Dec 20, 22:00

GamersHeroes Tuesday, December 20, 2022 6:23 PM

Game Director Eric Williams – and the rest of the team at Santa Monica Studio - sends their thanks to the community in a new God of War Ragnarök video.

The post God of War Ragnarök "Thank You to Our Community" Video Released appeared first on GamersHeroes.

Kotaku Tuesday, December 20, 2022 7:40 PM

If 2022 is going to be the year of anything, it's been the year of the city-builder, a strategy sub-genre that has exploded in popularity recently, especially on the PC. While most efforts are focused on sprawling urban landscapes and Viking outposts, and others make city-builders with even more systems, The Block is…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 20, 2022 6:40 PM

For the past week, ArtStation—the world's most popular portfolio site for professional (and amateur!) artists working in the entertainment business—has been rocked by protests from its users, after owners Epic Games refused to offer adequate protections against the growing threat of AI-generated imagery.


Kotaku Tuesday, December 20, 2022 6:10 PM

The Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914 gives Americans the right to sue companies over anticompetitive behavior, a fact which 10 self-described gamers are using to take Microsoft to court, aiming to halt the company's acquisition of Activision.


Kotaku Tuesday, December 20, 2022 5:55 PM

When the year began, there were only a handful of video games that piqued my interest, and chief among them was the spin-off to the classic beat 'em up series Kunio-Kun (or River City). River City Girls 2 finally arrived in the U.S. on December 15 after shifting release dates all year, and the game not only lived up…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 20, 2022 5:21 PM

Are you feeling a bit tired of all the big games this year or all the online service games that seemingly never end? Looking for something weird, fun, and only about an hour long? Well, then stop reading this (Editor's note: Don't do that.) and go play the recently released Chop Goblins, one of the year's coolest…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 20, 2022 4:20 PM

Warzone 2.0's been out for a little while now, but not everyone's been happy with some of the changes the battle royale received in its latest iteration. When, where, and how you access loadouts saw one such unpopular change. Raven Software, however, has recently announced that Buy Stations will once again grant you…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 20, 2022 4:20 PM

Pokémon saved the Switch in 2022, which was also the year that the console officially started to feel old.


PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 5:55 PM
     Destiny 2 Revision Zero exotic quest launches, driving a new mystery

Destiny 2's Revision Zero exotic quest launched with this week's reset, granting players who own the FPS game's seasonal content access to a new exotic pulse rifle. However, this weapon appears to be related to another in-game mystery, though the community is still working to piece together the bigger puzzle.

The new exotic pulse rifle fires shield-piercing ammo, making it strong against Barrer Champions. It's also a relatively high-range weapon. Players need to complete one round of the Destiny 2 season 19 activity, Heist Battleground, to obtain the weapon quest, which is called Operation Seraph's Shield.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 5:45 PM
     Overwatch 2 Gingerbread Bastion skin can be yours for one coin

Fancy a festive legendary skin for Overwatch standby Bastion? The new Overwatch 2 Gingerbreak Bastion legendary skin is available now, and the bundle can be had for the low, low price of one Overwatch coin. That works out to be about a penny if you buy packs, but you can earn a coin simply by playing Blizzard's competitive multiplayer game as you normally do.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: All Overwatch 2 characters, Best Overwatch 2 settings, Overwatch 2 tier list

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 4:40 PM
     Call of Duty Warzone DMZ's new Building 21 has been locked down

Season 1 Reloaded in Call of Duty Warzone DMZ arrived with a new playable area mysteriously titled Building 21. Once you've found the required keycards outside in Al Mazrah, you and some friends can choose to spawn inside Building 21. Or you could, until today. Modern Warfare 2 developer Infinity Ward says Building 21 has been shut down - but it'll be back in the multiplayer game in the next week or so.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Warzone 2 guns, Best Warzone 2 loadout, Warzone 2 map

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 5:13 PM

Underwater citybuilder Aquatico will submerge players on January 12th, 2023. This new release date comes a little more than a month after its release was set for January 19th, but I won't look a gift seahorse in the mouth. There's also a new trailer below which breaks down how you'll build your very own Rapture equivalent.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 4:03 PM

The cat game reigned supreme in 2022, but there's a chance 2023 could be the year of the gecko game. That's how I feel after watching the trailer for The Gecko Gods, at least. It's an action adventure in which you control a cute little lizard who can crawl across walls and ceilings, and also solves puzzles, fights golems and pilots a boat.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 3:36 PM

Wolfenstein: The New Order rebooted the classic FPS series back in 2014, turning it into a tonally incoherent, ultra-violent sometime-stealth 'em up about murdering robo-Nazis in an alternate 1960s. It was surprisingly great. It's also free to keep if you grab it from the Epic Games Store right now.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 3:11 PM

Last month it was announced that the Risk Of Rain IP was now fully owned by Gearbox Publishing and that original developers Hopoo Games would not be working on future updates for Risk Of Rain 2. There was also the promise that Hopoo and Gearbox were working on one remaining Risk Of Rain project together, however.

It was announced today: Risk Of Rain Returns, a remaster of the 2013 2D roguelike with all new pixel art, new survivors and new everything else.

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Twinfinite Tuesday, December 20, 2022 9:47 PM
     Right hand on sequel.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 20, 2022 7:37 PM
     Watch the trailer for a new salacious horror movie.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 20, 2022 6:26 PM
     In space, no one can hear a cat knock things off the desk.

Twinfinite Tuesday, December 20, 2022 5:34 PM
     The 5th installment to the 2002 Scorpion King series is making waves on streaming services.

Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 7:00 PM

Pokemon SV Figures

The Pokemon Company International announced the release of a new line of toy figures featuring monsters from Pokemon Scarlet and Violet, the latest entries in the franchise. This line of figures is composed of fifteen Pokemon, including the appearance of new monsters faring from the Paldea Region and classic returning Pokemon. It will release in May 2023. [Thanks, GAMEWatch!]

It is part of fhe Pokémon Kids line of toys. Eight brand new Pokemon, unique to the Paldea region, and seven returning classic Pokemon make up thr total of fifteen figures included in this new collection of toys. Some of the new Pokemon figures include the Scarlet and Violet starters, Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly, along with the legendaries of each entry, Koraidon and Miraidon.

You can read the full list of Pokemon included here.

  • Koraidon
  • Miraidon
  • Sprigatito
  • Fuecoco
  • Quaxly
  • Pawmi
  • Lechonk
  • Smoliv
  • Pikachu
  • Pichu
  • Meowth
  • Larvitar
  • Happiny
  • Swablu
  • Altaria

And here is a selection of pictures showing how each one will look.
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Each figure will be packaged in a mystery box along with a piece of soda flavored gum. Each individual mystery box will cost 220 yen (roughly $2). The figures will release in May 2023.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are available on the Nintendo Switch.

