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Kotaku Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:30 PM

Diablo 3's 2012 launch was a disaster thanks to its always-online requirements, broken servers, and a real-money auction house that nobody liked or wanted. Today, a decade later, we know that eventually Blizzard got things back on track with Diablo 3 and ended up creating a damn fine ARPG. But why did it take nearly…


Kotaku Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:00 PM

Bayonetta 3 reviews are in, and we finally get to find out if Platinum Games has done its titular protagonist any justice. The high-octane action series is known for its over-the-top combat and its aggressively sexualized, superpowered dominatrix hero, and the third entry of the series delivers more of that. But some…


Kotaku Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:50 PM

The characters are easily one of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II's clear strengths. The game features sharp voice acting that brings its cast to life, along with some uncanny-valley-shattering visual fidelity with excellent facial animation. It profoundly elevates the presentation of these characters and the story.…


Kotaku Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:15 PM

After EA unveiled the next installment of The Sims during last week's Sims Summit, Black content creators were not happy about the lack of inclusion. Critics noted that out of twenty or so people shown, only one was a Black streamer.


Kotaku Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:05 PM

If you've come across other savvy denizens of the Lands Between lately, you've probably not been having a great time playing Elden Ring multiplayer. Perhaps you've been getting punctured repeatedly by thrust weapons. More likely than not, though, you've found that every single one of your attacks is just getting…


Kotaku Tuesday, October 25, 2022 10:30 AM

It's time for more Overwatch 2 Twitch drops! This time it's in celebration of the spooky season. Twitch viewers will have a chance at earning two cosmetics starting October 25, plus a couple others later in November. As with all Twitch drops, you'll need to link your Battle.net account to your Twitch account, plus a…


Kotaku Tuesday, October 25, 2022 9:45 AM

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet might be coming very soon, but Halloween is coming even sooner. So it is that Nintendo yet again wants us all quaking in our Trekking Shoes, with some spooky goings on in the Paldea region. Yesterday, we were treated to someone being terrified of a Gengar, and today, the situation gets…


Kotaku Tuesday, October 25, 2022 9:30 AM


PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:17 PM
     Age of Mythology: Retold will remaster the classic RTS game

The popular RTS game Age of Mythology is getting a big update in the near future. Microsoft Game Studios has announced Age of Mythology: Retold, a 'definitive edition' style remaster of the classic strategy game that promises a return of Greek, Norse, and Egyptian gods to the digital battlefield.

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:31 PM
     Destiny 2 Crucible matchmaking changes to benefit high-skill players

Bungie's most recent game update includes Destiny 2 Crucible matchmaking changes designed to ensure better connections and matchmaking speeds for the FPS game's top-skilled players, according to a tweet from the official Bungie Help Twitter account.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:56 PM
     Generation Zero Dark Skies update lets you start over fresh

Get ready to start fresh, because the Generation Zero Dark Skies update has arrived. In addition to adding a new flying machine enemy to rain terror from above and a zippy moped with which to escape it, this patch includes the new option to completely start over in the Scandanavian open-world game. The patch arrives alongside a new paid DLC that adds even more high-speed vehicles in the form of motorbikes, as well as a free Halloween event.

RELATED LINKS: Generation Zero release date, Generation Zero preview, Generation Zero co-op

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:50 PM
     How to change characters in Gotham Knights

Want to know how to change characters in Gotham Knights? At the beginning of the game, you'll get the choice to take on the role of one of four Gotham Knights characters: Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl, and Red Hood. Each of them has their own strengths and abilities, which they'll need if they're to inherit Batman's duty to save Gotham in this superhero game.

To change characters in Gotham Knights, you must return to the Belfry and interact with one of the four costumes in the corner of the room, just behind the evidence board. Note that you will need to make weapons and armour for each character individually, but crafting resources are shared between characters, and all of their levels will scale with your currently active fighter. You will also need to spend AP on each character's best abilities.

RELATED LINKS: Best Gotham Knights abilities, How long is Gotham Knights?, Gotham Knights mods

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:50 PM
     The best Bannerlord cheats – how to activate console commands

Bannerlord cheats are one way to help you get past some of the obstacles that stop you from fulfilling your ultimate medieval roleplay. Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord has now left Steam Early Access, expanding on pretty much every system that made the original such a unique prospect, so it's easy to look past some of the RPG game's shonky feel and graphical glitches.

While you can download cheat engine mods to unlock some of the more substantial buffs and items in the game, you can also activate cheats within the Bannerlord files. There's just the small issue that very few of these actually work. So, in case you're curious, we've listed how to activate Bannerlord cheats, as well as which cheat codes work.

RELATED LINKS: Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord release, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord battles, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord PvP

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:38 PM
     Why are Steam Deck users obsessed with sniffing the vent?

Several Steam Deck users are infatuated with the smell coming from the handheld PC's air vents. It's even suggested that the alluring aroma grants Gabe Newell-like powers. To clarify, it most likely won't, but it's fun to imagine.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:32 PM
     Meta Quest Pro launch games list reveals VR headset's library

Meta Quest Pro is finally here. Originally known as Project Cambria, Meta's latest VR headset is a very different beast to the Oculus Quest 2. Launched earlier today, it's primarily targeting business users with its $1,499 USD price tag, focused more on the Metaverse and mixed reality experiences. But, if you've bought one with gaming in mind, you might be interested in Quest Pro's launch game lineup.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:31 PM
     Microsoft leaks unannounced 13th Gen Intel Core processors

The arrival of K-series 13th Gen Intel Core processors was greeted with much fanfare from critics and users alike, but team blue is yet to reveal all the models it plans to release under the Raptor Lake banner. Now, it seems that Microsoft may have inadvertently let slip the entire lineup as part of an update to its Windows 11 processor requirements page.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:35 PM
     WoW Dragonflight maximum character limit climbs to 60

Dragonflight is slated to introduce a lot of important gameplay features and system changes to the popular MMORPG, but one of the more major updates has gone under the radar - until now.

RELATED LINKS: Best MMORPGs on PC, The best WoW addons, WoW Dragonflight preview

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:30 PM
     The best Modern Warfare 2 sniper rifles

Knowing which are the best Modern Warfare 2 sniper rifles is essential if you're planning on being a force of nature, an omnipresent god who can strike their enemies down from the heavens. These long-range weapons are for those who like to keep their distance while killing - you can't see the whites of their eyes when they're half a kilometre away.

Sniper rifles in Modern Warfare 2 look set to fill a multitude of roles, from marksman engagements on smaller multiplayer maps to epic mile-long battles in Warzone. For this reason alone, it's going to be essential for you to know what the best sniper rifles are in Modern Warfare 2 and why.

RELATED LINKS: The best Modern Warfare 2 guns, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 release date, Modern Warfare 2 Gunsmith

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:36 PM
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 campaign review – Soap opera

Infinity Ward now has its very own 'Press F to pay respects' moment, except worse in pretty much every conceivable way. About halfway through the Modern Warfare 2 campaign, you find yourself chasing a terrorist through backyards and houses in a US border town. Every now and then a spooked resident will spring out from behind a door and demand you leave immediately, and when this happens a prompt appears at the top of your screen: 'Hold right-click to de-escalate'. According to Call of Duty, the best way to calm an aggravated civilian is to wave a gun in their face.

