Kotaku Monday, February 13, 2023 4:55 PM
As Microsoft continues its year-long journey to consume Activision Blizzard King, we keep learning more and more about the inner workings of the various corporations involved. And today, via the UK Competition and Markets Authority's provisional report on the deal, we learned that when games are added to Xbox's Game…
Kotaku Monday, February 13, 2023 3:30 PM
The vulva saga continues. After Kotaku broke the news that CDPR had added more realistic genitals to some of the women in The Witcher 3 with its next-gen update, then broke the news that those realistic genitals would be removed as their addition was "unintended," it now seems that the mod itself was used by CDPR…
Kotaku Monday, February 13, 2023 3:15 PM
On January 18, 2022, Microsoft announced that it planned to buy Activision Blizzard King—the mega-publisher behind games like Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Candy Crush—in a deal worth nearly $70 billion.
Kotaku Monday, February 13, 2023 2:40 PM
It's the best-selling home video game console of all time. So yeah, the PlayStation 2 has some good games. But which of them are the best?
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Kotaku Monday, February 13, 2023 12:45 PM
Voice actors within the video game, cartoon, and anime industries have come out against the use of AI websites that copy and sell their voices without their permission.
Kotaku Monday, February 13, 2023 12:39 PM
If you watched the latest trailer for The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom you might have been shocked to hear what sounds like Ganon talking, marveled at Link's new powers, or completely lost it when you saw him riding a magical lawnmower. Some fans, however, are losing it over a blurry screenshot that might…
Kotaku Monday, February 13, 2023 12:17 PM
Metroid Prime Remastered has been out for less than a week, and players are praising how well the Nintendo Switch version holds up to the original. There's a major difference, though: The developers who worked on Metroid Prime for the GameCube have had their names left off the credits screen. And they're not thrilled…
Kotaku Monday, February 13, 2023 11:36 AM
No matter where you sit on the enormous and complex debate regarding AI models and their use of datasets to generate new images, artworks, writing and even movies, there's one thing everyone can agree on: they're damned creepy at drawing human hands. But why? Especially when AIs are so capable of recreating the…
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 5:27 PM
Two of the pieces of media that I love most in this world are colony management game Dwarf Fortress and John Carpenter's The Thing, the 1982 sci-fi horror movie about an underground base in Antarctica in which Kurt Russell learns about the true value of friendship. Now, a saintly modder has brought those two blessed properties together with a Dwarf Fortress mod called The Parasyte-Thing.
Continue reading This Dwarf Fortress mod adds the alien parasite from The ThingMORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best games like RimWorld and Dwarf Fortress, The best city-building games, The best survival games on PC
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 4:58 PM
What are the Sons of the Forest system requirements? Ready up your gaming PC for the horror open-world survival game. Suggestions provided by Endnight Games for Sons of the Forest aren't that gruelling, but a setup with limited gaming RAM and older storage may fall short. Still, your PC should still be able to run the long-awaited sequel to The Forest, even if it's a few years old.
Continue reading Sons of the Forest system requirementsMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best SSD for gaming, How to build a gaming PC, Best gaming CPU
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 4:56 PM
Presage is returning to Destiny 2 via exotic rotator missions, which will also include Vox Obscura and Operation: Seraph's Shield, according to a post from Destiny 2 game director Joe Blackburn. Similar to the game's raid rotator and dungeon rotator, the exotic missions will allow New Lights to experience the content they didn't get to experience when it initially launched in the FPS game. They'll also offer continued opportunities for seasoned players to enjoy missions Bungie might have otherwise removed from the game. Players can expect the exotic mission rotator to launch in Destiny 2 season 22.
Continue reading Presage is coming back to Destiny 2 via exotic rotator missionsMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 5:00 PM
When is the Sons of the Forest release date? It's a good question. After all, The Forest 2 has been a tough one to pin down, but Endnight Games has finally settled on a date, and it's gaining on us... fast. While we might run from the horrors awaiting us in the long-awaited The Forest sequel, we're not running from its fast-approaching launch date.
Beyond ever-changing release date announcements though, Endnight Games is keeping details about its new survival game remarkably close to its chest, and comms have been few and far between. When it comes to what players will experience in what could be one of the best horror games of the year, if not one the best PC games overall, we've been kept in the dark, so let's shed some light on what we do know about the Sons of the Forest release date, story, gameplay, and more.
Continue reading Sons of the Forest release date, gameplay, and trailersMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Sons of the Forest system requirements, Sons of the Forest release date, Best horror games
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 4:01 PM
It's time to get serious about Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer. Ranked play arrives with the start of Call of Duty Season 2, which begins February 15. Treyarch has lifted the curtain on its new iteration of the multiplayer game's competitive ranked mode, which it says offers more rewards and a smarter system for figuring out where you land on the scale.
Continue reading Ranked play arrives in Call of Duty Modern Warzone 2 with Season 2MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best Modern Warfare 2 guns, Best loadouts in Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 2 maps
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 3:08 PM
Destiny 2 will likely see a reprisal of the Wrath of the Machine raid this summer as Destiny 2 game director Joe Blackburn confirms players can expect a return of a classic raid sometime throughout the Lightfall year. In a lengthy blog post detailing the year beyond the Destiny 2 Lightfall release date, Blackburn confirms Bungie will reprise another Destiny raid in the FPS game during season 22, titled Season of the Deep, which should begin in late August.
Continue reading Destiny 2 is probably getting Wrath of the Machine this summerMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 3:22 PM
The Wild Hearts release date is coming up in just a few days, but Game Pass and EA Play subscribers can hop into the RPG game early. A 10-hour free trial for Wild Hearts is live now on EA Play, and access to that demo is included in PC Game Pass benefits.
