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Kotaku Thursday, April 6, 2023 1:00 PM

Fellow mischief-makers, a new toy of soft destruction awaits our consideration. It's called the SpyraThree, and it claims to be the world's most powerful water gun. Based on its specs, I'm inclined to believe it. With a "tactical display," three firing modes, and an auto-pressurizing reload feature, this thing looks…


Kotaku Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:45 PM

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is faced with the gargantuan task of making a coherent plot out of characters and concepts that have mostly been blank slates over the series' lifetime. While the movie might not be everyone's cup of tea, I had a lot of fun watching the film portray Mario as a run-down plumber trying to…


Kotaku Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:26 PM

Sony has shown us some fascinating alternative controllers for the PlayStation 5, and one possible version is still at the patent stage. A recently published patent document suggests Sony might be currently experimenting with haptic technology that would allow part of your controller to change shape or temperature…


Kotaku Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:24 PM

While not set in stone, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) now appears likely to approve Microsoft's $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard, and Sony seems pissed. In its latest regulatory filing it blasted UK regulators over their "surprising, unprecedented, and irrational" reversal after initially…


Kotaku Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:50 AM

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is out in theaters now, and for those of you who didn't care for what you heard of Chris Pratt's Mario voice in the trailers, well, it is pretty much like that throughout most of the movie. However, there is one scene at the beginning that serves as a bit of a meta moment about this,…


Kotaku Thursday, April 6, 2023 9:55 AM

No one likes cheaters, especially not the Ricochet Anti-Cheat team, Call of Duty's dedicated cheat-busting unit. On April 4, Ricochet put out a brief report detailing how it's preserving the integrity of the game. They've got some pretty hilarious ways of screwing over cheaters, from making their targets vanish before…


Kotaku Thursday, April 6, 2023 9:55 AM

I was scrolling my TikTok (the social media app governments love to ban), enjoying the usual gamut of Elden Ring memes, when I stumbled upon a new mod that lets you call up and hop into jets and tanks to murk fools in The Lands Between. This mod pack is broken af, and I just couldn't stop laughing at it.


Kotaku Thursday, April 6, 2023 9:30 AM


PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 1:04 PM
     Genshin Impact offers another exclusive glider in new Pizza Hut collab

The new Genshin Impact Pizza Hut collaboration offers several in-game items, including an exclusive new wind glider called Wings of the Starlit Feast. But, just like the KFC glider that came to the anime game before it, this new collab is currently only available for those who order Pizza Hut in China. The KFC Wings of Feasting glider did eventually become available globally, so that may be the case with this new collab as well - if we're lucky, it's only a matter of time.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 1:04 PM
     Overwatch 2 Starwatch event brings new mode and tie-in comic

Blizzard unveils the Overwatch 2 Starwatch event as one of the main centrepieces for the latest season of its multiplayer game. As we ramp up to its release date, the Overwatch 2 season 4 trailer and roadmap are unveiled, and they include a Pride event with the game's freshest newcomer at its centre, a Space Opera theme for the premium battle pass, and the chance to play on a new fan-made map.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:42 PM
     Best Resident Evil 4 Remake mods

The best Resident Evil 4 mods allow you to customise the game's tried and tested formula, whether you're after something silly, useful, or a combination of the two. As you'd expect, the modding community has already created a range of clever tweaks and enhancements to change the base game drastically.

To honour the effort that's already gone into creating Resident Evil Remake mods, we've got a list of some of our favourite additions to one of the best PC games of 2023. So if you've experienced everything the vanilla action-adventure game offers but want to spice up your next run, why not consider downloading some of these mods?

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:30 PM
     Rumoured Nvidia RTX 4070 price allegedly shocks AIB partners

We still don't know the official Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 price, but the GPU manufacturer has allegedly pulled the rug from underneath its AIB partners with a last minute change. Following this, the likes of Asus, MSI, and more are likely scrambling to adjust their launch plans.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:25 PM
     Dead by Daylight healing changes yet again after huge PTB backlash

If there's one thing that's indispensable in Dead by Daylight, it's a good ol' med-kit and teammates that are willing to use them. In response to player feedback, DBD developer Behaviour Interactive has confirmed that the asymmetric horror game will get huge changes to its healing mechanics next patch - and they're much-needed.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:59 AM
     Diablo 3 seasons

If you haven't dipped into Diablo 3 season 28 yet, you may want to take the opportunity to, as Blizzard says future seasons won't be as expansive as the team moves its focus to the sequel with the arrival of the Diablo 4 release date. The now decade-old RPG game remains one of Blizzard's best, following a hefty rework that overhauled Diablo 3 on a grand scale after it arrived to an initially frosty reception.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:49 AM
     Is Quidditch in Hogwarts Legacy?

Is Quidditch in Hogwarts Legacy? The Quidditch World Cup game released back in 2003 remains a fan favourite, so if the sport fits within the timeline of Hogwarts Legacy, its inclusion seems like a no-brainer.

We know that Hogwarts Legacy is based in the 1800s - long before the events of Harry Potter. Many well-known features remain though, such as Hogwarts Legacy Floo Flames and the Hogwarts Legacy common rooms, so where does this leave Quidditch? From Harry Potter lore, we know that the earlier incarnations of the game were recorded as far back as the 11th century, with other broomstick games dated even further back than that. So, while it would technically fit into the story of the RPG game, Warner Bros has confirmed that Quidditch is not playable in Hogwarts Legacy right now.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:45 AM
     How long is Minecraft Legends?

How long is Minecraft Legends? The new action-strategy game from Mojang will be with us soon, and you'll be able to command your little army of Creepers, golems, and the like against the evil Piglins, who are, in true antagonist style, trying to take over the blocky world of Minecraft.

Even though you'll be controlling small squads of units from a top-down perspective, don't think of Minecraft Legends as an RTS game, but more of an action game. You'll control a single unit directly, and issue orders to your angular compatriots - it's a novel idea, and could end up being one of the best PC games this year if done well, but how long will it take you to beat Minecraft Legends?

