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Kotaku Friday, December 16, 2022 4:46 PM

Blizzard is now taking pre-orders on a large, nearly $100 special Diablo IV collector's box which includes many things. But it doesn't include the game. And while Blizzard isn't trying to trick people into accidentally buying this game-free box, it still seems very odd that there's not even an option to get the game…


Kotaku Friday, December 16, 2022 4:00 PM

2022 wasn't just the year that I started here at Kotaku, or the year that I accidentally went viral for daring to ask rich guys to dress nice at awards shows—it was also the year that I forced myself to stretch outside of my comfort zone.


Kotaku Friday, December 16, 2022 3:30 PM

2022 was the year that Genshin Impact's developer rebranded to HoYoverse to convey its ambitions for expanding its offerings to global audiences. It was also the year when players left the Japan-inspired region behind in order to explore Sumeru—a nation based on Southwest Asia, South Asia, and North Africa (SWANA).


Kotaku Friday, December 16, 2022 3:20 PM

Every year there's at least one game that'll get me emotional enough to the point that I start tearing up. For me, this year, it's Aka, a game about recovering from past violence and trauma. It plays out in a lite farming sim featuring cute characters, each of whom have a problem to solve as you try to build a life of…


Kotaku Friday, December 16, 2022 3:00 PM


Kotaku Friday, December 16, 2022 2:50 PM

'Tis that time of the year when every store, shop, and retailer begins slashing prices on everything in an effort to make as much money as possible during the holiday season. A magical time, really. And Ubisoft is joining in on the fun with a new, large winter sale, happening now, that sees games like Mario + Rabbids,


Kotaku Friday, December 16, 2022 12:22 PM

While a Horizon multiplayer game felt all but inevitable, Guerrilla Games finally made the news official on Friday by way of a new job advertisement. The Sony studio behind the open world RPG series wants to take the post-apocalyptic robot combat online with an upcoming project featuring new characters and a different…


Kotaku Friday, December 16, 2022 12:15 PM

Oh, you thought you were free of Kotaku-themed anime slideshows? Nah, fam, you're still trapped in the weeb mines with me. But hark, there be light at the end of this dakimakura-infested tunnel. Winter is coming, and with it are even more anime for your viewing pleasure.


Kotaku Friday, December 16, 2022 11:20 AM

Cue the Charlie Day memes. The next-gen upgrade for CD Projekt Red's smash-hit RPG The Witcher 3 not only contains a slew of gorgeous new graphical options, but also appears to introduce new connections to a mystery that has puzzled fans of CDPR's other massive game, Cyberpunk 2077, for years. This mystery, which…


PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 5:30 PM
     GTA 5 mod fully rebuilds Rockstar sandbox game's old wanted system

A new GTA 5 mod overhauls the police response and wanted systems in Rockstar's stalwart sandbox game, tweaking how the police will respond, what types of units they will send, and how they react to different threats and crimes, all the more reason to return to Los Santos following the latest GTA Online update, and as we wait for the GTA 6 release date.


PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 4:00 PM
     Midnight Suns meets Slay the Spire in anime roguelike deckbuilder

Marvel's Midnight Suns has the strategy game elements, the careful planning, the precise execution, while Slay the Spire lets you collect and customise your own decks and toy around with traditional card game mechanics. They're both fantastic, and now they're combined in a new anime roguelike deckbuilder, Theseus Protocol, which gets its first Steam beta later in December.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best roguelikes, Best strategy games, Best card games

PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 3:00 PM
     Elden Ring sword and bow combat combine in mod for RPG game

Ever wished you could wield the best Elden Ring sword and bow together at the same time? Trying to pick just one of the best Elden Ring weapons to use is a heartbreaking endeavour at times, because there are just so many fun ways to play the FromSoftware RPG game. Thankfully, you won't have to restrict yourself as much if you make use of this new Elden Ring mod, which aims to combine the clean simplicity of a straight sword with the flashy ranged attacks of a bow. It also introduces a little splash of charm to win enemies over to your side, just as a cherry on top.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best Elden Ring builds, Elden Ring bosses, The best Elden Ring classes

PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 2:00 PM
     League of Legends Yuumi rework incoming as Riot

Christmas is the season that just keeps on giving: a League of Legends Yuumi rework is slated for next year. The pesky feline has become the MOBA's premier menace in the wake of her 2019 release, and Riot has finally decided that enough is enough.

