Feb 11, 22:00

GamersHeroes Saturday, February 11, 2023 5:05 PM

During the main story, you will have to get a password from Scrope in order to proceed. Check out this guide to find out Which Password To Pick From Scrope In Hogwarts Legacy. This way you can move on with the game.

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Kotaku Saturday, February 11, 2023 5:10 PM

Episode five of HBO's The Last of Us marks the midpoint of our nine-episode journey. That's right, we're halfway there, and Ellie and Joel are definitely living on a prayer. Look, I'm sorry for the bad Bon Jovi reference but man, this episode is The Last of Us at its most relentlessly bleak. I needed to do something…


Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, February 11, 2023 5:14 PM

The Atelier series and its mixture of potion-crafting and JRPG combat has only recently found success out west, but the series began in 1997 with the release of Atelier Marie in Japan. Now that first game is being remade with new graphics and released outside of Japan for the first time. It'll arrive on Steam this summer.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, February 11, 2023 4:43 PM

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has experimented several times with PvPvE modes, but it seems like the next project from developers PUBG Studios will mine the genre further. Specifically, the latest earnings report from publisher Krafton says the studio are working on an open world "extraction shooter".

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, February 11, 2023 4:12 PM

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is over ten years old, and much of the game design that underpins it dates back to the original mod release in 2000. Yet it's arguably more popular today than ever, after breaking its all-time concurrent player record earlier today.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, February 11, 2023 3:43 PM

I like a lot of Double Fine's games, but none as much as I like the documentary which charted the development of Broken Age. I can't get enough of watching funny, smart, creative people work, and Double Fine Adventure offered a one-of-a-kind, candid and thorough glimpse of game development.

It was one-of-a-kind until yesterday, when Double Fine released PsychOdyssey, a 32-episode documentary series charting the creation of Psychonauts 2. Each episode is typically between 20 minutes and an hour long, and I've had a great time watching the first three so far.

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Twinfinite Saturday, February 11, 2023 5:28 PM
     The tragic epic resumes.

Twinfinite Saturday, February 11, 2023 3:00 PM
     Down the development rabbit hole.

Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 9:43 PM

At WonHobby 36, Good Smile Company shared that its next Sonic the Hedgehog figures will be Tails and Knuckles Nendoroids.

Two more Sonic the Hedgehog figures are on the way, as Tails and Knuckles Nendoroids are in development. Good Smile Company announced both as part of its WonHobby 36 reveals. The Tails one is further along. It appeared as an unpainted prototype at the event. As for the Knuckles one, only a preliminary announcement appeared.

First, here's a look at the Tails Nendoroid.

Next, here's the announcement stating Good Smile Company is working on a Nendoroid of Knuckles too.

These come quite a while after the Sonic Nendoroid. Good Smile Company first released it back in 2012, Then with 2013 and 2020 rereleases.

The most recent Sonic the Hedgehog game is Sonic Frontiers. While Tails and Knuckles both appear in the title, they aren't playable yet. A free update in 2023 will make the two of them and Amy Rose into playable characters.

There's no release window yet for either the Sonic the Hedgehog Tails or Knuckles Nendoroid figures.

The post Next Sonic the Hedgehog Figures Are Tails and Knuckles Nendoroids appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 9:26 PM

Suzume Iwato Figure and Suzume and Sota Nendoroids Announced

More Makoto Shinkai movie characters are getting turned into figures. Good Smile Company announced three more at WonHobby 36 from Suzume. An unpainted prototype of a Suzume Iwato Pop Up Parade figure appeared, as did a reveal of Nendoroids of both Suzume and Sota Munakata.

First, here's the unpainted prototype figure. It is technically a figure of both Suzume and Sota, since she's carrying the "chair" in it.

Next, here's the announcement of the Suzume and Sota Nendoroids. There's no concept art for either of them yet. Only the official movie art appeared in the tweet.

As a reminder, Makoto Shinkai's proved quite a success in Japan. It ended up earning over 1.88 billion yen in its first three days in theaters. It was also nominated for a Japan Film Prize. It will still be some time before it appears worldwide, as Crunchyroll announced it will show up in theaters in the UK and US starting on April 12, 2023.

There's no release window yet for either the Suzume Pop Up Parade figure or Suzume and Sota Nendoroids.

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Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 9:15 PM

The Danganronpa 2 Mikan Tsumiki Figure Doesn't Look Too Clumsy

People can get a closer look at the Danganronpa 2 Mikan Tsumiki Pop Up Parade figure. Good Smile Company showed off a painted prototype of it at WonHobby 36. This marks the first appearance of it since the company revealed it was in development back at WonHobby G 2022 Autumn. At that time, it only featured a piece of art announcing she was being made into a figure.

Here's how Mikan is turning out. At the time it was announced in 2022, only standard character art was used. This is the first time we have an idea of her pose. She is wearing the same sort of nurse uniform as she does in Danganronpa 2. This is a nod to her being the Ultimate Nurse. While she doesn't seem clumsy in the pose, she does have bandages on her arm and leg.

Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is available worldwide on the PS4, Vita, Switch, Xbox One, PC, and mobile devices. It also appeared on the PSP in Japan. There's no release window yet for the Danganronpa 2 Mikan Tsumiki Pop Up Parade figure.

