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Kotaku Tuesday, December 6, 2022 3:28 PM

While Epic Games continues to position itself as a pro-game developer company, the same can't be said for how it treats artists and their copyrights. The Fortnite developer recently offered $3,000 to an artist for an illustration and the copyright—which meant that the artist wouldn't be able to sell the prints or…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 6, 2022 3:10 PM

There are those who said this day would never come, but here we are: After a remarkably shaky launch last year, Halo Infinite just profoundly leveled up in one of the best ways possible. With a new/old map, a custom games browser, new customization options, and the proverbial more, the game feels more like Halo than…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 6, 2022 2:55 PM

From heartbreaking to chillingly horny, the God of War game series has invigorated nearly two decades of gaming with expert storytelling. In video games' brief history, two decades is practically old enough to form its own mythology, so I've decided to help cultivate one by pitting all the women against each other in…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 6, 2022 1:20 PM

Today, the new season of free-to-play card battler Marvel Snap launched across all platforms, and with it, a brand new battle pass. Many fans online and folks I know IRL were caught off guard by this, even though the game includes both a timer and warnings. Some feel the seasons are too short and too pricey, and it…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 6, 2022 1:05 PM

Aggrieved Steam reviewers are likely enough indication that The Callisto Protocol has been having a pretty painful opening week. However, if you couldn't tell from the choral cries of unplayable PC performance and console bugs, game director and Striking Distance Studios CEO Glen Schofield confirms it himself in a…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:16 PM

The video game industry went on a shopping spree in 2021. Epic Games bought Mediatonic (Fall Guys), Sony bought Housemarque (Returnal), and Embracer bought Gearbox (Borderlands). It seemed like things might slow down in 2022, but instead they ramped up even more into an acquisition free-for-all. What will the future…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:45 AM

Farming experience points has never been easier. Pokémon Scarlet and Violet introduced a "Let's Go" function that allows your leading Pokémon to auto-battle roaming opponents in the overworld. But if you want to take your laziness a step further, there's a passive farming hack that lets you strengthen your Pokémon…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:35 AM

29-year-old Kaitlyn Siragusa, who variety streams on Twitch as Amouranth, has not had an easy year. She pushed her offline extracurriculars, buying an inflatable pool company and building her investments, but her public life got overshadowed by her brutally candid disclosure that she was in an abusive marriage, and…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:15 AM

If you've been holding out hope that Cyberpunk 2077 will see its once-promised multiplayer features sometime soon…you might be better off waiting for the game's sequel. In the hot mess of a saga that is Cyberpunk's blistering fall and recent redemption arc, CD Projekt Red has had its hands full patching digital pot…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 6, 2022 9:55 AM

The wait is finally over if you've been dying for more Elden Ring content. Just days before The Game Awards, where fans have been (and probably should still be) speculating that developer FromSoftware would announce some sort of add-on for the game, the Japanese studio took to Twitter today to confirm that its most…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 6, 2022 9:45 AM

The year 2022 hath blessed us with an illustrious catalog of anime, the best of which garnered their own dedicated day of the week among the anime faithful with the likes of Bleach Mondays and Chainsaw Man Tuesdays. Many of you probably wouldn't put up a fuss if this list was solely comprised of that buzz-saw dude,…


PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 3:19 PM
     Dead Island 2 gameplay shows off graphic kills and voice commands

A new Dead Island 2 gameplay showcase has provided an eyeful of new details about the upcoming zombie game. The Dead Island 2 showcase naturally features loads of the undead shambling around the streets of Hollywood, and it's intercut with a live-action featurette produced by developer Deep Silver - an homage to many of the game's zombie film inspirations.

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 2:00 PM
     League of Legends patch notes: 12.23 update overhauls Zeri

The League of Legends patch notes for the 12.23 update are here, and they're going to be changing up some of the MOBA's core details. Some pre-season follow-ups are coming to help struggling tanks, while overpowered junglers are being weakened alongside a Zeri update. Importantly though, the first-ever free-to-enter ARAM clash is coming from Riot Games.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 1:16 PM
     Vampire Survivors DLC release date set for this month

It was scarcely a month ago that Vampire Survivors 1.0 arrived on our doorsteps, so it's a bit of a shock to learn today that the first Vampire Survivors DLC has been revealed - and it's coming out in just a couple weeks. Legacy of the Moonspell, the first expansion for the wildly popular roguelike game, will launch December 15 and add a new stage, eight new characters, new weapons, and more.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:51 PM
     Genshin Impact Genius Invokation TCG guide

Genshin Impact Genius Invokation is perhaps the most ambitious addition to the 3.3 update later this year. It's a trading card game on PC that lives within the ultra-popular free game. Luckily, you can also play against your friends, but Mihoyo has only confirmed that this is for fun, with no rewards obtainable from playing against real people.

