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Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 5:30 PM

Starfield, the highly anticipated science-fiction RPG from Bethesda is nearly upon us. While September 6 is not that far off, for sci-fi fans, and folks who appreciate a Bethesda romp, the it's been a painful wait since the game's first announcement back in 2018.


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 5:16 PM

NFTs. Blockchain. The metaverse. It happened to other gaming companies, and it can happen to a Nintendo property, too—in fact, it just might. Last week, The Pokémon Company posted a job on LinkedIn that requires experience with NFT, blockchain, and the metaverse. When it comes to Pokémon, I wanted to catch 'em all.…


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 4:15 PM

Last night's The Last of Us finale on HBO Max ushered in the inevitable, the thing so many of us have feared for a decade: Major publications, the same ones who refer to video games as if they're all still like Pac-Man, are weighing in on its controversial ending.


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 4:05 PM

The second I saw The Last Spell's first trailer back in 2021, I knew I had to play it. A city builder with Dungeons and Dragons-style units on an isometric battlefield where giant hordes of zombies are dispatched in turn-based tactics combat? And staged to a pulsing metal soundtrack? It seemed like an ingenious…


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 4:00 PM

We are less than two weeks away from playing Capcom's glorious repaint of its iconic third-person shooter, Resident Evil 4, originally released in 2005. Though breathless questions on sites like Reddit, Quora, and Twitter suggest the remake is still operating from the mysterious shadows, there's a lot we know for…


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 3:45 PM


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 3:15 PM

Last week Genna Bain, whose late husband was the game critic and YouTube personality John "Totalbiscuit" Bain, broke the news to fans that she's contemplating removing all of his videos from the internet to prevent "AI" machine-learning technologies from storing and manipulating his voice to promote particular…


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 3:00 PM

Dead Island 2, the zombie RPG that passed through so many hands someone forgot it in the development oven for over a decade, is finally coming out on April 21. This is a week earlier than anticipated, which we love to see. What's funny, though, is that developer Dambuster Studios is out here saying the game's…


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 1:35 PM

The latest Pokémon Journeys: The Series episode just aired in Japan this Friday, and it has fans panicking. The anime is in its final season, and fans hoped that the most recent episode would satisfyingly wrap up Team Rocket's story—but it was quite the opposite. Even Team Rocket's haters feel that the villainous team…


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 12:20 PM

GameStop's Hollywood moment is finally coming this October. Sony announced its dramatization of the video game retailer's meme stock explosion will hit theaters in October, starring Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Pete Davidson and more. It's called Dumb Money. I hope it lives up to it.


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 11:45 AM


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 11:35 AM

Maybe you were wondering why Final Fantasy XVI, Square Enix's highly anticipated action RPG, will only be available on PlayStation 5 when it launches on June 22. Well, according to Square Enix, it's because of "the power of PlayStation 5" that lets the team achieve next-gen (when do we call it current-gen?) combat.


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 11:20 AM

As an adaptation, HBO's The Last of Us has been a fairly faithful recreation of Naughty Dog's original game. However, during yesterday's season one finale, "Look For The Light," HBO's series explored a character the game had only talked about in passing mentions. In doing so, the show reveals a long unanswered…


Kotaku Monday, March 13, 2023 10:45 AM

A classic bank run caused Silicon Valley Bank to become the second-largest bank collapse in history. Now the Federal Reserve is promising a bailout for all of its customers, which includes everyone from small startups to major tech industry players. Roblox, the social media platform where millions of kids play potato…


PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 2:15 PM
     Fortnite NPC locations – all character items

Fortnite NPC locations change every season, and more are added during the season, so it's useful to know where you can find current characters in Chapter 4, Season 2. While some Fortnite NPCs stay put, others might be on rotation, so double-check below if there's a particular character you'd like to see.

There are a few reasons you might want to find a Fortnite NPC location in the battle royale game, from hiring some help or buying one of the new Fortnite weapons, to generating a rift from out of nowhere. There's a new hostile NPC to defeat too, but if you're looking for someone a little more friendly, we have every NPC location marked on the Fortnite map, as well as a list of all of the special items or services you can buy.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 2:13 PM
     Destiny 2 Root of Nightmares Contest Mode has 45k clears in 48 hours

Destiny 2 Contest Mode clears for the Destiny 2 Root of Nightmares raid totalled more than 45,500, according to data from Destiny Raid Report. This is a staggering number because it is greater than the number of raid clears during Contest Mode than other raid races combined in the FPS game.


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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 1:56 PM
     Resident Evil 4 Remake remedies Leon's greasy hair and my soul

I never thought I'd be actively thinking about Resident Evil 4 Remake hair settings. Yet, while trudging through the newly released Resident Evil 4 Remake Chainsaw demo, I couldn't help but notice that Leon Kennedy's luscious locks look a little greasy in the revamp. In a bid to freshen up the federal agent's follicles, I went searching for a solution within the game's substantial settings menu, discovering both a virtual shampoo option and something about myself in the process.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 1:24 PM
     Brace yourself, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 release date may be soon

Many expect the Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 release date to fall next month, and new rumours further cement this prediction, but come bearing a more specific date. So, those of you hoping to upgrade your GPU in the near future, mark your calendars and prepare your wallets, as the next pixel pusher from Nvidia could be coming over the hill very soon.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 1:16 PM
     Prey, the iconic FPS game from 2006, gets a full HD overhaul

They don't make them like Prey anymore. From the same era of classic PC FPS games like Doom 3, Half-Life 2, and FEAR, we've long lamented the cancellation of Prey 2, and been hoping for a return of Tommy Tawodi and the nefarious Keepers. The 2017 spiritual successor from Bethesda and Arkane helped soothe the pain, but with Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake still going strong thanks to sequels and re-releases, it feels like Prey has been left by the wayside of shooter history. So, be thankful for Prey Hi-Def, a newly updated mod project which gives a full HD overhaul to the Human Head shooter, and is available to download right now.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 1:12 PM
     Dead Island 2 slayers – all playable characters

Want to know more about the six Dead Island 2 slayers? In Dead Island games historically, there have always been multiple zombie killers to choose from before embarking on your action adventure, each with their own different skills and talents. Who you choose can dramatically affect your gameplay experience, and you can't change your mind once you start, so we've taken a look at each of your choices in Dead Island 2 to help you choose.

