Jan 09, 22:00

Kotaku Monday, January 9, 2023 5:55 PM

The controversial ending to Mojang Studios' Minecraft has sparked plenty of conversation over the years. A poem scrolls on-screen following after players defeat the Ender Dragon for a whopping nine minutes. Quotes from the "End Poem," as the swan song is titled, have been inked on fans skins and turned into merch. But…


Kotaku Monday, January 9, 2023 4:40 PM

Some developers on the space horror blockbuster Callisto Protocol say they were omitted from the end credits sequence despite extensive work on the game and key contributions to the finished product. The claims come amid a renewed push throughout the video game industry to fix a broken crediting system that often…


Kotaku Monday, January 9, 2023 4:35 PM

Announced last week at CES 2023, Sony and Honda's new smart car prototype seems to be taking a page from Elon Musk's Tesla, letting folks boot up PlayStation 4 and 5 games via its interior screens. But Sony may also be planning to use the car as a way to advertise shit on the outside of it while you drive around.…


Kotaku Monday, January 9, 2023 3:25 PM

A trove of Counter-Strike maps recently leaked on the internet, including a mod that was the predecessor to the survival co-op game Left 4 Dead. The mod is even fully playable, as long as you know how to set up your own server.


PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 5:39 PM
     Cyberpunk 2077 mod makes cyberware your source of armour

A new Cyberpunk 2077 mod completely overhauls the way the RPG game's armour system works. Normally, V's clothes (and modifiers) are what determine their armour - a jacket might be tougher than a T-shirt, for instance, or a higher-level pair of pants might offer more protection. Modder tduality thinks that's a bit silly, and has created a mod that shifts armour over to V's cybernetic mods.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Cyberpunk 2077 review, Cyberpunk 2077 lore & universe, Buy Cyberpunk 2077

PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 4:28 PM
     Destiny 2 Iron Banner game mode is plagued with frustrating issues

Destiny 2 Iron Banner's Fortress mode launched last week, introducing Cabal turrets into the popular multiplayer game mode. But while players generally found the event fun, it also highlighted issues with the overall Iron Banner meta and the game's grind.

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

PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 4:07 PM
     Company of Heroes 3 free multiplayer test registration is open

The Company of Heroes 3 release date is right around the corner, but you might be able to jump in and try the multiplayer component of the upcoming RTS game out early. A closed multiplayer test is scheduled to begin January 11, but you can register to join for free on Steam right now.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Company of Heroes 3 release date, Company of Heroes 3 pre-alpha impressions, Company of Heroes 3 system requirements

PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 4:09 PM
     World War Z Aftermath zombie hordes are getting even bigger

An update coming this month is making World War Z Aftermath zombie hordes even bigger than they already were. For sheer number of zombies on screen at a time, World War Z already has few competitors - only Days Gone leaps to mind as a possible competitor in undead crowd population. Nevertheless, Saber Interactive has announced that Horde Mode XL is coming to the co-op game January 24, and it'll swell the swarms' sizes to heretofore unseen sizes.

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 5:16 PM

Last month CJ reported that we might see a demo for Forspoken, Square Enix's upcoming action RPG with magic-infused parkour. A demo did indeed come out in December, but only on PS5 - and to very mixed reviews. It's a shame, because the world on show in its latest cinematic trailer looks appetisingly stylish.

The game comes out on January 24th, so we'll know for sure soon enough.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 4:01 PM

The monsters lurking within Sons Of The Forest may have been delayed, but they're still very much coming to get you. We're creeping ever closer to the hit survival sequel's February 23rd release date, but IGN have lead the foray with a hands-on preview that reveals a little more about what to expect. Expect mutants with improved AI and individual tastes, better building, and companions you can boss around.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 3:27 PM

Last week we posted a deal on the 2TB Corsair MP600 Pro LPX, a high-spec PCIe 4.0 SSD offering some of the highest speeds we've ever seen - and a seal of approval from the writer of this deals post who uses one in his test rig. Now the 1TB size is on sale too at Amazon UK, where's it dropped from an RRP of £124 to just £94.99.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 3:01 PM

Looking for a new processor to upgrade your gaming setup? The Ryzen 7 5800X3D might be just what you need! This powerful processor is currently on sale for just £348 at Amazon UK, the lowest we've seen it since October last year.

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Twinfinite Monday, January 9, 2023 7:37 PM
     Sequels are a Hard Target to hit.

Twinfinite Monday, January 9, 2023 7:00 PM
     Believe it!

Twinfinite Monday, January 9, 2023 6:43 PM
     Just be glad these doctors aren't in your network.

Twinfinite Monday, January 9, 2023 6:03 PM

Twinfinite Monday, January 9, 2023 5:08 PM
     Don't toss a coin to this Witcher.

Twinfinite Monday, January 9, 2023 4:33 PM
     Raptors got a new alpha!

Twinfinite Monday, January 9, 2023 3:52 PM
     No questions axed.

Twinfinite Monday, January 9, 2023 3:33 PM
     "Did you just HYAH me?" part 2.

Twinfinite Monday, January 9, 2023 3:31 PM
     So many adventures.

Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 9:00 PM

New Hololive Tempus Vtuber Machina X Flayon Stellar Debut Stood Out

On January 7, 2023, the number of Hololive Vtuber personalities joining the English Holostars Tempus group grew by four, with Gavis Bettel, Banzoin Hakka, Josuiji Shinri, and Machina X Flayon all joining the "guild." While all of their debuts were fairly typical affairs, one really stood out. Flayon's performance kicked off with a comprehensive and detailed animated segment, then followed up with what seemed like one of the best and most accurate teases from what to expect from the new performer.

When any Vtuber's debut stream begins, you typically see a brief segment offering a hint at what to expect from the character. For example, Josuiji Shinri's opening kicked off with a soothing story, establishing the fellow Tempus guild member as a calming presence and showcasing his voice. When it came to Hololive's Machina X Flayon, the Vtuber kicked things off with what was essentially a whirlwind. Consider it a stream of consciousness, brought to life by established artist and fellow Vtuber Kurono Gomi, heralding not only his chaotic energy, but his range. This is due to it jumping from action to drama and comedy, with Machina X Flayon providing all voice acting for the affair. It was stunningly substantial, and that alone would have been a fitting way to introduce the performer to the world.


This led into a more informative, and also hilarious, introduction to Machina x Flayon, and again the Hololive Vtuber's debut involved surprises. The new Tempus member isn't just showing off and performing as himself, but while also using a "mech" known as the R-Trus. Part of this showcase involved looking at perhaps what it is like if "we" are in the robot alongside the guild's "Customer Support" member. He showed us around "Xenokuni," with a surprise "cameo" by Banzoin Hakka. The shifts in perspective were so much fun, really helping establish the character portrayed.

I'd also say Machina X Flayon's initial schedule is a hint at his potential too. There's a level of variety there that you might not expect from a newcomer. Instead of going with some big name titles like Gavis Bettel, counting on games like Fall Guys and Phasmophobia to bring people in even if they might not be convinced about him yet, he went with the indie horror adventure Angels of Death, the Japanese minigame Kuukiyomi, the mech action game Daemon x Machina, the hilarious and notorious otome visual novel Hatoful Boyfriend, and Mega Man Zero 1. Based on the likes presented in his debut stream, it feels like Machina X Flayon is showing us who he is and playing games he enjoys and loves. Not to mention there is a karaoke stream on January 16, 2023, to further display his range.


