Sep 30, 16:02

PCGamesN Saturday, September 30, 2023 11:10 AM
     Dark and Darker celebrates one year anniversary with a new event

Dark and Darker is holding an anniversary event for its players, as the Ironmace dungeon crawler marks a whole year since its QA Playtest 1. You'll be able to hunt down Wardens for extra treasure, and can even sign up to be a Bounty Hunter for the event too.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dark and Darker release date, Dark and Darker system requirements, Dark and Darker classes guide

PCGamesN Saturday, September 30, 2023 9:50 AM
     You can easily grab Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty's best gun

There's one incredibly powerful Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty gun you need to snag, and it's actually really easy to get. With so many extra weapons to choose from in the new Cyberpunk DLC from CD Projekt Red, we've discovered one that you can get with basically no effort that offers up not just a solid gun but allows for a fair bit of customization too.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty review, Best Cyberpunk 2077 mods, Buy Cyberpunk 2077

PCGamesN Saturday, September 30, 2023 8:54 AM
     The Witcher's next game is Sons of the Forest meets Bioshock

"Serum is life." That was the message given to me by Game Island CEO and creative director Michal Ojrzyński during our preview of the upcoming survival adventure game at Gamescom 2023. With backing from Toplitz Productions, the Polish studio is hoping to score big with survival fans with Serum in what is undoubtedly a crowded market.

Twinfinite Saturday, September 30, 2023 12:21 PM
Every V needs a V8!

Twinfinite Saturday, September 30, 2023 12:00 PM
Not a good look.

Twinfinite Saturday, September 30, 2023 10:00 AM
There's a lot to love, but there's always room for improvement.

Siliconera Saturday, September 30, 2023 3:00 PM

Final Fantasy XIV Eorzea Academy Manga Makes Me Want More

Back in 2022, Square Enix started releasing Final Fantasy XIV Eorzea Academy, an alternate reality manga placing familiar heroes and villains in a high school setting. It was a brief tale spanning only seven chapters. Now that it's available worldwide in English, I can't help but wish it was longer. It's so fun and packed with personality, and the characters translate over to their new roles quite well.

The stars of Final Fantasy XIV Eorzea Academy are primarily Alisaie and Alphinaud Leveilleur, with other Scions of the Seventh Dawn, Garlean Empire, and side characters like Ryne and Tataru also playing fairly large parts. Depending on characters' ages or personalities, they end up being students or faculty. So, for example, Alisaie and Alphinaud are first-year students who are living away from home, so they're staying in the same place as teachers Y'shtola, Thancred, and Urianger. 

As the school actually merged the Academy of Light and Academy of Darkness, students haven't really adjusted to being around each other yet. So members of the former Light school, which consist of students like the twins, Estinien, G'raha Tia, Krile, Ysayle, and Aymeric, are essentially at odds with Darkness students like Zenos, Asahi, and Yotsuyu. There are exceptions. (Ryne and Gaia are still quite close. But Tataru proposed a competition of sorts that will result in members of the "winning" class getting a wish granted if they earn enough points through activities and good actions over the year.

Of course, unlike Final Fantasy XIV, there are no real hostilities in the manga. In fact, the rivalry between Alisaie and Zenos almost struck me as a similar dynamic as a pairing like Tsukushi and Tsukasa in Boys Over Flowers or another shojo manga where the heroine and hero are at odds, which very much amused me. All of the chapters feel like slice-of-life situations that wouldn't be out of place in any school-based series, only with some clever references to the original game within. 

Speaking of which, I like how the manga still maintained certain dynamics and personalities for Final Fantasy XIV characters. For example, the sibling dynamics between Alisaie and Alphinaud, as well as Asahi and Yotsuyu, are entertaining. I loved Emet Selch's characterization as a teacher, especially his magical tendencies. There's a great moment during the Field Day sports festival involving Y'shtola. (Though, honestly, that's one of my favorite chapters overall.) Speech patterns are maintained for certain folks like Urianger, which works and doesn't feel awkward given the general role in the story and actions. 

The thing is that it's all so delightful that I wanted more. The art, the characterizations, the situations, and everything mangaka Esora Amaichi did comes together so well. Also, you can tell the oversight and insight the Final Fantasy XIV Operations Team offered, because it makes the Eorzea Academy manga feel true to the series and characters. Even the way it wraps up made me feel like "this can't be it."

I think Final Fantasy XIV Eorzea Academy is something special. It's really a fun manga, and I'm so glad that Square Enix took this chance and had Amaichi create it. I just wish it was the start of an even larger project, because the stories here are executed so well. But I suppose better short, sweet, and actually existing than never having it at all.

The Final Fantasy XIV Eorzea Academy manga is available via Square Enix worldwide now. The game is available on the PS4, PS5, and PC. Its 6.5 part 1 patch will arrive on October 3, 2023.

The post Final Fantasy XIV Eorzea Academy Manga Makes Me Want More appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, September 30, 2023 3:00 PM

The Ranma 1/2 Ova and Movies Collection Preserves the Past

Viz Media often releases these "catch up" DVDs and Blu-rays. They're a way to bring older series back. Think of it as a means of ensuring certain things aren't lost to time. Ranma 1/2 Ova and Movies Collection is essentially that. It's a simple release that keeps 14 items and ensures they're more easily accessible in a pleasant way.

In terms of what you get on the discs, the Ranma 1/2 Ova and Movies Collection is a rather robust selection. It's a complete compilation of these 14 additional stories in an easily accessible format. So you get the following to watch at your leisure:

  • Akane vs Ranma: The One Who Inherits Mom's Recipes Will Be Me
  • The Evil Ogre
  • Oh, Cursed Tunnel of Lost Love! Let My Love Be Forever
  • The One Who Carries On Part 1
  • The One Who Carries On Part 2
  • Ranma 1/2: The Movie - The Battle of Nekonron: The Fight to Break the Rules
  • Ranma 1/2: The Movie - The Battle of Togenkyo: Rescue the Brides
  • Reawakening Memories Part 1
  • Reawakening Memories Part 2
  • Shampoo's Sudden Switch: The Curse of the Contrary Jewel
  • A Storm Over School: Growing Up with Miss Hinako
  • The Super Non-Discriminatory Showdown: Team Ranma vs the Legendary Phoenix
  • The Tendo Family's Christmas Scramble
  • The Two Akanes: Ranma, Look My Way

And honestly, it was a lot of fun to see some of these either again or for the first time. For example, I'd seen The Battle of Nekonron years ago when it was called Big Trouble in Nekonron, China. It looked great in this release. Meanwhile, I'd never seen OVAs like Shampoo's Sudden Switch: The Curse of the Contrary Jewel or Akane vs Ranma: The One Who Inherits Mom's Recipes Will Be Me, and both were a lot of fun! They all looked good in HD, considering their age.

The bonus features are a bit slim. However, I felt like that was understandable given the age of the media. We get the clean opening and endings, which is always a bonus. Especially since the music is great and such a blast of nostalgia. There are also the OVA preview trailers, which is another fun look back.

I do wish there was a little something more in the actual package. For example, Viz Media's Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan Blu-ray release included a nice booklet. It went over the episodes in the collection. There were interviews with people involved with the project. We could see art. It was a brief pamphlet, but I appreciated it a lot. I'd have loved to have seen something similar here.

Still, the Ranma 1/2 Ova and Movie Collection Blu-ray is a good way to catch up and preserve installments of a classic series. Everything here is still fun to watch. Viz's collection covers all of the essentials. It's missing some niceties of other releases, which I wonder if the age had something to do with, but it's still a good way to ensure a classic anime doesn't get left behind.

The Ranma 1/2 Ova and Movie Collection is available now via Viz Media. The anime is streaming on Hulu. Viz Media handles the manga outside Japan. 

The post The Ranma 1/2 Ova and Movies Collection Preserves the Past appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, September 30, 2023 12:30 PM

disney tsum tsum land

Disney Tsum Tsum Land will end service on January 31, 2024. Colopl apologized on its official website for how it wasn't able to meet player expectations and thanked everyone for enjoying the game over the years. The site also has a schedule for the days leading up to the end of service.

