Kotaku Wednesday, November 30, 2022 5:40 PM
When Nintendo uploaded the first promotional image for The Super Mario Bros. Movie, fans were quick to clown on the plumber for his concave ass. The looming question on everyone's mind was whether or not Mario's one-time nemesis Donkey Kong would have his ass nerfed too. Thankfully, DK has enough junk in the trunk to…
Kotaku Wednesday, November 30, 2022 5:30 PM
Warthogs and battle rifles are only as good as the environments you can drive and shoot them in. And now that Halo Infinite's iteration of Forge is officially available in beta form, the Halo community has been hard at work bringing the franchise's legacy into the modern era.
Kotaku Wednesday, November 30, 2022 4:05 PM
Attack on Titan creator Hajime Iseyama was nervous about his first-ever appearance at Anime NYC a few weeks ago. The source of his nervousness wasn't the fact that it would mark his first time stepping foot in the United States, but rather the backlash he feared he'd receive from the crowd following the popular…
Kotaku Wednesday, November 30, 2022 3:45 PM
In October, thanks to a viral tweet, the world learned of a new LEGO City set that contained a giant human turd inside a portable toilet. It was such an absurd sight that, after Kotaku reported about it, I was invited by NPR to discuss it on one of their podcast trivia shows. But this isn't the first time Lego has…
Kotaku Wednesday, November 30, 2022 2:41 PM
Yesterday, Marvel Snap was updated and for the most part, the update was well received. The new token system is in and some small quality-of-life changes have been added. Good stuff! But when players opened the store after the patch they saw a big ol' banner for a new $100 bundle. And while it isn't the worst thing…
Kotaku Wednesday, November 30, 2022 1:35 PM
Now that we've all been properly satiated with memes from the second Super Mario Bros. Movie trailer, it's time to re-address the elephant in the room: Chris Pratt's vocal performance as Mario is holding this film back.
Kotaku Wednesday, November 30, 2022 1:25 PM
In the wake of Nintendo being Nintendo and unceremoniously canceling the Smash World Tour, one of the year's biggest esports tournaments dedicated to all things Super Smash Bros., copious folks in the game's community have come out in protest. Casual fans, pro players, long-time commentators, and even other tournament…
Kotaku Wednesday, November 30, 2022 1:20 PM
Some folks watch esports events for the thrill of seeing a game played at the highest possible skill level. Others tune in for promised rewards from developers. If you're in the latter camp, and you logged a ton of hours of watching the latest Overwatch League event on YouTube, you're probably very unhappy right now.…
Kotaku Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:55 PM
Front Mission is an excellent strategy RPG series that deserves to make a comeback. It's Final Fantasy Tactics' grittier, grimier, futuristic cousin that swaps out swords and magic wands for submachine guns and giant, half-obliterated mechs slugging it out in a jungle ditch. Some of that charm comes through in Front…
Kotaku Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:09 PM
With so, so many planets in Starfield, Bethesda's upcoming space sim game, there's a lot of room for speculation ahead of its release on Xbox and PC next year. But the time for guessing games is coming to an end. Inspired by fictional themes and "tone" moreso than hardcore realism, the game aims to preserve fun while…
Kotaku Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:00 PM
Love Nikki is a massively popular game that many self-professed gaming enthusiasts have never heard of. But a lot more people might be playing it soon. Former Zelda director Kentaro Tominaga is heading an open-world adaptation called Infinity Nikki, which looks fantastic. The world seems almost Disney-like, in an…
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 5:51 PM
It'll be a while before we get our hands on the modernised version of Geralt's first RPG game on PC. The Witcher Remake release date isn't set in stone yet, but developer CD Projekt Red says that it'll be sometime after the launch of the fourth Witcher game, currently codenamed Polaris.
Continue reading The Witcher Remake release date will be after The Witcher 4MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The Witcher is still hugely atmospheric, The making of The Witcher
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 5:09 PM
Early access city builder Workers and Resources: Soviet Republic update 11 adds some major new features to the already obsessively detailed game. The Soviet city builder now has tram lines and underground metro systems that you can build in your city, customisable state borders, new map editor tools, and an extra-challenging realistic mode for players who are truly hardcore about their logistics systems.
Continue reading Soviet city builder adds trams, metros, and 'realistic mode'MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best city-building games on PC, The best sandbox games, The best simulation games on PC
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 4:15 PM
Valve, in conjunction with Komodo, has announced that the Steam Deck will begin shipping to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan in December. Anyone in those countries who reserved the handled gaming PC by November 29 can expect to receive a request to finalise their order by December 1, with the first units going out from the 17th.