Another thing that makes following along with Hololive Vtubers and groups like Tempus is witnessing the Interactions with other members. Even before he debuted, Machina X Flayon was playing well alongside and off of his contemporaries. He gave Gavis Bettel vocal warm-up advice, with some of it being genuinely helpful! He tormented/treated Banzoin Hakka to his mellifluous voice. He dealt with Magni Dezmond's advances.

Genuinely, every new Hololive Tempus Vtuber went out as they joined the ranks of the Holostars. Gavis Bettel followed his debut with a great surprise showing his comedic range. Banzoin Hakka released the original song "Raven's Paradigm." Leaning in to the jokes, Josuiji Shinri performed a cover of "Daddy Daddy Do!" But after seeing the range Machina X Flayon displayed, he's someone people may want to pay extra attention to as the weeks and months go by.

The post New Hololive Tempus Vtuber Machina X Flayon Stellar Debut Stood Out appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 8:00 PM

Tales of Remaster

In an official Q&A on the Tales of Symphonia remaster website, the Tales of series developers spoke briefly about the possibility of other titles in the franchise receiving a similar treatment. While they mention currently focusing their attention on Tales of Symphonia, the idea of other entries in the Tales of series receiving remasters isn't entirely out of the question. However, no specific game was mentioned in relation to this, and instead the development team will be keep an eye on reception to the Tales of Symphonia remaster.

This is the statement from the Q&A website in full:

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of the Tales of series fans around the world for their passion and desire to play older Tales of games on newer platforms. However, we are currently focusing on the release of Tales of Symphonia Remastered, but are looking forward to reception of the game, and requests for future remasters.

Announced in November 2022, the Tales of Symphonia remaster will release on modern consoles. This version will feature improved graphics along with a skip function for certain cutscenes and events. It will also come packaged with previously released DLC content.

Tales of Symphonia Remastered will release on February 17, 2023 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

The post Tales of Series Developers Could Remaster Other Games in Franchise appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 7:00 PM

Tales of Symphonia Remaster

The developers of the Tales of series revealed why Tales of Symphonia remaster appeared. Provided through an official Q&A on the Japanese website, the answer is relatively simple. Due to Tales of Symphonia being the first "worldwide" release in the Tales of series, the choice came naturally. Additionally, the answer reveals that demand for a Tales of Symphonia remaster was high, which ultimately led to the decision.

You can read the answer below:

The Tales of Symphonia remaster will be the second remaster we've worked on after Tales of Vesperia. Symphonia was the first worldwide release in the series, and many fans abroad and in Japan have said "I want to play this game on the latest platforms!" Which led to the planning of this particular remaster.

The remaster will feature upgraded visuals, and the inclusion of paid DLC content, which will be available entirely for free. This includes the PlayStation 3 specific DLC costumes. The developer Q&A also states that no content has been removed from the game. Previously, Bandai Namco released a story trailer for the remaster. It goes over key events in Tales of Symphonia, and also features several animated cutscenes.

Tales of Symphonia Remastered will release for PlayStatio 4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One on February 17, 2023.

The post Tales of Series Developers Reveal Why Symphonia Got a Remaster appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 6:00 PM

Goblin Slayer Another Adventurer: Nightmare Feast

Bushiroad announced Goblin Slayer Another Adventurer: Nightmare Feast, a video game based on the popular Goblin Slayer franchise. It will new and original story set in the world of light novel, manga, and anime. The game is being developed for the Nintendo Switch and PC. The release date and genre of the game are still unknown. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

Bushiroad wrapped up its "New Year Grand Presentation 2023" with several new titles announced, all produced by their recently created publishing brand Bushiroad Games. The new Goblin Slayer game is one of these titles. No further detail were given other than the title card and the platforms on which it will release. Goblin Slayer Another Adventurer: Nightmare Feast, is the first Goblin Slayer console game in the franchise.


Goblin Slayer is a popular series of light novels created by Kumo Kagyu and illustrated by Noboru Kannatsuki. The plot revolves around a mysterious and efficient adventurer whose only interest lies in annihilating goblins; the most basic monsters in the world, and commonly considered pushovers by beginner adventurers. The first season of the Goblin Slayer anime aired in 2018. A trailer for the upcoming second season recently released. You can watch it here:


The second season of the Goblin Slayer anime comes out in 2023. Goblin Slayer Another Adventurer: Nightmare Feast is being developed for Nintendo Switch and PC. More details will come out soon.

The post Goblin Slayer Game Being Developed for Switch and PC appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 5:00 PM

Macross Shooting Insight

At its "New Year Grand Presentation 2023," Bushiroad announced a new Macross game, published by the recently established brand Bushiroad Games. The title of this new game is Macross Shooting Insight, and it will come out on the Switch, PlayStation 4, and PC. There is no exact release date, but the game will come out sometime during 2023 in Japan.

There are still very few details on this new Macross game, but the genre of the game is described as a "novel shoot 'em up" on the official website. The developers of the game are Kaminari Games. Its parent company MOSS is responsible for the creation of games such as Raiden V: Director's Cut and Caladrius Blaze. Kaminari Games were responsible for the Nintendo Switch ports of these two titles in 2019.


This is just the latest on a series of news for Macross fans, as 2022 saw the announcement of four classic Macross anime series releasing on Blu-Ray. A deal between Bigwest, Studio Nue, and Harmony Gold USA allows a new English print of Macross II: Lovers Again and Macross Plus, while Macross Frontier and Macross Delta would make the jump from Japan for the first time ever. These series will appear sometime in 2023.

Macross anime series are available on various platforms. Macross Shooting Insight releases in 2023 for Switch, PS4, and PC. There is no confirmation yet of an overseas release.

The post Macross Shooting Insight is a New Macross Shoot 'Em Up appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 4:00 PM

FFXIV Songbird Attire Valentione

With Final Fantasy XIV Patch 6.3 upon us, Square Enix has released the gender lock on several items. This includes the FFXIV Valentione and Songbird attire. However, while the outfits are available to obtain on the online store, there is another way players can get these outfits entirely for free. However, there are some stipulations.

Like with any FFXIV seasonal attire, the Valentione and Songbird outfits can be purchased in-game if players have completed that year's seasonal quest. This potentially circumvents players from having to re-purchase the outfits from real money through the FFXIV Online Store. To check if you can get both outfit variants entirely for free, you only need to do the following:

  • Head to any of the three starting cities, these being Limsa Lominsa, Ul'dah, and Gridania.
  • From there, make your way to the "Recompense Officer" in either city. You can find the location of each officer below.
    • Limsa Lominsa - X:11.3, Y:14.2
    • Ul'dah - X:12.5, Y:13.2
    • Gridania
  • Select the appropriate options, which in this case is either the Valentione's Day or Little Ladies' Day items. If you have unlocked the outfits through previous event participation, both sets will appear as purchasable.

FFXIV Songbird Attire Valentione

This also goes for any previous seasonal event rewards, with the exception of housing items, food items, and mounts. So if you've accidentally thrown any of these items away, or want to purchase the other variant once gender locks are removed, you can do so. However, please keep in mind that this is character specific. If you have not cleared the event on the character you're looking to get the items on, you'll have to get them through the online store.

Final Fantasy XIV is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC.