Once you get your first Genshin Impact Genius Invokation deck, you can challenge a host of other in-game characters who happen to also be card game fans at the Puspa Café in Sumeru City. While we've seen glimpses of the cards, the main question likely on everyone's mind is just how exactly do you play the new Genshin Impact trading card game (TCG)? Sadly, we can only speculate as this is an upcoming mode. However, we can at least give you a sneak peek at some of the cards, our observations based on the footage shown, and let you know which characters you can play against in the Puspa Café.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:36 PM
     Destiny 2 season 19 trailer teases Rasputin and Xivu Arath's arrival

The Destiny 2 season 19 trailer teases Rasputin's return, as well as the emergence of Xivu Arath. The season looks to tie together narrative threads that the Bungie team has been planting since Guardians first fought Oryx in The Taken King expansion of the first Destiny game.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:26 PM
     Best Warzone 2 Lachmann 556 loadout

With the best Warzone 2 Lachmann 556 loadout equipped as you drop into Al Mazrah, this weapon can score plenty of kills if you use the right attachments. Our loadout focuses on improving its range, recoil control, and mobility to get ahead of the competition. The Lachmann 556 boasts excellent damage range and fire rate, so improving other key areas will take you far when trying to survive in the bigger than ever map.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:24 PM
     Where to find Fortnite bounty boards

Wondering where to find Fortnite bounty boards this season? Bounties have been a core part of the game since Chapter 2 Season 5. Back then, it was NPCs such as the Mandalorian who gave you the request to hunt down other players.

Nowadays, the battle royale game has Fortnite bounty boards which are static objects you can interact with to accept requests. You can only use each board once, so if you succeed or another player poaches your bounty, you can head to a different bounty board instead.


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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:20 PM
     New Fortnite weapons – all of the guns in Chapter 4 Season 1

Looking for a list of all of the new Fortnite weapons? With Chapter 4 Season 1 now underway, we have a brand new island to explore and a whole host of new guns to wield. These range from machine guns, DMRs, and other returning weapons to brand new ones such as the Ex-Caliber, which could define the meta in the near future.

So after checking out the Fortnite map, you should probably brush up on what Fortnite weapons are now on offer for the battle royale game.  This includes all the exotic weapons sold by Fortnite NPCs, and even some new items that can help you greatly when it comes to sprinting across the island towards safety.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:10 PM
     Dwarf Fortress Steam edition is out now

After years of anticipation and dogged work, the Dwarf Fortress Steam edition has arrived. That's right, you can go play the legendary city builder right now on Steam, with graphics and a mouse-driven interface and everything. However, while this updated version of Dwarf Fortress is unquestionably a quantum leap forward, this is still very much Dwarf Fortress, and it can be an extremely fussy game to play - especially if you're expecting a game like RimWorld.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:08 PM
     Star Wars Jedi Survivor release date, story speculation, and more

It appears the Star Wars Jedi Survivor release date has been accidentally revealed ahead of its big showing at The Game Awards 2022. Set five years after the events of Fallen Order, Cal Kestis continues his fight against the Empire during one of the galaxy's darkest periods.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order saw Cal Kestis transition from a Padawan to a deadly Jedi Knight, but his dire situation has only gotten worse in the action-adventure game. The Empire's power continues to grow, pushing Cal to the edge of the galaxy where he faces a new set of problems. Here's everything you need to know about the Star Wars Jedi Survivor release date, including speculation on the story, and what pre-order DLC you can pick up at launch.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:55 AM
     All Fortnite Mending machine locations

Want to know where to find the Fortnite Mending machines? It may have cold bedside manners, but this chirpy vending machine is just what the doctor ordered to keep you healthy in the battle royale game. It sells bandages, medkits, shield potions, and even patches you up for a price.

Typically, there's a quest every season in the battle royale game to buy something from the Fortnite Mending machines. However, before attempting to complete it, you must save enough Fortnite gold bars. Thankfully, you don't need a lot of gold, as a cash register's entire contents are enough to buy most of the items from this vendor.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:49 AM
     AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX benchmark places GPU 15% ahead of RTX 4080

With its launch fast approaching, AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX benchmark data has been thin on the ground. This mystery does help build anticipation for the graphics card, as gamers are keen to see how it'll fare versus its competitor, the RTX 4080. However, we now have some understanding of how the pixel pushers stack up against one another.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:25 PM
     Lego God of War Ragnarok is free, out now, lets you press F to

The God of War Ragnarok PC release remains dubious, though we take heart that God of War 2018 did eventually make it to Steam. Nevertheless, there are ways to assuage the launch anxiety, as unlike its more photorealistic inspirer, Lego God of War Ragnarok is out right now, fully playable as an absolutely free game that brings Kratos and Atreus to blocky, bricky life on your very own computer.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:37 AM
     This PS5-sized gaming PC can still hold an Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti

A gaming PC enthusiast has shown just how small custom setups can be with a rig that's just barely bigger than a PS5. Despite this dinkyness, it proves that size doesn't have to come at the sacrifice of power, boasting impressive specs like one of the most powerful Nvidia cards of the previous generation.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:36 AM
     The best football games on PC in 2022

What are the best football games on PC in 2022? It can seem tough to scratch that footballing itch, especially when there are only a few mainstream games that usually spring to mind. Sure, FM is the undisputed king of the football management game genre, and if you're interested in a more player-controlled affair, it's hard to argue with FIFA's excellent game-day presentation.

Whether it's an under-the-radar studio, an indie title, or a mash-up of different sports, there's a football game for every fan. In order to shine a light on these underappreciated classics, we've compiled the best PC games for football fans.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:21 AM
     The best old games and PC classics to play in 2022

Looking for the best old PC games? There are many perks to being a PC gamer, but we will save extolling them all for a day when we are feeling particularly inflammatory. For now, we will focus on just one: the best old games remain forever playable. Sometimes it takes a little more work, but it's a lot easier than digging through your parent's attic for an ancient console you think they still have.

Yes, even on the highest-end multi-cored rigs with the latest X-Titan Turbo Hydra Fulcrum Mk.III GPU, you can still boot up veteran strategy games, majestic ancient RPG games, trusty ol' point-and-clicks, and other legendary games of yore. These enduring classics will transport you back to the halcyon days of the past and prove that everything was just better back then. Sometimes these old PC games are even updated thanks to ongoing patches made by adoring communities or continued mod support.

Below you will find a testament to those PC stalwarts that prove the best old games are truly timeless and deserve space on your SSD even to this day.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:22 AM
     The best open-world games on PC in 2022

Looking for the best open-world games on PC? From the early days of gaming, with Ultima and Lords of Midnight, open-world games have always been right at home on PC - indeed, those pesky consoles often couldn't handle it. Compare the ambitious early version of Halo to the final, more confined result, for example - and only the PC could hold sprawling regions in the very first Elder Scrolls games. Nevertheless, the leap into full 3D with Grand Theft Auto 3 and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind really brought the idea of open-world gaming to the masses.

These days, open-world games are their own genre. You can find accurate depictions of real-life cities or countries, huge fictional expanses with their own landmarks, complete worlds to check out - or even entire galaxies, depending on where you want to go on your next adventure in one of the best open world games on PC.

Given the genre's broader scope, the coolest thing about them is that they can come in various forms: the important feature is that they allow you to explore freely. As such, our list of top open world games features everything from the best FPS games to racing games with massive worlds to drive through.


PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:06 AM
     The best hacking games on PC in 2022

Looking for a list of the best hacking games on PC? Game developers have long valued the 'hacker ethic' — the will and skill to grab a game by the scruff of its code, rip it apart, and put the pieces together in a new way. Id Software prioritized the nascent modding community when they were creating Doom, Valve courted it from Half-Life onward and the entirety of the MOBA genre stems from folks futzing with Warcraft III.

Of course, most players are just that: players. We see numbers and letters in a line of code; not meaning. But, there's a lineage of games that have sought to deliver the fantasy of being in complete command of a computer's functions; of using that control to wreak destruction, or to avert it. Whether part of the sci-fi world of a multitude of space games, encouraging team work in one of the best co-op games, or of course putting you in the hacker's seat of an RPG game, we've got something for everyone in our list of the best hacking games.

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:00 AM
     Sons of the Forest release date and everything we know so far

The Sons of the Forest release date has been a hard one to pin down. Seemingly in a horror survival of its own, every time we get close to it, it manages to wriggle free and escape our clutches. The anticipated follow up to the acclaimed The Forest was slated for release in May 2022, but developer Endnight Games deemed this date "overly ambitious", pushing its release to late 2022. Apparently that too was overly ambitious, and a new release date was set - will this one stick?

Beyond announcements concerning the Sons of the Forest release date, Endnight Games is keeping details about the survival game remarkably close to its chest, and comms have been few and far between. Aside from a handful of creepy teaser trailers, we've been kept in the dark about what players can expect from the horror game. The Sons of the Forest Steam page is similarly brief, but promises crafting, co-op, and yes – cannibals.

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:00 AM
     League of Legends ranked skins and rewards transformed in Riot's MOBA

League of Legends ranked skins and rewards are scheduled for some dramatic changes in 2023, as an upcoming update for the Riot MOBA game looks to offer extra incentives for lower-ranked, silver players, while maintaining rewards for the upper gold ranks, all driven by chroma skins and a reworking of how unlocks will be delivered across the next two splits.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:15 AM
     Best battle royale games: what are the top BR games in 2022?