RELATED LINKS: The best Modern Warfare 2 guns, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 release date, Modern Warfare 2 Gunsmith

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:25 PM
     Doom mod lets you play Doom Eternal via id Software's original 90s FPS

A new Doom mod overhauls the classic, id Software FPS game by adding the guns, mechanics, and models from the Bethesda-published Doom Eternal, showing how even games from almost 30 years ago can still feel fresh – especially if they're Doom.

RELATED LINKS: Doom runs on Twitter, The best FPS games on PC, Doom is playing in this article

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:23 PM
     The best Bannerlord workshops

Buying the best Bannerlord workshops could be your best bet if you want to turn your hand to making money in Bannerlord through trading. There are different types of workshops you can purchase in cities, and they tend not to be as risky as Bannerlord caravans, and they are a steady form of income. They are, however, quite pricey to purchase. A workshop will cost you 15,000 denar but are worth it for long-term income. As your clan levels up, you can make more money from workshops and increase the number you have at any one time.

There are a total of 11 different Bannerlord workshops you can put to processing resources for your kingdom, including the Wood Workshop, Smithy, Silversmith, Brewery, Wine Press, Olive Press, Linen Weavery, Velvet Weavery, Wool Weavery, Pottery Shop, and Tannery. Luckily, if the supply and demand changes within the city, you have the option to pay 2,000 denar to change the workshop to another type.

RELATED LINKS: Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord release, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord battles, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord PvP

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:15 PM
     League of Legends Worlds Prime Gaming emote is Nasus, but doge

A League of Legends Worlds Prime Gaming emote is up for grabs each year, giving avid MOBA enthusiasts an all-new cosmetic to sass their enemies- I mean, show their emotions with. This year's emote features top lane tyrant Nasus, transforming Riot's angriest pupper into an adorable little doge.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:14 PM
     The best FIFA 23 kits in Ultimate Team

The best FIFA 23 kits are cherry picked from a, quite frankly, ridiculous number of threads in the football game. Get used to facing Arsenal's away kit, or anything that combines Paris Saint-Germain's colours with the Jordan logo, as these continue to gain in popularity since FIFA 23's launch.

For those looking to nab something a little different, we've got you covered. Here's a selection of our favourites for the season ahead, all of which can be purchased from the transfer market right now. Some, of course, are more expensive than others, so it all depends on how much you're willing to spend to look good.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:14 PM
     Skyrim in real life would be hell as Bethesda RPG faces financial doom

How does the economy and society of Skyrim truly work? This is a question I've often asked myself while I tear through bandit-infested caves and mines, and it looks like someone else has started to try and piece together the logistics of the open-world game's landscape as well.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:12 PM
     Garry's Mod rival and

Garry's Mod rival, Half-Life 2 mod, and building tool JBMod might not be familiar to a lot of people, but at one time, around about 2004, it was slated to become the definitive indie game for tinkering with Valve's Source Engine. In an alternate timeline, where reality split in a different direction, all those G-Man memes and Black Mesa Machinimas we've enjoyed in the past two decades were built using JBMod. In our world, though, Garry's Mod won out, and JBMod is only just making its way to Steam now, 18 years later.

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:01 PM
     Here's how many Primogems you can earn in Genshin Impact version 3.2

The Genshin Impact version 3.2 goes live next week, which means it's time to figure out just how many Primogems you'll be able to earn. HoYoverse is putting two new characters and three solid reruns on the RPG's upcoming character banners, so it's in your best interest to find out what you'll be getting from the 3.2 Archon Quests, events, and more.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 11:44 AM
     Fortnite NPC locations – all character items

Fortnite NPC locations change every season, and more are adding during the season, so it's useful to know where you can find current characters in Chapter 3, Season 4: Paradise. There are a few reasons you might want to find an NPC in the battle royale game, whether that's hiring some help, finding a rare Fortnite weapon, or simply getting yourself out of trouble.

While some Fortnite NPCs stay put, others might be on rotation, so be sure to double check below if there's a particular character you'd like to see. We have every Fortnite NPC location marked on a map to help you find them, as well as a list of all of the special items or services you can buy.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:33 PM
     Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sees players

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the Activision and Infinity Ward shooter tipped to become one of the best FPS games of 2022, has inspired players over on CoD Reddit to chart and add up every single war crime committed by Ghost, Soap, Price and team across the entire Modern Warfare 2 campaign.

RELATED LINKS: The best Modern Warfare 2 guns, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 release date, Modern Warfare 2 Gunsmith

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:51 PM
     How to boost fps and optimise your gaming PC

There's almost always room to boost fps, even if your gaming PC is kitted out with the beefiest graphics card. And let's face facts, every single frame you can add to that counter gives you more of an advantage against your opponents - we know our aging bones appreciate any leg up they can get.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 9:45 AM
     The best Football Manager 2023 wonderkids and young players

Football Manager 2023 wonderkids aren't your average young player, they're the cream of the crop. While still younger than 21, they often have the current ability to compete with the average top division player and have a potential so high that it would make any Champions League team blush. However, because of this, they can often cost you tens of millions in the management game, although if you're smart you might be able to pick yourself up a bargain. If you're looking to build a team for the future in FM23 and don't mind developing these players, then you might bag yourself a future club legend.

So while you're blitzing through the seasons in your beta save for the football game, we wanted to provide you with a list of some of the best wonderkids in FM23. Whether you're looking for a goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, winger, or striker, we've got you covered with ten of the most promising young talents on the market for each position.

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 10:06 AM
     AMD Radeon 7900 XTX might be the real Nvidia RTX 4090 rival

The arrival of AMD RDNA 3 graphics cards may see an unexpected pixel pusher leading the charge for team red's upcoming GPU series, the Radeon 7900 XTX. The 'XTX' branding hasn't been used since the days of ATI, buts its potential return may have been prompted by the sheer power of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090.

RELATED LINKS: Ryzen 7000 CPUs - everything we know, RDNA 3 GPUs - everything we know, Best gaming CPU

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 9:12 AM
     Get to know the enormous new world of Traha Global

Classes in MMORPGs are so last decade. Nowadays, to have the best MMO experience, you need to have the freedom to swap between weapons and classes whenever you want, rather than locking yourself into one playstyle for the entire game. Throw some dynamic, over-the-top combat in there and you've got yourself a heck of a game, guaranteed.

PCGamesN Tuesday, October 25, 2022 9:05 AM
     Minecraft skins bring Burberry fashion to your blocks

Minecraft skins are a great way to help you stand out in the sandbox game. There are so many potential options out there to download and buy, or you can even create your own ones too. It's a great way to express your personality or preferences, and you can now look forward to wearing Burberry in-game too.

