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Kotaku Thursday, December 15, 2022 5:25 PM

As the debate around AI "art" continues to rage on sites like ArtStation, Twitter, and Reddit (and likely in the comments below this very article) it's already being used in commercial projects. Most recently, Justin Roiland of Squanch Games and Rick And Morty fame confirmed that his newest project, the comedic…


Kotaku Thursday, December 15, 2022 5:05 PM

2022, as with many recent years, was a bit of a flaming trainwreck as we continued to deal with the covid-19 pandemic (and other viruses, too), soaring inflation, idiotic tech bros destroying things, and, unfortunately, so much more. But there was actually some good things that happened this year, so if you want a…


Kotaku Thursday, December 15, 2022 4:30 PM

When I got an email that Bratz: Flaunt Your Fashion, the first official Bratz dolls video game since 2012, was coming out in November across most platforms, including, remarkably, the PS5, I was intrigued and a little amused. When I booted it up, I got that familiar hit of nostalgia, as each of the four main…


Kotaku Thursday, December 15, 2022 3:35 PM

As we discussed earlier this week, the Steam Deck has had one hell of a launch year. It should be no surprise, then, that Valve has its eye on the future of its new handheld, which it has officially categorized as a "multi-generational product." The company has now revealed a bit of what it's hoping to improve and…


Kotaku Thursday, December 15, 2022 3:10 PM

Death Stranding is joining the neverending list of Sony and Sony-funded games getting a movie adaptation, but it won't be a retread of Sam Porter Bridges' story from the original game.


Kotaku Thursday, December 15, 2022 2:17 PM

If you or a far-right-pilled relative wants to be a mark in Donald Trump's latest grift, you're in luck. For the low low price of $99 and your irreplaceable dignity, you can now own an official Donald Trump NFT.


Kotaku Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:55 PM

It looks like Spider-Man fans are going to have a busy year in 2023, as Insomniac has confirmed Spider-Man 2 will launch on PlayStation 5 next fall.


Kotaku Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:55 PM

In the 20 years since Microsoft acquired Rare in 2002, the studio has only produced one actual game in the Conker series, which was the 2005 remake of Conker's Bad Fur Day called Conker: Live and Reloaded on the original Xbox. I don't know how well a foulmouthed squirrel passing through a series of movie homages and…


Kotaku Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:50 PM

In really stepping things up news, it's just been announced that Amazon Games is set to publish the next Tomb Raider game. Following Square Enix's retreat from the Western front, and the sale of both developer Crystal Dynamics and the Tomb Raider license itself, it was unclear what might happen to Lara's ongoing…


Kotaku Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:19 PM

I am no stranger to the intricacies of video game porn. I see it all the time when I'm running gaming searches on social media. Yet Pornhub's Year In Review list revealing the most searched games on the platform in 2022 has got me reconsidering everything that I know about gaming porn. Overwatch, I expect and…


Kotaku Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:13 PM

The story of Halo in 2022 is a tale of two cities: Halo Infinite's struggling modern live-service title with a potentially promising future, available in parallel with a thriving, active history of its best years in the form of The Master Chief Collection. A year in with Halo Infinite and it's clear which game is more…


PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 5:37 PM
     Civilization 6 Leader Pass DLC Great Commanders pack is out now

The second Civilization 6 Leader Pass DLC pack is out now, adding three new national leaders to the 4X game. This pack includes three historic commanders: Japan's Tokugawa, Persia's Nader Shah, and the Ottoman Empire's Suleiman the Magnificent.

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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 4:33 PM
     Destiny 2 community manager dmg04 is stepping down

Destiny 2 community manager Dylan Gafner, better known to Destiny fans as dmg04, will be stepping down at the end of the year, according to a post he shared to his personal Twitter account. Though there are other community managers on the Destiny 2 team, Gafner is widely known as the primary liaison between the developers and the multiplayer game's community. He's been part of the Bungie team for more than seven years.

"Wanted to give a heads up that I'll be stepping down from Community Management on December 30. At this time in my career, I'm thinking of embracing a new direction," he shared via an image post. Gafner, who presently holds the title of Senior Community Manager, expresses his interest in pursuing a different communications role in the games industry, trying his hand at game design, or possibly going in an entirely new direction.

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

PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 4:18 PM
     A Death Stranding movie is in the works

Hideo Kojima's film aspirations have been clear for many years, and it looks like they're finally taking shape in a Death Stranding movie that is currently in development. Kojima has partnered with Hammerstone Studios and producer Alex Lebovici to produce the film adaptation of the moody open-world game, which will tell a story with "new elements and characters within the Death Stranding universe."

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Death Stranding PC release date, How long is Death Stranding, Death Stranding Steam

PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 3:49 PM
     Destiny 2 Spire of the Watcher guide, loot table, chests, and boss

The Destiny 2 Spire of the Watcher dungeon is live, featuring a fight for control of a Seraph facility currently overrun by Xivu Arath-led Vex forces. If you're looking at this guide, you probably want to know how to beat the Destiny 2 Spire of the Watcher dungeon. You'll do this by ensuring these forces won't succeed in their activities by taking down Persys, Primordial Ruin.

Of course, it's not that simple. Like all dungeons and raids in one of the best free PC games, this involves solving a series of puzzles while facing challenging enemies in an environment that restricts respawning. Therefore, you'll want to know as much as possible about the new Destiny 2 Spire of the Watcher dungeon before you tackle it. Do note that using the best Destiny 2 Warlock builds, the best Hunter builds, and the best Titan builds will serve you well here.

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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 3:07 PM
     Blizzard vet Chris Metzen returns to World of Warcraft

Chris Metzen will be returning to World of Warcraft to take on a role on the MMORPG's leadership team, Blizzard has announced. Metzen, who started with Blizzard as an artist in 1994 and spent 23 years with the company before retiring in 2016, will work as a 'creative advisor' on World of Warcraft, with plans to expand his role to other games in the future.