The post New Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Figures Heading to Japan appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 6:00 PM

Disgaea 7 Dodeka MAX

Developer Nippon Ichi Software released a video featuring new gameplay mechanics in the upcoming Disgaea 7. The Dodeka MAX system allows players to turn one of their units into a giant.

The Dodeka MAX system allows players to transform one of their units into a gigantic version of itself. This unit fights against the enemy forces from outside the stage, granting them massive range and power. But players ought to be careful, as enemy units can also transform, allowing them to face your transformed unit. This system also introduces "Dobilities," passive abilities that benefit the entire party and can turn the tide of battle.

Dodeka MAX was introduced in "Disgaea Private School - Second Term," the second entry in a series of videos delving deeper into the upcoming Disgaea 7. The name of this mechanic originates from a double pun on the Japanese words for "ballista" (do) and "demon" (ma), mixed with the word "deka" and "max," terms utilized to describe gargantuan size.

You can watch the video here.

Disgaea 7 releases in Japan on January 26, 2023 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and the Nintendo Switch. We still don't know when Disgaea 7 is releasing outside of Japan. More information will appear in the future.

The post NIS Details a New Gigantic Gameplay Mechanic in Disgaea 7 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 4:00 PM

Grim Guardians Demon Purge Release Date

Inti Creates announced a release date for its upcoming Grim Guardians: Demon Purge game. A new trailer also debuted alongside the announcement. The gothic horror-inspired game will come out digitally on February 23, 2023 and cost $24.99.

Here is the new Grim Guardians: Demon Purge release date trailer. It focuses on showing off the title's gameplay.

Additionally, Inti Creates has published numerous screenshots showcasing the game. You can check a few of them out below:

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Grim Guardians: Demon Purge is a 2D side-scrolling action game with a deep exploration element. It offers unique gameplay by allowing players to switch between its two main characters on the fly and without restrictions.

The game follows Shinobu and Maya Kamizono, a pair of demon-hunter sisters. After returning from a hunt one day, they find that their school has been transformed into a demonic castle. It's up to the siblings to find and put a stop to whatever caused the transformation, rescuing the school's missing students along the way.

Shinobu offers long-range attacks and higher HP, while Maya is able to deal large amounts of damage quickly but only at close-range. Each of the characters will have situations where they excel, making swapping between them essential.

The girls also have an ultimate technique called the Purge Cannon in which they work together to fire a powerful bullet that instantly destroys most demons. This attack can only be unleashed when the Purge Gauge is full. Filling the Purge Gauge happens naturally over time, and gets a boost when players pick up items.

Should either Shinobu or Maya run out of HP, the other can revive them. However, this process takes time and requires players to stand over the fallen sister, so rescuing them will take some planning. A Game Over only happens when both siblings go down.

Both characters will have several unlockable sub-weapons that are rewarded as players defeat bosses. These can be changed out at any time, though using them will require Weapon Points. Different sub-weapons will enable more bosses to be defeated and grant access to more areas.

Several features will be available to let players customize their Grim Guardians: Demon Purge experience. Options include 2 voiceover options (Japanese and English), 3 difficulty styles, and the ability to play cooperatively should a second controller be available.

The Grim Guardians: Demon Purge release date is February 23, 2023. It will appear for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam digitally.

The post Grim Guardians: Demon Purge Release Date Unveiled appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 3:00 PM

Fire Emblem Engage Citrinne

Nintendo revealed more information about Citrinne, a royal knight from Brodia and retainer to Prince Alcryst in Fire Emblem Engage. Citrinne is also a cousins of princes Alcryst and Diamant. Her starting class is Mage.

Citrinne is one of the royal knight of the Kindom of Brodia stationed at the capital. She is kind-hearted and caring to her friends. As a member of Brodian royalty, and relative to princes Alcryst and Diamant, she can sometimes take advantage of her wealth to spoil the people around her.

Citrinne practices magic restlessly to become stronger. She can sometimes be too hard on herself. Her cousin Alcryst admires her for it. Mages use tomes to cast spells and attack from a safe distance. They are especially good at taking down heavily armored units with high defenses.

Ikumi Hasegawa voices Citrinne in the Japanese dub of Fire Emblem Engage. She has also voiced Vladilena Milizé in 86 -Eighty Six-, Xiao Yu in the anthology movie Flavors of Youth, and Arcueid Brunestud in Fate/Grand Order, Melty Blood: Type Lumina, and the remake of Tsukihime.

Fire Emblem Engage will come out worldwide on January 20, 2023 for the Nintendo Switch. You can preorder the game from the Nintendo eShop.

The post Meet Fire Emblem Engage's Magic Knight Citrinne appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Tuesday, December 20, 2022 5:26 PM
     Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: All Watchtower Locations featPokémon Scarlet and Violet have plenty of hidden-away secrets within the Paldea region's open world. This includes Watchtowers that are the home for Gimmighoul, the coin chest Pokémon. The Pokémon community has been speculating how many of these Watchtowers exist, where they are, and how they correlate to Gimmighoul. Well, we can help you out. Here are all the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Watchtower locations. Note: For more information about the game, check out our Pokemon Scarlet and Violet guides and features hub. All Watchtower locations – Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Gimmighoul is a tiny little Pokémon that hides with a chest. They were introduced right before the release of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet as a catchable Pokémon in Pokémon Go. In Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, Gimmighoul is also catchable at any 14 Watchtowers. Once caught or defeated, the player will receive Gimmighoul coins, which are needed to evolve Gimmighoul into Gholdengo. All 14 watchtower l...

