Kotaku Thursday, October 13, 2022 5:30 PM
I don't think I've ever seen art theft quite like this before. Two days ago, a Genshin Impact fanartist was painting a new creation on Twitch. Before they could even finish the fanart and post it to Twitter, one of their viewers fed the work-in-progress into an AI generator and "completed" it first. After the artist…
Kotaku Thursday, October 13, 2022 5:25 PM
One of the great joys of No Man's Sky is discovering mind-blowing sci-fi Kodak moments. The game has evolved wildly since its release, but the ability to roam and discover the wonders of this procedurally generated universe has remained constant as one of its many charms.
Kotaku Thursday, October 13, 2022 5:15 PM
Let me get the easy joke out of the way. Are y'all prepared for the next Disney character making their way to the popular Animal Crossing-like Dreamlight Valley? I hope so, because the evil and wicked lion Scar, the big bad from the 90s classic The Lion King, is arriving in the life sim next week.
Kotaku Thursday, October 13, 2022 4:18 PM
Kotaku Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:20 PM
Overwatch 2, released last week, has three types of heroes: Tanks, Damage/Attackers, and support. Naturally, players who prefer attacking are mad at support players for not healing them. And healers are, in turn, frustrated by tanks and attackers who run off to die, ignoring how Overwatch 2 is a game entirely built…
Kotaku Thursday, October 13, 2022 1:55 PM
Tetsuya Takahashi has a story to tell.
Kotaku Thursday, October 13, 2022 1:30 PM
FromSoftware has a penchant for creating horrifying enemies in its games. Usually either bloodied, deformed, or both, the developer's grotesque monsters from Demon's Souls to Elden Ring perfectly lend themselves to nightmare fuel, designs that almost always scare the shit outta me. They're also perfect Halloween…
Kotaku Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:35 PM
Doom publisher Bethesda's star-spotted, belly-bloated role-playing game Starfield is delayed to 2023, but game director and executive producer Todd Howard shared details of its dialogue and traits system in a Q&A video released this week. Howard says in the video that he considers Starfield to be "hard science…
Kotaku Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:40 AM
Last week, an NFT founder tweeted that the metaverse company Decentraland only had 30 daily active users, despite its $1.2 billion market valuation. After a cryptocurrency news outlet reported the numbers, this week Decentraland hastily corrected on its blog that its metaverse actually has 8,000 daily active users.…
Kotaku Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:18 AM
Another major update is shaking up the world of Elden Ring, and this time FromSoftware is calibrating the changes differently depending on whether you're playing the main game or dunking on strangers in PVP. That addresses a longtime request by fans to balance the two sides of the game separately, and just in time for…
Kotaku Thursday, October 13, 2022 10:35 AM
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 5:38 PM
Creating an MMORPG is a huge undertaking - massive is right there in the name, after all. So it's remarkable to see a smaller indie game development team like Stormhaven Studios announcing the imminent launch of its new MMO, Embers Adrift. The Embers Adrift release date is set for October 15, and it follows a beta period that's been open for early backers of the fantasy game.
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 4:10 PM
The Epic Games Store cycles in a new set of free PC games every week, and when it does, we get a peek at what's coming in the following week. So, while you're snagging free copies of horror game Darkwood and the colourful roguelike adventure ToeJam and Earl: Back in the Groove, you may notice that starting October 20, you'll be able to get a free copy of Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition, one of the best RPG games ever made.The best Fallout 3 mods, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas Console Commands and Cheats, The best games like Fallout on PC
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:17 PM
In honour of National Coming Out Day, which took place on Oct 11, Bungie is offering a free Destiny 2 rainbow transmat to the community. The developer has also confirmed five of the FPS game's characters' LGBTQ+ gender identities or sexual orientations via colourful wallpaper images.Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:08 PM
Of course there's an Elden Ring board game in the works, and of course it's going to be on Kickstarter - we reported on its announcement last month, naturally, but its coming was all but set in stone by the massive popularity of RPG game tie-ins on tabletops. Now the company producing the game, Steamforged Games, has announced that the Elden Ring Board Game Kickstarter campaign will launch November 22 - and it already has many thousands of fans ready to pledge.The best Elden Ring builds, Elden Ring bosses, The best Elden Ring classes
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 1:04 PM
The Marvel's Midnight Suns release date is fast approaching, and developer Firaxis Games is ready to show off a bit more of its superhero-themed strategy game. A livestream focusing in on Midnight Suns starts today, October 13, at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST / 7pm CEST, and you can tune in right here or by heading over to Twitch.Marvel's Midnight Suns release date, Marvel's Midnight Suns gameplay, The best tactical RPGS on PC
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 1:00 PM
Everybody loves getting things for free, and we at PCGamesN are the last people to fly in the face of that tradition. Which is why we regularly give away free Steam keys, Epic Games Store keys, codes for all manner of other storefronts and launchers, and in-game goodies, as well as gadgets, hardware, swag, and a whole host of assorted stuff.