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:42 AM
     Minecraft Legends system requirements

What are Minecraft Legends system requirements? Specs for the spinoff aren't as lightweight as the main game, but they won't make your gaming PC sweat. In fact, you'll be able to slay Piglins using a decade-old Nvidia GPU, so your rig probably won't explode like a Creeper.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:04 PM
     The best MOBAs on PC 2023

If you're looking for the best MOBAs on PC, you'd be forgiven for thinking that all you had to choose from was League of Legends or Dota 2. They're both behemoths of the gaming landscape and have pretty much cornered the market on isometric team battlers but there are, however, a few up-and-comers that may stake a claim for the MOBA crown, as well as a few older entries that are still worth your time.

MOBAs have been around for many years - the genre was originally born from player-made custom games. The first MOBA was a Starcraft custom map called Aeon of Strife, which then inspired the incredibly popular Warcraft III custom game Defense of the Ancients. Modders from the original DotA went on to create Riot's League of Legends, and Valve's Dota 2, bringing MOBA gameplay to even wider audiences. So, if you're looking to take your first, wobbly steps into the MOBA genre, you may be wondering which MOBA will be the best fit - here's the lowdown on the biggest MOBAs around to give you a headstart, many of which are easily some of the best free PC games you can right now. You'll be defending the legends of the smiting storm in no time. Or something like that.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:14 AM
     Best single-player games on PC 2023

Want to play the best single player games on PC? There's nothing quite like a solemn solo adventure that lets you explore, interact, fight, and strategise to your heart's content, with no one there to interrupt the immersion. No, you really don't need a squad to have tons of fun, and these games prove it.

Some of the best PC games of all time are single player experiences with carefully crafted stories, and you'll find the cream of the crop in this list, including some of the best story games and the best RPG games. There are a couple of curveballs in here too though that don't usually enter discussions around the best single player games, because story isn't necessarily their selling point. These are the best single player games on PC.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:04 AM
     The 13 best clicker games and idle games on PC 2023

What are the best clicker games and idle games? There are some interesting connotations that come along with clicker games. Also known as 'incremental' or 'idle' games, the name betrays certain expectations: click your mouse, get a tiny reward, and repeat until you can make the process more efficient and lucrative like a lab rat pulling away at levers until it gets a tasty food pellet.

In most cases, there's a snowball effect that accompanies your progress that makes your clicks more productive, hence the "incremental" moniker. There are also many games that operate automatically even when you're not playing, which justifies the "idle" nickname. Clicker games manage to distil high-complexity concepts down into a series of single clicks and automation, and while they might not be among the best PC games for their depth or storylines, clicker games are certainly among the most calming and relaxing games around.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:01 AM
     Discord update adds new Nitro perks to celebrate or annoy your friends

The April Discord update has arrived, and the chat service is adding four new Discord Nitro perks that subscribers to its premium service will get access to. These include new coloured themes to customise your Discord app, animated 'super reactions' to emphasise just how much you liked that meme, a soundboard tool to amuse or troll your pals in the midst of multiplayer games, and limited-time avatar decorations for a bit more flair on your profile.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:36 AM
     The best games like Wordle 2023

Want more games like Wordle? With its release and subsequent explosion in popularity during late 2021 and beyond, Wordle has continued to keep players occupied with its daily word puzzles. Wordle's simple concept — guess a five-letter word within six tries using the limited hints given — makes for the perfect daily brain teaser.

Even with the internet's tendency to move onto the next viral sensation, it's no surprise that one of the best browser games in recent years is still going strong today. If you're still playing the OG, our sister site Pocket Tactics has the Wordle answer every day. But what if you want to move on and try something a little different? Well, there's definitely no shortage of free PC games that have taken inspiration from the word guessing game. Some focus on specific topics, while others tweak the simple five-letter format in interesting ways. With this in mind, here are the best games like Wordle.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:54 AM
     The best WoW addons 2023

The best WoW addons can make everyday activities like questing and trading much easier. World of Warcraft, Blizzard's critically acclaimed MMORPG, has a habit of hiding a lot of useful data it collects, and picking up a mod that offers a peek behind the curtain can be a literal gamechanger when going up against deadly bosses. Of course, the best WoW addons aren't just aimed at avid raiders. Some are more focused on utility, freshening up the multiplayer game's geriatric UI, while others help track material nodes for those all-important professions.

With so many options, it's tough to know which WoW addons are worth your time. We've dug deep and tracked down the best of the bunch for general, all-purpose use in one of the best PC games of all time. Each addon will make your World of Warcraft experience far more pleasant, whether you're a raider, tradesman, or simply keen to level up fast.  For installing and tracking these addons, we recommend the CurseForge app for PC or MacOS. This handy app helps you manage all your WoW addons and tracks whether updates to them are available.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:46 AM
     Best free Steam games 2023

What are the best free Steam games in 2023? If you are bored and penniless, especially after the holiday season, you don't need to fear a gaming drought. Steam is loaded with games to play without spending a penny (no, not like that). What's more, many of them are very good indeed: games that are just as much fun to play as their full-price, wallet-destroying siblings.

In recent years, free Steam games have become the norm, with some even overtaking paid-for triple-A tiles as the leaders of the PC gaming hobby. Take a quick look at the platform's most-played list and, from FPS games to MMORPGs, you'll see that a significant proportion of the most popular and best PC games on the platform happen to be free-to-play. So, because we desperately care about the health of your bank account - and honestly worry about how much money you're spending on your nasty gaming habit - we want to help you find all the best free PC games worth your time.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:27 AM
     Seagate's new Star Wars SSD equips your PC with a lightsaber

Seagate just unveiled a new Star Wars lightsaber SSD collection with interchangeable faceplates, and they glow like the real thing. While the new lineup targets the nerdy hearts of sci-fi PC gaming fans (like myself), the solid-state FireCuda drive within could probably make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:29 AM
     Best multiplayer games on PC 2023

So you want to know about the best multiplayer games? Intricate gameplay and glistening visuals only go so far; humans often provide the biggest surprises with schemes that transform even the most average game into an unforgettable experience you'll be talking about until the end of time.