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PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 1:23 PM
     Destiny 2 Game Developer Conference controversy is unfair to Bungie

A Destiny 2 Game Developer Conference (GDC) talk is making the rounds on Twitter as players suggest Bungie is actively stifling developers' ambitions for the game. Looking through a wider lens, however, the statements from presenter Justin Truman, Bungie's chief development officer, might be taken out of context.

The presentation discussing the ongoing live service FPS game, titled 'From Box Products to Live Service: How Destiny 2 Transformed Bungie,' first appeared online in April, just a few weeks after GDC in March, but only recently garnered attention within the Destiny community. Specifically, players have latched onto Truman's train analogy after telling the audience of game developers that "It's HARD to tell a team that has extra cycles and energy and want to do something amazing — that would be amazing and awesome for the game — we should not ship this, because it is an overdelivery that will set us up for failure on future trains."

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

PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 12:39 PM
     All Fortnite My Hero Academia skins explained

Want the Fortnite My Hero Academia skins? Sadly, if you want to dress up as Deku, All Might, Uraraka, or Bakugo, these Fortnite My Hero Academia skins are exclusive to the in-game shop. However, that doesn't mean there aren't any free goodies to earn. It's nowhere near as extensive a takeover event as the Dragon Ball Super event, but this collab is bigger than many expected.

The lack of free Fortnite My Hero Academia skins is a tad disappointing, but you can earn free items in this collab. To get them, you need to complete special challenges available in the free PC game. These quests are relatively easy, but some require you to play in a unique creative mode. This event lasts a couple of weeks, ending on December 30 at 6am PT / 9am ET / 2pm GMT, so you'd better be quick.

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PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 12:31 PM
     Assassin's Creed Mirage release date speculation, news, and gameplay

The Assassin's Creed Mirage release date may indeed be as mysterious as the assassins themselves. We know that Mirage is an homage to the original Assassin's Creed games, bringing back the stealth-focused gameplay in a densely populated Middle-Eastern city. While it's still an action-adventure game with a strong narrative focus, long-time Assassin's Creed players will be reminded of Ezio's adventures rather than Eivor's.

Assassin's Creed Mirage, which was announced in September 2022, is part of Ubisoft's larger Assassin's Creed series. Following the release of Valhalla back in 2020, it's the thirteenth major instalment. Like other AC games, Mirage is all about fascinating historical settings, intriguing characters, and sneakiness - something that will hopefully place Mirage among the best PC games when it eventually releases. Whether you're a veteran assassin or new to stealth games, here's everything we know about Assassin's Creed Mirage.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best RPG games, Best stealth games, Best sandbox games

PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 12:30 PM
     The best cooking games on PC

What are the best cooking games on PC? If you want to relax and create mouth-watering masterpieces or challenge your friends to some kitchen chaos, the wonderful world of cooking and restaurant games doesn't disappoint.

You don't have to be a dab hand in the kitchen to work your way around these chef specials. If, like us, your dinner guests smile politely through a plate of charred chicken and accomplishing the perfection of a Gordon Ramsey special seems like a distant dream, this platter of the best cooking games is a much more satisfying way to scratch that cooking itch.

Cooking games and restaurant games don't always have to appeal to the chef in us; they can be colourful management games or require some serious recipe grinding. They can also be a relaxing way to pass the time, whether that's by throwing tomatoes at your friend to chop in Overcooked, or dragging a monster home for your evening meal in Battle Chef Brigade. If you're after that authentic cooking experience, look no further as we've collated a list of the best cooking games on PC.

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PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 12:14 PM
     Windows 11 22H2 update plays nice with your GPU now, says Microsoft

Despite the Windows 11 22H2 update launching back in September, Microsoft is only just starting to roll it out in full to some systems. The long awaited patch seemingly didn't play nice with graphics cards, reducing performance in games. However, it seems it may finally be safe to download the latest version of the operating system.