The best battle royale games come in all shapes and sizes, but they all revolve around one core idea: lots of players go in, and only one leaves. Battle royale is a violent, unpredictable, and frenzied multiplayer mode where the only goal is to endure until you're the sole survivor.

All tactics and styles of play are equally viable in the best battle royale games. You can win by hiding in bushes and waiting for the herd to thin out, or scavenge a weapon and start reducing the numbers yourself. With the explosion of Fortnite, Warzone 2, and Apex Legends, you would be forgiven for thinking there are only three battle royales out there, but there are now numerous other contenders to challenge them, each with its own spin on the established formula. And with player counts fluctuating all over the place, it's important to know the most popular battle royale games so you can be sure to get a match.

Whether you're after a battle royale FPS game like Warzone 2 or an inventive new twist on the formula, there's something out there for everyone. So, to help you broaden your horizons, we have assembled this handy guide to the best battle royale games on PC.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:58 AM
     Where to find Fortnite dirt bikes

Want to drive Fortnite dirt bikes across the island? Introduced during Chapter 4 Season 1, they have great traction, allowing you to speed up hills and use them as ramps to pull off sick tricks. The points don't matter a great deal, but at least you can easily travel around off-road, and no matter the road surface, you can reach similar top speeds.

In the battle royale game, you can find Fortnite dirt bikes in many places, though we recommend searching towns, gas stations, and parking spaces on the side of roads on the Fortnite map are the best places to look. The dirt bikes also have the distinct advantage of allowing you to shoot and drive simultaneously, something previously only doable while riding Fortnite animals.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:55 AM
     Valheim Mistlands update arrives with a cool animated trailer

At long last, the Valheim Mistlands update is here, and it's dropped alongside an impressive animated trailer that sets the mood for what's ahead in the Viking survival game.

Mistlands has been available for a while on the Valheim public test server, and as our Mistlands preview explains, it's a beautiful and dangerous new biome full of peaks to scale and new threats to defeat. The mists shroud everything, but fortunately, you'll have a friendly 'bound wisp' nearby to act as a fog-clearing headlamp.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:45 AM
     The best dinosaur games for PC in 2022

Looking for a list of the best dinosaur games on PC in 2022? Whether you're looking to hunt the Mesozoic monsters or want to stomp and chomp humans while playing as them, the appeal of dinosaurs in gaming is endless.

What is not endless, however, is the number of dino games that successfully realise that fantasy. Let's be honest: until recently, fans of dinosaurs and big guns haven't exactly walked the primrose path, even on PC. It's been a long hard road, marked by velociraptors that look like lumpy dogs, rifles that feel as satisfying as lobbing a bullet by hand, and jeeps that seem to magnetically roll themselves into a nearby ditch, no matter what keys you press.

Still, the undeniable lure of blasting a T-Rex in the face with a grenade launcher continues to resonate with a great portion of the gaming public, and while few triple-A developers have proffered quality dino games, there are a few ambitious indie dinosaur games that fill the gap in the market. If dino thrills are what you're looking for, here are the best dinosaur games on PC.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:37 AM
     How to unlock the Fortnite Doom Slayer skin

Do you want the Fortnite Doom Slayer skin? There have been rumblings that the Doom Guy was coming to the island for the longest time, but it's now here, albeit with very little fanfare. You'd think that Cacodemons would cover the island, throwing fireballs all over the place, but alas, they're just an unlockable glider.

To get the Fortnite Doom Slayer skin, you must purchase the Chapter 4 Season 1 battle pass, reach level 26, and unlock all of the items that appear before it on page five. You're going to have to play a lot of matches in the battle royale game, so the best way to speed up the process is to complete the available quests. Some early quests this season require you to find Fortnite Oathbound chests to gather the most lethal Fortnite weapons available this season: the Ex-Caliber Rifle and the Shockwave Hammer. Keep grinding and you should soon get there.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 6, 2022 3:59 PM

Normally when we see discounted SSDs, it's often on the cheapest models with loads of storage but the cheapest type of NAND flash, QLC, and with no DRAM caches.

