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Kotaku Monday, December 12, 2022 7:05 PM

Sam Bankman-Fried, the central figure in the collapse of crpyto exchange FTX, has just been arrested in The Bahamas and is likely to be quickly extradited to the United States to face criminal charges.


Kotaku Monday, December 12, 2022 6:40 PM

As Microsoft's attempts to buy beleaguered publisher Activision Blizzard start to hit some serious roadblocks, the software giant is being forced to make some concessions in an attempt to seal the deal.


Kotaku Monday, December 12, 2022 6:16 PM

New ESRB ratings for Final Fantasy I through VI heavily suggest that Square Enix is bringing its Pixel Remaster line of classic Final Fantasy remakes to the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.


Kotaku Monday, December 12, 2022 5:35 PM

Dungeons & Dragons is so synonymous with its hobby that I, like many people who play TTRPGs other than D&D, often just refer to such games as "D&D" for short. But apparently that kind of name recognition and dominance in the field isn't enough for publisher Wizards of the Coast. Based on comments made during an…


Kotaku Monday, December 12, 2022 5:05 PM

Pop quiz for you PC nerds: A friend wants to build a gaming PC and wants to know how much ram they should get. What would you say? 16GB for gaming is a safe bet, right? Maybe you could even get by with 8, if you only want to play mostly indie games and perform daily computing tasks? Well, you better hope this…


Kotaku Monday, December 12, 2022 3:45 PM

Almost seven years later, The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt doesn't just hold up: it's still head-and-shoulders above most of the competition. Assassin's Creed Valhalla might be bigger, and Horizon Forbidden West might be prettier, but practically no other game marries magic, monsters, and grim politics together into a…


Kotaku Monday, December 12, 2022 3:12 PM

Wherever you've fallen in your Pokémon journey in the month since Pokémon Scarlet and Violet were released—either sticking to the grind or protesting some of the year's most flagrant bugs—you're still under the shadow of a 24-year-old refrain: gotta catch 'em all. Though Scarlet and Violet marketing has featured…


Kotaku Monday, December 12, 2022 3:02 PM

Reset the clock: In a sign that Netflix will continue to not leave well enough alone, word has emerged that the massive streaming service is working on a live-action adaptation of the popular anime series My Hero Academia.


Kotaku Monday, December 12, 2022 2:45 PM

Oh, hi. I didn't see you there. I'm Kenneth Shepard, Kotaku's new staff writer.


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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 5:33 PM
     The Witcher 3 update adds the best mods, new PC options, and more

While we've already gotten a pretty good rundown of The Witcher 3 update that will bring the hit RPG game into the next gen, developer CD Projekt has now provided a full list of patch notes for version 4.0. The updates aren't limited to graphics - as we've seen, the Witcher 3 team has seen fit to add all new features, as well as some of the best Witcher 3 mods, into this release.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The Witcher 3 mods, The Witcher 4 news, Play The Witcher 3

PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 4:02 PM
     Destiny 2 recycled content is becoming an issue

Destiny 2 recycled content is becoming an issue. Players have pointed out that stagnant seasonal activities, reissued weapons, guns that look similar to precursors, and even map areas that resemble previously-used assets make it feel as though the Bungie team is taking shortcuts with its content development process.

Destiny 2 content repurposing is nothing new. The recent Destiny 2 King's Fall raid is a reworked version of the original version of the raid, which appeared in the original Destiny's The Taken King. This season, players who engage in the FPS game's competitive Crucible can earn Rose, a hand cannon also reprised from the first Destiny game. This season's Iron Banner armour set is also a reissue of a popular set from Destiny.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds

PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 3:45 PM
     Dwarf Fortress patch adds new werebeast artwork

Werebeasts will look a bit more distinct thanks to the latest Dwarf Fortress patch. Update 50.03 adds a grand total of 72 new tiles for werebeasts, which come in a surprisingly wide variety in this particular colony management game. The patch also addresses an array of crashes, and makes selecting materials for your buildings easier.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best games like RimWorld and Dwarf Fortress, The best city-building games, The best survival games on PC

PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 2:02 PM
     Generation Zero update adds top secret experimental weapons

There's a new Generation Zero update out today that adds some high-tech new military hardware to the survival game. The three new weapons each are modifications to familiar guns, and they add some interesting new gimmicks to the way they're used. Developer Systemic Reaction has also overhauled the way the schematic system works, so unlocking new gear is easier than ever.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Generation Zero release date, Generation Zero preview, Generation Zero co-op

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 6:45 PM

Teamgroup's T-Force Vulcan Z SSD isn't the most well-known drive, but it offers some pretty solid value for money - especially when the capacious 2TB model is reduced to a shade over $100 at Amazon US. That's a nice $69 reduction from its MSRP and an excellent value for a drive of this size and spec.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 6:34 PM

Another week, another great AMD CPU deal on American Ebay. This time it's on the Ryzen 7 5700X, a powerful eight-core 16-thread processor with the same basic design of the 5800X - at a significantly lower price. This model debuted at $300, but is now available for just $190 when you buy it from Antonline on Ebay.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 5:29 PM

Playing online card battlers can be a lonely life, so I was pleased to spot Marvel Snap's latest community infographic. No longer are my opponents just names on a screen: they're now names on a screen who I know have contributed to the 159 million Vibranium cards drawn during the Vibranium Forge event. It's neat to see some silly stats, even neater to see a Black Panther with a power level that tops 8 million. A normal number would be, like, 16.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 3:39 PM

You might have missed it in the Games Awards news-glut, but FromSoftware announced a new game last week. Armored Core VI: Fires Of Rubicon marks the return of the mechs they used to make before Demon's Souls set them on a different, swordier path, and IGN have just published a big interview that pokes into what bearing the Soulsbourne lineage might have on a game about flying mechs with guns and missiles.

Armored Core director (and Sekiro lead designer) Masaru Yamamura welcomed Sekiro comparisons, while FromSoftware president Hidetaka Miyazaki was keen to stress they're treating it as an Armored Core game rather than a Soulsborne game.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 1:47 PM

Football may not have come home this year, but it is coming to Call Of Duty: Warzone 2.0. A limited-time mode introduced with Season 01 Reloaded's launch on Wednesday will see two teams of three knocking a big football about on ATVs equipped with special pulse abilities, in classic Rocket League fashion.

The developers are also bringing back Mini Royale, popping up a new building in the DMZ mode, and adding a new map to the multiplayer mode that you actually need to own Modern Warfare 2 for.

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Twinfinite Monday, December 12, 2022 5:24 PM
     Tian Land will soon show his power in Tower of Fantasy

Twinfinite Monday, December 12, 2022 1:47 PM
     The anime-inspired My Hero Academia live-action movie will stream on Netflix.

Twinfinite Monday, December 12, 2022 1:15 PM
     Possibly win some cash by playing Fortnite.

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     Bringing mods created by fans into the The Witcher 3 natively is pretty cool.

Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 5:00 PM

Street Fighter 6 Arcade Version

Hot on the heels of a release date announcement comes the announcement of an arcade version of Street Fighter 6. Taito is working with Capcom on the development of the upcoming fighting game's debut. No concrete release date was given for the arcade version, though Taito says that it will come out in 2023. [Thanks, Dengeki Online!]

More details about Street Fighter 6 were released recently via a trailer at The Game Awards 2022. The trailer showed off some gameplay, including peeks at several minigames. It also gave first looks at the game's iterations of Dee Jay, Manon, Marisa, and JP, as well as showing more of some of the previously announced characters.

Additionally, it was recently announced that the game would be sold in three editions: standard, deluxe, and ultimate. Pre-ordering any of the three versions will come with Outfit 1 Color 10 for six characters. Those who spring for the deluxe edition will also get the Year 1 Character Pass, while those who grab the ultimate edition will get the Year 1 Ultimate Pass. What either of the passes contains is currently unknown.

Street Fighter 6 releases for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam on June 2, 2023. Taito will release an arcade version of Street Fighter 6 sometime in 2023.

The post Street Fighter 6 Is Getting an Arcade Release appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 2:30 PM

Them's Fightin' Herds character Texas DLC

The first male character is about to debut in Them's Fightin' Herds, as the Texas DLC will drop on December 19, 2022. People will be able to get him alone for $4.99. However, if they have $19.99 Season 1 Pass, they will already get the character when he debuts.

Texas might already be a familiar character to people playing Them's Fightin' Herds. That's because he's the father of Arizona, a fighter who's appeared in the game since it launched. He's also a cattlekind leader. When people get his add-on, they also get a lobby avatar and his Caravan Cattledome stage.

Here's the newest character DLC trailer for Them's Fightin' Herds.

Texas is voiced by Patrick Seitz. People may recognize him as the voice of Jeritza in Fire Emblem games like Three Houses, Victor in Soul Hackers 2, and Ladiva in Granblue Fantasy Versus.

Texas is the second DLC to show up for Them's Fightin' Herds so far. The last one was Shanty, a pirate goat. Likewise, her add-on also included a lobby avatar and additional stage.

Them's Fightin' Herds is available for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. The Texas DLC will appear on December 19, 2022. Three more characters are planned to appear in the Season 1 Pass.

The post New Them's Fightin' Herds DLC character Texas Stomps in Next Week appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 2:00 PM

Mario Strikers: Battle League Gets New Characters Birdo and Bowser Jr.

More characters are joining the Mario Strikers: Battle League roster. This time, both are folks who are traditionally "bad guys." On December 15, 2022, a free Mario Strikers: Battle League update will add Birdo and Bowser Jr.

A first trailer appeared showing both characters in-game. First, the Mario Strikers: Battle League video shows Bowser Jr.'s entrance. He appears alongside his dad and some general minions. It cuts to a stat screen offering details about his capabilities. It notes his strength is 13/25, speed is 13/25, shooting is 11/25, passing is 17/25, and technique is 9/25. His special brings in his Clown Car.