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Tuesday, December 20, 2022 3:00 PM
     Earlier this year, Fear was introduced into Sims' daily lives, which brought about new exciting ways to manage a household in The Sims 4. Find out how fear affects your Sims, how they manifest, and how to get rid of them in this guide! Wants and Fears are new features that got added along with […]

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, December 20, 2022 4:58 PM

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, December 20, 2022 4:28 PM

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, December 20, 2022 3:58 PM

The cosmetic items include a new armor set and mount skin

The post Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gets New Monster Hunter World Cosmetics appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Tuesday, December 20, 2022 3:37 PM

These new features includes "five fully realized" fighting stances

The post Star Wars Jedi: Survivor New Details Revealed appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Dec 20, 14:00

Kotaku Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:45 PM

Racing to the last possible helicopter to flee an increasingly radiated map, my heart is pounding. I know the chopper is going to sit there for nearly two minutes, and here I am running, alone and vulnerable. I sped halfway across the map in a truck to outrun the radiation and must now defend my position to escape. I…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:40 PM

With over 400 games included, Xbox Game Pass continues to be one of the best deals in gaming. Defining the industry, this year Game Pass pushed Sony to finally capitulate and relaunch PlayStation Now as a competitive service, yet one that still feels a few steps behind. For $10 a month, Game Pass gives you access to a…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:30 PM

Sony's new PS5 controller, the wireless DualSense Edge, looks normal enough. It has the right number of buttons and enough space to rest your hands on its boomerang-shaped plastic. But its extreme customization presumably explains why it costs $200, almost three times the base price for the standard PS5 controller. A…


Kotaku Tuesday, December 20, 2022 10:55 AM

Activision Blizzard president and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Alegre is leaving the company to become CEO of blockchain company Yuga Labs, which owns famous ugly NFTs like Bored Ape and CryptoPunks. Alegre, who was named in a February lawsuit alleging Activision Blizzard misled the SEC about its contested Microsoft…


PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 1:41 PM
     Wolfenstein The New Order is today's free game on Epic

Today's free game from the Epic Games Store is Wolfenstein The New Order, the first in MachineGames' reboot series of the granddaddy of all FPS games. The New Order follows BJ Blazkowicz and his pals through an alt-history version of the early 1960s after a Nazi victory in World War 2.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Wolfenstein: The New Order review, The best FPS games on PC, Best games of 2014: Wolfenstein: The New Order

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 1:15 PM
     Destiny 2: what is the Nightfall weapon this week?

Want to know what this week's Destiny 2 Nightfall weapon is? Each week you've got a chance at a different weapon for completing Nightfall Strikes, and ever since Season of the Lost, fan-favourite legacy weapons from the original Destiny have been added to the rotation. New seasons often introduce new weapons into the rotation, so it's more important than ever to know in advance the Nightfall weapon schedule.

In case you don't know what the Destiny 2 Nightfall weapon means, Nightfall: The Ordeal is a playlist available in the Vanguard menu, alongside the basic Strike playlist. Each week, a different Strike is chosen as the Nightfall, and offered in five escalating difficulties, with harder enemies, challenging modifiers, and enemy power levels cranking up.

The coveted Nightfall weapons have a chance to drop from any Nightfall Strike difficulty, but it's far more likely at higher levels. Your best bet for farming each week's Nightfall weapon is to set the Strike to Master difficulty, according to YouTuber Aztecross. You should also note that there's no automatic matchmaking above Hero difficulty, however, so you'll need to get a squad together.

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

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:41 PM
     Fallout 76 holiday event sends scorched Santas across Appalachia

The Fallout 76 holiday event has arrived in Appalachia, which means the MMORPG's countless vault dwellers can get into the seasonal spirit of giving - and blowing gnarly mutants away. The Holiday Scorched Event features mutant scorched wearing fur-trimmed Santa outfits carrying holiday gifts for you to collect after introducing them to your arsenal of post-nuclear weapons. The event runs December 20 - January 2.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Fallout 76 Mutations, Fallout 76 Perk Cards, Buy Fallout 76

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:22 PM
     Best Genshin Impact TCG decks

Looking for the best Genshin Impact TCG decks? If you've been enjoying the new trading card game in Genshin Impact, here are the best decks to fit your playstyle, whether you're playing against friends or NPCs.

This new mode in the free PC game is purely for fun, and luckily you won't need to sink any primogems into the card game to win. Like the rest of the game, you probably have a preferred battle style and favourite elemental reactions. So, here are the best Genshin Impact TCG decks, but if you want to know more about the card game, our Genshin Impact TCG guide can help you out.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:20 PM
     The best turn-based strategy games on PC in 2022

Turn-based strategy games bring out the more cerebral undertones of the genre – the break afforded by 'turns' allows us to think, ponder and plan our moves with as much expert precision as we can muster. Witnessing that mater plan unfold can create untold levels of satisfaction, and suddenly you fancy yourself the master tactician.

This genre is also home to the 'one more turn' trope - that feeling of near-addiction that compels you to click the 'End Turn' button just one more time to see what happens. Maybe you're waiting to see the outcome of a daring attack, maybe you're just trying to click through some downtime. We also have the best strategy games on PC if you're looking to expand beyond petty concepts like 'turns'.

This is a living list, in the sense that there are many worthy candidates and not enough room to fit them all in. Every so often (especially as new games come out), we'll give this article a refresh and an update to bring give other titles their turn in the spotlight. Also, don't be alarmed that games like Civ 6 aren't on the list: You can check out our guide to the best 4X games to see our thoughts on that particular niche.


PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:12 PM
     Next Marvel Snap season release date, cards, locations, and theme

If you're looking for the next Marvel Snap season release date, we've got you covered. Each month, a new Marvel Snap season begins, and with a new season comes new cards, a unique theme, and a host of new locations. December's Marvel Snap theme was the Power Cosmic; which introduced the Silver Surfer and had people relying on the Infinaut to pound their opponents into retreat.

What is January's Marvel Snap season release date, and who can we expect to see front and centre in the battle pass? Knowing the upcoming meta can help turn the tides early for you when new cards are added to the pool, as you'll already have a pre-built deck ready to go in one of the best PC games this year. Crafting the best Marvel Snap decks for a given season also requires some knowledge of what locations you're likely to see, with certain styles of play being more suited to a specific location set.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best card games on PC, The best superhero games, The best multiplayer games

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:24 PM
     Free MMOs: RPGs and other massively multiplayer greats

It can be surprisingly difficult to find the best free MMOs to suit your gaming taste. There's been an explosion of free-to-play options in recent years, especially in the massively multiplayer online space. From sprawling war zones to story-driven RPGs, there is something for everyone out there.

Even if your wallet is gathering cobwebs and your bank account is best friends with the number zero, our list of the best free MMOs currently available on PC is here to help. So without further ado, let's take a look at some of the best free PC games that are available to play without breaking the bank.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Play RIFT for free, Free MMO list, New MMOs

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 11:59 AM
     Red Dead Redemption 2 mod brings gender equality to Rockstar's sandbox

A new Red Dead Redemption mod attempts to bring gender equality and more balanced representation for women in the Rockstar sandbox game, adding new NPCs to the western world of Arthur Morgan, and injecting fresh life into the game as Red Dead Online updates remain absent, and we look ahead to the GTA 6 release date.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Red Dead Redemption 2 PC review, Best western games, Best sandbox games

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 11:41 AM
     FM23 wonderkids – the best young players in Football Manager 2023

FM23 Wonderkids aren't your average young player, they're the best of the best. While still younger than 21, they often have the current ability to compete with the average top-division player and have a potential so high that it would make any Champions League team blush. However, because of this, they can often cost you tens of millions, although if you're smart you might be able to pick yourself up a bargain. If you're looking to build a team for the future and don't mind developing these players, then you might bag yourself a future club legend.

