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PCGamesN Saturday, December 31, 2022 1:02 PM
     Now that's what I call PC games news 2022!

In the world of PC games news, the grind never stops. As our wonderful virtual universe continues to turn on its metaphorical axis, there's a lot to look forward to in the coming year. We've got Hogwarts Legacy, Starfield, Diablo 4, and much more, but it's worth casting our minds back to some of best PC games of 2022. As Christmas draws to a close and fireworks litter the horizon, we've taken the liberty of compiling some of the year's biggest news events in one place - after all, what's not to love about a little bit of nostalgia?

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 31, 2022 12:13 PM
     Steam slashes Cult of the Lamb price ahead of new update

Steam has cut down the cost of Massive Monster's Game Award-nominated roguelike game, Cult of the Lamb, which is set to add its first major content update in early 2023. What better way to start off the year than slaughtering innocents using the all-new heavy moves while simultaneously brainwashing cute little forest animals, am I right?

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 31, 2022 9:14 AM
     How the Steam Deck reignited my passion for gaming

Hardware is becoming unwieldy. There, I said it. Consoles like the PS5 and the Xbox Series X are the size of a small house, needing a building permit to actually put inside your property. Gaming PC cases aren't much better. And don't get me started on the chonkiness of graphics cards. This, combined with other factors, had all but destroyed my desire to actually play video games, until I got my hands on a certain portable powerhouse earlier this year: the Steam Deck.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 31, 2022 9:14 AM
     How to find a Minecraft Ancient City, location, seeds, and warden tips

Where is the Minecraft Ancient City? Sadly, they can be very elusive, but once you know what you're looking for and where, it's a lot easier to dig up this marvellous metropolis. Ancient Cities are spectacular structures buried deep below ground - one of the first underground monuments except for Strongholds, in fact - so now you've got something to look out for while you're digging for diamonds in Minecraft.

Be wary though, because Ancient Cities hold a dangerous mob within their walls - the Warden. This blind but brutal creature is the toughest foe in Minecraft history, but it guards some exciting loot. Here's what you need to know about how to find a Minecraft Ancient City, what to expect when you get there, and some Ancient City Minecraft seeds if you want to skip the hard part.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, December 31, 2022 11:00 AM

As both a parent and the resident news lad here, I probably spend way more time talking and writing about games than getting hundreds of hours to actually play them. While most of the games I've snuck the odd minutes with – I hesitate to say hours – made it onto our Advent Calendar for Horace's approval, the three below were a few that made me and my family smile at different points throughout 2022. Roll on 2023 - and even more games.

Possibly my most magical Christmas as a kid was in 1997, aged 12. I got a Saturn and an issue of the UK's Official Sega Saturn Magazine that had a Christmas NiGHTS Into Dreams disc on the cover. I reckon that it was my favourite, most unabashedly fun time for gaming ever (outside my decades fiddling around on PC, obvs). Indie platformer Lunistice is a blatant love letter to the 32-bit era, and the kind of game that largely skipped the poor old Saturn.

You guide Hana the Tanuki about as she dreams, aiming to get her to the Moon. Hana properly speeds along, bouncing and spinning her tail to thwack enemies with a lovely splat effect. Devs A Grumpy Fox have really nailed the classic 90s platformer vibe, thanks to all the different dreamworlds that Hana gets to careen through. Don't expect something open-world like Sonic Frontiers, because Lunistice is deliberately meant to be a linear, short experience. Good grief, could we use more of those.

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Twinfinite Saturday, December 31, 2022 1:00 PM
     My parents will be so proud of this article.

Twinfinite Saturday, December 31, 2022 12:00 PM
     Who played PI the best in the medium of film?

Siliconera Saturday, December 31, 2022 3:00 PM

What's the Worst Game of 2022 Samurai Maiden

Not every game released is going to set the world on fire. Some will be more disappointing than expected. Others could be downright unplayable. So, as we wrap up our game of the year talks for 2022 at Siliconera, we decided to each reveal what the worst games we played were.

