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Kotaku Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:45 PM

It's not just your imagination: Depending on where you live in America, major internet providers could be charging you the same price as your neighbors for fewer megabits per second. The discrepancy in service is reportedly the most severe in low-income and less white neighborhoods.


Kotaku Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:15 PM

Earlier this week, former employees of gaming content empire Rooster Teeth accused the company of underpaying them, overworking them, and using racist and homophobic language against them, among many other things. Now, Rooster Teeth addresses the allegations with a declaration that it would be cutting down on content…


Kotaku Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:02 PM

Riley & Rochelle marks the zenith of a concept Sheinman Games has been working on for three years. A period of recent music history is chosen, imagined bands and singers are created, songs written and performed, and then your task as the player is to piece together scattered information into some sort of order.…


Kotaku Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:35 AM

Destiny 2's annual spooky loot event is back and it's a mess. Festival of the Lost went live yesterday riddled with issues from a bug that blocked quest progress to players being saddled with old, obsolete loot. It was not good, especially for an event that is mostly unchanged from the year prior, despite now sporting…


Kotaku Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:05 AM

In the wake of Google Stadia's recently announced, entirely inevitable collapse, launching a new streamed gaming service might seem a little brave. But then, if you're Netflix, you've certainly at least got some of the infrastructure in place. The streaming giant has made clear its intentions to leap into this space.…


PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:44 PM
     The best FIFA 23 left backs to sign in career mode

The best FIFA 23 left backs will lift your career mode squad from meandering in mid-table to challenging for titles. The modern full back is potentially the most important player in any squad, bringing bags of pace, attacking talent, and energy down either wing. Whether you're looking to improve Manchester United's situation or add some real quality to Crawley, a good left back is vitally important.

Thankfully, the football game is full of quality left backs and we've done the research to discover which LBs and LWBs are the best of the best across all price points. It's time to add some real quality down that left-hand side of the pitch. These are the best left backs in FIFA 23, though we also have the best right backs if you need cover on both sides of the defence.

RELATED LINKS: FIFA 23 career mode guide, FIFA 23 ratings, FIFA 23 Icons

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:44 PM
     The best FIFA 23 right backs to sign in career mode

The best FIFA 23 right backs will hug that right touchline, full back to defend, and attack the right wing all game long and season-long in career mode. Bringing in the best right back will elevate your squad to new heights and add a dynamic presence in both attack and defence. The football game is full of quality right backs, so knowing which ones are best will take some research.

Fortunately, we've done the research so you don't have to and have collated a list of the best right backs money can buy in career mode. Whether you're looking to sign a wonderkid with bags of potential or bring in a ready-made star to shore up that right-hand side you can find the best player whatever your budget might be. These are the best right backs in FIFA 23 - though we've also got the best left backs if you need cover on the opposite side of the pitch.

RELATED LINKS: FIFA 23 career mode guide, FIFA 23 ratings, FIFA 23 Icons

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:37 PM
     American Truck Simulator Texas DLC is heading to space

Recite the line "Houston, we have a problem", and most folks will know you're talking about the infamous Apollo 13 mission. With American Truck Simulator's Texas DLC on the horizon, developer SCS Software has taken the opportunity to highlight the Lone Star State's significance in the space industry by adding several space-related sites and jobs to take on in the ever-expanding trucking game.

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:41 PM
     All The Sims 4 cheats

Looking for a list of Sims 4 cheats? Whether you're after that all-important Sims 4 money cheat, some fresh items to add to your catalog, or even just zapping a Sim from one place to another, there are heaps of handy shortcuts to make the lives of your virtual family much, much easier.

Cheats are by no means new to The Sims, but if you've never played past entries in this beloved life game series or worry that the cheats of previous Sims games won't work here, then allow us to step in with a dedicated list of Sims 4 cheats. We'll walk you through how to enter Sims 4 cheats, give you a list of the very best cheats to use, and explain exactly what each one offers you.

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:40 PM
     The Nvidia RTX 4090 GPU is scarily good at hacking passwords

The Nvidia RTX 4090 offers a truly generational leap in performance when it comes to running the best PC games, but it also greatly improves its ability to perform a much more sinister task. You may not realise it, but the top tier GeForce GPU is also scarily good at hacking passwords.