Check back here regularly to find our latest giveaways - including full games, exclusive preview access, physical special editions, and even event tickets. You can enter once, or multiple times using the various options in each competition. If you happen to be the forgetful type, why not sign up to the PCGamesN newsletter? We'll email you once a week with our latest offerings, plus all the biggest news and deals across PC games and hardware.
If you're gaming on a budget then you might also want to have a look at our list of the best free PC games, and possibly the best free Steam games, too, if you just can't tear yourself away from Valve's fair platform.Best SSD for gaming, How to build a gaming PC, Best gaming CPU
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:52 PM
Details on Nvidia RTX 4080 12GB performance levels are slowly trickling out from team green, ahead of the GeForce graphics card's release date. While we already had some general idea of how this RTX 4000 GPU would stack up, new benchmarks have come to light that help paint a more detailed picture.RTX 4000 - everything we know, GeForce Now RTX 3080 review, Best graphics card
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:46 PM
Details about the Multiversus ranked mode are beginning to circulate throughout social media. Early indications hint that we could see a competitive way to play the popular fighting game very soon, duking it out with the best characters in the Multiversus tier list.
As seen in a post by Shaggy_Leaks on Twitter, there are eight ranks in Multiversus ranked mode, each separated by five divisions that you can keep track of with stars. The current speculation is that stars show up under their rank and will be tracked separately for 1v1 and team modes.Multiversus impressions, Multiversus tier list, The best Multiversus mods
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:39 PM
FIFA 23 skill moves are an important part of any match in the football game, as they can give your attacking moves an extra dimension, all whilst adding a little bit of flair into the proceedings. Used to beat players off the dribble in order to manufacture chances, or simply to showboat on your opponent, skill moves are a vital part of anyone's arsenal when playing online or against the AI in career mode.
The ideal candidate for performing skill moves would be a player with 5-star skills and high dribbling stats, someone like the POTM Rashford in Ultimate Team. Knowing the button inputs to perform these skill moves is also only half the battle; with the changes to how players accelerate this year, it takes much more experience to know how to get away from your defender.FIFA 23 career mode guide, FIFA 23 ratings, FIFA 23 Icons
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:18 PM
This odd Genshin Impact map bug ended up doing more good than bad, as it revealed large sections of Teyvat that have yet to be released. Usually, the RPG's unreleased regions are covered by dark spaces on the map that can't be removed until the required updates go live. In this situation, the bug removed those dark spaces, which gives us a glimpse at the potential shape and borders of upcoming nations.Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:18 PM
Looking for the best city-building games on PC in 2022? There's nothing more relaxing than sitting down for an afternoon of city-building games with a hot drink. We've lost countless hours lining up buildings just how we like them or scrambling to save a population on the brink of collapse, and occasionally we've purposefully brought about that collapse just to see how our citizens would cope. Not very well as it happens.
Our list of the best city-building games offers something for every management games fan, from hardcore town planners looking for a challenge, to entries that welcome genre newcomers with the promise of tutorials, stripped back interfaces, and few apocalyptic threats. As well as difficulty, we've included a mix of realistic city builders and sci-fi simulator games, in case you're bored of laying out your urban expanses against a traditional backdrop.
Whether your aim is to regroup and repopulate Earth, conquer new planets, or defeat the commuter's menace that is congestion, then this list of the best city-building games on PC should serve you well.Cities: Skylines mods, Cities: Skylines system requirements, The best management games on PC 2022
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:13 PM
The Modern Warfare 2 killstreaks are a pretty standard affair, with nothing too surprising to come and throw you off. If you've played any Call of Duty multiplayer games before, you'll likely be familiar with what's to follow. Still, it helps to know what to expect from the progression rewards in the FPS game, and if this is your first foray into the franchise, then we've got all the information you need on these useful support bonuses and how to trigger them.