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

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:00 PM

Today marks the 25th anniversary of strategy classic Age Of Empires, and to celebrate Xbox Game Studios have announced a ream of updates coming to Age Of Empires II: Definitive Edition next year. Technically, the main bit of news from tonight's anniversary stream is that both Age Of Empires II: DE and Age Of Empires IV will be arriving on Xbox consoles in 2023 (that, and Age Of Mythology is coming back), but the upshot of all that is that the PC versions will be getting the very same benefits, including controller support, crossplay with consoles and cloud gaming support.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:00 PM

Horror games are usually a bit too scary for me to play alone. I actually barely manage to play them at all, though not for lack of trying. Whenever I load them up, I just can't help but pause every five seconds for a breather. Multiplayer games are far more manageable, though, and often also turn stifled screams into contagious laughter as your friends terrorise each other.

If you're a scaredy cat like me and would rather scream at the horrors of your unhinged mates than at unpredictable AIs and scripted jump scares, then you're in the right spot. Here are five games in which your mates can play as the monster. Some are creepy, some are cute, and none of them will force you to run around alone. If you're looking to get monstrous yourself this Halloween, Liam's done a list all about games that make you the monster. No overlap, promise.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:00 PM

Shareware platformers defined my PC gaming as a kid. Yeah, a cheeky blast on Wolfenstein 3D was okay, but Commander Keen and Duke Nukem were an amazing discovery for a small person who'd been introduced to games through the NES. One of my all-time favourites is Apogee's Crystal Caves, a gem of a platformer about an interstellar miner who goes space spelunking in search of alien crystals.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, October 25, 2022 11:27 AM

It's been two years since developer Origame Digital released the beloved photography game Umurangi Generation and since then, the team have been relatively quiet. That all changed over the weekend when Umurangi's composer, ThorHighHeels, posted a YouTube video showcasing three obscure horror games. A short teaser for Origame's FiveSeven was mysteriously tucked in the middle of it.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, October 25, 2022 10:30 AM

Last week I reviewed New Tales From The Borderlands and I really didn't like it. This was upsetting to me; this may come as a surprise, but I try to avoid playing and reviewing games I think I won't like. I don't want to go out of my way to be mean, and I also don't want to spend hours not enjoying myself. I go into almost every game I play actively wanting to enjoy it (the exception being things like Succubus, which I can only assume are trying an avant garde technique to plumb new, unexplored depths of badness on purpose).

As it turned out, a lot of other reviewers did like it. I'm not going to object to that, because it takes all sorts to make a world, and so on. Rather, it made me wonder if I'd sort of hallucinated how much I liked the first Tales From The Borderlands. How fantastic it was, managing to be both the best Telltale game and the best Borderlands game in one, was a big part of why I was so excited for New Tales. It came out a long time ago, and I hadn't played it for a while. Maybe it wasn't how I remembered. Maybe I'd changed, you know?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, October 25, 2022 10:00 AM

When Adam Isgreen, creative director at World's Edge, first played the Age Of Empires series, he was still working at Westwood Studios on Command & Conquer. "The first thing I was impressed about more than anything with this series was just like, wow! History! That's really smart," he tells me. "Like, there's no need to explain anything to people. You don't have to be like, oh, there's a laser gun or this is a magic missile. It's like, it's a wheelbarrow. I know what that does!"

To Isgreen, it's this level of accessibility that's carried Age Of Empires all the way to today's 25th anniversary. The instantly legible historical warfare - "pikemen, ranged units and cavalry" - paired with randomised maps that promised, effectively, an infinite amount of replayability; "It just had a lot of features that I think players really loved and kind of defined itself along those features in a way that, yeah, it's just outlasted everything else."

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, October 25, 2022 9:37 AM

Praise the sun! Dark Souls II's online features for the Scholar Of The First Sin edition are back up and working after months of being down. Back in January, FromSoftware deactivated online features for the Dark Souls trilogy on PC due to the prominence of hackers and security concerns. Recently, Dark Souls III servers were reactivated (before being deactivated and reactivated again) and now it's Dark Souls II's turn. The base version of Dark Souls II will have these features "made available at a later date," but for now, Scholar Of The First Sin players can continue to invade the fallen kingdom of Drangleic and scribble down messages for others.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, October 25, 2022 8:00 AM

The Activision Blizzard King Workers Alliance have teamed up with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union to file another charge of unfair labour practices against Activision Blizzard. The filing is in response to a message described as anti-union that was sent by Activision Blizzard's communications executive, Lulu Meservey, to 18,000 employees last week. The CWA had previously filed a charge of unfair labour practices in September 2021, accusing the company of violating US labour laws and stopping employees from discussing working conditions. Last year's complaint was closed just a month later.

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Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:55 PM
     The first image for Fallout has been revealed

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:55 PM
     The final part of Sonic Frontiers Prologue: Convergence comic is out now.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:47 PM
     The Mandalorian Director lends her talents to female Yoda

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:43 PM
     This David Raum Rulebreakers card can be yours in FIFA 23.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:40 PM
     The new multiplayer era begins in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:50 PM
     Here is how to the fix Overwatch 2 Login Error (LC-208).

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:45 PM
     Here's how to get into the Overwatch 2 servers.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:35 PM
     The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special Trailer Has Leaked Online

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:33 PM
     Enter the battlefield with this exclusive Burger King Operator skin.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:31 PM
     Steam is susceptible to many errors including the infamous Error e502 I3. Here's what you need to know.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:00 PM
     Check out Twinfinite's wrap up of the most popular games in 2022, ranked by the peak number of concurrent players.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 1:53 PM
     Age of Mythology finally returns!

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 1:32 PM
     CoD Modern Warfare 2's campaign is out, and we break down if Ray Tracing is available to make it look even better.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 1:31 PM
     The Riddler's backstory will be explored in this six-issue limited series.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 1:30 PM
     Things will only get better with more ways to play Age of Empires.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 1:24 PM
     More villains and heroes could be on the way.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:44 PM
     Need for Speed Unbound offers a crazy amount of customization for your cars.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:37 PM
     Unlock the 15th secret character of Vampire Survivors.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 11:53 AM
     If you move to a town called Redfall, you're kind of just asking for horror movie situations.

Twinfinite Tuesday, October 25, 2022 11:24 AM
     Star Ocean: The Divine Force is almost there, and a new trailer shows characters, cutscenes, and more.

Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:30 PM

Re Zero Ram and Rem Nendoroid Dolls

Good Smile Company revealed new Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- figures are on the way, and this time they are Nendoroid Dolls of the twins Ram and Rem. Each one arrives wearing her maid uniform. Both of them also include a hand part that allows the sisters to hold hands. They will appear in Japan in August 2023 and in North America in November 2023. They will cost $58.99/¥8,900 each. People can also purchase the outfit alone for $35.99/¥5,400.

As Nendoroid Doll releases function differently than typical Nendoroids, these Re:Zero figures don't come with as many extras. Both the Ram and Rem ones each come with one face plate. There are no extra accessories for them to hold. However, they do come with three different kinds of hands. There's a pair with them open, another pair with them pointing, and a final part that makes it look like they are holding hands. You also get the full maid outfit, which comes with the dress, its collar, a bustier to go around it, arm covers for each arm, knee-high socks, underwear, and a pair of shoes. These shoes are magnetic and work with the included magnetic base to help with posing. There is also a magnetic articulated stand to help hold each character up.