Continue reading Steam Deck coming to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan soonMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best SSD for gaming, How to build a gaming PC, Best gaming CPU
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 4:13 PM
Destiny 2 Warmind Cells could get a rework in season 19, given recent hints pointing to the re-emergence of Rasputin in the upcoming season of the popular FPS game.
After the recent Destiny 2 Eliksni Quarter event, astute players noted that the frames of the robot workers in the area carried the Warmind symbol. This Destiny 2 Rasputin tease led players to speculate about the possibility of a forthcoming Rasputin-based season. Further, back in October, a Twitter account covering Destiny 2 leaks also suggested the season would be Rasputin-themed.
Continue reading Destiny 2 Warmind Cells could get a rework in season 19MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 3:55 PM
Our full Warhammer 40k Darktide review will have to wait until we've had more time with the latest build (or until the Omnissiah wills it), but I've seen a lot of the horde shooter these past two weeks through the pre-launch beta. I've been purging daemonic growths from smelter facilities, hijacking ammunition shipments, and summarily executing arch-heretics in abandoned underground train stations. Nonetheless, developer Fatshark has insisted that we not use this build as the basis for scored reviews, so to be clear: my impressions so far are based on an incomplete beta build of Darktide.
Normally, such a disclaimer might be a red flag, but by all appearances Fatshark has simply been doing exactly what it claimed to be doing and using the pre-launch beta to stress-test its multiplayer infrastructure, identify bugs, and gradually roll out more content for its latest co-op game. On which note, it's important to say right upfront that I've had a rough ride on the technical end of things.
Continue reading Warhammer 40k Darktide review in progress – Chaos-touchedMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Darktide weapons, Darktide classes, Is Darktide crossplay available?
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:40 PM
What are the best VR games? We have tested several of them across the major headsets, ranging from the good, the bad, and the downright nausea-inducing – and we will endeavour to seek out new, strange, and challenging content for this burgeoning platform. In the name of science... or something.
While there are a lot of experiences out there, we're going to be more choosy, handpicking the best ones to play with the best VR headsets. After all, we only have room for the best VR games, and there've been some absolutely fantastic ones in the past year alone.
Continue reading The best VR games on PC in 2022MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Half-Life: Alyx review, Best VR games, Half-Life 3 news
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:54 PM
The next Disney Dreamlight Valley update will add none other than Stitch to the life game. You read that right, one of the most requested Disney characters has finally been confirmed for the Animal Crossing-style game with iconic Disney characters, and he's coming incredibly soon.
Continue reading Disney Dreamlight Valley Toy Story update adds surprise guest StitchMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Disney games, Disney Dreamlight Valley guide, Best life sims
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:32 PM
The Disney Dreamlight Valley Toy Story update was announced in September alongside the addition of the Lion King update and new Scar quests. While the wicked lion king has already moved into his home in the Elephant Graveyard, we're still awaiting the delivery of Andy's favourite toys - but we do now have a release date. Arriving a little later thean expected, the Dreamlight Valley Toy Story update release date is December 6.
The Disney life sim already features lots of familiar faces, but we know there is room for "unlimited" expansions. The Dream Castle already houses around 30 unlocked doors, which will eventually lead to new realms. That said, you'd think these new updates would be coming thick and fast, with Scar added just six weeks after the original release date. The Toy Story update might be coming a little later than anticipated, but it is still the second major update in just three months, with a Beauty and the Beast update expected not long into the new year.
Continue reading Disney Dreamlight Valley Toy Story update release dateMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Disney games, Disney Dreamlight Valley guide, Best life sims
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:31 PM
Looking for the best offline games? If you're disconnected from the internet for any length of time, you'll need the best offline PC games to help tide you over. Not every game lets you play offline, though.
Though you'd expect multiplayer games and MMO games to require an internet connection, there's more to think about when preparing a stockpile of the best offline games for your long commute or holiday. Some games require a license check before launching, for anti-piracy reasons - and although this doesn't take long to perform, it means you can't access the game without an internet connection. Unless you're playing on GOG, there's often no easy way to tell if a game you're eyeing will actually let you play without being hooked up to the web. Online games are all well and good, but there frustrating when you just want to download something and play it at your leisure.
Lucky for you, there's no shortage of fun offline games to choose from, whether you're a fan of classic RPG games or the biggest modern open world games. We've got something to suit nearly every taste and need, so read on if you're on the computer but don't have an internet connection, or travelling and need a game without demanding controls. While you'll naturally need an internet connection to purchase and download the games, you're free to play them offline in their entirety.