Fast and frantic or tense and calculated, the best multiplayer games come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it's vying for control of the payload in an FPS game or fighting for survival in a co-op game with your friends, these experiences wouldn't be the same without a bunch of real people running around killing, maiming or, occasionally, helping each other out in some of the best PC games.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:20 AM
     The best Oculus Quest 2 games 2023

The best Oculus Quest 2 games are the ones that draw you into the world and let you swim in the joys of VR. There are a staggering amount of games on the Oculus Quest 2, so don't feel bad if we miss out on any of your personal favourites. When you factor in the lack of wires, it's easy to understand why so many people have been delving into digital worlds using this device.

However, as there's so much choice on arguably the best VR headset, navigating the store to find the best Oculus Quest 2 games can be a bit of a chore. It helps to have a rough idea of what you should be looking for whenever you're in the mood to buy a new game, whether that be FPS games like Superhot VR or a story-driven adventure.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:20 AM
     GTA 5 cheats, phone numbers and console commands

GTA 5 cheats can make your adventures in Los Santos a thrill ride in the fastest vehicles, or a chaotic and explosive time, quite literally so if you use the explosive ammo code. Entering these console commands can add some cool effects to the game, including invincibility and moon-style gravity.

So even if you're embarking on your 90th playthrough of one of the best PC games, some time-saving options like the Usain Bolt-style fast running are also pretty handy. And, crikey, if that wasn't enough, we've got codes below to help those who want to use the open-world game as a virtual photography project. All you need to do is whip out your in-game smartphone, and you can manipulate the time of day, weather settings, and more. So here is the definitive list of the best GTA 5 cheats.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:15 AM
     The best Overwatch 2 settings for PC graphics, FPS, and performance

Making sure you have the best Overwatch 2 settings when you run Blizzard's FPS game will help improve visual performance as well as your own. After all, the best way to make sure you see your opponent before they see you is with the right graphics settings and frame rate.

Overwatch 2 has more demanding requirements than its predecessor, so once you've ensured you have the right setup and best graphics card to handle the Overwatch 2 system requirements, set the free PC game up to give the very best performance - and make sure you never miss a shot.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:07 AM
     How to find Minecraft diamonds in 1.19

Knowing how to find Minecraft diamonds in 1.19 is crucial to upgrading your weapons and armour quickly. Among the rarest of materials in Minecraft, you'll have to dig a little deeper to find diamonds - especially since the new world height change of the Caves and Cliffs update - but it will be worth it when you strut into battle donning your sparkling war attire.

While Minecraft Netherite is now the most valuable and durable material to craft your tools and armor from, it's incredibly rare, and must be upgraded from diamond kit, meaning your best bet in the survival game is still a full diamond set up. Finding these previous blue minerals in Minecraft is still tough, and they can only be found deep underground, so we've got the exact levels to find Minecraft diamonds in 1.19 below, as well as the best level to mind for them.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:04 AM
     The best old games and PC classics to play 2023

Looking for the best old PC games? There are many perks to being a PC gamer, but we will save extolling them all for a day when we are feeling particularly inflammatory. For now, we will focus on just one: the best old games remain forever playable. Sometimes it takes a little more work, but it's a lot easier than digging through your parent's attic for an ancient console you think they still have.

Yes, even on the highest-end multi-cored rigs with the latest X-Titan Turbo Hydra Fulcrum Mk.III GPU, you can still boot up veteran strategy games, majestic ancient RPG games, trusty ol' point-and-clicks, and other legendary games of yore. Below you will find a testament to those PC stalwarts like Deus Ex: Game of the Year Edition that prove the best old games are truly timeless and deserve space on your SSD even to this day.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:59 AM
     The best Sims 4 CC packs and creators

Looking for the best Sims 4 CC packs? Since its release way back in 2014, the iconic life sim's community has been working tirelessly to produce a near-endless supply of custom content to complement the game. Creators have even gone as far as creating whole packs of content, akin to the official Stuff Packs released by EA.

It can seem impossible to even know where to begin, so we've done the heavy lifting for you to find the best custom content you can download for one of the best free PC games right now. Most of the best Sims 4 CC packs featured here are Maxis Match CC, meaning it's been designed to fit the art style of The Sims 4 and should blend in seamlessly. We recommend reading our how to install Sims 4 CC guide before attempting to apply these custom packs to your game.

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PCGamesN Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:49 AM
     WoW Dragonflight tier list – best classes for PvE and PvP

Our WoW Dragonflight tier list focuses on the best overall performance provided by classes in both PvP and PvE, whether you're going solo or as part of a group. Every class in WoW has been subject to rebalancing over the course of the MMO's lifetime, though some classes have felt the effects more than others. Whether you're new to the game or a returning player, our tier list identifies which classes are dominating the WoW Dragonflight meta.

It's worth noting before we begin that this WoW Dragonflight tier list presupposes that your character is performing as it should with respect to their class and spec. The WoW Dragonflight talents system overhaul now offers more class customisation than the MMORPG has seen in recent years, but it also means that your mileage may vary depending upon the talents you've chosen. If you're running a suboptimal build for your class, you're liable to have a very different view of where your class falls on our tier list.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:32 PM

Seagate's Iron Wolf and Iron Wolf Pro drives are brilliant choices for NAS (networked attached storage) and regular PC use, and now an 8TB model is available for just £159 on Amazon UK. That's down from an RRP of £225, and the best price we've ever seen on this model.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:30 PM

Look, I'm not saying Far Cry 3 is responsible for *gestures vaguely towards modern AAA games* but it's definitely a prime suspect. If I was trying to connect a piece of red string from the middle of my evidence board (which would probably be a picture of the map screen from Assassin's Creed Valhalla), I'm not sure I'd push a pin directly into Jason Brody's face, but I'd definitely circle it in black Sharpie a few times. Basically, in the eleven years since its release, I've grown a bit suspicious of Far Cry 3's lasting legacy.