RELATED LINKS: RTX 4000 - everything we know, GeForce Now RTX 3080 review, Best graphics card

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:36 PM
     Halo Infinite match XP tuned to be

The Halo Infinite Winter Update video has given us even more of a breakdown of the new match XP system, and how 343 Industries has listened to players to implement a system not solely reliant on completing challenges in the FPS game. There's also loads of details about the new free battle pass, Forge, game modes, and maps as well, as 343 is clearly gearing up to attempt a complete revitalisation of the game.

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:33 PM
     Old School RuneScape fresh start worlds go back to the very start

Fresh start worlds have arrived in Old School RuneScape, giving players the chance to experience the MMORPG as an untouched, new space - without the two decades' worth of economy and on a completely level playing field. Old School RuneScape is taking a slightly different approach from the one RuneScape itself used in its fresh start worlds in that here there are no XP boosts - Old School really means old school, including all the original grinding.

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:32 PM
     How to connect Oculus Quest 2 to a TV

Wondering how to connect Oculus Quest 2 to a TV? You've come to the right place. Many believe VR is a solitary experience, which is understandable considering the central premise requires strapping yourself into a headset. Online co-op and voice chat exists, but isolating yourself from the outside world can get lonely.

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:30 PM
     League of Legends K'Sante is queer and black, and Riot is proud of it

The story behind League of Legends K'Sante is the perfect blend of triumph and tragedy, in many ways mimicking the real-life struggles of queer, black people from every walk of life. With the Lil Nas X Prestige Empyrean K'Sante skin embodying the 'I don't give a damn' attitude of the LGBTQ icon himself, the devs who worked on the champion and his cosmetics have opened up about how K'Sante brings more diversity to the MOBA.

RELATED LINKS: Best LoL Champions , League of Legends preseason 23, LoL tier list

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:25 PM
     How to unlock Disney Dreamlight Valley Scar quests

The Disney Dreamlight Valley Scar update adds the villainous lion to the Disney game, and of course he comes with his own set of friendship quests, just like other Dreamlight Valley characters before him. However, you need to have completed certain prerequisites before you can embark on Scar's Lion King story quests and get acquainted with Simba's uncle.

The Lion King character joined the simulation game with the game's first content update in October, along with some much-needed bug fixes, a new Star Path, and some new Halloween-themed goodies. Among all those exciting new changes, Scar is undeniably the star, giving returning players some new challenges to work towards. If you're having trouble finding Scar though, or unlocking his story quests, here's what you need to do first.

RELATED LINKS: Best Disney games, Disney Dreamlight Valley guide, Best life sims

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:18 PM
     The best Sims 4 mods in 2022

If you're looking for the best Sims 4 mods, you've come to the right place. The Sims became a must-have simulation game on the PC when it was first released in 2000, and over 20 years later the series is still going strong with a The Sims 5 release date window on the horizon. You just need to look at the game's strong library of user-generated content to see where all this success coming from.

The Sims 4 mods scene is thriving, with plenty of weird and wonderful additions to the base game. If you just want more choice in terms of customisation options, there are loads of Sims 4 CC packs available, while the mods below completely overhaul gameplay mechanics. We've compiled a list of just some of the best Sims 4 mods accompanied with links to all the download pages. Be sure to read the install instructions for each mod.

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:07 PM
     Duke Nukem creator 3D Realms returns with Blood, Dusk-style retro FPS

Duke Nukem creator 3D Realms is back with a new Steam FPS game inspired by 90s, boomer shooter classics like Doom and Blood, and David Szymanski's retro-style throwback hit Dusk. So if you like Quake, Duke Nukem 3D, or any of the old Build engine favourites, then listen up.

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:08 PM
     The Sims: Project Rene interview – early access, diversity, and tools

The Sims 5 development is finally underway, but the life game has a new name. The Sims: Project Rene is the working title for "the next generation Sims game and creative platform." In our Project Rene interview, PCGamesN speaks with EA's executive producer on The Sims, Phill Ring, and The Sims VP of franchise creative Lyndsay Pearson, about what that means for the future of the management game, how their community affects their decision-making process, and (of course) pools.

RELATED LINKS: The Sims 5 release date speculation, The best PC simulation games, The Sims 4 goes free to play

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:00 PM
     Resident Evil Village PC bug currently breaks the game on Steam

A fresh Resident Evil Village PC bug on Steam looks like it's just straight up crashing and breaking Capcom's most recent horror game, as the studio has warned players about the issue while it tries to get out a fix. It's not exactly the best look right before the new DLC gets shown off in an October showcase, so hopefully it's fixed soon.