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Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 9:05 PM

New Street Fighter Chun-Li Figure Looks Like She's Thinking

Good Smile Company has another Street Fighter Chun-Li figure in the works, and this one looks like she's thinking. An unpainted prototype showed up at WonHobby 36. It features her wearing her standard qipao, like she does in many entries in the series. She's sitting on the edge of a piece of wreckage.

Here's a closer look at this Chun-Li Street Fighter figure. While it is unpainted, her eyes are finished. It is a scale figure, though the exact size wasn't specified in the announcement.

This isn't an unusual announcement or reveal. Good Smile Company's worked on a number of Street Fighter figures. This includes quite a few of Chun-Li. For example, there is a Pop Up Parade figure of her in this exact same outfit. The company also recently opened pre-orders for a Nendoroid of the character. It included pieces that would allow people to make it look like she's using some of her iconic attacks.

Chun-Li's next appearance will be in Street Fighter 6. It will appear on June 2, 2023 on the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, and PC. There's no release window for this new figure yet.

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Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 8:53 PM

Next VShojo Figures Are Kson and Amemiya Nazuna Nendoroids

Good Smile Company is working on two more Vshojo figures, and as its WonHobby 36 Nendoroid announcements included ones of Kson and Amemiya Nazuna. Both of the Vtubers are fairly recent additions to the Vshojo roster. They joined the company in July 2022. As their figures are early in development, only concept art appeared.

First, here's a look at the upcoming Vshojo Kson figure. She was an independent Vtuber before she joined the company.

Next, here's how the Amemiya Nazuna Vshojo Nendoroid might end up looking. She was "new" before joining the group.

These will be the third and fourth Vshojo Nendoroids. The first one was of Nyatasha Nyanners. Later, an Ironmouse one appeared too. There are also Nyanners and Veibae Pop Up Parade figures being made by Good Smile Company.

There's no release window yet for the Kson or Amemiya Nazuna Nendoroids.

The post Next VShojo Figures Are Kson and Amemiya Nazuna Nendoroids appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 8:41 PM

Tales of Arise Shion Figure Will Look Like She's Playing a Flute

Good Smile Company is working on a Tales of Arise Shion Pop Up Parade figure. The company announced it at WonHobby 36. Only preliminary concept art appeared. It noted that she'll be wearing more formal attire, rather than one of her outfits from the game.

Here's the reveal that the Shion figure is in the works. As this is a concept, the final pose might not exactly resemble the art.

If this concept art looks familiar, that's because it seems this Tales of Arise Shion figure will be based on official art for a concert. Back in 2021, Bandai Namco announced a Tales of Orchestra 25th Anniversary concert. As it was going to include songs from Tales of Arise, the promotional art included pictures of characters from the game dressed formally and ready to perform. For example, Alphen was in a tuxedo with a baton, and Shion was wearing this red dress and playing a flute.

This isn't the only figure inspired by the series to appear recently. Kotobukiya recently showed off a Dohalim one that is in development.

Tales of Arise is available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC, and there's no release window for this Shion Pop Up Parade figure yet.

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Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 8:30 PM

Spy x Family Loid, Yor, and Anya Nendoroid Dolls, Damien Nendoroid Revealed

Five Spy x Family Nendoroid and Nendoroid Doll figure announcements came up at WonHobby 36, with Good Smile Company announcing ones for the Forger family members Loid, Yor, and Anya and Damien Desmond. The dolls will be of the Forgers, with Yor getting two variants. Damien will only be available as a Nendoroid.

First, here's a closer look at Damien. He's wearing his school uniform. He's also the furthest along in development, as he appeared as a painted prototype. There are already Nendoroids of the Forger family members.

Next, here are the first three Spy x Family Nendoroid Dolls. Loid will be wearing his spy suit, Yor will be in her Thorn Princess dress, and Anya is in her school uniform.

Finally, the other Yor Nendoroid Doll will feature her in casual clothing.

There are no release windows yet for the Spy x Family Nendoroid Doll figures of Loid, Yor, and Anya Forger or the Nendoroid of Damien Desmond. The anime is streaming on Crunchyroll. The manga is available in English via Viz Media.

The post Spy x Family Loid, Yor, and Anya Nendoroid Dolls, Damien Nendoroid Revealed appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 8:19 PM

Persona 5 Royal Joker Nendoroid Doll, Kasumi Nendoroid Figures Coming

Two new Persona 5 Royal figure announcements were among the Good Smile Company WonHobby 36 reveals, with a Joker Nendoroid Doll and Kasumi "Violet" Yoshizawa Nendoroid confirmed. Both are in an early stage. As such, there are no prototypes. Rather, only art appeared alongside the announcements.

First, here's the Persona 5 Royal Joker Nendoroid Doll reveal. As a reminder, a Nendoroid Doll is slightly larger than a normal Nendoroid, is jointed, and comes with fabric clothing you can remove and change. The concept art notes Joker will be in his Phantom Thief attire.

Next, here's the concept art for the Kasumi Persona 5 Royal Nendoroid. Like the Joker Nendoroid Doll, she'll be in her Phantom Thief wear, rather than a school uniform.

Persona 5 Royal is available now on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. Good Smile Company didn't note when people can expect the Persona 5 Royal Joker Nendoroid Doll or Kasumi "Violet" Yoshizawa Nendoroid figures to appear.

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Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 8:01 PM

Guilty Gear Strive Bridget Figure Shown, Nendoroid Announced

At WonHobby 36, Good Smile Company showed an in-progress picture of a Guilty Gear Strive's Bridget Pop Up Parade figure prototype and announced a Nendoroid of the character. The figure is further along, as it appeared in a painted state. Only concept art of the Nendoroid showed up.

