Dec 25, 22:00

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Sunday, December 25, 2022 4:28 PM

The Radeon RX 6700 XT is an excellent 1440p graphics card, offering strong rasterised performance, a good image upscaler in FSR 2 and relatively cool and quiet operation. The card is much stronger pound for pound than its closest Nvidia competition, the RTX 3060 Ti and RTX 3070, with the latter remaining at surprisingly high prices due to the ultrapremium RTX 4080 and 4090 Team Green has launched so far.

Today, the best price we've spotted for the RX 6700 XT is for a Gigabyte Eagle model, selling on Amazon UK for £389.99. That's nearly 40% below its RRP and an overall great value for this level of performance.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Sunday, December 25, 2022 3:34 PM

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ is a top wireless headset for PC, PS5, PS4 and Switch, and today it's down to £79 at Ebay with a discount code - the lowest price we've ever recorded for this model. To get this price, use the code BOXING-20 at the checkout.

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Siliconera Sunday, December 25, 2022 7:00 PM


2023's Wonder Festival in Japan will have a large-scale attraction for fans of Mobile Police Patlabor. According to an article in Mantan Web, Wonder Festival Winter 2023 will host a pretend "trade show" oriented around showing off and judging "Labors," the mecha from the Patlabor setting. [Thanks, ANN!]

The trade show, which will take place on the Wonder Festival Winter 2023 grounds at Chiba's Makuhari Messe event hall, is called "The 1st Makuhari International Labor Show." It parodies the "Tokyo International Labor Show" from Patlabor. Mecha designed Yutaka Izubuchi will attend the show, and serve on a judging committee evaluating models to receive the Labor of the Year prize, selected from submissions taken between August and December 2022. The exhibit itself will display art and figures of Labors from the series. Mockup art seen on the WonFes 2023 website also includes what looks to be a life-size model of the AV-8 Ingram, the Patlabor used by the cast in the show.

Mobile Police Patlabor appeared in various forms since 1989, including direct-to-video OVAs, a TV series, several animated films, and live-action adaptations. The titular "patrol labors" ("Patlabors" for short) belong to Tokyo's police, and are used to stop crimes using Labors. The anime follows the members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Special Vehicle Section 2, Division 2 (SV2 for short). The SV2 is a ragtag unit with a poor reputation, but gains the use of the AV-8 Ingram, a highly advanced prototype Patrol Labor. The Ingram appeared as a playable unit in Super Robot Wars: Operation Extend.

Wonder Festival Winter 2023 will take place in Japan on February 12, 2023.

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Siliconera Sunday, December 25, 2022 6:00 PM

Splatoon 3 manatee sweater

Nintendo and EDITMODE's new Splatoon 3 merchandise item is the "Manatee Swag Sweater." Pre-orders for their line of Splatoon 3 clothes are now open. This line of merchandise is born as a collaboration with EDITMODE's brand "The King of Games." They are taking the in-game clothes from Splatoon 3's virtual wardrobe and making them into real clothes items, as they did before for Splatoon 2. People in Japan can pre-order now from EDITMODE's online store. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

The iconic "Manatee Swag Sweat" sweater from Splatoon 3 costs 14,850 yen (roughly $112), and it comes with a Splatoon themed tote bag. The previously released "Tri-Squid Tee" (Ika-san T) and "Tri-Octo Tee" (Tako-san T) are available again for pre-order for 5,555 yen each (roughly $42). Kid sizes for both t-shirts are available for 3,980 (roughly $30). The release date for these items is aiming for April 2023. More details to come in the next months. Pre-orders are open now, but they will close on January 10, 2023.

Here you can see a gallery of The King of Games' line of Splatoon 3 clothing items:

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Splatoon 3 is available for the Nintendo Switch. The new Chill Season started December 1, 2022, and it will end on March 1, 2023.