Continue reading The best offline games for PC in 2022MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Red Dead Redemption 2 PC review, RDR2 PC legendary animal hunts, RDR2 money guide
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:27 PM
Apex Legends Winter Express LTM, the popular mode in which the battle royale game turns into a train heist, returns this winter along with a new collection event. The Wintertide Collection event runs December 6 - 27, during which you'll be able to hop into Winter Express and earn new cosmetics, including a new prestige skin for Wraith.
Continue reading Apex Legends Winter Express LTM returns with new rewardsMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Apex Legends characters guide, Apex Legends skins, Apex Legends map guide
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:36 PM
Can you play the classic Pokémon games on PC? Err, probably, but we wouldn't know anything about illegal activities like that. What you want instead are some excellent, legal alternatives. Nintendo's world-changing Pokémon series is celebrating 25 years of monster-catching, and we PC players certainly deserve a slice of that battle-flavoured pie. Let's face it: who doesn't enjoy a spell of kidnapping cute animals and forcing them to scrap, tooth and claw, now and again? Exactly.
Despite our beloved format being the spiritual home of turn-based combat that RPG games are known for, no official main series Pokémon game has yet made the jump to PC. We can't exactly blame Nintendo for wanting to sell more Switch consoles, but we also can't help but feel a small pang of jealousy every time we catch a glimpse of anything yellow and electric out of the corner of our eyes, especially when we know a PC can run Pokémon Scarlet and Violet far better than Nintendo's ageing console.
Continue reading Pokémon games for PC – here are our favourite alternativesMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Temtem evolutions, Temtem starters, Temtem type chart
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:21 PM
What are the best zombie games on PC in 2022? You can hardly take a step on Steam without these clutching at your ankle, so it's a valid question.
Luckily, our list of dead-good hits has everything a zombie enthusiast could ask for, ranging from simulation-style management games, to co-op games that are more Lovecraftian period pieces. If you like, you can take a shambling detour through tower defense games and post-apocalypse parkour. Popular culture's fascination with the undead has given us many gifts - and many memes - so you must get your bearings and know where to find the best zombie games out there on PC. Come with us now to find the ones worth playing right now as we wade through the hordes of shambling corpses.
Continue reading The best zombie games on PC 2022MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Does DayZ have crossplay?, DayZ system requirements, DayZ base building tips
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:08 PM
Want to know when The Witcher Remake release date is? Given that this remake of the classic PC RPG game has only recently been announced, it's far too early to tell when exactly you will be able to play it. However, some of you may want to know more about the ambitious remake of the first Witcher adventure and if it's the best place to hop into the series.
While the original RPG game was made by CD Projekt Red using BioWare's Aurora Engine, The Witcher Remake is instead "being rebuilt from the ground up in Unreal Engine 5" by Fool's Theory. The Polish development studio is also aiding Larian with 'gameplay and tools programming support' for Baldur's Gate 3 and previously assisted People Can Fly with 'level design, meshing, and program support' for Outriders. Several veteran staff who helped make The Witcher will be part of this project, and CD Projekt Red will provide 'full creative supervision'.
Continue reading The Witcher Remake release date speculationMORE FROM PCGAMESN: The Witcher is still hugely atmospheric, The making of The Witcher
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:01 PM
Genshin Impact version 3.3 goes live in exactly one week, so now is the perfect time to figure out just how many Primogems you'll be able to earn in the MMORPG game. Hoyoverse is introducing two new Anemo characters to the anime game alongside a couple of strong rerun choices, which means you'll need to save up all of the Primos that you possibly can.Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:04 PM
For me, writing this WoW Dragonflight review has been a long time coming. Throughout the past few months I've set aside some of the best PC games in order to plunge myself into the mysterious world of the Dragon Isles, combing through every zone and completing every quest in an attempt to bring the MMO's newest antagonists, the Primalists, to their knees.
Continue reading WoW Dragonflight review in progress – Alexstrasza brings new lifeMORE FROM PCGAMESN: WoW Dragonflight tier list, The best WoW addons, WoW Dragonflight talents system explained
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 11:44 AM
Want to know what cards are inside every Marvel Snap pool? Cards in Marvel Snap are divided into series, though the community prefers to use the term pools. Players unlock cards by reaching higher tiers on the collection level track, though the cards you unlock are randomised within that pool.