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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 2:02 PM
     Vampire Survivors weapon evolution guide

Want to know what all the Vampire Survivors weapon evolutions are? This roguelite indie game is rapidly gaining in popularity as players discover the sheer joy of walking around a forest or library, slaying an ever-growing encroaching horde of monsters that just want to be very close to you.

It's a relatively simple game, but mastering it and unlocking Vampire Survivors characters can get tricky if you don't spec into the correct build from the start. To evolve an item in Vampire Survivors, you must first level up a weapon to its maximum level, collect its linked item when it appears on the level-up screen, then kill an elite monster and open the chest it leaves behind. Unfortunately, you only have a few slots for weapons and items, so you must choose carefully.

The items that synergise well with a weapon aren't necessarily the items you need to evolve them, so while you'll want to pick up the Candelabrador if you have the Garlic weapon, you also need a Pummarola to power it up. If you don't have the new Grim Grimoire item to help you figure out which items you should keep on a run with the best Vampire Survivors characters, we've put together a list of all the possible Vampire Survivors weapon evolutions and which items you need to pick up to get the best Vampire Survivors builds.

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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:55 PM
     How to unlock secret characters in Vampire Survivors

Want to know how to unlock secret characters in Vampire Survivors? When you start your first run you only have a handful of Vampire Survivors characters and a few weapons available. However, on each playthrough, more items, weapons, and characters unlock for you to use in future attempts. These items are vital if you wish to use Vampire Survivor weapon evolutions to maximise a weapon's damage output for the best Vampire Survivors build.

You can unlock secret Vampire Survivors characters by meeting requirements, such as leveling up your gear to a certain threshold, finding items in a level, or slaying a quota of monsters. Later on, you can also find Arcana to give your weapons unique bonuses to annihilate your foes.

Some of these unlock conditions are vague and confusing, so we thought we'd list how you can get all of the Vampire Survivors characters, weapons, items, and levels. We also have a cheat code that you need to type to get another hidden vampire slayer, steps to access other secret characters, and every unlock for the new Legacy of Moonspell DLC.

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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:48 PM
     Vampire Survivors DLC launches alongside a fresh new patch

The new Vampire Survivors DLC has arrived just in time for spending the holidays together with family, sitting around a warm fireplace, and massacring countless hordes of pixelated monsters in one of 2022's most surprisingly addictive roguelike games. The DLC comes alongside Vampire Survivors patch 1.2.0, which updates the base game for the DLC and makes some minor tweaks and bugfixes. It also adds an "important" new skin for Pepino, the tree.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best survival games on PC in 2022, Vampire Survivors weapon evolution guide, The best Vampire Survivors build

PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:35 PM
     Battlefield 2042 event Battle of Nordvik kicks off December 20

EA/DICE has announced a new limited-time Battlefield 2042 event called The Battle of Nordvik, set to run December 20 - January 10. The multiplayer game event is broken down into three separate weeks, each with its own phase of a pivotal conflict between the Western Forces' Nordvik Control Corps and the Black Storm shadow ops regiment.

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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:14 PM
     The Sims 4 players clock 1.4 billion hours played in free game in 2022

The Sims 4 players have racked up a whopping 1.4 billion total hours played in 2022, EA says, with fans of the probably the most well-known life game making even more Sims this year than last. It's been a banner year for the series - not only did we get a glimpse at the next game in October ahead of its early access release, but The Sims 4 became a free game as well.

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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:10 PM
     Genshin Impact 3.4 leaks reveal Onikabuto fighting event and new boss

These recent Genshin Impact leaks provide a small preview of the event menus coming in the anime game's version 3.4 update. It seems that HoYoverse is planning to add an Onikabuto fighting event, a new boss battle, a Sumeru desert expansion, and more. We also get to see a few rules and requirements for some unnamed Genshin Impact events as well.

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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:01 PM
     The best sandbox games on PC in 2022

The best sandbox games are difficult to nail down, as the sandbox style is spread across countless genres with disparate mechanics and settings. But all sandboxes share a common trait: freedom. Whether it's creating a whole world or building up a gang of criminals across a city, sandbox games leave most of the agency up to the player. They are universes to be experienced at a pace not dictated by developers.

There needs to be a bit of clarity when looking at what makes a great sandbox game, though. They have, since the days of Elite and Ultima, referred to open-world games filled with choice and diversions. But revisionist history would describe them as "games like Minecraft". For the purposes of this exploration of the best of the bunch, we're taking a look at them all. We support sandbox egalitarianism. So, from the mean streets of Los Santos through the ruthless missions of Agent 47 and the stunning expanse of Eve's universe, these are the very best sandbox games on PC.


PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:11 PM
     Assassin's Creed Valhalla temporarily becomes a free Steam game

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is set to become a free Steam game, for a limited period just ahead of Christmas, as Rainbow Six Siege and Far Cry developer Ubisoft makes the stealth sandbox game hit available to all while we wait on AC Mirage and the return of Assassin's Creed multiplayer.

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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:45 AM
     Steam Deck 2 – release date, price, specs, and benchmark rumours

Valve may have already released "the best handheld around" as we coined it in our Steam Deck review, but the company is already hard at work putting together Steam Deck 2. This isn't too surprising given how many people are clearly interested in the Deck. Time will tell, however, how much of an upgrade it will offer and whether it can stand up to more powerful competitors.


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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:35 AM
     How to install Minecraft Forge 1.19

Want to know how to install Minecraft Forge and manage your mods? It's pretty simple to set up and once you get started, you'll have a place to keep track of all your mods, whether that's tweaking your interface or spicing up your exploration.

Minecraft mods are not in short supply, so when it comes to managing the Forge mods you're using in Mojang's sandbox game, the sheer volume of mods can be a tad overwhelming. Minecraft Forge only works for the Java Edition, so if you're not living your best modding life on the original PC version, then there's plenty of fun to be had exploring Minecraft PE seeds to keep your busy for hours.

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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:27 AM
     Elden Ring patch 1.08.1 fixes annoying multiplayer map bug

Elden Ring patch 1.08.1 has been released by FromSoftware, with the minor update addressing a couple of rather annoying multiplayer bugs introduced in the recent free Elden Ring Colosseum update. One of these is primarily aimed at players abusing a weapon moveset exploit in Elden Ring PvP, but the other affects anyone exploring the main map of the open-world game, potentially making both co-op and invasions almost impossible.