As of September 29, 2023, you will no longer be able to purchase new Diamonds or invite people through Line. There will also be an event and a campaign from October 2, 2023 to thank all of the players for their patronage. Colopl has not yet uploaded details on that event. More information on it will come out soon. Finally, service will end on January 31, 2024. Colopl will announce its plans for how it'll handle any leftover premium currency players may still have at this time.

Disney Tsum Tsum Land came out in November 2017 as a puzzle game in which you have to shoot Tsum Tsums at other Tsum Tsums to delete them. It's similar to Puzzle Bobble in that sense. Tsum Tsums include Disney characters from its past animations and movies, as well as characters from Disney properties such as Star Wars

Disney Tsum Tsum Land is available on mobile devices. Its service will end on January 31, 2024.

The post Disney Tsum Tsum Land to End Service in 2024 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, September 30, 2023 11:30 AM

my pikachu plush

The My Pikachu plush will re-appear in Pokemon Centers around Japan from October 14, 2023. These Pokemon plushes have minute differences in their expressions, ears, and tails to create a unique Pikachu plush. Each My Pikachu plush will cost 1,650 JPY ($11.05).

After you get a plush, you can fill out a memorial tag. You'll be able to hang the tag off of the Pikachu to serve as a name tag. Aside from the Pikachu's nickname, you can also record their personality and their Ability. Back when the plush first came out, you were also able to fill out a tag then. However, it doesn't look like the Pika Pika Tree or Pika Pika Forest attractions will make a return.

Originally, you could pay 1,650 JPY to participate in the Pika Pika Forest or Pika Pika Tree. Instead of choosing a doll on your own, it would recreate the idea of meeting a Pikachu in the forest. While you couldn't choose the physical traits of the plush you got, you could experience what it's like to find a wild Pokemon in real life.

The My Pikachu plush will be available again in Pokemon Centers from October 14, 2023. The toy originally came out as part of the Pokemon 25th anniversary and was available from April 22, 2023 to June 30, 2023.

The post My Pikachu Plush Will Return From October 2023 appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, September 30, 2023 11:00 AM

VRChat Guilty Gear Bridget

Arc System Works will release a Bridget outfit for you to put on your VRChat avatar. The release date is October 6, 2023. It will also re-run the May outfit. As a note, the avatar does not actually turn you into Bridget or May. Instead, they're costumes that you can place on an existing one. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

The Guilty Gear Strive Bridget outfit in VRChat will cost 3000 JPY. You can place it on Moe, Manuka, Kikyo, or Selestia. While the May outfit already came out, an updated version of it will be released on October 6, 2023. The May outfit will cost 2000 JPY, and will now include her weapon and glove. Merino and Kikyo can wear her outfit.

Though not Guilty Gear Strive, there are also avatar costumes you can get of characters from Guilty Gear Xrd. There are outfits of Elphelt, Dizzy, Baiken, and Jam. All of these outfits are for the Kikyo avatar.

Since her addition to the playable roster of Guilty Gear Strive, Bridget has been a popular character for marketing purposes. T-Shirts with her on them appeared at TGS 2023, and you can get a figure of her or a plush of her teddy bear Roger. This is likely due to her design, as well as the enduring popularity of her character from previous Guilty Gear titles.

Guilty Gear Strive is readily available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and Windows PC. The Guilty Gear Strive Bridget and May Version 2.0 outfits for you to use on your VRChat avatar will cmoe out on October 6, 2023.

The post Guilty Gear Strive Bridget Outfit Will Appear in VRChat appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, September 30, 2023 9:00 AM

Project Mugen

NetEase recently revealed Project Mugen, an upcoming free-to-play open world RPG with an emphasis on freedom of exploration, combat, and an urban aesthetic. The game is being developed by the recently founded Naked Rain division from NetEase's ThunderFire studio. To learn more about what Naked Fire aims to achieve with Project Mugen, Siliconera spoke with Producer Ash Qi during TGS 2023 about the upcoming open world RPG.

Daniel Bueno: What will be the focus of the narrative of Project Mugen?

Ash Qi: Project Mugen is an open world RPG with lots of interconnected cities. The role of the player is that of an investigator exploring these cities looking for Chaos. In the process, the player will encounter allies and friends, and will discover the truth of why Chaos is manifesting in the world, as well as the truth about the player character's identity.

What could you tell me about some of the characters shown so far that hasn't been shared yet?

Ash Qi: Our philosophy behind character development is that each character will have their own background and identity, as well as their own weapons and features. The characters in Project Mugen are also designed to be relatable, normal people like us. For example, Taffy (the girl with bunny ears,) she is a lazy girl that can also show a lot of energy, and move very fast in her vehicle, a hammer that turns into a motorbike. Taffy doesn't like to work, and sometimes will be tired while driving and almost fall asleep.

Project Mugen
Image via NetEase

In footage shown so far, we've seen some of the tools for exploration and combat, such as the grappling hook, many vehicles, and swimming. What will the verticality that some of these tools add offer in terms of exploration and combat.

Ash Qi: We want players to feel freedom when playing Project Mugen, and provide an outlet to relieve stress within the urban environment of the game. We have various options for traversal and fighting. In terms of combat, we wanted players to be able to be able to user their environment to their advantage.

For example, if enemies are on an elevated platform, players can destroy the platform and throw the enemies to the ground. We are including many such objects and tools in the map that players can throw or interact with to defeat enemies, just like in a Jackie Chan movie.

In the most recent trailer, we could see some interior urban areas. Can we expect to see many of these, and what will they add to the game?

Ash Qi: We designed those interior spaces from two perspectives. The first one is, when the player is acting as an investigator in the game they are at work, and their target is to look for Chaos. Some of the Chaos are good and living peacefully in the world alongside human beings. But some of them are evil, and will be hiding in places like warehouses. These are some of the interior locales that will be present in the game.

The second perspective involves the player when they are not working as an investigator. When they are relaxing, players might want to experience the urban life. It's just like us as gamers, or game developers. Sometimes we might want to go to a bar, or a café, or other cities. But often in real life we might be trapped in our worlds and we might not be able to go to these places. So, we wanted to reflect those feelings in the game and allow players to visit all of these places freely.

Project Mugen
Image via NetEase

Going back to the methods of transport. Will these methods of transport distinguish themselves other than aesthetically? For example, having exclusive content for each one like swimming minigames, racing, or parkour challenges?

Ash Qi: Actually, we wanted to do the opposite. Since the game is already very complex and offers many challenges, we wanted to make it very easy and smooth to be able to move from one place to another.

With Naked Rain based in Hangzhou, China and having another team in Montreal, has that inspired the layout of the cities and the world of Project Mugen? What other big metropolis have served as inspiration for the world of the game?

Ash Qi: Our philosophy when designing cities for Project Mugen is that we are basing the cities of the game in reality, but we are also looking to surpass reality. For example, the first city shown might seem very familiar, like it belongs in an animation or comic. This city is based on a typical metropolis in Eastern Asia, and aims to reflect cultures of East Asia. We are currently developing new maps and cities based on cities such as London and Paris, among various other cities in the world.

Image via NetEase

Being a free-to-play game, what methods of monetization can players expect to be present in the game?

Ash Qi: Currently our focus is on developing the game itself, so we haven't considered the business model yet. Of course, once we are close to launch, we will communicate it. However, we consider the game itself is very important, so if the product is of high quality you can compete in the market. Because of this, we don't think business model is a problem for the development of the game.

What makes Project Mugen unique and distinguish itself from other possible competitors in the free-to-play market?

Ash Qi: Actually, not only in the free-to-play market but in the whole market, we think our game is quite competitive. Because we can provide so many emotions and experiences in our open world, we think our IP is unprecedented.

In the current free-to-play market there are a few open world games, but few of them are of this urban open world style. There are also some open world games in the North American market, but the focus of these games is on criminal themes. We provide a different feeling and tone. Our team is younger and we are aiming to provide more positive and relatable emotions.

