Oct 01, 20:00

PCGamesN Saturday, October 1, 2022 1:21 PM
     Medieval city builder Manor Lords demo joins Steam Next Fest

Medieval city builder Manor Lords combines the peaceful industry of settlement management with large-scale battles in the style of Total War. The gorgeous strategy game created by solo developer Slavic Magic is being published by strategy and city building game specialists Hooded Horse, and you can get your hands on a demo of the city building side of things during Steam Next Fest in early October.

RELATED LINKS: Best city builders, Best PC strategy games

PCGamesN Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:10 PM
     Terraria 1.4.4 update dev shows off drone skills, asks for fan courses

The Terraria 1.4.4 update Labor of Love is here, and one of the most fun new items introduced in the latest patch for one of the best crafting games is a fully pilotable drone. The Kwad Racer Drone is a fast, flighty thing that can really zoom around the map - if you can wrap your head around its sensitive controls. Of course, someone who's had a bit more time to practise is Re-Logic artist Jim 'Jaxrud' Kjexrud, and he's been showcasing his skills to fans.

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

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, October 1, 2022 6:32 PM

What would be the most fitting end for Shenmue's anime adaptation? To be cancelled with its story incomplete, of course. And so it is: Shenmue The Animation isn't getting a season two.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, October 1, 2022 5:54 PM

I've no idea how many Steam Decks Valve have sold, but cor: it sure seems to be a success in terms of the diversity of games people are enjoying on it.

Yesterday, the official Steam Deck Twitter account shared a list of the most played games on the handheld PC gaming machine in September. The list includes Vampire Survivors, Elden Ring, Stardew Valley, Cyberpunk 2077, Hades and No Man's Sky.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, October 1, 2022 5:04 PM

Skyrim has been released and re-released several times and is available for almost anything that plays games at this point. As of two days ago, it's even now available DRM-free from digital retailer GOG.com. The GOG release is "entirely playable offline" and includes all the Anniversary Edition content "without the need for Creation Club access."

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, October 1, 2022 4:22 PM

Tomorrow, October 2nd, is the last full day during which the Overwatch 1 severs will be online. Blizzard's first-person shooter will switch off at 8am PT on the 3rd (4pm BST) ahead of the release of the free-to-play Overwatch 2 on October 4th.

How do we feel about that?

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Twinfinite Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:44 PM
     A reddit user discovered how much it would cost for new players to purchase all Overwatch 1 cosmetics!

Twinfinite Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:25 PM
     Fond out more about what the Quirk Singularity Doomsday Theory is in My Hero Academia.

Siliconera Saturday, October 1, 2022 4:00 PM

Gundam Evolution

It's still the early days of Bandai Namco's new team shooter Gundam Evolution - the game came out for PC about ten days ago as of this writing - but things are already looking up. The time it spent in testing wasn't wasted, either: Already quite refined, the play experience is smooth almost to the point of feeling frictionless. Bandai Namco has learned, and learned well from the example of Overwatch and its many copycats, and landed the essentials with aplomb.

For those uninitiated, Gundam Evolution is Bandai Namco's attempt to adapt one of the most iconic anime franchises of all time to the rigors of a free-to-play, team-based "hero shooter". Rather than secret agents, superheroes, or elite soldiers, Evolution plumbs the decades of Gundam history for inspiration. As of launch, 17 mobile suit mecha from a wide range of Gundam series form the playable roster. Twelve are playable from the beginning, with five more unlockable by various means (more on that later).

Gundam Evolution

Every Mobile Suit (MS) is unique, with bespoke weapons, abilities, and tactics. Rather than Overwatch's role-based system, Gundam Evolution embraces a more freeform approach to team-building. There can't be more than one of any given MS on a team, but there's enough overlap in style that you'll find something reasonably similar if you find your favorite suit taken. Even then, every unit is unique, and learning how to play as them and play against them is key to mastery.

Of course, each Mobile Suit does fall into a certain preferred style defined by its loadout and stats. Absolute units like Sazabi and the Unicorn Gundam love to mix it up in team fights, with Sazabi out front absorbing damage with its shield and closing in to use its beam shotgun. Unicorn suppresses enemies with its rapid-fire beam gatling, while helping its team just by being there through a passive heal and armor boost ability. Yet both are quite different. Sazabi can immediately jet to its thrown axe or a teammate, giving it surprising mobility and the ability to get right in an enemy's face. Unicorn's size and lack of a shield make it far more vulnerable in a stand-up fight, so it's reliant on keeping in a crowd of friendlies and using its Shield Bits to tag faraway snipers lining up a bead. One of the new unlockable suits, the Mahiroo, is the only one in the game with a grenade launcher, and is quite valuable for its ability to spam areas with indirect fire.