After that, Birdo appears in Mario Strikers: Battle League. After she lands on the field, it shows her stats. Her strength is 9/25, speed is 10/25, shooting is 18/25, passing is 9/25, and technique is 17/25. Her special involves shooting, then kicking, a jeweled egg.

Mario Strikers: Battle League is available for the Switch, and new characters Birdo and Bowser Jr. will join on December 13, 2022. There is also a free demo out now.

The post Mario Strikers: Battle League Gets New Characters Birdo and Bowser Jr. appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 1:30 PM

FFXIV Eorzea Private Academy FFXIV high school manga

Square Enix announced that pre-orders for the FFXIV spin-off, high school comedy manga, Final Fantasy XIV Eorzea Private Academy are open. It costs 730円 (~$5.30) in the Square Enix eStore. The manga is currently available on the smartphone app Manga Up. It will release on February 7, 2023 in Japan. This series depicts the tumultuous life of various FFXIV characters in an alternate school life setting. The manga is comprised of seven chapters.

Alisaie Leveilleur is a high school student attending Eorzea Private Academy in the FFXIV manga. This larger school is the result of a merger between two other private schools, Light Academy and Dark Academy. However, since the two schools were originally rivals, tensions are high at the newly formed institution. Tataru, the headmaster of the school, is concerned with the behavior these students are demonstrating and decides to extend a proposal to them.

Amaichi Esora is the author in charge of the spin-off manga and worked alongside the FFXIV Management Team.

Final Fantasy XIV is currently nearing the end of its free login campaign, which made a return on November 18, 2022 and will end on December 16, 2022. Additionally, players can play FFXIV for free up to level 60, thanks to the Free Trial version of the game, which includes A Realm Reborn and the first expansion, Heavensward.

Final Fantasy XIV is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. Patch 6.3 will arrive in early January 2023. The FFXIV Eorzea Private Academy manga is set to release in Japan on February 7, 2023.

The post FFXIV Eorzea Private Academy High School Manga Pre-Orders Open appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 1:00 PM

Genshin Impact Akitsu Kimodameshi Event Includes Kasa-obake-inspired Sword

The Akitsu Kimodameshi event is about to appear in Genshin Impact. When it does, people will get to earn a sword inspired by a yokai. The Toukabou Shigure is a Genshin Impact sword that looks like a kasa-obake, complete with moving eye. People get a chance to take part starting on December 15, 2022.

The Akitsu Kimodameshi was teased at the beginning of the Genshin Impact version 3.3 trailer. A peek at its gameplay appeared at the 2:15 mark. If people are at Adventure Rank 30 and completed both Archon Quest Chapter 2, Act 1's "Ritou Escape Plan" quest and the Itto story quest's first act, they can take part. They can then take part in a Test of Courage. Both the Leisurely Pastime and Shatterdark are takes on Breakout. As the initial trailer showed, players will be controlling paddles to hit energy balls to break blocks. There will be six Leisurely Pastime challenges and three Shatterdark ones. To unlock the Shatterdark ones, you need to beat Leisurely Pastime ones first.

There are different sorts of rewards tied to the activity. For completing the Leisurely Pastime and Shatterdark challenges, people get the four-star Toukabou Shigura (Sword) to use in Genshin Impact. They also get Courage Test Tickets, which can be used for the Parasol Talcum to further refine the weapon, Weapon Ascension Materials for it, or a Crown of Insight and other Talent Level-up Materials for characters. The regular challenge rewards also include Hero's Wit books, Mora, Mystic Enhancement Ores, and Primogems. If someone finishes the Akitsu Kimodameshi quest tied to this event, they also get Hero's Wits, Primogems, and a Kimodameshi Vivaciousness for their Serenitea Pot.

Genshin Impact is available on the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices, and the Akitsu Kimodameshi event runs December 15, 2022 through January 2, 2023.

Genshin Impact is available on the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices, and the Akitsu Kimodameshi event runs December 15, 2022 through January 2, 2023.

The post Genshin Impact Akitsu Kimodameshi Event Includes Kasa-obake-inspired Sword appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, December 12, 2022 7:00 PM
     Warhammer 40000 Space Marine 2 Gameplay TrailerWhen Space Marine 2 was revealed at The Game Awards last year, it was like a cannon shot going off in the Warhammer community. After all, it had been 10 years since the first game. Many fans likely never thought they would see a sequel to the underappreciated hack-and-slash game. But Focus Entertainment and Saber Interactive clearly we're going to let sleeping marines lie. A year later, and they delivered again with the first Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 gameplay trailer. Hacking? Slashing? Oh, we have that. In Space Marine 2, Lieutenant Titus returns in his quest to secure the highest kill count on Orks. From what we can see in the Space Marine 2 gameplay trailer, he's making some good headway. Titus, a super-powered armored badass, slashes through hordes of oncoming enemies. With a plethora of guns, as well as the iconic Warhammer Chainsword, Titus leaves many bodies in his wake. The trailer offers a good idea on what typical gameplay will be like. Titus has access to...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, December 12, 2022 6:00 PM
     Fortnite Npc Locations Characters Chapter 4 Season 1 Items Map List AllGetting to know all of the NPC character locations around the map in Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 is something you should do early on. Aside from getting XP upon discovering each character, visiting them rewards you with free items each match. Furthermore, you can spend your Gold Bars with the different characters to get useful items and powerful weapons. There are 15 NPC characters to find this season, plus the boss character, The Ageless One, and some others that seem to randomly spawn around the map as minibosses. You can view which characters you've discovered in your Collections menu tab, but there's not much aside from lore there. Image by PC Invasion Before you go out and search for the characters, there are a few things to keep in mind. The characters walk around, so they will not always be in the exact same spot. Use the mini-map to see where the icon is in each relative location. If you can't find the character, that's because another player eliminated ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, December 12, 2022 5:30 PM
     Mrbeast Fortnite 1 Million TournamentMrBeast, the YouTube content creator who recently passed PewDiePie in total subscribers, is now getting a Fortnite tournament where you could win $1 million USD. Epic Games is running the tournament this weekend. You'll not only be able to earn MrBeast-themed goods, but vie for a good chunk of cash as well. The rules of the tournament are nicely cut-and-dried. During the MrBeast's Extreme Survival Challenge, you must earn 'Score.' The player with the most Score at the end of the tournament is the winner. See? I told you it was rather simple. Okay, there are a few other things to consider. Your account will need to be at level 15 with 2FA enabled. Contestants also need to be at least 13 years of age, and will need permission from a parent or legal guardian if under 18. There are, of course, other rules, such as following the Fortnite code of conduct. You can read through all the official rules here. But if you have all the boxes checked, then the MrBeast Fortnit...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, December 12, 2022 5:20 PM
     Marvel's Midnight Suns Captain Marvel Legendary Challenge Hero's Heart Supernova Legendary CardCaptain Marvel has a Legendary Challenge in Marvel's Midnight Suns. This gets unlocked once you've built the Armory and you've maxed out her Friendship Level. You can then start a solo encounter that's more akin to a puzzle, which eventually rewards her Legendary Card. Here's our Marvel's Midnight Suns Captain Marvel Legendary Challenge guide to help you complete Hero's Heart for the Supernova ability. Note: We'll have a Marvel's Midnight Suns guides and features hub soon, so stay tuned. Likewise, you can take a look at our main guide regarding Legendary Challenges/Cards.   Marvel's Midnight Suns Captain Marvel Legendary Challenge guide – Supernova Legendary Card The Captain Marvel Legendary Challenge in Marvel's Midnight Suns initially pits you against two targets: a flaming spirit enemy and a red crystal. With only a handful of cards, you'll need to use them in the right order, which we outline below: ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, December 12, 2022 5:15 PM
     Marvel's Midnight Suns Ghost Rider Legendary Challenge Dark Heart Penance Stare Legendary CardGhost Rider has a Legendary Challenge in Marvel's Midnight Suns. This gets unlocked once you've built the Armory and you've maxed out his Friendship Level. You can then start a solo encounter that's more akin to a puzzle, which eventually rewards his Legendary Card. Here's our Marvel's Midnight Suns Ghost Rider Legendary Challenge guide to help you complete Dark Heart for the Penance Stare ability. Note: We'll have a Marvel's Midnight Suns guides and features hub soon, so stay tuned. Likewise, you can take a look at our main guide regarding Legendary Challenges/Cards.   Marvel's Midnight Suns Ghost Rider Legendary Challenge guide – Penance Stare Legendary Card When you do the Ghost Rider Legendary Challenge in Marvel's Midnight Suns, you'll notice that some weak mobs are further apart and you need to take them out. As such, you'll need to do a few actions in the correct order as seen in the image below: ...

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Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, December 12, 2022 3:00 PM
     We all know that a vampire's most prominent trait is its insatiable thirst for blood. In The Sims 4, these fanged creatures usually go up to an oblivious human to feed on them. But some vampires who find violence distasteful prefer ingesting a piece of Plasma Fruit instead. Plasma Fruit is a food item Sims consume as […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, December 12, 2022 2:00 PM
     Roblox: Anime Clash Simulator is a tactical fighting game in which you command a group of heroes who must battle various foes on a board. It offers a 3D battle experience with outstanding features, fluid graphics, and enjoyable leveling action. You must level up your heroes to increase their power, enabling you to complete higher-level stuff. […]

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, December 12, 2022 5:08 PM

Will be the final free update for the game.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, December 12, 2022 4:13 PM

Additionally, the total sales for the Tekken series have surpassed 54 million units.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, December 12, 2022 3:45 PM

The 11-minute video which includes some spoilers

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, December 12, 2022 2:47 PM

Will incorporate "a mission-based structure."