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PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 12:11 PM
     Minecraft pumpkin guide

Minecraft pumpkins are a great way to decorate, but they aren't just for Halloween - they're one of the most versatile blocks in Minecraft, with several surprising uses. They appear naturally in most green biomes, but require a grass block with air above it in order to spawn. They also naturally show up in some villages, and in stem farm rooms inside woodland mansions, but those are particularly tricky to find - luckily, we've identified a Minecraft seed that spawns you a mere hundred blocks away from one.

You'll also find carved pumpkins - the spooky siblings of regular pumpkins - in rail rooms in woodland mansions. Carved pumpkins show up in pillager outposts inside tents alongside normal pumpkins, too, and atop scarecrows. Pumpkins also generate instead of hay bales outside taiga and snowy taiga villages. There are even more ways to get your hands on a pumpkin - they have a 15.6% chance of showing up in chests inside shipwrecks, and you may be able to buy one from a wandering trader.

There's one more way to get hold of a carved pumpkin - if a hostile Minecraft mob spawns during Halloween, there's a chance they'll show up sporting a carved pumpkin on their head. In order to steal the pumpkin, you'll have to kill it with a tool you've added Looting to at a Minecraft enchantment table. The chances of it dropping are pretty slim - you're better off carving your own, which we'll explain how to do below, before guiding you through the Minecraft pumpkin's varied uses, but spotting a pumpkin-headed mob during spooky season is still pretty fun.

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PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 12:09 PM
     Hollow Knight Silksong release date speculation, story and news

Looking for the Hollow Knight Silksong release date? Silksong is the long-awaited sequel to 2017's immensely popular Hollow Knight. We don't use the phrase 'long-awaited' lightly either, as almost four years have passed since the game's announcement, but it seems our prayers to the Pale King have been answered at last, as the Hollow Knight Silksong release date is rapidly approaching.

Silksong is a 2D platform game that uses a non-linear progression system. Set in an underground realm inhabited by bugs, the main focus is on exploration and combat. You'll discover gloomy grottos and ancient citadels, fight off their quarrelsome occupants, and your skills and equipment supplies will grow. Slowly but surely, you will uncover the mystery behind this dark kingdom of ants, moths, and beetles. With any luck, we'll be looking at one of the best PC games of 2023 when it finally releases.

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PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 12:26 PM
     Upcoming PC games 2022 and beyond

What are the best upcoming games to keep an eye on this year and the next? Hope, anticipation, agony, and elation - it's the endless cycle of emotions we go through during the annual PC release schedule.

Year in, year out, games - via Steam and otherwise - are produced in such varying degrees of quality that not a single one of them is destined for certain success. Masterpieces are released alongside utter disasters, series are born while others dwindle and, occasionally, a game actually lives up to our expectations. Below you'll find the upcoming PC games you should keep on your radar, as well as their expected release dates.

PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 12:00 PM
     Midnight Suns patch makes the superhero strategy game unplayable

16/12/2022 - I have managed to download and install the update. While my game is running fine, multiple comments on the official Steam page claim that Midnight Suns is running worse than it did before the patch, referencing lagging and freezing during loading screens. No patch notes have been released. Original story continues below.

While an unannounced Midnight Suns patch sounds like a good thing on paper, the most recent update to the superhero strategy game appears to be straight up breaking Marvel fans' games.

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PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 11:45 AM
     Blue Protocol release date speculation, gameplay, story, and news

Wondering when the Blue Protocol release date is, and when you can dive into this new anime MMORPG? No wonder, because it comes hot on the heels of the JRPG successes of Genshin Impact and Tower of Fantasy, adds the MMO angle, and is being developed by Bandai Namco and published in the west by Amazon Games which sounds like a recipe for success.

Combining aspects from the best Genshin-like JRPG games, MMO games, and action-adventure games, there are high expectations for Blue Protocol - especially given the two massive studios behind it. Revealed during The Game Awards, our first glimpse of the free-to-play game didn't disappoint, so when is the Blue Protocol release date and what do we know about the game so far? Read on for everything you need to know.