Here's a closer look at the Ram and Rem Re:Zero Nendoroid Dolls together.
Re Zero Nendoroid Dolls of Ram and Rem are on the way in 2023, and the characters come with parts that let them hold hands.

And this is what the outfit looks like alone. It is compatible with all Nendoroid Doll figures.
Re Zero Nendoroid Dolls of Ram and Rem are on the way in 2023, and the characters come with parts that let them hold hands.

The Re:Zero Ram and Rem Nendoroid Dolls will appear in August 2023 in Japan and November 2023 in North America. Pre-orders are open for the figures and outfit until November 23, 2022.

The post Re:Zero Ram and Rem Nendoroid Dolls Can Hold Hands appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:00 PM

Towatsugai is a new F2P mobile game from Square Enix and Animate

Square Enix revealed a new mobile game titled Towatsugai. The title, which means "Eternal Couple" in English, will be a free-to-play title with in-app item transactions. The company also announced that the Japanese store chain Animate will help promote the game as its marketing partner. The game will have "couple-raising battle fantasy RPG" as a genre with a release window in 2023.

In addition, Square Enix also revealed the key staff list for Towatsugai. ILCA's Nao Hakumoto is responsible for writing the game's concept and world settings, and the illustrator Yukisame is creating the character designs. Keiichi Okabe of NieR:Automata fame will not be the only composer for the title, as fellow Monaca composer Shotaro Seo will also join him.

The teaser trailer for Towatsugai is available to watch right below. It shows that the game will tell a story about two girls who always want to stick together, even when external forces force them to separate from each other.

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Square Enix has been revealing multiple new game projects in Japan in addition to this new mobile title. At the Japanese September 2022 Nintendo Direct, it revealed Ketsugou Danshi: Elements With Emotions that features an all-male cast of characters representing chemical elements. While the latter is also going to be a free-to-play mobile game, it will also come to Nintendo Switch. Square Enix has yet to announce an English localization for both Towatsugai and Ketsugou Danshi.

Towatsugai will be available as a free-to-play game on Android and iOS mobile devices in Japan in 2023.

The post Square Enix and Animate Reveal 'Couple-Raising RPG' Towatsugai appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:30 PM

PSO2 Sympathy 2023 concert

People from all around the world will be able to watch the live stream for the PSO2 Sympathy 2023 concert. Sega made the announcement at the October 2022 NGS Headline program. The global concert stream will be available on Streaming+ in January 2023. The website will commence sales for the stream tickets at a later time.

Masamichi Amano will lead Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in performing music from the Phantasy Star series. The concert will consist of three parts, and the first one will have the orchestra perform tracks from PSO2 and prior series titles. After a live session by other performers, the orchestra will return in the third part to play newer tracks from New Genesis.

Even though Sega mentioned a global PSO2 Sympathy 2023 live stream, the announcement also featured fine print stating that ticket sales may not be available in every country and territory. The Streaming+ user guide page includes a preview video that lets people check whether their internet connection is compatible with the Japanese streaming service. The website will accept payments via MasterCard and Visa credit cards, as well as China's AliPay platform.

Phantasy Star Online 2 and New Genesis are available globally on PC and PlayStation 4. The online RPGs are also playable on Nintendo Switch with a cloud version in Japan, and Xbox One and Xbox Series X elsewhere worldwide.

The Phantasy Star series' Sympathy 2023 concert will take place physically at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on January 21, 2023.

The post PSO2 Sympathy 2023 Concert Will Stream Globally appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:00 PM

Crisis Core FFVII Reunion Turks and Systems

Square Enix shared more information about some of the characters and gameplay mechanics in the upcoming Crisis Core FFVII Reunion. In addition to previously described elements, Reno and Rude of the Turks were re-introduced, as was Professor Hojo. There's also a fresh explanation of features like Missions and the Digital Mind Wave system. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

Reno and Rude are partners and members of the Turks, a group within Shinra Electric Power Company's Public Safety Division. Reno (CV: Keiji Fujiwara) is gaudy-looking and arrogant. Meanwhile, Rude (CV: Taiten Kusunoki) is compassionate, despite being quiet and seemingly unapproachable. Professor Hojo (CV: Shigeru Chiba) heads Shinra's science department. He leads the Jenova Project and is deeply involved with SOLDIER research, often conducting experiments on humans.

Of particular note regarding these character introductions is that Reno will still be voiced by Keiji Fujiwara. Fujiwara, who provided the Japanese voice for Reno throughout much of the Final Fantasy VII series, died of cancer in April 2020.

Square Enix also talked more about Crisis Core FFVII Reunion gameplay. For example, missions will be given to Zack Fair, a member of SOLDIER and the game's protagonist, by both the Shinra Company and the townsfolk. These are separate from the game's main storyline and will reward players with items such as Materia, with harder missions offering better rewards.

Furthermore, the Digital Mind Wave (DMW) functions as the game's Limit Break system. When used, slot wheels will spin automatically during battle. If they stop on matching patterns, Zack can receive buffs and perform Limit Break attacks. The DMW can also enter Summon and Chocobo Modes. During these modes, the reels' patterns all become either summons or creatures, depending on the mode. Should all three patterns match when the reels stop, the summon/creature shown is called into battle to unleash a powerful attack. However, if the reels don't stop on matching portraits while in Chocobo Mode, it will trigger a Dud, dealing damage to Zack and inflicting him with Stun.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion will release for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on December 13, 2022.

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Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 1:30 PM

Square Enix Hiring More People to Fight Final Fantasy XIV RMT Activity

Square Enix took to the official FFXIV website to go over measures it will take to fight RMT (real money trading) activity in the MMORPG. Most notably, it mentioned that it will put more employees in charge of monitoring and taking action against these kinds of actions, which are illegal and can result in bans.

In the announcement, Square Enix specified three actions it will take to help decrease FFXIV RMT activity. The first involved staffing up, to ensure more people are on hand to address issues. It also mentioned that new procedures will be put in place and tools updated. However, it didn't mention what these new actions could look like or involve or details how tool improvements will aid in catching players who engage in these acts.

The additional staff could be put toward things like assisting in sifting reports. Part of the measures Square Enix uses to identify and halt RMT activity in FFXIV involves user reports. People who see other players advertising RMT are able to be reported both in chat or in the system menu. In chat, there is automatically a "report RMT activity" option if you select someone's avatar name under "report." If you didn't catch things in the chat, but did still witness illegal activity, that can be reported at the Support Desk under the "report cheating" category.

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC. The FFXIV All Saints' Wake Halloween event is running in-game until November 1, 2022, and themed cosmetic items are on sale until November 17, 2022.

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Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 1:00 PM

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is getting another cosmetic anime crossover, as PSO2 NGS Overlord costumes are on the way. The NGS Headline presentation on October 25, 2022 revealed the new collection. Starting on November 16, 2022, the AC Scratch Ticket: Overlord Style will appear in-game.