Continue reading Wild Hearts trial now available on Game Pass and EA PlayMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best PC RPGs, Best co-op games on PC, Best games like Monster Hunter
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 1:11 PM
Destiny 2 will become harder across the board as the developers experiment with new ways to combat the power creep that made its way into the game's revamped buildcrafting systems with the introduction of Stasis and the Arc 3.0, Solar 3.0 and Void 3.0 overhauls introduced throughout the past year in the FPS game. According to a lengthy blog post from Joe Blackburn, Bungie's game director for Destiny 2, players can expect several difficulty changes upon the Destiny 2 Lightfall release date and the launch of Destiny 2 season 20, officially known as the Season of Defiance. These changes will make the game more challenging to players beyond simply increasing the damage dealt by or taken from enemy combatants.
Continue reading Destiny 2 is about to get (a bit) harder across the boardMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 12:59 PM
The Dark and Darker playtest has been extended on Steam with the developers hoping to make up for playing time lost due to false bans. The DnD dungeon crawler RPG game will now be available for a few extra days, after the original playtest was affected by downtime, with creators Ironmace aiming to resolve issues with the trading post and matchmaking.
Continue reading Dark and Darker playtest extended on Steam after false bansMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Dark and Darker system requirements
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 12:37 PM
Atomic Heart skills take inspiration from the likes of Bioshock or Fallout, bolstering various aspects of your loadout. While melee and ranged weapons can be upgraded via crafting machine NORA, your character utility and polymer glove abilities can only be enhanced by unlocking skills in the relevant skill trees. Not only can Atomic Heart skills strengthen the core elements of your kit, they can also open up new synergies, making build experimentation viable as you battle through Sechenov's synthetic creations.
You can unlock Atomic Heart skills by spending Neuropolymer, though the amount you'll need for each upgrade is still unknown. It's highly likely that these upgrades will behave similarly to other RPG games, and the more powerful skills will become available as you progress through Facility 3826 and harvest more Neuropolymer. As a contender for one of the best PC games of this year, here's everything we know about Atomic Heart skills.
Continue reading Atomic Heart skills and skill trees explainedMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Atomic Heart's hero revealed, The best FPS games, The best horror games
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 12:31 PM
The best sniper games are all about perching on top of a building and punching holes through bad guys from a mile away with the help of a high-calibre rifle. Whether it's the challenge of compensating for bullet drop, or the simple pleasure of watching a group of enemies descend into panic as you pick the hapless goons off one by one - the best sniper games thrive off moments like these.
Sadly, there aren't many FPS games that focus solely on making the player feel like the ultimate ghost warrior, but there are a huge number of sniper games like Counter Strike Global Offensive with realistic sniping mechanics to satisfy that itchy trigger finger of yours. Our sniper games list offers everything from military simulations to more laid-back experiences where you can afford to make the odd mistake or even ditch the sniper rifle entirely.
Continue reading The best sniper games on PC 2023MORE FROM PCGAMESN: CS:GO console commands, CS:GO tips, CS:GO smokes
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 12:16 PM
Exactly how long is Atomic Heart? Mundfish's ahistorical action RPG is on the horizon, promising a robot uprising like no other. Taking its inspiration from Bioshock and Far Cry, Atomic Heart drops you into Facility 3826, a top-secret military base under hostile takeover from the servile robots manufactured within. But exactly how long can we expect to fend off waves of drones and companion bots before order is finally restored?
As with most RPG games, Atomic Heart's total playtime varies wildly depending on how you approach it. Are you dead set on barrelling through the story with the single-minded determination of the elite soldier you control? Or are you intent on combing every inch of Facility 3826 to unearth the political machinations of its founder? Either way, here's how many hours you can expect to clock in during your first playthrough of Atomic Heart, an early contender for one of the best PC games of this year.
Continue reading How long is Atomic Heart – length and time to beatMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Atomic Heart's hero revealed, The best FPS games, The best horror games
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 12:36 PM
Where are all of the Hogwarts Legacy Daedalian keys? Fairly early on in the game, you'll find some side quests that teach you a little more about each of the collectibles in the game. One of these quests is 'The Daedalian Keys' who you can get from Gryffindor student Nellie Oggspire standing in the Transfiguration Courtyard. She asks you to investigate the flying keys scattered around Hogwarts.
These are the Hogwarts Legacy Daedalian keys, and to solve the puzzle, you need to get close to them to gain their trust. Once you do, follow them to a nearby locked cabinet to claim the house token inside. As it turns out, there are more of them hidden, but with so many collectibles in the open-world game including Demiguise Statues and Gobstone locations, you'll be pleased to hear that you don't need to set foot outside of the school for this one. That said, you do eventually need to learn a couple of Hogwarts Legacy spells to access hard-to-reach areas. Here is how the Daedalian keys work in Hogwarts Legacy, their locations, and the reward you get for finding all of the house tokens and opening the house chest, and note that there are 16 Daedalian Keys and house tokens to find in total.
Continue reading Hogwarts Legacy Daedalian key locations, and house chest rewardMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Hogwarts Legacy release date, All Hogwarts Legacy spells, Hogwarts Legacy system requirements
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 12:38 PM
If you're looking for the best Hogwarts Legacy mods, you're in luck. The wizarding world of Harry Potter is vast, and Portkey Games' offering looks to give players a full, rich Hogwarts experience. But what if you want to change something, or what if there are things you wish to add? Mods could be the way for you to put your own stamp on the game.