RELATED LINKS: Resident Evil Village review, Resident Evil Village bosses guide, The best horror games on PC

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:44 AM
     All Modern Warfare 2 campaign rewards

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 campaign rewards are an excellent incentive to delve into the story behind Activision's acclaimed FPS game series, particularly if you're familiar with its plot. While we can anticipate plenty of upcoming content in the Modern Warfare 2 DLC to expand your weapons loadout and operator roster, campaign rewards are an easy way of procuring additional options to help you stand out from the crowd.

It's also worth mentioning that you don't even have to wait for the Modern Warfare 2 release date to obtain Modern Warfare 2 campaign rewards. Any digital pre-order of Modern Warfare 2 automatically receives campaign early access, regardless of which edition you choose. By taking advantage of campaign early access and completing it ahead of time, you can jump into Modern Warfare 2 game modes such as Multiplayer and Special Ops with your rewards fully unlocked and ready to go.

RELATED LINKS: 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 Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:44 AM
     How and when to preload Modern Warfare 2 campaign early access

The Modern Warfare 2 campaign early access preload time is almost here. The next Call of Duty arrives this week, but as the campaign is available in early access and differs from the full game release date and time, there's a lot to keep track of.

It also depends on which platform you're playing the FPS game on, and the preload times are different to when the campaign is live. Luckily we've broken down all the Modern Warfare 2 release times, and we've included the campaign early access preload times for all platforms below.

RELATED LINKS: 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 Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:44 AM
     Intel Core i9 13900K benchmarks beat AMD Ryzen 9 7950X

Ahead of its imminent release, Core i9 13900K benchmarks are starting to emerge that place team blue's processor mostly ahead of its main competition, the AMD Ryzen 9 7950X. While these performance metrics come from Intel itself, it should give us at least some idea of how the Raptor Lake flagship holds up against the most powerful Zen 4 chip.

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:33 AM
     Genshin Impact player earns 36 stars in Spiral Abyss in just six days

One unbelievably dedicated Genshin Impact player has somehow earned all 36 stars in the RPG's Spiral Abyss on a brand-new account in just six days. For most players, including myself, it's hard enough to do this on a main account with access to several strong characters, so this feat is truly remarkable. An incredible amount of game knowledge, skill, and planning is needed to pull this off (a bit of luck doesn't hurt either).

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:53 AM
     Best free Steam games

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

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

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:20 AM
     Minecraft potions guide: every potion and its use

Minecraft potions exist in the blocky survival game to aid you in difficult moments or give you interesting and useful status effects. For example, the potion of fire resistance can stop you dying to lava. Meanwhile, a potion of night vision can not only help you see in the dark, but also underwater. Then, there's the very important potion of weakness, which does what it says on the tin, but is also used to cure a Zombie Villager of its… undeadness.

While you might think Minecraft enchantments are all you need to boost your survival rates in the middle of a Minecraft night, don't underestimate the power of a well-timed splash potion, or the chug of a strength potion. Here, we're going to tell you every potion, its use, and its ingredients, but you'll also want to check out our guide to the Minecraft brewing stand to find out how to make them.

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:58 AM
     Fortnite Fortnitemares has so much going on

Fortnite Fortnitemares are finally here. After a long old tease, we can now enjoy the season of horror in the battle royale game, and it's absolutely chock full of things to do. It's always worth jumping into these events too, because we all love a bit of loot.

RELATED LINKS: Fortnite Refer a Friend, Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 4 speculation, Fortnite Dragon Ball event details

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:50 AM
     Overwatch 2 battle pass pricing, rewards, and more

Blizzard's hero shooter features an Overwatch 2 battle pass, but you don't need to purchase it unless you want to unlock fancy cosmetics in the free PC game. The battle pass contains 80 core tiers, with further prestige tiers after that. If you buy the pass and unlock all 80 tiers, you'll receive a variety of cosmetics including a mythic skin for Genji.

The pass lasts nine weeks, after which a new battle pass will be released. Future Overwatch 2 characters will launch on every alternate battle pass for the FPS game. Here's everything you need to know about the Overwatch 2 battle pass, including how much it's going to set you back, what rewards are on offer, and more.

RELATED LINKS: All Overwatch 2 characters, Best Overwatch 2 settings, Overwatch 2 tier list

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:42 AM
     Fallout mod turns Bethesda RPG Fallout 3 into giant DLC for New Vegas

A new Fallout mod overhauls Fallout 3 by removing all mention of Vault 101, the Lone Wanderer's upbringing, and the Liam Neeson dad character, so that you create your own backstory and head canon for the Bethesda RPG, more like Obsidian's Fallout: New Vegas.