The Dead Island 2 slayers are all new characters to the series, bringing a more current, youthful feel since the zombie game's debut over a decade ago. Each of these cool young things come with their own Dead Island 2 skills as well as a unique set of stats, so choosing one to match your RPG game playstyle will be essential to surviving the zombie apocalypse. Here's what you need to know about all of the Dead Island 2 slayers, ahead of the Dead Island 2 release date.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 12:59 PM
     Best VR games on PC 2023

What are the best VR games? We have tested several of them across the major headsets, ranging from the good, the bad, and the downright nausea-inducing – and we will endeavour to seek out new, strange, and challenging content for this burgeoning platform in the name of science... or something.

While there are a lot of experiences out there, we're going to be more choosy, handpicking the top ones to play using the best VR headset options. After all, we only have room for the best VR games, and there've been some fantastic ones in the past year alone. If you'd rather keep your face in front of a traditional monitor, we'd point you towards the best PC games, which need just a simple old PC and none of this fancy goggles business.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 12:52 PM
     How to get Hogwarts Legacy Fluxweed stem

Hogwarts Legacy Fluxweed stem is not only an essential part of one of your early quests in the wizard game, but can also be used over and over again to make carious potions. To do so, you need to know where to get its seed, though, so you don't spend excessive galleons buying the plant every time you need it.

There are, of course, masses of intriguing magical potions at your disposal in Hogwarts Legacy, but you need the ingredients and the recipe in order to make them first. The Hogwarts Legacy Fluxweed stem is an essential ingredient in several potion recipes, such as Focus and Felix Felicis, and is required for completing assignments to unlock some Hogwarts Legacy spells. Here's where to get Hogwarts Legacy Fluxweed, its seeds, and how to grow and use it.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 12:50 PM
     How to get a Hogwarts Legacy large pot

Acquiring a Hogwarts Legacy large pot and its potting table are essential in the wizarding world game if you want to grow some of the most important plants, or potion ingredients. Some of the most vital plants need a large pot, as you'll need to match the plant size to the pot you grow it in.

You can grow all sorts of plants in the Hogwarts Legacy Room of Requirement, and they will yield some unique and interesting potion ingredients. As usual to you as Hogwarts Legacy spells, your potions can turn you invisible, heal you, reduce spell cooldowns, and other useful traits, so you definitely need to know how to farm the ingredients. While you can buy ready-grown plants from The Magic Neep and Dogweed and Deathcap shops, it's much cheaper and more fruitful to grow them yourself, so here's how to get a potting table with a large pot in Hogwarts Legacy.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 12:45 PM
     The best Minecraft seeds 2023

The best Minecraft seeds cater to a number of requirements, like easy-access strongholds for speedrunning, beautiful landscapes for building, or rare structures for looting. As you can read at the bottom of this guide if you're new to them, seeds are codes that Minecraft uses to generate worlds for you, so even though new worlds are randomly generated, you can rebuild in the same ones over and over again.

Of course you can leave your world generation completely up to fate, but if you're unlucky, you could spend hours looking for a Minecraft ancient city, desert temples, your favourite Minecraft biomes, and other desirable features. Over a decade on, Minecraft remains one of the best PC games around, so you don't want to waste time on a bad seed, you'd much rather spawn straight into a stunning landscape with a Minecraft village to get the best experience possible. So, here are just a few of the best Minecraft seeds for March 2023. Keep reading to the bottom if you need some help entering these seeds in-game.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 12:42 PM
     Disney Dreamlight Valley recipes list and how to cook them

Disney Dreamlight Valley recipes are crucial to success in the life sim as you'll need to cook up some tasty grub to earn Dreamlight, make friends, and keep your stamina up. There are over 170 recipes to discover since Mirabel's Bunuelos were added, and that's a lot of recipes to keep track of. Luckily, once you've made a recipe once it automatically saves to your recipes list, so we're here to get your recipe book bursting at the seams.

The way to the hearts of all the Dreamlight Valley characters can be found through their stomachs, but it's equally important to keep yourself well-fed, too. Some Dreamlight Valley recipes - like the bouillabaisse recipe - offer more stamina than others, and while some can be obtained from completing quests, such as Remy's ratatouille recipe and Minnie's picnic favourites: crudites and fish sandwiches, others are unlocked by trying different ingredients together. To make it easier to get the most nutritious meals, we've compiled them all below, with five-star recipes offering the most energy.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 12:31 PM
     Best fighting games on PC 2023

What are the best fighting games on PC? It may be one of the oldest genres in gaming, but it wasn't until unintentional glitches gave birth to combos in Street Fighter 2 that the first boom took hold in arcades during the 90s. It's here that the key players would make their presence known. While charming hand-drawn sprites feature heavily in Street Fighter and The King of Fighters series, Midway would make parents panic with Mortal Kombat's fatalities. In the following years, developers Virtua Fighter and Tekken would take the genre into 3D.

Thanks to the rise of esports and, to a lesser extent, the global pandemic, we now have access to PC versions of the best fighting games. While these are some of the best PC games, they are known to be tough to learn. Still, with the rise of video tutorials, there's never been a better time to get into these highly competitive multiplayer games. So grab your favourite controller or fight stick and practice your favourite character's combos.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 12:22 PM
     The best survival games on PC 2023

Survival games have exploded over the past few years. The Steam charts are filled with all kinds of examples, including classic survival horror games and new hardcore survival sims. To help any bewildered adventurers, we've gathered together the best survival games to help you pick and choose which emergent stories and unexpected adventures to undertake.

If you've got the grit to outlast the likes of the terrifying The Long Dark or the underwater wonder of Subnautica, our picks will help steer you towards the (not so) safe pastures of the best PC games that call for you to fight for you life. Whether you like surviving the horrors of war or you're into the new breed of hunger and disease management games, get ready to endure agony and plenty of pain in these scintillating survival games.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 12:11 PM
     Genshin Impact 3.6 brings Sumeru's first nationwide flagship event

The Genshin Impact 3.6 update is rumoured to bring Sumeru's first flagship event that will include appearances from every single playable character in the region, according to recent leaks. The anime game's other three major nations already have their own versions of this occasion with Mondstadt's Windblume Festival, Liyue's Lantern Rite, and Inazuma's Irodori Festival. In fact, the version 3.5 Windblume is the current, ongoing Genshin Impact event.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 12:11 PM
     The best Minecraft servers 2023

Want to join the best Minecraft servers in 2023? Joining any one of the varied Minecraft servers in this list will invite you into a magical world full of likeminded fans, builders, redstone masters, and survival experts. Minecraft worlds are infinite, so what better than sharing one with others?