Open-world games are notorious for their mods. They give RPG games a second life once the main story is done and dusted and you've explored every inch of the world. Some of the best PC games have found a way to extend their life tenfold due to the inventiveness of their players. Which Hogwarts Legacy mods will you use to leave your mark on the world of Harry Potter?
Continue reading Best Hogwarts Legacy mods 2023MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Hogwarts Legacy release date, All Hogwarts Legacy spells, Hogwarts Legacy system requirements
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 12:23 PM
The development team for The Witcher 3 Enhanced Edition is still hard at work improving its performance on PC. More optimisations for the remastered RPG game are in the works, CD Projekt says, including better CPU core utilisation and better performance for ray-traced shadows and global illumination.
Continue reading More performance fixes are planned for The Witcher 3 next-genMORE FROM PCGAMESN: The Witcher 3 mods, The Witcher 4 news, Witcher 3 system requirements
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 12:04 PM
Wondering how to build a Minecraft Nether portal and what the dimensions are? This supernatural portal is a gateway between worlds, separating the overworld and Nether dimensions (a menacing hellscape full of hostile mobs). If you want to access the Nether, your only way in is through this ominous purple door, so, how do you use a Nether portal to travel to the Nether?
After building a Minecraft Nether portal following the requirements below, you can use it to teleport to the Nether by simply walking into its purple haze. Within seconds, you'll be in a hellish landscape full of lava and monsters. Most Minecraft mobs and other entities can enter or exit the Nether portal in Minecraft, with the exception of a Minecraft wither and ender dragon - they definitely don't belong in the sunny side of Minecraft.
Continue reading How to build a Minecraft Nether portalMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Minecraft seeds, Minecraft skins, Minecraft mods
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 11:48 AM
The Genhsin Impact Hu Tao and Yelan banners have produced high sales after only a few days of availability in the anime game. Honestly, this should come as no surprise given the popularity of both characters, along with the strength of their signature weapons. The current Genshin Impact character banners and weapon banners are absolutely worth pulling for, for several reasons.
Continue reading Genshin Impact Hu Tao and Yelan banners are raking in the salesMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Genshin Impact codes, Genshin Impact character tier list, Genshin Impact leveling guide
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 11:44 AM
Dr Salvador, also known as Chainsaw Man, or "Oh No, Not Him, Not Now," is set to return for Resident Evil 4 Remake, serving once again as the scourge of Leon Kennedy - or, more specifically, Leon Kennedy's neck. As we head towards the Resident Evil 4 Remake release date, horror game developer Capcom reveals the secret behind the most terrifying of Ganados, who is apparently scary because he resembles "a normal guy."
Continue reading Resident Evil 4 Remake's Dr Salvador is scary because he's "normal"MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Resident Evil 4 Remake release date, Resident Evil 4 system requirements, Best horror games on PC
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 11:25 AM
Occasionally, you'll encounter Destiny 2 error codes when trying to log on to the game. These error codes signify technical issues preventing you from accessing your character and entering the Tower. They're given cute names by Bungie such as cat, chicken, or the everpresent cabbage. Behind those cute names, however, lurks the real reason you can't frolic around, blasting enemies with your friends.
Like many MMO games, Destiny 2 has its fair share of issues, ranging from simple maintenance downtime to a member of your party being wildly behind on their updates. Some of these issues are fixable on your end, and some aren't, so to get you out and about in the free PC game, here are all the Destiny 2 error codes and how to fix them.
Continue reading All Destiny 2 error codes and how to fix themMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 exotics, Destiny 2 builds
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 11:27 AM
Unsure which is the best Hogwarts Legacy house to? While there are plenty of notable characters in each of the Hogwarts Legacy houses, it always seems like the Gryffindor students are always destined to become the heroes of the story. Fortunately, we're here to assure you that your house doesn't determine your fate.
No matter where the Hogwarts Legacy sorting hat ends up placing you, you won't need to run four saves at once to see how differently the RPG game plays out in each house. Don't worry if you've created a Wizarding World account to import your house and wand, you have the option of overriding these choices, including the best wand. While there are a few differences depending on which house you end up in, they aren't significant enough to warrant choosing one over the other.
Continue reading Best Hogwarts Legacy house to chooseMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Hogwarts Legacy release date, All Hogwarts Legacy spells, Hogwarts Legacy system requirements
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 11:34 AM
The Dead Island 2 release date has suffered at the hands of many setbacks, from jumping between developers to being hit with delays, and even the subject of a parody trailer for Goat Simulator 3 during Summer Game Fest. Many assumed the game was dead - with no chance of resurrection.
However, during Gamescom Opening Night Live in August 2022, the Dead Island 2 release date and first trailers debuted, and Dambuster Studios has taken over the development of the long-awaited sequel to one of the best zombie games ever. With more gameplay details now available, including just how Alexa Game Control will work, we're here to slash, punch, and burst through everything you need to know about the "ultimate zombie slaying experience" coming to PC and consoles this year. Having been changed again, not once but twice since that first announcement, here's the current - and hopefully final - Dead Island 2 release date.
Continue reading Dead Island 2 release date, news, gameplay, story, and moreMORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best co-op games, Everything we know about Dead Island 2, The best zombie games
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 12:27 PM
Picking up the best gaming headset will transform your gaming PC audio, adding an extra layer of immersion to your Steam library. Using a great pair of cans with surround sound capabilities can give you a competitive edge in first-person shooters, but it'll also bring your favourite videogame soundtracks to life, enhancing each adventure you embark on at your desk.