The post How to Obtain Valentione and Songbird Attire in FFXIV appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, January 9, 2023 5:17 PM
     Deliver Us Mars Trailer Climbing Rock WallDeveloper KeokeN Interactive's upcoming sci-fi game Deliver Us Mars will soon see a release on February 2. To prepare players for that date, the developer put together a mostly cinematic trailer that gives a small taste of the grand locations and narrative featured in Deliver Us Mars. Dubbed the "Countdown to Launch Trailer," it condenses all of this imagery and drama into less than one minute, complete with a few small snippets of gameplay. For those who don't know, Deliver Us Mars serves as a sequel to 2019's Deliver Us The Moon, taking place 10 years after that game's events. Players assume the role of Kathy Johanson, an astronaut sent on a mission to recover the ARK vessels on Mars. These colony ships house technologies powerful enough to reverse the effects of climate change, an especially urgent goal considering the Earth's rapid atmospheric deterioration. As she embarks on this mission, however, Kathy has to consider "the pos...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, January 9, 2023 4:30 PM
     Featured How To Refund Fortnite SkinsWith regular updates and a ton of new skin packages in the game like the exciting Dragon Ball crossover, you can be anything and build everything to your heart's content in Fortnite. However, just like with any other purchases you make in real life, you may eventually realize that an item you purchased isn't exactly what you hoped for it to be. Other times, you may just have accidentally bought the wrong one. Either way, Epic Games has an easy and quick solution for this. Here's how to refund Fortnite skins. How do I refund my skins in Fortnite? Image via Epic Games After buying a skin, you are given a 30-day allowance to decide whether you want to return it or keep it for good. If you are still within those 30 days and decide to return it, you can do so by following these steps: Open Fortnite. From the lobby, click on the main menu in the top left corner. Click on Settings which shows as a gear icon. Select 'Support & Refunds.' Click on 'R...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, January 9, 2023 3:30 PM
     Dunkey Publisher Game Animal Well PeacockIn September, the immensely popular YouTube personality videogamedunkey revealed his new publishing label: Bigmode Games. Considering Dunkey built his YouTube career primarily on comedic gaming videos, this move came as quite a surprise. Fans eagerly waited for the reveal of his publisher's first big game, which he finally provided yesterday in his "Dunkey's Best of 2022" video. As it turns out, Dunkey has chosen to publish Animal Well, an atmospheric Metroidvania with 2D pixel art and a heavy focus on puzzle solving. Developer Shared Memory actually unveiled this game in February 2022, but Dunkey's publisher label should give it quite a bit of extra attention. In Animal Well, players control a tiny round blob thing as they roam around an expansive labyrinth basked in darkness. Within this labyrinth lies numerous animals and creatures both big and small. While many of these creatures add a sense of beauty and wonder to the world, they can often pose a ser...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, January 9, 2023 3:00 PM
     Obs Studio 29 UpdateOBS Studio has just received its latest official update. Version 29.0 brings plenty of new features to OBS Studio, with one in particular that could make a massive difference for some users. The update has been in beta testing for a little while, but this stable version is now available to all users. The biggest inclusion with OBS Studio 29.0 is support for AV1 encoding with AMD and Intel GPUs. Nvidia GPUs already received this upgrade with OBS Studio 28.1, but now all three GPU brands are supported. For those who don't know, AV1 encoding is much more efficient than other encoding methods. It allows for high-quality videos that are almost indistinguishable from other encoders while keeping file sizes small. The most exciting application for AV1 would be for live streaming as it allows for higher-quality video. The problem is that services like Twitch and YouTube don't support AV1 just yet. So, for now, we're stuck with the H.264 encoder. There's another aspect o...

Gamer Empire Monday, January 9, 2023 8:58 PM
     When it comes to building a house in Minecraft, the interior is always a pain to deal with. Not only you have limited space, but […]

Gamer Empire Monday, January 9, 2023 8:22 PM
     The farm is one of the greatest food sources in Minecraft. You don't have to go out and hunt for food. Instead, you can have […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, January 9, 2023 5:00 PM
     All of the current Roblox Doodle World codes are available in our collection. You can get gems, tickets, badges, and other things by entering these codes. For the platform, Gang O' Fries Entertainment created Booga Booga, a sandbox survival game. By building a shelter, gathering resources, preparing food, and battling adversaries in this game, you'll […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, January 9, 2023 4:00 PM
     All of the presently accessible Roblox Starving Artists codes are compiled here. You can get stuff like free art coins and more by inputting these codes. In Roblox Starving Artists, you'll have to make some amazing new artwork for yourself and sell it to other players for Robux. Create a one-of-a-kind work of art for […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, January 9, 2023 3:00 PM
     Dom takes things a little too far. Dom Beasley is an ultra-competitive individual and a sucker for all things high-risk. After Franklin saves him from being stuck in a tree, he brings Franklin along for a free skydiving session at Mount Chiliad. Since then, the pair has gone on other skydiving sessions around Los Santos, […]

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, January 9, 2023 4:38 PM

Via cutscenes, and voice lines

The post Forspoken Gets New Cinematic Trailer appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, January 9, 2023 3:46 PM

Via cut scenes and voice lines.

The post Deliver Us Mars Gets New Story Trailer appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Jan 09, 14:00

Kotaku Monday, January 9, 2023 1:05 PM

It's almost two months since Pokémon Scarlet and Violet released, meaning there's a fairly good chance that by now, you've finished everything it has to offer. So what next? How do you fill that hole? Don't worry, it's OK, we've got you. Here are six games that should scratch that same itch.


Kotaku Monday, January 9, 2023 12:55 PM


Kotaku Monday, January 9, 2023 12:00 PM

In Final Fantasy XV, you push boyband-haired protagonist Noctis through the city of Altissia just to get a glimpse of a Vivienne Westwood bridal couture dress, which heroine Lady Lunafreya is meant to get married in. As rain falls, Noctis, Prompto, and Ignis stare at the Westwood store window with their hands on the…


Kotaku Monday, January 9, 2023 11:55 AM

To ring in the new year, Overwatch 2 kicked off a limited-time event themed around Greek mythology. No, you won't see Apollo or Kratos roaming Ilios, but if you shell out $20, you can transform the spidery sniper Widowmaker into the goddess of beauty and stone, Medusa, replete with a white tunic and snake headpiece.…


Kotaku Monday, January 9, 2023 11:45 AM

If you're into Rick and Morty-style humor and enjoy a good first-person shooter with some unique guns, High on Life is a damn good time. While High on Life is a fairly easy game to fire up and jump into—made even easier by the fact that it's on Game Pass right now—there are a few things to keep in mind while romping…


PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 1:42 PM
     World War Z Aftermath zombie hordes are getting even bigger

An update coming this month is making World War Z Aftermath zombie hordes even bigger than they already were. For sheer number of zombies on screen at a time, World War Z already has few competitors - only Days Gone leaps to mind as a possible competitor in undead crowd population. Nevertheless, Saber Interactive has announced that Horde Mode XL is coming to the co-op game January 24, and it'll swell the swarms' sizes to heretofore unseen sizes.

PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 12:21 PM
     Best MW2 Basilisk loadout for Season 1 Reloaded

Adding the best MW2 Basilisk loadout into your multiplayer repertoire can put your highlight plays over the top. Doubling up your firepower with the akimbo attachments means that you'll be taking down your opponents as fast as you're able to pull the trigger, and considering just how fast the TTK is in multiplayer, having what amounts to a shotgun in each hand transforms you into a rolling killing machine, especially on smaller maps like Shipment.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Modern Warfare 2 guns, Best loadouts in Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 2 maps

PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 12:29 PM
     The best games like Sims 4

Looking for games like Sims? If you're fed up with setting your Sims on fire, watching them struggle to control their own bladder, or seeing them wash their dinner plate in the bathroom sink, then these games are very similar to The Sims, but offer a nice alternative to EA's Truman Show simulator.