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PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 11:32 AM
     Disney Dreamlight Valley patch fixes broken quests, including Stitch

Gameloft has detailed Disney Dreamlight Valley patch notes for a small holiday update that fixes a number of key companion quest bugs in the life game. The update follows on from the release of the Disney Dreamlight Valley Toy Story update 'Missions in Uncharted Space' in early December, which introduced fan favourites Buzz Lightyear and Woody to the game, along with lovable alien Stitch and the arrival of the new Festive Star Path.

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PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 11:29 AM
     Genshin Impact leak shows gameplay for new desert boss coming in 3.4

A recent Genhsin Impact leak has revealed gameplay from the new boss that will be added to the anime game in its version 3.4 update. HoYoverse is bringing what appears to be a new normal boss to the Sumeru desert. It'll be joining the Hypostases, Regisvines, Maguu Kenki, and others as a boss that can be farmed for materials as long as you have 40 resin to spend.

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PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 11:18 AM
     The best Minecraft Christmas builds, seeds, skins, and more

Minecraft Christmas ideas can turn your world into a winter wonderland, especially if you can find a nice snowy taiga biome with a cosy village all ready to go. From mods, skins, builds, and more, there's plenty of resources at your fingertips to turn your seed festive.

We've got Minecraft mods that inexplicably cover the lava-filled Nether with snow, vanilla (in more ways than one) Minecraft builds that you can live in for the holiday season, and even some Minecraft skins so you look the part. However you celebrate the holidays, whatever the weather where you are, whether you're building a new or existing world, we've got skiing villagers, peppermint sugar cane, and glittering Christmas trees - so here's everything you need to have yourself a merry Minecraft Christmas in arguably the king of all building games.

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PCGamesN Friday, December 16, 2022 11:53 AM
     How to clean a mouse pad – eliminate desk mat dirt

A filthy setup won't harm frame rates, but learning how to clean a mouse pad is beneficial. Whether your desk mat looks manky or not, dirt and grime can cause tracking issues and hamper your performance during gameplay, and it could harbour accumulated germs.

That said, you're probably wondering exactly how to clean a mouse mat. Sure, you could just give it a once over with a cloth, but giving your reliable rectangle a proper scrub can make it look and perform like new again. The process is also a lot easier than you'd think, and compared to learning how to clean your computer, it's not that much of a time-sink.

Cleaning your desk items doesn't just apply to gaming setups, as hygiene applies to both work and play. This is particularly true for workplaces that use a hotdesking policy, as sharing a pad contributes to the spread of germs, bacteria, and viruses. So, without further delay, here's how to clean a mouse pad, including tips and tricks to help your desk mat shine.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 16, 2022 4:53 PM

Valve have announced that the Steam Winter Sale will begin next week on December 22nd. I can already see myself standing in front of my mirror, chanting "I do not need more games" before sitting back down at my desk and splurging on everything I missed from this year's RPS advent calendar.

Valve have given us a peek at what's going to be on sale, so click through to see what you should avoid buying until it starts.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 16, 2022 3:10 PM

All the flap about World Of Warcraft: Dragonflight has made it easier than ever to forget there's a whole New World out there, but there is, and it's temporarily free. You can jump into the frontier of Amazon Games vaguely piratical MMO without paying a penny this weekend, where you're free to lark about until December 19th. Has the recent early game overhaul alleviated the opening grind? Perhaps!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 16, 2022 1:23 PM

I can't think of a better place for turn-based fights than in the margins of medieval manuscripts. There's a wealth of weirdness to draw on, and Inkulinati seems admirably willing to dip its quill into messed-up cats and donkeys playing double-ended trumpets. We've been waiting a while for it, but we'll only have to wait a little longer, as developers Yaza Games have just announced they'll be launching on Steam Early Access on January 31st.