Continue reading Best gaming headset 2023MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Best SSD for gaming, How to build a gaming PC, Best gaming CPU
PCGamesN Monday, February 13, 2023 11:05 AM
A wonderful surprise for zombie game fans – the Dead Island 2 release date has been moved forward by an entire week, as developer Dambuster Studios announces that the long-awaited sequel has finally gone gold, and will now hit PC and the Epic Games Store seven days early, though we're still waiting to hear about a Dead Island 2 Steam launch.
Continue reading Dead Island 2 release date now a week early as zombie game goes goldMORE FROM PCGAMESN: The best co-op games, Everything we know about Dead Island 2, The best zombie games
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 13, 2023 12:35 PM
Dell's excellent budget 240Hz gaming monitor, the S2522HG, is down to $150 at the brand's US store today. That's a 50% reduction from its regular price and a great deal for any 240Hz monitor, let alone a modern Fast IPS monitor that has garnered a barrage of warm reviews.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 13, 2023 12:14 PM
Dead Island 2 has been a long time coming, suffering from multiple delays and being passed around a gazillion different dev teams. But today, the game's official Twitter announced the zombie slasher had gone gold and would be arriving a week early on April 21st, breaking the decade-long tradition of delay-related news.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 13, 2023 12:13 PM
Amazon is having one of its semi-regular Warehouse promotions in the UK, where you can get a host of PC peripherals (and other stuff) at an additional 30% off the listed price. This makes it a good opportunity to pick up (often barely) used gear, like headsets, external drives, mice and keyboards, especially higher-end stuff that would otherwise be out of reach.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 13, 2023 12:00 PM
I'm such a sucker for cartoony animation in games. I'll play anything that looks like it's been lovingly hand-drawn and bonus points if the animation is deece. Later Alligator is one such game I picked up for that very reason as the goofy gators in the game's trailer and screenshots initially caught my attention. The animation is great for sure, but one thing I was not expecting is how funny and utterly charming this point-and-click adventure is.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 13, 2023 12:00 PM
Too many spells in games are just variations on the old reliable fireball. Wizard sends projectile towards target. Target dies. Perhaps they deviate a little in how quickly they die, or how large the area of effect is. Maybe instead of a fireball it's a thunderbolt, or a poisonous gas, or a beam of light. Pish, I say. Pish! Where's the real magic? Where are the cataclysmic spells that take days or weeks of preparation, and then change the world with a single fateful ritual?
These games could learn something from The Last Spell, a roguelite turn-based tactics game about defending your village each night from hordes of mutant beasts that emerge from the purple fog surrounding the entire world. Whenever I start a new game in The Last Spell, I always rewatch the excellent opening sequence, which succinctly sets a harrowing scene of magic pushed further than we're used to seeing in most fiction in general, let alone games.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, February 13, 2023 11:27 AM
Overwatch 2's third season released last week with a new Antarctic-themed map, a promised Valentine's dating sim, and, of course, another battle pass featuring various in-game cosmetics. Blizzard had already announced that this battle pass would have in-game currency for the first time, allowing players to buy their choice of cosmetics, rather than just the passes' selection of skins and souvenirs. But fans on Reddit have accused Blizzard of deliberately misleading players with these rewards.
Twinfinite Monday, February 13, 2023 5:09 PM
"That can't be right! It must be broken!"
Twinfinite Monday, February 13, 2023 3:36 PM
Why bother removing them then?
Twinfinite Monday, February 13, 2023 3:02 PM
Return of the Queen.
Twinfinite Monday, February 13, 2023 2:01 PM
While Modern Warfare 2 can't be beaten, Dead Space made a good effort.
Twinfinite Monday, February 13, 2023 1:25 PM
Dieting does wonders for the body.
Twinfinite Monday, February 13, 2023 12:57 PM
Surely it won't be to scale.
Twinfinite Monday, February 13, 2023 12:29 PM
Wild Hearts is coming, and with it a new take on the familiar Monster Hunter genre is as well. Here is a hands-on preview of the game.
Twinfinite Monday, February 13, 2023 11:04 AM
The town of Minato is home to a lot of colorful characters.
Siliconera Monday, February 13, 2023 5:00 PM
An array of plush toys based on Hisuian Pokemon from Pokemon Legends: Arceus debuted in the Pokemon Center outside Japan. The website now sells stuffed versions of new characters like Sneasler and Ursaluna. In addition, the Hisuian variants of different characters like Arcanine, Electrode, Goodra, Lilligant, and Sneasel also appeared. All are immediately available, with no pre-order period.
The prices for the new Hisuian Pokemon plush varies, depending on the size and level of intricacy involved. For example, the smallest is actually the Hisuian Electrode, at just under 8 inches tall. It's $19.99. Meanwhile, the Hisuian Arcanine is the tallest, at 14 and a half inches, and costs $44.99.
Here's the full list of new Pokemon Legends: Arceus plush in the Pokemon Center and their prices.
This isn't the first time a plush of a Hisuian Pokemon appeared. Not long after Pokemon Legends: Arceus released, merchandise started showing up in Japan. Among them was a stuffed toy of Hisuian Growlithe. There have also been other items tied to the game released. For example, people can get a replica of this entry's Poke Ball.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus is available on the Nintendo Switch.
The post Hisuian Plush of Characters Like Arcanine and Goodra Head to Pokemon Center appeared first on Siliconera.
Siliconera Monday, February 13, 2023 4:00 PM
The FFVII Remake official Twitter account shared some details on the Moogle cape that Yuffie sports during the early parts of Episode Intermission. This marks her first appearance in the FFVII Remake continuity. Yuffie's cape is moved by real time processing in-game. The process to model it included recreating the item in real life, and scanning it to produce the 3D model used in game.