If you desperately need one specific card to create one of the best Marvel Snap decks, you can either cross your fingers every time you unlock a new mystery card or collector's cache, or save up collector's tokens and pay close attention to the rotating stock in the shop. Our guide breaks down what cards are featured in each pool to help you keep track of what cards you may unlock next.The best card games on PC, The best superhero games, The best multiplayer games
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 11:45 AM
Many internet users will find themselves looking for the best Firefox VPN. While the debate about the best internet browser rages on, there's no denying that it's important to protect your privacy on the internet - not just in the terms of your right to privacy, but also in the sense that you don't want your personal data falling into the hands of malicious parties who might use it to exploit you.
Continue reading Best Firefox VPN services to protect your privacy in 2022MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best SSD for gaming, How to build a gaming PC, Best gaming CPU
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 3:17 PM
What are the best racing games on PC? Whether mastering muddy tracks in Dirt Rally 2.0 or embracing Forza Horizon 5's magnificent Mexico, these are the best racers around.
Picking the very best racing games on PC is no easy task. So many elements contribute: the genre's not only about graphical fidelity and hair-raising sound design - though both certainly help - it's also about pulling you into the action as if you're there in the driver's seat, eyes strained as the asphalt whips past at 240kph. From honing your timing for a perfect gear shift to kicking out the back-end for a sublime drift, a quality racing game just feels right.
Don't go asking, "How could you forget about Grand Prix Legends! Where's Geoff Crammond?!" When versions of those games surface on Steam or GOG, we'll be the first in line to play them again… and inevitably find they haven't aged as well as we hoped. So for those of you who are just looking to hop in and fire up the engine of a superb racer, whether that's an intricate sim or an arcade thriller, we've got some breakneck PC racers for you.
Continue reading Best racing games 2022 for PCMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Play DiRT Rally 2, DiRT Rally 2 review
PCGamesN Wednesday, November 30, 2022 11:22 AM
Want to know what your Darktide error code means? Chances are that you're here because the game has either failed to load or crashed, showing you a bunch of numbers that mean absolutely nothing to you. It's a bit frustrating, particularly if all you want to do is hop into a mission and blast away at mutants and heretics.
But that's where we come in. We've gone through the most popular error codes in one of the best Warhammer 40K games and deciphered exactly what they mean and if there is anything you can do to resolve the issue. Whether it is starting out in your first mission as one of the four different Darktide classes, or progressing through a Penance you need to finish to unlock one of the Darktide cosmetics, we're here to help.
Continue reading All Darktide error code fixesMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Darktide weapons, Darktide classes, Is Darktide crossplay available?
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 30, 2022 5:11 PM
Need For Speed Unbound technically isn't out until December 2nd, but you can scoot in right now if you've got Game Pass and are willing to download EA's app. It's available as part of EA's Game Trials, so you'll only be able to play for 10 hours before you're kicked out, but that's time for cop chases and powerslides a-plenty.
I haven't played a Need For Speed game since I was 13 and this wasn't on my radar at all, but yeah, sure, let's drive. It looks just like the games I remember but with optional silly animated wings and dust trails.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 30, 2022 3:33 PM
Romance has never been Bethesda's strong suit, from Skyrim's barebones marriage system to Fallout 4's bonus-XP-granting fade-to-black cutscenes. Starfield will be a little more nuanced than that, suggests executive producer Todd Howard, offering more complex romance options than Fallout's.
That's just one detail from a nearly 3 hour-long interview Howard gave on the Lex Fridman podcast, where he also talks scrapping space strandings, and (gasp) why he prefers to play on consoles to PC.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 30, 2022 1:16 PM
In a game about someone navigating the competing pressures and existential angst inherent to choosing a career, it seems appropriate that an update would let them sack it all off and go fishing. Sable hasn't quite done that, because yesterday's update sends you hover-biking off after enough fish to earn the right to don the new, professional mask of a desert angler.
On your bike, then.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:00 PM
Half-Life 2 was the first game I ever played in VR. Back in the primordial days of 2013, I was lucky enough to get my ungainly sausage-mitts on an Oculus Developer's Kit – the prototype headset that eventually led to the Oculus Rift. Understandably given the name, there were not games for the developers kit outside of a few incredibly basic demos. But there was Half-Life 2, for which Valve had implemented a hacky VR mode that you could activate with some console tomfoolery.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 30, 2022 11:48 AM
It's time to say your goodbyes to Eivor - and your surprise, early hellos to a new character from Mirage, the next game in Ubisoft's eternal series of stab 'em ups. Asassin's Creed Valhalla's free, final content update has arrived a week early, sending Eivor off to North America for one last hurrah.