Project Mugen is currently in development for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices. There is currently no release date set.

The post Interview: Project Mugen Producer Discusses Freedom and Relatability appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, September 30, 2023 3:43 PM
     Valorant To Counter Strike 2 Sensitivity ConverterWhen Riot Games released Valorant in 2020, we saw a lot of CSGO players transitioning to the new FPS title. Although the initial player base of Valorant consisted of mostly ex-CSGO players, the game surely did succeed in developing a unique player base of its own. While this still remains a debatable topic, to my mind, Riot's Valorant greatly impacted popularizing FPS titles to a greater audience. With the release of the newest version of CS, Counter-Strike 2, many players from Valorant are also looking to try out the newest version of the legendary FPS franchise. Counter-Strike 2 has similar features to Valorant, but the basics and fundamentals of these two games are still very different. One of the fundamental things in both Counter-Strike 2 and Valorant is the sensitivity that the players use in these games. If you try to play Counter-Strike 2 with your Valorant settings, your crosshair movement in CS2 will likely be very slow. Fortunately, you can still keep the same sensitiv...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, September 30, 2023 2:23 PM
     Who is Adam Smasher? How to beat him in Cyberpunk 2077All RPGs need to come with a final boss that leaves you wondering how you even got to the end level in the first place. They need to put you in your place and make sure you use every little bit of arsenal available. Adam Smasher is certainly the big bad for the job in Cyberpunk 2077, and he will have you sweating before you manage to beat him. By the time you reach this stage in the game, you will battered, bruised, and not completely in control, but with some practice and guidance, he can be defeated. Who is Adam Smasher? PC Invasion If you are familiar with the term ghost in the shell, then Adam Smasher's existence will be no mystery to you. As a young man growing up on the streets of Night City, Adam was no more than a street punk. After things went bad for his gang, he decided his future was with the military. On one fateful mission, a stray RPG turned Adam Smasher into burger meat, only to be carted off in various bags by his comrades. Due to his barbaric yet lo...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, September 30, 2023 11:50 AM
     Nba 2k24 Player In White Shirt Looks At CityPlaying MyCareer in NBA 2K24 provides you with boosts, known as Takeovers, that help you on the court. They are a few abilities that help with both offense and defense, but must be filled before use. When being used, they pretty much give you the upper hand but can't used for very long. Below we'll go over them all and how to activate them. How to use all Takeovers in NBA 2K24 Press RS on Xbox or R3 on PlayStation to activate an unlocked takeover. You'll see your unlocked takeovers in the top right, which are five in total: Defensive/Rebounding: Makes up for lack of possession by providing boosts. This is represented by a shield with a basketball's lining. LB on Xbox, L1 on PlayStation Finishing: Boosts your ability to finish near the basket, represented by a checkered flag. A on Xbox, X on PlayStation Shooting: Enhances your ability to shoot from the field, this is represented by a crosshair. X on Xbox, Square on PlayStation Rel...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, September 30, 2023 11:39 AM
     Trauma Drama Start Screen In CyberpunkIn the Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 update, you can represent the Trauma Team by winning the rewards from the Trauma Drama arcade machine. This is no easy feat, but like anything, there is a cheeky strategy that only the committed can accomplish. If you really want to feel like a part of the team, then you better get ready for a lot of high-stakes arcade action. Here's how to get all the Trauma Drama rewards in Cyberpunk 2077. Where to find Trauma Drama Trauma Drama is an arcade game that you can play, found dotted around Night City. They are all over the place, but one of the easiest to get to is the one in El Coyote Cojo. Fast travel to the point El Coyote Cojo in The Glen (Haywood) and travel to the bar of the same name, the one with Mama Welles. Cross the road that the fast travel point is facing and keep going down that road. You can also get to the Trauma Drama arcade in Kabuki Market. Any will do. Screenshot: PC Invasion Once you've found your arcade, you can play...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, September 30, 2023 11:38 AM
     Starfield player standing in front of an Alien Ring inside a TempleIt's very easy to go off on a tangent in Starfield. One minute you're off to search for an artifact with Constellation, and before you know it, you've wound up in the custody of a government operation that wants you to infiltrate the Crimson Fleet for them. Fortunately, Starfield has plenty of things for you to do, but the high level of freedom and choose-your-own-adventure aspects of the story make it very easy to get distracted from the main quests. But don't worry, because we've got you covered. If you're wondering what the main missions are, what future missions await a humble space explorer like you, or you're just curious how long Starfield's main campaign is, rest assured we've got the full scoop. Below you can find all about Starfield's main story missions. How many main story missions are in Starfield? Image: Bethesda Starfield boasts a total of 20 main missions which kick off with "One Small Step" and finally culminate poetically in �...

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Kotaku Friday, September 29, 2023 5:40 PM

Cyberpunk 2077 and its Phantom Liberty expansion have a problem with wasting your time. CD Projekt Red's open-world RPG has a feature where you have to wait an undetermined amount of time for certain quests to activate, and that persists into Phantom Liberty. Even now, after the epic 2.0 update revamped a bunch of the…


Kotaku Friday, September 29, 2023 4:54 PM

Call of Duty's collaborations this year have cast a wide net, ranging from putting rapper Nicki Minaj in as a playable character to adding cosmetics that are based on the Diablo series. Next month, the series is leaning into all things spooky and hellish, and that includes a tribute to Doom, the landmark 1993…


Kotaku Friday, September 29, 2023 4:45 PM

South African-Canadian immigrant Elon Musk promised on September 27 that he'd test livestreaming on X (you know it as Twitter) "with some silly stuff," he said, like a Diablo IV speedrun with no powerful Malignant Heart add-ons. On September 28, he decided to livestream the Texas-Mexico border in Eagle Pass, a…


Kotaku Friday, September 29, 2023 3:40 PM

The video game industry is still reeling from Epic Games' September 28 announcement that it will lay off nearly 900 employees. If developers at the Fortnite money-printing factory aren't safe, nobody is. In perhaps the worst-timed microtransaction ever, Fortnite's "Share The Wealth" emote went back up for sale on the…


Kotaku Friday, September 29, 2023 3:24 PM

Using a public copy of the Baldur's Gate 3 script, one Reddit user discovered the worst decisions you could make when interacting with your companions, whose approval impacts the role-playing game's story options. From the script, u/sudosussudio picked out 11 decisions that will set you back significantly in your…


Kotaku Friday, September 29, 2023 2:55 PM

Doom is still a very good first-person shooter, even if it's nearly 30 years old. But that first, world-changing chapter did lack something that its predecessor, Wolfenstein 3D, had plenty of—Nazi killin'. Thankfully a new total conversion mod for Doom, called Venturous, has fixed this and in the process created a…


Kotaku Friday, September 29, 2023 2:50 PM

I woke up today hoping to buy a cute plush of Pikachu wearing an outfit inspired by world-renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh, but scalpers got to it the second it went up on the Pokémon Center website. I'm frustrated, and that's the general sentiment a lot of Pokémon fans are feeling right now, as scalpers and resellers…


Kotaku Friday, September 29, 2023 2:31 PM

Sonic Frontiers, Sega's latest (and surprisingly well-received) entry in the speedy hedgehog franchise, received its final free content update on Thursday. It seems this new update is proving to be way more difficult than the base game, as players who once bragged about how easy the game was are getting their generous…


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Kotaku Friday, September 29, 2023 12:57 PM

If you've checked out Twitter anytime recently, you might've caught a glimpse of Project Voltage, The Pokémon Company's ongoing art and music collaboration with the Vocaloid teen idol Hatsune Miku. So far Voltage has released 18 illustrations (one for every type of Pokémon) imagining Miku as different kinds of trainers


Kotaku Friday, September 29, 2023 12:50 PM

A newly unsealed FBI indictment accuses a former analyst at Goldman Sachs of insider trading, including allegedly using an Xbox to pass tips onto his close friends. The friend group earned over $400,000 in ill-gotten gains as a result, federal prosecutors claim. "There's no tracing [Xbox 360 chat]," the analyst…


Kotaku Friday, September 29, 2023 12:45 PM

As September draws to a rainy close (seriously, New York is practically underwater at this point), we look forward to nicer, breezier, hopefully drier October days. But given all of the precipitation, maybe you're looking for something to do while stuck inside this weekend?


