Apr 08, 18:00

Kotaku Saturday, April 8, 2023 1:00 PM

I watched The Super Mario Bros Movie during its opening week with the intent of writing this Easter eggs and references article, only to realize that the movie is nothing but Easter Eggs and references. A thorough roundup would be indistinguishable from a wholesale rundown of the entire movie.


PCGamesN Saturday, April 8, 2023 11:48 AM
     Here's a 15 minute look at Cyberpunk 2077's

The Cyberpunk 2077 path tracing update is right around the corner, and what CD Projekt Red's global art director and VP of art Jakub 'Kuba' Knapik told PCGamesN was the RPG game's "film-like rendering" should completely change Night City. To celebrate, CDPR has now released a 15-minute video both breaking down how path tracing works and showing how the visuals will change too.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Cyberpunk 2077 review, Cyberpunk 2077 lore & universe, Buy Cyberpunk 2077

PCGamesN Saturday, April 8, 2023 10:10 AM
     Destiny 2 Lightfall already has a hefty discount in this Steam sale

If you're yet to dive into Destiny 2 Lightfall and have been waiting for the perfect moment, the currently ongoing Steam sale for Bungie's live FPS game is exactly what you're looking for. While sweeping changes have been made due to Destiny 2 Lightfall criticism with even more to come, now could be ideal to dive in.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Destiny 2 classes, Destiny 2 Lightfall review, Destiny 2 builds

Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, April 8, 2023 5:28 PM

Cook Serve Forever looks a lot like Vertigo Gaming's previous Cook, Serve, Delicious! series, but it puts a new spin on urgent meal prep and has a whole new story and world. It also now has an early access release date, May 8th, and a development roadmap outlining the journey to 1.0.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, April 8, 2023 5:02 PM

For the past several years, American McGee has been crowdfunding efforts to produce a third entry in his series of action-horror games inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Those efforts produced a 414 page design bible for "Alice: Asylum", which McGee used to pitch the project to rights-holders Electronic Arts.

McGee says that Electronic Arts have decided to pass on the project. As such, McGee says he has "reached an endpoint with 'Alice' and with game production in general."

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, April 8, 2023 4:21 PM

The Last Of Us Part 1 launched on PC a little over a week ago in a less than adequate state. It has been heavily criticised for bugs, crashes and performance issues in the days since, despite several patches.

Now there's another new patch,, which Naughty Dog say "addresses some crashes, improves performance in some areas, and fixes several gameplay and UI issues including some animation, texture, and lighting bugs."

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Siliconera Saturday, April 8, 2023 3:00 PM

What's the Best Video Game TV Show or Movie Adaptation?

Everyone's talking about how this The Last of Us HBO TV show is the best and how it's an example of a video game adaptation done right. Not to mention there's The Super Mario Bros Movie out now, acting as an adaptation of Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser's story. It might get people wondering what else is out there to watch. Well, now's as good of a time as any to share some suggestions as to also admirable adaptations worth watching.

Steins;Gate was honestly an amazing show with a wonderful aesthetic, great pacing, and a genuinely gripping story. I've never played the original visual novel but from what I've heard, it seems to be a fairly faithful adaptation that did the source material justice. While it didn't necessarily make me want to play the game (I mean, it kind of feels like the Steins;Gate show did a great job of covering everything already), it did make me go around and recommend it to everybody and anybody. So if you've never watched Steins;Gate and you like sci-fi with a touch of surprisingly sweet romance, I highly suggest that you put that on your to-watch list. -- Stephanie

If you haven't watched any of the Persona anime adaptations yet, maybe you should? These adaptations are honestly all pretty great examples of some of the best TV shows and movies based on video games. The Persona 3 movies are good, but I really recommend Persona 4: The Animation and Persona 5: The Animation. Especially if you maybe want to catch up and played one version of the games, but don't want to spend a couple hundred hours going through them again. They tend to hit all the plot points, all while looking amazing. -- Jenni

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Siliconera Saturday, April 8, 2023 12:00 PM

Unlock krauser Resident Evil 4 Remake

Jack Krauser returns as one of the more technical characters in the roster of Resident Evil 4 The Mercenaries. To unlock Krauser in The Mercenaries mode in Resident Evil 4 remake, players must obtain an A rank on any stage as Luis Serra. Unlocking characters is no longer attached to stages, so pick your favorite and rack in those combos. However, Krauser is a little different this time around.

