Kotaku Thursday, February 9, 2023 7:02 PM
The struggles to get Microsoft's proposed $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard over the line aren't just playing out at government watchdogs and in the public eye, but in courtrooms as well. And in one of those battlegrounds, Microsoft is making demands of its rival Sony that the latter say constitute "obvious…
Kotaku Thursday, February 9, 2023 5:30 PM
Now that you've mentally prepared to shell out $70 for Nintendo's biggest game of the year, it's time to pick apart the new Tears of the Kingdom gameplay trailer for any and all details we might have missed the first time around. There are new features and gameplay mechanics to talk about, as well as new fan theories…
Kotaku Thursday, February 9, 2023 4:55 PM
Hogwarts Legacy spoilers are all over the internet right now. They're in the Kotaku tips inbox, they're in the comments on popular gaming website's tweets, they're casually getting scattered everywhere on the web, tossed into conversations with reckless abandon.
Kotaku Thursday, February 9, 2023 3:55 PM
The glorious thing about a kiss is that it can mean anything while, for the most part, looking the same—lips on other lips. In a video game, though, a kiss becomes even more monumental, accompanied by mounting background music and unbound by normal facial muscles. A video game kiss, free of reality, gets to enjoy all…
Kotaku Thursday, February 9, 2023 3:50 PM
While a stock 825 GB storage drive on PS5 (for either the digital or disc-based versions of the console) might've sounded like an oasis of endless storage in days now long gone, the colossal size of many titles means that any active PS5 user is likely to run into space issues at some point. And modern digital…
Kotaku Thursday, February 9, 2023 3:10 PM
An eagle-eyed Resident Evil fan may have uncovered evidence of a scrapped Resident Evil 7 concept that would've had us playing as the duo of Leon Kennedy and Sherry Birkin.
Kotaku Thursday, February 9, 2023 3:00 PM
Veteran Assassins' Creed developer Jean Guesdon announced he's leaving Ubisoft after 17 years on Thursday. A creative director on some of the most beloved entries in the franchise including Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, his is the latest high-profile departure at a publisher currently struggling to overcome delays…
Kotaku Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:50 PM
If you're not satisfied simply watching the Super Bowl this weekend, Xbox has you covered. Starting today, Madden NFL 23 joins the Game Pass library for Xbox and PC. Other titles, including Cities: Skylines – Remastered, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, and Atomic Heart will also come to Game Pass this month.
Kotaku Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:30 PM
Nintendo has confirmed that it is releasing a brand-new Link amiibo when The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom launches this year on May 12, and that older amiibo from The Legend of Zelda series can be scanned for "helpful materials, weapons, or a paraglider fabric based on the amiibo you scanned."
Kotaku Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:30 PM
I'm very excited to play Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. The first game was fantastic, and this new one seems bigger, better, faster, cooler, all those good descriptors. However, in new gameplay revealed earlier this week, it seems that one of my biggest gripes with the first game is coming back in this new one. Cal Kestis,…
Kotaku Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:15 PM
Spider-Man, Spider-Man! Does whatever a spider can! Has he had, lots of games? Yup and many, are the same. Watch out, here's our ranking of (most) of them!
Kotaku Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:10 PM
This post contains NSFW references, proceed at your own risk.
PCGamesN Thursday, February 9, 2023 6:06 PM
Driving around the Pacific Northwest in a beat-up station wagon might not sound like a typical videogame power fantasy, but Pacific Drive has quite a bit more up its sleeve. The run-based survival game, which first debuted at the PlayStation State of Play stream in September last year, has a new trailer out now that provides a better sense of what this STALKER-inspired road trip through the irradiated forests of the Olympic Exclusion Zone has in store for us later this year.
Continue reading Survival game Pacific Drive is a STALKER road trip to Twin PeaksMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best survival games, The best racing games
PCGamesN Thursday, February 9, 2023 4:06 PM
The developer of Early Access vampire survival game V Rising has revealed new details about the major free expansion coming this year, including some welcome news about its expected release date - it's not all that far off, arriving in May rather than later in the year, despite the major additions and changes it'll be introducing.
Continue reading V Rising is getting a free expansion this springMORE FROM PCGAMESN: V Rising server settings, V Rising tips, The best V Rising base locations
PCGamesN Thursday, February 9, 2023 3:01 PM
The open beta for the Victoria 3 1.2 update is now available, and even after keeping up with the grand strategy game's ongoing series of dev diaries, it's already feeling like a surprisingly transformational patch. The latest update covers the changes the dev team is making to the user experience, which includes all the menus, tooltips, and other interface features that keep you abreast of what's going on in the complex world of the 19th century.