Gundam Evolution is also surprisingly fast and deadly for the alleged size of its giant robot cast. Every unit has one or more boosts to quickly dodge out of the way, and many units have access to precision "hitscan" weapons that reward accurate aim (the GM Sniper II can outright down the more fragile suits in a single headshot). In other words, the time-to-kill can be brutally short. There are some mitigating measures in place to account for skill and coordination. Getting "killed" leaves your MS disabled for a few seconds, allowing a teammate a brief window to revive you (support suits like the Methus and GM Sniper can even do this from a distance). And swapping suits can change a strategy entirely, potentially letting you turn an oppressive situation around with bold offense.

There are, however, some balance concerns to be found. Though the relative dominance of the melee Mobile Suits (Barbatos in particular) has been toned down somewhat, the three have an extremely high skill ceiling and, in the hands of capable players, can utterly oppress an enemy team with few direct counterstrategies. Exia in particular seems a little too capable of jetting its way out of consequences when its pilot makes a mistake. The new melee suit, Zaku II (Melee), has nearly medium-range reach on the shockwaves from its axe, and even has a move that makes it invincible (if immobile). In a game with many sources of precision damage, melee suits need to feel high-risk; at the moment, they feel a bit too safe.

More concerning than any transient balance issue, though, is the way the Gundam Evolution executes its monetization model. The game is free-to-play, but those 12 initial suits are all a new player gets access to for a considerable period of time if they don't want to pay up. Bandai Namco's added the triple-threat of monetization methods to the game: A battle pass (with premium and free tiers), an item shop selling bundles of cosmetics and suit unlocks, and a gacha/loot box system that lets players roll the dice for cosmetics.

The game's premium currency is Evo Coins, paid for with real money and earned in small amounts via the Battle Pass. Evo Coins can be used to buy things off the item store and roll the gacha. Freebies are few and relatively far between. Players can unlock a new suit by paying "Capital" (a.k.a. blue points), which is earned from completing Beginner's Challenges and Battle Pass levels. But the current Battle Pass and Beginner Challenge slates only reward enough Capital to unlock two suits at the end of the grind. There are five unlockable suits. Worse still, ranked play is outright unavailable to players on the free tier without a considerable grind to get their player level up. Those who upgrade their Battle Pass to "Premium" unlock ranked play immediately. It's a move in poor taste that also warps the landscape of available players for ranked mode because even at the bottom-tier bronze ranks you'll have a mix of completely new players who chose to upgrade their Battle Passes and players that have tons of experience but couldn't unlock Ranked Mode until they'd done their time in the casual playlist mines.


Even now, after some adjustments to the system, it can take quite a while to get into ranked matches above the first ranking tier. All in all, if you just downloaded Gundam Evolution and want to jump straight into ranked play with all the available suits, you're looking at an outlay of about $60 USD (about $50 in Evo Coins to purchase the "Deluxe Pack" that unlocks the 5 locked suits, and $10 to upgrade to a premium Battle Pass).

I personally don't think it's unreasonable to pay something to a free-to-play game. At the moment, though, it feels like Gundam Evolution's potential is being hamstrung by its monetization. New players might be turned away by the notion they're getting a second-class experience if they don't pay up, and players who do pay don't reap the benefits of the large audience a free-to-play game can attract.

With luck, Bandai Namco will rethink some of these moves and focus on Gundam Evolution as more of a long-term concern. The moment-to-moment play experience is simply too much fun to deserve to be weighed down by the gravity of business.

The post Gundam Evolution's Team Shooter Soul is Weighed Down by Monetization's Gravity appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, October 1, 2022 3:00 PM

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Ed Sheeran's "Celestial" will appear in Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Violet. You can watch the entire music video and listen to the full version of the song on services such as YouTube. The music video is interspersed with stylized cartoons of Pokemon. As he goes about his day, they appear to either help him or wreak havoc.

You can watch "Celestial" with Japanese subtitles from Ed Sheeran's YouTube channel:


It is unknown in what context this song will play in Scarlet and Violet. It is also unclear if the full song will be available in game. As of the time of writing, "Celestial" is #7 on YouTube's trending list for music. It has already accumulated over 2.1 million views on September 30, 2022, though the video came out on September 29.