His bow now has a sight and fires explosive arrows. They're also not as powerful as they were in the original version of The Mercenaries in Resident Evil 4. Where Krauser truly shines is his melee mode and with his knife. Players can effectively infinitely combo enemies and pull in more time through melee kills with Krauser. Additionally, in order to unlock HUNK in Resident Evil 4 remake The Mercenaries, players will need to tackle any level as Krauser.

Krauser is one of four playable characters in Resident Evil 4 The Mercenaries. He appeared in the original version of this optional game mode, which also included the ability to transform his arm to deal massive damage to enemies in a straight line. This ability doesn't return, but Krauser is still formidable all the same.

The Resident Evil 4 remake is immediately available on the PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, and PS5. The Mercenaries mode is immediately available as free DLC.

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Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Saturday, April 8, 2023 4:00 PM
     Paizo, along with a group of over 1,500 tabletop RPG publishers, have announced the completion of the first public draft of the Open RPG Creative (ORC) license. The ORC license is a system-agnostic, perpetual, irrevocable open gaming license that provides a legal "safe harbor" for sharing rules mechanics and encourages collaboration and innovation in the …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Saturday, April 8, 2023 3:00 PM
     Games Workshop has released a new wave of pre-orders for its popular tabletop games, including a duo of battletomes for the servants of Nagash in Warhammer Age of Sigmar. The Ossiarch Bonereapers and Soulblight Gravelords battletomes update the warscrolls, battle traits, and spells for these legions of Death, while offering new Path to Glory rules …

Tabletop Gaming News – TGN Saturday, April 8, 2023 1:06 PM
     Monster Crown Trading Card Game is an exciting new tabletop game that brings the world of Studio Aurum's indie monster-taming RPG to life in a whole new way. The game has raised over $17,400 on Kickstarter, with 18 days left to go until the campaign ends on April 27. In Monster Crown TCG, players take …

Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Saturday, April 8, 2023 3:54 PM

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Saturday, April 8, 2023 3:23 PM

The update "addresses fixes for performance, user experience, visuals, and more"

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Gaming Instincts – Next-Generation of Video Game Journalism Saturday, April 8, 2023 1:00 PM

Apr 08, 10:00

PCGamesN Saturday, April 8, 2023 7:45 AM
     Prime Gaming offering an excellent modern FPS as a free game

Fancy a brilliant modern FPS game for over the Easter break? How about if it's also a free game with quite a period of time to redeem it as well? You do have to be subscribed to a service to get the code, but once you own this title, it's yours to keep forever. If you hadn't already guessed it from the image, you can get Wolfenstein The New Order for free as part of Amazon Prime Gaming.

MORE FROM PCGAMESN: Wolfenstein: The New Order review, The best FPS games on PC, Best games of 2014: Wolfenstein: The New Order

PCGamesN Saturday, April 8, 2023 6:48 AM
     American McGee's Alice Madness Returns sequel dropped by EA

The sequel to Alice Madness Returns, titled Alice Asylum, has been scrapped by EA according to designer American McGee. The potential action-adventure game had been in Patreon-funded limbo for some time, as fans of the cult classic helped make the design document eventually seen by EA a reality, but the publisher has decided not to move forward with the series, despite calling it an "important" part of their library.