While vanilla, single-player Minecraft itself is one of the best PC games in the world, there's nothing better than jumping into a world with friends. After all, some extra hands make for more magnificent Minecraft builds. The servers below aren't just for builders though, as we've got worlds for TV fans, parkour experts, PVP pros, and more, so dive into the expansive world of multiplayer in the building game with these incredible Minecraft servers.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 12:04 PM
     Half-Life Alyx has a new campaign that looks like it was made by Valve

It's the old joke - Valve can't count to three. Left 4 Dead, Portal, Dota, and of course Half-Life, they've all been left wanting for full sequels and follow-ups. Half-Life 3 especially has become a kind of shorthand for all the dashed dreams and unfulfilled hype of PC players everywhere. But the show's not over, as the community around Steam's tentpole FPS game continues to deliver stunning fan-made mods and missions, this time with a fully-fledged new campaign for Half-Life Alyx that looks and plays so well it could be made by Valve itself.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 12:02 PM
     The best hacking games on PC 2023

Looking for a list of the best hacking games on PC? Game developers have long valued the 'hacker ethic' — the will and skill to grab a game by the scruff of its code, rip it apart, and put the pieces together in a new way. Id Software prioritized the nascent modding community when they were creating Doom, Valve courted it from Half-Life onward and the entirety of the MOBA genre stems from folks futzing with Warcraft III.

Of course, most players are just that: players. We see numbers and letters in a line of code; not meaning. But, there's a lineage of games that have sought to deliver the fantasy of being in complete command of a computer's functions; of using that control to wreak destruction - or to avert it. This list includes some of the best PC games, either entirely about hacking, or featuring the skill as a heavy component, whether part of the sci-fi world of a multitude of space games, encouraging team work in one of the best co-op games, or of course putting you in the hacker's seat of an RPG game, so there's something for everyone in our list of the best hacking games in 2023.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 11:53 AM
     The best Valorant crosshairs and codes

Valorant crosshair codes are more complex and more customisable than ever, thanks to a recent update. With a complex-looking string of numbers, letters, and symbols, you can change your in-game sights to match players from your favourite esports teams such as DRX, Fnatic, or The Guard, or make your own entirely.

Many of the best PC games with pro teams like to come up with ways for FPS game players to show allegiance to their favourite players. For example, Rainbow Six Siege has charms; and Valorant has gun buddys, but custom crosshairs can even help you achieve a similar level of accuracy as your favourite pros, too. We've collected codes for all of the big teams in one place, so you don't have to go hunting around too much in order to equip your favourite Valorant characters with your chosen sight.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 11:57 AM
     Best no-logs VPN services 2023

The best no-logs VPN service allows you to connect to the internet via a remote server without recording or noting down what you do while connected through it. This is ideal if you want to be sure that you don't have an evil corporation/villainous government/creepy hacker leering over your shoulder while you explore the internet realms.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 11:49 AM
     How much have I spent on League of Legends?

Ever ask yourself "How much have I spent on League of Legends?"? Riot Games' hugely successful MOBA is technically a free game, but if you ask any avid fan if that's the case, you'll no doubt receive a wry laugh in response. The 160-strong champion pool is diverse and wonderful; each character can be purchased with currency earned while playing - the premium cosmetics, however, are bought with real-world money.

These cosmetics - skins, mainly - can be purchased directly using an in-game currency called RP. This itself is purchasable using your own hard-earned cash, though. LoL skins change the base look of the character you're playing, with premium cosmetics adding completely new effects, voice lines, and animations. There's also a battle pass that can be bought using RP which rewards you the more you play, so may seem like the most efficient way to spend your money. So, while the MOBA is technically one of the best free PC games right now, you can see just how easily it can sway you into parting with your money. This guide will give you the information needed to find out exactly how much you've spent in League of Legends.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 11:43 AM
     Cool Minecraft house ideas for your next build

Here, you'll find some cool Minecraft house ideas to help you structure your next creation. If you're after some inspiration for your next build, then we've dug a little deeper into the Minecraft house designs available to set you on your way to creating your dream home. You should put aside some time, some resources, and some love, as building a house in Minecraft is no easy task.

Whether you're an adventurer, builder, or redstone engineer when playing one of the best PC games of the decade, you still want a nice cosy home to go back to at the end of a busy day. And while constructing your perfect Minecraft house is a time-consuming venture, nothing beats that feeling you get when you gaze out the window from the confines of your cosy cabin, hilltop hideout, or towering treehouse in the building game. Whether or not you boost the look of your builds with Minecraft texture packs or Minecraft shaders, these house ideas will look stylish in any world.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 11:42 AM
     The best Minecraft skins 2023

The best Minecraft skins are a great way of making yourself stand out when playing on multiplayer servers. That's why one of the most important and popular aspects of Minecraft is your avatar skin - use it to represent yourself inside and outside the game, for screenshots, videos, multiplayer, and more… and just to feel that little bit less generic.

There are now more default Minecraft skins than ever with seven new characters: Noor, Sunny, Ari, Zuri, Makena, Kai, and Efe, added in 2022 as part of the upcoming Minecraft 1.20 update. The new additions join Steve and Alex in an effort to make Minecraft more representative, which is crucial when loading up any of the best PC games for the first time. However, once you're a few days in to the survival game, you might prefer to shed your default skin in exchange for something a little more individual. If you aren't confident enough to make your own completely custom avatar, there are thousands of cool Minecraft skins that have been ready-made for you to download and apply in minutes, here's just a few of the best. Take note that all of these cool Minecraft skins are available to download right now on NameMC.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 11:36 AM
     The best Minecraft shaders 2023

With the best Minecraft shaders, you can instantly level up the look of your Minecraft world - even without a fancy schmancy RTX graphics card. But with so many downloadable mods for the sandbox game, if you're unsure, let's start with what Minecraft shaders are.

One of the best PC games of all time and the ongoing king of sandbox games, Minecraft has incredible replayability, keeping fans and newbies coming to the game time after time. While the vanilla game gets regular updates, with the Minecraft 1.20 release date coming soon, Minecraft mods, texture packs, resource packs, and shaders can completely reinvent the game, affecting its overall look. Mods can completely alter gameplay, and Minecraft texture packs and resource packs change the appearance of existing blocks and add new blocks, respectively. Meanwhile, shader packs give you the same game, but with fancier graphics and effects.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 11:29 AM
     Vampire Survivors weapon evolution guide

Want to know what all the Vampire Survivors weapon evolutions are? This roguelite indie game is still rapidly gaining popularity as players discover the sheer joy of walking around a forest or library, slaying an ever-growing encroaching horde of monsters that just want to be very close to you.