It is fresh in my mind, because I just had to play it, but Samurai Maiden. D3 Publisher titles are a guilty pleasure for me, and this one left me disappointed in so many ways. The script is terrible. The controls weren't precise enough. I didn't like how combo and special attack unlocking worked. The enemies were incredibly generic. It felt like a genuine chore to play. If it had been a $20 title, I could have lived with it. But it being a $60 really bothered me too. — Jenni

worst games 2022 callisto protocol

I feel like as I continue to review games, there's always that one that either absolutely destroys my PC, is just middling, flat out awful, or all three. And The Callisto Protocol is that.

Not only did it absolutely destroy my PC resolution after several crashes, which forced me to hard restart my PC, but the combat is a slog and the story is unmemorable. The enemy designs are blasé and totally forgettable, and it feels like a clunky retread of PS3-era horror games like Silent Hill: Homecoming. It's just not great from the foundation upward, technical issues aside. — Kazuma

tower of fantasy

All of the games that came out in 2022 that I personally played had some charm or otherwise redeeming factor to it, except for one game that I would have forgotten about if not for its mention at The Game Awards: Tower of Fantasy. I'm not sure how the game is now after most people abandoned it in favor of the major Sumeru update in Genshin Impact, but when I played it, Tower of Fantasy was an ugly and boring mess. On paper, the story could have been interesting, but in practice, it was impossible to sit through.

Granted, a lot of my ire towards Tower of Fantasy had a lot to do with things outside of the game as well. Some of the things that the development team did (from the Chinese ID controversy to stealing reviews) left a bad taste in my mouth, and the general discussion around it online gave it a fairly bad reputation. Perhaps Tower of Fantasy isn't doing too bad for itself right now, but as it stands, I personally consider it to be the worst game I played in 2022. — Stephanie

FFXIV Emotes and Gear are in Babylon's Fall

It's in my nature to try to find something to like about anything I play, and I'm pretty forgiving of almost any game I'm not professionally obligated to review. I also don't enjoy "hate-playing," which means I usually have little to say when the time comes to throw shade at our least favorite titles. That said, it was more challenging to find that grace for Babylon's Fall, a game that, on most levels, seemed like a bad idea PlatinumGames just couldn't abandon in the womb. The game's inability to muster that sense of motivation and bald-faced chase of live service design trends reminded me of the bad old days of the PS3 era, when global developers aped cover-based shooting games like Gears of War in an attempt to come to grips with era's market-leading designs. The results often felt like inept facsimiles that lacked understanding of why things work the way they do.

Perhaps given more time, Babylon's Fall could've been dragged into the realm of being competent enough to attract a lasting player base. Service games tend to be given many such chances. Unfortunately, Square Enix didn't seem willing to wait, and the game is now due to shut down in February. I'm not so cold as to say "good riddance", but I'd be lying if I said I'd regret seeing it gone. Platinum hasn't given up on the prospects of service games, so I'll leave things on the note that I hope that they take away some positive lessons for the next go-around. — Josh

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Siliconera Saturday, December 31, 2022 1:00 PM

Square Enix New Year Video Features Naoki Yoshida, Yoko Taro, Yoshinori Kitase

Square Enix released a celebratory video featuring developers from past and upcoming games, with folks like FFXIV Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida, FFVII Remake project Producer Yoshinori Kitase, and NieR series creator Yoko Taro appearing. Most of the messages are general well-wishes. The various members from development teams also thank viewers for past support and asking for the same enthusiasm for upcoming games. As expected, Yoshida mentions FFXIV and FFXVI. Meanwhile, Yoko Taro explained the true meaning of the "happy" in "Happy New Year."

Things kicked off with Yoshida. He mentioned FFXIV A Realm Reborn celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2023. He also reminded people FFXVI will launch in June 2023. At the 4:49 mark, Kitase appeared to remind people FFVII Rebirth is coming. At the 5:16 mark, Yoko Taro shows up with NieR series Producer Yosuke Saito. After Saito reminds people about NieR Automata's fifth anniversary and Switch port and the Voice of Cards releases, Yoko Taro explains why each new year is "happy."