PCGamesN Saturday, April 8, 2023 5:39 AM
     Minecraft isn't trying to

With the Minecraft Legends release date around the corner, PCGamesN had the chance to chat with developer Mojang all about the strategy game spin-off while at GDC 2023 in San Francisco, and we asked if the colossal crafting game is going to keep expanding into other genres, and got an interesting answer off the back of Minecraft Legends.

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Rock Paper Shotgun Latest Articles Feed Saturday, April 8, 2023 4:49 AM

512GB Micro SD cards have continued to come down in price, and today we've spotted a great deal on a 512GB option from Integral that offers read speeds up to 180MB/s. It's available for £39.99, down from £48, which is the best price we've seen for this spec.

That makes this Micro SD a premiere option for Steam Deck owners, who will benefit from faster copying times when transferring game directories from the internal storage to Micro SD or downloading from the internet, and game load times should also be as speedy as anything with this A2-rated drive.

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Siliconera Saturday, April 8, 2023 9:00 AM

Void Terrarium 2 Featured

Sometimes, games use their art style to build on or set their tone and themes. Other times, they have tones and themes that go completely against what you'd expect based on the artistic direction. Void Terrarium 2 falls into the latter category. You play as a cute little robot named Robbie, you protect the absolutely adorable Toriko, and you get to customize the terrarium Toriko lives in with cute decor and plants and things. Then, you get to the story.

Void Terrarium 2's narrative is sad, touching, and definitely one of the game's strong points; there's a lot to it and it's not afraid to go into some darker subject matter. For starters, it's set in a post-apocalyptic world in which the atmosphere has become heavily contaminated to the point of being uninhabitable. You and your sentient computer friend factoryAI must protect Toriko, the last surviving human, from both the toxins in the air and the slow progression of the disease plaguing her body. All the while, you have to learn what exactly her illness is in order to try to find a way to cure it. For how nice and cutesy everything looks, the story is the total opposite in a very good way.

Void Terrarium 2 Start

Beyond the story, the gameplay of Void Terrarium 2 is also handled quite well, though it isn't without its quirks. Right off the bat, you're thrown into a dungeon called a "wasteland" with absolutely nothing. There's no tutorial, no explanation of what's happening, and no dialogue or text of any kind. Fortunately, that wasteland is incredibly short and simple, but the immediate jump into that certainly threw me off since I didn't know things like controls yet. There are tutorials that come after this, though, as well as dedicated tutorial and practice dungeons, which are a big help before you really dive into the wastelands proper.

The wastelands themselves are, of course, randomly generated from the rooms and how they're connected to the enemies and items scattered throughout. As these have a starting area and several branching areas that you move to as you progress, it's phenomenal for keeping things feeling fresh, but it's not a perfect system. Just about every expedition has you out searching for an item that's usually lying on the ground somewhere on one of the deeper floors of whatever area it's found in, so they often feel like fetch quests. There's also little in the way of boss fights, especially unique boss fights, which left me a bit disappointed. There are what the game calls "monster houses," rooms filled to the brim with monsters that are nice, but even those often feel a bit more like a time sink than a challenge considering that you can just take one step back into the corridor you entered from and fight the monsters one by one by one.

Void Terrarium 2 Monster House

There's also a perk system in Void Terrarium 2, in which you can select one of two random perks each time you level up, and it's a good way of adding variety to expeditions. There are countless perks to unlock, ranging from standard stat boosts to item efficacy upgrades to buffs when certain conditions are met. There are so many perks to unlock and test out that you end up with plenty of ways to go about completing an expedition, with your strategy often changing at least a little bit depending on which ones you get. Naturally, you don't always get great perks, which can lead to your run ending pretty early on, but that's part of what makes rogue-likes fun. If you didn't get anything great, you jump right back in and hope the randomizer shows a little mercy.

