Kotaku Friday, December 30, 2022 1:00 PM
With another year of gaming now receding into the past, it seems a good occasion to look back and geek out over some of the gadgets, gizmos, and hardware in general that thrilled our nerdy little hearts in 2022.
Kotaku Friday, December 30, 2022 12:00 PM
I was warned of how heated Kotaku's GOTY arguments traditionally get when I first started here in November, so I was a little nervous when I was put in charge of organizing and tabulating our list of the best games of the year.
PCGamesN Friday, December 30, 2022 1:00 PM
Elden Ring is more than just a brilliant open-world game - it heralds a renaissance for the genre. For decades, devs' approach to this genre has been to add detail - to craft a perfect universe where players can explore wherever they want, and this 'more is more' approach meets with varying degrees of success. For every Grand Theft Auto city packed with missions, shops, golf courses, and bowling alleys, or for every Elder Scrolls region stuffed with dungeons to explore, there are bland interpretations of real-world locations that may get the details right but wind up feeling dull and puffy.
Of course, the most obvious punching bags are any of the recent Ubisoft open-world games. It makes sense for almost every Assassin's Creed to have an open world as they're set in real-world locations from history, but Ubisoft has stuck open worlds (or very big maps) on many of its other series with mixed results. Far Cry, Watch Dogs, and Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon all have huge islands or cities to explore, but not a lot in them besides millions of meaningless collectibles that eventually give you an achievement.The best Elden Ring builds, Elden Ring bosses, The best Elden Ring classes
PCGamesN Friday, December 30, 2022 12:54 PM
The most profitable free Steam games in 2022 have been revealed, with Destiny 2 and Apex Legends making Valve's list, alongside other, premium top earners such as Call of Duty, GTA 5, FIFA 23, Total War, and a few surprise entrants over the past 12 months.Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 30, 2022 12:00 PM
It's been a weird year at RPS for me. After eight years as news editor, I started the nebulous new role of associate editor. This brought a broad mandate to cover indie games and PC Game Pass and to do, like, whatever else I think might be fun or good. It has been weird to not clock in and just Do News, and to have responsibility only over myself. This freedom has felt great when I've had ideas, and terrible when I've not. I'm still feeling it out, settling in, and making mistakes, but I'm quite enjoying myself. Hopefully you have enjoyed some of it too. Here are a few of my favourite things I've written this year!
Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 4:35 PM
It's what James Cameron does.
Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 2:17 PM
Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 2:13 PM
Time to go big. Very big.
Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 1:13 PM
The mystery of when the show is coming back has been solved.
Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 1:08 PM
It's like Before Your Eyes, but even more terrifying.
Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 12:53 PM
Down to drink and game? These titles are a perfect fit for the job.
Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 12:15 PM
The smoke has settled, and only the strongest remain.
Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 12:08 PM
Quit clowning around, Art.
Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 11:45 AM
All that glitters is shiny Pokemon.
Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 11:41 AM
BTS Shots Support That Daniel Craig's Cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Was Replaced
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Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 11:34 AM
Here's the Pokemon games 10 best rivals of all time.
Siliconera Friday, December 30, 2022 5:00 PM
It's been a while since there's been an update on UFO 50, a game with contributions from developers like Derek Yu. However, now there's an update showing that it is still in development. Yu took to Twitter to share a new screenshot from the project. That was accompanied by a confirmed that that the designer is "still working on it."
Here is the tweet from Derek Yu showing his contribution to the game.
The draw of the game is that it will feature 50 8-bit games. It originally had a 2018 launch window, which since passed. In addition to Yu, Eirik Suhrke, Jon Perry, Ojiro Fumoto, Paul Hubans, and Tyriq Plummer are making titles for it. In addition to single-player games, there will be multiplayer ones.
Here's the 2017 announcement trailer, which shows some of the games people will see in the finished collection.
While this is in development, Derek Yu did finish another game. Spelunky 2 came out in 2020, eventually hitting multiple platforms. Following its launch, Yu worked on updates to address issues and improve the online experience.
Siliconera Friday, December 30, 2022 4:00 PM
In an end of year letter from Blaze Managing Director Andrew Byatt, the company committed to regular Evercade EXP firmware updates and teased more cartridges for the system. Exact names weren't mentioned for the additional games. There's also no roadmap or schedule for patches. However, both came up during the statement. People can apparently expect at least 11 more
Here is Byatt's exact statement regarding the Evercade EXP firmware updates and upcoming cartridges.