The post According to Miyazaki, Armored Core VI Won't be Another Soulslike appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Dec 12, 12:00

Kotaku Monday, December 12, 2022 10:59 AM

Public squabbling between two of the biggest console gaming companies has intensified. On a recent podcast appearance, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer blasted Sony for wanting to grow by "making Xbox smaller." The accusation comes after the Federal Trade Commission decided to sue to block Microsoft's takeover of…


Kotaku Monday, December 12, 2022 10:20 AM

Idle games are one of the most surprising break-out niches of the last few years, although the genre's name is something of a misnomer. For the first while, these games are typically anything but idle, as you frantically click until you reach a point where the game starts to play itself. Now, Placid Plastic Duck


PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 11:50 AM
     AMD Radeon RX 7900 review roundup – RDNA 3 GPU scores

AMD Radeon RX 7900 graphics card reviews are now live, and the GPU duo are receiving respectable scores. The next-gen lineup seemingly pulls its weight as a successor, but the top RDNA 3 contender is far from being an RTX 4090 rival.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Ryzen 7000 CPUs - everything we know, RDNA 3 GPUs - everything we know, Best gaming CPU

PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 11:43 AM
     Diablo meets Final Fantasy in dark RPG game from Fire Emblem director

Diablo's isometric combat and dark, gothic world; Final Fantasy's melodrama and character design; and just a flash of Dark Souls' bleakness and misery seem to combine in Redemption Reapers, the upcoming dark fantasy RPG game coming to Steam in 2023, and overseen by Fire Emblem series director Masayuki Horikawa.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best JRPGs, Best RPG games, Best fantasy games

PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 11:30 AM
     Tekken 8 release date speculation, trailers, gameplay, and story

Want to know more about the Tekken 8 release date? One of the biggest fighting games in the world, Tekken 7 was the most impressive game in the series to date, so it's no surprise that fans are excited to see what the developers have in store for the next entry.

One of the most highly anticipated fighting games got its big reveal during September's Sony State of Play, pleasantly surprising Tekken fans with the shock reveal that Tekken 8 was in development, with a trailer premiering showcasing gameplay in the new game engine. Now we know the game exists, here's everything we know about the Tekken 8 release date, trailers, gameplay, story, and more so far.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best fighting games on PC, The best multiplayer games, The best PC games

PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 11:41 AM
     Apex Legends season 16 release date speculation and details

It might be a stretch to think about Apex Legends season 16, with Eclipse still in full swing, but we have a fair idea of when the next season will begin, and what the theme will be. As with any new Apex Legends season, we're usually guaranteed a new legend, a new map - or variation on a map - and a bunch of new cosmetics.

Apex Legends season 15 Eclipse began on November 1, and with it came a new defensive legend, Catalyst, a new map, Broken Moon, and the ability to gift cosmetic items to your friends. It was a sizable update to the battle royale game, giving players plenty of content to sink their teeth into, but when can we expect the next season of Apex Legends?

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Apex Legends characters guide, Apex Legends skins, Apex Legends map guide

PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 11:24 AM
     All Disney Dreamlight Valley recipes and how to cook them

Disney Dreamlight Valley recipes are an important aspect in the life sim, as you'll need to cook up some tasty grub to earn Dreamlight, make friends, and keep your stamina up. With over 170 recipes to discover since new festive recipes were added in the Unchartered Space update, it can be hard to keep on top of them all. Luckily, we're here to help you decipher the best meals on the menu.

The way to the hearts of the many Dreamlight Valley characters can be found through their stomachs, but it's equally important to keep yourself well-fed, too. Some recipes offer more stamina than others though, and while some can be obtained from completing quests, such as Remy's ratatouille recipe and Minnie's picnic favourites: crudites and fish sandwiches, others are unlocked by trying different ingredients together. To make it easier to get the most nutritious meals, we've compiled them all below, with five-star recipes offering the most energy.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Disney games, What's the next Dreamlight Valley update?, Disney Dreamlight Valley guide

PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 11:33 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.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: FIFA 23 career mode guide, FIFA 23 ratings, FIFA 23 Icons

PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 11:07 AM
     WoW Dragonflight Dragon Glyph locations

Have you found every WoW Dragonflight Dragon Glyph? Scattered across the Dragon Isles are Dragon Glyphs, special tokens which can be used to unlock dragonriding talents. Each Dragon Glyph increases your overall energy while riding, helping you travel faster and further than before. This guide highlights the location of all Dragon Glyphs and the most efficient path to collect them, though we have some handy tips before you get started.

There are 48 Dragon Glyphs in total, 12 in each zone. All of them are available to collect immediately, and we recommend doing so at the earliest opportunity. When you're near a glyph in the MMO game, you should receive a buff called Dragon Glyph Resonance - highlight this icon while it's active to reveal how far away you are from a glyph. Additionally, the key to gaining altitude is to aim your camera straight up while using Skyward Ascent and level out before your speed drops. Finally, spend your dragonriding talent points immediately as this will help you find the rest of the glyphs faster.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: WoW Dragonflight tier list, The best WoW addons, WoW Dragonflight talents system explained

PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 11:17 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 Monday, December 12, 2022 10:58 AM
     The best cyberpunk games on PC in 2022

Looking for the best cyberpunk games on PC? From neon lights and synthwave music to political commentary, AI, and body augmentation, you can probably see why anything with the cyberpunk tag becomes a favourite in pop culture.

From indie favourites such as Deconstructeam's The Red Strings Club to big hitters like Square Enix's Deus Ex, and Stray, one of the best PC games of 2022, cyberpunk games cover a range of topics, including anything from capitalism to bar-tending. Heck, there's even a Quantic Dream-developed Cyberpunk game with Davie Bowie in it. You should keep in mind that this isn't an exhaustive list of every cyberpunk game, but instead just some of the most wonderful and weird cyberpunk games you could hope to get your inquisitive hands on. Dust off your decks and trenchcoats, head out into the rain, and marvel at our picks of the best Cyberpunk games on PC.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 10:46 AM
     Nvidia RTX Remix gives Max Payne and Swat 4 a ray tracing twist

Despite not officially being out yet, RTX Remix is proving to be an incredible tool for upscaling and improving lighting in classic games, like Max Payne and SWAT 4. This comes with the release of Portal RTX - a remaster of Valve's 2007 puzzle game classic from GPU manufacturer Nvidia - as plenty of skilled fans and developers are managing to get the unreleased Nvidia RTX Remix working on a series of older titles, with astounding (if sometimes glitchy) results.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 10:41 AM
     Warzone 2 UI and menu remake would solve all our Call of Duty problems

Warzone 2, the latest Call of Duty battle royale game from Infinity Ward, has been a source of frustration following its November launch, as the UI and menus, similar to those in Modern Warfare 2, feel complex and impenetrable. A revised interface system would be the solution to a lot of issues, and we hope Activision is paying attention, as one CoD YouTuber has generated a near-perfect redesign.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 10:39 AM
     The best stealth games on PC in 2022

The best stealth games occupy a curious niche in PC gaming. Occasionally, the best stealth games are their own thing, a result of a developer channelling all of the mechanics of a game into the suspense and satisfaction of killing, stealing, and infiltrating unnoticed. Most of the time, though, stealth is just one of several ways you can navigate a game, as you consciously opt for the path of the shadowy rogue or incisive assassin over more forceful approaches.

Any game that features stealth is eligible for our best stealth games list, but it needs to do it pretty damn well (sorry Skyrim, you had your chance. Sorry Assassin's Creed, you had about 20 chances).

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 10:37 AM
     Diablo 4 Lilith and Inarius

The leading duo of Blizzard's Diablo 4, Lilith and Inarius, have a storied history with one another. While Lilith is seen as the action RPG game's prime antagonist, the angelic Inarius has been dubbed Sanctuary's saviour in its time of need. General manager of the Diablo franchise Rod Fergusson and Diablo 4 game director Joe Shely urge caution, however, as all is not quite what it seems with our heavenly hero.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 11:06 AM
     The best adventure games on PC in 2022

What are the best adventure games? From 1976's text-based Adventure – that gave the genre its name – through the point-and-click golden age of the '90s and up to more modern fare, few genres have endured quite so well as the adventure game. That multi-decade lifespan has produced some of the most astounding titles, so it is certainly a struggle to narrow down a list of the best adventure games.

Adventure games have prospered thanks to a focus on story and character. That, and a few tricky brain teasers, as opposed to violence, set the genre apart. Characters usually get by through talking or thinking instead of resorting to fighting – though, Full Throttle protagonist Ben might have a few things to say about that.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 10:26 AM
     Destiny 2 season 19 guide: new dungeon, weapons, and story

Destiny 2 season 19 has arrived after what some players are calling a relatively slow period, with a slew of updates including weapon and subclass balance changes, a brand new dungeon, developments on the story, and more.

As the FPS game wraps up the events leading to the forthcoming Lightfall expansion, here's everything you need to know about Destiny 2 season 19.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 9:55 AM
     Welcome to New World's Winter Convergence Festival Villages

There's ice on the windows, cheer in the air, and everyone is pretending to like eggnog again. It can only mean one thing: that the festive season is drawing near. Many of your favourite games will be promoting their seasonal events, but once again New World's Winter Convergence Festival looks to be one of the biggest and brightest, with a whole host of themed activities and loot.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 9:45 AM
     Minecraft mod turns sandbox game into a beer-crafting Brewmaster

Some Minecraft mods out there can add entirely new aspects to the sandbox game that have it feeling more reminiscent of other genres or games. It's a great way to keep you playing Minecraft until the end of time, and today we're bringing you a Minecraft mod that lets you make beer.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 8:07 AM
     Assassin's Creed Valhalla Steam achievements are a no, says Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Steam achievements are definitely not happening, as the stealth sandbox game makes its return to Steam ahead of AC Mirage and Infinity, and Ubisoft confirms that trophy hunters on Valve's digital store will have to get their gamer kudos elsewhere.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 8:09 AM
     The best story games on PC in 2022

What are the best story games on PC? If you're looking for a great story that you can't put down, you've come to the right place. Escape into something special with our list of the best story games on PC, from endings that will have you weeping, to heart-racing action titles.