The other aspect of Void Terrarium 2 is its caretaking element. Toriko is very frail and as her guardian it's your job to keep her happy and healthy. The best part of the caretaking system is that Toriko needs food, which you have to scavenge for in the wastelands. That means you have to manage your inventory a bit in order to bring food home for her, and you also have to be careful of just what you're giving her. Food has contamination levels, and the more contaminated what you feed her is, the more her own contamination level rises. Naturally, hers can be brought back down, but that isn't always easy if you can't find clean food. The other elements of the caretaking system feel a bit more chore-like than anything, with you even needing to literally clean the terrarium. They're not terrible and are quite simple, but they feel like they take more time than they should for you to just stand in place and hold a button until Robbie is done sweeping.

Lastly, there's the terrarium editor, which is a neat and rather strange part of the game. As you return from expeditions, you gain materials that you use to craft items for the terrarium. Many of these items offer base stat bonuses, meaning you go into expeditions stronger, and that's a very clever tie-in between the dungeon and caretaking elements that helps encourage doing both. That said, there are elements to the terrarium such as temperature and humidity, and those seem a bit out of place. Their seemingly only use is for growing plants, which is fine on its face, but plant growing's only benefit seems to be that you get more terrarium decorations that adjust the temperature and humidity. It's nice that it's almost a self-contained system within the terrarium editor, but that's also what makes it feel a bit odd. The good news is that you can completely ignore it after you've learned how it works if you so choose. Really, though, it does lend itself to the terrarium editor as a whole. It's a nice little break between expeditions that gives you time to relax and do a little inconsequential interior design work to help liven up Toriko's living space.

Void Terrarium 2 Editor

Overall, Void Terrarium 2 is a solid rogue-like. The dungeon dives are plenty of fun even if there are a few underwhelming aspects, and it offers some nice side content to wind down with between runs. It's certainly not perfect, and some parts feel more optional or redundant than anything else, but it more than kept my interest throughout.

Void Terrarium 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

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Siliconera Saturday, April 8, 2023 5:00 AM

Best Fire Emblem Engage Gregory Classes, Skills, and Emblem Rings Fell Xenologue

We don't get Griss as a playable character in Fire Emblem Engage, but after the Fell Xenologue DLC campaign someone does add Gregory to their army. He's somebody who's absolutely fantastic with magic. Also, like Madeline, he's a fairly straightforward character to prepare and build to use in your army.

Possible Gregory Classes in Fire Emblem Engage

Gregory is a Sage when he joins your army, and it absolutely works for him. His highest stats are magic and resistance. Everything else is average at best. So focus on making sure he always uses magic whenever possible.

Leaving him as a Sage is a bit questionable though, just because Spell Harmony conflicts with his personal skill. Survival Plan means his avoidance increases by 20 if there are more enemies than allies around him. But Spell Harmony increases his attack based on how many other tome-wielding allies are around him. You could make him a High Priest and have him heal allies around him. However, with his magic stat being as high as it is, I'd go with Mage Knight. That gives him more movement and increases his speed with the Chaos Style skill that increases speed by three if he attacks people with weapons with magic or people with tomes with a weapon.

Possible Gregory Emblem Rings in Fire Emblem Engage

If you're going to stay on the offensive route and avoid making Gregory into a healer after the Fire Emblem Engage Fell Xenologue campaign, then you basically want to ensure he equips either Celica or Soren as his Emblem Ring. Celica's Resonance will increase his damage with tomes and give him the Warp Ragnarok attack to allow him to become something of a magical scout if you'd like.

With Soren, you can set someone else as a Decoy to help keep Gregory alive. You could take advantage of his magical aptitude with the Cataclysm attack or Flare to deal more damage and increase his survivability. There's also Anima Focus of course, so he'd inflict debuffs on foes after using tomes. Again, he could be a magical scout.

Possible Gregory Skills in Fire Emblem Engage

Since you really want to rely on Gregory's magical abilities, I'd suggest looking into these skills for him.