The Kioxia Exceria is one of those discounted SSDs, dropping to £55, but it's actually a fairly high-end SSD with TLC NAND and a DRAM cache. This ensures that performance remains high even in scenarios where you're writing data fairly continuously.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 6, 2022 3:37 PM

I'll be quick with this one because there are just a few units available - but this top-tier Dell G16 gaming laptop is more than $1000 cheaper than it was before. This 16-in G16 gaming laptop is equipped with an RTX 3070 Ti, 12th-gen Core i9 processor, 32GB of DDR5 RAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD. It normally costs $2200, but now it costs $1169.99, because reasons. So: great deal, maybe move fast if you're interested. Here's the link:

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:19 AM

The Witcher 3's hotly anticipated next gen update arrives in just over a week, like an early Christmas present from a man who has a white beard and is often covered in red, but you definitely wouldn't describe as jolly. As part of the lead-up to the PC version's update, CD Projekt Red has issued a breakdown of how the update will affect the game's most popular mods.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:14 AM

Grab your pickaxe and secure your book of procedurally-generated poetry, because Dwarf Fortress is out on Steam right, flipping, now. Bay 12 Games's hugely ambitious colony sim, which is notionally a game about building a fortress for small, bearded humanoids, but is really an engine for generating elaborate fantasy histories and player-driven stories within them, has been in active development since 2003, with an initial launch in 2006. Since then, it has been continually developed by brothers Tarn and Zach Adams, who have added a truly wild amount of stuff over the last two decades. It's also famously as impenetrable as its title suggests, mainly due to its ASCII visuals and unwieldy, keyboard-exclusive control scheme.

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Twinfinite Tuesday, December 6, 2022 3:58 PM
     Genshin Impact and Blue Protocol may look superficially similar, but they're very different games.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 6, 2022 2:54 PM
     This is an incredibly nice Soldier 76 skin.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 6, 2022 1:57 PM
     There are some pretty sizeable changes in patch 6.3.0.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 6, 2022 1:02 PM
     Doctor Strange might be much older than he looks.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:55 PM
     These 15 PS2 games are the most deserving of a remake on modern gaming systems!

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:37 PM
     Well the first season of Disney+'s Andor has ended & we still have way too many questions...Ten of them, to be precise

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:30 AM
     Valorant's Unrated mini-mode.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:02 AM
     Has a new star been born? Find out in our review for The Callisto Protocol.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:42 AM
     Hear how the music of Hogwards Legacy was created by its composers.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:21 AM
     Here's everything you need to know about Season 19 in Destiny 2.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:16 AM
     The door is finally unlocking.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 6, 2022 9:50 AM
     Fight against other Tarnished in the new Eldern Ring Coliseum update.

Siliconera Tuesday, December 6, 2022 3:00 PM

Fire Emblem Engage Griss Mauvier

Nintendo revealed the final two members of the "Four Hounds." Griss and Mauvier are the two newest characters and villains in the upcoming TRPG Fire Emblem Engage.

Griss is the right hand of Zephia, leader of the "Four Hounds," the villain group of Fire Emblem Engage. He is an unhinged sorcerer that practices dangerous magic arts and has a penchant for violence. Gris is merciless in the battlefield, and he appears to grow stronger the more damage he receives. Despite his scary personality, he seems to rely on Zephia as their leader.

Mauvier is the complete opposite of Griss. He is an honest, loyal soldier and a simple man. He is the most composed of the "Four Hounds," but no one truly knows what his real thoughts and intentions are.

Kenjiro Tsuda will voice Griss in the Japanese dub of Fire Emblem Engage. He is best known as the voice of Zeke in Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Genichirō Ashina in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and Seto Kaiba in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise.

Tomoaki Maeno will voice Mauvier in Fire Emblem Engage. He has previously voiced Kyo Kusanagi in The King of Fighters franchise, Denam Pavel in Tactics Ogre: Reborn, and Zhongli in Genshin Impact.

Fire Emblem Engage will come out worldwide on January 23, 2023 for the Nintendo Switch.

The post Fire Emblem Engage's Final Four Hounds are Griss and Mauvier appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, December 6, 2022 2:30 PM

Forest Pokemon 2

Takara Tomy Arts released a new wave in its "Forest Pokemon" capsule toy line, which first debuted in February 2022. As with the first wave, the second set introduces a handful of new Pokemon from across the series to relax and play near a tree. The first set included Pikachu, Starly, Buneary, and Munchlax. The Forest Pokemon 2 set adds another iconic Pokemon, Bulbasaur, followed by fellow Generation I Pokemon Butterfree and Pinsir. Treecko from Pokemon Emerald represents Generation III [Thanks, Famitsu!].

Each of the Forest Pokemon 2 toys comes with the Pokemon itself and a small model tree. The idea behind the set is to collect more than one, with the plastic "forest" growing thicker with each Pokemon purchased. Bulbasaur is seen cradling a toy duck in its vines. Butterfree sits on a grassy mound, Treecko reclines in the shade, and Pinsir stands guard in ready position. Butterfree's tree also comes with a small grassy ring around its base. Each of the figures in the set stands at about 3.6cm (1.4 inches) tall, with the tree standing 8.8cm (3.5 inches) tall. The toys are available individually via capsule machines scattered throughout Japan, at a price of 300 Yen (about $2.20 USD) per attempt.

Check out more pictures of the Forest Pokemon 2 toy set in the gallery.