Sega first confirmed Overlord items would appear in PSO2 NGS back in September 2022. The update offered details about what kinds of outfits and items people can expect. Both Ainz Ooal Gown and Albedo cosmetics will appear, with both their standard looks and ones based on Momonga and Albedo's full plate armor with helmet. Albedo's horns display can be toggled on or off. Also, among the weapons will be an Ainz Ooal Gown dakimakura pillow, which "Albedo" wielded in the video.

Here's a closer look at the two Ainz-inspired outfits that will appear as in the AC Scratch Ticket: Overlord Style:
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And here are the two that are based on Albedo's different looks in the series.
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You can get a better look at all of the Overlord costumes, cosmetics, weapons, and emotes during the NGS Headline presentation. It all begins at the 18 minute mark.

A fuller image also offered a static peek at some of the stamps, weapon camos, and emotes available.
PSO2 Overlord Crossover Scratch Tickets on the Way Next Month

These aren't the only cosmetics on the way. The October 2022 NGS Headline also went over a number of others coming up. On November 2, 2022, an AC Scratch Ticket: Celestial Saint will appear with "cyber ninja" and "harvest deity" attire. The SG Scratch Ticket Refined Form 8 lineup will appear on November 9, 2022 and include the most requested item remake survey items remade specifically for PSO2 NGS. Not to mention AC Scratch Ticket: Snug Style will show up on November 22, 2022 and add Rappy Power Suit outfits and oversized or relaxed jackets and overalls.

Phantasy Star Online 2: New Genesis is available worldwide on the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, and PC. A Cloud version is available for the Nintendo Switch in Japan.

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Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:30 PM

Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix English Release Set for 2023 Switch

Back in January 2022, console versions of Alice Gear Aegis were confirmed. Now that the game made its Japanese debut, a worldwide release is confirmed. Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix will appear in English on the PS4, PS5, and Switch in 2023, with PQube handling publishing. It will be available both physically and digitally.

In Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix, players follow a group of young women who don Alice Gear mech suits to fight Vice in 3D battles. There are 22 characters from the mobile game present in the console adaptation, and when you head into a stage you bring three of them in to fight. As you play, you'll be able to earn items to customize characters' appearances. There is also online multiplayer, which will allow two people to face off with their teams of characters.

Here's a new trailer showing off English Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix gameplay.

Funstock is already taking pre-orders for the Switch, PS4, and PS5 physical copies of Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix. They cost $39.48/£34.99/€39.48 each and only include a copy of the game.

Alice Gear Aegis CS: Concerto of Simulatrix is available on the PS4, PS5, and Switch in Japan, and it will appear in English worldwide in 2023. The official website is now open.

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Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:00 PM

sonic frontiers soundtrack songs

Early in October 2022, Sonic Frontiers composer Tomoya Ohtani revealed the 150-song soundtrack would be available, with a six-CD physical release coming in Japan. Now, Ohtani offered a little clarification to explain why the soundtrack is so large. It turns out there is a wealth of unique music in the game, with every Cyber Space location and Guardian's Battle fight getting its own track.

Here's Ohtani's official explanation, which he shared on Twitter.

While the full Sonic Frontiers soundtrack isn't available yet, Sega did share some of the songs online on YouTube. First, the ending theme "Vandalize," by One OK Rock, appeared. After that, the theme song "I'm Here" showed up. That is performed by To Octavia singer Merry Kirk-Holmes. The most recent one is "Cyber Space DJ Mix." It is described as a mix of Cyber Space songs.

In case you missed it, here's the "Cyber Space DJ Mix" video.

Sonic Frontiers will come out for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch on November 8, 2022. The physical version of the soundtrack will appear in Japan on December 7, 2022, and it should appear worldwide at about the same time.

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Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 11:30 AM

Persona 5 Ann Panther Takamaki figure

Hobby Japan revealed that Amakuni will produce a new batch of figures modeled after Ann "Panther" Takamaki from Persona 5. The former opened a new webpage for people in Japan to pre-order the figure at 19,800 yen (~$134). Hobby Japan will close the pre-orders on December 13, 2022, and Amakuni will deliver the finished products between January and February 2024.

This figure initially appeared in 2017. Amakuni created a 1:7 scale figure of Ann in her Panther Phantom Thief attire. The owner can also opt to remove the mask to reveal her full face. Hobby Japan opened the pre-orders from late April to early June 2017 with a price tag of 13,800 yen (approximately $125 with the currency rate at that time). After closing the pre-orders, the company delivered the first batch of figures in early 2018.

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Ann, who is better known in Japan by the alternative spelling Anne Takamaki, was also the first Amakuni figure of a Persona 5 character. Shortly after finishing Ann's figure prototype, Amakuni also produced Phantom Thief figures of Futaba Sakura and Makoto "Queen" Niijima.

Amakuni designed this figure after Ann "Panther" Takamaki's appearance in the original Persona 5, which came out on PlayStation 4 and 3 in 2016. Atlus released multiplatform ports and remasters of the enhanced PS4 release Persona 5 Royal for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch on October 21, 2022.

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Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 11:00 AM

FFXIV Halicarnassus, Maduin, Marilith, Seraph Housing Opens Soon

People who decided to "live" on the new Final Fantasy XIV North American Data Center worlds of Halicarnassus, Maduin, Marilith, and Seraph will soon get to take part in the housing lottery, as the official FFXIV site confirmed the real estate market is about to open. On November 4, 2022, folks will be able to take part in the lottery and get their own residences. However, before the real estate market opens up, people will be able to visit and look around the residential areas there on November 1, 2022.

The official announcement also confirmed the division of housing in the FFXIV worlds of Halicarnassus, Maduin, Marilith, and Seraph. As usual, Wards 13 through 24 will all be designated as Private Plots for anyone. The other homes in Wards 1-12 will be available for Free Company representatives to buy.

As a reminder, a FFXIV housing lottery takes place over nine days. The first five days are designated as an "entry period," during which people can apply to buy houses that are available. For four days after that, you can check in to see if you won the opportunity to buy that home during the "results period." If you did, you then need to pay the price in order to complete the transaction and move into it. If you don't pay for your purchase after being picked within those four days, you miss your chance to get it.

If the first FFXIV Halicarnassus, Maduin, Marilith, and Seraph housing lottery follows the typical schedule, players can expect the entry period to last from November 4-9, 2022. Then, the results period will last from November 10-14, 2022.

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC.

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Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 10:30 AM

Greavard is a Pure Ghost-Type in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

Not long after the new ghost Pokemon made its debut in a Pokemon Scarlet and Violet video, Nintendo shared additional trailer and details for the dog-like buddy now dubbed Greavard. It is a pure ghost-type that is known for being friendly and (unintentionally) dangerous.

Greavard is about the same size as an actual dog, as the Pokemon's details confirm it is about two feet tall and weighs around 77 lbs. It knows the Pickup ability, which means it might pick up items both in and out of battles. Nintendo didn't share any signature moves for it yet, but it did note that the "Ghost Dog Pokemon" is known for its "powerful jaws" and ability to "absorb life-force" just by being around someone.