And yet, in those halcyon days of 2012, we named it our game of the year. Although it'd be easy to simply say that decision was made a bit before my time here, I should probably admit that when reviewing the game for the blog I used to run when I was at university, I awarded it an equally prestigious (stop laughing at the back) 10/10. That almost seems ludicrous, doesn't it? Far Cry 3? Game of the year? Surely not.

After spending a few hours revisiting the sunny shores of Rook Island, I was shocked to discover a game that feels surprisingly pure. Mechanically, I hasten to add. The actual act of playing Far Cry 3 in 2023 is still good fun, it's the bits around it that are a bit ropey.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:23 PM

The Radeon RX 6600 is a strong option for 1080p gaming, and you can now pick one up for just £212 at Ebuyer's store on Ebay, nearly £90 cheaper than it debuted in 2021. To knock 10% off the listed price, use code APRIL10 at the checkout.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:18 PM

Falling-block puzzle games get a gory makeover in Dr. Fetus' Mean Meat Machine, a spin-off from Super Meat Boy. Rather than dodging buzzsaws and baddies while platforming, here you'll be doing that while dropping coloured blobs into grids to match chains of colours and make 'em vanish. You can see that for yourself, as Mean Meat Machine now has a free demo offering a taste ahead of the game's launch later this year.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:13 PM

A new deal, another pair of deals on NVMe SSD drives. This time, it's the Solidigm P41 Plus which is the subject of our deals post, with a 1TB model available for £48 and a 2TB model available for £90 - some incredible prices for PCIe 4.0 SSDs capable of up to 4125MB/s reads. To get this price on these drives from Ebuyer, just use the code APRIL10 at the checkout at Ebay.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:40 AM

Calling all failed artists! Passpartout 2: The Lost Artist is out on Steam. I am still the frustrated artist struggling to survive that I was in the first Passpartout. This time, though, I've lost more than just my shabby shack. There are no bills to pay; instead, I've invested all my money into art supplies and rented a studio in the town of Phénix. Finally, I can become an art master, having my naive artwork displayed just alongside Van Gogh's.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:36 AM

Forget rumours of a portable Xboy. Halo: The Master Chief Collection's newest update has enabled matchmade multiplayer, and together with the custom game browser for the Steam Deck, you can now play some of the wackiest maps in any FPS from the comfort of your bed - or anywhere in the galaxy really. MCC's multiplayer was previously disabled on Steam Deck since the mode required Easy Anti-Cheat, which has now been turned on.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:00 AM

A week late but never a dollar short, The Electronic Wireless Show podcast talking about the past present and... well mostly just the present, to be honest, of The Last Of Us Part 1. It's had, and continues to have, a few problems with its PC launch last week, so we discuss that, we talk about the TV show, and we talk about some of the impact the game has had in general. Nate tells us all about Ceramus the Brick Knight, James polls us on Steam Deck alternatives coming out of the woodwork, and there are a lot of cowboy metaphors. Plus: what we've been playing this week, and our recommendations! It's a rootin', tootin' good time alright! Apolgies in advance for the recording going on the wonk right at the end, though.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:26 AM

Players likely recognise Celeste as the pixel-perfect platformer from 2018, but it began its life as Celeste Classic, a free game written for the PICO-8. Celeste Classic presented a condensed climb up the titular mountain, letting you dash across platforms, hang onto walls, and collect strawberries - in miniature form. As a fun homage, you can find the PICO-8 version inside Celeste proper. And now, as an even funner homage, you can play it on the Playdate. A loveable game on a loveable handheld.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:07 AM

There's a moment in BioShock Infinite's opening act that's always stuck with me. As you emerge onto the floating city of Columbia, the game takes you on a guided tour of the sights and sounds of this airbone civilization. As you saunter through the streets, you learn about its citizens and its creator, just sort of taking it all in. The sun is shining. You're surrounded by smiles. Before you know it, an airship rises above the clouds and perches next to a hugging couple, gently swaying in the summer breeze. Aboard the ship is a barbershop quartet, cheerfully harmonising the iconic Beach Boys tune God Only Knows. It's a memorable scene, and has become an integral part of the game's lasting iconography.

But for Tyler, Nick, Derek and Greg, this section was more than just a fun tease for the secret behind Columbia's unusual success. Self-confessed music school kids, the quartet inspired them to create their own musical group styled after Infinite's singing hairdressers. In 2023, BioShop Infinite celebrated their ninth year at PAX East, where they performed a wonderful collection of harmonised tunes to an absolutely packed community room - and we were there to film it.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 9:43 AM

The Source VR Mod Team have been faithfully modding the Half-Life games into virtual reality - an excellent way to relive Valve's classic shooters. The team modded Half-Life 2 last year and followed it up with a mod for Half-Life 2: Episode One a couple of weeks ago. They're now back with Half-Life 2: VR Mod - Episode Two, coming to Steam later today.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 8:47 AM

It's weird that Road 96 has gotten a prequel, because it only came out about six months ag- what's that? A year and a half? Good lord. Still, it seems a slightly odd move, because Road 96 - a first person hitchhiking choose 'em up about the collective action of wayward teens bringing down a totalitarian government - doesn't really need a prequel. On top of that, Road 96: Mile 0 is a sequel to developer DigixArt's first game Lost In Harmony, a musical runner about skateboarder Kaito whose fiend Aya is dying of a terminal illness.