Kotaku Friday, September 29, 2023 12:19 PM

On September 28, Bethesda shadow-dropped a new spin-off in its popular RPG series, The Elder Scrolls, with absolutely no fanfare. We didn't even know it was coming, as there was no announcement for Elder Scrolls: Castles, a mobile game where you aren't playing as one brave adventurer exploring dungeons and killing…


PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 3:25 PM
     Sons of the Forest gets huge update, gives Kelvin spicier personality

Sons of the Forest is one of my favorite games to hop into with a group of close pals, especially with its humorous big head setting activated. I loved Endnight Games' first indie horror survival experience, but the second one is undoubtedly superior with improved gameplay, visuals, and Kelvin. That's right, Kelvin. The beloved companion with absolutely no thoughts. With Sons of the Forest's latest update, dubbed 'Patch 12,' Kelvin gets a personality makeover and the game gets a ton of other new features.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Sons of the Forest system requirements, Sons of the Forest early access review, Best Sons of the Forest base locations

PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 1:44 PM
     Payday 3 dev says

Payday 3 has had a somewhat rough recent launch, but Starbreeze Entertainment is hard at work behind the scenes on updates and new content to improve the player experience overall. The developer addressed the game's online matchmaking issues, but the team isn't done updating Payday 3 just yet. While Starbreeze revealed that new heists were coming in an official roadmap, a recent livestream saw the developer announce that even more heists were currently underway.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best co-op games on PC, The best crime games on PC, The best FPS games

PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 1:00 PM
     YouTube Simulator Z codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new Youtube Simulator Z codes.

What are the new YouTube Simulator Z codes? If you're looking to live the life of a paid YouTuber, look no further than YouTube Simulator. This Roblox game puts you in the shoes of a professional YouTuber, tasking you with creating, editing, and uploading content for an authentic content creator experience.

As you progress in your career, you can purchase better software to improve the quality of your videos. For further freebies in the best Roblox games, be sure to grab the latest Blox Fruits codes, King Legacy codes, and Fruit Battlegrounds codes before they expire.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:58 PM
     Untitled Boxing Game codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We added 1 new Untitled Boxing Game codes to our list.

What are the new Untitled Boxing Game codes? These freebies will light your fists on fire with tons of extra spins. This relatively secretive Roblox brawler is gearing up for a big release, and its dynamic camera and fancy footwork already have it feeling like a beat-'em-up poised for the big leagues. Climb into the ring and fight fair. Just use a few codes beforehand. Nobody needs to know.

Untitled Boxing Game certainly looks like it's very early into development, but the core functionality is all there. And it's a riot. Ready your fists and challenge anyone in the area to a punching match. If they don't take kindly to your uncalled-for throw of hands, you'll soon hear those bells ringing. Stand your ground, stay on your toes, and keep your head in the game. And if you can't quite cut it, we have plenty of Shinobi Life 2 codes for you to use instead, with Blox Fruits codes and King Legacy codes available if you're more of a pirate than a ninja.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:57 PM
     Type Soul codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We added 4 new Type Soul codes to our list.

What are the new Type Soul codes? Death does not mean the end in this anime-inspired game, and no matter if you pick to become a Soul Reaper or one of the Hollow, you'll need the best gear if you want to survive.

While there are many Roblox games based on popular anime, this up-and-coming action adventure will eventually have a lineup of freebies to win. However, while you're waiting for new Type Soul codes, check out the latest Project Slayers codes or Blox Fruits codes if you're in the market for freebies in other anime-inspired Roblox games.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Roblox games, Roblox promo codes, Roblox music codes

PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:55 PM
     Super League Soccer codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: Checked for new Super League Soccer codes.

What are the new Super League Soccer codes? This new footy game on the Roblox platform lets you take up any role on the field, be it a goalkeeper, a striker, mid-fielder, or any other position on the 7v7 lineup your team might be lacking. And it isn't without style, either. If you can master the technique, bicycle kick goals aren't out of the question, with the below codes giving you the coins you'll need to stay ahead of the opposing team.

Need even more Roblox games to add to your rotation? For some of the most popular and long-lasting titles right now, check out these Multiverse Defenders codes, Project Slayers codes, and Blox Fruits codes. If you'd prefer to escape the anime hold, Arm Wrestle Simulator codes, Doors codes, and Brookhaven codes might be more your speed.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:54 PM
     Strongman Simulator codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new Strongman Simulator codes.

What are the current Strongman Simulator codes? If you want to pump some iron and need that little extra boost, then you've come to the right place. Here we have all the current rewards that temporarily buff your movement speed, the energy you accrue, and workout gains for exercising at dumbells.

Of course, we also have codes for other macho sports-based Roblox games, including Muscle Legends codes, Punch Wall codes, and Legends of Speed codes. For now, though, if you want to get strong specifically in Strongman Simulator, here are some bonuses you can gain to maximize your workout.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:53 PM
     SkibiVerse codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for any currently active SkibiVerse codes.

What are the new SkibiVerse codes? We've compiled a regularly updated list of all SkibiVerse codes to redeem in-game freebies like XP boosts, new characters, and free goodies for your adventures. Do you want to be ahead of the competition before the new game modes get added? We've got you covered.

SkibiVerse has been around on Roblox only a few days, but already has over a million new players. It can be challenging to find codes for a game in its infancy, but much like our regularly updated lists of Anime Adventures codes, Blox Fruits codes, and All Star Tower Defense codes, we've got the most extensive list you'll find online.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:52 PM
     Slide Down A Hill codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new Slide Down a Hill codes.

What are the new Slide Down A Hill codes? We completely understand if you've found yourself addicted to Slide Down A Hill, after all, it's basically a playable version of those mesmerizing split-screen TikToks that the youths of today love so much.

Depending on how much money you acquire in the Roblox game, you can find yourself rolling down a hill in a school bus, cyber truck, or even the Statue of Liberty. If you're after more Roblox codes, check out our guides on Race Clicker codes, Fire Force Online codes, and Anime Adventures codes to get an advantage in all of your favorite games.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:51 PM
     Shinobi Life 2 codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new Shinobi Life 2 codes to add to our list.

What are the new Shinobi Life 2 codes? Shinobi Life 2, which was formerly known as Shindo Life, is among the most popular gacha games on the Roblox platform thanks to its lightning-fast action, wealth of unlockables, and Naruto-like vibes. Developer RellGames is also an extremely active creator, delivering a tight weekly update schedule and serving up regular codes for rellcoins, spins, double XP, and more.

If you want to stay ahead of the competition, you'd be wise to make use of our codes list down below, which we update on a regular basis to bring you the latest rewards before they're gone for good. We'll also explain how to redeem Roblox Shinobi Life 2 codes (spoiler: it's a whole lot like redeeming Shindo Life codes), when you can expect new codes to arrive, and the platforms where they're most likely to drop. If you need more freebies, we also keep updated lists of new Blox Fruits codes, Anime Adventures codes, and All Star Tower Defense codes.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:50 PM
     Roblox promo codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new Roblox promo codes to bring you the latest freebies.

Looking for all the active Roblox promo codes? There is a wide variety of promo codes from Roblox events and giveaways out there that grant you free virtual goods like hats, outfits, and more. With new Roblox codes arriving on the regular, you'll find plenty of ways to keep your avatar looking fresh - and our updated list is here to help.

Roblox promo codes won't hang around forever, however, so it's important that you redeem them before they expire. If you wish to reap their rewards, you'll first need to know how and where to redeem them, so we'll guide you through that process too. Be sure to check back here regularly, as we'll update this page whenever new Roblox promo codes release or older ones expire, saving you the trouble of searching for and checking them yourself. We also keep lists of Blox Fruits codes, Anime Adventures codes, and King Legacy codes if you're looking for game-specific freebies.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:49 PM
     Roblox music codes September 2023 – the best song IDs

September 22, 20239 We checked that the best Roblox music codes were valid.