Continue reading Victoria 3 1.2 open beta makes some excellent UI updatesMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Victoria 3 release date, The best grand strategy games on PC, The best strategy games on PC
PCGamesN Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:04 PM
Want a list of all of the Vampire Survivors cheats? It seems like a cruel joke for the roguelike game to add cheat codes this late in development, but here we are. One of the later patches gave would-be vampire hunters a chance to enter some codes for powerful abilities. You can click on the Yellow Sign entry seven times to unlock this secret menu, but it will disappear not long afterwards.
To permanently unlock the Vampire Survivors cheats, you need to find the Forbidden Scrolls of Morbane, which you can obtain by slaying the Bone Orb in the Bone Zone. Once you pick this up, a new secrets menu will appear on the main menu in the roguelike game. Not only can you enter cheats here, but you can also see the conditions for unlocking the hidden Vampire Survivors unlockable characters. Of course, you can just enter codes to unlock them; we have the full list below.
Continue reading Vampire Survivors cheatsMORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best survival games on PC in 2022, Vampire Survivors weapon evolution guide, The best Vampire Survivors build
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, February 9, 2023 6:35 PM
Katharine and I were lamenting earlier today that Square Enix seem inconsistent when it comes to releasing demos of their games on Steam. Forspoken's demo only came to PC months after its console release, and Harvestella's demo remains exclusive to Switch. Likewise, the Octopath Traveler 2 demo which was released on console yesterday was nowhere to be found on PC.
Uh, until today. It's out on Steam now.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, February 9, 2023 6:29 PM
Razer's Nari Essential headset is a nice wireless option, with oversized and super-comfy ear cushions, a THX spatial audio certification and a relatively sturdy design. It retailed at $100, half the price of the ultra-premium Nari Ultimate, but today it's significantly cheaper at Best Buy. You'll pay just $35 for it now, a $65 discount and a great deal for an older but still great-sound wireless headset.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, February 9, 2023 6:12 PM
Kingston's 1TB DataTraveler Max USB-C flash drive is an unusual beastie, matching NVMe-SSD-grade speeds with a slim, portable flash drive form factor. This drive is capable of reads up to 1000MB/s, putting it alongside some of the best external SSDs, and it's currently discounted at B&H Photo Video to $80 for a 1TB size - not bad!
Unfortunately this deal is only live for the next six hours, so I hope that you see this post in time!
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, February 9, 2023 6:06 PM
The Etrian Odyssey series is a huge blindspot for me, and I imagine many others. They're a series of dungeon crawling JRPGs in which you pilot a party of adventures through first-person, grid-based mazes and turn-based battles. Now is your chance to fill the gap in your knowledge: the Etrian Odyssey Origins Collection is headed to PC on June 1st.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:43 PM
The Adata XPG SX8200 Pro was one of the best value NVMe SSDs when it launched in 2019 - and indeed, we have the RPS review from erstwhile hardware editor Katharine to prove it. Nowadays, PCIe 4.0 drives are becoming more common and PCIe 5.0 is on the horizon, but the SX8200 Pro - in a newer 2TB size - is still an awesome value for the performance on offer. It's down to £117 at TechNextDay when you use code TND-10, a healthy £35 below the next-lowest price at CCL.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:33 PM
Intel's best value graphics card, the Arc A750, is available for £250 plus shipping at Overclockers UK
Intel's Arc graphics cards debuted to surprisingly warm reviews late last year, including over at Digital Foundry where I endorsed them as a "pleasant surprise" that were "already cards worth buying" thanks to better-than-expected performance in modern titles. Six months of patches and performance improvements later, and these GPUs look even better - especially as neither AMD or Nvidia has launched mainstream desktop graphics cards from their most recent generation.
Today, the cheaper of the two cards, the Arc A750, is available for £250 plus shipping at Overclockers UK, a steep £80 reduction from their £330 launch price.
Twinfinite Thursday, February 9, 2023 7:15 PM
Embrace the bug's life Guardian.
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Multiplayer fans, look away.
Twinfinite Thursday, February 9, 2023 4:45 PM
Feel the magic.