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Siliconera Sunday, December 25, 2022 5:00 PM

Spy x Family music video shikisai

A Spy x Family music video for the ending theme "Shikisai" appeared on the official TOHO Animation YouTube channel. "Shikisai" by yama is the ending for the second cour of Spy x Family. The music video uses the full version of the song.

You can watch the Spy x Family "Shikisai" music video here:

Outside of using clips from the show, it shows the three members of the Forger family over various color palettes. Side characters like Becky, Damian, Yuri, and Handler make appearances as well. The music video does not include any major spoilers for the anime.

Spy x Family is a widely popular manga and anime series. As of December 2022, there are over 29 million copies of the manga in circulation. As well, the voice actors for the main Forger family characters have appeared on the Yahoo Search Japan Search Awards for 2022 as a result of this show. The largely comedic and episodic plot follows Loid Forger, a spy who needs to create a fake family for the sake of a mission. Unbeknownst to him, his fake wife is an assassin and his fake daughter is a telepath.

Spy x Family is readily available on streaming services like Netflix and Crunchyroll. Viz Media has licensed the manga for North America.

The post Spy x Family 'Shikisai' Ending Theme Music Video Stars Forgers appeared first on Siliconera.

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Sunday, December 25, 2022 9:59 PM
     Horizon Forbidden West may have been outshined by God of War Ragnarok and Elden Ring, but maybe Aloy can make a comeback this April? Here's the trailer for the upcoming expansion Horizon Fobidden West: Burning Shores, and it has Aloy travelling to post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Watch this: Here's the official description: Horizon Forbidden West: Burning […]

Latest Games on Play iDev Games Sunday, December 25, 2022 5:13 PM
     Move the ball left and right (left and right mouse/ A D/⬅➡ ) to void the red balls while collecting the green ones for points....

Dec 25, 14:00

PCGamesN Sunday, December 25, 2022 1:00 PM
     The Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 isn't as important as an RTX 4060

There's no denying that the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 is an awesome graphics card. It boasts unparalleled levels of performance out of the box that can go even further with DLSS 3, providing you can fit in your case and stomach its eye watering price tag. This latter point plays a large role in undermining the importance of team green's flagship, with the announcement of the company's much more pivotal pixel pushers hopefully just over the horizon.

PCGamesN Sunday, December 25, 2022 12:32 PM
     The best Christmas games on PC in 2022

Want to play the best Christmas games this holiday season? As far-too-short Christmas playlists have taught us, not only is it Chriiiiiiiiiiiiissssstmaaaaassssss, but it is the most wonderful time of the year, mainly as we take a break, spend time with the family, open presents, eat copious amounts of food, and dedicate time to tackle one game in our backlogs.

There's a whole bunch of Christmas games out there if you know where to look. From big open-world games you can play through from morning to night, short narrative-driven games to fill the spaces between mince pie feasting, or multiplayer games to play with the family, whether that be online or together on the couch.

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PCGamesN Sunday, December 25, 2022 9:57 AM
     Diablo 4 followers confined to RPG game's campaign, for now

While some may reel at the idea of Diablo 4 followers, like them or loathe them, the (un)helpful companions have become a staple part of the action RPG game's combat. I asked Blizzard what its plans are for aides in Diablo 4, and while they didn't say too much, it looks like followers may join the roster at some point.

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PCGamesN Sunday, December 25, 2022 7:11 AM
     The PCGamesN Game of the Year 2022: our top ten picks

"2022 has surely got to be the year we get things back on track as a species" we said, with customary PCGamesN optimism, this time last year. Unfortunately it only took two months for those hopeful sentiments to prove premature, and unlike in lockdown, the distraction of videogames wasn't entirely innocent - in habitually featuring Russians as baddies, FPS games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 feel uncomfortably close to the bone in 2022.