Aside from stylized cartoony version of the Pokemon (courtesy of artist Yu Nagaba) appearing in the music video, there is also a sequence that references Pokemon: The First Movie. Ed, instead of Ash, leaps between Mew and Mewtwo's fight while Pokemon from the first generation cheer him on. The starters from the Galar region also make cameo appearances as Ed's Pokemon.

Ed Sheeran, the singer behind hit singles such as "Shape of You" and "Perfect," will be joining Toby Fox as a music collaborator for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet. Fox, who is famous for Undertale, revealed in June 2022 that he helped to compose some of the music for the game.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet will come out on the Nintendo Switch on November 18, 2022.

The post Ed Sheeran Song Will Appear in Pokemon Scarlet, Violet appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, October 1, 2022 1:00 PM

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Good news to the players who played the now-defunct Immortals: Muv-Luv Alternative – the game will re-launch in Spring 2023. It originally came out in March 2022 before shutting down almost immediately due to bugs that made the game unplayable. The re-launched version of the game will be one that improves on the base of the original. [Thanks, KaroshiMyriad!]

According to the announcement on the Immortals: Muv-Luv Alternative website, the development team will work with NextNinja to publish the title. NextNinja has worked on mobile titles such as Grand Summoners, Touhou LostWord, and and Warau Arsnotoria. As the new game will essentially be an upgraded version of the original, it'll count as a new release.

When the title originally came out, it was only available for a short period of time before critical issues forced the developers to shut down the game. Originally, the shutdown was only supposed to last for about a month. aNCHOR did not officially specify the exact nature of the issues, nor explain the decision to extend the shutdown. Commentary from the time suggests that one issue may have been related to an exploit that allowed players to earn unlimited amounts of premium currency.

Immortals: Muv-Luv Alternative will come out on iOS and Android mobile devices. It will be an action RPG with characters from the Muv-Luv series making an appearance.

The post Immortals: Muv-Luv Alternative Will Re-Launch in Spring 2023 appeared first on Siliconera.

Gamer Empire Saturday, October 1, 2022 5:40 PM
     The death mechanic in Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is one of the most entertaining features added to the sequel. It allows the player, after […]

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Oct 01, 12:00

Kotaku Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:00 AM

As of last week, a long-held dream of playing Valve's landmark 2004 shooter Half-Life 2 in virtual reality has finally come to fruition. The journey began nearly 10 years ago, when a man named Nathan Andrews managed to hack together a functioning version of the all-time classic in VR. This was before any Vives,…


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PCGamesN Saturday, October 1, 2022 10:41 AM
     Huge Skyrim mod Summerset Isle just got way bigger with SE launch

Skyrim mod Summerset Isle, first released in 2015, is among the most ambitious mod projects for one of the best RPG games, offering a expansion of DLC size that takes players to the Elder Scrolls island that is home to the Altmer in a questline following on from the Bethesda game's College of Winterhold questline. Now the mod has arrived in Skyrim: Special Edition - and its creator promises eight times the content of the original version.

RELATED LINKS: Skyrim mods, Play Skyrim, Games like Skyrim

PCGamesN Saturday, October 1, 2022 8:15 AM
     Diablo 4 skills are tied to weapon damage in Blizzard RPG

Eagle-eyed fans have spotted that Diablo 4 skills are tied to weapon damage following footage of the game being shown during the Diablo Hell's Ink tour. While a recent Diablo 4 gameplay leak taken from a private test build of the fantasy game showed off a hefty chunk of the game in development, this official video gives us a more 'legitimate' look at how Diablo 4 is planning to handle its gear and skill design - and it's looking slightly more like Diablo 3 so far, albeit with one very significant difference.

RELATED LINKS: Diablo 4 release date, The best games like Diablo you can play on PC, Diablo 4 classes

PCGamesN Saturday, October 1, 2022 6:34 AM
     Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver return looks to be in the works

It seems that a Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver return is on the cards thanks to a new survey from Tomb Raider developer Crystal Dynamics asking fans what they would like to see from a modern take on the classic action-adventure game. The beloved late 90s series, which featured direction from developers including Denis Dyack and former Uncharted writer Amy Hennig, is looking likely to make a dramatic return after rights to the vampire game were returned to Crystal Dynamics following its acquisition by Swedish firm Embracer Group.

Twinfinite Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:27 AM
     Here's everything you need to know about who Garaki Kyudai is in My Hero Academia.