You may be able to download The Sims 4 for free these days, but sometimes it's fun to try something different. From farming, building, and property management, these are the best games like The Sims on PC to tide you over until the Sims 5 release date or a Project Rene beta rolls around.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 12:03 PM
     FIFA 23 TOTY release date, nominees, and how to vote

FIFA 23 TOTY - Team of the Year, for the uninitiated - is already on the horizon for this, most bizarre of seasons. The World Cup content is now a distant memory on Ultimate Team, and in its place will soon stand a handful of massively overpowered TOTY cards that will cost you a ton of coins to get in your squad if you're not lucky enough to pack one.

FIFA 23 TOTY players are generally the best of the best, and the super rare, overpowered offerings will stay relevant until the very end of the PC game's cycle, so while adding one to your squad may be difficult, it is worth the effort.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: FIFA 23 career mode guide, FIFA 23 ratings, FIFA 23 Icons

PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 11:50 AM
     Huge Genshin Impact leak reveals several upcoming Fontaine characters

A recent Genshin Impact leak has given us a look at the unreleased Fontaine character designs well before their planned releases. The Genshin Impact version 3.4 release date is set for January 18, so we're barely even halfway through the Sumeru update. These leaks show images of characters that'll presumably be released in the anime game's version 4.0 update or later.

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

PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 12:39 PM
     The best PC games 2023

What are the best PC games available today? From triple-A world-beaters like GTA V to enchanting indie releases such as Rocket League, these classics are the biggest games across Steam, Epic Games Store and more.

Finding the top PC games is no easy task. There are, you may have noticed, quite a lot of them. From the 50,000 plus Steam games to… all those other platforms you love so much, there has never been more choice available to the discerning PC gamer.

Continue reading The best PC games 2023
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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 11:43 AM
     Red Dead Redemption 2 hits new Steam record, but Rockstar's moved on

Red Dead Redemption 2 has more Steam players than ever, as Arthur Morgan, John Marston, and Red Dead Online fans flock to the western sandbox game in droves. But with the GTA 6 release date on the horizon, substantive RDR2 content updates from Rockstar remain a thing of the past, with only cosmetics, seasonal events, a few additional telegram missions, and Red Dead Redemption 2 mods left to keep us going.

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

PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 11:40 AM
     Best Warzone 2 loadout drops for Season 1 Reloaded

The best Warzone 2 loadout drops have been officially confirmed, giving players access to their custom setups built in Modern Warfare 2. When the devs first revealed Warzone 2 back in September, players weren't able to acquire entire loadouts from 'The Shop', Warzone's new buy stations. Instead, the shop featured the option to purchase custom weapons for a flat fee, but this decision has been reverted and loadout drops are back once more.

Warzone 2 loadout drops contain both primary and secondary weapons, tactical and lethal equipment, as well as a Warzone 2 perks package. Using Modern Warfare 2's create-a-class system, you can utilise your favourite loadouts on Al Mazrah. Once you call in a loadout drop in the free PC game, you need to keep an eye out for any flankers who may be on the lookout to take your hard-earned reward.

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

PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 11:35 AM
     Forspoken trailer is all about facing your fears

There's a new Forspoken trailer out now that helps set the scene for Square Enix's upcoming RPG game about a young woman from New York who's transported to a dark fantasy world and imbued with powerful magic abilities. With the Forspoken release date coming later this month, this new cinematic trailer frames the adventure as Frey learning to face the fears she deals with every day in her normal life.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Forspoken release date, Toughest Forspoken dungeons

PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 11:31 AM
     The best management games on PC 2023

The best management games are all about being the one in charge, and we all think we'd do better in charge. Whether it's yelling at the England manager, cursing those clowns in Congress for doing it again, or laughing at Bryce Dallas Howard for running away from dinosaurs in high heels, we all want our shot at being in the hot seat, and the best management games let us do just that.

This explains why the genre remains one of the most enduring and popular in PC gaming. It helps that managing balance sheets, planning cities, and bossing staff around is so easily translated to the keyboard and mouse. From the early days of city-building games like SimCity to refining tactics in Championship Manager, through to the more recent classics we've got below, the humble management sim accounts for some of the best PC games of all time - not to mention the most addictive, so here's our pick of the best management games right now.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 11:27 AM
     The best fantasy games on PC 2023

So you want to know about the best fantasy games? There's nothing quite like escaping into another world, immersing yourself in its history and people, and getting to grips with your new virtual life. Fantasy games are especially good at offering these sorts of experiences, but the genre is so packed with great adventures that it can be hard to pinpoint where exactly to place your attention.

Luckily for you, we've put together this list of the best fantasy games on PC. As always, we want to highlight a varied selection of titles, from mammoth RPGs to 2D action-platformers. Please don't be alarmed if we've missed your favourite fantasy game – there's every chance that it could be added at a later time.

So, whether you're looking to slay some dragons in a sprawling open world or try something a little stranger, we've got you covered with our list of the best fantasy games on PC. All you need is a sense of adventure and the patience for copious amounts of lore. Let's go!

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 11:12 AM
     The best Minecraft mods 2023

Each game of Minecraft might be different, but the best Minecraft mods go one step further in providing a different experience to this now 12-year-old game. Whether you love its creative building, terrifying survival, or speedrunning its story, there's sure to be a mod for you. From interface changes to tools to aid your hours of exploration, you have the option to make Mojang's classic even better on PC.

The following list compiles some of the best Minecraft mods out there right now. All are divided into sections, depending on what you want to do with the sandbox game – from simple changes to deep, intricate Minecraft mods you can get lost in for months. If you like a browse Curseforge has a whole section dedicated to the best Minecraft mods and add-ons - as well as equivalents for many other massive PC games.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 11:11 AM
     The best god games on PC

What are the best god games on PC? Whether you're a beneficent deity, carefully managing a virtual world so that everyone can live in comfort and harmony, or an agent of chaos who has gone mad with power ever since deleting the pool ladder in The Sims 2, god games are a great way to flex your management games muscles on a cosmic scale.

The traditional god game typically charges you with supervising some hapless humans, who you can't directly control, but will benefit from your benevolent oversight. You might even be able to level up your godly powers as your people worship you - let's face it, gods are total narcissists. You're going to want to pray for some cash as none of these games are featured on our best free PC games list. There's nothing quite like exerting total and complete control over helpless little creatures, so without further ado, here are the best god games on PC.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 11:00 AM
     Minecraft Java and Bedrock – what you need to know

Minecraft Java and Bedrock edition launched on PC in 2022, bringing the two main versions of the game to a mutual launcher. But even with the two games living happily as one, it can be a bit confusing as to what the differences are - perhaps more so, in fact. If they're together now, why do we even need two versions?

One of the most popular PC games of all time, Minecraft has come in a number of forms: Xbox edition, Nintendo Switch edition, Pocket edition, Legacy console edition, Java, Bedrock... it's hard to keep up. Essentially, it comes down to console versions being merged over the years, and complications with Windows 1o.

First of all, Minecraft Java is the official name for the original version of the popular crafting game created by Mojang in 2009. It's the version you buy via the Mojang website, although it's also available via PC Game Pass now. Either way, it only runs on PC. Minecraft Bedrock is a new version of the game created by Microsoft in 2017 that simultaneously replaced and unified the console, mobile (formerly known as the Pocket Edition), and Windows 10 store versions of the game.