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Takara Tomy maintains an expansive selection of Pokemon toys, ranging from gacha prizes like the Forest Pokemon 2 set to plushies, stamps, and even the token-based arcade title Pokemon Mezastar. Another current line of Pokemon gacha prizes is the Pokemon Petanko Mascot series, which features flattened charm-style Pokemon figures.

The Forest Pokemon toy sets are available through capsule machines in Japan.

The post Forest Pokemon 2 Toy Set led by Bulbasaur, Pinsir, Treecko, Butterfree appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, December 6, 2022 2:00 PM

Trails of Cold Steel Crow Armburst Figure Appears Next Year

Kotobukiya is preparing yet another The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel figure, and this one is of Crow Armburst. This will mark the first scale figure of the character. It will appear in Japan in May 2023. The standard version will be 19,000円 (~$139). There will also be a deluxe version for 22,000円 (~$161). That includes extra parts for both the Crow and already-available Rean Schwarzer figures.

This version of Crow will be a 1/8th scale figure. This means he'll stand at almost 10 inches tall. The basic version of the figure has him wielding his Double Sabre. Here's how that one looks.
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The deluxe version includes additional arm parts to swap in. Each one has him holding a orbal pistol in his hand. Someone can then mix and match, so he is wielding the Double Sabre and a gun at the same time. You can also change his facial expression with this one. He can be posed either smiling or shouting.
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On the base of both versions of the figure is the Azure Knight Ordine.
Azure Knight Ordine

Finally, here's what the Rean figure looks like with the additional smiling face that comes with the Crow one.
Trails of Cold Steel Crow Armburst Figure Appears Next Year Rean

The The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel Crow Armburst figure will appear in Japan in May 2023. There's no worldwide release window for it yet. Previously, figures of characters like Rean and Altina Orion also appeared.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 6, 2022 1:30 PM

Rei Ayanami Wears Her Black Plugsuit in Rebuild of Evangelion Figure

Another Rei Ayanami figure is on the way, and this time it is a Rebuild of Evangelion one showing her in her black plugsuit. It is based on her Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo appearance, complete with optional SDAT poses. It will show up in May 2023 in Japan. In July 2023, a North American release will follow. Good Smile Company noted it will cost ¥33,000/$229.99, and pre-orders are open.

As this is a 1/4 scale figure, Rei is quite tall. She'll stand at about 16 inches. There is only one optional part, which involves the SDAT. People can switch her right arm. One part has her hand over her chest and is empty. The other looks like it is holding the player.

In the Rebuild of Evangelion films, the Shinji's SDAT player is rather prominently featured. Over the course of the movies, it eventually goes from him to Rei.

Here's a closer look at the Rebuild of Evangelion Rei Ayanami figure in her black plugsuit. Due to the color of the SDAT, it is often difficult to tell when she is or isn't holding it. In one photo, a CD is next to her to provide a sense of scale.
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This Rebuild of Evangelion Rei Ayanami figure will appear in Japan in May 2023 and in North America in July 2023. Pre-orders for it are open until February 9, 2023. The Rebuild of Evangelion films are available to watch on Amazon Prime.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 6, 2022 1:00 PM

Fire Emblem Engage Yunaka new character

Nintendo introduced Yunaka, a new character and party member, along with the "Thief" class for Fire Emblem Engage. This is the latest entry in the long-standing SRPG series, ahead of its January 23, 2023 release date. She will be another ally for the group.

Yunaka is a mysterious girl that the party meets during their travels. Alear and Alfred stumble upon her while she searches for a lost item. She is a cheerful and energetic person who can easily get along with anyone, even with people she has just met, all thanks to her easygoing and friendly demeanor.

Yunaka starts with the Thief class. Thieves are experts at lock picking and can use their swift movements to toy with their enemies at will. Their proficiency with daggers allows them to poison foes.

Yunaka is voiced by Ai Fairouz in the Japanese dub of Fire Emblem Engage. She previously voiced Jolyne Cujoh in the anime adaptation of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean, Sei Shōnagon in Fate/Grand Order, and Power in Chainsaw Man. It is currently unknown who will voice Yunaka in the English dub of Fire Emblem Engage.

Yunaka is reminiscent of previous incarnations of the iconic merchant Anna, who will return in Fire Emblem Engage. But, unlike Anna, Yunaka shows a serious and dangerous side during combat.

Fire Emblem Engage will come out worldwide on January 23, 2023 for the Nintendo Switch.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:30 PM

Dragon Quest Treasures Has No Multiplayer, But Offers Online Treasure Hunts

There's no traditional multiplayer in Dragon Quest Treasures. However, there is a way to interact with others, in a way. Square Enix's latest announcement about the game goes over The Gang Network. This is a feature that allows you to interact with other players by sharing Treasure Hunts and Treasure Tours in Dragon Quest Treasures. Both require Nintendo Switch Online.