Siliconera Saturday, October 1, 2022 11:00 AM

Sackboy A Big Adventure is coming to PC

Sackboy, one of the mascots for the PlayStation, will soon appear on PC. Sony Interactive Entertainment announced via PlayStation.Blog that it will release the PC version of Sackboy: A Big Adventure on October 27, 2022. The PC game will be available on Steam and the Epic Games Store.

The PC version of the Sackboy game will support the PS5's DualSense controller by default, but it will also support mouse and keyboard controls. Additionally, it will support variable refresh rate and wide screens up to 21:9, as well as Nvidia DLSS2 for GeForce RTX GPUs.

Sony also shared the PC spec requirements needed to run Sackboy: A Big Adventure. The minimum requirements will generate a 720p 30fps gameplay with 8 GB RAM, an Intel Core i5-6400 or AMD FX-6300 for CPU, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon R7 265 for GPU. The highest ultra settings, which can generate 4K and 60fps, will require 16 GB RAM, a Core i9-9900k or Ryzen 9 3950X for CPU, and RTX 3080 or RX 6800 XT for GPU. The game can also go up to 120fps if the user's PC display supports HDMI 2.1 or DisplayPort 1.4.

Furthermore, the company announced that people who pre-purchase the game on either PC platform will be able to obtain costumes and emotes modeled after Ghost of Tsushima's Jin, Detroit: Become Human's Connor, Days Gone's Deacon St. John, and Death Stranding's Sam Porter Bridges.

Sony Interactive Entertainment also published a new trailer for the PC version of Sackboy: A Big Adventure on PlayStation's YouTube channel:


Sackboy: A Big Adventure originally appeared on PlayStation 4 and 5 in November 2020. The game will appear on PCs via Steam and the Epic Games Store on October 27, 2022.

The post Sackboy: A Big Adventure Will Visit PC in Late October 2022 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, October 1, 2022 9:00 AM

Muv-Luv Alternative season 2 anime will have opening song by JAM Project and Minami Kuribayashi

JAM Project will perform the opening theme song for the second season of the Muv-Luv Alternative anime. The five-singer group will collaborate with Minami Kuribayashi to perform "Akatsuki wo Ute" (Shoot the Dawn). The group first made the announcement on its official website.

The announcement also revealed a single CD for "Akatsuki wo Ute" that will go on sale on November 2, 2022. The disc will include another song by JAM Project titled "Can never go home," as well as instrumental versions of both songs.

Meanwhile, V.W.P (Virtual Witch Phenomenon), the group behind the first season's opening theme, "Rinne" (Reincarnation), will also return to perform the second season's ending theme, "Saikai" (Reunion).

Avex Pictures has also uploaded the second trailer for the Muv-Luv Alternative anime's season 2. People can listen to a sneak peek of both "Akatsuki wo Ute" and "Saikai" by watching the trailer.


The new opening theme's singer composition also makes a callback to the original Muv-Luv Alternative visual novel, which was released in February 2006. Four out of five members of JAM Project performed "Asu e no Houkou" (Roar towards the Future) as the opening theme, while Minami Kuribayashi performed the eponymous ending theme, "Muv-Luv." "Asu e no Houkou" is also available to listen to on the global PC Steam release of the visual novel.

JAM Project also has a longer history with the visual novel's re-releases. The group's fifth member, Masami Okui, would later join the completed group in performing "Name ~Kimi no Na wa~" for the all-ages version released in September 2006. The group also provided another song, "Metamorphose," for the Xbox 360 release in October 2011.

The second season of the Muv-Luv Alternative anime will begin airing on October 5, 2022. The single CD for JAM Project and Minami Kuribayashi's opening theme song "Akatsuki wo Ute" will be available on November 2, 2022.

The post JAM Project Will Perform Muv-Luv Alternative Anime Season 2 Opening appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, October 1, 2022 7:00 AM

Super Robot Wars OG Huckebein Mk-II HG Plamodel

Bandai announced at the 2022 All Japan Model & Hobby Show that it will release an HG plamodel of the Huckebein Mk-II from the Super Robot Wars: Original Generation series in March 2023. The set will include the mech's notable armaments, such as the Photon Rifle, Chakram Shooter, and G-Impact Cannon.

Huckebein Mk-II will be the fourth SRW OG mech to receive an HG plamodel adaptation. Masaki Andoh's Cybaster was the first unit to have a plamodel released in 2021. Kyosuke Nanbu's Alteisen and the Gespenst followed suit afterward.