There are actually two links to Mirage, because this final chapter features *more* of its protagonist, Basim, who Valhalla persevere-ers will have already met. I bailed after 15 hours and so have very little idea what's going on, which is a shame because I'd love a chinwag with Shohreh Aghdashloo.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Wednesday, November 30, 2022 11:24 AM
Minecraft Bedrock Edition has been updated to 1.19.50, bringing seven brand new default skins into that particular version of the survival crafting game. These newbies are more diverse than stalwarts Steve and Alex, and Mojang intend for them to be more representative of Minecraft's global player base. Wave hello to Makena, Efe, Noor, Kai, Ari, Sunny, and Zuri. Watch the trailer below to see the new default skins teaming up to build a giant alpaca.
Twinfinite Wednesday, November 30, 2022 5:16 PM
Microsoft Flight Simulator Freeware Embraer E170 Gets Dev Update & Screenshots; Bremen Airport & More Released
The freeware Embraer E170 for MSFS is making good progress.
Twinfinite Wednesday, November 30, 2022 4:22 PM
This feels like the sort of thing VR was made to do.
Twinfinite Wednesday, November 30, 2022 3:41 PM
Sonic Frontiers is getting multiple free updates in 2023.
Twinfinite Wednesday, November 30, 2022 3:22 PM
This has been quite the year for LeBron James in video games.
Twinfinite Wednesday, November 30, 2022 3:18 PM
Warhammer, Warhammer never changes.
Twinfinite Wednesday, November 30, 2022 2:52 PM
Final Fantasy XVI producer Naoki Yoshida will deliver a live presentation.
Twinfinite Wednesday, November 30, 2022 2:35 PM
These are the top 10 best cards to get from the Flesh and Blood: Dynasty booster set from Legend Story Studios.
Twinfinite Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:37 PM
PlayStation Plus Games for December 2022 Announced; Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Biomutant, & More
December 2022 brings three new games to PS Plus Essential subscribers.
Twinfinite Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:36 PM
Some days a thirst for love and blood is all you need.
Twinfinite Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:24 PM
Avatar 2 is only just around the corner!
Siliconera Wednesday, November 30, 2022 3:00 PM
Forbidden love is a popular topic when it comes to romantic stories. Star-crossed lovers, and what-not. Lover Pretend, the latest Otomate Switch otome game picked up by Aksys, banks its entire premise on the concept. What's the element that makes it all so scandalous? Almost all of your love interests could be your half-brother! Odds of Incidental incest aside, it's a surprisingly wholesome visual novel!
Lover Pretend follows a young woman named Chiyuki Ueda who dreams of becoming a script writer like her deceased mother. (You can change her first name.) Her mom was the writer for a very well-known and beloved romantic movie. That's also how she met Chiyuki's father. Now in college and with the son of the screenwriter of that film as her mentor, she gets an opportunity to work as his assistant on a new film. The best part? Many of the people who worked on her mother's movie are all working together on it. She'll get a chance to find out if people like the original writer, director, or producer could be her father. At the same time, she'll also get a chance to get close to people like the son of that film's lead actor and the son of that film's director and find love with them. However, because there is that connection, they could be her siblings.
Many of Otomate and Idea Factory's recent Switch otome games have a "gimmick" associated with them, and for Lover Pretend it is Pretend Time. This is a brief section in which you need to "convince" someone of something. There will be at least three questions in succession, though sometimes as many as six can come up. Your goal is to get a 100% complete, with a jigsaw-like aesthetic letting you know if your responses are getting close to that. (Getting a "Success" with the majority of the answers right tends to be just as good!) These can involve situations like tricking a waiter into believing you're a couple for a certain menu deal, evading a member of the paparazzi's questions, or even throwing a love interest off of your goal in working on the movie.
I enjoyed it more than I would have! While this does add a bit of pressure, since you're worrying about getting it "right," it can get you thinking about the right course of action. For example, some of the situations can rely on the idea that the best "like" includes a hint of "truth." Also, if you decide to reload after the segment is done, it will remember the choices you made. So there isn't as much danger in taking a chance.
Speaking of being surprised by the game, Lover Pretendshocked me when it came to how tactfully it handled certain topics. One route features a young woman who is a Gravure idol, which can have a negative connotation. However, both the heroine and Yukito treat her with respect. (The player's avatar even points out her positive traits.) There is also character referred to at the end of one route that is transgender, and I felt the game did a good job of using proper pronouns, referring to them by their name, and similarly showing them respect. Especially since the heroine — and by extension the player — doesn't get to know this person is transgender until the person connected with them gets their permission to tell her first.
