Mar 26, 18:00

PCGamesN Sunday, March 26, 2023 11:59 AM
     Sam Barlow calls Silent Hill 2 a

With the Silent Hill 2 remake a way off, former series developer and Immortality director Sam Barlow tells PCGamesN about how he's cautiously optimistic for the Bloober Team-headed Konami revamp, and why he can't wait to see how the horror games grow with the new direction announced alongside Silent Hill 2 last year.

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PCGamesN Sunday, March 26, 2023 10:11 AM
     Valorant agent Harbor's toolkit is useless in its current form

As a sworn controller main, I was stoked when Riot dropped a water bender who spoke my language. I was all in, rooting for this guy to dominate, but after forcing him on my teammates for five months during my FPS game adventures, I had to wave the white flag. It's a shame to say it, but Harbor has got to be the biggest flop in Valorant controller history.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Sunday, March 26, 2023 4:22 PM

Imagine for a moment, if you will, that Persona 5 let you suplex your opponents. Even better, imagine if those moves were pulled off through timing based minigames that resembled the battles found in Nintendo's excellent (and underrated) Mario & Luigi RPG series. Sounds good, right? Well guess what, that game exists! It's called Wrestle Story and it's definitely a project to keep an eye on.

After spending twenty glorious minutes with its colourful demo at PAX East, I was keen to chat to creative director Steve Jimenez about the team's inspirations, the challenges of translating wrestling into a turn-based RPG and the exciting locations that players will attempt to liberate from a group of devious heels.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Sunday, March 26, 2023 11:58 AM

Earlier in the week, Liam and I had the opportunity to chat with Animal Well's solo developer and publisher Bigmode about creating their eerie subterranean world. We then had a chance to go hands on with the PAX East demo, and wow, we were both incredibly impressed. Watch the video below for our enthusiastic impressions:

If we could give an RPS 'Bestest Best in show' award to a game, is would be Animal Well. Liam and I loved the game's dense atmosphere, spider-web of interconnected caverns, and creepy creatures that lurk in the dark. We also loves the effects the game has, which reminded Liam of Octopath Traveler's visual flairs. If I had to compare it to one game, it would be Hollow Knight, which is very exciting.

We have plenty more PAX East indies for you to check out so make sure you have a peruse through our RPS@PAX tag. A couple of our favourites have been chaotic rouguelite Pizza Possum, Resident Evil-like Alone In The Dark, and island exploration game Mythwrecked.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Sunday, March 26, 2023 11:28 AM

Show me a game about a feral, furry creature with a never ending hunger for junk food and I'm immediately interested. I played Pizza Possum on the first day of PAX and knew it would make a great indie highlight for our time here at PAX East. Liam and I have now both played the demo and you can listen to our impressions in the video below:

What really appealed to us about Pizza Possum is how chaotic it is. It's like Untitled Goose Game but at double the speed. Playing the eponymous possum, you need you scamper around a sunny Mediterranean town scoffing as much food as you can get your grubby mitts on.

There's an element of hide-and-seek too, as there are patrol dogs who will try and stop your food eating rampage, but you can quickly jump into a berry bush to thorw them off your scent. It's goofy fun, and we're completeley smitten with it.

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Siliconera Sunday, March 26, 2023 3:00 PM

Best Resident Evil game

Resident Evil 4 is back, and it's something of a big deal. Everyone's getting a chance to see a remake with its own special touches. It might even be a new favorite for someone. To honor the occasion, we figured it would be a good time to talk about which Resident Evil games we feel are the best and share our favorites.

While Resident Evil 0 is undoubtedly my favorite Resident Evil game of all time, I'm willing to set aside my personal bias and share what I really believe is the best Resident Evil game.

And, perhaps to no one's surprise, it's Resident Evil (2002) for the GameCube. Perhaps one of the best remakes of all time, it brought one of the most influential games of all time to then modern platforms. With gorgeous visuals, incredible audio design, and Crimson Heads, it still remains a standout entry. While Resident Evil 4 is a close runner-up for me, especially how it came to define an entire genre and generation of games, Resident Evil (2002) showed just how strong the foundations of the franchise really were. -- Kazuma

It is difficult to pick a single entry as the best one, I could endlessly talk about what each game brings to the series (yes, even Code Veronica and Resident Evil 6.) However, I am going to follow my gut feeling and say it's Resident Evil 2 (1998) for the original PlayStation.