As a reminder, the Evercade EXP is an upgraded version of the original handheld system. It features a redesign, a USB-C charging port, wi-fi support, and tate mode support.
The Evercade EXP debuted on November 24, 2022, and it and the standard Evercade and Evercade VS are available worldwide.
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Siliconera Friday, December 30, 2022 3:00 PM
We've spent all week doling out our honors for best of each platform, but it's all been building to this: Siliconera's Game of the Year 2022. Will it be what you expect? Some of our picks may surprise you, but what's certain is that each of them more than deserves your time.
These awards represent the consensus of the Siliconera staff. For more of the year's award selections, check out our Game of the Year 2022 archive.
Winner: Xenoblade Chronicles 3
Weaving together the first two games while also building out its own world was a tall task for Xenoblade Chronicles 3. But hey, it somehow managed it! It delivers a heaping helping of game, without making the all-too-common misstep of diluting quality or generally spreading itself too thin. Memorable characters! Battle systems with so many options that you probably won't see them all! This is the sort of stuff players wanted to see from the franchise's latest installment, and they got it. This, along with so many other successes, earns it the title of Siliconera's 2022 Game of the Year.
Pokemon Legends Arceus
Not the game you were expecting here? Understandable! Its tech limitations make it less of a great Switch game than a game in general, but we can't deny just how much fun we had playing Pokemon Legends Arceus. It may have been intended as an experimental side game to try out ideas for Scarlet and Violet, but we hope the Legends formula continues to see life in its own sub-franchise.
We said we'd never forget Signalis, and we certainly haven't yet! Offering a survival horror experience with a world worth exploring and truly memorable moments, Signalis is a triumph for games of its atmosphere and genre.
Thanks for checking out our Game of the Year awards! Missed any of our selections? Check out the archive.
Siliconera Friday, December 30, 2022 2:00 PM
To celebrate each new year, there's always a Fate/Grand Order new Servant, and this year the character is Saber Senji Muramasa. He will appear in the limited Happy New Year 2023 Saint Quartz Summon. he will be the pickup summon for the banner, which will run until January 10, 2023. In addition, there will be a number of login bonuses and missions that offer options to earn free Fate/Grand Order Saint Quartz and other rewards.
As expected, Senji will be a five-star SSR. Before someone pulls on the banner to try and get him, there will be a Trial Quest to test the character out. The official profile for him also appeared alongside the announcement.
Here's the Fate/Grand Order Developer's Diary Vol. 4, which starts showing the New Year's 2023 Servant Saber Senji Muramasa at the 3:38 mark.
As for the free Saint Quartz in Fate/Grand Order being given away as a New Year's gift, here's how you can get it. First, between December 31, 2023 and January 3, 2023, everyone who logs in will get 30 Saint Quartz. Next, if you complete the 17 New Year's Special Panel Missions, you'll find 6 Saint Quartz and five Summon Tickets among the rewards. Finally, there are two login promotions that result in gifts "worth" Saint Quartz and start on December 31, 2022. The Returning Masters one gives people items worth 11 Saint Quartz Summons if they show up for seven days in a row, while the Start Dash gives people ones worth up to 132 Saint Quartz Summons if they appear for 14 days in a row.
Fate/Grand Order is available for Android and Apple iOS devices, and the Saber Senji Muramasa Happy New Year 2023 banner will be available until January 10, 2023 in North America. The Iskandar and Hokusai banners also appeared recently on the North American server.
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Siliconera Friday, December 30, 2022 1:00 PM
There will be a stage play for Chainsaw Man in late 2023. You will be able to watch it in Tokyo and Kyoto from September to October 2023. Fumiya Matsuzaki will write the script. More information will appear at a later date.
Matsuzaki has written for and worked on various stage plays in the past. Previously, he helped to produce the Blazblue Continuum Shift, Super Danganronpa 2, and Prince of Stride stage plays, among plenty of others. So far, he is the only member of the staff on the website for the Chainsaw Man stage play. There is virtually no other information, and tickets are not yet available for purchase.