Here's the full video.

Square Enix's next game will be Forspoken. It will appear on January 24, 2023 on the PS5 and PC. Other expected 2023 releases include Final Fantasy XVI, Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, Theatrhythm Final Bar Line, and the console release of the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster series.

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Siliconera Saturday, December 31, 2022 12:00 PM

Fate/strange Fake Whispers of Dawn Teaser Shown Ahead of Summer Debut

The Fate series continues to go into 2023 with new announcements and news. Among them is a new look from Aniplex at the Fate/strange Fake Whispers of Dawn OVA, as a new teaser trailer appeared. The almost seven minute video overs a hint as to what to expect from the presentation starring Tiné Chelc and Gilgamesh. There's also a new release window for the special. It will now launch in Summer 2023.

Editor's Note: There may be some Fate/strange Fake spoilers if people aren't familiar with the light novels.

The video begins with a Mage attempting to make Gilgamesh his Servant for the new Holy Grail War. However, the two are interrupted. That's when another Mage named Tiné Chelc appears. After that, there's a summary of what's happening with the Holy Grail War in Snowfield and a peek at some of the major figures involved.

This news comes after a brief delay. The OVA, which shows what happens when a failed attempted at a Holy Grail War is held in America, was supposed to air on December 31, 2022. Instead, development issues pushed it back. Aniplex promised new footage before 2022 ended. Now, on what was supposed to be its release date, new footage appeared.

The Fate/strange Fake Whispers of Dawn OVA will air in Summer 2023.

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Siliconera Saturday, December 31, 2022 11:25 AM

Koei Tecmo's New Fate Game is Fate/Samurai Remnant

There's a new action-RPG based on the Fate series of games on the way. Koei Tecmo announced it is working on Fate/Samurai Remnant. The title will release worldwide in 2023. People will be able to play it on the PS4, PS5, Switch, and PC. An initial trailer is available. There is also an official website open.

Details about what to expect are vague. Type-Moon and Aniplex are involved in the game's development. Type-Moon's role is clarified as a supervisory one. The announcement clarified that this will tell the story of a different Holy Grail War than the one's we're familiar with. At the end of the footage, it appears that a version of a Servant who could be Saber Miyamoto Musashi shows up. (That character appeared in other games, like Fate/Grand Order.)

Here's the Fate/Samurai Remnant trailer teasing the new Fate game. It doesn't show any gameplay footage, but does show the main character meeting his Servant and the altercation with Saber Miyamoto Musashi.

The official website also noted the different companies involved. A logo for Omega Force, known for the Musou series, appears at the bottom. Type-Moon is supervising. Aniplex is helping Koei Tecmo produce it. Kou Shibusawa's name also appears at the bottom of the site. Previously, he worked on Nioh and Nioh 2 as a producer and quite a few Nobunaga's Ambition games.

Koei Tecmo, Type-Moon, and Aniplex's Fate/Samurai Remnant will come to the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC in 2023.

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WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Saturday, December 31, 2022 9:44 AM
     Holy shit, it's New Year. How the fuck did that happen? Another year has hurtled past my eyes like my dog running toward the muddiest puddle he can find, and like my dog it was kind of dirty and in dire need of a wash. At the ripe old age of 31 (stop sniggering) I'm beginning to appreciate the concept of time seeming to pass quicker and quicker. I hadn't even got used to being 30 before my birthday snuck up on me like it was planning to sexually assault me in an alley.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 31, 2022 7:22 AM
     Vampire Survivors creator has

The creator of roguelike Vampire Survivors, Luca Galante, says that he has "no idea" why the indie Steam survival game has proven so popular, saying it was "incredible" to be nominated for The Game Awards, following the launch of the first Vampire Survivors DLC Legacy of the Moonspell.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 31, 2022 6:23 AM
     Resident Evil's indie cousin is now available as a free game on GOG

Resident Evil has inspired many horror games over the years, from Silent Hill to Dead Space, right up to 2022's The Callisto Protocol. But there's one third-person shooter with an especially strong – although complex – connection to RE and Capcom, particularly the wonderful Resident Evil 2 Remake from 2019. If you haven't played it and want to try it out, the good news is it's available now as a completely free game on CDPR's GOG – but you need to act fast.