First, here's how the Bridget figure looks so far. She's wielding her yo-yo in it.

Next, here's the announcement for the Guilty Gear Strive Bridget Nendoroid. Roger is shown in the art, but it's uncertain if the bear will be included.

The last Guilty Gear character to get a Nendoroid was Dizzy.

This isn't the only piece of Good Smile Company Bridget merchandise to recently appear. The company also announced a plush toy of the character. Pre-orders for it are open ahead of its Summer 2023 debut.

Guilty Gear Strive is available on the PS4, PS5, and PC. It will come to the Xbox One and Xbox Series X in early 2023. There's no word yet on when the Good Smile Company figure or Nendoroid of Bridget as she appears in Guilty Gear Strive will release.

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Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 7:53 PM

Check Out the Doki Doki Literature Club Monika Figure and Natsuki Nendoroid

There won't only be the Monika Nendoroid anymore, as Good Smile Company showed off painted prototypes of the Doki Doki Literature Club Monika Pop Up Parade figure and Natsuki Nendoroid at WonHobby 36. Both seem like pre-orders could appear rather soon, as each one is completely painted.

First, here's how the Monika Doki Doki Literature Club Pop Up Parade figure looks so far. She's holding a pen and features a cheerful expression.

Next, here's how the Doki Doki Literature Club Natsuki Nendoroid is turning out. None of her accessories are shown in her preliminary pose. This figure was announced back in May 2022.

As a reminder, the Monika Nendoroid is already available. It showed up back in December 2022. It featured a number of different face plates, some of them spoilers for the game.

Doki Doki Literature Club is available on PCs for free. DDLC Plus is available for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC. There's no release date yet for either of these figures.

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Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 7:45 PM

Here's How the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Mio Figma Figure Looks

At WonHobby 36, Good Smile Company shared an update on the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 figma Mio, as an unpainted prototype figure appeared. This meant that people could see her in one potential pose while wielding her chakram weapons. There's no release date for her yet.

Here's a closer look at how she is turning out. This Mio figma is based on her default look in Xenoblade Chronicles 3. This means she's using her Zephyr class with usual chakram. She has one equipped in each hand.

We've known this Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Mio figure is in the works for quite some time now. Both the figma and a 1/7th scale one were announced back in August 2022. At the time, due to how early in development they were, only concept art appeared at Smile Fest 2022. There's still no sign of the 1/7th scale version of the heroine just yet. The company also didn't note if any other members of the cast will get their own figures.

There's no word yet on when the Mio figma will be released. Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is immediately available for the Nintendo Switch.

The post Here's How the Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Mio Figma Figure Looks appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 7:36 PM

New Hololive Nendoroids, Figmas, and Figures Include Gawr Gura, Laplus

WonHobby 36 kicked off in Japan, and with it an array of Hololive Nendoroid, figma, and miscellaneous figure announcements for Vtubers like Laplus Darkness, Gawr Gura, Amelia Watson, and Calliope Mori. These are in various stages of production, with some being unpainted prototypes and others further along and appearing as painted prototypes.

First, here are the Aki Rosenthal and Amelia Watson Nendoroid figure prototypes. Aki isn't as far along and is unpainted. However, Amelia seems closer to being "done," as she's painted even posed holding a magnifying glass.

Next, here are the unpainted Nendoroid prototypes of the Hololive Secret Society holoX Vtubers. From left to right, Sakamata Chloe, Takane Lui, Laplus Darkness, Hakui Koyori, and Kazama Iroha appear.

A Laplus Darkness scale figure is also in development.

The only unpainted Nendoroid in this batch is Amane Kanata. Tsunomaki Watame, Yukihana Lamy, and Shishiro Botan painted prototypes appeared here.

Next, here are the Hololive Vtuber figma of Laplus, Calliope, and Gura, with the Calliope prototype already being painted and the Laplus and Gura ones unpainted.

There's an Usada Pekora figure.

Finally, here are the Hololive Pop Up Parade figures of Murasaki Shion, Nakiri Ayame, Laplus, and Calliope.

All of these Hololive Nendoroid, Figma, and figures are in development and don't have a release date yet.

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Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 6:00 PM

Best Forspoken Gear Cloaks Nails Necklaces

Getting the right gear is a staple of RPG-style character progression, and Forspoken's no stranger to "gear lust". But rather than the usual assemblage of helmets, armor, and weapons you might find in a typical fantasy game, Luminous Productions has leaned into the fact that Frey Holland's greatest weapon in Athia comes from her magic. Using her spells and the protective abilities of her talking vambrace Cuff, she brings war to the Tantas on their own terms. To add to that witchy feeling, the Best Forspoken gear items take the form of items suited to outfitting a magically-empowered demigod. Here's our quick guide to selecting the right items for you as you traipse around Athia.

Forspoken Cloaks

What are the best Forspoken gear items and how do I optimize them?

Frey's gear in Forspoken comes in three varieties: Cloaks, Necklaces, and Nail Art. You'll earn them all over Athia, most often as rewards from activities. You'll be able to see which activity earns what kind of reward by checking the icon. The purple icon will indicate if you haven't earned an activity's reward yet, as well as what type of reward it is. A few items are also given out as quest rewards, or unlocked out in the open world.