Resident Evil 2 is the perfect sequel, both mechanically and in its story. It takes the themes, politics, and plot threads of the original to the next level, not unlike what Aliens and Terminator 2 did for their own franchises. While the shift from slow horror and suspense of the original, to a full-blown action adventure set during a catastrophic event might have been a steep change of direction for some, Resident Evil 2 proves to be an extremely good payoff to the events that the original 1996 game set in motion. It's also an upgrade in gameplay, to the point that it manages to hold its ground against its own 2019 Remake. -- Elliot

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Siliconera Sunday, March 26, 2023 12:00 PM

Atelier Ryza 3 Wallpapers Released for Mobile

Koei Tecmo shared a series of wallpapers and social icons as part of the launch campaign for Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key. Inside the pack are 15 icons and 4 wallpapers showing the title's main characters. All pictures are available for download on the game's official website.

For each of the 11 playable characters, there is a 300 x 300-pixel icon that people can use as a profile picture for their social networks. Other icons also include the companion Fi from Atelier Ryza 2, the keys, and the iconic Puni enemy.

As for the Atelier Ryza 3 wallpapers, each one has a different design highlighting Ryza along with several of her companions. Notably, there is one of her with Klaudia camping under a starry night. People can download these images in two different versions adapted for various devices.

The last few months have brought several pieces of news from Ryza and the Atelier game franchise. An anime adaptation of the Atelier Ryza series has been announced, and a remake of the classic Atelier Marie is also planned for release in the summer of 2023.

Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key is now available on the PS4, PS5, Switch, and PC worldwide.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Sunday, March 26, 2023 11:30 AM
     Where to find all Fractured Peaks strongholds in Diablo 4 Featured ImageStrongholds are one of the newer activities you can do in Diablo 4. They act as points of interest, and each has its own storyline along with its own way of dealing with enemies. When you complete a Stronghold, along with getting more experience points, you get rewarded with either a Waypoint, side quests or something else. They also may become towns or hubs, where other NPCs interact. So there is an incentive to attempt them. Additionally, when you beat a Stronghold, the area will become open to seeing other players. The Beta currently has 3 of these events; follow this guide where to find all Fractured Peaks Strongholds in Diablo 4. Diablo 4: Where to find all Fractured Peaks strongholds As Blizzard Entertainment has said in a blog post, you'll come across these Strongholds as you explore. So you may stumble across one by just wandering the world. However, to speed up the process, just follow along, and you should have an easier time locating these areas. Malnok Stronghold The fir...

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Sunday, March 26, 2023 3:47 PM
     Welcome to the weekly roundup! In this new weekly series, we bring you all the latest news and updates from the world of tabletop gaming in video format. From new game releases to exciting Kickstarter campaigns, we cover it all. Our videos provide in-depth coverage of all the top stories from the previous week, including …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Sunday, March 26, 2023 2:00 PM
     Worn Wanderers: The Wearable Strategy Game is now on Kickstarter, having raised over $22,000 from an initial goal of $10,000, with 25 days left to go. Developed by Cleromancy Games, this unique game offers fast-paced, action-packed gameplay, clean rules, and fully customizable enamel pins that make it a must-have for any fan of trading card …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Sunday, March 26, 2023 12:00 PM
     RiotMinds' latest project, "Into the Wild", has already been successfully funded on Kickstarter and has even managed to double its initial goal with 18 days left to go. This comprehensive tome is the ultimate guide for players who crave the thrill of venturing into the untamed wilderness. "Into the Wild" is a 250+ pages hardback …

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Sunday, March 26, 2023 2:31 PM
     It may be a while before Square Enix gives us another look at Fina Fantasy VII Rebirth, but the studio is gearing up for the release of the next mainline entry with Final Fantasy XVI later this June. Thanks to PAX East 2023, we have a new look at the world of Valisthea, and it […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Sunday, March 26, 2023 2:19 PM
     In pop-culture, Donkey Kong and Mario started out as enemies, and it looks like the Super Mario movie is going to be addressing that history. As per a new TV spot though, it's revealed that the two won't be enemies for long. Check this out: Though it seems that Mario and Donkey Kong will go […]

Player Assist | Game Guides & Walkthroughs Sunday, March 26, 2023 2:10 PM
     The Tekken franchise has always been filled with all kinds of colorful characters, and one mainstay has been the robot Jack. With each mainline entry, we see an upgrade with Jack, and now we have the gameplay reveal for Jack-8. Check him out: Artificial intelligence. True strength. Jack-8 brings in the big guns in #TEKKEN8. […]

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, March 26, 2023 3:21 PM

A new release date trailer was also revealed.