Some of the most unforgettable stories in recent pop culture have emerged from videogames. They can go to many different places such as surviving the Wild West as Red Dead Redemption 2's antihero protagonist, solving crimes in Disco Elysium, or exploring the fraught relationships in God of War. The best story games also let us act out our favourite icons saving the universe as the Guardians of the Galaxy. Story games are living, breathing narratives, and the best ones let us have our own say in how the plot unravels.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 8:00 AM
     Overwatch 2 ranked changes give fans rewards for not playing

Overwatch 2 season 2 is finally here, bringing with it new rewards, maps, and a tank hero in Ramattra. The new season also means more competitive play opportunities and chances to earn competitive points in Overwatch 2 ranked, which you can use to show off your skill when buying the highly coveted golden weapons in the multiplayer game.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 7:50 AM
     The Last of Us PC will run on Steam Deck, says Naughty Dog

The Last of Us Part 1 will run on the Steam Deck, according to the developer, when the PC port of the remake releases in 2023. Traditionally a PlayStation exclusive, the fact that the game is coming to the Valve portable gaming PC is good news for those that don't own a Sony console.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 7:41 AM
     The best Minecraft seeds 2022

The best Minecraft seeds cater to a number of requirements, like strongholds near villages for speedrunning, beautiful landscapes for building, and great areas for looting. These seeds are codes that Minecraft uses to generate worlds for you, so even though new worlds are randomly generated, you can rebuild in the same ones over and over again.

Your job is simple: pick the one you want to play around in, whether that's an ideal spawn location for gathering the best loot or exploring an idyllic landscape. In order to get the best Minecraft seeds up and running, grab the code and enter it into the seed field when creating a  new Minecraft world. The game does all the heavy lifting, leaving you to survey your new surroundings to your heart's content.

Regardless of whether you're a professional miner or someone about to load up their first world, there's something you can't control in the sandbox game: the terrain itself. So while your mind may be brimming with possibilities, all too frequently, you'll spawn in a bland, uninspiring world full of flat grassland and the odd chicken. Hardly the canvas for your masterpiece. Hence this collection of the best Minecraft seeds, from the inspiring to the functional and everything in between.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 7:26 AM
     The best life games on PC in 2022

What are the best life games on PC? Well, it depends on what you're looking for and what kind of fantasy you envision. Daily life might be demanding and exhausting at times, but life games offer a chance to unwind and have greater control over someone else's existence.

It's more than just farming and dating – though there's plenty of that as well. The best life sims probe what it means to be alive, and maybe try transforming into a cat as well because why not. Like life itself, life games come in all forms, and while your mind might leap to games like Stardew Valley and other stalwarts when the genre comes up, there are a host of inventive takes on the formula.

We've sorted through the clones and copies to pick out some of the best life games on PC. Some reward careful management and creativity. Others ask you to be as strange as possible, but will reward you for it anyway, and some have touching stories to tell that might just reveal something about yourself in the process.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 7:26 AM
     The best action-adventure games on PC in 2022

The best action-adventure games have been capturing the thrill of an expedition ever since Indiana Jones swung across a chasm with his trusty whip to retrieve an idol from a booby-trapped tomb. The PC boasts some true classics of the genre, from classic tomb raiding to games with enough exploration to fill an entire sandbox - not the one in your backyard.

This includes some of the finest games ever made on PC, action-adventure or otherwise, including several titles that changed the entire gaming industry. There's no Uncharted here, as emulation or PlayStation Now doesn't count, but we'd take any one of these games over Sony's series. Here's the definitive list of the best action-adventure games on PC.

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PCGamesN Monday, December 12, 2022 7:18 AM
     Dota 2 hacks are over a year old and Valve hasn't banned them

Dota 2 hacks are the bane of most player existences. Rival MOBA League of Legends takes a harsh stance on any rule-breaking, and is quick to clamp down on any illegal behaviour. Unfortunately, one fan has highlighted Valve's supposed lack of interest regarding Dota's security on Reddit, showing off a series of hacks that are still in working order a year on from their discovery.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 11:53 AM

Synced is an upcoming free to play third-person looter shooter developed by NeXT Studios, and is Tencent's crack at a live-service game akin to The Division. It has roguelite bits to help it stand out a touch, with the ability to command your own shiny gem pal to bash enemies. But from what I've played so far, its lack of clarity makes its grind for currencies and mod slots and whatever else a tired affair that probably won't pull you away from the bazillion other games that require a lifetime investment.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 11:35 AM

The AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT and Radeon RX 7900 XTX hark back to a simpler time – about three months ago – when graphics cards resembled graphics cards and not Coca-Cola lorries. I like getting a bajillion frames per second as much as the next PC owner, but good gravy, are the RTX 4080 and RTX 4090 a pair of oversized, ruinously expensive brutes. AMD's two new high-end GPUs, therefore, have a golden chance to be the more modestly designed, affordable alternatives that prospective 4K players were waiting for.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 11:34 AM

When is Civilization not Civilization? When it's Unciv, a free to play, open-source reimagining of Sid Meier's Civilization V that's being developed by volunteers on GitHub. After nearly three years in development and releases on Android, Linux, and through, Unciv's now moving its units onto Steam. You'll be able to play multiplayer Unciv, but that involves using Dropbox for syncing, which isn't free to use.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 10:30 AM

Assassin's Creed Valhalla snuck onto Steam last week, but Ubisoft say they won't be adding Steam Achievements. You can still unlock 70 of the things via Ubisoft Connect, which launches automatically when you boot the game up on Steam anyway - so the only functional difference is that your achievements won't all be in the same place. People don't love that, which is fair, but let's keep our heads now.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 9:45 AM

A class-action lawsuit against Epic Games' Fortnite is going ahead in Quebec, more than three years after it was originally filed. CTV News report that parents of three Canadian children who regularly play Fortnite claim the game was created to be "highly addictive", and allege the battle royale has caused their kids psychological and physical problems, along with financial issues. Although the families are seeking damages from Epic, no figure has been put on those yet. Epic has 30 days to appeal the case or it'll go to trial.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 8:26 AM

Paper Mario-style indie RPG The Outbound Ghost has been delisted from Steam by Valve, following lead developer Conrad Grindheim issuing a statement that claimed his relationship with publisher Digerati had "dissolved". Grindheim posted a video to YouTube and Twitter that alleged the publisher's recent business practices towards the game haven't been "ethically correct". Digerati later shared their own video response on Twitter, with owner Sarah Alfieri saying Digerati have been "blindsided" by Grindheim's statement.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 8:00 AM

In this work-a-day world it can be difficult to find moments of satisfaction. Well, let the twelfth game on the RPS Advent Calendar deliver a concentrated pressure hose of satisfaction right onto your dirty driveway

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, December 12, 2022 7:08 AM

Every weekend, indie devs show off current work on Twitter's #screenshotsaturday tag. And every Monday, I bring you a selection of these snaps and clips. This week, more Twitter technical troubles mean we maybe don't have the most games to admire, but we do still have some pretties alright. My eye has been caught by a pretty island castle, scaling a giant creature, a look inside computers, and more. Come see!

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Twinfinite Monday, December 12, 2022 11:34 AM
     Fans of turn-based JRPG have a new treat to look forward to with Redemption Reapers.

Twinfinite Monday, December 12, 2022 11:12 AM
     The MCU has cut a lot of great content from their movies and series over the years. Here's 10 examples of scenes we wish made the cut.

Twinfinite Monday, December 12, 2022 10:39 AM
     Today Square Enix released a new trailer and news about the previously-announced mobile game Final Fantasy 7 Ever Crisis.

Twinfinite Monday, December 12, 2022 10:00 AM
     Here's our list of the best 15 Gamecube games most deserving of a remake.

Twinfinite Monday, December 12, 2022 9:00 AM
     Here's 10 games we can't believe didn't release in 2022.

Twinfinite Monday, December 12, 2022 9:00 AM
     Horror is an all year around thing, here are a few horror titles similar to The Callisto Protocol.

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     Not exactly sure why, though...

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     Racey romance.

Twinfinite Monday, December 12, 2022 6:39 AM
     MHA invades Fortnite this month.

Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 11:30 AM

Armored Core VI Versus Multiplayer Confirmed

At The Game Awards 2022, Armored Core VI appeared. Now, it turns out Armored Core VI will feature Versus multiplayer, just like past games. IGN conducted an exclusive interview with FromSoftware's Masaru Yamamura. In it, he confirmed that people will be able to [Thanks, IGN!]

There aren't a wealth of details about this additional mode yet. At the moment, Yamamura confirmed it will be present and an idea of its nature. However, he didn't elaborate yet.

Here is the full statement Yamamura provided to IGN regarding Armored Core VI multiplayer.

Yes, we do plan to have a versus mode, similar to previous Armored Core titles where you'll be able to customize your mech and take that fully customized mech into battle with others. But we will reveal more details about this at a later date.

In that same response, however, Yamamura emphasized that the story mode is the priority for Armored Core VI. As such, it will not offer multiplayer options.

As a reminder, Armored Core V did offer some extensive multiplayer options. Part of that involved teams of 20 players facing off to defend and take territory. People could also be a mercenary and not be permanently tied to a particular team.

Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon will come to the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC via Steam in 2023. Prior to this, the last numbered installment was Armored Core V for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2012.

The post Armored Core VI Versus Multiplayer Confirmed appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 11:00 AM

Jump Festa 2023 English Stream Announced

It will be easier for people who don't speak Japanese to keep up with Jump Festa 2023 announcements, as there will be an English live stream option. Shueisha confirmed the December 17-18, 2022 presentation will feature an additional language option. (That's December 16-18, 2022, for viewers outside Japan.) Different stage performances will feature English subtitles. This will only be available through the official YouTube channel.