RELATED LINKS: The best Fallout 3 mods, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas Console Commands and Cheats, The best games like Fallout on PC

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:37 AM
     Steam Deck mod adds dinky external fan to Valve's handheld PC

A group of Steam Deck enthusiasts have conjured up an external fan for Valve's handheld gaming PC, in a bid to improve airflow and cooling. Dubbed Project CoolDeck, the unconventional attachment supposedly shifts heat away from the portable's innards, though some appear sceptical about its usefulness.

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

PCGamesN Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:36 AM
     Overwatch 2 Junker Queen abilities and tips

The Overwatch 2 Junker Queen abilities set her apart from other Overwatch 2 tank heroes in the game. After years of fans speculating about her release and role in the game, she was officially announced as part of the Overwatch 2 release date event. Junker Queen is a tank hero but is much more aggressive than other shield-based tanks like Reinhardt.

She was designed specifically for the new 5v5 format of Overwatch 2, which favours much more active tank heroes. She also has abilities that heal and buff teammates, providing a little more support for the team while still being able to dish out a lot of damage. Join us as we give you a run-down of Junker Queen's kit as it currently stands, plus some tips on how to play her.

RELATED LINKS: All Overwatch 2 characters, Best Overwatch 2 settings, Overwatch 2 tier list

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:00 PM

Deep Rock Galactic is a game about going to work, assuming your job is to extract space minerals from a shattered planet occupied by trillions of giant, murderous bugs. If it isn't, it's not too hard to pretend, and DRG's another-day-at-the-office wit lends it a likeable levity that's partly why I've played it almost every week for a year and a half.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:15 AM

The last time we saw Amicia and Hugo de Rune in A Plague Tale: Innocence, the two homeless orphans were escaping the clutches of the Inquisition, trying desperately to find a cure for the cursed Prima Macula in Hugo's blood. They were also fighting for their lives against thousands of bloodthirsty rats eager to devour them. These two have lived through more danger and trauma than anyone should have in a thousand lifetimes, and after the first game's sort-of happy-ish ending, it got me thinking: when will these kids ever catch a break?

Turns out the answer is never. Asobo's follow-up A Plague Tale: Requiem is just as gory and bleak as its predecessor and as the siblings continue to battle through a violent world that wants them dead, they'll both face difficult moral decisions in the name of survival. Oh, and there are more rats. Like, a lot more rats.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, October 19, 2022 7:51 AM

Konami might have just accidentally leaked the reveal of one of the new Silent Hill games due to be announced later this evening. Earlier this week, the publisher announced there would be a Silent Hill Transmission stream taking place today, October 19th, which would provide "the latest updates" on the series. At the time, there were no streaming links available, but in setting their YouTube page live this morning, Konami jumped the gun and included some of the game names being revealed. And it's the big one, folks. Spoilers within, obvs.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, October 19, 2022 7:04 AM

Activision Blizzard have confirmed the pre-load times for Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, detailing when pre-order folks can start downloading the game's campaign as part of its early access period, as well as when the rest of us mortals can start pre-loading in time for its release next week. Modern Warfare 2 doesn't release in full until Friday October 28th, but folks who pre-ordered the game can start playing the campaign as early as tomorrow, October 20th - and pre-loading begins this evening.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, October 19, 2022 7:00 AM

Last time, you decided that a game within the game just for funsies is better than temporarily piloting an enemy. It was another close result but ultimately you couldn't resist larking about, and I can't fault you for that (though if I could hop up on your shoulders and Ratatouille you into voting otherwise, maybe I would). This week, I'm asking you to pick between two very different types of movement. What's better: slide kicks or relocatable buildings?

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Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:46 PM
     Change the TV volume and more.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:46 PM
     Get ready to mine some Rubies in Disney Dreamlight Valley!

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:45 PM
     Learn how to make Extra Fizzy Root Beer in Disney Dreamlight Valley.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:36 PM
     This article covers the top 7 tips and tricks that brand new Sims 4 players need to know when playing the game for the first time.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:27 PM
     Here's our ranking of the best Jackbox Party Pack games.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:24 PM
     Offensive, Defensive, and Support waifus shine in new Goddess of Victory: NIKKE trailer.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:23 PM
     Here's everything you need to know on how to complete the Hands Off challenge in Destiny 2.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:18 PM
     The death of Clem Andor is recalled in Andor's latest episode, and here's what happened.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:09 PM
     The best challenges to take on in 2022!