Call of Duty killstreaks are tactical support items that can only be called in once you reach a certain number of kills without dying. Killstreaks can now be changed to scorestreaks as well, rewarded when you earn a certain number of points between deaths instead. This is beneficial in certain modes in which you earn points for completing objectives - especially good if your kill-to-death ratio isn't always top notch. The rewards themselves, though, remain the same. Thanks to the beta, we already know all of the Modern Warfare 2 killstreaks, and where they are earned in progression rewards.The best Modern Warfare 2 guns, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 release date, maps, and more, Modern Warfare 2 Gunsmith details: every big change
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:10 PM
Want to know if there is Gotham Knights crossplay? As a brand new Batman-themed co-op game, chances are you're looking forward to playing this adventure alongside a trusted sidekick. Since the Gotham Knights release date is almost here, you may want answers on whether or not multiplayer is possible because you're on a different platform to your friend.
More games in recent years have bridged the device gap, allowing anyone to play with everyone. However, just because a game has a multiplayer mode doesn't mean that Gotham Knights crossplay will be there. Sometimes there are good reasons for this, as getting these machines to talk to each other can be too tricky.The best superhero games on PC, The best RPGs on PC, What if Batman: Arkham Knight 2 had happened?
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:02 PM
What is the best free MMO? Making such a decision is no mean feat. Free-to-play games are increasingly common, meaning the F2P MMO crowd now have a lot more options than they used to. Even if your wallet is gathering cobwebs and your bank account is best friends with the number zero, there is a quality game on the PC to enjoy.
What's more, from online war zones to behemoth free MMORPGs, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Free games are no longer just the domain of MOBAs and Runescape; there are shooters to rival the likes of Overwatch, space games as shiny as Elite, and Warcraft-grade MMOs that don't demand a subscription.
Aside from completely free to play games, we have also included some MMOs with lengthy free trials – games where there is plenty to enjoy without spending a penny. So without further ado, let's take a look at the best online games you can play without breaking the bank.Play RIFT for free, Free MMO list, New MMOs
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:57 AM
The Modern Warfare 2 game modes in multiplayer include some familiar faces, plus a third person perspective which harks back to the 2009 game of the same name. With the Modern Warfare 2 release date not far off, there are a bunch of returning game modes including series staples Team Deathmatch, Hardpoint, Search and Destroy, and Domination.
Ground War features larger maps known as Battle Maps, suitable for 32v32 players, where each building and area can be explored, and vehicles populate the open areas. Third-person also makes a return, despite not being hugely popular the first time around. The difference this time is that when you aim down the sights with any gun, it switches to the standard FPS game style. Here are the details on the three brand new multiplayer modes for Modern Warfare 2, along with a list of all confirmed modes, although do keep in mind this doesn't include the previously announced DMZ mode as that won't be arriving until the Warzone 2 release date.The best Modern Warfare 2 guns, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 release date, maps, and more, Modern Warfare 2 Gunsmith details: every big change
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:43 AM
For its seventh Halloween of zed slaying, a Killing Floor 2 free update is adding a brand new medieval themed community map and new game mode. The gory FPS game's Halloween event this year is called Blood and Bonfires, and it features a new game mode called primary target, which paints a VIP target on one party member's head and makes them the focus of all the zeds on the map.
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:51 AM
The Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales system requirements have dropped ahead of the superhero game's November release date. Based on the specs provided by developer Insomniac Games, it seems like any gaming PC that could run Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered should be more than capable of getting you swinging with this spin-off.Best SSD for gaming, How to build a gaming PC, Best gaming CPU
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:34 AM
Among all the Overwatch 2 changes that have been causing discussion since its release, one particular alteration to the Blizzard FPS game from its 6v6 predecessor is leaving fans especially distraught. The arrival of Overwatch 2 has seen plenty of news and chatter, both positive and negative, as fans fall in love with the new Overwatch 2 heroes or discuss their disappointment in the queues, bugs, and server downtime that has led to Blizzard handing out Overwatch 2 compensation packages.Overwatch 2 heroes, Overwatch 2 PvE release date, Overwatch 2 tier list
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:22 AM
The four playable Gotham Knights characters arrive in the city at a time when Batman is dead, and Gotham needs new heroes. In the wake of his demise, this team of extended Bat-family members have rallied together to protect Gotham City in this open-world game. The four playable characters that make up the family are Batgirl, Robin, Nightwing, and Red Hood, and they're tasked with saving the city from a wave of new crime.