By having the cape as a real item, the artists in charge of scanning and modeling it could manually adjust the shape and the wrinkles as many times as needed to get the wanted results. The artists managed to give the Moogle hood a particular roughed up and used feel, while maintaining the cuteness of the design.
You can check out the details of Yuffie's FFVII Remake Intermission Moogle cape in the gallery below.
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A different snippet of information shared confirmed that the setting for the original Final Fantasy VII was originally going to be New York. This concept was most likely reused in Parasite Eve, which launched shortly after Final Fantasy VII.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is available for the PS4, PS5, and PC. The PS5 and PC versions of the game are the FFVII Remake Intergrade versions, which include an extra episode starring Yuffie as its main character.
The post Yuffie Moogle Cape Was Handcrafted for FFVII Remake appeared first on Siliconera.
Siliconera Monday, February 13, 2023 3:00 PM
When I hear about a game called Little Witch Nobeta, I don't think of a Soulslike. When I see a cute anime-style character like the titular protagonist, I don't think of a 3D action shooter. But Little Witch Nobeta is very much both of those things, and it does a good job of it.
As Nobeta, players make their way through an ancient castle where the little witch hopes to learn about where she's from. On the journey, there are countless enemies to fight and secrets to discover, durin which Nobeta makes full use of her staff. Her main form of attack is her magic, and there are several types to learn. On top of having a standard attack that varies slightly between magic types, each magic also has a chanted spell that, in addition to being extremely powerful, attacks in a unique way and even provides Nobeta with an effect useful for puzzle solving. The differences in each magic's use makes switching between them necessary, but in a way that feels natural.
Nobeta also has a physical attack by way of swinging her staff. It's definitely a secondary attack used mainly when your MP bar is low and you can't use magic, but it helps recover Nobeta's mana on hit, which can be hugely helpful. While the added utility doesn't come close to making it a viable alternative to using spells, it does make it feel useful. The extra mana regeneration helps tie the attack into the overall combat system instead of leaving it feeling like an afterthought.
Another way to restore mana is by dodging. Not only does dodging do exactly what you'd expect in stopping you from taking damage, but it also has the same mana restoration benefit as a physical attack. One thing to be careful of with physical attacks and dodges, though, is that they cost stamina. Should Nobeta run out of stamina, she'll fall down, leaving her completely vulnerable to enemy attacks. Being so open to taking damage is very detrimental, of course, so even if you're dangerously low on mana, keeping an eye on your stamina bar is a must. This sort of interconnected gauge management makes for a very fluid, cohesive battle system that really shines during boss fights, and it's just what you'd want from a soulslike.
Little Witch Nobeta isn't without its issues, though. In the first hours os so, combat has been a bit lackluster outside of boss fights, with standard enemies tending to feel like they're on the weaker side. I don't have to spend a ton of time fighting them, so unless there's a horde coming after me, I don't get to make full use of the game's otherwise fun combat system. In cases like that, battles definitely feel on the duller side.
Exploration in Little Witch Nobeta is also a bit underwhelming during the early parts of the game. There is some exploration to be had, but up to this point, things have mostly felt fairly linear. It's not quite what I'd want or expect from a game with a large number of collectibles. Of course, there is the possibility that the world opens up a bit more as you progress, and that would definitely be a big plus.
All in all, Little Witch Nobeta opens on a strong note. When the combat shines, it shines bright, and the mechanics feel very complementary throughout. If the world were a little more open and non-boss fights made a little better use of the battle system, this game would really be a standout, and honestly, it still can be. The later sections have the potential to make an already pleasant experience that much better.
Little Witch Nobeta releases for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on March 9, 2023. It is available now for PC via Steam.
The post Preview: Little Witch Nobeta Brings the Soulslike Atmosphere appeared first on Siliconera.
Siliconera Monday, February 13, 2023 2:30 PM
Nintendo revealed more details about the new and returning Splatoon 3 Inkopolis DLC characters. These include Jelonzo, who returns from the first game, and new character Fred Crumbs. Both run shops in the returning Inkopolis map.
Jelonzo returns from the first Splatoon on the Wii U, resuming his role as the merchant for shirts and similar upper body clothing. According to Nintendo, he has brushed up on his language skills, as now he can speak Octoling as well as Inkling, a reference to how Octolings are now playable characters who can interact with him.
Meanwhile, Fred Crumbs is a new addition manning the shoe store. He replaces the original shoe store owner Crusty Sean, who has been busy traveling the world in the official Nintendo mobile app. As spotted by fans, Fred Crumbs takes on the appearance of a deep fried mackerel dish, something Nintendo have said he did to himself while taking a job posting literally.
These two will be joining the previously revealed Splatoon 3 DLC characters, Annie, Moe, Shelly and Donny, rounding out the four main shops for new clothing items.
Splatoon 3 is now available on Nintendo Switch, and the DLC will be launching sometime in spring 2023.
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Siliconera Monday, February 13, 2023 2:00 PM
We already knew Vshojo Vtuber Nyatasha Nyanners would appear in Like a Dragon: Ishin, and a new video shows her additional remarks and clarifies how to get her Trooper Card. Like many of the other guests, it will be an additional download. This will be a free item to get and add to the game.
Here's the latest announcement trailer. It only features her commentary and doesn't show her Like a Dragon: Ishin Trooper Card in action.
Nyatasha Nyanners is known for her affection for the Yakuza/Like a Dragon series, having played entries like Yakuza Kiwami 2 and Yakuza: Like a Dragon on-stream. She would also sometimes refer to it as "Nyakuza Friday." We also already knew she'd be making a cameo in the game for a while now. In September 2022, it was revealed.
Here is the reaction video she shared going over her appearing in the game.