Shueisha offered a little elaboration about the different Jump Festa 2023 English stream options. First, the Jump Studio NEO, Jump Super Stage, and Jump Super Stage EX will all be available in English. It will start at 4pm PT/7pm ET on December 16, 2022. (That's 9am JST on December 17, 2022.) That day's events will end on December 17, 2022 at 4am PT/7am ET/9pm JST. The second day kicks off at 4pm PT/7pm ET on December 17, 2022. (Again, that would be 9am JST on December 18, 2022.) Everything ends at 1am PT/4am ET/6pm JST on December 18, 2022.

There will also be different English language options for different parts of the Jump Festa 2023 live stream stage shows. For example, Jump Super Stage will feature two ways for people to understand what is going on. People will be able to read the English subtitles or hear the simultaneous interpretation. Jump Super Stage EX will only get subtitles. The announcement didn't note what Jump Studio NEO will offer.

While this is a manga and anime-focused event, game news also comes up. For example, a past announcement confirmed Dragon Quest trailers would appear.

Jump Festa 2023 will begin at 4pm PT and 7pm ET on December 16, 2022/9am JST on December 17, 2022.

The post Jump Festa 2023 English Stream Announced appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 10:30 AM

One Piece Odyssey

Announced in 2022, One Piece Odyssey is a new spin on the beloved manga anime, opting for JRPG and pseudo-open world elements. I had the opportunity to try the game at a preview event, which gave me more than a few hours to sink my teeth into the game. While nothing about it felt revolutionary during that handful of hours, what I played made me interested in the full release. It could potentially lay the foundation for other One Piece RPGs moving forward.

The game features an entirely new story set in the One Piece universe by series creator Eiichiro Oda. Luffy and crew get transported to a mysterious new island through an interdimensional portal, which promptly sees them stranded in this strange new place. I quickly acquired the crew I would be using throughout the preview, which was a fairly large amount of characters. This consisted of Luffy, Nami, Zoro, Usopp, Chopper, Nico Robin, and Sanji, though Franky also joined my party for a brief period of time. The preview was full of exposition, setting the stage for narrative events that would unfold within just an hour of gameplay.

One Piece Odyssey

This included an introduction to characters unique to One Piece Odyssey, like Lim, that wouldn't be out of place in the manga. However, outside of this introduction, the preview didn't allow me to get to know them in any greater capacity. Their story importance was paramount, as one such character serves as a deus ex machina of sorts that relieves Luffy and crew of their powers, so to speak. After the crew loses most of their abilities, I was introduced to the various systems that revolve around mysterious cubes that I would need to collect in order to regain my power. This included allocation of cubes to power up skills. (These could be refunded at any time, so it let me experiment and play around with certain builds.) It also afforded a peek at a Tetris-like accessory system. Everything is distributed and based around cubes, which includes equipment that you can arrange in a set square area to equip as many as possible.

Combat is turn-based, but character types are important when tackling enemies. One Piece Odyssey functions on a color-based system that designates what "type" each character is. For example, Zoro is a "Green" character, which gives him an advantage over "Red" types. Nami and Usopp are "Orange" type characters, making them formidable against "Greens." It's a rock-paper-scissors kind of ordeal, or something you'd see in something like Fate/Grand Order. But where it differentiates itself is the ability to swap between party members on the fly to reposition your characters or move them up in turns to take advantage of their inherent type advantages.

For example, when attacking a "Red" type enemy that would initially be delegated to Luffy (who is also a "Red" type). You can go into your menu and swap him out for Zoro or Nico Robin to deal more damage or to kill the enemy outright, since your characters are fairly strong. Making use of these type advantages made most battles trivial during the preview. That said, this level of strategic play did come in handy during longer encounters, during which I was swapping characters out and repositioning them to make the most out of their location on the battlefield to avoid damage or soak it up depending on their type.

For my preview I played on the PlayStation 5. The game looked great, with cel shading making it feel all the more immersive with regard to the environments and monsters. One Piece characters still have their grossly over-exaggerated expressions in cutscenes, which helped carry over the tone of the manga into this game. Even when characters were executing flashier attacks or if I was in areas with a large amount of NPCs, the game didn't seem to buckle under the weight of it all. I was able to explore the shores of the beach the crew washed up on and the desert city of Alabasta. Both looked great.

From what I experienced of One Piece Odyssey, it could prove to be an interesting RPG and an enticing new adventure for long-time fans of the series. Despite its fairly simple combat system, due to its use of positioning and character types, it could potentially allow for some interesting strategic play. That said, One Piece Odyssey feels like it could be the start of a slew of other RPGs of a similar vein for the series.

One Piece Odyssey will come to the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC on January 12, 2023.

The post Previews: One Piece Odyssey Feels Like the Start of Something Good appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 10:14 AM

genshin impact birthdays star signs

Ever since its initial launch in 2020, the playable cast of Genshin Impact characters has practically tripled in size. This means that it can be easy to forget some key details, such as their birthdays. Birthdays are usually an important affair for fans of that character, since there is an influx of official and fan-made art online. You can also get a letter and gifts (usually their signature dish and ascension materials) through the in-game mail.

Here are all of the birthdays and star signs of the playable Genshin Impact characters as of the first phase of Version 3.2.


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  • Wanderer: January 3 (Capricorn)
    It would have been cute if Wanderer's birthday had been the date that Version 3.3 appeared, since it was his "rebirth," but it's close enough!.
  • Thoma: January 9 (Capricorn)
    So far, Thoma is the only non-Cryo character with a January birthday. He also has the stereotypical patience and dedication of a Capricorn.
  • Diona: January 18 (Capricorn)
    Diona embodies some of the more negative Capricorn traits – she is stubborn, picky, and egocentric. But her obsession with eradicating alcohol through unconventional means stems from her genuine love of her father, Draff.
  • Rosaria: January 24 (Aquarius)
    Whether or not Rosaria is diligent and responsible depends on who you ask and what time of day you see her. Underneath her cold exterior lies a surprisingly loyal heart.


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  • Beidou: February 14 (Aquarius)
    Despite her rough-and-tumble personality, Beidou's birthday falls on Valentine's Day, which is perhaps the most romantic time of the year.
  • Sangonomiya Kokomi: February 22 (Pisces)
    Kokomi uses her Pisces creativity in her combat strategies, and her unconventional methods helped the Rebel Army during the Inazuma Archon Quests. She's also fish-themed, so of course she has the sign of the fish.
  • Bennett: February 29 (Pisces)
    In lore, Bennett is notoriously unlucky, so it is of little surprise that his birthday only comes every four years.


shenhe genshin impact birthdays

  • Qiqi: March 3 (Pisces)
    Something Genshin Impact should implement is actually letting us hang out with characters on their birthdays. For her birthday in 2022, Qiqi's only wish was to feed the finches with the Traveler, but there is no way for us to fulfill it.
  • Shenhe: March 10 (Pisces)
    So much of Shenhe's personality is repressed due to her childhood in the mountains, but she still has the stereotypical Pisces devotion. Her dedication to protecting the Traveler and Liyue in The Crane Returns on the Wind may have garnered her plenty of fans.
  • Jean: March 14 (Pisces)
    A lot of Jean's issues in the story stem from her inability to accept help from others until they literally force her to. #justpiscesthings
  • Noelle: March 21 (Aries)
    Noelle is a fitting first Aries due to her stubborn personality and how headstrong she can be. A lot of her Hangout Events focus on the Traveler trying to stop her or support her in her never-ending goal to join the Knights.
  • Kamisato Ayato: March 26 (Aries)
    Honesty is a positive trait of Aries but sometimes Ayato crosses the line into brutal honesty.


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  • Aloy: April 4 (Aries)
    Aloy is not native to Genshin Impact, and she is a crossover character from Horizon Zero Dawn.
  • Xiao: April 17 (Aries)
    Xiao's birthday letters are so sweet and they're the biggest hint that he is not the edgelord many online seem to think he is. His kind personality is also evident when he showed up in Ganyu's character quest and the Perilous Trail event quest.
  • Yelan: April 20 (Taurus)
    Speaking of the Perilous Trail event, Yelan made her playable debut in this version. Yelan is practical, persistent, and patient – all positive Taurus traits.
  • Diluc: April 30 (Taurus)
    Tauruses are good at business and Diluc, as the richest business tycoon in Mondstadt, is obviously good at his job. Though he is way too serious and does not have a sense of humor, there's no one more reliable than he is from a lore or game-play standpoint.


yun jin genshin impact birthdays

  • Candace: May 3 (Taurus)
    Candace is one of the newer entries to the list, as she only debuted in Version 3.1. She is the guardian of Aaru Village, so you know you can trust her.
  • Collei: May 8 (Taurus)
    Collei is also one of the newer characters in Genshin Impact, and she only debuted when Sumeru did. She also played an important part in the prequel webtoon.
  • Gorou: May 18 (Taurus)
    Gorou may look cute, but he's an incredibly trustworthy general. Like most Tauruses, he seems to lack a sense of humor. But one could forgive him considering his butt monkey status when faced with the other members of the Inazuma cast.
  • Yun Jin: May 21 (Gemini)
    Yun Jin is our first Gemini, and she's a highly sociable creative in Liyue society. She lacks a lot of the stereotypical negative Gemini traits, and was amicable and honest in her interactions with Shenhe.
  • Fischl: May 27 (Gemini)
    For a long while, Fischl celebrated her birthday alone until Gorou joined the cast in late 2021. Despite her oddities, the Prinzessin der Veruteilung is surprisingly sociable, with plenty of friends willing to play along with her.


genshin impact venti birthdays

  • Lisa: June 9 (Gemini)
    Despite being one of the debut characters, there is a lot we do not yet know about Lisa. Maybe she will have a more prominent role in a future Sumeru-based event, since she used to be a star pupil at the Akademiya.
  • Venti: June 16 (Gemini)
    Venti is gossipy, immature, and somewhat duplicitous. Typical Gemini behavior. And yet he remains a steadfast ally for the Traveler in all of their adventures.
  • Yoimiya: June 21 (Cancer)
    Yoimiya is the first Cancer in Genshin Impact and she embodies the best traits of the sign. She values her family and her community, and is a very friendly and generous person. Her interactions with Klee during the Irodori Festival event were precious.
  • Cyno: June 23 (Cancer)
    Cyno debuted in Version 3.1 and, like Xiao, it is easy to mistake him as some edgelord. The man likes card games and jokes.
  • Raiden Shogun: June 26 (Cancer)
    Cancers are emotional and hide "in their shells" when they feel hurt. Raiden Shogun literally does that.
  • Yae Miko: June 27 (Cancer)
    Raiden Shogun's faithful familiar is never too far behind her, and the two of them probably celebrate their birthdays together.