It's a relatively simple, yet immensely popular indie game. In fact, it's one of the best PC games of the past year. Mastering it and unlocking Vampire Survivors characters can get tricky if you don't spec into the correct build from the start. To evolve an item in Vampire Survivors, you must first level up a weapon to its maximum level, collect its linked item when it appears on the level-up screen, then kill an elite monster and open the chest it leaves behind. Unfortunately, you only have a few slots for weapons and items, so you must choose carefully.

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PCGamesN Monday, March 13, 2023 11:20 AM
     Hogwarts Legacy Cache in the Castle quest guide

Trying to complete the Hogwarts Legacy Cache in the Castle quest? Just outside of Professor Fig's classroom in the Astronomy Tower, you will find Arthur Plummly, a Hufflepuff student seeking treasure hidden within the castle walls. This side quest may not be much on the surface, but it teaches you a valuable lesson when exploring the school halls: nothing is as it seems.

To complete the Hogwarts Legacy Cache in the Castle quest and find the hidden treasure, you will need access to one of the most basic Hogwarts Legacy spells, Accio. Luckily, by the time this side quest appears in the open-world game, you should already have learned this spell by attending your first Charms class. This task will take you far away from the quest-giver, so keep your Hogwarts Legacy map handy and take advantage of Floo Flames for fast travel if you lose your bearings.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 13, 2023 5:25 PM

White PC builds seem to be on-trend these days, as brands finally get the memo that colour options are appreciated. If you like the sound of that, today's deal on a Corsair 4000X PC case and H100i Elite Capellix 240mm AiO from Ebuyer in the UK is ideal, providing the two most prominent components of your build in gleaming white - and at a considerable discount. Normally the case costs around £110 while the cooler is a further £135, so you're saving around £75 here by buying this bundle versus buying the items separately.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 13, 2023 5:06 PM

Samsung's 2TB Shield T7 portable, armoured SSD has dropped to £148 on Amazon. That's a solid £40 off, but Samsung are also offering cashback for the same amount, dropping the price to £108 after all is said and done. That's an awesome price for a high-speed external SSD capable of read speeds of 1050MB/s and write speeds of 1000MB/s - and one that ranks among the fastest portable SSDs we've ever tested.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 13, 2023 1:00 PM

To track the public understanding of modern-day indie gaming is to look at the small-scale independent development scene through an Anglo-centric lens. While it would be unfair to ignore the hobbyists programming experiences in BASIC on their ZX Spectrum or similar, it's commonly accepted that indie gaming as we recognise it today has its roots in the early days of the internet and the Y2K boom, when Flash, Gamemaker Studio and similar tools allowed things like Cave Story and N to grow. With online distribution further helping games like Bastion, Journey and World Of Goo to flourish, the definition of the indie game became: a title with big ambitions and creativity grown from small budgets and teams.

It's not entirely wrong, but it has obscured decades of hobby development that was once at the forefront - not just the stories of BBC Micro solo-development stars, but similar ones of hobby development from around the world. In Japan, the doujin markets of Comiket and beyond serve as a home for hobbyists to make, sell and share their creations. It is the doujin gaming scene that helped major studios like Fate/ studio Type-Moon, and franchises like 07th Expansion and Touhou Project, flourish in a way that would never be possible otherwise.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 13, 2023 12:29 PM

GSC Game World, the Ukrainian devs working on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart Of Chernobyl, have claimed that one of their employees has been hacked by a "community from a Russian social network" and the studio threatened with blackmail.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 13, 2023 11:44 AM

Lightyear Frontier, a sort of Stardew Valley but in space, in which you bring agriculture to an alien planet with a big multipurpose mechatractor suit, has been delayed. It was supposed to come out, well, sometime around now (Spring 2023) but developers Frame Break announced the delay with a statement on Twitter - including that they "can't commit to a launch window right now".

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 13, 2023 11:42 AM

Resident Evil 4's Chainsaw demo dropped last week, offering an early section of the game with zero time limit and lots of villagers who'd like to add your guts to their dinner. Modders have since taken to the demo, making it more in line with their, err, tastes. Turns out they like potassium served with spoons.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 13, 2023 11:33 AM

You don't need a degree in rocket science to know that Kerbal Space Program 2 didn't exactly launch in the best of states last month. From its astronomically high PC requirements to the numerous bugs identified in our early access review, it's been a rough ride for developers Intercept Games, but hope is on the horizon. In a new development update, creative director Nate Simpson has announced the first major patch will be arriving on Thursday March 16th, primarily focusing on "performance improvements and bug squashing".

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 13, 2023 11:00 AM

Walking around the deserted streets of Los Angeles - and you can take your leisure, in Dead Island 2, because most zombies are quite shambly - I encountered many a rich-person decor. Last week, I was given a preview build of the upcoming first-person zombie-smasher and played about the first five hours of it in single-player, taking in sights like a community of gated millionaire mansions, a slightly less palacious but still ridiculous neighbourhood, and an upmarket hotel styled after the famous Beverly Hills Hotel. They're all full of weird stuff.

There's a panic room where a guy turned into a zombie mid-demo tape recording. Actress Emma, who you're battening down the hatches with, has a truly awful full-length Burt Reynoldsian portrait of herself. A shared house called the GOAT PEN, where a team of influencers all live together, has a set for a video series called LIT OR SH!T, and a whiteboard with the script for an apology video. I ask the game director David Stenton if it's low hanging fruit, or if there's no such thing with Hollywood rich people. "Of course, it's low hanging fruit!" he says, laughing. "And also, there's no such thing."