They've also sketched out a new demo to tide us over, and I've enjoyed my little poke at it.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 16, 2022 12:12 PM

Don't you just love Christmas? The music, the food, the laughter, the screams of elves getting shoved into boxes in a cold dark space mine. It's the most magical time of the year, especially now that charming co-op shooter Deep Rock Galactic has launched its annual Yuletide Elf Hunt. It's time to dress up your dwarves, grab your pickaxes, and get back to hauling rocks for an oppressive corporation. There's double XP in it for you.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 16, 2022 12:02 PM

As has seemingly become a yearly tradition in my gaming calendar, I have ended up finishing 2022 in much the same way I finished 2021: reviewing yet another Final Fantasy VII game. Last year, it was the PC release of Final Fantasy VII Remake, this year it's Crisis Core - Final Fantasy VII - Reunion, a remaster of the original game's PSP prequel. As such, I've been thinking a lot about Final Fantasy VII these last few weeks, and playing them so close together has ended up highlighting one key thing for me. Namely, that story chapters that break up the action by giving players some 'downtime' to 'hang' with your party pals, either by doing side or fetch quests for them MUST DIE.

Drop a meteor on them or let them go the way of Aerith and be skewered into oblivion, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, because please, Square Enix, I simply cannot with the interminable sidequest chapters any more.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 16, 2022 11:55 AM

The universe that began with Horizon Zero Dawn is expanding, with devs Guerrilla Games confirming that they're working on a new single-player games for Aloy, and a separate "Online Project" set in the same universe. Announced in a tweet today, it confirms previous rumours that Guerrilla were working on an online multiplayer Horizon game, and a recent batch of job listings for the project have given us a glimpse of what we might be able to expect once it's ready.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 16, 2022 11:54 AM

Two months after leaving early access, Vampire Survivors yesterday launched its first paid expansion. Its name is Legacy Of The Moonspell, and it adds a new map along with new characters and enemies and weapons, all inspired by Japanese folkore (including a variety of yokai and oni). For a mere £1.50, it is perfect. Do you like Vampire Survivors and want more? Buddy, it's right here.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 16, 2022 11:54 AM

It's not all that easy for an action platformer to stand out, even if it does a lot of things right. I'll talk a bit about how Wavetale does it, but the first one is obvious within a few minutes, because if you're anything like me you'll be ignoring the danger your family is in to slide around with your newfound powers going "wheeee!".

Very quickly, you see, you gain the ability to not just walk on water, but run up a little and you'll start power sliding freely around. Hold the jump button and you even charge up a big boosted power charge. Jump off the land and press sprint and you'll dive, briefly powering through the water before smashing out again. It is delightful.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 16, 2022 11:47 AM

The NZXT H510 Elite is a rather excellent mid-size case, offering beautiful visuals courtesy of its glass-heavy design and an easy build experience thanks to the company's long-ass history of case-building. The H510 Elite also comes with a controller for its integrated RGB lighting, so you can easily plug in other NZXT gubbins for a pretty sweet setup.

Anyway, why am I bringing this up? Of course, it's because the case is discounted on Amazon US, where it's been reduced to $79.99, exactly 50% off its $159.99 MSRP. Given that the case has been selling for $145 or higher outside of Black Friday, when it dipped to $100, this is a pretty awesome deal!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 16, 2022 11:30 AM

When I previewed High On Life at Gamescom earlier this year, I came away with a little skip in my step. Justin Roiland and Squanch Games might be on to a winner, I thought. The talking alien guns weren't that irritating and the gun fights seemed solid! And it appealed to my juvenile sense of humour too. Poo and wee? Yeah, you'll get a cheap chuckle from me. I understood then that it might not be for everyone, but hey, I can roll with that if the FPS bit is good.

Having now spent a few hours with the final game, I've concluded that my mind must've been chemically altered by the doner kebab I consumed the night before. You can switch off your gun's verbal diarrhea through the in-game menu, but what you'll find behind the brown curtain is a very unimaginative shooter. For a world so colourful and zaney, it's a shame the FPS side can't match it.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 16, 2022 11:22 AM

Nothing beats the audio design of Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II. You know when you look at a light for too long and then close your eyes, and you see an imprint of the light against your retinas? The sound of an elevator in Dark Forces II is similarly burned into my memory, whether I like it or not. As is the excellent "EUURRYAAAARRGH!" death-cry that protagonist Kyle Katarn makes as he takes one blaster bolt too many and collapses onto the ground.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 16, 2022 11:13 AM

The Crucial P3 Plus is our best cheap PCIe 4.0 SSD for gaming, so I'm happy to report that the giant 2TB model is down to a modest £128 at Amazon UK. This isn't the lowest price it's ever been - it was £119 once before - but it is still an excellent price for a high performance PCIe 4.0 SSD and well below its £182 RRP.