Whether you're looking for a goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, winger, or striker, we've got you covered. Each position is by potential ability (PA) from highest to lowest. Some players have a fixed PA, while others have a dynamic PA, meaning their potential differs between every save, so their potential in your save could be higher or lower than we have here. We've marked every player with a dynamic potential with an asterisk to make it clearer. Here is a list of the best wonderkids in Football Manager 23, an absolute must if you plan on creating a dynasty in one of the best PC games this year.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Football Manager 2023 wonderkids, Best teams to manage in Football Manager 2023, Football Manager 2023 review

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:20 PM
     Marvel Snap pool 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 cards – every new and upcoming card

Want to know what cards are inside every Marvel Snap pool? Cards in Marvel Snap are divided into series, though the community prefers to use the term pools. Players unlock cards by reaching higher tiers on the collection level track, though the cards you unlock are randomised within that pool.

If you desperately need one specific card to create one of the best Marvel Snap decks, you can either cross your fingers every time you unlock a new mystery card or collector's cache, or save up collector's tokens and pay close attention to the rotating stock in the shop. Our guide breaks down what cards are featured in each pool to help you keep track of what cards you may unlock next.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best card games on PC, The best superhero games, The best multiplayer games

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 11:42 AM
     Warzone 2 loadout drops now at buy stations in new Call of Duty update

Warzone 2 loadout drops at buy stations are finally a reality as the Call of Duty battle royale game gets a fresh update from Infinity Ward and Activision co-creator Raven Software, bringing a fan-favourite feature from Warzone 1 – or rather, Warzone Caldera – back to the shooter, while Modern Warfare 2 season 1 Reloaded also sees new features.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Warzone 2 guns, Best Warzone 2 loadout, Warzone 2 map

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 11:27 AM
     Genshin Impact 3.4 leak reveals Alhaitham's signature weapon

A new Genshin Impact leak has just given us a good look at Alhaitham's signature weapon ahead of the anime game's version 3.4 update. When it comes to five-star characters, HoYoverse usually introduces them alongside a five-star weapon that serves as their best-in-slot choice for an optimal build. It appears that the new sword, Light of Foliar Sanction, will be Alhaitham's go-to weapon.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 11:41 AM
     Minecraft Legends release date speculation, gameplay, and rumours

When is the Minecraft Legends release date? This is a new action strategy game from Blackbird Interactive set within the world of Minecraft. Minecraft Legends sees the player take on the role of a legendary hero whose destiny is to unite the factions of the Overworld. If the Overworld doesn't unite in time, they won't be able to defend their homes against the Nether's Piglin army.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Minecraft Legends release date, The best strategy games on PC, The best crafting games on PC

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 10:57 AM
     Valorant Snowball Fight benched for the FPS game's 2022 celebrations

Valorant Snowball Fight has been the FPS game's premier Christmas mode since it was released back in 2020, but for the first time since its inception the fun-filled festive fiesta looks like it won't be returning this holiday season.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Valorant characters: all agents and abilities, Valorant tier list, Valorant crosshair codes

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 10:30 AM
     Final Fantasy 16 rated for nudity, mature themes, gore, and swearing

Final Fantasy 16, the next RPG game from Square Enix's sweeping open-world series, has been officially rated M by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, meaning that it is recommended for consumers over the age of 17 in Canada and the United States. The game allegedly contains nudity, some very mature themes, gore, and bad language, possibly making it a more explicit FF than we might have seen in the past.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best RPG games on PC 2022, The best JRPGs on PC in 2022, Best Final Fantasy games on PC

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 11:19 AM
     Best Marvel Snap decks December 2022

The best Marvel Snap decks aren't available to you right away, but fear not, because alongside some of the meta decks in this superhero-themed card game, we also have the best decks for beginners too. So whether you're still making your way through Pool 1 and 2, or you're reaching the end of Pool 3 and gearing up to unlock the ultra-rare Pool 4 and 5 cards, we've got options for you.

The meta in Marvel Snap is constantly changing, and it means the best Marvel Snap deck at the moment is either Seracle or BaeroDecklists for those can be found down below, but both include Marvel Snap pool four and five cards, so you may need to use some alternative options if you're not at that stage of the collection path yet. So without further ado, here are the best Marvel Snap decks for beginners, followed by a plethora of options for those of you with more fleshed out collections in one of the best free PC games.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best card games on PC, The best superhero games, The best multiplayer games

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 10:34 AM
     Best racing games 2022 for PC

What are the best racing games on PC? Whether mastering muddy tracks in Dirt Rally 2.0 or embracing Forza Horizon 5's magnificent Mexico, these are the best racers around.

Picking the very best racing games on PC is no easy task. So many elements contribute: the genre's not only about graphical fidelity and hair-raising sound design - though both certainly help - it's also about pulling you into the action as if you're there in the driver's seat, eyes strained as the asphalt whips past at 240kph. From honing your timing for a perfect gear shift to kicking out the back-end for a sublime drift, a quality racing game just feels right.

Don't go asking, "How could you forget about Grand Prix Legends! Where's Geoff Crammond?!" When versions of those games surface on Steam or GOG, we'll be the first in line to play them again… and inevitably find they haven't aged as well as we hoped. So for those of you who are just looking to hop in and fire up the engine of a superb racer, whether that's an intricate sim or an arcade thriller, we've got some breakneck PC racers for you.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Play DiRT Rally 2, DiRT Rally 2 review

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 9:34 AM
     Best Warzone 2 settings for PC FPS, graphics, and performance

If you're after the best Warzone 2 settings, you're in the right place. Configuring your settings not only changes how the game looks, but more importantly, it can improve how it performs. A higher performance level in a match could give you the advantage over an enemy who's struggling with a low FPS count or one that has a low FOV.