With the Gotham Knights release date quickly approaching, we'll delve into each of the Gotham Knights characters, including their unique playstyle and abilities as well as their chosen weaponry. And, according to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look, community manager Pauline Zampolini says, "The team put a lot of effort into making every character really special with emotional ways to react to situations. Every character has its own path." Let's take a look at what that means.The best superhero games on PC, The best RPGs on PC, What if Batman: Arkham Knight 2 had happened?
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:14 AM
So you want to know about Valorant crosshair codes? Many multiplayer games like to come up with ways for players to show allegiance to their favourite team. For example, Rainbow Six Siege has charms; Valorant has gun buddys, but it also has custom crosshairs.
With a complex-looking string of numbers, letters, and symbols, you can change your in-game sights to match players from your favourite esports teams such as DRX, Fnatic, or The Guard. This feature is relatively recent, with the official Valorant Twitter account posting about it with some initial Valorant crosshair codes in March 2022 - more codes have been shared across other platforms since.
We've collected codes for all of the big teams all in one place, so you don't have to go hunting around too much in order to equip your favourite Valorant characters with your chosen sight.Valorant characters: all agents and abilities, Valorant tier list, Valorant crosshair codes
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:22 AM
So you want to know about the Gotham Knights release date? While we were originally expecting the new DC open-world game to release last year, at least it's not slipped again to 2023 like many projects have this year.
This spiritual successor to the popular Arkham series sees the "Batman family" stepping up to protect Gotham now that the masked crusader is dead. You'll be able to control any one of the four iconic heroes, as well as play online drop-in/drop-out co-op with your friends. All we need now is the Gotham Knights release date to roll around, but luckily we won't have too much longer to wait.The best superhero games on PC, The best RPGs on PC, What if Batman: Arkham Knight 2 had happened?
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:03 PM
The Valorant battle pass for Episode 5 Act 3 adds a slew of new skins, gun buddies, and cards to Riot's FPS game, allowing players to expand their cosmetic library. Here's a rundown of all of the rewards on both the free and premium tracks.Valorant characters: all agents and abilities, Valorant tier list, Valorant crosshair codes
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:28 AM
Swooping into the hearts of players everywhere the newest agent to join Valorant, Harbor, is an Indian controller who may be easy on the eyes but looks to be a force of nature on the FPS game's battlefield. The charming treasure hunter's water-based abilities are perfect for splitting maps in two, so here's a full rundown of his utility, and when he'll release.Valorant characters: all agents and abilities, Valorant tier list, Valorant crosshair codes
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 10:55 AM
A Valve fan has conjured up a custom Steam Deck case, and it pays homage to the company's iconic Orange Box compilation. It offers up a way of keeping the handheld gaming PC safe, but it's also a clever nod to classic games like Half-Life, Portal, and Team Fortress 2.Best SSD for gaming, How to build a gaming PC, Best gaming CPU
PCGamesN Thursday, October 13, 2022 10:53 AM
Finding the best skateboard games to play in 2022 is no mean feat, and it's even harder for PC gamers as the genre enjoyed its heyday during the PS2 and Xbox 360 console generation. Don't feel like you're in too deep, though, as plenty of these gems are on PC, too. They're just not on Steam as they came out when physical copies were all the rage.Best skateboard games, Best simulation games, Best open-world games
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, October 13, 2022 5:06 PM
The EVGA P6 850W is a great high-capacity power supply, and today it's been discounted by £30 over at Scan, dropping from £120 to £90. That's a good deal on a PSU that meets the steep requirements of the RTX 4090, as well as Nvidia's more sanely-specced RTX 40-series cards like the RTX 4080 16GB and the RTX 4070 4080 12GB.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, October 13, 2022 4:54 PM
The Ryzen 7 5800X was a great gaming CPU when it launched in 2020, and it remains one of the fastest options going despite the recent release of Ryzen 7000 processors late last month. The 5800X also has two major advantages: it works on a wide range of cheap motherboards with DDR4 RAM, and it's way cheaper than the 7700X - especially when it's discounted on Ebay US, as is the case today!