This is also a game in which many of the love interests appealed to me in some way, which was another happy surprise. Since we're dealing with people who are either almost finished with their college career or established adults, it feels a little more mature. (Though certain characters don't always act their age.) Also, while it won't always be an accurate representation of the movie business or similar industries, it feels like it attempts to get certain concepts correct. It is intriguing to see a heroine in an industry she enjoys, with her goal being to do well and not just find out "Who's my daddy?"
The only downside is if someone really does care about the mystery behind the heroine's father's identity, there's only one route that gets into it. As you might imagine, it is a locked one. So you'll need to get invested in a number of love interests and go through their stories before you get real answers. It means a lot of hours if you want to know it all. Which isn't bad! But it can be a lot, and I ultimately didn't care for the route that revealed it all as much as I did the other four.
Lover Pretend ended up being a real surprise, as I didn't expect to enjoy this Switch otome game as I did. It seemed like it could perhaps rely too heavily on its taboo theme. But it snuck up on me with its earnest nature. Not to mention the way it handles certain topics lent a level of respect I didn't expect from it. It's just a lovely little love story.
Lover Pretend will come to the Nintendo Switch on December 1, 2022.
The post Review: Lover Pretend Doesn't Need to Fake Anything appeared first on Siliconera.
Siliconera Wednesday, November 30, 2022 2:00 PM
Given that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet cast players as students at Naranja Academy and Uva Academy, with optional "classes" to attend. Given that someone is never actually forced to attend, you might wonder if you should even bother going. Well, even though there are no penalties for truancy, you can get free items and unlock the ability to see storylines with different teachers by going to school, taking midterms, and finishing courses.
How Do Classes Work in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?
When your school life begins in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, the only classes you can take are Battle Studies with Dendra, Biology with Jacq, and Math with Tyme. Once you unlock the open world elements, you can take History with Raifort and Home Economics with Saguaro. After that, you need to go through some of the Victory Road storyline and get two badges to add Art with Hassel and Languages with Salvatore to the docket. From there, additional lessons unlock as you return to the academy, take courses, and progress the different storylines.
In a class, the teacher will typically ask a question. You do need to get these correct when taking a midterm or final exam to pass and get rewards. However, in standard classes you don't experience any negative effects for a wrong answer. In fact, in your first art class with Hassel, none of the answers are a "wrong" one. If you pass the midterm for the class, which involves refreshers of information already "learned," you'll get five Exp. Candy S to help level up your Pokemon. Passing the final gets you five Exp. Candy M.
What Happens if You Complete Classes in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet?
After taking a someone's class in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, it often means you kicked off a brief side story involving them. When you go to explore the school, you may see an exclamation point next to a location where that person is located. If you scroll to it, you will then see ellipses suggesting that professor wants to talk to you. If you do, you can start forming a bond with that teacher. This can result in getting rewards like items, TMs, or even Pokemon. So for example, Hassel will give you 50 Dragon Tera Shards after completing his storyline or you'll receive a Galarian Meowth for taking the time to get to know Salvatore.
However, some teacher segments aren't tied to classes. For example, you can't finish Clavell's storyline until you complete Starfall Street, and Jacq won't dole out every reward until you register 400 Pokemon in your Pokedex. Meanwhile, Nurse Miriam's storyline advances as long as you continue on your journey and doesn't involve any classes.
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are available for the Nintendo Switch.
The post Is It Worth Attending Classes in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet? appeared first on Siliconera.
Siliconera Wednesday, November 30, 2022 1:30 PM
With December 2022 about to begin, Sony took to the PlayStation Blog to announce the next batch of PlayStation Plus games. On December 6, 2022, subscribers will get three more games to play. Mass Effect Legendary Edition is the only PS4-exclusive PlayStation Plus game for the month. Both Biomutant and Divine Knockout: Founder's Edition, the other two titles, have PS4 and PS5 versions available. However, as Mass Effect Legendary Edition is actually a compilation, people will technically get five titles total.
Biomutant debuted in September 2022. It is an action-RPG with open-world elements, and one of its gameplay gimmicks involves altering your character's DNA to mutate and gain new abilities. Its standard price is $39.99.
Divine Knockout will launch in December 2022. It is a third-person fighter. It features 1v1, 2v2, and 3v3 matches between gods. The Founder's Edition gives people the game and extra content.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition came out in May 2021. It features all three games in the trilogy and their DLC. All three games are third-person shooters with RPG elements. It normally costs $59.99.