Of course, it's worth checking if your PC can actually run the battle royale game by quickly scanning the Warzone 2 system requirements. As long as you're hitting the minimum requirements, the settings can be tweaked so you get the absolute best performance possible.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Warzone 2 guns, Best Warzone 2 loadout, Warzone 2 map

PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 9:26 AM
     Spatial Ops on Meta Quest Pro could be mixed reality's first big FPS

The Meta Quest Pro isn't your standard VR headset. Targeting business users with a price point to match, this hasn't stopped developers from taking advantage. Thanks to several features not on Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2) like colour passthrough or eye and facial tracking, we're seeing studios getting creative. Between Blaston, Cubism, and Demeo, more games are delivering mixed reality (MR) experiences, merging VR with augmented reality (AR) to merge virtual gameplay with the real world. Spatial Ops by Resolution Games might be MR's most convincing case yet.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 9:25 AM
     Forget Starfield – the most important space game leaves Game Pass soon

I'm as excited as the next person for the Starfield release date, but there's a more urgent deadline on the horizon for those of you subscribed to Microsoft's PC Game Pass service. Outer Wilds, one of the best space games of all time (and certainly one of the most important, in my humble opinion), is leaving the subscription service on January 1. If you haven't played it yet, don't worry - that's still more than enough time to experience the wonder for yourself.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 9:29 AM
     The best Roblox games in 2022

What are the best Roblox games? Games aren't just better than ever for kids, the means of creating them are, too. The best example of that is Roblox: a massively multiplayer online game creation platform and, since it is so easy to make something fun, there are millions of Roblox games to enjoy. User-generated creations allow you to weather the existential threat of a natural disaster, try your hand as a pizza maker, and take a break away from it all with a spot of peaceful scuba diving.

From sims to RPGs and adventure titles, we've highlighted the best Roblox games to enjoy with over 100 million other pals in online games. Think of it like Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet smooshed together and forged into an entire platform.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 9:15 AM
     Unwrap a free Marvel Snap card from Samuel L. Jackson this Christmas

20/12/2022 -  Since the publication of this story, the Marvel Snap news article detailing the Winterverse event has been taken down, we'll update this story if/when it comes back up. Original story continues below.

You read that right, you can get a signed Samuel L. Jackson Marvel Snap card for simply playing the multiplayer game over the festive period. The superhero deck builder quickly became one of the best card games on PC this year, so it's nice to see plenty of free rewards available for consistent players; even if this one is slightly strange.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 7:39 AM
     Warzone 2 loadouts just got cheaper, but is it good for Call of Duty?

Warzone 2 loadouts are now officially half-price, with the latest Call of Duty update making personalised primary weapons available for $2,500 CoD dollars rather than $5,000. This, combined with the broader Modern Warfare 2 season one changes, which introduce even more buy stations, means getting your own, crafted guns is now a lot easier in the battle royale game. But does this help or hinder the new Call of Duty experience?

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 7:35 AM
     Midnight Suns support team puts other devs to shame

The Marvel's Midnight Suns support squad have proven their commitment to the strategy game's players by responding to one fan's request for bigger text in-game.

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PCGamesN Tuesday, December 20, 2022 9:27 AM
     Minecraft mob list and all new mobs and monsters

Minecraft mobs are the living entities in Minecraft - short for mobile, these sometimes adorable, sometimes you can find aggressive creatures roaming the many biomes of the blocky universe. They will interact and respond to you, other players, and other mobs, whether that's a creeper knocking at your door, or a pig in the pen in your back garden.

Minecraft mobs are susceptible to the same physics and environmental changes that affect players, such as catching fire or drowning. They can be attacked and killed with weapons, and when killed drop resources and experience points, with hostile mobs dropping rarer items on occasion.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:30 PM

Larian's now-traditional Panel From Hell method of update delivery dumped some important Baldur's Gate 3 news last week. The weighty Dungeons & Dragons fantasy RPG has been in early access for a couple of years, but it's now scheduled for a 1.0 release in August next year. As well as that, BG3 got its ninth update, the last significant one before release, which raises the level cap to 5 and adds Paladin as a playable class. I caught up with Larian's founder and director Swen Vincke (this time sans full suit of armour) and he told me that, despite Update 9 being a big one, there's still a lot to come.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:00 PM

If I were only allowed to give a single, solitary reason for trying Control, I'd probably settle on this: it has the most satisfying "throw desk at face" interaction I've experienced in a game. Yes, even more so than Half-Life 2. Maybe it's the slower flying speed of the desk, giving you more time to anticipate the blow. Maybe it's the recoil of the face. Or maybe it's just how the desk, or whichever piece of office fixture you're telekinetically hurling, impacts in a hilarious explosion of shards and scraps.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 11:35 AM

Martial art fest Sifu will make its way to Steam in March 2023 together with a new free update, devs Sloclap have revealed. From the snippets Sloclap have shown, the update will have a new arenas mode that seems to be similar to combat challenge maps from the Arkham series. A new patch, 1.16, has also gone live for Sifu today to duff up some pesky crashes and bugs, although patch notes haven't been released yet. You can watch the teaser for the arenas mode update below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 10:53 AM

The Winter Sale continues over on GOG, and they're giving away Revolution Software's classic point-and-click Broken Sword for free until Thursday. It's the Director's Cut too, which adds some more stuff for nosey American tourist George 'Goat-wrangler' Stobbart and French journalist Nico 'Curtains' Collard to investigate. Good grief, I can't even remember the last time I played a Broken Sword. The first one is a classic adventure game from a time when they were beginning to fade from PC, goat puzzle notwithstanding.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 9:14 AM

Shipmas arrives in Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 tomorrow, with the game's Christmas update for multiplayer. The reimagined version of the classic Shipment map - introduced with last week's Season 01 Reloaded midseason update - will be festooned with decorations, along with the bodies of your enemies. COD now has its own Santa, too, and I wouldn't want to tangle with him. You can see what I mean, and catch a glimpse of the holiday version of Shipment, by watching the trailer below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 9:03 AM

The skeleton-smashing and lock-picking action of first-person dungeon-crawlers combines with the PvPvE tension of Escape From Tarkov in Dark And Darker, which currently has a free alpha playtest running. Alone or with a party of pals, you head into dungeons to mash AI-controlled monsters and fill your pockets with loot. Other players are out there doing the same, and might come to claim your goodies, especially as you're all competing for the limited escape portals that let you keep your shinies. It's an interesting one, and doing well on both Steam and Twitch.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 8:00 AM

Exercise caution when opening door number 20 on the RPS Advent Calendar, because it's an uncaring world of manual labour in space out there. If you open the door wrong you could cause a huge explosion that kills you - but to mitigate that risk you can spend money buying an Official Safe Door Opener. Don't worry, you can just work more to pay it off.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 7:20 AM

It's okay everyone, call off the search. I've found my Christmas game. LucasArts shooter Star Wars: Dark Forces has been given a modern makeover by The Force Engine project, and they've just released version 1.0 to the public after three years' work. During that time, the team's reverse engineered Dark Forces and added a whole bunch of mod-cons, such as support for modern high resolutions and mouse-look. The project even has a trailer, which you can watch below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 7:17 AM

Hello, yes, I know this is our fourth post on the subject but it's mostly good news – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's next-gen update is now considerably less of a technical muddle. After applying yesterday's PC hotfix, performance with the new ray tracing settings is majorly improved, and if you don't (or can't) use those, The Witcher 3 no longer runs slower than it did before the next-gen update hobbled it.

