PCGamesN Saturday, March 25, 2023 1:30 PM
Of all the enemies in Blizzard's action RPG game Diablo, The Butcher remains a fan favourite. His penchant for fresh produce (specifically meat) and undying rage have etched him into Sanctuary's bloodstained history books, but he doesn't return as just a straightforward Diablo 4 boss, instead ambushing players at random. At an exclusive developer Q and A in London, I asked Blizzard why.
Continue reading A "startling" Diablo 4 Butcher fight is just what Blizzard wantedMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Diablo 4 release date, Diablo 4 system requirements, Diablo 4 classes
PCGamesN Saturday, March 25, 2023 1:07 PM
Sexual assault claims against Chris Avellone, a writer and developer whose credits include RPG games such Fallout New Vegas and Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order, as well as the Bethesda-published Prey, and upcoming shooter System Shock, was accused in 2020 of sexual assault by two women. Avellone's accusers have now published a joint statement, publicly withdrawing the claims originally made against the game developer.
Continue reading Sexual assault claims against Fallout dev publicly withdrawnMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Fallout: New Vegas mods, Fallout 5 release date, The best RPG games on PC 2022
PCGamesN Saturday, March 25, 2023 12:22 PM
The Counter-Strike 2 release date is officially coming, as Valve launches the CS2 limited test, and brings its new FPS game to Source 2. With new weapons, skins, mechanics, and maps coming to the Counter-Strike sequel, CSGO nevertheless continues to thrive - in fact, the Counter-Strike 2 announcement has sent the iconic shooter to new heights on Steam.
Continue reading Counter-Strike 2 reveal sends CSGO Steam count soaringMORE FROM PCGAMESN: Counter-Strike 2 release date, Best FPS games, Best multiplayer games
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, March 25, 2023 7:48 PM
Have A Nice Death's dark art and quick-slashing combat bring Hollow Knight to mind, but it has more in common with Hades and Dead Cells. One of the things it has in common with those games is that it was released in early access. After a little more than a year, version 1.0 arrived this week, bringing a final area, a new boss, and the end of its storyline.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, March 25, 2023 7:00 PM
Go-Go Town! has more than a little Animal Crossing about it, as players become mayor of a cutesy fixer-upper town and start doing oddjobs to attract new visitors and inhabitants. It differs in several key ways too, thankfully, from its more urban setting, its tactile power tools, and the ability to automate a lot of the gathering and crafting by putting residents to work for you. Watch the reveal trailer below.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, March 25, 2023 6:14 PM
Honkai: Star Rail has been hinting at an April 26th release date for months, but now it's official. The free-to-play, turn-based Genshin Impact spin-off will be available for pre-download from April 23rd and will be available via its official site and the Epic Games Store come the 26th. A presentation streamed yesterday also revealed its first two banners.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, March 25, 2023 5:27 PM
I somehow missed the news two weeks ago that Wargroove 2 was on the way. The actual successor to a spiritual successor to Advance Wars, Wargroove 2 is another 2D turn-based strategy game, but with new factions, a new roguelike mode, and a new co-developer.
There's also a demo available to play right now, although only until the end of the weekend.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, March 25, 2023 2:51 PM
RPS@PAX 2023: Become besties with Greek gods on an accidental vacation in Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island
I really enjoyed dark fantasy adventure Roki when it first released back in 2020, and keen to see what developers Polygon Treehouse have gotten up to since, I jumped at the opportunity to play the PAX East demo for Mythwrecked: Ambrosia Island. You can watch my impressions of the demo in the video below:
In Mythwrecked you play as Alex, a backpacker who has washed up on the sun-drenched shores of Ambrosia Island. As she begins exploring, she soon realises that this island seems to be a hot spot for the gods from ancient Greek myths. Your task is to befriend each god, help them restore their memories, and find a way back to civilisation.
From playing the demo, you can see much of what made Roki fun reflected in Mythwrecked. The environments are interesting to poke around in, puzzles are breezy brain ticklers, and it has Polygon Treehouse's sense of humour. Each Greek god has a humerous twist on their lore, and during the demo I had a fun time chatting with Hermes, who is dressed in nothing more than a pair of skimpy white speedos and a matching white sweat band - a bold choice of attire.
Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, March 25, 2023 2:23 PM
RPS@PAX 2023: We chat with solo dev Billy Basso and publisher Bigmode about their upcoming moody metroidvania Animal Well
Out of all the game demos Liam and I have played at PAX East, we both agree that Animal Well is something special. It's a 2D metriodvania where you play as a little blob trying to navigate a subtterranean labyrinth filled with creatures - some cute, some not so cute.