In the wild, you might not initially see a Greavard roaming around. Rather, you'll only see the candle on the top of its head peeking above the ground. If you get too close, then it will appear.

Here's the new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Greavard trailer.

The initial video revealing the character showed how it might inadvertently harm someone nearby. A person is filming ghost-type Pokemon and happens upon the character. As the two play fetch, the person filming's life-force is gradually zapped away.

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

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Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 10:00 AM

Dark Souls II Scholar of the First Sin Online Features Return

There's finally an update on Twitter regarding the Dark Souls PC server situation, following Bandai Namco and FromSoftware taking them offline to work on fixing a security update. However, not every version of every game will be returning. The company announced that people can now play Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin online on PCs again as of October 25, 2022. However, Dark Souls II's DX9 base version and Dark Souls Remastered servers aren't available live yet, and Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition will not be returning.

As a reminder, this all started back on January 23, 2022. Bandai Namco and FromSoftware announced a security exploit forced them to take all PVP servers offline. At the time, it referred to it as "temporarily" taking action. However ahead of the Elden Ring launch, the companies noted repairs weren't ready and wouldn't show up until after that game's debut.

The official announcement didn't note any expected release window for the base version of Dark Souls II servers, but it did clarify what is keeping Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition online elements from returning. The announcement cited the game's age as a factor, noting repairs were unable as a result.

Here's the official explanation:

As a reminder, Dark Souls III servers are already back online. Bandai Namco and FromSoftware announced restored service for it back in August 2022.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition is available on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Dark Souls II can be found on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC. Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin is out on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.

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Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 9:30 AM

The New Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Ghost Pokemon is a Dog

On October 24, 2022, a new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet trailer placeholder teased the debut of an additional ghost type Pokemon, and now it's confirmed that the new character looks like a dog with a candle on its head. The official name for the character has yet to be revealed.

Here's the full video. It started by confirming some returning ghost-types showing up will be Gengar and Mimikyu. Then, it showed the person filming the footage playing with the new ghostly dog. The character seems friendly, playing fetch with the character behind the camera. However, the more the two play together, the more unnaturally exhausted the person gets.

New Pokemon reveals for Pokemon Scarlet and Violet showed up at a pretty steady pace ahead of launch. For example, earlier in October the new electric-type Bellibolt appeared. This is a frog-like character folks will see in the wild and face when fighting the Electric Gym leader Iono. Grafaiai is a new evolution for Girafarig. People will be able to ride around on Cyclizar. Pawmi, Smoliv, and the legendaries Koraidon and Miraidon also debut in this entry. The Diglett-like character called Wiglett is a water-type that shows up around beaches.

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

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Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 9:01 AM

Review Bayonetta 3 is as Stylish and Sexy as You'd Expect 1

Bayonetta is both a character and game series dedicated to style and substance, and one that relishes in the sort of suggestive situations that offer sly sexiness. Risque? Of course, but in a way in which its heroine holds all the control. Which is why everyone who knows and loves Bayonetta will be pleased to know Bayonetta 3 is as glorious as ever, taking time to review all you love while adding fantastic new elements and bits of lore to build up an already wonderful world.

Multiverses are everywhere in media as of late, and Bayonetta 3 is the latest game to embrace the concept. The story begins with Bayonetta in the midst of a fight against an overwhelming foe, matching her blow for blow. A young woman named Viola watches, desperate to help make any sort of difference. But while she can't do anything in this world, a quick jump finds her falling into another world and meeting another Bayonetta. (Though really, she's dropping into Enzo's lap.) These other worlds are being wiped out, which means Bayonetta and Viola head to Thule to see if something can be done to save different worlds while Jeanne heads to find a scientist named Sigurd who is also critical to the witches' success. What follows is an opportunity to see what might have been, while also trying to save what we know and love.

While Viola is the new kid on the block, her personality works well alongside the established characters. Especially since she's the sort of person who is trying to be strong and is definitely skilled, but a lot of that comes across as teenage bravado. As grown-up as she'll try to be, she's definitely not as suave or confident as someone like Bayonetta, which allows the two to play well off of each other. Plus, there are some fun geeky moments, such as her basically performing a Stand Cry a la Jotaro's "Ora Ora Ora" when Cheshire is fighting alongside her and she's barehanded.

Right off the bat, it is an accommodating and accessible game. The way the story is handled is one way in which it never leaves people out. Appearances and teases are extra fun if you do know who folks are. If you don't, there's enough context through character interactions, imagery, supplemental information, and dialogue to help get you up to pace. The accessibility also comes through in gameplay, with three difficulty levels you can choose between at any time. Naive Angel is basically a family-friendly mode that will do things like replace Rodin's cigar with something to eat or keep Bayonetta's clothes on while she's performing a Demon Masquerade dance to control one of her demons. I also feel like the Immortal Marionette accessory will be great for people with mobility issues, due to it essentially allowing you to button mash to perform combos instead of use specific inputs. There's a lot here that feels like it says, "We want you to enjoy yourself, no matter how young, old, new, or familiar you are with gaming and the series."

Review Bayonetta 3 is as Stylish and Sexy as You'd Expect 2

It's easy to Revel in Bayonetta 3's Gameplay on the Switch.

As always, Bayonetta 3 gameplay relies upon timing, knowing what inputs correspond to helpful attacks, chaining together combos, dodging accurately to trigger Witch Time to slow time and counter-attack. The more time you spend thinking about what you are capable of and knowing input strings so you can react appropriately, the better it will be. As usual, you are given ample opportunity to test out possible combos, with things like loading screens letting you see how strings are implemented and can change. However, the loading times are so short that you can't rely on that time to test things out. Attacks feel like they have heft to them, with strikes feeling satisfying as you build up combos and your overall score.

I'd also say the range of weaponry also feels like it's designed to make things feel more suitable for every player. For example, Bayonetta's Colour My World guns are the traditional, swift option. When equipped, you can briefly transform into Madama Butterfly to glide while jumping. The Ignis Araneae Yo-Yo is far more speedy, with a jump that swings into position when temporarily transformed into Phantasmaraneae. G-Pillar is slower and hits hard, though blasting off has the benefit of extending Bayonetta's range and height while not offering the sense of positioning as Colour My World. You pick what feels best for you in most situations, tailoring the experience to ensure your success. Viola's segments also fit right in, with her swordplay and barehanded fisticuffs allowing for similarly intricate combos.

Speaking of satisfying, the demons are so much fun in Bayonetta 3. There are times when Bayonetta is the Kaiju beat'em up I didn't know I wanted. Madama Butterfly is always a big help, thanks to melee and ranged attacks that always feel like they deal admirable levels of damage. I was amazed that Phantasmaraneae is so dexterous and capable, especially since I was concerned the wall-crawling capabilities could lead to some disorientation and maybe even motion-sickness. I also loved using Baal. Starting up a Demon Slave dance, especially knowing that the gauge is easy to refill and I don't need to "save" those attacks for big moments, is a joy. Not to mention that certain segments in which they play a large part means that the gameplay can feel a bit different when they're around.