Like a Dragon: Ishin will release for PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC on February 21, 2023. The Digital Deluxe version includes early access to it on February 17, 2023.
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Siliconera Monday, February 13, 2023 1:30 PM
A new Design Coco Gawr Gura figure is headed to Japan, and it celebrated by showing off a 1:1 scale, life-size version of it at WonHobby 36. The statue showed up at their booth. Like the figure, it featured the Hololive EN Vtuber in her normal outfit, wielding a trident and accompanied by Bloop, her mascot.
The retailer AmiAmi shared video footage of the life-size Gawr Gura at WonHobby 36.
When it comes to the 1/7th scale version, it is expected to ship in February 2024. Reservations for it are open via the official Design Coco site until April 21, 2023. It costs ¥24,750 (~$186). AmiAmi, which ships worldwide, is also accepting pre-orders for the figure. It is expected to stand at over nine inches tall. The water parts on the base are translucent.
Here's a closer look at the upcoming Design Coco Gawr Gura figure from different angles.
As for Gawr Gura herself, the Hololive EN Vtuber recently resumed streaming. She returned on February 11, 2023. Prior to that, she was on a health-related hiatus. However, she did participate in the Hololive Mario Kart tournament.
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Siliconera Monday, February 13, 2023 1:00 PM
Did you know that if you had a baby the same year that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure started, your baby would be almost 40 years old? That's how long Hirohiko Araki's long-running, family legacy, action adventure manga graced the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump and Ultra Jump. With the newest part, JOJOLANDS, coming out soon, there is no better time than now to refresh the JoJos we have followed and rooted for over the years.
Phantom Blood: Jonathan Joestar
The OG JoJo, Jonathan Joestar, is a good lad. In fact, he is the best lad on this entire list. He is completely unproblematic and a ray of sunlight (yellow). Not only do we follow Jonathan's story in Phantom Blood, but his descendants are the protagonists of their own respective arcs. Jonathan was a nobleman during the Victorian era, and he was living a pretty good life until his father brought home one Dio Brando to be his step-brother. His life turned upside down, and through a series of mishaps and misadventures, Jonathan learns the Ripple, marries his childhood love, and then... Well, you'll just have to watch Phantom Blood to see.
Battle Tendency: Joseph Joestar
In a complete 180 from Jonathan, Joseph is one bad JoJo. Not in the sense that he is a bad character. But if Jonathan saw him, Joseph would be on his way to a smacked bottom. Joseph is loud and boisterous, but surprisingly smart underneath his clownish demeanor. His fights were the start of the more typical brain over brawn battles that have become rather characteristic of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Like Jonathan, Joseph used the Ripple, but he was far more creative with it thanks to his own wits, Lisa Lisa's training, and Caesar's rivalry.
Stardust Crusaders: Jotaro Kujo
Jotaro is the cool Jojo, whether you like it or not. Much like how Polnareff's character design served as a major inspiration for Guile in Street Fighter 2, Jotaro was the blueprint for many "cool" characters to appear later. Even Sol Badguy riffs off of Jotaro's famous "Yare yare daze" line. Also, since Stardust Crusaders is the first part to introduces Stands, Jotaro's Star Platinum is just as iconic as its user, even though all it can do is punch things really hard and really fast. Despite his crass mouth and aloof personality, Jotaro sets off on his journey to kill DIO so that he can save his mom from a tragic fate. So he's not all bad.
Diamond is Unbreakable: Josuke Higashikata (東方仗助)
If Jotaro blazed a trail for decades of cool and aloof main characters, then Josuke was a product of his time. He was trendy and hip, and he had the kewl-est haircut in Morioh. Josuke is also the first character with a very specifically non-offensive power – his Crazy Diamond's power is to heal things and put them back together. This forces him to use it in creative ways in a callback to his father Joseph (it's a long story). Diamond is Unbreakable is mostly a slice-of-life story with Kira's serial killer plot only appearing here and there until the end, so Josuke's more laid-back personality fit with the arc he starred in.
Vento Aureo: Giorno Giovanna
Giorno is not a Jojo; he is actually Giogio. But it's really the same thing. Because of Giorno's more cruel mindset (he is literally in the mafia) and his blonde hair, he stands out from the dark-haired and kind Jojos prior to him. One could argue that Giorno sets the precedent in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure where the JoJo is actually the lancer to the part's actual protagonist – in this case, that would be Bucciarati. Giorno is also special because he has DIO's genes despite being a Joestar. Some fans are of the opinion that he is one of the strongest characters (if not the strongest) in the entirety of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
Stone Ocean: Jolyne Cujoh
Jolyne has the distinction of being the very first female JoJo, and she is the only one so far. She is Jotaro's daughter and she shares quite a few quirks with him, such as a variant of his famous "Yare yare daze" line. While she's certainly nicer than her father, she has a brutally vindictive streak that you see time and time again during her incarceration. Like Josuke, she has to be very creative with her Stand. Jolyne is also special because she is the final JoJo of the original timeline.
Steel Ball Run: Johnny Joestar
Johnny Joestar is the first protagonist in the new timeline after the events at the end of Stone Ocean. And fittingly enough, he is essentially a negaverse Jonathan. He does have his reasons for why he acts like this. But I am sorry to say that Johnny prior to his accident was no saint. Like Giorno, Johnny may be the JoJo of his part, but he is more the lancer to Steel Ball Run's true protagonist, Gyro. That does not in any way negate Johnny's growth as both a person or a Stand user throughout his race across America and search for Jesus Christ's corpse though.