So: let's cut to the chase. The 5800X is down to $229.99 at Ebay, from a list price of $449, meaning it's nearly 50% off. That also makes it $170 cheaper than the equivalent Ryzen 7000 processor, the $400 eight-core Ryzen 7700X. Or, to put it another way, you're paying around 60% of the price for at least 80% of the gaming performance of that newer CPU - not bad, given that you'll also pay way less for a complete Ryzen 5000 system (with AM4 motherboards and DDR4) than a complete Ryzen 7000 one (with AM5 motherboards and DDR5).
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:12 PM
Board games based on Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Final Fantasy spin-off Chocobo's Dungeon are in the works. News of the games was spotted at board game trade convention Essen Spiel last week, though there's no official announcement yet.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:42 PM
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:17 PM
I have wanted to play Triangle Strategy since it was first announced for Nintendo Switch, but I realise now that I know next to nothing about it. All I've done is look at its screenshots and salivate at the mixture of 2D sprites, 3D environments, and tilt-shift camera trickery.
Beyond that, I know that it's a strategy RPG, and I know that it's out on PC as of today.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, October 13, 2022 1:49 PM
CD Projekt Red recently updated Cyberpunk 2077 to add items from the new anime series, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. Their own updates didn't add the show's omnipresent risk of cyberpsychosis, however, so a modder has stepped in to do it for them. The Wannabe Edgerunner mod adds a "humanity" cost to all cyberware implants and certain actions in the open-world shooter, as well as consequences for when your humanity gets too low.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, October 13, 2022 1:21 PM
The developers of Röki are trading Norse mythology for Greek, it seems. Polygon Treehouse have announced that their next game is Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island, a non-linear adventure about uncovering a mystery, restoring an island paradise, and making friends with Greek gods. They also call it a "friend 'em up", getting in there with the "'em up" description before we can.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:00 PM
If I'm honest, I'm mainly into the Touhou Project for the bangin' fanmade choons. But here's a bangin' fanmade game, Touhou Luna Nights: what might have been a fairly rote 2D Metroidvania, were it not for both some time-bending tricks and a few key influences from the official Touhou schmups.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:44 AM
We celebrate all three of us being back on the Electronic Wireless Show podcast, but two thirds of us being be-plagued, by talking about rejuvinating the Earth - truly, the podcast host of us all. Inspired by new eco-friendly farming game Coral Island, which I've been playing this week, we talk about our favourite games that roll with an ecological protection theme. This is hard for Matthew, because he hates the environment (unless his immediate environment contains a can of Rio).
Matthew comes through with an excellent Cavern Of Lies about trees and tree monsters in games, where he attempts to pull the illusive Double Beckford on us. Does he succeed? Listen to find out.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, October 13, 2022 11:00 AM
Detective games are often about filling in the blanks. A terrible crime will sit at the heart of them, yes, but most take place in the days and weeks that follow, where the bulk of your time is spent gathering clues and building a case to work out whodunnit. Rarely do you get to glimpse the immediate aftermath of the crime itself, where all the major suspects are still in play and their pockets are stuffed with incriminating evidence they'll no doubt be disposing of in the coming minutes.
The prime exception to this rule is Lucas Pope's Return Of The Obra Dinn, which gives you a time-travelling pocket watch to revisit the scenes of its many, many murders and work out exactly what happened to its 60-strong passenger list on its titular, ill-fated ship. Frogwares' Sherlock Holmes games and their mind palace visualisation techniques also warrant a mention here, and maybe even Outer Wilds at a push, if you count its 22-minute timeloop as an investigation scene several millennia in the making. But it's Obra Dinn that Color Gray Games emulate most strongly with their impressive debut in The Case Of The Golden Idol, which gives you a series of 12 murders to solve, each of which is presented as a freeze-frame vignette at the moment of death. You're still filling in blanks here, slotting names, objects and eventually verbs in its various scene scrolls to deduce whodunnit and howtheydunit, but this intriguing tale of 18th century high (and a secret) society, betrayals, backstabbing and murder most foul is a mystery game for the ages.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, October 13, 2022 10:38 AM
Galactic strategiser Stellaris is inviting players to muck about with adjustments to the game's combat this month in an open beta, starting today. The beta is running from now until the end of October to trial planned changes and rummage up some feedback for Stellaris' next update, 3.6 Orion. Don't worry if you just fancy playing regular Stellaris; this is an opt-in thing. You can find out more by watching the video below.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 5:41 PM
Free Sims 4 for you, and you, and you!