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 13, 2023 11:00 AM

I was going to do this as a sidebar in my larger article previewing Dead Island 2, but then I realised it would be a sidebar of about 800 words, which is not a sidebar Alice, for God's sake, pull yourself together. Dead Island 2 is set in LA, known as HellA as a little play on words, because it's full of zombies now. Your job is to smash a lot of them to pieces with a hammer, like so many sausages and balloons full of blood held together by sellotape. In the course of this, you find yourself merrily looting your way through the homes of the rich and famous, stuffing as many screws and bits of scrap metal into your pants as the elastic can handle (I assume; none of the player character options has a backpack). Notable among things I couldn't find when I went looking for them: the bastard keys.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Monday, March 13, 2023 11:00 AM

Homicidal All-Stars, the turn-based strategy game set inside a dystopian, Running Man-style TV show, has both a new name and a final release date, publishers Good Shepherd Entertainment have announced today. Releasing on May 2nd, Homicidal All-Stars will now be known as Showgunners, and... I dig it. It's much snappier than Homicidal All-Stars, and feels more in keeping with its deadly reality game show setting. And to really hammer home its reality show audience vibes, developers Artificer have released a new Steam demo today with a dedicated Twitch mode, letting streaming audiences vote and meddle with the game's action in real-time.

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     Hello, you. Did you enjoy the show?

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     In Denzel Washington's eyes, all revenge is equal.

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     Dambuster Studios' Khan talks about Dead Island 2 in this exclusive interview.

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     Ellie better watch out.

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     Using the silver sword on a few bugs.

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     Genshin Impact's use of lore is problematic for some.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 6:00 PM

slowpoke park

A Slowpoke Pokemon park will open up in mid-April 2023. You will be able to find it in Ayagawa, Kagawa in Japan. The actual name of the park is Sunshine Park Ayagawa, but Slowpoke Park will be its nickname. This is because there will be six playground play items around the park that look like Slowpoke. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

This is part of the My First Pokemon Project from The Pokemon Company. The point of this project is to create more connections between children and the Pokemon franchise. As part of this vision, The Pokemon Company has collaborated with Ayagawa in the Kagawa Prefecture to create Japan's very first Slowpoke Park.

Slowpoke and the Kagawa Prefecture are practically inseparable. In fact, Slowpoke is the official ambassador Pokemon for the Kagawa Prefecture. You can find Slowpoke mailboxes, buses, taxis, and such all around the area. This is not only because the Japanese name for Slowpoke, "Yadon," sounds like udon, which is what Kagawa is famous for. But a lot of Kagawa's desserts are sweet, much like Slowpoke tails, and the Pokedex entry in Ultra Sun states that when a Slowpoke yawns, it rains. This is very important for Kagawa Prefecture, which historically has suffered from droughts.

The Slowpoke Park in Ayagawa, Kagawa will open up from mid-April 2023. Children will be able to play on Slowpoke-shaped playground toys after the city opens it up.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 5:00 PM

Jojo's All Star Battle R patch 1.6 includes Keicho Nijimura

Bandai Namco released the patch notes for Jojo's All-Star Battle R update 1.6. It will arrive on March 20, 2023. Most of the adjustments will be focused on fixing the game's balance. However, this update will also mark the official addition of Keicho Nijimura to the roster of playable characters.

In addition to Keicho Nijimura appearing a playable character, there will be other elements tied to him. His JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Glossary entries, gallery items, and in-game customization options are also being added to the game. Bandai Namco previously announced he will be the third DLC character, and the company plans to release the fourth later this spring.

General balance changes include standardization of the hitbox area around the feet to remove an imbalance that lets some characters avoid projectiles by stepping backward after being downed. Also, air attack inconsistencies will be adjusted to prevent the characters from moving in the wrong direction after being hit.

Most notably, the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R patch will fix an issue where the crouching recoil animation would trigger after being hit while ending a stylish guard. This issue would interrupt the game's pace and give the attacking player an unfair advantage. As for each character, many changes will adjust their dash speed, attack conditions, and recoil animations.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle R is available for the Nintendo Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 4:30 PM

pokemon nft metaverse

It seems that The Pokemon Company might decide to get into the NFT and metaverse game. It opened up a job listing requiring knowledge of Web 3 and blockchains. This listing is on The Pokemon Company International's Greenhouse page under the title of Corporate Development Principal. Since this is just a job opening and not an official statement of intentions, it does not necessarily mean that The Pokemon Company actually hopes to break into blockchain games. [Thanks, Nintendo Life and Pory!]

Twitter user pory_leeks was the first to see this posting and bring it to the attention of the Pokemon community at large. One of the qualifications to be a Corporate Development Principal at The Pokemon Company International is to have "deep knowledge and understanding of Web 3, including blockchain technologies and NFT, and/or metaverse." The candidate must also be "deeply connected to a network of investors and entrepreneurs in the technology sectors above (Web3 and metaverse)."

While none of the responsibilities make any overt references to blockchain technology or the metaverse, the Corporate Development Principal will design processes to test the feasibility of new ideas and opportunities. With Square Enix still looking into blockchain games, NFTs may be a trend amidst Japanese game developers. So it is unclear if The Pokemon Company simply wants to gauge the market or if it will release something metaverse-related in the future.

You can find the Corporate Development Principal listing for The Pokemon Company via the company's Greenhouse page.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 4:00 PM

Process of Elimination Demo Launch

NIS America launched a demo for Process of Elimination for the Nintendo Switch and PS4. Process of Elimination is a strategy game about a group of detectives, each with their own set of unique skills. Players must use these detectives to uncover the Quartering Duke, a mysterious serial killer.

The demo will give players a sense of the game before it releases in April 2023. To prepare, the trailer goes into many of the gameplay mechanics, which resemble a turn-based strategy game. Different detectives can be instructed to complete tasks such as collecting and analyzing evidence. Detectives can assist each other in their tasks, but due to their unique skills, certain detectives will refuse to perform certain tasks.

With the launch of the Process of Elimination demo, pre-orders are also available for the game itself. This includes the reveal of the Limited Edition of the game, which includes a physical release of the game for either PS4 or Switch, a soundtrack, a hardcover art book, a keychain and a special collector's box. The Limited Edition is now available from the NIS America store.

Process of Elimination launches on April 11, 2023 in North America for the PS4 and Switch. It will release in Europe a few days later on April 14, 2023. The demo is available on both systems now.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 3:30 PM

Lawson will release NieR Automata cookies and merchandise for a limited time in Japan. There is also new promotional art of this campaign, featuring 2B and 9S bearing the signature stripes of the convenience store chain. It will start from March 21, 2023. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

You will be able to get clear files of 2B and 9S in their Lawson-inspired uniforms as well. Since this is technically a collaboration with Ver1.1a, which is the anime adaptation of the game, it uses the anime versions rather than the 3D models. You will also be able to buy American Soft cookies (700 JPY) featuring 2B on the bag. These cookies contain NieR Automata stickers. Purchasing items that are part of the campaign will get you the clear files and are available while supplies last.