PCGamesN Saturday, December 31, 2022 1:23 AM
     Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris map and rewards this week

Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris, Bungie's weekend PvP showdown that attracts the game's most dedicated players, grants some of the best loot the game has to offer. The most skilled players can even earn Adept weapons, which have greater stats when masterworked and feature an additional perk slot. However, there's a catch: you must win seven games without a loss to gain access to the Lighthouse to collect that treasure.

But, if you're up to the challenge, then it's time to equip your best Destiny 2 Warlock build, best Destiny 2 Titan build, or best Destiny 2 Hunter build for a chance at glory in the arena.

If you're new to Trials or just want a refresher on what's new in the game mode, our Destiny 2 Trials of Osiris guide has everything you need to know.

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PCGamesN Saturday, December 31, 2022 6:20 AM
     Experience a new kind of shooter with Eximius: Seize The Frontline

First-person shooters are a staple genre for PC gamers, but it's no secret that innovation in the space has slowed in recent years. More and more games are choosing to focus on tried-and-true concepts or chasing the latest trends – we're looking at you, battle royale games.

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, December 31, 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 goes great with Cult Of The Lamb?

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, December 31, 2022 5:05 AM
     Marvel's Midnight Suns Guides HubMarvel's Midnight Suns combines collectible card game mechanics and turn-based tactical battles, all with some of your favorite superheroes. As you take on the forces of Lilith, you'll find more allies, unlock legendary abilities, and discover secrets in unexpected places. Here's our Marvel's Midnight Suns guides and features hub to help you with card combat mechanics, character skills, boss fights, and more. Note: We'll add more articles to our Marvel's Midnight Suns guides and features hub soon, so stay tuned.   Marvel's Midnight Suns guides and features hub Official review – With a robust CCG system, a plethora of heroes, and a hub to explore, Marvel's Midnight Suns can be a surprise treat for fans. Still, will it be worth your while? Starter guides and general mechanics – Learn about some of the basics when playing the game. How to use Photo Mode Gloss, XP, and difficulty Cosmetics and customization Hunter suits and ...

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Saturday, December 31, 2022 3:28 AM
     The Last of Us was a pretty dark narrative about forming relationships in an unforgiving world, but fans weren't ready for the places the sequel would go when The Last of Us Part II released back in 2020. With HBO currently gearing up for the premiere of their Last of Us series based on the […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Saturday, December 31, 2022 3:07 AM
     Hideo Kojima has always been known to be a kind of a mad genius when it comes to games—always coming up with new ways to really mess with the gamers with his unique methods. With Kojima being asked to consider to the future of his studio even long after he's gone, he says he plans […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Saturday, December 31, 2022 2:50 AM
     With Star Wars Jedi: Survivor set to come out in 2023, PlayStation has a treat for anyone who hasn't checked out the original Fallen Order game yet. As announced on the PlayStation Blog, January's PlayStation Plus monthly games will include Respawn Entertainment's hit game Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game follows Cal Kestis, a […]

Pivotal Gamers Saturday, December 31, 2022 3:20 AM
     What's up folks? Giveaway Of The Day is giving you the opportunity to win on Solitaire Jack Frost Winter Adventures 3. This is what they say. Solitaire Jack Frost Winter Adventures 3 is available as a Giveaway of the day!You have limited time to download, install and register it. A few words about Solitaire Jack Frost Winter Adventures 3 Believe in the power of frosty layouts in Solitaire Ja...