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Twinfinite Friday, December 16, 2022 4:00 PM
     As if there were every any doubt.

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     The more, the merrier.

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     Get Ready to once again be...

Twinfinite Friday, December 16, 2022 2:36 PM
     The Northman Rises Again on Streaming

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     We're ranking the series' best Villains from Basic Bot to Biggest Bad.

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     The Game Awards viewership numbers were through the roof this year.

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     Denji has no time for Talk no Jutsu.

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     Can't stop, won't stop playing them!

Twinfinite Friday, December 16, 2022 11:31 AM
     Shudder finds an interesting Perpetrator.

Siliconera Friday, December 16, 2022 5:00 PM

Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life Goat Plush Comes with Premium Edition

A new Story of Seasons game means a special edition with a plush toy. Xseed Games confirmed this would be happening with the next release. The Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life Premium Edition will come with a plush goat. In addition to the official Xseed store, other outlets will sell it. It will be $59.99, $10 more than the standard edition with no plush.

Here is a closer look at the goat plush, alongside a copy of Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life for scale. It is 3.5 inches tall, meaning it is the same size as the other "pocket plush" stuffed animals included with special editions of these games. In addition to it, a cloth poster with Igusa Matsuyama art will also be included in this edition's box.
Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life Goat Plush Comes with Premium Edition

All of the other recent Story of Seasons Xseed releases also came with plush toys. For example, Friends of Mineral Town came with Hanako the pink strawberry cow. Pioneers of Olive Town's bonus was a Buffy the Buffalo stuffed animal. Back when Trio Of Towns, it included a capybara.

Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life will come to the Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC in Summer 2023. The premium edition with a goat plush will be available at launch.

The post Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life Goat Plush Comes with Premium Edition appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, December 16, 2022 4:30 PM

Pokémon Anime new protagonists

The Pokemon Company International announced the new season of the Pokemon anime series, along with a final goodbye arc for long-time protagonist Ash and his partner Pikachu. Two new protagonists will take up the mantle in the new season. It will start airing in Japan on April 2023.

In a big departure for the Pokemon series, Ash and his partner Pikachu will retire from the spotlight in favor of two brand new protagonists. Their names are Riko and Roy in the Japanese version of the anime. Their names in the English dub haven't been revealed yet. The teaser video showed a mysterious Shiny Rayquaza as well.

We don't know where this season of the Pokemon anime will take the new protagonists to. However, they will be joined by Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly, the three starters of the Paldea Region in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.

A series of special episodes to commemorate the end of Ash and Pikachu's adventure was announced as well. The first one is titled "The Faraway Blue Sky," and it will follow Ash and Pikachu in one of their usual special days. They meet a strange boy in their travels across a forest. It features the classic style of the original 1997 anime. This episode will air in Japan on December 23, 2022.

You can see the Japanese trailer here.

"Pokemon: Becoming a Pokemon Master," a special 11-episode arc will cap off Ash's adventures, after having accomplished his dream of becoming the League Champion of the Galar Region in Pokemon Journeys: The Series. This new arc will start airing in Japan on January 13, 2023. The English broadcast will come soon after in early 2023.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are available on the Nintendo Switch.

The post Pokemon Anime Reveals Two New Protagonists. Says Goodbye to Ash. appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, December 16, 2022 4:00 PM

Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Blu-ray Among Crunchyroll March 2023 DVD

Crunchyroll announced the various anime movies and shows coming in March 2023. Leading the pack is the Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Blu-ray and DVD release. It will debut on March 14, 2023. Arifureta, Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2, Heaven Official's Blessing, Jujutsu Kaisen 0, Mieruko-chan, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation, One Piece, and Sing a Bit of Harmony will also appear.