That means Bedrock is available across multiple platforms, and as PC players we're spoilt for choice as we can choose to play either one of them. Thanks to the recently released Minecraft launcher, we can also manage both installs in one easy place. There are more differences than just what platforms the respective Minecraft versions run on, however, so let's dig into this a little more.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 12:19 PM
     Free MMOs: RPGs and other massively multiplayer greats

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

Even if your bank account is best friends with the number zero, our list of the best free MMOs currently available on PC promises endless hours of gameplay at absolutely no cost. So without further ado, let's take a look at some of the best free PC games that are available to play without breaking the bank.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 10:47 AM
     The best sports games on PC 2023

Are you looking for the best sports games on PC? For the longest time, publishers were reluctant to bring their best-selling sports games to PC. Besides EA's annual FIFA release and Sports Interactive's Football Manager series, the sports genre on PC has been pretty sparse up until recently. Nowadays, no matter what sport you're into, you should find something to scratch that competitive itch.

Compared to their console counterparts, the sports games featured on this list usually have smaller player bases, but that doesn't make them inferior. The PC versions of some of these games have a lot to offer, including support for high refresh rates and resolutions beyond 4K. Ever wanted a view of the entire pitch in a football game? That's entirely possible on PC.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 10:50 AM
     The best Mac VPN 2023

Which is the best Mac VPN for you to use in 2022? Why, what a good question that is. If you're a Mac user you're going to want to make sure that your virtual private network of choice will be optimised for your preferred platform - you don't want to get something all set up, only to discover that it runs really slowly on macOS.

That's why we've picked out our choice for the best Mac VPN, along with several other top contenders (because, hey, though we have our favourites, that doesn't mean that there isn't a number of viable VPN options out there for Mac users). Our personal choice is ExpressVPN, and we've got an overview of the service below.

The best Mac VPN won't necessarily be the same for everybody. We all have different needs and different providers each fulfil different requirements. To make things as easy to understand as possible, we've highlighted the best features of each service (e.g. which is the fastest VPN, which is the best free VPN) and included a little table to get the details of each service at a glance.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 10:36 AM
     Skyrim mod turns every NPC into the Dragonborn, and it's chaos

For me, it's the dumber the Skyrim mod, the better. That's not to say silly changes can't completely overhaul the Bethesda RPG game and make it feel fresh - I love seeing what the community does to not only breathe new life into Tamriel, but also make Skyrim the dumbest game alive Luckily both of these boxes get ticked with this new mod, as it makes every single NPC in the game the Dragonborn.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 10:22 AM
     Street Fighter 6 release date, leaks, and more

Want to learn more about the Street Fighter 6 release date? The next evolution of the Street Fighter series is almost here, focusing heavily on single-player elements to ensure there's plenty of content for every level of fighter. Street Fighter 5 was heavily criticised at launch for its lack of playable content outside of versus mode and while this satisfied most high-level players, casual players found there was very little to keep them entertained.

Capcom has taken its time developing Street Fighter 6 to ensure they don't repeat the same mistakes again. It features a brand new single-player story mode which gives players a chance to explore Metro City as a custom fighter. Street Fighter 6 is shaping up to become one of the best fighting games and potentially one of the best PC games overall. The Street Fighter 6 release date has been officially confirmed for Q2 2022.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 10:14 AM
     Sons of the Forest has Fallout style AI companions, including a mutant

Sons of the Forest, the upcoming horror game sequel heading for Steam, is confirmed to have AI companions who will assist with your various survival demands, similar to Bethesda's Fallout, with a three-legged mutant and a soldier with a terrible head wound already confirmed as your pals as we look ahead to the Sons of the Forest release date.

PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 10:10 AM
     League of Legends skins are finally in the works for Kalista, Kled

If you're looking for new League of Legends skins for the MOBA's somewhat neglected champions Aurelion Sol, Ivern, Kalista, and Kled, then Riot has heard you. Each champion will be receiving a new look this year, with Kalista and Kled's already out on display.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 10:05 AM
     League of Legends ranked changes halve season, adjust skin rewards

The League of Legends ranked system is getting quite the overhaul coming into the MOBA's 2023 season, as the competitive grind is being cut in half by the new 'ranked reset,' and its end of split rewards are being changed up, too.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 11:07 AM
     The best platform games on PC 2023

Looking for a list of the best platform games on PC? Back in the '90s and early '00s, there were countless platformers for console gamers, while the PC had a reputation as a sort of wasteland for this one particular genre. Thankfully, this stigma has lessened since the days of Commander Keen, and we owe that in large part to the explosion of indies that have flooded onto digital platforms over the past decade, meaning our fair platform is now bursting at the seams with solid platform games.

The best platform games have garnered a reputation as requiring mechanical mastery and sublime timing to get into, but developers continue to push the genre forward by introducing gameplay elements from puzzle games and metroidvanias. Platforming can also be a staple mechanic in some of the best story games, as demonstrated in releases like Celeste and Ori and the Blind Forest. Here are the best platform games you can play on your PC right now, which can also extend to the best indie games around.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 10:00 AM
     New League of Legends champions bring the monster in 2023

League of Legends champions have come under fire for being too 'pretty' for a while now, but coming into the MOBA's 2023 season Riot has confirmed that one of its upcoming characters is, in fact, the monster we have all been waiting for.

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PCGamesN Monday, January 9, 2023 9:58 AM
     What is the current and next Genshin Impact banner?

Genshin Impact banners rotate every few weeks on a precise schedule, and we always know what to expect thanks to regular updates from Hoyoverse. The developer of the anime game always keeps its fans in the loop with regular Twitter posts and livestreams, so you can plan where you want to spend your hard-earned Primogems.

With a two to three-week turnaround for banners, the roster of Genshin Impact characters is always changing, and the free PC game regularly introduces two new characters to wish for. Every limited-time character banner - or Event Wish - contains a five-star character, and three four-star characters with increased drop rates. There's also a Weapon banner - Epitome Invocation - which runs alongside each character banner and changes weapons every update.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 12:32 PM

If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a big surprise. Spoilers: the surprise is an ambush from Combine soldiers and antlions, sent to welcome you after your helicopter crashes in Half-Life 2 mod Evacuation. There are zombies, too. Maybe today was not the best day to go down to the woods.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 12:07 PM

Platforming adventure Animal Well has been picked up by Bigmode, the indie publishing company set up last year by YouTuber Videogamedunkey. The Metroidvania is being developed by Shared Memories, another name for solo dev Billy Basso. Basso is crafting a multi-layered puzzle horror platformer that he hopes will keep people playing the game for years, and collaborating to solve its mysteries. You can see a bit more of what to expect from Animal Well in the preview video below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 12:00 PM

Tiny Echo by Shelter developers Might and Delight is a real hidden gem. It's very in line with what the studio is known for - creating beautiful handcrafted worlds complete with stories about nature - but with Tiny Echo, instead of making an animal game featuring a group of cute critters trying to survive the brutal wilderness (and that most likely made you cry), the Stockholm team went completely left-field and created a bite-sized ethereal puzzler that deals with ghosts and spirits.

Playing as a one-eyed sprite named Emi, your job is to deliver post to different creatures and spirits that hide within the nooks and crannies of a lush forest. As you join Emi on her rounds, you get to meet the various members of the community as they go about their lives and daily routines in a peaceful, unearthly realm. It's a point-and-click puzzle adventure but in the breeziest of terms. The focus isn't really on brain teasers but exploring this strange world and getting to know its spirit folk.