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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:26 AM
     GTA podium car: here's what vehicle you can win in GTA Online

What is the GTA podium car this week? GTA Online vehicles are expensive things, so we're happy to take a spin on the Diamond Casino's Lucky Wheel to get a discount. Winning isn't guaranteed, sure, but it isn't out of the question, either. Look, we don't have a problem - leave it alone.

Finding out what is the GTA podium car is simple enough - it's winning it that's the challenge. You can spin the Diamond Casino's Lucky Wheel once daily, and each Podium Car refreshes after seven days on a Thursday. Basically, you have seven shots to get the vehicle of that given week. If you own a Penthouse, you can spin it for free, but if you don't, it's $500 a spin. Don't fret if you don't win, as you can try for something else.

You have a one in 20 chance of getting the podium vehicle, a car discount, or a mystery prize. There's a four in 20 chance of getting clothes, chips, and cash. Finally, there's a five in 20 chance of getting RP. On that note, here's everything you need to know about this week's GTA podium car.


PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:09 PM
     The best PC games December 2022

What are the best PC games available today? From triple-A world-beaters like GTA V to enchanting indie releases such as Rocket League, these classics are the biggest Steam games you can buy.

Finding the best PC games is no easy task. There are, you may have noticed, quite a lot of them. From Steam games to… all those other platforms you love so much, there has never been more choice available to the discerning PC gamer.

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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:21 AM
     The best Sims 4 mods in 2022

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

The Sims 4 mods scene is thriving, with plenty of weird and wonderful additions to the base game. If you just want more choice in terms of customisation options before the Sims 5 release date, there are loads of Sims 4 CC packs available, while the mods below completely overhaul gameplay mechanics. We've compiled a list of just some of the best Sims 4 mods accompanied with links to all the download pages. Be sure to read the install instructions for each mod.

Continue reading The best Sims 4 mods in 2022
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PCGamesN Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:08 AM
     OneXPlayer 2 costs more than twice as much as the Steam Deck

The number of Steam Deck competitors seems to grow by the day, and we now have further details on another potential challenger for the portable powerhouse. The OneXPlayer 2 is already understood to be a more powerful machine on paper, but this higher level of performance seemingly comes at a higher price.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, December 15, 2022 2:50 PM

Hack 'n' Slash took the puzzle-programming subgenre further than most of its peers by letting you edit actual LUA scripts in-game. By doing so you could increase your Link-like character's movement speed, change the behaviour of enemies, or - in the case of a puzzle that has taken 8 years to crack - discover secret rooms.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, December 15, 2022 2:13 PM

The Epic Games Store's Christmas sale is now underway, with discounts including 40% off FIFA 23, 25% off Spider-Man Remastered, and 100% off one new game each day for the next fifteen days. Each new free-to-keep mystery game will be revealed each day at 4pm GMT/8am PT/11am ET. Today's first game? Bloons TD6, a tower defense game that has over 200,000 positive reviews on, uh, Steam.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:44 PM

More than half the rhythm games I see on PC seem to feature courses that look like bullet hell levels, designed for players with the perseverance, patience and 12-fingered hands I lack. Melatonin looks more my pace, with pastel hand-drawn art, chill beats, and levels about dreams and reality merging together. It's out now.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:42 PM

Good news, everyone! SteelSeries' Arctis Nova 7 gaming headset is down to £104 after a 30% discount at Currys when you use code GAMING30 at checkout, marking the first major price drop for this recently-released and critically-acclaimed headset.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:32 PM

OK, this one is ridiculous. I get that. And yet - I'm posting it anyway. This is a deal on an 18TB hard drive from Amazon, a Seagate Exos X18 7200RPM CMR drive that will allow you to install all the games** or back up all the things**, or maybe both. This huge HDD has been reduced to £287, a historic low, which works out as 1.6p per gigabyte - absolutely crazy given the size we're working with here.

**Your mileage may vary, but if you are able to legitimately fill this I will be genuinely impressed.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:21 PM

What better way to win back your community after the rocky launch of a new game than by providing a free "upgrade" to a beloved old game? I've no way of knowing if that's what Volition thought as they followed the poor reception of the Saints Row reboot by earlier this month "upgrading all copies" of Saints Row IV to Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, a version of the outlandish 2013 action game which includes all previously released DLC.

If it was what they thought, it hasn't worked. Players report that Re-Elected isn't an upgrade at all, but that it has broken their save games, their mods, and introduced new launch and crash bugs to the nine-year-old game.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:39 PM

The next Tomb Raider will again be developed by Crystal Dynamics, but this time with "full support and publishing" provided by Amazon Games. It's the second game which Amazon have announced they're publishing in quick succession, after last week revealing that they would bring Bandai Namco MMO Blue Protocol to the west.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:34 AM

It's midseason update time for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and free to play battle royale Warzone 2, with the latter's DMZ mode now letting you swap teams if things aren't going so well. Been taken down in Warzone 2 but none of your squadmates are around to help? Or perhaps you're just a bit fed up of waiting for them to revive you? Well, since the Season 01 Reloaded update arrived, you now have the option to ask enemy players for help and get to join their team if they do. There's a whole bunch more stuff in the update including the new version of the Shipment map for Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer, which you take a look at in the video below.

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Twinfinite Thursday, December 15, 2022 5:45 PM
     A new utility promises to revolution and streamline how you interact with MSFS.

Twinfinite Thursday, December 15, 2022 4:43 PM
     Hold on to your lugnuts, it's time for an overhaul!

Twinfinite Thursday, December 15, 2022 4:41 PM
     The countdown is on.

Twinfinite Thursday, December 15, 2022 4:38 PM
     Japanese Diablo 4 fans can sink their teeth into a new Lilithburger at Burger King.

Twinfinite Thursday, December 15, 2022 4:34 PM
     With Kojima Productions on board, the Death Stranding film is in good hands.