Jojolion: Josuke Higashikata (東方定助)
Josuke (or Jo2uke in the fandom in order to differentiate him from Diamond is Unbreakable's Josuke) is a man of many names. Like his predecessors, Jo2uke needs to be exceedingly creative with his Stand power, which makes for very interesting fights in Jojolion. Granted, sometimes it is a little difficult to understand what is happening. Another interesting aspect of Jo2uke is that he does not really know who he is or where he comes from. That's big in a series like JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, which heavily focuses on heritage and family lineage.
JOJOLANDS will start serialization on February 17, 2023. There are some hints online, which show that the new JoJo will have a star-shaped hair ornament in a braid. This is likely a reference to the star-shaped birthmark that runs through the Joestar family line. However, there is no information on his personality, or what struggles he and his friends will face.
Episodes of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure are available on both Netflix and Crunchyroll. Viz Media has licensed the manga for English release.
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Siliconera Monday, February 13, 2023 12:30 PM
One of the Fire Emblem Heroes 6th anniversary events was an A Hero Rises 2023 character vote and Voting Gauntlet. Now, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems revealed the top eight characters who will participate. It is overwhelmingly made up of colorless and red units, with two versions of Edelgard in the top eight.
Here's the official announcement.
After the A Hero Rises 2023 Voting Gauntlet is complete, the character who wins will be given to every Fire Emblem Heroes for free. The top four will appear in a special summon event. During the 2022 event, this ended up resulting in an "all green" banner that made it easier for people to get the focus five-star units.
Here are the top eight characters this year, sorted by color.
Fire Emblem Heroes is available for Android and Apple iOS devices.
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Siliconera Monday, February 13, 2023 12:00 PM
In Japan, Square Enix is counting down to the release of Octopath Traveler 2 with character art of cast members from the first and second game. Over the weekend, an additional four pieces appeared. In addition to showing some people alone, like Ochette or Castti, there are more pairings. In those Octopath Traveler 2 images, people who share jobs like Temenos and Ophilia or Hikari and Olberic appear together. All images were drawn by members of the dev team.
First, the February 9, 2023 picture showed Octopath Traveler 2's Ochette with some of her animal friends. This is a nod to how she can "capture" monsters in battles, then use them latter as allies or food.
On February 10, 2023, Octopath Traveler 2 art showing Temenos the cleric in a library with Ophilia appeared. (She's on the left, looking for a book on a shelf.)
On February 11, 2023, the apothecary Castti art appeared.
Finally, the February 12, 2023 image showed Octopath Traveler 2's warrior Hikari with Olberic, the original game's warrior.
Octopath Traveler 2 will appear on the Switch, PS4, PS5, and PC via Steam on February 24, 2023. A prologue demo is now available.
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Siliconera Monday, February 13, 2023 11:30 AM
At WonHobby 36, Wonderful Works displayed a life-size statue of Reisalin "Ryza" Stout to promote an upcoming figure based on her appearance in Atelier Ryza 3. It had the two side-by-side at their booth. While the smaller version was in a display case, the 1:1 model was in the open and available for pictures.
Retailer AmiAmi shared a video showing the life-size Ryza statue from different angles.
Next, here's Wonderful Works' photo showing the Atelier Ryza 3 figure and statue alongside each other.
As a reminder, pre-orders are already open for this smaller scale Atelier Ryza 3 figure worldwide. It is available through Good Smile Company, who is acting as its distributor, with people able to place an order until February 24, 2023. It costs ¥26,378/183.99 and is a 1/7th scale model. However, it won't appear in Japan until December 2023 and North America until February 2024.
Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key will come to the PS4, PS5, and PC on March 23, 2023 in Japan and March 24, 2023 elsewhere.
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Siliconera Monday, February 13, 2023 11:00 AM
Design COCO is developing a 1/1 scale figure and statue of 2B from NieR: Automata. After Design COCO finishes, you will be able to pre-order and purchase it from AmiAmi. AmiAmi usually provides international shipping, which means overseas customers will be able to purchase it as well. However, if it will be a 1/1 figure, the shipping cost will likely be exorbitant.
There is not a lot of information on the figure yet. The AmiAmi Twitter account stated that it will be a life-sized figure & statue. However, the poster for the 2B figure also advertised a bust So it is unclear whether Design COCO plans on releasing two figures, if it will just be a life-sized bust, or if it will be an actual full statue. For reference, 2B is 168 centimeters (5.5 feet) tall. So it will be quite big if Design COCO wants to sculpt her entire body.
That being said, Design COCO released life-sized statues in the past. For the Lunar New Year in 2023, it announced a life-sized figure of Hololive VTuber Usada Pekora. The statue stands at around 153 centimeters tall, and this does not include her sandals or ears. On a smaller scale, Design COCO also plans on releasing a 1/7 scale figure of Lum from the new Urusei Yatsura anime.
More information on the Design COCO life-sized 2B figure will appear in the future. Interested parties will be able to purchase it from AmiAmi when it comes out.