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Siliconera Sunday, December 25, 2022 1:00 PM

Disney Dreamlight Valley is the Perfect Holiday Game

When you have a life sim, especially one with season passes and events geared toward special occasions, they can become especially entertaining around the holidays. Disney Dreamlight Valley is a good example. At an initial glance, it might seem like a perfect example just because of the new events or quests. Like Animal Crossing, there are seasonal activities. For example, the Festive Star Path kicked off on December 6, 2022, with cosmetic items like clothing, furniture, motifs, and pets. There are also special quests that involve things like building a snowman and baking cookies. But it's about more than that. Everything about the game lends itself to being a perfect holiday game.

This time of years is when everyone gets some downtime. Due to the conglomeration of holidays, even if someone doesn't celebrate one, a number are "off" because of the happy coincidence. Which is one of the reasons why Disney Dreamlight Valley is such a good game for the holiday season. People have time to play it properly. Ideally, it is something you should check in with every day, though a few times each week is also fine. There's a level of investment required, but not in a massive play session sort of way. But since it is a life sim, it might be intimidating to start it at a busier time of year. So when someone days have a few days in succession with nothing to really "do," it fits well into a "I can spend an hour making really good progress today" sort of niche.

There's also a sense of nostalgia and comfort that comes from playing not only an Animal Crossing-like life sim, but a game filled with familiar Disney movie faces. All of the faces are comforting, friendly ones. Upon first moving in, characters like Mickey, Goofy, Uncle Scrooge, and Merlin greet you. All of them, Merlin aside depending on your age, are immediately recognizable. Once you complete The Dream Castle quest, you're immediately able to unlock access to characters from more recent releases like Moana, Ratatouille, and WALL-E. Recent updates brought Lion King and Toy Story to the village. The picks are covering all kinds of bases, which lends a sense of solace. You know these characters. It's encouraging to see how happy they are to see you. It's relaxing to spend time with them.

I must admit that there's something about getting the daily tasks in Disney Dreamlight Valley when I'm "off duty" too. When I don't have my day job ensuring I'm writing every day and assisting staff or the usual grown-up tasks of cleaning my house and paying bills, sometimes I miss some minor obligations? I want to feel productive and useful. Also, I'd like to mark the passage of time so I'm not just spending hours catching up on The Great British Bake Off season I missed one episode after another with no breaks. Taking an hour each day during this season means okay, I did something and made a difference. Even if it did only turn out to be a virtual one.

Not to mention another important point. Disney Dreamlight Valley is a great game for this time of year because it is a good general audience title. If you have it on a handheld device like a Switch, you can safely play it around anyone. Nobody will take offense to crafting furniture, cooking meals, gardening, or running errands for Remy or Woody. The nature of it means the consequences aren't terrible if you let a younger relative explore the world for a bit. Also, given the mainstream appeal of Animal Crossing, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic, letting a relative or friend who doesn't normally game know that you are playing a title like that, only with Disney characters they probably know, could result in some fun conversations or possibly getting someone else interested.

There are certain games that succeed at making players feel at home, and Disney Dreamlight Valley is one of them. It's a comfort, which is especially appreciated when someone might have downtime and want a low-stakes adventure. Getting to settle in with friendly faces who you've known for years is a good way to spend the holidays, even virtually.

Disney Dreamlight Valley is available for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Siliconera Sunday, December 25, 2022 12:00 PM

Front Mission 1st Remake

For a game that's been remade and remastered as often as Front Mission, it's fitting that Forever Entertainment's Front Mission 1st: Remake got me thinking about what, exactly, "remake" even means in terms of games. In the wake of truly dramatic re-imaginings of old classics, Front Mission 1st: Remake is closer to what folks might call a "remaster" these days. That means that while Forever Entertainment has brought the game to modern platforms using contemporary presentation, it's kept many things the same under the hood, for better and occasionally for worse.

If you've never played Front Mission before, Front Mission 1st: Remake will serve as a perfectly decent introduction to the venerable tactical series. The game originally came out on the SNES in Japan, then received an updated rerelease no less than three times before 2022: On the Wonderswan Color, the PlayStation, and most recently the Nintendo DS. The DS edition was the first official English-language release, and is the version from which Remake takes its cues.