My main reason for hyping up Tiny Echo is that the vibes are immaculate. It's gorgeous but also eerie, and I'd almost call it spooky, but not in a horror kinda way. With no spoken dialogue or words, Tiny Echo's world is strange and dreamlike, the crisp sound design and Twin Peaks-esque soundtrack adding a slightly surreal and ethereal feel to everything. There's also a lot of emphasis on smoke and shadows, which make the entire world seem like it's about to dissipate with one gust of wind.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 11:26 AM

There's only a few weeks until EA Motive's reimagining of the original Dead Space stalks onto PC, but anyone pre-ordering the game on Steam will also nab a copy of Dead Space 2. This seems to be exclusive to Valve's storefront, as the Epic Games Store isn't listing the offer on their pre-order page for the Dead Space remake. Oh, and even though Dead Space 2's been available for more than a decade you'll have to wait until the Dead Space remake goes live to play your complimentary copy.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 11:22 AM

Amidst the fanciful flying cars and smart dog collars of CES 2023, Sony used their time at the Las Vegas technology show to announce Project Leonardo: a highly adaptive PS5 controller kit designed, much like the Xbox Adaptive Controller, to make it easier for people with disabilities to play games. Unlike the standard PS5 DualSense controller, however, Project Leonardo won't be compatible with the PC when it eventually launches.

In a response to tech site Digital Trends, Sony Interactive Entertainment confirmed that the kit – which allows for extensive customisation of button layouts and joystick positioning – will be built exclusivly for the PS5, with no native support for the PC or older consoles like the PS4.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 11:07 AM

Last week I talked about how I spent my week off at Christmas playing PowerWash Simulator like it was my job. When I wrote that, I was about two thirds of the way through the story in Career mode, which turns out to be just before PowerWash Simulator goes as bananas as everyone's home baking in the summer of 2020. I can't believe I need to say this but: this article contains spoilers for the PowerWash Sim story.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 11:03 AM

A team of researchers at Microsoft have published a paper on VALL-E, their new AI that can generate realistic impersonations of human speech based on just 3-second samples. It's a concerning development for voice actors, as well as anyone who could be duped into thinking they're on the phone with a relative who desperately needs their card details. I'm usually struck by the impressiveness of new AI tricks before I think about their negative implications, but I found this unsettling from the off.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 9:52 AM

The game I play most frequently is free-to-play auto-battler Super Auto Pets. A round or two at my PC at lunch, a couple battles on my phone on the sofa after work, maybe a bash on the bus if I've nothing interesting to read. Lovely game. Now it's all fresh and confusing again with the launch of its latest paid expansion today, adding a whole new lineup of pets to recruit. This here Golden Pack is another pleasant escalation of complexity across the game's life, a pack for professional petpeople.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 9:48 AM

We've known for a few years that Gearbox's sci-fi shooter Borderlands is being adapted for the silver screen, but shooting on the movie is now almost finished. Director Eli Roth, known for grisly stuff such as Cabin Fever, has jumped off the project ahead of schedule though. Deadline report that Roth has handed Borderlands over to his friend Tim Miller, the director of Deadpool. Miller will oversee a few weeks of reshoots for Borderlands while Roth begins work on a horror movie called Thanksgiving.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 8:28 AM

A big batch of maps for Counter-Strike: Source has been leaked, and among it is what's believed to be an early prototype of what would one day become Left 4 Dead. Mod developer WolfCl0ck has made some adjustments to the map, called Zombie_City, and uploaded it online for people to play. WolfCl0ck claims this map is related to the prototype of Left 4 Dead, back when Turtle Rock was calling the project Terror Strike. You can watch the Zombie City mod in action below.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 7:08 AM

Every weekend, indie devs show off current work on Twitter's #screenshotsaturday tag. And every Monday, I bring you a selection of these snaps and clips. This week, my eye has been caught by chill frogs, moody forests, a surfing FPS, intense 2D ultraviolence, a surreal stealth game, and plenty more. Come see!

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, January 9, 2023 7:06 AM

The founder of speedrunning institution Games Done Quick is heading off to find new horizons following more than a decade of helping organise epic runs for charity. GDQ announced that Mike Uyama will leave the organisation when Awesome Games Done Quick 2023, which began on January 8th, concludes. Uyama's replacement as owner and managing director of GDQ is Matt Merkle, the organisation's current director of operations.

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Twinfinite Monday, January 9, 2023 12:46 PM
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     There's a big reason this Sci Fi epic is worth your time.

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     Conquer all who stand in front of you with the Araxys skin line.

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     Art imitating life.

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     There might be more fans of aliens than cowboys.

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     60 players are throwing hands in this battle royale.

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Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 1:30 PM

There's an even better look available for not only the new Genshin Impact Ayaka skin, but the Lisa costume as well. HoYoVerse shared a trailer of both characters wearing their new outfits. Each one shows them in action. People can see them walking in their new attire, sitting down, and engaging in their idle animations. The new skins both will show up in the 3.6 update.

First, here's the Outfit Teaser: Teyvat Style – Flowers Between Pages trailer. It begins by showing the new Lisa skin in Genshin Impact. After that, the focus shifts to Ayaka.

The developer also shared focused articles with gifs looking at the specific costumes and detailing prices. Lisa's A Sobriquet Under Shade is the Sumeru-inspired outfit she wore when studying at Akademiya. It will be free to earn when the 3.4 event "Second Blooming" is running. If someone misses that, they could pay 1,680 Genesis Crystals to buy it. (Note that 1,980 Genesis Crystals is $29.99.)
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The new Ayaka skin update showed how her Fontaine-inspired costume will look in Genshin Impact in the same way. As Springbloom Missive is an outfit for a five-star character, it will appear directly in the shop. It will cost 1,350 Genesis Crystals until February 27, 2023. After that, the price goes up to 1,680 Genesis Crystals.
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Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices. The 3.6 update will appear on January 18, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 1:00 PM

6.3 Honkai Impact 3rd Outfits for Carole and Griseo Shown

Whenever a new Honkai Impact 3rd update arrives, that also means new outfits, and Carole and Griseo are getting new costumes in 6.3. To prepare for that, HoYoVerse showed the official art for both looks. Each one appeared in new Honkai Impact 3rd wallpapers.

First, here's how Carole's Sweet 'n' Spicy battlesuit outfit Freestyle Special will look in the first set of Honkai Impact 3rd wallpapers. People can get this costume for taking part in the Bustling Holiday Symphony event. That's the one that involves picking a side and taking on areas and tasks.
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Next, this is the Griseo Starry Impression outfit Maroon Riding Hood people can acquire in Honkai Impact 3rd. Unlike Freestyle Special, you can't earn it. You need to use crystals at Homu's Treasury to get it.
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As a reminder, we also already know the new battlesuit debuting in 6.3. It will be the Herrscher of Truth for Bronya. This is an S-rank suit for her. It is also her second Herrscher one, as she also has the Herrscher of Reason battlesuit that appeared in a past update.

Honkai Impact 3rd is available for the PC and mobile devices. The 6.3 update will appear on January 12, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 12:30 PM

Gundam Aerial

With the next season of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury coming in April 2023, Bandai is getting ready to sell some model kits. A new trailer showed off a kit based on the Gundam Aerial Rebuild, the upgraded version of Witch from Mercury's main mobile suit. Aerial Rebuild was first seen in the 12th episode finale season 1. It spent some time in the shop to repair damage sustained in episode 10 [Thanks, Dengeki!].

Check out the preview trailer for the HG Gundam Aerial Rebuild kit. "HG" stands for "High Grade," the most common and popular grade of complexity used for Bandai's model kit lineup.