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There will also be a lottery to commemorate the NieR Automata anime. It will cost 800 JPY per turn, which is about $6. The A Prize is an art holder and the B prize is a figure of 2B. This figure uses her design from the game and not the Lawson version with the stripes.

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The NieR Automata campaign at Lawson will start from March 21, 2023. You can watch the anime adaptation of the game on Crunchyroll. NieR Automata is available as a game on the PS4, PS5, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 3:00 PM

best 3ds eshop games closing closes

The Nintendo 3DS eShop is cutting off purchases on March 27, 2023 and closing, leaving precious few days remaining for you to buy games on the service. Looking to do some last-minute shopping? Here are Siliconera's recommendations for what to pick up.

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The Heavy Hitter Exclusives

You've probably heard of most of these 3DS games, but we can't miss the opportunity to recommend these before they disappear from the eShop.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix

We're sad that the Rhythm Heaven franchise has remained quiet during the Switch years. Still, Megamix's combination of the series' best and some new ideas of its own remains its best offering and a wildly enjoyable experience. That it never saw the physical release in America that it did in other territories? It's a real shame, but not any indication of quality.

Bye-Bye BoxBoy!

The BoxBoy franchise was a standout on the eShop, and with good reason! HAL Laboratory, which has a long history of making good box games, used a minimal aesthetic to make a traversal puzzle game memorable and distinct as well as delightfully brain-bending. The franchise continues, but the three 3DS games all have their own puzzles and are worth picking up on the eShop.


The other standout 3DS download series, Pushmo, is fun puzzling as well as a nice showcase for the system's 3D display. Each game, from Crashmo to Stretchmo, added its own spin to creations. But honestly? The most lasting impression we have from these games is just how vibrant and adorable its characters and world manage to be in what could simply have been a vanilla puzzler.


We're always fascinated when Game Freak releases side projects between the gargantuan development tasks of making Pokemon games. HarmoKnight is certainly one of the most successful, as a rhythm game lightly disguising itself as a platform action title. It takes a cult classic subgenre that's been around since Vib-Ribbon and makes it much more accessible, opening the concept to new players.

Fire Emblem Fates: Revelation

The other two Fates games, Conquest and Birthright, may have gotten physical releases, but the third? Nope. Revelation is intended as a sort of "golden route," allowing you to keep most characters alive and have what-if interactions. The story is kind of a mess, and it's generally not recommended as a starting point for Fates players. But there's some fun stuff in there!

Honorable mentions: We'd have absolutely put Pocket Card Jockey on this list just a few months ago, but its re-emergence on Apple Arcade means it's still available for new players. Also we probably don't need to tell you about the brilliance of the Picross e series, but there are a whole nine of 'em and they still control best with a stylus.

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The Overlooked 3DS eShop Gems

These titles didn't get the love they deserved. Grab these before it's too late.

The Denpa Men 3: The Rise of Digitoll

Denpa Men franchise developer Genius Sonority is most widely known for its work on Pokemon side games. That experience with what makes collection and simple combat compelling shines through in Denpa, a game that's essentially Monster Rancher but with wi-fi signals instead of discs to generate new creatures. They're simple beings, with limited characteristics and abilities, so the game has you build larger parties than a usual RPG to bring in more dungeon-crawling complexity. The third game is the most fully-featured, making it our top recommendation, but all of them are fun.

Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale

We're finally starting to see some of the Boku no Natsuyasumi games make it to English-speaking audiences, but for a long time, Attack was all we had. And it's a great distillation of the franchise's concepts, showing the appeal and nostalgia of a "slow life" adventure. It's the standout release of the Level-5 Guild series, which bundled smaller experiences from different creators with a lot of personality and experimentation.

Gotta Protectors

The Gotta Protectors games are retro-inspired co-op action-tower-defense games, all for different platforms with their own takes on the idea. That might be a bit confusing for some! Understandably so. But if you sit down with some pals and play one, you'll quickly get the appeal. While we love the Switch release in the franchise, the DS installment — if we're crowning a favorite — takes the title with its depth, customization and care.

Inazuma Eleven

While the Inazuma Eleven series saw a lot of releases and success in Japan and Europe, North America got just one game: an enhanced 3DS remake of the original on the eShop. The good thing is that it's totally a captivating and fun experience by itself!

Honorable mentions: We called out what we think is the most can't-miss in the line, but all of Level-5's Guild franchise is worth a look. They're all quirky and memorable! And in terms of Nintendo-published releases, you can't go wrong with the Punch-Out!!-like slashing action of Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword.

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The Rare Physical Releases

These aren't 3DS eShop exclusive games, but with how hard it is to find the cartridges? They might as well be.

Yo-kai Watch 3

As the popularity of Yo-kai Watch waned (both in Japan and the West), it just so happened that the games kept getting better. So this, the last English release, is phenomenally rare, and enough people knew it would be at launch that it essentially never landed on store shelves at all. So the eShop is kind of your only option.

Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure

While most rare 3DS games were later releases, this early Sega rhythm title bucks that trend. Rhythm Thief has a ton of ideas, landing somewhere in the space between Rhythm Heaven, HarmoKnight and Professor Layton in the handheld's library. There was a compromised iOS port that's also unavailable these days, but — at least for a few more days — the ideal version's still there for you.

Fantasy Life

There's finally a true sequel on the way, but the original Fantasy Life still has a lot to offer. It's a life sim, it has combat action and the writing is just plain charming! Also worth mentioning: the crucial Origin Island DLC, which adds a lot to the experience and will disappear with the eShop as well.

Yo-kai Watch Blasters

There's a lot of Level-5 fare on this list, huh? Nevertheless, this action-heavy take on the Yo-kai Watch franchise regularly tops the list of rarest games on the platform.

Honorable mentions: There's an increasingly large pool of 3DS games too expensive to easily acquire, like Style Savvy: Fashion Forward and excellent Sega RPG 7th Dragon III: Code: VFD. Oh, and yeah, another Level-5 game, Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy, should be on your radar too.

What do you think are the best 3DS eShop games? What other gems did we miss? Let us know in the comments.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 2:30 PM

Goddess of Victory: Nikke Bow-Wow PAradise Biscuit

A new event for the mobile game Goddess of Victory: Nikke will begin this week and add a new character named Biscuit. Titled "Bow-Wow Paradise," the new event involves dogs overrunning the game's setting The Ark, and making a mess of things. The characters then assemble to deal with the problem. The event runs will begin after the end of maintenance on March 15, 2023.