That's judging by some tests I've run using the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, on which overall stability seems to have improved as well. I'm still having trouble with AMD graphics cards, however, with FSR upscaling being a particularly reliable source of crashes.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Tuesday, December 20, 2022 7:04 AM

"Do not be afraid to die." That's the advice of Haemimont Games' CEO Bisser Dyankov when it comes to playing their new open world survival sim Stranded: Alien Dawn. Having launched into early access in mid-October, the latest game from the Surviving Mars devs has just recently doubled in size to include a brand-new desert biome in its Dunes And Moons update, adding harsh temperature extremes to deal with, new alien lifeforms to observe, and, you know, just the odd Chaos Moon to endure while you're at it.

The world of Desertum is certainly a marked change from Stranded's initial mountainous forest planet, Sobrius, but after a few weeks of trying (and inevitably failing) to stay alive in them, I do feel like I've settled on a couple of vital dos and don'ts now. For example, Do: invest in defences early on. Don't: eat that weird alien zebra camel until you know whether it's going to give you gut rot. The list goes on, and has only grown larger with the addition of Desertum, which was deliberately designed to "challenge players to plan better and not rely on their previous knowledge," Dyankov tells me. "Our aim here has been to find a balance between the familiar and unfamiliar within the Desertum Biome, to ensure it's a challenging place to build your base, but is also enjoyable." I'll try to remember that the next time horned dinosaurs are gnawing my survivors' legs off.

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Twinfinite Tuesday, December 20, 2022 1:08 PM
     Here are some games that you may have missed this year.

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     It's time for an anime throwdown!

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     The debate over whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie ends here and now.

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     Twinfinite's Game of the Year 2022 is...

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     The kids are not alright.

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     High on Life is dominating Xbox Game Pass right now.

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     Believe it!

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     Pokemon inspired by objects need more love.

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     The Holidays are a great time to be with family, eat too much, and laugh. These 10 comedies will help you with the latter.

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     Something something, delay, something something Miyamoto quote.

Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 1:00 PM

Risk of Rain Returns Appeared Among Switch House of Indies Games

Starting on December 19, 2022, Nintendo is releasing a Switch House of Indies presentation each day looking at upcoming and new games. The December 20, 2022 one featured a familiar face. Risk of Rain is coming back as Risk of Rain Returns. While it showed up in the Nintendo presentation alongside three other new titles, it will also head to PCs via Steam in 2023. The other three games are The Gecko Gods, The Captain, and Punchuin, with the last two being immediately available as shadowdrops.

Risk of Rain Returns is a remaster of the indie game. It will apparently be influenced by Risk of Rain 2. The multiplayer will be updated. New Survivors will also appear. However, exact details on many additions aren't yet available.

Here is the full "Inside the House of Indies: Holiday Event Day 2" video looking at Switch games. The Gecko Gods will appear in 2023. The Captain is $19.99. The Punchuin costs $14.99.
The first day of announcements also included two shadowdrops and two teases of things to come. Floppy Knights and Mortal Shell: Complete Edition both appeared on the eShop on December 19, 2022. Pupperazzi and Roman Sands Re:Build are both on the way to the system.

Risk of Rain Returns will come to the Switch and PC in 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:30 PM

Cult of the Lamb Will Appear in Devolver Digital Public Access Holiday Special 2022

Ahead of the holidays, people will be able to tune in to a Devolver Public Access Holiday Special 2022. It will be a brief presentation held on December 22, 2023 at 10am PT/1pm ET/7pm CET. Both existing and upcoming games will show up. Among them will be Cult of the Lamb.

Here's the embed video for the Devolver Public Access Holiday Special 2022. It listed five specific games that will show up. One is Cult of the Lamb, available now on the Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. The others are 2023 titles like Anger Foot (PC), Skate Story (PC), and Stick it to the Stickman (PC). Terra Nil (PC and mobile) will also appear.

This could involve some sort of holiday event in-game in Cult of the Lamb. Back in October 2022, the Blood Moon Festival appeared. That was a Halloween-themed activity. It involved pumpkins, a new ritual, a chance to capture the spirits of fallen Followers, and new cosmetic items.

The Devolver Public Access Holiday Special 2022 will appear at 10am PT/1pm ET/7pm CET on December 22, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:00 PM

Chainsaw Man Bloodline: The Last Royal Vampire Event Begins

The Chainsaw Man Bloodline: The Last Royal Vampire Event is here. People who head into the mobile game to recruit characters from the anime and manga series. Only three members of the cast will be playable. People get a chance to pick up Aki, Denji, and Power.

Aki, Denji, and Power all appear as five-star units in this Chainsaw Man event. Aki is a Water-type unit. Denji is a Thunder-type. Power is a Dark-type character. Their skills weren't detailed in the announcement. However, the teaser trailer shows how their character "cards" look.

In addition to the playable characters who can join your party for the 2D RPG, there are a number of cosmetic items from Chainsaw Man being added. Denji has his standard look or an additional outfit. You can also get player portraits, frames, and character images for your profile. A login event is also in place doling out in-game currency.

Bloodline: The Last Royal Vampire is available on Android and Apple iOS devices, and the Chainsaw Man event is live until January 2023. People can watch Chainsaw Man on Crunchyroll. It will appear on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan. The manga is being released outside of Japan by Viz Media, with new chapters available after launch online.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 12:00 PM

Review: Lil' Gator Game is a Love Letter to A Short Hike and BOTW

It's weird to think of a game as a Breath of the Wild like when there's no real combat, stakes aren't terribly high, and the wide open spaces aren't necessary large. Not to mention when playing this game also feels like heading into an entirely new A Short Hike story. Yet when it comes to Lil Gator Game, it is impossible to talk about it without also citing the developer's affection for both A Short Hike and BOTW, as gameplay cues from both keep popping up.

Lil Gator and their sister share a love of… a certain game series with a young person in a floppy hat with a sword and shield. The affection is so great that years ago, the sister "created" the game in the real world when her younger sibling was desperate to play the next entry. Years later, said sister is back from college visiting, and the Lil Gator is with her at the same park from their original escapade. They even recruited a group of their friends to recreate the game on a larger scale. However, real life obligations and time caused a divide between the siblings, and it is up to Lil Gator to go through the game in the hopes of reminding her of its magic and enticing her to play again. Does it eventually feel like something a good heart-to-heart would fix? (Yes, and some characters even note this.) Still, it takes the long way around to come to a satisfying resolution.