Front Mission 1st: Remake is a dark war story taking place in an alternate near-future. Global power blocs fight it out using armies of mecha called "Wanzers" (short for "WanderPanzer", which means "Walking Tank" in German). A cold war is getting hot on the island of Huffman, which is split between two Pacific rim supernations: The Oceania Cooperative Union (OCU) and the Unified Continental States (UCS). Like the DS edition, Front Mission 1st: Remake includes two campaigns: The original, focused on the OCU, and the additional UCS campaign added for the DS update. If you're new, I recommend starting with the OCU Side.

In the main campaign, players control Royd Clive, an OCU Wanzer pilot who loses his fiancée during a mission gone wrong that reignites the war over Huffman. Made a scapegoat and disavowed, he's ejected from the OCU army, only to be drawn back into the war as part of the mercenary squad Canyon Crows. Recruited to turn the OCU's declining fortunes around, Royd reenters the fray to seek answers and a bit of payback. The ebb and flow of the war forms a grim backdrop to Royd and the Canyon Crows' operations, as they encounter signs that they're just a small part of a larger, brutal conflict that leaves little left in its wake. The UCS campaign stars UCS pilot Kevin Greenfield. Compared to the OCU campaign, the UCS storyline is shorter and more restrictive, but it cleverly lets you view certain key moments from a different perspective. It also digs a bit deeper into the questions raised during the main story, fleshing out the image of the war-torn world.

Front Mission Remake

If the narrative is a standout element, much of Front Mission 1st: Remake's gameplay fades a bit in its glow. That's thanks in part to the fact that the game is almost mechanically identical to the DS version. In terms of raw stats and gameplay, it's so close to its inspiration that you can even use guides written for the DS version over a decade ago, as-is, without any issue.  Even the map layouts are identical, down to the stair-step representation of terrain height.

In essence, the most novel feature of Forever's remake is cosmetic, rendering the battle scenes using modern 3D graphics. This is not necessarily a bad thing: Back in the day, a game "remake" was generally expected to be remade on a cosmetic level only, with minor adjustments for convenience or balance. That's pretty much what happened here. The missions are the same as back then, the dialog is mostly the same (with tweaks here and there to the localization), and the content is the same.

What's at issue is that the game's design itself is showing its age. Moreso than any other Front Mission title, the original Front Mission, and by extension, Front Mission 1st: Remake, has aged the least gracefully since the mid-1990s. You'll take turns with the enemy moving to points on the map, and engaging in small cutscene-like battles where your Wanzer and the enemy's trade blows. The main factors at play are the weapons you've equipped and the stats of your Wanzer's many parts. A Wanzer's parts can be damaged in battle. Getting one's legs taken out can reduce movement speed, and a destroyed Body part is an instant kill. Losing both arms means a Wanzer can't even attack. Weapons also have different ranges and firing patterns. Machine guns will spread their damage at random over various parts, while rifles concentrate all their damage into a single bullet that can miss. Melee weapons can hit hard, but melee strikes almost always go last in a given exchange of attacks. Finally, long-range weapons like rocket launchers can fire without suffering retaliation, but run out of ammo quickly.

Front Mission First Switch

Between battles, you'll customize your squad's Wanzers, buying individual parts and weapons, and mixing and matching them to your heart's content. Customization is a huge part of Front Mission 1st: Remake's play experience, and you'll be doing it a lot over the dozens of hours it'll take to clear the campaigns. The early game can be particularly punishing, as your Wanzers are weak and can be taken out easily, thanks to the often randomized nature of damage distribution. There's no permanent death, but Wanzer repairs can drain your early funds.