What are the latest Roblox music codes? There are thousands of popular songs available to listen to in Roblox, simply by entering music ID codes into your boombox or the radio. Using song IDs, you can play your favorite TikTok songs in games with your friends.

So how do you play music in Roblox? The method varies depending on which game you want to blast your tunes in. Some games allow you free access to the boombox - simply equip and press it to bring up a text box in which you can enter a song ID code. Catalog Heaven is a great place to test the Roblox music codes you find, as it allows you to equip any boombox in the shop and try it out.

In most games, however, you'll need to use the radio to play music. This is usually part of a paid Game Pass - the price of a Game Pass is set by each game developer individually. Once you have access to the radio, you can use it in the same way as the boombox - simply enter the song ID code and press play. Occasionally, tracks are taken down by Roblox, so if a code stops working, you'll have to look for a replacement. Here are the best radio music codes in Roblox that work in August 2023.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:49 PM
     Ro Ghoul codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new Ro Ghoul codes and update our list.

What are the Roblox Ro Ghoul codes? Despite still being in beta, Ro Ghoul, inspired by Tokyo Ghoul, is one of the most popular Roblox games at the moment. The developer, Sushi Walrus, celebrates this regularly with some great in-game redemption codes, and we've tested all the latest ones.

In Ro Ghoul, you take on the role of either an investigator or a ghoul as you try and defeat the other group and stay alive. The great thing about Ro Ghoul is that you can change your role each time you load into a new server to try both out. If you're after some bonus in-game currency, we've got all the latest Ro Ghoul codes you need, but if you're here, then you're a Roblox fan, so you should also take a look at the latest Roblox music codes and all the most up-to-date Roblox promo codes.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:48 PM
     Race Clicker codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new Race Clicker codes.

What are the new Race Clicker codes? We've compiled a list of all the new Race Clicker codes for free wins and boosts in this click-to-win Roblox game. The codes can be redeemed in-game, providing many competitive advantages to help you win the clicking frenzy.

The game is simple, the faster you click, the faster you go. Some of the codes offer free auto clicks and pets, while you can get boosts and luck for a limited time. If you're looking for further Roblox freebies, we regularly update our lists of the latest Anime Adventures codes, Blox Fruits codes, and All Star Tower Defense codes.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:47 PM
     Project Slayers codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new Project Slayers codes but there were no new ones to add to our list.

What are the new Project Slayers codes? Project Slayers is an action RPG in Roblox where you fight against other martial artists to be the very best in all the land. As with most Roblox games, it's a popular gacha; as such, plenty of codes are available to get clan spins and more.

So if you want to bulk up your warrior and fight against the strongest of foes, you'd be wise to make use of our Project Slayers codes list down below. We'll update it on a regular basis to bring you the latest rewards before they expire, and thus you lose out on some free spins. If you're in the market for further Roblox freebies, we also keep regularly updated lists of the latest Anime Adventures codes, Blox Fruits codes, and All Star Tower Defense codes to bring you the latest freebies.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:45 PM
     PLS Donate codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new PLS Donate code to add to our list.

What are the new PLS Donate codes? This donation simulator is a big hit on the Roblox platform, chiefly because it's one of the few games where you're in with a real chance to earn free Robux. Setting up a donation stand is simple enough, but standing out from the crowd is essential if you want to entice big donors. That's where PLS Donate codes come in handy.

Our up-to-date list of PLS Donate codes includes the Giftbux you need to customize your donation stand and a few items to trade in return for a donation. PLS Donate is one of the best Roblox games if you're looking to stock up on Robux, so be sure to get ahead of the economic curve and redeem these PLS Donate codes. We've also got a collection of Roblox promo codes, as well as the best Roblox music codes if you fancy firing up some tunes while working your stand.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:44 PM
     Peroxide codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We added 9 new Peroxide codes to our list.

What are the new Peroxide codes? If you're trying to get ahead of the competition in Peroxide, we've collated all the latest codes for free product essences. We'll also run you through how to redeem the active Peroxide codes and where you can expect to find more for the Bleach-inspired anime fighter.

Peroxide is an established Roblox game that's erupted in popularity recently following an update. If you're searching for further Roblox freebies, we've also got regularly updated lists of Blox Fruits codes, Project Slayers codes, and AUT codes. Let's run through the Peroxide codes and the rewards they'll get you.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:41 PM
     Murder Mystery 2 codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new Murder Mystery 2 codes.

What are the newest Murder Mystery codes? Roblox games rarely throw up an intense experience as is offered by MM2, a game where you could be saddled with one of three roles; the murderer, a bystander, or the sheriff. The murderer has to, well, murder. The bystanders have to avoid the wrath of said murderer, and the sheriff has to figure out, and eliminate, the bad person.

This Roblox game is more cerebral than most, which means that while you'll rely on your wits most of the time, it never hurts to have a helping hand in the form of some freebies. MM2 codes are difficult to come by these days, but they are released every once in a while when a big update drops. If you're after other gifts, we have Project Mugetsu codes, and Blox fruit codes here.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:49 PM
     Another Cyberpunk 2077 patch is

More Cyberpunk 2077 patch notes are on their way, developer CD Projekt Red announces. Following the arrival of the massive Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 patch overhauling many of the game's systems, and the release of the Phantom Liberty DLC, Cyberpunk 2077 patch 2.01 is set to rectify some of the more common and troublesome issues found in the update.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:39 PM
     Legends of Speed codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new Legends of Speed codes.

What are the new Legends of Speed codes? Legends of Speed challenges you to become the fastest runner by competing in races across several different maps. It's one of the most popular games on the Roblox platform, so you may find it difficult to outrun the competition. Thankfully, our Legends of Speed codes can level the playing field and transform you into a speed demon.

Our up-to-date list of active Legends of Speed codes includes bonus Steps, so you can hit the ground running in one of the best Roblox games. We've also got a treasure trove of Gems to redeem to help you purchase your very own pet. Before you speed ahead of your competition, check out the best Roblox music codes to get you pumped ahead of your next race. Without further ado, here are the latest Legends of Speed codes.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:38 PM
     King Legacy codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new King Legacy codes.

Looking for new King Legacy codes? The Roblox gacha game is one of the most popular on the platform right now, and has recently been updated to version 4.66. The developer, Venture Lagoons, is great at handing out new codes with a new update, and they even hide the occasional secret code in the world. We've gone exploring, and have all the latest codes, including the newest secret code, listed below.

King Legacy codes can give you anything from in-game currency and gems to a full stat refund, so you can respec your character from scratch if you wish to do so. If you don't, be careful not to enter those codes. If you're not sure how to enter your King Legacy codes in game, then scroll to the bottom of the guide to find out where to find the 'Enter code' box in the King Legacy menu. And if these aren't enough Roblox freebies for you, take a look at our Roblox promo codes guide, or maybe discover some of the other best Roblox games right now.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:37 PM
     GPO codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We have checked out our sources for new GPO codes. Currently, there are none available, but check back soon!

What are the new GPO codes? We've got the lot! Often topping the charts when it comes to anime-inspired Roblox adventures, Grand Piece Online codes are becoming increasingly rare, making them all the more valuable with each new update. They're a great way to keep ahead of the competition or, if you're new, make an immediate dent in the world. They're also good for getting secondary characters over the starting hurdles. But they expire fast.

Released all the way back in 2021, Grand Piece Online still sees hundreds of thousands of eager pirates and marines flock to its shores every day. And although there's certainly no shortage of Roblox adventures inspired by the One Piece anime and manga, this one still closely competes with the biggest and best. For those, you'll want to check out Blox Fruits codes and King Legacy codes. For the latest competitors to the throne, Pixel Piece codes are proving popular, with Anime Souls Simulator codes and Anime Dimensions codes there for anyone looking for a more varied anime experience. Now, let's run through all the Grand Piece Online codes and how to redeem them.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:41 PM
     Party Animals error 10002 explained

What is Party Animals error 10002? Chances are that you're reading this because this error code has appeared when you're trying to play the game. There's also multiple causes, which makes it difficult to isolate the problem. Thankfully, we're here to help.