Twinfinite Thursday, December 15, 2022 3:26 PM
     Wo Long: Fallen Dinasty's developers promise a very dark versions of the popular Three Kingdoms setting.

Twinfinite Thursday, December 15, 2022 2:18 PM
     Tomb Raider is back... again

Twinfinite Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:02 PM
     Please, spend your money on something other than Donald Trump NFTs.

Twinfinite Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:40 PM
     At least we can still expect Marvel's Spider-Man 2 in 2023.

Twinfinite Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:20 AM
     The floating fortress Somniel lets you interact with friends and prepare for battle in Fire Emblem Engage.

Twinfinite Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:07 AM
     Everyone should experience Night in the Woods for themselves.

Twinfinite Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:06 AM
     A weird glitch switches up Zach Fair's voice actor in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion.

Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 5:30 PM

Tales of arise soundtrack streaming

Bandai Namco announced the worldwide distribution of approximately 2,000 songs from the Tales of series. It includes songs from games like Tales of Phantasia and Tales of Destiny. The company established the sound label Bandai Namco Game Music in September 2022, through which the songs will be available. On launch, the soundtrack from Tales of Arise became available for streaming. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

Bandai Namco launched their music label, Bandai Namco Game Music in September 2022. The starting roster of available songs included many Bandai Namco franchises, like Taiko no Tatsujin. Soundtracks from titles it published, like FromSoftware's Elden Ring, also appeared. The first Tales of title to make the jump to the label was the original soundtrack from Tales of Arise, the latest entry in the JRPG series. It is available digitally on platforms like Spotify and YouTube Music. Joining to this initial roster are the soundtrack of more Tales of games, available now.

As of December 15, 2022, the soundtracks for Tales of Phantasia (both the Super Famicom, PlayStation and Gameboy Advance versions), Tales of Destiny (PS1 and PS2 versions), Tales of Destiny 2, and Tales of Arise are online. More songs will be available on December 22, 2022. Those will be the complete soundtracks for Tales of the Abyss, Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Hearts, and Tales of Graces. More will be aded at a later date.

Tales of Arise is available on the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC. The game's soundtrack is available on select digital platforms, including Spotify and YouTube Music.

The post Tales of Arise Soundtrack and Other Entries' Now Streaming appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 5:00 PM

The Fire Emblem Heroes Holiday Handoff banner is coming with alts for Annette, Black Knight, Dorothea, and Cordelia (with Severa).

The Fire Emblem Heroes Holiday Handoff banner is coming with alts for Annette, Black Knight, Dorothea, and Cordelia with her daughter Severa. There will also be a holiday alt for Bruno, which people can earn through a Tempest Trials+. Both the banner and event begin on December 16, 2022.

The Black Knight, Dorothea, and Cordelia and Severa Duo Unit will all be available as five-stars in Fire Emblem Heroes. Annette will be available as both a four and five-star unit. Annette is an armored, colorless archer. Black Knight is an armored, axe-wielding unit. Dorothea is a cavalry unit with a red tome. Finally, Cordelia is a flier who wields a lance.

The announcement didn't reveal what sort of hero Holiday Bruno will be. However, people will get both a four and five-star version of him from the Tempest Trials+ for reaching certain point milestones.

Here's the trailer for the new banner. It also confirms it will be possible to triple spark on it. This means for every 40 summons, you can pick a focus character. So this can happen up to three times.

Fire Emblem Heroes is available for Android and Apple iOS devices, and the Holiday Handoff banner will be around December 16, 2022 through January 15, 2023.

The post Fire Emblem Heroes Holiday Handoff Banner Has Black Knight and Annette Alts appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 4:30 PM

City Hunter Netflix live-action

Netflix will adapt legendary manga series City Hunter as a live-action film. A story in the The Hollywood Reporter notes that the streaming giant has greenlit the project. Netflix's attempt will star Japanese actor Ryohei Suzuki and will be Directed by Yuichi Sato.

City Hunter was created by Tsukasa Hojo and ran in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump from 1985 to 1991. During that time it became a fixture of Japanese pop. It also achieved global notoriety, selling over 50 million copies outside Japan, and particularly in Europe and Asia. The series stars Ryo Saeba, a private detective who fights crime in Tokyo, when he's not chasing beautiful ladies. His agency, "City Hunter", works underground, and can only be contacted by writing certain letters on a special blackboard at Shinjuku Station.

City Hunter received anime adaptations throughout the 1980s, including TV series and theatrical films. Aniplex even produced a new anime film in 2019, City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes. The series was so popular overseas that it spawned its own set of foreign-grown adaptations. These included Hong Kong, Chinese, and French live-action film adaptations, and a Korean live-action TV series.

The Netflix project stars Ryohei Suzuki as Ryo Saeba. Suzuki played Hyugo in the live-action Moribito series, Ryu Nakanishi in the live-action Gatchaman film, and Takeo in a live-action My Love Story!!.

Here's a shot of Ryohei Suzuki in costume as Ryo.

Its Director, Yuichi Sato, helmed films like Black Gaisha, You, I LoveKisaragi, and The End of the Tiny World. Tatsuro Mishima, who worked on Netflix's Yu Yu Hakusho adaptation, wrote the screenplay. The film will be set in and around present-day Shinjuku, and will reportedly aim for a more "grounded" atmosphere in comparison to the more slapstick and silly anime and action-comedy adaptations.

The Netflix City Hunter live-action film is due out in 2024. Other Shonen Jump adaptations by Netflix include a live-action series based on One Piece and My Hero Academia.

The post Netflix to Produce City Hunter Live-Action Film appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 4:00 PM

master detective archives rain code trailer

Spike Chunsoft released a new introduction trailer for Master Detective Archives: Rain Code characters. It has also announced the English and Japanese cast for Yuma Kokohead and Shinigami, who are the protagonists. Both Standard and Mysteriful Limited Editions are now available for pre-order.