All of Front Mission 1st: Remake's ideas are strong, even seminal ones. The issue is that they don't go much farther than that baseline. The game was novel at the time, but in the years since, various other titles have gone on to take and build on its achievements. Players unaware of that context will find a game that feels and plays like a very old strategy title. Even the game balance is a bit off and easily exploited, just like before. You can freely grind away in the arena to make more money than you'll ever need, and make all your pilots into powerhouses before you even leave your first few missions, if you have the time and mental fortitude.

There's only so much a fancy new graphical upgrade can do. Even the "Modern" gameplay mode available to choose is more cosmetic than mechanical. You can spin the camera, and Wanzers move more quickly, skating around the field. The new graphics are attractive, with a nice "tilt-shift" effect that makes it look like you're moving miniatures around a diorama. You can also choose between the original and remastered music.

That's all fine, though. Front Mission hasn't aged amazingly well, but it's a good game in its own right, so long as you keep its context in mind. More frustrating than slightly crusty mechanics is that Front Mission 1st: Remake doesn't go quite far enough in modernizing the user experience. Though the UI elements themselves have been optimized to take advantage of higher resolutions, with more info readable by default, there are a number of points where updates could still have been made without compromising fidelity to the older mechanics.

For example, there's no way to save a Wanzer setup, or easily transfer and compare parts in your inventory with parts in the shop. With upgrading to new parts and weapons being such a regular occurrence, you'll need to change out parts one-by-one for every Wanzer in your squad. This can be a big chore when some missions have you fielding up to 11 Wanzers in a single fight. You can equip parts to a Wanzer straight from the shop menu, but if you want to check if you already have a part you're looking at in your storage, you have to back all the way out to the base menu. Little inconveniences like this add up, and bog down an experience that already feels a little slow by modern standards.

These are minor gripes, though. The game remains a solid revisiting of a years-old game. And it serves as a good way for folks to experience one of strategy and mecha gaming's foundational works on a current platform. Front Mission 1st: Remake won't set hearts aflame with novelty, but it is a satisfying return to first principles, with a promise of more to come.

Front Mission 1st: Remake is available on the Nintendo Switch.

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Siliconera Sunday, December 25, 2022 11:00 AM

skullgirls 2nd encore season 1 pass

A major update, as well as the Season 1 Pass DLC, will appear for the Nintendo Switch version of Skullgirls 2nd Encore. This update will boost some performance and load issues. This patch will go live on January 3, 2023.

In a tweet reply, the Skullgirls Twitter account confirmed that the Season 1 Pass will be separate from the update. While it will come out on the same day, it will be paid DLC.

According to the Steam page for the Season 1 Pass of Skullgirls 2nd Encore, the DLC it will contain includes:

  • Annie of the Stars (Character)
  • Umbrella (Character)
  • Black Dahlia (Character)
  • Marie (Character)
  • Skullgirl Umbrella (Voice Pack + Palette)
  • Palette Pack
  • Soundtrack
  • Digital Art Compendium

For those who play online, this patch will also improve the online play experience. While Skullgirls 2nd Encore has been out on the Nintendo Switch for a while, the Switch version never got the Season 1 Pass. This meant that only players on Steam or the PlayStation were able to access DLC characters like Black Dahlia or Umbrella until this announcement.

Skullgirls 2nd Encore is readily available on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, and Windows PC. It will appear on Xbox One and Xbox Series X in early 2023. The Skullgirls 2nd Encore major update for the Nintendo Switch will appear on January 3, 2023.

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Siliconera Sunday, December 25, 2022 9:00 AM

Quintessential Quintuplets Yotsuba and Itsuki Fallen Angel Figures Appear

The fourth and fifth Nakano sisters Yotsuba and Itsuki The Quintessential Quintuplets Fallen Angel figures are on the way. Good Smile Company announced launch windows and prices for each when opening pre-orders. It will bring out both in July 2023 in Japan. Then in September 2023, the North American release will follow. Each one costs ¥29,700/$206.99.