Various items can be found during the Bow-Wow Paradise event. By completing event quests Recruit Vouchers and enhancement items can be acquired. A seven-day log-in bonus will also appear. Checking in each day will mean getting items such as skill enhancement material and others.

The event also sees the new character Biscuit join the world of Nikke. Biscuit is a support-type unit who can heal and power up your other characters. According to the event's patch notes, she will provide first-aid when a Defender-Type character's health is low and give them temporary invincibility. She can also raise the critical rate of a character and is the first Nikke who can rebuild cover. Biscuit can be acquired through the game's Special Recruit system.

You can see a bit more of Biscuit in this official animation below:

Goddess of Victory: Nikke is a mobile game that released on iOS and Android platforms in 2022. Its a PC client debuted in 2023. It features female soldiers called Nikkes fighting mechanical aliens during a post-apocalyptic war.

You can play Goddess of Victory: Nikke on both Android and iOS devices and PCs, and the Bow-Wow Paradise event will run March 15-29, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 2:00 PM

Uniqlo Sanrio Characters Beach Trip Shirts Appear

Uniqlo started selling its new Sanrio Characters Beach Trip shirts. This collection features five designs for women and five for children. All of them feature Hello Kitty, My Melody, Kuromi, Cinnamoroll, Gudetama, and Pom Pom Purin engaging in beach activities. People can immediately find it both in retail stores and on the official website.

All of the women's Sanrio Characters Beach Trip are $24.90 each at Uniqlo. They are available in sizes XXS through XXL. That line includes designs with My Melody and Kuromi in intertubes, Cinnamoroll surfing, My Melody with a beach umbrella, a sunburned Hello Kitty with a surfboard, and Gudetama hula dancing.
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The children's shirts are 14.90 each. The sizes for them are 3-4Y, 5-6Y, 7-8Y, 9-10Y, 11-12Y, and 13Y. That selection includes Kuromi in an intertube, Pom Pom Purin playing a ukelele, Cinnamoroll sitting on the beach, My Melody lying on a beach towel, and the sunburned Hello Kitty with a surfboard again.
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The last round of Sanrio merchandise featured familiar faces paired up with Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura. Those items will be sold in a pop up store in Japan. However, a Cinnamoroll plush did appear in Build-a-Bear stores in North America.

The Sanrio Characters Beach Trip shirts are immediately available at Uniqlo.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 1:30 PM

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Bandai Spirits will re-run the Splatoon 3 Ichiban Kuji from June 23, 2023. It will cost 680 JPY ($5.05) to play and you will be able to do so in convenience stores and Nintendo stores around Japan. In total, there will be eight piece of Splatoon 3 merchandise that you can potentially get. [Thanks, Hobby Dengeki!]

The prizes for the Splatoon 3 Ichiban Kuji re-run are:

  • A Prize: Squid and octoling blanket cushion
  • B Prize: Turf War alarm clock
  • C Prize: Graphic tee
  • D Prize: Soap dispenser (squid)
  • E Prize: Turf War stacking cap (4 variations)
  • F Prize: Design towel (7 variations)
  • G Prize: Rubber keyholder collection (8 variations)
  • Last One: Smallfry plush

You can check out pictures of all the Splatoon 3 merchandise here:

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The Turf War alarm clock will play the demo version of the Splatoon 3 main theme song. As for the design towels (F Prize), you can choose between either normal square-shaped ones or ones that look like either squids or octolings. The Last One Prize in Ichiban Kuji is typically the one you get if you are the one who purchases the final ticket available in the store. In this case, you would get a 20 cm plush of Smallfry.

Splatoon 3 is readily available on the Nintendo Switch. The Ichiban Kuji for Splatoon 3 will re-run from June 23, 2023 in Japan.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 1:00 PM

Genshin Impact Vibro-Crystal Verification Event Starts Tomorrow

A Vibro-Crystal event is returning to Genshin Impact this week, and this time it is the Vibro-Crystal Verification. Starting on March 14, 2023, people will be able to equip a Vibro-Crystal Harmonics Schema and fight familiar enemies to earn Hero's Wit books, Mora, Mystic Enhancement Ores, Primogems, and weapon enhancement materials. HoYoVerse offered details on what people can expect from the event and its activities when they head back to The Chasm.

There will be six challenges total during the Genshin Impact Vibro-Crystal Verification event. However, you will need to wait for them to appear. There will be one showing up each day starting on March 14, 2023. You'll make two parties of four characters and, like in the last event, you can use your own or Trial ones supplied. You then set up the Vibro-Crystal Harmonics Schema for each team, placing Transmitter and Receiver Crystals to get buffs. Once you're set, you'll fight enemies in the challenge to earn points, which then determine which rewards you earn.

The first Vibro-Crystal event appeared back in April 2022. Like this one, it involved making teams to face challenges for rewards. The entry requirements remain the same this time around, as you still need to finish Chapter 1: Act 3 – A New Star Approaches and be at Adventurer Rank 28.

Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices, and the Vibro-Crystal Verification event will run March 14-27, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 12:30 PM

SuperGroupies Trigun Stampede Merchandise Includes Vash's Red Coat

SuperGroupies announced a collection of Trigun Stampede merchandise featuring the characters Vash the Stampede, Millions Knives, and Nicholas D Wolfwood. In the case of Knives and Wolfwood, watches and bags are available. However, in the case of Vash, his iconic Trigun red coat will appear alongside a watch and bag.