In Mile 0, Kaito and his family have moved to a small gated town called White Sands, in the 90s USA-adjacent dictatorship Petria, and made best friends with Zoe, who 96ers will remember as a recurring NPC from that game. Zoe is the daughter of an important minister and lives in the nice part of town; Kaito's parents are workers who are forced to live on the wrong side of the tracks. Through a combination of Road 96-style character-driven vignettes and Lost In Harmony-style rhythm action tracks, the two come to the conclusion they must leave White Sands. If you played Road 96 you kind of already know how Mile 0 has to end.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 8:30 AM

Ask RPS returns today with a question that takes us right back to the beginning of how we all got here. Not in the scientific, evolutionary sense of all of human history, I should add, but rather how we, the RPS Treehouse, ended up writing about video games for a living.

The question comes courtesy of Bloodyhell, who asked: When did you know that you not only wanted to play games, but to write about what you played? And, does writing about games ever dampen your enthusiasm when you are dealing with deadlines and putting words on a page?

A sneaky double-part question, there, but both good questions nonetheless. So come and find out our collective origin stories, and whether any of us have cried tears of pain and regret over the years after turning our favourite hobby into an actual job.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 7:38 AM

There's always been something quite comforting about loading into a brand new Minecraft world. Dropping into that first forest, punching that first tree... It's a promise of all the myriad adventures to come. And despite some fundamental changes in genre and perspective, it's something that the team behind the upcoming Minecraft Legends has tried hard to preserve.

I recently was treated to the most in-depth look so far at Minecraft Legends, in an hour-long livestream which gave us all some much needed answers on what manner of beast Legends actually is. It's a curious blend of action adventure and RTS, one that shares Minecraft's focus on exploration, but guides the player down a stricter, simpler path of summoning friendly mobs and constructing defences to repel a Piglin invasion. This will likely be a solid introduction to the RTS genre for a lot of players, but I came away unsure about whether the game will have enough depth to keep its prospective playerbase's attention.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 7:07 AM

Last night ID@Xbox held their latest showcase to spotlight all sorts of indies. One of the highlights was the cute deduction game Lil' Guardsman, a riff on Papers, Please where you work on a guard post, choosing to accept or refuse entry for fantasy folk wanting to get into the city. Or you can just jail them. It looks like lighthearted fun, and it'll be hitting PC and consoles later this year.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Thursday, April 6, 2023 6:12 AM

Jack Joyce has run out of time, or steam, both work! Remedy's time-bending Quantum Break - part superpowered shooter, part live-action TV show - has been delisted on Steam and The Microsoft Store. The game's Steam page is still up, but it's no longer available for purchase on PC or Xbox consoles. Publisher Microsoft had already confirmed the game would be "temporarily" removed from Game Pass (for console, it was never on the PC version) due to licensing issues, although there was no word on a removal from storefronts.

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Twinfinite Thursday, April 6, 2023 2:00 PM
     April 11 can't come soon enough!

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     The gang's (almost) all here!

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     Who does Leon Kennedy hate the most?

Siliconera Thursday, April 6, 2023 1:30 PM

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is now on Steam, and its Season Pass includes a Warrior of Light equipment set.

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is now live on Steam, and the product page goes over the Warrior of Light equipment set people can get. This extra set of items comes with the Season Pass. When Jack wears it, they get additional perks. [Thanks, 4Gamer!]

First, here's a closer look at Jack wearing the Warrior of Light equipment in Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. It resembles the classic armor for the character. People also got a chance to see that in the first add-on for the game, Trials of the Dragon King.
Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is now on Steam, and its Season Pass includes a Warrior of Light equipment set.

However, you can't access this additional equipment for Jack right away. It is a post-game unlock. Once you beat the main game, you will get access to it. As noted on the Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin Steam page, the defining characteristic is the fact that it adds "400% knight job affinity."

Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin is available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC via both Epic Games Store and Steam. There's no word yet as to if there could be another game following it. However, Producer Tetsuya Nomura said, "If it proves that the title has really resonated with everyone, there may be a time when we meet again."

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Siliconera Thursday, April 6, 2023 1:00 PM

Hololive Indonesia V-Tubers 3rd Anniversary

It was announced on April 6, 2023 via Hololive's official Twitter account that new merchandise featuring Hololive Indonesia VTubers is on the way. The two items are designed to celebrate the branch's 3rd anniversary. They will be available for pre-order from April 6, 2023 to May 8, 2023.

The first item available is a tapestry wall hanging featuring all nine Hololive Indonesia VTubers, which will cost $24. The nine members appearing on the tapestry are Airani Iofifteen, Anya Melfissa, Ayunda Risu, Kaela Kovalskia, Kureiji Ollie, Moona Hoshinova, Pavolia Reine, and Vestia Zeta. The second item is a multi-purpose case featuring a metal carabiner, which will cost $12. According to the official store page, both items will ship between late July 2023 and late August 2023.

You can view both pieces of Hololive merchandise below:

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Hololive is a popular group of Virtual YouTubers, a subsection of streamers who use a virtual avatar to represent themselves. First formed in 2017, Hololive since added many popular streamers to its roster including Gawr Gura and Amelia Watson. The characters associated with Hololive streamers are often featured across a variety of media, including action figures, video games, and other goods.

Hololive Indonesia made its debut in 2020 with its first generation of streamers Ayunda Risu, Moona Hoshinova, and Airani Lofifteen. Two more sets of three streamers each would go on to be added in 2021 and 2022. Hololive Indonesia is currently celebrating its 3rd anniversary in 2023.

Both 3rd-anniversary items can be pre-ordered now via the Hololive store page and will ship this summer between late July 2023 and late August 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:30 PM

Good Fire Emblem Engage Enchanter Character Options Fell Xenologue

When it comes to the Fire Emblem Engage Fell Xenologue Enchanter class, you have a little more freedom when picking a character (or characters) to fill that role. Its Mystic Satchel class change item isn't as expensive as the Mage Cannoneer's. (It's 28,000G with a Silver Card and 40,000G without.) You also don't need to worry about character stats or growth rates when choosing someone to fill that role. From what I found, it's really about seeing who is on-hand that meets the artes and dagger requirements and you think would work best supporting allies, perhaps even over actually fighting.