The Chainsaw Man anime recently ended, and MAPPA had a stream for the opening and ending songs. It follows the story of Denji, who has become the titular Chainsaw Man as a result of his Devil Pochita fusing with him in order to save his life. Denji then becomes a Devil Hunter with the Public Safety Bureau and tries to find a new meaning in life. It is an incredibly popular manga and anime series, with strong sales worldwide.
The Chainsaw Man stage play will be held in September and October 2023, and more information will come out closer to those dates. You can watch Chainsaw Man on Crunchyroll.
Siliconera Friday, December 30, 2022 12:00 PM
Zack from Crisis Core FFVII Reunion is a hero for many reasons. There are the obvious ones, of course. This is a man who made a name for himself in Shinra and Midgar for successfully completing assigned missions. He's also revered for often doing the right thing, as he'd stand by his friends and maintain a sense of honor. But he's also admirable for the smaller things, like his willingness to indulge children and his optimistic attitude. However, a big part of what makes it possible for him to do all this and maintain such goodwill is, well, Zack is so damn nice! Zack is not only one of the most pleasant heroes in not just FFVII and Final Fantasy as a whole, but RPGs in general. It's this fact that helps make Crisis Core such a joy to play.
The first few hours of the game are basically a means of showing how delightful Zack can be, all before things start to go terribly awry. When we see him training with Angeal at Shinra, we get a direct parallel of his situation versus Cloud's. Both are coming in at the Midgar train station. Each one is facing Shinra soldiers, then eventually Sephiroth. But Zack is confident, jubilant, and exceptional in a way that contrasts severely with Cloud. He's boisterous, but in a way that makes you want to root for his endeavors. Once he's in the meeting with his superiors, he's still completely effervescent. Yes, he'll snap to attention and be as professional as possible when needed. But he's fidgeting with excitement when on missions, eager to prove himself, friendly with everyone he meets, and people clearly find it easy to develop a rapport with him.
All of this makes Zack prime material for some good-natured dunking in Crisis Core FFVII Reunion, which is hilarious and emphasizes how pleasant he is. When Lazard asks what Zack's dream is and hears it is to be a hero, he says, "Ah, good! Unattainable dreams are the best kind." After Angeal uses the Buster Sword to save Zack in a pinch, he remarks Zack is "just a little" more important than his weapon. We eventually find out when Angeal told his mother Gillian about Zack, he referred to him as a "puppy." But he never takes this badly. Rather, Zack rolls with the punches.
And honestly, "puppy" isn't that negative a term when used to describe Zack. Yes, Gillian eventually elaborates that Angeal noted Zack was "restless" and had "zero attention span." But even when we're learning about this, we can tell it was more of an affectionate tone. Not to mention Zack's nature like that is what makes him so lovable. Sure, there are those "puppy" traits. But he's also incredibly loyal, energetic, and willing to play along with people. That last one also results in a delightful encounter with a young Yuffie early on, in which he lets her think she's beaten the big, bad SOLDIER.
Especially since that kind of outlook and personality can end up becoming something someone else might admire. His good nature, not to mention personality that lets him accomplish his dream of becoming a hero, makes him an inspiration to others. Namely, Cloud. He's everything Cloud wanted to be. He's a SOLDIER. He's powerful. He's a hero. He's beloved. Not to mention he did so despite coming from similar roots as a young man from Gongaga.
Not to mention Zack's loyalty and kindness seems to inspire that in others. He's got Aerith and Cloud's, unquestionably. But his relationship with the members of the Turks emphasize this. Zack forms a friendship with Cissnei throughout Crisis Core FFVII Reunion. The two are amicable whenever they meet, even when things might be a bit more terse between him and Reno and Rude. He saves her from Genesis' copies, and she in turn lets him slip away. But even Tseng, who he works alongside on multiple missions, shows an obvious fondness for him. So much so that he saves the letters Aerith wrote for Zack and attempts to use the Turks to save him from his fate.
It's like there's a constant sense of enthusiasm surrounding Zack. This is someone who isn't afraid to be goofy with a child, even if that child is from an enemy nation. He's vibrant, acting as a sense of beacon and hope for a character like Cloud who sees him as role model. He's someone you want to know and help, with even the hardened Turks coming to his aid and trying to assist him. Zack is the very definition of a hero, and his wonderfully positive and affable personality help make Crisis Core FFVII Reunion such a wonderful game.
Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion is available on the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. The original game appeared on the PSP.
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Siliconera Friday, December 30, 2022 11:30 AM
HoYoVerse is continuing its Genshin Impact monthly calendar tradition, with the January 2023 one already available. It took to the Japanese Twitter account to share the image for the month. It continues the tradition of one of the birthday boys or girls being the "star" for the month. As Scaramouche, aka The Wanderer, has a January birthday, he's the Genshin Impact character of the month.
Since Scaramouche's birthday is now the first to come up in January, that meant he got to be the character whose picture appeared on the Genshin Impact January 2023 calendar. However, icons do appear of other people from the game on their birthdays. So Thoma's face shows up on January 9th, Diona's is on January 18th, and Rosaria's is on January 24th. As a reminder, logging into the game on those days gets you a "gift" from the character of items that include their favorite foods.
HoYoVerse kicked off this monthly release quite some time ago. Back in December 2021, it shared the January 2022 calendar, for example. At the time, Thoma was the first Genshin Impact character to appear on it.
Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices. The 3.4 update is expected to arrive in mid-January 2023.
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Siliconera Friday, December 30, 2022 11:00 AM
MegaHouse revealed a sneak peek at what its Lucrea series Persona 5 Futaba "Oracle" Sakura figure will look like. She is in a dynamic pose and is in her Thief outfit. More information on her measurements, price, and release date will come out later.
Oracle is the latest character in the MegaHouse Lucrea series of Persona 5 figures. The Fox and Noir (with Morgana as a car) figures are open for pre-order via AmiAmi. Meanwhile, the Joker, Crow (Loki Version), Kasumi Yoshizawa, and Makoto Niijima figures are readily available for purchase on AmiAmi as well. With Oracle now in development, we are only missing figures of Skull and Panther to finish the Thieves.
Generally speaking, it takes quite a bit of time for the Lucrea figures to come out after their announcements. MegaHouse announced the Persona 5 Royal Noir and Fox figures in January 2022. However, pre-orders for Fox opened up in October 2022, and Noir became available for pre-order in December 2022. Based on precedence, it will likely be in mid-to-late 2023 when you can actually try to buy the Persona 5 Oracle Lucrea figure.
The Persona 5 Futaba "Oracle" Sakura figure is in development, and more information will appear for it in the future. Persona 5 Royal is readily available on the PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X.
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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, December 30, 2022 5:25 PM
Arueshalae is a recruitable companion in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. While she has renounced her demonic nature and turned to Desna for guidance, you can, eventually, bring her back to the dark side. Here's our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous guide to help you corrupt Arueshalae and get her back in your party. Note: For more information, check out our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous guides and features hub. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous – How to corrupt Arueshalae and get her back Act 4: Turning Arueshalae to the Dark Side You can corrupt Arueshalae in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous by doing her companion quest in Act 4 and making a specific choice. This entails the following: Complete her earlier companion quests in Act 3 (i.e., Borrowed Dreams and Arueshalae Imprisoned). You probably shouldn't romance her. The process would be moot since Corrupted Arueshalae will end subsequent romance flags and lovey-dovey endings for good. In Act 4, ...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, December 30, 2022 5:00 PM
Arueshalae is one of the companions who can join your party in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. This demonic succubus has learned the error of her ways and has turned to Desna's light. While she struggles with her true nature, she might even fall in love with your character. Here's our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Arueshalae romance guide to help you complete all the necessary checks for the ideal outcome. Note: For more information, check out our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous guides and features hub. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous – How to romance Arueshalae Starting the Arueshalae romance Arueshalae can be romanced by male and female characters. There are two ways to start the Arueshalae romance in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, depending on when you recruited her: Act 2: Drezen (Azata) – This requires you to unlock the Azata Mythic Path in Act 1. Then, during Act 2, you'll have to find a couple of hidden items in the Lost ...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, December 30, 2022 4:36 PM
Developer Massive Monster's Cult of the Lamb made a huge splash this year, as you likely already know. Both fans and critics found a lot to love about the style and gameplay, to the point where the title earned a nomination for Best Indie Game at this year's Game Awards. Soon enough, players will find even more to love about the game, as the developer plan on releasing the title's first major content update. As of right now, the developers have only shared some light details on the features the update will add. The major feature the developers specifically highlighted in a recent news post on the Cult of the Lamb Steam page comes in the form of a heavy attack. At first glance, the addition of a heavy attack into Cult of the Lamb's combat system may not sound like much to write home about. But the mechanic actually comes with a fair bit of nuance. Players activate the heavy attack by holding the attack button down, and it makes for an effective way to knock...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, December 30, 2022 3:10 PM