At a little over two minutes long, the characters trailer for Master Detective Archives: Rain Code shows off Shinigami's personality, as well as some cutscenes and gameplay scenes. Some of these scenes appeared in previous trailers. The game will have an 3D map you can explore, as well as investigation parts where you gather evidence. However, there will also be action sequences after you enter the Mystery Labyrinth where you use your clues as weapons to face off against the culprit.

You can watch the Master Detective Archives: Rain Code trailer in both English and Japanese here:

Lucien Dodge will voice Yuma Kokohead in English whereas Anjali Kunapaneni will voice Shinigami. Dodge previously appeared as K1-B0 in Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony and Kunapaneni voices Dori in Genshin Impact. In Japanese, Katsumi Fukuhara voices Yuma and Sayumi Suzuhiro voices Shinigami. Fukuhara was Touya Mochizuki in Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni and  Suzushiro is Noa Ushio in Blue Archive.

Master Detective Archives: Rain Code will come out for the NIntendo Switch in Spring 2023. It is available for pre-order. If you buy the Mysteriful Limited Edition, you can get a physical copy of the game, a SteelBook, an art book, the soundtrack, a Shinigami plush, and a special box.

The post Master Detective Archives: Rain Code Trailer Introduces 2 Characters appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 3:30 PM

The next one of the KOF Kotobukiya Bishoujo figures is Athena Asamiya, and the statue will appear in June 2023 in Japan.

Kotobukiya offered new details about the next addition to its Bishoujo figures line, and it involves launch details for the KOF 98 Athena Asamiya statue. It will show up in Japan in June 2023. It will be 16,000円 (~$116). Big Bad Toy Store is showing it could have it in July 2023 and is charging $129.99 for it.

This figure will be just under 9 inches tall. Her image is based on the Shunya Yamashita design. She's wearing her Kenpo-style outfit that also references her pop star look. Her hair is long for this look. The base is supposed to look like the deck of the China stage's boat.

Here's a closer look at the Bishoujo KOF 98 Athena Asamiya figure.
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There were two other KOF Bishoujo figures before. Mai Shiranui showed up first. People can find her in storefronts worldwide now. There's still some time before Terry Bogard appears. This is the version based on the character's SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy appearance. It is expected to appear in April 2023 in Japan. The worldwide release will come sometime after that.

Kotobukiya's Bishoujo KOF 98 Athena Asamiya figure will come to Japan in June 2023. It seems like it will appear in North America in July 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 3:00 PM

River City Girls 2

In its first hours, WayForward's River City Girls 2 feels a lot like a second River City Girls game. You're walking around River City as either Misako, Kyoko, or their boyfriends Kunio and Riki. You're beating down rowdy students, local toughs, and yakuza thugs. The characters reuse many of their combat animations. Even the graphics, already brilliant, got some extra visual flair thanks to some particle effects, but you wouldn't be able to tell which game is which from a random screenshot. Even the initial maps are similar, if not identical, in layout to the previous ones, often using the same background music at first.

Sure, there are narrative reasons for this kind of familiarity, but there's a sense that maybe a little bit too much is being "recycled" at first. If you're fresh off of River City Girls, you might feel like you just started a New Game Plus run instead of a sequel. Thankfully, the feeling doesn't last, and that slight suspicion is replaced by excitement.

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The initial burst of familiarity is WayForward's way of letting you plant your feet on solid ground, because when River City Girls 2 opens up, it does so like a flower in rapid bloom. It's easily twice the size of the original in hour count, a mammoth game in a genre known for almost criminally short runtimes.

As events start to escalate and the "RPG" part of this Brawler-RPG makes itself more evident, the scope of River City Girls 2 unfolds, revealing a much more detailed and realized rendition of River City. It's not an open-world title per se, but each of the eight playable zones of the city is comprised of at least a dozen distinct areas. All those areas, from your neighborhood in Crosstown to the heights of Sanwakai Tower, are teeming with enemies all eager to take a piece out of you.

Clearing an area of foes only gives you a temporary reprieve: Enemies respawn after a minute or two. The only relief from an unending tide of baddies is to either duck into one of dozens of shops, or to retreat to your hideout (there's one in every zone). The hideout is perhaps the biggest addition to River City Girls 2, as it changes the flow of the game from a long, rambling brawler into one more akin to a survival title.

Getting killed in-game gives you the option to respawn from the last screen transition, in exchange for some of your money. However, you can instead choose to spawn at your hideout for no penalty. Going home is often the smarter choice, especially in the early going. This lets you swap characters, pick healing items from your storage, and crucially, select your preferred assist characters.

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As before, you can recruit an enemy to use as a recharging special attack. River City Girls 2 deepens the system by giving each character space for two assists, and vastly expanding the selection of characters to recruit. Many of the enemies are palette-swaps, but a few use different attacks when summoned. For example, most "Female Yakuza" characters throw a pattern of knives when summoned, but the special Zombie Female Yakuza stabs an enemy and poisons them, making them useful against tough enemies and bosses. You'll want to collect them all, and go back home to pick your favorites.

Between the new shops, expanded areas, and quests that have you running all over town to gain access to the Sanwakai Crime Syndicate's toughest leaders, a session of River City Girls 2 feels more like planning an expedition than getting to the next "level". You'll still unlock new areas in a fairly linear progression, but the sense that you and the violent teens under your control are exploring - and saving - a whole city is vivid in the mind.

River City Girls 2

Well, it's not just teens. Marian Kelly, the formerly distressed damsel of the Double Dragon series, and Provie, the breakdancing fighter of River City Underground, are the new playable characters. Though you need to unlock them at first, they're definitely worth the hype. Even within the relatively simple structure of a brawler move list, Marian and Provie play distinctly differently from Misako, Kyoko, and the boys.

Marian is the biggest playable character in River City Girls 2, but feels like the fastest one in practice. Her boxing stance and animations give her shorter reach, but she compensates by closing quickly and having specials with a very long travel distance. With big jumps and powerful straight punches that send enemies flying across the screen, a capable Marian player jumps around the combat area, diving into scrums like Mirko from My Hero Academia had been translated into a 2D brawler template. Meanwhile, Provie uses smooth footwork and dance choreography to move around the battlefield while still seeming untouchable. The characters are so distinct I kind of wish WayForward had had them available from the start.