The trailer recalls the closing battle of episode 12, where Suletta in Aerial fought against two other mobile suits: Lfrith Ur and Lfrith Thorn. Though the preview only shows CG, some of the highlights from the Gundam Aerial Rebuild design can already be seen. Compared to the basic design of Aerial from the show, the upgraded model mounts a pair of powerful wing-like boosters on the shoulders, which also feature more prominent pauldrons colored in blue. The yellow parts from the original design are gone, and overall the suit has a bulkier, more armored look. Additional V-fins on the head also give Aerial's "face" a more aggressive appearance.

Gundam Aerial Rebuild also retains the same abilities the original designs had. Its Bit Staves can operate independently, firing beams or coming together to form the Escutcheon shield. Its improved Beam Rifle can also be combined with the Bit Staves into a GUND-Bit Cannon, allowing Aerial to discharge massive firepower. These abilities are used in conjunction with Suletta herself, who has a unique relationship with Aerial and its systems. In the prologue short story, it is revealed that Aerial is intelligent, and that it and Suletta can communicate somehow. They consider each other family, and both call Suletta's mother (and Aerial's creator) Prospera Mercury "Mom".

The Gundam Aerial Rebuild model kit goes on sale in March 2023. Other kits based on mobile suits from Season 1 are available at various retailers.

The post Bandai Previews HG Gundam Aerial Rebuild Model Kit appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 12:00 PM

Stardew Valley 1.5 Mobile Bugs Being Addressed in New Patches

The long awaited Stardew Valley 1.5 mobile update appeared at the beginning of January 2023 and, as expected, some bugs accompanied it. Eric "Concerned Ape" Barone promised additional patches to address the issues. Now, two ended up announced on both January 7, 2023 and January 8, 2023, with patch notes for each one revealed.

The first patch to fix Stardew Valley 1.5 mobile bugs already is submitted and could end up rolling out on devices. (It may even be available.) It addressed 11 issues. Among them were a crash involving kids players may have or issues with riding horses. That update also added Simplified Chinese as a language option again.

Here are the official patch notes for the one submitted on January 7, 2023.

Barone announced the second patch to fix Stardew Valley 1.5 mobile bugs January 8, 2023. It addressed problems with emergency load issues involving horses, Junimo huts, and shipping bins, among other things.

Barone also noted that after game-breaking bugs are fixed, the UI will be addressed.

Stardew Valley can be found on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices.

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Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 11:30 AM

Splatoon 3 Spicy/Sweet/Sour Splatfest Results Confrimed

Nintendo revealed the winner of the fourth Splatoon 3 Splatfest, which asked players to pick between spicy, sweet, and sour flavors. This one marked Frye's first win, as Team Sweet won the first event of 2023. Shiver's Team Spicy came in second. Big Man and Team Sour placed third.

This means that now each Deep Cut member's team won at least once. The ahead-of-launch Splatoon 3 Splatfest saw Shiver and Team Rock win in the Rock-Paper-Scissors match. Shiver's team also took first place the second time around with a deserted island question asking if people would bring along gear, grub, or things to have fun. Big Man's team ended up getting its first win with the Pokemon starter Splatfest. The people who supported picking water-type starters won that one.

As a reminder, ahead of the event, Nintendo released official art of the three Splatoon 3 Deep Cut characters. It featured each one with the type of food they were representing. So in the picture, for example, Frye was eating cake and other desserts.

Splatoon 3 is available for the Nintendo Switch, and there's no date for the fifth Splatfest yet.

The post Splatoon 3 Spicy/Sweet/Sour Splatfest Results Confirmed appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 11:00 AM

Disgaea 7 Fuji

Disgaea 7 is approaching release in Japan, and Nippon Ichi Software is releasing a series of character trailers to introduce players to the game's cast. The first of the trailers deals with Disgaea 7 protagonist Fuji. Future trailers from Nippon Ichi will cover characters like Piririka, Weyasu, and others introduced in previous reveals.

In Disgaea 7 Fuji is a demon from the Hinomoto Netherworld. Despite the Netherworld's reigning crisis, in which the Demon Admiral Opener has robbed the Hinomoto of its "Bushido", Fuji hates the concept. Fuji instead chooses to "Go Bad," in battle, sticking to his motto "Win, and you're a hero; Lose, and you're a lackey." Thus he aims to win, no matter what he has to do. Even if that means cowardly ambushes and dirty tricks, Fuji will do it all if it means he wins. He was taught swordsmanship from Hinomoto's greatest swordsman, Higan Zesshousai, who was introduced in November 2022.

Fuji's also got an almost physical allergy to human emotion. Whenever he feels things as a human might, like feeling gratified when a person thanks him, he's so pained that he coughs up blood. In the story, the Bushido-hating Fuji must team up with Piririka, a Bushido fangirl to save the Netherworld.

Check out the first Disgaea 7 character trailer below.


Disgaea 7 arrives on the PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch on January 26, 2023 in Japan. Currently no international release plans have been detailed.

The post Disgaea 7 Fuji Character Video Introduces the Warrior Oni appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 10:30 AM

My Best Buy Reward Points Soon Require a Best Buy Credit Card

Best Buy is altering its My Best Buy program to remove the ability for all members to earn reward points. The company announced that, starting on February 14, 2023, it will not allow standard members to earn points. Rather, this will be reserved as a bonus for people who hold the My Best Buy Credit Card. It also announced free shipping for people who are members, but don't have the credit card. [Thanks, Wario64!]

The announcement did explain what Best Buy will do for existing My Best Buy members who still have reward points or earn them before the cut-off date. By April 15, 2023, people will get a reward certificate that can be used to pay for items with points. As a reminder, this program allowed people to use earned points to get things like $5 rewards with points.

The rewards program involved various benefits. In addition to the soon-to-be-ended reward points and the free shipping, people would be able to get exclusive offers. Things like tracking and "home experts" for troubleshooting or assistance are also a part of it.

This comes after Best Buy eliminated another reward program in recent years. It shut down Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked, which involved discounts on games and My Best Buy points, in 2018. It then removed the program completely for those who stacked membership subscriptions in March 2021.

Regular My Best Buy members can continue earning reward points until February 14, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 10:00 AM

Bastard Season 2 Heading to Netflix in 2023

Netflix announced season 2 of Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy anime will air on the streaming service in 2023. The news came up during an hour long talk show about the anime. There is no exact release date yet, but there is a PV trailer, key art, and new character designs.

First, here's the key art for the next season of Bastard. It features Dark Schneider and Kall-Su, with Tia Noto Yoko behind them.
Bastard Season 2 Heading to Netflix in 2023

During the presentation about the Bastard anime adaptation's new season, new designs for characters also came up. In addition to Dark Schneider, Tia Noto Yoko, Kall-Su, and Gara, some people new to the adaptation appeared. One is Yngwei von Mattström, Junichi Suwabe will voice him. Zion Sol Vanderverg (Koji Yusa), Joshua Belaira (Takuma Terashima) and Nils John Mifune (Show Hayami)
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Finally, here's the newest Bastard season 2 trailer for the anime.

Netflix will air season 2 of Bastard!! Heavy Metal, Dark Fantasy in 2023. The first season is now live on the service. It consists of 24 episodes.

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Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 9:30 AM

FFXVI Creative Director Pixel Art Shares Clive and Torgal 2D Pixel Art Animation

A new Final Fantasy XVI video appeared at the annual FFXIV New Year Mahjong tournament. FFXVI Creative Director Kazutoyo Maehiro made the pixel art animation, which featured Clive and his dog Torgal running. It a brief clip, only running for about two minutes while a chiptune version of a song from the game plays in the background. Composer Masayoshi Soken also commented on the video after the fact, calling its song "my first piece this year." [Thanks, Aitaikimochi!]