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:08 PM
     Getting ready for campaign early access and the official launch.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:45 PM
     Forge mode in Halo Infinite will give players more tools than any iteration before.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:38 PM
     Recruit the villainous Scar to Disney Dreamlight Valley.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:01 PM
     Tower of Fantasy is getting a major update tomorrow.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:47 AM
     A surprise hidden gem!

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:28 AM
     Here's our Valorant Agent tier list following Patch 5.08 and the arrival of Harbor.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:11 AM
     Chrome Punk roams around Flutter Barn in Fortnite.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:10 AM
     Farm Spectral Pages fast in Destiny 2 Festival of the Lost 2022!

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:56 AM
     Today Rare released a Sea of Thieves video revealing what fans can expect from the popular pirate game over the next few weeks.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:10 AM
     October 20, Sony and Polyphony Digital's popular driving simulator Gran Turismo 7 will receive another of its monthly free updates.

Twinfinite Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:09 AM
     At times the plot of an iconic thriller movie is more realistic than it seems.

Siliconera Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:00 PM

the sims 4 project rene

The Sims developer Maxis is working on what it's calling "the next-generation Sims game and creative platform". Its working title is Project Rene. Based on the details released during EA's "Behind the Sims Summit" stream event on October 18, 2022, the game is likely to be the next entry in the mainline Sims series. However, rather than being called The Sims 5 (or something similar), it being in the early stages of development precludes official confirmation beyond "Project Rene". It's a similar situation to when The Sims 4 was first being teased. At the time, EA only referred to that game as Project Olympus before formally confirming that it was The Sims 4 later on.

Speaking of The Sims 4, that game is now officially a free-to-play title. Players can download the base game free of charge on Windows PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Mac. Expansions and DLC are still sold separately, though. Members of the EA Play and EA Play Pro subscription services are entitled to special members-only bundles of the game. The EA Play Edition of The Sims 4 includes the Get To Work expansion pack, while the EA Play Pro Edition includes that and the Toddler Stuff pack. Players who previously bought the base game receive the Desert Luxe Kit DLC as a gift. Maxis assured fans that while the game is going free-to-play, it is not the end of further content plans for The Sims 4. Further additions will debut in the future.


For more on Project Rene, check out Vice-President of Franchise Creative for The Sims Lyndsay Pearson's presentation on the stream archive below. It kicks off at about the 26-minute mark.


The name Project Rene is said to represent Maxis' renewed commitment to The Sims. Showing off some in-development footage, Pearson demonstrated some detailed furniture placement and modification tools. Players can, for example, change the shapes of in-game objects, deciding the placement of individual pillows on a couch. Players can also group together items and designs and publish them as a set for sharing. Cross-device functionality was also teased, with a player decorating the same room in real-time across both a PC and a smartphone. Pearson called the experience "Same Experience, Different Screen". Pearson said that Project Rene is "years away" from release and cautioned fans not to hold their breath, as the game is still very early in development. However, she promised more updates over time, along with behind-the-scenes looks as development progressed.

Maxis closed out the presentation by teasing the implementation of infant sims in the game, coming in a The Sims 4 expansion slated for release in 2023.

The Sims 4 is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Mac. Project Rene is in development.

The post The Sims 4 Goes Free-to-Play, New Project Rene Title Teased appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:00 PM

Warhammer 40,000 Darktide

The Warhammer 40,000 franchise is well-known for its absurd, maximalist scale. It takes place tens of thousands of years in "the grim darkness of the far future, where there is only war". A galaxy-spanning fascist empire ruled by a living corpse wars endlessly against equally unpleasant hordes of aliens, heretics, and mutants. Fatshark's new gameWarhammer 40,000: Darktide, manages to capture this sense of vastness not by expanding a player's perspective, but by reducing its scope. You're not witnessing the battles of massive armies, but struggling to stay alive against the hordes with three buddies at your side.

Those acquainted with Fatshark's work on the Warhammer: Vermintide games should find Darktide familiar. Like the two titles set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe, Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is a four-player co-op experience pitting a quartet of players against hordes of enemies. The main difference is the presence of guns: Every character has a ranged weapon drawn from Warhammer 40k's deep arsenal of crazy sci-fi-tinged firearms. But don't call it a shooter! Everyone's got guns, but when the crowds close in, out comes a wicked array of melee weapons, ranging from spiked pipes and sharpened trench shovels to psychic swords and Thunder Hammers. This "hybrid combat" approach pretty much ensures that there's a time and a place for either.