For an online-only game such as Party Animals, this can be frustrating when you have limited time to play. This is especially true if you want to play Party Animals with friends locally via Party Animals split screen. So, if you want to get back into the fighting game as soon as possible, we've identified the cause of Party Animals error 10002 and prepared some tips to help resolve it.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:33 PM
     Fruit Battlegrounds codes September 2023

September 21, 2023: We added 2 new Fruit Battlegrounds codes to our list.

What are the new Fruit Battlegrounds codes? Codes for this Roblox game are a must-have if you want to dominate the leaderboards in the fruity arena. Players are drawn to Popo's game for the anime style and inspiration.

You might be wondering how to get your hands on Fruit Battlegrounds codes to get free gems that you can spend on free spins, or if you're playing other Roblox games, we have Project Slayers codes and Blox Fruits codes, too.

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PCGamesN Friday, September 29, 2023 12:32 PM
     Evade codes September 2023

September 29, 2023: We checked for new Evade codes

What are the current Evade codes? If you're a fan of horror-based Roblox games, then you may want to check out Evade. You need to flee from the pursuing image files before they catch you. These terrifying images take many forms, including Freedy Fazbear, Sans, and even the Angry Videogame Nerd. The better you perform, the more currency you can get to buy items to help you in the next game.

As a horror game with no gacha system, there aren't all that many new Evade codes. After monitoring the game for some time, we've not seen any new codes in quite some time, but you may miss out when they are announced. There are plenty of other Roblox games that do have codes, so you might want to grab some free stuff by entering Project Slayers codes, Striker Odyssey codes, and Motorcycle Mayhem codes in-game.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, September 29, 2023 12:44 PM

12 years later, The Binding of Isaac remains my go-to roguelite. There have been some incredible Rogue-inspired games since, but nothing has quite stuck its disgusting, fly and poop-covered hooks in me like Edmund McMillen's tale of a crying child fighting his murderous mother using the power of his tears. Yes, I'm in therapy, why do you ask?

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Friday, September 29, 2023 12:10 PM

In case you forgot - be that willingly or otherwise - Peter Molyneux has been working on a blockchain-connected business sim for the last few years. Well, it's out next month, just in time to sink the final nail into the coffin of worthless NFTs.

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Twinfinite Friday, September 29, 2023 4:28 PM
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Twinfinite Friday, September 29, 2023 12:26 PM
Ever wonder which character from demon slayer you'd most be like? Then take this official character quiz to find out the answer.

Siliconera Friday, September 29, 2023 7:45 PM

hatoful boyfriend

Moa, the creator of Hatoful Boyfriend, has stated on Twitter that she has not received a single payment from Epic Games since her game appeared on the platform two years ago. She explains that Mediatonic used to own distribution rights for Hatoful Boyfriend, which would give her royalty fees. However, since Epic Games bought Mediatonic after Fall Guys's success, she has not gotten any payments from the game's sales. Epic Games has responded and stated that it is looking into it.

You can read Moa's full statement below:

Though Moa has tried to contact Epic Games's accounting to try and sort this out, she has not been able to get a response until Epic Games reached out to her on Twitter. In a follow-up Tweet, she explains that this isn't a matter of life or death. She can get by without the royalties from Hatoful Boyfriend. However, she wanted to ask what was going on since Epic Games was the one to suddenly remove the game from the PlayStation Store and mobile e-shops.

Hatoful Boyfriend is a doujin otome visual novel that came out in 2011. Its biggest draw is that all of the characters you can romance are sentient birds, who are now the apex lifeforms on the planet. It generally received positive reviews and was popular due to word-of-mouth marketing. The idea of a dating sim, but the romance options are all giant talking birds (that look like real birds), was novel at the time.

Hatoful Boyfriend is available for the PS4, Windows PC, OS X, and mobile devices. You can actually get the game via Steam, as well.

The post Epic Hasn't Paid Hatoful Boyfriend Creator For Two Years appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, September 29, 2023 7:15 PM

Detective Pikachu Returns TikTok

A Detective Pikachu Returns filter is now available on TikTok. There are two modes you can switch between to make your videos. The first one has you imitate Detective Pikachu's expressions and motions. The second one lets you make videos while wearing Detective Pikachu's signature hat. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

The official Pokemon TikTok channel has posted a video showing how you can use the filter. In the video, a woman dances when a detective hat and Detective Pikachu suddenly appear over her head. There are also rosy spots on her cheeks as a result of this filter. The demonstration is simple. But considering TikTok's past dalliances with organic marketing through absurdist humor, there's a chance that some users can elevate the Detective Pikachu Returns filter to something more than what it is.

You can watch the full Pokemon TikTok video below:

There will also be a commemorative event for Detective Pikachu Returns in Pokemon Cafe ReMix. The event will run from October 6 to October 27, 2023. You'll be able to make lots of coffee and get Detective Pikachu's hat as a reward.

Detective Pikachu Returns will be the sequel to the game version of Detective Pikachu, which originally came out in 2018 for the Nintendo 3DS. As the name suggests, the game focuses on solving various crimes in the Pokemon world with a talking Pikachu as your partner. You can also enlist the help of other Pokemon, such as Growlithe, to case out the scene.

Detective Pikachu Returns will come out on the Nintendo Switch on October 6, 2023.

The post Detective Pikachu Returns TikTok Filter Gives You His Hat appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, September 29, 2023 7:15 PM

shining force yoshitaka tamaki

The official account for Yoshitaka Tamaki announced that the artist has died on July 13, 2023, due to lung cancer. He was 55 years old at the time of death. Tamaki previously worked as an illustrator, character designer, and scenario writer for games such as Shining Force, Landstalker, and Alundra.

Because Tamaki wanted to work until the very end, he had been undergoing treatment for cancer. Though the tweet states that he passed in July 2023, the family only made the news public now. He had a private funeral that only his family members and close friends attended, and the tweet states that they hope people will never forget the works he poured his lifeblood into.

You can read the full Twitter post below:

Though the new Shining games enlist Tony Taka as the artist and character designer, Yoshitaka Tamaki was the one who helped to write Shining Force and design its characters. Shining Force follows the story of Max, who has to defeat Kane by resurrecting the Dark Dragon. It uses turn-based combat with RPG-like exploration elements in between. At the time of launch, Shining Force topped Famitsu sales charts and received positive reviews.

Yoshitaka Tamaki died at 55 as a result of lung cancer. His past works and art are still available on his Twitter account.

The post Shining Force Artist Yoshitaka Tamaki Died appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, September 29, 2023 6:45 PM

honkai star rail feast menus

HoYoVerse is collaborating with a number of restaurants worldwide to promote Honkai: Star Rail. News of this event first came out during the Version 1.4 special program that aired on September 29, 2023. You can check the official website for all the countries and restaurants that will have a collaborative menu and merchandise.

While there are some discrepancies here and there depending on the country or restaurant, they will all mostly start from October 11, 2023, and end sometime in mid-November 2023. In Japan, Wendy's will have the Honkai: Star Rail menu. You'll be able to get "designer french fries" for a limited time, as well as receive goods like an acrylic stand or a Gourmet Sailing Series Badge. The acrylic stand will use the visual of Dan Heng and March enjoying some fast food together.

There will also be themed days. If you go to the restaurants during this period, you can purchase a set item to get extra collaboration merchandise. There will also be in-game items that you can get: a Chef Pom-Pom avatar, Conductor's Treat phone wallpaper, and Pom-Pom's Fried Fowl recipe. All players will likely have access to these rewards, as the website does not say they're limited to customers who visit the stores.