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 30, 2022 7:03 PM

The Sennheiser HD 599 SE has been one of my favourite pairs of headphones for a long time, with its open-back design, neutral sound signature and comfy velour earpads combining into one of the best affordable headsets for critical listening and gaming in my book. These headphones normally hover around £100 to £180, but today they've dropped to a near-all-time-low: £87 at Amazon UK.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, December 30, 2022 6:49 PM

The Samsung 980 Pro, a 'PCIe 4.0 SSD speed demon' with 'absolutely barnstorming... read and write performance' and a former 'fastest PCIe 4.0 SSD' pick has been reduced over at Amazon UK. There, you can pick up the 1TB model for £98, and it's even the premium version that includes a high-grade heatsink preinstalled.

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Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 6:30 PM
     He is the terror that flaps in the night!

Twinfinite Friday, December 30, 2022 6:02 PM
     Anime is taking over the world in 2023.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, December 30, 2022 6:40 PM
     Pathfinder Wrath Of The Righteous Abyssal Conspiracy Secret Achievement Hidden Achievement Thanatotic Titans Rune Hidden AbodeAbyssal Conspiracy is a secret achievement in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. You'll be able to do this in Alushinyrra during Act 4, as long as you haven't headed to Colphyr Mines yet. Here's our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Abyssal Conspiracy achievement guide to help you with the Thanatotic Titans Rune. Note: For more information, check out our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous guides and features hub.   Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous – Abyssal Conspiracy secret achievement and Thanatotic Titans Rune guide Thanatotic Titans Rune As mentioned above, Abyssal Conspiracy is a secret achievement, so there's no prompt for it while you're playing Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. In fact, you'll probably just stumble upon some tidbits related to it while exploring the demon city. For now, though, take a look at the map of Alushinyrra – Middle City in the next image. While you're going to explore all three main secti...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, December 30, 2022 6:05 PM
     Pathfinder Wrath Of The Righteous Recruit Get Both Wenduag And Lann Act 5 Wenduag Betray AliveWenduag and Lann are two possible companions in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous. Sadly, they're like oil and water. They just don't mix together, and they tend to be mutually exclusive. Still, there's a way to get the two of them while avoiding most of the mishaps. Here's our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous guide to help you get both Wenduag and Lann without anyone dying or betraying you. Note: For more information, check out our Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous guides and features hub.   Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous – How to get both Wenduag and Lann Prologue: Choose Lann To get both Wenduag and Lann in Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, we're going to assume that you sided with Lann hundreds of hours prior during the prologue. We're not entirely sure about the process if you picked Wenduag, so it's going to be Lann from the start: Reveal the Light of Heaven / "Lann speaks the truth." "Come with me,...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, December 30, 2022 5:25 PM
     Pathfinder Wrath Of The Righteous How To Corrupt Arueshalae How To Recruit Corrupt ArueshaleArueshalae 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
     Pathfinder Wrath Of The Righteous Arueshalae Romance Guide How To Romance ArueshalaeArueshalae 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 ...

WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Friday, December 30, 2022 7:31 PM
     There's no shortage of third-party controllers on the market from a wide variety of companies, some of which are reputable and some of which are just pushing out cheap tat. 8BitDo has managed to build a solid reputation, developing and releasing a variety of controllers across multiple platforms, including an arcade fight stick and some awesome retro-themed controllers. Today, I'm reviewing their so-called Ultimate controller, a reasonably priced piece of tech that punches well above its price bracket.

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."

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Pivotal Gamers Friday, December 30, 2022 9:42 PM
     Hello all. gamehag holds a new giveaway for various games. Their message follows. To get: 2000 KD, 1500 KD, 1000 KD, 850 KD, 700 KD, 500 KD, 250 KD, 200 KD, 100 KD, 50 KD, 25 KD, 10 KD To get this key your Steam level must be at least 2. Last minute notes Login with your gamehag account, complete all steps to get your key. So hustle. Just click on the button below and follow the listed instuctions...

MonsterVine Friday, December 30, 2022 8:00 PM
     Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII: Reunion is a mostly excellent remake that improves upon the PSP original's weaker aspects while keeping the majority of the important stuff intact. The voice acting is disappointing, but the gameplay changes and stringent dedication to not changing the original game's narrative make it a largely excellent remake. Crisis Core: […]