Pre-orders already opened for the movie on the Crunchyroll store. It costs $26.24. People get both the Blu-ray and DVD in the package. There are a handful of special features as well. The PVs and trailers for the film are available to watch. There is also a "2022 Special Video."

Here is the list of all the other Crunchyroll Blu-ray and DVD releases on the way:

  • Arifureta Season 2 ($48.74 Blu-ray + DVD and $63.74 Blu-ray + DVD limited edition) - March 28, 2023.
  • Attack on Titan: Final Season Part 2 ($48.74 Blu-ray + DVD and $63.74 Blu-ray + DVD limited edition) - March 28, 2023.
  • Heaven Official's Blessing Season 1 ($48.74 Blu-ray and $63.74 Blu-ray + DVD limited edition) - March 7, 2023.
  • Jujutsu Kaisen 0 ($26.24 Blu-ray and $29.99 Blu-ray + DVD Exclusive) - March 21, 2023.
  • Mieruko-chan Complete Season ($48.74 Blu-ray + DVD and $63.74 Blu-ray + DVD limited edition) - March 28, 2023.
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Season 1 Part 2 ($48.74 Blu-ray + DVD) - March 7, 2023.
  • One Piece Season 12 Voyage 3 ($33.74 Blu-ray + DVD) - March 21, 2023.
  • Sing a Bit of Harmony ($26.24 Blu-ray + DVD) - March 14, 2023.

The Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Blu-ray and DVD release date is March 14, 2023.

The post Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero Blu-ray Among Crunchyroll March 2023 Releases appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, December 16, 2022 3:30 PM

Sonic Frontiers LINE Stickers Feature Korone the Hedgehog

Sega is teaming up with Hololive VTuber Inugami Korone. A new crossover promotion features a set of Sonic Frontiers LINE stickers focusing on Sega's mascot and the mascot who loves the hedgehog, Korone. The stickers are available on the LINE marketplace as the "SoniKoro Collaboration Sticker pack".

Check out the selection below.

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The Sonic Frontiers LINE stickers, which come in a set of 24, feature Sonic the Hedgehog and Korone interacting. She is wearing her Sonic-themed outfit, which she debuted in June 2022. At the time, Korone debuted the outfit as part of a promotion with Sega. The outfit shows her in a hoodie shaped like Sonic's head and quills, and with her normally brown hair dyed blue, like Sonic's fur. The art shows them sharing poses, playing games, and enjoying hot dogs together.

Some of the stickers include messages and expressions in Japanese and English, which users can use on LINE to signal their reactions.

The "SoniKoro" collaboration is a relatively new promotion, owed in part to Korone's recent arrival to the Sonic fandom. She first played the games on the advice of her fans in January 2021. She fell in love with the series, and Sega moved to make the connection more official. Korone appeared in promotions as a Sonic the Hedgehog brand ambassador and voiced a character in the Japanese dub of the Sonic the Hedgehog film.

The Inugami Korone x Sonic Frontiers LINE stickers are available on the LINE marketplace. The game is available on PS4. PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Check out Siliconera's official review of the game.

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Siliconera Friday, December 16, 2022 3:00 PM

What's Our Favorite Best Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak Weapon

2023 is going to be a good time for Monster Hunter fans. That's because Monster Hunter Rise will head to the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. It's an adventure that Switch and PC owners both started some time ago. To help people about to join the fray, we decided to go over our thoughts on the series. This time, Siliconera Speaks Up is going over all of the Monster Hunter Rise weapons we feel are our favorites and best suited to our needs.

