It'll arrive on Switch, PS4, and PS5 in Spring 2023.

Check out the announcement trailer below.

Billed as "an all-you-can-eat survival adventure", Monster Menu: The Scavenger's Cookbook is a strategy RPG with a focus on cooking-based mechanics. The story premise is simple: A party of adventurers is trapped inside a deep dungeon, bereft of supplies. Desperate, they decide to eat monsters to survive and thrive in a hostile ecosystem. Players will need to master tactical combat, dungeon-crawling exploration, and cooking to make the most of every run. Cooked dishes can boost party members' stats, damage monsters in combat, and even improve the item drops from enemies. Players will also be able to create their own team of four party members, with customization options for race, class, appearance, voice, and pose.

The game features art and character designs by Disgaea artist Takehito Harada. You can check out some samples and screenshots in the gallery.

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Monster Menu: The Scavenger's Cookbook releases on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and PS5 in Spring 2023. In Japan, it's available now as Shikabanegurai no Boukenmeshi.


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Siliconera Wednesday, September 7, 2022 1:00 PM

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Wild Bunch Productions has revealed more detailed information on the gameplay and world map of Armed Fantasia. Akifumi Kaneko, who created the Wild Arms series, is in charge of the game's development. The game shares its Kickstarter with Penny Blood and Armed Fantasia was the first to meet its $750,000 stretch goal In doing so, this allowed the team to implement a role change system. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

The role change system will allow you to let characters equip all sorts of ARMs and not just the type they start with. In doing so, this will add more options as to how you organize your party, as well as put characters in outfits they would normally not have access to. There is no information on all of the types of ARMs that will be in Armed Fantasia just yet, though.

Armed Fantasia has a gadget system for exploring dungeons, and each character will offer a new gadget for the player to use. Protagonist Ingram will use bombs, which will explode after a set period of time.

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This gadget will let you destroy walls with cracks in them, as well as break boulders. In doing so, you can create a platform to jump on so that you can reach higher places. Ingram can set multiple bombs at once, which will cause a bigger explosion. According to Kaneko's Twitter, the team is in the middle of development a hookshot-type gadget as well.

The next stretch goal for Armed Fantasia is $800,000. When it reaches that number, it will let the development team place 20 mini-game puzzles on the world map. Clearing those mini-games will garner the player various bonuses, such as items that will greatly benefit the player in finishing the game.

There is also new information on how you can traverse the world map. You will be able to jump, and there will be mounts you can use on land, in the air, and on the water. There will be bounty hunts you can partake in, as well as set pieces such as chasing after a shadow in the water with a boat.

Armed Fantasia will come out on the Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, and Windows PC. It is currently in development.

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Siliconera Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:30 PM

GrimGrimoire OnceMore English

NIS America officially confirmed that it will localize and publish GrimGrimoire OnceMore in English during its NISA Showcase 2022 event. NIS America has the English GrimGrimoire OnceMore release scheduled for a Spring 2023 window on PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch.

Check out the teaser trailer embedded below.

GrimGrimoire OnceMore hit store shelves in Japan in July 2022. The game is a modernized remaster of developer Vanillaware's very first title. Originally released for the PlayStation 2 in 2007, GrimGrimoire was a 2D real-time strategy game. Players take control of aspiring mage Lillet Blan as she enters the Silver Star Tower, a renowned academy for magicians. Unfortunately for Lillet, not all is what it seems within the tower walls. Amid mysteries, monsters, and a time loop, she'll need to master magic to uncover the tower's secrets. Some of the concepts expressed in GrimGrimoire would go on to inspire the development of 2019's 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim.

Check out some screens in the gallery below.

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The GrimGrimoire OnceMore English release will boast remastered graphics to bring the hand-drawn 2D visuals up to par with modern resolutions. The magical skill tree and user interface will be improved and the performance updated to take advantage of new hardware. New spells called "Grand Magic" will also unlock new options in a fight. Extras like an art gallery and a re-recorded voice track with new actors are also part of the effort.

Here's the current Japanese voice cast list. GrimGrimoire OnceMore will have an English dub option, too.

  • Lillet Blan – Saeki Iori (King Halo in Uma Musume, Vanilla in Nekopara)
  • Margarita Surprise – Miharu Hanai (Twin Turbo in Uma Musume, Tomoe Murakami in Idolmaster Cinderella Girls)
  • Gammel – Teruo Seki
  • Advocat – Hiromichi Tezuka (Weisz Steiner in Edens Zero, Takeru Mikimoto in Lost Judgment)

GrimGrimoire OnceMore is available in Japan on PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch. Its English release is set for Spring 2023.