Cloaks and Necklaces are the most flexible gear pieces in Forspoken. This is because each cloak or necklace carries a unique perk. For example, the Orison necklace you can earn early in the game will restore a bit of health when you defeat an enemy.

However, one convenient thing about Forspoken's gear system is that once you unlock a cloak or necklace and its perk, you can place that perk on any other cloak or necklace you own by spending resources at a Crafting Table. You can even replace the perks on the gear that originally had them, to fully customize its properties to your liking. As such, if you find a particularly appealing-looking cloak or necklace, you can keep it upgraded throughout the game by transferring the best perks from other pieces you earn as you go through Athia.

Keep in mind, though: Perks don't "stack", so you can't boost an effect by having multiple copies of the perk occupying the slots. It's best to run with a diverse setup of different perks to have a broad spread of benefits.

As for nail art, the patterns you can earn aren't upgradeable in the same way as cloaks and necklaces, but they do give out bonuses when equipped that are tailored to certain playstyles. You can equip two patterns at a time, so pick your favorites and set them to suit how you like to use your spells.

What are the best Forspoken cloaks and where do I find them?

There are so many cloaks and capes to find in Athia that the selection can get overwhelming. However, the main thing to remember is that nearly every cloak has just three perk slots, and if you've got the resources on hand, you can transfer any combination of perks to any cloak. There no single "best" cloak to get, just the best perks and stats your resources and exploration can unlock.

Except...that's not completely true. In light of Forspoken's customization-friendly gear system, there is, in fact, a best cloak.

It's this one: The Veriment Cloak. You can get it by completing the Locked Labyrinth challenge dungeon in the Visorian Isthmus section of Visoria.

Veriment Cloak

The Veriment cloak comes with a good set of perks attached, which boost Frey's damage, Surge Magic recharge speed, Critical Hit Rate, and Stamina Recharge when her health is low. But the real benefit of using the Veriment Cloak is the fact that unlike every other cloak in the game, it has four perk slots. That's the most perk slots of any cloak in the game, giving you a full extra perk's worth of advantage.

Of course, you'll have to unlock other cloaks to add their perks to your available options, then gather materials to fund both the upgrades to general stats and installing the perks themselves, making the Veriment Cloak more of a late-game all-purpose garment. Here's a quick list of a few other cloaks that caught our eye, why they're good, and where to find them.

  • Unstoppable
    • Unlocked by clearing the Militis Academy scouting mission in Praenost.
      • Unstoppable's perks reduce your fall damage (great when running around) and increase your spell damage when parkouring (essential in a fight)
  • Pelerine
    • Unlocked by purchasing it at the doll vendor for 1 Poppet doll (obtained from "Follow the Cat" detours in Cipal).
      • Pelerine is a great early-game cloak, with a large stamina bonus in its base stats. It also lets critical hits restore health, giving you a bit of safety cushion while you come to grips with the combat.
  • Puissant
    • Unlocked by clearing Locked Labyrinth: Cliff in Praenost's Citadel region.
      • Puissant's perk boosts your Surge Magic recharge rate when you're outnumbered. Think about it: Other than Cuff: Frey acts alone in Athia. Your Surge magic is also a great tool against large crowds of enemies, making it easier to use when you're in a pinch.

Forspoken Necklaces

What are the best Forspoken necklaces and where do I find them?

Forspoken necklaces work pretty similarly to cloaks, in that unlocking necklaces adds perk options to your database, which can be transferred or copied over to another necklace. Unlike cloaks, though, you can upgrade Necklaces to increase their perk slots and change their appearances. In fact, many necklaces share perks with cloaks, and some are applicable across categories.

There's no necklace like the above Veriment Cloak in Forspoken, which has four perk slots. All have the same maximum number, so your decisions will hinge on looks, stats, and whether they come in with appealing perks.

With that in mind, the best Forspoken necklace is Home Sweet Hell.

Home Sweet Hell

Home Sweet Hell has the best base stats in the game, with good bonuses across the board to all categories of magic. It also unlocks a killer unique perk that restores stamina when you attack while parkouring. Unfortunately, though, it's a bit of a pain to unlock.

Home Sweet Hell can be obtained by visiting the "Curiosity Shop" in Inner Visoria. You'll then need to purchase the "Sewing Kit" item for 64 Old Coins. This unlocks a crafting recipe for the Necklace, as well as for the Unbroken cloak. Once you craft it, Home Sweet Hell is yours to keep and modify.

There are a few other necklaces you can unlock to hold Home Sweet Hell's place as you go through the game, though. Here are some of our favorites.

  • Orison
    • Unlocked by completing Locked Labyrinth: East in the Barren Plains area near Cipal.
      • Orison unlocks the ability to restore health from destroying an enemy, a good safety net for early and mid-game fights before you've built up your supply of healing draughts.
  • Balle Balle
    • Unlocked from completing the Place of Prayer in Junoon's Sacred Peaks area.
      • Balle Belle comes with 3 excellent perks that increase your Critical Hit rate when you cast in quick succession, improves your Surge Magic recharge when your HP is high, and adds an auto-heal effect when you're recovering from a defenseless state (such as taking a big hit and temporarily losing the ability to block).
  • Sooth
    • Unlocked in Locked Labyrinth: South, located in Visoria's Homestead Hills.
      • Sooth is a good "general purpose" necklace, coming with decent stats and three perks that boost your three magic types (Attack, Support, and Surge) when your stamina's full.
  • Sarka
    • Unlocked by completing the Ruins of Pagus activity in Praenost's Citadel area.
      • Sarka doesn't have much in the way of distinctive stats, but it does have a great perk that boosts Support magic damage across the board. Support magic spells are excellent damage-dealers, and a perk that boosts them all is invaluable in any situation.