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One other bonus is the fact that dialog changes depending on which character you're controlling and your selected "partner voice". This means you can experience the story of River City Girls 2 through Kunio and Riki, the River City Boys, with the tone and delivery of various lines changing appropriately. It's a great incentive for players to revisit the game and try out other characters, and underscores WayForward's excellent sense of humor and grasp of tone. Villains and NPCs alike get similar attention, with many, if not most of the shopkeepers being some reference to a deep cut from the history of Kunio-kun, Double Dragon, and arcade brawlers in general. You can even hire Abobo as an assist attack, and do side quests for Skullmageddon.

Of course, no game is perfect, and River City Girls 2 has its own issues. The sheer business of the 2D environments, complete with foreground objects, can make some combat areas difficult to read. I wish the experience-sharing between characters was a bit more generous, to make it feel less like a downgrade to switch characters deep into a run. Some of the side mission briefings are a bit too vague on instructions, leading to some frustrating flailing around until you cotton on to what the game wants you to do.


Perhaps the biggest issue isn't really an issue with River City Girls 2, but more one with brawlers as a genre: Playing it solo is lonely. It's lonelier in this game particularly because all the characters are presumed to operate as at least a pair. The game supports online co-op, but I wasn't able to find any games to join, perhaps due to it being before release, or due to my location (you can select a matchmaking region to improve your chances).

Lacking a local buddy to play with, I noticed that a few of the mission challenges were more clearly tailored to having a second player to take some of the heat off. As a result, their challenges felt hectic rather than exciting. I highly recommend having a buddy to play the game through with, if you can. Brawlers are better with more (human) players in the mix. You can even turn on friendly fire, if you feel like straining a few friendships.

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In the end, though, those nitpicks are minor, and River City Girls 2 is an unequivocal improvement on its predecessor. It builds on the distinct atmosphere of River City Girls and greatly expands its horizons, without losing any of the charm of the original. I don't know if I'd agree with some of the characters when they claim "Sequels are always better," but I can say that this sequel definitely is.

River City Girls 2 is available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. This review is based on a PC copy of the game provided by the publisher.

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Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 2:30 PM

Bleach Thousand Year Blood War

The ongoing anime series adapting Bleach's final story arc is due to end its first part soon. An announcement on social media confirmed that the first part of Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War season 1 will close out on December 26, 2022. That day will see the last two episodes of the "season," 12 and 13, aired as a combined one-hour special. [Thanks, ANN!]

The series adapts the final story arc of Bleach, which was not covered before the first anime series was cancelled in 2012. The titular Thousand Year Blood War refers to the longstanding and largely hidden history of animosity between the Soul Reapers and Quincies. Ichigo's companion Uryuu Ishida long thought himself the last surviving Quincy, but a hidden kingdom called the Wandenreich survived in the shadows. Led by the Quincy King Ywach, the Wandenreich awakens, launching a devastating invasion of Soul Society and defeating many of its strongest protectors.

The current Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War season 1 episode, which aired on December 12, 2022, was titled "The Drop", after the 59th volume of the manga. It covered the duel between Gotei 13 Squad 11 Captain Kenpachi Zaraki and Squad 4 Captain Retsu Unohana. They fought to improve Kenpachi's fighting strength ahead of further battles against the Quincies of the Wandenreich.

The next episode of Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War is episode 11, will air as scheduled on December 19, 2022. It's titled "Everything But The Rain," the same as the 60th volume of the Bleach manga. It's also the name of a story arc from the manga, one that focuses on an important and heretofore unknown incident involving Ichigo Kurosaki's parents.

The last episodes of Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Part 1 will air on December 26, 2022, and the next "season" start date has yet to be announced. Four are planned in total. A DVD and Blu-ray collection of the season will launch in April 2023 in Japan.

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Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 2:00 PM

Blue Protocol cross-play

Bandai Namco announced new details for Blue Protocol, the new online action-RPG. The release window for PC and console, payment model for the game, along with unannounced content and other updates were some of the topics talked about in the latest of their special programs, broadcasted December 15, 2022. The PC version of Blue Protocol is set to release early Spring 2023 in Japan, and cross-play is under consideration. However, in Japan console versions won't appear at launch. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

PS5 and Xbox Series X versions will also be available in Japan, although the release date for these versions is yet to be determined. The PC version will be first to roll out during Spring 2023, following the Japan-only beta test in January 2023. Although Bandai Namco is still undecided about adding cross-play to Blue Protocol, the company said it showed an interest and desire in supporting it.

The game will be free-to-play, with micro transactions available. Because of this, there will be no physical versions available for purchase. Blue Protocol will be download only. The items sold as microtransactions will include items that enhance the player, ones shorten game time, and cosmetic items.

Many other additional features where detailed. There will be a fishing minigame. A camping feature will allow the player to recover HP and socialize in between exploring and fighting. A wandering gourmand will roam the field, giving buffs depending on the color of a player's clothing. Happy Nappos, rabbit-like creatures hidden in each zone, will offer achievements and other rewards as the player discovers them.

Beauty salons and dye shops allow the player to customize their character further. The player will be able to pet some of the animals in the game. A detailed photo mode has been included. A theater mode allows the player to watch previous cutscenes. The developers reworked a weapon enhancement system called the "Plug Installation", and added a guild-like feature called "Teams".

Blue Protocol is being developed by Bandai Namco, and will release in Japan for PC on Spring 2023. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X versions will come at a later date. The worldwide release will come in 2023 for all three platforms. There are post-release expansion plans as well.

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Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:46 PM

Death Stranding Movie Being Made, Hideo Kojima Involved

There will be a Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions movie soon, as the developer is wrking with Hammerstone Studios on a Death Stranding film. Alongside Kojima, Alex Lebovici will serve as a producer. This will be Kojima's first movie project. [Thanks, Deadline!]