Players can choose from four different classes of character to start: Veteran, Zealot, Psyker, and Ogryn. But rather than drawing from Vermintide's system of named heroes and careers, Darktide lets you create your own character. The character creation process is surprisingly in-depth. After you choose your character class, you'll be able to choose elements of their background and backstory, as well as from a selection of personalities available. These personalities amount, basically, to profiles that determine how your character sounds when they interact with the team and the NPCs. Your Veteran Sharpshooter could be a stern and determined member of the Imperial Guard, or a cutthroat cynic just waiting to be hung out to dry by uncaring superiors. Male and female options are available for every class, too, except for the Ogryns, who all look like someone gave the Hulk too many steroid injections.

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Don't expect much in-depth storytelling with these characters, though. This is less an RPG in the vein of Mass Effect and more a co-op action game in the vein of Left 4 Dead, and your act of creation is more a function of choosing your flavor voice than determining the shape of the game's story. That story involves the "Hive City" of Tertius and its battle against legions of heretics backed by the cult of Chaos. The game involves the writing of legendary Warhammer 40k author Dan Abnett, though I didn't see much in the way of plot during the period of the closed beta. Each of the four available missions was in fact relatively perfunctory, a simple set of objectives to barrel towards for the next 20 minutes. That Warhammer 40k texture shined through in the character interactions and mission chatter from NPCs. I'd hear my Ogryn character asking my Zealot teammate if the "Emp-rah of Mankind" really was God, or listen to a Sharpshooter that lived through the destruction of Cadia recount the horrors they'd seen.

And of course, all of that was undergirded by some engaging co-op slaughter. Despite being almost uniformly urban and industrial in nature, the environments of Darktide's closed beta manage a surprising amount of variety. Sewers give way to rickety catwalks and barricaded urban plazas, while interiors look like a cursed fusion of a gothic cathedral and a Cold War prison. All these spaces are teeming with myriad enemies. Large waves of Chaos cultists crash against your squad like a ram against a sturdy wall, while larger threats like shield-bearing Ogryns or corrupted Guardsmen force your team to prioritize threats and mix up their tactics.

Each character class also plays quite differently. The Veteran likes to keep their distance, with their perks and abilities focused on enhancing their guns and landing precision headshots on priority targets. The Zealot likes to crash in and fight at close range with rapid-fire weapons and unstoppable melee swipes. The Psyker can level a crowd with a shockwave or pop the heads of tougher foes with psychic energy. The Ogryn can charge straight in, opening a path or moving to a friend's aid with a bull rush. Their extra-large weapons also stagger and throw around smaller enemies, making them ideal to go toe-to-toe with the more menacing armored melee elites.

Other than the kinds of technical hiccups that can be expected from a closed beta (I was disconnected from sessions a few times in the twelve or so hours I was able to play), Warhammer 40,000: Darktide makes a good first impression. That said, I do hope they'll retune the grind for cosmetic unlocks and new equipment to be a bit more rewarding. It took me at least a dozen sessions before I even earned a new shirt for my Ogryn, and even then I didn't earn a new ranged weapon choice for any of my characters.

Warhammer 40,000: Darktide will launch on November 30, 2022, on PC. An Xbox Series X|S launch will happen "shortly after".

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Siliconera Wednesday, October 19, 2022 11:00 AM

digimon world next 0rder order switch

The Nintendo Switch version of Digimon World -Next Order- International Edition (stylized as 0rder instead of Order) will come out on February 22, 2023 in Japan. The game first launched on PS Vita in 2016, then launched for PS4 globally in 2017. In Japan the PS4 version was called the International Edition. [Thanks, ryokutya2089!]

Some new elements to the Switch version of Digimon World -Next Order- International Edition will include a new Beginner Mode, as well as the option to run. Bandai Namco didn't confirm if the new additions will be retroactively added to the existing PS4 versions of the game. Bandai has also not made any official statements regarding a western release of the Switch edition.

Like other Digimon World games, it is an open-world RPG in which you command a Digimon partner. You can also fuse two Digimon together through ExE Evolution to make a stronger one. One of Next Order's innovations was the addition of a second companion, for a total of two Digimon in combat. Players would also feed, raise, and train their Digimon to increase their battle strength. The plot of the game focuses on your effort to save the Digital World from Machinedramons wreaking havoc. Over 200 Digimon from across the franchise are featured. So far, aside from Beginner Mode and running, the Switch port does not have any key differences from the previous versions.