Nail Designs Forspoken

What are the best Forspoken nail designs and where do I find them?

As far as the best Forspoken gear items go, your gear choices are largely determined by your play style and preferences. The same holds true for nail designs. You can equip one for each hand in Forspoken, and you can unlock them the same way you unlock cloaks and necklaces: Via activities, treasure chests, and quests.

Unlike cloaks and necklaces, though, the benefits of a given nail design are  fixed, and in some cases they have a trade-off, like boosting one type of magic while reducing the effectiveness of another. Additionally, you need to pay a small amount in resources whenever you change nail designs. Thus you'll want to choose carefully: Either boost your favorite spell types, or select for a more broadly applicable general boost to effectiveness across the board. I favored the latter approach, because a one-size-fits-all angle let me focus more on the combat and traversal than messing around in gear menus.

Here are a few of my favorite Forspoken nail designs.

  • Amped
    • Unlocked by completing the Ruins of Calme area in Avoalet.
      • Amped gives you a boost to damage when surrounded by enemies, and adds 5% to Frey's magic damage output. This is great because you're always outnumbered, and Frey's magic is the most versatile magic type.
  • Fatale
    • Fight and destroy the Gigas, an enemy located in the Rock Beds in Praenost's Mount Garrison area.
      • Fatale makes it easier to knock down enemies, based on the number of spells Frey's learned, along with giving a flat bonus to all spell damage. Knockdowns are good because you can use them to unleash Killer Blows. Easier knockdowns also make certain spell challenges simpler to complete.
  • Lit
    • Unlocked in Visoria's Tanta's Demesne area, after completing the Zakto Village scouting mission.
      • Lit gives you a universal boost to damage if your Surge magic is fully charged. Since Surges are usually reserved for big groups and bosses, you'll probably hold onto one most times, so you'll benefit from a high uptime on the buff. You'll also have a general boost to all spell damage.
  • Flaunt
    • Flaunt can be found in Visoria's Yonder Cape area, unlocked by completing the Fort Gabb sidequest.
      • Flaunt boosts your damage when your HP is high, which it always should be.

Forspoken is available on PS5 and PC. Check out Siliconera's review of the game, or our guide to unlocking the "Cat Person" achievement/trophy.

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Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 5:00 PM

lycoris recoil anime

A new anime for Lycoris Recoil is in production, with a short trailer for it appearing on A-1 Pictures's YouTube channel. The video mostly uses clips of the first series, detailing the relationship between Chisato and Takina throughout the twelve episodes. As well, the voice-over for the trailer has them expressing their gratitude for each other. [Thanks, Crunchyroll!]

You can watch the announcement trailer for the new Lycoris Recoil anime here:


There are not a lot of details as of yet. The Twitter account for the Lycoris Recoil anime refers to it as a "new animation" rather than a second season. So it is still unclear if it is a continuation of the first series or if this is a new project. The words that appear in the trailer mention that Takina and Chisato's story is not over yet, as well as bring up the special moments they've accumulated together and the future they chose.

Lycoris Recoil was an original action anime from A-1 Pictures that ran from July to September 2022. It follows Takina, who is part of the all-female assassin and spy group 'Lycoris,' and her new position as Chisato's partner. Lycoris had assigned Takina to Chisato due to Takina jeopardizing her colleagues on a mission. The two of them work undercover in a cafe, though Takina wants to return to her old agency.

The new anime for Lycoris Recoil is in production and more information will appear for it in the near future. Other ongoing projects from A-1 Pictures include the NieR Automata anime and Fate/strange Fake.

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Feb 11, 14:00

PCGamesN Saturday, February 11, 2023 12:53 PM
     Civ 6 DLC Rulers of the Sahara gets release date on Steam and Epic

Developer Firaxis announces the Civ 6 DLC Rulers of the Sahara release date and shows off the new leaders coming to its 4X strategy game in February. The fourth pack included in the Civilization 6 Leader Pass comprises two leaders for Egypt along with a second pick for Mali, first introduced to Civilization 6 with the Gathering Storm expansion.

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PCGamesN Saturday, February 11, 2023 11:40 AM
     Put Skyrim mods aside as Oblivion and Morrowind collide in new project

There's plenty of new Skyrim mods to help fantasy fans pass the time until the next Bethesda games arrive, but the wait for Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6 release date just got easier thanks to a crossover mod featuring two older entries in the series. Both Morrowind and Oblivion are worthy of their place among the best RPG games of all time, and a new Elder Scrolls mod brings them together in spectacular fashion.

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PCGamesN Saturday, February 11, 2023 11:10 AM
     Maximise your gaming PC performance with new FPS Monitor app

Making sure your gaming PC is up to scratch with the latest and greatest gaming hardware is something every PC gamer should keep an eye on - whether you're an expert builder and tweaker or relatively new to the platform. Fortunately, a new app from the folks behind PCGameBenchmark helps you easily ensure your system matches up to requirements for all the upcoming games you've got your eye on, and easily see which components might be holding you back.