There are few details about the film adaptation at the moment. For example, it is unknown if actors like Norman Reedus will return to reprise their roles. Aside from Kojima and Lebovici's involvement, details about the executive producers came up. Allan Ungar, who recently directed Bandit in 2022, will be one. Kojima Productions US will also serve in an executive producer role.

Two of Hammerstone Studios' most recent movies are Barbarian and Bill & Ted Face the Music. However, it also worked on the Allan Ungar Uncharted - Live Action Fan Film starring Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake.

As a reminder, this isn't the only Death Stranding project in the works. There is also a new game in development. At The Game Awards 2022, Hideo Kojima appeared to reveal Death Stranding 2. There was a new trailer that confirmed the return of characters like Sam Porter Bridges (Reedus) and Fragile (Léa Seydoux)

Death Stranding is available on the PS4, PS5, and PC. Death Stranding 2 and the Death Stranding movie are in development.

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Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:45 PM

NieR Automata Anime Will Be Streaming on Crunchyroll

People worldwide will be able to watch the NieR Automata anime adaptation, as it will be streaming on Crunchyroll. Aniplex of America confirmed both it and The Misfit of Demon King Academy II: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants will appear on the subscription service. The Misfit of Demon King Academy II will appear on January 7, 2023. However, on December 15, 2022, Crunchyroll issued an update saying NieR Automata will appear in January 2023 and didn't offer a set release date. This January launch window falls in line with the NieR Automata Ver1.1a January 2023 launch window already confirmed for Japan.

The Crunchyroll announcement also confirmed dubs for the show. Additional options will add Brazilian Portuguese, English; French, German, and Latin American voice acting.

The announcement included the official art of 2B in NieR Automata Ver1.1a. Here is the key art.
NieR Automata Anime Will Be Streaming on Crunchyroll

This is the second major NieR Automata anime announcement to come up in December 2022. Earlier in the month, details about A2 appeared. Key art and a teaser trailer for the heroine appeared. It also confirmed that Ayaka Suwa will return to voice her. Suwa also played A2 in the game.

As for The Misfit of Demon King Academy II: History's Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants, Aniplex also shared a new trailer for it.

People will find the NieR Automata anime adaptation Ver1.1a streaming on Crunchyroll starting in January 2023. The game is immediately available on various platforms like the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:30 PM

Square Enix Games on Switch on Sale for 2 Weeks

A number of Square Enix games on Switch are currently on sale as of December 15, 2022. It is all due to a general Winter Sale. Until December 29, 2022, people can get both new and old releases at major discounts. The promotion also includes titles from series like Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. Some discounts go up to 70%, such as for Balan Wonderworld. Over 30 games total are reduced in the eShop.

Here is the full list of all the Square Enix games on Switch in the Winter Sale.

  • Actraiser Renaissance - $17.99
  • Balan Wonderworld - $11.99
  • The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story - $29.99
  • Chocobo GP - $24.99
  • Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon Every Buddy - $15.99
  • Collection of Mana - $19.99
  • The DioField Chronicle - $29.99
  • Dragon Quest - $3.24
  • Dragon Quest II - $4.21
  • Dragon Quest III - $8.11
  • Dungeon Encounters - $14.99
  • Final Fantasy VII - $7.99
  • Final Fantasy IX - $10.49
  • Final Fantasy X|X-2 Remaster - $24.99
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age - $24.99
  • Harvestella - $47.99
  • I am Setsuna - $15.99
  • Kingdom hearts Integrum Masterpiece collection - $53.99
  • Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory - $29.99
  • Legend of Mana - $14.99
  • Life is Strange Arcadia Bay Collection - $29.99
  • Life is Strange: True Colors - $29.99
  • Lost Sphear - $14.99
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy - $20.99
  • NEO The World Ends with You - $29.99
  • Oninaki - $19.99
  • Star Ocean: First Departure R - $8.39
  • Trials of Mana - $24.99
  • Voice of Cards: The Forsaken Maiden - $17.99
  • Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars - $17.99
  • World of Final Fantasy Maxima - $15.99

The Square Enix Winter Sale ends on December 29, 2022.

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Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:00 PM

Saga series games

According to leaks of an upcoming issue of FamitsuSaGa Series Director Akitoshi Kawazu teased more developments for the franchise ahead of its 35th anniversary in 2024. These developments include remasters of remaining older SaGa games, entirely new projects, and other hype-building announcements for the anniversary year. [Thanks, ryokutya2089!]

The leak comes from comments printed in a coming issue of Famitsu magazine. The comments come from Akitoshi Kawazu discussing the SaGa series' future. In them, he mentions that the number of SaGa titles left potentially needing a remaster is growing smaller. The shortlist for remasters would include Romancing SaGa 2, 2002's Unlimited SaGa, or the "First-Generation" SaGa games.

The first-generation SaGa series games are the Game Boy-based Makai Toushi SaGa, SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu, and SaGa 3: Jikuu no Hasha. They were released in English as the three Final Fantasy Legend games. Meanwhile, Romancing SaGa 2 technically got a remaster on modern platforms in 2017. Unlimited SaGa has not received any remasters as of yet, and was last available on the PS2.

Besides remasters, Kawazu hinted that other unannounced SaGa series projects are in the pipeline. The series will celebrate its 35th anniversary in late 2024, so Kawazu wants to "make things exciting" for fans. He said he "wants to have something new to talk about every month". With nearly two years between now and the actual 35th anniversary, there could be time for more announcements or solid plans.

The latest SaGa-related release is Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song Remastered, which came out on PC, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices on December 1, 2022.

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Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:30 PM

fire emblem engage rosado

Nintendo has introduced Rosado, who will be a Dragon Knight character in Fire Emblem Engage. Shouta Aoi will voice the character. Rosado is a retainer of Hortensia, so it is unclear how they could come to spend time with Alear.

Rosado is a soldier from Elusia. They are an optimist who pursues cuteness and beauty. When Nintendo released a relationship chart, it showed that Elusia might be allies with the Four Hounds, who want to revive the Fell Dragon. Hortensia and Ivy of Elusia also want to steal Alear's Rings from him. Incidentally, Rosado is a retainer and friend of Hortensia's. So it is unclear as of now how the player will come to have Rosado in their army. As a Dragon Knight, they have powerful stats and can fly, but they are weak to magic and bows.