Twinfinite Thursday, February 9, 2023 3:43 PM
You can never be scared enough.
Twinfinite Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:57 PM
It's like choosing the right wand, innit?
Twinfinite Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:50 PM
Man, it's a cold one.
Twinfinite Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:01 PM
Protecting New York is timeless.
Siliconera Thursday, February 9, 2023 4:00 PM
Fire Emblem Fates' Camilla is a part of the Fire Emblem Engage DLC lineup, which means new skills to inherit. Which in turn means unlocking her and getting her in game. If you purchased the Expansion Pass, you can start the bonding process with one of your allies to help make them stronger. However, if you'd like to figure out who she might work well with or the DLC is worth it, here's a look at what to expect.
How Do You Unlock the Fire Emblem Engage Camilla DLC?
It follows the same process as the Soren DLC, honestly. The first step of unlocking the Camilla DLC in Fire Emblem Engage involves clearing the Bandit Hideout Paralogue on the main map. Once you did, you can reach the Divine Paralogues map, which you can then access at any time by going to it from the World Map or selecting "To Divine Paralogues" from the depart section of the menu. After you complete Divine Paralogue: Dragon Temple, you can then access the other DLC maps. Camilla's is Divine Paralogue: Underground Passage. Go through it and defeat her, and she'll join your party as an Emblem Bracelet.
What Skills Can You Inherit from the Fire Emblem Engage Soren DLC?
Once a character who equipped Camilla in Fire Emblem Engage hits a level five bond level with her, they can start inheriting her skills. Here are all the ones she "knows." They all are rather forceful and good for dealing damage to foes.
Fire Emblem Engage is available for the Nintendo Switch, and the Camilla DLC is available now.
The post Here Are the Fire Emblem Engage Camilla DLC Skills appeared first on Siliconera.
Siliconera Thursday, February 9, 2023 3:00 PM
Good Smile Company revealed its Bocchi the Rock Hitori Gotoh Nendoroid, and the figure will feature as many expressions as the heroine herself. In addition to a more stoic portrayal, it acknowledges her social anxiety with extra face plates. It will appear in Japan in August 2023. Then, a North American release will follow in October 2023. It will cost ¥5,800/$43.99.
There are multiple posing options for Hitori. She can be posed with her guitar, both holding it or preparing to play. She also can look focused. Her two other face plates can make her look anxious or like she is crying. There are also additional parts to let her curl up with a blanket.
Here are official Good Smile Company images showing some of the different options.
The Bocchi the Rock Hitori Gotoh Nendoroid will appear in August 2023 in Japan and in October 2023 in North America. Pre-orders are open until March 23, 2023. People can stream the anime on Crunchyroll. There's no official English localization of the manga yet, however over a million copies are in circulation in Japanese.
The post Bocchi the Rock Hitori Gotoh Nendoroid Seems Anxious appeared first on Siliconera.
Siliconera Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:30 PM
HoYoVerse offered details about the moveset for another Honkai Star Rail character. It is continuing its trend of focusing on folks who are onboard the Xianzhou Luofu. This time, the focus is a five-star Honkai Star Rail character called Yanqing. He's an Ice type on the Hunt path.
Yanqing is a Xianzhou Luofu lieutenant in charge of helping Jing Yuan run the starship. As expected from someone on the Hunt path, this is an aggressive character. His moveset focuses on dealing damage. Many of his attacks boost his speed or make his critical hits more effective. As Hunt characters also focus on single enemies, people shouldn't expect AOE damage out of him. He's joined on the same ship as people like Tingyun and Fu Xuan.
Here's the full Yanqing Honkai Star Rail official moveset, as well as descriptions for his traces and skills.
Yanqing is voiced by Amber May in English, and he's played by Marina Inoue in Japanese.
Honkai Star Rail is in development for PCs and mobile devices, and the final closed beta will begin on February 10, 2023.
Siliconera Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:00 PM
As part of the preparation for Octopath Traveler 2, Square Enix started sharing character countdown art. Each day leading up to launch, new images will appear. Each one seems like it will be drawn by a member of the development team. The first two feature Octopath Traveler 2's Throne and Partitio, with the original Octopath Traveler's Therion making a cameo appearance.
First, here's the 16 days before launch image. It features art of Octopath Traveler's Therion with Octopath Traveler 2's Throne. It was created by the team Asano artist Rina Yoshiura, who previously worked on past games. The two were put together as both are the "thieves" in their games.