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PCGamesN Saturday, February 11, 2023 10:37 AM
     Jedi Survivor droids nod to Star Wars prequels, Clone Wars, and Rebels

With the Star Wars Jedi Survivor release date just over two months away, EA gives us a look at some of the various droids that Cal Kestis, BD-1, and their companions will be going up against in what looks set to be one of the best Star Wars games in a while. With nods to familiar faces from the Star Wars prequels and animated series including The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, you'll face plenty of dangerous droids in Jedi Survivor.

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PCGamesN Saturday, February 11, 2023 8:18 AM
     WoW Dragonflight patch 10.0.7 makes chat a more pleasant place

The WoW Dragonflight patch 10.0.7 PTR gives us a glimpse at some of the upcoming features planned to arrive in Azeroth soon, and they include a welcome way to clean up chat. While the Blizzard game is unquestionably one of the best MMORPGs on PC despite many ups and downs over the years, there's one area where World of Warcraft has always traditionally fallen behind rivals such as Square Enix's Final Fantasy XIV.

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PCGamesN Saturday, February 11, 2023 7:08 AM
     Resident Evil 4 Remake locks bonus treasures behind Deluxe Edition DLC

The Resident Evil 4 Remake release date feels so close now that we can almost smell the unpleasant stench of burning flesh from the opening of one of the best horror games of all time. If you're going to steer Leon S. Kennedy and Ashley Graham safely through the swarms of infected Ganado villagers in the Capcom classic, collecting every treasure along the way to pay for those weapon upgrades is essential. However, it seems buyers of the Resident Evil 4 Remake Deluxe Edition might get a leg up on the competition, thanks to a DLC map.

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PCGamesN Saturday, February 11, 2023 9:11 AM
     Minecraft update 1.20 lets you dig more gently as archeology arrives

As the Minecraft update 1.20 release date gets closer, developer Mojang unveils the latest new feature coming in its next major patch. Archeology seems like such a natural fit for Minecraft that we're almost shocked it hasn't made its way into one of the best sandbox games on PC before now, but that's all set to change soon.

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PCGamesN Saturday, February 11, 2023 9:11 AM
     Battlefield 2042 update 3.2.1 patch notes nerf dart guns hard

Another update is coming next week for military FPS game Battlefield 2042. Update 3.2.1 includes the rollback to the 'stealth' changes made to the drum and extended magazines in the last patch, but also some important changes for launchers. Specifically, Battlefield 2042's tracer dart gun is getting a big nerf.

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Twinfinite Saturday, February 11, 2023 12:29 PM
     The tale of cute girls doing assassin things continues.

Twinfinite Saturday, February 11, 2023 12:00 PM
     The anime was never going to be able to use everything.

Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 1:00 PM

nikke pc

Shift Up gave an update on the PC version of Goddess of Victory: Nikke, listing out the specs that you should have to run the game smoothly. Though "development for the PC is version is close to the end," according to the official website, there is no actual date just yet. However, we do know that you can sync your account across multiple platforms.

In terms of the actual gameplay, both the PC and mobile versions of Goddess of Victory: Nikke are the same. You will have a larger screen on the PC, as well as have access to a keyboard and mouse. This could make things easier for those who are used to PC gaming. As for the specs that you should have, the minimum configurations are:

OS: Windows 7 64-bit

Processor: Intel Core i3 or similar

Memory: 8 GB

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti

DirectX: Version 11

Minimum Storage Space: 10 GB

Shift Up also notes that you technically can get away with specs lower than these, but you will experience lag. As for the recommended configurations, they are:

OS: Windows 10 64-bit

Processor: Intel Core i5

Memory: 8 GB

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER / GTX 1650

DirectX: Version 11

Recommended Storage Space: 20 GB

Since you can sync your accounts and access them any time so long as you register the devices, all of your information will remain no matter what platform you play from. That means if you started from mobile and then transfer to PC, all of your characters and shop items and such will remain the same.

Goddess of Victory: NIKKE is available on mobile devices and the PC version will launch some time in the near future.

The post Here Are the Recommended PC Specs for Goddess of Victory: NIKKE appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 12:00 PM

Pokemon new anime release

The Pokemon Company International announced the release date of the new season of the Pokemon anime series. It will come out in Japan on April 14, 2023. Additionally, the company shared a short clip in Japanese, with some information on Riko, one of the two main protagonists of this new story. Riko is a young girl born and raised in the Paldea Region, and she possesses a strange pendant. More announcements will come in the near future.

Riko and Roy are the new protagonists of the Pokemon anime. We still don't know a lot about Roy, but we can expect more information about him coming soon. The three Paldea starters will be featured in the series. You can check out a short clip with information on Riko here:


While people wait for more information on this brand new Pokemon adventure, Ash's journey is coming to an end with Pokemon: Aim to Be a Pokemon Master, a special 11-episode arc. In some recent information shared by Oricon News, the Squirtle Squad from the original 1998 will make an appearance in the fifth episode of this special series, which includes Ash's original Squirtle.

The new Pokemon anime series releases on April 14, 2023 in Japan. There is no information on when the English dub will release. Pokemon: Aim to Be a Pokemon Master airs every Friday, and the episode featuring the Squirtle Squad will air on February 10, 2023.

The post Pokemon New Anime Series Releases on April 2023 in Japan appeared first on Siliconera.