Think of it this way. With your dancer Seadall, you ideally want him to always be dancing. Attacking? Him? No. Go dance with Alear or somebody strong so they can continue their path of destruction. With the Enchanter, you could have them attack, but ideally have them use Weapon Surge to boost the power of one kind of weapon for the whole battle, then Item Surge to make allies stronger.


Framme is in a weird position! You don't really want her to attack. She's basically your early healer. But then, you get a lot of other characters who can use staves as part of their classes and who might honestly work better as a healer for your group. So, I say make her an Enchanter. It makes her viable later in the game. She'll also already have the artes requirement met. You just need to get her up to speed with daggers, and she'll be good. I'd even say give her the Byleth Emblem Ring and make her an Enchanter and "Dancer."


Lindon can be a really strong mage! But he's also sort of a "bonus" character you don't even have to recruit in the game. Not to mention by the time you recruit him, you probably have a lot of other great magic users casting spells. If you are looking for an excuse to use this character, giving him the Mystic Satchel and making him your Enchanter after the Fire Emblem Engage Fell Xenologue could work out.

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Okay. Yunaka is great as a thief, and she fits well into a lot of other classes too. The Enchanter features high speed, which can suit her. Also, while you ideally want her attacking a lot, there can be some downtime for her. Especially since you want to protect her and maybe not put her in harm's way. So on turns when she can't get near an enemy to attack, she could be using Item Surge to make everyone else in the army better. You just need to make sure she meets that artes requirement, and you'll be set.

Fire Emblem Engage is available for the Nintendo Switch, as is the Fell Xenologue DLC.

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Siliconera Thursday, April 6, 2023 12:00 PM

Koei Tecmo Holds Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse Survey

Koei Tecmo is running a Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse survey. The European division is currently the only one advertising the survey. However, since the survey is being hosted on the Japanese site, it doesn't appear to have any restrictions on non-European players filling out the survey.


It's a standard survey, asking players where they found out about this latest Fatal Frame game. It then goes to ask players what their thoughts on it were and what they would like to see in future Koei Tecmo games. There are also questions about which Fatal Frame games you've played before and a few questions about language preference for localization. Koei Tecmo would also like to know which of the company's other games you have played.

The survey is anonymous, and Koei Tecmo will not be considering social media responses for the final feedback. It is unknown what this feedback will be used for yet.

Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse originally released for the Wii in 2008, exclusively in Japan. The recent remaster saw the game localized into English for the first time. It also updated the game for modern systems, with improved character models and controls. You can read more about it in our review.

The remaster of Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse is available now for PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox.

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Siliconera Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:30 AM

Good Fire Emblem Engage Mage Cannoneer Character Options

The Mage Cannoneer from the Fire Emblem Engage Fell Xenologue DLC is expensive, which means you'll want to be careful when picking a character to take on that role. Especially since, upon unlocking it, the game even stresses you need someone with high build, dexterity, and strength stats. While some people who meet those requirements may have unique classes, like Diamant, there are a few others who could work out well in the role.

So, here are some suggestions characters who might be good options for your Mage Cannoneer in Fire Emblem Engage. I mean, when a single Mage Cannon is 63,000G with a Silver Card and 90,000G without, and you only get one as a reward, you need to be cautious!


Okay, this is one I like just because it can be funny. Anna's build and strength are both low, which would hurt her hit rate as a Mage Cannoneer character once you get the class item after the Fire Emblem Engage Fell Xenologue campaign. However, her dexterity has the potential to be amazing, especially with her growth rate considered. If you give her Tiki's Emblem Bracelet, which adds 15% to growth rates, you could turn her into an amazing unit.

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This could be fantastic for him! Boucheron suffers from being an early-game unit who could honestly be outclassed by later recruits. His starting STR and BLD are both high, which will help with his hit rate as a Mage Cannoneer. While his DEX starts out low, its is one of his best growth rates. This is a fantastic way to make him relevant, and his stats support him being good at the role!


Bunet is in a very weird position! When he joins up, you probably already have cavalry who might be useful to you. He also doesn't stand out in the same way as other Solm retainers like Merrin or Pandreo. So… make him a Mage Cannoneer! He has high BLD, DEX, and STR to start out rather high, and he has good growth rates in all three areas. Boucheron beats him in BLD and DEX, but Bunet's odds at higher STR are better.


I like leaving Mauvier in his starting class, because he's fantastic as a Royal Knight. But if you want to make him into your Mage Cannoneer character in Fire Emblem Engage, it probably would work out for him! He starts out with high BLD, DEX, and STR, and his growth rates in all three are pretty great! Boucheron is better for DEX and STR, but still.

Fire Emblem Engage is available for the Nintendo Switch, as is the Fell Xenologue DLC.

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Siliconera Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:00 AM

Genshin Impact Sumeru Girdle of the Sands Areas Detailed

HoYoVerse updated its Genshin Impact Sumeru Adventure Journal going over the new Girdle of the Sands area. There are two primary locations in here known as the Gavireh Lajavard and Realm of Farakhkert. The update goes over the locations in each, enemies found there, and materials you can find. All of it will appear when 3.6 arrives next week.

First, the update went over some pictures showing new places in the Girdle of the Sands Gavireh Lajavard and Realm of Farakhkert Genshin Impact Sumeru area. Some points of interest include the Hills of Barsom, Sign of Apaosha, Tunigi Hollow, and Vourukasha Oasis. People will see the new Mourning Flower and Trishiraite stones in these spaces. The wildlife in some spots will include the Tent Tortoise. HoYoVerse suggested it is a peaceful creature. Abyssal Gray Crystals will also be around the area, which can be purified by Khvarena to gain access to new areas.
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The new "ally" people will see is the Pari Sorush. This is a small, floating creature that can fly around the area. People can use her to help trigger Four Leaf Sigils or solve puzzles and deal with Gray Crystals.