  • Kujou Sara: July 14 (Cancer)
    Sara's suspicions towards various characters throughout the story stem from her job in the Tenryou Commission rather than a sensitive nature. This could also be due to how many suspicious individuals made their way to Inazuma since the region's debut.
  • Tartaglia: July 20 (Cancer)
    Like Yoimiya, Tartaglia also highly values family, and he certainly seems friendly and generous. But who knows what he's thinking behind those dead fish eyes.
  • Shikanoin Heizou: July 24 (Leo)
    Our first Leo is Heizou, the passionate cop. His birthday art in 2022 made waves.
  • Klee: July 27 (Leo)
    Klee is confident and so sunny about everything that it's hard to maintain a frown when you're around her. Unless your name is Diluc, of course.
  • Kuki Shinobu: July 27 (Leo)
    It's difficult to imagine the responsible and quiet Shinobu sharing a birthday with bubbly Klee, but she has the stereotypical generosity of her sign.
  • Yanfei: July 28 (Leo)
    Yanfei is an incredibly unique character in Genshin Impact, as one of the few people with a well-adjusted personality and healthy parental relationships.



  • Amber: August 10 (Leo)
    Amber is the last Leo so far in Genshin Impact. Her generous, friendly, and honest personality made her a great first friend for many Travelers.
  • Faruzan: August 20 (Leo)
    Since Faruzan appeared, she has not really gotten the chance to shine yet in the story or events. So we still don't know much about her outside of the fact that she's THE Anemo support you need if you main it.
  • Ningguang: August 26 (Virgo)
    Virgos work hard and no one has worked harder than Ningguang. She climbed the ladder from a lowly merchant to the Tianquan of the Liyue Qixing.
  • Mona: August 31 (Virgo)
    Mona is calm and intelligent, and exceedingly patient when dealing with Fischl's antics. Time will tell if she can exercise that same patience upon seeing the Wanderer and the Traveler together.



  • Chongyun: September 7 (Virgo)
    Chongyun is modest, helpful, and kind, but this means Xingqiu can easily take advantage of him. His 2021 letter reads almost like a confession.
  • Razor: September 9 (Virgo)
    Razor's letters are short and sweet, but he probably spends a lot of time on them to make his handwriting as neat as possible.
  • Albedo: September 13 (Virgo)
    Despite Albedo's propensity to appear around Christmas time like some sort of yellow Santa Claus, he is actually the final Virgo in Genshin Impact. It is quite easy to see a lot of Virgo traits in him as well.
  • Kamisato Ayaka: September 28 (Libra)
    Ayaka is the first Libra of Genshin Impact. Hopefully, she can find more friends than just the Traveler and Thoma.



  • Xingqiu: October 9 (Libra)
    Xingqiu embodies some of the best Libra traits – he is intelligent and altruistic, and he has a strong sense of justice.
  • Xinyan: October 16 (Libra)
    Xinyan can befriend everyone, as we have seen in some of the events featuring her. Hopefully, we will be able to attend one of her birthday concerts in the future.
  • Sayu: October 19 (Libra)
    All Sayu wants is to sleep, which is incredibly relatable.
  • Eula: October 25 (Scorpio)
    Of course Eula is a Scorpio.
  • Nahida: October 27 (Scorpio)
    Nahida is a wildly popular character, but unfortunately, her playable debut was too late for us to get her birthday art or letters in 2022.
  • Kaedehara Kazuha: October 29 (Scorpio)
    As we can see from his involvement in the Inazuma Archon Quests, Kazuha is a very determined, persistent, and loyal individual. He encompasses all of the best Scorpio traits.



  • Xiangling: November 2 (Scorpio)
    If there is one thing Xiangling has going on, it's in her passion for food. Liyue Pyro characters are about the friendliest people you could ever meet.
  • Keqing: November 20 (Scorpio)
    Keqing is a bit of a stubborn control freak. She makes for a fitting final Scorpio.
  • Sucrose: November 26 (Sagittarius)
    Many players have still not yet forgiven Reckless Pallad for shoving Sucrose to the ground during The Chalk Prince and The Dragon.
  • Kaeya: November 30 (Sagittarius)
    Like Lisa, there is still a lot we do not know about Kaeya. But his extroverted and witty front has endeared him to many.



  • Ganyu: December 2 (Sagittarius)
    Ganyu, one of the first major Cryo DPS characters, is also the first to have a December birthday.
  • Nilou: December 3 (Sagittarius)
    Nilou is one of the newer characters, which means we will get her first birthday art and letter soon.
  • Layla: December 19 (Sagittarius)
    Layla debuted during the Fabulous Fungus Frenzy event and though she had some problems with physical tasks, she displayed a lot of care and empathy for the little fungi partners. Hopefully, she can find some time to sleep and rest so that she can conduct more of her research.
  • Dori: December 21 (Sagittarius)
    If there is one thing anyone knows about co-oping with a player who main Dori, it's that she is enthusiastic and loud.
  • Tighnari: December 29 (Capricorn)
    Like Nilou, Tighnari's 2022 debut means that players have not yet seen his birthday art or letters. Hopefully he will give some of the harder-to-obtain flora.
  • Zhongli: December 31 (Capricorn)
    Zhongli's letters hardly mention his birthday, since he focuses more on the New Year. This also might have something to do with the fact that he is an old man.

Genshin Impact is available on PS4, PS5, Windows PC, and mobile devices.

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Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 10:00 AM

melatonin review

Developers choosing to do what "Nintendon't" has become something of a trend in recent years. If there's a franchise that the company has left dormant too long for fans, or if they simply want more of it than is available? Indies are happy to step in and cater to those cravings with spiritual successors. Melatonin, a new game from indie developer Half Asleep, takes on the Rhythm Heaven formula with its own sort of style.

Melatonin tells the story of a bout of insomnia, as the player character works through a week of nights of challenging sleep. This manifests in the form of rhythm challenges, all about the stressors of modern life. These can be as mundane as "food," or as abstract as "the future."

By iterating on the ideas of Rhythm Heaven, Melatonin is a great case study on what makes the formula work. It's about catchy visuals! It's about rhythm that lets you play the game with your eyes closed if you want! And Melatonin manages both of these admirably.

melatonin review

Where it falters a bit is in the energy and variety. Because of the sleepy theme, the tunes and visuals don't have a particular pop that helps Rhythm Heaven players better stick to the rhythm and know where they are in the level's pacing. And because the songs' tone and complexity stays relatively similar throughout, the combination challenges at the end of each night don't feel particularly special. Rhythm Heaven takes simpler approaches to individual stages, then blows out the mix for those special levels. And not only are Melatonin's tracks similar, they're also soothing. Which is sort of a problem! They occasionally fight against engagement with the gameplay, making us want to instead sit back, relax and listen.

Melatonin is a more complex game in some ways, starting where Rhythm Heaven often ends and ramping up a bit from there. A simpler approach allows for a little less needed tutorialization, but Melatonin ends up needing to throw players into practice to pick up a few things before each new game. It also sometimes uses more buttons, by default the shoulders, to vary what it asks you to do. These particularly need a quick dip into practice to pick up. There's an optional training wheels setting to show these prompts as you play, but it disrupts the look and we can understand why it's off by default.

level select screen half asleep rhythm game

Speaking of that look: it's really quite well-executed. There's an approach here with a real point of view. It's meant to capture the experience of modern young adulthood, with concerns like money and dating serving as the basis for its rhythm games. The color palette sticks to a particular wedge of the wheel, centered around purple. This does mean particular levels don't stick out as visually memorable, but it does make for a cohesive whole.

Melatonin has something of the opposite effect of, well, melatonin. It more closely replicates the experience of someone who, perhaps, might need some? Given the game's theme, it would have been nice to see an easier mode that's less white-knuckle and more about entering a flow state.

The main shortcoming of Melatonin is sort of unavoidable: its length. You'll breeze through its 20 stages in a couple of hours! Hard Mode gives you another level of challenge to try, which could extend things a bit. And there's even a surprisingly robust editor built into the game that's also very easy to use. This would be a lot cooler if there were a few more building blocks to use! Instead, since you're limited to what the stage already had, there's not as much variety to creations as there really should be.

melatonin review

Is it fair to compare indie project Melatonin to the big-studio polish of Rhythm Heaven? Perhaps not. It doesn't quite reach those heights, but what it manages is well-executed. And, well, it's not exactly like we're getting flooded with games in the genre right now! So we'll appreciate the oasis in the desert.

Melatonin, developed by Half Asleep, will launch on PC on December 15, 2022 for $14.99. It's slated for a Switch release soon after.

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Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 9:30 AM

Yakuza Online x Psycho-Pass

Mobile game Yakuza Online (aka Ryu ga Gotoku Online) is getting a crossover with anime series Psycho-Pass. The Yakuza Online x Psycho-Pass event is live in Japan, and runs through December 26, 2022. The crossover will see characters Akane Tsunemori, Shinya Kogami, and others from the show's cast. Players will also gain a new version of Yakuza: Like A Dragon star Ichiban Kasuga, this time dressed as an Enforcer from the show.