Siliconera Saturday, February 11, 2023 9:00 AM

It has been 15 years since the original Dead Space came out and since that day in 2008, it gained a reputation as a standout survival horror title. For me though, 2008 was all about assembling my ragtag group of Nintendo mascots to win as many games as I could in Mario Super Sluggers for the Nintendo Wii. The 2023 remake of Dead Space is my first experience with this supposed crown jewel of the survivor horror genre. Thankfully, it turns out Dead Space is just as, if not better than, Mario Super Sluggers, thanks to its rich array of tense moments, exciting gunplay and gorgeous visuals. 

If there's one important aspect that makes horror games appealing to me, it's tension, and Dead Space brings it almost right off the bat. You are "Engineer of the Year" Isaac Clarke, who together with your ragtag group of repair folks are tasked with providing maintenance to flagship mining vessel the USG Ishimura. Unsurprisingly, things go horribly wrong and you're forced to try to survive while uncovering the ship's mysteries. The answers to these mysteries are mostly uncovered through text, audio logs and holograms found throughout the ship. It's a strong example of environmental storytelling, and I found myself checking through any door I could access, in hopes that I could find these logs, or even a scrawled message on the wall. If you haven't played Dead Space yet then I recommend going in with as little story knowledge as possible. 

'Cut Off Their Limbs' Written in Blood

While the tension in Dead Space does partially come from the slowly revealed story, a major part also feeds from the limited ammo and resources that are a staple of most survival horror games. There were dozens of times where I chose to try and run past enemies instead of fighting them, because I wanted to conserve ammo. It's neat that Dead Space, for the most part, gives you the option to work your way around enemies instead of blasting through them. Thankfully, there's still a ton of blasting to be done in the game. The lack of ammo pushes you to use every weapon in your arsenal even if they aren't your favorites. There are many games where you start with a weapon and quickly move onto bigger and better ones. In Dead Space, the best gun is the one that currently has ammo in it. 

There is additional nuance and customization given to each weapon and Isaac's suit thanks to the nodal upgrade system. These nodes are scattered throughout the ship and each one unlocks a new skill ranging from extra HP and stasis powers, to more damage and faster reload time on weapons. They're fairly standard fare as far as upgrades go, but it's always exciting to stumble across a new one. 

Isaac takes aim at a necromorph with his pulse rifle in the hallway of a ship.

The enemy variety in Dead Space takes a while to expand but does so at a reasonable rate. The first grunt type enemy that you encounter is one that you'll also be fighting 10 hours in, but by that time, they're just one part of a tasty necromorph menu, each with their own unique style and gimmick. My favorite is the lanky Divider necromorphs, who are easy to defeat but drop terrifying heads with tendrils attached. If these tendrils kill you, they rip off your head and take over your body. Seeing them pilot your corpse is wonderfully creepy and the animations for getting killed are as mesmerizing as they are gruesome. Still, the game does have its challenging parts and it can be frustrating to see the same kill animation for the sixth time in a row. 

Rounding out the combat is Isaac's hover flight abilities, which are mostly used when exploring the exterior of the USG Ishimura. The flight controls are floaty and slightly nauseating, but it's fighting against enemies while flying that feels the worst. It's easy to get your orientation flipped around and there are often long range enemies that sit in the darkness. I died several times due to the combination of being out in space and not knowing where the enemies are, and it's extra noticeable compared to how stellar and dynamic the non-flying combat is. It's also a shame because the other aspects of being in space work so well. The visuals are neat,  and the relative silence of the vacuum creates a wonderfully tense atmosphere in a game that's already quite tense to begin with. 

Isaac Clarke floating in space, above the USG Ishimura. Debris and explosions in the distance.

Also contributing to Dead Space's tension masterclass is the lack of loading screens. Save for a couple of cutscenes, Isaac is always controllable and loading is masked by the elevators and trolley cars that help you navigate the Ishimura. While games without loading screens are becoming more common, the implementation in Dead Space is the best I've seen so. Waiting for the elevator to go down a couple of floors while not knowing what horrors await you is unnerving.  and similarly to most of the game's systems, adds to the overall tension. 

It also helps that Dead Space is a gorgeous slice of sci-fi horror goodness. From the horrifying necromorphs and the dark industrial ship, to the flash of your weapons and the sheen of Isaac's suit, Dead Space is a feast for the eyes and one that doesn't let up for its duration (save for Isaac's goofy expressions when maskless). My favorite visual touch is Isaac's health bar taking the form of glowing nodes on his spine, as it is both a visually striking and practical way to show how much health you have left. 

Dead Space is a fantastic game to play in 2023, thanks to its engrossing story, stellar combat, and smart systems. It's a testament to the crew at Motive Studios and EA, that the struggle of Isaac Clarke and friends manages to impress 15 years later. This one's a resounding home run. 

Dead Space is available for the PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

The post Review: Dead Space is A Survival Horror Standout appeared first on Siliconera.