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, March 26, 2023 3:02 PM

The trailer shows off the game's world of Valisthea

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Sunday, March 26, 2023 2:41 PM

New trailers for the game and its anime were also released.

The post SYNDUALITY Game Gets New Trailer, Officially titled SYNDUALITY: Echo of Ada appeared first on Gaming Instincts - Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism.

Mar 26, 10:00

PCGamesN Sunday, March 26, 2023 7:52 AM
     Nvidia RTX 4090 might not satiate 500Hz monitors in Counter Strike 2

Planning on picking up a 500Hz monitor ahead of the upcoming Counter Strike 2 release date? Well, there's a chance Valve's multiplayer game won't make full use of the new standard, as churning out a matching frame rate appears to be a chore. That's not to say you'll ever have to go out of your way to boost fps to triple digits in Counter Strike 2, but even the mighty Nvidia RTX 4090 won't necessarily satiate speedy screens like the Alienware AW2524H.

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PCGamesN Sunday, March 26, 2023 6:00 AM
     Get the

With the Starfield release date finally in sight, you'll probably be wondering exactly what to watch, read, and listen to ahead of the newest Bethesda RPG game coming out. There's a whole universe of space content out there, so recommendations ahead of Starfield are easy to come by, that's why a design director at Bethesda has told you what to seek out ahead of time.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Sunday, March 26, 2023 6:00 AM

Sundays are for doing your best Ed Thorn impression, because he's holidaying in Japan right now and you said you'd cover the Sunday Papers for him. Okay, here we go: "Hi I'm Ed and here is this week's best writing about games (and game related things)." Nailed it.

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Siliconera Sunday, March 26, 2023 9:00 AM

Tchia is Heartwarming and Frustrating

Tchia is one of those games where I found myself loving so many things about it, but not always playing it. It's a joyful and delightful games in many way. The heroine is fun, the Soul Jump mechanic is novel, and the cultural tributes to New Caledonia are wonderful. But the thing is that it often gets a bit obtuse or tedious. Not to mention there are moments when it isn't good at telling you what to do.

Tchia is Heartwarming and Frustrating

Tchia stars a young woman living alone with her father on a small island. It's just the two of them, though a friend named Tre stops by with supplies. All seems peaceful and well initially. However, it's quickly answered why they are there, as a vicious man with otherworldly, fabric minions comes and abducts her father. Tre tells her he was taken by Meavora, and she needs to go and confront her. However, during the abduction, Tchia also discovered access to strange powers, ones that grant telekinetic and soul jumping abilities that let her go into animate and inanimate creatures and objects.

It's so refreshing and lovely. Even when meetings are short between people and Tchia, you can feel these moments are meaningful. The quiet opening showing her life with her father. The brief times she spends with people on different islands. Her reactions to her surroundings range from joyful to amusing to sometimes even terrifying. There's a sense of range and realism here. And it's all surrounded by this beautiful language and fantastic music. Not to mention there is this Soul Jump mechanic that

Tchia's main problem is that it often isn't very good at being a game. It will tell you to do things, but not explain how. You need Stamina Fruits to increase her stamina bar for things like climbing, gliding and swimming, and you can find one on the island where Tchia lives with her father, but there's no introduction to it or encouragement to find it. You'll be asked to get pearls for a quest, but not taught how to dive or told what the Pearl Clam looks like. Play a Soul Melody to change the time of day! Well, how do you get out the ukelele to do so? These are the earliest examples you'll experience in the first 15-30 minutes, but it's a recurring theme.

It also lacks many of the quality of life features we've come to expect from games beyond tutorials. To get your bearings, you're supposed to treat the game like the real world, relying on maps and signposts to find where you are and should be going. Which could be novel. Except it often isn't clear where exactly you should be going. That compounds the tedious nature. Especially if it turns out accomplishing a task, when it isn't yielding a major bonus like a new Soul Melody, can honestly feel a bit unfulfilling.

Tchia is Heartwarming and Frustrating

Though the only time Tchia really disappointed me is when its many performance issues appeared. Since launch, and even before, a number of patches appeared. These took care of some of the more egregious issues on the PS5, such as everything being pitch black after a transition from a cutscene back to the game or when a loading screen ended. Once I finally started fighting Meavora's minions, it become more of an annoyance to set them on fire than a challenge. Especially if they'd get stick on some rocks or other environmental items.