To find out more about this strange puzzle platformer's beginnings and development, we spoke to solo develeoper Billy Basso and Bigmode's Leah Gastrow which you can view in the two videos below.
You can watch me interview Billy here:
Siliconera Saturday, March 25, 2023 3:00 PM
The Switch has become something of a haven for rhythm games, with big names like Project Diva and Taiko no Tatsujin, Japanese titles like Groove Coaster, and ones that fall under the indie label like Cytus Alpha, Deemo and Voez making themselves at home. Sixtar Gate: Startrail, which is in early access on PCs via Steam, is the latest to appear. It's not without its charm, but my experience makes me wonder if the PC version is the better suited to what it is trying to do.
There are three modes in Sixtar Gate: Startrail on the Switch. Adventure Mode is a story mode. You go through songs, seeing events in-between. Sometimes, you can choose your difficulty level! Other times, you're stuck and locked into, say, a 15 difficulty track when you've been playing on 3-5 while you get used to the notes. Travel Mode is a freeplay option that lets you go through any unlocked track one at a time, at any difficulty you'd like. Outer Space is a challenge mode that involves three preselected songs at determined difficulties that you must pass to unlock more. It's quite a bit of variety, though the story features localization issues and I'm not a fan of it deciding its difficulty for me.
The gameplay itself is great! However, the more I play, the more I suspect Sixtar Gate: Startrail might be better on the PC than the Switch. Indicators fall from the top of the screen to a judgment line in time with the music. You "play" along using the face buttons, analog sticks, and triggers. During a song, the gear will sometimes expand to add or remove an additional note hit with the right or Y button to the mix. The track listing is filled with a pretty adequate array of titles.
However, It's the little things about Sixtar Gate: Startrail that begin to add up. For example, the hit sound for notes is incredibly faint. When I leapt into the Adventure Mode to kick things off, I didn't even realize there were any hit sounds at all. In order to get them to a somewhat reasonable degree, I needed to head into Travel Mode to access the options menu to fiddle with things. The audio is hidden under Advanced Settings, and only by setting Music Level to 50 and other noises to between 50 and 80, while leaving hit sound at 100, did it start to get more reasonable.
Speaking of which, even finding the options and figuring out what you're doing is a bit of a task. There there brief introductions that come up when you first enter the Adventure, Travel, or Outer Space modes. However, there's no tutorial to introduce the inputs or gameplay. It isn't too complicated, especially since its UI resembles titles like Beatmania DJMax, but is a lot to suddenly toss people into a song without familiarizing them with what each note means. Especially since there's no way to customize inputs to your liking. For example, when I began I kept pressing the L and R buttons for trigger notes, rather than ZL and ZR. I still make that mistake, because it isn't comfortable for someone who's spent the last year playing Taiko no Tatsujin games. I keep wanting to use the left, down, B, and A buttons for inputs, rather than left, up, X, and A, because again there's a familiarity.
I suppose this gets most frustrating when the movement notes come into play. These are performed using the left and right analog sticks. You even get a telegraphed warning. But because of the way I'm forced to hold my Switch in handheld mode when playing Sixtar Gate: Startrail, I can really only use the left analog stick. Anyone familiar with rhythm games knows that if there is a trickier note like that with two input options, it behooves you to be able to switch between the them based on what that hand is doing at the time. So if I'm busy with a left or up input with my left hand, but my right is pressing X and has A coming up, I can't really alternate.
It's especially odd that there isn't that customization option, as Sixtar Gate: Startrail lets you adjust pretty much everything else. You can change how your hitsound, gear, notes, and judge line appear. The note speed can be adjusted. You can determine if you want widgets to appear that show your combo counter, judgment, or how far you are through the song and decide where they appear on your gear's screen.
Sixtar Gate: Startrail does a lot of things right. The customization options are handy, though largely cosmetic. I enjoyed the songs and the aesthetic. I just wish the Switch version of Sixtar Gate: Startrail did a better job of introducing itself and adjusting its control schemes to make it a bit more comfortable.
Sixtar Gate: Startrail is available on the Nintendo Switch. It is in early access on Steam.
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Siliconera Saturday, March 25, 2023 2:00 PM
Nintendo released some new trailers that showcase the parallel world that the Fell Xenologue will take place in in Fire Emblem Engage. The Fell Xenologue will be part of Wave 4 (the final wave) of DLC in the Expansion Pass and in it, you'll be able to see counterparts of characters you that you're familiar with in the main game.
The first video shows the Four Wings version of Zelestia speaking with Alear. She explains that the Four Wings is an organization of four knights that protect Lady Nel and Nil. However, those familiar with the original game will recognize Zelestia as Zephia, a member of the Four Hounds. That was a far more antagonistic group than the Four Wings will be.