Check out a teaser for the event below.

The Yakuza Online x Psycho-Pass event adds seven characters from the anime to the playable roster. All are KSR quality. Players who participate in the event will receive a copy of Akane Tsunemori's character card through daily login, with extra copies (for limit-breaking) available for meeting event goals. Accomplishing a raid-style quest against Shinya Kogami will reward points that can be redeemed for limited equipment and even existing SSR-quality characters. A Rescue-style quest will pit players against Psycho-Pass villain Shogo Makishima for more equipment. The crossover gacha banner will also feature Enforcer Ichiban Kasuga, who's dressed like a member of Psycho-Pass' Division One, complete with a Dominator handgun.

Yakuza Online is a card-based free-to-play game starring characters from the Yakuza and Like A Dragon games. Its main story modes retell the sagas of Ichiban Kasuga and Kazuma Kiryu, as well as a spin-off story following the travels of Ryuji GodaPsycho-Pass, meanwhile, takes place in a dystopian future Japan that's ruled by the Sibyl System, a totalitarian AI-led governing body that determines a person's occupation and social standing based on their biometric status. This status is summarized in a color-coded "Hue" that signals a person's potential for criminal action. The Public Safety Bureau employs "Inspectors" paired with "Enforcers" to arrest or execute criminals. The twist: Enforcers are themselves classified as "latent criminals".

The Yakuza Online x Psycho-Pass crossover event runs through December 26, 2022. The game is available on iOS and Android devices, as well as PC in Japan.

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Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 9:00 AM

My Hero Academia Fortnite

The Battle Bus is coming to pick up the kids of U.A. High. Epic Games teased a coming crossover between Fortnite and My Hero Academia. The crossover begins on December 16, 2022. As with previous anime crossovers like Naruto and Dragon Ballplayers can expect cosmetic skins and limited-time mechanics.

The FortniteMy Hero Academia crossover was also teased in the launch trailer for Fortnite Battle Royale Chapter 4 Season 1, which aired on December 4, 2022. The chapter continues the expanding meta-story of Fortnite as a whole. It also teased crossovers with a variety of popular properties, like Doom and The Witcher.

The end of Fortnite Chapter 3 saw the character The Paradigm rearranging the game's island yet again, adding new locations and remixing old ones. The launch trailer emphasizes the addition of agile motocross bikes, pilotable drones, and snow-based play mechanics. The Doom Slayer and Geralt of Rivia also appear. The trailer ends with a Fortnite rendition of My Hero Academia star Izuku "Deku" Midoriya jumping and delivering a powerful smash attack. He punches the air, sending out a shockwave that demolishes a castle tower while other players are still inside.

The crossover renders Deku wearing his "Delta" costume variant. The Delta costume features long gauntlets to protect Deku's arms, capped by "Air Force" gloves that enable longer-range attacks. Leg supports and "Iron Sole" shoe accessories support Deku when he uses  leg supports to brace Deku when he uses his kicking-oriented "Shoot Style" combat form.

The Fortnite and My Hero Academia crossover begins on December 16, 2022. Fortnite is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via the Epic Games Store. The anime series is currently in its 6th season, and is airing on various streaming services, including Crunchyroll and Netflix. The manga is published in English by Viz Media. Another My Hero Academia-themed battle royal game is My Hero Academia: Ultra Rumble, which is in testing.

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Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 8:30 AM

Square Enix updated the official Japanese FFXVI website with art showing each of the major characters from the game

People can get a closer look at major characters from FFXVI, as Square Enix released new official art. The Japanese website for the game updated. When it did, it included new looks at the Rosfields, their dog, and six Dominants.

First, here is a picture of FFXVI art showing two characters together. It is of the brothers Clive and Joshua Rosfield.
Official Art of FFXVI Characters Shared

Next, here are two pieces of character art showing Clive as a young adult, then when he is grown up.
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Here is Joshua on his own.
Official Art of FFXVI Characters Shared

Clive isn't the only one of the FFXVI characters to get before and after art. Here are two pictures Square Enix shared of Jill Warrick when she was young and after she grows up.
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We also can see Torgal as a puppy, then as a full-grown dog.
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The rest of the characters shown in this round of images involve additional Dominants in FFXVI. There's Cidolfus Telamon, Benedikta Harman, Hugo Kupka, Dion Lesage, and Barnabas Tharmr.
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Since Square Enix revealed the release date at The Game Awards 2022, lots of details about FFXVI appeared. For example, we learned who the English and Japanese voice actors for major characters would be. Details appeared about the combat system.

Final Fantasy XVI will release on the PlayStation 5 on June 23, 2022. The Japanese Collector's Edition's contents already appeared.

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Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 7:45 AM

Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster Switch, PS4 ESRB Ratings Appear

It seems that the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster games are heading to the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. A new ratings leak appeared. This time, ratings appeared for FFI through FFVI for the PS4 and Switch via the ESRB website. None of the ratings specifically note Pixel Remaster in their title. However, each rating does match the one given to the PC versions available on Steam. Square Enix hasn't officially announced anything yet. [Thanks, Cefaluu on Reddit!]

First, here's a list of links to each potential Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster PS4 and Switch ESRB rating. Each one mentions it as a 2D game. They also all note the PC version.

These remasters first appeared back in 2021. The series kicked off with Final Fantasy in July 2021. It ended when FFVI showed up in February 2022. Following their complete launch, people could get a $74.82 bundle on Steam that included all six games, as well as bonus wallpapers and original soundtracks.

The FFI through FFVI are available as part of the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster on the PC and mobile devices, and it seems Switch and PS4 versions are also on the way.

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Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 7:30 AM

FFVII Ever Crisis 2023 Closed Beta Confirmed in New Trailer

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis, Square Enix's compilation mobile game, is delayed. A video for the title appeared. At the end of the new FFVII Ever Crisis trailer, a Summer 2023 closed beta test announcement appeared.

Here's the new FFVII Ever Crisis Winter 2023 trailer. It begins with Soldiers in a helicopter. It then cuts to a main menu, which confirmed FFVII and Crisis Core: FFVII's stories will both be told in it. When the Crisis Core one is selected, it is shown that chapters will be divided into main and sub sections for different episodes. After one is selected, it shows Zack fighting Ifrit.

Originally, the FFVII Ever Crisis closed beta was supposed to appear "later in 2022." There was never any exact release window for it. However, it was announced in June 2022.

As for the game itself, it was suggested it would appear by now. A CyberAgent financial report assigned it a September 2022 launch window back in May 2022.

When it does appear, Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis will appear on Android and Apple iOS devices. The FFVII Ever Crisis closed beta will appear in Summer 2023. Square Enix already confirmed that it will be a free-to-play game.

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Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 7:00 AM

Majima Voice Actor

Hidenari Ugaki, the voice actor for Goro Majima in the Yakuza / Like A Dragon games, said that he hasn't been invited to record lines for the latest game in the series. At least, not yet. The reveal came via a comment aired as part of an episode of anime series Pop Team Epic .[Thanks, Famitsu!]

For those who haven't seen it, Pop Team Epic is less a narrative-driven series and more of a variety show, featuring guest personalities doing voices and skits. Some skits are adapted from the original Pop Team Epic comic strip by Bkub Okawa, and others are original gags using everything from professional 2D animation to live-action segments parodying news programs. Each roughly 30-minute episode is divided into two almost identical 15-minute halves, using different voice actors and other differences between them. The back half of episode 11 featured Goro Majima voice actor Hidenari Ugaki and Takaya Kuroda, who plays Kazuma Kiryu in the Yakuza / Like A Dragon games. Following the episode, a special segment called Pop Tuber featuring the two ad-libbing their conversation was uploaded to the official Pop Team Epic YouTube channel.

Check it out below.

During the segment, Ugaki and Kuroda talk freely about various topics. Kuroda then mentions that he's recording for "the next game" in a series that they work on together, without mentioning it by name. The hint is telling, since Kuroda and Ugaki have only worked together as voice actors on Yakuza / Like A Dragon, where Ugaki is Majima's voice actor and Kuroda is Kiryu's voice actor. Ugaki reacts in surprise, saying he hasn't heard anything about recording for it starting. Momentary panic ensues, with Ugaki jokingly demanding the producers "come out here and answer."

As for which game in the Like A Dragon series Kuroda is referring to, it could be Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name, or Like A Dragon 8. Chronologically speaking, Like A Dragon Gaiden would be the next game in the pipeline, as its release window is set for 2023. Like A Dragon 8 is coming out in 2024. AIt wouldn't make sense for Ugaki to be surprised about Like A Dragon: Ishin!, since he already plays Souji Okita in that game.

Like A Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name is out on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC in 2023. Like A Dragon 8 will be out for the same platforms in 2024. Like A Dragon: Ishin! has a February 2023 release window on the same platforms.

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Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 6:00 AM

layla genshin impact ascension materials

Layla is one of the newer characters in Genshin Impact, and thus not everyone might have had time to farm her ascension materials. She debuted in Version 3.2 and is not on pick-up in the current 3.3 banner. However, for those who got her before or accidentally got her now, here are the items that you will need in order to ascend this 4-star Cryo character.