For day 15, Acquire's artist Yamao drew Partitio, who is the Octopath Traveler 2 merchant. He appears on his own in his normal job outfit, flipping a coin.
Octopath Traveler 2 will appear on the Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC via Steam on February 24, 2023. A prologue demo is now available and allows people to experience each character's first chapter.
The post Octopath Traveler 2 Countdown Art Features Throne, Therion, Partitio appeared first on Siliconera.
Siliconera Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:30 PM
NIS America announced a North American and European release date for Monster Menu: The Scavenger's Cookbook. It promised a 2023 release window. Now, it's making good on that. It will appear on the Switch, PS4, and PS5 in both regions on May 23, 2023. There's also a new trailer looking at the game's mechanics, showing how it works.
Here's the latest Monster Menu trailer. It begins by establishing that everyone around Piohne attempts to face its dungeons. The player is one of them, but it's overwhelming. They turn to eating a rotting monster out of starvation. It knocks them out.
From there, it goes over how things actually work. People will explore dungeons to get materials and face monsters. When they have ingredients, they can combine them to create expected dishes. Eating that can provide stat boosts and bonuses to make them stronger and better able to handle fights. While the exploration adn survival elements are roguelike, the battles are turn-based and strategic.
The Monster Menu: The Scavenger's Cookbook release date is May 23, 2023. It will show up on the PS4, PS5, and Switch. Limited editions with things like an art book, soundtrack, and apron are available in the NIS America online storefront.
Siliconera Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:00 PM
As part of Sony's array of indie game announcements on February 9, 2023, a new update came up for Eternights. As a reminder, this is an indie action-RPG set after the apocalypse that involves not only dealing with enemies, but sticking to a schedule and building up relationships with allies. While it originally had an "early" 2023 launch window, it will now come out in Summer 2023. There's also a new trailer showing off possible dating situations, fights against enemies, and exploration.
The announcement went over some elements updated as development goes on. It noted the schedule, which will determine what people do and how much time they have to accomplish goals, were adjusted. The combat UI ended up tweaked, which can be seen in the new trailer.
Here's the new trailer for the game. It only features the English voice actors' performances. However, the latest announcement confirmed Japanese and Korean voice acting will be in the game too. It begins with the group running through the world. From there, we get to see them in battle against a number of different opponents. At the 44 second mark, we got to see the hero interacting with some of the heroines. One of the moments even involves a hug.
Eternights will come to the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC in Summer 2023.
The post New Eternights Trailer Shows Fighting, Dating, Summer Release Window appeared first on Siliconera.
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, February 9, 2023 7:45 PM
The world of Hogwarts Legacy is massive. We're not just talking about the confusing corridors and winding walkways of the castle or the lush fields in the north (which is where you start the game), but there's also a southern region that's worth exploring. Here's our Hogwarts Legacy guide to help you reach the south of the world map early in the campaign. Note: For more information, check out our Hogwarts Legacy guides and features hub. Hogwarts Legacy guide: How to reach the south of the world map The Hogwarts Legacy world map can be divided into two parts: north and south. The northern portion is essentially comprised of Hogwarts, Hogsmeade, various hamlets, and several points-of-interest. It's already a huge area in and of itself, but there's also a southern region that you can go to. To be clear, you'll automatically head there as part of a quest called In the Shadow of the Mountain, but that happens fairly late in the campaign. Still, it&#...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, February 9, 2023 7:20 PM
The Pensieve Guardian is a boss in Hogwarts Legacy. You'll first encounter this hulking suit of armor at the end of the Percival Rackham's Trial quest after going through multiple veil portal puzzles. This boss has easily telegraphed attacks, though you'd be in for a world of hurt if you're not careful. Here's our Hogwarts Legacy guide to help you defeat the Pensieve Guardian, as well as complete the challenge to destroy the orb. Note: For more information, check out our Hogwarts Legacy guides and features hub. Hogwarts Legacy guide: How to beat the Pensieve Guardian and destroy the orb The Hogwarts Legacy Pensieve Guardian encounter is preceded by a quick fight against weaker Pensieve mobs. If you're already low on health potions, try not to waste them here. Time your dodges and blocks carefully so you're better prepared for the upcoming battle. In any case, the Hogwarts Legacy Pensive Guardian boss has several abilities, including a challenge...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, February 9, 2023 7:15 PM