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 5:24 PM
At least when its a server problem you know it's not just you.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 4:54 PM
A recent complaint comes to an end
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 4:38 PM
The only safety regulation here is "have fun."
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 4:34 PM
If you're a YouTube come check out what the one of your payment accounts was canceled means.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:51 PM
Learn how to fix Elsa's Stuck in Ice Cave bug in Disney Dreamlight Valley.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:50 PM
João Mário can now be yours thanks to this SBC!
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:49 PM
Warp Speed to 2023
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:35 PM
This horror meme movie is to die for.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:34 PM
Breaking down the economy changes heading to Destiny 2 is the upcoming season 19!
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:16 PM
Today Blizzard released a new update for its hero shooter Overwatch 2, which has now entered its second week of operation.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 3:14 PM
Bungie has yet to reveal any new information on Festival of the Lost. Today we discuss why.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:43 PM
Sony Interactive Entertainment released a brand new trailer of the upcoming Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales for PC.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:37 PM
She-Hulk gets meta in the finale.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:25 PM
Here are all the Minecraft MC Championship MC 26 teams and players.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:18 PM
Fight as Sonic against a horde of new enemies with new moves.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:09 PM
Eredivisie stars can be yours through Squad Battles in FIFA 23.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:02 PM
Netflix hopes you might be willing to put up with ads.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 1:55 PM
Theories on who Iono's partner Pokémon could be.
Twinfinite Thursday, October 13, 2022 1:52 PM
Time to grind for these special Eredivisie players in FIFA 23.
Siliconera Thursday, October 13, 2022 2:00 PM
If you're paying a bit more than usual for your PS Plus subscription, I hope you're into Dragon Quest. This month's offerings from Sony are led by Japan's most iconic JRPG franchise, with no less than five full Dragon Quest games available. And if you're not into Dragon Quest, I also hope you're into Assassin's Creed. Ubisoft's sprawling series of open-world action-adventures helps bulk up the PS Plus Game Catalog for October 2022.
As a reminder, the Game Catalog is the lineup of downloadable games available to PS Plus Extra and Premium subscribers that goes live midway through each month. Those at the basic Essential tier can already claim their free games, which include Injustice 2, Hot Wheels Unleashed, and SUPERHOT.
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age headlines the PS Plus Game Catalog October 2022 lineup. It's the "definitive edition" of Dragon Quest XI, and puts players on the path to heroism as The Luminary, a chosen one in the new world of Erdrea. Other Dragon Quest titles on offer include both Dragon Quest Builders games. The Builders titles blend familiar Dragon Quest looks, environments, and storytelling with a block-based construction and resource-gathering gameplay style. Players will need to explore a sandbox world and use their powers of creation to build their way to prosperity. Lastly, both Dragon Quest Heroes games fill the action quota for the batch. Developed by Dynasty Warriors luminaries at Omega Force, the Dragon Quest Heroes titles bring mass brawling to the fray.
The already-numerous Assassin's Creed titles on the PS Plus Game Catalog are bolstered even further this month, with the addition of the Assassin's Creed Chronicles trilogy (China, India, and Russia), Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Assassin's Creed III Remastered, and Assassin's Creed Syndicate. Combined with July's slate, that puts the majority of the existing Assassin's Creed franchise at the fingertips of PS Plus Extra subscribers and above. Notably, some of the games, like Assassin's Creed Syndicate, are marked exclusive to PS4, meaning they're not actually playable by users attempting to play them through a PS5. Early in the PS5's launch period, Sony pointed out that Assassin's Creed Syndicate was not "backwards compatible" with the PS5 due to technical issues.
There are games for those not into singular franchises, though. Inside and The Medium bring in a touch of horror, while Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker brings some ninja magic. Lastly, Hohokum and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City add whimsy and color, albeit from opposite ends of the ethical spectrum.