Honkai: Star Rail is available on mobile devices and PC. Version 1.4 and the PS5 version of Star Rail will come out on October 11, 2023, which is when the collaboration menus will start in various restaurants. So far, there is no information on what restaurants HoYoVerse will work with in North America for Honkai: Star Rail.

The post HoYoVerse Will Collaborate With Restaurants to Promote Honkai: Star Rail appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, September 29, 2023 4:00 PM

Nijisanji Mika Melatika Hiatus

Nijisanji VTuber Mika Melatika released a statement through her social media account sharing that she will be taking a temporary hiatus through the month of October 2023. While she might stream, or sporadically appear in some collabs, the liver will not be making a stable schedule to focus on her health and other personal matters.

While Mika's streams will be sporadical and unprepared, the liver also shared that she will be communicating through her social media to keep fans updated. Mika described her possible upcoming streams as "guerrilla streams" and said that she will be playing games she's interested in, or catching up with people when possible.

You can read the official post by Mika Melatika communicating her hiatus here:

Mika Melatika is a Nijisanji VTuber that debuted in late July 2021 as part of the sixth wave of Nijisanji ID VTubers (also known as "6WD"). 6WD was also formed by Xia Ekavira and Hyona Elatiora, but the latter graduated back on August 20, 2023.

She would later become a part of the main Japanese branch of Nijisanji after Anycolor gor rid of Nijisanji Indonesia and merged them together in April 2022. Ever since, several members of Nijisanji ID have graduated, including Taka Radjiman, ZEA Cornelia, Siska Leontyne, and Amicia Michella.

The post Nijisanji's Mika Melatika Announces October Hiatus appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Friday, September 29, 2023 3:00 PM


In this line of work, there is the immense pressure to make everything you consume, everything you touch or experience or enjoy, into content. Bills need to be paid, medical emergencies need to be covered, and maybe you want to splurge on some take-out. Writing is hard work, and it rarely ever pays. It's why you'll see a thousand different "How to's" or the long list of guides trotted out day after day, because we have to make end's meet. As I'm writing this opening, I'm aware of how ironic this is. I'm writing about a game I enjoy and making content out of it. I'm writing about how Palia is the game I've grown to love in my downtime, where I'm able to live the fantasy of home ownership and find some peace of mind fishing and collecting oysters on the shores of Bahari. I'm monetizing my relaxation. But right now, it feels different. Mostly because I want to write this. I've grown to love everything Palia has afforded me, and that's peace of mind.

Palia is a MMORPG developed by Singularity 6. It is made up of a team of former Activision Blizzard and Riot developers that came together to make something out of their shared experiences in game development. No, it isn't a grandiose MMO with a plethora of zones or races or complex classes or a dense MOBA featuring a color cast of characters. Palia is simple in it's design, at least on the surface. You're not min-maxing your stats or racing to the end game to participate in a raid. You are a stranger transported to a fantasy world where home ownership is possible and community building is key. There is no competition. This is no rat race, "World Firsts," or any of that. Palia is probably the least competitive game I've ever played, and I love that.

Since the open beta for Palia began in August 2023 I've logged in at least once every day. I tend to my small plot of land, watering my crops and harvesting bushels of corn. I use that to make food that I sell to purchase ingredients like butter and spices from the local grocer, a character who happens to be a bipedal cat that has an eyepatch and runs an underground gambling ring. When I'm not farming, I head to Bahari, a secondary region in Palia that is covered in pine trees and crags of rock that yield iron, which is a valuable material for upgrading my tools. These being a hoe, watering can, pick axe, a regular axe, a fishing rod, and bug catching equipment. It's all stock and standard for a game solely focused on farming. The game is effectively Story of Seasons on a larger scale, without the fear of your crops wilting if you don't water them on time.

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This is the freedom Palia affords. You don't need to log in every day, even if I do just because I like the atmosphere, and you can play the game at your leisure. Even if you don't tend to your crops for days, they'll never wilt. They'll just be waiting for a water so they can grow and produce carrots, onions, cotton, and some other choice vegetables. There are trees too, which take much longer to grow and are unlocked as you level up your farming. Palia does have a leveling up system, but it's focused around your general skill. So the more you cook and forage, the more those skills level up. This unlocks recipes, ways to upgrade equipment (which isn't necessary to enjoy the game, but adds some nice quality of life features), and more crops to plant. It's a nice system of progression and allows you to focus on what you want to do.

I enjoy cooking. It's probably one of my favorite things to do in a game, especially a life sim, outside of fishing. Palia makes cooking into a series of mini-games. Sometimes I need to cut carrots in a specific rhythm, or maybe I need to hold down my mouse button to make compound butter to add to my luxurious looking steak dinners. These systems are more involved than any other farming sim I've played, and feels closer to the cooking minigames in Like a Dragon: Ishin than anything else. While making dishes can require multiple pieces of equipment, friends can also pop over to your house and assist in your endeavors, which rewards them with a slice of whatever it is you're whipping up. It's this collaborative element in Palia that has more or less fostered a community that is all about working together.

Mining copper and iron deposits together grants everyone the same amount of rewards, standing next to someone while they're fishing grants the both of you a bonus to finding rare fish, and to obtain the most valuable materials in the game players need to work together to chop down special trees or mine special ore. Everything about Palia is about community — from honing your skills, obtaining items to craft new furniture, to even interacting with NPCs.

Your role in the story is that of an outsider. Someone who has mysteriously come to the magical world of Palia to now live in the sleepy little community and do whatever it is you'd like to do with the plot of land you're given. You can choose to be a complete recluse or familiarize yourself with the denizens of the town, which can open up relationship paths for specific characters. Naturally, you'll need to fulfill requests and complete questlines to advance these relationships, but doing so opens up more dialogue and even allows you to purchase new items. It never feels tedious, and that's because you can do this on your own time. You have a week's worth of time to fulfill villager requests, and these are always pretty simple. Sometimes a villager wants a stone brick or a carrot. Things you can make or farm after completing the tutorial. There are the occasional requests that are a bit more complicated, but you can just wait until the week resets and fulfill a new request without it damaging your relationship with the NPC you're trying to court or build affinity with.

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Also, housing is an absolute dream. You start off with one small room, which you can sort of partition into different parts if you're clever with furniture placement. But this is by far one of the best housing systems I've ever seen in a game, mostly because of the sheer level of customization you can achieve with your furniture. Outside of being able to dye items, you can also place bottles on shelves, show off items you've labored over in the kitchen, and display rare insects and fish you've caught. You can do anything and place anything on just about any surface. Unlocking furniture does require materials if you don't purchase them at the local furniture store for gold, but there is an incentive to craft. When you create a new piece of furniture, you immediately unlock another of your choosing. It's a bit hard to describe in full, but I really enjoyed decorating my space and making it my own. I even have reservations about making it any bigger, as this cozy little room reminds me very much of my old apartment — cluttered yet somehow organized, and feeling very much like me.

What I'm trying to say is that Palia is good. Palia is one the best games I've played in awhile. It isn't "Game of the Year" material in scope or particularly ambitious, but it's fun. It's a game I've enjoyed for weeks, and almost months at this point. It lets me turn my brain off and stand next to some stranger while I try to fish up a carp and make fish tacos out of. It's a game that doesn't require commitments, it doesn't force me to log in and perform a series of daily tasks to keep me engaged, because it's engaging enough on it's own. It's everything I want out of a game, and everything and more that I've ever wanted from a farming sim. Even now as I'm glancing at the clock (it's 9:37 PM as I'm writing this) I'm thinking about logging in, watering my rows of corn and tomatoes, before I settle into bed because for the first time in a long time I feel content playing a video game.

Palia is available in open beta for PCs. It will release for the Nintendo Switch sometime in the future.

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Siliconera Friday, September 29, 2023 2:00 PM

Nier SuperGroupies merchandise

A new selection of Super Groupies merchandise is available to pre-order, this time including bags, wallets, and watches based on NieR: Automata protagonists 2B and 9S. Pre-orders are set to close on October 15, 2023 or while supplies last. Delivery is set for May 2024. Items can ship worldwide.