Is that a kaiju?

Bayonetta 3 isn't Afraid to Switch Things Up

I also loved how there's more to chapters in Bayonetta 3 than you'd expect, inviting you to return to completed areas. The path you "should" probably take might often seem rather obvious. However, if you keep an eye out, collectibles, additional challenges, and new ways to get where you are going often present themselves. You might even get a Bewitchment "achievement" acknowledging that "Hey, you find something secret" when you do. I especially loved how some of these involve manipulating time to solve a puzzle to earn a reward, since it means you aren't always trying to get from point A to point B or beat the hell out of a horde to do well. Not to mention, the visible shadow under a character no matter the form means it is easy to see if a safe landing on a stable platform is possible, meaning any platforming elements or challenges don't become unnecessarily frustrating.

The sense of diversification goes beyond these large scale fights and supplemental challenges. Jeanne stars in side-chapters, for example. In her 2D segment, the priority will be to navigate floors in a building and ideally avoiding being caught. Stealth kills are a necessity, there are places to duck into, you can come across great weapons or even a "special" ability, and need to use wits to get to a goal in time. It breaks things up, while still being challenging in its own way.

As fabulous as characters like Bayonetta and Jeanne are and Bayonetta 3 can be, there are times when it isn't completely flawless. For example, there are certain set pieces that don't run as smoothly as others due to the level of activity occurring. This particularly applies to segments during which players find themselves constantly on the move while dealing with oversized opponents and smaller minions. I found I misjudged a jump at one point as a result, which can be an issue since scores might matter for some. This didn't turn out to be a frequent issue for me, but it can come up in specific chapters.

Speaking of portions of Bayonetta 3 not being at their best, there are times when some Demons may not feel as fluid and enjoyable as others. I'm not the biggest fan of Wartrain Gouon, given the need to swiftly lay out tracks and determine when it will attack to maximize its damage, though in application it makes you think about effectively using its range and strength. This doesn't mean there are obvious inequalities. Rather, there are some demons that might not "click" with a player. Given the number available, it's not too much of an issue, especially since someone typically can equip up to three and switch between them on the fly. If you are "forced" into using one during a stage, it usually is more of a "tutorial" example to help someone get acclimated to the new character.

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Bayonetta 3 is Simply a Beautiful Game.

The thing is, even though there might be a brief hitch or minor moment during a flurry of activity, there is never a moment in which Bayonetta 3 doesn't look stunning on the Switch. It is a beautiful game that takes full advantage of the hardware. Especially on an OLED model, as I felt like the colors standing out even in areas that might have been slightly darker or filled with similar sorts of textures. The character models are all quite detailed, with personality popping based on outfits and subtle animations. Jennifer Hale does an admirable job with the role, especially considering everything happening in the story. The soundtrack is also spot-on and perfectly suited for the adventure.

It feels like Bayonetta 3 is a chance for the series to stretch its wings, what with its well-told story, generally tight gameplay, and incredible cast. It is so easy to get lost in its world. I'd long to return to it, to see how to earn medals I'd missed during the first run through a stage, beat my previous scores, and just savor certain segments or boss fights. Bayonetta 3 is over-the-top in every possible way, and I get the feeling newcomers and long-time fans of the series will appreciate that.

Bayonetta 3 will come to the Nintendo Switch on October 28, 2022.

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Siliconera Tuesday, October 25, 2022 8:30 AM

FFXIV Lotus Mount Final Fantasy XIV Halloween

The Final Fantasy XIV Online Store update for Halloween didn't only include costumes and pumpkin-based decorations, as it also meant the FFXIV Lotus mount is available everywhere. When the shop updated on October 25, 2022, the Mechanical Lotus joined the optional collection alongside the Clown's Attire, Modern Cosmetics: Clowning Around, Authentic Haunted Pumpkin Set, and Authentic Pumpkin Flower Vase.

The FFXIV Mechanical Lotus mount first appeared in the Chinese version of the game back in April 2022. The worldwide release of it remains the same. When used, the person's avatar sits serenely in the center, with a calming glow and gilded butterfly hovering nearby. It costs $24.

An official video offers a better look at the effect.

As for the other items, they consist of two cosmetics and two furnishings. The $5 Clown's Attire gives a FFXIV player the Clown's Hat, Clown's Top, Clown's Shortgloves, Clown's Bottoms, and Clown's Boots. You can use dye on them to change their color, as shown in the official screenshots. The $4 Modern Cosmetics: Clowning Around provides matching face paint for it.
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Finally, the $5 Authentic Haunted Pumpkin Set and $5 Authentic Pumpkin Vase are furnishings. You will need access to a house in FFXIV in order to use them. The Authentic Haunted Pumpkin Set is the larger of the two.
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There is also an All Saints' Wake Halloween sale in effect in the FFXIV Online Store until November 17, 2022. The following items are temporarily reduced.

  • All Saints' Wake Orchestrion Roll - $2.10
  • Authentic All Saints' Wake Advertisement - $3.50
  • Authentic Familiar Pawprints - $3.50
  • Authentic Fantastical All Saints' Wake Advertisement - $3.50
  • Authentic Ghost Candlestand - $3.50
  • Authentic Pumpkin Carriage - $3.50
  • Authentic Pumpkin Party Pennants - $3.50
  • Authentic Pumpkin Tower - $3.50
  • Deluxe Eerie Wallpaper - $3.50
  • Deluxe Pumpkin Basket - $3.50
  • Deluxe Pumpkin Candlestand - $3.50
  • Deluxe Pumpkin Chair - $3.50
  • Deluxe Pumpkin Desk - $3.50
  • Deluxe Stuffed Succubus - $3.50
  • Eerie Barding - $4.90
  • Eerie Garments - $3.50
  • Female Werewolf Set - $3.5
  • Five Authentic Pumpkin Pastry Platters - $3.50
  • Five Authentic Pumpkin Pie Sets - $3.50
  • Five Authentic Pumpkin Pudding Sets - $3.50
  • Five Bowls of Piping Hot Pumpkin Stew - $3.50
  • The Howling Spirit - $3.50
  • Male Werewolf Set - $3.50
  • Minion: Continental Eye - $3.50
  • Minion: Little Yin - $3.50
  • Minion: Little Yang - $3.50
  • Minion: Pumpkin Butler - $3.50
  • Modern Cosmetics: A Wicked Wake - $4.90
  • Mount: Circus Ahriman - $8.40
  • Mount: Witch's Broom- $8.40
  • Pumpkin Earrings - $2.10
  • Pumpkin Head - $2.10
  • Pumpkin Head (Ripened) - $2.10
  • Pumpkin Head (Unripened) - $2.10
  • Pumpkin Head (White) - $2.10
  • Up at Dawn Orchestrion Roll - $2.10
  • Vampire's Vest - $2.10
  • The Wailing Spirit - $3.50
  • Witch's Attire - $3.50