Review: Lil' Gator Game is a Love Letter to A Short Hike and BOTW 2

Ahead of launch, MegaWobble cited A Short Hike, Night in the Woods, and The Legend of Zelda as inspirations, and this is very clear in many ways. For example, the narrative calls to mind the charm and coziness of both A Short Hike and Night in the Woods. Characters are charming and personable, even if you only spend a few minutes with them. It feels like coming home to a small town filled with childhood friends. Exploration is encouraged, with extra "monsters" to defeat for more recyclable materials hiding in extra niches. Not to mention, you're on two islands that wouldn't look out of place in A Short Hike's forest.

With the gameplay, both The Legend of Zelda and A Short Hike's tendencies come through in Lil Gator Game. A stamina system is in play, though here you're collecting bracelets instead of feathers to scale slopes. You get a glider, though it's really an old t-shirt. There's a shield, but odds are you're using it as a sled. All monsters are made of cardboard, but you'll still be using a "sword" to "slay" them. Also, there are lots of pots filled with, yes, more recyclable materials for crafting.

Review: Lil' Gator Game is a Love Letter to A Short Hike and BOTW

There's also a bit of "snap to" for some elements, which makes potential platforming moments a little easier. For example, if Lil Gator climbs a tree, then they will automatically "perch" on the very top. If you jump onto a wire, you'll automatically land on it and be able to walk across without worrying about balancing. Before you start getting more bracelets to build up stamina, there's usually a good jump left in you at the end, so you can perhaps reach the tops of hills or cliffs that might otherwise seem intimidating. I also didn't have any trouble with the "ranged" attacks on "flying" enemies or when trying to get some from a distance.

I'd almost say that the result makes Lil Gator Game feel like if A Short Hike was both longer and more motivation to take off on tangents. At times I felt more incentive to continue to explore the world, try and find additional side quests, and earn unlockables. These are purely cosmetic, so all of those extra excursions are optional. But also, much like A Short Hike, a part of the joy comes from avoiding the straightforward path to meet all of these additional characters.


Given how often I've said "A Short Hike" in this Lil Gator Game review, someone might wonder that could work against it. Could it crossover over from homage and lovingly inspired by to plagiarism? Fortunately, no! I felt that even if there is any thematic overlap, it isn't too egregious. I reveled in the game and enjoyed it for what it is, even if after a half-hour I did find myself going to double check to see if adamgryu was involved somehow. There is a similar wooded island structure, character designs, and general atmosphere. When so much of a thing's identity is tied to others, there is always the fear of it having an identity crisis. But this is a situation in which if someone enjoys one, they will like the other. Lil' Gator Game sets itself apart the more you play it.

Lil Gator Game is an adventure that ambles along, taking elements from games its developer loved and implementing them along the way. In a way, that might also keep some players from connecting with it. But even so, it is generally a charming and cozy way to spend some afternoons.

Lil Gator Game is available for the Nintendo Switch and PC.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 11:30 AM

NieR Automata 2B Mod Gives Her a Santa Outfit

Just ahead of the holidays, there's a new NieR: Automata 2B mod for the PC version of the game that gives her a Santa outfit. EM4V2 uploaded the new option to NexusMods. When applied, it changes two of her dresses into more festive ones.

Two outfits are covered in this mod. Her standard black dress ends up red with white fur lining and a black belt. The one based on Kaine's look from NieR Replicant is red with white fur lining and black ribbons. To install it, people need to download it from Nexus Mods, then place it in their data folder.

Here's a closer look at EM4V2's XMAS 2B NieR: Automata outfit mod, via screenshots taken by the creator.
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This isn't the only Santa-related outfit for 2B available for the PC version of NieR: Automata. Eraser3000 released 2C - a 2B's Christmas Retexture back in December 2019. That recolors her base outfit in red and white. DevolasRevenge shared Christmas Hat 2B in December 2020. That leaves 2B's outfit the same, but gives her a Santa hat to wear.

There are an array of mods for the game out there. Many involve the characters. For example, one changes A2 into Tifa.

NieR: Automata is available for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 11:00 AM

Arknights Rhodes Kitchen - Tidbits Manga Localized

People can start reading an official Arknights manga online. Yostar announced that it is localizing Rhodes Kitchen - Tidbits. This is a series of shorts showing different Operators working in the kitchen. So far, only the first chapter is available.

The first chapter of the Arknights Rhodes Kitchen Tidbits manga stars Amiya, the Rhodes Island Pharmaceuticals leader and essentially the series' mascot character, and Nathra. It establishes Nathra as a newcomer who used to run her own restaurant before joining Rhodes Island. However, it soon becomes clear Nathra is dealing with issues from her past. Amiya and her work together in the kitchen, and it seems there could be progress made as a result.

The end of the manga also includes a few recipes. It mentions the "Lankleg Fowlbeast Kofta Kebab" recipe, as well as recipes for salsa, garlic yogurt sauce, and pickled red cabbage that can be eaten with it.

There is another way to keep up with additional Arknights stories. There is the Arknights: Prelude to Dawn anime, with the follow-up Arknights: Perish in Frost in development.

Arknights is available on Android and Apple iOS devices, and the official Rhodes Kitchen - Tidbits manga chapters will update on the game's website.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 10:30 AM

Chainsaw Man Power Pop Up Parade Figure Strolls Up in May

Yet another Chainsaw Man Power figure is on the way. This time, it's a budget one from Good Smile Company's Pop Up Parade line. This collection is filled with figures that come in at around $40 and are non-standard sizes. Power will show up in May 2023 in Japan. After that, she'll appear in July 2023 in North America. It will cost ¥4,800/$33.99.

Power is her usual disheveled self for this Pop Up Parade figure. She's wearing her typical uniform, complete with high tops. She's pointing at her head for the pose. She'll stand at just over six and a half inches tall.

Here's a closer look at the Chainsaw Man Power Pop Up Parade figure, courtesy of Good Smile Company official photos.
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This marks yet another Pop Up Parade figure inspired by the series. The first ones to appear were of Denji. People could get him in his human or Chainsaw Man forms. More are planned. At WonHobby G 2022 Autumn, Aki, Himeno, Kobeni, and Makima ones were teased alongside the Power one that will appear next year.

The Chainsaw Man Power Pop Up Parade Figure will appear in Japan in May 2023 and in North America in July 2023. Pre-orders are open until January 19, 2023. The anime is available to stream on Crunchyroll. Viz Media is localizing the manga.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 10:00 AM

When Octopath Traveler 2 comes out in February 2023, people won't need to wait too long to also get its official soundtrack. Square Enix announced it will release it outside Japan. In March 2023, the compilation will appear. The set of six CDs will cost $54.99. Pre-orders are already open via the company's official storefront.