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, February 13, 2023 4:55 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...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, February 13, 2023 4:45 PM
Hogwarts Legacy is out now and has seen incredible success since launching. However, there is a question on the mind of a number of people still on the fence: does Hogwarts Legacy run on Steam Deck? According to the game's Steam page, Valve says the game is fully verified to be played on the handheld computer. "Valve's testing indicates that Hogwarts Legacy is verified on Steam Deck," the company stated. "This game is fully functional on Steam Deck, and works great with the built-in controls and display." Image via Valve How is Hogwarts Legacy verified for Steam Deck? To be verified on Steam Deck, a game has to pass a number of tests that Valve puts in place. Those tests include the game's complete functionality being accessible via the system's default controller configuration, visible Steam Deck controller icons, legible in-game text, and good default graphic configuration performance. The one thing to note, however, is that the game re...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, February 13, 2023 4:30 PM
If you're about to go steaming into battle with one of the gods of the afterlife, you'll want to make sure you have a bellyful of health-boosting food. This is also applicable to the game Valheim. The best recipes for max HP in Valheim are a lot more simple than the ones you would have to prepare with a real hand-to-hand god battle. They just require a few ingredients and the means to prepare them. The best recipes for max HP in Valheim You can boost your health gauge all the way up to 270 in Valheim. This is a seriously formidable amount, and when paired with decent armor, makes you a foe to be reckoned with. Since the Hearth & Home update, a whole plethora of tasty treats has been added to the table. The addition of the stone oven has made it possible to make a number of much more potent recipes for max HP in Valheim. You will need both a cauldron and a Stone Oven for most of these performance-enhancing foods. Screenshot by PC Invasion Lox Meat Pie (1,800 Seconds) – 75...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, February 13, 2023 4:15 PM
Risk of Rain 2 takes part on Petrichor V, a planet of many biomes and environments. Each area poses a new threat and group of enemies to tackle as you make your way to the final level. And every level provides the possibilities of fresh challenges and a new unlock. The fire level plays host to some of the hottest monsters in the game. Knowing how to reach the Abyssal Depths in Risk of Rain 2 takes some know-how. Note: Check out our tips and tricks for the ultimate playthrough. How to reach Abyssal Depths in Risk of Rain 2 Screenshot by PC Invasion The Abyssal Depths is one of three possible fourth levels in Risk of Rain 2, alongside Sirens Call and Sundered Grove. Any of these three can spawn as the fourth level unless you follow a few simple steps to ensure you get Abyssal Depths next. You need to ensure that you have a total of three Lunar Coins in your inventory. These will be needed later on. At the end of a level, head into the portal that appears beside the exit to the level. Th...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Monday, February 13, 2023 3:45 PM
As you no doubt are already aware, many foods, both raw and prepared, can help with your stamina, magic, max health, and healing in Valheim. But there is also a whole load of other buffs and resistances you can acquire with a number of recipes. These are some of the best recipes for resistance buffs in Valheim. How to make mead in Valheim These recipes are all made from mead, the hangover-inducing Viking drink of choice. For this, you're going to need a decent supply of honey, a cauldron, and a fermenter. The easiest way to get honey is with a couple of hives. A hive is constructed with a Queen Bee, which can be found in abandoned dwellings around the map. Once you acquire the necessary equipment, it's time to get the mead flowing. Screenshot by PC Invasion You will first have to make a mead base in your cauldron. Place the required ingredients in the cauldron over a burning fire and remove the prepared mead base. Place this base in your fermenter and wait for two in-game days fo...
Gamer Empire Monday, February 13, 2023 2:48 PM
There are many illnesses and medical problems that your pawns can face daily in RimWorld. Depending on the chosen storyteller, these can be mild or […]
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, February 13, 2023 2:00 PM
The deep dark biome is the newly-released biome in Minecraft 1.19. This biome gives more thrill to the game as it contains all sorts of new items and blocks. But more importantly, it contains the most terrifying mob ever to walk the overworld yet, the warden. So this Minecraft guide will teach players a few […]
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, February 13, 2023 1:06 PM
Bartalli's Adventure Log is a set of quests and achievements in Black Desert Online that you can complete for extra rewards. The rewards are family-wide and include a variety of stat upgrades such as AP increases, weight limits, HP increases, and enhancement increases. You are also rewarded with an Advice of Valks +100 upon completing […]
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, February 13, 2023 12:00 PM
Team Cherry's Metroidvania action-adventure game, Hollow Knight, follows the journey of a nameless warrior called the Knight as he travels through Hallownest, which is a now ruined kingdom because of a supernatural disease. As the Knight journeys through Hallownest, he can unlock new abilities, spells, and charms that will help him traverse through different areas […]
Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Monday, February 13, 2023 11:00 AM
Hollow Knight, a Metroidvania action-adventure game from Team Cherry, recounts the adventures of an unnamed warrior known as the Knight as they move through Hallownest. The kingdom is now in ruins due to a mysterious infection. The Knight can acquire new items, abilities, spells, and charms as the Knight progresses through Hallownest, aiding the Knight […]
WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Monday, February 13, 2023 12:10 PM
Deliver Us Mars is the sequel to Deliver Us The Moon: Fortuna, a narrative-driven game that had a lot of issues when it launched at the end of 2018. KeokeN Interactive removed the game from sale and worked hard to patch it up, including a reworked ending, before releasing it again minus the Fortuna subtitle. Then, last year, they released a PS5 and Xbox Series patch, bringing it back into the public eye. Now, KeokeN Interactive are back with a follow-up and although you can enjoy the story without having played the original, the cast of characters is largely the same, carrying on the story of the Johanson family. This time the focus is on Kathy Johanson, the youngest of the family who has spent years training to become an astronaut. Her story is an interesting one marred by monotonous gameplay. Although KeokeN Interactive's passion and love for its game are undeniable, and it has certainly launched in a better state than its debut in 2018, Deliver Us Mars doesn't always deliver the goods.
Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, February 13, 2023 4:48 PM
In the game, players will "enter the village of Minato to meet the allies
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, February 13, 2023 3:38 PM
Making its run time to be just over a year
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, February 13, 2023 2:50 PM
The trial gives subscribers access to the full game, but only for two-hours.
Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, February 13, 2023 2:13 PM
The publisher also announced that the game has gone gold,
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Latest Games on iDev Games Monday, February 13, 2023 2:09 PM
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