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Siliconera Wednesday, September 7, 2022 12:00 PM

PS5 firmware update

A new firmware update is live for all PlayStation 5 owners globally. It's the latest major update to the system's firmware, following its beta testing period. The headline addition from the new PS5 Firmware is support for 1440p resolution. Also included is the "Gamelist", which is Sony's take on the "Folder" system from the PS4. A blog by PlayStation SVP for Platform Experience Hideaki Nishino detailed the changes inbound with the new update.

As mentioned, 1440p HDMI video is the main addition. "1440p" stands for screen resolutions with a vertical dimension of 1440 pixels. The most common 1440p resolution is 2560 x 1440 (a 16:9) aspect ratio. 1440p isn't as common to see in TVs, but is popular for PC monitors as a midway point between 1080p (1920 x 1080) and the more demanding 4K (3840 × 2160). Now the PS5, which previously could detect only 1080p and 4K, supports it too. There's one caveat, though: Using 1440p disables VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) support, which only works on 1080p and 4K. VRR is often used in games and on screens that support it to eliminate screen-tearing by syncing the refresh rate of the display to the frame rate of the game.

Check out a video promoting the PS5 firmware update below, with a handy visual reference for the area difference between the three resolution tiers.

There's more in the package than 1440p, though. The PS5 firmware update features the highly-requested "Gamelist" feature. Gamelists live in the "Your Collection" tab of the PS5's Game Library. Just select "Create Gamelist" and choose up to 100 games to add per list. You can have up to 15 Gamelists. Games can be added to multiple Gamelists, as well. The feature should allow finer organization and sorting of PS5 owners' game libraries.

A few more convenience and social features are also included in the PS5 firmware update. Players can now quickly compare 3D audio and Stereo on a single screen to decide which presets they prefer. The "Activity" system in the PS5 menu will also make it easier to resume an in-progress activity. You can now also Request a Share Screen from a party member, as well as receive notifications when a party member is playing a game you can join directly. The PS5 now supports things like triggering a YouTube search via voice command (in English).

For PS App users, the update adds the ability to launch a PS5 Remote Play session directly through the app. This feature requires that both the PS App and separate PS Remote Play app are installed on a device, though.

The latest PS5 firmware update is now available globally. PS5 owners can access the update through their systems.

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Siliconera Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:30 AM

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Treasure Hunt Trailer

Nintendo has released a new trailer for the upcoming Pokemon Scarlet and Violet versions. In it, players are introduced to the three story paths available to them: Starfall Street, the Path of Legends, and Victory Road.

Check out the trailer below:

First up is Starfall Street, where players will face off against Naranja Academy's troublemakers. Team Star, a group made up of several squads of the school's delinquents, has been causing trouble for teachers and students alike. Players must go to each squad's base and fight off an onslaught of Team Star Grunts' Pokemon in order to challenge the squad boss. Squad bosses will appear on their custom Starmobile cars, which will assist them during the battle. Both the party Pokemon and the Starmobile must be defeated in order to take down a squad boss.

Next, players are introduced to the Path of Legends. Arven, a new character, is looking into healthy recipes for Pokemon food. His quest has led him to search for Herba Mystica, rare herbs found only in Paldea that are said to heal a Pokemon the moment they eat it. The Herba Mystica are guarded by massive, formidable Titan Pokemon, however, which makes them even more difficult to obtain. By helping Arven defeat the Titan Pokemon and collect the Herba Mystica, players will be offered some of his hand-made dishes.

The last story shown is Victory Road, which will be very familiar to Pokemon veterans. Players who accept Nemona's suggestion of becoming a Champion-ranked trainer must challenge Paldea's eight Pokemon Gyms. After defeating every Gym Leader, players must go to the Pokemon League headquarters to take the Champion Assessment. Those who pass will be deemed Champion Rank Trainers.

The new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet trailer also introduces several new characters. Though a bit overbearing and curt, Mela, the boss of Team Star's Fire crew the Scheder Squad, will finish any task she sets her mind to. Arven is an upperclassman at Naranja Academy who is good at cooking but bad at Pokemon battles. The mild-mannered chairwoman of the Pokemon League, Geeta, is the strongest Trainer in the Paldea region, and the Grass-type user Brassius is the Artazon Gym Leader. Additionally, the Rock-type Klawf, Fire- and Psychic-type Armarouge, and Fire- and Ghost-type Ceruledge are all new Pokemon that will appear in the upcoming game versions.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will release worldwide for the Nintendo Switch on November 18, 2022.

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Siliconera Wednesday, September 7, 2022 11:00 AM

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Members of Nijisanji will appear as cards in the Wixoss TCG as part of the Nijisanji Diva pack. There is enough variety in the pack that you will be able to make a deck with solely Nijisanji cards. Wixoss has collaborated with Nijisanji in the past, adding livers such as Tsukino Mito to the roster. However, Nijisanji Diva will be the first time that members from Nijisanji EN make an appearance.