For me it's a tie between the Dual Blades and the Hunting Horn. During my review period, the Dual Blades carried me through so many Magnamalo fights without fainting while I was wearing some of the worst armor possible cemented just how great these weapons could be. (Not that I wasn't already using them in Monster Hunter: World and Iceborne) But when I finally had the chance to play with friends, the Hunting Horn became my weapon of choice. Monster Hunter: Rise has a pretty decent variety of Hunting Horns, and I always felt like I was actually providing valuable support by regening my teammate's health or buffing their attack and defense. My impatience and need for efficiency has me leaning towards the Dual Blades, but the part of me that loves contributing to parties holds the Hunting Horn in extremely high regard. — Kazuma

I always used to love weapons like the Dual Blades and Gunlance in Monster Hunter titles, but I think my best weapon in Rise Sunbreak is the Long Sword. I just love the Spirit Blade attacks. The Spirit Roundslash is just amazing. I love getting that extra attack buff, because normally I worry that I'm not packing enough of a punch when I play. Plus, it really fit the aesthetic of the original Rise, as it was like I was a katana-carrying samurai heading into battle. — Jenni

Monster Hunter Rise gave us the best iteration of the light bowgun, heightening its mobility, hitting power, and flexibility. Rapid fire Pierce 2 build? Classic. Sticky spam? Why bother letting the monsters get up? Want ammo type flexibility? Annie, get your Magnamalo LBG. Farming Narwa? You stand there with your charge blade, us gunners got this.

Of course Sunbreak would have to level the playing field. Sticky ammo efficacy plummeted, Pierce struggles with the finicky orientation of monster weak spots, Spread DPS can no longer match the explosive power of the long and great sword, and while the LBG got a counter, it is so hard giving up fanning maneuver.

But when I made the move from the Switch to the Steam Deck and downloaded Monster Hunter Rise Sunbreak, I looked myself in the mirror. I told myself, "You are going to take up the lance. You are going to stand in front of the monster and poke them with a stick. You were a lance main in World, and you will not turn your back on it now." And then I immediately forged the Wind Thief LBG and stocked up on Pierce 1 ammo. — Khai

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Siliconera Friday, December 16, 2022 2:30 PM

Death Stranding 2 Art and Wallpaper Shared

While Kojima Productions didn't really explain what the BT (Beached Thing) in the Bridge Baby (BB) Pod means, people can pick up a wallpaper and see art of the Death Stranding 2 character. The company shared items as part of its seventh anniversary. It also confirmed that, while not available yet, a Death Stranding 2 PlayStation Network avatar set will appear.

First, here's the Death Stranding 2 poster. It features the BT BB in the hands of an unknown character. It also confirmed a number of the actors returning for the game, as well as new additions to the cast. Norman Reedus and Lea Seydoux will return as Sam Porter Bridges and Fragile. There is also Troy Baker, who played Higgs. Newcomers Elle Fanning and Shioli Kutsuna are the two named newcomers.
Death Stranding 2 Art and Wallpaper Shared

The Death Stranding 2 wallpaper for mobile devices is essentially identical to that poster. It just only features the game's logo and a note about it being a Kojima game set against the BT BB image.
Death Stranding 2 Art and Wallpaper Shared

Finally, here is the Death Stranding 2 BT BB Pod animated gift.

Death Stranding 2 is in development.

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Siliconera Friday, December 16, 2022 2:00 PM

Hololive Pekora Year of the Rabbit Merchandise

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2023 will be a year symbolized by the rabbit. VTuber Usada Pekora is also considered a rabbit. As such, anime chain Animate is planning to open a special Hololive Usada Pekora Year of the Rabbit special pop-up store with merchandise in January 2023.

The Pekora Year of the Rabbit Store will first be located at Animate's Akihabara branch. It will be open January 2-29, 2023. It'll sell an array of Hololive merchandise, with particular emphasis on Usada Pekora. Other Animate branches in Sendai, Fukuoka, and Osaka will also sell items throughout the period, through the Akihabara store will have the most items. As a precaution against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, admissions on opening day will be conducted via lottery. Those located in Japan can apply through the website until December 18, 2022. Those picked will be issued an entry ticket by December 23rd.

Merchandise at the Usada Pekora Year of the Rabbit store will consist of bromides (special photo cards of celebrities and characters) to buttons to key chains, standees, and a pouch that mimics the appearance of Pekora's carrots. People that spend a certain amount on goods will receive randomized bromides as a gift. Those who spend at least 3,300 Yen ( $24 USD) on Hololive-related goods (like CDs and disc media), will receive a visor hat with rabbit ears.

The Usada Pekora Year of the Rabbit store opens in Japan on January 2, 2023.

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