Tchia is undeniably charming, features an amazing Soul Jump concept, and is this loving tribute to New Caledonia and its culture. But at the same time, it can occasionally feel discouraging to play. Whether its actual bugs, which to be fair Awaceb seems like it is trying to make real progress to fix, or design decisions that keep things obtuse, it can be frustrating. It's heartfelt to be sure and I'd say worth someone's time, but it's also a game you may want to watch for a while first before making any decision about it.

Tchia is available on the PS4, PS5, and PC.

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Siliconera Sunday, March 26, 2023 8:00 AM

steins;gate figures

Kahotan from Good Smile Company has shown off the Rintaro Okabe and Kurisu Makise Pop Up Parade figure prototypes from Steins;Gate. The Rintaro figure is in a further stage of development than the Kurisu one. From the picture, it seems that the Kurisu figure has not been painted yet. [Thanks, Kahotan!]

Since they are Pop Up Parade figures, you will not be able to change their poses. Generally speaking, Pop Up Parade figures are fairly small as well. The figures are both still in development, so there might be some changes in the sculpting or color for the final product.

Kurisu Makise is a widely popular character when it comes to figures. Good Smile Company previously released several scale figures of her in various poses and outfits. For example, there is one of her in a bunny outfit, as well as one of her posing with a number of computers.

In Steins;Gate, Rintaro and Kurisu are the male and female leads, respectively. Rintaro, or Okarin, is the self-proclaimed mad scientist and Kurisu is a genius when it comes to neurology and physics. The story of Steins;Gate kicks off when Rintaro discovers Kurisu's dead body, only to discover later that Kurisu is actually alive. The plot focuses on the concept of time travel through the use of text messages and a microwave oven.

The Steins;Gate Pop Up Parade figures of Rintaro and Kurisu are in development at Good Smile Company.

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Siliconera Sunday, March 26, 2023 7:00 AM

Final Fantasy XIV Moogle slippers plush

Square Enix announced the re-release of the Final Fantasy XIV Moogle slippers, alongside two plushies featuring the beloved series mascot. The Moogle slippers cost 3,300 JPY (or roughly $25 USD). Meanwhile, the two plushies being re-released are a plush of the Final Fantasy XIV mailman Moogle, which costs 3,740 JPY (~$28 USD), and a simple FFXIV Moogle plush, which costs 1,650 JPY (~$12 USD). All three items are releasing in Japan on June 10, 2023 and are currently available for pre-order from the Japanese Square Enix online store.

You can take a better look at the Moogle slippers and the two Moogle plush being re-released in the gallery below.

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The Moogle slippers originally appeared in Final Fantasy XIV as a piece of equipment known as the Meandering Mog Slippers. They were introduced in patch 3.3 of the Heavensward expansion. Due to popular demand, the slippers were quickly released as merchandising.

As a reminder, Final Fantasy XIV will introduce a graphics update with its 7.0 version, and the development team recently commented on the progress of the update.

The Final Fantasy XIV Moogle slippers, mailman Moogle plush, and regular Moogle plush will release on June 10, 2023 in Japan, and are now available for pre-order from the Japanese Square Enix online store. Final Fantasy XIV is available on the PS4, PS5, and PC.

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PC Invasion - FeedDDD Sunday, March 26, 2023 9:44 AM
     How to play Valheim offlineValheim is the wonderful afterlife in which you can pursue your dreams of being the home builder you always wanted to be. It is possible to coordinate with friends to construct the most beautiful houses and slay the evilest gods. Teamwork makes the dream work, and with the capabilities of hosting up to ten players, Valheim is geared towards co-op. But, sometimes, it's nice to go it alone. Once you know how to play Valheim offline, you can spend some quality time in limbo. How to play Valheim offline Screenshot by PC Invasion Playing offline is simple, really. You just need to make sure you actually have the game installed in the first place. Thankfully, this vast and varied open world is all packed into a tiny 1.3GB package. This means that even if you have absolutely terrible internet connection, you can still get your hands on it. It wouldn't even be too taxing on a data plan. Once you have the game booted up, you simply need to start your game, open up your worlds list and make ...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Sunday, March 26, 2023 9:17 AM
     Resident Evil 4 Charms MachineResident Evil 4 is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all-time, with its gameplay being a key factor as to why people love it so much. With the Resident Evil 4 remake, Capcom decided to once again up their game by improving upon an already great game as they did with other Resident Evil remakes. One of the ways they're improving the game is by adding new features, one of these is the charms system. Charms are a way of increasing what you can do in the game, whether that's a stat buff, or a simple vendor discount. If you're wondering how to get them, here's our guide on how to earn charms in the Resident Evil 4 remake. How to earn charms in the Resident Evil 4 remake It's pretty easy to earn charms in the Resident Evil 4 remake. The first thing you're going to need to do is unlock the shooting range, which you can do relatively early on in the game. The first elevator to the shooting range is available once you reach the third chapter of Resident Evil 4 remake, yo...