Finally, five kinds of enemies came up in the overview. The standard new enemies are the Ameno Hilichurl Rogue, Consecrated Fanged Beast, Consecrated Horned Crocodile, and Hydro Hilichurl Rogue. As for the more challenging boss, it is the Abyss' Iniquitous Baptist that uses Cryo, Electro, Hydro, and Pyro attacks. It will also unleash Elemental Rings to deal elemental damage.

Genshin Impact is available for the PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile devices, and the 3.6 update arrives on April 12, 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:30 AM

Splatoon 3 Eggstra Work

Nintendo announced when the first Eggstra Work event in Splatoon 3 will be taking place. Eggstra Work is a variant on the Salmon Run mode which utilises the new Pool system. It kicks off on April 15, 2023 and will carry on until April 17, 2023.


Eggstra Work will feature a set scenario in Salmon Run for players to team up with friends or other players in a Pool to collect as many Golden Eggs as possible. Previous details revealed by Nintendo confirmed that the event will take place over five waves instead of the usual three, allowing players to potentially gain more rewards.

The first event will take place on the Sockeye Station stage. The weapon rotation will include the Splattershot, Blaster, Splat Roller and Splat Charger. All players who take part in the event will get a commemorative sticker for their locker.

This marks the third type of special event in Splatoon 3. Another variant on the Salmon Run mode, Big Run, last took place on March 4, 2023 on the Inkblot Art Academy stage.

The other big event usually seen in Splatoon 3 is the Splatfest. The latest Splatfest just happened on April 1, 2023. The event was a battle between believers in Nessie, Aliens and Bigfoot, with Nessie coming out on top.

Splatoon 3 is out now for Nintendo Switch. The first Eggstra Work event will take place on April 15, 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, April 6, 2023 10:00 AM

Resident Evil Ambassador Program Registration Broken Due to Twitter

Capcom announced that it isn't possible to sign up for the Resident Evil Ambassador Program anymore. This is a social program that relies on Twitter to talk about the game or take part in questionnaires. However, because of the Twitter API issues, nobody can get started with it and existing members will experiencing issues.

As part of the changes with Twitter now that Elon Musk owns the social media network, free API access was removed. Capcom noted that the Twitter API used for this program is out following it. It noted that the company is unsure when things will be fixed.

Here's the full list of issues people will encounter as a result of the complications with Twitter:

  • New registration for the "Resident Evil Ambassador Program" is not available. (You can register CAPCOM ID and Resident Evil Portal, but the Twitter link for Ambassador registration is currently unavailable).

  • Registered users cannot reconnect their Twitter account to the Resident Evil Ambassador Program.

  • Registered users cannot change their Twitter icons to Resident Evil Portal icons. (Twitter icons that have already been set can still be used.)

With the Resident Evil Ambassador Program, people can earn points to get items and rank up. This can make it more likely that they'd get access to playtests or other special bonuses.

The most recent Resident Evil release is Resident Evil 4 remake for the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.

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Siliconera Thursday, April 6, 2023 9:30 AM

Attack on Titan Levi and Mikasa Fortnite Appearance Teased

Back when Epic Games teased Attack on Titan for Fortnite, the company only showcased Eren Yeager. He appeared in both a teaser trailer and official one. Now another clip appeared that suggests Attack on Titan Levi Ackerman and Mikasa Ackerman skins will show up on April 11, 2023.

Here's the Attack on Titan video Epic Games shared on the Fortnite Twitter account. It seems to show both Levi and Mikasa using the familiar vertical maneuvering equipment. However, Levi is featured more prominently. There's a lot of movement and clear looks at both characters aren't offered, but the hairstyles and appearances make the identities fairly obvious. It also mentions players can "dedicate their hearts" on April 11, 2023.

With Eren, people won't need to wait for character skins to appear in the shop. People can earn his attire in-game. He's a part of the Battle Pass instead. All three characters wear the same sort of uniforms from their time in the Survey Corps. They also all seem to be based on their appearances earlier in the series.

Fortnite is available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC, and mobile devices. The Attack on Titan Eren Yeager skin will be a part of the Battle Pass, and it seems Levi and Mikasa will arrive on April 11, 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, April 6, 2023 9:00 AM

Fire Emblem Engage Fell Xenologue Pacing Feels Off

Fire Emblem paid downloadable campaigns often aren't extensive. The Fire Emblem Awakening The Future Past series consisted of only three episodes. Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Cindered Shadows took place over seven chapters. Perhaps it shouldn't feel like Fire Emblem Engage's Fell Xenologue is so abrupt, but a number of factors leave it feeling like speed-running through a campaign to get the story over with and new characters added.

Editor's Note: There will be spoilers for the Fire Emblem Engage Fell Xenologue campaign and main storyline below.

Perhaps part of it has to do with its integration. Those who completed Fire Emblem Engage or acquired its DLC Emblem Bracelets before attempting it are aware of it taking place in a multiverse setting. It's established there are other worlds. One just so happens to be in the Somniel's Ancient Well. Investigating it abruptly finds Alear summoned to another, fallen world where Sombron and their Divine Dragon Alear both fell in battle at the same time. You quickly accept the mission to help the Fell Dragon children Nel and Nil reclaim the seven Emblem Bracelets so the corrupted warriors within can be put to sleep and granted peace.

While there is this connection between "our" Alear and the Alear that fell in that world, and we are in an alternate Elyos, it lacks the same sort of foundation and connections that Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Cindered Shadows or even Awakening's The Future Past possess. The story is quite different here, and the conversations before battles don't often provide enough context to identify with Nel and Nil. When we meet the Four Hounds of this world — here known as the Four Winds — we again don't get time to socialize with and meet them. The introductions to many of these chapters' scenarios are too perfunctory. They can rely on exaggerated or assumed characteristics to determine "new" character personalities, such as for Zelestia or Gregory.