The replica Trigun Stampede Vash the Stampede jacket is red with a Project SEEDS logo, a print of his transistor radio, and a hood. It will be available in sizes medium through XXL. It will cost $250.00. The watch inspired by him matches his coat color, features his gun, and has bullets at the 1, 3, 7, and 9 spots. The Project SEEDs logo and Trigun Stampede logo are also on it. It will cost $230. Finally, his bag matches his gun holster on the outside and coat on the inside. There's also a metal plate with his gun on the side and his wanted poster on the inside. It will be $200.
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The Knives items involve a bag and watch. The crossbody bag is $130. It is white with a Plant design, and features a metal plate of Vash, Knives, and Rem. There is a blue zipper and blue lining. The watch is $230. It again features the Plant designs set against white to resemble his outfit.
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Finally, the Trigun Stampede Wolfwood watch is also $230. It features his Punisher cross gun and bullet holes. Each hour mark is also designed to look like a cigarette. Like the Vash backpack, the Wolfwood one is $200. It is all black, features a cross design on the inside, and has a marking that shows images his name, orphanage and cigarette.
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The Trigun Stampede SuperGroupies collection with Vash, Knives, and Wolfwood merchandise like the iconic red coat are expected to ship in September 2023. Pre-orders are open until April 2, 2023. The Trigun Stampede anime is streaming on Crunchyroll.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 12:00 PM

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Visitors to Evo Japan 2023 will be able to take Street Fighter 6 for a spin. It will be available from March 31, 2023 to April 2, 2023 from 11am to 7pm. On the last day, it will be out until 6pm. You will be able to find it in the Game Publisher Area at the Capcom booth and the PlayStation booths in the southern exhibition hall. [Thanks, Game Watch!]

Eight characters will be playable during the demo of Street Fighter 6 at Evo Japan 2023. You will be able to use Ryu, Chun-Li, Jamie, Luke, Guile, Kimberly, Juri, and Ken. This was the roster during the beta tests of Street Fighter 6 as well. At launch, there will be a total of nineteen characters, including one that you make yourself. If you play the demo at EVO 2023, then you will receive original custom stickers of the characters as a present.

Street Fighter 6 is the upcoming newest entry to the Street Fighter series. Not only are there the usual casual and ranked matches, you can also create your own playable character. The story mode, or World Tour, will let you learn techniques such as Chun-Li's signature Spinning Bird Kick.

Street Fighter 6 will come out on June 2, 2023 for the PS4, PS5, Windows PC, and Xbox Series X. It will also appear in arcades in Japan in 2023. Those who visit Evo Japan 2023 will be able to play Street Fighter 6 from March 31, 2023 to April 2, 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 11:30 AM

An Evangelion Rei Ayanami assembly figure of her in a cat girl-themed plugsuit (Grimrock Version) will appear on AmiAmi. It will be a 1/8th scale and will require you to put it together first. Two versions are available for pre-order. One of the figures will be a pale beige color and the other one will be white. They will cost 13,200 JPY each, which is about $97.75. [Thanks, Famitsu!]

The Grimrock Rei Ayanami figure stands at around 185 millimeters. You will have to put together eighteen different parts, as well as paint her, before she can turn into an actual figure that you can display. There are eye stickers that you can put so you do not have to worry about painting that part. In order to make it easy for beginners to put together and paint, there is a minimum amount of joints and it will come with an instruction manual.

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Kawanishi Ken (Grimrock), a modelist, first came up with the cat girl Rei design in 2003. Evangelion Grimrock Plus is a project that started in 2022, with the goal to recreate classic figures from the past. This is very similar to how the Evangelion movies are essentially recreating the lore of the show. Illustrator Mojaringa renewed the art for modern tastes, with Ryuntaro serving as the modelist to bring them to life. Since the Grimrock Rei figure is open for pre-order, RC Berg will re-run the Grimrock Asuka figure, which you can also get via AmiAmi.

The Evangelion Rei Ayanami Grimrock assembly figure is open for pre-order and will come out in late June 2023.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 11:00 AM

Artist James Turner Designed New Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Characters Tatsugiri and Dondozo

James Turner, a Game Freak artist responsible for designing past Pokemon and Tembo the Badass Elephant, shared new fan art of additional characters he designed. In particular, he revealed he created the designs for the new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet characters Dondozo and Tatsugiri.

First, here's Turner's Tatsugiri art. This is a dragon and water-type Pokemon that resembles sushi in all three of its forms. From left to right, Turner drew its Droopy, Curly, and Stretchy forms.

This was followed by Turner sharing art of Pokemon Scarlet and Violet's Dondozo with three Tatsugiri. There, he noted he also designed Dondozo. Dondozo is a water-type that engages in a symbiotic relationship with Tatsugiri via its Order Up move and Tatsugiri's ability to Commander.

Turner often shares art of Pokemon characters and reveals ones he designed via social media. For example, Gholdengo fan art appeared back in December 2022. Turner also confirmed he designed Professors Sada and Turo.

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet are available on the Nintendo Switch.

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Siliconera Monday, March 13, 2023 10:30 AM

FFVII Barret

One of the most iconic things about Final Fantasy VII character Barret Wallace is his arm. One of the first things players see about Barret in FFVII and its remake is the massive machine gun he wears in place of his right forearm. However, if things had gone a bit differently in the game's development, the eco-warrior of the Sector 7 Slums might have had two arms and a bow.

Barret's origin was the subject of a new bit of trivia from the official Final Fantasy VII Remake account. The post brings a brief tidbit from the pre-production days of the original game. At the time, Barret, Cloud (or rather, Cloud's "berserker" predecessor), and Red XIII were the first characters being worked on by the development team. This was even before the team had a firm idea of what the world of Midgar (or New York) would be like. This early concept of Barret's character had the big man equipped not with a big gun, but a "bowgun."

The post didn't quite specify exactly what the concept of Barret in early Final Fantasy VII might have looked like. "Bowgun" is an alternative name for a crossbow, but the term is also applied to many gun-like fantasy weapons that shoot bolts rather than bullets. Even Final Fantasy itself has its own bowgun, in the form of Edgar Figaro's Auto Crossbow weapon in Final Fantasy VI. Whatever that prototype Barret might have been, the finalized version has his own array of weapons that extend beyond guns.

Another bit of trivia dropped included a cutscene from early in the game. In one set of dialog lines cut from the final version of Final Fantasy VII, Barret converses with the members of his Avalanche cell: Jessie, Wedge, and Biggs. Prior to the mission to take down Mako Reactor No. 5, Barret psyches up the team with a promise that when the job's done, they'll all take a visit to "the place where Avalanche was born... Cosmo Canyon." He talks up the Canyon's food, drink, and even the possibility of hot spring baths. After Jessie inquires after Cloud, he responds "He'll come along, too."

Final Fantasy VII Remake is available on the PS4, PS5, and PC.

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WGB, Home of AWESOME Reviews Monday, March 13, 2023 3:03 PM
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"improves the overall stability and performance of the game"

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Monday, March 13, 2023 4:46 PM

Development is currently focused on the studio's upcoming James Bond project

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A new trailer and gameplay video were also released. 

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The update adds the new Hellfire Laharback Kemono

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