PC Invasion - FeedDDD Sunday, March 26, 2023 9:16 AM
     Diablo Iv Beta Performance Issues Pc Stutters Gameplay Fix Framerate LagThe Diablo IV beta is off to a popular start, but there are some PC performance issues, such as lag, stuttering, and general low fps, that you may need to mitigate. This guide will help you fix said issues or at least manage a better experience so you can get back to enjoying the game. We've tested the Diablo IV beta and prepared some tips to help you get fps back and check off other causes for things like lag and stuttering. The first thing to determine is whether your machine meets the minimum requirements for the game. Blizzard published the system requirements here. With the requirements in mind, you'll at least be able to set your expectations for what's possible to achieve with your hardware. How to stop Diablo IV beta stuttering Stuttering seems to be an overarching complaint, so we're covering it separately from general tips to improve fps. The first thing to do is ensure you have the latest graphics driver. Drivers offer per-game optimizations, so you a...

Gamer Empire Sunday, March 26, 2023 7:04 AM
     One of the most important and profitable tasks in Rust is farming. You can gain some of the best food in the game by just […]

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Sunday, March 26, 2023 9:34 AM
     Crime Unfolds, a 3D Pop Up mystery crime escape game, has taken Kickstarter by storm, raising over €73.000 from an initial goal of €25.000 with 39 days left to go. Developed by Key Enigma, this game offers players an immersive and challenging experience, where they can test their detective skills to solve a mysterious crime …

Mar 26, 04:00

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, March 25, 2023 11:26 PM

Liam and I had a fun time chatting with the folks over at Mega Cat Studios about their upcoming wrestling RPG WrestleQuest last year at PAX West, and this time at PAX East we finally cornered them in the ring for a proper interview.

Watch below to learn about how the developers created their zero to hero story, how they're addressing myths and persaonl issues in the world of pro wresting, as well as sharing a story about how one of the team got their nose broken in a wrestling accident during development.

My main take away from the interview is how much of the RPG incorporates all aspects of Wrestling, not just the ring fights we see on TV. Another interesting thing is that Mega Cat reached out to a handful of real-life wrestlers to ask their permission to use their likeness in the game - not an easy feat to secure, I'm sure.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, March 25, 2023 10:09 PM

I've played a bunch of indie game demos at PAX East, but none left my head reeling as much as 43 Studios' fiendishly frantic action platfotmer Hell Of An Office. It's a super fast parkour adventure in the vein of Neon White, and after ten minutes with the demo my heart race was through the roof. If I owned a fitbit it would have been screaming at me to have a nice sit down with a cuppa. Check out my full impressions in the video below:

Hell Of An Office puts your platforming reflexes to the test as you're tasked with sprinting ad jumping your way straight outta hell. With only a stapler as your means of survival, you need to navigate through each level before it slowly sinks into the burning lava. React quickly, or fall victim to Hell's scorching pools.

If you love the blood-pumping, sweaty palm inducing action-platforming of Neon White, make sure to keep an eye on Hell Of An Office as it makes it's way through Early Access.

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Siliconera Saturday, March 25, 2023 8:00 PM

Watch the Final Fantasy XVI PAX East Panel and See a New Trailer

At PAX East 2023, Square Enix held both Final Fantasy XIV and XVI panels. While the former didn't end up with a video-on-demand version, it uploaded the one with Producer Naoki Yoshida discussing the next mainline entry to YouTube after. It also shared a new trailer consisting of gameplay footage.

Here is the full video of the "Yes, You Can Pet the Torgal" panel from PAX East 2023. While the actual stream of the event ended up cutting out while it was live, this YouTube version is the full panel with no technical issues. Things begin with the Meet the Team portion of the presentation. The Final Fantasy XVI segment starts at the 5:42 mark and goes over gameplay, characters, and story elements.

Square Enix also released one of the gameplay clips from this presentation on its own. A standalone video segment shows Clive and his allies exploring different areas of the world of Valisthea.

On March 24, 2023, Square Enix held a Final Fantasy XIV panel at PAX East. During it, he discussed the 7.0 graphics update, future goals, and the Heart of Sabik.

Final Fantasy XVI will come to the PS5 on June 22, 2023. There will be a six-month exclusivity period.

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