These are both 1/7th scale, static figures. Each one is over ten and a half inches tall. They each feature a gothic style, as they wear a black dress and have black wings sprouting from their backs. Both figures' bases feature a black rose. Their signature accent color also appears as a complement for each one. So Yotsuba also has green elements in her figure, while Itsuki has red.

Here's a closer look at this version of Yotsuba Nakano:
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And this is how Itsuki Nakano will look:
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This means all five The Quintessential Quintuplets Nakano sisters' Fallen Angel figures publicly appeared. They showed up in order. So first, big sisters Ichika and Nino debuted. After that, middle sister Miku had her moment.

The Quintessential Quintuplets Fallen Angel Yotsuba and Itsuki figures will first appear in Japan in July 2023. They will then both land in North America in September 2023. Pre-orders for both close on February 16, 2023. The anime series is available to stream on Crunchyroll. Kodansha released the manga outside Japan. The movie recently debuted worldwide starting in December 2022.

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Dec 25, 08:00

PCGamesN Sunday, December 25, 2022 7:11 AM
     The PCGamesN Game of the Year 2022: our top ten picks

"2022 has surely got to be the year we get things back on track as a species" we said, with customary PCGamesN optimism, this time last year. Unfortunately it only took two months for those hopeful sentiments to prove premature, and unlike in lockdown, the distraction of videogames wasn't entirely innocent - in habitually featuring Russians as baddies, FPS games like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 feel uncomfortably close to the bone in 2022.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Sunday, December 25, 2022 6:00 AM

A little known fact is that all of the RPS staff are complex clockwork automata, designed and built by a little gnome with the kind of inch-thick glasses that make your eyes look comically large. We're each powered by a spell that lasts but 12 months, so every Christmas we fall over like sad marionettes. The gnome has to spend a couple of weeks trekking up a mountain to see the fairy who can recast the spells on us. You can help fund his sled dogs and provisions by becoming a member of the RPS supporter program. While he's away, we've prepared some Christmas Crackers for you.

Time to enjoy your lovely joke!

Q: What did Adam Jensen say when he unwrapped a giant knife sharpener from Father Christmas?

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Dec 25, 00:00

PCGamesN Saturday, December 24, 2022 5:27 PM
     The best multiplayer games on PC in 2022

So you want to know about the best multiplayer games? Intricate gameplay and glistening visuals only go so far; it's humans that provide the surprises, the schemes that transform even the most average game into an unforgetable experience you'll be talking about until the end of time.

Fast and frantic or tense and calculated, the best multiplayer games come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it's vying for control of the payload in an FPS game or fighting for survival in a co-op game with your friends, these experiences wouldn't be the same without a bunch of real people running around killing, maiming or, occasionally, helping each other.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 24, 2022 5:14 PM
     The best co-op games on PC in 2022

Co-op games can reward you like no other genre. Games offer up magic in lots of different guises, but working with a friend to achieve a goal is, arguably, where they really shine. So what are the titles that will really pull friends together and offer the best co-operative group-based thrills?

The great thing about the best co-op games is that you're not restricted to a genre - as long as there's room for two controllers on a split screen or some perfectly coordinated play over a headset, co-op games can be found among the best sandbox games, relaxing games, or even horror games. These are some of the very best co-op games for you to share with your favourite people.

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Siliconera Saturday, December 24, 2022 7:00 PM

crisis core ffvii reunion sales

Crisis Core: FFVII Reunion had the highest retail launch sales for a non-mainline, Final Fantasy spin-off game in Japan. It sold 156,530 copies when it came out on December 13, 2022. However, it still falls short of the Final Fantasy Explorers launch, which sold 163,844, which first came out in December 2014. [Thanks, Game Data Library!]