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC. The FFXIV All Saints' Wake Halloween event is running in-game until November 1, 2022.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:30 PM
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     Discord Voice Integration Coming To Playstation Ps5Discord voice chat integration looks to be making its way to PlayStation consoles. A recent leak shows that the popular messaging and voice chat platform has a PlayStation version in development. Data miner Advaith posted a series of screenshots on Twitter showcasing what looks to be PlayStation support. These screenshots show an option to "Join voice on PlayStation," alongside the existing "Join on Xbox." Interestingly, it appears as though this option is only available on PlayStation 5. On PlayStation 4 you will only be able to display what game you're playing but not join voice chats. This could be a technical limitation or something that gets changed in the future.   The final screenshot shows how Discord integration will work on PlayStation. To use Discord, you'll have to sign in with your PlayStation ID. Discord itself will redirect you to the official Sony website to streamline this process. This is similar to how it has worked on Xbox si...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:30 PM
     New Redfall Trailer Shows Off VampiresRedfall is the latest game in development from acclaimed developer Arkane Studios, the same team that brought us games like Dishonored, Prey, and Deathloop. Specifically, Arkane Austin is developing Redfall, which is the team that created both Prey and Dishonored. Meanwhile, Arkane Lyon came out with last year's critically acclaimed Deathloop. The game is a cooperative first-person shooter in which players take on the role of characters trying to fight back against the vampires infesting the fictional town of Redfall. While Redfall was unfortunately delayed until the first half of 2023, that hasn't stopped Arkane from releasing a new Redfall trailer just in time for Halloween. The new Redfall Into the Night trailer can be seen in all its glory below. It features a new look at some of the varied vampires that players will be going up against in the final release. On top of this, Arkane teases that there are still even more enemies than what it has shown us. In the official descr...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:00 PM
     Elden Ring Endure Ash Of War NerfedCreating balance in a FromSoftware title is seemingly difficult to maintain. And Elden Ring has proven to be no different, as it just got a patch that undid a hefty addition to the meta. Of course, it's important to keep the difficulty of the game at a certain level. If an ability threatens to shift the balance too far in one direction, it makes sense to remove or downscale it in some way. This is exactly what has happened to the Endure skill in Elden Ring. Elden Ring's 1.07.1 patch is a small hotfix that sets out to address two issues. The main change is rather funny, though. Patch 1.07 introduced a buff to the Ash of War skill Endure, which seriously shook up the meta in Elden Ring. Essentially, the duration of Endure was extended, allowing players to absorb incoming damage for a longer period of time. Alongside this, the skill then prevented stagger from bleed or frostbite status effects. All in all, the change was very positive for the ability, but it was just a bit too...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, October 25, 2022 1:30 PM
     The online servers for the Dark Souls games have gone through a lot this year. Just before the release of Elden Ring near the beginning of 2022, FromSoftware announced that it had to remove all online functionality from its Dark Souls games on PC due to some dangerous security issues. Just a few months ago, the studio announced that Dark Souls 3 was up and running again, but patient fans were still waiting to hear news about the first two games in the series. Now, FromSoftware has revealed that it resolved the online woes for Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin. The news comes from the official Twitter account which says that the online functionality of the Scholar of the First Sin version (running on DX11) has been restored. The studio is working to restore online features for the base version of the game (running on DX9) and this fix will come at an unspecified later date.   Prepare to cry Unfortunately, the news of Dark Souls 2 regaining online features was followed by some ...

Gamer Empire Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:19 PM
     One of the most important limited resources in RimWorld, steel can make or break your playthrough if you abuse it. Steel will be used in […]

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     Valve shared that its Steam platform crossed another milestone, breaking its own record by crossing 30 million concurrent users for the first time. That is […]

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     Overwatch 2 Season One is getting new Twitch drops. Starting today at 11:00 am PST (2:00 PM EST) and running through November 6 at 11:00 […]

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     A part of what makes the Switch so popular is its massive library of incredible games. Anime fans, in particular, have numerous critically-acclaimed titles they […]

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Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:00 PM
     All available Roblox Collect All Pets codes may be found in our collection. You can get free boosts and rewards by entering these codes. You'll be assembling a team of collected creatures in Roblox Collect All Pets to aid you in obtaining gold so that you can buy uncommon eggs and acquire superior monsters. More […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Tuesday, October 25, 2022 2:00 PM
     Seeing double. Cypher's bread-and-butter abilities are arguably his Trap Wire and Spycam, as both abilities can help Cypher secure spots around the map. For this guide, we turn to Cypher's Spycam and the best spots you can place around Breeze to get the best sightlines around the map. Best Camera Spots on Breeze A-site Let's […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Tuesday, October 25, 2022 1:00 PM
     Essential resources to craft those sought-after Legendary Gem. Legendary Gems are arguably the most valuable items in Diablo Immortal. These gems can provide the powerful status buffs or special effects to your builds that you need to take your character to the next level. One of the only ways to acquire these rare gems in […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:00 PM
     A set of challenges to test the Beast of Prey in you. From September 20 to October 4, Apex Legends fans can participate in the Best of Prey limited-time event Challenges and collect exciting rewards. Loba's Heirloom is not the only desirable cosmetic that arrived with the Beast of Prey update, as tons of skins […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Tuesday, October 25, 2022 11:00 AM
     Repossessing cars is not as easy as it used to be. Not too long after Franklin and Lamar successfully repossess a tricked-out bike for Simeon in the mission titled Repossession, Simeon sends Franklin back out to repo a car from a guy named James De Santa living in Rockford Hills. What should have been a […]

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     Hello folks. We have another great offer from itch.io for Ouija Rumours. Let's hear them out. Get Ouija Rumours for FREE! A few words about Ouija Rumours Oujia: Rumors provides a first-person thriller-horror survival experience taking in a haunted house. The fictional storyline is set to raise awareness against rumors. The wise do not buy rumors, do you? http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/ste...

Pivotal Gamers Tuesday, October 25, 2022 9:10 AM
     What's up all? We have another great offer from itch.io for Untangle. Their message follows. Get Untangle for FREE! A few words about Untangle Untangle is a first-person, single-player, school-violent-themed survival horror game. Though it's not a game based on a true story, it is built on an intention to raise awareness of school violence at the same time when you're playing a g...

MonsterVine Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:00 PM
     Classic survival horror gameplay meets a futuristic setting as you explore a doomed facility in a dystopian world. Signalis Developer: rose-engine Price: TBD Platform: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC (reviewed) MonsterVine was provided with a PC code for review. Set in a dystopian future where androids called Replikas work as part of a […]

Level Up Tuesday, October 25, 2022 3:06 PM
     Amazon Studios and Kilter Films have released a teaser image for its in-development Fallout TV series…

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     The Age of Empires series is coming to Xbox; well, some of it at least. …

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     A trailer from the Pokémon Company International has revealed the Greavard, the Ghost Dog Pokémon,…

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     Bethesda <a href="https://www.gameinformer.com/e3-2021/2021/06/13/bethesda-prepares-xbox-exclusive-redfall-for-summer-2022-launch" target="_blank" rel="noopener">revealed Arkane Studios' open-world, co-op FPS Redfall back in 2021</a>, and…