Digimon World -Next Order- International Edition is available on the PS4 and it will come out on the Nintendo Switch on February 22, 2023 in Japan.

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Siliconera Wednesday, October 19, 2022 10:00 AM

The next DLC expansion for Stranger of Paradise, called Wanderer of the Rift, releases next week, and Square Enix has detailed what to expect from it. When it launches on October 26, 2022, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin players will get a chance to go a few rounds with the iconic Final Fantasy character Gilgamesh.

Check out the launch trailer for the Stranger of Paradise Wanderer of the Rift DLC below or on YouTube at this link.


The Stranger of Paradise Wanderer of the Rift expansion details Gilgamesh's arrival in Jack's world. It also shows off some of the other updates coming with the DLC. Jack and his friends will be able to explore the Rift Labyrinth, a new mode that features short, randomly constructed dungeons. These dungeons will allow players to have more varied experiences playing beyond the story campaigns. Playing through the Rift Labyrinth will also unlock a new playable job: Blue Mage. Like the Blue Mages of Final Fantasy games past, Jack will be able to learn enemy abilities and use them as his own. Jack can charge abilities to make them more powerful, or enhance them using his MP. Jack's time in the Rift Labyrinth will also unlock the Dimension Bringer command ability, which slows enemies in an area and causes the damage the player inflicts to increase each time an action ability is used.

Wanderer of the Rift will also add a new difficulty level to Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. The new "Gilgamesh" difficulty will raise enemy levels even further and add powerful "Chaotic Monsters" to missions. Playing on Gilgamesh difficulty also unlocks new relic equipment that comes with Summon Blessings that add special effects and improve character capabilities based on their value. These blessings can be obtained from a new NPC, the Tonberry Blacksmith. Finally, "Monster Bell" items allow players to instantly summon monsters to aid them in combat. New monsters can be unlocked by completing special events with them and increasing their affinity through conversations, feeding them, and using items.

Check out some screenshots from the DLC.

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Stranger of Paradise is readily available on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. The Season Pass is required to access the Wanderer of the Rift DLC (and all other expansion DLC). Wanderer of the Rift launches on October 26, 2022.

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Siliconera Wednesday, October 19, 2022 9:00 AM

Captain Tsubasa Rivals - Tsubasa Ozora vs Natureza

Captain Tsubasa will have a new blockchain-based game. Thirdverse announced that it is working with KLab's subsidiary Blocksmith&Co. to release Captain Tsubasa -Rivals-. The new NFT game will feature uniquely generated characters that players can also trade in the game's market.

The press release suggested that Rivals will appear on mobile devices as it makes comparisons to mobile games. The Captain Tsubasa franchise itself still has actively ongoing mobile games as of this writing, such as KLab's Dream TeamRivals will distinguish itself by generating unique character cards for each player. Even the same character will have different parameters, card designs, and music with the Generative NFT feature. Players will be able to sell and buy these character NFTs at the in-game marketplace.

To generate character NFTs, players will need to obtain Rival Pieces from both of the game's PvP and PvE modes. The PvE mode will also let them collect Tsubasaut tokens as a currency to enhance and combine characters.

Captain Tsubasa will join the growing list of Japanese franchises that get a blockchain game adaptation. Recently announced games that are set to feature NFTs include the likes of The King of FightersAstro Boy, and Ni no Kuni. Square Enix and Konami have also sold NFT merchandise related to Final Fantasy VII and Castlevania, respectively.

The most recent Captain Tsubasa console game appeared in 2020, courtesy of Bandai Namco. Captain Tsubasa: Rise of New Champions is a sports action game that also features player-created custom characters. The console game is available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

The new blockchain game Captain Tsubasa -Rivals- will be available on mobile devices worldwide in 2022.

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Siliconera Wednesday, October 19, 2022 7:00 AM

DualSense Edge Controller

Sony has announced a release date and price point for its newest PS5 controller model, the DualSense Edge. The highly customizable controller will release through PlayStation Direct on January 26, 2023, with pre-orders opening on October 25, 2022. Other retailers will also sell the controller beginning on February 23, 2023. It has a recommended retail price of $199.99 USD.

A video detailing the controller's features can be watched below.


The previously announced DualSense Edge controller will offer numerous customization options. Stick caps, modules, and sensitivity are all open to personalization. There will also be changeable back buttons with button mapping options, adjustable stops for the adaptive triggers that feature haptic feedback, and a quick-swap feature for control profiles.