Percival Rackham's Trial is a main quest in Hogwarts Legacy. This occurs a few hours into the campaign and also serves as the transition to the mid-game experience. Here's our Hogwarts Legacy guide to help you complete Percival Rackham's Trial, solving the puzzles and opening the chests in the dungeon you'll visit. Note: For more information, check out our Hogwarts Legacy guides and features hub. Hogwarts Legacy guide: How to complete Percival Rackham's Trial The Tower The Hogwarts Legacy Percival Rackham's Trial quest follows Jackdaw's Rest and several other assignments/minor tasks. You should receive it after taking Professor Fig to the Map Chamber, whereupon he'll tell you the location of a tower to the north. Make sure the quest is being actively tracked and make your way there. You're informed that Goblin enemies here can be instantly killed if you sneak up on them and use Petrificus Totalus, and you should do just that. Howev...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, February 9, 2023 6:40 PM
There are many treasures to find in Hogwarts Legacy. Some of these come from large, ornate chests that are scattered all over the game world. However, due to randomness and unreliable RNG, you might end up getting something that you don't want. Here's our Hogwarts Legacy guide to help you get different legendary items from legendary chests. Note: For more information, check out our Hogwarts Legacy guides and features hub. Hogwarts Legacy guide: How to get different legendary items from legendary chests The Hogwarts Legacy legendary chests are few and far between. In most cases, the loot you obtain will be random. Let's say you and a friend are playing the game, reaching the same chest in a particular location. You could open it and receive a hat. Meanwhile, your friend might get a robe. RNG being RNG, you might not obtain what you want. Still, there's a way to somehow mitigate the issue, and it's fairly simple, too: Once you've discovered a legendar...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Thursday, February 9, 2023 6:09 PM
Players deep into Hogwarts Legacy know that it's a pretty solid open-world RPG with plenty of quests and distractions. But did you also know it's secretly a Pokémon game as well? Okay, to be fair, it's not like you're going out into the game on a mission to defeat gyms and jerky rivals. However, there are beasts you can capture, and some are exceptionally rare. Like in Pokémon, Hogwarts Legacy has "Shiny" beasts, and you may be wondering how to find one for your own collection. Note: For more information, check out our Hogwarts Legacy guides and features hub. Hogwarts Legacy: How to find Shiny beasts There are some truly remarkable Beasts in Hogwarts Legacy to find and tame. We have tracked down a Unicorn Beast in the Forbidden Forest, and even a gorgeous Hippogriff. There are many other beasts to discover, large and small. And some beasts in Hogwarts Legacy are of the "shiny" variety. Again, like in Nintendo's famous pocket mons...
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Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:29 PM
A lot of hype has been building toward the launch of Nintendo's sequel to Breath of the Wild, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, and we just got a new trailer that showcases the return to Hyrule and the introduction of the massive floating cities above it. Watch this: Here's the official description: […]
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:22 PM
The Last of Us series on HBO Max has given us an interesting new character in the form of Melanie Lynskey's Kathleen, who is a leader of a liberated group in Kansas. Apparently, some haters online have been criticizing Lynskey for her body type, saying it's not befitting a post-apocalyptic leader, but Lynskey had the […]
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:18 PM
Pokemon Scarlet and Violet is an open-world game in which the player takes on the role of a transferee at a large school in the Paldea Region. In the game, the player is the only one who may decide what to do: defeat all of the Pokemon Gyms, become the champion, and become the very […]
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Thursday, February 9, 2023 1:11 PM
If you can't beat 'em, spoil 'em, I guess. Despite the call to boycott the release of Hogwarts Legacy in protest to J.K. Rowling's anti-trans stances, Hogwarts Legacy is still one of the most anticipated releases of the year. With a lot of gamers unphased by the boycott movement, the protesters have found a way […]
Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, February 9, 2023 4:18 PM
A new trailer was also released.
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, February 9, 2023 3:32 PM
In the trailer, "players get a frightening preview of Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar
Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:57 PM
The demo features all eight protagonists
The post Octopath Traveler II Prologue Demo Available Now appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.
Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, February 9, 2023 2:32 PM
The trailer shows several detailed cutscenes, as well as three minutes of gameplay.
The post Crime Boss: Rockay City Gets New Gameplay Trailer appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.
Latest Games on iDev Games Thursday, February 9, 2023 4:44 PM
Keep jumping across randomly generated trucks, trying to not fall off the edge....