Biomutant (PS4, PS5), Divine Knockout: Founder's Edition (PS4, PS5), and Mass Effect Legendary Edition (PS4) will join PlayStation Plus on December 6, 2022. The November titles can be claimed until December 5, 2022. They are Nioh 2 (PS4, PS5), Heavenly Bodies (PS4, PS5) and Lego Harry Potter Collection (PS4).
The post December 2022 PlayStation Plus Games Include Mass Effect Legendary Edition appeared first on Siliconera.
Siliconera Wednesday, November 30, 2022 1:00 PM
There's a new option when it comes to Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak's Melding Pot. The Free Title Update 3 added Melding—Aurora as an option. This is a quality of life crafting feature that lets someone set a Talisman's primary skill when creating it.
Here's the official update from Director Yoshitake Suzuki announcing the Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Melding Pot feature. It included a screenshot showing some of the skills that could be set during the process.
Here is the full list of possible Talisman Primary skills shown in the screenshot.
Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak is available for the Nintendo Switch and PC, and the free Title Update 3 is live now.
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Siliconera Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:30 PM
Bandai Namco shared a new Tales of Symphonia Remastered trailer that revisits the JRPG's story. The game follows a young man named Lloyd and his childhood friend Colette the two set out on her journey as the Chosen to accomplish something only she can do. However, in the process, the two learn truths about their trip and the nature of their world.
The Tales of Symphonia Remastered story trailer begins with Raine, their school teacher, explaining Colette's task as the Chosen of Mana. In order to protect and save their world, she needs to face the Desians and restore mana to the world. This means her life is constantly in danger from Desians. As they begin regenerating the world, they see the price people, including Colette, will have to pay.
Here's the full video. There are no spoilers in it. Also, while it does focus on story segments, gameplay appears too.
Tales of Symphonia Remastered will appear on February 17, 2023. People will be able to find it on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. People can also find the Tales of Symphonia Chronicles remaster on the PS3 and PC. The original game debuted on the GameCube, though there was also a PS2 port in Japan.
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Siliconera Wednesday, November 30, 2022 12:00 PM
Aksys confirmed the contents of the Record of Agarest War limited edition for the Switch release. The box gives people not only a physical copy of the game, but also a number of items offering additional peeks at its characters and art. For example, there is an 80 page art book and 12 bromide cards in it. There's also an acrylic standee. This will cost $89.99, and pre-orders are open through the Aksys storefront.
The acrylic standee features the Record of Agarest cast of characters. The first piece of it features the game's title. The second one shows 14 members of the cast. The back one offers a background to set them all against. A physical soundtrack CD will be in the box. So will the 12 5x7 inch bromide cards and 8.25 x 5.875 inch art book.
Here's a closer look at the full contents of the Record of Agarest War limited edition. Only one of the concept art images for the 5x7 bromide cards shows up. It is of Valeria. However, that final design could change.
As a reminder, one of the key elements of this strategy game is its relationship-building elements. Your main character can fall in love with one of the heroines in the party, leading to the next generation.
The Record of Agarest War Switch standard and limited edition will appear on March 9, 2023. The game also appeared on the PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and mobile devices.
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Siliconera Wednesday, November 30, 2022 11:30 AM
Toei released the first key visual for the upcoming Knights of the Zodiac movie on its official webpage. The visual shows the back of a man while a stone statue breaks apart in the distance. Its tagline is "Surpass destiny." There is also a trailer for the movie that you can watch from the Toei YouTube channel.
Knights of the Zodiac will be a Hollywood movie adaptation of the Saint Seiya manga. The show originally came out in 1986, and has been a highly influential work for both domestic and international fans. Mackenyu (Chihayafuru) will portray protagonist Seiya. Other cast members include Madison Iseman (I Know What You Did Last Summer), Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings), and Famke Janssen (GoldenEye).
As for the crew, Tomasz Baginski (The Witcher) is the director. Andy Cheng (Rush Hour 2) is the action director, and Matt Stuecken and Josh Campbell (10 Cloverfield Lane) wrote the screenplay. In a comment on the website, Mackenyu stated that he is touched and surprised that he got to participate in a Saint Seiya work, due to its global popularity. He is also excited that this would be his first main role in a Hollywood film,. He put his all into portraying Seiya.
Knights of the Zodiac will appear some time in 2023.