Plenty of accessories will come with purchases of the controller. Besides the controller itself, buyers will also receive a total of three stick cap sets in the form of standard, high dome, and low dome. Two sets of back buttons, a half dome and a lever, will come with it as well. A carrying case, connector housing, and lockable, braided USB charging cable round out the included accessories. Those looking to replace their stick modules can purchase those separately. The modules will release alongside the controller at a recommended retail price of $19.99.

The price tag of the Dualsense Edge is slightly more expensive than Microsoft's Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller, which has a standard retail price of $179.00 USD. The Elite Series 2 includes a thumbstick adjustement tool, a charging dock, four back paddles, additional thumbsticks, and an additional D-pad. A "core" version with just the thumbstick adjustment tool retails for $129.99 USD.

The DualSense Edge releases worldwide on January 26, 2023, via PlayStation. It will release through other retailers on February 23, 2023, though which other retailers will offer it is not yet known. Pre-orders for the controller, which will cost $199.99, will open on PlayStation's website on October 25, 2022.

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     Catalyst Is The First Trans Character In Apex LegendsApex Legends has remained a popular first-person shooter battle royale since its release a few years ago. In the time since, the game has been updated with numerous new seasons, maps, weapons, and a plethora of new legends to play as. Respawn has now revealed the latest legend. Catalyst is the first playable trans character to join the cast of Apex Legends, and she will make her way to the game on November 1. On the Apex Legends website, Catalyst's name is revealed to be Tressa Smith. She's described as an "experienced terraformer and defensive conjurer" with plenty of ferrofluid control. A story trailer featuring the new character provides some of her backstory. The developer describes the events of the trailer as follows: "The shattered moon of Boreas needs help. But when Tressa and her friend disagree about the best way to save Cleo, the consequences will change lives forever."   Getting it right Introducing a trans character into a game like Apex Legends is no ...

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     Modern Warfare 2 leak Grand Prix map could returnThe Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta allowed players to get their hands on the upcoming title for the first time. There was an array of playlists available including traditional 6v6 modes, Ground War, a third-person mode and more. However, one thing was noticeably missing. You may have been expecting to see a Marina Bay Grand Prix map, which the development team revealed in the summer. Since then, Infinity Ward has removed all traces of it without any notice. Now, a new leak claims that the Grand Prix map is coming back, and it could be available to play with the launch of Modern Warfare 2. Marina Bay Grand Prix was first revealed when Infinity Ward shared some of the first details about Modern Warfare 2 during the Call of Duty League Championship Weekend live stream. Fans were treated to a fly through of the Grand Prix track map, which even had moving cars. The map was supposed to be played at the Call of Duty: Next event back in September, and it was expected to feature in the bet...

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     Silent Hill Showcase Leaked Feature ImageThe Silent Hill showcase is set to air later today. After years of waiting for news on what's next for the franchise, all questions are about to be put to rest. But as always with long-kept secrets, the answer usually gets out there before the time comes. And this is exactly what seems to have happened earlier today, as the contents of the Silent Hill showcase have seemingly leaked. It's always a bit annoying to see surprises spoiled, but most of what we know isn't a shock at this point. But in terms of how the Silent Hill showcase content got leaked, it's rather silly. The description on the YouTube page for the Silent Hill Transmission included a placeholder title for Silent Hill 2 on the PlayStation store. This is already fairly damning evidence of a Silent Hill 2 remake or remaster. However, more titles were found buried in the embed code on the video.   The titles in the embed code include Silent Hill 2, Silent Hill: Ascension, and Return to Silent Hil...

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     Team Cherry's Metroidvania action-adventure game, Hollow Knight, follows the journey of a nameless warrior called the Knight as he travels through Hallownest, a kingdom ruined by a supernatural disease. As the Knight journeys through Hallownest, he can unlock new abilities, spells, and charms that will help him traverse through different areas of Hallownest and defeat […]

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     Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in the old times in the Pokemon world at a time when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in the land of the Hisui region, known as the Sinnoh region in modern times, you'll join the Galaxy Expedition Team (or just Galaxy Team for short) […]

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     Patch 5.08 is finally live, bringing the newest Agent, Harbor into the mix. The patch also includes changes to the Competitive Leaderboard, along with some gameplay, agent, and map bug fixes. We have gone over all the changes Riot Games made in VALORANT Patch 5.08 in this guide. Agent 20: Harbor If the Official Gameplay […]