The video features the grown-up versions of both Clive and Torgal from FFXVI. Each of them are running along a grassy plain. In the background is the city of Oriflamme, which is the Holy Empire of Sanbreque's capital. The game's logo appears at the upper left corner. Its June 2023 release date appears below that. Finally, it notes that it is possible to pre-order the game.

Here is Aitaikimochi's tweet isolating the FFXVI pixel art animation from the NicoNico broadcast.

The FFXIV Mahjong tournaments are regular affairs. Members of Square Enix development teams and voice actors often participate. For example, Director and Producer Naoki Yoshida tends to always be there.

Final Fantasy XVI will come to the PlayStation 5 on June 22, 2023. It will be a PS5 exclusive for six months.

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Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 9:00 AM

Genshin Impact Account Security Reminder Issued After Phishing Issues

HoYoVerse shared a warning about Genshin Impact phishing attempts and reiterated security measures players can take when playing the game. The company noted people reporting phishing sites, which led to accounts being compromised. As part of its advice for avoiding such situations, it reminded people to always check to ensure it is an official HoYoVerse and Genshin Impact site and to avoid plug-ins or unofficial sources.

Here is HoYoVerse's official statement and advice on Genshin Impact account security to combat phishing, which it shared on the game's website.

Recently, we have received feedback from Travelers through community and customer service channels that some Travelers have logged in to phishing sites from unknown sources, resulting in problems such as unauthorized logins and account theft. We take all feedback of this nature extremely seriously and will promptly investigate and follow up on each case based on the information provided by Travelers.

In the process of checking accounts with security risks, we found that many of these accounts have logged in to third-party websites and applications from unknown sources. While we continue to crack down on illegal phishing websites and enhance account security through technical means, we hope that Travelers:

  1. Do not rely on information from unofficial platforms or log on to pages from unknown sources, such as: pages for topping up Primogems, selling accounts, etc
  2. Do not use external or third-party plug-ins.
  3. Do not provide sensitive security information such as account passwords, SMS, and email verification codes to others. Do not share your account with others.
  4. Please verify the official domain name when logging in and downloading: hoyoverse.com, hoyolab.com, genshinimpact.com, hoyo.link.

If you have exposed your account to any of the above risks, we recommend changing the password as soon as possible to ensure account security.

If you discover any other security-related issues with your HoYoverse account, Genshin Impact, and other products, please contact us via various channels (including but not limited to the HoYoLAB App, the Genshin Impact Customer Service email address genshin_cs@hoyoverse.com, or other means). We are ready and willing to resolve any and all issues that may arise. Thank you for your support!

As a reminder, there is 2FA account verification for Genshin Impact as a security member. That feature appeared back in May 2021. That is only available for people playing on a PC or mobile device.

Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices. The 3.4 update will arrive on January 18, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 8:30 AM

Hololive English Vtuber Ninomae Ina'nis Returns from Her Break

A Hololive English Myth Vtuber returned to streaming activities. Following a break that began in October 2022 for health reasons, Ninomae Ina'nis is once again active. She returned for her first stream of 2023, which aired on January 8, 2023.

Ina'nis isn't the only Hololive English Myth Vtuber on break as of late. Gawr Gura announced in December 2022 that she'd be suspending streaming activities while she recovered from health issues. However, she did participate in the annual Hololive Mario Kart New Year Tournament alongside Ouro Kronii and Amelia Watson.

As for the other three members, they've all been rather active lately. Kiara Takanashi recently did some streams with Hololive members like Inugami Korone. Calliope Mori released the album Sinderella. Amelia recently celebrated her birthday, which involved a special stream and merchandise.

Here is the first Ninomae Ina'nis stream of 2023. It is purely a chat stream going over recent events and things she'd done. She mentioned her encounters meeting other Hololive English Vtubers like Calliope and IRyS, spending time with other Hololive Japan Vtubers like Houshou Marine, and capybaras.

Ninomae Ina'nis hasn't uploaded her first schedule for 2023 yet. When these are available, she tends to post them on her official Twitter account.

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Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 8:00 AM

FFVII Cocktails Seventh Heaven

January 9, 2023 is "Coming of Age Day" in Japan, and the official Final Fantasy VII Remake account dropped some trivia about Seventh Heaven to celebrate. In FFVII and its Remake, Seventh Heaven is the establishment run by heroine Tifa Lockheart. It's a secret base for Barret's Avalanche cell, but also an operating bar and eatery. There she serves a variety of drinks, including a few FFVII cocktails, which the account identified, helping to fill out the growing menu of Midgar.


According to the post, two of the more popular FFVII cocktails that "invigorate the Sector Seven Slums" are the "Cosmo Canyon," the green-colored "Lifestream," and one named after the bar itself, the "Seventh Heaven." The post also goes on to encourage the young people celebrating Coming of Age Day to have their first drink in the slums responsibly.

In Japan, Coming of Age Day celebrates turning 20 years old. From 1876 until 2022, the official age of adulthood in Japan was 20, and was the age when people could legally drink, smoke, bet on various public gambling pastimes, and enroll in the National Pension Plan, among other rights. In April 2022, the Japanese government adjusted the age of maturity for certain rights (such as marriage without parental consent, obtaining a credit card or cellphone contract without parental consent, and petitioning for gender reassignment) to 18 years old. However, the drinking age remains at 20.

Final Fantasy VII Remake contains various scenes of Cloud Strife and other characters having a drink or two, including one of Cloud's first interactions with Tifa at the beginning of the game. Tifa even serves Cloud an FFVII cocktail, the red-colored Cosmo Canyon in Chapter 3. In that scene she calls it the house special. Cloud is 21 years old, and Tifa 20, placing them both above the drinking age, though it is unknown if Midgar's age of maturity is the same as Japan's.

FFVII Remake is available on PC, PS4, and PS5. Its sequel, FFVII Rebirth, is in development. You can also try the non-alcoholic Banora White Juice from Crisis Core.

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Siliconera Monday, January 9, 2023 7:00 AM

Mobile Suit Gundam Witch from Mercury Season 2

The continuation of Mobile Suit Gundam The Witch from Mercury has been set. The twelve episode and finale of the first season of the show aired on January 8, 2023 on most services. Following the conclusion, the official Twitter account for the series announced a broadcast window for the next batch of episodes. Gundam The Witch from Mercury season 2 will air in April 2023, a break of about three months.

In Japan, the series will air on the MBS and TBS networks, as well as 28 other channels throughout the country.


For international markets, release plans have not yet been announced. Streaming services including Crunchyroll, Netflix, and the Bandai-run GundamInfo YouTube channel all carried The Witch From Mercury season 1 in various regions. Bandai even expanded the distribution for the GundamInfo-hosted version to new countries, though on a stagged schedule.

For those who've yet to catch up, Mobile Suit Gundam The Witch From Mercury season 2 promises to pick up on the cliffhanger that closed out season 1. Suletta Mercury is the pilot of the Aerial, and a student at the Asticassia School of Technology. There the children of elite solar system corporations settle conflicts in mobile suit duels. At the outset of the story, Suletta and Aerial are guarding a secret: Aerial is a Gundam, a mobile suit incorporating forbidden "GUND" format technology. The users of Gundams and the developers of GUND tech are called witches and persecuted by the world under the orders of Delling Rembran, head of the Benerit Group of companies and one of the most powerful men in the system.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury will air its next season in April 2023. The first season is available from various services.

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