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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, November 30, 2022 5:30 PM
Hey, remember that 1986 movie SpaceCamp? No? Well, it's probably for the best. But for those who have a desire to run a space camp of their own, Two Point Studios and Sega are prepared to launch. Two Point Campus: Space Academy, the first DLC for the game, will allow you to manage a space academy for students dreaming of becoming astronauts. But don't worry, you do actually end up breaking free of Earth's warm embrace at some point. Two Point Campus: Space Academy adds a ton of out-of-this-world content. You'll get three more campus locations to build and maintain, as well as six more student archetypes. It also comes with six space-themed courses and classrooms, such as the Command Room. The Battle Space exists to teach students the art of Star Trek-esque baton combat as well. It's hard to say if they'll fight dudes in awful lizard costumes, but extraterrestrials do apparently make an appearance in the DLC. What you may find the most interesting is ...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, November 30, 2022 4:48 PM
As immensely flawed and blatantly unfinished as it may be, Sonic Frontiers has plenty to like about it. Running around the open zones allows for plenty of improvisational gameplay opportunities, and certain moments, such as the climactic Super Sonic boss encounters, provide some of the biggest thrills the series has had in a while. Of course, the game has plenty of room to grow and improve. But given previous Sonic games' relative lack of post-launch support, it seemed safe to assume that Sonic Frontiers would only receive, at most, a few patches. However, it looks like this will finally change, as Sega just unveiled a content roadmap for Sonic Frontiers that will last throughout 2023. All of this planned content will come in three updates, with the first one containing a jukebox, photo mode, and a collection of unnamed challenge modes. Judging by the images shown, it seems that at least one of these new challenge modes will allow players to fight the Super Sonic bosses ag...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, November 30, 2022 3:00 PM
When reaching for your controller to play on PC, the PS4 controller, also known as DualShock 4, isn't always the first one that comes to mind. However, it is a great controller with a solid feel in the hands of many. That makes it a perfect option when sitting down to relax with some PC games without the desire to use a mouse and keyboard for everything. Unfortunately, though, connecting the PS4 controller to your PC isn't as simple as that of an Xbox controller from Microsoft. Whereas an Xbox controller utilizes Xinput, the PS4 controller uses DirectInput drivers. That means there are a few extra steps to getting it working just right depending on what you are trying to play, making it feel a bit daunting or tedious for some. But it's really not as difficult as it may first seem. How to connect your PS4 controller to your PC Obviously, the first thing you'll want to do is connect the PS4 controller to your PC. For this, there are a couple different ways to do so. You can eithe...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, November 30, 2022 2:45 PM
An open world that's split up into separately leveled sections is not unusual for an RPG. Some games tell you the level requirements for an area outright, while some are a bit more vague. And Bethesda Game Studio's titles usually fall into the latter. However, it looks like the many systems in Starfield will be leveled, which is atypical of the developer's other games. As spotted by GamesRadar, Todd Howard appeared on Lex Fridman's podcast to discuss many things besides Starfield. These topics ranged from discussion about Bethesda Game Studio's earlier titles, as well as some of the funny quirks that appear throughout its games. But the topic of Starfield is undoubtedly one of the more intriguing sections. And it's here that Todd Howard confirmed that the systems in Starfield would be leveled. Howard goes on to say that "us being able to at least control the scale is how we ended up with the hundred-ish systems we have." Players can avoid...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Wednesday, November 30, 2022 2:30 PM
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been an astounding success since it was released just a few weeks ago. It's generally expected that a new Call of Duty game will sell well and garner a huge player base, but even by the series standards, MW2 has proven exceptionally popular. That popularity is in spite of the fact that the game has suffered from a variety of issues that developer Infinity Ward has been trying to fix. One of these Modern Warfare 2 issues is the Travis-Rilea error. The Travis-Rilea error in Modern Warfare 2 refers to when there has been a network connection failure caused by game server outages, server maintenance, or your own internet connection. Here are some ideas you can try to fix it. Fixing the Travis-Rilea error in Modern Warfare 2 The Travis-Rilea error displays a message that reads: "Connection Failed: Timed out while signing in to online platform (Reason: Travis-Rilea)." The first step towards solving this is checking the status of the MW2 servers by lo...
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, November 30, 2022 4:11 PM
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, November 30, 2022 3:40 PM
Showing some gameplay along with several cutscenes and voice lines
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Wednesday, November 30, 2022 3:05 PM
Featuring gameplay, several cutscenes, voice lines, and music from the soundtrack.
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The updates include a new photo mode, a new open zone challenge, and more
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