The second video focuses on Celine and Alfred. In the actual Fire Emblem Engage story, the two of them have a very close relationship. But that's not how it looks to be in the Fell Xenologue. Celine's attitude towards Alfred is very sharp, as you can tell from her tone, and she aggressively pushes a reluctant Alfred into invading Brodia.
Previously, Nintendo shared what the gameplay would be like in the Fell Xenologue chapters of Fire Emblem Engage. Since this is a parallel world, you will not have access to your units. You'll only be able to bring characters of a set starting class, level, and inventory, which means that you might have to change your strategies. On the flip side, characters who die will return at the end of the chapter no matter what.
Fire Emblem Engage is readily available on the Nintendo Switch. The Fell Xenolgue DLC will come out on April 5, 2023.
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Siliconera Saturday, March 25, 2023 1:00 PM
There will be more of the Trigun Stampede anime, as a Final Phase came up as part of the AnimeJapan 2023 news. This is also immediately following the twelfth and final episode of the season currently available. There's no release date for it yet, though Crunchyroll confirmed it will offer it. It also didn't clarify if this is a second cour or season 2. The announcement only noted that it is "coming soon." However, there is a brief teaser trailer that focuses on Vash the Stampede and Millions Knives.
First, here's the announcement. It features the familiar wanted poster showing that Vash's bounty is $$60 billion.
Here is the new teaser trailer for episode 12 of Trigun Stampede. If you haven't been following the show, there are spoilers for events so far. It also features a new song by Salyu × haruka nakamura.
Ahead of the finale's debut, Crunchyroll also featured a teaser for it.
The Trigun Stampede anime Final Phase is "coming soon." All 12 current episodes are immediately available via Crunchyroll. Dark Horse handled the English localization of the manga, but it is currently out of print.
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Siliconera Saturday, March 25, 2023 12:30 PM
As part of the AnimeJapan 2023 announcements, Toho Animation uploaded the trailer for My Hero Academia Academia season 7 and offered details about Star and Stripe. The American hero appeared in the final moments of episode 138 "No Man is an Island" on March 25, 2023 and will play an important part in the next season. There's no release date for the next season yet.
First, here's Character Designer Yoshihiko Umakoshi's picture of Deku announcing the new season. The tweet also includes the teaser trailer for season 7 of My Hero Academia.
As for Star and Stripe, people can hear Romi Park as the heroine in episode 25 of season 6. She shows up after the 20 minute mark.) Park is best known for playing characters like Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Naoto Shirogane in Persona 4, Zoe Hange in Attack on Titan, and Zidane in the Dissidia Final Fantasy games.
My Hero Academia season 7 is in development. All 138 episodes of season 1-6 are streaming on Crunchyroll. The manga is handled by Viz Media in English. A live-action version of the story will appear on Netflix.
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Siliconera Saturday, March 25, 2023 12:00 PM
Aniplex released a new trailer for Fate/strange Fake: Whispers of Dawn. Its world premiere will happen in Los Angeles some time during Summer 2023, and it will broadcast on TV on July 2, 2023. The trailer shows a large amount of the mages and Servants who will appear in the Snowfield Holy Grail War. [Thanks, KaroshiMyriad!]
The trailer is fairly short, at only half a minute. However, we can see virtually all of the main players who will appear in Fate/strange Fake: Whispers of Dawn.
The Japanese cast is:
You can watch the Fate/strange Fake: Whispers of Dawn trailer here:
Fate/strange Fake was originally going to air at the end of 2022 as part of the New Year. However, delays in order to improve its overall quality pushed it until the summer instead. Ryogo Narita, who wrote works such as Baccano, was the author of the original light novel. It revolves around a botched Holy Grail War that ended up summoning a number of fakes who would normally not even be heroes.
Fate/strange Fake will air on July 2, 2023 and premiere in Los Angeles in Summer 2023.