Super Robot Wars OG HG Plamodels - Cybuster Gespenst Alteisen HuckebeinMkII

The return of Huckebein has been a huge topic in the SRW user base. There was an alleged copyright issue involving the Huckebeins due to their similarities in designs with Gundams. The issue started when anime adaptations of Original Generation began appearing in the late 2000s.

The anime versions introduced the Exbein as an alternative replacement with a different head design. Huckebein figures and plamodels were also mysteriously taken down and no longer put on sale in Japanese stores during the period. Ultimately, the 2012 PS3 entry 2nd Super Robot Wars Original Generation featured one of the series' most infamous scenes, in which Armala Burton and her Galilnagant destroyed almost all prototype Huckebeins.

The latest Original Generations game to date, The Moon Dwellers, came out for the PS3 and PS4 in 2016. However, it still only included the mass-produced Mk-II and the series derivatives, such as the Exbeins and Yon Jebana's Pfeil III.

The Huckebeins would eventually return in the more recent non-OG titles. The original Huckebein appeared as a bonus unit in 2017's Super Robot Wars V, while the 2021 title Super Robot Wars 30 starred a new mech called the Huckebein 30. Series fans saw these developments as a sign that the copyright issue had since been resolved, especially after Bandai Namco acquired Gundam's license owner, Sotsu, in 2020.

Most recently, the ongoing mobile game Super Robot Wars DD brought back the Huckebein from the OG series. The "Last of Vanishing Trooper" scenario released in March 2022 told a new story about the previously mysterious third Mk-II unit in the canon OG universe. The mech is also available as a playable unit with its test pilot Shizuki Shizukawa in the mobile game. The upcoming model kit will be designed after this unit line.

The Super Robot Wars Original Generation series' Huckebein Mk-II HG plamodel will release in 2023 with an MSRP of 4,950 yen (~$34).

The post Super Robot Wars' Huckebein Mk-II HG Plamodel Will Launch in 2023 appeared first on Siliconera.

Pivotal Gamers Saturday, October 1, 2022 9:10 AM
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Oct 01, 06:00

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, October 1, 2022 4:00 AM

It's been a while since I could do this: pinch and a pinch for the first of the month, and no returns! You've been... Octobered. Hey, don't sweat it. You can keep that bloody nose all month to get a jump on Halloween. You're welcome, by the way.

What are you playing this weekend? Here's what we're clicking on!

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Twinfinite Saturday, October 1, 2022 12:57 AM
     Star Wars: The Old Republic to hold Bounty Contracts and All Worlds Ultimate Swoop Rally in October 2022.

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     Third-party developers shared some more interesting news and images about Microsoft Flight Simulator add-ons.

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Siliconera Friday, September 30, 2022 11:00 PM

chaos;head noah pc steam

Spike Chunsoft has announced that Chaos;Head Noah will not be on Steam. It will still come out on the Nintendo Switch. While it may not appear on the Steam storefronts, Spike Chunsoft states that it is looking into alternate ways that it can release Chaos;Head Noah on the PC. It thanked players for their patience and understanding.


Chaos;Head Noah on Steam was originally dated for a October 7, 2022 release. This was the same release date as the Switch version. According to Spike Chunsoft, the reason behind this is because Steam has requested changes to the game's content. This is due to Steam's guidelines. It is not clear what Steam has deemed inappropriate in Chaos;Head Noah. However, Spike Chunsoft believes that if it changes the game in adhere to Steam's request, then it would no longer be up to standards. Independent developers and smaller publishers have surfaced complaints about Steam's approval process for visual novels in particular, citing inconsistency and unclear guidelines about what's actually permissible.

Chaos;Head Noah is a remake of the original Chaos;Head, which came out in 2009. The first game in developer 5pb and Nitroplus' "Science Adventure" series, it is a science fiction visual novel with mystery and horror elements. The story also takes place in 2009 and focuses on the "New Generation Madness," which is a string of bizarre occurrences, including grisly suicides carried out under suspicious circumstances. The player plays as Takumi Nishijou, a shut-in who suffers from delusions. The game's Delusion Trigger System allows players to make choices when Takumi has one.

Chaos;Head Noah will come out on the Nintendo Switch on October 7, 2022. Spike Chunsoft is looking into releasing it on the Windows PC through another service. However, it didn't specifya new PC release window or platform.

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