The collection includes two watch designs, two bags, and two wallets, each themed after either 2B or 9S. The watches cost $220 each, and while the wallets are $135 each. Because the bags are different sizes however, they also have slightly different prices. The larger 2B bag costs around $180, while the lighter 9S bag will set you back $160.

The watches feature unnumbered, analog displays with each character's full name in Japanese displayed in hexadecimal code. Their "birthday," or rather rollout date, is displayed at the bottom of the watch. 2B's bag has a backpack design with embossed sides and more hexadecimal phrases printed on the inside, while 9S's is a crossbody bag modeled after the one he wears on his back. Each of the bags and wallets have designs on the interior referencing various symbols from the NieR universe, like 9S's hacking or images from the opening to the anime adaptation.

You can get a look at the Super Groupies NieR: Automata merchandise in the gallery below:

Super Groupies previously produced items based on Persona 5 and Castlevania. As for other NieR: Automata items, Square Enix revealed plush keychains based on the companion characters Pods 042 and 153.

The NieR: Automata Super Groupies items are available to pre-order until October 15, 2023, with shipping estimated for early May, 2024. NieR: Automata is available is available on PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One, while the anime adaptation NieR: Automata Ver1.1a is available to stream via Crunchyroll.

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Siliconera Friday, September 29, 2023 1:00 PM

FFVII Ever Crisis Sephiroth Banner, Costume, and Wallpaper Appear

Now that young Sephiroth is in FFVII Ever Crisis, Square Enix also launched a banner with weapons, gear, and a wallpaper for him. Both the gear and live in-game wallpaper come from the new weapon banner live in the game now. It shows Sephiroth in the new Edged Wings Training Garb costume.

First, the Sephiroth & Lucia New Weapon Featured Draw is available until October 9, 2023. It has Sephiroth's Edged Wings and Lucia's Bald Eagle. Edged Wings has the C. Ability Aerial Frostblade. Bald Eagle has Diving Burst tied to it. While there's no gear for Lucia, Sephiroth can get the Edged Wings Training Garb. That has the R. Abilities Boost MATK and Frostblade Arcanum. 

Here's the trailer showing off that gear. In it, Sephiroth is wielding the Edged Wings sword and performs Aerial Frostblade. 

As for the new young Sephiroth FFVII Ever Crisis wallpaper, here's how the new costume looks. It shows him in a Wutai settling with his sword drawn.

Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is available for Android and iOS devices, and it is in development for the PC via Steam.

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Siliconera Friday, September 29, 2023 12:30 PM

Hatsune Miku Deco 27 'Volt Tackle' Pikachu Song Released

In September 2023, a collaboration project between The Pokemon Company International and Hatsune Miku began. 18 designs for Hatsune Miku based on the theme "what if Hatsune Miku were a Pokemon trainer?" were revealed daily on social media. Now the first Hatsune Miku song for the project called "Volt Tackle" is available on the YouTube channel of producer Deco 27. The song also appeared on the Project Voltage official social media account and website.

The song shows Hatsune Miku alongside a Pikachu as a partner Pokemon. DECO 27 is best known for creating popular Vocaloid songs like "The Vampire" and "HIBANA," as well as the "Milgram Project."

You can watch the music video for the new Deco 27 Hatsune Miku Pokemon Project Voltage song below:


18 songs by 18 different Vocaloid producers will be made for Project Voltage. Yesterday, the names of four of the participating producers were revealed. Over the next three weeks, producers Inabakumori, Mitchie M, and PinocchioP will all each release a song for the project that samples music and sound effects from the Pokemon series. The next song will be released on October 6, 2023 and will be produced by Inabakumori, who is best known for creating the song "Lagtrain."

Project Voltage will continue throughout Fall 2023.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Friday, September 29, 2023 5:55 PM
     Ea Sports Fc 24 Advanced DefendingEA Sports FC 24 is the newest edition of EA Sports' footballing franchise, after the name change from FIFA to EA Sports FC. In changing over to the new name, there are a few new additions to the game, like Evolutions in Ultimate Team. But another one is PlayStyles, a new feature that allows EA to try and define a players play style more accurately, and to great effect. Some of these help in attacking, possession, midfield, and defense. Speaking of defense, Advanced Defending is something that you can use in defense to try and gain the upper hand on your opponent, but it can take some time to get used to. Here's our guide on how to use Advanced Defending in EA Sports FC 24 How to use Advanced Defending in EA Sports FC 24 First things first, you can change over to Advanced Defending from what you usually use by going into the game's settings on the main menu and scrolling down in the gameplay section until you reach defending and changing the option – from Tactical Defending ...

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     Starfield Serpentis System StarmapStarfield has so many planets that you might never visit them all, even if you spend hundreds of hours with the game. Some of them, like Serpentis, are well worth a visit even if you leave half the galaxy unexplored. Here is our guide telling you where to find the Serpentis system in Starfield. Starfield – where to find the Serpentis system Like a lot of systems, Serpentis has hidden depths once you begin to explore beneath the surface. First, however, you need to find it. You will find the Serpentis system near the Starmap's right side, to the upper right from the Kryx system. Screenshot: PC Invasion Start by finding the Kryx system. It is located directly to the right of the Cheyenne system, which you will likely visit fairly early in the game. From Kryx, travel to Ophion, and then head to the upper right to reach Serpentis. Ideally, bring along a ship with good defenses. You may need to activate and upgrade the Astrodynamics skill, depending on the vessel yo...

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     Payday3: Where to find all Loot in Rock the CradleTo complete each heist in Payday 3 you must do the objective quiet or loud. If you do it quite, you'll get some bonuses more so than loud. Regardless, if you do more than what's asked for, the payout will have more bonuses. For the Rock The Cradle heist which has a bunch of moving parts, will have you wanting to get all the loot in the mission. Since the Rock the Cradle is a complicated mission in Payday 3, this guide should help you find all the loot. So follow along below. Where to find all the loot in Rock the Cradle for Payday 3 The map is broken up into 2 parts, most of which are a part of the main goal. So this guide will break down both sections separately. This way, it's easier to follow.  Main Level loot There are 2 floors on this level, the main one and the second level. You'll spend most of your time on the upper floor.  The first 4 pieces of loot are in Private Booth 1 and 2. Once you enter the club, there will be a staircase on the right, an...

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     Starfield The Den Approach In SpaceAlthough you spend much of your time on the surface of planets when you play Starfield, you often take to space in your ship. While there, you might encounter numerous wonders, including derelict space stations and even a floating casino. One location you should visit fairly early in your adventure is The Den. Here is our guide telling you how to find The Den in Starfield. Starfield – how to find The Den The Den is a nice waypoint where you can find a Trade Authority office and even a Ship Technician. It is within United Colonies space in a small system. To find the Den, check near the planet Cthonia in the Wolf system. Screenshot: PC Invasion The Wolf system itself is easy to find. You begin the game in the Alpha Centauri system. When you access your Starmap, the Wolf system is located a short distance to the upper right from Alpha Centauri, within easy distance. Related: Where to find the major cities and settlements in Starfield When you access the Wo...

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     Xdefiant Early Impressions ReviewIf you asked me what xDefiant was, I'd tell you to imagine what the Ubisoft cinematic universe looked like. Try to imagine what an Avengers-type film would be, but with Ubisoft franchises. It's a very strange way to describe xDefiant, as I didn't know what it was until booting it up. But this online first-person arena shooter has factions from five different Ubisoft franchises competing with and against each other. Sounds kind of silly, right? Well, after playing it for a couple hours during the short public test sessions, I can say that xDefiant looks like a promising start to a fun free-to-play experience. I'll be honest upfront and say this isn't the typical game I play. I've never really tried an arena shooter, although I do enjoy first-person shooters. In my first few matches, I really felt disoriented and confused, but it takes a bit of practice to learn what the game is all about. After starting to get the hang of it, I was having a lot more f...

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Friday, September 29, 2023 4:06 PM

Far Cry 7 is reportedly targeting a Fall 2025 launch, and is being developed by the Snowdrop engine.

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