  • Anima Focus: 800 SP and level 5 bond with Soren. "When using tomes, unit inflicts Def-3 with fire, Hit-20 with thunder, or Mov-2 with wind magic for 1 turn."
  • Block Recovery: 1,500 SP and level 13 bond with Soren. "When attacking a broken foe with a tome, grants a cahnce the foe will remain broken. Chance increases with high Spd."
  • Magic Guard 5: 1,000 SP and level 19 bond with Soren. "If foe is equipped with a tome, unit takes 5 less damage during combat."
  • Resonance+: 3,000 SP and level 16 bond with Celica. "When equipped with a tome, if unit's HP is 2 or more, unit loses 1 HP at start of combat and deals +3 damage during combat.
  • Tome Precision 5: 2,000 SP and level 17 bond with Celica. "Grants Hit/Avo+15 when using a tome.

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

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iDev Games Feed Saturday, April 8, 2023 9:10 AM
     Word spelling game where players tap on the letters in the correct order to spell words....

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 9:30 PM

Yen Press Picks Up Bocchi the Rock Manga for an English Release

The Bocchi the Rock manga will finally appear outside Japan, as Yen Press announced an English release. It confirmed it during its Sakura-con 2023 panel, alongside 27 other acquisitions. It has a tentative Fall 2023 release window, though there's no exact release date yet.

Here's Yen Press' official announcement of the Bocchi the Rock manga English release. The tentative cover art shown in it is based on the Japanese one. Like series like Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star, it is a four-koma series.

This comes after the Japanese version passed a million copies in circulation and got a reprint.

Here's the full list of all the Yen Press and Ize Press art books, light novels, manga, manhwa, and light novels announced at Sakura-con 2023. All of them fall into the general Fall 2023 release window.

  • Aidairo Illustrations: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun Artbook 2
  • Bocchi the Rock
  • Cheerful Amnesia
  • CLAMP Premium Collection Tokyo Babylon
  • Days with My Stepsister
  • The Deer King manga
  • The Deer King novel
  • The Ephemeral Scenes of Setsuna's Journey
  • Glitch
  • Honey Trap Shared House
  • I May Be a Guild Receptionist, But I'll Solo Any Boss to Clock Out on Time
  • Jungle Juice
  • The Lawyer in Shizuku-ishi Sleeps with a Wolf
  • Maiden of the Needle
  • Minato's Laundromat
  • Monthly in the Garden with My Landlord
  • One More Step, Come Stand by My Side
  • Only I Know the Ghoul Saved the World
  • Overgeared
  • The Red Thread
  • Sasaki and Miyano Official Comic Anthology
  • See You in My 19th Life
  • The Shiunji Family Children
  • Stray Cat & Wolf
  • Unholy Blood
  • When I Became a Commoner, They Broke Off Our Engagement
  • Yana Toboso Artworks Black Butler 3
  • Your Letter

The Bocchi the Rock manga English release will happen in Fall 2023 through Yen Press. The anime is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.

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Siliconera Friday, April 7, 2023 9:10 PM

Chainsaw Man Volume 12, Buddy Stories Release Dates Set

For people wondering when Chainsaw Man volume 12 is coming out, Viz Media announced exact release dates for both it and the Buddy Stories light novel side-story collection. It also showed off the cover art for both. Buddy Stories will appear first. It will launch on July 25, 2023 and feature Denji and Power on the cover. The English version of volume 12 of the manga will appear after on October 3, 2023. It features Yoru on the front.

First, here's the Buddy Stories light novel announcement. It first debuted in Japan in November 2021 and features art from mangaka Tatsuki Fujimoto to go with Sakaku Hishikawa's stories.

Next, here's how Chainsaw Man volume 12 looks. This is the first volume to cover the second part of the series and features one of the new lead characters, Yoru. It picks up the story from chapter 98.

Chainsaw Man volume 12 will debut in English on October 3, 2023. Chainsaw Man: Buddy Stories will appear on July 25, 2023. The anime can be streamed via Crunchyroll.

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