You can see the entire chart of Final Fantasy spin-off game retail launch numbers, including that of Crisis Core: FFVII Reunion here:

These numbers are only for Japan. Since this chart does not include digital sales, it is not completely accurate. Though the title for the PSP version of Crisis Core reflects the remake version, they are technically speaking different games. The retail launch for the original Crisis Core in September 2007 sold over 470,000 copies. That makes for a difference of about 313,470.

Nonetheless, this is a great success for Square Enix. This is one of the biggest launches for a Final Fantasy game since FFVII: Remake and Final Fantasy XV. Leading up to the game's release, interviews confirmed that the game would remain faithful to the gameplay and story of the original Crisis Core.

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is readily available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch.

The post Crisis Core: FFVII Reunion Biggest Final Fantasy Spin-off Retail Launch in Years appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, December 24, 2022 6:00 PM

Chainsaw Man Pochita

The official account for Chainsaw Man released the latest one of the character-focused video, ahead of its season finale. The new video for MAPPA's Chainsaw Man focuses on Pochita, the fearsome and beloved Chainsaw Devil. The season finale airs on December 27, 2022. Other recent promos focused on characters Kobeni, Himeno, and Aki Hayakawa.

Note that the scenes highlighted may be considered spoilers for Pochita in Chainsaw Man.

While Pochita didn't have a lot of screen time compared to other characters, the impact that the peculiar Devil had on protagonist Denji, and the role it played on his survival, was immense. The video highlights the positive relationship that flourished between Denji and Pochita, after their first desperate meeting when Denji was just a kid, and how the love they have for each other ultimately saved them.

Denji became the Devil's guardian from the very first moment and provided for it, protecting Pochita from Devil Hunters that wanted to hunt it. Denji's dream was for Pochita to live a normal life, like any living creature deserves. While on the verge of death, Pochita made the decision of becoming Denji's heart in order to save him. This way, the Devil would be able to witness Denji's dreams come true.

Check out the Chainsaw Man Pochita video below:

Chainsaw Man is available on various streaming services. The last episode of the season releases on December 27, 2022. The manga is published in English by Viz Media.

The post Chainsaw Man Pochita Video Focuses on Dreams appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, December 24, 2022 5:00 PM

naruto poll

The Naruto and Boruto Twitter account released early results for the NarutoP99 character popularity poll thus far. For those we are unfamiliar with it, this is a global survey in which the winner will appear in a short manga focusing on them.

There have been a million votes at this point in time, though since people can vote more than once, this does not necessarily mean a million people have voted.

The results so far are:

  1. Minato Namikaze (Fourth Hokage)
  2. Itachi Uchiha
  3. Uchiha Shisui
  4. Naruto Uzumaki
  5. Kakashi Hatake
  6. Madara Uchiha
  7. Jiraiya
  8. Sasuke Uchiha
  9. Sakura Haruno
  10. Obito Uchiha

As a reminder, the winner of the Naruto survey will star in an original, new manga about them, so this is not an ordinary character popularity poll. There will also be official art from Kishimoto of the top twenty characters.

This poll will last until January 31, 2023. You can vote once per day, and you can look up the name of the character you like to find them easily. After you put in your vote, there is a little manga panel of the character showing their gratitude, and you can share who you voted for on social media. We will know the results of the poll in April 2023.

Naruto and Boruto are available on streaming services such as Crunchyroll. The character popularity poll for the Naruto will last until January 31, 2023.

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WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Saturday, December 24, 2022 7:12 PM
     Like a sleeper car with a highly tuned engine under the hood pulling up to the starting line, Need for Speed: Unbound arrived with almost no hype, despite developer Criterion returning for the first time since 2012. Leading up to its launch there had hardly been any marketing and review codes weren't handed out until launch day, usually an ominous sign that the publisher either doesn't have any faith in the game or that there are some big issues. But just like that sleeper car sitting on the line, when the flag drops Need for Speed: Unbound unleashes all that hidden potential. It's not the best racer out there, but it's the best game in the series for a long time and a lot of fun. Provided you can put up with the horrendous story, that is.