There's no track listing for the Octopath Traveler 2 soundtrack yet. However, the company did confirm it will include a booklet with commentary from members of the development team. In addition to notes from Composer Yasunori Nishiki, both Director Keisuke Miyauchi and Producer Masashi Takahashi contributed to it. As a reminder, all three also worked on the first game in the same roles.

The full album cover art was shared. It features the main Octopath Traveler 2 characters together. From left to right, Castti, Ochette, Osvald, Partitio, Agnea, Temenos, Throne, and Hikari appear. Naoki Ikushima, who is the character designer for this entry, created the art for it.
Octopath Traveler 2 Soundtrack Spans 6 CDs

This isn't the first bit of Octopath Traveler 2-related merchandise to appear. Square Enix is also selling a lantern inspired by the game. The pre-order for it is open in Japan.

Octopath Traveler 2 will appear on the Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC via Steam on February 24, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 9:30 AM

Final Fantasy XIV Eorzean Symphony 2022 Orchestral Album Blu-ray Dated

Even if people missed the Final Fantasy XIV Eorzean Symphony 2022, they can hear it next year with the FFXIV Orchestral Album Vol 3 Blu-ray in 2023. Square Enix announced it will begin selling a Blu-ray of the performance in April 2023. Pre-orders are open in its online store for $64.99. It will debut on April 26, 2023, though the storefront says to expect it in May 2023.

The Final Fantasy XIV Orchestra Concert 2022 Eorzean Symphony Vol 3 Blu-ray consists of two parts. One involves the album in stereo or 5.0 surround sound, so you can listen to the game's soundtrack. The other is the full Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra concert performance from the show. It didn't note which one of the two shows it was taken from. (The concert was held December 17-18, 2022 at the Tokyo Garden Theater, with two shows appearing each day.)

There are also some bonuses. People get an MP3 download with their copy, as well as a code for an in-game item. Square Enix didn't say what that item will be yet. Also, people get a sticker as an early purchase bonus.

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC. The FFXIV Starlight Celebration is going on in-game until December 31, 2022. The Furnishing Design Contest is running until January 19, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 9:00 AM

Pokemon GO Community Day for January 2023 Stars Chespin

Not long after January 2023 begins, Niantic will hold the first Pokemon GO Community Day of the new year. This time, it is kicking things off with a starter. Between 2pm-5pm local time on January 7, 2023, people will see Chespin more often in Pokemon GO. Also, as usual, there will be a higher than normal chance of finding one that is "shiny."

The announcement also explained what will happen with Chespin's evolved forms of Quilladin and Chesnaught in Pokemon GO. People will see Quilladin in four-star raids from 5pm-10pm local time on January 7, 2022. (You can't use a Remote Raid Pass to fight in this raid.) There is a chance the Quilladin could be shiny. Once the fight is beaten, Chespin will spawn around the gym for 30 minutes. As for Chasnaught, if you evolve a Quilladin into one during that day, it will know the Frenzy Plant Charged Attack. It takes 25 candies to evolve Chespin to Quilladin, then another 100 to evolve Quilladin to its final form.

Other staples will appear during the event too. There will be a $1 Special Research story called Quality Quills. You'll get twice as much candy as usual. Incense and Lures activated during the Community Day period will last for three hours. People will also get to make two Special Trades that day, rather than one, and all trades cost 50% less Stardust to make. You can also hatch eggs faster, as the distance will be 1/4th if one is placed during the event.

As a reminder, the December 2022 Community Day event was a mash-up. It ran over two days and featured past featured Pokemon from throughout the year.

Pokemon GO is available on Android and Apple iOS devices, and the next Community Day will be held on January 7, 2023.

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 8:30 AM

See Suikoden I & II HD Remaster's Pretty Boy Attack Unite Attack

On the official Japanese Twitter account, Konami held a poll asking people which Suikoden I & II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars Unite Attack from the game they'd like to see most. The results are in. Because Pretty Boy Attack won with 43.3% of the popular vote, the Suikoden II Unite Attack was shown in the rerelease. [Thanks, Gematsu!]

Pretty Boy Attack is a recurring Unite Attack in the Suikoden series, found in both of the games in the remaster, the fifth entry, and even the DS spin-off Suikoden Tierkreis. Each time, three "attractive" party members team up to attack opponents. For the Suikoden II version shown below, that means Futch, Luc, and Sasuke team up for a stronger than usual attack.

The original Suikoden I & II HD Remaster poll was held back on December 15, 2022. 5 Squirrel Attack, a Unite Attack that features the five squirrels Makumaku, Mekumeku, Mikumiku, Mokumoku, and Mukumuku came in second. Beauty Attack, the Pretty Boy Attack counterpart that features three "beautiful women" in the game and is also a recurring Unite Attack, came in four with 9.8% of the vote. The Suikoden version of it involved Cleo, Eileen, and either Sonya or Valeria. The Suikoden II one required three characters, with Kasumi, Karen, Lorelai, and Rina as the four possible options.

Suikoden I & II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars will release on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC via Steam in 2023

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Siliconera Tuesday, December 20, 2022 7:00 AM

Chainsaw Man Zozotown Apparel

Chainsaw Man apparel inspired by characters is coming to Japanese retailer Zozotown soon. A total of 16 different types of clothing and accessories will go up for pre-order on December 21, 2022, at noon JST. Pre-orders will be available through January 11, 2023 and are planned to ship in April 2023. [Thanks, Comic Natalie!]

Products available as part of the Chainsaw Man lineup include 2 T-shirts, 6 long-sleeve shirts, and 5 hoodies, all in either black or white. A tote bag, a pouch, and a sticker set will also be part of the collection. Each features an original illustration of one of the series' major characters: human Denji, Chainsaw Denji, Pochita, Makima, Power, and Aki. The sticker set will have 6 different stickers, one for each of the featured characters. Prices for the goods have not yet been announced.

Check out some images of the merchandise below:

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This is far from the first Chainsaw Man merchandise line inspired by its characters. SuperGroupies released accessories inspired by the series' characters in August 2022. Several different figures have also been announced and released, as has a jewelry collection. Additionally, a Chainsaw Man pop-up store is open until February 15, 2023, in Tokyo.

Chainsaw Man is a manga series about a young Devil Hunter named Denji. After making a deal with his pet, the Chainsaw Devil he named Pochita, just before he dies, Denji is reborn as the Chainsaw Man. An anime adaptation is currently airing and can be watched worldwide on Crunchyroll.

Zozotown's Chainsaw Man line of apparel will be available for pre-order from December 21, 2022, to January 11, 2023. The Chainsaw Man anime is currently streaming on Crunchyroll in both English subbed and multiple dubbed versions.

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