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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, March 25, 2023 4:43 PM
With the release of the open beta of Diablo 4 came a whole hoard of players, both new and old. Xbox, Playstation, and PC players from around the world got the chance to try out the opening act of the latest game from Blizzard. The servers could hardly keep up as people dived into the first quests, and queue times started to stack up. Wait times became an issue, and server dropouts kicked players. The problem with the servers can't be avoided by going offline, as Diablo 4 is online only. Is Diablo 4 online only? Like Diablo 3, this addition to the franchise is also online only, meaning you can't enjoy the adventure without a constant internet connection. For anyone with spotty internet, this results in constant game kick outs, laggy gameplay, and party dropouts. It is unclear why the game has to be always online, but for a few, this may become a slight problem. Blizzard has moved towards always online services for a few years and doesn't seem to offer alternatives. It would be nic...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, March 25, 2023 4:35 PM
Having couch co-op return in Diablo 4 should make things easier for you, especially if you're aiming to play the game on a harder difficulty. Slaying demons in Sanctuary alone can feel satisfying, but having a friend by your side could make things more immersive. According to Blizzard Entertainment, you and a friend can experience the entire beta of Diablo 4 together. This could mean tackling the harder events like Strongholds may be easier with a team-up. So, how to play couch co-op in the Diablo 4 Beta? Continue reading this guide, and you should have that question answered. Diablo 4: How to play couch co-op Playing couch co-op in the Diablo 4 Beta is much more streamlined and simple to do. The only issue, like me, I had to go out of my way to figure out how to do it. Note that this can only be done on consoles. For PC users, you only have the online option to play the Diablo 4 Beta. The first step is that each player must be signed in to their respective console account. Meaning i...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, March 25, 2023 4:28 PM
The gripping narrative of Diablo 4 already has players wondering what could have been if different choices had been made. In part 4 of the first act in the newest game in the franchise, players are faced with a choice. Before they follow Lorath into the city of Kyovashad, they must inscribe the sin they are most troubled with and cast it into the fire. This ritual will cleanse them of sin and allow them into the city. When I was playing, I never saw an option for eating 4 cheeseburgers in one sitting, so I too was in a dilemma. Does it matter what I inscribe on the wood for the Rites of Passage in Diablo 4, or can I just put anything on there? What to inscribe on the wood in the Rite of Passage Screenshot by PC Invasion Once you approach the cedar wood tablets and take one, you will be prompted with only a few options. They are as follows: Fear Anger Pride Greed Nothing but scribbles Once you choose one, cast it into the fire and become purged of your most shameful sin. I guess I sho...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, March 25, 2023 4:19 PM
The highly anticipated release of Diablo 4 is just around the corner, and Blizzard has been kind enough to give us a taste of what's to come. The release of the Diablo 4 open beta has had crowds of fans downloading and logging into the online-only game. Understandably, the barely prepped servers have had a hell of a time. For many players, a queue is put in place to keep everything under control, but sometimes you get stuck with the pending message. There are a few simple ways to fix the Diablo 4 pending message and get into the game. How to fix the Diablo 4 pending message A number of payers will be faced with the 'Queued for game – Pending…' message even after the timer has finished counting down. This can be incredibly irritating, especially after some players have reported waiting up to 120 minutes. If you're trying to fix the Diablo 4 pending message, there may be a few things you can try to get into the Open Beta weekend. Reset Diablo 4 It may seem counterprod...
PC Invasion - FeedDDD Saturday, March 25, 2023 4:14 PM
The Diablo 4 open beta is upon us, and the servers are full of players eagerly digging into the game. Blizzard has allowed players to fully engage in the first act of the campaign. Looting and murder have been rampant amongst both new players and old. The new leveling, cosmetics, and inventory systems are getting mixed reports across the board, and many people are having a lot of fun gearing up their characters. But is this all for naught? Does the Diablo 4 beta progress carry over to the full release? Will Diablo 4 beta progress carry over? Sadly not. Any progress made in the Diablo 4 beta will be wiped when the final game gets released on June 6th. This means no head start for players already putting all the hours they can into the open beta. Screenshot by PC Invasion This will result in a level playing field for all new players on release. It also gives Blizzard a chance to iron out any kinks that may be found in the opening act of the game. The open beta is a fantastic way to real...
Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Saturday, March 25, 2023 4:00 PM
Unmatched Adventures: Tales To Amaze, a cooperative game of pulp adventure and B-movie baddies, has raised almost $300,000 from a $10,000 goal with 16 days left to go on Kickstarter. Developed by Restoration Games, the game is based on the hit Unmatched system and can be played competitively or cooperatively. In the game, players take …
Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Saturday, March 25, 2023 2:00 PM
Kobold Press Reveals Design Diary #2 for Project Black Flag, Introduces Luck Mechanic and Class Changes
Kobold Press has revealed its plans for Project Black Flag, the code name for its effort to update and streamline a core fantasy RPG based on 5E Dungeons & Dragons SRD 5.1. The second design diary from Senior Game Designer, Celeste Conowitch, details what the team learned from Playtest Packet #1 and what they want …
Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Saturday, March 25, 2023 2:52 PM
Alongside the previously announced PC version
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Saturday, March 25, 2023 2:34 PM
The next alpha test will start on March 24
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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Saturday, March 25, 2023 2:18 PM
The title follows the last surviving turtle, whose identity is left a secret until the end
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iDev Games Feed Saturday, March 25, 2023 3:29 PM
a classic puzzle game that challenges players to strategically push stars or other objects to their designated locations within a maze-like environment....