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, February 11, 2023 1:15 PM
     Hogwarts Legacy Deathly Hallows Elder Wand Invisibility Cloak Resurrection StoneThe Deathly Hallows are objects of legend and myth. Those who've read the Harry Potter books or watched the movies know that they have immense power, sought after by many wizards and witches. So, the question remains: can you get the Deathly Hallows in Hogwarts Legacy or are they not in the game at all? Note: For more information, check out our Hogwarts Legacy guides and features hub. Likewise, please be reminded that this guide contains spoilers. Hogwarts Legacy guide – Can you get the Deathly Hallows in the game? The Deathly Hallows were featured prominently in the Harry Potter novels and movies. The legend tells of three brothers that tried to trick Death, and the entity agreed to give each of them a powerful item. These three objects — the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Invisibility Cloak — ensured that whoever wields them will attain mastery over Death. So, are they in the game? Well, technically, you do receive the Deathly Hallows in Hogwarts Legacy, ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, February 11, 2023 1:00 PM
     Hogwarts Legacy Niamh Fitzgerald's Trial Deathly HallowsNiamh Fitzgerald's Trial is a quest in Hogwarts Legacy. It might just be one of the coolest moments in the game due to the design and creativity behind it. Here's our Hogwarts Legacy Niamh Fitzgerald's Trial guide to help you with the objectives needed to complete this mission. Note: For more information, check out our Hogwarts Legacy guides and features hub. Likewise, please be reminded that this guide contains spoilers. Hogwarts Legacy guide – Niamh Fitzgerald's Trial guide Quest requirements The Hogwarts Legacy Niamh Fitzgerald's Trial quest becomes available at the end of this particular section of the campaign. Prior to this, you'll need to do the following: Fire and Vice – Help Poppy retrieve a Dragon Egg. Professor Weasley's Assignment – You'll learn the Transformation spell. It's All Gobbledegook – You'll explore a goblin mine. In the Shadow of Time – You can choose whether you'd le...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, February 11, 2023 12:25 PM
     Hogwarts Legacy It's All Gobbledegook Puzzles GuideIt's All Gobbledegook is a main quest in Hogwarts Legacy. In it, you'll be able to explore a goblin mine, complete with various contraptions. Here's our Hogwarts Legacy guide to help you with It's All Gobbledegook puzzles so you can finsih the quest. Note: For more information, check out our Hogwarts Legacy guides and features hub. Hogwarts Legacy guide – It's All Gobbledegook puzzles The It's All Gobbledegook quest in Hogwarts Legacy becomes available during the later portion of the campaign: Complete Charles Rookwood's Trial, which will cause the season to change to winter, marking the beginning of the late-game stage. Complete Fire and Vice, where you help Poppy recover a Dragon Egg. And, finally, complete Professor Weasley's Assignment (Transformation spell). The Hogwarts Legacy It's All Gobbledegook quest should then pop up on your quest log. Your initial objectives are to talk to Amit in the Astronomy Classroom, and th...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, February 11, 2023 12:05 PM
     Hogwarts Legacy Dragon Egg Poached Egg Fire And Vice PoppyYes, there is, indeed, a Dragon Egg in Hogwarts Legacy. And, no, you're not going to go around pulling it straight into your Nab-sack. Instead, it's part of a main quest, which eventually leads to a couple of companion tasks. Here's our Hogwarts Legacy Dragon Egg guide to help you with Fire and Vice, and Poached Egg, two quests from Poppy Sweeting. Note: For more information, check out our Hogwarts Legacy guides and features hub. Hogwarts Legacy Dragon Egg guide – Fire and Vice, and Poached Egg quests from Poppy Sweeting The two quests involving the Hogwarts Legacy Dragon Egg are Fire and Vice, and Poached Egg. These become available later in the campaign: Fire and Vice – This appears as the first main quest for the succeeding chapter after you finish Charles Rookwood's Trial. Poached Egg – After doing Fire and Vice, you'll need to complete the Transformation spell assignment and It's All Gobbledegook, as well as have a short conve...

Gamer Empire Saturday, February 11, 2023 8:26 AM
     There are 12 main skills in RimWorld that your colonists may learn and improve upon with your help. All of these skills are extremely useful […]

Tabletop Gaming News Saturday, February 11, 2023 9:50 AM
     Modiphius Entertainment has announced the launch of their new Fallout Friday series, which will feature weekly updates on their upcoming Fallout: Wasteland Warfare tabletop miniatures game. The first installment of Fallout Friday will take place on February 10th and will include a preview of the game's rulebook, as well as an exclusive look at some of the miniatures that will be available. Fans of the Fallout franchise can also look forward to more news and updates in the coming weeks.

Tabletop Gaming News Saturday, February 11, 2023 8:22 AM
     Mantic Games has released a new two-player starter set for their sci-fi skirmish game, Deadzone. The set, called Fall of Omega VII, includes two armies of miniatures, terrain pieces, dice, and cards. It also comes with an exclusive scenario book that contains rules for the game and missions to play. The set is designed to be easy to learn and quick to set up, allowing players to jump into the action in just five minutes. With this new starter set, Mantic Games hopes to make Deadzone more accessible to new players.

Tabletop Gaming News Saturday, February 11, 2023 7:00 AM
     Today, the United Combat Militia (UCM) has released a new Ferrum Raven Dropship and MDF terrain set. The Ferrum Raven is a large dropship designed to transport troops and equipment into battle, while the MDF terrain set includes a variety of buildings and structures for creating battlefields. Both products are now available from TT Combat, an online retailer specializing in tabletop wargaming. This new release is sure to excite fans of the popular Dropzone Commander game, as well as those looking to add some unique pieces to their gaming table.

MonsterVine Saturday, February 11, 2023 9:00 AM
     A long time ago there was this dude named Sir Reginald Sharkingston and he was an adventurer or discoverer or something. He would explore reefs and stuff and went into this cave and found a material later known as Sharknite. This Sharknite stuff allowed us to build all sorts of cool stuff including airships and […]