The members of Lazulight and Obsydia from Nijisanji EN will debut in Wixoss with the Nijisanji Diva pack. These members are Pomu, Elira, Finana, Petra, Selen, and Rosemi. Hyakumantenbara Salome, who has been making waves and breaking records for VTubers since her debut, will also appear as a bonus when you purchase the box. Some of the boxes contain a rarer version that has Salome's autograph on it.

There is also the chance to obtain cards of Sasaki Saku and Shiina Yuika with their signatures on them. The final bonus is a card of Lize Helesta with a serial number on it. Takara Tomy will only release seven cards with serial numbers, and they are exclusive to the first production batch.

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Wixoss is a multimedia franchise focusing on the Wixoss TCG. Aside from the real-life game, there are also multiple anime series and manga adaptations. The TCG is similar to other card games such as Yu-Gi-Oh or Magic the Gathering in which you use your cards to wipe out your opponent's points.

The Nijisanji Diva pack, including cards of the Nijisanji EN members, for Wixoss will be available from December 24, 2022.

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     NieR Automata mod hidden churchBack in July, a Reddit user claimed to have discovered a major secret area in NieR: Automata long after its release. Supposedly, as A2, this player opened a hidden door in the Copied City area that led to a mysterious environment withits own dedicated cutscene. For a few days, this discovery appeared legitimate, as the user uploaded extensive video evidence showing the secret in full. However, it turned out that this secret church resulted from an elaborate mod created by DevolasRevenge, Woeful_Wolf, and RaiderB, which understandably disappointed some players. Now, though, you can add this secret to NieR: Automata if you so wish because the mod has recently been made public. According to the mod description, first-time players should ideally access the church at level 90 or so. It also recommends that you disable certain powerful chips like Shock Wave and Overclock, although this only matters if you care about a balanced level of challenge. You can either install the mod with NAMH, ...

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     Gizmo Multiversus 2The lovable, adorable, squeezable mogwai is the pet of dreams. This capable critter was able to charm viewers of Gremlins back in 1984, and he's back to win over more hearts as the next playable MultiVersus character. I do hold a special place for Gizmo in my messed-up, horror-loving heart. And, fitting for such a friendly fella, he'll be a support character in your 2v2 MultiVersus matches. Now you can bring the pet of the '80s into the MultiVersus ring with you. Gizmo is still a ferocious little gremlin, so don't underestimate his abilities in the ring. The official MultiVersus Twitter tweeted out a post with Gizmo's upcoming attacks and abilities, which will see him tag along with another character to become the best support critter out there. Gizmo has his "Hunter's Bow" from Gremlins 2, allowing him to fire flaming arrows that inflict the "Ignite" ailment. He also has an ability called "Gizmo Go-Go," which wil...

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     Cyberpunk 2077 Edgerunners Update Phantom Liberty Expansion ScreenshotIt's been a bumpy road for CD Projekt Red and Cyberpunk 2077, but we're finally learning more about the game's promised expansion — Phantom Liberty. Granted, we still have to wait until next year to get our next bit of story content for the game. But what about after? Well, as spotted by mp1st, Phantom Liberty may be the only expansion coming to Cyberpunk 2077 in the end. The revelation comes from an unusual source. Responding to a comment on the Phantom Liberty trailer, the Cyberpunk 2077 account mentioned the expansion is the only major story content in the works.   "Glad to hear we sparked your interest," the account replied.  "As for the future, Phantom Liberty is the only planned expansion for Cyberpunk 2077." It's probably not the news Cyberpunk fans want to hear, but it does make sense. The game landed with quite an impressive thud, and CDPR spent most of its time trying to fix it. It's been two years, and things finally ...

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     Assassins Creed Mirage Announced new games ubisoft forward 2022Ubisoft is planning its Ubisoft Forward showcase this Saturday, with a focus on Assassin's Creeds. Right, not just one from what reports are saying. According to industry insider Tom Henderson, Ubisoft is showing off not just Assassin's Creed Mirage, but multiple new games coming to the franchise. According to the report, supported by Bloomberg, there are five games in the works along with DLC coming to AC Valhalla. I recall a time when Ubisoft wanted to pull in the reins of the franchise, but that's looking to be over. Ubisoft is revealing Assassin's Creed Mirage for the first time, and it'll be joined by the final DLC for Assassin's Creed Valhalla. Beyond those two, Ubisoft will apparently hint at four other projects — one heading to mobile, and another as a VR game.   The new Assassin's Creed games don't have names, but the reports do include minor details. Assassin's Creed Project Red is said to take place in Japan an...

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A specific release date will be announced soon.

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A new Nintendo Switch OLED Model: Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Edition, was also announced

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Gaming on PC Wednesday, September 7, 2022 1:21 PM
     Looking to squeeze more gaming performance out of your rig? Here's a few tips to help you achieve your goal. Full article after the jump.