Finally, PS Plus Premium tier subscribers see three remastered Yakuza titles, Limbo, and more added to the Classics archive, available via streaming.
Check out the full PS Plus Game Catalog list for October 2022 below.
The list is organized from the lowest subscriber tier to the highest. Higher-tier subscribers get access to everything included in the lower tiers as well. These offerings are for North American PS Plus accounts, and other regional subscriptions may differ.
The PS Plus Game Catalog for October 2022 becomes available to play on October 18, 2022.
The post PS Plus Game Catalog October 2022 Is Full of Dragon Quest appeared first on Siliconera.
Siliconera Thursday, October 13, 2022 1:00 PM
The Steam mobile app has been getting a bit long in the tooth, and it looks like even Valve noticed. The company has revamped Steam Mobile with new features and an updated interface for buying and managing Steam games. The update also includes better account management features.
Check out the brief trailer Valve released to get customers up to speed.
Though Steam Mobile got the bulk of the major changes, Valve also did work across the whole Steam app ecosystem, including Steam Chat, its social app, and Steam Link, its remote play app. The work ensures greater account security and compatibility with new sign-in methods. One headline addition is QR Code Sign-in: App users can now log into their Steam accounts by using their smartphone or device camera to scan a QR code displayed by the Steam Desktop app. It's a similar process to the QR Code Login used by chat app Discord and others. Previously, users needed to type in their password. If they had Steam Guard (Valve's two-factor authentication method) enabled, they'd also type in a code generated by Steam Mobile. The app also supports authorization prompts, allowing users to tap a simple "Approve" or "Deny" button when a device attempts to log into a connected Steam account.
The Steam Mobile app also features an updated interface, making browsing the store and buying games easier on mobile screens. Users can even manage game downloads from the app, ordering their computer to download a Steam game remotely. Those who want to customize their experience can now use tabs to do that, too.
The Steam Mobile app is updated on iOS and Android devices. Valve is working on bringing some of the new features to both the Steam Desktop Client and Steam's browser version. The Steam Deck will receive QR sign-in eventually as well.
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Siliconera Thursday, October 13, 2022 12:00 PM
Soleil Inc. pulled off a bold move when developing Valkyrie Elysium as an action RPG instead of the turn-based RPG previous Valkyrie games were. Unfortunately, this gamble did not pay off. Playing the release build on a PS4, I found that Valkyrie Elysium suffers in virtually all areas you can think of -- from the story to the combat to the visuals. While it still has the unique Norse mythological elements that makes the Valkyrie Profile series stand out, it lacks the previous games' charm. As an aside, the accessibility of this game is pretty bad. Prepare for eye strain when you play.
The plot of Valkyrie Elysium follows the eponymous Valkyrie on a mission to purify souls in Midgard. This is to stave off the effects of Ragnarok for Odin's benefit. There is more to the story, but what's there is nothing groundbreaking. Like other Valkyrie Profile games, Valkyrie meets various Einherjar and forges contracts with them. The plot is pretty standard and every twist is predictable even with minimal foreshadowing. Valkyrie's character development has very odd pacing, and her relationships do not feel organic. I had a bad feeling when the game started with a long plot-less tutorial. After I started the story, the game taught me everything again. What was the point of those first, lost minutes?
Unlike previous Valkyrie Profile games, you do not have a huge host of Einherjar to collect and use. You only have four, even though the Valhalla hub world looks big enough for way more. Their interactions with each other are fun until Valkyrie shows up, and then it's all back to business. The only reason Cypher stands out is because Akira Ishida delivers his lines more flamboyantly than the others in Japanese. I had thought that with fewer Einherjar to share the spotlight, Valkyrie Elysium would try to emphasize deeper or more engaging stories over having more of them. But their quests do not really give them much more depth because they are so short. Even their gameplay-related benefits, unlockable skills, don't make a huge difference in combat.
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The combat also fell short for me. I consider myself to be a patient gamer, but I was ready to throw in the towel within the first hour. Playing on the PS4, Valkyrie's movements feel very slow and it almost feels unfair how many times enemies can strike you from the blind spot that locking onto an enemy will create. It feels like you have train your sixth eye to figure out your location and what is happening, because half the time, foliage or enemies will block your view of Valkyrie. Dodging and parrying have a very severe timing, but you barely get a major advantage for pulling it off. It is excessively irritating to see an attack coming but you can't cancel Valkyrie's combo, so she gets hit and loses a huge chunk of HP. The description for the game says it has "speedy, three-dimensional combat." It did not feel that way.