Here's how the Dragon Quest Treasures The Gang Network and its asynchronous multiplayer works. When you check in with the NPC AL4N at your hub, you can access both online options. With a Treasure Hunt, you can hide treasure, seek treasure, set up the randomiser, and check your hidden treasures. When you hide a treasure, you pick a location and spot on in Draconia for others to download and seek. When found, it makes your treasure more valuable based on the number of downloads. When you or someone else finds a treasure this way, you'll find a replica of the actual item. This can be sold at a shop like B. Rix's Emporium for money.

The Treasure Tour is basically a way to show off your monsters and treasures to other Dragon Quest Treasures players without traditional multiplayer. There are two options. You can manage monsters or welcome monsters. You choose which monster and treasure for the management section and can send it out. With the welcome section, you can see others' monsters or enter specific Gang ID and secret passwords from friends to get their character. Again, these actions can raise the value of your treasure if the person who sees it "likes" it. Also, when you see a visiting monster and its treasure with a Treasure Tour, you get a replica of the item you can sell.

Dragon Quest Treasures will come to the Nintendo Switch on December 9, 2022.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 6, 2022 12:00 PM

Release Date Set for Makoto Shinkai's Movie Suzume

As expected, Makoto Shinkai's Suzume will come to theaters worldwide, and Crunchyroll announced the release date for places like the US and UK. In general, it will be showing up in theaters in April 2023. While some countries' launch dates were confirmed, there are still more to come. Crunchyroll noted EMEA and Latin American countries will also get the movie, but there are no dates for it yet.

Here's the full list of release dates for the movie Suzume so far.

  • April 12, 2023: It will appear in France and Malta.
  • April 13, 2023: It will appear in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, and New Zealand.
  • April 14, 2023: It will appear in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Gibraltar, Ireland, Luxembourg, the UK, and the US.

To help get a better idea of what to expect from Suzume ahead of the US and UK release date, here's a trailer.

There's also a key visual showing Suzume at one of the film's important doors.
US UK Release Date Set for Makoto Shinkai's Movie Suzume

Suzume debuted in Japan back in November 2022. It ended up bringing in over 1.88 billion yen in its first three days in theaters. Shinkai's past movies include Your Name and Weathering with You.

Suzume showed up in Japan on November 11, 2022. It will show up in the US, UK, and Canada on April 14, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:30 AM


The next generation of English-speaking VTubers under the Nijisanji umbrella will soon arrive. A six-person unit by the name of XSoleil will hold its debut event on December 10, 2022. XSoleil is the seventh generation of English-speaking Nijisanji performers.

Check out a teaser for the XSoleil debut below. The performers are named Zaion LanZa, Doppio Dropscythe, Meloco Kyoran, Hex Haywire, Kotoka Torahime, and Ver Vermillion.

XSoleil is themed after the sun, as a contrast to ILuna, the moon-themed previous generation of Nijisanji English (consisting of Maria Marionette, Aster Arcadia, Aia Amare, Ren Zotto, Kyo Kaneko, and Scarle Yonaguni). The members of XSoleil are all part of the Institute of Infinity Student Council, and are assigned various roles. and traits. Their debut song, "Hold It Down" is available to watch at this link.

Zaion LanZa is the treasurer of the Student Council, and comes from the future. She's said to "hide her loneliness with a self-imposed goal of preventing the apocalypse. Her character design comes from artist Asagi.

Doppio Dropscythe is the Student Council's Enforcer, a "delinquent turned disciplinarian". His character design comes from artist Takebayashi.

Meloco Kyoran is the Event Coordinator of the Student Council by day, and an exorcist by night, casting out ghosts and demons with her trusty umbrella. Her character design is from artist Dolustoy.

Hex Haywire is the Student Council Counselor, who cares for people so much he absorbs others' pain at cost to himself. His character design comes from artist Namakawa.

Kotoka Torahime is the Student Council Vice-President, and is can glamour herself as anyone she touches. Her character design comes from artist Mimoza.

Ver Vermillion is the Student Council President, and can look into another's soul and read their future. His character design comes from artist Fuyuomi.

The debut event of Nijisanji XSoleil will take place on December 9, 2022 at 4:40 PM PT (December 10, 9:40 AM Japan Time). The stream is accessible at this link, and will be hosted by ILuna members Aia Amare and Kyo Kaneko.


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Siliconera Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:00 AM

Blackpink MapleStory Crossover Teased

Earlier in 2022, Blackpink member Jisoo ended up named ambassador for the game MapleStory. Now, the whole group is getting involved in the game. Nexon confirmed the singers will be coming to the game. Only an initial teaser video and website are available so far.