The Nameless Ruins in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous has almost a dozen puzzles for you to solve. However, before you can even enter it, you'll need to acquire specific items that will take you throughout the course of the campaign. Here's our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Nameless Ruins Masks guide to help you get these items for Nenio's More Than Nothing quest. Note: For more information, check out our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous guides and features hub. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous – Nameless Ruins Masks guide The Nameless Ruins can be visited on the way to Drezen (it's due south of the city). There, you'll encounter strangers that only speak in riddles, as well as a worship area surrounded by four large statues. If you talk to Nenio, the More Than Nothing quest tells you that the solution can't be found in this area. That's because the Nameless Ruins Masks in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous are scattere...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, December 30, 2022 1:15 PM
Pulura's Fall is a location in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. It's a relatively small dungeon, but it does have some important items and crucial elements. Here's our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Pulura's Fall puzzle guide to help you with the Cosmic Caravan, Nameless Ruins Mask, and the Mutasafen research for the secret ending. Note: For more information, check out our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous guides and features hub. Likewise, please be reminded that this guide contains minor spoilers. Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous – Pulura's Fall puzzle guide Pulura's Fall Location Pulura's Fall in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous can be found west of Drezen (the closest landmark is Blackwater across the lake). This area can be visited in Act 3 as part of an Angel Mythic Quest, though all other Mythic Paths will only travel here during Act 5. In the exterior area, you'll find a bunch of daggers (for the aforement...
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, December 30, 2022 4:00 PM
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is an open-world game where the player is a transferee in a huge school in the Paldea Region. In the game, the player and the player only gets to decide whatever they want to do: whether to defeat the nefarious Team Star, defeat all the Pokemon Gyms, become the champion, and […]
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, December 30, 2022 3:00 PM
Diablo Immortal: Terror's Tide Major Update brings a new Zone, Helliquary Updates, limited-time events, and more
The second major update brings huge changes to Diablo Immortal. The second major update for Diablo Immortal is finally here, and Blizzard did not disappoint – Terror's Tide will feature a whole new Zone called Stormpoint that will add a new storyline and some exciting new content through a brand new Questline, plus players are […]
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, December 30, 2022 2:00 PM
All of the presently accessible Roblox Control Army codes are compiled here. You can get stuff like golds and more by inputting these codes. Experience called Roblox Control Army was created for the system by @ShkatulkaGames. In this game, you will be in charge of an army that must acquire resources in order to expand […]
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, December 30, 2022 1:00 PM
Farming in Minecraft does not necessarily mean simply farming for crops and animal mobs for food, but it can also mean farming for experience points or EXP for short. Experience points are essential in increasing a player's level, as these can be used later to enchant gears and repair weapons. This article will list the […]
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, December 30, 2022 12:00 PM
Michael steals weapons from a NOOSE team. Carbine Rifles is a heist setup mission for The Jewel Store Job's Loud Approach. The mission is done by Michael and involves stealing a NOOSE vehicle loaded with weapons. While Carbine Rifles is a simple heist setup mission, it is an essential mission that you need to complete […]
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Friday, December 30, 2022 11:00 AM
A Sage Gun Buddy for free? Sign us up! Riot Games' 5v5 competitive shooter has become one of the most popular FPS games. With its unique roster of Agents, interesting maps, powerful guns, and exciting cosmetics, it is not hard to see why Riot Games' tactical shooter shot up the FPS popularity charts just two […]
Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, December 30, 2022 5:48 PM
To improve the "overall night experience" for the game and promises that "things are about to get scarier."
Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, December 30, 2022 4:47 PM
The Early Access will feature "four major themed scenes for adventure"
Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, December 30, 2022 4:04 PM
The title was first rated by the Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea in September.
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Level Up Friday, December 30, 2022 11:33 AM
Images of what appears to be a special The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the…