Battles can be surprisingly satisfying when in an open field with no foliage and up to three enemies. If you miss any one of those conditions, combat is a drag. But even under these ideal circumstances, the issues with the camera and Valkyrie's animation locks persist. Every wonky camera movement or unexpected attack ate at my tolerance threshold. But once you reconfigure the camera to your liking and get more used to the timing of Valkyrie's combos, the combat goes a lot smoother. It never quite becomes enjoyable, though, since the whole combat system lacks real depth and feels slow. It just becomes less frustrating.
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Valkyrie Elysium had potential, but is bogged down by its attempt to execute on its new ideas. Much in it feels like it needed more thinking through. Some mechanics are straight up unnecessary, while others need more tuning to become memorable. The Soul Chain gives a sense of speed and movement the combat desperately needs, but a smarter implementation would've avoided making the mechanic a recipe for disaster over water. The huge and empty hub world feels like it should be teeming with your otherworldly army of Einherjar, but the handful you get make that grand space feel that much lonelier. The combat implies fast-paced action elegancy, but Valkyrie's slow movements and inability to take hits drain the fights of their dynamism. With a surface-level story, draining combat system, and unoptimized visuals, this game just doesn't feel ready to take up the Valkyrie franchise's mantle. Valkyries should choose the slain, not slay themselves.
Valkyrie Elysium is available for the PS4 and PS5. A Windows PC version will come out on November 11, 2022. This review is based on a PS4 version code provided by the publisher.
Siliconera Thursday, October 13, 2022 10:00 AM
Despite the involvement of many well-known Disney characters in the Kingdom Hearts series over the years, Square Enix and Disney have kept the relationship between the two franchises relatively distant. Kingdom Hearts characters tend not to appear in Disney parks, for example, outside of the rare costumed appearance. But there was once a time when Disney itself intended to more directly involve Sora and other Kingdom Hearts characters in its media empire. Animator Seth Kearsley has revealed an animatic sequence once meant as a pilot for a Disney-produced Kingdom Hearts cartoon.
Check out the Kingdom Hearts cartoon animatic below. An "animatic" is essentially a "concept art" stage for animated and live-action productions. It's typically made to give production staff a rough look at how a given sequence will flow when in motion. Animatics are often created by shooting storyboard frames in sequence and setting the result to music or dialog readings. More modern productions sometimes use rough CGI animation or placeholder models and preexisting assets.
The 11-minute pilot takes place in medias res, plotted as if it were an episode taking place somewhere after the series had already begun. It uses narration by Jiminy Cricket to lay out the basic premise of Kingdom Hearts, as well as recapping briefly its interpretation of Sora, Riku, and Kairi's relationship. In the Kingdom Hearts cartoon, Sora would be traveling the universe searching for his lost friends, while Riku would be stuck cooperating with Maleficent for the same reason. Meanwhile, Donald and Goofy would be acting as guides and mentors for the young traveler, as they're tasked with finding a prophesized hero to beat back an invasion by the Heartless. The trailer shows a rough synopsis of Sora, Goofy, and Donald's adventure in Agrabah.
Kearsley, who worked as Executive Producer on the project, found a VHS recording of the animatic late last month. It was originally produced in 2003 to pitch the Kingdom Hearts cartoon to executives at Disney and Square Enix. Though the project was initially greenlit sometime in 2002 (after the launch of the first game on PS2), it was eventually scrapped.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Kearsley explained his motivation for sharing the content despite not speaking much about it for nearly 20 years. In addition, he showed off more production materials that had been almost never seen publicly. One interesting point of trivia: Actor Haley Joel Osment wasn't available to voice Sora due to scheduling commitments, though much of the game's voice cast did reprise their roles.
Though the Kingdom Hearts cartoon was canceled before it could be produced, the games are available on various platforms. Kingdom Hearts 4 is also in development.
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Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, October 13, 2022 5:00 PM
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, October 13, 2022 4:51 PM
The trailer features story cutscenes, gameplay, and more
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The bundle will include the standard PlayStation 5 disk console and controller
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The narrated trailer showcases several gameplay and combat mechanics
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