Here's the full Blackpink MapleStory teaser. It features Jennie, Jisoo, Lisa, and Rose working with developers and designers on characters and elements of the collaboration. It suggests that everyone is familiar with the game and played it before. Jisoo also mentioned she owned "all those floral crowns." English subtitles are available if closed captions are turned on.

The official site doesn't offer any additional details about what could come. However, it did note a schedule for additional videos. The teaser is available immediately. On December 8, 2022, a first episode for the Blackpink MapleStory event will appear. The second episode will show up on December 13, 2022.

Blackpink's appeared in games before, and not just their songs in rhythm games like the Taiko no Tatsujin arcade version or Just Dance. The group held an in-game concert in PUBG earlier in 2022. In 2021, cosmetics connected to the singers also showed up in the battle royale.

MapleStory is available on PCs. The Blackpink collaboration is coming soon.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:30 AM

Pokemon Scarlet Violet Tyranitar Salamence Tera Raid

The next set of Tera Raid Battles will involve a pair of classics from Generations II and III. Tyranitar from Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal,  and Salamence from Pokemon RubySapphire, and Emerald. The Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Tyranitar and Salamence Tera Raids are scheduled to begin on December 9, 2022. These will run through December 11, 2022. The Pokemon leading the Raid battle will be different based on the player's version of the game. Owners of Pokemon Scarlet will face Tyranitar, and Pokemon Violet mains will face Salamence [Thanks, Inside!].

Both Tyranitar and Salamence will show up in their respective four-star and five-star raids. Though the battles are not listed as having a fixed Tera Type, the promo image shows off a Ghost-Tera type Tyranitar and a Steel Tera-type Salamence. Tyranitar's regular typing is Rock and Dark, while Salamence is usually Dragon and Flying.

Tera Raid Battles like the Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Tyranitar and Salamence raids allow players to encounter Pokemon that would be rare or even unavailable in Paldea under normal circumstances. The previous Tera Raid centered on classic Pokemon Eevee and Charizard. As with previous Raid events, defeating the featured Pokemon gives players a chance to capture them. And if the current Raid works like last time, players that beat Tyranitar and Salamence will only be able to them to their teams once.

Tyranitar first appeared in Pokemon Gold, Silver, and Crystal. The large Tyranitar is described as being able to shake the ground and alter the landscape with its very strength. It's also quite insolent, caring little about others and spending its time seeking challenges and opponents to fight.

Salamence appeared in Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald. It evolves from Shelgon and is the final form of Bagon. Unlike its previous forms, Salamence grew wings thanks to the strength of its desire to fly.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are available on the Nintendo Switch. Check out Siliconera's official review of the games.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:00 AM

See the Atelier Ryza 3 Playable Characters' 3D Models and Art

All sorts of details about the Atelier Ryza 3 playable characters appear in sets of 3D models and art design documents. Gust and Koei Tecmo showed an array of images looking at both new and old members of the cast. These showed up alongside the Atelier Fanart 2022 campaign. The idea is that these can assist when people are creating their own fan art of characters. The Japanese Twitter account also mentioned them being helpful for cosplay purposes.

First, here are all the Atelier Ryza 3 playable characters' 3D models from different angles.
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Next, here is the art of the different characters. These are more detailed and focus on their outfits. Each one focuses on on different elements, which could be helpful when drawing people or making real-world outfits based on their designs. Ryza and Klaudia's sheets are especially intricate.
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Gust and Koei Tecmo are pretty good about regularly sharing art of Atelier Ryza 3 playable characters. For example, the key visual did exactly that. It showed Ryza with her childhood friends Klaudia, Lent, and Tao.

Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key will come to the PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC via Steam on February 24, 2023 worldwide.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 6, 2022 9:20 AM

Free Elden Ring Colosseum Update Arrives Tomorrow PvP

It is time to return to the Lands Between. Bandai Namco announced a free Elden Ring update that adds the Colosseum. There aren't too many insights about what it entails just yet, aside from adding arenas. However, there is a trailer offering a look at the new kinds of PvP gameplay that will appear in Elden Ring once it debuts.

Things begin with multiple players facing gigantic, intimidating enemies. The video notes people will "join forces to fight for the Elden Ring." The players then head into an arena. At that point, they begin battling amongst themselves. The official tweet mentioned people can fight alone or alongside others. Duels or larger battles will be available.

Here's the full trailer looking at the Elden Ring Colosseum update and PvP opportunities that will come with it. The YouTube description offered some additional details about Colosseum locations, as it noted, "The Colosseums of Limgrave, Leyndell and Caelid will open their gates, allowing players to engage in battles such as duels, free-for-alls and team fights."

Elden Ring is available for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC, and its free Colosseum update will appear on December 7, 2022. The game also won the Grand Award at the PlayStation Partner Awards 2022.

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