Here is a clip of Rosado conversing with Hortensia:

In it, Rosado drew a portrait of Hortensia, but Hortensia demands that they re-draw it because she wasn't making a cool expression. Rosado seems dissatisfied, since they thought Hortensia's face was already cute. It appears that Rosado has a talent for sketching other people quickly.

Shouta Aoi, who voices Rosado, is a voice actor and singer. His more well-known roles include Ai Mikaze from the Uta no Prince-sama series, Rui Minazuki from the Tsukiuta series, and Licht von Glanzreich from The Royal Tutor.

Fire Emblem Engage is in development and will come out on the Nintendo Switch on January 20, 2023. You can pre-order it from the eShop.

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Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:00 PM

Guilty Gear Strive PS4, PS5, and PC Cross-Play Added in Patch

There's a new Guilty Gear Strive patch, and the update adds the much-requested PS4, PS5, and PC cross-play compatibility. In addition to that, the addition also includes some other major features. People can now mute or report players, and there's a blocking change. Arc System Works explained how both function in the latest patch notes.

With Guilty Gear Strive cross-play, people on a PS4, PS5, or PC can play together if they turn the option on. Rank Tower and Open Park will support it. People can also select cross-play when creating or searching for a Player Match. When you go into Combo Maker, Digital Figure, Ranking, and Replay, you can also see cross-platform results if you want. If someone isn't interested, they should go into System Settings after downloading the update. It starts off as on.

As for the mute and report options, after the Guilty Gear Strive patch is applied you can find it in an R-Code. Muting is a temporary action that is undone after the game is closed. It will show their ID or "GG Player" as a name, you won't see them in chat bubbles, and you won't be able to see their Digital Figure or Replays. The blocking update also keeps those things from being seen, but is a permanent action. With the report option, Arc System Works will look at that player's actions and could suspend them.

Guilty Gear Strive is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC, as is the new patch Ver. 1.24. Sin Kiske is coming as DLC.

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Siliconera Thursday, December 15, 2022 11:15 AM

Fire Emblem Engage Somniel Trailer Shows Off Your Hub and Activities

There's a new Fire Emblem Engage trailer, and this one focuses on the Somniel hub. This is a floating castle area people can visit and explore between battles. Once there, someone can interact with other characters and prepare. The video focuses on some of the activities. It also shows off possible Fire Emblem Engage romance elements.

The video begins with a preparing for battle segment. Someone can visit the plaza for shopping. There's an armory for equipment and item shop for things like torches or vulneraries.

There is also a Ring Chamber, where you can see the Emblem Rings. This lets you create bond rings, meld them, polish them, inherit skills, or engage weapons. The skills are ones you inherit from the bonds to make characters smarter. You can create multiple rings there.

It is possible to fight in the Somniel in Fire Emblem Engage too, as two places are shown for those elements in the trailer. An Arena can be visited to take part in standard or Emblem practice battles. Experience can be earned here. Tower of Trials involves battles for in-game rewards or custom battle maps you create and share with others.

At the 2:47 mark in the trailer, the possible Fire Emblem Engage romance elements come up. People can show up in Somniel to relax. People can talk outside of battle. Cafe Terrace can be visited to eat with people after having a meal made. It is also possible to give gifts to form bonds.

The trailer ends with relaxing elements. Fishing will be present. You can have animals in your farmyard. Sommie is there as a pet, who can be fed or… pet. You can also equip accessories and items.

Here is the full Fire Emblem Engage Somniel trailer.

Fire Emblem Engage will come to the Nintendo Switch on January 20, 2023.

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     Are you a fast clicker? Then, this game might pique your interest! Anime Clicker Simulator is one of the Roblox games where players earn points by only clicking their mouse as fast as possible. The more clicks you have, the more points you gain. You can exchange those points into yen or shards and exchange them with […]

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     You can browse our collection to find every circulating Roblox Fly Race code. You can receive rewards such as fight points and more by entering these codes. Over the Moon created the Roblox Fly Race activity! the platform. You'll be launching yourself in this game to see how far you can soar! You can purchase […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, December 15, 2022 3:00 PM
     We have a collection of all the Roblox Anime Adventures codes that are currently available. By entering these codes, you can obtain gems, tickets, and other items. A tower defense game created by Gomu is called Roblox Anime Adventures. You will amass characters from various anime universes in this experience and employ them to defend […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, December 15, 2022 2:00 PM
     You can browse through our collection to find every Roblox Edward the Man-Eating Train code currently in circulation. By entering these codes, you can receive rewards such as cash, dumbbells, spins, and more. Fridge Pig Studios created an experience for the platform called Roblox Edward the Man-Eating Train. In this game, you'll navigate a desolate […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, December 15, 2022 1:00 PM
     Team Cherry's Metroidvania action-adventure game, Hollow Knight, follows the journey of a nameless warrior called the Knight as he travels through Hallownest which is now a kingdom in ruins because of a supernatural disease. As the Knight journeys through Hallownest, he will encounter various characters that will help fully unravel the story in the game. […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, December 15, 2022 12:00 PM
     Beverly asks Franklin for a ride around town. Throughout GTA 5, Franklin will find random encounters around Los Santos. These are Strangers & Freaks missions that involve helping random people around town. Paparazzo is the First mission between Franklin and Paparazzi Beverly Felton. While Paparazzo might feel like a side mission rather than one that […]

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Will be a free DLC to owners of Resident Evil Village and Resident Evil Village Gold Edition.

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The video showcases the player mounting their broom flying low over the open world

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The game follows the events of Marvel's Spider-Man and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, December 15, 2022 2:53 PM

Is set to be "the biggest, most expansive Tomb Raider game to date."

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     PlayStation has revealed that Marvel's Spider-Man 2 will hit PlayStation 5 sometime next fall.  This…

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     Amazon Games will publish the next Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider game, which was announced earlier…