The majority of characters in Genshin Impact use Talent Books and ascension materials from their own region, and Layla is no different. As a character from Sumeru, you won't need to spend too much time running around for her. Here are the items you will need for each ascension:

Ascension 1:

  • 1 Shivada Jade Sliver
  • 3 Nilotpala Lotuses
  • 3 Divining Scrolls
  • 20,000 Mora

Ascension 2:

  • 3 Shivada Jade Fragments
  • 10 Nilotpala Lotuses
  • 15 Divining Scrolls
  • 2 Perpetual Calibers
  • 40,000 Mora

Ascension 3: 

  • 6 Shivada Jade Fragments
  • 20 Nilotpala Lotuses
  • 12 Sealed Scrolls
  • 4 Perpetual Calibers
  • 60,000 Mora

Ascension 4:

  • 3 Shivada Jade Chunks
  • 30 Nilotpala Lotuses
  • 18 Sealed Scrolls
  • 8 Perpetual Calibers
  • 80,000 Mora

Ascension 5:

  • 6 Shivada Jade Chunks
  • 45 Nilotpala Lotuses
  • 12 Forbidden Curse Scrolls
  • 12 Perpetual Calibers
  • 100,000 Mora

Ascension 6:

  • 6 Shivada Jade Gemstones
  • 60 Nilotpala Lotuses
  • 24 Forbidden Curse Scrolls
  • 20 Perpetual Calibers
  • 120,000 Mora

In total, you will need 420,000 Mora, 46 Perpetual Calibers, and 168 Nilotpala Lotuses. This is on top of the various gems and Scroll enemy drops. You can get Scrolls from Hilichurl Samachurls, which are literally everywhere in Teyvat. As for the Perpetual Calibers, you can get them from the Aeonblight Drake World Boss in Sumeru. You can get Nilotpala Lotuses in places like Lokapala Jungle, Devantaka Mountain, and Pardis Dhyai. Those who pulled for Tighnari earlier in Genshin Impact might already know where to get this ascension material for Layla. Even if you forgot, the Forest Watcher's passive Talent will help you (somewhat) to search for the Lotuses.

For her Talents, she takes Ingenuity books, which you can find from the Steeple of Ignorance on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Her Weekly Boss Drop is the Mirror of Mushin, which you can get from Shouki no Kami. The total amount of resources you will need to fully ascend a single talent for Layla is:

  • 1,652,500 Mora
  • 6 Divining Scrolls
  • 22 Sealed Scrolls
  • 31 Forbidden Curse Scrolls
  • 3 Teachings of Ingenuity
  • 21 Guides to Ingenuity
  • 38 Philosophies of Ingenuity
  • 6 Mirrors of Mushin
  • 1 Crown of Insight

Because Layla's shield relies on her HP, it might be good to level her up in order to take advantage of that. You can also use her as just a Cryo applier and save your resources for someone else.

Genshin Impact is readily available on the PS4, PS5, Windows PC, and mobile devices. You can get Layla as a permanent 4-star character from the gacha.

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Siliconera Monday, December 12, 2022 5:00 AM

Jun Kazama Tekken 8

Jun Kazama in Tekken 8 is a playable character. Tekken Series Director Katsuhiro Harada confirmed the fact during a panel following the Tekken World Tour 2022 North America Regional Finals. Jun has been missing and presumed dead since her first appearance in Tekken 2. She showed up in other Tekken games, but only as a flashback or cameo. She was last playable in 2012's Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and 2013's Tekken Revolution, which are not considered "canon." Harada also confirmed that Jun never actually died, and only went missing. Exactly why she was gone all that time might be explained as part of Tekken 8's story.

The panel also saw Harada and Tekken Series Producer Michael Murray show off some early concept art of Jun Kazama in Tekken 8. Jun's design comes from artist Mari Shimazaki, who designed the main cast of Bayonetta, Josie Rizal and Kazumi Mishima from Tekken 7, and the cast of anime series Luck & Logic.

Besides the playability of Jun Kazama in Tekken 8, Harada and Murray also emphasized some other key points from the recent trailer aired at the 2022 Game Awards. Factors like environmental destruction, Rage Art super moves, and the three-dimensional "side-stepping" mechanics will continue to be important in the new game. The newer "Heat System" will be activated by executing certain moves, but also by other factors that will be revealed at a later date. The Heat System is designed to encourage "aggressive" play by enhancing characters' abilities and moves.

In a follow-up Tweet, Harada also said that Tekken 7 had passed the 10 million sales milestone, as well as surpassing over 54 million sales over the series' lifetime. He thanked fans for their support over the years.

Tekken 8 will launch on PS5, PC, and Xbox Series X. It does not yet have a release date.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, December 12, 2022 11:59 AM
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     Toedscruel Weaknessess Counters Pokémon Scarlet VioletToedscruel is a new Pokémon introduced in Generation Nine. The Woodear Pokémon is a Ground and Grass type with a unique ability, Mycelium Might. Despite its similarities to Tentacruel, Toedscruel is not an evolution or regional variant. Instead, it is a reference to real-life convergent species. Here's our guide on Toedscruel weaknesses and best counters in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Note: For more information about the game, check out our Pokémon Scarlet and Violet guides and features hub. Toedscruel weaknesses and best counters in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet With Toedscruel being a Ground and Grass type, it is weak to a few types. Toedscruel has a 2x weakness to Flying, Bug, and Fire. Also, Toedscruel has a glaring 4x weakness to Ice, which is troublesome, as Blizzard and Ice Beam are common moves. The only types that Toedscruel resists are Ground and Rock along with an immunity to Electric. With Ice being among Toedscruel's biggest weaknesses in Pokémon Scarl...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, December 12, 2022 11:30 AM
     American Truck Simulator Dedicated Servers ArtIt's been a while since Convoy mode came to American Truck Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator 2. Now, SCS Software is enhancing the multiplayer experience. Brought on by high user demand, this new feature will provide more flexibility with conducting a multiplayer session via dedicated servers in either American Truck Simulator or Euro Truck Simulator 2. As SCS outlines in its official blog post about the feature rollout, the ability for players to host dedicated servers will allow them to leave the server running continuously, regardless of whether anyone's online. This turns the experience into a routine of 'hop-on/hop-off,' so to speak, as players can join in and the leave at their leisure. Dedicated servers head to Euro and American Truck Simulator Interestingly enough, there's basically no prerequisites for hosing a dedicated server. You don't even have to own any of the games (or any of their DLCs). The dedicated servers can also be hosted ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, December 12, 2022 10:30 AM
     Euro Truck Simulator 2 West Balkans Wip Borders 2 (copy)Development on the West Balkans DLC map expansion for Euro Truck Simulator 2 continues behind the scenes. The latest dev update from developer SCS Software details how the many border crossings will work in the new expansion. With the West Balkans expansion featuring over eight countries, players can encounter up to 30 of them should they choose to explore every inch of all the new scenery. Border crossings in Euro Truck Simulator 2 are nothing new. After all, the game features a wide variety of different countries already. But, with the West Balkans expansion featuring such a plethora of new countries within of itself, and the fact that not all of them are EU members, the border crossings here are a little more complex. Players can expect their trucks and trailers to get thorough inspections, even with the use of X-rays in some cases. SCS has incorporated realistic laws of approved and prohibited cargo imports into this expansion. The team also made sure to keep the realism of the sp...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, December 12, 2022 9:37 AM
     Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 Weapon Balancing update patchFortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 is here with a brand new map, the debut of perks known as Augments, and much more. As always, a new season means that changes have been made to the loot pool and this time, there are returning weapons and a lot of fresh ones. Recently, a weapon balancing update went live in Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 which makes various changes that you'll want to familiarize yourself with before your next match. Details of each weapon that has undergone some sort of tuning was shared in a thread on the Fortnite Status Twitter account. Five out of the seven new weapons that joined the island with the launch of Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 1 have experienced some sort of balancing. First up, the Tactical Pistol has received a buff with improved accuracy and recoil. The Maven Auto Shotgun has also seen its accuracy raised, while the fire rate has been increased. Sticking with shotguns, you'll notice that the Thunder Pump Shotgun will equip faster and allow you to get...

Gamer Empire Monday, December 12, 2022 8:28 AM
     In Deep Rock Galactic, unlocking new weapons is an important thing to do since each weapon has its own strength. Ever want to freeze your […]

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Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, December 12, 2022 12:00 PM
     Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in the old times in the Pokemon world when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in the land of the Hisui region, known as the Sinnoh region in modern times, you'll join the Galaxy Expedition Team (or just Galaxy Team for short) as a member […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, December 12, 2022 10:00 AM
     Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in the old times in the Pokemon world when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in the land of the Hisui region, known as the Sinnoh region in modern times, you'll join the Galaxy Expedition Team (or just Galaxy Team for short) as a member […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, December 12, 2022 9:38 AM
     Pokemon Legends: Arceus is set in the old times in the Pokemon world when it was rare to find harmony between people and Pokemon. Set in the land of the Hisui region, known as the Sinnoh region in modern times, you'll join the Galaxy Expedition Team (or just Galaxy Team for short) as a member […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, December 12, 2022 9:36 AM
     Supergiant Games' Hades was one of the more celebrated rogue-like games when it came out back in 2018, and the studio is now looking to release the sequel—Hades II—next year. Thanks to The Game Awards, we now have a look at the highly-anticipated Hades II. Check this out: With the first game focusing on the […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, December 12, 2022 9:21 AM
     It's been a while since we got a AAA Transformers game, but after the release of the trailer for Transformers: Rise of the Beasts, The Game Awards has decided to give us a look at Transfomers: Reactivate from developer Splash Damage. Watch this: I'll admit, I thought I was originally looking at a trailer for […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, December 12, 2022 9:03 AM
     Crash Bandicoot  has gotten a fresh new look with the release of It's About Time back in 2020, and it looks like Activision is ready for another take on the Crash franchise with the official reveal of Crash Team Rumble. Watch this: Here's the official description: Play as Crash, Dingodile, and a host of other […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, December 12, 2022 8:33 AM
     The Game Awards may have taken place last weekend, but the reveals just keep on coming. After the release of Crisis Core, Square Enix is now looking at the launch of a new IP with Forspoken, and we have  a new gameplay showcase giving us a look at the main villains called the Tanta—sorceress who […]

MonsterVine Monday, December 12, 2022 9:00 AM
     High On Life is the latest game from Justin Roiland's studio Squanch Games, and takes everything they've learned from Accounting+ and Trover Saves the Universe to lofty new heights. Talking guns, alien cartels and a fresh out of school loser kid with zero ambitions who's humanity's only hope. High On Life Developer: Squanch Games Price: […]