Fire Emblem Engage Fell Xenologue Pacing Feels Off
It also means seeing the alternate versions of the royals who act as our allies in the main game can feel like a let down even when conditions are optimal. If you take their counterparts into battle against them and ensure they fight each other, they'll comment on facing each other. It's fun enough. But in some cases, we get an "Oops, guess we were accidentally evil, but we'll be better now!" Granted, this does basically only happen twice, due to the brevity of the expansion, but it still weakens this add-ons' narrative and makes it feel like a missed opportunity.

This applies to the Fire Emblem Engage maps present in this expansion as well. There are some good ideas here! Corrupted Wolves with Cursed Fangs that permanently drop a character's max HP for the battle unless you heal that status effect! A map where Ivy and Timerra's forces are not only targeting you, but each other! Races to get to positions before outnumbered and unarmed characters are killed! It's exciting and they have potential. But the problem is that some of these ideas only come up briefly, then we never get to see them explored further.

Not to mention that, as interesting as these maps are, there are balancing issues here. The Normal difficulty level is too easy. Especially if someone is coming to the Fire Emblem Engage Fell Xenologue after already completing the main game. Late-game units, such as Mauvier, Timerra, Pandreo, or Veyle, can be comically overpowered in these situations, while ones that can be quite powerful in the main campaign with investment like Jean falter due to preset classes, levels, and equipment. Go into it on Maddening, and even the first chapter is practically unbearable.

Fire Emblem Engage Fell Xenologue Pacing Feels Off
All of this culminates in an ending that feels rushed. The major plot points and "twists" lack foreshadowing or the weight to make them feel like they matter. Nel's admitting to assaulting the royals after the fight happens too abruptly to make it feel truly mysterious or threatening. Likewise, Nil's sudden heel-turn and reveal as Rafal falls flat. His behavior prior to all this felt too forces, just as some other dialogue did, in an attempt to more quickly convey emotions or tone while trying to speed through this short story.

It's a shame, because if things had been addressed a bit better, the Fire Emblem Engage Fell Xenologue campaign could have offered a lot more potential. The maps themselves involve some great ideas. They force you to think, so long as you're on the Hard difficulty or higher, and the concepts can be imaginative. There are some real threats here. But it feels like there isn't enough of them and like the preset units could have been handled a bit better. Surround that with a narrative that rushes you through everything happening, and it doesn't get enough time to come into its own.

Fire Emblem Engage is available for the Nintendo Switch, as is the Fell Xenologue DLC.

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Siliconera Thursday, April 6, 2023 8:00 AM

One Piece Luffy figure

Megahouse announced the re-release of the Variable Action Heroes One Piece Monkey D. Luffy figure. The figure is articulated and it includes different parts that allow for customization of the pose and expression. Pre-orders for this One Piece figure open on April 6, 2023. The figure will cost 9,900 JPY (roughly $75 USD). The figure is scheduled to release sometime on September 2023. [Thanks, Hobby Watch!]

The figure depicts Monkey D. Luffy, the main character in the One Piece manga and anime series. It stands at 16.5 cm tall, or roughly 6.5 inches tall. The figure has full range of articulation. It includes a variety of parts, like different arms and heads with different facial expressions.

You can take a better look at the figure on the gallery below.

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This is the third time this particular figure of Luffy from One Piece has received a resale. The figure received two resales on June 2019 and 2020.

In other One Piece news, on February 2023 MegaHouse announced a different line of figures depicting child versions of beloved One Piece characters. This new line includes Luffy, as well as Zoro Roronoa.

Pre-orders for the Variable Action Heroes One Piece Monkey D. Luffy figure open on April 6, 2023. The figure costs 9,900 JPY (~$75 USD), and it will release sometime on September 2023.

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Siliconera Thursday, April 6, 2023 7:00 AM

Yu-Gi-Oh Yugi and Dark Magician Girl Look Up Figures Appear in October

Megahouse has announced two new Yu-Gi-Oh figures for the Look Up line of figurines. Yami Yugi and Dark Magician Girl. Each figure will cost 4,620 JPY (roughly $35 USD). The expected release date for the figures is October 2023, and they are now available for pre-order from the Premium Bandai online store.

The name of this line of toys is Look Up, which is the pose these figures are displayed in. Yami Yugi and the Dark Magician Girl are sitting down and looking up, and their heads have a joint ball that allows for their heads to be adjusted to look in the desired direction.

You can take a better look at both Yami Yugi and Dark Magician Girl Yu-Gi-Oh figures in the gallery below.

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In the anime adaptation of Yu-Gi-Oh, Yami Yugi or Dark Yugi is the form that Yugi Muto takes when the spirit of Pharaoh Atem possesses him during duels. Pharaoh Atem was sealed inside the Millennium Puzzle. Meanwhile, Dark Magician Girl is the female version of one of Yugi's most iconic cards, the Dark Magician, and one of the most popular Yu-Gi-Oh cards having received several versions, like the Gagaga Girl.

The Yami Yugi and Dark Magician Girl Yu-Gi-Oh Look Up figures cost 4,620 JPY (~$35 USD), and they are expected to release sometime in October 2023. Both figures are available now for pre-order from the Premium Bandai online store.

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Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Thursday, April 6, 2023 2:00 PM
     CMON has done it again with their latest Kickstarter campaign for Zombicide: White Death. In just a day after its launch, the project has already surpassed its goal of $200,000 by raising over $830,000 from eager backers. This comes as no surprise, given the immense popularity of the previous installments in the Zombicide franchise. Zombicide: …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Thursday, April 6, 2023 1:32 PM
     BKOM Studios, an award-winning video game developer based in Quebec City, has partnered with Paizo, a leading hobby games publisher, to bring two Pathfinder video game projects to the market. Paizo is known for publishing the award-winning Pathfinder Roleplaying Game and the science-fantasy roleplaying game, Starfinder. The first game is set to launch on Steam …

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Thursday, April 6, 2023 11:00 AM

Marvel's Wolverine: Top 5 Things We Want

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